Tuxedo #atozchallenge

Here’s “Tuxedo Junction” by The Manhattan Transfer.

It was originally done by Glenn Miller in 1940, but I decided to go with a vocal version.

I think I’ve worn an actual tuxedo twice in my life. I have worn dinner jackets (to my graduation, because the New Trier School District decided to humiliate us once more before letting us go, and the other to a prom that I’d rather forget), and wore a morning suit to my wedding, but only a tuxedo twice. Even that was too much. Really, they’re uncomfortable, and I look like a penguin.

Tux, the Linux penguin. Image by Clker-Free-Vector-Images from Pixabay

A black cat with any white on it is considered a tuxedo cat, which would make almost every black cat we have owned a tuxedo.

Toby, aka Toby One-Eye Kenobi. He chose me.

We’ve only ever had one totally black cat, Sherman, who was a Siamese mix. We named him Sherman after General Sherman, because he marched around like a little general.

Sherman in a quiet moment. There weren’t many of them.

One of my favorite cartoons when I was a kid was Tennessee Tuxedo.

There was some pretty high-powered talent behind this one: Don Adams (“Get Smart”) was the voice of Tennessee, veteran voice actor Bradley Bolke as his sidekick, a walrus named Chumley, and Larry Storch (“F Troop”) as Phineas J. Whoopee, a typical “man with all the answers.” It was actually a pretty educational show. I’ll leave it up to you to read the summary, or watch an example…

Toast And Marmalade For Tea #socs

Today’s prompt brought this little ditty to mind.

One of the comments said, “If I ever want to just lie down and sleep forever I think I would play this on a loop.”

Toast and marmalade for tea
Sailing ships upon the sea
Aren’t lovelier than you
Or the games I see you play

You more lovely than the day
When the sun is in your eyes
I see through your disguise
Or the games I see you play

Maurice Gibb wrote and produced it, an Australian band named Tin Tin sang it. Steve Kipner, the band’s lead vocalist, went on to write “Hard Habit To Break” for Chicago and “Physical” for Olivia Newton-John, for starters. Another member of the band, John Vallins, co-wrote “Too Much, Too Little, Too Late,” a #1 hit for Johnny Mathis and Deniece Williams, with Kipner’s father, Nat. A third member, Steve Groves, wrote the song “On The Loose (Again),” which won the Australian Popular Song Contest.

Amazing the things you learn when you research these things. I just thought it was a sweet little song.

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Terminus #atozchallenge


Greetings from Terminus, Georgia! That, believe it or not, was the original name of Atlanta. The Georgia State Assembly decided in 1836 they needed a railroad to get goods from the Port of Savannah to Chattanooga for further transport to the Midwest and established The Western and Atlantic Railroad for the task. They needed to establish a point where the train from Chattanooga would meet the train from Savannah, and chose a point east of the Chattahoochee River for the terminus. They drove a milepost into the ground, and soon a settlement developed around it. The settlement was initially called Terminus, then Thrasherville (after the owner of the general store) and Marthasville (after the governor’s daughter) before the chief engineer of the railroad suggested the name “Atlantica-Pacifica.” They settled on a shortened form (thank heaven), “Atlanta,” and the rest was history.

History was not one of my better subjects, though, so I invite you to read up on it on Wikipedia.

Seal of the City of Atlanta, Georgia (Public Domain)

Atlanta is home to the Braves (baseball), Falcons (football), and Hawks (basketball). We’ve tried hockey several times, with the IHL Knights and NHL Flames and Thrashers, all of which have either folded or relocated. It’s also the home to The Georgia Institue of Technology (better known as Georgia Tech), Georgia State University, Oglethorpe University, Emory University, and the Black colleges Clark Atlanta University, Morris Brown College, and Spelman College. It’s the home of So So Def Recordings, a major rap and hip-hop label, and a number of music acts, including the Atlanta Rhythm Section, Kriss Kross, and TLC. Joe South and Billy Joe Royal are from the nearby town of Marietta (coincidentally where we live), and Tony Joe White was living here when he wrote the Brook Benton classic, “A Rainy Night In Georgia.”

Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, named for two former mayors, William B. Hartsfield (who was mayor when it was built) and Maynard Jackson (who owned many of the concessions by the time the airport was renamed for him) is the busiest airport in the nation, with almost 51 million passengers enplaning in 2016. Three Interstate highways run through the city, I-75, I-85, and I-20, and are all connected by a circular bypass, I-285. Additionally, US Highway 41 runs through Atlanta on its trip from Miami through Chicago and Milwaukee all the way up to Copper Harbor in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. On Highway 41 and Georgia Highway 120 in Marietta sits “The Big Chicken,” a KFC restaurant built to look like a chicken, complete with beak that opens and closes and an eye that rolls around. Much navigation in the Atlanta area is relative to the Big Chicken. In fact, when word got out that PepsiCo, which owned KFC at the time, planned on getting rid of the Big Chicken, people were up in arms, worried that they wouldn’t be able to find anything. The company relented and actually repaired the beak and the eye, which had stopped moving for some reason…


Tuvalu #atozchallenge

Well, how about that? We’ve made it to the last week of the 2017 A to Z Challenge! Hope you’re ready for seven straight days of posting.


Tuvalu. By TUBS [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

Yes, Virginia, there is a Tuvalu. It’s an archipelago in the South Pacific roughly halfway between Australia and Hawai’i that used to be called the Ellice Islands, when they were a colony of the United Kingdom. At that time, they were lumped in with the Gilbert Islands, which are now the country of Kiribati.

You can read all about Tuvalu here at your leisure; there’s quite a lot about it, and there are links to even more information and articles about the place. About 10,000 people live there, and they don’t get many visitors. Makes sense; there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot there and, judging from the map, it’s pretty much out in the middle of nowhere. Which, I’m sure, makes it very attractive to some.

Ever had the desire to go to Tuvalu? Had you even heard of it before now?