"Use All The Crayons!" newsletter No. 95

Today's theme ... "Random Friday"

Today’s theme: “Random Friday”

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Video of the Week: “How I Became A 120-year-old man …” Recorded Nov. 5, at the Sewickley Men’s Social Club.


Show recommendation of the Week: “Dopesick” on Hulu is a devastating indictment of how even good men and women can succumb to drugs (and greed). Michael Keaton stars, but the performances are universally excellent. Oh, and the whole family enjoyed the new Bond “No Time To Die” flick.


• Zeitgust Word of the Week (a word I made up with the goal of getting it into an actual dictionary) …

Fuddy-Daddy: A male parent who wishes, goldarnit, TVs would go back to just 13 channels, that phones were still phone-shaped and that his adult kids still looked up to him the way they did when he was 32 and they were 4.


Randoms …

• Argue with music fans over the greater cultural irony: Roger Daltrey still singing, “Hope I die ’fore I get old,” or Madonna still singing, “Like a Virgin.”

• Colorful Conversation Starter: Ask strangers if they think there’s a swear box in Hell, if it’s always full, and what sorts of public improvement projects get the proceeds.

• Wonder if anyone in the Lewis and Clark expedition ever complained about things like lactose intolerance.

• “Dust bunnies” is a perfectly acceptable cutesy name for the collection of dust, hair and fuzz tumbleweeding beneath your bed. But calling it “ghost shit” will seem more fun and original.

• Wonder if alpha walruses ever get into beach shoving matches shouting, “I am the walrus!” and another replies, “No! I am the walrus!"

• Be so patient that one day you can boast that you’ve actually watched a pot boil.

• Suggest we could reduce painful race issues if black and white people would, ironically enough, stop looking at all race issues like everything was so black and white.


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