This isn’t one of my good days. Maybe it’s the weather, the dampness, or just a lot of stuff catching up with me, but I’m not going to say anything positive, so I think I won’t say anything at all.
It’s from Melanie, but she forgot so now it’s from Rory. Got that? Good.
Here we go!
1] What are your strengths and of your strengths – how have they helped you throughout your life?
2] What are your weaknesses and how have they or have they hindered your successes in any way and what have you done to overcome them to rue your day?
3] What makes people believe absurd conspiracy theories or alternatively are all conspiracy theories absurd? Use the answer which sits best with you.
I have no idea. I assume ignorance combined with stupidity. I don’t listen to these idiots and when they show up in my Facebook feed or comment on my blog, I bar them or ban them without half a second of thought.
Anyone who believes the world is flat does not deserve a minute of my time. There’s enough crap going around without dealing with those idiots too.
4] How important are morals in a healthy society? What are the most important morals for citizens to have?
We don’t need morals. We need to understand the difference between right and wrong. I think most people are born knowing.
Comedy Division, by Rich Paschall
This was a tough category to narrow down. Even just considering comedies over the years you can compile a massive list. There really have been quite a few good ones. When tossing songs from consideration, I found I had to let go of some of those jingles that are more of a novelty than a good song. That would include things like Car 54 Where Are You? and The Beverly Hillbillies. For this same reason, I eliminated a few of my favorites like Gilligan’s Island, Mr. Ed and The Addams Family.
Cartoon themes could easily have been a component here, but I liked too many of those and think I may have to produce a Top 10 list some day. I will hand out an honorable mention to The Simpsons for this category, however. The long-running prime time series, now in its 30th season, is known by just about everyone with a pulse. So you certainly know the opening theme.
We can also give an honorable mention to a closing theme. While the opening tune for All in the Family may be well-remembered, the closing had a completely different song, Remembering You. The tune was written by Roger Kellaway with lyrics by the show’s star, Carroll O’Connor. If you search YouTube, you can find a performance by O’Connor singing the song, and not as Archie Bunker, or just hit the link here.
10. WKRP theme. The fictional radio station was quite a hit in the 1970s, along with the theme by Tom Wells and Hugh Wilson.
9. Making Our Dreams Come True, from Laverne and Shirley. The Happy Days spin-off had a theme by the same pair that gave us the Happy Days theme, Norman Gimbel and Charles Fox.
8. I Love Lucy. The tune was not written by Desi Arnaz, although his orchestra played the famous theme. Eliot Daniel wrote the music but was not given credit at the time, since he was under exclusive contract to another studio. The lyric by Harold Adamson was only sung by Arnaz on the show one time.
7. Movin’ On Up, from The Jeffersons. The All In The Family spin-off produced a great opening theme by Ja’net Du Boise.
6. Where Everybody Knows Your Name, from Cheers. Yes, this popular tune makes the top of some lists. The song was performed by the composer, Gary Portnoy, and was so popular he recorded a longer version for release after the show began. It also earned him an Emmy nomination.
5. The Muppet Show theme by Muppets creator Jim Henson and Sam Pottle. The prime time puppet show was way beyond Sesame Street. The little ones may not have gotten all the jokes, but the show was always fun to watch. The openings varied each season, but the music was the same.
4. The Andy Griffith Show theme by Earle Hagen, Herbert Spencer, and Everett Sloane. It’s Hagen that is doing the famous whistling. Sloane wrote words and Griffith later recorded that version, with him singing instead of the whistling.
3. Welcome Back, Kotter by John Sebastian. The former Lovin’ Spoonful singer did not have much of a solo career until this number 1 hit song in 1976. The television series was a hit as well.
2. Happy Days by Norman Gimbel and Charles Fox. The song perfectly fit the nostalgic TV series set in an earlier time. The original opening was Rock Around the Clock by Bill Haley but was soon replaced by this original theme song.
1. Those Were The Days from All in the Family. The tune by Lee Adams and Charles Strouse was so popular that Carroll O’Connor and Jean Stapleton, the stars of the show, performed it for each studio audience.
See also: TOP TV DRAMA THEME SONGS
Our weather is weird. In the past decade, we’ve had winters where we are buried in 12 feet (about three meters) of snow next to winters where we don’t get any snow — or so little, we never need to shovel. Or this winter where mostly, it has been so warm with a day or two of cold, then more warm weather. We’ve had the rainiest spring, fall, and winter ever recorded or remembered. It’s pouring right now.
It’s late January — and our dogs are picking up ticks. The ground has not frozen.
Two days ago it was -4 Fahrenheit (-20 Celsius) and today, it’s 50 Fahrenheit (10 Celsius) and it’s pouring rain. Three days ago, we got snow and then freezing rain, winding up with an inch of solid ice on everything. It was like cement. Immovable.
Today is Thursday. It’s warm, raining hard, and blowing a gale. Everything is washing away. Not a bird in sight because the wind is too strong and they dare not fly. The wind is so powerful our 150-foot (46-meter) oak trees are swaying in the wind like grass. Kind of scary because should one of them fall we are underneath the trees. Big trees. Very big.
Germany used to be a cold country. So was Switzerland. Now they get spring and summer before us. Although New England has always had erratic weather patterns, we had seasonal winds and water temperature that was typical year-to-year. We knew where the weather came from and what it meant. Now, we know nothing. The northern storms are not coming down. Our storms are coming up from the south or the west. No more “Montreal Express” to bring down the arctic weather.
How come ticks are alive in January? We’re going to have massive invasions of insects because of how warm it has been through much of what ought to be winter. Parts of our house are damp and beginning to rot from the rain.
We get cold days, but just a day or two at a time. Then, it warms up overnight and it’s sort of spring again. I don’t mind not having icy roads, but I mind not having seasons! I never thought I’d hear myself say it, but I actually miss the snow.
We’ve always been weak on Spring. We used to laugh that we got exactly enough time to race down to the local department store — when we had department stores — and buy a bathing suit between the last snow and the first daffodils.
This year, we also missed Autumn, the one really good season we get around here.
Are we getting climate change? It would appear we are in the middle of it. The winds are not blowing from the same directions they used to. The ocean is too warm. Birds are not migrating. Bears aren’t hibernating.
What is our world doing about it? Not much.
As for the depression that comes with winter darkness, that’s the only thing that hasn’t changed. I write my way through it. I take pictures of birds. It helps.
Writing helps most. It gets dreary in the winter. Dark until well into the morning and dark again long before dinner. We may change the weather, but so far, we have not managed to change the rotation of the earth or how it circles the sun — or tilts towards or away from the burning orb in the middle.
Even among the many who believe in climate change, no one has any idea what to do about it. It’s such a big thing and we are little tiny people living in a damaged world.