Tuesday, July 23, 2019

BOTB Results: "Baby, Baby" Takes It!


This past July 15th battle was oooohhhh sooooo close! My girl, Amy Grant, remains ever peppy and wholesome -- even though she only won by ONE. That's the spirit, Amy! Don't doubt your awesomeness, you Pied Piper of Pep.

So, how did those votes (botes) go?

AMY: Janie, Mike, John, Janet, Birgit, Arlee, Mike
SMOKEY: Debra, Stephen, Mary B., The Armchair Squid, Chris, Debbie D.
BIEBER (No tears, man!): Because no one ever says it anymore, I'll just call this "the null set." Am I the only one who learned that? Surely not, I was in a classroom of nerds...where have they gone?

A few things I learned: 
1) Everyone things Amy is a pep-ster. 
2) Bieber's fan base is...meh...which is funny, considering his fame.
3) Smokey still has it...but he needed just a touch more. A believe a brisk wind could have changed this outcome.

You know the drill, my people -- to the victor. Sing us out, Amy!


Join us on August 1 (already??) for the next Battle of the Bands. In the meanwhile, have you checked out the other battles? How did you do? 


Monday, July 15, 2019

Battle of the Bands: The Baby Battle


Welcome to July 15th and The Battle of the Bands!  

A big thanks to FAE (faraway eyes) for the original creative spark that started what would become the Battle of the Bands and to STEPHEN T. McCARTHY for hosting this madcap musical love fest. The Battle gets posted on the 1st and 15th of each month and results appear magically six days later, on the 7th and 21st. You get the honor of casting a vote in the comments below to tell me which tune is your favorite and why (if you want to elaborate). If it's absolutely necessary, I add my own humble vote to break a tie and announce the winner...and you see how your vote stacked up against the huddled masses of humanity.

I've got babies on the brain, since we've had a new addition in the extended family and several good friend have added to their broods. True story: I'm a pushover where babies are concerned. Maybe I'm not the only one. You'll note that many a couple, knee deep in amore, refers to their sweetie as "baby" and it's usually accepted as a form of endearment...let's not get touchy about that, please, there's so little unoffensive things left. Leave me that and I won't call random strangers "honey."

First up, the closest thing Hubzam and I have to "our song."  Second, a true classic...and third, a great hook and definite ear worm. And I like them all!

CONTENDER #1: 
AMY GRANT
"Baby, Baby"



CONTENDER #2: 
SMOKEY ROBINSON & THE MIRACLES
"Ooh, Baby Baby"



CONTENDER #3: 
JUSTIN BIEBER ft. LUDICRIS
"Baby"


Time to Vote! Which one do you prefer? Any of these remind you of your baby? Have any of these big hits already gotten too much air time for you? Be honest...we're a picky music bunch...we like what we like, right? I thought so...

Don't forget to check out the peeps' blogs! 

AISASAMI


Monday, July 8, 2019

BOTB: Who is REALLY Stayin' Alive?



Whoops! Took Sunday off mentally and didn't realize July 7th had come. Geezerdom is feeling so homey lately. 

In the spirit of unity, I believe everyone questioned the wisdom of anyone re-doing "Stayin' Alive" in light of the Bee Gees HUGE success with said tune. I have to agree. 

But...

DWEEZIL ZAPPA AND OZZIE OSBOURNE pulled off a win on this one and it would be far easier to tell you who didn't vote for them!

Dweezil & Ozzie:  Alex, Mary B, Debbie D., Mike (of Billions...), CWMartin, Magical Mystery Mimi, Cathy K., Janie Junebug, Gilly, and Mike (Ramblings)

Bruce Springsteen: Arlee

Cory Henry and the Funk Apostles: Stephen T. McCarthy, John Holton

A few thoughts: 1) I think Dweezil can pull off a range of genres. Ozzie always sounds like Ozzie, so if you like Ozzie...you're good. 2) When I think of disco, the name Bruce Springsteen does not come up. 3) Funk makes everything worthwhile when it's done right. Cory Henry is doing it right.

Once again, thank you for your votes and to the victors! Sing us out, Ozzie, and shred us out, Dweezil!


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Monday, July 1, 2019

Battle of the Bands: No Independence from Strange Covers!


Welcome to July, our celebrated independence, and The Battle of the Bands!  

A big thanks to FAE (faraway eyes) for the original creative spark and to STEPHEN T. McCARTHY for hosting this romp, month after month. May he never win his independence from this motley group of music lovers. The Battle gets posted on the 1st and 15th of each month and results appear magically six days later, on the 7th and 21st. You get the honor of casting a vote in the comments below to tell me which tune is your favorite and why (if you want to elaborate). If it's absolutely necessary, I add my own humble vote to break a tie and announce the winner, but why sully the whole event?

Friday, June 21, 2019

BOTB Results: The Summertime Battle

Image result for seals and croft

Whoa! I loved this battle because it put me back in my groove of only using songs I like. And boy, did I like these three: Eddie Cochran's Summertime Blues, Sly and the Family Stone's Hot Fun in the Summertime, and Seals and Crofts' Summer Breeze. Each one of these gems transports me back in time in the best way possible.

But there can only be one winner and the votes (botes) tell the tale: 
  • Cochran: Mike, angryparsnip, Birgit
  • Sly & the Family Stone: John Holton, Janet, Stephen T. McCarthy
  • Seals & Crofts: Debbie D., aisasami, Arlee Bird, Alex J. Cavanaugh, Mary B, Cathy Kennedy, CWMartin

Man, I loved Seals and Crofts back in the day. A neighbor's granddaughter came visiting from California and the most impressive thing she every told me was that she was babysitting Jimmy Seals' child. I had to see pictures (she was!). It didn't take much to wow me back in the day, but that did. 

To the victors! Play it again, Jimmy and Dash:


Meanwhile, more battles have been counted, posted, and celebrated on the following blogs:  

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Battle of the Bands: Results and a New, Improved Summertime Battle


Good day, my battle enthusiasts, and welcome to another wrap up of the Battle of the Bands DELAYED!  I apologize for the late results post but assure you that I did make my brain do some learnin' about all the possible reasons a post won't post! Can you say, "form error?" How about "publish fail?"

So, our winner for the June 1 Battle of the Bands for "I Walk the Line" was none other than ED KOWALCZYK

Voting went like this:
    HALSEY: Lee, angryparsnip
    ED: Mike, Janet, Stephen, Debbie D., Chris, Holli, Cathy
    AVILA: Mary B., Birgit, John H.

To the victor!  Sing it again, Ed K.!


The New Battle! SUMMERTIME

In my last post, I deviated from my standard practice of only using songs I liked (hey, in that way, I always agree with the winner). Truth of the matter, I deviated FAR from that mode because I didn't really care for any of them. But I acknowledge that I am not the only music lover in the world and there are many opinions floating out there in blog land...maybe I'll hit on someone else's favorites! Naw...I consider that experiment a failure. :-)

Summer is almost officially here and there's no end to the number of songs that mention summertime. A few of my favorites are below...which one do YOU prefer?

CONTENDER #1: EDDIE COCHRAN
"Summertime Blues"



CONTENDER #2: SLY & THE FAMILY STONE
"Hot Fun in the Summertime"



CONTENDER #3: SEALS & CROFT
"Summer Breeze"



Let the voting begin! Which summertime tune really makes you tap those toes or think about summer fun? Tell me what you're thinking...

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Saturday, June 1, 2019

Battle of the Bands: "I Walk the Line"

Nothing like starting out a battle with a fib...'cause this summer, Cherdo will not be walking lines any time soon -- but that's fine, 'cause I'm getting an annoying foot issue fixed. 

Welcome to the Battle of the Bands! In case you don't know, FAR AWAY EYES started this grand occasion and it is currently hosted and promoted by brudder, "I'm More Picky About the Lines I'm Willing to Walk" STEPHEN T. McCARTHY. The mighty Battle gets posted on the 1st and 15th of each month and results appear magically six days later, on the 7th and 21st. You get the honor of casting a vote in the comments below to tell me which tune is your favorite and why (if you want to elaborate). If it's absolutely necessary, I will not walk, but roll over, to add my own humble vote to break a tie and announce the winner.

"I Walk the Line" is the iconic Johnny Cash song and I'm sure it needs no intro or video link...yet, here is one if you want to refresh your memory. Many unknowns have covered this song on YouTube, so there's no lack of options. I found myself changing the contenders repeatedly. 

Let's see how you like these cats and kittens! These versions definitely represent artists "putting their own spin" on a classic. 


CONTENDER #1: HALSEY




CONTENDER #2: AVILA
(hey, that dude looks like my nephew...
it's not, but it looks just like him)



CONTENDER #3: ED KOWALCZYK



Voting begins!  

Can you get on board with new spins on old favorites? Do they make you want to get out the original or look for more new versions? Tell me what you're thinking...

Then check out the peeps' blogs! Vote away and give it your best shot.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

BOTB Results!: The Harmony Battle is OH SO CLOSE!


Well, it was a close one this time and I'm tempted to throw my vote on the pile, but that would CREATE a tie! Then again...if I created a tie, I could let both of the "winners" sing us out...hmmmm....

This is how the voting went:

The Thorns:  Arlee, Stephen, Birgit, John, Cherdo

The Lumineers: Mike (I'm shocked that more didn't like this one)

Dan Fogelberg: Debra, aisasami, Debbie D., Chris, Mary B.

Technically, the winner is DAN FOGELBERG! Let's be real, it's tough to beat Dan Fogelberg...that voice...oh, my gosh, I love it. 

But, I really dig The Thorns and I'm a bit miffed that I discovered them after then had disbanded. I'm a day late and a dollar (or more) short, as the saying goes. And my little old vote would have tied this gig.

So, I'll play them both! Because I can!

First, to the victor...play us out, Dan!:



And just because...The Thorns!



See you on the 15th -- but you need to see these peeps right now!


Wednesday, May 1, 2019

The Battle of the Bands: The Harmony Battle


Welcome to May and The Battle of the Bands!  In case you don't know, FAR AWAY EYES started this grand romp of a blogging event and it is currently hosted and promoted by brudder, "The Extra Beachy Beach Boy," STEPHEN T. McCARTHY. The mighty Battle gets posted on the 1st and 15th of each month and results appear magically six days later, on the 7th and 21st. You get the honor of casting a vote in the comments below to tell me which tune is your favorite and why (if you want to elaborate). If it's absolutely necessary, I add my own humble vote to break a tie and announce the winner, but why sully the whole event?

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

If You Do This, You Might Be a Geezer: Z is for Zinger



It's the last day of the A-to-Z Challenge and I have to say, it's been fun.  

To close, I'm keeping it brief. A sure sign of a geezer is the love of a good ZINGER.

My favorite geezer zingers:

"My childhood punishments have become my adult goals:
1. Go to bed early
2. Not leaving my house.
3. Not going to a party."

"Old age is when you know your way around, but don't feel like going."

"The five senses are incomplete without the sixth: the sense of humor."

Thank for stopping by, peeps! If you liked some of my humor, well...

YOU MIGHT BE A GEEZER

(And actually, I hope you are.)



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Monday, April 29, 2019

If You Do This, You Might Be a Geezer: Y is for Yourself


One more day left in the Blogging from A-to-Z April Challenge 2019!

If you related to the many examples in my lighthearted look at all the geezer signs (experienced by yours truly, too), I think they add up to one thing: you know YOURSELF.

Whether it's your own quirks, love of reruns, forgetfulness, addiction to the newspaper, love of dogs, forgetfulness, love of old autos, fancy crappers, forgetfulness...at least you recognize those things as part of the whole.

And, in all likelihood, it's because you have the years in rear view mirror that have taught you not to be afraid of what stares back at you in the bathroom mirror. 

It's all okay.

But...fair warning...

YOU MIGHT BE A GEEZER.





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Saturday, April 27, 2019

If You Do This, You Might Be a Geezer: X is for Xenodocheionology



Xenodocheionology is defined as "the lore of hotels and inns."

This might not apply to all of us in the geezerhood years of life, but I've noticed something lately: I have quite a few friends (my age) with the same attitude about hotels. 

In a nutshell, that attitude is this: Sometimes, you just go there for no good reason...just to get away from home and switch it up a bit.


  • If you love a good night in a hotel...
  • If you've ever just gone off to a hotel for the sole purpose of feeling like you're on vacation...
YOU MIGHT...YOU JUST MIGHT... BE A GEEZER.

And I'll meet you at the pool, okay? I'll be hiding in a robe.




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Friday, April 26, 2019

If You Do This, You Might Be a Geezer: W is for Weekends



Oh, we're almost to the end of our A-to-Z Challenge! But the geezer signs are still here, revealing themselves!

Today's homage to the Geez Life is the way we (yes, I'll admit it, I'm in the tribe) spend our weekends - or more accurately, how we don't

Flashback to my younger days, when my cutting edge social calendar was kept on a checkbook sized paper booklet. The other day, I found one of these old calendars in a box of photos and I was amazed at how often I had plans. Here and there, I had little stars to redirect me, indicating that there was no room for a notation. As I flipped through the calendar, it made me tired just looking at it. At the time, however, I'm quite sure that any open space would have been depressing to younger me. 

But, it's 2019, baby! And Hubzam and I rule the weekend. We're particularly selfish with our Saturdays, so if you can claim that you pulled me away from our regular routine on a Saturday...well, aren't you special? 

Our weekends are jammed packed with excitement, like:

  • Getting vertical
  • Making coffee
  • Talking about how I need to get dressed...some day...
  • Reading the newspaper
  • Discussing the newspaper
  • Talking about how we need to cancel the newspaper subscription because the paper stinks
  • More coffee, followed by comments about how we might be drinking too much coffee, and how we agree that we don't care - we don't have any other bad habits, after all
  • Planning lunch at a restaurant ('cause we're tightwads who like the lunch prices). Okay, stop a minute. I need to confess that this takes longer than all the other items on the list.
  • Going to Costco
  • Talking about what a waste our Costco membership is and promising to use it better...next weekend
  • Stop at the grocery store
  • Standing in front of the Redbox, discussing how little interest we have in most of the movies
  • Going home for some "easy" supper prep and recliner/television downtime. 
  • Try to keep Hubzam from watching "Jaws", "Patton", or any WWII themed movie (this is technically one of MY weekend activities).
  • Watch dumb TV
  • Watch even DUMBER TV after Hubzam konks out.
On Sunday, I generally do less, but there is the church wildcard and baiting the dinner table with yummies to get all the kids here at one time.

I'm not lying, folks...that list made me think, "Yay, it's almost Saturday!"



  • If you look forward to what you AREN'T going to do on Saturday and Sunday with wild-eyed, unbridled glee...
  • If you'd consider a genuine vacation day to be a conflict with your regular weekend plans (or lack thereof)...
YOU MIGHT BE A GEEZER.

No apologies on this one. I waited many years to get to this point and it's pretty sweet.




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Thursday, April 25, 2019

If You Do This, You Might Be a Geezer: V is for Vaccine


The news media is awash with reports of measles occurring in an alarming rate. Hey, I don't think that is funny in the least, just to be clear. Many armchair freelance epidemiologists point to "anti-vaxers" as the source of this problem. Just today, I listened to a heated argument about vaccination on the radio, complete with the mandatory CDC paranoia (or insight) and discussion of mercury in vaccines (or not). This debate has been around for quite some time.

Let me inject a personal historical factoid: a bout of German measles (Ja, ich bin mir sicher, dass es deutsch war...) and pneumonia almost took be on an early trip to meet my Maker when I was five years old. One of my grandmothers reminded me often of that fact and it was a sad coincidence that her youngest son had died of the same, exact unfortunate set of circumstances. 

Whether you're pro vaccination or not, I'm supporting your right to make that decision for yourself...but in my family, everyone was vaccinated and I'm thankful we never had a problem.

But Flipsters know that there is one geezer stamp we all share...and the young whippersnappers in Internet Land are probably still staring at the image at the top of the page and asking, "What is the heck is that??"


  • If you know exactly what that picture is...
  • If you have that same scar on your upper arm...
  • BONUS POINTS!! If you know that the "powers that be" stopped creating those "scars" routinely in 1972...
YOU MIGHT BE A GEEZER.



A sure sign of a geezer is the telltale smallpox vaccination scar on their upper arm. And I'll bet none of us ever got smallpox, right?


[If you have the scar AND you've had smallpox...well, I want to know THAT...]






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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

If You Do This, You Might Be a Geezer: U is for Underwear


If  you really want to see me with my undies in a wad, that happened this very evening when I accidentally deleted this post. On to version two...since short term memory issues are sure signs of geezerhood and it is likely a totally different tale...


Continuing on my quest to uncover the red (or at least pink) flags at the main entrance to geezer land, I found myself sidetracked by my duties as laundry mistress of the front loader. Welcome to the fold...literally.

The thought occurred to me that my relationship with underwear has changed dramatically since I was first old enough to actually purchase my own. Let's call that "age 16." Any color, any pattern...preferably, plain old cotton. This diva's drawers didn't all have to match or be a style...this was back in the day when you actually covered underwear up and didn't leave anything hanging out as a fashion statement, ya get my drift? It was functional and if the gods of Ye Olde Wallymart were in a good mood, I could get a 6-pack for $5.00. No fancy name was required, either. Put the "wacky wear" on sale; I'd buy it. 

So, when did underwear get so complicated? I know I'm past the geezer threshold with this issue.  

My beef: Every package or pair of adult gutchies should have a checksheet on the front to allow you to make sure you know what you want and it should include of full disclosure of what you are buying. High rise? Low rise? Keep in mind, one gal's low rise is another's mid-rise...and hey, what the heck is going on with women's "boxers?" When did we start calling them boxers? Is there a picture of Rocky Balboa or Apollo Creed on them? And how many different kinds of leg holes can there be? All the options and information required to make a purchase -- sheesh! Is this part of the FAFSA application, it is certainly reminiscent of an intrusive, government venture.

As long as the girl skivvies don't start exploring the terrain like their own personal Grand Canyon, how bad can it be? 

Turns out, pretty bad, but that is just my opinion...and I've thought about all the lingerie options way too much in my search for the perfect underwear. I just get pickier and pickier as time goes on. There's one certain waistband I like (it's nearly non-existent) and one kind of leg opening. And the fabric better breathe...because it nearly takes my breath away every time I realize that I'm paying a ridiculous price for my drawers because of that pickiness. 

In a moment of weakness, I purchased some highfalutin' undies to satisfy my comfort demons. Now I'm hooked, to the tune of "3 for $60." Yeah. I think it's ridiculous, too. I'm sure I qualify for some "disorder of the month" or at the very least, I can say I have my first true addiction. I can't go back now. In all honesty, I suspect I would experience actual delirium tremens, like any self respecting addict gone cold turkey. They'll have to pry my high dollar panties from my cold, dead hands.

And all my friends "of a certain age" are the exact same way about their AARP approved Underoos. Coincidence?




  • If you know that Victoria's secret is this: "There's a high mark-up..."
  • If a lifetime of frugality goes out the window at the mention of "non-roll waistband..."

YOU MIGHT BE A GEEZER.


I'm pretty sure that most of us compromised a lot through the years. You are bound to be picky somewhere, some day. I'm planting my flag in my underwear drawer. 

[And if anyone tells Hubzam the going rate for bloomers, I'll hunt you down...I will find you...]






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