The Fall-Back Week That Was

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.

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.

11 thoughts on “The Fall-Back Week That Was

  1. The time change doesn’t really affect my life that much now that my wife and I are both retired and don’t have to get up at any special time. But I do wish they’d just leave the time the same all year. I changed all my clocks last night. I did feel more rested this morning, but I don’t think that had anything to do with the time change.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. Most of our clocks are adjusted by the cesium clock that the National Institute of Standards and Technology operates. The only ones that aren’t are the clocks on the stove and microwave and the one in the car. Having to reset everything twice a year was a hassle.

      There seems to be little reason to go through this semiannual disruption in our circadian rhythms anymore. I also wish they’d just set it and forget it.

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  2. A great week it was John, except for the loss of Sean Connery. Halloween was a bummer this year because we usually travel to Blue Ridge but we’re not ready for travelling and staying over yet. I wish “they” would leave the clocks alone!

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    1. The purported reason for Daylight Saving Time is that it saves energy, but it doesn’t; in fact, we use more energy with it. Farmers, supposedly the big beneficiaries, hate it, because, as they say, animals can’t tell time. They’re up with the sun, anyway; doesn’t matter if it’s 5 AM or 6 AM. For years, Indiana didn’t change its clocks, except for the far northwest corner because those cities are practically suburbs of Chicago, and nothing terrible happened. If we stopped changing the clocks, it’d cause a lot less disruption…

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  3. I enjoyed the week that was. I m glad you are always seeing the dr. And getting things done to keep your health stable. You are like my hubby who hates Halloween but I love it so I was bummed that I could not make a neat Halloween scare for last night. Every week seems not very eventful but also just the opposite and so many major stars, musicians seem to be die every single week. Sean Connery is the latest and it would be cool to hear your favourite bond songs. I love Thunderball but also the theme music of From Russia With Love.

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