Traveling: Yes, this is the season for travel. And we all know - the best part of traveling is returning home.
Which Mr & Mrs Abq Jew have just just done, following their first visit to the new home and second visit to the new home town of their son Dov the Film Editor; their daughter (in-law) Jessica the Surgeon; their grandchildren Vera and Chuck; and their granddog Dave (see Portsmouth Parking and The Jews).
So here is Mark Cohen's version of the classic Alan Sherman song, Shake Hands With Your Uncle Max, which appeared on Mr Sherman's debut album - My Son, the Folk Singer. Presented by - who else? - Allan Sherman's mother.
For those too young or too old, Wikipedia tells us:
Allan Sherman (born Allan Copelon; November 30, 1924 – November 20, 1973) was an American singer, actor, producer and writer who became known as a song parodist in the early 1960s.
His first album, My Son, the Folk Singer (1962), became the fastest-selling record album up to that time.
His biggest hit was Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh, a comic novelty recording in which a boy describes his summer camp experiences to the tune of Ponchielli's Dance of the Hours.
Mr Sherman's Shake Hands, it turns out, was a Jewish parody of the Irish (can you tell?) Dear Old Donegal, aka Shake Hands With Your Uncle Mike. A fact that Abq Jew had no means of discovering before the invention of The Internet.
Anyway - here's another version of Shake Hands.
And, to top it off, here is Shlock Rock's Lenny Solomon's version!
So, Abq Jew must ask you, his loyal readers -
What's Wrong With This Picture?
Here's what's wrong - as many of you know.
What's wrong is that, in the old days, you could always find your family and your friends along (Brooklyn version) Ocean Parkway. Now - you have to travel, sometimes long distances, often to more than one world location.
And when you get there - you may only see one small portion of your family. Everyone else, including your friends, is scattered all over - which means a separate trip.
Abq Jew notes that this is not fair.