A Post-Florence Week That Was

This edition of The Week That Was is brought to you by Parliament cigarettes, with the recessed filter.

I smoked a lot of brands of cigarettes back in my smoking days, and I never liked Parliaments. That recessed filter came with a plastic mouthpiece that just felt funny. Those years are behind me now, thank heaven.

The Week That Was

It’s rainy here today, or at least it was raining a minute ago. It’s stopped, but remains overcast, so we’ll probably get more throughout the day. This is likely the remnants of Florence. We’re nowhere near the coast, but hurricanes have a big reach and spread rain all over the place. Enough of that. Here’s the summary for last week.

When given the prompt “picture or photograph,” I jumped immediately on Classics IV’s “Traces,” a beautiful tune that seems to be a favorite. Just about everything Classics IV did is worth hearing, and that was their biggest seller.

Cathy, this month’s guest conductor, chose as her theme “songs about getting older or becoming a grandparent.” I came up with what I figured was a great set, including an ultra-oldie, “Silver Threads Among The Gold.”

Saxophonist David Sanborn was the featured artist this week.

Got this week’s one-liner from “Mama Kat,” in whose weekly writer’s workshop I participate on Thursdays. She had a particularly funny line in her post from the previous week. I’m glad to see a few more people participating in her workshop.

And, speak of the devil… This week I chose to post school pictures of me in 5th thru 8th grade and my high school graduation portrait, in which I look like a ventriloquist dummy. This made me go all stream of consciousness and I added a few videos of some of my favorite ventriloquists, leaving out Edgar Bergen, Willie Tyler, and Wayland Flowers. All are worth looking into, if you like belly talking (the rough translation of “ventriloquism”).

This week’s survey came to us courtesy of KYA in San Francisco, and the survey was from September 14, 1959.

The word was “post,” and after a brief discussion of postfix (a/k/a Reverse Polish) notation, I went off on a rant about the “new and improved” post editor WordPress plans on dumping on us and about the Apple product announcement meeting, in which I expected to hear something about a rumored entry level Macbook and was sorely disappointed.

I resumed Battle of the Bands this week with “Europa (Earth’s Cry, Heaven’s Smile),” a song by Carlos Santana. The combatants are Carlos, Gato Barbieri, and a live performance by Gato and Carlos together. I’ll announce the winner next Saturday, so be sure and get your vote in by then.

Nothing out of the ordinary. Tomorrow is a freebie day, so I have to figure out what to do there. Another smooth jazz pioneer on Tuesday, a hopefully funny one-liner on Wednesday, another survey on Friday, and responses to prompts on Thursday and Saturday. And who knows what all that might entail…

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

10 thoughts on “A Post-Florence Week That Was

  1. Hi John … those storms do reach far and wide … I wish everyone well. So glad I never smoked, but am glad I wash – even without that frothy soap! Cheers Hilary


  2. I can’t remember smoking Parliaments but I seem to recall smoking some brand with an odd filter. Not for long though. Toward the end of my smoking days in the ’90’s I tended to smoke some off brand that was the cheapest. Even then it was an expensive habit.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out


    1. Could be Vantage or Doral. Vantage had a hard filter with a hole in the middle, while Doral had a weird plastic filter with baffles in it. Don’t know what that was supposed to do. I pretty much stuck with Marlboros or Kools.


  3. I remember Parliaments, and not liking them. Florence made a mess of North Carolina but not much of anything in our neck of the woods. Gutenberg – left a comment in your other post addressing same. We might as well get used to it cuz it’s coming.


    1. The classic editor will still be available as a plugin, as I understand it. I’ve never used the visual editor in any version, so when I saw the new one I freaked. When I found the HTML editor, I felt a little better, although I still had issues with it. I’m not above doing all my editing elsewhere and dumping the finished result into whatever they stick us with…

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