The “Happy 119th, Grandma!” Week That Was

First, a public service announcement from the Muscular Dystrophy Association of America.

People in the US and Canada (and maybe other places around the world) remember Jerry Lewis’s telethon for the MDAA over Labor Day weekend (called Labour Day in Canada and the first weekend in September in the rest of the world). He worked tirelessly for them; I don’t think he slept. Whatever you might think about Jerry Lewis otherwise, he certainly did his part for people (mostly kids) afflicted with muscular dystrophy and other neuromuscular diseases.

It’s Bastille Day, and also would be Grandma Holton’s birthday. She was born in 1900, 111 years after the storming of the Bastille.

It’s been a weird week for me. I found myself writing my blog posts the day they usually posted rather than a day or two before, which was unusual for me. I wasn’t as organized as I usually am, for Lord only knows what reason. I hope I get back on the ball this week. I think the holiday threw me off.

Anyway, here’s the summary.

We used the animals of the Chinese Zodiac as our prompts for the week. My contribution was Al Wilson’s “The Snake.”

We did our annual salute to freedom and liberty, after the 4th of July, but we did it, anyway. I was’t sure I could find ten more songs, but managed to do it.

I skipped Laura’s song challenge this past week, because I didn’t understand what I was supposed to do and wasn’t in a mood to try and figure something out.

The Rippingtons their leader, Russ Freeman, were the featured artists. They’re best known as the band that provided much of The Weather Channel’s music for their “Local on the 8’s” segment.

This week’s one-liner is was attributed to Ozzy Osbourne, but it was familiar to most of us.

The assignment was to talk about the last time I was on a boat, which was over 20 years ago in Australia. It wasn’t an especially good memory, but it brought back some somewhat pleasant memories.

This week’s survey was WLS’s Silver Dollar Survey from 1963. It was nice to get home for a change.

The task was to write the instructions for something we’re good at. I skirted the issue and reprinted a quiz that I remember taking back in 6th grade on how well or poorly people read directions. Everyone thought it was fun, anyway.

It’s a freebie day tomorrow, and I have an idea of combining it with my Battle of the Bands, since I missed the one on the 1st. Aside from that, I haven’t thought about the rest of the week. It’ll be a surprise! (Mostly to me.)

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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 “Happy 119th, Grandma!” Week That Was

  1. Hi John – good for you to remember your grandmother’s birthday – I know one of mine her date in February, but no birthday … I guess in the 1900s range. The other in the 1890s … but take care and look after yourselves … cheers Hilary


    1. Grandma Holton was an easy one to remember: her birthday was Bastille Day and since she was born in 1900, you just had to look at the last two digits to know how old she was. Of course, in 2000 and after you had to remember to add 100.


  2. The hot summer days are getting to me too but August is just around the corner, which gives me a feeling of renewal. I remember the Jerry Lewis Telethon well and felt it was for a good cause.


            1. After a while, homework is abusive. I’m sure there are good reasons to have some, but to fill up every waking hour with it makes no sense. They’re kids; they need extracurricular activities, to develop other interests outside the classroom.

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  3. John,

    I remember those MDA telethon’s hosted by Jerry Lee Lewis in early September. I always liked Lewis so it was fun to watch the entertainment. I felt bad for the kids with this disease when I was little and still do but for anyone who suffers from it. Thanks for the recap of last week’s posts. Have a great week!


    1. Remember how he used to stay awake the entire time, from Friday until Monday? He just got crazier and crazier, then when it was all over he’d burst into tears. That’s passion.

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  4. Happy birthday to your grandmom born in 1900. I remember those Jerry Lewis telethons quite well and he never explained his passion for collecting for this specific disease. Truly, it doesn’t matter because he was such a good help, welcome to a new week.


    1. He took the secret to the grave. It’s a reminder that why you do good isn’t as important as that you do good.

      Grandma’s age was never a secret, and she didn’t see any reason for it to be. As far as she was concerned, she earned it.


  5. Nice to remember what would have been your grandmother’s 119 birthday!
    It was a fun week for posting all kinds of things. I skipped the song of the week from Laura, too. I didn’t understand it, either.
    That quiz was a good one! 🙂


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