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Better Each Day Podcast Radio Show with Bruce Hilliard - Bruce Hilliard EPISODE 166, 17th December 2020
'Twas the Week Before Christmas with Bruce Hilliard
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'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.