Luck Favors The Well-Prepared #socs

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Who was it that said "luck favors the well-prepared"? Something tells me it was Ben Franklin. Anyway, it’s true. Unfortunately, I don’t think I was ever prepared well enough to take a chance on any lucky breaks. Too soon old, too late smart…

I know I’m a real fusspot about this, but what you have above is a four-leaf clover, which is not the same as a shamrock, which has three leaves. As does poison ivy, but we won’t talk about that. There’s another three-leaved plant called the rue which is the national herb of Lithuania. Mary’s aunt used to grow it in her garden. It was almost as bad as poison ivy if you rubbed up against it, so I would avoid it like the plague.

Long as I went down this rabbit hole: the song "I’m Looking Over a Four-Leaf Clover" was written in 1927 by Mort Dixon (lyrics) and Harry M. Woods (music). I heard an interesting story about the song: There was a radio station somewhere (Ohio, I think) that got the record and played it one Saturday afternoon, and kept playing over and over because people kept calling and asking for it. I’m sure the FCC would have plenty to say about that. Anyway, the first person to record it was Nick Lucas, "The Crooning Troubador," who took it to #2. Nick was a guitar player and singer who designed the guitar pick that most players use. Anyway, here’s his recording of it.

And now, here’s Allan Sherman with his song "Lotsa Luck."

Stream of Consciousness Saturday is brought to you each week by Linda Hill and this station. Now a word about Heileman’s Old Style Lager, the most popular beer in Chicago! (At least it was when I lived there.)

22 thoughts on “Luck Favors The Well-Prepared #socs

    1. G. Heilemann ended up brewing a lot of different beers nationally, but Old Style was their main beer. If you’ve ever been to a German restaurant where they did the “Schnitzelbank,” you’ll recognize the song. It is a fantastic commercial, much better than their later ones…

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  1. The Allan Sherman song was cute. These days I don’t think we can get our TVs repaired any more. We had a NEC TV that lasted a long time and had it repaired once by a guy who was able to repair them in his home workshop. The company is out of business now.

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    1. It’s really not worth it to have a TV repaired anymore. It’s almost cheaper to buy a new one. We still have one of the old TV’s with a picture tube: it’s close to 15 years old. When it goes, we’ll probably get a flat-screen with a Roku box (or a smart TV with Roku built in). Then again, we might just get our local TV stations with Locast…

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      1. The ‘smart’ tvs are really great. We just bought a new one and it has wifi built in. So you don’t need cable, just an internet router. I have a lot of streaming stuff. The apps are built right into the Smart TV.

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  2. I didn’t know the history of that song and that the man invented the guitar chip. Why would your mom in law grow that plant if it is similar to poison ivy?? What is the benefit? That Lots of Luck song is hilarious and so true!! The commercial is cute with German accent and all. I wonder when they went out of business?

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    1. It was my mother-in-law’s sister-in-law, who was a bit of a witch… As I said, it’s the national herb of Lithuania, where all of Mary’s ancestors came from, so she no doubt thought it’d be fun.

      Heilemann Brewing was bought out by Stroh Brewing in 1996. At the time, they owned a bunch of smaller local beer companies, many of which are still produced.

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  3. “I’m Looking Over a Four-Leaf Clover” makes me want to get up and march around. I’m also reminded for Bugs Bunny. Fun!! Great post today just like always.

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