Friday JohnKu – AKA – TGIF

“Yes Lucy it’s Friday and I’m taking the day off.”
“Okay, Little One. You relax I’ll get the kibble.”
“What kibble?”

 

It is Friday, which is known as Saturday Eve around here. Well, we have heard that the Rona Virus Vaccine is 90% effective in third stage trials. That is pretty good news. I noticed Ticketmaster has decided to start setting up procedures for concerts once the vaccine is released. I think it will be good to get these pesky teens away from books and back to the music scene. (Spoiler alert: That was a joke)

The lull between inauguration and voting day is a blessed piece of peace so far. I can’t tell you how much nicer it is without having to listen to the right and left sprew hate at each other. Of course, the pundits some blogs, and Twitter trending posts are still full of it, but they are easy to avoid.

I, for one, am glad some of the shows I enjoy are back. I can only watch HGTV for so long. (Well, dummy, it has been almost nine months, so you have at least that much stamina.) I have to explain.  I only watch 45 minutes of entertainment a day. I prerecord everything and then playback. An hour network show takes 45 minutes to play. Then I watch the news for twenty. I guess I shouldn’t exclude news from the entertainment category, but I’m really after the weather because our local news follows the same pattern. 1. Hit and run, assault, or murder (If it bleeds, it leads) 2. Local school district and/or teacher angst. 3. Rona virus update (With no context) 4. Weather highlight. 5. Report from Washington (usually an insult to average intelligence) or Austin city report, which usually will include an update on those experiencing homelessness along with the mayor or city council members explaining why nothing can be done about whatever the issue happens to be. 6. The full weather report including the five day forecast. 7. TV off.

So you can see the time is precious and I want pure entertainment.  There are ten shows recorded regularly, and I can only watch seven in a week.  My viewing then usually lasts until well into summer.

Today’s JohnKu talks about rest for the mind. I hope you. all have a great weekend.

Rest by John W. Howell © 2020

The body needs it,

So rest is all important . . .

Don’t forget the mind.

77 comments

  1. A local physician agrees with you. Asked how to deal with the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, he said he had two primary recommendations: build up your immune season with healthy food and exercise, and give your mind a rest by turning off social and other media. So simple!

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    1. I have done the tune out and it really helps. Thanks, Linda.

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  2. Gwen M. Plano · · Reply

    You’ve summed it up well, John, with a perfect haiku. I took to timing the news — minutes on the virus, minutes on some form of hate, minutes on devastating fires, and the seconds (yes, seconds) on approaching hurricanes or tornadoes. Thank heavens we can fast forward to get those few seconds. 😊

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    1. So true. I think all local news must be the same. Thaks, Gwen. Have a super weekend. 😊

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  3. Wow … you have the local news down pat. Or wait – maybe your Austin channel and my Cincinnati channel are really one in the same. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-b5aW08ivHU … so now I wonder … The mystery for the weekend …. What are John Howell’s 10 recorded shows?

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    1. Yeah, probably none that would interest you. No dancing, golf, travel, or bells. 😁

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  4. Your local news sounds much like ours, John. Wonderful haiku today. These days, resting the mind is my top priority. Enjoy your Friday. I love the photo!

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    1. Thak you, Jill. This was a left over from Thursday. Twiggy does love her chaise lounge. 😁

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  5. A disciplined approach to entertainment. I admire that, John. Does that include football and other sports? I suppose for the Steelers, 16 games times the last 2-3 minutes could fit in a 45-minute heart-attack-inducing window, but college ball is a little harder to predict.

    Your JohnKu is great advice.

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    1. I do the sports shows live. We seldom get Steelers games. We always get WVU, Notre Dame and Baylor. It just depends. Like I had to see the Notre Dame/Clemson game. Had to see Steelers/Cowboys. Same for WVU/UT. Baylor not so much. So, I was very busy last weekend.

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  6. Thank you for the JohnKu. My mind could definitely use a rest.

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    1. I think we all need it, Liz.

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      1. For sure. Our heads need to quiet.

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  7. Sounds very efficient. I’m not quite so disciplined.

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    1. I just don’t have the time for any additional stuff unless a Steelers game is televised or something like the Notre Dame /Clemson match up happens. Thanks, Craig.

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  8. After all that leaf raking, they need a rest, eh John?!

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    1. Twiggy loves to lay on that lounge. She will go out there by herself and contemplate whatever she contemplates. Thanks, GP.

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  9. Our local news follows the same pattern. They are trying to sensationalize the weather now by predicting storms that never come. I don’t know. Maybe this is a national trend.

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    1. We hear a lot about the storms too. Never any rain for us. Thanks, Molly Shea. As a side note I know I typed “Milly” last time. Total typo. 😊

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      1. I make typos everytime I type with my fingers. I don’t know how the kids do it. I’ll ignore yours, if you ignore mine. Lol.

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  10. Wise advice, John. Have a great weekend. 🙂 — Suzanne

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    1. You as well, Suzanne. 😊

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  11. I can’t sit through the news, myself. Honestly, there is nothing positive in there. I, too, am so very glad the shows are on and they are recorded to watch when I want. I miss my old kitchen as I would watch them as I prepared my supper. Now, I can’t see my TV. Dang.
    I’ve been less and less on social media (not counting the blogs, of course) and really, don’t feel the desire to increase my intake.
    Have a splendiferous Friday the Thirteenth!!

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    1. Have a great Friday the 13th too, Dale. You are the first to remind me of the fact. We need to be careful. 🦨 The most unlucky cat of all.

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  12. I’m laughing at your local news. Huh, sounds just like ours and we’re many many states apart. My guy and I do the same thing. Just record a few shows. Watch 20 min local news (for the weather, and yes the sports, since NE has some interesting sports teams) and then one show. After that READ READ READ. I wonder what your favorite shows are? We find it difficult to find good ones, except for British mysteries and shows like The Crown. Laughed about your “teen” joke. Ahhh, the young. Most still haven’t even discovered what lies within a book – MAGIC.

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    1. Mine are the regular network shows.Nothing of great import just 45 minutes of mindless viewing. Blacklist, NCIS, NCIS LA, This is Us, SealTeam, The Good Doctor, Grey’s Anatomy, Station 19, Chopped and Bull.

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      1. We are big NCIS fans here and I just exercised to Grey’s Anatomy – new season. Rather intense!

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      2. Yes. We will be seeing it tomorrow.

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      3. I was about to ask what shows, John. I haven’t had network (or cable) tv since 2014, so I’m not familiar with half of those. The Johnku is perfect. Hugs on the wing.

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      4. Thank you, Teagan, Hugs

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  13. Love this post, John. NAILED it!!! 😀 (I’m laughing so I won’t scream with frustration over so much of it!) I can’t watch TV at all any more, but it’s okay. I found these things called BOOKS, and they have saved my sanity! 😀

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    1. Yes, books can do that, Marcia. Thanks for the visit and comment. 😁

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  14. You’ve developed an excellent strategy, John! Here’s to physical and mental health! Oh, yeah, and BOOKS!!

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    1. Yes. We know about books I think.Thanks, Jan.

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  15. Wise words indeed, my friend! A “fast” from the dreadful news, the screaming heads, the accusatory election ads, and the social media anger is a good way to find peace. Enjoy your weekend and give the girls a hug for me — dogs are wonderful therapists!

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    1. They are Debbie. They send their thanks for the hugs. 😊

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  16. We’re stuck in the Groundhog Day movie this year.

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  17. Perfect summation, John. We watch the news headlines in the morning and that’s it. I think I told you that my supervisor has news radio on ALL day. Sigh. Thankfully, our office moved and it’s not in my ear anymore. Love your Ku and Twiggy is absolutely adorable. I wish I could take the day off, but I’m reveling in the fact that Friday has finally arrived. Have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Yes it is here so only a few more hours.

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  18. Saturday Eve. That only counts if I take the weekend off, right? Sigh.

    Looks like Twiggy has the right idea. You should join her. Enjoy the sun. That chaise looks so inviting!

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    1. It is very comfortabe, Staci. I should join her for sure.

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  19. Thanks for the joke, John, it gave me a smile. I also don’t want much TV, or rather, I watch none at all. I always have so many other things I need to do like my current great gingerbread Christmas project.

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    1. I can’t imagine you having time.

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  20. I get it, John. I’m not normally a big TV watcher but during the pandemic, it sure is helping. Ted Lasso was my most recent fave. What are you watching?

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    1. Just mindless entertainment. Blacklist, NCIS, NCIS LA, Bull, Seal Team, Good Doctor, Greys Anatomy, Station 19, Chopped, This is Us.

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      1. I love This Is Us!

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  21. Yes, rest & Fridays are the stamina of our uneasy time. Twiggy in her lounge area is gorgeous! 😁

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    1. Thank you, Maria.

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      1. 😁😁😁 And subotnik is coming after Friday! What an irony of life!

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      2. Subotnik Saturday. Has a nice ring.

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      3. True! 😁😂🤣

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  22. Nice Johnku – we all need our rest. I also record shows – that way I don’t have to deal with commercials. Hubby is a surfer – drives me crazy – if there’s nothing that interests you, just turn the TV off.

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    1. I’m with you. Of course I never had a surfer in the family.

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  23. I watched Chip and Joanna Gaines when I had cable, but otherwise, you’re right . . it’s just a whole bunch of not much. And I can’t imagine what it’s like now!

    Happy Friday Boss. I’ll toast to you.

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    1. Thank you, Marc.

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  24. You’re right, John. Rest for the mind is just as important as rest for the body. Have a great weekend❣️

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    1. You as well, Vashti

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  25. That news summary is pretty much London’s without the surprise about upcoming weather which is ‘it’ll be grey’ or some version

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  26. portmanguy · · Reply

    That’s the news for you, John. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

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    1. Thank you, Guy. 😊

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  27. I read my news rather than watch the talking heads, and He-Man teases me because I watch or record what he calls the “old man” shows. You know Matlock, Magnum PI, Mannix, Perry Mason, and a few other detectives show on BBC.

    I’ve recently got sucked into The Curse of Oak Island and binged watched it so I was up to date when the season premiere aired. It’s so good!

    Resting your mind is good. I hope you get a lot of rest this weekend so you’re fresh and witty come Monday. Pffft! As if there was any doubt about that!! 😀

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    1. Thank you, Deborah. I always hope the night brings the rest. 😊

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  28. We’ve been working our way through Seinfeld – three episodes every Friday night. Always funny to me!

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    1. Yes. I loved Seinfield

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  29. Amen! A rest from politics, Oak Island back on for Hubby, and NCIS back on for me. Life is good!

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  30. Thanks for the post !! Well written …

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    1. Thank you. 😁

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