My Favorite Post

Most of the time I blog about music and one post that I put a lot of time into was written last October and that was about a Dion song.  This post was titled She Was A Slut and the song was ‘Runaround Sue’.  It is a rather long post, as WordPress gave it a word count of 2097.  It did get 14 LIKES and 18 comments of which half of them were probably by me, (the comments not the LIKES) as I never hit the LIKE button on my own posts because I think that is tacky.  I did several hours of research on this song and I found some interesting stories associated with it, so I was proud of what I came up with.  I am still doing this theme about songs with a girl’s name in the title, and I have probably written around 100 posts about this, but soon I will need something else to write about.

Written for Linda G. Hill’s ‘Life in progress’ JusJoJan January thirty-first prompt suggested by Linda and that is to write about “your favorite thing/part/blog post of last year or last month.”

Don’t Throw Out The Baby

According to the Oxford English dictionary woopie is an affluent retired person able to pursue an active lifestyle, so I guess the word that I am looking for is whoopee, like hooray, hallelujah, hell yea, hot dog, yahoo or yippee.  The reason why I am excited is that my prompt word of “dirty” has been selected for the January 29th Jusjojan challenge after I followed the “One Word Rule”.  One day when I was young, my mom asked me if I would like to hear a dirty joke.  I was a bit apprehensive, but I said, “Sure go ahead.”  My mom said, “Two pigs fell in the mud, ha, ha, ha.”  This made me laugh because it was so like my mom to say something like this.  Her favorite joke was, “Did you ever go for a gopher?”, and this maybe where I got my corny sense of humor from.  When playing seven-card stud the first two cards are dealt down, the next four are up which you bet on, and the final hole card is said to be down and dirty.  Down and dirty can also be something that is highly competitive or unprincipled, or something that is earthy, direct, and explicit.

Before indoor plumbing was popular, there was a saying, “Don’t throw the baby out with the dirty bathwater.”  In the later middle ages and into the Renaissance, the middle class were especially prone to bathing, because having a tub (and the means to heat the water to fill it) was a status symbol.  There was rarely a dedicated bathing room in houses, so instead, the tub was brought into the bedroom, placed before the fire, and filled there.  People didn’t bathe all that much, because hauling bucket after bucket of water up a few flights of stairs and heating it over a fire was not something they (or their servants) could do every day.  Water was heated by wood fires & wood became more expensive as forests were diminished, so on bathing days entire families would share the same bath water.

There was a bathing hierarchy for shared bath water and the first to bathe, and the only member of the household to enjoy a bath in clean water, was the male head of the household which was usually the husband.  Next in line were subordinate male family members in order of seniority first being grandfathers, then uncles, brothers, sons, male cousins, etc.  Women were always last in the familial bathing hierarchy unless they were widowed with no male family member within the home.  But women, too, followed the same hierarchical pattern, with the highest ranking female first usually being the wife.  Then came grandmothers, aunts, sisters, daughters, female cousins, etc.  Always last to bathe were the children.  These small members of the family bathed in the filthiest bath water.  From this, the expression, “Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water” was derived.

The Standells were a Los Angeles, California based band and the song ‘Dirty Water’ was written by their producer Ed Cobb who got mugged by the Charles River when he visited Boston.  The Boston Harbor and the Charles River, were notoriously polluted at the time.  This was their first hit single.  Many people consider the 1966 song ‘Dirty Water’ to be the first punk song.

I’m gonna tell you a story
I’m gonna tell you about my town
I’m gonna tell you a big fat story, baby
Aw, it’s all about my town

Yeah, down by the river
Down by the banks of the river Charles
(Aw, that’s what’s happenin’ baby)
That’s where you’ll find me
Along with lovers, muggers, and thieves
(Aw, but they’re cool people)

Well I love that dirty water
Oh, Boston, you’re my home
(Oh, you’re the number one place)

Frustrated women (I mean they’re frustrated)
Have to be in by twelve o’clock (oh, that’s a shame)
But I’m wishin’ and a-hopin’, oh
That just once those doors weren’t locked
(I like to save time for my baby to walk around)

Well I love that dirty water
Oh, Boston, you’re my home (oh, yeah)

Because I love that dirty water
Oh, Boston, you’re my home (oh, yeah)

Well, I love that dirty water (I love it, baby)
I love that dirty water (I love Boston)
I love that dirty water (Have you heard about the strangler?)
I love that dirty water (I’m the man, I’m the man)
I love that dirty water (Ow)
I love that dirty water (Come on, come on)

Written for Linda G. Hill’s ‘Life in progress’ JusJoJan January twenty-ninth prompt suggested by NewEpicAuthor A Unique Title For Me and that prompt is “Dirty”.

Testify On My Own Behalf

When I was young, I was a bit wild, as I used to smoke weed and drink alcohol while I was driving.  The first night I got my Learners Permit my Dad let me borrow his car.  I went out with the VW and 4 of my friends and we picked up some beer and smoked a bunch of joints.  I got out on the highway and it started raining and I had to learn how to steer by using my thighs on the wheel, otherwise I would not have been able to take any hits or enjoy my beer.  The stick shift made it all the more difficult and this particular highway had traffic lights, so I was really building up my confidence, testing out the waters if not being thrown into the fire.

I ended up getting a lot of tickets for things like speeding, careless driving, reckless driving, failure to yield, running a stop light, drag racing and other things.  When I got 21 points on my license, I had to go to driving school run by the State Troopers.  I passed the course and I was allowed to keep my driving privileges, but I was put on a probation that stated I could not get any more tickets for a year, otherwise my license would be suspended.  I had this job working second shift and one night I got pulled over on my way home and I was issued a ticket for failure to make a full stop at a Stop Sign.

My friend talked me into seeing this lawyer that his Dad knew, so I made an appointment with him and asked him if he would represent me in court.  I told him what happened and he said that I didn’t need a lawyer and I could just represent myself.  Great I was saving money!  On the day of my court hearing, Officer M. testified first, stating the time of the incident, the road conditions, saying that I pulled right out in front of him and how long he followed me before pulling me over.  The judge asked if there was any other testimony.  I told him, “That is now what happened your honor.”  The judge told me to come forward and give my testimony and I said, “If Officer M. says that pulled right out in front of him, then he must have been driving with his headlights off.”  Courtroom breaks out in laughter and judge slams his gavel down and says, “Continue.”  I said, “I made a full stop and looked both ways and when I saw nothing coming, I made a right turn.”  The judge said, “In light of this testimony, case dismissed.”

Written for Linda G. Hill’s ‘Life in progress’ JusJoJan January twenty-eighth prompt suggested by Dan No Facilities and that prompt is “Testify”.

Purging The Body

Let it out and you will be free.  I have spent all morning reading other people’s posts and now I finally get a chance to write.  I have not missed a jusjojan prompt yet and Linda is such a great host keeping us all entertained with interesting prompts.  Today we have the prompt ‘cathartic’, which is a medical condition that comes from the Greeks.  I release my emotional tension when I write and I write all the time, so I am pretty much stress free.  I am currently guest hosting Helen Vahdati’s This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time Song Lyric Sunday until she gets better and I promised my readers that I would not suggest any more songs that could be used to fit the prompt, as several participants got mad because I did this once.

I don’t see what the big deal was as I was not forcing anyone to use any of my suggestions, as these were just ideas that I was offering in case somebody was stuck.  Music is a very personal thing to many people and what one person likes, others may find annoying.  Since I spent some time trying to find songs for today’s prompt of “No” on SLS, I will do my purging in this post, so I don’t offend anyone.  These are the songs that I considered using for today.

For No One The Beatles
No No Song Ringo Starr
No Time The Guess Who
No Sugar Tonight The Guess Who
Ain’t Wasting Time No More The Allman Brothers Band
Don’t Want You No More The Allman Brothers Band
No Satisfaction The Rolling Stones
No Expectations The Rolling Stones
No Particular Place to Go Chuck Berry
No Money Down Chuck Berry
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough Marvin Gaye or Diana Ross
A Horse With No Name America
Ain’t No Woman (Like The One I’ve Got) The Four Tops
Don’t Come Around Here No More – Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
It’s No Secret Jefferson Airplane

Written for Linda G. Hill’s ‘Life in progress’ JusJoJan January twenty-seventh prompt suggested by Enthralling Journey and that prompt is “Cathartic”.

General Harmony Between Parts

I was out walking the dogs one night in an ice storm and I slipped because I lost my balance and the dogs were off and running.  I cracked my head on the street and the last thing that I was thinking about was the dogs.  I was only five houses away from where I lived, but I was in pain and I could not move, so I just laid down on the freezing cold ground.  My hands slipped off the dogs leashes as I threw my arms out trying to maintain my balance.  The dogs were happy to be free and they were having a ball, as I laid flat on my back.  I thought that this was a horrible way for my life to end, but I could not even try to make an effort to pick myself up off the ground.  Eventually the dogs both came back and licked my face, and their salvia was freezing on my face, not what I really wanted at this point, but it may have been what I needed, as it gave me the motivation to pick myself up and get back home.  I think that when my head slammed into the street that I may have got a concussion, as I ended up staying in bed for three whole days and I felt terrible for the whole next week.

Written for Linda G. Hill’s ‘Life in progress’ JusJoJan January twenty-fifth prompt suggested by JP the Wide-eyed Wanderer and that prompt is “Balance”.

What The Hell Is Zoomie

It could be a drinking game involving a fraternity where they sit around in a circle and get wasted and then start chanting Zoomie Zoomay instead of the song Louie Louay.  It is also possible that Zoomie refers to the Whippet dog breed, as those suckers can really get around zipping back and forth with great agility.  I read that a Zoomie is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, USAFA.  My last girlfriend accused me of being a Zoomie the first time that we were in the sack together.  I told her that it had been a long time for me and that I was just getting warmed up and that round two would be much better.  I told her that she should take this as a compliment because she was fabulous and it never happened to me before.  She told me that two minutes is too quick, but 30 seconds is ridiculous.

Written for Linda G. Hill’s ‘Life in progress’ JusJoJan January twenty-fourth prompt suggested by Bee, The Bee Writes and that is “Zoomie”.

Why Did The Cat Die?

The expression “curiosity killed the cat”, is usually used as an attempt to stop someone from asking unwanted questions. Cats are extremely curious from the time they are born due to their survival instincts and a natural instinct to assess their environment for prey and predators.  They are inquisitive when they see something new, because they need to make sure that it doesn’t pose a threat.  Kittens may spend the whole day looking into every corner, watching carefully, observing each movement and catching small prey, bringing them home as trophies.  Cats enjoy climbing because being high up in the air gives them a broader view of their environment, allowing them to easily observe everything without being disturbed.

When cats explore, one thing they are looking for is a potential hiding space.  The experience of jumping and sliding into a box resonates with their instinct to find protected spaces out in the wild where they are able to see their environment without being seen.  It is a good idea to provide boxes and other similar spaces for your cat to climb into as this is an inexpensive way to enrich their home environment.  Try hiding toys in these spaces, and always make sure that the environment is safe for your cat and that your cat can easily retrieve the toys from the box.  Cats use their minds to shape the world around them and they are always seeking answers to why things exist.  Knowing why cats behave in a certain manner, will help you to better understand your cat and provide them with a more comfortable life that is free from possible domestic dangers.

Written for Linda G. Hill’s ‘Life in progress’ JusJoJan January twenty-second prompt suggested by Pamela, Butterfly Sand Curiosity run amok and that is “Curiosity”.