Square Pig in a Round Hole-June 22, 2019

Square PigNaming a band is an act of concentrated creative expression. Square Pig in a Round Hole exists to reward five favorite band names each week. Winners are (usually) listed alphabetically.

Selection is wholly unscientific and subject to whim, with a bias toward wordplay, humor, and local flavor. In most cases, I won’t know anything about the bands at the time of selection. Thanks to the Seattle Times club listings for abundant source material!

Me at 4:30 am on June 21, at wordcount zero of an eventual 5,213

Summer is here! I know, because it’s kind of warm and the sky is gray. Also because I spent yesterday, the summer solstice, participating in The Longest Day to raise funds for Alzheimer’s research and support. I was part of a team, Writing Against the Darkness, that pledged to write from dawn till dusk. In Seattle, that’s like 17 hours; a long day, indeed. Even with a 6-hour break to go to work, I wrote 5,213 words (a lot for me; I am a slow writer) and raised over $1300. The team produced a total 55,469 words and raised over $5000. An exhausting day but well worth it! It is not too late to donate to this worthy cause if you feel so moved. My donation page is here.

During a couple of my breaks, I took time to pick a stellar crop of band names:

Minivan Morrison

Carpool parent singing along with classic rock.

Neither Bears nor Forest

Weirdly poetic turn of phrase for something that isn’t what it purports to be.

Sidewalks and Skeletons

More like trick-or-treat than end-of-school. Then again, no matter the time of year, everyone on the sidewalk has inside them a spooky, scary skeleton. (Happy coincidence: S and S is from Bradford, UK, the birthplace of my spouse’s grandfather.)

The Pietasters

My dream job. I’ll need another sample of the rhubarb, please.

Time Pieces

Clocks and watches, minutes and seconds, measures and beats.


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