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Sunday, February 28, 2021

Jeopardy For Seniors


Jeopardy For Seniors


Mrs. C and I are big fans of the TV show Jeopardy (RIP Alex).  We have often noted how some of these really smart contestants can not answer some simple questions…well simple if you were born before 1980.  On the flip side, questions that relate to events within the last 20 years leave us hemming and hawing.


Recently College chum Marty sent me a quiz of Jeopardy questions for seniors.   I suspect those from a younger generation would not do well on this quiz.   I almost aced it, missing only the first half of question number 10 and I only missed by naming a similar character…I think I should get partial credit. 


Anyway, for my fellow seasoned citizens give this quiz a try.  We are smarter than you think, they just don’t ask the right questions on “Jeopardy.”


Jeopardy For Seniors




Let's see how good your memory is.


Don't look at the answers yet, wait until the end.




01. After the Lone Ranger saved the day and rode off into the sunset, the grateful citizens would ask,

"Who was that masked man?"


Invariably, someone would answer, "I don't know, but he left this behind."

What did he leave behind? A ______ ______.


02. When the Beatles first came to the U.S. In early 1964, we all watched them on The __ ________ Show.


03. "Get your kicks, __ _____ __!"


04. The story you are about to see is true. The names have been changed to _______ ___ _______.'


05. 'In the jungle, the mighty jungle, ___ ____ ______ _______.'


06. After the Twist, The Mashed Potato, and the Watusi, we 'danced' under a stick that was lowered as low as we could go in a dance called the '_____.'



07. Nestle's makes the very best... _________.'


08. Satchmo was America 's 'Ambassador of Goodwill.' Our parents shared this great jazz trumpet player with us. His name was ____ _________.


09. What takes a licking and keeps on ticking? ___ _____ _____.


10. Red Skeleton's hobo character was named ______ ___ __________ and Red always ended his television show by saying, 'Good Night, and '___ ____ .'


11. Some Americans who protested the Vietnam War did so by burning their _____ _____.


12. The cute little car with the engine in the back and the trunk in the front was called the VW.  What other names did it go by? ______ or ___.


13. In 1971, singer Don MacLean sang a song about, 'the day the music died.' This was a tribute to _____ _____.


14. We can remember the first satellite placed into orbit. The Russians did it. It was called _______.


15. One of the big fads of the late 50's and 60's was a large plastic ring that we twirled around our waist. It was called the _____-____


16. Remember LS/MFT _____ ______ /_____ ____ _______.


17. Hey Kids!  What time is it? It's _____ _____ ____!


18. Who knows what secrets lie in the hearts of men? Only The ______ Knows!


19. There was a song that came out in the 60's that was "a grave yard smash". It's name was the _______ ____!


20. Alka Seltzer used a "boy with a tablet on his head" as it's Logo/Representative. What was the boy's name was ______.




01. The Lone Ranger left behind... A silver bullet


02. The Ed Sullivan Show


03. On Route 66


04. To protect the innocent


05. The Lion Sleeps Tonight


06. The limbo


07. Chocolate


08. Louis Armstrong


09. The Timex Watch


10. Freddy, The Freeloader and 'Good Night and God Bless.'


11. Draft Cards (Bras were also burned. Not flags, as some have guessed)


12. Beetle or Bug


13. Buddy Holly


14. Sputnik


15. Hoola-hoop


16. Lucky Strike/Means Fine Tobacco


17. Howdy Doody Time


18. Shadow


19. Monster Mash


20. Speedy



How did you all do?



Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Cutting the Line?


Cutting the Line?


I’m waiting for the shot in Jersey.  The original New Jersey protocol for the shot was age 75+, those with serious medical conditions, and healthcare workers were first in line for the shot.

New Jersey set up a website to register for the vaccine.  They notify you when you are eligible for the shot.  I signed up on this site on day two, even though I was 4 months short of 75.  I was advised I was on the list and would hear from them when I was eligible and they had a vaccine opening.

A few days later the state decided that anyone 65+ was also eligible and medical conditions included anyone who is or was a smoker.  Furthermore, they announced that proof of age or medical condition was not required.  They have also now opened up multiple lists to get the vaccine at multiple sites.

What could go wrong?  Well, some people that are not 65+ might just claim they are in order to cur the line.  Some people who do not now or even never did smoke might say that they are smokers. 

No proof is required, do you think some people might lie to cut the line? 

Remember, this is Jersey.  Jersey is a great state, but people from Jersey do sometimes take a me first position.

It is now two months into vaccinations.  New Jersey has vaccinated at least one shot into the arms of 1,250,000 residents.  New Jersey has 1,420,000 residents over 65 years old.  I am still waiting.  I’m guessing there is a lot of line cutting, and a lot of double booking on multiple sites that might lead to a larger back up than there should be.

Mind you, I don’t think I am special, and I am pretty damn healthy so maybe I am not any more vulnerable than anyone else even though I am a 74-year-old ex-smoker.  As long as others keep getting vaccinated, that leaves less people to give me the virus.  I’m not so sure that younger people should not be given preference so they stop giving the virus to us oldsters.  However, that was not the decided upon protocol.

People in New Jersey that are 65+ make up 20 percent of Covid cases, and they account for 90 percent of the deaths, so yes, I would like to get the vaccine.  I don’t want to wait for the line cutters, because line cutting will never stop.

When I was 10 years old, I stood in line with my mom waiting to meet Mickey Mantle and get an autographed copy of his new book.   I was about 60th in line, but the line was not moving.  The front of the line was a scramble of line cutters.  My mom demanded I play by the rules and wait in line.  With a half hour left before Mickey was scheduled to leave, I disobeyed my mom for probably the first time ever.  I ran to the front of the line and pushed, ducked and gouged my way to get Mickey’s autographed book minutes before he left.

I will wait patiently for my shot.  Everyone who gets the shot makes us all safer, but at some point, if it looks like getting the vaccine might take forever, I will sharpen my elbows, buck up my neck, and claw ahead of the line cutters.

In the mean time stay safe, better times are around the corner.   


There I’ve Offended Again


There I’ve Offended Again

Not me, not lately I think…well I did tell someone that I thought Meryl Streep was a great actress.  Man did I get a millennial beat down.  Who knew actresses today are just actors, or maybe FEMALE actors, but they are no longer actresses. 

Apparently, the Oscar for best ACTRESS is a grandfathered-in title.

Anyway, I’ve been good, but recently that game show host of “Wheel of Fortune” Pat Sajak, was caught making fun of a contestant’s speech impediment.

Oh that Pat. 

This guy has been doing the show for like thirty years.  Thirty years of off-the-cuff chatter with guests and spur of the moment comments to lighten up a game show.  For thirty years Pat has been an un-offensive, un-controversial, dry sense of humored host. 

Suddenly he is an offensive monster!

It seems like every week there is an article on the internet where Twitter is blowing up over an off-the-cuff offensive comment by Pat Sajak.  People are calling for his removal, and by people and by blowing up it is usually about four people that are upset and tweeting about it.

The latest Pat Sajak infraction was his making fun of a contestant’s speech impediment. 

I listened to the clip of this faux pas about 10 times and could not hear where he was making fun of a speech impediment…the contestant had no impediment that I could decern. 

Finally, Mrs. C said, “Oh he is making fun of a lisp.”

The contestant[jh1]  had no impediment, in his little chit chat he mentioned something was just a MYTH.

Pat, responded, “I thee.”  An off-the-cuff silly response to how the word myth sounds like a lisp.

Now if you are a person with a lisp and are offended, I’m sorry.  By the way, people are making fun of you behind your back, that should offend you, but Pat was playing a word game, he was not making fun of you, well he did not think he was.

So, is the cartoon cat Sylvester offensive.  He was a slosher.  How about tweedy who “Tot he taw a puddy tat.”  What about Porky, should he just say “That is all folks?”  How about we burn all the old cartoons, they are too violent anyway.

I have a slight case of Tourette’s.  I twitch.  Usually I can hide the twitching (I think) but it is not fun.  I’ve seen TV comedies and comedians that feature and make fun of this unusual malady. 

I am not offended.  I twitch! Make fun of it, what the Hell. 

Actually, putting light on something often increases understanding and humanizes a disability or an imperfection.

Anyway, I am glad that I’m old and do not have to walk on egg shells worrying about offending someone. 

I twitch, I vote Republican, I call female actors actresses, sometimes I even voice an opinion without checking on the current accepted position. 

Go ahead and cancel me. 

You can’t.  Well, you could not read my posts…OH THE HORROR!

Otherwise, I’m old and there is nothing to cancel as I am now just on the outside of the world looking in…thowwy.




Monday, February 22, 2021

Tom Brady…a delayed reaction


Tom Brady…a delayed reaction


Not sure why, but just recently I was looking back at this year’s Super Bowl and the reaction that the Tampa Bay’s quarterback received for celebrating.

Let me first say that I have not historically been a big Tom Brady fan.   The guy is ultra-wealthy, is married to a beautiful model, and is the winningest football player in history…what is to like.

OK, I may a bit jealous. 

Still you have to respect what this guy has done, and he has done it with talent and by working harder than almost any other athlete. 

So this 43 year old wins his seventh Super Bowl Championship with a completely new team and he is criticized by some for partying too hard.

Apparently he drank too much!  Hell, he just won his seventh SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONSHIP!  I got loaded celebrating my bowling team winning our first and only league championship.

People get hammered on their 21st birthday.  Lawyers get hammered after passing their Bar Exam, doctors get hammered after getting their degree, lots of people in this country get hammered after dinner; Tom Brady, after sacrificing so much to be able to play and still be the best to ever play, got hammered after winning the most coveted prize in sports. 

What a disgrace!

Further he was criticized for disrespecting the trophy.  A TROPHY!  He has not disrespected other players, other teams, anyone or anything, but he disrespected the one thing he worked so hard to win…A TROPHY!

Lighten up people. 

Let a person enjoy success that was earned, not given.  Like him or not, he deserves respect more than the trophy.

Oh, you don’t follow the sport and don’t know how he disrespected the trophy? 

While on his yacht during a Tampa Bay victory boat parade, he tossed the 7 pound silver trophy to a teammate on the boat behind him.  His teammate caught it because these guys are professionals and can catch and throw.

The daughter of the trophy’s designer was horrified that the trophy was disrespected. 

What would have happened if the trophy was dropped or damaged?

It is not a one of a kind trophy.  A new replica is given to the winning team every year.  If it was dropped and sank to the bottom of the bay it would have been retrieved or a new one made.  They cost about $10,000.  Tom would have replaced it with petty cash.

It is THEIR trophy! Personally I thought it was pretty damn cool.

Anyway, I am now a Tom Brady fan.  After all, he plays for my team. 

The old people team!

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Another Cranky Post - A Covid observation


Another Cranky Post

I just figured out why I have not been posting very often these days. 

In order to post you should have something to say.  In order to have something to say, you need to be part of the world where things are happening that might inspire comment. 

When you only leave the house to get the mail or bowl with a bunch of other people who only leave the house to get the mail or bowl once a week, you do not find much to write about.

I have pretty much run out of posts about TV, a topic that actually makes many readers angry.  “I haven’t watched TV since ‘I love Lucy’ was taken off the air.’ Or ‘TV, there is nothing on but trash, I only watch PBS or read Time magazine!’  Anyway, I have no TV posts in me.  

I could post on Mrs. C, but Mrs. C has run out of new reasons to call me a Jerk.

Well, today I went to the bank to get some money so I can pay for my bowling this Monday and (To quote our President) “Son of a bitch” I have something to write about…actually something to rant about.

In New Jersey, mask wearing is not mandated, at least not by the State, but all establishments require wearing a mask if you want to go into their store. 

Now I am not completely convinced that mask wearing is effective at stopping Covid.  I say that because 99% of the people in New Jersey wear masks when outside the home and yet we still have rather high numbers of new cases every day.

Still, how hard is it to wear a friggin mask?  We even wear them while bowling.  Just point me to the pins and I can still bowl with my fogged-up mask wearing glasses. 

No big deal.

So here is my rant.

Today I waited for the ATM machine, which is outside, but protected from the wind.  The guy at the machine was wearing his mask around his neck.  It looked uncomfortable, unprotective of me or him, and almost as importantly it looked really STUPID!!

If you don’t want to wear the damn mask fine.  I’ll just hold my breath and or avoid you.  If you want to start an argument with store personnel who demand you wear a mask, that is your issue…you are a pain in the ass, but still not my problem.  I can almost respect someone who refuses to wear a mask.  It is still a free country…mostly.

But, if you are going to wear a mask, why do you wear it around your chin?  Even worse are those who wear it under their nose!  You may as well have a stamp on your forehead that says “I AM A DUMB SHIT!!”

I even heard someone complain that the mask interferes with their breathing.   Hmmm, pretty sure that is the point.

Anyway, I did not say anything to the ATM mask idiot.  Not sure why.

I’d have no problem advising someone that they are supposed to wear a mask, maybe they have been living under a rock and don’t know.

Why is it hard to point out to a person wearing a mask around their chin or under their nose that they are NOT REALLY WEARING A MASK?  Why am I hesitant to point out to a stranger that they are stupider than dirt?

Maybe I have been indoctrinated into the concept that diversity is always good.  Maybe idiots add to the collective societal diversity and we need more idiots. 

Perhaps I should just go back to my isolation for a bit longer.

Bonus rant:

Why does some fool tell me every day on a TV public service announcement to get tested for Covid OFTEN?  

I almost never leave the house, should I get tested every time I do? Wouldn’t getting tested put me at risk more than just staying home?  How OFTEN is “getting tested OFTEN”?  Every day?  Twice a week? 

Could I get the virus while leaving the testing site and walking to my car?  Maybe I should just go back and get tested again. 

Please experts, I want to follow the science…define OFTEN!

End of bonus rant.

Stay safe everyone!


Sunday, February 14, 2021





For Valentine’s Day Mrs. C gave me a coffee cup.  The cup had words which claimed “I wish I could turn back time.” 

Mrs. C does not like to use her words very often, so if she says it with a coffee cup that I can read every morning, I will gladly take it.

I agreed with her, I wish I could turn back time.  We met relatively late in life, and had both gone through relationships that were lacking.

Sometimes lacking in affection, sometimes lacking in sanity.  It would have been nice if we had met before those bad times.

Then again I had to remind her that if we turned back time too far she would have been the baby sitter. 

I do have a way of ruining the moment.

If we could turn back time, we could eliminate many bad times.  We would also not have the wonderful children we both have today, and without the bad relationships, would we appreciate what we currently have? 

Maybe not.

Mrs. C has a few quirks, I have more than a few.  Would these quirks have ruined a relationship if we could turn back time, or can we easily look past them today because we know what REALLY BAD quirks are like?

Turning back time sounds great, but sometimes, past times are what prepares us for the truly good times to come…that is, if you are lucky.

Now every morning when I pour my coffee, I am reminded how lucky I am.

Saturday, February 13, 2021


 It's been a while so I figured I would publish a post...


Who am I kidding, I got nothing!