The Birthday Week That Was

This edition of The Week That Was is brought to you by Roi-Tan cigars, from The American Tobacco Company. Man to man, smoke a Roi-Tan!

My colonoscopy was rescheduled for June due to Covid-19. At least they called me before the prep started.

I got my harmonicas this week. I’m re-learning the tricks to playing the diatonics and finally learning to play the chromatic correctly. It’s been a challenge: I think the stroke damaged my upper lip, so I have to change my embouchure.

Anyway, let’s do the summary…

I spent most of the week talking about Beatles songs that one might call "deep cuts": album tracks that don’t get the attention they deserve.

Songs by The Spinners and George Strait named "Easy Come, Easy Go" went head-to-head in the most recent battle. As you saw earlier, The Spinners won.

Not knowing that the theme for Monday was changed to songs for St. Patrick’s Day, I proceeded with the original theme, Animals. I did an Irish tune for Song of the Day on Tuesday to make up for it, and will come up with a theme for the freebie tomorrow.

My theme for my ninth A to Z Challenge will be words that start with re- followed by the letter of the day. Except in a couple of cases where I couldn’t find one, none of the words are of the form "re" plus a verb, such as "reanimate." I better get moving on the posts, as well as the ones for the A to Z Challenge blog…

This week’s questions were about St. Patrick, Ireland, and the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. Learned something interesting from my Aunt Loretta, my Uncle Jack’s wife, who was born and raised in Ireland: the traditional St. Patrick’s Day meal there is boiled ham and cabbage. It wasn’t until the celebration to the US that the meat changed to corned beef, which was a whole lot less expensive than ham. Like I always say, the things you learn in this job…

This weekk’s encore performance was from 2013, when Antonio Carlos Jobim was the featured artist.

I used a very funny story that Mary Burris from Jingle Jangle Jungle related on her log, which if you don’t read, you should.

Covid-19 was the topic again this week, and I talked about how measures being taken to prevent more of a spread of the disease than has already happened have affected our lives. There really hasn’t been a lot of changing we’ve had to do, but it’s still had an effect. Hope everyone is hanging in there.

We visited radio station KYNO in Fresno, California, and had a look at their Top 10 from March 20, 1968.

I used the prompt of "welcome" to ask whether people thought that all of the isolation and staying from home that kicked into high gear this week was a welcome change. Most of you think it was. I tend to agree.

I’ll be working on autopilot most of the week while I hurry up and get my posts ready for April. It really kind of snuck up on me, to be honest. All the regular features will be here, which I’m sure comes as a great relief to all of you.

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And that’s it for this edition of The Week That Was. Keep washing your hands, and I’ll see you in the funny papers!

11 thoughts on “The Birthday Week That Was

  1. Funny old commercial for the Roi Tan cigars.
    We used to go to the little store at the end of our street to ask for the free empty cigar boxes. We used them to hold our crayons, scissors, and other little school supplies. I know I had some of the Roi Tan ones, and still have several vintage boxes of different kinds from my grandparents stuff. 🙂


    1. I did a whole post about cigar boxes used as school supplies. I loved the artwork in some of the old ones. They’re becoming a collector’s item now. They draw a pretty penny on eBay…


  2. Happy Belated Birthday! I am glad they did contact you before the colonoscopy prep 🙂
    I look forward to your A-Z posts. I am doing it too, all cats books. Stay healthy.


    1. Actually, you’re too early to be late: it isn’t until Wednesday. 🤣 But thank you!

      Now I’m getting excited about A to Z. Better get writing…


  3. Happy Birthday?! I really liked your Beatles series this week. I really enjoyed the last one (The Beatles, “Savoy Truffle”) as The White Album is my favorite album.


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