Do You Know What Magnetism Is?

  • Do you know what magnetism is?  It is the unexplained universal force that attracts objects to refrigerators.
  • Scientists say that judgment is the first thing people lose when they drink alcohol.  That doesn’t seem right to me.  Every drinker I have ever met has never had any trouble judging me.  And I have known many!
  • balloonsDid you know that over 20 million balloons will be filled with helium for this year’s New Year’s Eve celebrations?  Personally, I think that number is overly inflated.
  • A friend of mine claims to have perfect pitch.  However, his hitting and fielding needs work.
  • Have a great Christmas, everyone!  Don’t drink too much and lose your judgment.  (Or get arrested and see what real judgment is all about!)

     No, You’re Out of Order!

Acorn TV is OK After All!

  • Last month I wrote about a bad experience I had with Acorn TV.  They had the wrong email address listed for me, and I was being charged for something that was becoming impossible to cancel.  I am happy to report that they did finally cancel my account and gave me a full refund.  So I take back what I said about them.  And they do have many good shows for only $4.99/month.  Just make sure you have the correct email address listed!
  • I finally figurchargersed out why the San Diego Chargers lost so bad last week to the Miami Dolphins:  Antonio Gates was unhinged.
  • I was reading that Pizza Hut may start using unmanned drones to deliver pizzas.  I wonder how much you are supposed to tip an unmanned drone?
  • Have you noticed that many Sci-Fi TV shows these days have supercomputers that have human voices?   I wonder why they always have a British accent?

Autumn Thoughts and Memories

  • I have noticed this week that many people on television are being snarky.  Perhaps it is Snark Week?house
  • Do you remember that group from the 60’s called The Drifters?  They had a couple of hit songs called “Up on a Roof” and “Under the Boardwalk.”  I don’t think they liked being around people.
  • I have been lucky so far this flu season.  My secret?  Frequent hand-wringing.
  • I was reading about a man who makes a living by flipping houses.  That sounds tricky.  I imagine you have to do it just right, otherwise you might break the roof if it lands at a bad angle.

Hanks for the Memories

  • tom hanksI recently watched a bootleg copy of the Tom Hanks film “Captain Phillips.”  In other words, I watched a pirated video about Somali Pirates.
  • Did I ever tell you the story about my friend’s Great-Great Grandfather?  He came to the U.S. in 1920 with nothing but the shirt on his back.  He was promptly arrested for indecent exposure.  Apparently he didn’t know it was illegal to walk around in this country with no pants on.
  • Did you know that everyone has their own unique set of dimples?  It’s true.  Would I lie to you?  However, some exceptions to this rule have been known to occur.  These people are known as “Dimplegangers.”

I Have Nerves of Steel Wool


  • Do you have nerves of steel?  Me too!  Although lately mine have become more like steel wool.  But I have a few days off, I plan on sleeping a lot.  I am way backlogged in that department.  Aren’t we all?
  • The drought continues in California.  The town I live in has strict water restrictions.  You aren’t allowed to use a hose to water your plants.  Instead, you use the hose to fill a bucket, and then you pour the water on the plants.  For our upcoming wedding anniversary I have asked my wife for a 50-gallon drum of drinking water.
  • The response to my post last time about the song “Mr. Custer” was huge.  With that, here is a link to another golden oldie I am sure you will like:

Please Mr. Custard


  • Did you ever hear the story about the three-legged dog who limped into Dodge City looking for the man who shot his paw?  Many of you have already heard that joke, but I feel that it is strong enough, comically speaking, to repeat.
  • Our local radio station only plays music that was recorded between 1950 and 1969.  Just the other day I heard a song from my youth that I wasn’t even sure was a song.  (I actually thought he was saying Mr. Custard).  Wikipedia says the following:  “Mr. Custer” is a novelty song, sung by Larry Verne, and written by Al DeLory, Fred Darian, and Joseph Van Winkle. It was a number-one song in the United States in 1960, topping the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for the issue dated October 10, 1960, and remained there for one week. It is a comical song about a soldier’s plea to Custer before the climactic Battle of the Little Bighorn against the Sioux, which he did not want to fight.[1]  “Mr. Custer” was also a No. 12 hit in the UK for Charlie Drake in 1962. So that means I was a very small person when this song came out.  How about you?  Do you remember when this song came out?  Check it out at
  • As for me, I have been quite busy with school.  I am learning all about music theory and composition.  If you ever decide to go into that field, I have one piece of advice:  Buy a large box of erasers.  You will need them.  If you are composing a piece of classical music in a minor key, and happen to move from a V chord to a VI chord (a move known as a “Deceptive Cadence”) you must be sure to not double the root.  You always double the third, otherwise you will end up with an augmented second interval, which apparently is not a good thing. Why does this only happen between the V and VI chords?  It happens because that is the only place in a minor scale where two major triads are found a half-step apart.  But you probably already knew that.