The First Weekend of Summer Week That Was

This edition of The Week That was is sponsored by “Fantasy on Parade” at Disneyland!

I have no idea when that commercial ran, so be sure and check with the folks at Disneyland before you make the trip out to Anaheim, California.

The checkup went all right. Of course, the matter of my weight came up, but he’s prescribed something that will help me lose it that doesn’t seem to have many side effects, at least not that I can’t live with. He was actually a lot nicer than I remembered; maybe he’s mellowed in his old age, or maybe I have. He’s evidently the last doctor left in that practice (his two partners, one of whom was my former doctor, both retired), although they plan on hiring a couple more. Aside from that, it’s been sunny, hot and humid here, but so far we haven’t had any major storms blow through. And before you start pointing out that summer doesn’t start for another three or four weeks, I’m using Memorial Day weekend here in the US as the de facto start of the season. Since the temperatures have reached the 90’s all week, I’d say I wasn’t off by much.

Now that that’s out of the way, here’s the summary for last week.

There were plenty of prompts (Dawn/Noon/Dusk/Midnight/Nocturnal/Diurnal), and I had trouble with all of them, so I just dropped one into the YouTube search box and came up with “Nocturnal,” a Spanish-language song originally performed by Mexican matinée idol Pedro Infante. Google Translate helped me translate them into English, although I’m not sure the translation is that good.

I also did the high school quiz that Barbara featured on her blog. It was good for a few laughs.

I did part 2 of the list of Beatle songs that were written by George Harrison. George never got more than three songs on an album, but considering that his first solo album, 1970’s All Things Must Pass, was a three-record set, he must have been writing a lot more.

This week’s song challenge was all about women in popular music.

Another encore presentation from 2013, this week’s featured artist was British guitarist Chris Standring.

My one-liner was a comment I left on someone else’s blog about not watching either of the big finales from the previous week, Game of Thrones and The Big Bang Theory. We spent more time discussing breakfast cereal, as the commercial was about the Kellogg’s Variety Pack.

In my Tony Burrows-themed BotB from May 15, Edison Lighthouse was the clear favorite. Thanks again to all who voted.

I was back on the breakfast cereal kick again Thursday, when I discussed what the cereal manufacturers considered a “complete breakast,” and told a story about a friend of mine and I attempting to recapture our lost youth.

We went back to that ship docked off the coast of Hilversum in The Netherlands and reported on the Top 10 on Radio Veronica during this week in 1970.

We were asked to find a word that rhymed with “rosy” and write on that. I couldn’t get Steely Dan’s “Josie” out of my head after that, so that was the topic of my stream of consciousness. Nice to see we have a few Steely Dan fans here.

The topic for tomorrow’s M4 is “songs about heaven and/or hell.” I’ll warn you right up front there won’t be much on the latter. I’ll look through the archives to see if there’s another smooth jazz musician I’ve done, and if I can’t find one, I’ll write a whole new one. The rest of the week is pertty much up in the air, as I need to wait on a couple of prompts and put some thought into what I’ll do the rest of the week. Should be a fun week! Be sure and join us here!

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Note to my American readers: Tomorrow is Memorial Day in the United States, from whence this blog originates. It’s a long weekend and the unofficial start of summer, which makes it easy for us to forget what the day commemorates, the men, women, and animals who gave their lives in service to their country. Be sure to remember them as you enjoy the day off and the (hopefully) nice weather.

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

9 thoughts on “The First Weekend of Summer Week That Was

  1. Well, we are supposed to have rain here today so I’m not really sure summer is hitting us yet. Gonna make going to an outdoor concert tonight an adventure for sure. Nice recap once again. Glad the checkup went well and that the doctor was tolerable for you.

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    1. You don’t get a lot of rain during the summer, do you? Also it doesn’t get too hot, except when I come. I was there about 30 years ago, and it had been around 90 degrees the week before and was still hot, PLUS the air conditioning was out in the hotel… Be sure and bring an umbrella, or maybe a plastic tablecloth to cover yourself…

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  2. Things are topsy-turvy this week-end. Looks like you’ve got hot weather and it’s cold and rainy here in L.A. Today I was wearing a long sleeve shirt and a jacket when we went out.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. I think we’re in our hot-and-dry period. I’m sure that when you say it was cold it was around 60 degrees. I was in Santa Monica a number of years ago during December; it wasn’t too cold but it teemed rain, which made everything feel a lot colder.

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  3. Yep, we’ve got some record setting temps and it’s only the end of May. It was a busy week, John, and thanks for your usual quality entertainment.

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