A Mid-November Week That Was

This edition of The Week That Was is brought to you by County Fair hot dog and hamburger rolls. You’ll love ’em!

Those hot dogs and hamburgers look pretty good to me! That’s the end of that commercial “reel,” and thanks to the A/V Geeks for posting them and to the Prelinger Archives for collecting them.

The Week That Was

Cold and dreary here, to match my mood: We lost another cat last night. Max, one of our youngest and more robust cats, suddenly took ill this week and died last night. I’m a little bummed about that.

Max as a kitten.

On the upside, I got my Christmas present…

The C. Crane Skywave SSB radio. It gets AM, FM, weather, aviation and shortwave, and can handle SSB broadcasts.

I got into shortwave radio listening about 25 years ago, and haven’t done any in about 20. Haven’t had much time to listen yet.

Anyway, here’s the week in review.

I did the ten #1 songs from each year in the 1980’s. Many of you like the music of the Eighties, so a lot of you liked it. This week, we’re doing “One-Hit Wonders From Your High School Years.” You’ll see my take on it tomorrow.

The featured artist this past week was Frankie Laine, who might be best known for his singing the theme from the early 1960’s Wetern “Rawhide” and the theme from the movie Blazing Saddles.


The one-liner was a quote from Roger Hodgson, keyboardist, vocalist, and primary songwriter for the British progressive rock band Supertramp, about his song “Take The Long Way Home,” a video of which I put into last week’s Week That Was post.

I wrote about my disorganized system of organization and a couple of times I got in trouble for it, and how my life is a lot more organized now that I have and use Evernote.

TV themes were this week’s theme, something I haven’t done much of in recent days. I ran across so many good playlists on YouTube of TV themes that I might not have to do any more.

I wrote about the aches and pains that I’ve been experiencing in my arms since I started aquatic therapy, but in all it’s going quite well. Thanks to the many of you who lent some encouragement. I’m climbing stairs much better than I had been, one of my key objectives.

I think I caused a little confusion last week when I used the expression “in the can.” It’s an expression from the early days of filmmaking that they used when a movie was completed, “the can” being the film cans they used when transporting and storing the movie. Sorry for any confusion.

With that in mind, tomorrow’s post is in the can, and by the time this writing session is over so will several other posts for this week. I’m not planning any major departure from the usual routine, but you never know what I’ll do.

lecycliste (Mark), JoAnna, Judy E. Martin, HilaryMB, Dan Antion, J-Dub, Joey, Barbara in Caneyhead, Eugenia, Birgit, Janet, Arlee Bird, The Reinvintaged Life, Karen @ Reprobate Typewriter, Sandi, Kat, Frank Hubeny, Marian Allen, Cathy Kennedy, Annalisa Crawford, Janie Junebug, Annie @ McGuffy’s Reader, 15AndMeowing, Alana Mautoine, and everyone who gave me a “like.”

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

14 thoughts on “A Mid-November Week That Was

    1. Thanks. It helps to know that he’s not suffering. Cats won’t let you know things are bad until they’re so bad there’s nothing you can do about them. For him to decline that fast was a real shock, though.

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  1. Sorry to hear about Max. We can (sort of) prepare ourselves for the loss of the older ones, not so much the younger ones.
    I have an older version of that radio (no SSB) that I bought for travel and general wandering about. I really like it. An external antenna might be a nice idea if Santa has any room left in his sleigh. I think C.Crane sells a little one on a reel that clips onto the internal antenna.


    1. Max wasn’t really that young except in comparison to the rest of them. Ours is a senior bunch, and Max and his sister Minnie were at the end at around 11. The others are all 15 or older, so I’ll have a few more departures before long, I’m afraid. This is the end of the line for us: no more cats after these go. We’re getting too old and I can’t help out like I used to.

      The SSB came with a reel antenna, and I had bought another for the Skywave I got a year ago. Actually two: I bought a non-CCrane antenna thinking it would work, and it didn’t (it had a miniplug, and the CCranes don’t have a jack for the antenna). Nice radios, and I’d probably appreciate them more if I could get better reception. I can’t even get WWV, and that’s usually one of the real easy ones to get. I need to take the time to get the antenna set correctly and move the radio around. The stroke left me clumsy and I worry I’ll drop the radio…


    1. The ham operators operate on the shortwave band, which is everything from 1711 kHz (just above the AM band) up to 32 MHz. They’re generally bunched around 20 MHz and 4000 kHz.

      Max’s death really took us by surprise, although he was acting strangely (for him) for the last couple of months. He was getting into bed and spending the night with us. He didn’t used to do that. I think he was looking to stay warm. Maybe we should have taken him in then…

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  2. Oh, John. I am so sorry to read of Max’s passing. It is so hard to lose loved ones, especially when it is sudden. You lose your balance in time and space, with the feeling of nothing to hold onto. I am pleased that you have a brand new ham radio! Bill just got his new guitar bridges in the mail, both from overseas. A gold rolling bridge for his blue Gretsch, and a chrome rolling bridge for his SG. I would love to see you and him sit and talk about music and guitars. I think that you would enjoy each other, both from Chicago with similar thoughts on things. My Internet connection is off and on, pretty much back and forth. They have changed lines and tweaked this and that…but, I am still having dropped wi-fi and an unstable connection. They have got to fix this! So, I am struggling to stay afloat here! I have lost things I was working on, too, or parts thereof. Hail Mary…


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