The Back-To-School Week That Was

This edition of The Week That Was is brought to you by the Official Beany and Cecil Beany-Copter from Mattel. You can tell it’s Mattel, it’s swell!

I think one of my brothers had one of these back in the day. Beany and Cecil, for those of you who aren’t old enough to remember or didn’t grow up here and might not have had the opportunity to watch it, was a Saturday-morning cartoon show that featured Beany, who wore a beanie similar to this, and Cecil, his pet seasick sea serpent. They sailed the seas on a ship piloted by his uncle, Captain Horatio Huffenpuff (known as “Uncle Captain”) and did their best to avoid Dishonest John (whose catchphrase was “Nyah-Ah-Ah!”). Read all about it here, and watch the cartoons (at least a few of them) on YouTube.

The Week That Was

I’m getting to this a little later than usual, because I had a lot of visiting to do this morning, and it took me until now to get to this. I shouldn’t leave it all until the last minute, I know. It’s been a busy week here, so let’s get to the summary for the week.

A new feature here at The Sound of One Hand Typing is Song Lyric Sunday, brought to us by Helen Vahdati at This Thing Called Life One Word At A Time. She publishes a prompt on her blog on Saturday and we all come up with songs that fit the theme. Last week the theme was “street,” bringing to mind Chicago’s “Street Player.” SLS looks like a lot of fun and it doesn’t seem that Helen minds if others join in, so hey, give it a try if you feel like it.

Michelle, this past month’s “guest conductor,” gave us the assignment to find two songs performed by people interpreting them in sign language. I did the theme, then followed up with a playlist of songs that have units of time (hour, minute, day, week, etc.) in the title. I received a few suggestions for additional songs, which I’ll probably do tomorrow.

The featured “encore performance” was a replay of Vince Guaraldi from July 2013.

I used a line from Sebastian Maniscalco, a very funny comedian from Chicago (even though I swear he sounds like he’s from New York).

The prompt was to write about my least-favorite form of social media, which is of course Facebook. I then confused everyone by announcing that the blog now has its own Facebook page, owing to changes in the way one may publicize blog posts on that platform that Zuckerberg and Co. didn’t think were important enough to tell me about. I heard about it from WordPress and IFTTT, which I had been using to do my publicity. Hey, just because I can’t stand it doesn’t mean I don’t use it.

Friday’s survey came to us from KFI in Beautiful Downtown Burbank, from 1981.

Yesterday’s prompt was “call,” and I talked about all the spam calls I get these days, despite the fact that both Mary and I are on the FTC’s Do Not Call registry. Telemarketers are clever these days and have learned to spoof the number that displays when the call is made, thinking that they can’t be fined if they can’t be found. I just don’t answer.

We have another busy week ahead and I haven’t done a lick of planning for it yet, so the week will be as much of a surprise to me as it is to you.

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

The End-Of-July Week That Was

This edition of The Week That Was is brought to you by Crayola Crayons. They work on brains, not batteries!

Long before Gameboy and Nintendo and a thousand games on smartphones, there were Crayola Crayons. If you had the box of 64, with the sharpener on the back, life didn’t get any better.

The Week That Was

Moving a little slowly today. I’m over the UTI, thanks to Cipro (I finished the prescription on Friday, and got it refilled just in case), so I’m getting back to normal. Here’s the summary for the week.

We had done numbers the week before, and a suggestion from Uncle Jack gave me the idea to do units of measure. Strangely, I missed units of measure that dealt with time, so those will likely come up again, maybe as early as tomorrow.

This week’s encore performance was from Wes Montgomery, who may have turned out to be one of the first “Smooth Jazz” guitar players had he lived a few years past 1968. A great straight-ahead jazz player who gradually worked pop music into his repertoire.

I uttered Wednesday’s one-liner after doing something (and I can’t remember what) that impressed me. It might have had something to do with GIMP, with which I created the graphic.

“Hazy” was the prompt and it made me think of a song by Nat King Cole, which made me think of another by Jimi Hendrix, which might have been where the essay went had I not pulled it back on track.

This week’s survey once again came from Radio Veronica, from 1974. Their Top 10 was much different from the Top 10 here, which made it interesting.

The prompt “T, tee, tea” brought to mind a delightful little song from the early ’70’s that I hadn’t thought about in years, so I talked about that.

Nothing out of the ordinary. Tomorrow’s theme on M4 is “songs in sign language.” The requirement is for two songs, so you know I’ll be doing somthing else, too. Another encore for Two for Tuesday, a humorous one-liner, and replies to prompts. And who knows what else?

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

The On-The-Mend Week That Was

This edition of The Week That Was is brought to you by Big Shot, the gigantic, power packed, missile cannon on wheels, by Marx!

One year for Christmas, I received a similar toy, a cannon that shot cannonballs, and I spent most of the day shooting the ornaments out of the tree. It magically vanished by the feast of St. Stephen.

The Week That Was

This has not been a good week overall. I woke up Wednesday with what turned out to be a UTI, one that my doctor says started several weeks ago based on all the things he saw in my sample. I’m on Cipro twice a day for ten days (this is Day 5). That stuff is wonderful: I feel like I’m back to normal, although I know better and will take all the pills as ordered, and might even get the refill and take those, too. I’ll talk to the doctor tomorrow and see what he says. I found out when I went in that (a) it was his birthday and (b) he’s retiring later this year. I’ll have to break in a whole new doctor next year.

Anyway, here’s the summary for the week.


First, I posted a Battle of the Bands last week, “Battle ‘Got To Get You Into My Life’: Cliff Bennett & The Rabble Rousers vs. Blood, Sweat & Tears.” Turnout was better than it has been; I’m not sure why. I think I’ll do the BotB once a month, on the 15th, for a while and see how that goes. The final score:

Cliff Bennett & The Rabble Rousers: 8
Blood, Sweat & Tears: 5

Congratulations to Cliff and the boys, and a pat on the back to David Clayton-Thomas and his boys for a good battle. Tune in August 15 for another edition of Battle of the Bands!

The theme was numbers, which I had done already on a couple of occasions, so I cannibalized those lists and added a few new ones. The topic went especially well, with little overlap between people’s lists.

I re-ran my Two for Tuesday on Lee Ritenour from 2013. Lee and Larry Carlton are guitar heroes of mine.

This week’s one-liner was from Lamebook again and concerned the pronunciation of words borrowed from French. It sparked a lively discussion about the relative difficulty of English versus French and the general difficulties of learning to pronounce words in either language. I heard recently that taking Latin and French simultaneously produces better results in both languages. Had I known that, I might have tried it. The main difference between Latin and French is that you have to learn to speak the latter, although if you read any of the epics by Roman authors, dactylic hexameter works better if you learn how the Romans supposedly spoke.

We could write anything we wanted, but it couldn’t be longer than eleven lines, which I read as eleven sentences. Anyway, I wrote about my recent experiences with GIMP, an open-source image editor that is supposed to be able to do nearly everything that Adobe Photoshop can do, and for a whole lot less (it’s free).

I found the oldest survey that ARSA had on hand, which just happened to be from WSBC, a Chicago radio station that shared the 1240 AM frequency with two other stations until 1998 and is still going strong, broadcasting from the Jefferson Park neighborhood on the Northwest side. WSBC had hired the first African American disk jockey in radio history, and he was the person who compiled the survey for October 16, 1948. I had to make it a Top 10 minus one, as one of the records was so obscure I couldn’t find it on YouTube, the first time that’s ever happened.

The prompt was “organ,” and while I might have talked about the condition for which I’m taking Cipro, I decided instead to talk about church life and the misadventures of having our Chicago parish merged with another and the reaction of the elderly organist when he learned that the renovations to the old church did not include an overhaul of the instrument in the choir loft. It also sparked a lively discussion that managed to attract a comment from my dear Aunt Jinx, Uncle Jack’s (and my mother’s) sister. Both of them told me that a number of other parishes in Chicago have been merged, no doubt learning from the mistakes they (and we) made, since ours was the first. The comments were great, and when you have some time, I encourage you to read them.

I’m not planning any great departure from what things are like around here. You might see some changes to the artwork, if I can get my act together and create some new stuff. Tomorrow’s topic has been chosen (thanks to Uncle Jack), I’m going through my Two for Tuesdays to choose one that hasn’t been heard in a while. I have my one-liner for Wednesday, and I apologize in advance for the mild profanity. Waiting for prompts for Thursday and Saturday, and to see what ARSA suggests on Friday.

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

The All-Star Week That Was

This edition of The Week That Was is brought to you by Ideal, makers of the Steve Canyon Jet Helmet, only $2.98 wherever toys are sold.

Anyone know who the announcer is? I’m positive it’s not Dean Fredricks, who played Steve on TV. It’s on one of the nostalgia networks very early in the morning, in case you wanted to see it. It’s based on a now-ended newspaper cartoon by Milton Caniff, who also created Terry & The Pirates, another strip about military pilots. I used to read both on Sundays. Had no idea what was going on, because we didn’t get the daily paper, but the artwork was great.

I checked eBay for the helmet, by the way. Someone’s selling one in the original box for $8.81, with $28.06 in shipping, while someone else is selling just the box for almost $40. Good luck with that one, pal…

The Week That Was

As you can tell from the title, The Major League Baseball All-Star Game is this Tuesday in Washington, DC, home of the Washington Nationals, or as we like to call them in the other cities of the National League East, the Nasty Nats (or Gnats, if you prefer).┬áThe Braves are sending four players (1B Freddie Freeman, RF Nick Markakis, 2B Ozzie Albies, and P Mike Foltynewicz) to the game, while the White Sox have a lone representative (1B Jose Abreu). I don’t plan on watching; it runs too late (because it starts so late), and it all seems so meaningless anymore.

It’s been a quiet week on the homefront. They keep predicting rain in the afternoon, and we don’t get it until the evening. A good thing, because we’re usually home by the time anything starts. I’ve been continuing my GIMP studies and hope to start rolling out new graphics soon. The same guy whose videos I’ve been watching also teaches Inkscape and Blender, the latter of which creates animations, so I might look into those as well. Hey, I’m not doing much of anything else…

Here’s the summary of the week.

I featured Leonid & Friends, a Chicago tribute band from Russia who sounds more like Chicago than the current Chicago. As I mentioned, the download of their album Chicagovich is available on iTunes, and Mark said he got a copy at Amazon. Definitely worth checking out.

This week’s encore performance was by Larry Carlton, an LA session guitarist and smooth jazz artist who played on a lot of Steely Dan’s later albums. He’s still going strong.

This week’s quote was from Jordan Peterson, and addressed the current trend in education, which is to send all high school graduates to college whether or not they want to go. How times have changed: in the old days, a father who was a plumber encouraged his kids to go to college, now parents with college degrees are encouraging their kids to be plumbers…

One of Kat’s prompts was to write a post inspired by swimsuits. My response was to talk about the year a guy I worked with gave me the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Calendar for Christmas. Back then, it was in poor taste to display it in your office; today, you’d get fired and probably sent to the guillotine or something…

I shared the Top Ten from WDLB in Marshfield, Wisconsin from fifty years ago. “Lady Willpower” by Gary Puckett & The Union Gap topped the chart there that week.

After starting the post with a three-letter word, I wrote a brief tribute to Grandma Holton, who celebrated (in heaven) her 118th birthday yesterday

After I get this published, I’ll be deciding on a Battle of the Bands, which I’ll publish this afternoon, so keep your eyes peeled for that. We’re doing numbers tomorrow for M4, and that’s already done. Tuesday’s twofer will be another previously-published piece. Everything else is status quo, so stay tuned.

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