Drawin’ A Blank #socs

Blank is one of those words that can be a noun or adjective. Since I’m supposed to start this entry with a noun, I’ll start with blank, the noun. Because, let’s face it, I’m drawing one with this prompt.

Did you ever play Mad Libs? There are a bunch of books of them. In fact, I see where they’re celebrating their 50th anniversary, and they have a special edition to celebrate the occasion. It’s a great pastime if you’re stuck in the car for an extended period of time and the kids are in the back seat yelling “Are we almost there?”, “I’m bored!”, and my favorite, “I gotta go to the bathroom!” The idea is that you’re given a paragraph with a bunch of blanks in it, and you ask someone for words to fill in the blanks. Then when all the words are filled in, you read the paragraph aloud, and laugh like a loon at how funny the paragraph turns out. Then it’s the other person’s turn and the process repeats itself ad nauseum until you arrive at your destination or a fight breaks out or your mom or dad tells you to find something else to do.

There was a New Wave band from Chicago called Phil ‘n’ The Blanks.

Took a minute there to reply to a comment from someone who remembered a few great clubs in Chicago, and it reminded me of a band I used to go see a lot, The Bob Riedy Chicago Blues Band…

Nothing to do with blank, of course, but that’s par for the course.

Well, I’m drawing a blank again, so I’ll stop here.


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Author: John Holton

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18 thoughts on “Drawin’ A Blank #socs”

  1. I remember Mad Libs. I don’t care for Phil ‘N’ the Blanks, but the Bob Riedy Blues Band has a good sound to it. Listening to it for a while I could blank out my worries. 😉

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    1. There’s plenty of Bob Riedy on YouTube. Don’t know active he is now, it’s been 40-odd years (some of them very odd) since the last time I heard him, and no idea who’s with him now (Carey Bell passed on, Sam Lay is in his 80’s), but knowing him, he probably found a couple more old bluesmen and is still playing in the bars. Spent many happy hours getting drunk to his band, then stumbling back to the dorm (about two miles)…

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    1. When you said “it’s okay if you know what to do with it,” I thought of another use for “blank” — the blank tiles you have in Scrabble! And now that I think about it, the original logo for Phil ‘n’ the Blanks was done in Scrabble tiles…

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  2. I LOVE Mad Libs. Have several books. Played them a lot more with my older kids. Should get those out and have some fun soon 🙂 Thanks for the reminder!

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