E is for EXTRA

                                                                   A – Z

I’m proud to be a part of a wonderful organization called the Writers of Kern. They are having a “Blog Challenge” and I’m participating. I’m writing my normal two blogs per week but challenging myself to be prompted by the alphabet. Hope you can read all twenty six from A-Z. For more good reading check out the Writers of Kern’s Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/groups/95572300558/

 

E is for EXTRA

“Extra, extra, Read All About It!”

Those words are gone, almost forgotten. Special editions of newspapers were hawked on the streets with those words. Wars, assassinations, natural disasters, and anything that would sell extra copies of newspapers.
Extra newsboy

Today we have moving banners across the bottom of our TVs announcing the most over-used two words in our language…”Breaking News.”

But I’m looking at that peculiar word EXTRA today. We say it every day. We see it ever day. It is a very popular adjective. It is derived from the word “Extraordinary.”

When it’s used as a noun there is certainly nothing extraordinary.
I have many friends who have been cast as “extras” in movies. A man on the street, a passing motorist, whatever. It’s fun, but not extraordinary.
And, unless you’re a regular, you have to stand in lines when they’re casting for “extras.”
extra casting call

Extra is also a town in West Virginia, but I won’t go there.
I mean I won’t go there.

I like extra helpings, extra salsa, extra hot, any extra strength pain reliever, and extra-large.

My olive oil must be extra virgin, I’d like extra credit on that school report, and could I have a couple of extra bucks for the tip.

You’re looking extra pretty today, hope you didn’t go to extra trouble and we found some extra things that need fixin’ under the hood. (oops)

I want extra time to finish things, an extra one free (or half-price) and extra butter, please.

I love it when I get and “extra” 25% off of the sale price. Wow, I must be saving so much money.
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Of course if it’s named “Extra” then it must be extra good.
Extra 4

I’m not sure this is what she wants for Valentine’s Day.
I could get in trouble, but my gosh how can a girl turn down an “Extra” wiener?
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D is for DENTIST

                                                                A – Z

I’m proud to be a part of a wonderful organization called the Writers of Kern. They are having a “Blog Challenge” and I’m participating. I’m writing my normal two blogs per week but challenging myself to be prompted by the alphabet. Hope you can read all twenty six from A-Z. For more good reading check out the Writers of Kern’s Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/groups/95572300558/

 

D is for DENTIST 

My current dentist was named “Dentist of the Year” but all he got was a little plaque.
When my dentist rides the roller coaster he always braces himself.
After my root canal I wasn’t happy with my dentist, but then he made a good impression.
I asked my dentist what to do about my yellow teeth and he said to wear a brown tie.

Okay,  I got that out of the way.

How do you feel about the Six Most Scariest Words in our language,
“The Dentist will see you know?”

Were you ever scared of dentists? Are you now?

My first dentist was scary. He was a big man, but his face was disproportionately large. His face was the size of a giant. At least that’s how my little-boy brain remembers. I scrunched my eyes closed as tight as possible so I wouldn’t have to look at his huge face. I also remember he had thick glasses that made his eyes the size of softballs.
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When I was in fourth grade we had a free day. One of those made-up Catholic Holy Day holidays. It was the day before I was to get the braces off my front teeth.

I had Bucky Beaver teeth. If I was as good looking as Michael Strahan, or as funny as David Letterman, I might have gotten through life with my split front two teeth.
No luck there.
So my parents had my giant-faced dentist stick a gold band around them to pull them together.

The gold band worked-— until that free day, the day before I was going to get the gold band removed. The gold braces, along with my two front teeth got removed on the playground when a baseball bat came flying into my mouth. My two front teeth were shattered and implanted up inside my gums.

Then I got to stare once again at my dentist’s huge face and eyes alongside another dentist with crooked teeth. The two of them did dental surgery on my mouth from 6 PM until midnight.

I wrote about it a few years back. The interesting thing about that post was I re-printed some of the letters from my 4th grade classmates. Our teacher-nun gave them a writing assignment to send a letter to me while I was home recuperating. If you have time, check them out. They are a hoot:  http://wp.me/p26z7T-cF

 

 

In the middle ages, all dentistry was done by your local barber. Now that’s efficiency. Hair and teeth at the same appointment.
Dentistry in Middle Ages

In those days, Guilds were formed for most professions and a Guild of Barbers was created to distinguish between dental surgeons and lay dentists. It seemed to work because around 1400 France declared that no lay-barbers could do dental surgery anymore. Only the Guilded guys.

Germany and France pioneered new dentistry techniques and book were written that transformed dentistry into a stand-alone profession.
Trained dentists started migrating to America and by 1760 America had its own native-born practicing dentists. By 1840 American had a dental school awarding a DDS degree (Doctor of Dental Surgery).
As Dentistry started growing, The Dental Practices Act was passed to allow states to have Dental Board exams. In 1859, 26 Dentist met and formed the American Dental Association (ADA) and in 1867 Harvard opened the first University affiliated Dental Program.

 

Inventions, like a spinning wheel to turn the drill faster. (Love that one)
Improvements to the industry have never stopped happening since the turn of the 20th century, like porcelain crowns in 1903, Novocain in 1905, and cast fillings in 1907.
A present day Dentist office is filled with hi-tech instruments, incredible digital-imaging equipment, intra-oral cameras (Probably was the idea for Go-Pro cameras), ultra-sonic scalers and advanced teeth-whitening chemicals.

Even with all these modern techniques, I still have a few friends who don’t go to dentists.
Dentist Cartoon1

Going to the dentist is a pleasure for me. I have a great dentist. His head is normal size, too.

ONE MORE THING…

DON’T FORGET TO FLOSS!!
Dentist Floss

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C is for COOKIE

                                                               A – Z

I’m proud to be a part of a wonderful organization called the Writers of Kern. They are having a “Blog Challenge” and I’m participating. I’m writing my normal two blogs per week but challenging myself to be prompted by the alphabet. Hope you can read all twenty six from A-Z. For more good reading check out the Writers of Kern’s Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/groups/95572300558/

 

C is for COOKIE

Only chocolate chip cookies did it for me. I used the term “did” because they don’t do it anymore. Sorry chocolate chip cookies.

The best chocolate chip cookies in the universe are Mary Lou’s chocolate chip cookies. I’m glad I don’t choose chocolate chip cookies anymore because Mary Lou lives 2000 miles away. The second best chocolate chip cookies are Joy’s chocolate chip cookies. But, alas, she lives 2000 miles away, too.
But I don’t do chocolate chip cookies unless they’re the only ones left on the platter.

There’s something about aging taste buds that crave the qualities of Oatmeal Raisin cookies. They do it for me. This old man loves Oatmeal Raisin cookies.
Trader Joe has damn good Oatmeal Raisin cookies and I vote them #2.

My Number One choice are the in-store bakery made
“Albertson Oatmeal Raisin cookies.”
They do it for me.
Oatmeal Rasin Cookies

Now let’s all click and sing together.
In case you have forgotten the words, I’ve printed the lyrics below.

https://youtu.be/Ye8mB6VsUHw

 

Now what starts with the letter C?
Cookie starts with C
Let’s think of other things
That starts with C
Oh, who cares about the other things?]

C is for cookie, that’s good enough for me
C is for cookie, that’s good enough for me
C is for cookie, that’s good enough for me
Oh, cookie, cookie, cookie starts with C

C is for cookie, that’s good enough for me
C is for cookie, that’s good enough for me
C is for cookie, that’s good enough for me
Oh, cookie, cookie, cookie starts with C

[Hey you know what?
A round cookie with one bite out of it
Looks like a C
A round donut with one bite out of it
Also looks like a C
But it is not as good as a cookie
Oh and the moon sometimes looks like a C
But you can’t eat that, so … ]

C is for cookie, that’s good enough for me, yeah!
C is for cookie, that’s good enough for me
C is for cookie, that’s good enough for me
Oh, cookie, cookie, cookie starts with C, yeah!
Cookie, cookie, cookie starts with C, oh boy!
Cookie, cookie, cookie starts with C!

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B is for BLOCKBUSTER

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I’m proud to be a part of a wonderful organization called the Writers of Kern. They are having a “Blog Challenge” and I’m participating. I’m writing my normal two blogs per week but challenging myself to be prompted by the alphabet. Hope you can read all twenty six from A-Z. For more good reading check out the Writers of Kern’s Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/groups/95572300558/

B is for BLOCKBUSTER

Seems funny that the first dictionary definition of the word “blockbuster”
is still “A HUGE EXPLOSIVE BOMB.”
Many decades ago Hollywood, Broadway and Publishers took that word and used it to promote successful movies, plays and books. They still do. Yet dictionaries still insist the first meaning of the word is a bomb…the exact opposite of what the media means.

In 1985 it was the perfect word for a movie rental store.

Maybe?

Blockbuster should have observed Valentine’s Day the way the Los Angeles Public Library is this year. The LA library just sent out an amnesty Valentine’s plea asking that all books please be returned with no “late fees” from Feb 1st to Valentine’s day.
That’s nice.
They have even guaranteed that no matter how late you return their books, you may still check out new books in the future.
That’s nice, too.

Years ago Blockbuster should have done that, they still might exist.
Probably not, but hey, just sayin’.
Blockbuster Video

Blockbuster pissed off a customer, Reed Hastings, who kept the movie “Apollo 13” too long. They charged him $40 in late fees. Hastings had a friend and former co-worker, Marc Randolph who wanted to sell something, anything, over the internet.
Reed said he knew just the thing they could sell together. And they did.

Behold NETFLIX!
netflix-logo

After organizing in 1997 they began their monthly subscription of DVDs in 1999. They had immediate success. Anyone who looked at their business model knew the sky was the limit. But, businesses are created to be sold and in 2000 they offered NETFLIX to Blockbuster for $50 million.

Blockbuster said, “ehhhhhhhh—shove it.”
By 2004, Blockbuster had 60,000 employees and over 9000 stores. They didn’t need Netflix.

The rest is history.

Last week, Netflix reported that it had 75 million subscribers worldwide including 44 million in the U.S.

The last financial report from Netflix showed a market value of $32.9 billion.
That’s two billion bigger than the entire CBS Network.

In the meantime Blockbuster tried the DVDs in the mail thing.
They filed for bankruptcy in 2010.
Disk Network bought them and scrapped their plans to compete with Netflix. They offer a “video on demand” service and still have a whopping 51 rental stores open (down from 9000).

Maybe all the dictionaries had it right all along.

Blockbuster is a great big BOMB!

Hope you have a wonderful relaxing fun weekend!

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A is for APOLOGY

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I’m proud to be a part of a wonderful organization called the Writers of Kern. They are having a “Blog Challenge” and I’m participating. I’m writing my normal two blogs per week but challenging myself to be prompted by the alphabet. Hope you can read all twenty four from A-Z. For more good reading check out the Writers of Kern’s Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/groups/95572300558/

 

A is for APOLOGY

To whom am I apologizing?
Not telling you.
To whom are you apologizing?
Don’t want to know.

“Love is never having to say you’re sorry”.
When Eric Segal wrote “Love Story” in 1970 I didn’t’ read it. When I saw the movie and heard those sorry-ass words, I knew I never would read it. What drivel. What poppycock.
Love is always saying sorry and meaning it.
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Apologies are a necessary part of life. We all have said or done things to hurt others. Apologies don’t make up for it, but they make us feel better and hopefully, if seriously given, make the other person feel a little better.

Barack Obama owes Sarah Palin three apologies. First, for causing her son to get PTSD and punch his girl friend in the face with his fist and wave his military weapon around. (She blames Obama because in her opinion he didn’t show respect for what her son and others sacrificed so they got PTSD). Second, for knocking up her daughter not once but twice and third, (and most important) for ruining her families plans to be Vice President. Damn Obama!

Seriously, I would have loved to say “I’m sorry” at the time I did the wrong. But, that would now require going back in time. Even if I had the power to go back in time. Even if YOU had the power to go back in time. To change things. To make things right. To say I’m sorry in person.
apology

Would you? Go back ?

I wouldn’t. Think about it. Even if it only took a few seconds to face someone and tell them you’re sorry and then pop back into the present time you wouldn’t be here. Those precious few seconds you lost would now change everything.

That car that almost t-boned you when they ran that red light would now be hitting you.
That split second you caught her eye and smiled wouldn’t happen.
The other team’s basket would have counted and you lost instead of won. (Yeah, you might have won too, I’m just taking the negative view)

We can’t even lose a second of our life to the past. Everything would change. You wouldn’t want that would you?
Really?

I’m sorry
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Old Dog New Tricks

You can’t teach and old dog new tricks.

Who says?

Well, the saying goes way back…back when we used to write and talk much differently. Here’s a quote from Fitzherbert’s “Book of Husbandry” written in 1534.

He muste teche his dogge to barke when he wolde haue hym, to ronne whan he wold haue hym and to leve running whan he wolde haue hym; or els he is not a cunning shepeherd. The dogge must leme it when he is a whelpe, or els it wyt not be; for it is harde to make and olde dogge to stoupe.

(I just blew up my Word Document copying that line. Almost every word is underlined red.)
Regardless the meaning is clear…I think. He is saying in the last line that an old dog can’t be made to stoop (get a scent, go hunting, etc)

Dog trainers say most old dogs CAN be taught new tricks.
But we humans have used that old saying for us humans. Learning new tricks, new technology can be tough for us old folks.  The technology world changes monthly and sometimes weekly.

My younger brother wants nothing to do with computers. I’m not sure how that is possible in today’s world, but he is not about to start learning.
Frustrated Computer User

I do know some folks my age who only use the computer for email and solitaire. That’s fine. It’s your computer. It’s also a huge time-suck for retired folks. I can speak for that group. I find when doing research for this blog or a novel I’m writing I look at the clock and see I’ve missed two meals. Doesn’t show though.

My point is I’ve found a new trick and talk about a time-suck.

The other night a good friend spoke at a meeting I attended. It was about new computer technology and especially cell-phone technology. He showed us how to use this technology.

WOW!  Sorry if you have an I-phone, you can stop reading. This is only for “modern” type cell phones.

So I downloaded a free app (sorry again Apple folks) called “Trigger” and I doubt if I will ever get anything done around the house for days.

Here is what Whiztags look like. They cost less than a dollar each…much less.
They have an adhesive peel-off sticker on the back. And they are easily programmable.
And, yes, the large one is a key-chain.
whiztags

 

Why would I want to program a little round sticker? Because I’m lazy and it’s fun. My cell phone will now do anything (up to 20-25 different things) I want it to when I just rub the back of it across the little whiztag.

Get it?  For instance. Stick the whiztag by the door, or your plug-in charging area. When you walk in the door, rub the back of your phone across the whiztag. Your phone will send a pre-programmed text…maybe “Honey I’m home,” then it will put itself on vibrate and set an alarm for later to remind you to do something (like exercise).

Anything your phone can do it will automatically do when you rub the back across the whiztag. It’s called NFC (near-field communication). Phones also will trade files or whatever when you touch two phones together.

OLD DOGS LOVE NEW TRICKS!

FILE - In this Friday, June 22, 2007 file photo, Chinese Crested dog "Elwood" appears at the 2007 World's Ugliest Dog Contest in Petaluma, Calif. Elwood, who weighed in at just 6 lbs and was rescued as the result of a New Jersey SPCA investigation, won the title of World's ugliest dog of 2007. The 25th running of the World's Ugliest Dog contest takes place Friday, June 20, 2014, at the Sonoma County Fair in Petaluma, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

(AP Photo/Ben Margot)

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Solving Problems

Everybody’s got problems. Sometimes we have the answers to each other’s problems so why not share?

I need to help my friends and neighbors with their problems. If they choose to help me with mine, I’ll be forever grateful.

First of all I need to help a friend through the coldest part of the winter. This morning I received an email from my friend, July H., in Indiana. She said she woke up and checked the outside thermometer and it was one BELOW zero. That’s freaking cold and she is not happy. I can solve her problem.

I provided a link below for her. If you need some warmth for yourself, why not give warmth. Click on this link and you can volunteer for daily four-hour shifts on this goat farm in Virginia. It’s warmer in Virginia then Indiana.
Click here for details: (You’re welcome, Judy)

http://www.nbc29.com/story/30917784/volunteers-needed-to-cuddle-goats-at-nelson-co-farm

Another friend of mine solved his own problem. He walked into a bar last week and told the bartender to hurry up and fill six mugs of beer. My friend hurried and drank them almost as fast as the bartender served them. The bartender asked him why he was in such a hurry. My friend said, “You’d be in a hurry too, if you had what I got.” The bartender looked sad and asked, “What do you have?”
My friend said, “Less than 70 cents in my pocket.”
Man getting drunk

Rules For Life

            I’m a lucky man because my children never come to me to solve their problems. They probably don’t have any because I taught them my Five Rules For Life. Yes, I’ll share them with you today…free.
1  Money don’t buy happiness, but it’s more comfortable to cry in a Mercedes than on a bicycle.
2  Help someone when they are in trouble and they will remember you when they are in trouble again.
3  Forgive your enemy, but remember the bastard’s name.
4  Many people are alive only because it’s illegal to shoot them.
5  Alcohol does not solve problems, but neither does milk.

You’re welcome.

I’m besieged all the time with these “How To Make Money” doing whatever…flipping homes, becoming a travel writer, stuffing envelopes, etc.

The latest fad idea is how to make money on Facebook. I’ve thought about that one. I think I can solve that problem too. I will share that with you also. Yes it’s more free problem solving.

cartoon about facebook You’re Welcome! Have a great week!

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