June 30, 2022

WHAT’S-A MATTA YOU?

I store strange song lyrics in my head, which can be triggered by any number of things. The other day, a particular story on the news brought to mind the refrain of a silly song I remember from my childhood. The song is called “Shaddupa You Face” by Joe Dolce and was released in 1980. It’s about a guy who is recalling the words of his Italian mother. The link provided here is to the 2017 video version of it on YouTube, which ideally matches the words in the song. Funny how these lyrics still seem to apply to so many crazy situations today!

What’s-a matta you? Hey!
Gotta no respect!
What-a you t’ink you do?
Why you look-a so sad?
It’s-a not so bad
It’s-a nice-a place
Ah, shaddap-a you face!

Yes, the spelling and grammar are not perfect English, but he is quoting Mama, which does make it perfect. If you listen to the song all the way through, I’ll bet you have a hard time getting it out of your head. At least it is a fun alternative to “Baby Shark.”

May 28, 2022

I’M FINE, YOU’RE FINE, WE’RE ALL FINE

At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, many corporate folks started working from home, yours truly included. Just about every Zoom or MS Teams meeting started off with “How are you?” and, for the most part, everyone would say “Fine.”

I decided, as a creative person, that I wanted to change things up a bit and I developed a list of answers to the question that was much more colorful than the typical single-word response. Now, I am happy to share those statements with you. When someone asks how you are, try one of these statements in place of just saying you are fine:

  • Nice and dandy, like cotton candy!
  • Fantastic and getting better.
  • Strange and getting stranger.
  • Dangerously close to fabulous.
  • Feeling great and running with scissors!
  • I’m rounding third and heading for home.
  • If I were any better, I’d be illegal.
  • I’m on a gravy train with biscuit wheels and sopping it up as I roll!

Do you have any statements that you use in place of the standard reply? I would love to hear them, and add them to my list.

April 25, 2022

THIS IS SPRING???

Living in the Chicagoland area, I am used to having only two seasons: Winter and Construction.

But lately, the temperatures have been up and down and up and down, again and again. It’s as if Snow Miser and Heat Miser are still battling it out regarding whose turn it is to rule the season.

Are you going through the same issues, wherever it is you live?

I long for the Springs and Falls of my youth in Connecticut, for the days when I wore a t-shirt and jeans and I wasn’t too hot or too cold. When I didn’t have to think about bringing along a sweater, or dressing in layers that I could easily peel off as needed.

Only a few areas of the world have an ideal climate for the vast majority of the time. One of them, I believe, is San Diego. But that’s in California, where the cost of living is pretty high, and the chances of the state falling off into the Pacific Ocean seem just as high. So until I make any big changes, and sell this old house (that I have slaved over and love), I will be here. Wearing shorts with my woolen mittens in the pockets, just in case.

March 29, 2022

WHY ONE L ?

Some people think it is strange that I named my company One L Communications, but the reason is really quite simple: My first name, Alison, has only one L in it, when it is most commonly spelled with two. I cannot count how many times my name has been misspelled.

You may think I am being oversensitive, and that’s fine. I get it. But it gets old when you have already corrected someone a time or three, and they still keep spelling it wrong. In any case, I took the experience and turned it into the name of my business.

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I have been a writer since I was a little girl, and I can spot a typo a galaxy away! I am thrilled to help people with their writing, as well as use this blog to share some of my thoughts with you!

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