Writer’s Workshop: A Few More Faves

My five most recent faves:

Image by Gary Ross from Pixabay

The harmonica I’ve talked about this plenty, but have been beset by my inability to decide whether I want to focus on the diatonic (a harmonica that plays in one or two different keys) or the chromatic (a harmonica that has a button on the side that shifts all the notes up a half step, allowing me to play in any key). So I’m going to buy both kinds and let them fight it out.

The Best of The Ed Sullivan Show Ed, who was a Broadway columnist for The New York Daily News, had a legendary variety show that ran on Sunday nights from 1948 to 1971. He had lots of different acts, including just about every kind of music you could imagine (Big Band, Rock, Jazz, classical, Opera, you name it, he had it), comedians, circus acts, magicians, Russian dancers, the pipes and drums and regimental band of The Black Watch, elephants, bears… if it fit on his stage, he had them on. Some of the most memorable acts have been gathered together into half-hour shows that run on the Decades network (one of those that you can get with an antenna) at 6:00 and 6:30 Eastern time, right about when Mary and I are having dinner.

YouTube channels YouTube is pretty much what I do around here, as you’ve probably observed with all the videos I post here. I’ve added an example of what you can expect on the News Be Funny channel, namely local news anchors and reporters (and occasionally the camera crew) having a hard time looking professional and occasionally losing it on live TV. Another good channel is Raw & Real Retail, which takes us on tours of shopping malls (mostly in the Northeast), setting the video to some excellent production music. Of course, there’s The Oddity Archive, one of my all-time favorites for oddities and weird stuff that only people like Ben, who runs the Archive, want to hear about (I’m one of them, by the way). Its sister channel, Archive Annex, where he posts supplemental videos.

Lemonade Last year, I talked about V-8 Splash and how good it was. One not-so-good thing about it was the price. Mary had been buying lemonade to mix with her iced tea, and asked if I could live with lemonade. I’ve been drinking it with dinner in the evenings, and it’s had an unexpected benefit: I don’t get the indigestion or reflux I had been getting. She usually buys the house brand from either Kroger or Publix, but occasionally Country Time is on sale and she gets that. By the way, "Grandpa" from the Country Time commercials is a character actor named Harry Holcombe. Occasionally we see him as the presiding judge on old episodes of Perry Mason, and he also played a scientist in the movie King Kong vs. Godzilla, one of our favorite movies.

A new washer This is more for Mary, because the laundry room is in the basement and I can’t get down there. Last week, Mary came up and announced that the washer we’ve had for close to 20 years had bitten the dust. She had been talking about wanting a top-loading machine, because it was getting hard for her to bend over to put stuff into and take stuff out of the front-loader we’ve had, so it was a good time to replace it. It’s a Maytag, like the one it replaced, with as few electronics as possible (and therefore no mother board to be replaced in case the electronics conk out). Our laundry requirements have changed considerably with the reduction in the cat population (we’re not washing blankets, towels and throw rugs like we used to), so this should last us (not to get too morbid) the rest of our lives.

So that’s what I have. What are some of your faves?

19 thoughts on “Writer’s Workshop: A Few More Faves

  1. My Mom used to buy the powdered form of Country Time Lemonade. I would pour the powder into plastic baggies and eat it on the school bus like candy. lol! Delicious!! Love the new washer!!

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    1. I don’t know if they were still available when you were a kid, but we had Pixy Stix and Lik-m-Aid, which were pretty much the same thing.

      Mary had wanted a Speed Queen washer, because they’re simple and durable (they use them in laundromats), but it seems simplicity and durability costs a lot. We’ve always had good luck with Maytag (except for one dishwasher) and she found one that’s simple enough without 67,000 different wash cycles and all kinds of bells and whistles for less than half the price of a Speed Queen. When we had many more cats, we were doing a lot of blankets and towels, but with just the one, we can get by with doing the laundry every ten days or so. Mary said this is probably the last washer we’ll buy…

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  2. I’m dating myself here but, for some odd reason, I actually liked watching a show as a child called “Omnibus”…Alistair Cooke was the host. Well, honestly, I had no choice but to sit and watch it because my father ruled the proverbial roost as far as what was on television back then, program choices, however limited, were all his.

    Love Lemonade, good choice, John! I actually drink nothing but, watered-down, as it’s beneficial in lowering the uric acid that leads to kidney stone formation. It also benefits my sometimes sour personality.

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    1. “If you can’t watch what you like, learn to like what you watch.” There are generations of kids that don’t know the joy of compromising with the family on what to watch, or in your case live with the decision of a parent… From what I saw on IMDb, it sounds like it was a pretty interesting show.

      Another good thing for kidney stones is cranberry juice, which is also good for UTI’s, of which I’ve had a couple….

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  3. I still have a front loader – my last front loader. I used to squat to unload the dryer, but not in a while, because I might get stuck. Thanks for the bloopers!

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  4. I’m going to leave this open and come back for the bloopers!
    Only top loaders for me.
    This week I’ll go with puppy snuggles in the morning, coconut ice cream, bold black pens, and compression socks (not like yours, but the anklets that squeeze the arch) 😀

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    1. Mary went with a toploader because it was getting harder for her to bend over and get wet clothes out of the front-loader. In a way, it couldn’t have happened at a better time.

      News Be Funny iws a great channel to follow on Youtube. There are a couple of other good ones for bloopers, which I can’t remember off the top of my head…

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  5. I remember watching Ed Sullivan every Sunday night, including that famous first appearance by The Beatles. 🙂 Topo Gigio the mouse was always fun. No frills appliances must be cheaper to repair; as long as they do the job…We’ve never had a front-loading washer. Enjoy the harmonica! It’s so easy to lose track of time on Youtube. Best site on the internet. 😀

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  6. Sunday night television in our house when I was growing up always included The Ed Sullivan Show–it was like required viewing for the whole family. I liked it so I never minded watching. My father was always hoping that a juggler would be on–and often they were. His biggest dream was our family’s juggling act to be on the show. He was like the father in Bye Bye Birdie dreaming about being on America’s biggest variety show.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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  7. I’ve never had a front loading washer, even when I was younger and bending over didn’t matter. We had to replace our fridge. No frills for us on that either. Just keep the food cold and don’t leak all over the floor. Happy Thursday, John.

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  8. I’m totally in favor of washing machines without the fancy electronics! Good choice!

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    1. The motherboard goes out on one of those and it costs about half the price of the washer to replace it. She didn’t want to mess with that, and I don’t blame her. That’s why we decided to replace the washer.

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  9. I loved the Ed Sullivan show! He always had a variety of good entertainment. Congrats to Mary on her new washer and have fun with your harmonicas.

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    1. Ed had EVERYTHING on his show. He took the term “variety show” seriously. On his album “AM/FM,” George Carlin does his impression of Ed and at the end thanked him for bringing on all those weird acts, as well as having The Beatles and Elvis on. Ed was way ahead of his time: back in the bad old days, he had Black performers on his show, even though in certain parts of the country TV stations would refuse to air it because of that. He didn’t care, even when sponsors threatened to pull their ads. I admire a person like that.

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