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SLS ~ Square

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Thanks again to Jim Adams for giving us a set of interesting prompts this week. I chose “Hollywood Squares” by George Strait, which is a typical country song moaning about how she done him wrong. Multiple she’s, in this case. I really enjoy the clever wordplay that occurs so frequently in lyrics to country music.

The song was written by Larry Cordle, Wayland Patton, Jeff Tanguay for George’s 1989 album Beyond the Blue Neon. Four of the songs did well, with 3 of them hitting No. 1 on Billboard’s country chart. HS wasn’t promoted like the others.

Hollywood Squares

I’ve always said “I do” too easy,
And now I’m payin’ the price.
A weakness for beautiful women
Is my most expensive vice.
I still believe in matrimony,
But I can’t afford another try.
Child support and alimony
Is just about to bleed me dry.
I’ve got ex’s all across the country
And I owe everybody in town.
I’ve got bill collectors callin’ me up
And lawyers tryin’ to track me down.
I’m just one wrong move from the poor house,
But I don’t belong in there.
I’ve got so many ex’s and owe so much,
I ought to be on Hollywood Squares,
Yeah I ought to be on Hollywood Squares. […]

Mini, Midi, Maxed Out Visa… [SOCS]

Skirts
Image credit to Today-I-Want

Here’s the story 🎶
Of a lovely mini,
Which was designed to flaunt very lovely legs.
Some of them
Were avocado,
Like the fridge where you would store your eggs.

It’s the story
Of a skirt named maxi
Which was created to flow down to the floor.
These were two skirts
Hanging in my closet,
But there was room for more…

And then one day a designer had a brainstorm—
And he knew that it would generate the green.
’Twas a new skirt not long yet not shortie,
But a clever fashion statement in between!
The midi skirt, the midi skirt, that’s the way they produced the midi skirt! 🎶

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Thanks to The Brady Bunch theme song writers Frank De Vol and Sherwood Schwartz for inspiration.

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One Ringy Dingy [SOCS]

Lemur

Lily Tomlin said “one ringy dingy, two ringy dingy” on Laugh-In when she played a sarcastic telephone operator. Later, I saw Lily Tomlin in a one-woman show and she was funny then too, though not crazy funny like on Laugh-In. One of the skits that sticks out in my mind was when she said she always wanted to be a Howard Johnson’s waitress, riffing on the trope of waitresses who are dying to become actresses, I guess. Then again, Howard Johnson’s was pretty awesome… we went there on our driving vacations when I was a kid. I used to get Ipswich clams, and I still don’t know what they are or why they’re different from regular clams. Their blueberry pancakes with sausage links were yummy too. I also loved Lily in 9 to 5 with Dolly Parton and Jane Fonda. Super funny movie. Of course, Jane is great in her role on Grace and Frankie ~ with Lily Tomlin costarring! Not sure if Dolly makes an appearance on that show. Anyway, I had an Aunt Lily, who told risqué jokes, and my protagonist in Ghosted is named Lily. YES I AM STILL WORKING ON THAT NOVEL. In case you were wondering, which I’m sure no one is. I actually have been making good progress. This post is about rings though, so let’s get back on track. Besides telephones, fingers have rings and so do trees and also ring tailed lemurs. I’m not sure what a lemur is… some kind of monkey? Must google. But not now. Now I’m just streaming. There was a song about putting a ring on it, which I think means that if a man is interested in a woman, he should propose marriage to her. That makes sense, but then again it doesn’t really. It’s not like there’s a stigma in having multiple relationships before marriage any longer, so why can’t someone be interested for a short time and then move on without the other party turning into a psycho? On the other hand (the one without a ring, just saying), if your goal is to find a life partner, you don’t want to waste time with players. People should be honest about their intentions and goals. That said, it’s really bothering me about the clams, so I’m ending this now in order to google. Will look up lemurs too. It’ll be a whole Animal Kingdom google palooza…

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SLS ~ Smart

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Get Smart is an American comedy television series that ran for 5 years (1965-1970). Mel Brooks and Buck Henry created it and it generated many popular quotes, such as “Missed it by… that much” and concepts such as “the cone of silence.” Don Adams had the starring role as inept secret agent Maxwell Smart, who worked for CONTROL, and Barbara Feldon played his sidekick and love interest Agent 99. Edward Platt had the role of “Chief.” Max somehow always managed to save the world from the machinations of KAOS, plots which were a parody/homage to the wildly popular 007 franchise.

There were several Get Smart movies, the more recent ones starring one of my favorite actors Steve Carell. Anne Hathaway starred as Agent 99.

Sadly, Edward Platt died of suicide in 1974 after a long depression. Don Adams died in 2005 at age 82. He was also known for his voices, such as Tennessee Tuxedo. Barbara Feldon is 87.

On a related note, Sean Connery of James Bond fame, among other things, died this weekend (October 31, 2020) at age 90. RIP ❤️

Today, I’m featuring the theme song from Get Smart, which is widely recognizable. It was composed by Irving Szathmary.

As always, thank you to our musical host Jim Adams! 🎶

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HallChall15: Creature

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Back when the Daily Prompt was still a thing, I wrote about Creature Feature in February 2018… [edited]

I have a clear memory of watching Creature Features with my mom in the basement of our townhouse in Illinois, which she had turned into a rec room with a ping-pong table, TV, stereo, etc. It was Illinois, if you missed that in the preceding sentence, 40 miles north of Lake Michigan, where it got so cold that if you dropped a record on the floor it would shatter like a dinner plate. (This actually happened.)

I’ve always said I remember putting giant jigsaw puzzles together with my mom while we watched scary movies, but I was trying to call up a specific memory of this scene and it’s not working. The only table we had in the basement large enough for a 1000-2000 piece puzzle was on the side of the room that didn’t have the TV. The stairs were in the middle. Right in front of the stairs was a little storage type room my dad used as a darkroom for photography. On the right side was a TV, sofa, coffee table, etc. On the left side was an old dining room table, another sofa, and the stereo system. We would have had to use the old table for the puzzles. So how would we have been watching Creature Features at the same time?

Scary creature

In any case, two Creature Feature eps that stayed with me all these years I have titled “Coconut Sea Monster” and “Alpine Beheader.” The first was about some guys on a military submarine who kept getting brutally murdered cuz one of them had morphed into a monster due to radiation exposure. We didn’t see the murderer until the end and he looked like he was covered in coconut. It was really freaky! The otter one was about peeps trapped in a ski resort during a blizzard and some snow vampire kept grabbing one at a time and ripping off their head. Icky!

You know, this could very well be why I dislike both sailing and skiing. A-ha! Still love coconut though.

Coconut cake

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Written for Tourmaline’s Challenge.

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SLS ~ Canadian

Our musical host Jim Adams gives us the theme of Canadian this week. So many of the singers I love are Canadian it was hard to choose. I finally went with Jann Arden and her smash hit “Insensitive.” This song was written by Anne Loree and recorded by Jann in 1994 for her album Living Under June. The song did well, reaching No. 12 in the US and No. 1 in Canada and Australia. Anne says she wrote the song in a half hour while feeling broken-hearted from a romance.

Jann was born in Calgary in 1962. She was discovered by a talent agent and worked with him for 13 years. She’s been an actor as well as a singer and has written 4 memoirs, including one about taking care of her mom through Alzheimer’s. In 2018, Jann released an album, These Are The Days, with songs about difficult times. She also has a podcast and a TV show fictionalizing her life. [Wiki]

Insensitive

How do you cool your lips after a summer’s kiss?
How do you rid the sweat after the body bliss?
How do you turn your eyes from the romantic glare?
How do you block the sound
Of a voice you’d know anywhere?
Oh, I really should have known
By the time you drove me home
By the vagueness in your eyes, your casual goodbyes
By the chill in your embrace
The expression on your face, told me
Maybe, you might have some advice to give
On how to be insensitive, insensitive, ooh, insensitive
How do you numb your skin after the warmest touch?
How do you slow your blood after the body rush?
How do you free your soul after you’ve found a friend?
How do you teach your heart
It’s a crime to fall in love again?
Oh, you probably won’t remember me
It’s probably ancient history
I’m one of the chosen few
Who went ahead and fell for you
I’m out of vogue, I’m out of touch
I fell too fast I feel too much
I thought that you might have some advice to give
On how to be insensitive
Oh, I really should have known
By the time you drove me home
By the vagueness in your eyes, your casual goodbyes
By the chill in your embrace
The expression on your face that told me
Maybe, you might have some advice to give
On how to be insensitive (how to be)
Insensitive (how to be)
Insensitive (how to be)

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Image Credit ~ Jim Adams

SLS ~ Contrasts

Song lyric Sunday

Thanks once again to our musical host Jim Adams for providing another great Song Lyric Sunday prompt. Today’s theme is contrasts and a tune that perfectly illustrates this concept is the funny theme song from Green Acres. This TV show featured a lawyer (played by Eddie Albert) who wanted to give up city life to become a rural farmer, and his glamorous wife (played by Eva Gabor) who missed the city.

Green Acres

Green Acres is the place to be.
Farm livin’ is the life for me.
Land spreadin’ out so far and wide.
Keep Manhattan, just give me that countryside.
New York is where I’d rather stay.
I get allergic smelling hay.
I just adore a penthouse view.
Dah-ling I love you but give me Park Avenue.
…The chores.
…The stores.
…Fresh air.
…Times Square.
You are my wife.
Good bye, city life.
Green Acres we are there.

source: http://www.lyricsondemand.com/tvthemes/greenacreslyrics.html

This song was written for the show in 1965 by Vic Mizzy. Green Acres ran for 6 seasons when it was dumped in the “rural purge.”

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Image credit to Jim Adams

Toob Talk

Bitmoji with remote

I’m really digging these Dog Days prompts! Today Fandango asks about our favorite TV shows. This is likely to be a long meander, so buckle up.

I don’t watch “shows” these days; I find them a huge bore and I’m not in the mood to try the old stuff I’ve missed, even if everyone says it’s great. Meh. (However, there are a couple new recommendations I may check out.) When I watch “television,” I’m inclined to view a movie. I want a good story, finished in a couple hours, not something dragging on and on, boring me to bits or compelling me to binge-watch an entire season until I’m screen-dazed. The other day I watched An American Pickle and it was great. Love Seth Rogan. There are other movies I would like to watch too.

Television news and news shows are the absolute worst, in my opinion. So boring! I read the news, probably too often, and that is enough. Next worst are documentaries, history, and “reality” shows. Ick! I will watch non-fiction though, if it’s focused on science or animals. Still, fiction is where it’s at for me, same as in reading.

Bitmoji television

But back in the day, I definitely had favorite shows. When I was a kid, I was a huge fan of game shows. Shocker, eh? I’d watch any, but my favorites were Match Game, Hollywood Squares, $20,000 Pyramid (this had different amounts for the title at different times), and The Price Is Right. Oh, when I was a really little kid, I enjoyed Let’s Make A Deal. I also liked I Dream of Jeannie, That Girl, The Brady Bunch, Eight Is Enough, and One Day at a Time. The first two in that list were romantic comedies and the last three focused on close family relationships. Those themes have always appealed to me. None of these shows, however, appeal to me today although the themes in general still do. Whenever I try to rewatch an ep, I totally cringe. As far as the game shows, probably only Pyramid would be fun for me these days. The rest? Cringe City. Everyone likes Jeopardy, and I do too, but it can be a bore.

My mom and I watched cheesy scary movies together (Creature Feature) and also got hooked on Dallas and Falcon Crest. Later, I enjoyed Cheers after Shelley Long left and then I loved Frasier. That show was just so witty and hilarious. My ex and I watched LA Law and that was fun. Next came Sopranos (hilarious!), Six Feet Under (focused on relationships), Breaking Bad (relationships and immensely interesting twists and turns, plus FUNNY), and Game of Thrones. I was surprised at my love for GOT, but when something is good it’s good, regardless of genre. It had romance, drama, murder, dragons, adventure, etc. etc. Everything!

Bitmoji yoga dragon

Looking forward to tomorrow’s topic.

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Image credit ~ Bitmoji

The Monday Peeve 48

Smiles and positive posts are all well and good, but sometimes I need to vent a bit. How about you? That’s what The Monday Peeve is all about, a chance to blow off a little steam at the beginning of the week, so then we can go merrily on our way once again (hah). I’ll pick a topic that’s on my mind, but you can vent about whatever you please, here in comments or on your own blog. Grab the photo, use the TMP tag, link back to me (or not), and Bob’s yer uncle. I do reserve the right to delete any links that offend my delicate sensibilities. So far, none have, but it could happen. I have feelings!

Today’s peeve is about entertainment. There are too many choices! I end up scrolling endlessly through Netflix or Prime trying to pick a show. Prime recommends things based on what I’ve already seen, but often I don’t like a show and exit after 10 minutes. I don’t want to see 27 more shows like that one. I’ll click through the stuff everyone else is watching (or so they say), and that’s all pretty meh to me. If I go to categories, such as romance or drama, most of those offerings I’ve already seen or am not interested in. Tonight I searched for a movie, An American Pickle, which I’ve wanted to see ever since I read the description. Welp, it’s only on HBO, but not the HBO I have access to, but HBO Max or something. FFS! Why can’t I just pay five bucks to watch it or whatever? I’m not subscribing to a new channel ~ that would just expand my choices of crap I don’t want to see.

Luckily, I can do puzzles on my phone or read a book…

Image altered from the original on Pixabay

The Monday Peeve 44

Monday Peeve kitty cat

Smiles and positive posts are all well and good, but sometimes I need to vent a bit. How about you? That’s what The Monday Peeve is all about, a chance to blow off a little steam at the beginning of the week, so then we can go merrily on our way once again (hah). I’ll pick a topic that’s on my mind, but you can vent about whatever you please, here in comments or on your own blog. Grab the photo, use the TMP tag, link back to me (or not), and Bob’s yer uncle. I do reserve the right to delete any links that offend my delicate sensibilities. So far, none have, but it could happen. I have feelings!

Last week’s peeve was philosophical and meaningful and sh!t, while today’s promises to be one of the most trivial complaints ever. But that’s okay! Our minor mads are fair game for TMP. Go ahead, vent about some teensy tiny annoyance… it’s perfectly fine. Mine is about the word “stream,” as a verb referring to entertainment, which I find irritating AF. Back in MY day, we watched a show or listened to a program. Or we said a station/channel was showing or broadcasting something. Now, we have a burning pretentious need to announce when we experienced a thing “live” (not actually live though, since you’re still sitting in your damn house or car) by saying we STREAMED it. Omg hate hate hate!

Image originally found at Pixabay.