The “Only 40 Days Until Christmas” Week That Was

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It’s been a pretty productive week here. The biggest thing is my new About page, which I rewrote on Wednesday while I tried to figure out what I was going to do for Thursday. Thanks to all of you who read it, and thanks in advance to anyone else who plans on reading it.

I start lymphatic drainage tomorrow. I’ve pretty well resigned myself to needing it once a year, unless something really drastic changes. The Lasix has helped a lot in keeping the swelling down, but it’s a chronic problem. So, back I go. The good news is, at least it’ll get me out of the house. I can’t remember the last time I was out. All I know is that it was a couple of weeks ago.

Anyway, here’s the summary for the week.

I’ll probably start moving away from Soul music this week, although I’ll feature it a little more frequently on Song of the Day, at least more frequently than I had been.

Robin, our guest conductor for November, asked us to play songs by performers that were born in November, so I gave a variety from different types of music.

As always, we had several questions to answer. The one I enjoy answering the most was what my favorite zoo animal was. We haevn’t been to the zoo in a long time, and now it’s hard for me to get around, but when we did go to the zoo, we usually liked to see the primates. At Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, they had a particularly fine collection, the star being Otto, a lowland gorilla. Atlanta’s zoo had a gorilla named Willie B, named for William B. Hartsfield, former mayor of Atlanta. Our favorite was Samson at the Milwaukee Zoo, who was the largest gorilla in captivity at a few punds shy of 800. All these big fellows have passed on, sadly. They had Otto stuffed and he lives at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, alongside Bushman and Sinbad, two other gorillas, and The Ghost and The Darkness, two particularly deadly lions who were eventually bagged by Charles Remington (think rifles, not electric shavers). They made a movie about them about 25 years ago… yeah, I know, blah blah blah. Let’s move on…

We visited Seattle and radio station KUBE-FM to examine their Top Ten on November 11, 1983.

I had put off announcing the results of my latest battle, which involved Ennio Morricone and Dire Straits in a battle to see whose "Once Upon A Time In The West" because I had heard that someone tried to vote and their vote was tossed into the spam bucket by Akismet. As Tuesday was Signore Morricone’s birthday, and as he won by one vote, I made my announcement.

I normally have good luck posting things from Lamebook, and this past Wednesday was no exception. It was about how you know when it’s time to leave your job.

The prompt was to write about something I was procrastinating on, which just so happened to be writing my post for Writer’s Workshop. This is where I told one and all that I had a new About page. By the way, if you’re getting a ton of spam ad it all appears to be attaching itself to one post, try deleting that post. In my case, it was my About page that was my spam magnet.

I profiled Jeff Lynne, who spent time with The Move, the Electric Light Orchestra, and The Traveling Wilburys and now produces a lot of records and has reassembled ELO.

The prompt was "ring," which naturally started me talking about the unfortunately-named seventh planet of our solar system, then talked about Bill Cosby’s five-minute syndicated radio show and his character Captain Oh Wow, and finished it up with a song by the Chairman of the Board. Saturday is a fun day.

Freebie day tomorrow om Monday’s Music Moves Me. I might do some vaporwave, because I’ve been listening to it a lot lately. This Tuesday, I’m going to try a new challenge called Simply Six Minutes, which Christine invited me to do. The rest of the week will be the usual insanity, so stay tuned…

4 thoughts on “The “Only 40 Days Until Christmas” Week That Was

  1. Before I forget, I really love The Ghost and the Darkness movie which, to me, is a horror film but is a true story. It is quite the week that was and I am so glad Ennio won since he died this year.


  2. Now I have to go over and read your new “About” page. You really do an amazing job with your blog, John! Always something new and fresh to read about! Thanks!


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