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A Treasured Family Memory. In 33 Monosyllabic Words.

Our writing prompt for today is from Trifecta. In 33, one-syllable words, complete the story that begins with “The first time I saw …” After considering a few different ideas, I went with non-fiction.

The first time I saw …

… it, I threw it in the trash. I knew it would say no.

They all said no.

Hours passed. He looked at it.

“I don’t think it’s a no” was all he said.


Friday, February 12, 1999. The Day My Infertility Died.

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What about YOU?

Can you finish the story in 33 one-syllable words? Here. I’ll start you off. The first time I saw …


That Suburban Momma
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A Favorite Trio – Plus a WHOLE MESS of LPs for Sale Right Here

At long last, I give you the ODNT Great Online Record Sale of 2013. (There will never be another one, by the way.) Remember how my parents moved out of my childhood home last Spring? And how I was put in charge of selling off their old record collection? (Plus a paltry few of my brother’s and mine.) Well, I’m finally getting organized and am ready to share the list with you. Honestly, I don’t expect to sell many (if any!) here at all. I just really wanted to feature the list to demonstrate what colorful people my parents are. If you’re interested in anything below, we’ll figure out the details.

In the meantime, I’m also responding to a very short writing prompt from Trifecta asking me “for 33 of your own words about a famous trio.” So, I scanned the list. Easy. Here we go.

Performing since 1968, this trio was one of their favorites for as long as I can remember. “Spinning Wheel,” “And When I Die,” “One” … all great. But this song was always my favorite.

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Oh, Yeah. And I guess I should post the albums for you. If you see anything you’re interested in, please comment below or you can email me at olddognewtits.com. 

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Blues/Motown/R&B/Soul ( I really have no idea what I’m talking about here.)

The George Benson Collection

Peter Brown – Do you wanna get funky with me?

Ray Charles – Yes, Indeed

Isley Brothers – Between the Sheets

Stevie Wonder – Songs in the Key of Life


Broadway/Theater (This stuff I know. Ask me anything.)

A Little Night Music (original cast recording)

Annie (original cast recording) – two copies

Fiddler on the Roof (original cast recording w/Zero Mostel)

Fiddler on the Roof (original Broadway cast recording w/Mostel) (different album cover)

Godspell (Arista version)

Guys and Dolls

Guys and Dolls (original cast recording)

Into The Woods (original cast recording)

Little Shop of Horrors (original soundtrack recording)

Man of La Mancha (original cast recording)

Music from the Motion Picture West Side Story & others (Ferrante & Teicher)

My Fair Lady (w/Rex Harrison & Julie Andrews)

The Mystery of Edwin Drood (original cast recording)

Oliver (original broadway cast recording) – two copies

Porgy & Bess (original soundtrack recording)

Rodgers & Hammerstein Deluxe Set (Oklahoma, Carousel and The King & I)


The Sound of Music (original soundtrack recording)

West Side Story (The Columbia Treasury of the American Musical Theatre)

West Side Story (original soundtrack recording)

Children (More children’s stuff can be found under Christmas.)

Disneyland’s Peter Cottontail

Monster Mash Sounds of Terror

Walt Disney’s Happiest Songs

Walt Disney’s Merriest Songs ‘


The Bells of Christmas (Eddie Dunstedter)

Best of Christmas, Vol. 2

The Chipmunk Songs (The Bunnyhoppers)

Christmas Present (Andy Williams)

Christmas with the Chipmunks

 A Festival of Carols in Brass

The Great Songs of Christmas by the Greatest Artists of Our Time

The Great Songs of Christmas (Album 2)

The Great Songs of Christmas (Album 4)

The Great Songs of Christmas (Album 8)

I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus (Jimmy Boyd)

Ira Ironstrings Plays Santa Claus

Little Drummer Boy (Songs for Children)

Merry Christmas (Bing Crosby)

Merry Christmas from Sesame Street (1975)

Noel en France (Jacques Brison)

The Organ Plays at Christmas (Ken Griffin)

Pops Goes Christmas (Arthur Fiedler & the Boston Pops)

That Christmas Feeling (Bing Crosby)

Classical (Questions? I’ll ask my mom.)

24 Preludes, Op. 28 – Chopin (Pollini)

25 Most Beloved Melodies (from Operas, Symphonies  & Ballet)

1812 Overture – Tchaikovsky (Gould)

1812 Overture – Tchaikovsky (Borodine, Moussorgsky, etc.)

Appassionata – Beethoven’s Sonatas Nos. 23 & 2 (Robert Casadesus)

Beethoven & Bach (Glenn Gould & Leonard Berstein)

Leonard Bernstein – Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue & An American in Paris

Clair de Lune/Debussy (Aldo Ciccolini)

Complete Recordings of Handel’s Messiah

Concerto #1 – Tchaikovsky (Van Cliburn)

Concerto  #2 in C Minor – Rachmaninoff (Pennario)

Concerto #2 in F Minor, Op. 21 – Chopin  (Uninsky)

Falla/Bizet/Tchaikovsky (Maazel & Cleveland Orchestra)

Family Library of Great Music (Beethoven)

Arthur Fiedler, A Legendary Performer

Goldberg – Variationen BMV 988 – Bach (Kempff)

Grand Canyon Suite – Grofe (Gould)

Highlights from Handel’s Messiah (Bernstein)

Italian Concerto – Bach (Alicia de Larrocha)

Klavierkonzert NR. 5 – Beethoven (Claudio Arrau)

Kreisleriana Sonata #2 – Shumann (C. Arrau)

Les Preludes/Hungarian Rhapsodies – Liszt (Rudolph Schwarz)

Mostly Mozart, Vol. 3 (Alicia de Larrocha)

Mozart Piano Concertos (Ashkenazy)

Mozart Piano Concertos K466 & K491 (Brendel)

Number 1 in D Flat Minor – Prokofiev (Ashkenazy)

Overtures & Marches: Rossini, Donizetti, Schubert, etc.

Peter & the Wolf   Prokofiev (Kostelanetz)

Philadelphia Orchestra – Gala featuring Tchaikovsky, Debussy, Grieg & Ravel

The Piano Music of Chopin, Vol. 2 (Ashkenazy)

The Piano Music of Chopin, Vol. 5 (Ashkenazy)

Prokofiev Piano Concertos, Nos. 3&4 (Ashkenazy)

Rhapsody in Blue/Concerto in F – Gershwin (Hanson)

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 3 – Rachmaninoff (Fleisher)

Romeo & Juliet Overture – Tchaikovsky (London Symphony Orchestra)

Scheherazade – Rimsky –Lorsakov (Ormandy)

Sorcerer’s Apprentice/Mother Goose (Munch)

Strauss Waltzes (Royal Viennese Orchestra)

Strauss Set 481 (Kostelanetz)

Swan Lake – Tchaikovsky (Ormandy)

Symphony #3 “Organ” – Saint-Saens (Barenboim)

The World’s Favorite Concertos – Grieg & Rachmaninoff (Van Cliburn)

The World’s Favorite Piano Music (Van Cliburn)

The World’s Favorite Tchaikovsky – 1812 Overture (Ormandy)

Comedy (Loosely defined)

Bill Cosby – I Started Out as a Kid

Steve Martin – Wild & Crazy

Richard Pryor – Craps (After Hours) – even filthier than I remember

Smothers Brothers – Curb Your Tongue, Knave

Smothers Brothers – It Must’ve Been Something I Said

Compilation Albums (Lots more of this type can be found under Christmas.)

Best Songs of 1968 (Longines Symphonette Society)

Best Songs of 1969 (Longines Symphonette Society)

I Love Music – Original Hits by Original Stars (Ronco’s As Seen on TV 1976)

Tele House, Inc. presents Easy Listening

Theme Songs of the Big Band Era (Longines Symphonette Society)

Roger Williams – Songs of the Fabulous Forties, Pt. 1

Everything I Just Couldn’t Friggin’ Categorize

Nora Bayes (Snoops, the Lawyer) (I think this record was manufactured in 1919.)

Dance to the Best of (Irving) Berlin (Al Goodman & His Orchestra)

Carmen Cavallaro Plays his Showstoppers

Carmen Cavallaro Serenade (Italian Folk Songs)

Martin Denny  – The Sounds of Martin Denny – Exotica (rare)

Martin Denny – The Exciting Sounds of Martin Denny – Exotica, Vol. 2 (rare)

Martin Denny – The Exotic Sounds of Martin Denny – Primitiva (rare)

Earl Grant – The Ebb Tide & Other Instrumental Favorites

Mills Brothers – 14 Karat Gold

Mills Brothers – Till We Meet Again

The Music of Johann Strauss (Andre Kostelanetz) (recorded in 1942)

Joe “Fingers” Oshay Plays Honky Tonk Piano

Peggy Donaldson Smith – Shady Grove (dulcimer/banjo music – don’t all come running!)

The Sound of Tomorrow Today (Soundproof)

Spirit of 176 (That’s just GOTTA be a typo) – John Philip Sousa-style music

Sweetheart of Sigma Chi – Ivy Hall Glee Club & Orchestra

Billy Vaughn – Blue Velvet & 1963’s Greatest Hits

Exercise (Why does working out to a record seem totally hilarious to me?)

Linda Fratianne – Tune up with the Hits

Good Housekeeping’s Musical Plan for Reducing (dullest thing ever recorded  = awesome)


Folk Music – Compiled by Harold Courlander (appears to be way rare)

The Kingston Trio

The Kingston Trio – From the Hungry

Peter, Paul & Mary

The Best of Peter, Paul & Mary – Ten Years Together

Foreign …  or Foreign-ish

Aloha Kauai – Songs from the Garden Island

Herb Alpert’s Tijuana Brass – Whipped Cream & Other Delights

Herb Alpert’s Tijuana Brass – Going Places

Baja Marimba Band – Watch Out!

Juliette Greco – Les Grandes Chansons (French)

Claudine Longet (French)

Jazz/Ragtime/New Orleans/Dixieland

Best of Louis Armstrong

Louis Armstrong Hit Parade

Louie and the Dukes of Dixieland

Oscar “Papa” Celestin – The Dixieland King

Best of Dixieland

Best of the Dukes of Dixieland

Dixieland from the Famous Door

Dixieland, My Dixieland (Rampart Street Paraders)

Dukes of Dixieland

Pete Fountain’s New Orleans at Midnight

Ahmad Jamal Trio at the Pershing – But not for me

Henry Mancini – The Music of Peter Gunn

Mr. New Orleans Meets Mr. Honky Tonk (w/ Pete Fountain)

The Music of New Orleans (music of the streets/music of mardi gras) (Samuel Charters)

Wally Rose – Honky Tonkin’

Chuck Sagle & his Orchestra – Ping Pong Percussion

Sweet Emma & the Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Lawrence Welk’s Ragtime Gal Joanne Castle

Johnny Wiggs – New Orleans Jazz

Teddy Wilson & Red Norvo – Improvisations


Movie Soundtracks

The Big Chill

The Eddy Duchin Story (w/Tyrone Power)

The Eddy Duchin Story (Carmen Cavallaro)

Gigi (Original Cast Soundtrack)

How the West Was Won

A Man and a Woman

Music of 2001: A Space Odyssey

Saturday Night Fever

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

The Wizard of Oz (original soundtrack recording)


Aida Highlights – Verdi (Torino)

La Boheme – Puccini (Renata Tebaldi)

The Mikado featuring Martyn Green, Barbara Troxell & James Pease

Opera Without Singing – Puccini’s La Boheme & Madame Butterfly (Fielder & Boston Pops)

Suite for Orchestra from Carmen – Bizet (St. Louis Symphony Orchestra)

Pop/Rock (From the 1950s until DVDs killed the Phonograph Star)

The B52s (self-titled)

Abba – The Album

The Backbeats – All The Fun in the World (NOLA band featuring Vance DeGeneres)

The Beach Boys – Endless Summer

The Beatles –Alpha Omega (4 disc anthology)

Blood, Sweat & Tears

Blood, Sweat & Tears Greatest Hits

Boston – Third Stage

The Carpenters – A Song For You

Chicago Transit Authority (who would later become Chicago)

Eric Clapton – Slow Hand

Chris Deburgh – Into the Light

Def Leppard – Hysteria

The Drifters Greatest Hits

The Fifth Dimension – The Age of Aquarius

Haysi Fantayzee – Battle Hymns for Children Singing

Thelma Houston – I Got The Music in Me

Michael Jackson – Thriller

Elton John’s Greatest Hits

Journey’s Greatest Hits

KC & the Sunshine Band

Don McLean – American Pie

Ohio Players Gold

Elvis Presley – Golden Records

Psychedelic Furs – Forever Now

Queen – A Night at the Opera

Linda Ronstadt’s Greatest Hits

Boz Scaggs – Silk Degrees

Paul Simon – Greatest Hits

Simon & Garfunkel Greatest Hits

Cat Stevens Greatest Hits

Styx – Crystal Ball

Styx – Grand Illusion

James Taylor Greatest Hits

Three Dog Night – Naturally

Best of Jethro Tull

War Greatest Hits

The Windows – Runnin’ Alone (Handed to me by a radio DJ who drove by my school)

Woodstock – Music from the Original Soundtrack and More

WRNO The Rock Album, Vol. 2

Solo Artists I like because of my parents

Bing Crosby’s Greatest Hits

John Denver – Back Home Again

John Denver’s Greatest Hits

John Denver – I Want to Live

John Denver – Rocky Mountain High

Judy Garland & Liza Minnelli – Live at the London

Olivia Newton John’s Greatest Hits

Barry Manilow Live

Liza Minnelli – It Amazes Me

Liza Minnelli  – Liza with a Z

Liza Minnelli – New Feelin’

Anne Murray – You Needed Me

Barbra Streisand – My Name is Barbra

Barbra Streisand – My Name is Barbra 2

Barbra Streisand’s Greatest Hits

Barbra Streisand’s Greatest Hits 2

Solo Artists I tolerated because of my parents

Andy Williams – Call Me Irresponsible & Other Hit Songs from the Movies

Andy Williams – Days of Wine and Roses

Tom Jones –  Live in Las Vegas

Wayne Newton – Live in Las Vegas (Danke Schoen is not on this one.)

Swing/Big Band

Benny Goodman & His Orchestra – A Treasury of Immortal Performances

The Great Vocalists of the Big Band Era

John Keating & Band – Swing Revisited

45 records

AC/DC – Back in Black/You Shook Me All Night Long

Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock – Joy & Pain/Times are Getting’ Ill

Louis Bertignac & les Visiteurs – Ces idees-la/Les bêtes (French)

Bread – If/Mother Freedom

Black Sabbath – Iron Man/Paranoid

Shaun Cassidy – Da Doo Ron Ron/Holiday

Shaun Cassidy – Teen Dream/Do You Believe in Magic

Corynne Charby – Pile ou Face/Elle Part (Dans ses Reves) (French)

Patsy Cline Crazy/Your Cheating Heart

Phil Collins – Take Me Home/Only You Know and I Know

Sam Cooke – Another Saturday Night/Send Me Some Lovin’

Chris De Burgh – The Lady in Red/Fatal Hestitation

Dirty Dancing – I’ve Had the Time of My Life & Love is Strange

Erasure –  A Little Respect/Like Zsa Zsa Gabor

Falco – Rock Me Amadeus (American Edit)/Rock Me Amadeus (Canadian Version)

Happy Birthday/Peter Pan (Book & Record) (no book) (children)

Dan Hill – Longer Fuse/Sometimes When We Touch

Jackson 5 – Ben/I Wanna Be Where You Are

Howard Jones – New Song/Conditioning

Howard Jones – No One is to Blame/The Chase

Kon Kan – I Beg Your Pardon

LL Cool J – I Need Love/My Rhyme Ain’t Done

Led Zeppelin – Hey, Hey What Can I Do/Immigrant Song

Les Innocents – Jodie/Un Reve en Radio (French)

Manfred Mann – Blinded by the Light/Spirit in the Night

Don McLean – Vincent/Dreidel

The Meters – Mardi Gras Mambo/Jambalaya

The Models – Fool to Try/It Isn’t Over

Motley Crue – Smoking in the Boys Room/Home Sweet Home

Anne Murray – You Needed Me/I Still Wish the Very Best You

The Platters – My Dream/I Wanna

Tony Orlando/Dawn – Tie a Yellow Ribbon/Say, Has Anybody Seen My Sweet Gypsy Rose?

Elvis Presley – Can’t Help Falling In Love With You/Rock-A-Hula Baby

Lionel Ritchie – Truly/Just Put Some Love in Your Heart

Lionel Ritchie – You Are/You Mean More to Me

Sounds Orchestral – To Wendy with Love/Cast Your Fate to the Wind

Superbowl Shuffle (Chicago Bears)

Thin Lizzy – The Boys Are Back in Town/Jailbreak

Three With Spirit – Deniece Williams/The Emotions/Ramsey Lewis (plays at 33?)

The Tokens – The Lion Sleeps Tonight/B’Wa Nina

The Troggs – Wild Thing/Love is All Around

The Turtles – Happy Together/She’d Rather Be With Me

Van Halen – Jump/House of Pain

Van Halen – When It’s Love/Cabo Wabo

Van Morrison – Brown Eyed Girl/T.B. Sheets

Billy Vera and the Beaters – At This Moment/Peanut Butter

Von de Paradiesvogeln – Heute gehn wir nicht nach Hause (German)

The Who –You Better You Bet/Don’t Let Go the Coat

Wind – Lass die Sonne in dein Herz/Immer Dabei (German)

Stevie Wonder – Saturn/Ebony Eyes/All Day Sucker/Easy Goin’ Evening (plays at 33?)

See anything you like? Comment below or shoot me an email at olddognewtits.com. I’m using eBay to estimate average values. And, after a short while, I’m turning all the boxes over to a friend of mine who’s way better at all of this stuff than me. Thanks for indulging me. :)  


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ODNT, Jr. Strikes Again … and this time she brought a friend

Two Tweenagers, One iPad and a Dream

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ODNT, Jr. and her BFF made it for me yesterday. They could have created it about absolutely anything … but they chose this subject.

It’s meaningful, it’s imaginative and it’s completely covered in Ketchup.

I can think of no better way to spread the word … or the ketchup …. about the offbeat writing link-up I co-host with Mel on the 1st and 15th of every month. Thanks to Viv and Alex for creating this great little video for us. And thanks to Trifecta for serving as a great mentor for fledgling link-ups like Ketchup With Us. Truly, we relish the fact that we mustered the courage to launch this saucy little experiment at all.

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Ketchup #21 is live right now.

The link-up closes late on Monday, July 8. Come play.

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Trifecta Writing Assignment: “This weekend, we  are asking for a thirty-three word free-write.

Any topic, any style — just give us your best thirty-three.”


That Suburban Momma

Of Pomp, Of Circumstance and Of Dean

He … has all the nerve.

He … stands firm on the ground underneath him.

I … am reticent.

I … am scared, needy.

How will I ever make it through?

It is quite the paradigm shift.


My boy and me on his 7th grade trip to D.C. last February. With Lincoln, with Washington & with the very residence where I’ll be visiting him about 40 years.

He’ll be the nicest one we’ve ever had.


Congratulations, Dean. Class of 2013.

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This weekend’s Trifecta assignment? “We are asking for exactly 33 words, 30 of your own and three of the following: topple paradigm underneath nerve honey loop”


Birds of Prey (TrifectaWriting)

Trifecta weekend writing assignment – “Choose one of the pictures below and give us a 33-word response to it.” Of the three they provided, I chose this one.


(Photo courtesy of ZeroOne / Foter.com / CC BY-SA)

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Birds of Prey

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(scanning area) “Mercedez windshield? Boooorrrring. Bronze Memorial? Soooo predictable. Black Armani? Mmmmaybe.” (sigh) “Come on, Sheldon. You can do this. Think bigger.” (jumps to feet) “Wait. Is that ….?”(sound of airplane spiraling downward)


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Stolen Shoe Giveaway AND a Trifecta writing assignment

Anyone remember the mysterious shoes that showed up on my doorstep last monthAnd, more importantly, anyone remember when I learned they were purchased by my dumbass credit card thief and decided to give them away here at ODNT?

Well, ladies and gentlemen …. THE SHOES HAVE SPOKEN!!

So now, in a spectacular display of womanly multitasking, I will reveal the winner of the contest while also answering Trifecta’s current writing prompt: “This weekend we’re asking for 33 words about a new beginning.”

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Putting the Shoe on the Other Foot

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In an effort to cleanse the souls (or should that be soles?) of these ill-begotten shoes and give them new purpose, I have elected to award them to my daughter’s fifth grade teacher.

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Here she is now. Enjoying them in all of their newly-emerged-butterfly purity.

Screw you, thief.


Flu … for @TrifectaWriting

The Trifecta writing assignment this weekend asks for “33 of your own words that exorcise a demon. One of your own, or one from your imagination.” My response is either perfect for this prompt or I’ve descended into hallucinatory, oatmeal-for-brains madness.

I can never be sure.

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Her body stiffens. She is simultaneously hot and cold. The blanket antagonizes her skin. Breathing is labored. Involuntary attempts at expelling the impurity only heighten the pain.

And so she reaches for it.

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