The Obama Book Reading Sketch

Ciip courtesy of the Jimmy Kimmel Live YouTube Channel
November 20, 2020 • 515,165 views

President Barack Obama, at present, is promoting his new book, A Promised Land. His interview, last night, with late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmell serves as a refreshing reminder of what it’s like to actually have a well-informed, open-minded, good-intentioned, law-abiding, self-effacing, down-to-Earth human being residing within and governing from the White House.

My above portrayal pretty much sums up why, to this very day, I’ve preserved Mr. Obama’s personally delivered, 2008 get-out-the-vote message on my landline’s answering machine; why I did my part to elect and re-elect him; why the election of his VP, Joe Biden, shows much promise. After eight years of working as a team, President-Elect Biden will have a wealth of experience to draw on. And, should additional advice ever be needed, he / we can rest assured that Mr. Obama will always be but a phone call away.

To set up our above clip, cued up to start at 21:49 (if all goes well), we’ll be viewing what I’ve titled “The Obama Book Reading Sketch”. Mr. Kimmel will further explain his novel idea to set the fun in motion.

Obviously, for any of you who’d like to view this positively enlightening and enjoyable interview, in its entirety, its but a rewind away.

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Rejected Final Jeopardy! Clue

Final Jeopardy! Category:
White House High Tech

Inspired by the film Animal House’s hazing scene,
this current Artificial Intelligence, voice synthesizer
generated quip oft emanates from the Oval Office
gold-plated commode, once Trump’s rump is seated.

What is “Thank you, Sir, may I have another?”

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From: Alex / To: Us All

Alex Trebek’s 36-year-long reign, as Jeopardy! host, came to an end, yesterday, when pancreatic cancer claimed his life. He was 80-years-young. Our condolences to his family and friends.

Even though his symptoms had tried to drag him down, he would not allow that. He managed to continue taping episodes up till the very end of October. Ergo, his LAST Jeopardy! is slated to air on December 25, 2020. And whether one is devout or agnostic, I know we’d readily agree that Alex could not have given us a more thoughtful, precious holiday present!

As for Alex’s FIRST Jeopardy!, that gets backdated to September 10, 1984. Seeing how I had been working lots of nights back then, I never got the chance to watch his debut; did not become a regular viewer for the first couple of seasons.

And that’s precisely what made YouTuber Allan Di Real McCoy’s upload of that very first program extra special. In a heartbeat, I knew I had to SHARE IT with you, too!

And I found myself really getting into the spirit of the moment, too; so much so I played along with contestants Frank Selevan, Lois Feinstein and Greg Hopkins; even opted to keep my score on a legal pad. Going into Final Jeopardy! I had amassed $8,300 and with some gutsy wagering and, of course, coming up with the correct answer (in the form of a question), I kinda / sorta wound up the first Jeopardy! champion.

Of course, the qualifying words, “kinda / sorta” must be in play, here. After all, the ONLY way I could’ve ever “won” my $16,300 virtual grand prize was if my reflexes had allowed me to always be the first contestant to buzz in.

Perhaps, you, too, would like to match wits with Jeopardy’s first trio of competitors? Even if you choose not to tally up the virtual bucks, you can still bank on affable Alex Trebek presiding over fun times for all.

We, the vast legions of his forever fans, shall always miss this great man and game show legend.

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Q: Who was Alex Trebek?

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A: This Jeopardy host, since 1984, lost his courageous battle with pancreatic cancer on Sunday, November 8, 2020 at the age of 80.

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Rest in peace Mr. Trebek. Jeopardy will never be the same without you behind the dais. We will always remember and miss your wit, wisdom and warmth; how you enriched our lives and made our troubled world a much better place to live in.

Heartfelt condolences to all, who now mourn the loss of this great man and game show legend; his family, friends and fans, alike.

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An OS Oldie But Goodie Tune

Clip courtesy of CEO100able’s YouTube Channel • Jun 22, 2012 • 207,471 views

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Does social isolating inspire nostalgia? Frivolity? Boredom?

Am I the only one who misses Microsoft’s welcoming, computer tune?

Would it be going out on a limb to proclaim:

Nope, they don’t write ’em like this anymore!

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Hepcat Nora’s CATcerto

Clip courtesy of Lithuanian Conductor Mindaugas Piecaitis’ YouTube Channel • Jul 7, 2009 • 7,650,126 views

Our featured clip is an oldie but a goodie (at least from my prespective). I first featured it on my now defunct MySpace blog site shortly after its posting date. Nora, who rules the 88’s, not only amazes and amuses us, but also serves as an inspiration to anyone who may harbor the unfounded belief that the piano is too tough to master.

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TrumPence-20: The Real Disease!

 

Subtitle: Is There a Dr. Fauci in the House?

Am I the only one who notices the striking resemblance to two diseased, notorious villains?

Cast of Characters

John Doe ~ Congested Mr. Hubby
Jane Doe ~ Lifesaver Dr. Wife
Donny ~ (sickly orange) Nasal Sweller
Mikey ~ (washed out green) BoogerMan

 

 

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The Only Game in Town!

The pandemic, which has noticeably quieted our human hubbub, has certainly created a far more inviting, critter-friendly habitat… inclusive of my own backyard (which, btw, is situated less than 0.8km from a small forest). Case in point…

Today, mid-afternoon, I spotted a small furry visitor, which, most assuredly, was not one of the countless rabbits who, since this past February, have successfully set up housekeeping within the immediate vicinity.

Anyway, this critter’s vision must’ve been impaired, seeing how she (or was it a he?) could not spot me directly behind my patio door… not even when we were “socially distanced” at a mere 0.6 of a meter! Or maybe the screen and reflective glass was sufficient to render me invisible?

Whatever the case, remaining out of sight and at a close vantage point, had afforded me the opportunity for comprehensive study… in particular… to ascertain the exact species (my hypothesis being either a wolverine or woodchuck). Fortunately, my Funk and Wagnalls encyclopedia includes fine photography of both.

However, it wasn’t until I had read about the differing fur lengths and my visitor struck a standing up pose (just like in one of the photos) that I became reasonably certain that this small short-haired mammal is a woodchuck.

However as for what purpose Woody was visiting me? I could only guess. Perhaps it was wood chips still remaining from three recent tree stump grinding projects? Well, apparently, wood would not be on the menu.

All the sudden, there came ol’ Woody lumbering (more like waddling) in hot… more like tepid… pursuit of its intended prey… the far faster, fleeing for its life, panic-stricken chipmunk (belated apologies to both for my being gender unspecific).

As for my post game analysis of this small game hunting expedition… pandemic edition…

I’d say the chipmunk should feel damned lucky that ol’ Woody had not been schooled by my neighborhood’s feline mousers… the veritable clowder of cats… who are always on the prowl, too. From what I’ve seen, their laid-back, stalk and capture techniques seem to be damned near close to 100% successful. In other words, neighborhood mice don’t stand a chance.

As for my op-ed… pandemic sports edition…

Seeing how the coronavirus crisis has already sidelined most fall season, collegiate and professional sports… and factoring in how the animal world has been routinely reclaiming suburban… even urban… areas… perhaps the TV sports networks need to dispatch their play by play announcers and full camera crews into my neck of the woods. It’d appear that…

I’ve got the only game in town!

 

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ATTN: Cryptologists / Spies (Pros and Wannabes)!

 

Every Sunday, a publisher, near my hometown, still prints a version of their online news… including an entire section devoted to puzzles… e.g., the Sunday LA and NY Times Crosswords and, in some cases, up to an entire weeks’ worth of brainteasers such as Sudoku, Jumble and CryptoQuip.

However, my not wanting to go out in public, during a pandemic, just to buy a newspaper, I’ve been relying on my squirreled away stash of these brainteasers, which, up till social isolating became the abnormal new norm, I’ve rarely found the time to solve.

Seeing how we’ve all been feeling bored, I figured that some of you may even be game for a bit of puzzle solving, too.

True, I could’ve pirated one of those published Crytoquips, but since I do respect copyright laws, I decided to encrypt one of my own quips.

DIRECTIONS: In my CommonSenseQuip, below, once you determine, e.g., what the letter “T” stands for, write that letter beneath it and under every other “T” you find. Of course you don’t necessarily have to start with the “T”. Decrypt this in whatever order that makes the most sense to you.

GENERAL HINTS: A savvy spy is always mindful of the personality / politics of whomever (s)he has under surveillance and will also factor in the place and time in which the message had been encoded. After all, this subject matter can correspond to current events, holidays, nationality, etc.

SPECIFIC HINTS: Being mindful of syntax, grammar and punctuation protocols is also helpful. There’s also that dead giveaway standalone “K”, which can only decode as “A” or “I”. Beyond that, you’ll need to track down word patterns. It’s usually wise to begin with the repetitive 2 and 3-letter words. However, there is that one 6-letter word, in particular, that does have a rather unique to the English language pattern, too. All of that duly noted…

Power up your printer and sharpen up your pencil (one with a good eraser) to find out if you’ve got what it takes to be the next Nancy Drew or James Bond.

While I’ll be posting the CommonSenseQuip solution by the end of Tuesday, 04/14/20 (Eastern U.S. Time Zone), if you have any questions, prior to that, post them in the comment section. Stay Safe… Stay Home… Stay Well…

 

TS K EOTNLF EONSNOL FY EONKMR FY ENCL EKMHNZ CTFR ENYEWN, CRTWN

 

K EYCNOSGW EKFRYBNU EONMTETFKFNL KUZ ENOENFGKFNL K EKUZNATM,

 

FY EONXNUF K EONAKFGON EYCCYC CTFR ENKOWJ BKFNHNNENO ENFNO,

 

FRN EKOTLRYUNOL LRYGWZ EOYAEFWJ EGF FRN EKLFYO YGF FY EKLFGON!