BlogCast: Have a Happy Healthy `21!

So much has changed in our world / our lives this past year. If the musical selections, which follow, uplift your spirits even half as much as they’ve elevated my own, I will consider my New Year’s Eve, DJ stint a resounding success.

As we will soon eye and ear witness, dozens of our human family, whilst sheltering at home, have virtually assembled to cheer us up. Until the vaccines are available to every member of our global community, it is our responsibility to help save lives / save humanity by following the pandemic protocols set by our world’s finest scientists, epidemiologists and health care professionals; by emulating the exemplary behavior of our featured star quality, musically talented, selfless souls, too.

This DJ’s Rx for 2021 and beyond: Give these inspirational tunes a listen; 1, 2, as many times as necessary. They are sure to be habit forming, but, this will only be in the best way imaginable.

Have a Happy, Healthy `21!

Raph and Friends ~ Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive

The Rookies ~ Sunny Side Of The Street

Virtual Choir ~ We’ll Meet Again

Stay Publicly Masked!
Stay Safe at Home!
Stay Healthy!

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Not worth a plug nickel?

Right from the pandemic get-go, anyone whose mind is rooted in science / logic, could, in a heartbeat, sense the worst was yet to come. After all, the very novelty of Corona-V had sent our epidemiologists into OJT mode; the ideologues / Führers into a CYA furor; the propagandists into (what else?) their bury the truth spin.

And being eyewitness to THAT had rendered me doubtful that humanity could even survive the year.

Such a sense of doom doth walk hand in (small) hand with the likes of my totally unlikable homeland’s IN TITLE ONLY, leader, one Donald J. Trump. At least publicly, that has-been has been the inveterate science denier, while, in private, he can easily morph into the not so nutty professor.

My gawd, we actually got to earwitness astounding, taped phone confabs where the lucid(?) Trump was actually “schooling” the already schooled journalist and author Bob Woodward. The very fact that Oval Office occupant has known, all along, how ferociously contagious and deadly Corona-V is, only makes his conduct all the more incomprehensible and reprehensible.

One certainty, here, when one’s leader doesn’t give a shit about the people he swore (on the Holy Bible) he’d protect and defend, I began to reevaluate my life / chances; distill that down to these five words:

Not worth a plug nickel.

Another certainty, I owe my very survival / making it to this New Year’s Eve to my own pandemic take charge ‘tude; my common sense, insightful conclusion that nearly everything that Trump utters, mutters, bleats and Tweets (or has yet to do so) can be regarded as absolute BULLSHIT!

Yet, in spite of all that, we mustn’t overlook the ever-increasing rays of hope; namely the vaccines and the likes of the likeable, rooted in science / logic of Dr. Anthony Fauci, his learned colleagues and the soon to be sworn in, intellectually curious, responsible, honorable American President, one Joe Biden.

Oh, there’s one more ray of hope, too.

My being a numistmatist, for nearly sixty years, my eyes widened, instinctively, two scant days ago, when the supermarket cashier handed over my change. You see, the Thomas Jefferson nickel had a very special struck date on its obverse side.

Right next to the word “Liberty” was / is the year of my birth.

My newfound, treasured keepsake has managed to liberate me; has served to cancel out my early-on, erroneous, premature, “not worth a plug nickel”, not so brilliant deduction.

While this far from mint condition 5¢ coin, which has been in circulation for as long as I have, would not fetch me more than 10¢ from a coin dealer (who’d have little, if any, interest in buying it), nonetheless, in my mind, it IS priceless and not, repeat, NOT for sale!

I view receiving it to be a good omen and, for the rest of humanity, a harbinger of 2021’s better days to come.

Till then…

Stay Publicly Masked!
Stay Safe at Home!
Stay Healthy!

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Dumb Donald’s Comportment / Portrait

For optimal effect, prior to playing back the clip, above, read the set up, below.

Seeing how the Real Donald’s White House departure is slated for January 20, 2021 and my YouTube boycott will take effect as of tomorrow, January 1, 2021, I figured I’d do one final search thru that platform’s Match Game offerings, where the above recently uploaded clip popped up. To further set this up…

From 1973 – 82, long before the Real Donald became a (four-letter) household word, we found the clever (clairvoyant?) Match Game writers submitting Dumb Donald scenarios for emcee Gene Rayburn to recite to the panelists, contestants and all who were playing along in the home and studio audiences… situations such as…

Hey, did you hear about Dumb Donald the counterfeiter?
He got caught because he put his _________ on every bill.

See what I mean? It’s as if the writers, panelists and contestant, Sharon, had already been aware of both Donald’s lifelong malignant narcissism and incurable criminality.

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Stay Healthy!

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Still Greenhorn Dumb Donald

For optimal effect, prior to playing back the clip, above, read the set up, below.

Seeing how the Real Donald’s White House departure is slated for January 20, 2021 and my YouTube boycott will take effect as of tomorrow, January 1, 2021, I figured I’d do one final search thru that platform’s Match Game offerings, where the above complete episode (#480) presented itself. Since the Dumb Donald scenario takes place right at the outset, all you need do is hit that ol’ PB button. I’ll leave it to your discretion / level of social isolating doldrums re whether or not to view the entire 20 min. clip. Soooooo, to further set it all up…

From 1973 – 82, long before the Real Donald became a (four-letter) household word, we found the clever (clairvoyant?) Match Game writers submitting Dumb Donald scenarios for emcee Gene Rayburn to recite to the panelists, contestants and all who were playing along in the home and studio audiences… situations such as…

Rayburn: Dumb Donald is soooooo dumb…
Audience: How dumb is he?
Rayburn: After the Doctor told him to eat lots of
greens, Donald went out and ate a ___________.

See what I mean? It’s as if the writers had already been keenly attuned to both Donald’s horrific dietary choices and consequent excess kgs / lbs. We must also factor in how panelists Willie, Charles and Marcia’s responses had been linked to the Real Donald’s frittering away his hours on the links; to the absolute exclusion of properly protecting We the People from his DIY pandemic.

Seeing how, even now, at this late stage of his diseased régime, lame duck Donny has yet to say this, I’ll say this on his behalf…

Stay Publicly Masked!
Stay Safe at Home!
Stay Healthy!

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Cremains of the Crop

Whilst drunk on power “king” upends the flask, it,
The key question remains, so, let’s ask it
Are Corona deniers case, basket?
These defiers are known to blow gasket
Each decrier’s beef: Hardly a task (it)
To social distance; to nose and mouth mask it
Follow up question arises, let’s ask it
Are “de” fools cool with “earned” COVID urn / casket?

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Stay Healthy!

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Tenets / Traits Specs Sheet

Each and every savory human being’s “ingredient list” involves as many of the following “tasty” tenets and traits as possible. Granted, some words are synonymous but, then again, who among us would not welcome a surplus of life’s pluses? Seeing how these elements are all impactful on the creation and continuance of a civilized society, it’d be a tough task to rank the placement of each one. Hence, this Specs Sheet is presented in alphabetical order.

  1. Accountability
  2. Adaptability
  3. Amicability
  4. Approachability
  5. Charity
  6. Compatibility
  7. Congeniality
  8. Dependability
  9. Generosity
  10. Honourability
  11. Humility
  12. Impartiality
  13. Ingenuity
  14. Integrity
  15. Intellectuality
  16. Knowledgeability
  17. Liberality
  18. Likeability
  19. Lovability
  20. Lucidity
  21. Magnanimity
  22. Objectivity
  23. Originality
  24. Perceptivity
  25. Practicality
  26. Rationality
  27. Reasonability
  28. Reputability
  29. Respectability
  30. Responsibility
  31. Sensibility
  32. Sensitivity
  33. Serendipity
  34. Serenity
  35. Sociability
  36. Spirituality
  37. Spontaneity
  38. Tranquility
  39. Trustability
  40. Whimsicality

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The comment section awaits anyone who’d like to contribute an “ity” suffixed tenet / trait to this Specs Sheet.

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Stay Healthy!

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Journey’s End (Sunday Song Series)

Our trekking and tracking thru the vast realm of Sunday titled songs now finds us at Week #120.

On this final, 2020 Sunday, Ms. Carole King will be performing Pleasant Valley Sunday in the recording studio. And seeing how she also performed this same song, on stage, way back on Week #1 (September 16, 2018), we now find our Sunday Song Series right back where we started.

The temporal bookending of these two videos also round trips our journey home; ends everything on a high note, too!

So, why the travel ban / culmination of this Series?

Because YouTube CEO, Ms. Susan Diane Wojcicki, EITHER of her own volition OR due to her heeding her underlings’ astoundingly bad counsel, has opted to roll out her platform’s red carpet to propaganda minister YouTubers, who are hellbent on flagrantly aiding and abetting Donald J. Trump’s Fascist overthrow of America AND his morphing of 74 million Americans into a psychotic and chaotic cult (many of these brainwashed folks seething with violent intent).

Wojcick has also opted to crowbar in offensive ads, some with over ONE HOUR LONG run times; her sponsors oft as greedy, sleazy, corrupt and egomaniacal as Trump, himself. Yep, all these opportunistic bastards need do is show YouTube the money and she’ll grant them carte blanche to say and do whatever they fucking please.

Granted, YouTube’s wretched ways do not affect how the vids appear on this WordPress site, BUT…

Damn it! I’m the one who needs to audition the clips over at YouTube; i.e., where I have no choice but to slog thru all that Trumpian shit.

And, as a man of good conscience, who dearly loves my homeland and deeply loathes the very political sedition and economic opportunism, which both threaten to burn my homeland down to the ground, I have opted to no longer feature that platform’s content on my site.

Hence, my YouTube boycott will begin, effective January 1, 2021.

Granted… long sigh… in the grand scheme, one man of principle turning his back on YouTube, will not harm them in any way. But, at the very least, I’ll feel better just knowing I took a stand.

Will there be any exceptions to my New Year, new policy?

Well, all video companions to my past posts, inclusive of our Sunday Song Series, will remain archived on this site; filed both in chronological order and by category.

I’d consider featuring new videos were they to prove absolutely essential to preserving life and liberty.

That said, I hope you’ve enjoyed our Sunday Song Series and I thank you all for being such wonderful travel companions.

Alas, our journey will NOT be continuing seven days from now…

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Stay Healthy!

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Christmas Karaoke (Parody)

Let’s consider the above clip’s supplied, original song lyrics our incentive. We’ll have a good shot at getting our lives back to normal IF we pandemic-proof our holiday parties, NOW; as suggested by my parody, below:

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Have yourself a social distanced Christmas
A-void Covid’s blight
Zoom your parties
Keep Corona out of sight

Have yourself a sheltered little Christmas
Keep “droplets” at bay
At that point
Our troubles will be miles away

Here we are in pandemic days
Unlike golden days of yore
Faithful friends who are dear to us
Can’t be near to us; no more

Come next Christmas we’ll all be together
If vaccines allow
Till then stay in tune with public health knowhow
And have yourself a sheltered little Christmas now

Here we are in pandemic days
Unlike golden days of yore
Faithful friends who are dear to us
Can’t be near to us; no more

In one year
We all will be together
When vaccines allow
If we hang tough, we’ll get thru this mess, somehow
So, have yourself a levelheaded Christmas

Have yourself a social distanced Christmas
Have yourself a sheltered little Christmas now

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Stay Healthy!

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Thru the Looking Glass

Whenever despot Donny is all cranky about just about anything, if journalists put him on the spot to opine, be his POV spot on or spotty (usually the latter), his typical, deadpanned comment will be, “It’s a disgrace!”.

Well, that authoritarian certainly is The Authority re what defines a disgrace. He’s witnessed a prime example throughout his entire lifetime…

Each and every time he looks in the mirror.

And Donny doth love looking into his looking glass!

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Sign of the Times

I suppose, by now, we, who’ve been staggering around like extras in some zombie apocalypse film, have become a bit desensitized; have slightly adapted to our pandemic redefined world. Nonetheless, I really did get spooked out just last week. I wouldn’t even be blogging about this, now, were it not for my still being unable to shake that weird feeling.

I mean, this STILL is Earth. Yes? No? Maybe?

Setting the drama aside, IT all began when I needed to transact some mundane biz at the very same bank I’ve been frequenting since I was a four-year-young lad. Hey, what can I say? My impoverished, public school teacher folks’ lesson plans included instructing me to be thrifty.

Hell, even banks, of that bygone era, had encouraged that DIY, build a nest egg ethic, too, by paying out 4% interest on our savings accounts.

Granted, thru the ages, “my” bank has undergone numerous ownership changes as well several minor physical renovations, but, to me, I’m still seeing that same old brick and mortar institution thru my mind’s eye. In a sense, it feels as if I’m traveling back to that far more pleasant era; experiencing, anew, the flood of fond memories; e.g. the facial recognition; the personable bank personnel greeting me, by name (and vice versa), each time I set foot inside.

Of course, these days, there’s not much setting foot inside, anymore.

After all, even while masked / socially distanced, face to face, indoor transactions still (potentially) expose everyone to COVID-19. Beyond that, I’m sure that management doesn’t want customers spooking out their tellers; i.e. now that our being masked makes the same “fashion statement” that the bank robbers do.

Hmm, seeing how I’ve now digressed a bit too much, let’s time travel back to last week, again. Upon my arrival at the bank drive-thru destination, there IT was. The Sign. The Sign of the Times:

IT had been taped over the pneumatic tube system’s access port. IT read: “This branch office is temporarily closed.” They neither elaborated THE WHY this had happened nor THE HOW they were defining “temporarily”.

I actually began to worry. What would happen if “temporarily” actually meant forever AND my modest DIY nest egg had suddenly vanished, POOF, into thin air? Got gobbled up by some zombies?

Be it intentional or not, that sign’s evasiveness, did erode consumer confidence. It had been ill-timed, too, considering how, pandemic or not, retailers / e-tailers always depend on the holiday gift giving season to make their fourth quarter merry and bright.

More to the point, when our funds cease to be available on demand, even “temporarily”, this could compound the problem; i.e. result in a run on the banks.

At the very least, this episode certainly got me out of the shopping mood. From the drive thru exit I just drove home. And, for a fleeting moment, it felt as if the zombie apocalypse was starting to spill out from the big screen and into the real world.

Epilogue: Fortunately, this past Monday, my bank’s drive-thru lane reopened; finally allowing me to complete last week’s transaction.

As for the zombies? For the moment, they’ve been driven off.

For the moment.

Stay Publicly Masked!
Stay Safe at Home!
Stay Healthy!

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