The Father’s Day 2017 Week That Was

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A very happy Father’s Day to all you fathers, grandfathers, stepfathers, foster fathers, uncles, priests and ministers, and anyone who plays father. Just for you guys, here are The Winstons from 1969.

Here’s the summary…

Monday was a freebie day, which I celebrated by choosing six songs from 1978, a year that’s important to me as I graduated and got married that year. And, in case you hadn’t noticed, I’ve started building playlists when I have more than one or two videos. This way the pages should load a little quicker.

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Cher was my featured artist on Two for Tuesday.

Also on Tuesday, I did the “thirty questions” meme because it looked like a lot of fun. And it was. Maybe I’ll come up with a similar meme and maybe it’ll go viral. You never know with me.

I selected this week’s one-liner from the movie Stripes, simply because it was on my mind. I also found an ancient cartoon for Ipana toothpaste, which sparked some conversation about toothpastes that no longer exist. Maybe one day I’ll do a thing on that.

I was insanely happy about someone from Comcast coming to the house and finally figuring out what the problems were with my Internet service, and more importantly, fixing them. The prompt word was “treat,” which is what Comcast did to my connection to the Internet, so that was what I wrote about. Simple things make all the difference sometimes.

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I’ll be announcing the winner of this week’s battle on Thursday, so be sure and get your vote in before then. The song is “Big Blue Diamonds” and the contestants are Van Morrison and Percy Sledge, who has a big lead as I write this.

I hadn’t featured your choices of car songs from Memorial Day’s Monday’s Music Moves Me, so I rectified the situation as well as adding three more of my own. The other nice thing about playlists is I can keep adding on to them.

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TV freak that I am, when I saw that the prompt for the day was “sign,” I immediately thought of sign ons and sign offs, something that TV stations no longer do, as they broadcast continuously. If they don’t have material, they buy a few infomercials and show those. There were some good stories in the comments about your experiences with falling asleep and being awakened by the 400 Hz tone or by the hiss of static as the “ant races” take place. Later TV’s suppressed the noise so all you had was the visual.

All your favorite regular features will return, and maybe I’ll have a few other goodies for you.

By the way, if you have a blog and want me to link to it in the “Thanks For Your Comments” section, be sure to give me the URL of your blog, either in your comment or in the space provided on the comment form. I appreciate your stopping by and want to return the favor.

That’s all we have for this week. Thanks for stopping by!

Holy Summary, Batman! It’s The Week That Was!

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By now, you’ve heard that Adam West, TV’s “Batman,” died yesterday after a brief bout with leukemia. The only remaining “supervillain” from the show, Julie Newmar (who played Catwoman, although sadly not in the movie), paid him a wonderful tribute, saying he was “the best Batman ever.” Rest in peace, Adam West.

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Since yesterday, when I talked about how my Internet service was in and out whenever it was warm, I installed a new gateway (actually took out the one I had in there and swapped it for the one that was there before I changed it), and I’ve only had one brief outage. Could the gateway have been the issue? No way of knowing. Anyway, here’s the week in review.

I shared the #1 songs from the US and the UK on each of my brothers’ birthays, as well as my own. We were born on days with great music, is all I have to say.

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Aretha Franklin was Tuesday’s act from my high school days. She’s had a long and successful career, and seems to be a favorite of all of you.

Wednesday’s One-Liner was from the movie The Blues Brothers, which has more than its share of great one-liners. And Aretha Franklin was in both movies, the original and Blues Brothers 2000.

The prompt was “late,” so I wrote about a couple of times when I was not just late, but spectacularly so. I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I did writing it and remembering the times. And yes, there are plenty more stories like those.

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My most recent Battle was won by Miss Sassy herself, Sarah Vaughan. Any time I feature a battle with Sarah Vaughan, she wins. I’m thinking of retiring her from future battles; she’s just too good.

After the previous week, where I chose five songs at random from a list of the top 40 songs in the UK during the summer of 1979, I had intended on doing the same thing. Seeing as I couldn’t find such a list, I took a WLS survey from the middle of that summer and chose five songs more or less at random, being careful not to select any disco tunes. I think I might have gotten the only five non-disco tunes on the survey…

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The word was “admit,” and the topic was my latest battle with my Internet service, where they finally admitted maybe they were the ones that had an issue. They’re coming out on Tuesday. Stay tuned for further updates.

Nothing special planned, though my friend over at Mostly Cajun has me thinking about this whole blogging thing. I wonder sometimes if I’m doing too much on autopilot. On the other hand, like him I’d rather talk here than on Facebook, and I’m still enjoying this tremendously. And I think I’d miss this too much. Okay, I’d miss you too much.

That’s it for this edition of The Week That Was. See you later!

The Pentecost Sunday Week That Was

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It’s a rainy day here in Georgia. We almost didn’t get out, but we ran between the raindrops to get out of the house because that’s what we do on Sunday. And several other days of the week. I’m still trying to work with the “new and improved text editor” because I’m typing whole sentences before any of the words show up with the old one. Curiously, it only seems to happen here. How strange.

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It was a pretty good week. In the pre-retirement days, I would call it a short week, because Memorial Day was Monday, but nowadays, they all just sort of run together. Anyway, let’s see what I did this week.

Monday’s theme was songs about cars. About half of the songs I picked were chosen by others as well, which is something I try very hard not to do, but it was a holiday. I do plan on adding your suggestions to the playlist, and might add a few from other people’s playlists as well.

Roberta Flack was the featured artist last Tuesday, and in a special Twofer, as a sort of send-off for Gregg Allman, who sadly passed last weekend, The Allman Brothers Band was also featured.

Wednesday’s One-Liner came from Mike James, formerly the editor of NewsBlues, a newsletter for newspeople in the media, specifically television. He had a few strongly-worded comments about the current state of TV news, but which could probably apply to newspapers, magazines, and the Internet.

Couldn’t find a prompt I liked among this week’s batch, so I went back a week and chose the prompt that asked me to name eight entities who really need a timeout. In my day, when a kid got a timeout, he or she was told to go stand in the corner, so that was what I told my eight to do. I had so much fun writing it that I’m considering making it a semi-regular feature.

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Voting on my latest Battle of the Bands, Battle “All Or Nothing At All”: Sarah Vaughan, June Christy, and Billie Holiday, continues through Wednesday, so get your vote in if you haven’t already done so. I’ll announce the winner this Thursday.

I was searching for a topic for this week’s Friday Five, and came up with the idea that I would pick a summer during my life (1956 thru 2016) and play the top five songs from that year. I started with 1979, a year where I don’t remember much about the summer’s music because I was working nights and didn’t hear a whole lot of music, and found a list of songs. Then I thought, why not choose five songs at random from the list and play those? So that’s what I did, and it was only after I finished the post that I realized that these were the top forty songs from summer 1979… in Great Britain. It’s a good idea nevertheless, and I’ll probably do it again, if I can figure a way to get the top forty from the US.

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The prompt was “weather/whether,” and I was about to talk about wanting to be a weatherman when I grew up, and realized you all are probably tired of hearing about it. I went back through the archives and found all the posts I had done about the weather, and linked to all of them. I found myself reading a few of them, as well as the commnts people left, and I realized, I haven’t heard from a lot of people in a while, and resolved to go back through my old posts and re-establish contact with them. I also talked about a neat trick I figured out for following up on comments I left on Blogger sites, which I hope helps a few of y’all.

No real surprises, although with me, you never can tell. I’m tempted occasionally….

That’s it for this edition of The Week That Was. See you soon!

The 2017 Memorial Day Week That Was

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Another cheap furniture store in Chicago. I think they’re out of business now.

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Interesting week. I have been having a problem on the outside of my right foot making it excruciating to walk, and Mary convinced me to see a podiatrist. There’s evidently a tendon on that side that I managed to strain. He gave me diclofenac, a much stronger NSAID than naproxen or ibuprofen (but no codeine) and told me to ice it. A day or so later, I’m feeling great, because the diclofenac works on all the inflammation, including in the knees and back. I’m going to see if I can get a standing prescription for it. Anyone else using it?

Here’s the week in review…

Monday was a freebie, so I chose songs that have “diamond” in the title. I asked for suggestions of others, and you came up with a dozen, which we played on Friday for The Friday Five.

Music from my high school years continued with The Temptations, and I added in a song by former Temp Eddie Kendricks.

We got a new badge for One-Liner Wednesday as Dan’s entry reigned supreme, as they used to say on Iron Chef. My one-liner was something I found on Instagram, and the commercial I chose was for Burger King, advertising Return Of The Jedi glassware, some of which you can see here.

Question for all of you who participate in #1LinerWeds: do you keep a list of one-liners to use on Wednesdays? I’ve started doing that, because I have a memory like a sieve anymore. Evernote has become my new friend.

One of the prompts was to write about “staycation,” where you go on vacation but stay at home. We had a great one the two weeks the 1996 Summer Olympics were in town.

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Linda’s prompt was “smell,” and ultimately I wrote about a guy I used to work for who smelled like he never bathed.

We’ll feature car songs tomorrow on Monday’s Music Moves Me, and we’ll have a Battle of the Bands on Thursday featuring a song we discussed a couple of weeks ago, when we featured songs with “all” or “nothing” in the title. Plus another act from my high school days, a one-liner, a Friday Five, and writing sparked by whatever Kat and Linda come up with. And, who knows what else? Be sure to join us!

That’s it for this edition of The Week That Was. For my US readers, have a safe Memorial Day, and be sure to remember those men and women in the Armed Forces who paid the ultimate price for our freedom. Tomorrow’s a bank holiday for some of you who don’t live in the US, so have a safe and and restful day off. Everyone else, have a good day, anyway. See you soon!

The Last Weekend of Spring Week That Was

Here’s John Cleese for Lowney Peanut Butter Cups.

I don’t know if they still sell Lowney’s Peanut Butter Cups, which is probably a Canadian brand. Anyone familiar with them?

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Once again, I find myself having to do all this with the WYSIWYG editor and switch over to the HTML one to embed the pictures etc. Funny thing, it doesn’t go really slowly when I cut-and-paste… but anyway…

I saw the doctor this week, and it looks like I’m on my way back to physical therapy, as the Juxtalite compression gadgets I’ve worn for the last year haven’t worked, and my leg is back to where it was. Looks like I’m going to have to find a way to get the compression socks on my legs by myself. They have a sock donner to help me get them on, so I’ll inquire about that. I’m sure they’d be happy to oblige. Anyway, onto the weekly summary…

BATTLE OF THE BANDS! (BOTB Top Photo)

It wasn’t even a contest:

We Five: 1
Jefferson Airplane: 15

Congratulations to Jefferson Airplane, and We Five, what can I say? Nice try, I guess. Shopgirl, who voted for We Five, especially liked Debbie Graf’s voice, but I guess the Airplane’s arrangement in general was better. Not as good as the Youngbloods’ version, which I think is the definitive cover of the song.

Mike Golch wanted to hear some Sixties Rock, and that’s what we had. I always get some comments when I play music from that era from people who don’t remember when those songs were popular, which is what I’m going for.

John Denver was the featured artist this week. He got really popular in the Seventies, and for a while you couldn’t turn on the TV and not see him, because in addition to appearing on many of the variety shows that were in their heyday he had a show of his own. Or maybe it just seems that way, because he was on so many shows.

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Another piece of advice from me, which came from an image quote I saw on Facebook or Twitter or someone else’s blog. By the way, Linda Hill is having her new-badge contest for One-Liner Wednesday, and will be linking to the contestants tomorrow on her blog. Be sure and vote early and vote often.

The prompt I chose this week was to write a post based on the word “fired.” I came to the conclusion that getting fired, while generally not thought of as a good thing, was sometimes a blessing in disguise, as it might be an indication you had been at that job too long. I know that was my case. The discussion is always open, so feel free to read and comment on it.

This week I played the top five songs from the recently-concluded Eurovision Song Contest. I wasn’t impressed, and from the comments I received, neither were you.

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Linda’s prompt was “all or nothing,” and it turned into one of my music posts, with three songs that had “all” in the title paired with three that had “nothing” in the title. There is a standard song that has both “all” and “nothing” in the title, and you’ll have an opportunity to hear that one in my next Battle of the Bands, on June 1, a week from this coming Wednesday.

All the regular favorites will be back this week, including a free-for-all for Monday’s Music Moves Me (get well soon, Marie!), another popular act from my high school days, a one-liner, writing prompted by both Kat and Linda, a Friday Five, and anything else I can think of.

That’s it for this week. See you tomorrow!