The Last Week That Was of 2018

This edition of The Week That Was is brought to you by Moët & Chandon Champagne.

Tomorrow is, after all, New Year’s Eve, and champagne is the traditional drink at midnight.

The Week That Was

Despite having to say goodbye to my buddy Bucky (seen here before he took his final ride), it was a fairly good week. We’ve had a lot of rain the last couple of days, and I was expecting rain today, but a couple of hours ago the sun was shining through, so maybe I’ll get out once more before the end of 2018. There were some other good things that happened this week, so let’s have another look at them.

The theme was “season,” and I found two songs that suggested that theme. One was The Guess Who’s “No Time,” for its line “seasons change and so did I.” The other was John Fogerty’s “Centerfield,” in honor of baseball season, which starts in roughly 50 days with pitchers and catchers reporting for spring training.

Week 4 of the Xmas Music Xtravaganza featured a few songs celebrating the Scandinavians in this country, as well as a few old musical cartoons from the 1930’s and The Monkees singing “Riu Riu Chiu.”

I skipped talking about Smooth Jazz artists for Christmas to share the music of Kayumanggi Rondalla, a Filipino traditional music group to which a couple of our friends belong.

Wednesday’s post was the 2500th on the blog, so I shared that.

The prompt was to take a line from a song and use it as the title of a post, and let the rest of the post flow from that. I chose The Lovin’ Spoonful’s “Did You Ever Have To Make Up Your Mind?” and talked about the hard time we had deciding to have Bucky put to sleep. As you can probably tell from the picture above, he wasn’t doing well at all, but even so, it’s hard to let go.

I went back 50 years to WLS’s “Big 89 of 1968” and shared the Top 10 from that. The first three positions were the same between WLS and the rest of the country; after that, they diverged rather wildly.

This week, our assignment was to ask someone else to suggest a word to direct our writing. I used a random word generator and was given the word “glue,” so I talked about Elmer’s Glue-All, popular because it’s non-toxic and does the job for most household repair jobs, and rubber cement, the preferred method of gluiong paper to paper, according to the Sisters of the Holy Child Jesus, because it doesn’t leave the paper in a wrinkled mess and, if you decide to move something, it stays tacky long enough to lift the object off the paper and relocate it.

Tomorrow is a freebie day for M4, so I’ll probably share some New Year’s Eve/Day themed songs. There will be another Battle of the Bands this Tuesday, in addition to the regularly-scheduled Two for Tuesday, where we return to the Smooth Jazz theme. Also on Tuesday, Linda Hill’s ever-popular Just Jot It January is scheduled to begin, although her son is ill, so I don’t know what’s going to happen there. We’ll share another one-liner on Wednesday, and Kat and Linda will have prompts for Thursday and Sunday. Friday is a toss-up, so we’ll see what I come up with for that.

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

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