Monday, August 31, 2015

Once and For All: Bathtub Cleaner Challenge

When we re-did our bathroom, my friendly neighborhood all-around-builder guy put in a new tub and shower. At the home improvement (meh) store, I chose the unit. One of the things that caught my eye was the pebble pattern at the bottom of some of the tubs. Somehow, I just knew that would cause me problems so I continued to search for the perfect alternative. No go...all the units of the correct size had the bumpy pebble pattern - no slip, they brag! 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

A "Little Bit of a Throwback" Thursday

We're back in full swing with our groups of homeschooling kids and I've decided to call this post a "little bit of a throwback" Thursday because I'm really only throwin' it back to the end of our last academic year - or May of 2015. Not all that far, I agree. 

Hump Day Sing-a-long: Too Much to Do

It's purging time. Downsizing has come to the Flipside's humble abode. Why is it such a big chore? Oh, yeah...I remember: cause we have too much stuff. 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Church Bloopers Are Legendary

Continuing with yesterdays topic of unfortunate typos and all our confessions of frustration with our self-editing, I thought I'd share my favorite church typo. Every discussion of typos includes the bloopers from church signs and bulletins. And yes...I did it and this is a true story.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Many Mouths, Many Feet

Is there a correlation between age and errors? 

You might jump the gun, stand on your chair and shout "yes!" but some of the greatest minds of the world did their greatest work on the flipside of the half-century mark (I'd also know you are under thirty by your willingness to stand on the chair and shout...but that's another post). 

Saturday, August 22, 2015

BOTB Results: "Bridge Over Troubled Waters"

The crazy train has arrived and 
Josh Groban & Brian McKnight
were driving it all the way!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

New Release from Medeia Sharif!


Prizm BooksTRelease Date: August 19, 2015

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Asma Bashir wants two things: a summer fling and her favorite '80s songs. During a trip to New York City to stay with relatives, she messes up in her pursuit of both. She loses track of the hunk she met on her airplane ride, and she does the most terrible thing she could possibly do to her strict uncle... ruin his most prized possession, a rare cassette tape.

A wild goose chase around Manhattan and Brooklyn to find a replacement tape yields many adventures -- blackmail, theft, a chance to be a TV star, and so much more. Amid all this turmoil, Asma just might be able to find her crush in the busiest, most exciting city in the world.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Schedule Trim

First week of a full schedule and I may trim a day or two from my blog posts to get me sea legs, matey. Like today, for example! 

Fear not - you're stuck with me...or's your call.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Rantapalooza: That's Nasty

1. highly unpleasant, especially to the senses; physically nauseating.

unpleasant, disagreeable, disgusting, distasteful, awful, dreadful, horrible, 
terrible, vile, foul, abominable, frightful, loathsome, revolting, repulsive, 
odious, sickening, nauseating, repellent, repugnant, horrendous, appalling, 
atrocious, offensive, objectionable, obnoxious, unsavory, unappetizing, 
off-putting; YouTube, YouTube, YouTube, YouTube, YouTube, YouTube.

If I'm to survive, I've got to stop looking at the sidebar on YouTube. Its potential for absolutely disgusting information on video is endless. It takes a lot to turn my stomach, but all of the things that will result in a spontaneous rainbow yawn are probably on a YouTube video right now. 

Intentionally, I'm giving far LESS information about this subject than necessary. No, wait a minute...I'm giving exactly the right amount of specific information about the video content: none. 

This started with the Battle of the Bands; oh, sweet irony. Searching for great, beautiful music and equally great covers of songs and one side glance and OH SWEET MOTHER OF SHERMAN WHAT IS THAT? Couldn't the icon picture be something...neutral? Like a caduceus with a plain colored background?  

As much as I would like to get the government's hands off of mostly everything, I think I would be more than willing to make a nice exception in the case of the gross video. Someone should be writing a ticket and fining some of these jokers or creeps, depending on how you look at it. I'm thinking the "second hand smoke" argument could work here, too. It's affecting me negatively and I can't get away from it. 

Funny pranks? I'm down with that. In fact, there's a whole show devoted to funny, harmless videos (I America's Funniest Videos still on?).

But gross? I'm talking universally gross. Who wants to watch that? 

Pull out your book of tickets, officer, and start writing. Instead of quoting a specific law, it would suffice to hand stamp it with big blue letters that say THAT'S NASTY.  Fine: $50. 

The government may be too busy looking out for us (that was a joke...). Vigilantes may be necessary. 

If you want to be part of this video policing vigilante group or avoid getting ticketed and fined, let me spell it out:
  • If you're filming anything that would normally be covered by clothes. THAT'S NASTY
  • If you're raising money for a certain disorder; that's okay. But it you're filming proof that you have a disease or disorder: THAT'S NASTY
  • If there's anything inside of your body...and now it's coming out, you have my sympathy. But, buddy: THAT'S NASTY
  • Wounds belong under a bandage, no matter how many stitches you have; if you're filming that: THAT'S NASTY
  • I don't want to see what your pet found: THAT'S NASTY
  • Walking the dog? Wholesome fun. Recording his bathroom break?: THAT'S NASTY
  • Any hygienic task...put away the camera, people: THAT'S NASTY
  • If you're taking a video camera in the bathroom for any reason, if can't be good.: THAT'S NASTY
  • If you did something to your roommate because you were furious with them, it's probably NASTY

America, this could ease our deficit and put a lot of people to work writing tickets.

Also, if elected, I will not serve.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

BOTB Presents Duets: "Bridge Over Troubled Water"

It's that time again; get  your crazy train ticket in hand!


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, add all of the votes, including mine, 
and announce the winner. Feel free to return and see if your choice won! 

The music blogging event first introduced by our friends!

Fae @ Far Away Eyes 

Stephen T. McCarthy presents... 

The question is: ARE YOU READY?

Friday, August 14, 2015

Mock Squid Soup: Trainspotting

MOCK! and The Armchair Squid are proud to present 

Mock Squid Soup: A Film Society!

How could your old pal, Cherdo, possibly pass up any
opportunity to frolic with Mock & Squid? I can't!

You can jump in the cauldron, too -- Sign up at the bottom of this post.

Ewan McGregor (Mark Renton)
Ewen Bremner ("Daniel "Spud" Murphy)
Jonny Lee Miller (Simon "Sick Boy" Williamson)
Robert Carlyle (Francis "Franco" Begbie)
Kelly Macdonald (Diane)
Kevin McKidd (Tommy McKenzie)

Director Danny Boyle made one of the biggest cult films to come out of the 90s. Based on a book by Irvin Welsh, Trainspotting (1996, R) is one of those films that you love or hate. Personally, I've always loved this energetic cautionary tale of five rebellious lads from Edinburgh, even as it goes to all the dark, depressing parts of addiction. The lies, manipulations, false starts and perilous falls are all here and it's not pretty but the gang is tied together by the pursuit of the next high. Early on, you have to ask yourself if anyone is going to get out alive and "choose life."

Thursday, August 13, 2015

By Request: Cherdo's Tech Rules for Teens

It is my great pleasure to call the Richardson family my friends. Dad Tim Richardson is a gifted motivational speaker who has worn many hats (and shared the comedy stage with yours truly, eh? I notice that is not on your bio, Tim. Well played, sir.). 

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Hump Day Sing-a-Long: Gonzo Gets an Edumacashun

It's another milestone at Clan Cherdo as Gonzo registered for a few college classes he'll take during his Senior year of high school. There was a time when I was sitting with my young scholar, doing Kindergarten lessons, and thinking "only twelve more years." 

{{{POOF!!}}} Those years passed too quickly. Let's do a Hump Day Sing-a-long to celebrate Gonzo getting more edumacashun.  In case you don't know the tune I'm parodying, here it is:

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Tuesday Newsday: Getting the Bird

Last year, I wrote about my bird obsession (Birdie Babysitter for Hire) and how I worry about them. Specifically, I worry about the little baby birds in the nest. Nothing gives me that sick feeling in the pit of my stomach like finding a bird's nest when I know the baby birds weren't done with it. 

Monday, August 10, 2015

Cover Reveal!

Piper Morgan Joins the Circus
by Stephanie Faris

Cover illustration by Lucy Fleming.
When Piper Morgan has to move to a new town, she is sad to leave behind her friends, but excited for a new adventure. She is determined to have fun, be brave and find new friends.

Friday, August 7, 2015

3 Clues to Get You Ready for Mock Squid Soup, Friday, Aug. 14

MOCK! and The Armchair Squid are proud to present 

Mock Squid Soup: A Film Society!

How could your old pal, Cherdo, possibly pass up any
opportunity to frolic with Mock & Squid? I can't!

You can jump in the cauldron, too!  Sign up below!

This month, everyone gets to throw a movie of their own choice into the pot.  Here's the wrinkle for June, a fabulous idea from Mock:  the week before our gathering, a trivia challenge on Friday!  Everyone is invited to post three clues about his/her movie for others to guess.  

My clues for my movie are:

BOTB Results: "Take Me to the River"

It's that time again! And the winner of the "Take Me to the River" battle is...oh,'s on that sign. Sigh. Surprise ruined.

But here's one thing you DIDN'T know: if I would have voted, Annie would have gotten my vote, too. Though I've long been a fan of David Byrne and Talking Heads...well, Annie just gave it that extra sumptin' sumptin'. Her vocals have always been so clean and powerful; she has that blue-eyed soul in a unique package. She's one of a kind and Al Green would be proud of her take on it, I think.

Sing us away, Annie!

DON'T FORGET!  The Battle of the Band occurs on the 1st and 15th with battle results posted on the 7th and 21st of the month. 

A big thanks to Stephen T. McCarthy and Far Away Eyes for the genius behind the Battle of the Bands. Great idea, STMcC and FAE!

Click on their links (and everyone else's blog link) below.

Hey, are you still here? I appreciate it, but there's more BOTB hosts to visit! Get on it, man (or chick). Just look at those wonderful battle barons below! If I missed a new participant, I'll add you as we go along. Point it out to me...I'm a geezer who needs that backup.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

A Sad Conscious Uncoupling

No, it's not me! I mean you read my posts at all?

"After careful thought, thoughtful consideration and considerable squabbling, 
Miss Piggy made the difficult decision to terminate our romantic relationship."

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

August 5: Bonehead Blog Hop

Welcome to the Bonehead Blog Hop!
Our motto:
"Confession is good for the may not

be your soul, but trust me - it's good for someone's soul."

Hosted by  Author Diana Wilder of  Diana Wilder, ...About myself, by myself and your old pal, Cherdo, of Cherdo on the Flipside, an equal opportunity offender and virtual bonehead mistake factory.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Reminder: The Bonehead Blog Hop is Tomorrow, August 5th

Tell us your "bonehead" story - it can be current or from your past. Everyone has one, so you might as well take your turn wearing the crown.

Monday, August 3, 2015

August 3: Question of the Month!

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 your parent or child committed a major 
crime, would you turn them in?”

Saturday, August 1, 2015

BOTB: "Take Me to the River"

It's that time again; get  your crazy train ticket in hand!


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, add all of the votes, including mine, 
and announce the winner. Feel free to return and see if your choice won! 

The music blogging event first introduced by our friends!

Fae @ Far Away Eyes 

Stephen T. McCarthy presents... 

I like to dip into the classics and here we go - are you ready to referee this battle? 

The song "Take Me to the River" was written by Al Green (the Reverend Al Green!) in 1974 and has been covered by artists such as Levon Helm, the Commitments, Syl Johnson, FogHat, Tina Turner, Grateful Dead, Courtney get the picture. Never let it be said that Big Mouth Billy Bass didn't do his part, either. But he is not in today's competition! 

The original: Al Green

Part of the Al Green legend included his humble beginnings, gospel singing with his brothers...and the fact that he was kicked out of the family home for listening to Jackie Wilson. He started another group that later became the Soul Mates and took his music on the road.

Al Green was an enormously popular soul singer in the 70s and had a mondo hit with "Let's Stay Together." At the peak of his success, he was born again (1973) and chose to abandon his career for a higher calling. Later, he became a minister and focused on Gospel music. By the late 80s, Al was beginning to do some of the old hits and duets with contemporary artists and eventually becoming comfortable with the music that made him famous and his gospel roots.

Contender # 1: Annie Lennox

In March of 1995, Scottish singer Annie Lennox (formerly of the Eurythmics) released the album Medusa which consisted of mainly cover songs. One of those songs wanna guess?  Maybe you can just listen. 

Contender #2: David Byrne/Talking Heads

David Byrne definitely has a style all his own - just like Al Green and Annie Lennox.  

This Scottish born "American" artist is best known for his work with the band Talking Heads from 1975 to 1991. Solo work followed, but I'm stubborn and I always considered the Talking Heads to be his best stuff. The band reunited one last time in 1991 to play for their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I wish I was there.  :-(

Who will get your vote - Annie Lennox or Talking Heads?

 Just look at all those wonderful blog buddies listed below (of course, I alphabetized it). If I missed a new participant, I'll add you as we go along. Let me apologize in advance...