Blame it on that silly television show, “Mike and Molly,” with the
indomitable Melissa McCarthy and her husband’s character played by
Billy Gardell! I had the song, “Elvira,” with its quirky words
playing in my ear all day today! “Giddy up, Hi ho, Silver!” and
more of those lyrics are like the “earwigs” that you just cannot
get out of your head! Mike’s mother had an 8 track tape of the song,
stuck in her car. Mike’s car was needing to be repaired. He gets
permission to borrow the car. If there is a youtube clip of last
night’s show, with his two African American friends, one a cop and
another a regular coffee shop guy, you must watch it! Especially,
with Billy Gardell’s character, Mike, voicing the words that include
the “Oompa wow wow’s” and the three grown men, actually acting
like they are riding a horse, you will laugh so hard!
(Thanks to Oak Ridge Boys, who released this in 1981.)
I was going to start with a wish for you to have a “Happy Hump
Day!” Then, due to my being a little ‘off’ today, in a whole
different frame of mind, I thought of a fun set of word plays,
making it more like “Have a Loopy Hump Day!”
Humps are due to our getting up the hill and supposedly, for the
rest of the week, it will be smooth sailing down that hill. I hope
this hump wasn’t too big of a challenge for you to reach! Many of
us were saying we were ‘hung over’ due to too much chocolate and
sugar intake over the weekend!
Humps make me, of course, think of the various animals with humps,
like the camel and humpback whale. Then, my mind wanders off to
rhymes, “Does anyone still ask those polite words, at tea, ‘Do you
want one lump or two?’” (I suppose that the British ‘high’ tea,
still includes good etiquette, but wonder if people still buy sugar
cubes to carry out this practice?)
While minds are unraveling, (or are you ‘unwinding’ yet?) I think of
the poor man who is the “Hunchback of Notre Dame.” I feel for those
who have deformities and see my Mom’s posture slipping, with a small
little hump forming on the back of her neck. I am trying to tell all
around me, to remind me to put my shoulders back and straighten up!
Train of thought is taking me into a dark tunnel and I may just get
‘off track’ completely!
I do think that it is sad when people used to put lumps of coal into
‘naughty’ children’s stockings…
Even though hemp and hump aren’t rhymes or even related, have you
heard they are now able to dispense medicinal marijuana out of new
vending machines? (Of course, you will need a valid I.D. and a
I also heard that Willie Nelson claims that by smoking pot, instead
of cigarettes, that it ‘reversed his emphysema!’ Apparently, he was
diagnosed with this disease while in his forties, smoking cigarettes.
Supposedly, Willie got concerned about his singing voice, so he chose
to quit the one bad habit and continue on with smoking weed.
In the pursuit of some smiles and chuckles, I have a few more
entertaining tidbits that I heard recently. Trivia Pursuit always
was one of my favorite family games…
Do you remember the television show, “Wings?” My parents and I liked
it, due to its ensemble cast and ongoing jokes. It was set in a small
airport in Connecticut, where the young, attractive woman who ran the
coffee shop, was played by Crystal Bernard. You may remember one of
her interesting qualities was, she was a talented musician, singing
and also, playing a cello.
“Wings” included the roles of two brothers, one who was responsible
and the other; less so. They were the “Hackett Brothers,” owners of
the fictitious, “Tom Nevers Field” Airport.
You may know that the people, ‘graduated’ and found new adventures
after the show ended. The man who sat in the coffee shop, who was a taxi
driver, was played by Tony Shalhoub. He moved on to have a successful
show called, “Monk.” Then, one of the brothers, the one who was a little
on the wild side, (Steven Weber played him,) was recently on one of my
favorite re-makes, “Dallas.” Steven Weber is playing the governor of
Then, I spotted on last night’s funniest comedies, where a female lead
is just hysterical. “The Mindy Project” stars Mindy Kaling, an Indian
woman who is a gynecologist.
Last night, (4/22/14), another celebrity ‘grad’ from “Wings” was on her
show, playing a cop. His name is Tim Daly, who was the dark haired
‘responsible’ Hackett brother.
By the way, “Wings,” ran for seven years from 1990 until 1997. Its
setting was in a small town in New England. Most of the scenes, like
another one of my favorite ‘oldies’ “Barney Miller” (which seemed to
never leave the squad room.) Well, the “Wings’” characters never seemed
to fly anywhere! They were mostly ‘stuck’ in the airport terminal or
occasionally, the hangar.
Pretty good, clean-cut comedy that has a fond place in my heart. There
was a wacky woman who played the ‘reservations’ clerk, who was an elderly
lady. No one could ‘put one over’ on her! She was portrayed by Rebecca
Schull. Thomas Haden Church’s character was the aircraft mechanic. He
left the show in 1995, to be in other character roles, both television
and in movies… like “Spider Man,” “Sideways,” and a really fantastic
movie about life and death, “We Bought a Zoo,” with Matt Damon as the
lead, while T. H. Church is a real ‘character’ in it!
A sports trivia question could include, “What Columbus team may make a
National Playoffs?” It would be the Columbus Blue Jackets!! They have
made it to Game #4 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs!
Hurrah, for the Blue Jackets! They play the Pittsburg Penguins at 7 p.m.
The lovely Sally Field graces a woman’s magazine looking mighty fine, with
a pretty Spring dress on. She had to gain numerous pounds to portray one of
her finest acting roles as Mary Todd Lincoln, in the movie, “Lincoln.” She
is best known for her humorous roles, her acting career started while only 19
years old in “Gidget” and then, “The Flying Nun.” I loved her in, “Places in
the Heart” and her Academy Award winning role as, “Norma Rae.” Single men,
did you know she has been single for nearly 20 years? (Divorced in 1975.)
Sally is only 9 years and 9 days older than I am and I have been so lucky
to have sometimes been told I ‘remind’ people of her, including my little
I did a recent post about the famous Pharrell Williams’s song, “Happy.”
I could not believe my ears today, on the radio, hearing David Lee Roth,
of Van Halen fame singing along to “Happy!” I mean, the man is a Rock
and Roll legend, inducted to their Hall of Fame in 2007. Do you expect
the man who made the songs, “You Really Got Me” and “Jump” to sing this
song… Wait! There isn’t much of a “leap” from his song, “Jump” to the
Now, the final smile that will also produce an “Awwh!” from all of you,
is the story about the couple whose house burned down in Connecticut.
It was such a shame, for Megan and Bryan who lived together. But, the
wonderful ‘love story’ with a ‘happily ever after’ ending is that he
confided in one of the firefighters, who stayed and sifted with him,
through all the ashes to find…
The diamond engagement ring that Brian had bought Megan!
Once found, Brian got on his knee and proposed to Megan!
The viewers were neighbors and firefighters, alike!
A week after their home burned down and everything in it,
they got married right in front of the house’s site!
Sent you some smiles, while “I served up a plate” of Wacky
Wednesday trivia information!