Sunday, September 27, 2015

First The Week That Was of Autumn

This week’s “The Week That Was” is sponsored by the cereals of General Mills.

It took me a long time to realize that Kix, Trix, and Cocoa Puffs were all the same cereal. Trix was Kix with fruit flavors, while Cocoa Puffs were Kix with chocolate flavor. The commercials were a product of Total Television, the creators of Underdog, Tennessee Tuxedo, and other great cartoons; Total was owned by General Mills and used the same studio in Mexico as did Jay Ward Studios, creators of Rocky & Bullwinkle. That explains why they look so similar.

The Week That Was

The temperatures are more bearable now than they were a couple of weeks ago, but we’ve had a lot of rain. Today shows signs of being pretty nice.

Monday’s Music Moves Me was a “free dance” one, and I featured the music of Tommy Emmanuel, CGP, who released a new album, It’s Never Too Late, a week ago Friday. Trust me, it’s a good one, and should be in your collection. He’s released videos of about half the songs on his YouTube channel. Give it a listen! He’s an incredible guitar player.

I also announced the winner of the latest Battle of the Bands on Monday: Jorma Kaukonen defeated Sinead O’Connor in a battle over “By The Rivers of Babylon.”

I continued my survey of songwriting teams on Two For Tuesday, featuring the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein. They wrote twelve shows together, many if not all of which are classics and favorites of several of my readers. The transition from the stage to the silver screen is practically seamless with their musicals, and indeed most musicals in general. Several of you mentioned they have a couple of R&H’s musicals on DVD. I usually just wait for them to air on TV, although I haven’t seen many since cutting the cord and no longer having Turner Classic Movies.

We lost Yogi Berra, Hall of Fame catcher and true character, on Tuesday, so One-Liner Wednesday featured one of his lines. Baseball fan or not, you probably have seen him and heard him talk on TV. As with most older ballplayers, he had a million stories, and wasn’t shy about telling them.

I combined The Thursday Ten with Mama Kat’s Writer’s workshop’s prompt and delivered ten songs with “wait” in the title. There are many others, of course, but these were the first ten I thought of. I always reserve the right to reuse a topic, especially list topics, so you’ll likely see a reprise of the topic the next time I get stuck for a topic to write about.

I departed from the usual Friday Five this week to share the results of a DNA test Mary and I both did through Ancestry.com. Through the testing, I learned I’m predominantly Irish and Mary’s primarily Eastern European, i.e. nothing w didn’t already know. We’ve decided to use 23andMe.com to do another test. I think theirs is a little more thorough than Ancestry’s, but we’ll see.

Finally, the prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday was “-eat.” I went through all the words that end in those three letters, and discovered that the one word that doesn’t rhyme with the others is “great.” I got a few interesting comments, both here and on Facebook.

  • Jo said that English is a hodgepodge of other languages, not just Latin and Greek, but also German, Saxon, Celtic, Danish, and French, to which we can add Arabic (algebra, coffee), Hindi (pajamas or pyjamas), and a few more I can’t think of right now. She also mentioned that Americans don’t speak English, which is probably true, although it is a dialect of it. Like Spanish as spoken in Spain, South America, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Cuba, it shares enough in common with the original language that we can usually understand each other.
  • Michele at Angels Bark said all of the different ways to pronounce different combinations of letters makes English the hardest to learn.
  • Manee Trautz said she took Latin because she wanted to be a doctor and she thought it would help her with all the medical terms, but it ended up helping her make friends in the Latin Club in high school. She also said English is considered the most difficult language to learn, at least among those who speak more than one language.
  • Over on Facebook, my brother Pat said an English professor told him some words were used more for commerce (e.g. great) and as a result stayed the same while other words were changing, but also said that might be a lot of hooey.
  • Bill, a colleague of mine from years ago, came up with yet another word that ends in -eat that doesn’t fit the mold: sweat. That one doesn’t rhyme with any of the others, including great.
  • Finally, Sue said that “great” does rhyme with “heat” and the others when pronounced as John Cleese did in the “Scott of the Antarctic” sketch…

Hope you’ll join me this week for more of the same fun and games!




from The Sound of One Hand Typing

2 comments:

  1. I don't think I have ever had any of those cereals, so interesting to note they are all the same! As a kid we had fruit loops, alphabets, cheerios and shreddies. As a gluten free adult such fun is out of question!

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    1. Your family spread your cereal-buying across all the major manufacturers. Very fair of you! :) Never heard of Shreddies... is that like Shredded Wheat?

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