Share Your World for March 23, 2020

Time once again for Share Your World! Melanie has the rules over at her place, in case you’d like to play along. Here are this week’s questions and my answers.

On A Scale Of 1-10, How Strict Were Your Parents? I’d say an 8 and leave it at that.

What Wastes The Most Time In Your Day To Day Life? My short attention span. I’ll be doing something, then go off on a totally unrelated tangent and not get back to what I was doing, because by the time I remember what I was doing originally I might have made several jumps to something else.

Do They Bury People With Their Braces On? Melanie made it clear that the braces she was talking about are the kind to straighten your teeth, not the kind a gentleman wears to keep his trousers up, which we here in the US call "suspenders," except in the UK suspenders are garters that women wear to keep their stockings up, as in a garter belt. Now, having gotten totally off the subject (see what I mean?)… I would suppose that would depend on whether they were paid for or not, though I can’t see an orthodontist wanting braces that have been on someone’s mouth back. On the other hand, I think it would be rather ghoulish of an orthodontist to demand full payment on braces for a dead person, but that wasn’t the question, was it? I’m going to say "yes," because what good would it do to take them off? Oh, you can’t get to heaven, with crooked teeth… never mind (remember that song from Boy/Girl Scout camp?). Maybe they have a special place where people with braces get buried, like Brace Hill ("they died with their braces on…").

Why Does A Round Pizza Come In A Square Box? Keep in mind, first of all, that Little Caesar’s (pizza! pizza!) used to make square pizzas, but they didn’t put them in boxes, they put them in a bag. Also, many frozen pizzas now come square, and Sicilian pizza is made in a baking pan, so they’re kind of oblong… where was I? Oh yeah… It’d be really difficult as well as cost inefficient to come up with round boxes. Domino’s delivers in a square box, but the inside of the box has fold-up flaps so it’s more octagonal than square, which is a little more round, anyway.

And now a word from Little Caesar’s.

Gratitude goes to the US Census Bureau, who last Friday sent me the code I needed to do the census online, and today sent me a followup letter reminding me to do the census. I don’t have the heart to tell them that I did it when I got it the first time, because I had nothing else to do because I’m more or less stuck in the house while the coronavirus runs rampant through the streets. At least that’s the impression that I get from news reports…

See you in the funny papers!

Ally Bean’s Twenty Questions

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

Over at Ally Bean’s place, she answered twenty questions because "it’s something fun to do." She then invited others to do the same. So I’m doing it.

Your most memorable fancy dress costume? Probably my uniform from the pipe band, which included a balmoral (a hat similar to a Tam O’Shanter), a Prince Charlie jacket with a white shirt and black bow tie, a kilt in MacLean of Duart tartan, diced socks in the colors of the tartan, garters with green flashes, and wing-tip brogues. Oh, and the traditional sgian dubh (a small knife) in the right sock. And no, I don’t have any pictures.

Which social media platform do you use the most? This blog on WordPress, with Instagram running a distant second. I’ve been paying a little more attention to Facebook and Twitter in preparation for the A to Z Challenge that’s rapidly approaching, but I generally try to avoid them.

Favorite season? Same as Jim Gaffigan…

If you had to choose the beach or mountains, which would it be? Most likely the beach. Not that I’m a beach person, but I’m definitely not a mountain person.

What can you play very well? The following flavors of solitaire: Klondike, Canfield, Scorpion, Sultan, Batsford, Alhambra, Free Cell, and Yukon. I’m also pretty good at sudoku.

What kind of cheese do you like? American, cheddar, provolone, and Swiss.

Life goal? To keep it going as long as possible.

How many cities have you lived in? Three metropolitan areas: Chicago, Indianapolis, and Atlanta.

What language do you wish you could speak? German.

What can’t you stand? What music has devolved into.

If you have an hour to kill on your hands, what would you do? Play solitaire on my phone or do a sudoku.

Your favorite routine? Go down to the filling station for a bottle of pop, go home and take a nap, then go over ot Thelma Lou’s and watch TV… no, wait, that’s Barney Fife’s favorite routine. Maybe this one…

Text message or phone call? Text.

Your most precious treasure? Molly, my cat. (Mary’s more than just a treasure.)

Your latest foreign language mistake? Hasn’t been much of an opportunity to make one.

What’s the best therapy for you? Sleep.

If you could be a fictional character, who would you be? John Steed from The Avengers (no, not the comic book characters).

Where would you like to travel? Mongolia, Taiwan, Paris, and Rio de Janiero during Carnaval. Wouldn’t mind going back to Australia and Singapore.

Where did you meet your spouse/partner? At Loyola when we were students, but we first saw each other in a training class at Marshall Field’s. She and I just ended up in line for coffee at school, and she turned and asked "Do you work at Marshall Field’s?" That was 44 years ago, and we’re still together.

If you decide to do this, link back to Ally’s blog (link is above).

The Friday 5×2: KRLA, 1/8/60

As long as we’re spending this week in L. A. (well, songwise, anyway), let’s visit our friends at KRLA and see what was on their Top Ten this week in 1960.

  1. Annette, “First Name Initial” Annette is, of course, Annette Funicello, everyone’s favorite Disney princess. This song reached #20 nationally, but this being L. A. and all, did much better.
  2. Freddy Cannon, “Way Down Yonder In New Orleans” “Boom Boom” had a #6 hit with “Tallahassee Lassie” earlier in 1959, which went to #6. This was a bigger hit, reaching #3 in late 1959 and early 1960. It also went to #3 in the UK, his bestselling single there.
  3. Dion & The Belmonts, “Where Or When” From the Rodgers & Hart Musical Babes In Arms, Dion and the boys reached #3 nationally with this. It turned out to be their highest ranked single.
  4. Andy Williams, “The Village of St. Bernadette” Title track from his 1960 album, which Billboard called “a lovely set of pop inspirational, hymns, and religious themes,” according to Wikipedia. It peaked at #7 nationally.
  5. Marv Johnson, “You Got What It Takes” Marv was on the first-ever record issued by Tamla Records, which eventually became Motown. At the time, Tamla had no national distribution, so it was released on United Artists. It reached #10 on the Hot 100 and #2 on the R&B chart, as well as #7 in the UK. It was later covered by The Dave Clark 5 and Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. The original was done by Bobby Parker in 1958.
  6. Jimmy Clanton, “Go Jimmy Go” The “swamp pop R&B idol” recorded this in 1959 and saw it rise to #5 nationally and #19 on the R&B chart.
  7. Steve Lawrence, “Pretty Blue Eyes” Better known for his work in nightclubs and on many TV variety shows, Steve nevertheless had a few Top Ten singles in his career, most notably “Go Away Little Girl,” which reached #1 and earned a Gold record. This song reached #9 nationally. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease last June, so say a prayer.
  8. Frankie Avalon, “Why” You knew if Annette was here, Frankie would be. This was Frankie’s second and last #1 hit, after “Venus” the year before. According to Wikipedia, the melody is based on an Italian song. Donny Osmond covered this in 1972 and it reached #13 nationally.
  9. Marty Robbins, “El Paso” This song has popped up a lot on The Friday 5×2, so there’s not much more I can say about it.
  10. Jimmy Jones, “Handy Man” Jimmy’s first and best known song, it reached #2 in the US, #3 in the UK, and #4 in Australia. James Taylor had a hit with a downtempo version of this. Jones’s falsetto influenced a lot of roickers, including Frankie Valli, Lou Christie, and Del Shannon, who in turn influenced Barry Gibb.

And that’s The Friday 5×2 for January 10, 2020.

Monday’s Music Moves Me: New Beginnings

Everyone say hello to Michelle from Michelle’s Musings and Merriment, our guest conductor for the merry month of January! Her first task for us this week is "New Beginnings." These would be songs about starting over again. I have ten I’d like to suggest, because after all, ten is a playlist…

Rather than my usual exhaustive job of explaining my choices, here’s the list of songs, and let’s see what you come up with…

  1. ABBA, "Take A Chance On Me"
  2. Patti Labelle, "New Attitude"
  3. Johnny Nash, "I Can See Clearly Now"
  4. The Beatles, "Here Comes The Sun"
  5. Barry Manilow, "Ready To Take A Chance Again"
  6. Talking Heads, "Take Me To The River"
  7. Johnny Cash, "A Boy Named Sue"
  8. Chicago, "Goodbye"
  9. Chicago, "Beginnings"
  10. Lou Christie, "Beyond The Blue Horizon"

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for January 6, 2020.

Monday’s Music Moves Me is sponsored by X-Mas Dolly, Callie, Cathy, Alana, and Stacy, so be sure and visit them, where you can also find the Linky for the other participants.

The Blogger Recognition Award!

There wasn’t a graphic, so I made one…

Willow was kind enough to give me a Blogger Recognition Award at the end of last year, for which I thanked her profusely and told her that I would get to it after the holidays.

Here are the rules:

Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you and provide a link to their blog. See above.

Write a post to show your award. Again, see above. There wasn’t an official graphic, so I made one, and yes, I intended it to look like the Seal of Good Practice.

Give a brief story of how your blog started. I had these grandiose notions of being a great fiction writer after my stroke and started reading all the blogs that offered advice to budding fiction writers. One of their suggestions was to start a blog to stay in touch with all my readers and announce all the new and great stuff they’re up to. That got me thinking about doing this, then I heard about the Blogging From A To Z Challenge, for which one needs a blog, and that sealed it in my mind that I was going to do this.

As time went on, I realized I didn’t have it in me to be a great fiction writer, primarily because I didn’t even like to read fiction. I didn’t want to give up blogging, because I realized I liked doing this too much, because it was what I liked to write. I like talking about music, I like telling stories from my past, and I do like being a smartass. And it’s sort of ballooned from there.

Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.

  • Be Yourself. Write what you like to write. Just because everyone else is writing poetry or fiction doesn’t mean you have to. Just because everyone is writing about politics doesn’t mean you have to. If you like digging up old radio surveys and building YouTube playlists of their Top Tens, do that. If you like writing about the stupid things you did as a kid, do that.

  • Be consistent. You don’t have to blog every day like I do. If all you want to commit to is one day a week, that’s fine. Just be sure to be there once a week.

Select up to fifteen bloggers you want to give this award to. This is a part of the game that I always hate, because I don’t want to put anyone on the spot. So, if you’re reading this, you’re nominated. Congratulations! Grab the badge up above and have at it.

Thanks again, Willow!