The Snapshot Chronicles: 7/18/16

Posted: July 18th, 2016 | Filed under: Culture, Ruminations, Snapshot Chronicles | 2 Comments »

chron“The Night Of” HBO. Good guy, son of immigrants, hooks up with mysterious beauty, gets laid, wakes up in the middle of the night at her place to discover she’s been slashed to death.

This exemplary, nuanced, intense crime drama mini series proves yet again what we’ve know for a long, long time: HBO on Sunday nights is Must See TV.

Duke’s vs. Hellman’s? Where do you stand on the critical question of which mayonnaise is the best?

It was a Facebook colloquy last week, among a group of intelligent, critical thinking adults. All of us apparently so tired of contemplating the state of our country in turmoil, our attention was thus diverted.

Having just bought my first jar of Duke’s ever, I have switched my allegiance, such as it was, to that lesser known brand. Eggier. Tastier. Providing a new resonance to that summer classic, the heirloom tomato BLT.

“All Down The Line” Rolling Stones. Anybody who’s seen the self-caricature that is the Stones in, say, the last couple decades, and has marveled how the once greatest rock & roll band ever still has it, needs to listen to this:

Credit Monitoring Update. A few TSC’s back, I lamented that I hung up on a robocall, with the taped intro, advising that my credit card balances had been monitored, and I needed some relief. I never found out what would happen if I asked, when switched to a human.

The answer — which I now know, having received several more of those vexing spam calls — at least if they get a whiff you’re not really playing along with their scam: Dead phone hang up.

When my service rep asked the extent of my credit card debt, I inquired how it was he didn’t know that, since they’d been monitoring my accounts?


Pokemon Go. This too shall pass. It’s far from the first or stupidest craze launched by our nation’s youth. Goldfish swallowing in the 1930s. Telephone booth and VW stuffing in the 1950s an 60s. Streaking.

“Eve of Destruction” Barry McGuire. The other day, in the middle of all the scary stuff that’s going on politically and societally, a DJ had the temerity to play this banal ’65 ode to a world where a bad moon has risen, a song so popular it knocked the Beatles’ “Help” off the top of the charts.

Yeah my blood’s so mad feels like coagulating/ I’m sitting here just contemplatin’/ I can’t twist the truth it knows no regulation/ Handful of senators don’t pass legislation/ And marches alone can’t bring integration/ When human respect is disintegratin’/ This whole crazy world is just too frustratin’

And you tell me/ Over and over and over again my friend/ Ah, you don’t believe/ We’re on the eve of destruction

What can you expect from a guy who got his start in the 60s pablum that was the New Christy Minstrels?

Not sure if things are quite that bad nowadays, but there’s sure some bad juju around the land.

“What’s Going On” Marvin Gaye. This is the one we need to be listening to:

2 Comments on “The Snapshot Chronicles: 7/18/16”

  1. 1 Jon said at 2:27 am on July 20th, 2016:

    Mayonnaise? Baby, down in he the city we pronounce it Myonez and nothing but “Blue Plate” will do.

  2. 2 Slim Hormone said at 7:59 pm on July 25th, 2016:

    Stones “All Down the Line”, released in 1972, is a great song. The video shown is from around 1962-1967. Yeah, going to “the go-go” & dancing “the jerk, the monkey, the bump, the pony, & the dog.”

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