Writer’s Workshop: Entertaining Myself On A Bad Day

Well, my tooth is finally in my mouth and life can get back to normal now.

Was going to run a Battle of the Bands yesterday, then listened to the choices I had for the song I wanted to do, and decided “nah…”. BotB will return September 15, I promise.

I don’t know if it was because I was tired or in a bad mood or both, but I sat down to write yesterday and I just didn’t feel like it. Yeah, I know what all the books tell you, that those are the times you really ought to write, but there are just days I start and say, “yeah… no.” That’s when I head over to YouTube and watch Jim Gaffigan.

Or maybe Sebastian Maniscalco.

Then I start banging around looking for crazy stuff. Maybe a few old commercials.

The first commercial was from The Lucy And Desi Comedy Hour, which was sponsored by Philip Morris cigarettes. Thing was, Lucy smoked Chesterfields, so that’s probably what she was smoking here. My Mom smoked Chesterfields and reminded me a lot of Lucille Ball.

Maybe an old Emergency Broadcast System Test or two.

They used to scare the bejesus out of me. Now they’re funny.

And, just for good measure, a signoff from the days when TV stations signed off every night.

Those were the days when “The Star Spangled Banner” meant, “hey, you still up? Go to bed!”

So, that’s what’s been entertaining me lately.

19 thoughts on “Writer’s Workshop: Entertaining Myself On A Bad Day

    1. The TV station signoff is now a thing of the past, sadly. I always liked the ones that went through all the technical stuff (Visual and aural power, transmitter location, microwave relay stations, etc.) I’m kind of geeky that way.

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  1. An engaging post, John! I bet the simple act of compiling these videos made you feel better. I know they had that effect on me 😉 Hearing the Star Spangled Banner come on the TV downstairs meant I had mere seconds to jump into bed and pretend to be asleep!

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  2. Well, poor Aretha didn’t even make it to the weekend. Very sad indeed. I believe there are da6s when one should not try to accomplish whatever you are working on and just do something mindless..like watching YouTube videos. I can safely say I have never had a hot pocket. The commercials are funny and my fav is that also commercial which I act7ally remember seeing way back when. Lucy and Dewi were huge smokers which changed Lucy’s voice later on. I suffered from insomnia when I was a teen so I saw many end of the day anthems and tried to find a channel that still was in operation. One of the first was CTV which always played movies

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    1. Yes, two packs of Chesterfields a day will definitely change your voice. That’s the way it was with Mom.

      Hot Pockets aren’t that bad, really. I used to have them for lunch a lot.

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  3. Miss your BOTB entry this month!

    I needed the laugh this morning. Jim Gaffigan is so funny. Love his takes on Hot Pockets. I used to eat those darn things when I was still working. Thinking back they were pretty gross.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. I like Hot Pockets. Haven’t had one in a while, though.

      I’ll return to BotB next month. I thought I had one for this time through, but it didn’t work out as well as I had hoped. I need to get some ideas together…

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    1. Chesterfields are pretty awful. I’m not even sure they make them anymore. Mom switched to Pall Mall because she kept having trouble finding them. I smoked a lot of different brands, chiefly Marlboro and Kool. I haven’t in over 30 years, though…

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  4. Hi John – I do hope the tooth has settled in and is not causing you any pain, or your mouth is adjusting … but am glad you’ve got to this point with that challenge. I am so glad I never smoked … just hated the taste … but take care and enjoy those ads – they are so funny some of them – nostalgic times … take care – cheers Hilary

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  5. YouTube is my place for easy entertainment too. I would say especially after dental visits, it’s especially helpful to have something to zone out with for the afternoon. I hope you weren’t in too much pain and that your new tooth is making itself right at home!

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    1. There wasn’t any pain to speak of, although my mouth is still getting used to having a tooth where there hasn’t been one for the last year. But that’s nothing. What was worse was having to get up at the crack of dawn to go get it done (I had a 9 AM appointment, and Mary, who’s the driver since my stroke, likes to be there early, and while it’s a short drive, it’s on a very busy road during rush hour), but even that wasn’t bad.

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  6. I always write, but not always publicly. I get how you feel like, “Yeah.. No.” I also love to get taken down a rabbit hole online. It’s the best thing ever, really, exploring and laughing, thinking and looking for more — putzing around FTW!

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