On Not Taking No

Greetings. As Ohio has received great weather for the past week, fires continue to rage in the west,  and the southeast continues to be drenched. It’s been a strange summer for weather.

How was your weekend? Although we had two nights of dancing, the morning and afternoons were more about errands and preparing for an upcoming garage sale.  Well, we also were able to get in 9 holes of golf.

The week ahead is exciting because besides being Lightning Welk Week, Thursday marks the return of Time: The Musical. The new act features songs with weekend, Saturday, Sunday, or the plural forms in the title. So, get your videos ready!

Daily celebrations include the following:

  • (Mon) Aviation Day, Cupcake Day, and World Humanitarian Day
  • (Tues) Without special occasions, a reminder that August features National Goat Cheese Month, Neurosurgery Outreach Month, and What Will Be Your Legacy Month
  • (Wed) National Medical Dosimetrists Day, Poet’s Day, and Senior Citizens Day
  • (Thurs) Southern Hemisphere Hoodie Hoo Day and Be An Angel Day

Friday I mentioned the passing of Elyse’s beloved Cooper, so let’s have a dog chuckle for your Monday Morning Entertainment. I imagine Cooper had a persistent streak, but I just can’t see Elyse letting him fall for this. Nonetheless, dog owners will enjoy this.

Have a good week!

On a Dog-Talk Monday

How was your weekend? Did you have good weather?

Ours was busy and with a wide variety of enjoyments. Besides some time on the ballroom floor, We spent Saturday preparing to host our dinner group featuring recipes from The Barefoot Contessa (Ina Garten). Through the years, we eat very well, and Saturday night was not an exception. Here’s our courses and recipes.

Sunday was such a beautiful day, we had to do something outside. We started at Goetta Fest along the river on the Kentucky side. (Goetta will be a future post of its own.)  We walked to the Ohio side and returned by a different bridge. Then we board the amphibious vehicle for the fun and informative Duck Tour.

On our way home, first we stopped at the casino to enter the upcoming Million Dollar drawing then, it was off to Graeter’s to celebrate Chocolate Chip Day!!!

Get your planners ready because this week’s celebrations are noteworthy. Let’s start with this week being International Assistance Dog Week, National Farmers Market Week, Intimate Apparel Week, and National Bargain Hunting Week.

Daily celebrations includes these worthy joys:  (Mon) Assistance Dogs, Oysters,  and Underwear; (Tues) Root Beer Float Day and National Night Out; (Wed) Lighthouse Day, Particularly Preposterous Packaging Day, and Purple Heart Day; (Thurs) Dalek Day,  Happiness Happens Day, and Sneak some Zucchini onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Night; (Fri) Kool-Aid Day, Indigenous People Day, and Art Day.

According to Philosopher Mouse, DogTV started this month. For your Monday Morning Entertainment, enjoy this clip that Marina brought to my attention. Have a good week!

Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 173

On Politics
Americans continue to be disgusted with Washington regarding the budget, and there’s no question in my mind that the majority will respond by re-electing the majority of incumbents.

To Speaker Boehner (R-OH) and Rep. Ryan (R-WS): Creating legislation that has no chance of passing is a waste of time and taxpayer money.

CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference) didn’t invite Gov. Christie (R-NJ and governor with the highest approval rating) to speak because “he had a bad year” – so they invited Mitt Romney (who conservatives don’t like), Sarah Palin (Nincompoop), and Donald Trump (egotistical blowhard).

Regardless of the party occupying the White House, I don’t agree with the opposing party having any airtime after the State of the Union.

On This Week’s Headlines from The Onion

  • Shady new Wendy’s deal offering five hamburgers for free, no questions asked
  • FBI tracks down elusive picture-disc version of Herb Alpert’s “Whipped Cream and Other Delights”
  • Nervous Pope candidate changes wine into Jesus’ urine
  • Pea farmers say they alone keep peas from overrunning planet
  • Iowa Fashion Week begins

Interesting Reads
First woman in America to earn a medical degree
Enjoy these wonderful pics from Zion National Park
David Ignatius on America’s traditional allies
Hank Greenberg: Baseball’s first Jewish superstar
Pinot Noirs from Oregon
The never-completed Cincinnati subway
Dogs knowing what we’re thinking

On Potpourri
I try to stay informed, but being away from politics and news for my 10 days in Italy was great! Thus, the first news I saw upon my return agitated me.

Wow – getting stats back to normal isn’t very easy.

CNN’s upcoming separation from Soledad O’Brien is a shame because she is a good journalist – and a pleasant for the early morning. If CNN wants to move to the top of ratings, here are two models: GMA (entertainment and fluff) and Fox Morning (biased inaccuracies). Hey CNN, I want to be informed, but those like me are in the minority.

Thanks for those participating in Time: The Musical. It’s quite the music montage, so I invite you to return for the 50+ songs.

Watching Pope Benedict XVI’s last day was interesting. In recognition to him, I love this one from The Onion.

He obviously carried Ohio to be elected, so good luck to Pope Francis I.

Here’s the latest handbell piece our choir played, which was interesting and surreal. Enjoy Compassion by Jason Krug.

There will be a classic cartoon character post on Saturday.

To send you into the weekend, enjoy The Piano Guys with the Charlie Brown song – and gotta love the people in this video. Have a good weekend! In the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.

On Cheering the Dog

Cincinnati’s Saturday weather was more like a warm, spring day than the normal cold for the middle of January.  But Sunday brought us rain and cooler temps with some cold on the way.

How was your weekend? My wife wasn’t feeling well, so no ballroom dance for us – so we took it easy watching movies on a free access weekend to various movie channels; plus, I had a ‘chance to start redesigning my blogroll. Notice anything?

For your Monday Morning Entertainment, this one makes me laugh.

On a Monday Pug

I can easily recall this important moment from my year in eighth grade. Mr. Adams, our geography teacher, did not assign homework on this night because of an important television event that was about to happen. On this night, a super hero would debut complete with graphics of Boom, Bam, and Pow; and also introduce everyone to a theme song that would live for many years. And to this day, Adam West and Burt Ward are remembered.

Yet, more than 40 years later, reports exist that a certain representative from Minnesota is considering a run for the White House. Some would say that the pug is actually endorsing her candidacy instead of singing along with the theme song. Nonetheless, pets do the darndest things.

Wishing everyone a good week ahead and enjoy the pug!