Thursday, December 14, 2017

Writer’s Workshop: My Take On Twinkle

I saw “twinkle,” I thought “Twinkie.”

My favorite snack as a kid. (Source:

Ann Blyth used to do commercials for them, as well as Hostess fruit pies, Ho Ho’s, and Ding Dongs.

One of the first real songs in Mel Bay’s Modern Method For Guitar, Book 1 is called “Sparkling Stella,” written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Mel Bay. Okay, I think ol’ Mel is responsible for the arrangement. We, of course, know it as “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.” Here’s Jewel’s version, one of the shorter versions on YouTube. She has a pretty voice.

Really, there are versions of the song that run on for an hour, two hours, and one that runs almost 13 hours. I’m sure the baby doesn’t mind. His parents and older siblings, on the other hand…

That wasn’t even the first thing I thought of for “twinkle,” believe it or not. The first thing I thought of was Twinkle the cleaning product. When I was growing up, Mom used to buy it to clean the copper bottoms of her Revereware pots and pans.

They now have two kinds of Twinkle: one for brass and copper, the other for silver. The Vermont Country Store sells both kinds and cautions not to use the one meant for brass and copper on silver.

Yes, back in the Fifties and Sixties housewives had all the time in the world to clean their copper and brass, wax the floors, clean the oven, and polish the silverware. I don’t think we even own any silverware.

Wait, we do: My father used to work for the Monon Railroad (“Up and down the Monon, everything is fine, ’cause the rootin’ tootin’ Monon is the Hoosier Line!”), and when they closed their dining cars, he got a bunch of dishes and silverware, including a silver “crumber,” which the waiters used to clean crumbs off the linen tablecloths after someone was finished with their meal. After Mom died, we found it in her sideboard, and I laid claim to it. I suppose we should clean it, because it’s pretty badly tarnished. Maybe we’ll use that silver cleaner Robin Leach advertised years ago…

From what I’ve seen on YouTube, aluminum foil works as well as Silver Lightning.

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

You Know It’s True #1LinerWeds

Found this on Facebook a whole back, and kept it, thinking “That would make a good one-liner for Wednesday.” I like the kid’s attitude.

One-Liner Wednesday is brought to you each week by Linda Hill and this station. Now here’s Henry Morgan for Pioneer Corn Meal.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Two For Tuesday: The Four Aces (Baby Boom Years)

First, a bit of trivia: In addition to mentioning the Billboard Hot 100, I sometimes say that a record achieved a certain position on the Cash Box survey. Both measure popularity of a song in the United States, but rarely do the two chart positions match. I was curious, so I looked it up and found out why: Billboard uses multiple measures to determine a song’s popularity (sales, radio plays, jukebox plays, downloads etc.), Cash Box looks only at sales. The print edition of Cash Box ceased publication in 1996, then the name was revived in 2006 for the Cashbox website. Billboard‘s measure is the more-or-less official one, so when you see that a song went to #3, it means on the Hot 100.

Now that we have that out of the way…

Al Alberts, Dave Mahoney, Lou Silvestri, and Rosario “Sod” Vaccaro were The Four Aces, a Philadelphia-based vocal group that had several hit records, including “Perfidia,” “Stranger In Paradise,” and “Tell Me Why.” They were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2001.

The group had two #1 hits on the Billboard “Best Sellers In Stores” chart (the forerunner of the Hot 100). The first was “Three Coins in the Fountain” in 1954, which also topped the Cash Box chart and was #5 in the UK.

The second was 1955’s “Love Is A Many-Splendored Thing.” It also reached #1 on the Cash Box survey and #2 in the UK.

Alberts attempted a solo career in 1958, and was replaced by Fred Diodati. Mahoney and Vaccaro left the group shortly after, and were replaced by Tony Alesi and Joe Giglio. Alberts, Mahoney, and Vaccaro re-formed the original group and asked Silvestri to join them; he was replaced by Diodati, who added Harry Heisler. After a 1975 lawsuit awarded Diodati’s group the right to the Four Aces name, the original members called themselves “The Original Four Aces, Featuring Al Alberts.” The original group retired the act in 1987 and all four members have passed away, while the other group continues to this day, Alesi having been replaced by Danny Colingo.

The Four Aces, your Two For Tuesday, December 12, 2017.

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Monday’s Music Moves Me: More Christmas Songs

I wrote a Friday Five post of Christmas songs last year, and thought it was good enough that I could add a few more songs and come up with another playlist. So, here ya go, for Christmas Extravaganza 2017, Week 2!

  1. Bob Hope and Marilyn Maxwell, “Silver Bells” From 1951’s The Lemon Drop Kid, an adaptation of Damon Runyon’s story with music added. That’s William Frawley, who you know from I Love Lucy and My Three Sons, doing the singing at the beginning of the clip.
  2. Burl Ives, “Silver And Gold” Burl won my recent Battle of the Bands, and here he is as the voice of Sam the Snowman from the 1964 Rankin/Bass production of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, doing one of my favorite songs from that show.
  3. Pentatonix, “The Little Drummer Boy” This group’s harmony is incredible and their arranging skills are fantastic.
  4. Tommy Emmanuel, “Jingle Bells” My favorite fingerstyle guitar player and the last person on whom the late Chet Atkins bestowed the title Certified Guitar Player.
  5. Mel Blanc, “Ja, Das Ist Ein Christmas Tree” The man of a thousand voices puts on a Teutonic accent for this humorous adaptation of the German language teaching song “Schnitzelbank,” which, if you’ve ever been to a German restaurant with a floor show, you’ve probably sung. The first time I heard it was at The Brown Bear restaurant on North Clark Street in Chicago. Gemütlichkeit!
  6. Eartha Kitt, “Santa Baby” Can’t let a Christmas season go by without hearing this classic by the woman Orson Welles called “the most exciting woman in the world.”
  7. Porky Pig, “Blue Christmas” You’re getting a double shot of Mel Blanc this week as Porky stutters his way through this Elvis Presley hit. Actually, I think it’s someone else, but Mel provided the original voice.
  8. The Royal Guardsmen, “Snoopy’s Christmas” A song dedicated to that intrepid World War I Flying Ace and his never-ending battle against Manfred von Richthofen, a/k/a The Red Baron. They take a few minutes off from their air battle to celebrate the holiday.
  9. Thurl Ravenscroft, “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch” The voice of Tony The Tiger provided the vocal for this song, from the 1966 special, Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas, which runs every year at this time somewhere.
  10. Bing Crosby, “Mele Kalikimaka” Der Bingle gives us this Christmas-in-Hawai’i song.

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for December 11, 2017. Happy birthday, Jim!

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

The Stuck-Inside Week That Was

This edition of The Week That Was is brought to you by Oscar Mayer Weiners.

I believe the voice of the little guy with the deep voice is supplied by Thurl Ravenscroft, who was the original voice of Tony the Tiger, spokesmascot for Kellogg’s Sugar Frosted Flakes.

The Week That Was

A pretty good week until Friday, when we got close to six inches of snow. I think it was more, actually, but let’s go with six. It’s well above freezing now (38° F or 3° C) and it’s starting to melt, everywhere except our front porch and stairs, which are in the shade. Mary’s doing what she can to get the snow off of them, and I hope that will mean that they’ll be dry enough by Tuesday when I have my next therapy session.

I mentioned yesterday that I have a new phone, an iPhone 8. So far, I like it, except for half the time when the App Store tells me that PayPal needs to verify my device and to wait for a text message that never comes. Looks like I’ll have to call them and raise a fuss. But not today. I’m in too good of a mood.

Sorry this is coming to you late. I have this new game on my Fire that’s really involved and I get lost playing it. Here’s the sumary from last week.

The Christmas music extravaganza has begun, and Monday’s post was of novelty songs. I told someone that one of my favorite genres of music is “Christmas Novelty Songs.”

Sammy Kaye, as in “Swing and Sway With Sammy Kaye,” was the featured artist. Brother Kip gave me grief about that on Facebook, mostly because Sammy rose to fame in the 1930’s, but he was still quite popular in the 1946-1964 time period, so I went with him. Maybe I’ll do Lawrence Welk this week…

I posted something I got off of Facebook a while back that reminded me of things I see here in North Georgia pretty frequently.

I went stream of consciousness with the prompt of “fancy,” and if you haven’t seen it, the post includes Lucille Ball, Bobbie Gentry, and a fluffy white cat eating out of a crystal compote (that’s what I think it’s called, anyway).


Burl Ives was the winner in my latest Battle of the Bands. Friday’s battle will pit two instrumental versions of “(Ghost) Riders In The Sky” against each other, so be sure and join us for that.

I continued my series of One-Hit Wonders of the Seventies with songs from 1975. This Friday, 1976.

The prompt was “-liqu-,” which gave me a chance to write about the Baseball Reliquary and all of the water that had turned into snow on Friday and Friday night. Uncle Jack noted that one of the honored ballplayers in the Reliquary was Moe Berg, who Casey Stengel (of all people) called “the strangest man to ever play baseball.” Many books have been written about him, one of which was The Catcher Was a Spy: The Mysterious Life of Moe Berg.

More of the same, unless something happens. I’ve given some hints above.

Thanks to Janet,J-Dub, Mark, Deborah Drucker, Uncle Jack Connelly, Arlee Bird, Lynn, brother Kip, Michele, Birgit, JoAnna, Eugenia, Annie, KSBeth, North Liza Lane, Martha, Joey, Fandango, Dan, Frank, Patrick, Lauralynn, Mike, XmasDolly, Alana, Cathy, and everyone who stopped by and left a “like.”

And that’s it for this edition of The Week That Was. See you in the funny papers!

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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Baseball Reliquary, Snow, and New Phone #socs

I never knew about it, but there’s a place called The Baseball Reliquary. Its mission is stated right on the page:

The Baseball Reliquary is a nonprofit, educational organization dedicated to fostering an appreciation of American art and culture through the context of baseball history and to exploring the national pastime’s unparalleled creative possibilities.

They have a Shrine of the Eternals there, which is like The Basesball Hall of Fame’s, but using different criteria for election. Among the notables are Dick Allen (who played for the White Sox and was quite the character), Emmet Ashford (the game’s first Black umpire), and Jim Abbott (a one-armed pitcher who was a great fielder). The Reliquary is located in Monrovia, California, home town of former White Sox pitcher Cisco Carlos.

1969 Cisco Carlos baseball card (source:

Ironically, Cisco is not enshrined at The Baseball Reliquary.

Water is a fascinating liquid. It freezes at 32° F (0° C) and turns into steam at 212° F (100° C). Usually the temperatures stay above freezing here, but yesterday they didn’t, and look what happened.

It’s started to thaw, and (hopefully) by Tuesday morning, when I have one of my last sessions of therapy, it will be all gone. See, when we go bye-bye car I walk out the front door and out to the stairs, then sit on the top stair and push myself (carefully and one step at a time) to the bottom. I’d end up with a wet behind if the snow isn’t gone by then.

I took that picture with this.

iPhone 8 (source: Apple)

I decided it was time to replace my iPhone 4S and that this was the time of year to do it. Mary decided she wanted the old one, so as soon as I get a new SIM card for it (the one she has is too big) it’ll be hers. So far I like it, but am more than a little annoyed with Apple, who gets it in their head that you have to sign up for iCloud and Apple Pay and keeps nagging you to do so.

All for now.

Stream of Consciousness Saturday is brought to you each week by Linda Hill and this station. Now this word from Velveeta. Velveeta: liquid gold.

At some point I’ll tell the story of Walkie’s delicious concoction…

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Friday, December 8, 2017

The Friday 5×2: One-Hit Wonders From 1975

So, we’ve taken care of the first half of the Seventies, and today we start the second half with 1975. Many of the one-hit wonders from this year and presumably the next couple are disco tunes, and you’ll be happy to know I avoided them. I hope you don’t find too many EBS specials among the ten I chose.

  1. Shirley & Co., “Shame Shame Shame” Shirley & Co. were a seven-piece disco band fronted by the late Shirley Goodman. They reached #1 on the dance chart and #12 on the Hot 100 with their one hit. It did better in Europe, reaching #6 there.
  2. Sammy Johns, “Chevy Van” Country singer Sammy Johns had several singles for Warner Brothers-Curb and Elektra records, none as popular as this, which reached #5 and was certified Gold. Known more for his songwriting than his singing, he passed away in 2013 at the age of 66.
  3. Ozark Mountain Daredevils, “Jackie Blue” The Daredevils, from Springfield, Missouri, reached minor success the year before with “If You Wanna Get To Heaven,” which rose to #25. Apparently, however, to qualify as a One-Hit Wonder, you have to have only one record that reached the Top 20, so that qualifies them.
  4. Benny Bell, “Shaving Cream” One that reached the Top 20 thanks to Dr. Demento. Benny Bell was a popular recording artist in the Forties with his risqué songs, such as this one. He made a comeback long enough to give us this one, and Western Civilization is eternally grateful. It reached #18 according to Tunecaster, but only #30 according to Wikipedia. You be the judge.
  5. Ace, “How Long (Has This Been Goin’ On)” Ace was led by Paul Carrack, who later did vocals for Mike + The Mechanics. It sounds like a song about adultery, but Carrack explained he wrote the song when he learned that bassist Terry Comer had been playing with a couple of other bands on the side. Pretty much the same thing. It reached #3 in both the US and Canada (Cash Box had it at #1).
  6. Jessi Colter, “I’m Not Lisa” Country chanteuse Colter has had some success on the Country charts, but this was her one big single, reaching #1 on the US and Canadian Country charts and #4 on the Hot 100. She has been married to both Duane Eddy and Waylon Jennings and collaborated heavily with the latter.
  7. Pilot, “Magic” Pilot was a Scottish rock group formed by two substitute members of the Bay City Rollers, David Paton and Billy Lyall. This reached #5 in the US, #1 in Canada, and #11 in the UK. A followup, “January,” only reached #87 in the US but topped the chart in the UK.
  8. Morris Albert, “Feelings” Albert, from São Paolo, Brazil, claimed to have written the lyrics and music for this one, for which French composer Loulou Gasté sued him, as he had written the melody. Albert lost and had to fork over 88% of the royalties. The song reached #6 in the US and was certified Gold, which made Gasté very happy.
  9. Jigsaw, “Sky High” Jigsaw was a British band formed in the late Sixties, fronted by keyboardist Clive Scott and drummer/vocalist Des Dyer. This reached #3 in the US and #9 in the UK and was a hit all around the world, particularly in Japan. The had a couple of other songs that failed to reach the Top 40 in the US. As songwriters, Scott and Dyer wrote “Who Do You Think You Are?” which was covered by Bo Donaldson and The Heywoods and reached #15 for them.
  10. Consumer Rapport, “Ease On Down The Road” Consumer Rapport was a soul and disco studio group from New York City. The song is from the stage production and movie The Wiz and was later covered by Michael Jackson and Diana Ross in 1978, when the movie came out. This cover reached #1 on the Hot Dance Singles chart, #19 on the Soul Singles chart, and got to #20 on the Hot 100.

Sorry I’m a little late with this. I’ve been busier than a one-armed paperhanger today. Anyway, that’s your Friday 5×2 for December 8, 2017.

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BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “(Ghost) Riders In The Sky” (vocal) Results


The first of my “(Ghost) Riders In The Sky” battles is complete, and here are the results.

Burl Ives: 7
Frank Ifield: 4

Burl Ives was definitely the better-known performer, but Frank Ifield made it much closer than I expected, so, congratulations to Burt and kudos to Frank for a well-fought battle.

Next Friday will feature instrumental versions of the song. Be sure and join us then!

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Writer’s Workshop: Fancy!

I’ve had a little trouble sitting down and writing this until now, because it’s been a very long day and I’ve been busier than a one-legged man in a butt-kicking contest. When that happens, I usually fall back on my usual array of videos.

For example, a couple of musical numbers from the 1950 film Fancy Pants with Lucille Ball and Bob Hope. Lucy’s voice is dubbed by Annette Warren. Lucy was a beautiful woman, wasn’t she?

Lucy reminded me of my mom. I was watching The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson one night back when I was still living at home, and she was a guest. While she was being interviewed, son Desi came out and surprised her. There was a lot of kissing and hugging, and it was clear she was happy to see him. Then, when they sat down, she turned to him and said, “Now, when are you going to clean your room?” I swear, she looked like Mom.

Something tells me all moms have that look…

There are a lot of songs named “Fancy.” My favorite is the one by Bobbie Gentry. I know Reba McEntire covered “Fancy,” but no one does it like Bobbie.

We didn’t hear much from Bobbie Gentry after “Ode To Billie Joe,” “we” referring to us in the Chicago area. There were no country music stations per se in Chicago at the time; it was the late Seventies before we did. She had a great voice and wrote a lot of her own songs, and she was gorgeous.

A suggestion for you cat lovers: if your cat doesn’t seem to be eating, try a can of Fancy Feast. Our vet calls it “kitty crack.” If they won’t eat Fancy Feast, take them to the vet: there’s something wrong.

Going to keep this short. What other “fancy” things can you think of?

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Show Some Appreciation! #1LinerWeds

Maybe it’s because I live in the South and see things like this a lot…

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Two For Tuesday: Sammy Kaye

As I’ve said many times before, the things you learn in this job. The list I built early on when I started this series came up with the name Sammy Kaye, who I had never heard of. It might have something to do with his not having a hit record after 1952, or it might be because his heyday came much earlier, before World War II. I had heard the tagline “Swing And Sway With Sammy Kaye” before, though.

According to The Blogger’s Best Friend, Sammy Kaye’s orchestra was one of the “sweet” bands of the Big Band Era, and I think you’ll understand what that means after you hear today’s songs. He was a hit at the record store and on the radio, and hosted several TV shows in that medium’s early days, on three of the four networks (DuMont was the odd one out). Shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor, he and Don Reid wrote “Remember Pearl Harbor, which he recorded and released on December 17, 1941, which rose to #3 in 1942. The tune was actually lifted from Ohio University’s alma mater.

One of his first #1 singles in the Baby Boom era was 1946’s “The Old Lamp-Lighter.” Billy Williams (not the Chicago Cubs’ outfielder during the 1960’s) did the vocal.

Sammy’s signature tune was “Harbor Lights,” which he released as a single in 1950. It topped the chart that year.

Shortly before his death in 1987, Sammy turned the reins of the orchestra over to Roger Thorpe, his longtime friend and music professor at SUNY New Paltz. Roger continues to lead the orchestra, according to their website.

Sammy Kaye, your Two For Tuesday, December 5, 2017.

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Monday, December 4, 2017

Monday’s Music Moves Me: Christmas Novelty Songs

The Week That Was

Welcome to the Christmas Music Extravaganza! I went back through some of my Christmas music posts, and found one of my first Christmas music posts, featuring the songs you’ll see here. Naturally, some of them have vanished from YouTube, but I was able to replace them. So, without further ado: here are ten Christmas novelty songs.

  1. Gayla Peevey, “I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas” I never get sick of this one, and the video is priceless, particularly where she starts marching around the stage. Gayla went on to get her degree in education and was a teacher for years, after which she started an advertising agency. She had a few records between 1953 (when this was recorded) and 1962, recording as Jamie Horton from 1959-1962.
  2. Allan Sherman, “The Twelve Gifts Of Christmas” My favorite recording artist until The Beatles arrived in 1964. He was never the same after that, but in the late fifties and early Sixties, he was the king of song parodies, like this one.
  3. “Weird Al” Yankovic, “Christmas At Ground Zero” And speaking of the king of song parodies, the current holder of that title is “Weird Al” Yankovic. Here’s a cheery tune about celebrating Christmas after a nuclear war.
  4. Spike Jones and His City Slickers, “All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth” From Spike’s Christmas album, It’s A Spike Jones Christmas. That album has one of the most beautiful arrangements of “Silent Night” I’ve heard, showing that, for all the madness, Spike was a great musician.
  5. Ross Bagdasarian, “The Chipmunk Song” The genius behind Alvin and the Chipmunks with their signature song. Just about everyone knows the trick to Ross used to produce the voices of Simon, Theodore, and Alvin. A friend of mine recorded his version of The Beatles’ “A Day In The Life” that way.
  6. Cheech & Chong, “Santa Claus and His Old Lady” This was the first Cheech & Chong recording I heard, and right then I knew I wanted their album for Christmas. I ended up having to buy it for myself for my birthday three months later. Mom listened to it, and was not amused.
  7. Tom Lehrer, “A Christmas Carol” Math professor, musician, comedian and social commentator Tom Lehrer recorded this back in his heyday, the early Sixties, when he was a regular performer on the hit TV series That Was The Week That Was.
  8. Stan Freburg, “A Green Christmas” Stan was another great one for song parodies, as well as comedy bits like this one, which decried the commercialization of the Feast of the Nativity, all the way back in 1958.
  9. The Singing Dogs, “Jingle Bells” From Dr. Demento Presents The Greatest Christmas Novelty CD Of All Time. Barry Hansen, a/k/a Dr. Demento, had a weekly radio show where he presented novelty records for two hours and adding his commentary. The radio show is gone, but there’s still an online version you can hear on TuneIn.
  10. Elmo & Patsy, “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer” The Christmas novelty song everyone loves to hate. It’s been around for close to 40 years now.

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for December 4, 2017.

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Sunday, December 3, 2017

This edition of The Week That Was is sponsored by Austex Beef Stew. Keep your men going strong!

A commercial obviously from the 1950’s for a local brand of beef stew. Wonder if it’s still around?

The Week That Was

Getting a late start on this today. Got a bunch of text messages this morning that indicated someone was using a credit card fraudulently and had to talk to the bank about that (they catch things quickly), then I got busy working a new puzzle on my Kindle called “The Numbers Game – Numberama” that, according to the rules, takes a very long time to complete. So far it’s taken about ten hours, and I’m nowhere near done, but I am learning a lot about the game, so maybe things will move more quickly now. Then again, maybe not… Anyway, here’s this week’s summary.

I continued my study of one-hit wonders on Monday and Friday, with 1973 on Monday and 1974 on Friday. I’ll continue the series this Friday, as M4 begins its Christmas music extravaganza tomorrow. Not sure what I’ll start with, but expect to hear a lot of the same things from the last couple of years. Maybe some new stuff, too, you never know.

The featured artist this week was Guy Mitchell, leading many of you to ask “who the H-E-double hockey sticks is that?” He was pretty popular in the Fifties, that’s all I can tell you.

Wednesday’s one-liner was a quote from the late “Barnum Bill” Veeck, two-time owner of the White Sox who had a feud with Walter O’Malley, who owned the LA Dodgers for many years.

The prompt was “seven things that give [me] comfort,” so I gave my list and asked what yours were, and I got some wonderful responses. Thanks to everyone who responded; I haven’t been able to reply to your comments, but I will, hopefully soon.


You have until late Thursday night to vote in the latest Battle of the Bands, “Battle ‘(Ghost) Riders In The Sky’: Burl Ives vs. Frank Ifield.” This is the first of several battles using this song. You have been warned.

All this exercising I’ve been doing lately as part of my aquatic therapy has been great, but the downside is that I hurt everywhere, most notably my gluteus maximus. I wrote all about it in my Saturday post, because Linda gave us the prompt “cramp.”

As mentioned previously, tomorrow is the start of the M4 Christmas Extravaganza. We’ll have another artist from The Baby Boom years on Tuesday, I’ll announce the winner of the first of several Battles of the Bands to feature the song “Ghost Riders In The Sky” on Friday, we’ll choose a few one-hit wonders from 1975 on Friday, I’m searching for a pithy one-liner for Wednesday and awaiting prompts from Kat and Linda with bated breath. In other words, pretty much the same stuff, unless I get creative.

Thanks to Dan, JoAnna, Janet, Kip, Angie, Eugenia, Arlee, Lauralynn, Mary B, Stephen, Uncle Jack Connelly, 15andMeowing, Mark, Joey, Linda, Cathy, Martha, Alana, XmasDolly, Mike, Kim, J-Dub, and everyone who stopped by and left a “like.”

And that’s it for this edition of The Week That Was. See you in the funny papers!

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Saturday, December 2, 2017

Pain In The Backside #socs

Funny Linda should pick “cramp” as today’s prompt…

My aquatic therapy is going quite well. I’ve gotten to where my therapist, Meghan, stays outside the pool and just tells me what to do, and I can do it. There’s a lot of walking back and forth in the water, both forward, backward, and sideways, as well as exercises I do in the water. It’s a full hour, and I can be pretty tired after all that exercise, especially since I live a relatively sedentary lifestyle otherwise.

While I’m sore when I get finished, there’s no actual pain, at least there hadn’t been until last night (I’m writing this Friday afternoon, so “last night” means “Thursday night/Friday morning”). I woke up at 4:30 this morning with the worst charley horse in my left buttock I think I’ve ever had. I’d try to roll over, and the pain would just intensify. It seemed like the only way I could lie in bed was flat on my back, which I don’t like to do because I start to snore and wake Mary up (that was a moot issue, since Mary was already awake and sitting in the living room reading or playing Candy Crush).

Fortunately, at Mary’s insistence a couple of months ago, I bought this little contraption, a muscle and joint massager. I keep it near the bed for just such occasions.

Mine is black, but it’s the same thing. Source:

I turned it on and held it on the affected area, and a few minutes later, while the area still hurt, I could at least roll over and go back to sleep. While I was working the cramp out, Mary heard it and came up to investigate.

“What’s that noise?” she asked.

“It’s the massager you told me to get. I have a cramp in my ass.”

“Aren’t you glad I made you get it?”


With that, she left, and I went back to massaging my butt.

Seriously, if you tend to get charley horses or tightness in muscles, the thing is great. It’s long enough that you can reach almost everywhere on your body, the speed is adjustable, it’s lightweight, and definitely worth the price, which is a lot less expensive than the professional ones that massage therapists use (Mary has been trained as a massage therapist, so we have a couple of the heavy-duty ones).

Pado USA didn’t give me a free massager or pay me for writing this.

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