Counting Down (or up)

Today is the 23rd month of my blog!  My anniversary post is something different than the usual posts I write.

The countdown is on.

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Countdown to what?

Well the 24th month of my blog!

Okay, no need to rush; this is the 23rd month of my blog!

Per POPCULTUREMADNESS, the best Counting Down songs –

1. One – Three Dog Night

2. Two Lovers – Mary Wells

3. Three Is A Magic Number – School House Rock

4. I’ll Tumble 4 Ya – Culture Club

5. Mambo Number Five – Lou Bega

6. 25 or 6 to 4 – Chicago

7. 7 – Prince and the New Power Generation

8. I’m Henry VIII, I Am – Herman’s Hermits

9. 9 To 5 – Dolly Parton

9 1/2. I Do What I Do (9 1/2 Weeks Theme) – John Taylor

10. 10-9-8 – Face to Face

11. 11:59 – Blondie

12. The Twelfth of Never – Johnny Mathis

13. Thirteen Women – Bill Haley and his Comets

14. Fourteen Black Paintings – Peter Gabriel

15. TVC 15 – David Bowie

16. Sixteen Tons – “Tennessee” Ernie Ford

17. (She’s) Sexy and 17 – Stray Cats

18. I’m Eighteen – Alice Cooper

19. Hey Nineteen – Steely Dan

20. 20/20 – George Benson

21. It Was A Very Good Year – Frank Sinatra (When I was 21…)

22. When Yer Twenty Two – Flaming Lips

23. Strawberry Letter 23 – Brothers Johnson

Well you know how I feel about my 70’s music.  The #23 song of the best Counting Down songs was released in 1977 and is a favorite of mine – it brings back some great memories.

Today is the 23rd month of my blog!  My anniversary post is something different than the usual posts I write.

drowning

14 years ago today, Gary and I met for the first time.

If you are interested in how we met, please take the time and read my post ‘The Hit – The Last Chapter‘.

We usually do not celebrate the anniversary of the day we met or the anniversary of our marriage.

We are happy we are together, though sometimes living in a small RV at times can be trying.

Sometimes, it seems being close together 24 hours a day in close quarters can appear like one is drowning.

Just kidding, I just thought that statement would be a good segue.

I will end this post with a song; to understand why I picked this song, you would need to read the above-mentioned post.

1998

Today is the 22nd month of my blog!  My anniversary post is something different than the usual posts I write.

3 (March) + 13 (Day) + 22 (Months) = 38

When I was 38 years old, the year was 1998.  If my memory serves me correctly, I found my early 30s to be fun and exciting and found my late 30s to be stressful.  I actually hated my late 30s because I was on the down slope to 40.  Little did I know my 40s would be wonderful years that were a turning point to good things to come.

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Okay back to 38 and 1998.  What was going on in 1998?

If you research, you will find interesting events that occurred in this year.  There were the usual earthquakes around the world, and then there was the Winter Olympic Games in Japan; oh, and let’s not forget President Bill Clinton denied he had “sexual relations” with formal White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

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Okay, enough of that type of information, let’s find some interesting events –

Did you know in 1998, The Search Engine Google was founded?  I did not know this – you may need this information someday for a trivia question.

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Did you know in 1998, Titanic was a popular movie? It was released in late 1997 – I think I went to the movie theater 3 or 4 times to watch it.

Did you know in 1998, Spice Girls were popular?  I like Spice Girls, one of my favorite songs of theirs is ‘Wannabe’.

Did you know in 1998, Star Trek: Voyager was a highly-watched TV show?  Yes, I am a trekkie; I have seen all the TV series, but I will admit I have missed a couple of the most recent motion pictures.  I hope to catch-up soon on seeing these movies.

In 1998, my birthday was on a Saturday and most likely I did nothing to celebrate it.  That year, I was in my 3rd and final bad relationship that would end soon and it would be another 5 years before I would meet Gary.

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1998 and 38; an odd time for me as my 30s were coming to an end and soon the 40s would begin.

Today is the 22nd month of my blog!  My anniversary post is something different than the usual posts I write.

Turning 21

Today is the 21st month of my blog!  My anniversary post is something different than the usual posts I write.

Hum, 21 months……

wikpedia.org has the following –

Age 21 –

In several countries 21 is the age of majority.

In all US states, 21 is the drinking age.

In Hawaii and New York, 21 is the minimum age that one person may purchase cigarettes and other tobacco products.

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In some countries it is the voting age.

In the United States, 21 is the age at which one can purchase multiple tickets to an R-rated film. It is also the age to accompany one under the age of 17 as their parent or adult guardian for an R-rated movie.

In some states, 21 is the minimum age, persons may gamble or enter casinos.

In 2011, Adele named her second studio album 21, because of her age at the time.

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Hum, 21 years……

When I was the age 21: I was in my 3nd year of marriage.

When I was the age 21: I had been drinking for several years, 18 was the drinking age back then, it was changed to 21 after I had already turned 21 – lucky me.

When I was the age 21: I had been smoking for several years, I started at 16 and finally quit for the final time last year.

When I was the age 21: I most likely voted for the first time – I always wondered why I had to wait until 21 to vote, when I was required to register for the draft at age 18.

When I was the age 21: I have no idea what my first R-rated film I saw – the best top grossing R-rated film that year was ‘Stripes’ starring Bill Murray.

When I was the age 21: I do not believe I had gambled or been in a casino – I certainly have had my share of visits to a casino in the past several years.

When I was the age 21: I had no best selling album – but that year REO Speedwagon did, it was titled ‘Hi Infidelity’.

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Today is the 21st month of my blog!  My anniversary post is something different than the usual posts I write.

Unlucky Coincidence?

Today is the 20th month of my blog!  My anniversary post is something different than the usual posts I write.

Today is Friday the 13th – are you superstitious?

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Since I started my blog 20 months ago, there have been 2 previous Friday the 13ths with today making it 3.

These dates are –

Friday, November 13, 2015

Friday, May 13, 2016

Friday, January 13, 2017

Since I was born 56 years ago, there have been 97 previous Friday the 13ths with today making it 98.

I will not list all the dates here – you will just need to trust me on this.

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From nationalgeographic.com article Superstitious Numbers Around the World

Today is Friday the 13th—a day thought to be unlucky because of the idea that number 12 is “complete” (think apostles, months of the year, zodiac signs) and 13 is just … odd. That’s the explanation given by Joe Nickell, a senior research fellow and paranormal investigator for Skeptical Inquirer magazine.

But in other countries, different numbers are thought to be just as unlucky. In case 13 makes you nervous, here are five other numbers to avoid.

4: In China, the pronunciation of the word for the number four is similar to that of the Chinese word for death. Many buildings in China skip a fourth floor, just as U.S. builders sometimes omit floor 13.

9: Just as the number four has a bad-luck soundalike in Chinese, 9 is feared in Japan because it sounds similar to the Japanese word for torture or suffering.

17: Some Italians are superstitious about Friday the 17th because rearranging the Roman numeral XVII can create the word “VIXI”—translated from Latin to mean “my life is over.”

39: The number 39 gets a bad rap in Afghanistan. An NPR report explains: “Many Afghans say that the number 39 translates into morda-gow, which literally means ‘dead cow’ but is also a well-known slang term for a procurer of prostitutes—a pimp.” So when Afghans see a car with number 39 on the license plate, they head the other way.

Add the unlucky numbers 4 + 9 + 17 + 39 and you get 69.

Subtract my age 56 from 69 and you get 13.

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Coincidence?

No superstition here!

Today is the 20th month of my blog!  My anniversary post is something different than the usual posts I write.

I almost forgot

Earlier this year in April in my post ‘Anniversaries’, I wrote the following –

Gary and I usually do not celebrate the day we met and usually do not celebrate our birthdays – maybe we need to start.

Gary and I have not reached our 1st year wedding anniversary – but I think we should celebrate it.

After many years of being together, we exist and our relationship continues.  It may be that initial spark has dimmed, and our routines are played out each, and every day and we know the other so well we have become content and relaxed and comfortable.  This is good, but that spark that was lit upon meeting 13 years ago; should be revisited and celebrated – maybe we need to start – today!

In today’s post, I write the following –

Gary and I were married 1 year ago today; today is our 1 year wedding anniversary – I almost forgot.

Our lives together for more than a decade now has us living our lives comfortable with each other and being a little complacent.

When I started my blog; it was to be about my life without having opinions about politics, social events, religion and other topics that could cause conflict.  I do not desire conflict here on my blog – I do not need it – I do not want it.

Today I felt I needed to write about Gary, me and our marriage – it is after all our 1 year wedding anniversary.

Never in my mind would I have considered marriage again after my first marriage of decades ago.  And never in my mind would I have considered marriage to another man.

But it happened and accept it or not, it is a reality – my reality – Gary’s reality.

I love Gary very much, and at times I do not always display this – you know I can be a difficult person to live with.  I am moody, mean and complain about many things.  Gary puts up with me for reasons that are unknown to me, why does he do this?

Love, what’s love got to with it?  Everything; love is universal, love is blind, love is unlimited, love is forever, love is eternal.

That is my opinion about my marriage to another man – love, what’s love got to with it?

Everything.

I almost forgot.

my denarian decade

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Today is the 18th month of my blog!  My anniversary post is something different than the usual posts I write.

Today is November 13, 2016.

I decided to go back to the year I was 18 years old – 1978.

On this day back in 1978, Time magazine Vol. 112 No. 20 was on newsstands.  Viewing it you find fascinating articles related to our Nation, Business, the World, Education and other topics.

As these are interesting topics, I found in this addition the article ‘Television: Once in Love with Mary’ under the Arts and Entertainment topic and it caught my attention.  The article begins with the following –

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Few TV performers are as durable or as justly adored as Mary Tyler Moore. During the past 15 years she has become an unpretentious symbol of sophistication in a medium where that quality is usually considered a punishable offense. As Laura Petrie, the slightly daft heroine of the classic Dick Van Dyke Show, Moore demonstrated that sitcom suburban housewives did not have to be domestic ninnies chained to a kitchen sink. With her easy wit and sturdy intelligence, almost single-handed she brought TV out of the Lucille Ball-Donna Reed era.

Okay, this post is not about Time magazine; though I did write an interesting post related to it – you are welcome to read it by clicking this link ‘Time to read Time‘.

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For those of you my age, you remember Mary Tyler Moore?  In my younger days I watched the Dick Van Dyke Show and The Mary Tyler Moore Show.  The Mary Tyler Moore Show was a popular television series in the 1970s.

Other popular actors in well-known television series of the 1970s included Alan Alda for M*A*S*H, Farrah Fawcett for Charlie’s Angels, Jimmie Walker for Good Times, Telly Savalas for Kojak and Ricardo Montalban for Fantasy Island.

You know here on my blog, I have a dedicated category titled ‘My 70’s Music Collection‘, where I post information about songs of the 1970s.  Many times I refer back to the 1970s in posts; I think because, these were my years of influence.  The 1970s were my years of innocence and puberty; and my teen years.  I spent the 1970s from the age of 10 to the age of 20 – my denarian decade.

yourdictionary.com has the following –

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denarian. Noun. (plural denarians) One who is between the age of 10 and 19, inclusive.

Back in the 1970s, I liked Mary Tyler Moore and many other actors of that day and still do today.  Thinking about them and the shows they starred in bring great memories of a time when life seemed simpler.

Today is the 18th month of my blog!  My anniversary post is something different than the usual posts I write.

they, good, and, with, made

Today is the 17th month of my blog!  My anniversary post is something different than the usual posts I write.

What will my anniversary post be about today?

Today is 10/13/16

10 + 13 = 23

10 + 16 = 26

13 + 16 = 29

10 + 13 + 16 = 39

23 + 26 + 29 + 39 = 117

My 117th post is ‘Hello, Drive Thru Please!‘ and I picked the 23rd, 26th, 29th, 39th and 117th words to create this post.

Here are those words: they, good, and, with, made

I then did a search using these words that are displayed in song titles.

Here are my selections based on the specified words from my specified post –

(They Long to Be) Close to You by Carpenters

I’m Into Something Good – Herman’s Hermits

Bennie And The Jets – Elton John

Hit Me With Your Best Shot – Pat Benatar

You’ve Made Me So Very Happy by Blood, Sweat & Tears

I hope you enjoyed my music selections!

Today is the 17th month of my blog!  My anniversary post is something different than the usual posts I write.

one quarter of one thousand years

Today is the 16th month of my blog!  My anniversary post is something different than the usual posts I write.

The date is 9/13/16 and this is blog post 16.

What is the significance of 16?

I turned 16 in the year 1976.

Do you know the significance of this year in the history of the United States of America?

Per Wikipedia.org –

The United States Bicentennial was a series of celebrations and observances during the mid-1970s that paid tribute to historical events leading up to the creation of the United States of America as an independent republic. It was a central event in the memory of the American Revolution. The Bicentennial culminated on Sunday, July 4, 1976, with the 200th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.

Interesting information and facts –

Per slate.com –

It’s a simple question—perhaps so basic that it’s been overlooked: How old were the leaders of the American Revolution?

As it turns out, many Founding Fathers were younger than 40 years old in 1776, with several qualifying as Founding Teenagers or Twentysomethings. And though the average age of the signers of the Declaration of Independence was 44, more than a dozen of them were 35 or younger.

In 2026, America will turn 250 years old – I will be 66 years old.

What will this celebration be called?  What is the word that describes a 250-year anniversary?

Per wikipedia.org –

Sestercentennial

To express 2½ in Latin it would be expressed as “half-three”. The term relates to being halfway [from the second] to the third integer. In Latin this is “Sestertius” which is a contraction of semis (halfway) tertius (third)—hence Sestercentennial.

Semiquincentennial

Probably [attribution needed] a modern coined term: semi- (half) × quin (5) × centennial (100 years) = 250 years. Used by Brown University in 2015.

Bicenquinquagenary

Used by Princeton University in 1996, Reading, Pennsylvania in 1998, and Washington and Lee University in 1999. It is a coined word for an anniversary of 250 years, but the elements of the word literally refer to an anniversary of 10,000 years, as follows: bi- (2) × cen(t)- (100) × quinquagenary (50 years)

Quarter-millennial

Meaning one quarter of one thousand years.

I am not sure those in charge of the big 250-year celebration will have the official name picked long before 2026.  The celebration is only 10 years away; I would think the planning would have already started by now.

Whatever the name is picked to celebrate this occasion, I hope to be around to celebrate it and my 66th birthday also an anniversary of sorts for being on this earth.

Today is the 16th month of my blog!  My anniversary post is something different than the usual posts I write.

Crept

Today is the 15th month of my blog!  My anniversary post is something different than the usual posts I write.

Today is 08/13/2016

8 plus 13 equals 21

2016 divided by 21 equals 96

I went back to my 96th published post and found the 15th word.

That word is ‘Crept’.

Okay, write a post about crept.

merriam-webster.com has the following –

Definition of crept

past and past participle of creep

Rhymes with crept

sept, stepped, swept

grammarist.com has the following –

Creeped vs. crept

The verb to creep is traditionally inflected crept in the past tense and as a past participle. Creeped has crept into the language, however, and is now an accepted variant, though it might be considered informal or dialectal.

Crept is still considered preferable to creeped in almost all cases, with one main exception—in the past tense of the phrasal verb creep out, meaning to strike [someone] as weird in a frightening or off-putting way. As an inflection of this phrasal verb, creeped out is more common than crept out. Your spell check might catch creeped even when it’s used in creeped out, but spell check is wrong in this case.

From my 96th post, if I change my 15th word ‘crept’ to ‘creeped’, it would be the following –

I am 55 years old and I have aches and pains; some have slowly creeped up on me and others are due to injuries from exercising.

My word document did not underline it indicating it is okay to use.  But I do not think it works here, in the context of its meaning: I would find my aches and pains as weird in a frightening or off-putting way.

From Google, I entered the word ‘creeped’ and performed a search and selecting the ‘News’ category.

These top 4 search results were brought back.

Which of these headlines is using the word in the incorrect context of its meaning –

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Today is the 15th month of my blog!  My anniversary post is something different than the usual posts I write.