This edition of The Week That Was is sponsored by Capri filter long menthol cigarettes. Menthol, but with a soft, fresh taste.
Daylight Saving Time, that scourge on society, ended this morning at 2 AM, when all the clocks got set back to 1 AM. In March, we had a 23-hour day when it started, now we have a 25-hour day when it ends. I’m not sure which is harder; they both throw me off.
Hurricane Zeta came and went this past week with little or no damage done to this part of the country. We didn’t lose power, though we lost Internet for about half the day on Wednesday. Temperatures are getting much cooler, and soon we’ll have one of those cold-and-rainy days. Maybe several in a row. Fall has fallen.
Let’s do the summary for the week…
A bunch of Halloween-y words were our prompt last Sunday. I answered with two songs that had "treat" in the title, "Treat Her Like A Lady" by Cornelius Brothers and Sister Rose and "Ain’t No Way To Treat A Lady" by the late Helen Reddy, a couple of songs from the mid-’70’s that I like.
It was the last week of the Rocktober MusicFest.
Mary had us choose a country and play the rock music from that nation. My choice was Mongolia. Most of mine fit into the category of "pop" rather than "rock," but I figured that would be enjoyable, too. I’m kind of surprised we didn’t have more Asian countries’ music represented, with the popularity of J-pop and K-pop (and now M-pop). They’re doing some pretty incredible music there, and I just might start immersing myself in it.
I’m not sure if I won for the highest building I’ve been up in, which is the Sears Tower (or Willis Center, as they’ve been calling it) in Chicago, but we had to say what the highest building we’d ever been up in was, and that was mine, at a time when the Sears Tower was the tallest building in the world. Melanie also wanted to know what I do to keep fit (and of course the answer was "nothing"), what my jack-o’-lantern looked like (and I’m not a fan of Halloween), and whether or not I’ve lost hope (not entirely). My leg, incidentally, is doing quite well, and while I still have the sore on the back of my leg, it doesn’t hurt like it had. I start my lymphatic drainage on the 16th, and it looks like that’s going to be an annual thing, which is fine with me.
This week’s visit was to WKDA in Nashville, Tennessee on November 1, 1959. Oddly enough, there wasn’t a lot of Rock & Roll on the chart.
My one-liner was a really great play on words that I saw on Twitter.
The prompt was "cheap," and a lot of my piece was about the "scandal sheets," those newspapers that you see at the checkout counter that deal in dirt about celebrities, and other forms of "cheap entertainment," including "cheap laughs," "cheap thrills," etc.
Neal Schon, who played with Santana before starting Journey, was the featured artist. He’s even busier than I thought…
I combined my prompt from Thursday, "cheap," with the prompt for Saturday, "trick," and started by writing about the pride of Rockford, Illinois, Cheap Trick. I also spent a lot of time talking about magic and my favorite magician, Chicago’s very own Marshall Brodien, who sadly passed on last year.
Freebie day tomorrow on MMMM, so I’ll think of something strange and present it. That leaves the rest of the week to deal with. Coming soon to this very blog (in about a half hour, in fact), my November 1 Battle of the Bands, which was suggested by Stephen, the guy who sorta runs BotB, though he doesn’t participate anymore.
Mary and I will not be voting this Tuesday, as we cast our absentee ballots by mail about three weeks ago, and they have been accepted by the Board of Elections. If you haven’t voted yet, vote this Tuesday. And that’s all I’ll say about it.
- Arlee Bird
- Athena and Marie
- Dan Antion
- Debbie D.
- Don Ostertag
- Frank Hubeny
- Lisa Coleman
- Mary B
- Mary M
- Melanie B Cee
- Mister Bump UK
- Paula Light
- Sharon E. Cathcart
- Stephen T. McCarthy
- The Abject Muse
- Anyone I missed
- Everyone who left a "like"
And that’s it for this edition of The Week That Was. See you in the funny papers!