The Pre-A to Z Edition of The Week That Was

This edition of The Week That Was is brought to you by Alka-Seltzer. Relief is just a swallow away!

Yes, that’s Buster Keaton with Speedy.

The Week That Was

You’ll notice that the comment form now says that you can use Markdown in your comments, and Janet asked “so what’s Markdown?” It’s a text-to-html processor that gaining in popularity that WordPress supports. It helps you with things like text formatting (boldface and italics) and links, because you don’t have to code all the HTML tags. The definition for the language is here, if you want to have a look.

The Blogging From A to Z April Challenge starts tomorrow. I’ve got my posts set for 7 AM Eastern each morning, so look for them. I’m featuring words that have an X in them, if you hadn’t heard. I’ve got the first couple of weeks worth of posts written, so I’ll still have time to keep up with everything else I do around here. Yes, I’m crazy, and no, I don’t care who knows it. Here’s the summary for the week.

I did two SLS series entries this past week: “Minute By Minute” by The Doobie Brothers, and since that was a little too easy, “Twenty Four Hours From Tulsa” by Gene Pitney.

Monday was my birthday, and I celebrated by featuring more artists who have birthdays in March. There are quite a few, as I learned.

Saxophonist Kirk Whalum was the featured artist.

I chose part of the soliloquy that James Earl Jones spoke toward the climax of the movie Field of Dreams, in honor of the start of the baseball season, which started Thursday.

I participated in Laura’s weekly song challenge again this week. 

I talked about the time I flew with an upper respiratory infection. It was agony.

We visited KRBE in Houston, Texas and played their Top 10 from 1977, which had surprisingly little disco on it.

I wrote about what little I know about The Simpsons, since the prompt(s) included Homer Simpson’s favorite exclamation, “D’oh!”

The A to Z Challenge starts tomorrow, as I mentioned earlier, so there will be a lot of posting this week, since I’m going to try and keep up with my usual posting scheduler. There’ll be a Battle of the Bands tomorrow, as well as Monday’s Music Moves me, and all the other regular features will be here.

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

16 thoughts on “The Pre-A to Z Edition of The Week That Was

  1. Belated happy birthday! I dropped by because I found you on the A to Z Blogging Challenge sign up list, but I guess I’m too early for your first post, just yet. Sounds like you’re well organised though! Good luck for the challenge 🙂


    1. Tip #1: Don’t go crazy trying to read every blog. Do as many as you can. Stop when you start going cross-eyed.

      What I usually do is visit the people who visit me, then the people that visit them, maybe even going a couple of layers after that. Not everyone who reads is necessarily doing the challenge, but sometimes their followers are. You could also work off the master list or the theme reveal list. A few of your followers might be doing the challenge, too, so visit them.

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  2. I love Buster and that ad was funny. I hope your birthday week went well. I am looking forward to your A to Z…tomorrow will be busy


  3. You are an inspiration to us all, John. Having said that, I’m ready (I think) for A to Z but already having second thoughts about my theme (is it too boring? Will I sound like a travelogue? Will anyone care? Can I keep up with visiting other blogs?” My posts will post just after midnight. I have to live up to my rep (Xmas Dolly) of being the “early bird”.


    1. The Challenge is meant to be fun, so if you feel like you need to adjust (or go running off in a completely new direction) after a couple of posts, go ahead. As for visiting other blogs, the best advice I can give is to visit the bloggers that visited you, and maybe go through their commenters and visit them. A lot of people I follow are already A to Z’ers, so I visit them, too. There’s no way, with as many people as do the challenge, that you’ll visit all of them. I think the list of suggestions says visit theb people around you on the list, maybe three before and/or three after, but again, don’t make yourself nuts.


  4. Happy belated birthday and cheers to the beginning of #AtoZChallenge. X marks the spot and I am definitely intrigued.

    Silly question, since there is no daily list, is there another way to pingback? It is only year two for me and all I ever knew was the daily list.


  5. Actually, it was easier than I thought it would be, but then I’m only about halfway through. I’ll be as interested in seeing what I come up with as you are…


  6. Hi John – have a lovely A- Z .. enjoy – I’ll be around a bit … but not much. So glad you had a good birthday – all the best and cheers to the A-Zers … and that was the week that was has gone and the new one is here – cheers Hilary


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