The Winter Weather Week That Was

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Everyone recognizes Dave Madden, from Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In and The Partridge Family, right?

Last week, one of our local weather guys tweeted this out:

When I saw that, I tweeted him back:

But by then, the damage had been done, and yesterday morning we awoke to roughly 2" (5 cm) of snow, most of which has melted, but some of which will hang around for a few days and make driving treacherous. It’s all gone now, thankfully.

We lost a couple of legends this past week: Kirk Douglas died Wednesday at the ripe old age of 103, and Friday night, actor and comedian Orson Bean died after being hit by a car in Venice, California. He was 91. The second came as a surprise, because Orson has been a favorite of mine going all the way back into the ’60’s, when he’d show up on game shows like To Tell The Truth, but more because of the way he died. Hit by a car? He deserved better.

Now some good news: I became a great-uncle on Friday. Brother Jim’s oldest son Bryan and his wife Kelly brought Lily Genevieve into the world. Mother, baby, father and grandparents are all well.

So, without further ado (yes, that’s how you spell it), here’s the summary.

"Love Songs" were the order of the day. There are thousands of great love songs, and I picked ten of my faves and shared them, and had a great time doing it.

Topics included the last new thing I tried, what I’d put in my "bug out" bag, what food item moves the fastest here at home, and that I’d like everyone to understand that you can’t roller skate in a buffalo herd, but you can be happy if you want to.

I shared my thoughts on the recently-concluded Just Jot It January. I had fun, and I hope you did, too, if you participated. And if you didn’t participate, how about thinking about it for next year? Now I can start focusing on the A to Z Challenge…

Gary Portnoy, who most famously composed "Where Everybody Knows Your Name," the theme from Cheers, was the featured artist.

Found a nasty but hilarious suggestion about what to do in the event of a fender bender in a parking lot.

I used the prompt about the celebrity death that affected me the most and talked about the deaths of Carrie Fisher and her mother, Debbie Reynolds. Carrie and I shared a few things in common, and to hear she died as she did really bothered me.

Since we did WQAM the week before, this week I pulled a survey from WMAQ in Chicago from 1953. I liked the symmetry.

The prompt was "(un)pack," giving me an excuse to talk about my years as a road warrior, or frequent business traveler. I don’t miss it.

The Escape Club’s song named "I’ll Be There" defeated Emma Bunton’s and S Club 7’s songs.

Freebie day tomorrow on M⁴, and I’ve got a great theme for my playlist, in my not-so-humble opinion. We’ll have another TV composer on Tuesday, a Battle of the Bands on Saturday, and lots of answers to lots of prompts the rest of the week. Plus song of the day. Hope you join us here!

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