Taking A Break
With Holiday upon us, I decided I would take a break from the show. So, there will be no new show for the next two weeks. Dimland Radio will return January 9, 2021.
I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream For Licorice Ice Cream
Well, I scream for licorice ice cream. Not everyone appreciates the wonderfulness of the licorice flavor, but it’s been a favorite of mine since I was a kid. And in those days my source for that delectable treat was Bridgeman’s Restaurant and Ice Cream Parlor.
Sadly, decades ago, the local Bridgeman’s closed down and my favorite ice cream became impossible to find. I looked from time to time over the years and found similar items, but they were either fleetingly available or had some distance to travel and planning involved.
This past week, while at the Mom & Pop grocery store near my work, look at what I found!
Honey, He Followed Me Home! Can I Keep Him?
He wandered into the comic book store at which I work. He looked so sad and lonely as he stood there. I kept looking at him and my heart was breaking. I knew he needed a good home and I knew just the place.
I worked out a deal with the boss. We came to a price that we could both agree on and into the car my new friend went. (The price turned out to be nothing, because the owner decided to make this little fella my year-end bonus.)
It was then that I figured I should ask my wife if I could bring home an addition to our family. “I’ll take care of him. Feed him, walk him, clean up after him. Please, please, please!”
She said no.
Then I explained to her the concept of a fait accompli.
And now he has his own spot in my art studio at home. Right next to my special globe and the remains of a previous little fella that I brought home. I’m sure my new friend will fair better than that other one did.
A Republican Who Accepts Reality
He was early in his acceptance of Fearless Loser’s election defeat. He kept asking to see evidence of widespread voter fraud and the Trump campaign never offered any. All they did was cry fraud to the public, but then they sang a different tune in the courts. And the courts shot down every challenge, but one.
This Republican has also begun to plead with anti-maskers to mask up in order to save lives during this pandemic. He had the Covid and he knows how important it is to stay safe. He had been following the guidelines for months but he let his guard down for four days and he ended up in the ICU.
He is the former governor of New Jersey Chris Christie. He deserves some kudos for being on the right side of history with regard to the pandemic and the overwhelming repudiation of Pres. Trump by the American voters.
The Beginning Of The End Of The Pandemic In America
We still need to mask up, keep our distance, wash our hands, and stay home as much as possible, but Pfizer’s vaccine for COVID-19 has begun to be administered. Front line health workers are first and Vice Pres. Pence has jumped the line (he would have been second to last if I was scheduling the vaccine rollout) to get his. It will take time for the rest of us, but the end is in sight.
Still, be smart and stay safe!
The Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon
There is a podcast called Omnibus! which is hosted be Ken Jennings (Jeopardy! grand champion) and John Roderick (The Long Winters) and drops twice a week. It’s a history podcast of sorts and recently they talked about the Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon or as it as is more scientifically known the frequency illusion.
The coining of the term Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon predates the term frequency illusion and it made its first public appearance in the pages of the St. Paul Pioneer Press in the mid-90s. The section it first appeared in is known as the Bulletin Board, a feature for regular folks to contribute stories, jokes, photos, memories, observations, and complaints. The Bulletin Board is that series of conversations one hears at gatherings of friends and family. I was a frequent contributor back in the day and I remember when Gigetto On Lincoln (a fellow BB contributor) introduced us to the phenomenon.
I Mean, Can We Stop Saying Penultimate?
I’ve been hearing a couple things over and over lately. One is the word “penultimate” and the other is the phrase “I mean.”
Penultimate means next to last or second to last. And over the past couple of years I’ve been hearing more and more podcast hosts using the word. A YouTuber used t just recently when reviewing Paul McCartney’s new album and I’ve been hearing it elsewhere, even the boss said it the other day. I think we should give it a rest.
And younger folks keep starting their answers to any question asking their opinion with the phrase, “I mean…” That really has to stop! I mean, it’s just getting out of hand.
A Couple Christmas Blogs
I ended the show be reading two holiday-themed blogs I wrote for Warehouse Find, the official blog of Nostalgia Zone:
The film best version of A Christmas Carol.
How we lose those precious treasures from our youth.
Be patient. Wash your hands. Stay home. Stay safe. WEAR A MASK!
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Closing song: Angler’s Treble Hook by $5 Fiddle
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