On No-Ducking Monday

Greetings … so how was your weekend?

How about your weather? Cincinnati started cold zero F (-17 C), but hey hey hey, Sunday’s temp climbed to mid-30s (2 C). Then again, I know some of you are more northern than I.

Our weekend centered around the ballroom. Our tango formation attended a competition as an exhibition. All considered, we did OK … but I enjoyed watching a variety of individual competitors. Some of you ladies would have enjoyed the gowns. Simply wow … and at the exhibits I noticed that dresses priced over $4K!

After a hectic day, we took Saturday night to finally watch the Kennedy Center Honors show. That was awesome entertainment. Did you see it?

Celebrations for Your Week

  • (Week) Cuckoo Dancing Week, Vocation Awareness Week, No Tillage Week, Universal Letter Writing Week
  • (Mon) Feast of the Fabulous Wild Men Day, Marzipan Day, Curried Chicken Day, Pharmacist Day, Clean Off Your Desk Day
  • (Tues) Blame Someone Else Day, Rubber Duckie Day, Make Your Dream Come True Day, Poetry at Work Day, Public Radio Broadcasting Day, Peach Melba Day
  • (Wed) Kite Day, Dress Up Your Pet Day, Bald Eagle Appreciation Day, Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day, Organize Your Home Day
  • (Thurs) Humanitarian Day, Champion of the Month Day, Elementary School Teacher Day, Freshly Squeezed Juice Day, Get to Know Your Customers Day, Strawberry Ice Cream Day, Snowflake Bentley Day

Given that many of you enjoyed Mahna Mahna to start last week, thought I would use The Muppets to highlight one of the daily celebrations above. Did you notice it? Have a good week!

Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 246

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This week’s terrorist attack in Paris was horrifying. Strength to the French, and peace to the many Muslims who condone condemn such brutality in the name of religion. Much of life is about two virtues that a few people lack: respect and tolerance.

Note: The previous paragraph shows an edit with the original word in place. Using that word was an honest mistake, and I apologize. A special thanks to Lame for pointing this out to me in private.

Congress is back in session … gag!

In his recent WSJ column, I appreciate these words by William Galston:

Although both the executive and judicial branches play a role in the legislative process, the people’s elected representatives are supposed to drive this process. When they fail to do so, the legitimacy of popular government is called into question. Along with partisan commitments, members of Congress have constitutional responsibilities, and it is time for members of both parties to start honoring them. …

For the most part, though, there are only two choices—continued gridlock or compromises in which each party gives ground on matters it cares about. …. Both sides would have to eat some crow, but the dish might still be palatable.

Cheers to the fact checker at the Washington Post, who also put together this list of the biggest Pinocchios of 2014. Then again, politicians do make it easy.

Act 15 of Life: The Musical is complete. Readers provided an outstanding collection, so many thanks to all participants. Only 2 acts to go in this musical – any ideas about the theme for Act 16?

I’m hoping to continue the Exploring series, thus will consider your suggestions. Think person, place, or thing.

Congratulations to Cindy for being the 50,000th comment here (which happened in the last post). She received a beautiful fireworks display!

If I can complete the work, I hope to celebrate the first Saturday in 2015 with a Saturday Morning Cartoon post!

To lead you into The Onion headlines, here’s their suggestions for fighting the winter blues.

On This Week’s Headlines from The Onion
Brutal cold doesn’t factor into man’s decision to stay inside for two straight days
Weird chair pressed into service at family’s holiday dinner
Copycat criminals continue to mimic liquor store robbery from 1882
Dirty-Slush machine provides children in Florida a taste of winter
Supreme Court releases young Scalia’s audition tape
Man who spent 300 hours playing fantasy football this year rewarded with $30 second-place prize

Interesting Reads
Connection between dirt and antibiotics
Science of the booty call
An excellent energy series from WSJ
(Interactive) Interesting oil graphic
(Graph) Inflation-adjusted gasoline prices since 1980
The link between bourbon biscuits and bourbon whiskey

Your Weekend Celebrations

  • (Fri) Nerd Day, Apricot Day, Clean Off Your Desk Day, Balloon Ascension Day, Cassoulet Day, Static Electricity Day, Dance Day, Organize Your Home Day
  • (Sat) Peculiar People Day, Bittersweet Chocolate Day, Cut Your Energy Costs Day, Save the Eagles Day
  • (Sun) No Pants Subway Ride Day, Milk Day, Step in a Puddle & Splash Your Friend Day, Secret Pal Day, Learn Your Name in Morse Code Day, Hot Toddy Day, Thank You Day, Human Trafficking Awareness Day, Cigarettes are Hazardous to Your Health Day

To send you into the weekend, here’s a 2-fer from Life: The Musical – Act 15. The first is a song (thanks Narf) that didn’t fit the parameters, but the video was an excellent match to the theme – plus it make you smile. The second goes out to Debra because I was surprised she didn’t use it. Have a safe weekend and in the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.

On the First 2015 Monday

Greetings and Happy New Year … and welcome to 2015’s first Monday Morning Entertainment!

How did you spend time the past two weeks?

Our Christmas holiday was busy, thus included two 3-hour+ drives to family, a movie (The Imitation Game – aFa recommended!), an afternoon at a museum, hosting two dinners, attending two college basketball games, gatherings with friends, and (of course) a bit of ballroom time.

For those who enjoyed the Exploring series, please leave recommendations for future posts. Think person, place, or thing.

The start of the year is a good time to renew Life: The Musical … after all, only three acts remain. Act 15’s theme will the “Growing Old”, so song titles must include old, older, oldest, elderly, or aging. Act 15 starts Wednesday at 9:30 PM (Eastern US).

Celebrations for Your Week

  • (Week) New Year’s Resolution Week, Celebration of Life Week, Diet Resolution Week, Silent Record Week, Someday We’ll Laugh About It Week
  • (Mon) Bird Day, Blue Monday, Weigh-in Day, FM Radio Day, Second-hand Wardrobe Day, Bozo the Clown Day, Whipped Cream Day, TGIM Day (Thank God It’s Monday)
  • (Tues) Bean Day, Cuddle Up Day, Shortbread Day, Divorce Monday, Pepe Le Pew Day, Sherlock Holmes Day, Schoolhouse Rock Day, Hug a Smith Day
  • (Wed) Bobblehead Day, I’m Not Going To Take It Any More Day, Harlem Globetrotters Day, Tempura Day, Old Rock Day, Fruitcake Toss Day, Organize Your Home Day
  • (Thurs) Argyle Day, Bubble Bath Day, Earth’s Rotation Day, English Toffee Day, Joy Germ Day, Show & Tell at Work Day, War on Poverty Day

Many readers here enjoy when The Muppets start their week … so enjoy this classic, which has a perfect code word for asking later in the week. Have a good week!

On Monday Style

Last weekend, those of us in the eastern USA were getting blasted by bitter cold. For us in Cincinnati, today was sunny and in the low 40s. What a difference a week makes!

We started the weekend expecting a low-key weekend. After time on the ballroom floor Friday night, we returned home to a message saying we have an offer on our house. YIKES! … we definitely weren’t prepared for that news.

Saturday involved errands, including a meeting with our realtor to develop a counter offer. Saturday night we stayed home and watched Jack Reacher.

Sunday morning was handbell time. Pavane is a slow piece with long notes, which makes it very vulnerable for a 14-member choir. Here’s a duet during the same piece. If that’s not enough, here’s a soloist … but it’s still a tricky song to place.

Shortly after lunch, our realtor called with the news that the buyers accepted our offer! So now we wait to see if the deal falls in place; plus time will tell how this affects may blogging routine. After all, demands have already taken a bite out of my visits.

How was you weekend? Tell us about it!

Celebrations for your week ahead.

  • (Week) Cuckoo Week, Dance Week, Letter Writing Week
  • (Mon) Clean Off Your Desk Day, Rubber Duckie Day, Coming of Age Day, Pubic Radio Broadcasting Day, Peach Melba Day
  • (Tues) Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day, Dress Up Your Pet Day, Poetry at Work Day, Organize Your Home Day
  • (Wed) Strawberry Ice Cream Day, Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice Day, Humanitarian Day
  • (Thurs) Appreciate a Dragon Day, Nothing Day, Fig Newton Day, Women in Blue Jeans Day, Get to Know Your Customers Day

Because it’s Cuckoo Week and Dancing Week, this is close enough to both. Enjoy and have a great week.