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Why I happened to think of the oft used American expression "Stuck between a rock and a hard place" in regard to what I was going to write for this post now escapes me, but it happened to pop into my mind as I was considering my post for today which I was thinking of as a transition post of sorts. I could have just as easily said "I'm between my Monday post and the post I'll be putting up this coming Sunday". What I guess I had on on my mind was the consideration of how to remind readers about the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge which opened this past Monday and how to drop a few clues about my next Battle of the Bands post which will be coming up this Sunday February 1st.
Perhaps the more precise way of stating the theme of this current post would be "Stuck between a great big A to Z sign-up list and a rock song". I guess that wouldn't sound as catchy as an American idiom that has an origin now obscure to most of us, but with a meaning that seems pretty obvious.
I had to look up that expression out of curiosity and found that it is a theme that appears in nearly every culture dating back to ancient times. The gist of the saying has to do with being in a dilemma in which any solution is not particularly a good one. Well! That being the case the phrase then has no real relevance in relation to my topic for this post. Imagine me going off on some weird tangent that has little to do with anything. Yes, that's par for the course I guess--to use a golf idiom that I never paid much attention to the fact that it had anything to do with golf until this moment as I used it. Come to think of it I don't really say "That's par for the course" very often but there it was just popping into my head.
Oddly enough I started this post over an hour ago with just the title and went downstairs to watch one of the few TV shows that I follow these days. The Flash on the CW network is a pretty decent show for the superhero genre which is something I've grown weary of in recent years. But that's another story for another day (is that another idiom?). The point I wanted to make about going to watch The Flash after composing the title for this post was that among the opening lines of dialogue in this particular episode one of the characters said they were "stuck between a rock and a hard place" and I found that to be a bit weird considering the circumstances. Serendipitous perhaps. I don't know, but at least this gave me a reason to use one of my favorite words "Serendipitous" (or any variation of that word). Just thought I'd toss that out to you.
So looking back to Monday, did you get your name on the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge Linky list yet? As I write this, the list is stalled at #330, but I'm sure that as you read this the list will have progressed much more. The list will be open until April so if you haven't decided whether or not to participate you do have time. However, get into the community spirit and join now so you can mix and mingle and start making new friends and reacquainting yourself with old ones. If you don't join in before the list closes you might be a bit blue thinking about the relationships that might have been and you missed out on. Well maybe that's a bit dramatic, but it's my sales pitch. I'll be doing that now and then between now and April, brothers and sisters, cause I don't want anyone to cry or feel left out of the fun.
Maybe you've been catching hints of song clues along with lots of herrings, red and every other color you can think of, and the reason for the clues has to do with Battle of the Bands. I was shocked that my previous Battle of the Bands post likely broke a record of most votes so far for any Battle of mine and maybe any other Battles of participating bloggers. A total of 40 votes were received on that Battle. I had fears that the voter turn-out would be far lower since I broke my own rules and used 3 song versions including one that lasted about 10 minutes. Thanks voters! I'll be taking this same route one more time (please bear with me) with 3 songs with one clip that is again about 10 minutes. Never fear though, there will be two short ones and you can just vote between those if you'd like.
That's about it for me here at Tossing It Out for today. I won't even mention that Friday will be my birthday and I'll have a special little post to commemorate that event. Oh, I guess I did mention it. I didn't mean to do that--yeah right! Even if you miss my birthday don't miss my Battle of the Bands post on Sunday or I'll be feeling blue. Guess I'd better say bye-bye. Love you, brothers and sisters.
Did you join the A to Z list yet? Do you ever wonder about the idioms that people often use? Can you guess what song I'll be using on my Battle of the Band post?