Saturday Surprise — A Short One

Good Saturday morning, folks, and welcome to the … w-w-weekend!  I won’t ask if you have big plans, for obvious r-r-reasons, but I will try to give you a smile … how’s that?


I bet you didn’t know that in Northern Canada they hold hair-freezing contests! frozen-hair-2

From Atlas Obscura …

Even in the dark, subarctic winters of the Yukon Territory, hot water flows from the depths of Earth’s crust into Takhini Hot Springs at the toasty temperature of 116 degrees Fahrenheit. The natural hot tub, which attracts hundreds of locals and tourists annually, lies just outside the city of Whitehorse. For most of the year, visitors spend hours relaxing in the mineral-rich and odorless waters, which are privately owned by the company Takhini Hot Pools. But much more is at stake during winter months, when the pools become heated arenas for the world’s only frozen-hairdo competition.

The Hair Freezing Contest is a challenge of both art and science. Participants dunk their heads underwater, emerge into the frigid air, and style their locks into stiff, eye-catching sculptures. Depending on one’s creativity and luck with the elements, the results range from frosty, mop-like tangles to dramatically manicured spikes.

According to co-owner of Takhini Hot Pools Andrew Umbrich …

“All this rising steam collects on your hair and freezes really quickly when it meets the cold air. You can get good results within 15 minutes if it’s cold enough.”



Er … um … thanks, but no thanks.  I cannot imagine my head being frozen.  Things contract in the cold, and if my head contracted much more, I’d be a pinhead.  Still, looks cool … literally.

Guess what it is

I bet you can’t guess what this is …stage

Hey, don’t be so quick to judge a book by its cover, or in this case a stage by its finish.  This stage, folks, is going on the auction block on April 10th in an online auction and is expected to fetch as much as $20,000.  Do you know who once played one of their first concerts as The Silver Beats on that stage?  C’mon, some of you die-hard fans must know this one.  Ellen?  David?  Okay, I’ll give you a little hint.  The band consisted of Stuart Sutcliffe on bass and Tommy Moore on drums, Paul McCartney, John Lennon and George Harrison on guitars. Lathom-Hall-ticketIn addition to playing at Lathom Hall, they were also there to audition for local concert promoter Brian Kelly.  They did so well that they were invited back the next Saturday night, but at the last minute they declined and that was it for them and Lathom Hall or any of Kelly’s concert venues for several months.  As their popularity gained traction, eventually Kelly invited them back.

Silver-BeatsOn April 10, in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the band’s breakup, California-based Julien’s Auctions will offer a slew of Beatles memorabilia (with live online bidding available), from the handwritten lyrics for “Hey Jude” to corduroy trousers worn by John Lennon himself. While it may not look so illustrious, this set of wooden planks pulled straight out of the floor are in fact witnesses to history, and a marquee item that could fetch as much as $20,000.

Just a few ‘toons and things I found over at Phil’s Phun


Th-th-that’s all I’ve got for today, friends.  Try to have a p-p-peaceful weekend.

Note to readers:  I apologize for my negligence these past 2-3 days in responding to comments.  Sometimes life throws more at a person than they can field, and one struggles to catch up.  I always operate under the philosophy that if you, my friends and readers, can take your precious time to leave a comment, the least I can do is reply.  I have let that ball drop in recent days.  I promise to do better starting today.  Please forgive my negligence.

39 thoughts on “Saturday Surprise — A Short One

  1. I loved the freezing hair! Wouldn’t want to try it though… My hair is fragile enough without breaking it off! 😂

    It has been a gruelling week. You take care of yourself Jill. Trying to stay positive is like trying to slog up hill through hot lava, but we all need downtime some days to escape the endless heat. Be well. 💕💕

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    • I wouldn’t try the hair-freezing either, mostly just because I hate being cold … with each passing year, cold seems a little … colder. Yes, it has indeed been a rough week, and they will likely keep getting rougher for a while yet. I hope you and hubby are doing okay? Hugs, my friend … keep safe. ❤


    • Ahhh … I didn’t think you’d buy into the hair freezing contest … me either … I don’t like to be cold. No breather this weekend, but I took some time off this past week, so now I’m playing catch-up! BIG HUGS!!!! ❤


    • I don’t know, but I really want to put one of those cacti right next to my front door and hopefully ward off those pesky religious peddlers that love to harass us during the warm weather months! Yeah, I didn’t figure you’d be rushing to sign up for next year’s hair-freezing contest, though it would be a sight to see!

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    • Well, back in the day when I actually had to deal with customers, we didn’t have video-conferencing, so I was quite able to give the finger to any customer who made themselves a royal pain! But yeah, that might be fun! Glad to have brought a bit of Saturday morning cheer!

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  2. I am LOL, yes laughing out loud. Total aside : I thought that meant Lot of Love not so very long ago! Laughing, not at the crazies freezing their hair, not the cartoons, not the cactus, and most certainly not at your unnecessary but sweet apology. I am laughing at your question about the stage for sale! Not because I knew the answer, I must shamefully admit that I did not. Be that as may be, that did not make me LOL either. What did, you ask? Upon reading “The Silver Beats” and prior to reading the following sentences, I thought that you were talking about the Japanese Beatles Tribute Band that call themselves “The Silver Beats”!! YES, there is or at least there was one dating back to the early 2000’s. They had toured here and they sang in English, though only “John Lennon” member spoke English. Eldest Daughter and a friend saw them perform in a Providence club in the Summer of 2008. She said they were really very good, but having never heard them myself, I cannot vouch for that. Enjoy the Weekend as best that you can, if you need to find a reason to smile…read this post!! Your comments are welcome, but never feel they are demanded!! Thank-you!

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    • As always, dear Ellen, you have managed to brighten my day just with your comment. Even made me smile … a nifty trick these days! And yes, I came across the Japanese ‘Silver Beats’ numerous times last night as I was trolling the ‘Net looking for a picture of the ones who sang on that stage! I did not, however, realize that they had toured in the U.S. And thank you, dearest Ellen, for your kindness.


    • Well, I don’t seem to do well with days off … I think too much. However, I am getting some of my bounce back! Awwww … thank you, dear Cheryl! I love you guys too! Did you manage to complete your online unemployment application yesterday?


      • Sadly, no. I took the unofficial advice to try twice more at “off” times, after midnight and before sunrise. No go. I tried later in the am and there were notifications that removed part of the process and stipulations but I still couldn’t move forward. The system will be shut down for part of the day tomorrow to update so I will try again after that. We must hang in together. If we had to have such a crisis in my lifetime, I am proud and happy to have my friends online to walk the path with me.🤗

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        • How very frustrating that must be! I’m so sorry you’re having to go through all that, as I’m sure many others are too. 3.3 million new unemployment claims inside of one week is bound to overwhelm the systems. I just hope they work diligently and get a handle on it all soon. Yes, I feel like we are all family at this time, and we will help one another in whatever ways we can, mostly moral support and humour, I think. Hugs, my friend!

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    • So, are you game for trying the hair-freezing contest next year? Just kidding … I’m glad you found some humour here … and the cactus was my all-time favourite, too. I want one just like it!

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  3. Hair-freezing? Too freaky for me. Scowling From Tower contests, now that’s more like it!
    “I have let that ball drop in recent days. I promise to do better starting today”…..I dunno where you get that jazz from Jill. Your output in posts and responses is pretty well phenomenal.
    ‘Y’all take care of yourself sweetling…Hear?’ 👩🏼

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  4. Hi Jill, thanks for this cheerful post. I especially like the spirit plant. I have already adopted it LOL. Don’t worry about answering prompts. Allow yourself a break. We don’t run away just because you take care of yourself 😚🙋‍♀️🐝


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