Saturday, May 21, 2016

BOTB Results: The Battle of the Unknowns becomes KNOWN!

Well, Paul McCrane pulled it off and beat newcomer and close-singer, RVQ. Before the bragging starts, it was oooohhhh sooooo close: 

Paul McCrane: 13
RVQ: 11

Paul didn't have much of a singing career but I way grinning to myself as I saw that he had re-emerged with this song on an episdoe of Harry's Law (that's Harry, not hairy...obviously): 

Actually, it even looks like the same guitar. I desparately wanted to find a full video of the older Paul, but no luck. If you want to see the "partial" version, it's here.

To the victors go the spoils, so...sing us out, Paul McCrane!:

Remember, our battles take place twice a month: on the 1st and 15th.  The results come six days later: on the 7th and 21st. 

Check out our other great participants and pals!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

BOTB: The Battle of the Unknowns

This music blogging event was first introduced by our friends and I'd like to give them a heartfelt "thank you":

Our battles take place twice a month: on the 1st and 15th.  The results come six days later: on the 7th and 21st. That's when I return, total all of the votes, including mine (if necessary), and announce the winner. 

One hit wonders are not uncommon and everyone has a few favorites. I'm no different. Couple that with my age, the fads I've lived through (Disco? Hello?), and my love of acoustic guitar and bam -- Paul McCrane's hit "Is It Okay If I Call You Mine?" was destined to appear on the Battle of the Bands. You may remember this tune from the movie, Fame. Or you may not. 

Next question: who will be the contender? Can anyone stand against the mighty-ish Paul of McCrania? Okay, I jest. Anyway I spin this, it's a battle of unknowns. I kid you not: very, very few singers are covering this song unless they are relatively unknown. I've done the leg's a vast, black vacuum of worthwhile covers...except for one fellow and I can't find out anything about him except that he is Canadian.   



Now comes your part: vote for the one you like most and if you want to tell me why, go for it. If you just one to write one word: I appreciate that, too. Heck, if you just step in this accidently and don't want to comment 'cause you're on the way to your nappy nap - snooze away!

But if you love the Battle of the Bands, there's more where that came from:

See you back here on the 21st!

Sunday, May 8, 2016

BOTB Results: When You Were Mine

It was close, but not even the "dearly departed" Prince vote could overtake Cyndi Lauper for HER hit song, "When You Were Mine." All credit to Prince for his phenomenal song writing abilities but when Cyndi gave it a whirl, she owned it. 

Check out the other battles below while Cyndi sings us out....


Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Hump Day Haikus: The Allergy Collection

The Allergy Collection, Spring 2016

Nasal Congestion
Cupboards look like pharmacy
Can't tell eye

My nose is running
While my feet do the smelling
I am built backwards

(Yes, it's an old joke
It's "Cherdo on the Flipside"
And I am Cherdo)

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

It's a Tuesday Newsday!

What in the world is going on out there? Well, here's a few things that aren't political...refreshing, eh?

Easy to Bear News
ABC reported that a bear was found rummaging around a lady's apartment in Colorado. Wow, I always assumed that was the kind of mammal nonsense that would demand a house PURCHASE in order to participate. Good news for renters.

A half-dozen good hearted public servants reported to the scene and stomped and yelled till Yogi ran out an open door and down the hall. Okay, I made up the name part. Apparently, the firefighters also followed up with a Facebook post and the gosh-dern great advice: close your windows.

Question: When the lady reported a bear, did the dispatcher reply, "We'll send a firetruck." Was that because they thought it might be Smoky the Bear, because only Smoky can stop forrest fires and face it, if he was playing around in her apartment, who was watching the forrests, people?

That whole "animal control department" function is much more mysterious in Colorado. Oh, well.

Eagle River Firefighters, I salute you. You do a hard job daily and hopefully, this change of pace made for a well-deserved fun day. But...kinda weird.

This Tastes Like Cardboard
NBC news gave a riveting report on a new pizza box made of pizza. A. Pizza. Box. Made. Of. Pizza. And this is hard hitting, investigative news.

Mow No, Not So
Reuters reported that British lawnmower racing season has begun. Whaaa? On a makeshift track, they race their suped up riding mowers -- blades removed, of course.

This "sport" (and I use the term as loosely as possible without abandoning it for the alternative phrase "alcohol induced sport mockery") was created in 1973 in a countryside pub. Of course, it was a pub. 

Faced with being a spectator of said sport, I think I'd rather watch the grass grow. 

This is Cherdo, your Flipside Re-Reporter, signing off. 

Monday, May 2, 2016

Question of the Month with Michael D'Agostino

Michael D'Agostino of A Life Examined (that sweet thunder from down under) started this blog hop with these words:

"Your readers would like to know a little more about you. Show them who you are by taking part in the Question of the Month bloghop. On the first Monday of each month, we answer the question that gets posted here. Sign up on the list (on Michael's site) to join the fun ;) With every question, remember that the important part is explaining your answer. And please, if you have any suggestions for new questions, share them in the comments section. I bet you've got some great ideas for us."

This month's question is: 
“If a friend came to you looking for advice on starting a blog,
what three pieces of advice would you give them?”


The first thing I'd say is decide what your blog is going to be about, whether that is a narrow designation or a broad topic. It doesn't hurt to evolve or change but at the beginnig, I think it's a good idea to stick with one thing. Really work on that "thing."


This is a strange thing for me to say, as I've been robbin' Peter to pay Paul since last Fall, but get in a groove of writing, reading, and commenting...that creates your own community of blog buddies and it feels more friendly that way. Blogging alone is bleh.


Dont' put up with other people's junk. Delete rude posts; it's a free country and it's your blog-home. In truth, I've deleted one post and about three comments in total. Each time, I sent a message to the person that was friendly and explained my reason for doing so as nicely as I could; I'm not in the business of making enemies. I don't want to delete anything but I also want a certain level of civility, you know? I despise a blog where people are nitpicking and showing their hiney and in my experience, that is a slippery slide. There were two or three blogs I followed that I eventually abaondoned due to the unkind commentary. What fun is that for anyone? So, I do my part to keep it friendly and encourage others to do so. That's all I can do is try.

Great question, Michael! Check out some of the other posts on this topic: