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BBHQ Newsletter Archive: 07/31/17

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July 31, 2017


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A BBHQ Insta-Quote:

The kids text me "plz," which is shorter than "please."

I text back "no," which is shorter than "yes."

   ~ very wise parent








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The Upper and the Real Deal
The BBHQ Monday Morning Upper

Five Dollar Fine for Whining

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Our Upper this week was inspired by our When the Music was Fun essay.

It's another cute sing-along. It's performed by the Geezinslaws.
Come on'; you gotta sing at least the chorus:

    We got a five dollar fine for whinin',
    We'll tell you before you come in.
    If it ain't on your mind, to have a good time;
    y'all come back, and see us again.


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We're a third of the way through the dreaded hurricane season. Al Gore was right; global warming has brought on many more, powerful, dangerous deadly, and destructive hurricanes. Just look at how many category 5 hurricanes we have had to endure in the last decade!!



(Actually, there has been only 1.)

Oh, if we'd only have listened to him when we had time. Now, sadly, it is too late.

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This Week with the Chicowitz


Attendance was down last week. We can tell that many of you were on vacation. So we're going to hold over last week's essay, giving you time to catch up.

The Transistor Radio

Bubbling up from inside the mad scientists' laboratories was this new, electronic gizmo called the transistor. It had been around for a few years; the first product for the masses to make use of the transistor was the portable, battery-operated radio. We already had a radio or two in the house. The "brains" of the radio was the vacuum tube, which used a lot of energy, generated a lot of heat, took up a lot of space, and died right about the seventh inning of the ball game. The radio in our living room was about the size of a '57 Chevy.

(A vacuum tube might be 2-3 inches tall, or maybe as large as 8 inches. They weighed... maybe a half-pound.


A transistor was about a half-inch tall, and weighed less than an ounce. The transistor required a lot less juice to run, so the battery could be much smaller.)


There were a few "portable" (cordless) radios available back then. They had batteries about the size of a car battery today... and they were just as heavy. So they were actually about as portable as a table-top portable television.

So when we heard that transistor radios were available, we hopped on down to Best Buy and picked up one.

Oh, wait -- there was no Best Buy in 1959! Or anything like it.



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The BBHQ Trivia Teaser & Subscriber Evaluation
Here are three questions from the BBHQ cloud:


1. First, our current events question:
For his new chief of staff, President Obama chose which of the following:

  VP Mike Pence
  a former NFL player
  a member of his extended family
  a former military commander
  an "Apprentice" winner
  a bouncer for a gay bar
  Nancy Pelosi
  The real killer of Nicole Brown Simpson & Ron Goldman


2. Speaking of global warming, this is from our Places and Locales trivia section. The lyrics come from a 1972 top-10 hit by Albert Hammond:

    It never rains in
    but boy, don't they warn ya';
    it pours; man it pours.


3. We're going to focus on song titles using girls' names here in the trivia section... until... until we run out of girls. We have binders full of them.

This is from a song written by the late Rod McKuen. It is the title song to a popular movie released in 1969. A singer known as Oliver had a hit with it in 1969; but Rod McKuen's version is better.

    _______, _______, roses are red;
    and all of the leaves have turned green.
    And the clouds are so low, you can touch them and so,
    Come out to the meadow, __________


Who's the girl?    

(We are close to running out of girls. We got some help from you; so we can stretch this a bit further. Thanks much. Can you think of any names we have missed? Click reply; help keep this going.)



Grade our Newsletter: How did we do this week?
      A: Great! Lottsa' fun.

      B: Pretty good.

      C: So-so.

      D: Eh... not so good.

      F: A swing and a miss.


What say you? Comments for the good of the order:






There are no prizes here... it's just for fun.


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We're not sure if this is real, but it would not surprise us to learn that it is.



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Have a great week. We'll share the fun again next Monday.

- the Boomer Crew at BBHQ

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