Thursday, February 2, 2017

January Recap

Finished January with the lead in a local weekly's NFL pick 'em contest. 

Settled on a new dentist finally.

The 2017 Elliptical Contest started. The standings are as follows, with one round completed of twelve:

Ericka - 3
Birgit - 2
Tex - 2

Took a break from poetry, and thus only read four books in January.

Seattle Noir by Curt Colbert The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic by Jessica  Hopper

The Hot Kid by Elmore Leonard  Critics, Monsters, Fanatics, and Other Literary Essays by Cynthia Ozick


Friday, January 13, 2017

Film Friday

Demi Moore likes my blog.

This is the final post of my blogging anniversary series.

All the feels:


World Art Day:



Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Tuesday Ten

It's been a year since this blog's first post.  Here are ten posts I've chosen to spotlight for reasons even I can't comprehend.

Short story:

A French Tuesday Ten:


Celebrities reading poetry:

Short story:

Flash fiction and a strange essay-type piece:

Yale, Yiddish, YouTube, etc.

A review of Junky, by William S. Burroughs:

Short story:

Poem, perhaps:

Monday, January 9, 2017

Music Monday

When Katy Perry discovered my blog.

It's been a year since this blog's first post.  I shall spend the week annoying people with links to old posts.

From Black History Month:

From International Guitar Month:

Thursday, January 5, 2017

An Elliptical Contest: Round One

As indicated in an earlier post, this year's contest is going to be more organized than last year's.  It will also be more activity-oriented.

For Round One, do something for the first time.  Post a description in the comments section or in your own blog with a link in the comments section. Your entry will be rated on creativity / originality, degree of difficulty, and whether it's something worth doing or not.  Feel free to attach an explanation of why you chose what you chose.

3 points for the winner
2 points for second place
1 point for a qualified entry  

Deadline: 11:59 PM, January 31

Sunday, January 1, 2017

2016 Contest Winners

Tex is the winner, with 3 points.  Her prize will be mailed soon. 

Birgit finished in second place.  She scored the most points for a non-U.S. resident.  If she doesn't contact me soon, I will try to contact her about prize arrangements.

If I do a 2017 contest, it will be more organized.  But the prizes won't be any bigger.  LOL.  

Monday, December 26, 2016

2016 in Review - Answers Posted

This will be the last chance for points in 2016.  Three points for the first person with a perfect score.  Two points for the person with the most correct, if there is no perfect score. Deadline: 11:59 PM, December 31, California time.

1.  In January, this U.S. city was declared to be in a federal state of emergency due to contaminated water.  FLINT, MICHIGAN

2.  In June, the UK voted to leave the European Union.  This was called...?  BREXIT

3.  In August, the Summer Olympics were held where?  RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL
4.  Bob Dylan unexpectedly won which major award?  NOBEL PRIZE FOR LITERATURE
5.  Who placed third in the 2016 U.S. presidential election?   COLIN POWELL

6.  In January, the former Davy Jones died.  To what did he change his name to avoid confusion with the lead singer of The Monkees?  DAVID BOWIE
7.  In March, this former FLOTUS died.  NANCY REAGAN
8.  In April, Prince died.  Name his two most famous backing bands.  THE REVOLUTION AND THE NEW POWER GENERATION
9.  In June, Muhammad Ali died.  What was his name before converting to Islam?  CASSIUS CLAY
10.  In November, Leonard Cohen died.  Which of his songs has been covered by Jeff Buckley, K.D. Lang, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Bono, and Bon Jovi? HALLELUJAH