My five most recent faves:
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?