Through George Hrab’s Geologic Podcast I learned about Zenni Optical. Zenni is an online site that offers eye glasses at low, low prices. Geo talked about how the website has become something of an addiction for him. He says he owns several pairs of glasses he bought from Zenni.
Glasses can cost $300, $400, $500. That’s way expensive for most anybody, but this site offers glasses for $20, $30, $40. We can get glasses through our insurance for a similarly low price, but the selection is limited and our vision needs to change by a specified percentage. So, we checked out the site and we ordered a pair of glasses for each of us.
Amy got a pair of prescription sunglasses and Hayden and I picked an extra pair of regular glasses for ourselves. I have never owned a second pair of glasses enabling me to change my look as the mood hits me. Now I can. I can go Buddy Holly-ish or 1960s science professor.
Zenni is not a sponsor, but I recommend them. I hope this doesn’t become an addiction for me.
I’m Living On The Air In Cincinnati
I decided to take a little nostalgic trip back to the late 70s and early 80s to talk about the classic TV sit-com WKRP In Cincinnati. The show aired for four years with 86 episodes. The series centered on a low in the ratings radio station that had just hired a new program director. He was determined to turn the station around and increase its ratings. He was going to do that by changing the format from elevator music to rock ‘n’ roll.
The characters of the station were likeable and funny and well played by the cast. The show broached many important topics: Payola, drug use, women’s rights, race relations, homophobia, transphobia, terrorism, the censorship of the religious right, the Vietnam War, and the festival seating disaster that led to 11 dead Who concert-goers in December, 1979. Some topics were admittedly handled better than others (the homophobia and transphobia were two of the topics that could have been done better), but to bring them up helped make the series better than much of the other shows television had to offer. Broaching the topics however awkwardly at least put them into the discussion. And it was consistently funny.
The music was vitally important to the show. Creator Hugh Wilson insisted that the music used not be soundalikes, but the real thing. That could be expensive, but they found ways to stretch the budget for music. It really worked to the show’s advantage, but it also killed the syndication run when the music rights ran out.
And, of course, there was the classic turkey drop episode.
“As God As my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.”
A Dimland Pedantic Moment: You’re Gonna Need More Records
Admittedly, this pedantic moment was a bit tortured in how I approached it, but that’s pedantry for you.
In that first episode of WKRP, program director Andy Travis (Gary Sandy) decided to change the format right away. DJ Johnny Caravella (Howard Hesseman) pointed out that he didn’t have any records. Andy handed him a stack, “Now you do.” And zap the format was changed. Johnny immediately became Dr. Johnny Fever and he even got to say booger on the air. (An offense that got him fired from a previous job.)
The thing is Andy only handed Johnny ten or so albums. I went through some twists and turns and came up with that being maybe ten hours of on air music. That’s if you include commercial, news, and DJ banter breaks. I even allowed for one of the albums being one of those K-Tel Records hits compilations. The playlist is going to be quite limited.
Here’s a bonus show notes edition Pedantic Moment. Johnny cues up that first rock song to be played, which, by the way, is Queen of the Forest by Ted Nugent from his debut self-titled album, it is clearly the first track on the side of the LP Johnny picked. Well, the song is actually the last track of the album.
Fearless Leader Advocating Eugenics, Not Bothered By 200,000 Dead
Continuing his COVID Infect-a-thon rallies around the country, Pres. Trump, while buttering up Minnesotans in Bemidji about their healthy genes said, “The racehorse theory. You think we’re so different?” That’s him referencing eugenics. I don’t want a president who might think eugenics is a good idea. Here’s more on eugenics.
At another rally he indicated the 200,000 dead were mostly old people and people with pre-existing conditions, such as asthma and diabetes. Oh? Oh, then that’s OK. Waitaminute. All lives matter, don’t they?
I guess not.
President Trump also believes that herd “mentality” (he meant immunity) would make the COVID disappear without a vaccine. To achieve herd immunity at least 70% of Americans would need to get it. That’s approximately 231,000,000 people. With the death rates being, let’s go with the low end, 1% that would mean more than 2 million Americans would die.
All lives matter?
In regards to recent infection rates, it is interesting how the ten worst states with regards to new COVID case rates all went for Trump in 2016, while the ten best states all went to Hillary Clinton. The numbers are complicated and were different early in the pandemic than they are now. This might be a little selective in the presenting of the numbers, but it’s still interesting.
A Cool Thing: 20 Great Guitar Riffs By The Who
I spotted this on the YouTube. It’s a young musician playing what he thinks are the twenty best guitar riffs played by Pete Townshend with his band The Who.
Be patient. Wash your hands. Stay home. WEAR A MASK! Stay safe.
Dimland Radio opening theme song: Ram by The Yoleus
First ad break bumpers: Electric Lash by The Church and (The) Wait by Killing Joke
Second ad break bumpers: Empty Glass by Pete Townshend and (The) Girl Who Lives On Heaven Hill by Husker Du
Closing song: Angler’s Treble Hook by $5 Fiddle
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