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I hope everyone who was more or less in the path of hurricane Michael came through it okay. It went south of the Atlanta metro area, but we got hit with buckets of rain on Wednesday evening. It turned gorgeous on Thursday, and by Friday we remembered what temperatures under 80° (in Fahrenheits; 26.66666…° for you centigrade/Celsius fans) was like. Autumn, or “fall” as we often call it, seems to be everyone’s favorite season, as Jim Gaffigan tells us:
All right, enough of this. Here’s the summary.
Last week, Birthday Girl Helen chose the word “find” as the prompt, and I was reminded of a beauty of a song by Marcia Ball, “Find Another Fool.” I hadn’t given much thought to Marcia or the song in some time, and I’m glad I remembered her, because she’s dynamite. One of her albums is 1986’s Hot Tamale Baby, an apt description of her.
The theme Michele picked was “songs that feature hand clapping or finger snapping,” and I found not ten, but eleven songs that featured one or the other, or both.
I announced the results of my latest battle. The Four Freshmen slaughtered Vulfpeck, the latter receiving only one vote. I wasn’t especially happy with the result, as I had initially shied away from using Vulfpeck in the battle, so another “Poinciana” battle is scheduled for November 15. We’ll have another battle starting tomorrow, and please don’t be shy about voting.
Smooth jazz pioneers Spiro Gyra were the featured artists this week. Even if you aren’t familiar with the name, you’ve likely heard their music.
I’ve gotten into the habit of checking my blog’s spam folder on a regular basis to ensure that none of your comments end up there because Akismet went nuts and tossed them in there. Lately I’ve been getting some bizarre spam from what appears to be someone with a tenuous (at best) grasp of the English language promoting a Korean hentai site. I shared two of these comments and learned that one of them is from a rap song (thanks, Marian!); the other is just strange. It is a break from people hawking search engine optimizing tools and ads for discount Cialis from Canadian pharmacies, people who love my blog and are chasing it daily, and people that say my blog sucks and I’m ugly.
Kat asked me to discuss what Mom and Dad would have named me if they hadn’t named me John. Mom wanted one of us to be William, which was my Dad’s name, and he was adamant that he would not have a “junior,” believing that a junior spends most of his life either living up to or living down his father. I ended the post with several songs having to do with names, because that’s just the kind of guy I am.
Dan mentioned that he spent many happy hours in his younger days listening to KQV in Pittsburgh, so this week’s survey post was from that station in 1964. I might do that for a while, so if you’d like me to share a survey from your favorite station growing up, leave me a comment and I’ll do what I can.
This week Linda reached into the Magic Drum of writing prompts and came up with “precious.” I rarely if ever use “precious,” so I had trouble with the prompt until I remembered that there was a Hanna-Barbera cartoon named “Precious Pupp.” That set me off thinking about all the other cartoons developed by Joe Hanna and Bill Barbera that I enjoyed so much on Saturday morning when I was a kid and wishing those days were still with us. Apparently a lot of you feel the same.
No major surprises anticipated for this week. Tomorrow’s Battle of the Bands and Wednesday’s one-liner are finished and waiting to be released, so you know what I’ll be doing the next several hours. I’m trying to write ahead as much as possible to avoid having too many days where my Inner Four-Year-Old says “I don’ WANNA!”
- Mary B
- Uncle Jack Connelly
- John K
- Mary M
- Anyone I missed
- Everyone who left a “like.”
And that’s it for this edition of The Week That Was. See you in the funny papers!