This edition of The Week That Was is sponsored by the American Tobacco Company, makers of Montclair menthol cigarettes. Just enough in every puff makes every puff a pleasure!
Okay, so it’s for a cigarette, but I think that’s a pretty classy commercial.
It’s been a busy week here, with me starting aquatic therapy and Mary having one or more appointments. There have been so many, I forget which were last week, this week, or next week. The aquatic therapy has made life a wee bit more comfortable, but I’m still sliding down the stairs on my rear end. It’s getting better, though, and going up the stairs is a little easier. And I’ve been sleeping well, and the therapy is helping with the lymphedema, which is something I’m resigned to live with the rest of my life.
Here’s the summary for last week.
I took this week’s theme, “Hallowe’en,” and decided that, since Hallowe’en is the day before All Saints’ Day, I would feature ten songs with “saint” in the title. You came through in typical fashion and gave me ten more songs, then Stephen T. McCarthy gave me two more, which I’ve added to Friday’s playlist.
The lovely Jo Stafford was this week’s featured artist. She had a wonderful classically-trained voice and did some great songs, including her signature song, “You Belong To Me.”
I found a great line on Instagram and would have embedded the image, except that the user didn’t allow it, so I created my own image and embedded that. I noticed that there are quite a few users that do that, don’t allow people to embed their images. Actually, I think it’s one user that maintains multiple accounts, all of which tell you to follow the other accounts so they look like social media geniuses.
Manic Monday’s song was “Turn The Page,” by Bob Seger. I likened the phrase “turning the page” to a book, or a classic movie that used a book as a sort of theme for the beginning and ending, with the pages being turned by someone. At the end, I wished everyone who’s doing National Novel Writing Month (commonly known as NaNoWriMo) good luck. It reminds me that I have a book to pull together…
The prompt I used was to write about my black cat, and I wrote about the three black kitties (okay, two black and one tuxedo) I had pictures of. There were others, I just didn’t have pictures of them. Black cats have been the victims of superstition and don’t get adopted as eeasily as others, so if you’re looking to adopt a cat or three, consider a black one, especially an older black one. Fur color has no effect on the cat’s personality, and black ones just seem sillier and more affectionate, maybe because they need forever homes.
The prompt was “shortcut/cut short.” I was never one to take shortcuts, preferring the long way whenever possible, because it gave me time to myself. This made Dan think about Supertramp’s song “Take The Long Way Home,” from their 1979 album Breakfast In America, one of his and my favorite songs, and evidently several people’s favorite.
That one reached #10 in 1979. That was the year I ended up mentoring the son of the company president back when I was young, thin, and working as a supervisor in a factory because I wanted to use my Production Management degree. I thought he was going to be a pain in the rear end, but the first night he showed up in a Supertramp t-shirt, and I decided he was OK. His dad was the pain in the rear end.
No real surprises planned for this week, because it’s going to be a long one. Tomorrow’s M4 is already more or less in the can, and while I was writing this my one-liner for Wednesday came to me. I have an idea for Tuesday, and now that I can figure out what the Writer’s Workshop prompts will be I can get that together. I think I said this Friday I’d be doing TV Themes, which I haven’t done in a while. And I’m still waiting on Sandi’s Manic Monday post, so you have that to look forward to, and Linda’s Stream of Consciousness one.
JoAnna, Dan Antion, J-Dub, Birgit, Janet, Barbara in Caneyhead, Deborah Drucker, Annie @ McGuffy’s Reader, Eugenia, SDC, Stephen T. McCarthy, Maggie Wilson, HilaryMB, Mama Kat, Cathy Kennedy, madamdreamweaver, Abby, Joey, Arlee Bird, cleemckenzie, J.Gi Federizo, Mary Lou, brother Kip, cousin Chas Fox, Ed Thierbach, Janie Junebug, Uncle Jack Connelly, XmasDolly, 15 And Meowing, Sandi, Jeanne Owens, Michele, Stacy Uncorked, Alana Mautone, Hailey and Zaphod and Their Lady, and everyone else who visited and/or gave me a “like.”
And that’s it for this edition of The Week That Was. See you in the funny papers!