Episode 166

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17th Dec 2020

'Twas the Week Before Christmas with Bruce Hilliard

Hello and welcome to the Better Each Day Podcast Radio Show coming to you from Mukilteo Washington. For the listeners that don't know where that is, let’s leave it that way. :-)

Mukilteo is 25 miles north of Seattle, about a half hour drive via I-5. Mukilteo is one of those four syllable words that I was cautioned about using when I was studying journalism.

“Don’t make sentences too long and avoid using too many four syllable words Bruce.”

They have a measurement system called, among other things, the Gunning Fog Index.

To calculate the Gunning Fog Index, you need to take a passage of text at least 100 words and count the number of exact words and syllables and divide the total number of words in the sample by the total number of sentences which gives you the Average Sentence Length (ASL).

And the very definition of the Fog Index I read for you, for the definition of the Fog Index, in itself, is a run-on sentence. Also, don’t use too many acronyms like ASL, FYI.

You should also avoid changing topics with no segue.

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Kwanzaa...and for our friends in India, have a cool Bada Din...and every year, on December 23, fans of the show Seinfeld celebrate Festivus by gathering around an aluminum pole and participating in the “Airing of Grievances.” 

In a year like 2020, it’s so easy to imagine folks having quite a few grievances to air. While Festivus rose to popularity in 1997, it was a tradition for many folks over 30 years.

Festivus for the rest of us. Here’s Jingle Bells from a great band that was on the show just last year, it's The Flat River Band.

Holiday 2020, aka, Nightmare on Elf Street. But what memories from years gone by. TV shows come to mind. This background music was used when Clark Griswold got locked in the attic wearing a mink stole, a woman’s hat and gloves to stay warm.

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, various Grinches and the ever favorite Dickens’ Christmas Carol, 135 of them starring everyone from George C. Scott to Mr. Magoo. And to prevent the spread of COVID, take the Christmas Story’s advice, remember to drink your Ovaltine...or you’ll shoot your eye out.

I was lucky enough to coerce John Oates to be on the show in August. He was the great guest I anticipated and here he is again...just in time for Christmas.

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Bruce Hilliard

Host Bruce Hilliard has an appetite for music, “the soundtrack of our lives.” His personal journey has included opening for Rock & Roll Hall of Fame artists Heart, the Ramones and Dr. Hook. His degrees in music and journalism he says “are cool but everyday in every way, get better and better.” Interviews with everyone from young garage bands where it all begins, to seasoned veterans...all compelling. And there’s music.