The Last Weekend Before School Week That Was

This edition of The Week That Was is brought to you by American Motors, makers of the Eagle. The Eagle has landed on all fours at American Motors!

I don’t think I knew anyone who had one of these. Come to think of it, I’m not sure that anyone knows anyone who had one.

I’m a little late this afternoon (you know, Mass and all), so this was delayed. Sorry about that.

It was a good week. Mary’s had a bad cough, but she feels good today and we both had a good night’s sleep, so that’s something in our favor. It’s warming up here, but the temperature has been a little lower than normal this past week, odd for the Dog Days of Summer. Anyway, here’s this week’s summary…

Last week’s theme was all about weddings, so my choice of songs was The Brooklyn Bridge’s classic “Worst That Could Happen.” A couple of you mentioned you had never heard it before, so I’m happy to have introduced you to it. It’s a great song sung by one of the great singers of our time, Johnny Maestro.

I announced the winner of my latest Battle of the Bands: by a final score of 8-3-3-0-0, ELO’s “Evil Woman” beat four other contenders who did a song called “Evil Woman.” Then, in the regularly-scheduled program, the theme was “our favorite American Idol or The Voice performers,” which put me at a disadvantage because I don’t watch those shows. However, I found some videos of the British version of Little Big Shots, hosted by the very funny Dawn French, and turned up a gem: a 16-year-old girl who calls herself Sapphire, who has a fantastic voice. You can hear her on YouTube and Spotify, so do yourself a favor and go listen to her.

I featured songs by The Monkees, the late great Al Jarreau, and guitarist Paul Jackson, Jr.

Saxophonist Euge Groove was this week’s featured artist.

I shared a text message I received from my erstwhile dentist, who told me they had shut down the facility close by and were sending everyone to a couple of distant locations. Long story short, I’m looking for a new dentist. Many of you commented that you felt as I did, that handling the situation by text was not an especially good way to do it, and that a phone call or preferably a letter would have been.

We were challenged to name the most humid place we’ve been. Mine was Houston, with Singapore taking the international title. Many of you shared your most humid place, and I agree with all of them.

We visited Grand Rapids, Michigan (one of my favorite destinations) and radio station WGRD to look at their survey from July 28, 1967. Their Top 10 was actually a Top 14 to match with the stations frequency (1410 kHz) and their #1 was a two-sided hit by The Monkees, so we had 15 songs instead of 10. At least none of them was a disco song.

The prompt was “clean/dirty,” which reminded me of a post I did for Just Jot It January 2018 about commercials during game shows, so I rattled on about that post and concluded I should have been an ad man.

Haven’t given the coming week a whole lot of thought, so it’ll be a surprise, probably a lot like last week. Stay tuned.

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That wraps up this edition of The Week That Was. Have a good week, and I’ll see you in the funny papers!

14 thoughts on “The Last Weekend Before School Week That Was

    1. I haven’t been out all day, so I’ll take your word for it. Guess we can’t expect temperatures in the upper 70’s-low 80’s again for a couple of months…

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  1. okay – so the Eagle (in blue and white) was my first car! I might be able to share a photo ion it sometime – and dude – I loved it – the inside had leather seats – bucket seats upon front and guess what – I believe that most crossover cars today copied the eagle –

    mine was cool

    and fun post


    1. What year was that Eagle around? Looks like a good car, just didn’t know anyone who had one. Any time someone mentions “AMC” to me, I immediately think “Gremlin” or their less-than-successful partnership with Renault (I never drove a Renault that wasn’t falling apart somehow; you’d pull the door handle and it’d come off in your hand).

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      1. I bought mine in 1987. It was a few years old – not sure how many at the time, but it was on sale for 3,000 dollars – and get this – while at the corner lot dealership – a place in buffalo NY that now has a Tim Horton’s in that spot – I sometimes reminisce –
        well get this – the guy knew my uncle (someone I did not even like very much) but we started talking and the Eagle had just been brought back.
        and okay – red flag – when someone returns a car at a used dealership – to get a different one – um… that means problems.
        well I used that – I knew he was third of the car and because I had cash – he gave me the car for 900$ – then I think 75 covered some tax and something else.
        That car was amazing and I think it was a 1983
        oh and the problems it did have was with struts and shocks and well stuff.
        So after five months of good use – the wheels gave me problems – in hind sight – they would have been worth fixing – but I sold the car – in early 88 for the same price I paid – with 4 new tires though – and sometimes I felt like I was stupid for not charging more and “making more” – but I would occasionally see the guy driving it around – and realized I just payed forward the blessing I had gotten.
        I bought a brand new car for 14,000 dollars (a lot for 88) and had a payment of 277 a month – stupid! but it was good at the time


          1. yeah – and then in 91 I bought my next car -for about 12k – five years old and originally was 40k (it was a gorgeous Jag XJ6- and I drove it for almost ten years)
            and what about you – I shared an awful lot about my cars – what were you first few cars?


            1. I didn’t drive until I was 28. My first car was a 1984 Cavalier that got all banged up and on which the transmission went out twice (the first time on I-75 during rush hour). When that finally bit the dust, I replaced it with a 1989 Dodge Omni. That was actually a pretty good car; I have a lot of fond memories with that. I traded that in for a 1992 Honda Accord that lasted us twenty years (there were less than 150K miles on it when we donated it; it’s probably still being used by someone). We bought a Honda Odyssey in 2002 because we were driving back and forth from Chicago and bringing a bunch of stuff from my mother-in-law’s house. Mary had a couple of cars that were on the verge of falling apart when she had them, including a Volvo that already had 100K miles on it (we bought it from a Volvo mechanic, evidently not a good one) and her father’s Grand Marquis, which we took when my mother-in-law informed us that he had developed a macular degeneration and was still trying to drive it, with my mother navigating like a terrified GPS system. It had been left on the curb in front of the house through about 15 Chicago winters, and it turns out that a lot of the hoses had sprung leaks, including the one for the brake line, as I learned the day I drove it to the office…

              I’m not a real car guy, as you can probably tell…

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              1. haha – thanks for sharing !
                that was nice to read – and laughing at Chicago winters because there is a joke A that Chicago is so cold if you accidentally get locked out of your house in winter you could die! haha

                and so the car that sat could have been worse i guess – lol

                and love the honda brand!
                i bet your 92 one is still going somewhere –
                although we have three friends that had a 2008 Honda Pilot and all 3 had transmission issues – and two AC not the norm for that brand – and my sister loves toyota and is on her third one – her last two had – get this – more than 350,000 miles (mostly highway)


                1. We’ve learned that with Hondas you need to follow their recommended maintenance schedule. Also, it’s a good idea to have the timing belt and water pump checked at the same time, because they have to pull the engine out for both. I had heard that with the Accord, but it seems to be a recurring theme with all their cars and vans. Still, great cars.

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                  1. enjoyed our car chat john!
                    and one more thing to add – if you have high mike cars (over 80k) have you ever heard of a product called Seafoam? it is amazing and is like a mini tune up in a can


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