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Weekend Potpourri

Sorry about the length of time between posts.  It has just been too damn hot to think.  Not that much of that goes on here at the Bellbottom Blog.

How was the Fourth where you were at?  We watched the different fireworks shows on TV instead of going out, because of the aforementioned heat.

When I was a youngster, we lived in a two-story house with a small back porch on the second floor.  On the Fourth, we could go out on that rickety thing and watch the fireworks display.  We were about two miles away, so the low ones were not easy to see.  But the large ones could be seen very well.

My favorite tweet about the holiday went something like this,(I didn’t write it, but I can’t find who did)

” People who set off fireworks on the fifth have a favorite wrestler.”

With the drought conditions in my state, we didn’t have to deal with too many neighbors setting off fireworks.  Almost all of the counties have a burn ban in place and the ban extended to personal fireworks as well.

In other news, @chancerubbage pointed out something interesting about the big soda ban debate.  I am sure you have heard about the tiny Mayor of New York wanting to limit all soda cups to 16 oz.  @chancerubbage did some research and found that if you buy a 32 oz. cup of pop, it contains at least 16 oz. of ice.   Makes the argument kind of pointless, doesn’t it? So, a 16 oz. cup would be 8 oz. of pop.  And would still cost $1.79, I imagine.

(Note to self, you really have to learn the art of linking names to their blog or Twitter account)

(I know you promised these people low-tech, but come on.)

In celebrity news, Andy Griffith and Ernest Borgnine died this week.

Everybody has taken a shot at what Mayberry meant to them.  My favorite character was Otis , the town drunk. Floyd the barber gave me the creeps.  I liked it well enough.  Barney’s speech about bud-nippin’ has always held a special place in my heart.

Barney: “Andy, you ask any expert on child raising and they will tell you they are in favor of bud-nippin’. Gotta nip it…”

Andy:”…in the bud.”

McHale’s Navy was completely different.  Kinda loud.  Usually funny, at least before they transferred to Germany. In the Pacific, they always sunk the same two submarines.  Over and over.  Tim Conway and Joe Flynn were the best part of the show.

I would talk about Tom and Katie but it makes @debihen sad so I won’t.

Did I mention how hot it has been?

We are so glad our vacation happened just before someone turned the heat up.

Ringo Starr turned 72 this week.  72.  He is the last person who still flashes the peace sign everywhere he goes.  Which makes him the Bellbottom Blog’s favorite drummer.  Because of how we end each post.



P.S. I promised not to write about politics here, but I find my resolve weakening.  If any of you wants to hear the rantings of a guy who has followed politics all of his life, let me know.  I might do just one to get it out of my system.  I could make another blog like some do, but let’s face it, I am barely able to do this one right.







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7 thoughts on “Weekend Potpourri

  1. But what if you buy 32 ounces of diet soda? You wouldn’t have any sugar in that at all. Or… what if you bought something healthy, like I dunno, energy drink? No… then your head would explode.

    What if you bought 32 ounces of Gatorade in the desert? I’m fairly certain that 32 ounces of Gatorade in the desert would keep you from dying of dehydration while 16 ounces of Gatorade would NOT keep you from dying. The mayor of New York is killing people with this ridiculous soda cup battle.

  2. The mayor of NY is a weirdo douche who looks like a cartoon rat.

    Adding a link in WordPress is easy. Let me know the next time you’re on Twitter, I’ll talk you through it. It’ll take about 3 minutes, tops.

    I’m all for the political talk. As long as there’s no yelling. Will there be yelling? I’m not a fan of yelling.

    • 3 minutes. I love your optimism. It took me two hours to load a video once and I am sure I did it wrong.
      Political talk without CAPS? Yeah, I can do that.

      • I can even do it here. It’s super-easy, sincerely.

        When writing a post:

        Right click to copy the URL you want to link to. (If you want to link to someone’s Twitter profile, it’s a little tricky, so save this: and then replace my user name with the person’s you want. If you just copy their user name from their page, weird # signs are in it and I’m not sure if it works.)

        Go to your post you’re writing. Highlight the text you want to be linky.

        Click the icon above your post that looks like links of chain. It’s the tenth one over in the top row.

        In the box that pops up, paste in your URL over the http:// that’s already in the box (it’s already highlighted and blue, so just right click when hovering over it, then hit “paste”.)

        Click “add link.”

        Done! Should work like a charm. If you want to remove a link, either delete the text that’s linky and re-type it, or the icon to the right of the “chain” is a “break link” icon that breaks the linkage if you highlight the text and click it.

  3. I love that you cover so much in this blog post. I am also thankful that you didn’t mention Tom and Katie here. It might have been entirely too much to handle. I can’t believe that we lost Ernest Borgnine and Andy Griffith so close together. They play parts in some of my cherished childhood memories. Also, I’m with lucysfootball here. I would be interested in political posts as long as there wasn’t too much shouty going on.

    Thanks for the post and I hope you get cooler soon!

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