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May 2005

Spring Fling ’05!

Amazons, aliens, and animated vegetables took to the stage in this year’s Spring Fling, as staffers set aside their everyday work clothes and got decked out for a 1980s-themed lip sync competition. The May 6 event at the Mesa Lab, featuring food, music, and a chalk-drawing contest for kids, drew several hundred staffers and family members. (See all the videos.)

Five groups entered the lip sync contest, wowing the crowd  with rousing music and cunning impersonations of iconic scientists and weather models. Master of ceremonies Lucille Ciambrone (VSP) introduced each act and provided comedy between performances.

“I was very happy with this year's Spring Fling,” says Mark Mulholland of the Employee Activities Committee, which sponsored the event.  “All five lip sync acts were high quality, which made picking the winner especially difficult.”

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COMET kicked off the festivities with Cole Porter’s “Experiment.” Wendy Abshire (left), Vickie Johnson, and others portrayed some of the greatest scientists of the ages. The scientists, alas, grew testy, and their experiments were punctuated by an exploding flask, smashed glasses, and a fistfight. The act won the coveted Miami Vice award. (See the video.)

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Next up, RAL performed Robert Palmer’s “Addicted to Love,” tweaking the original lyrics to more closely represent UCAR/NCAR sensibilities. As the performers contended with such issues as in-flight icing, short-term forecasts, and the Weather Research and Forecasting model, Carl Drews sang, “Gonna have to face it, you're addicted to weather.” (Click here for the complete lyrics.) He was accompanied by (left to right) Deidre Brucker, Tressa Fowler, Carol Park, Lacey Holland, Arnaud Dumont, and others. The act won first place. “There are only a few words that rhyme with weather and I think we used all of them,” reports Carl, who penned the lyrics to “Addicted to Weather” with Anne-Marie Tarrant. (See the video.)

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CGD then performed an alternative ending to Star Wars, featuring Dani Coleman Bundy as Yoda, Taotao Qian as Mon Mothma, and Nan Rosenbloom as Chewbacca, along with EO’s Tim Barnes as Darth Vader. The act featured dazzling swordplay and dancing to the Kenny Loggins song, “Footloose.” The group won the coveted “Big Adventure” award. (See the video.)

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Next, HAO took the stage with a vegetarian-friendly version of “The Jolly Green Giant,” by The Kingsmen. Tom Bogdan played a fetching Amazon, while Amy Knack portrayed celery and Hanli Liu played broccoli. The group won the coveted “Day at the Beach” award. (See the video.)

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Finally, Jennifer Strange (left), Belinda Goody, Karla Edwards and others in F&A performed a medley of 1980s favorites, including Bob Seger’s “Old Time Rock ’N Roll” and Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.” The group won the coveted “Better Than the Real Thing” award. (See the video.)

The five judges—Andrea Hahmann, Tammy Kepple, Mark Mulholland, Sonja Stevenson, and Dennis Ward—had their work cut out for them. “All the teams had great performances,” Dennis recalls. “I was proud of my fellow judges—we managed to make some tough decisions.”

After the lip sync, partygoers then enjoyed a barbecue dinner, courtesy of Event Services, and listened to live music by the Sweat Brothers Band. The root beer floats and Sno-Cones proved particularly popular as desserts.

by David Hosansky

Addicted to Weather
by Carl Drews and Anne-Marie Tarrant
(apologies to Robert Palmer)

Your lights are on, but you're not home
Your mind is not your own
Your heart sweats, your body shakes
Another storm is what it takes

You can't sleep, you can't eat
There's no doubt, you're in deep
Your throat is tight, you can't breathe
Another storm is all you need

Whoa, you like to think you're feelin' light as a feather, oh Yeah
It's closer to the truth to say you're not gettin' better,
Gonna have to face it, you're addicted to weather

You see the signs, but you can't read
You're runnin' at a different speed
Your data streams in double time
Another storm and you'll be fine, a one track mind

You can't be saved
Vorticity's what ya crave
Convective weather's exciting for you
Throw in some turbulence too

Whoa, you like to think you're feelin' light as a feather, oh Yeah
It's closer to the truth to say you're not gettin' better,
Gonna have to face it, you're addicted to weather

Might as well face it, you're addicted to weather
Might as well face it, you're addicted to weather
Might as well face it, you're addicted to weather
Might as well face it, you're addicted to weather
Might as well face it, you're addicted to weather

Guitar solo (once around)

MM5 - JViz;
It's a habit - that's what it is.
Weather station - set up at home;
Tim Killeen - he's on the speed-dial phone!

Whoa, you like to think that you're feelin' light as a feather, oh Yeah
It's closer to the truth to say you're not gettin' better,
Gonna have to face it, you're addicted to weather

Might as well face it, you're addicted to weather
Might as well face it, you're addicted to weather
Might as well face it, you're addicted to weather
Might as well face it, you're addicted to weather
Might as well face it, you're addicted to weather

On the Web

Spring Fling Photo Album
Spring Fling Videos


Also in this issue...

Playing it safe

Spring Fling '05

SERE news

UCAR casuals

Taking the LEAD

Delphi question

Just One Look


 

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