The “Happy Birthday, Jim!” Week That Was

This edition of The Week That Was is brought to you by Kmart, your Christmas saving place!

Things are not well for Kmart, or its parent company, Sears Holdings. They filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in mid-October of this year. I can’t envision a world without Kmart or Sears.

The Week That Was

As you probably can tell from the title, my brother Jim’s birthday is this week, specifically Tuesday. Uncle Jack’s birthday is this month, too, though I’m not sure what day. Two of his sisters had birthdays already this month. December is a busy month birthday-wise in my family. Happy Birthday to all of them, and if your birthday is in December, Happy Birthday to you as well.

It was a fairly good week weatherwise, but it’s rained almost nonstop since Friday night. My FEMA app has been going off a lot the last couple of days. If you live in the US, that’s a good app to have.

I think I’m in the middle of a case of the holiday blahs, probably a result of my being inside too much. I had a good week here, and right now, I’m holding onto that. Having said that, let’s take a look back at this week.

The prompt “last” gave me an opportunity to share Roger Whittaker’s “The Last Farewell,” a very romantic song despite lyrics about being shipwrecked and going off to war.

The Xmas Music Xtravaganza started this week, and will continue through the end of the month. Fasten your seatbelts.

David Benoit was the featured artist. I also shared a video from Estelle Caswell at Vox that explained how smooth jazz became a dominant genre on the radio in the ’90’s and how, by now, there are few smooth jazz stations (if any). I listed some Internet sources for it and linked to her Spotify smooth jazz playlist.

I watched a video by Adam Neely about why pop music sounds lousy to us, and found a line in it that I thought was appropriate. There’s a link to the video in the original.

Kat wanted to know what my name meant. Being curious myself, I looked it up and realized it also meant that I was born in the middle of last century, because it was one of the most popular names until the last 30 years or so. I also mentioned that, if Mom had gotten her way and named me William, I’d want to be called Willie, and shared a picture of one of my all-time favorite cats, who was also named Willie.

We headed back Down Under to retrieve the Top 10 from 2GB in Sydney, NSW, on December 7, 1963. There were a lot of Australian acts on their survey which is kind of what I was driving for.

Musical was the word, and we talked about musical chairs (which few of us appeared to have liked), musical questions (e.g. “Who wrote the book of love?”), and musicals as in Broadway musicals and films thereof.

This week, I decided to make a list of all my Battles (which you can see here) and discovered, much my chagrin, that I had run the exact same battle two years ago, and that the results were exactly the same. Interesting to note is that Arlee and Stephen, who both voted in the original battle, changed their votes this time around.

No major surprises. At least, that’s what I say now…

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

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