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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

You want oleanders? You got oleanders!

Sometimes something in the blogosphere just demands a response ...

For O Docker and everybody else who's talking about oleanders, here's a video of the song that those of us in a certain generation think of the instant somebody mentions them. What I find interesting is that these guys looked really nerdy back in the '70s, but they're way cool now, even with the silver hair.

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Blogger Pandabonium said...

But they need to let the trombone have a major solo.

Wed Aug 25, 06:53:00 AM MDT  
Blogger Baydog said...

I watched this clip two days ago when this whole thing started. Awesome. I can never get enough Steely Dan, and I definitely thought of Pandabonium as soon as I saw the trombone!

Wed Aug 25, 08:25:00 AM MDT  
Blogger Tillerman said...

Oleanders may well have originated in the Old World. Still, Oleanders languished in relative obscurity for years and would probably remain there today had they not been perfected by an enterprising and dedicated San Francisco plant breeder and then brought to the world's attention by a passionate San Francisco writer.

Wed Aug 25, 09:12:00 PM MDT  
Blogger O Docker said...

Thanks for posting this, Carol Anne.

Interesting thread here about the story behind the song.

Hmm, I wonder what else Caltrans is growing in those freeway medians.

Thu Aug 26, 04:16:00 AM MDT  
Blogger Baydog said...

I've been singing that song on and off for four days now. Who was it that brought this up?

Thu Aug 26, 09:35:00 AM MDT  
Blogger bonnie said...

Y'know, I just noticed last week that there's an oleander among the plants in containers that decorate the roof deck seating area for the company cafeteria.

What if a leaf falls in somebody's food & they didn't notice???

Thu Sep 09, 01:36:00 PM MDT  

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