Goatview Farm - The Saint Report www.goatview.com

June 1

Saints celebrating feast days today include Saint Gwen of Brittany, Saint Justin, Saint Nicomedes, Saint Ronan, Saint Whyte, and Saint Wistan.

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Still able to blow out candles today are Rene Auberjonois (1940), Pat Boone (1934), Morgan Freeman (1937), Andy Griffith (1926), Alanis Morissette (1974), and Jonathan Pryce (1947).

Too late for cake but worth a mention: Marilyn Monroe was born on June 1 (1926-1962), as was Cleavon Little (1939-1992).

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National Accordion Awareness Month

I think that accordions are like bagpipes in that you either love 'em or hate 'em. I hate 'em. Both. My own personal hell would have lots of accordions and Wurlitzer organs and bagpipes, the Lennon Sisters, and that guy who plays the pan pipe on those late night commercials.

However, just because I dislike the sound something makes does not mean that it can't be interesting. And it certainly doesn't mean it can't be funny as heck. Look at donkeys, for instance. And I will grudgingly admit that my dislike doesn't mean it isn't music.

National Accordion Awareness Month is the brainchild of a San Franciscan named Tom Torriglia, whose toothy grin festoons www.ladyofspain.com, the site of "All Things Accordion." Tom is quite possibly the accordion's biggest booster and, were he bringing his boundless enthusiasm to almost anything except accordions, I wouldn't hesitate to call it contagious.

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Why is a bassoon better than an oboe?
The bassoon burns longer.

What is a burning oboe good for?
Setting a bassoon on fire.

How do you know when there's a trombonist at your door?
His hat says "Domino's Pizza"

How do you improve the aerodynamics of a trombonist's car?
Take the Domino's Pizza sign off the roof.

What do you call ten accordions at the bottom of the ocean?
A good start.

What's a bassoon good for?
Kindling for an accordion fire.

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