The Back-To-School Week That Was

This edition of The Week That Was is brought to you by the Official Beany and Cecil Beany-Copter from Mattel. You can tell it’s Mattel, it’s swell!

I think one of my brothers had one of these back in the day. Beany and Cecil, for those of you who aren’t old enough to remember or didn’t grow up here and might not have had the opportunity to watch it, was a Saturday-morning cartoon show that featured Beany, who wore a beanie similar to this, and Cecil, his pet seasick sea serpent. They sailed the seas on a ship piloted by his uncle, Captain Horatio Huffenpuff (known as “Uncle Captain”) and did their best to avoid Dishonest John (whose catchphrase was “Nyah-Ah-Ah!”). Read all about it here, and watch the cartoons (at least a few of them) on YouTube.

The Week That Was

I’m getting to this a little later than usual, because I had a lot of visiting to do this morning, and it took me until now to get to this. I shouldn’t leave it all until the last minute, I know. It’s been a busy week here, so let’s get to the summary for the week.

A new feature here at The Sound of One Hand Typing is Song Lyric Sunday, brought to us by Helen Vahdati at This Thing Called Life One Word At A Time. She publishes a prompt on her blog on Saturday and we all come up with songs that fit the theme. Last week the theme was “street,” bringing to mind Chicago’s “Street Player.” SLS looks like a lot of fun and it doesn’t seem that Helen minds if others join in, so hey, give it a try if you feel like it.

Michelle, this past month’s “guest conductor,” gave us the assignment to find two songs performed by people interpreting them in sign language. I did the theme, then followed up with a playlist of songs that have units of time (hour, minute, day, week, etc.) in the title. I received a few suggestions for additional songs, which I’ll probably do tomorrow.

The featured “encore performance” was a replay of Vince Guaraldi from July 2013.

I used a line from Sebastian Maniscalco, a very funny comedian from Chicago (even though I swear he sounds like he’s from New York).

The prompt was to write about my least-favorite form of social media, which is of course Facebook. I then confused everyone by announcing that the blog now has its own Facebook page, owing to changes in the way one may publicize blog posts on that platform that Zuckerberg and Co. didn’t think were important enough to tell me about. I heard about it from WordPress and IFTTT, which I had been using to do my publicity. Hey, just because I can’t stand it doesn’t mean I don’t use it.

Friday’s survey came to us from KFI in Beautiful Downtown Burbank, from 1981.

Yesterday’s prompt was “call,” and I talked about all the spam calls I get these days, despite the fact that both Mary and I are on the FTC’s Do Not Call registry. Telemarketers are clever these days and have learned to spoof the number that displays when the call is made, thinking that they can’t be fined if they can’t be found. I just don’t answer.

We have another busy week ahead and I haven’t done a lick of planning for it yet, so the week will be as much of a surprise to me as it is to you.

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

2 thoughts on “The Back-To-School Week That Was

  1. Ok show that beanie copter to today’s kids and they will just look at you as if you need to go to the funny farm. I never heard of this cartoon and how big it was in the day.


    1. It was really popular in my neighborhood. We’d all seen the cartoons a bunch of times and still loved it.

      I feel sad for kids these days. They really don’t know how to have fun…


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