Auntie Em! It’s The Week That Was!

Here’s the lovely Maureen McCormick for The New Living Barbie, by Mattel! You can tell it’s Mattel, it’s swell!

Maureen, of course, is one of the stars of the ’70’s sitcom The Brady Bunch, where she played Marcia (“Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!”) Brady. Her sister Jan was played by the equally-lovely Eve Plumb. Those of us that couldn’t get dates on Friday night (like me) had a standing date with Marcia and Jan.

It is cold and breezy outside today, and we’re likely in for the day. Perfect weather and situation for writing this week’s summary. Last week, as you might recall, I tried a different format for the post, and while it looks great on a desktop, it really didn’t look good on a phone, so I have to abandon that.

Jim’s prompt for last week’s SLS was “laugh,” and only one song would do, “Laughing” by The Guess Who.

I came up with an idea for a running series: For each month of a given year, I would share the #40 song on the WLS Silver Dollar Survey on the last survey for the month, and follow its progress (or lack thereof) on the survey. I wasn’t quite ready this past week, but the next time I use this (likely a week from tomorrow) I’ll have the survey data.

Saxophonist Jeff Kashiwa was the featured artist.

If you haven’t already voted in this round of Battle of the Bands, please do. Remember, you don’t have to do a battle at your blog to be eligible to vote. The current battle is between jazz-rock pioneers Blood Sweat & Tears and ’70’s soul group The Free Movement, and the song is Robert John’s “I Can’t Move No Mountains.” I’ll announce the winner this Tuesday, so get your vote in soon.

Wednesday’s one-liner came from a review of the Crayola box with 152 crayons and a caddy with a sharpener. People like talking about crayons; they bring back happy memories.

Mama Kat wanted to know what my 12 most popular posts were last year, as she does every year. I went through a convoluted process involving MySQL databases and a local copy of WordPress to figure out the most popular, then learned that there was an easier way, which only involved using a screen scraper. Kat suggested that I just pick my twelve favorite posts next year, which I think I’ll do.

We visited radio station KICK in Springfield, Missouri and shared their Top 10 from 1975.

Linda’s prompt was “television.” I’ve written so much about TV on the blog over the years, I just put in a couple of links to where y’all could find the posts and mentioned that, for all the TV I watched when I was a kid, it doesn’t seem to have affected me all that much.

Now for the Just Jot it January posts for the rest of the week (i.e. not for Wednesday or Saturday).

  • I got into a discussion about life on other planets and the possible ramifications thereof with Sunday‘s prompt, “undiscovered.”
  • I felt that the most appropriate way of dealing with Monday‘s prompt, “reflection,” was to play The Marmalade’s 1969 hit, “Reflections of my Life,” and share the lyrics.
  • I got my Django Reinhardt on for Tuesday‘s prompt, “Paris.”
  • I provided Thursday‘s prompt, “inch,” and broached the subject of why we in the United States don’t use the metric system.
  • For Friday‘s prompt, “companionship,” I discussed the etymology of the word, based on my extensive (yeah, right) knowledge of Latin, and mentioned that my companion is my wife of almost 41 years (a week from tomorrow is our anniversary).

I’ll have the winner of my Battle of the Bands Tuesday. Tomorrow’s theme is “shadows,” we’re still in the midst of Just Jot It January, so those entries will be based on prompts chosen by our studio audience, except for Wednesday (a free-form one-liner) and Saturday (Linda’s choice of prompts). The rest of the week is business as usual, as far as I can tell right now.

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