The “Happy Birthday, Pat!” Week That Was

This edition of The Week That Was is brought to you by breeze-fresh Noxzema Skin Cream. Greaseless, medicated Noxzema Skin Cream makes each summer cleansing a cooling complexion clean-up!

When we got a bad sunburn, Mom used to slather this on. It was always an internal struggle between not wanting to wear a night cream meant for women and having to cool off a sunburned back so we could get to sleep. (It’s a boy thing, okay?) That was back in the carefree days of no sunscreen, when we’d use baby oil as suntan lotion. I of course was cursed with redhead skin, even though I wasn’t a redhead…

The Week That Was

It’s my brother Pat’s birthday, so happy birthday, Pat, and I’ll talk to you soon. I’m finally back to normal, whatever that means. My doctor and Medicare both recommended that I get the Prevnar-13 shot against pneumococcal pneumonia, and I was assured by my insurance company (which is now owned by Caremark) that I didn’t need a prescription to get it. So we went to CVS (also owned by Caremark, who insisted that I get all my prescriptions filled there) only to learn that Caremark’s policy is that I need a prescription because I’m under 65. Clearly one hand doesn’t know what the other is doing… here’s the week’s summary.

The subject this week, following close on the heels of the subject “drive” a couple of weeks ago, was “cars.” I knew the song “In My Merry Oldsmobile” would fit the bill, and when I found a video that included a Max Fleischer cartoon, I just had to share it.

Freebie week meant I could use it to announce my theme for Two for Tuesday for the foreseeable future, which is “Smooth Jazz.”

My first featured artist was Gato Barbieri, who wasn’t really a smooth jazz artist until the late ’90’s, but he paved the way and much of his music could be considered of the genre.

I used a phrase I’ve been hearing a lot lately around the Innertubes, usually when someone does something dumb and gets an equally-dumb result.

Kat was looking for stories about my old school. I discussed the weekend the nuns that taught at St. Ignatius ditched their old-fashioned habits and started dressing more modern. My brother Jim said on Facebook “All the changes seemed to be without much warning and all at one time,” and he’s right. It would have been one thing if they had sent a letter over the summer announcing the big change, or done it over Christmas vacation, both of which would have given us a chance to see them and get used to it before school started. That summer, I remember Mother Ann Catherine (later Sister Ann Murray) and several other nuns showed up at the east side of Glenwood-west side of Wayne block party (it was held in the alley between the streets) still wearing the yards of black cloth we had become accustomed to.

We traveled back to 1958 and visited WKMH in Dearborn, Michigan to review their Top 10. It was a rather eclectic list of tunes, in keeping with the times.

The prompt was “earworm,” and I gave several examples from my own experience, one of which came from an episode of Columbo, a show that everyone seems to have liked. I also noted the passing of Burt Reynolds.

Tomorrow’s theme is “songs about getting older and/or having grandchildren,” and since I’ve done the former but not the latter, my songs will be heavily weighted to that. We’ll feature another early smooth jazz artist on Tuesday, and I have a great one-liner (well, it’s three, actually) for Wednesday. Still to come are responses to prompts from Linda and Kat, and I’ll be looking at another Top 10 this Friday. And as always, bulletins when they become available. Stay tuned…

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

9 thoughts on “The “Happy Birthday, Pat!” Week That Was

  1. Happy Birthday to your brother. There are some perks to being over 65, not a lot , but some. It’s been quite the week for sure. Looking forward to your music picks even though I will nev4 have grandchildren


  2. Happy Birthday to Pat … and just enjoy your talk together when you settle down to do it. Changes in care is a ‘right pain’ – still at least we can get treatment and get sorted out – so am glad things are improving for you – cheers Hilary


  3. Happy Birthday to Pat! I remember using Noxema for sunburn and other girlie things. I like the smell of it. Oh, and the baby oil for tanning – HUGE mistake! If we only knew…


    1. I’m sure we had sunscreen back in the ’60’s, but probably didn’t see the need for it then, at least not until people started developing skin cancer and melanoma. Mom managed to get second-degree burns from sitting out in the sun for hours at a time, using baby oil or Bain du Soleil (“for the St. Tropez tan”) to try and get a deep bronze tan before she went back to school. It just isn’t worth it.

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      1. Oh, I can relate. I got 2nd degree burns too. I spent hours at the beach at the beginning of a summer and an experience I won’t forget. I’m surprised I survived some of the stuff I did.


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