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…so take off all your clothes. I am getting so hot, I want to take my clothes off. 

No, mom, don’t worry, it’s just a song!

…and one of the most hilarious parts of my weekend…



Friday 6.30pm: Borrow my housemates car to go hit field hockey practice at the Bladium and i turn the radio on as i drive down the road and it’s some irritating talking and so i flip to the next station and it’s an advert and so i flip to the next station and the sound of Nelly’s “Hot in herre” [yes, grandma police, attack!] starts playing…

typical to me i only know about two lines of the song and it is a very catchy tune [having googled the lyrics i definitely don’t endorse the song now] so i pumped it up and sang at the top of my lungs [you know, my two lines] until the song was finished…


so the song finishes and the next song comes on and it is the well-known song ‘Hot in Herre’ by Nelly… and i’m like huh… but the music is pumping and i am singing the chorus and it is happy-facing me all the way to hockey…

song ends and the next song that comes on is… you guessed it, ‘Hot in Herre’ by Nelly… and so now i am just laughing and singing and pumping music…

and suspecting that somewhere along the line, i hit the button for cd, because what station plays the same song three times in a row, right?

and then started secretly questioning the music-tastes of my housemates [secretly cheering them on, of course]


so after the 4th playing of ‘Hot in Herre’ by Nelly, some Spanish guy came on [found out later it was a Spanish station] and spoke some Spanish and so i decided that it must have been a radio station playing a really long four track mix of ‘Hot in Herre’ [yes, by Nelly!] and so there must have been some nuanced differences between the tracks that i just didn’t pick up. How funny.

and so wondered what they would play next… [how do you follow a four track mix of ‘Hot in Herre’ by Nelly?]


the answer to that little quandary is, of course, with the song, ‘Hot in Herre’ by… yes, still Nelly.

and so i knew something must be up. someone had left the cd on loop and they have not discovered it yet. classic egg-on-your-face [well Nelly in your turntable] moment there…


hockey practice was great although not many of us so worked up a bit of a crazy sweat and had a drink with the team afterwards and then was heading off to games night at Bruce’s and so on the way there i decided some tunes would be good and we all know where this is going…

…a little place i like to call Hotinherreville which is bordering on Nellywood…

That’s right – ‘Hot in Herre’ by Nelly still playing… huge laugh and singing and pumping tunes and one more time four hours later when i left Bruce’s to drive home to the very same tune…

someone is SO fired!


So that was the story of my evening’s radio bombardment of ‘Hot in Herre’ by Nelly. The very next day we left for Yosemite with our housemates who had been given a Christmas present for four of the opportunity to stay in a Yurt [look it up!] just outside the park, and since Yosemite was the one place on my bucket list of ‘things to see before i leave Americaland’, we were all super stoked.

We had set out for a while and were playing tunes off Aaron’s phone when i suddenly remembered the night before and told everyone the story and was not sure they completely believed me, cos it did sound a little far-fetched. the one part of the story that helped though was when they decided to tune into Bay Area Radio Station 105.7 to check it out and were greeted by an old friend of mine, who i like to call Nelly, and his popular song, ‘Hot in Herre’, by him.

That’s right – ‘Hot in Herre’ [Nelly] had just hit 12 hours of radioplay…

THE TREACLE [like a different sequel, but stickier]

We lost radio signal about an hour or so before Yosemite and so didn’t really think about it much [besides continually having it stuck in our heads and singing it to get it stuck in everyone else’s heads the whole weekend] until the way home where we waited until we had signal and turned to the channel and some other Spanish radio stuff was going on. We realised pretty quickly that it was a different station using the same bandwidth at a different distance from San Francisco, and sure enough, when we were an hour away from home and switched it on again, there was Nelly, still commentating on the heat quotient of the particular environment he was currently in and suggesting rapid clothes loss as a viable solution.

So we did what all people in similiar four-days-of-the-same-song-playing-on-the-radio situations do and turned to Uncle Google for answers and sue enough, he had them all. Apparently the Spanish station that Sarah was used to listening to was rebranding as the English station ‘Hot 105.7’ and figured this was the best way to go viral and let everyone know about it [which worked, especially if you happen to be a guy called Nelly and collect any kind of royalties when your song is played for four-and-counting days straight.

Mystery solved.

i have been left pondering why the new station couldn’t have been called Ice Ice 105.7 though, cos that would have been a MUCH more successful singalong session…

[p.s. it was by Nelly!] 

Anyone else have any radio experiences even marginally like this ever?

naturepanThere have still been people joining us in this Lent Observance and so a quick shout out to you. Glad to have you with us…

My apologies for the break in Lent Observance transmissions, but we were away this weekend at Yosemite. Tough break huh? Anyways, will be on track again from today and have revised the series name to 40ish Days of Lent – let’s see just how far we get.

DAY 13

So on Day 4 of this observance we took a look at something beautiful outside of our window that we may not have noticed before. Having just done the Yosemite park visit, I decided that we had to do something related.

Task: Find a piece of nature to take joy in.

Now, maybe all of us don’t have the opportunity to go and actually sit in it, but if you do then i want to encourage you to do that – walk to a nearby park, sit in you garden, go spend an hour at the beach, visit the botanical gardens in your city. Whatever it is, if you can do it live, then go do it live.

But if you are not able to physically get into nature, try and find a picture of you in nature or a photograph you took of some natural phenomenon – some time you were in it at least, and spend some time meditating on that.

Not everyone draws closer to God in nature, but i know a lot of people who do. If you are one of these people, this exercise and observance might come easily for you. But if you are not, then i encourage you to do it anyways as it will push you outside of your comfort zones which is not the worst of things.

Take some time to look at creation and be reminded of the Creator. That is today’s observance.

Then share it with someone – take a photo and stick it on your facebook wall or add it to your instagram account or come and add a link in the comments section below. Write a poem or song inspired by your time in nature and send it to someone you know and love to encourage them and just show them some love. Find at least one person to specifically share today’s encounter with.

[For day 14ish of Lent, click here]


DAY 10-12

It is the weekend, and tbV and Aaron and Sarah and myself are having to Yosemite for the weekend to stay in a Yurt [look it up!], and it might be partially enforced for us, but I want to encourage you to try this for a couple of hours, or a day, or if you’re really feeling brave, the whole weekend.

Task: unplug yourself from the screens…

Turn off the television, step away from the computer screen, leave your phone completely off. Create a space this weekend to head outdoors for a long period of time, maybe with other people. Go for a walk or head to the nearest park of have a decently long drive.

Bake something and go and share it with a friend of drop it off with someone you know who may be going through a tough time at the moment. Grab some bats and head to the beach for a game. Invite some friends round for an evening’s worth of board games. Grab some instruments and have a worship jam.

I would love to hear what you get up to. Take time this weekend to consider how much space and time you give to the screens in your life and whether that it a good thing or not, or whether there might be some people who you would be better off giving face time to.

[For the next Observance day of Lent, click here]

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