Sunday, December 21, 2014

Scattershooting 12-21-14

Scattershooting while wondering whatever happened to the great

Sunday's Summary

My incomplete recap of the week

We were in Grapevine around lunch time today and Joe's Crab Shack happened to be right in front of us when we decided to eat. What a difference a decade makes. The place looks exactly the same but there has been a severe falloff in business. Back in the day there was often a wait for lunch if you got there a little after noon. Today there were maybe a dozen customers in the place. The food was fine and the beer was cold. Wonder how they do for happy hour and dinner? That used to be SRO too.

A #TuneTuesday entry. This song was just announced as a Grammy Hall of Fame inductee. It was released in November 1966. In 1967 it reached #1 on the R&B chart and #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. It's sung by the great Aaron Neville. His first big hit. Here is Tell It Like It Is

I think it's time.

It's a sad day for sarcasm and political humor. The last Colbert Report airs tonight on Comedy Central. We'll have to wait until sometime after May 2015 for Stephen to reappear as the host of The Late Show. The Colbert Report has been must view TV at my place for years. It will be missed.

Time for a Christmas ‪#‎TBT‬. Here is Matt all dressed up for his first Christmas. This was 1992 and young Santa was six months old. Unfortunately there is an old bald elf in the pictures too.

Merry Christmas!

Has anybody in North Texas seen the sun lately. I'm feeling a little low on vitamin D.

We're getting closer -

More proof that geography is not a strong point of college athletics. In the new 12 team AAC conference alignment Cincinnati is in the East division and Navy is in the West.

Another sad day in the comedy world. Last night (12/18) was the final Colbert Report and tonight (12/19) is the last Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. It's been a fun ten years. Goodbye to Craig, Geoff and Secretariat. You guys made me laugh and cry many nights. Thanks.

Another TV milestone tonight. It will be the last Christmas program for the Late Show with David Letterman. There are two great traditions. One is Jay Thomas knocking the meatball off the top of the Christmas tree with a football and telling the great Lone Ranger story. The second is the Darlene Love performance of Christmas (Baby Please Come Home). Here is her first appearance in 1986 -

And here is the performance from last year -

For another dreary day here is the perfect song. It's sung by the Walker Brothers who were neither brothers nor Walkers. Still, it's a good song from 1966. Here is The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine (Anymore) -

For the last few days Encore Western has been promoting that starting in January they will be broadcasting "Death Valley Days". They are also going to air "Wanted Dead or Alive". I remember having a 20 Mule Team model when I was a kid. It was a bear to put together. Looking forward to seeing the old episodes. 

It's the final ‪#‎SongSunday‬ before Christmas so here is my favorite holiday song. I'm not alone in thinking this is the best Yuletide song by the best singer. The song was written in 1944 and has been covered by numerous singers. The best singer, Nat King Cole, recorded it four times. Here is the iconic rendition of The Christmas Song.
Merry Christmas and keep your chestnuts warm -


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