The Holiday Weekend (Already?) Week That Was

This edition of The Week That Was is sponsored by Philips square light bulbs. It’s time to change your light bulb!

Thanks to Kip for sharing that one!

Here in the United States we’ll be celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and I think the kids, the banks, and government offices (including the Post Office) have the day off. So, this was a holiday weekend.

For some reason I’ve had a lot of pain in my back and my rear end the last couple of days. I think I found the answer, though: alternate naproxen and ibuprofen. I’m doing a whole lot better. So. without further ado, here’s the summary.

The Just Jot It January prompt for the day was “pants,” and since it was a freebie week I made my list about songs with types of pants in the title. A lot of blue jeans songs. That could have almost been the list right there.

For the last non-rock act of this series, I chose Johnnie Ray, who Tony Bennett called “The Father Of Rock & Roll,” because so many singers adopted his style of singing. Nice transition there, I think.

Found a goofy picture on Facebook and shared that.

Took the word “new” as my prompt and just riffed on it for 500 words or so. I described what it was like moving to Atlanta and some of the things that happened along the way, and ended with a wistful remembrance of the days without all this electronica.

I shared the top ten records in Chicagoland as of January 1, 1969. Always fun to go back and see what we were playing, and also how different Chicago’s top ten for the year differed from Billboard‘s, which, as it turns out, was a lot.

Had a little difficulty getting into this one, which was to take the closest bit of reading material and write a post based on the 6th, 7th, and 8th words. I had the owner’s manual for our brand spankin’ new Philips XL air fryer, and the three words I got were “welcome to Philips!” This gave me the opportunity to write about Koninlijke Philips NV, a/k/a Philips, a company that sells a lot of different items and which I’m familiar with because they’ve been around most of my life and because they shared an office building with us when I was with Geac, though I never actually met any of them. Several of you asked for information on how good the air fryer is, and I’ll do that when Mary feels up to uncrating it, setting it up and making me tater tots.

In the last (I promise) battle involving “Ghost Riders In The Sky,” Judy Collins beat Peggy Lee and Deborah Harry.

Oh yeah, and there were the Just Jot It January entries I haven’t discussed yet.

  • Sunday’s prompt was “indelible,” a synonym for “permanent,” and I talked about the hilarity that ensues when you write on a non-permanent surface with a permanent marker.
  • Tuesday’s prompt was “coffee,” and I shared the song “Java Jive,” which was the first song I heard from The Manhattan Transfer on Johnny Carson way back in 1973. I never realized this, but they’re named for a book by John Dos Passos, which I think I’d like to read. Anyone read it?
  • Thursday’s prompt was “humiliate,” so I wrote about being forced to sit with the girls one afternoon when I was in second grade, a humiliating experience because, as I explained to a couple of you, girls have cooties at that age.
  • Friday’sprompt was “aggravation,” so I shared a couple of my more recent ones.

Tomorrow, look for songs about colors. Tuesday, I’ll choose one of the important rock acts from the 1946-64 period. The rest of the week, well, you know…

Thanks to J-Dub, Kip, Eugenia, Birgit, Dan, Janet, ReoCochran, Mike, Liza, Alana, Ritu, Wendy, Judy, Joey, Uncle Jack, Mark, David, Cathy, Kat, Mme. Dreamweaver, Jim, Micki, Jenn, Capt Jill, Elen, Stephen, Lux, Mary B, Marie, Stacy, Glynis, and everyone who left me a “like.”

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

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