The President’s Day White Sale and Week That Was

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It’s been kind of quiet here, like the calm before the storm. We’re about to kick this year’s A to Z Challenge into high gear, so watch the blog for upcoming events and dates. Here’s the summary for the week.

My latest Battle of the Bands was posted yesterday, pitting two songs called "You Talk Too Much" (neither of which is Joe Jones’s from the ’60’s) against each other. The contestants are George Thorogood and Cheap Trick. I’ll announce the winner this coming Saturday, so be sure and get your vote to me as soon as you can. Right now, it’s a pretty close match.

I dedicated this freebie week to Bubblegum Pop, which was big in the late ’60’s and early ’70’s. What is or isn’t bubblegum is often a judgment call, and some of my choices caused some discussion. Personally, during that period, there were two categories of music: "great" and "sucks," and everything, regardless of formal genre, fell into one of those categories.

Topics included whether or not I snore, what I find funny, the last furry thing I touched, and how you handcuff a one-armed man.

Paul Henning, the mastermind behind The Beverly Hillbillies, Petticoat Junction, and Green Acres and who wrote the themes for a couple of them, was the featured artist. I’m reaching the end of the list on this theme, so if anyone has any suggestions, leave me a comment. I’ll probably change themes on the first Tuesday in March.

It being his birthday, my one-liner was a quote from Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States.

I talked about challenges old and new, including A to Z, the data science course I was taking that is turning out to be a dud, and the chances of my taking up the harmonica again. I also added an invite to play the Writer’s Workshop game with me going forward.

We visited WJJD in Chicago and went over their Top 10 from February 1961.

I talked about cheeks, both on the face and on the derriere.

Tomorrow’s topic for M⁴ will be "songs that tell a story," and I have to warn you that I thought of quite a few. I’ll see who I have left among my list of TV theme composers for Tuesday (and again, any suggestions for the next theme will be appreciated). I’m waiting on prompts for most of the next week, and we’ll announce the winner of my latest Battle of the Bands on Saturday. Plus, we’ll break in with any major developments. Stay tuned!

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And that wraps up this edition of The Week That Was. See you in the funny papers!

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