June 1, 2015
A BBHQ Insta-Quote:
We in this country, in this generation, are, by destiny rather than choice,
the watchmen on the walls of world freedom. We ask, therefore, that we may be
worthy of our power and responsibility, that we may exercise our strength
with wisdom and restraint, and that we may achieve in our time and for all
time the ancient vision of ‘peace on earth, goodwill toward men.’
~ John F. Kennedy
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The Upper and the Real Deal
The BBHQ Monday Morning Upper
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BBHQ Monday Morning Upper.
In 1963, Jerry Lewis turned an empty office and a simple tune into a
wonderfully creative comedy routine featured in “Who’s
Minding the Store.” Nearly a half-century later, we were able
to see him perform that routine on stage.
In today's BBHQ Upper, we share both with you.
It happens every spring, June... to be specific:
It's become another tradition, in recognition of President Obama's
Global Warming Climate Change:
... as we have done so many times before.
June 13, 2005:
Indeed it is that time of year again; hurricane season. Already, we have
been scared out of bahungas as yet another female ripped up the
Florida coast over the weekend. Oh the humanity!
June 5, 2006:
But first let's stipulate this: it's June - hurricane season. Now, we're in
Florida. So, of course, we're all gonna die. We're all gonna die!! So the
media has told us. So that is destined. Let's just accept it, noting that
we can do nothing about it. We're all gonna die.
June 12, 2006:
Well wouldn't you know it. No sooner last week did we say that it's
June - hurricane season; so of course, we're gonna die. We're all gonna die!
So here comes the first tropical storm of the season. And, as we write
this, it's heading directly for us!
June 4, 2007:
Okay, it's early June, and you know what that means. Now altogether, IT'S
A HURRICANE IT'S A HURRICANE WERE ALL GOING TO DIE WERE ALL GONNA DIE.
June 16, 2008:
IT'S A HURRICANE IT'S A HURRICANE WERE ALL GOING TO DIE WE'RE ALL GONNA
June 4, 2012:
It's a hurricane; it's a hurricane! Where all gonna die! And I know we
said that last year and the year before and the year before and the year
before that. But this time, this time, we really mean it.
Global warming, climate change, and all that.
IT'S A HURRICANE; IT'S A HURRICANE; WERE ALL GONNA DIE!
June 3, 2013:
Summertime and you know what that means! It's hurricane season. We're
all gonna die! Where all gonna die!
I know, I know; we said that last year; but this time we really mean it
and we said that last year, too. But this time we really, really do mean
it. WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE; WERE ALL GONNA DIE!
OK, OK... I know it has been over 3,500 days since a cat 3 (or higher)
hurricane hit the US. (The largest cone of silence ever recorded.) All
the more reason why....
But you heard what President Obama said!
(Never mind that they said the same thing after Hurricane Katrina.
That was then!)
Do we need to say it again?
"IT'S A HURRICANE; IT'S A HURRICANE. WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE; WE'RE ALL
(Apparently, yes we do.)
This Week with the Chicowitz
In this essay I offer commencement speeches of three provocative
Kurt Vonnegut (allegedly): “Wear sunscreen. The long-term
benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists, whereas the rest of
my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering
Dennis Prager: “The greatest struggle in your life is not with
society; it is with yourself.”
“Your insistence on being weak and isolated and protected and safe
is a guarantee that what we are going to being needing large numbers of
in the near future are not graphic designers or game coders or app
developers or medieval poetry majors; were gonna’ need warriors.”
Click below to read the entire essay:
A Few of Our Favorite Things
One of over 150 questions in The BBHQ Pop Quiz collection:
The BBHQ Pop Quiz pops up all over BBHQ. Wander around!
I Remember... June 1, 1967|
The Beatles released "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" on June 1,
1967. That no such band existed mattered not one bit. Release of the Fab
Four's 8th album followed a grueling, mediocre performance tour. It was
the Beatles' last tour. Fortunately for the boys, the album was both a
commercial and critical success.
The album cover featured the likeness of more than 60 celebrities and
noted personalities (noted by the Beatles, that is.) One celebrity is
pictured 3 times. We could ask you who it is. But...
Songs on the album include the following:
"Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"
"With a Little Help from My Friends"
"Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds"
"Fixing a Hole"
"She's Leaving Home"
"Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!"
"Within You Without You"
"When I'm Sixty-Four"
"Good Morning Good Morning"
"Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)"
"A Day in the Life"
Quick Takes on Items in the News:
05/23: Release the E-mail!
05/14: We’ve Got to Have More Money!
04/30: I Have a Dream: Destroy
04/21: You Might be a Bigot
03/22: Dealing with the Devil
03/19: No “Coattails”
03/18: First: Hotels; Next: Your House
03/17: State Department Falls on its Sword
03/12: Cans Against the Crooks
Here are three questions from the BBHQ cloud:
There are no prizes here... it's just for fun.
If the submit button does not work for you, you can take the quiz online
Members can play all of our trivia games in
The BBHQ Trivia Library.
The BBHQ Joke of the Week
Some asked us a somewhat disturbing question last week. Visitor Liz
asked, "How many u.s. baby boomers die each day?"
But Madam Red Dot, who handles some of the mail, did not miss a beat in
Whew… We check the obituaries in the paper first thing each morning. If
our name is not there, we get dressed and order breakfast.|
We do not know if any organization keeps track of that stat. But given
that the current longevity rate is about 77 years, and the oldest boomers
are a mere 69, We suspect that very few take the proverbial dirt nap each
A couple years ago, a headline in the Washington Post read, “Baby boomers
are killing themselves at an alarming rate.” We suspect that that was
mostly wishful thinking.
This year the CDC reported that, “Many Aging Boomers Face Chronic
Illness, But Death Rate Is Falling.”
So… whoya’ gonna’ believe?
We believe the daily obits in the newspaper.
Have a great week. We'll share the fun again next Monday.
- the Boomer Crew at BBHQ
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