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All these silly games and stuff Wedwand sees on the internet.

Take the “What’s my flower child name” quiz.
Try the “Who were you in a past life” quiz.
Challenge yourself with the “What song are you” quiz.

And of course, the most recent famous of all (and this one doesn’t even require an ap):
Dump a bucket of water over your head and help cure all diseases known to man.
(They do not do this game in many parts of the world because there is no water to waste in many parts of the world. In fact, they shouldn’t even do it in California because there is a drought there. Aw, but ain’t that America for you and me. )

So Wedwand decided to make up an easy game you can play in the event you actually want to conserve water and you don’t have access to these fancy aps they have these days.

Let’s call it the “Nickel Game.” (And please if you play it and enjoy it, send your friends to Wedwand.wordpress.com and click “like”. Shameless plug, sorta like a “plugged nickel.” Let’s make this game go viral:-)

It is very simple and truth be told, any coin will do. You don’t even need nickels, but they are more fun to play with. Let’s change it to the “Wedwand Spare Change Game” so we don’t offend the quarter, dime or penny for being left out.

Here’s how it goes
From a random pile of change, grab one coin.
Look at the year on the coin.
From that observation, list:

1 personal memory from that year.
1 historical event of that year.
1 song from that year.

Try not to look them up, but verify accuracy and you must after your choices. You can play this with friends at a party or all by yourself. The personal memory part will be a topic of discussion.

Here’s an example. From a random pile of change, my nickel said 1999.

1. My youngest daughter turned 5. Aw, she was cute.
2. Hmm. Bill Clinton had clandestine meetings with a young intern in the Oval Office.
3. Let’s go with Green Day, Good Riddance (Hope you had the time of your life).

You may need a computer or smart phone to verify. Turns out the blue dress scandal was in 1998. The Green Day song was released in 1997. This can be a tie-breaker if you are playing with others, closest to the year wins. (Minus 3 points.)

Let’s dig in to the bucket o change and try again. It’s a dime, from 1965.

1. My oldest sister was born, Aw, she was cute.
2. Martin Luther King led Civil Rights marches in Chicago.
3. “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” by the Beach Boys.

Close, but those marches in Chicago appear to have started in 1966 after a “freedom rally” at Soldier Field on July 10. Wouldn’t It Be Nice was released also in 1966 on the Beach Boys Pet Sounds Album. (Minus 2 points.)

Gosh, this is so fun, let’s play again. It’s a penny from 1989.

Wait. Time’s up.

Tell me your 1.2.3. answers for 1989. Share this with your friends and help Wedwand go viral. Aw, it doesn’t matter if you do, but isn’t it a cute game?

HINT: You younger readers may want to select the bright shiny coins while you older readers may enjoy the old grisly ones.

GE DIGITAL CAMERAComes that time of year when you realize it’s starting to get dark now before 8PM. Back to school savings are all over the place and many kids are already back in school. A smattering of leaves have begun to change colors.

The fleeting fun of summer fast fades away.

So as August moves forward, I decided to get some sun on the beach last weekend. (You have to be very careful with this term and not say it too fast lest it sound like something else. Go ahead, say it fast and you’ll know of the Wedwand precaution there.)

Every time I am at the beach, a few lyrics from The Who’s rock opera, Quadrophenia immediately run through my head. The most noteworthy is, ” The beach is a place where a man can feel he’s the only soul in the world that’s real.”

Anyhow, novels have been written about the beach experience. I will share two thoughts which may be unique that I learned over the weekend.

1) If you bring snacks for the beach and you decide on cheese and crackers, Wedwand highly recommends you do not choose those pseudo healthy multigrain crackers.

Why? Because it is hard to tell whether that extra cracker crunch is tiny bits of whole grain goodness or the granular grains of fossilized shells and rocks otherwise know as sand.

2) I am from Chicago and have frolicked on the beaches there for years. (Snicker if you must over the word “frolic”.) This particular trip was on the namesake side of the lake. It’s a little different dynamic, but it’s still Lake Michigan after the coldest winter in almost 14 years.

Now most of the icebergs have vanished, but the entry into the lake is a 3 step process, much of with involves dealing with cold water.

Step One: Ankle Deep. You tip your toes into the water and say, “Damn, it’s cold”. But boldly you venture forward. After all, it’s your day at the beach.

Step Two. Knee Deep. You sort of slither in the sand a few feet farther and you’re in to your knees. Yeah, it’s a little cold still but your feet are now somewhat accustomed to the temperature. And you say, “It’s not that bad.”

Step Three: Jersey Boy Deep. This one’s for the guys. As you wade forward and take that next step downwards and that first wave laps up above your thighs, you suddenly realize how Frankie Valli hit that note. “Sher er err err err err erre eee Ba ay bee ….” Sing it boys, “Sherry Baby.”

Oh yeah, you must now take the plunge and go full face forward and dive into the water.

Oddly, once you do that, the water’s not so bad.

And any day at the beach is a great day.

FOOTNOTE: Still looking for that August song. See Wedwand post from last year: https://wedwand.wordpress.com/2013/08/13/ode-to-august/

002Somewhere there are 2 REAL flower children who will have birthdays this weekend. They were born at the Woodstock Music and Arts Festival in 1969.

August 15, 2014 through August 18, 2014 is the 45th anniversary of that epic (and yes, this one deserves the word epic) Rock Festival.

There were two births and two deaths. Yes, as Blood Sweat and Tears sang, “There’ll be one child born in a world to carry on, to carry on.” (BS&T was there at the fest too).

I felt the 45 year anniversary to be significant since much of the music that was played back in those days was a scratchy 45 on a turntable.

Over 400,000 people peacefully coexisted for three days on Max Yasgur’s farm in upstate New York. One author suggests that was because marijuana was the party element of choice as opposed to alcohol or other drugs.

I did a little reading on this and it turns out, Woodstock was actually held in Bethel, New York 40 miles or so southwest of Woodstock.

The stage was at the bottom of a ravine on the hilly slopes of Yasgur’s farm with a lake behind it. It rained at times over the weekend.

Richie Havens did a two hour set to kick it off at 5PM on Friday, just strumming and playing while they finished building the stage. He played that long because other acts couldn’t get through the traffic.

Swami Satchidananda gave the opening speech.

John Sebastian was there to attend, not perform, but went on stage on by request of the promoters on Saturday to fill the gap while they waited for bands to be flown in by helicopter because the roads were impossible to travel.

Creedence Clearwater Revival played to a mostly sleeping audience at 3 in the morning after a rain storm according to a quote I read from John Fogerty.

Santana was a hit act at Woodstock and they had not yet released their first album,

The Who played the most songs, 23 in just over an hour set.

Tickets were $7 for a one day session, $18 for the whole thing. But it ultimately turned into a “free concert” as the documentary movie reveals.

Browse the web and read the anecdotal stories of the event. It’s fascinating. Bands that were there; bands that were there but didn’t even know or remember they were there; bands that were invited but opted out,

It was billed as “3 Days of Peace and Music.” It was.

Here’s how Richie kicked it off:

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