5 Things — Rainy Day Activities

It’s been over a month since I last participated in one of Dr. Tanya’s 5 Things prompts. In this edition, she asks us to list our five favorite rainy day activities.

We haven’t had a seriously rainy day where I live in Northern California since early April and we’re not likely to have one much before November rolls around. Hence we’ve just had the driest rain year on record, which is why the area’s already significant drought has worsened.

So, I’m going to think back to last winter to recall my five favorite ways to spend a rainy day.

Taking a cat nap

Reading by the fire

Engaging in some afternoon delight

Binge watching TV


Who Won the Week — 9/26/ 2021

The idea behind Who Won the Week is to give you the opportunity to select who (or what) you think “won” this past week. Your selection can be anyone or anything — politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors, bloggers, your friends or family members, books, movies, TV shows, businesses, organizations, whatever.

I will be posting this prompt on Sunday mornings (my time). If you want to participate, write your own post designating who you think won the week and why you think they deserve your nod. Then link back to this post and tag you post with FWWTW.

My Who Won The Week pick for this week is comeuppance. In this case it’s the comeuppance of the Republican Party, in particular the GOP in Arizona.

You may recall that in April of this year, an audit of ballots cast in Maricopa County, Arizona during the 2020 U.S. presidential election, in which Joe Biden beat Donald Trump, was initiated by Arizona Senate Republicans and carried out by private firms, led by Cyber Ninjas, a company without experience reviewing elections.

The reason that the Republican-led Senate in Arizona conducted the audit was because they bought into Trump’s Big lie that the election was stolen from him due to widespread voter fraud and that Trump should have won the state.

The audit stirred controversy due to extensive previous efforts by Trump and his allies to overturn the election and due to assertions of rule violations and irregularities in the conduct of the count, leading to claims that the audit was essentially a disinformation campaign.

The final report of the spurious audit, which was originally suppose to take only three weeks to complete, was released on Friday. And guess what? The results of the “audit” — a haphazard GOP review of ballots in Arizona’s Maricopa County, with no legal force behind it — found the vote totals barely changed from the actual election results, which were certified by Arizona officials in November of last year. In fact, the hand recount of Maricopa County’s 2.1 million ballots says that Joe Biden won the state by 360 more votes than originally reported. Kind of ironic, huh?

One would think after suffering this comeuppance, Republicans would finally admit that Trump lost fair and square. Unfortunately, the GOP’s bogus effort in Arizona to overturn the 2020 election results is already serving as a model for Republicans looking to promulgate election fraud conspiracies. As of this week, Republican legislators in Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wisconsin have all embarked on a mission to implement recounts or investigations of their own, though the election is long over and certified.

When will this bullshit end? How sad is this?

What about you? Who (or what) do you think won the week?

Song Lyric Sunday — This, That, and the Other

I’m am so honored that my blogging buddy, Jim Adams, has chosen to use the title of my blog, “This, That, and the Other,” as his theme for this week’s Song Lyric Sunday. And thank you, Jim, for your extraordinarily kind words. If you could have seen my face beneath that bag, which I keep over my head, you’d have seen me blushing. That said, today is not my birthday.

This was harder than I thought it would be. There are thousands of songs with “this,” “that,” or “other” in their lyrics. But I decided that I was going to have some fun with this week’s “Fandango edition.” Some of you might know that I can be a bit pedantic when it comes to English grammar and usage. So I chose a song that contains both “this and that” and “this or that” in its lyrics and also pokes fun at my pedantic grammarian nature. That song is “Conjunction Junction.”

“Conjunction Junction” is the most popular “Schoolhouse Rock!” song. The music was written by Bob Dorough, the lyrics by Jack Sheldon and Terri Morel. It was sung by Jack Sheldon and animated by the people at the commercial animation studio Phil Kimmelman & Associates. The song marked Sheldon’s debut in the series.

In the song, a railroad switchman busies himself with hooking up clauses and phrases, which are represented by freight cars, using the conjunctions “and,” “or,” and “but.” The function of conjunctions, meanwhile, is explained in an Andrews Sisters blues style.

“Schoolhouse Rock!” was an American programming series of animated musical educational short films (and later, videos) that aired during the Saturday morning children’s programming block on the U.S. television network ABC. The themes covered included grammar, science, economics, history, mathematics, and civics. The series’ original run lasted from 1973 to 1984. It was revived in 1993 with both old and new episodes airing and ran until 1996. Additional episodes were produced in 2009 for direct-to-video release.

The series was the idea of David McCall, an advertising executive, who noticed his young son was struggling with learning multiplication tables, despite being able to memorize the lyrics of many Rolling Stones songs. McCall hired musician Bob Dorough to write a song that would teach multiplication, which became “Three Is a Magic Number.” Tom Yohe, an illustrator at McCall’s adverting agency, heard the song and created visuals to accompany it. Radford Stone, who was in charge of the ABC account for the ad agency, suggested they pitch it as a television series. It caught the attention of Michael Eisner, then vice president of ABC, and cartoon director Chuck Jones.

Whereas the first season of “Schoolhouse Rock!” focused on math with Multiplication Rock, a collection of animated shorts adapting the multiplication tables, the next season, called Grammar Rock, focused on grammar, which included nouns, verbs, adjectives, and other parts of speech (such as conjunctions, explained in “Conjunction Junction”).

Here are the lyrics to “Conjunction Junction.”

Conjunction Junction, what’s your function?
Conjunction Junction, how’s that function?
I got three favorite cars
That get most of my job done.
Conjunction Junction, what’s their function?
I got “and”, “but”, and “or”,
They’ll get you pretty far.

That’s an additive, like “this and that”.
That’s sort of the opposite,
“Not this *but* that”.
And then there’s “or”:
O-R, when you have a choice like
“This or that”.
“And”, “but”, and “or”,
Get you pretty far.

Conjunction Junction, what’s your function?
Hooking up two boxcars and making ’em run right.
Milk and honey, bread and butter, peas and rice.
Hey that’s nice!
Dirty but happy, digging and scratching,
Losing your shoe and a button or two.
He’s poor but honest, sad but true,

Conjunction Junction, what’s your function?
Hooking up two cars to one
When you say something like this choice:
“Either now or later”
Or no choice:
“Neither now nor ever”

Hey that’s clever!
Eat this or that, grow thin or fat,
Never mind, I wouldn’t do that,
I’m fat enough now!

Conjunction Junction, what’s your function?
Hooking up phrases and clauses that balance, like:
Out of the frying pan and into the fire.
He cut loose the sandbags,
But the balloon wouldn’t go any higher.
Let’s go up to the mountains,
Or down to the sea.
You should always say “thank you”,
Or at least say “please”.

Conjunction Junction, what’s your function?
Hooking up words and phrases and clauses
In complex sentences like:
“In the mornings, when I am usually wide awake,
I love to take a walk through the gardens and down by the lake,
Where I often see a duck and a drake,
And I wonder as I walk by
Just what they’d say if they could speak,
Although I know that’s an absurd thought.”

Conjunction Junction, what’s your function?
Hooking up cars and making ’em function.
Conjunction Junction, how’s that function?
I like tying up words and phrases and clauses.
Conjunction Junction, watch that function.
I’m going to get you there if you’re very careful.
Conjunction Junction, what’s your function?
I’m going to get you there if you’re very careful.
Conjunction Junction, what’s your function?
I’m going to get you there if you’re very careful.

FOWC with Fandango — Late


Welcome to September 26, 2021 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (U.S.).

Today’s word is “late.”

Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.

Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Please check to confirm that your pingback is there. If not, please manually add your link in the comments.

And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. You will marvel at their creativity.