The Inaugural Week That Was of 2018

This edition of The Week That Was is brought to you by Jif peanut butter. Choosy mothers choose Jif!

I understand that food allergies have gotten so bad that kids are no longer allowed to bring peanut butter sandwiches or anything with peanut butter in it to school. I would have starved to death, because I brought peanut butter sandwiches all the time. Guess we’d never see scenes like this one, either…

Leon, the little boy at the end who offers Barney his sandwich, is played by Clint Howard, baby brother of Ronny Howard. But you knew that.

A little followup from yesterday: my uncle Jack said “Hey, what about E. coli? That starts with ‘eco.'” Had I thought of it, I would have included it. Well, this morning I got up to learn that they think romaine lettuce is the culprit in the latest outbreak of E. coli. Coincidence? I think not!

It was the first week of Just Jot It January as well as the first week of 2018, so let’s get right into it.

First, if you haven’t voted in my latest Battle of the Bands, I’ll announce the winner tomorrow. Voting has been very light, and I can’t tell if it’s because it was a holiday week or if people were sick of the song. I promise, that’s the last time I’ll do a battle with it.

We did New Year’s songs on M4 last week. Tomorrow is a feebie, so prepare for a survey post.

Kay Starr was the featured artist this past week. I have one or two more pre-rock & roll artists from the Baby Boom years I’d like to do before getting into the rockers.

This week’s one-liner was from Robert “Bob” Orben, who spent his life coming up with amusing one-liners.

In a sort of “year in review” post, I shared a list of my top twelve posts from 2017. As you might imagine, many of them came from the A to Z Challenge. But not as many as last year.

I did one-hit wonders from 1979. You’ll be happy to know I’m done with beating the one-hit wonder dead horse. Now I have to figure out what I’ll do this week.

The prompt was “eco,” as I mentioned above, and since I didn’t want to write about ecology or economics, I found some words that contained the letters instead.

And this was the first week of Just Jot It January, as mentioned above…

Wednesday’s and Saturday’s were, of course, tied in with the regular features on those days.

No major surprises in store this week. If there are any, they’ll be a surprise to me, too.

Thanks to Judy, Janet, Joey, Uncle Jack Connelly, J-Dub, Kip, GhostMMNC, Capt Jill, Eugenia, Birgit, Deby, Ritu, Dan, Liza, Susanne, JoAnna, Mike, Buzz Cut, SoundEagle, Dan Julian, Jet Girl, Encore Voyage, Madam Dreamweaver, Arlee, Biker Chick, Frank, XmasDolly, Pat, Stacy, Mary B, Stephen, David Webb, Cathy, Linda, Annie, Hilary, and everyone who gave me a “like.” I’ve kind of fallen behind on returning comments or visiting, but I’ll get there, promise.

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

8 thoughts on “The Inaugural Week That Was of 2018

  1. I can’t eat peanuts now but it has nothing to do with an allergy. My gallbladder got weakened when I was pregnant with my son. To avoid the cost and pain of having it removed, I was told to avoid peanuts. Before I became lactose intolerant, I could still eat a Snicker’s bar occasionally.


    1. Grandma Holton had all kinds of health issues with her gut, and had had 80% of her stomach removed because she had such terrible ulcers. They finished all that and told her she’d need to have her gall bladder removed as well, and she refused. She learned to control it with diet. Believe me, if you can learn to live with that, more power to you.

      No peanuts and lactose intolerant? Bummer…


    1. It’s a classic. Not just funny but full of pleasant memories. People who grew up watching it only need a a phrase to remember entire episodes, e.g. “Aunt Bee’s pickles” or “citizen’s arrest.” They don’t write them like that any more. You could learn everything you need to know about writing for television from watching episodes of Andy Griffith.


  2. John,

    I loved the clip from The Andy Giffith Show! I met Clint Howard September 2015 at The Mayberry Days in Mt.Airy, North Carolina. He was a real pleasure to meet, too. He was quite the talker!

    I think the lettuce is causing the E-coli outbreak. I believe it is the bacteria in the animal (or human) waste that’s often found on produce. Leafy veggies are tricky to wash. I’m not sure what precautionary measures produce farmers take to keep this from happening but I always wash my produce in a light Clorox wash after bringing it home from the store. I soak my vegetables about 10-minutes in the bleach mixture, rubbing to remove partials before draining the way, and replacing with clear water to soak an additional 10 minutes. I then drain, allow to air dry or pat dry before using or placing it in the refrigerator. This may not catch everything all the time but at least it’s an extra preventative step.

    Have a good day!


    1. I think Clint is underrated as an actor. He doesn’t get the big parts but excels in the small ones.

      I think we’ll all be more careful about washing produce after this incident. What do you use, about a teaspoon per gallon? There are certain things that I consider miracle products: baking soda, vinegar, chlorine bleach, Dawn dishwashing detergent… you could clean your whole house with those ingredients. I once heard that it just takes a teaspoon of bleach to a gallon of water to make clean water for a person for a day. Think of all the places in the world where people suffer terrible diseases from drinking dirty water, then think of the price of a gallon of bleach and how many people it could save…


  3. The Andy Griffith show is a great tv icon and people can complain about showing this because kids are eating peanut butter in public and near other kids. I also recall an episode about a bratty kid that finally gets his just due by his dad who asks Andy if he can bring his kid out back to the shed and he takes his belt off. This was the standard of discipline back in the day and, although I am not one for thinking the belt is a good method of discipline, I am one who believes a good spanking is I. Order for some of these kids now. I loved the memories fun post.


    1. Was that the episode where the kid was breaking all the traffic laws on his bicycle, and Andy took it away from him? That was a tremendous episode…


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