The Back-To-School Week That Was

This edition of The Week That Was is brought to you by Staples. Yeah, we got that.

I couldn’t find any older “back to school” commercials.

The kids in Cobb County, Georgia start the 2017-18 school year tomorrow. Seems unfair to me; we always started the Wednesday after Labor Day. Even if you take into consideration that they get out for summer vacation, they still get a month less than we did. I know up north they still start after Labor Day, so why they do it this way here is beyond me.

The Week That Was

I apologize that I’m falling behind with comments. If I owe you a comment, I’ll get to you, promise. Here’s the summary from last week.

Freebie week this week, so I gave you the Top Ten from the WLS Silver Dollar Survey for July 24, 55 years ago. Hey, I didn’t pick them, I was only six and was into Allan Sherman at the time. But I would have liked some of these, especially “Speedy Gonzalez.”

Started a new feature this past Monday, Sandi’s Manic Monday, where she chooses a song from the past and we write a post based on the song title. This week’s choice was Paul Revere & The Raiders’ “Kicks,” and after a discussion of the minor pentatonic scale around which the opening riff is built, I talked about breakfast cereals. Looking forward to what Sandi comes up with this week.

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Rather than featuring a single artist this past week, I chose two songs that were #1 hits for their artists that were also the artists’ only songs to reach the Top Ten during the 1970-1974 time period, in this case “Show and Tell” by Al Wilson and “Ride Captain Ride” by Blues Image.

I usually try to make the one-liner humorous, but this week I saw a sweet image quote on Facebook and chose to use that instead. I think people liked the commercial for Kellogg’s Sugar Frosted Flakes better.

This week’s prompt was to write about eight things I miss about summer as a kid, always one of those things I enjoy writing about. Uncle Jack wants to know when I plan on putting all these reminiscences in a book. I’ve actually started to think about that, as in gathering ideas together and starting an outline. I figure the hard part is over, since I have a lot of the stuff written down. Now I just need to merge the stories from here with my outline, add a little continuity and all the things I couldn’t say on my blog, add in a few extras…. hmmmm….

Also, Thursday was the 431st anniversary of Sir Walter Raleigh introducing tobacco to England (he was such a stupid get). In honor of the occasion, I played Bob Newhart’s hilarious sketch about the day.

Continuing on my theme from Tuesday, I shared ten more songs that were the artist’s only song to reach the Top Ten in the early Seventies and went to #1. Several people told me that they were sick of “Brandy,” because it was played so much. Reminded me of this story about the song “I’m Looking Over A Four-Leaf Clover”…

[I]n 1948, Al “Jazzbo” Collins, a popular Salt Lake City disk jockey, is credited with popularizing Art Mooney’s version of the song after he pulled a stunt playing the song over and over for hours on end. Some sources state 3 1/2 hours, other say it was 24 hours. For 120 minutes Mooney played on while phone calls poured in from pleased listeners who added insult to Collin’s injury by praising him “for playing something good for a change.”

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Linda’s prompt was “limb,” and after discussing limbo the dance and Limbo the post-death destination, I let everyone know about my second round of lymphatic drainage and my upcoming oral surgery, i.e. having a tooth pulled and having an implant installed. I got the drugs for the latter yesterday, and while there was a time the prospect of taking Tylenol 3 might have appealed to me, now it just tells me it’s going to hurt like a you-know-what. Maybe I’d better get a few blog posts in the queue for when that happens.

Tomorrow’s M4 theme is “songs that start with the first letter of my name.” It’s already written assuming they meant the first initial of my first name, and if that’s not what they meant, well, tough bananas. I’m at the point with Two for Tuesday where I’ll be writing about the top five artists for the 1970-1974 timeframe, and will start with #5 this week. Friday will bring another ten “One-Hit #1’s,” and of course there will be a one-liner Wednesday and a couple of posts based on prompts by Mama Kat and Linda. Maybe I’ll also get my questionnaire written…

And that’s it for this edition of The Week That Was. See you in the funny papers!

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Author: John Holton

I'm a writer and blogger who writes and blogs about things that interest me.

13 thoughts on “The Back-To-School Week That Was”

  1. Now that’s just awful that school starts this week for everyone in your state. I would have hated that and thankfully we still have it after labour day. I always love reading your blog and if you are behind in posting the. What does that make me? I must be a dinosaur:)

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  2. We use to always start school after Labor Day, as well. I don’t know the reasoning behind Ga, starting school in July. I always enjoy your posts. 🙂

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    1. First, thanks! I think there’s a tendency in education to equate quality with quantity without considering there could be diminishing returns to scale and that the quantity of classroom time they have to endure decreases the likelihood that they’ll dedicate any of their remaining free time to educational pursuits, specifically reading. The “summer reading list” is all well and good, but kids likely see it as an imposition on their free time and won’t do it, or at best go out the day before school starts and buy the Cliff’s Notes for the one book that’s required. I remember the Peanuts cartoons where Charlie Brown is assigned “Moby Dick” to read and do a book report on over Christmas vacation, and he ends up doing both the last day of the break (finishing the book report at 3 AM) because he kept coming up with excuses not to do it. (The same happened to me with John Steinbeck’s “The Pearl.” To this day I have no idea what the book is about.)

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  3. Tylenol-3 is my go-to pain reliever for things that hurt like you know what. Good luck with that.
    Kids start here Thursday. I hate it. It’s stupid.

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    1. The periodontist has already prescribed Tylenol 3 (or the generic equivalent, hydrocodone with acetaminophen) and I’ve been warned to take Colace with that, because it has this tendency to stop you up, if you know what I mean. He’s also prescribed heavy-duty naproxen three times a day. This is just going to be more fun than a barrel of monkeys, I can tell…

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