The Daylight Saving Time Week That Was

The edition of The Week That Was is brought to you by Landover Mall, Landover, Maryland.

Wikipedia tells us that it closed in 2002, partly because it was in a high-crime area, the suburbs of Washington, DC. I thought all the crime in Washington happened under the Capitol Dome…

It was a good week. Busy, but we got everything done that Mary wanted to, got out for coffee a couple of times, and I did the taxes. Good thing we got so much done, because with the beginning of Daylight Saving Time, this week might be a wash. Here’s the summary for the week.

For this week’s freebie, I reviewed the music of George Formby, British entertainer from Wigan, Lancashire. Between movies, records, and personal appearances, he became England’s biggest star in the Thirties and Forties, even though he was banned by the BBC.

Chicago’s own The Impressions, which gave Jerry Butler and Curtis Mayfield their starts, was featured.

I posted a somewhat vulgar question that’s been making the Facebook rounds recently. In a way, it’s all about setting boundaries, which makes a few people think you’re a jerk.

I detail everything we got accomplished this week. We were good adults, or if you prefer, we adulted well.

In my first BotB shutout ever, Ruby & The Romantics really showed Eddie Holman who did “Hey There Lonely Boy” (in Eddie’s case, “Hey There Lonely Girl”) better. Voting was light, or Eddie might have had a chance.

I featured ten songs with “cry” or “crying” in the title. Kip came up with Johnny Cash’s “Cry, Cry, Cry,” and Dan came up with Highway 101’s song with the same name. I’m just happy I didn’t have to fall back on songs that had “tears” or “weep” in the title, or for which crying was part of the song, like Kyu Sakamoto’s “Ue O Muite Arokou” (you know it better as “Sukiyaki”) or Dee Clark’s “Raindrops.”

I also announced that I have a new Instagram account, due to the old one being filled with people I don’t remember following. The new one is @onehandtyping_, if you want to follow. As I said in that post, I’ve been restricted from following anyone else because I tried following everyone I wanted to follow from the old account, and I reached some unwritten limit. I should be able to start following again tomorrow, but I wouldn’t count on it.

The prompt was “so far,” reminding me of one of my favorite Monty Python sketches and that whenever someone says “so far, so good,” it’s usually a sign things will start changing rapidly for the worst. That seems to be a favorite plot for fiction writers, who are told to be as mean and nasty to their characters as they can be because it makes for good reading. It’s part of the reason I gave up fiction writing: I couldn’t be mean to my creations.

It’ll be pretty much status quo this week as I work on the remaining entries for The A To Z Challenge. Tomorrow’s M4 theme is “colors,” and I’ll try to come up with a few new ones.

Thanks to JoAnna, Fandango, Jami, Kip, Dan, Annie, Martha, Eugenia, Ally, Cathy, Arlee, Liza, Morgan,Ritu, David Webb, Janet, Sarah, Hilary, Karen, Kat, Frank, Sandi, Mary M, Joey, Mark, Birgit, Joyce, Marie, Cathy Keisha, Mike, Michele, Alana, Barbara, J-Dub, and everyone who left a “like.”

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


The Feast of St. Casimir Week That Was

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I might have already done an Almond Joy commercial, but this one just screams “Early Sixties!”

I feel like I’ve accomplished something: I settled on a theme for the A to Z Challenge and wrote about five entries yesterday. Don’t forget, sign-ups for this year’s Challenge start tomorrow. Check the Challenge blog for all the details. Here’s the summary for last week.

The theme for the day was theme songs from movies and TV shows, one of my favorite all-time themes.

The featured artist was Frankie Valli and The 4 Seasons. Everyone seems to like them, from what I gather.

I used a quote I found on a blog that I thought was a perfect description of the recently-concluded Winter Olympics.

Voting on my current Battle of the Bands is open through this Wednesday. I’ll announce the winner on Thursday. If you haven’t voted, there’s still plenty of time.

I used the prompt “friendly” to talk about Friendly Bob Adams, the mascot (for lack of a better term) for General Finance, who sponsored radio broadcasts of White Sox games in the Sixties.

For no other reson than I had no better ideas and it was getting late, I chose ten “surf” tunes at random.

Given prompt “fine,” I remembered that “fine” was the Italian word for “end” and is used in music to denote the end of a song, so we had a little music theory lesson.

As I continue writing my entries for the A to Z Challenge, I have notrhing special planned. It’s freebie day tomorrow, and I have to pick an artist for Tuesday. I have a good one-liner picked for Wednesday, and as usual will have to wait on prompts for Thursday and Saturday. I’ll wing it on Friday, as usual.

Thanks to Wendy, Dan, John Howell, JoAnna, Mark, J-Dub, Birgit, Jo, Martha, Eugenia, Janet, Uncle Jack Connelly, Arlee, Mary B, Stephen, Jim, Frank, Mary M, “Around My Kitchen Table”, Cathy, Joey, “15 And Meowing”, Fandango, “Mommy In Color”, Jeffrey, Alana, Michele, Stacy, Cathy Keisha, Ally Bean, and everyone who left a “like.”

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

The “Happy Birthday, George” Week That Was

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Today would have been George Harrison’s 75th birthday. Just seeing that in writing is a little freaky. Anyway, in honor of the day…

Here’s the summary for the week.

Freebie week was “Artists from Chicago” day for me. I had so much fun it was also my theme for Friday. And maybe in the future. There were a lot of musical acts that came from Chicago.

Little Richard was the featured artist. We’re getting close to the end of the “Baby Boom” artists, so I have to figure out a new theme for Two for Tuesday. If anyone has a suggestion, let me know.

The one-liner was from a story about the parish politics we once dealt with and a situation years later where I was able to use one of the things I heard then in a different context, which made Mary laugh. Mary says to tell you we had made it to IHOP for breakfast before I said the line. She remembers better than I do.

I discussed five things I’m enjoying right now, which included a story that made me laugh really hard.

In the latest battle, the panel decided that Astrud gilberto sang “Fly Me To The Mooon” better than Angelina Jordan. Next battle this Thursday, so stay tuned!

Another one of those weeks where I didn’t exactly follow the directions to the letter, instead rambling on about music about doors, or by The Doors. Hope I’m not in too much trouble.

As previously mentioned, look for a Battle of the Bands on Thursday. Tomorrow’s theme for M4 is “Themes from movies and TV shows,” which should be an easy one for me. The rest of the week will be pretty normal, as I have not one, but two dental appointments, one with my periodontist tomorrow and another with my dentist on Wednesday. Plus, I have to get cracking on my A to Z posts (both for my blog and the Challenge blog). I haven’t figured out exactly what my theme is for this year, but I’ll know by the time I start writing. I’ll have to, won’t I?

Thanks to Michele, Birgit, Mark, Joey, CalensAriel, Ally, Eugenia, Arlee, Janet, 15AndMeowing, May, Kat, Dan, Ed Thierbach, J-Dub, Marie, Uncle Jack Connelly, Alana, Joyce, Patrick, Cathy, Mike, and everyone who left a “like.”

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

The Spring Training Week That Was

This edition of The Week That Was is sponsored by Gillette Super Speed razors. Here’s Al Helfer.

Spring Training officially begins this week. I’ve been waiting since the end of last season.

It’s been a quiet week here. That’s the way I like ’em: no news is good news. Had a good week as well, so let’s get down to it.

It being Valentine’s week, the theme was, naturally, love. I put together a playlist that I thought was particularly good, and many of you thought so as well.

Our featured artist this past week was The Platters.

I actually came up with my own one-liner, something I said to one of my elderly bunch here when she kept demanding food.

Posts where I have to list out my favorite YouTube channels are fairly easy for me to do. The hardest part is keeping it within the limit, in this case, six. This time I made sure that I hadn’t used them before.

My current Battle of the Bands is over whether bossa nova queen Astrud Gilberto or 12-year-old phenom Angelina Jordan sings a better version (better meaning one you like better) of “Fly Me To The Moon.” Voting is open through Wednesday, after which I’ll tally up the votes and announce the winner.

With regards to the Battle of the Bands, it’s been my practice to not respond to comments, lest I be accused of attempting to influence the voting. Blame it on my growing up in Chicago, where influencing voting is standard operating procedure on Election Day. I’ll reply to any comments after the voting is done and dusted.

Also on Thursday, I reposted a message from the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge team, of which I’m a member, announcing a pre-challenge survey we’d like potential participants to complete for us. This year, one lucky winner will receive a prize package worth approximately $50 USD (I’ll leave it to you to convert to local currency). We’d appreciate your help.

I had hoped not to have to rely on another survey post, but Friday got here and I was baffled, so I chose the Top 10 from Minneapolis-St. Paul’s KDWB from February 1961. It turned out to be a pretty good week for music, based on the comments I received.

I went full-bore stream-of-consciousness on the prompt, “his/hers,” and the results were rather amusing, I thought. Most of you liked the old Boy Scout joke at the beginning. I’m glad.

No plans at this end to do anything earth-shattering this week, but you can never tell with me.

Thanks to J-Dub, John, Birgit, Karyn, Dan, Janet, Encore Voyage, Eugenia, Ed, Linda, Alaqna, Ally, Annalisa, Cheryl, Arlee, Cathy, Uncle Jack, Stephen, Mary, Mike, Michele, Martha, Kat, 15andmeowing, JoAnna, Biker Chick, Micki, Joey, Joyce, calensariel, Patrick, Naila, Lauralynn, Marie, Cathy Keisha, and everyone who left a “like.”

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

The Olympic Week That Was

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It’s been a pretty good week: neither Mary nor I had to go to any doctor’s appointments, it was sunny most days, and the rain coincides with the Olympics. Not that I care too much, but I can always play with my Fire and my phone while Mary watches. So here’s what happened this week.

Went all the way back to February 1957 and pulled the Top 10 from WJJD in Chicago for my freebie. Not surprisingly, the only song most people knew was Harry Belafonte’s “Banana Boat Song,” though Tab Hunter’s “Young Love” was in the #1 slot.

Chubby Checker, who’s still going pretty strong, was the featured artist this week.

Also on Tuesday, I reported the sad news that John Mahoney, who played Kelsey Grammer’s father on Frasier, passed away at the age of 77. Grammer said that he thought of John as his real-life father as well, because he had known John longer than his own father.

My one-liner was from Miss “Hot For Words,” Marina Orlova, who, in addition to being highly intelligent, is also quite attractive. She seems to have ditched the HFW identity and is now an artist, and a good one at that.

I was asked to name my eight favorite candies, and as I started I realized I had already been prompted for my ten favorite, so I added eight more to that list. I don’t think I’ve met a candy I don’t like.

In a very close battle over a song that no one seems to like, most likely because it was played so much when it was popular, Kasey Cisyk, who sang “You Light Up My Life” for Didi Conn in the movie of the same name, edged out Debby Boone, who had the megahit with it back in 1977.

I remembered the late, great WCFL, “The Voice Of Labor” in Chicago, by listing the Top 10 from their last-ever survey, which happened about 42 years ago. It gave those of us who grew up in the Chicago area (Mark, Ed and I) a chance to reminisce about the good old days (which, when you think about it, weren’t that good). Mark and I knew the son of the station manager at Super CFL (he and I were pretty close, actually), who went to school with us, but we had lost touch before WCFL’s grand transformation.

It was a week of reruns: the prompt was “tail/tale,” and I had written something on the blog previously about both, so I linked to the previous essays. I always like going back through the archives and discovering little things I had written “way back when.” Maybe I’ll do a rerun week soon, and go back and revive some of the older things I’d written. Or maybe I’ll rewrite them…

Tomorrow, love songs in honor of Valentine’s Day. I have a great Battle of The Bands coming up on Thursday, and will probably come up with a one-liner to recognize that, in addition to Valentine’s Day, Wednesday is Ash Wednesday (it’s also the feast of Sts. Cyril and Methodius). I’m still working my wy through the rock artists from the Baby Boom years, though I’m getting close to the end, and thus have to come up with a new theme pretty soon. I’ll be sure to come up with a better idea than another historical survey for Friday, and I have to wait and see what the prompts are for Thursday and Saturday. And who knows what else I’ll come up with?

Thanks to Micki, Dan, J-Dub, Fandango, Janet, Annie, Deborah, Birgit, Joey, Mark, Ed Thierbach, Arlee, Eugenia, Ally, Karen, Jerralea, Encore Voyage, Annalisa, Jen E, Madam Dreamweaver, Morgan, Marian, May, Frank, JoAnna, Linda, Martha, Michele, Cathy, Cheryl, Patrick, Joyce, Lauralynn, Mary B, Marie, Alana, and everyone who left a “like.”

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