#SASoTD ~ 12/18/20

TGIF!!! Coming at ya LIVE with revised/renewed category – Sing Along Song of the Day or #SASoTD. Sadly a casualty of the Rona … sort of…

Sing Along Song was the prompt I made for myself to add the video to the last song playing on the radio as I entered the garage and parked before heading into the Thunderdome aka the Mothership, a place that rivals the size of the Pentagon. Yeah buddy. That is a casualty! All that wasted space. But I digress.

No commute = no last song before entry. And with all the crap going on I finally caught a clue that I miss music. I always used it to heal. I need it now more than ever as a distraction. Like Meredith and Cristina on Grey’s Anatomy I might dance it out too. Icing on the cake. AAAAHHHHHH.

Here is today’s pick.

Shout/sing it out folks!!! Wishing you all peace.

As always. more to come.

Every Song Takes on a Special Meaning

Since March, it’s been rough ’round these parts. Not diminishing what has happened to countless victims of Rona. But fortunately for us, we deal with that in the abstract. Sure by now we know of a friend of a friend, someone from work but we have not experienced Covid up close and personal.

Last night, my bestest friend on the planet lost her daddy after years of battling cancer. Since October 9, he had been in and out of the hospital. He managed to stay Covid free but he developed a staph infection. This past Tuesday he decided enough. No more poking and prodding. He was stopping all treatment. He wanted to go home for Thanksgiving.

When he took his last breath, he was surrounded by his loved ones. His wife of 56 years (it was their anniversary to boot, they had just renewed their vows, and he was given his last rites all on the same day), his two daughters and son-in-law. I’m told his passing was peaceful, he just went to sleep. Who could ask for better circumstance.

My friend’s daddy was like a second father to me. I spent lots of time at their house growing up. Some things I will always remember about him is that he had a hot rod car, he played the piano by ear, and he loved his oldies. Oh and I should mention he was the best friend and next door neighbor of B’s dad, our PoPo. Small world isn’t it? PoPo loves the oldies too.

As they decorated for Christmas, his music was playing in the background. Every once and a while he’d open his eyes and say “now that’s a good song”. Then he’d close his eyes again, listening. Imagining that quality time with him in his last hours makes me smile through the tears. QEPD/RIP. Heaven gained another angel.

As always, more to come.

Darn You WP & Entertainment Ramble ~ 11/26/20

WP won’t allow me to be mobile. iPhone or iPad. Looks like it doesn’t recognize me being logged in. I can only read posts. No liking or commenting. Ugh. I’ll move to my desktop eventually after I run through all my goodies on DVR. The addiction is real y’all. Roll call for …

  • This is Us
  • A Million Little Things
  • Filthy Rich 🤑
  • The Good Doctor 👩‍⚕️ 👨‍⚕️
  • Next 👾
  • Station 19
  • Grey’s Anatomy
  • Dancing with the Stars ✨
  • Amazing Race
  • The Voice
  • The Bachelorette
  • The Masked Singer
  • All the Datelines, 48 Hours, 20/20, 60 Minutes
  • All the sitcoms we watch live – Young Sheldon, Mom, B Positive, The Connors, American Housewife, Goldberg’s
  • Penn and Teller
  • Whose Line is it Anyway
  • All the game shows: I Can See Your Voice, Weakest Link, Millionaire, Card Sharks, Press Your Luck, Match Game, Price is Right, Let’s Make a Deal 🤝

Whew 😅 thank goodness for Prime Time Anytime auto record from 7 pm to 10 pm week days. Without that there just aren’t enough hours in the day. When I finally sit down to watch, I skip commercials and otherwise fast forward to see just what I want. Mask Singer for example, I just watch the unveiling. For Amazing Race, I watch with a pause or two to see some of the challenges but otherwise I fast forward to elimination. Anyway you slice or dice 🎲 I’ve got a problem. My way to deal with self imposed quarantine in a pandemic 😷 is to watch TV!!!!!!!!!

Blogging is also my constant companion. And work! All with a back drop of music 🎶 and reading 📖 though truth be told my attention span doesn’t allow for much reading just for pleasure these days. At least I’m back to reading some though even if not at the same velocity. Oh well. I’m not complaining. Instead I’m grateful and my heart ♥️ is full.

Happy Thanksgiving folks!

As always more to come.

Bull ~ 11/19/20

I’m back on the sauce which is code for watching TV. I truly thought the Rona was going to ruin my entertainment but Hollywood found a way. Not without casualties of course but that’s okay.

I haven’t done a review in a while so here’s my two cents. Bull is a show about the psychology of jury selection. Dr. Jason Bull and his crackpot team always select the perfect jury and win. Everything always wraps up in a nice neat package.

Tuesday night’s season premiere was unusual. Taking a page from current times, Bull had Covid, hallucinating a majority of the episode. One of those where he broke out into song in a TV/musical mash up. When his fever broke, we were back to reality. The new reality of today where we’re in the middle of a pandemic.

Theses actors are in a bubble, getting tested for COVID-19. Being “safe”. Another way they’re adapting is use of CGI. Bull’s daughter for example was a CGI baby. While tech has improved, Astrid was creepy. Semi-realistic but not quite right. Coupled with the random misplaced song, this was not an episode I’d watch again. Though I usually like singing, any time any place. Think Zoeys Extraordinary Playlist. But that show won’t be back until March 2021.

Overall at least they’re trying to bring entertainment during the end of days. That’s what matters. And me? I’ll keep watching. I mean what else have I got to do?

As always more to come.

Never Say Never

I said I would never pay for air again.  I wrote a few times about my experience with Sirius XM … here and here and here.  Most recently my June 1 free trial expired.  While I was being the other F word, frugal, B had a small baby package for $5.47 a month (fees and taxes included).   I had forgotten about this until I was checking my account.

Last week I had some odd voice mails and text messages to punch in my code.  I ignored all the phishermen but after speaking to a rep, I decided to change my password.  That is how and when I found the $5.47 a month was now $22.02 a month as of July and had jumped to $22.02 for the first time in June.  Automatic renewal after expiration or some such mess.  Oh no, no, no, no not me, oh no, no, no, no not me … thank you Joan Jett ear worm.

Where was I? Oh ya, Sirius XM.  Never say never.

I called to inquire.  All sweet because ya know the Rona has me behaving better.  And 14 1/2 years in customer service helps me understand.  I asked how I could lower the price or I’d be forced to cancel.  I know we can afford $22.02 a month but I live like we can’t for Armageddon.  One never knows when … uh now.

But I digress.

I was offered a one year deal but I had to pay in one lump sum.  With the deal they would credit me $22.02 for July.  I lost June’s 22.02 but didn’t push it.  The deal was too saaaaweet to complain.

Now you might wonder, how did they get me?  When I swore up one side and down the other that I would not pay for air.  The mad ad men needed to do that.  Oh no, no, no, no not me, oh no, no, no, no not me.  Somebody stop me.  LOL.

Well I’ll tell ya, it was the online radio for my iPad, my desktop, and my iPhone plus the truck.  All four for $8 a month.  I have enjoyed this immensely.  It’s likely how I reconnected with Ms. Jett and the Blackhearts.  80s on 8.  Yeah Buddy!

As always, more to come.

On this day ~ From FB 6/19/15 to 6/19/20

I fancy myself the movie critic … I know, I know, don’t quit my day job. Despite me likely being in the minority for my opinion, I’ll still give an assessment of “Jurassic World” … WITHOUT any spoilers

In my opinion, the movie was just very good but not great, certainly not record breaking over $500M in the opening weekend kind of great. The ending obviously left the door open for another sequel for more moola eventually.

My verdict is out on Opie’s daughter as the lead. I’m not sure she was strong enough to carry it. Perfect hair and heels in the jungles of Costa Rica… puhleese. D’Onofrio, BD Wong, and Chris Pratt played their parts well. I guess I’m just spoiled by Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park and the first big screen adaptation. Laura Dern, Sam Neill, Richard Attenborough, and Jeff Goldblum, I mean come on!! How can you top that talent ?!?!??

I read Mr. Crichton’s book first like I usually do and while the movie deviated a bit from the novel, the 1993 Jurassic Park is classic. I think I’ll dust off my copy and re-read it and after that I’ll re-read the Andromeda Strain. Summer is almost here after all. I’m going to pretend I’m a kid trying to meet my quota for the summer reading program at the McCreless branch library. I want my T-shirt and book bag 

#SAS ~ 6/2/20

I used to write more frequently about the brain trust.  Family dinner conversations taken to the next level.  Despite the stay orders and cooking at home, we’ve not had any of those in quite some time. Things changed after the divorce and re-ordering of life.  Not mine … Pony Boy.

Once again we are together. Our original family unit of four as we talk around each other.  About superfluous things.  Facing the truth is hard y’all.  I’m not gonna lie.  Facing the truth might end us.

Now I have to ask, would that be awful?

Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.

Yea I know this a romantic song.  But that one line is universal. Cliche’ or not …

Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end. 

The short answer to the question “would that be awful?” is no.  Not necessarily.  What’s way worse is continuing down a path of unfulfilled.  Pound by literally added pound. Deflecting and projecting is way worse.  I want to be brave.  To face the truth head on no matter the outcome.  And who knows, we might be surprised by all of it?  One can hope.

As always, more to come.

WP block editor – I’m about to be sol

While I’ve ignored the message gracing by homepage, I’ve seen lots of posts regarding upcoming changes to WP on June 1.  Being  a self-proclaimed luddite, I’m waiting until my script gets flipped.  No practicing.  I will either sink or swim.  Like I always do.  When in doubt charlie out or do the left click, right click shuffle.  I hope the platform doesn’t become a ghost town.  I’m not sure how I’d start up any place else?!?!?

Here’s a cover that explains what I hope will happen.

Truth be told, I prefer the Gloria Gaynor version.  Oh well.  Wish me luck!

As always, more to come.