The Grand Opening

FB6BB9F9-C3B9-427D-834F-6DEBAA4B93BA“The grand opening is in two weeks,” Danny said. “I can’t believe how fast it’s approaching and I hope that we’ll be ready. Do you still think it’s plausible that we’ll make the date?”

“Oh yeah,” Jack said. “This whole thing is coming together like a beautiful rhapsody. There ain’t nothing that can derail this train, buddy.”

”I hope you’re right,” Danny said. “It’s just that putting Craig in charge of the website has me worried. He can be kind of flaky, you know what I mean?”

“Yeah,” Jack admitted. “But I think he learned his lesson from the last time.”

“I hope so,” Danny said. “The last time we opened a barbecue chicken place, he used the domain name and it linked potential customers to a porn site.”

Written for these daily prompts: The Daily Spur (opening), Daily Addictions (fast), Your Daily Word Prompt (plausible), Word of the Day Challenge (rhapsody), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (derail), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (flaky).

Who Won The Week? 10/27/19

10CC3057-4EEA-4C80-B8C1-700C0FC6C906It’s time for another Who Won the Week prompt. The idea behind Who Won the Week is for you to select who you think “won” this past week. Your selection can be anyone or anything — politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors, bloggers, your friends or family members, books, movies, TV shows, businesses, organizations, whatever.

I will be posting this prompt on Sunday mornings (my time). If you want to participate, write your own post designating who you think won the week and why you think they deserve your nod. Then link back to this post and tag you post with FWWTW.

My pick for this week is hypocrisy.

Yes, hypocrisy, folks. A recent poll showed that 72 percent of white evangelical Protestants now believe that a person who commits “immoral personal acts” can serve effectively in public office. That figure has skyrocketed from a mere 30 percent in 2011.779536BC-AD49-4225-80DA-32E253668B7DHmmm, I wonder what — or who — has precipitated this change in attitude. Care to take a guess?

And this fall, 72 percent of Republicans, despite his immoral and illegal acts that will result in his impeachment by the House of Representatives, said they want their party to keep Trump as the Republican candidate in 2020. Within this group, white evangelicals were among the voters most likely to want Trump on the ballot, at 82 percent.

I can’t think of anything more hypocritical than that, can you?

And now it’s your turn, folks. Who (or what) do you think won the week?

Weekend Writing Prompt — Looking Back

12670AFF-BA5E-424C-90A7-FFFB82A1F54BI didn’t plan it this way.

My life seemed to choose its own path at each crossroads.

Sometimes it worked out, at other times, not so much.

That said, as I look back in my twilight years,

My life has been rich and full.

(Exactly 44 words)

Written for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, where we are challenged to write a poem or piece of prose using the word “twilight” in exactly 44 words.

Song Lyric Sunday — Hide Your Love

For this week’s Song Lyric Sunday theme, Jim Adams gave us “Lost/Found/Hide/Seek.” I chose to go with “hide,” and the song I chose was “You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away,” written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney and recorded by The Beatles.

“You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away“ was released on the album Help! in August 1965. There were rumors that this was the first gay rock song, a song about hiding one’s homosexuality, and a message to Beatles manager Brian Epstein, who was gay.

But John Lennon denied that the song was about Epstein or homosexuality. The song’s lyrics are ambiguous, perhaps telling of an unrequited love and hidden feelings. Lennon could also have been writing about his feelings of isolation and paranoia related to fame. Lennon said that he was at home songwriting for the Help! album, and every day he would attempt to write a song. “It’s one of those,” he said, “that you sort of sing a bit sadly to yourself, ‘Here I stand, head in hand…’”

Paul McCartney said of the song that it was “just basically John doing Bob Dylan.” The song is similar to the kinds of folk songs Dylan was known for and used a Dylanesque acoustic guitar, no backing voices, and light percussion, with a flute replacing the harmonica that Dylan typically used.

Here are the lyrics to the song.

Here I stand head in hand
Turn my face to the wall
If she’s gone I can’t go on
Feeling two-foot small

Everywhere people stare
Each and every day
I can see them laugh at me
And I hear them say

Hey you’ve got to hide your love away
Hey you’ve got to hide your love away

How can I even try
I can never win
Hearing them, seeing them
In the state I’m in

How could she say to me
Love will find a way
Gather round all you clowns
Let me hear you say

Hey you’ve got to hide your love away
Hey you’ve got to hide your love away