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"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." - Shady Del Knight

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Season 8 - Episode 17: Mr. Monk and the Liverwurst..... or is it Liverbest?

Hello, ladies and gentlemen. I'm Natalie Teeger.

Welcome to the SDMM-BOTB-VIP Awards Banquet.
Tonight, special guest Mr. Adrian Monk will announce
the winner of last Monday's spin-off. Two UK acts
 covered original recordings by U.S. artists and
voters picked the UK cover they liked more.

As you can see, Natalie, I'm well suited for the role
of presenter. That's..... a little joke there.....

If I may call your attention to the projection screen
you will see that this week's contestants are as follows...

Just a minute, Natalie. The projection screen is... be seen. Okay, now we're good.

Lulu covering
Little Eva's "The Trouble With Boys"

and The Liverbirds covering
Sir Douglas Quintet's "She About a Mover."

I have just been handed a note from Mr. Shady Del Knight that reads: "Madam Chairwoman... I..... Shady Del Knight..... representing the proud state of pandemonium..... do hereby cast my entire block of votes, all one of them, for solo songbird Lulu. The Liverbirds all girl garage band did a nice job of covering Sir Douglas Quintet's 'She's About a Mover,' renamed 'He's About a Mover' and rendered from a female P.O.V. However, I don't care much for the song itself no matter who sings it, and I especially disliked the faster tempo used by the L-Birds. I enjoyed Lulu's rendition of 'The Trouble With Boys' much more. It starts with a great song and 'The Trouble With Boys,' a Jack Keller - Gerry Goffin composition, is just that. Fifteen year old Scottish lass Lulu performed the song in the innocent, immature style of Little Eva and U.S. girl groups of the early 60s. Lulu's vocals combined with a top notch studio orchestra and exciting arrangement to yield an ear pleasing Brit girl cover. I am a fan of Brill Building songs and the Brill Building sound. 'The Trouble With Boys' is a great one and my vote goes to Lulu!"


This was an exciting, dramatic contest that reminded
me of the race in the fable The Tortoise and the Hare.
The Liverbirds jumped out to an early lead, receiving
the first 5 votes in a row. It looked like a blowout
was in the making but, in the hours and days that
 followed, Lulu's legions showed up at the polls.
Lulu rallied, chipping away at the Liverbirds'
advantage until she and the L-Birds were
running neck and neck and heading
toward a photo phinish. Did Lulu
manage to overcome that huge
deficit, or was it too little too late?
Don't ask me because I don't know.
Just like you I'm on the edge of my seat
awaiting the official announcement
from Mr. Adrian Monk. :)


Going into this round of the BOTB, Anne O'Leary,
host of O'Leary Miniatures, was the only reader friend
whose votes matched mine in all three previous contests.
Did Anne match my vote again? The answer is YES!
Anne voted for Lulu, extending our winning streak
to 4 games!  (I assure you that Anne and I do not
compare notes in advance to make sure that our
votes are in sync! :) Can Anne and I make it
five matches in a row? Find out in my next
BOTB when Led Zeppelin takes on
Fez from That '70s Show. :)
Natalie, back to you!

And now, here once again with
the results of the vote and the
announcement of the winner... 
is Mr. Monk.




(Write-in vote for "There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly")

But... oh my..... this is not good.
It would have been so much better if
the battle had ended in a tie... a nice...
equal amount of votes for each artist.

I know what happened.

The Liverbirds look a lot like the Beatles. Subconsciously, people who voted for the Liverbirds were voting for that famous Liverpool boy band when they voted for this Liverpool girl band.

Subconsciously, people who voted for Lulu were voting for the sweet innocence of youth and the safer world that we once knew.

But this final score of 12 to 10... it's... really... not... good. It's... it's... actually... ungood ... that we don't have a tie. I was hoping the vote would end up nice... and even... like 10 to 10... or 20 to 20... or 100 to 100 would have been... so... perfect. Please Shady, it's not too late to make this right. Withdraw your vote and throw out one of the other Lulu votes to make the score 10 to 10.  Or maybe Natalie and I could still vote for the Liverbirds and both artists will have an even dozen.  Please do the right thing, Shady, so that we can all sleep tonight!  And don't get me started about that Burl Ives song!!!

C'mon, Mr. Monk. let's get you home.

I'll turn you loose on the lawn and you can
make sure every blade of grass is the same height.


  1. Great job with your contest and the creative and very funny use of Monk and Natalie to announce the winner. I was surprised by the outcome. I expected more people to vote for the rock band. I think Lulu ended up with more votes because she is better known and they associate her with To Sir With Love.

    Well-played, Mr. Shady!

    1. Hi, Kathryn! Thanks for reporting in and giving your reaction to the final score.

      I'm glad you appreciated this "guest post" featuring Mr. Monk and his personal assistant Natalie Teeger. Maybe I should have used "My Sharona" as one of the songs in this battle. :)

      I think you're right about Lulu. It's hard to ignore the fact that she is a proven hit maker. That might have influenced some of the votes. I was happy to see several people agreeing with me that "The Trouble With Boys" is a great song no matter who sings it.

      Thank you again for playing, dear Kathryn, and have a wonderful week!

  2. Thanks for the laugh, dear friend Shady! I love how you wrote this blog and used Monk's and Natalie's humor! I just woke up and love the smile on my face now. :)

    YAY about Lulu! Though I guess Kathryn is right - Lulu is a hit maker and people probably associate her more with the hits than a band that just looks aesthetically pleasing. Just a theory, though I think more people today like music where the members are "hot." That's the only way I can fathom how some groups like One Direction or the Biebs get popular in the first place.

    Have a wonderful Sunday, Shady!

    1. Hi, dear Jessica Marie! Thanks for attending the award ceremony this morning! Nothing makes me happier than putting a smile on the face of a dear friend... and that be you.

      I totally agree with you about "hot." In 1979, The Buggles had a hit with the song "Video Killed the Radio Star":

      There are several interpretations of the song but one of the most fundamental is the fact that, in recent decades, in this era of high visibility and the viral spread of images made possible by modern technology, it is much more important for an artist, group or band to look "hot." In olden days radio stars didn't have to be handsome or beautiful to be popular with audiences. In the record industry of the 60s, many of the so-called groups and bands that had hit records didn't even exist. They were pseudo groups - studio concoctions - various combinations of session singers and musicians that played anonymously on thousands of recordings. Records hit the street credited to bogus acts. If one of those records became a hit, a touring group was put together after the fact - personnel who had nothing to do with making the original recording.

      My opinion about "Video Killed the Radio Star" is supported by this comment on a song meanings forum:

      << This song is about how singers/"radio stars" didn't have to be flashy/attractive/etc, just have a good voice to be popular. Now a lot of them did, and it made them more popular (like Elvis and others) but it wasn't as big of a deal as it is now. When video came around, there was less of an emphasis on vocal ability as there was on attractiveness, cool stuff in the video and other stuff like that. It is similar to when "talkies" came out for movies and a lot of the silent movie actors and actresses couldn't make it after that because they had horrible speaking voices and/or acting talent.>>

      Thank you again, dear JM, for your cheery visit and comment. Have a great day!

    2. I always loved that song, but now I understand the meaning behind the song more! They are spot on. It'll be interesting to see what happens next in the entertainment industry!

      I had a good day. I worked on my book. I hope you had a great day as well, dear Shady!

    3. Hi, dear Jessica! I'm delighted to know that you had a good day. I did, too. When you are working on (playing at) something you love, life is as good as it gets.

      Thanks for the follow-up visit and comment, dear friend JM!

  3. I can't believe anyone voted for The Liverbirds (still can't stop thinking about Prometheus). I appreciate your analysis of Lulu's work. I hope you have a great Sunday.


    1. Hi, dear Janie Junebug! Thank you very much for getting up early (or staying up late) to visit and comment on my latest BOTB.

      I was bracing for a blow-out and quite surprised when, slowly but surely (Shirley), little Lulu overcame a 5 - 0 vote disadvantage and went on to win the contest.

      Thank you very much for taking part, dear friend Janie. Have a wonderful Sunday and a fab week ahead!

    2. I voted for the Liverbirds. In the minority, I see.
      See ya, Shady!

    3. Hi, dear Susie!

      Please don't feel badly about being in the minority. The race was a close one, decided by only two votes.

      I appreciate your participation in my BOTB, dear friend Susie. Have a great day!

    4. Oh, Susie, now I have to feel bad because I said I can't believe anyone voted for the Liverbirds. I don't care about anyone else's feelings. Only yours. So I'll say that I'm not surprised it was such a close contest, and I had a hard time making up my mind. I forgot to tell you that your post was great and very clever, Shady. Monk makes me feel as if I hardly have OCD at all.

    5. Hi, dear Janie Junebug! I'm connecting with you tonight from my alternate location by the shores of Gitche Gumee, by the shining Big-Sea-Water. Thank you for offering comfort to our mutual friend Susie who is licking her wounds after learning that her beloved Liverbirds lost the battle. I also thank you for the kind words about my Monk post. I am always happy to see you, dear friend Janie. Enjoy the rest of your week!

  4. Observation #1-
    "Subconsciously, people who voted for Lulu were voting for the sweet innocence of youth and the safer world that we once knew. " I don't know if that was part of the overall snarky take or not, but it nails me dead center. Music is indeed the escape to the better world of childhood remembrances for me. Whether just the difference between being child and adult or symptomatic of a society in decay, the old songs hold the little bubbles of utopia I couldn't make it without.

    Observation #2- in reading comments, I think that point one dovetails nicely with your comment on Video Killed The Radio Star. That song makes me cry for just that reason.

    Now thew question is, will Lulu sing her way into the New Martin top ten next week? Stay tuned...

    1. Hi, Chris! Thanks for coming over, good buddy! Monk's explanations came straight from my mind and heart via my fingers, especially the part about Lulu representing the sweet innocence of youth and the safer world we once knew. I am happy to know that my sentiments resonate with you, my friend, and that you also found value in my discussion of "Video Killed the Radio Star."

      I read your reply to my comment on your Time Machine post. It's so cool that you are (or were) a fan of Y&R, my soapy guilty pleasure for many years, and that you remember the late Terry Lester, the first Jack Abbott. Born in your neck of the woods, Indianapolis, less than 5 months after Shady Del Knight, poor Terry died too young at age 53 after a series of heart attacks. I also noticed that you were so enamored with Lulu that you are considering her for your Crisey Kasem's Top 10 (subject to Scrappy's approval, of course).

      It's great to know that you and I have so much in common, Chris. Thank you again for joining the fun here at SDMM and have a great week!

  5. Good morning dear Shady,

    So we have matched votes again it seems. And I think we'd both agree on Zep vs Fez too. One will come along where we don't though and the streak will end.

    Yes, Lulu does remind me of the past, when I was young and all things seemed possible. But there was the undeniable difference in the quality of the recording, the vocals and the musicianship. Now I won't always vote that way. With some bands my vote may be down to a strong emotional attachment. Like with the Beatles or with Zep. I would have a hard time being objective when it came to them.

    I too read your comments on "Video Killed the Radio Star" and agree with your assessment. I think the biggest negative impact it had was on female artists. As time went on it became more about boobs and bottoms and less about talent. Brittany Spears did a lot of damage to women in the industry. And damage to herself as well. Today so many of the girls can't carry a tune and the vocals are so highly treated it's ridiculous. Aretha Franklin didn't have to dress like a Catholic School girl or writhe around on the floor like a stripper. The woman stood proud, opened her mouth and sang.

    Enjoy your day Shady!

    1. Hi, dear Anne! Thank you very much for popping in to view the results of the BOTB vote. This was an exciting and dramatic battle. I feared a shut-out when the L-Birds jumped out to a 5 to nothing lead. I thought that you and I might be the only ones voting for Lulu. It was thrilling to watch her close the gap and eventually gain a tie, take the lead and secure victory.

      I agree that it would be unrealistic to expect that your vote will match mine every single time. For example, I have already made up my mind to vote for Fez in the next battle. :)

      I agree that we all make decisions in life based on emotion rather than sheer intellect.

      I also agree that millennial pop performers, particularly females, are under enormous pressure to dress provocatively and behave in a shocking manner.

      "She twerks hard for the money."

      Thank you again, dear Anne, for participating in all of my banned battles. It's so much fun having you here and it always makes me smile when our votes match. Enjoy the rest of your day and the week ahead, my wonderful friend!

  6. Oh this was a good match up and love that Monk was thrown into the mix here. Lulu won..I voted for the funky girl band

    1. Hi, dear BB! Happy Sunday to you, my friend! I am very pleased to know that you enjoyed this appearance by my special guest host, Adrian Monk. Just think. If you could have rounded up a couple of friends and sent them over here to vote for the Liverbirds, then Monk might be sleeping a lot better tonight. :) You certainly weren't alone in preferring the sound of "the girls in the garage," The Liverbirds, and I thank you again for participating in the vote.

      Enjoy your day and the coming week, dear friend Birgit!

  7. A vote for Burl Ives, huh? He got kicked out of my alma mater when he was a young man. I bet the powers that be later regretted that. grin.

    1. Hi, dear Sandra! Was that your write-in vote for Burl Ives? :) I read that he got bored and walked out of an English lit lecture at Eastern Illinois State Teachers College (now Eastern Illinois University). Is that your alma mater?

      I hope this post gave you a smile or two, dear friend Sandra, and I thank you very much for attending the award show. Have a wonderful week!

    2. Hi Shady,
      Yup that's my alma mater. Nope:) I voted for the Liver Birds;)
      The version I heard about Ives was that he got kicked out for drinking. But your version is probably correct since you actually saw it vs heard it:)
      Your posts always make me smile, Shady. It's obvious a lot of time, heart and humor go into them.I hope your week is wondrous. Take care.

    3. Ha! I read that about Burl Ives on Wiki. That doesn't mean it's true. :)

      Thank you, dear Sandra. Can you imagine how much it means to me to have you write such nice compliments about my blogging style? I enjoy hosting friends like you and giving you something to smile about or even a chuckle or two. I'm glad you appreciate the extra effort I put into my posts.

      Thank you again for swinging by for another cheery visit, dear friend Sandra. I wish you a wondrous week, too!

    4. Hi Shady,
      I'm starting the weekend early. Have a good one.

    5. Hi, Sandra! Really? Lucky you! I wish you a safe and happy one! See you next week, dear friend!

  8. Dear Shady, I love the way you present your posts, I feel as though I am at an awards ceremony...something like that! I am so happy that Lulu won this round, as she had my vote! Nice to see others like her as much as I do. I hope your Sunday and upcoming week go well, my cherished friend. :)

    1. Hi, dear Linda! Thank you very much for coming by today to witness the crowning of the champion in my latest BOTB. Yessum, it's Lulu, who came from behind to overtake the Liverbirds at the finish line and win by two votes.

      I'm glad you enjoyed yourself, dear friend Linda, and I'll be seeing you tomorrow over at your blog. Until then have a safe and happy day!

  9. I'm not at all surprised - nor disappointed - by Lulu's conquest! :-) Indeed she personifies a time that all too few appreciate these days...
    Monk! Now there's another pleasant stroll through the ages, though it doesn't seem that long ago:-)
    "Turn him loose on the lawn..." Love it!

    1. Hi, dear Diedre! Thank you very much for returning here to witness democracy in action - the final vote count in my all-important Battle of the Banned! :)

      Yessum, in the second decade of the 21st century, the morals, values and attitudes that prevailed in much of the 20th are now a distant memory for those of us old enough to recall, and completely unknown to younger generations that never had a chance to experience life as we knew it.

      I'm glad you enjoyed the antics of guest host Adrian Monk and I thank you again for supporting these silly contests of mine. I hope I left you with a smile on your face.

      Have a wonderful week ahead, dear friend Diedre!

  10. A little O.C.D. Monk???? I love how you put these TV shows together w/ your blog post , even though I don't watch some of them--I wish I did!
    Well, I'm glad Lulu won your BOTB and I was with the majority! I'm also happy the race was neck and neck, too bad it wasn't a tie--for Monk's sake and to keep him even keeled!!!! Thanks, Shady for all your good "clean" fun! --for Monk!
    Toni Deroche

    1. Hi, dear Toni! Thank you for returning to SDMM, "the scene of the grime" according to Adrian Monk. :)

      Yessum, you voted with the majority this time and your vote for Lulu matched mine. I'll have to check and see how long our win streak is now.

      It's funny. I was convinced for a couple of days that the contest would end in a tie, but then I realized that I was forgetting to count my own vote. Michele T showed up at the 11th hour last night and sealed the deal, giving Lulu a two point margin of victory.

      This was a fun and very satisfying BOTB for me and I thank you very much for helping to make it so. Enjoy the rest of your evening and the week ahead, dear friend Toni!

  11. "Come on, Mr. Monk, it's time to get you home."
    Bahahaha, this is golden! I cannot remember the last time that i sat and watched an episode of Mr Monk, but it will always remind me of friday evenings in middle school. As someone turned on the television for our weekly family movie and pizza night, it was always playing, there about five o clock, ready for us to catch a few moments before the meal was finished baking. Now look at me, getting all nostalgic.
    Anyways, this is like a trip down memory lane, and not just about the music this time!

    1. Hi, dear Abigail! Thank you very much for coming to the gala award banquet with Adrian Monk presiding. :) It's hard for me to imagine someone your age waxing nostalgic about a TV program. It pleases me a great deal to know that you have fond memories of watching the quirky Mr. Monk. Now I'm wondering if you also watched Tony Shalhoub in his earlier role, that of Antonio Scarpacci on the NBC sitcom Wings. It's hard for me to decide which character I like more. Maybe I should put that to a vote, too! :)

      Thank you again for coming to the after party, dear friend Abigail. Please smooch Daisy for me and have a wonderful week ahead!

  12. I missed the whole LuLu thing but I know I would have voted for her...she's the one who sang in "To Sir With Love"...correct? I never watched Monk but I do know about the show and remember the actor from "Wings"...Your posts are always clever and informativie and give me a giggle! (That's British for "laugh") Have a great week! I saw your buddy Eddy today and he sends a sloppy kiss your way and Eddy also informed me through his buddy Jordan, that we'll be dog sitting for a week in Sept...should make for some good dog blogs!

    1. Hi, dear YaYa! I'm sorry you missed my BOTB post but I thank you very much for coming to the after party to see who won. Your vote would have given Lulu a convincing 3 vote victory. Yessum, she's the little sweetie who stepped forward and sang "To Sir With Love" to Sidney Poitier in the famous movie of the same name. I'm surprised to learn that you never watched Monk. If you enjoyed Tony Shalhoub as Antonio in Wings then I am confident you'd enjoy it.

      I am thrilled to know that you'll have Eddy for a while. I do hope you'll snap some pictures of him while he's there at the Pines. I love that pooch!

      Thank you again for your kind visit and comment, dear friend YaYa. I wish you a safe and happy week ahead!

  13. Oh poo I lost!! It was a great battle though and Lulu certainly deserves the title. Your posts crack me up! I love the insert of Monk!! Thank you for your funny sense of humor.

    1. Hi, dear Holli! Welcome to Mr. Monk and the Liverwurst... or is it Liverbest... or is it Liverbirds? :)

      I'm glad you got a chuckle out of the post, my sweet friend. I'm sorry your L-Birds didn't get quite enough votes to win but it was an exciting race from start to finish.

      Thank you very much for participating in my BOTB, dear friend Holli, and enjoy the week ahead!

  14. I'm so glad that LuLu won! She did a great version of that song. And Monk: funny! See you for the next Battle of the Banned, Shady...
    Michele at Angels Bark

    1. Hi, dear Michele! I'm delighted to see you again, my wonderful new friend! Yessum, Lulu came out on top, and yours and mine were the deciding votes. I'm happy to know that Monk tickled your funny bone.

      I will surely be dropping by Angel's Bark and voting in your BOTB this week. Thank you again, dear friend Michele, and good night to you out there in Austin!

  15. This battle was a great one, dear Shadypaloosa and I hope to see more like it. By that, I mean more and more Lulu. Lots more Lulu. Full on "To Sir With Love" Lulu. Hint. Hint.

    Monk is a favorite around here but we complain because our favorite assistant to Monk was Sharona Fleming (Elizabeth Natalie "Bitty" Schram). Her feisty nature and attempts at keeping Adrian in line seemed like a perfect fit. I was sad to see her go (and glad when she showed up at the end!).

    But tell the truth: can you watch Ted Levine and NOT think of Silence of the Lambs? Can you? Did anyone on the show ever follow him home and see if he had a moth collection? They needed to.

    True funny: while looking at houses we saw one on a Shady Dell Trail. Every evening spent at that house would be a Shady Dell Night.

    Have a good week and stay dry, dear Shady.

    1. Ironically, I have a cleaning product post tomorrow...

    2. Hi, dear Cherdo! It's great to see you, tonight, my partner in grime. Thanks for coming!

      This was a very exciting seesaw battle and I thank you for taking part in it. Lulu made many great recordings and I will make it my beeswax to work some of them into future posts. You like Sharona better than Natalie? Not I/me. Gosh, maybe we should have readers vote on their favorite Monk assistant. :) The battle after that be Ginger vs. Mary Ann. :)

      It's hard to watch Monk and not associate Stottlemayer with Jame Gumb. Another great character played by Ted Levine was the role of Frank Holman in Crime Story, the late 80s TV series that Mrs. Shady and I are currently watching on Hulu. He plays a part time gangster - part time rock-a-billy singer in Vegas. Levine's Holman is yet another sensational character portrayal.

      I think you owe it to me to buy that house on Shady Dell Trail! :) What a coincidence!

      Thank you again for your visit and interesting comments, dear friend Cherdo! Let's have a super week, okay?

    3. You have a cleaning product post coming up? I'll try to keep my comment Spic and Span! :)

  16. "Sweet and innocent" was never my musical preference, so I'm bummed The Liverbirds lost! Oh well, the blow was softened by Adrian Monk and it was a close vote. ☺
    Your posts are always such fun, Shady. Have a great week!

    1. Hi, Debbie the Doglady! Thanks for checking back here to see which peachy plum people cherry-picked from two pears. I'm sorry your Liverbirds came up short in the battle but they had plenty of support and it was a close race all the way to the end. As I told you before, my tastes cover the entire spectrum. I love Lulu and I also love Otep and the Butcher Babies. :) I'm happy to know that you got a kick out of my Monk sketch.

      Thank you again for playing along, dear friend Debbie. Have a wonderful week and I'll see you soon!

  17. I am quite pleased that Lulu won. I should listen to more of her music. I like her style.

    1. Hi, dear Sherry! I like your style too, dear friend! Thank you for coming over to learn who won the battle.

      Our horse Lulu got off to a terribly slow start in this race. In fact, she was left at the starting gate, but your vote and others helped her to catch up, take the lead and win.

      Thank you very much for your visit, your vote and your comment, dear friend Sherry!

  18. Well, it was a very tight race! I loved the show, Monk. Dan and I watched the series on Netflix I believe. I was thinking about video how changed things. I guess that is true. What I don't like about videos is how ultra-sexy they are sometimes. They make sex look like a game - that it is for fun and the person doesn't matter as long as you have a good time. A young girl believing that is in for lots of heartache - guys too.

    I thought about how not good-looking Roy Orbison was and also Eric Burdon, of the Animals. I'm not sure it matters if guys are good-looking, but it does matter for girl singers, I think. The Rolling Stones were not attractive to me, but I loved their music at one time. I'm not sure if Janis Joplin could make it today! It sure would be interesting to know.

    1. Hi, dear Belle! Thank you very much for coming down to see who won the latest battle.

      The peachy plum that you picked from two pears was Lulu. She was my pick, too. Over the course of the week, in dramatic fashion, Lulu came from behind to win. It was a very satisfying contest for me because the vote was so evenly divided but Monk wasn't very happy with the final score. :) I'm glad that the Monk series is still fresh in your mind so that you could enjoy his quirky monologue.

      You're right. Everything is sexed-up today. I don't recall Connie Francis ever twerking or riding nude on a wrecking ball, do you? Yet, she was the most popular female recording artist from the late 50s thru the early 60s (and looked and behaved like a perfect lady throughout). I think women and girls are under more pressure to be "hot" than are the guys. Did you see that Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones has a new solo album coming out in a couple of weeks?

      I am delighted to see you again, dear friend Belle. I will be celebrating another blogging milestone this coming Sunday and I hope you can stop by and say hello during that post's 7 day run. Until then please take good care of yourself and remember that I'm thinking about you. God bless!

  19. I see we managed to avoid voting the same once again. Why must our musical tastes be so opposite? One day we will vote the same way. But beware, who knows what else may happen when that fateful day arrives.

    1. Hi, Jeffrey! That's right, good buddy, you and I have put together quite a long losing streak. ): For a while there, Arlee Bird and I were also having a heck of a time matching votes. Just like Lulu, however, Lee and I rallied in the last few weeks and have matched in quite a few BOTB contest around the circuit. I'm sure it will happen in our case, too. On your blog today I thought you were implying that we had a match in your latest battle. Hope so but, if not, we'll keep on trying, okay? :)

      Thanks for reporting in, good buddy Jeffrey. I hope to see you again soon. I always appreciate your visits. Enjoy the rest of your week!

    2. I wouldn't be a good blogger if I didn't tease a possible match this week. Or maybe I'm just trying to bluff you. Or perhaps it's a double-bluff. Or perhaps.....

      Oh sorry. or perhaps I'm letting thing get away from me again. Tune in, in one week and you shall discover if we shall truly match votes this time, or I'm just trying to pull the wool over your eyes.

      Or read the comments on my page. LOL

    3. Hi again, Jeffrey! I always read the comments on your page and I surely did so today. All evidence seems to point to our first match. Then again, you voted against the Russian model/singer Daria on Lee's blog today which has me wondering why you didn't like her if you like Diana Krall.

      I don't mind your teasing, good buddy, because I do plenty of it myself. I'm enjoying our friendship even if we don't share the exact same taste in music (or women :). Take care!

    4. For me, the whole thing is presentation. With the Russian lass, her video ended so abruptly, it annoyed me. The fact I was unable to find additional information on her annoyed me as well. That was part of the odd vote in that particular battle. I know, weird, bit for me it's an all inclusive package. You have to deliver on all fronts to get my full attention.

    5. Fair enough, Jeffrey. Thanks for explaining because I was curious. You really have me curious as to the outcome of your battle and I can't wait to find out how you actually voted. Take care, good buddy!

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    1. Hi, Mike! We can always hope that Monk will someday go back into production. By that time he will have yet another new personal assistant - Miley Cyrus. :)

      I'm sorry you missed voting in my latest BOTB, good buddy, and I hope to see here for the next one. Take care, Mike!

  21. Yikes, Tom! I REALLY, REALLY stopped by to listen and vote, but something went wrong. What went wrong I don't know! Anyhoo....had I gotten the chance to vote it would have gone to Lulu. I don't remember either of these UK artists you featured, but it appreciate the introduction. I just the way you bring a your delightful humorous posts together which are always sure to entertain me. Anyway, I'm SO sorry that I didn't participate in your BOTB! :( Thanks for sharing the outcome!

    1. Hi, dear Cathy! Thank you very much for making time for a visit, sweet friend! Yessum, I'm sorry you missed voting in my latest battle while the polls were still open, but glad you caught my follow-up post with Mr. Monk reporting the final score. Your vote along with YaYa's would have increased Lulu's margin of victory to 4 votes. It's interesting to know.

      I'm delighted to give you something to smile and laugh about, dear friend Cathy. Thank you again for being here for me today and enjoy the rest of your week. God bless!

  22. Now, that was fun. Way to tally the votes Sir :)

    1. Hi, dear Donna! I'm thrilled to see you again, my friend. It's been a few months since we connected and I very much appreciate you coming by. I read your profile just now and it seems we have a lot in common. Maybe it would be a good idea for us to follow each other. What do you think?

      I'm happy to know that you enjoyed my way of revealing the BOTB winner and I hope you will come back and see me soon.

      Thanks again, Donna!

  23. Not back to blogging yet, but wanted to ck in on a dear friend! Hope all is well. Diane posted on ThisIsMe might enjoy her updates...

    1. Hi, dear Sush! Yessum, I noticed Diane's new post. What a surprise it was to see the faces of two long lost friends the same day, hers and yours. I am hoping that Thisisme will get back into regular blogging, resume her visits to SDMM and in doing so revive a great friendship that has remained dormant for the last 14 months. (I do not have a Facebook account.) I miss Diane's faithful friendship and support as much as I miss yours. Thank you for checking in, dear Sush, and please come again soon!

  24. Kathleen Mae SchneiderSeptember 4, 2015 at 6:30 PM

    Sorry I've been AWOL from blogging. Life has been especially trying and complicated since I broke my foot.

    Bob and I enjoy Monk, so I'm glad you used him to present your post. We have some OCD in my family, and although it isn't as crippling as it is for his character, we can identify with his quirky personality and the everyday problems that can crop up because of it. It's good to see how he enlists a psychological "disorder" to solve crimes, a lot like Sherlock Holmes' attention to detail and noticing little things that most people would miss. People might make fun of him, but in the end he gets the last laugh.

    It's also interesting to me that Tony Shalhoub is of Middle Eastern descent. So many people around here are very negative about people from that area of the world, so I'm glad that his popularity brings a positive aspect to those from different genetic and geographical backgrounds.

    Mother listened to Lulu's "The Trouble with Boys" and said that she thought it had a "catchy tune". She couldn't understand the lyrics (neither could I), so I looked them up and read them to her. She promptly reminded me of the gray hair and worries I gave her with a few boyfriend breakups from my past. No memory problems there!

    1. Hi, Kathleen! It's wonderful to see you, dear friend! Thank you for making time for a visit. I'm sure the follower friends who read your comment are sorry to learn that you broke your foot and join me in wishing you a speedy and complete recovery.

      I'm pleased to know that you and Bob and Mother all took a look at my Monk post and enjoyed it. I appreciate your observations about the fine actor Tony Shalhoub. He was brilliant on Wings and Monk and terrific in the role of kidnap victim Victor Kershaw in the crime movie Pain & Gain which Mrs. Shady and I watched for the first time a few weeks ago. We highly recommend it.

      I'm thrilled to know that Mother listened to Lulu, enjoyed the catchy Brill Building tune that the Scottish lass sang and was reminded of her younger daughter's trouble with boys. Your breakup dramas might have given Mother a few worries and a gray hair or two but, knowing what I do about her, she didn't dwell on them and urged you to follow her example.

      Thank you again for taking time to visit and compose this delightful comment, dear friend Kathleen. I always appreciate the chance to connect with you here. I will be celebrating another mini milestone this Sunday and I invite you to take a look at that post during its seven day run. In the meantime, please take good care of yourself and Mother.

      God bless!


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