Writer’s Workshop: My 5 Recent Faves

Spotify. When I first tried Spotify, they didn’t seem to have anything I liked, and I didn’t like the interface. Since then, they’ve changed the interface and added a whole lot more music that I do like. Starbucks ran a promotion recently where you could get 250 points (the equivalent of two freebies) if you signed up for a 60-day trial of Spotify Premium. It’s on almost constantly in my office, on my laptop, and on my phone, and I think I’m going to keep it after the trial is finished.

The Andy Griffith Show. Since MeTV returned to the Atlanta airwaves last November, it’s become our favorite channel. It’s great seeing the shows they run every day, oe of which is The Andy Griffith Show. Mary and I have both seen all the shows before, many in first-run, and we don’t get tired of them. The relationships he has with Barney, Floyd, Aunt Bee, Gomer and Goober Pyle, and the rest of the characters of Mayberry are sometimes hilarious, but all of then show Sheriff Andy Taylor’s affection and kindness. The relationship he has with his son, Opie, though, is just beautiful.

Numberama. Yes, the infernal numbers game. You start with three rows of nine numbers from 1 to 9 and cross out adjacent pairs that are either equal to each other or that add up to 10. When you don’t have any more, you copy the remaining numbers to new rows and see how many pairs you can eliminate. You keep doing that until you eliminate all the numbers, until you reach a point where there’s no way you can win, or until you get sick of it, at which point you can clear the board and start all over again. It’s a Kindle or Android game, and I’m hoping they’ll come up with an iOS version I can play on my phone. There are two approaches to the game: you can try to win the game real quick, or you can just play it ad infinitum. I’m convinced that, eventually, all the numbers will line up in such a way that I can clear the board, and I’m waiting to see just how long that will be.

V8 Splash. I’ve been drinking V8 Splash with dinner for a while now, and I think it’s quite tasty and refreshing. It comes in a number of flavors, including Watermelon Cherry, Cherry Pomegranate, Mango Peach, and Tropical Blend, and there are probably others that I haven’t tried yet. I drink coffee all day, so it’s a nice alternative.

End of Winter. Tomorrow is March 1, which weather people consider to be the beginning of spring, even though the vernal equinox doesn’t take place until March 20 at 5:58 PM, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac. We’ve been very lucky here in Atlanta, because we haven’t had any winter precipitation, either in the form of snow or graupel (freezing rain or sleet), and there’s no indication that we’ll get any in the foreseeable future (Lord, I hope I haven’t jinxed us). And, it goes without saying that baseball season is upon us…

14 thoughts on “Writer’s Workshop: My 5 Recent Faves

  1. It’s been a while since I tried Spotify. Sounds like they’ve improved it. The premium is definitely better, without those annoying ads. V8 Splash likely tastes better than regular V8, which I try and drink somewhat regularly, but don’t really enjoy. Thanks for that tip!


    1. V8 Splash is definitely much better tasting than regular V8. Regular V8 is pretty awful. Good for you, and it tastes that way.

      I have tons of music in my iTunes library, and it’s a little overwhelming, which is why I like Spotify: it takes the thinking out of picking music.


    1. Like I said, MeTV carries it. That’s a great station, if you can receive it. There are other vintage TV stations that might carry it as well. Worth checking into.


  2. I love Andy Griffith and all the old shows that I wish I could see. I know of Spotify and even tried it and have the free one on my phone but I never use it, but many love it.


    1. I’m surprised there isn’t a station where you are that broadcasts old TV shows. I see it on MeTV, but I don’t know if it’s available where you are. Maybe if you’re close to Buffalo you can pick it up over-the-air. Just a thought.

      I had been listening to AccuRadio.com, and kind of soured on it because their playlists are a little limited. Spotify has a huge collection, and you can get at all of it (as far as I know) with a free account. It’s worth checking out.


  3. I’m a Spotify fan – though I haven’t ‘splashed out’ and gotten premium, I happily live with the occaisonal ad. Your winter sounds similar to our winters. I’m in NZ so just coming to the end of summer – though it doesn’t seem to be cooling down yet and we’ve had a drought for most of it so hanging out for the sweet, sweet rains to fill all our tanks (I live on an island and we catch and use the rainwater since we’re not on the mainland and not connected to any water supply).


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