The Pre-Eclipse Week That Was

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Busy week last week: I picked up my compression garment on Monday, which fits well, is easier to put on than the old ones, provides more pressure to prevent a recurrence of my lymphedema issues, and that I just like better. It’s a little too short, so they ordered me an extender to cover the top of the calf (just below the knee). I had my tooth pulled and the first part of the implant installed, and I haven’t needed the heavy-duty pain medication, which makes me happy. Prescription-strength naproxen (Aleve) has been more than sufficient. I now have a gaping hole where #20 used to be and an appointment for a week from tomorrow for Dr. Silverstein to check how things are going.

Tomorrow, of course, is the big eclipse everyone’s been looking forward to. I remember the one back in 1963 and all the terrifying ads about the danger of looking at the eclipse and being struck totally blind. MeTV had an article on their site this week about the Peanuts cartoons that led up to the ’63 event, and Kim Komando has a bunch of articles on her site.

Anyway, here’s the summary from last week…

The theme was “songs with men’s names in the title.” I have several suggestions from you and will feature them in tomorrow’s M4. I’m thinking of calling it 4000, since M is 1000 in Roman numerals (i.e. MMMM=4000).

The song title for Manic Monday was “In The Mood.” My essay started out with the sketch from The Carol Burnett Show where Carol, Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence, and Tim Conway did the song by clucking like chickens, which everyone seemed to enjoy, then launched into an essay where I explained that I might not be in the mood to write every day, but I show up anyway and usually find that puts me in the mood. That might be the biggest advantage to daily blogging.

I’m closing in on the end of my High School Days theme, and Tuesday’s twofer featured Elton John, who tied for second place in total number of weeks in the Top Ten during the early Seventies. The band he tied with will be featured this Tuesday.


If you haven’t voted in my most recent Battle, which Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin go head-to-head covering Glen Campbell’s “By The Time I Get To Phoenix,” time grows short. Be sure and cast your vote by midnight tomorrow.

The one-liner was from Scott Adams’s recent book again this week, and there’s a Kent cigarette commercial at the end, from the days before the FTC thought that taking cigarette ads off the air would keep kids from smoking. As someone who started smoking in high school (I’ve quit since then), I can tell you it didn’t.

Kat asked us to tell stories about our old neighborhood, and my essay was about Devon Avenue that included stops at the soda fountain, at the gay bath house (I didn’t take you inside, because of the vicious German Shepherd at the back door), and the dry cleaners operated by the parents of the first girl to steal my heart. Kip asked about other businesses along the way, and as I told him, the post could easily be several thousand words, and he’ll just have to wait for the book.

As I had been more focused on my tooth issues, I hadn’t given much thought to the 5×2, so I fell back on a survey post, this from WCFL on August 18, 1973. I compared their top ten to that of WLS to show you that, even though they were both surveys of the same city, they were different, occasionally quite a bit so.

I congratulated J-Dub on her badge being chosen as the new face of Stream of Consciousness Saturday, replacing mine, which now occupies my sidebar. Saturday’s theme word was “pant,” and the topics were Pantone’s new Prince color, the Panties of Righteousness, and heraldry.

I’m waiting on tomorrow’s song prompt for Manic Monday and the prompts for Kat’s Writer’s Workshop and Linda’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday, but you can probably guess there won’t be any surprises this week as far as the regular features are concerned. I may throw in a few extras, so stay tuned.

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

The Pre-Dental Week That Was

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Great music, huh?

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This is the week I go to the periodontist to have my dear tooth #20 pulled. He’ll put an implant in so they can put a new fake tooth on it. That might be done Wednesday, or at some point in the near future. They’ll let me know when they get in and have a look. If it were my regular dentist, I could count on her to screw something up and charge me extra to fix it. In any event, they’ve given me the pre-procedure antibiotics and super-dose naproxen sodium, as well as hydrocodone with acetaminophen for after the procedure in the event of severe pain. I’m concerned about taking it, not so much because I’m afraid of becoming addicted to opioids as I am of being afflicted with opioid-induced constipation. Other than that, I just want to get it over with. I got word on Friday that my compression garment has arrived, so I’m hoping to be discharged from physical therapy tomorrow afternoon. Anyway, on to the weekly summary…

As it was a freebie day, I followed up on last week’s M4 with your suggestions on songs with titles that started with J. Since there were eleven of them, I rounded it out to fifteen with four more I thought of.

The song title For Manic Monday was “Sentimental Journey,” and I gave my thoughts on this sentimental journey I’m on here on the blog. See? It does have a theme…

As I had already done The Jackson 5, the #4 act on my list of the top acts of the early Seventies by weeks in the Top Ten, I featured Chicago, maybe my favorite band from that era.

My one-liner was something funny I saw on Facebook that sounded like life after retirement, where one day, week, month, year, century… just sort of fades into the next. Apparently I’m not alone.

The prompt was the word “soaked,” which it just so happens I had gotten earlier that day when Mary left the car windows open for me so I wouldn’t asphyxiate in the van while she was in the store. As luck would have it, it began to pour seconds after she got into the store, and stopped just before she came out. Those automatic windows are great because you don’t have to crank them up and down, but not so great because the car has to be turned on for them to work.

Glen Campbell, who died this past week after a six-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease, was the subject of the 5×2. You might find this interesting: he and Alice Cooper were very close, and when Glen died, Alice gave an interview to Fox 10 Phoenix about their friendship and his respect and admiration for Glen as a musician and performer. Glen had his demons, as did Alice, but as Dan said on Friday, he seemed like a good guy. Definitely a tremendous musician, and listening to the playlist as I was putting the post together, I found myself wondering why I didn’t give him credit for that when he was alive.


I used the prompt of “guess” to launch into a discussion of the advantages of a passphrase over a simple password, no matter how random and difficult you make it. The guy who wrote the NIST’s book on creating passwords told The Wall Street Journal that a passphrase of random words, such as investor multiple fort hungary, offers just as much security and is much easier to enter and remember. I use LastPass to keep track of my passwords, but trust me, a passphrase is a whole lot easier to type and remember. Jami asked me “well, what happens if LastPass gets hacked?” Turns out, it was, about two years ago, and they explained that the way they encrypt master passwords and the data they protect makes it difficult for a hacker to crack.

This week, I’ll have a Battle of the Bands this Tuesday, besides all the regular features. Be sure and check Linda Hill’s blog this Thursday, as you’ll have an opportunity to choose the badge for Stream of Consciousness Saturday for the coming year. My badge, which we’ve used this past year, is in the running again, as are a number of really good ones. Anyhow, stop by Linda’s on Thursday, and best of luck to everyone competing this year.

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

The Almost-Forgot-To-Name-It Week That Was…

It’s Sunday, and time for The Week That Was, sponsored today by Canfield Beverages.

Canfield’s was a local brand in the Chicago area that made such great soft drinks as 50/50, Diet Chocolate Soda, Mickey Melon (a watermelon-flavored concoction that featured a drawing of Mickey Rooney on the can), and Swiss Creme Soda (the commercials featured an oompah band and the refrain, “das is gut!“). They also made mixers like tonic water, club soda, and ginger ale, and all were famous for their “dancing carbonation.”

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It felt like this week went on forever. I was measured for my compression device last Monday, which Mary, Kate (my therapist), and I all hoped would be in by Thursday, which would have been my last appointment if it had been, but no, it’s either delayed or it normally takes this long to make, so we’re now hoping it’ll be ready by Tuesday’s appointment.

Then, after waiting for what seems an eternity for my periodontist to (snail) mail me a treatment plan for what they plan to do with my Tooth #20 issues, I called them and got hold of the one person in the office that knows what she’s doing, who explained the process and emailed me a copy of the treatment plan. I go in for the extraction a week from Wednesday.

Here’s the weekly summary.

Monday’s theme was “songs that start with the first letter of your name.” I didn’t even think there were that many songs that started with J until I got going, and y’all came up with more, about five if I counted correctly. If I can get that to ten by tomorrow, that’ll be my theme of “freebie” day. If not, I’ll think of something else.

The song title was “Summertime Blues,” and in addition to kvetching about my medical stuff, I expressed my sympathy for the kids of Cobb County, who were due back in school on Monday. The kids will have an easier time concentrating on their studies this week, as it’s probably going to rain all week.

I started counting down the five most-popular music acts of the early 1970’s, beginning with Tony Orlando and Dawn, or Dawn featuring Tony Orlando, if you prefer. They actually did some good songs, but everyone remembers “Tie A Yellow Ribbon ‘Round The Old Oak Tree.”

I chose this past week’s one-liner from Scott Adams’s latest book, which is quite funny and you ought to read. The commercial was the classic Alka-Seltzer “Mamma Mia, that’s a spicy meatball-a!” one from the Sixties.

This week’s prompt was to write something on the subject of it being humid, a topic I’m familiar with, living in Atlanta and all.

I continued my series of songs that were the only Top Ten hit for their music acts that made it to #1 anyway. There were less than 40 such songs, so that won’t drag on too long.


The prompt was “high/low.” Everyone seemed to enjoy my description of baseball’s strike zone, which the rules are specific about, which is why nine out of ten umpires ignore them, as if to say “If I say it’s a strike, it’s a strike.” Arguing with the home-plate umpire over what he calls a strike is cause for immediate ejection and a fine from Major League Baseball. Hall of Fame manager Bobby Cox was ejected from 163 regular-season games and one postseason game, a record he snagged away from John McGraw at the end of his career, and most of those ejections were for arguing balls and strikes. Or so it seems, anyway.

One correction: I mentioned that concert pitch was A440 and said that was the A below middle C. Mark, who’s played the piano longer than I’ve known him (45 years or so), said it’s actually the A above middle C. The Sound of One Hand Typing regrets the error. It did, however, give me an excuse to run this video by him, that proposes that A should actually be lower than 440.

Just for fun (and you know my warped sense of “fun”), I asked myself “if C sounds at 261+ Hz when A sounds at 440 Hz, what would A be if C sounded at 256 Hz?” (Note that the video says 256 and all the other multiples of 2 is more in tune with the universe.) The answer (and I will NOT show my work) is 430+ Hz.

We’ll pause here to give you a chance to relax to the soothing sounds of nature…

All the usual features will return. Maybe I’ll do a survey post tomorrow, Tuesday I’ll share the fourth most-popular band from the early Seventies, another one-liner on Wednesday, more one-hit #1’s on Friday, and I’ll have to wait on Sandi, Kat and Linda for the rest.

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

The Back-To-School Week That Was

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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.

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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.


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.”


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!

The Dog Days of The Week That Was

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I never could tell the difference between Quisp and Quake. They both pretty much tasted the same. Different shapes, sure. Is it just me, or does Quake sound like Forrest Tucker?

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So another week has come and gone. Tomorrow I have an appointment with a periodontist. Seems one of my molars was going to need “crown lengthening” anyway, but as the dentist was drilling, she drilled away most of the tooth and still hadn’t gotten rid of the decay, so we decided I needed to have the tooth pulled and have them screw in an implant, then she can put the crown on. Sounds like a lot of fun… anyway, tomorrow is just an appointment for him to give me an estimate and to set up an appointment to have it done. At least, that’s what I think it is. The tooth, which has a temporary filling in it, has already partially broken away, so, yeah, it needs to go. I’ll try and get posts up for tomorrow and Tuesday so I can keep the chain going, but just realize that one or more might be late. Here’s the summary from last week.

The theme this past week was “European Favorites.” I had done a playlist of songs that weren’t in English that charted in the US anyway, and used several of them in the new list. XmasDolly thought it was good. My life is complete…

I featured two instrumental hits from my high-school days, both of which qualify as “one-hit wonders.” This week I’ll feature two vocal songs that were one-hit wonders in the early Seventies, then we’ll start counting down the most-popular bands from the period before moving on to something else. Birgit suggested I do the same for when my parents were in high school, which coincidentally was the start of the Baby Boomer years (1946-64). I’m thinking of going with a “Baby Boomer” theme for the rest of the year and probably a good portion of next year. What do you think of that?

Shared something funny that had been posted to Instagram by PunsWorld. The commercial, a borderline-obscene Arby’s ad, got as much attention as the one-liner. Reminds me of the days when the commercials were more entertaining than the shows.

Kat’s prompt was the word “island,” which led me on a discussion of all the islands I’ve been on. My list almost qualified as a Thursday Ten. I was surprised that I had been on so many.

I shared ten more of the destination songs you recommended, and announced that I’d hold off on posting any more for a while, partly because I was almost out, partly because a couple of the suggestions were “songs about places in Ireland” and “songs about New York City” which required a little more thought. You might see one of those tomorrow. Meanwhile, if you have more destination song suggestions, feel free to drop them on me.


The prompt was “ceiling and/or sealing.” I found a story about how a colony of bees had built a huge hive in this woman’s attic. I know there are concerns about the declining bee population, then I see stories like that and it makes me wonder. I mean, this lady had an estimated 120,000 bees in her attic. And if you check YouTube, you can find similar stories where bees have colonized people’s houses. Several people wondered how this woman didn’t know they were there. Well, maybe she has tinnitus and thought it was just her ears…


My most recent Battle of the Bands was won by Bing Crosby, singing the version of “Galway Bay” more popular outside Ireland. Next Battle will be on August 15, since that seems to be the way things are going.

Tomorow I’ll be adding a new feature, “Manic Monday,” brought to us by Sandi over at Flip Flops Everywhere. The link take you to the page that has the rules and the prompt for this week. I’m pretty sure she wouldn’t mind if you joined in as well. Aside from that, all the regular features will be here, and who knows what else.

By the way, those of you who use Photobucket might already know this, but it appears that they no longer do free third-party hosting. If you store the images you imbed in your blog posts on Photobucket, you might want to consider moving them to another host or coughing up the $399 a year for third-party hosting. They explain it all here.

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