A Success Story in Parenting: Fun with a 10 year old

Bangles Walk Like an Egyptian


There are days when parenting is a trial.  There are days when you feel like you’ve dropped the ball on an issue.  There are days when you feel pretty good about something with the kid/s.  There are days when you feel like you have struck out in every at bat in a double header.  Then there are days when you feel like you hit a Home Run 10 times over.  A recent experience was a Home Run in my parenting.

This last week we were heading home in the evening.  My 10 year old son, Smiley, had spent the later afternoon at the office with me, doing things such as reading and the like.  We were listening to the station BOB-FM, 103.5 out of Austin.  They play a wide variety of music, and much of it is stuff I already know and like.  Well, with just about 30 seconds to go on our way home the Bangles’ song, “Walk like an Egyptian” came on the radio.  We pulled into the driveway and parked the car.  As I was about to turn off the car I thought to myself, “Hey, that is one of our favorite songs.  It is the one with the line that sounds like ‘The Hardy Boys call the Kremlin.'”  (I know it is not the ‘Hardy Boys’, but we say that for fun.)  Anyway, before I could say what I was thinking, out of the back seat my 10 year old son says something like, “Can we keep this song on until the end?”

I was awed and delighted.  My super cool son is even cooler than I knew.  He likes great music like The Bangles.  How did this happen?  Maybe has heard this song dozens of times.  You must know that it has a permanent place on my iPhone.  Yes, it came out when I was about 19, which was a couple years ago…

…even so, he asked for a song to be kept on until the end, and it was one of his dad’s favorites.  It wasn’t something I would have to tolerate.

So, this parenting experience was a Home Run of sorts, yet it wasn’t something to write in a book about great parenting or whatever.  Even so, I was still pretty happy about it.

I have always liked music, and it is fun when my son and I can connect on something like this.  Sure, there will be days ahead when he might like some really odd new thing, and I expect that to happen.  There are already songs he is mentioning that I don’t know.  But, for now, and likely in the decades to come, he and I can “Walk like an Egyptian” and laugh and talk and connect.

To watch the MTV style video of this silly, yet wonderful song, click here.

Here are the lyrics:

“Walk Like An Egyptian” as written by and Liam Hillard Sternberg
All the old paintings on the tombs
They do the sand dance don’t you know
If they move too quick (oh whey oh)
They’re falling down like a dominoAll the bazaar men by the Nile
They got the money on a bet
Gold crocodiles (oh whey oh)
They snap their teeth on your cigarette

Foreign types with the hookah pipes say
Ay oh whey oh, ay oh whey oh
Walk like an Egyptian

Blond waitresses take their trays
They spin around and they cross the floor
They’ve got the moves (oh whey oh)
You drop your drink and they give you more

All the school kids so sick of books
They like the punk and the metal band
When the buzzer rings (oh whey oh)
They’re walking like an Egyptian

All the kids in the marketplace say
Ay oh whey oh, ay oh whey oh
Walk like an Egyptian

Slide your feet up the street bend your back
Shift your arm then you pull it back
Life is hard you know (oh whey oh)
So strike a pose on a Cadillac

If you want to find all the cops
They’re hanging out in the donut shop
They sing and dance (oh whey oh)
Spin the clubs cruise down the block

All the Japanese with their yen
The party boys call the Kremlin
And the Chinese know (oh whey oh)
They walk the line like Egyptian

All the cops in the donut shop say
Ay oh whey oh, ay oh whey oh
Walk like an Egyptian
Walk like an Egyptian


Marx Brothers Swordfish

Swordfish Groucho Chico

So, Whyaswordfish?  Why-a-no chicken?

I noted my delight in the Marx Brothers in my previous post.  One of my most favorite scenes in all their movies is the Swordfish password scene in “Horse Feathers“.  This movie takes place during the time of Prohibition in the United States.  It was a time when, by Constitutional Amendment #18, ratified on January 16, 1919, alcoholic beverages were illegal.  The 21st Amendment to the US Constitution repealed this national law on December 5, 1933.  The scene from Horse Feathers in the video noted below is about knowing the password needed to enter an illegal establishment which sold liquor.  This was called a Speakeasy.  People found various ways to buy and consume alcohol during this time.  The laws were often flaunted.  Many people made a lot of money by providing these illegal beverages to thirsty customers.

At a recent tour of the Miller Coors Brewery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, I learned about how alcoholic beverage companies survived prohibition with legal alternatives.  Here is a quote from a company history site regarding what the Miller Brewing Company did:  “By 1919 production had increased to 500,000 barrels, but it was halted shortly thereafter by the enactment of Prohibition. The company managed to survive by producing cereal beverages, soft drinks, and malt-related products.”

Back to the Marx Brothers:  In pure Marx Brothers silliness Groucho and Chico engage in banter regarding the secret password. Chico is the security guard at the moment.  He is under strict orders to keep the password secret. The password is Swordfish, and Chico ends up not being very adept at keeping it secret.  As the scene goes on our friend Harpo shows up and has his own way of telling that he knows the password.


Click this link to watch the video from this hilarious movie.



Why A Duck – Marx Brothers

Duck Chico Groucho

Since my childhood I have loved the Marx Brothers.  Their silly humor, puns, jokes and physical antics keep me laughing no matter how my times I have watched or listened to their movies.  One of my most favorite scenes is from their first movie, the Cocoanuts. It is a delightful scene between Groucho and Chico.  They are discussing an upcoming auction of land in South Florida.  Chico’s misunderstandings lead to more confusion, and these also set up great lines by Groucho.

To name this blog I used this scene as inspiration.  In another post I will explain the other part of the name.

I lived in Miami Springs, Florida, two different times in my adult life.  Miami Springs is located west of Miami, just north of the Miami International Airport, near the suburban cities of Hialeah and Virginia Gardens.  This was a new housing development started in the 1920’s, and it seems similar to Cocoanut Manor in The Cocoanuts.  Coral Gables is also similar to Cocoanut Manor.  I can’t help thinking about my life in South Florida when I watch this scene.

Click this link to watch the scene on video.  You will have to put up with an ad to see it, but that is the price of free video sharing.