#JusJoJan — The Best of Intentions

4A7C29FE-03D3-43D3-AD16-389B6E4B77CAIt was not my intention to write a post today in response to the six daily word prompts I usually include in such a post. First of all, our old dog needs a lot attention, not the least of which is our having to walk her four or five times a day.

On top of that, I’ve got a busy week coming up and I have to coordinate with a lot of people to get things scheduled. I also have to take a ride to the East Bay to visit my son and his wife on Wednesday, and that will entail a four-to-five-hour round trip.

I also decided to run out and buy a bunch of Powerball tickets because it’s not totally outside the realm of possibility that I might hit it big and win the multimillion dollar jackpot.

But as I sat there watching the football game, I decided to capitulate to the urge to keep my JusJoJan streak alive, even though that wasn’t my intention.

Written for Linda G. Hill’s JusJoJan prompt where the word is “intention.” Also for these daily prompts: Daily Addictions (walk), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (coordinate), The Daily Spur (ride), Ragtag Daily Prompt (realm), Word of the Day Challenge (jackpot), and Your Daily Word Prompt (capitulate). Image from the cover of a book by Gilbert Van Hoeydonck.

The Caramel Crunch — A New Prompt

6321AADB-0312-4BC3-9BBB-87C6ADD84880Mel, over at Crushed Caramel, has decided to start a new prompt. She’s calling it “The Crushed Caramel” and in it, Mel will be posing a question related to a crucial point or situation that generally involves a decision with weighty consequences. The idea is to answer the question, “What would you do?” in that situation. Sounds delicious, doesn’t it?

For the first challenge, Mel asks us, “Are you a great romantic? Or are you more practical in your outlook? Does family come before your love life? Or when love comes along, do you cling to the person you have fallen in love with?”

I’m going to split Mel’s questions into two items and answer them separately. First, to answer her “Are you a great romantic? Or are you more practical in your outlook?” the best way for me to answer is to give you a link to my very first post on this blog, which I posted on May 14, 2017. I titled it “Practical Pragmatist,” which is a dead giveaway to how I would answer her question.

As to “Does family come before your love life? Or when love comes along, do you cling to the person you have fallen in love with?” Since I’ve been married to my wife for 40½ years, I think my answer to that question is also obvious. I’d say I’ve clung to my wife for everything I’m worth.

So there you have it. Go check out Mel’s Caramel Crunch and give it a shot.

Who Won The Week? 1/5/20

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.

This week I am reluctantly picking Vladimir Putin for Who Won the Week. Doesn’t he look happy?E9647072-B37F-4601-BD7C-A96486CA78C8In the wake of Trump’s ordered drone strike at Baghdad’s international airport that killed Major General Qassem Suleimani, head of the elite Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, Iraq’s parliament voted in favor of expelling U.S. troops from that country and shutting down the American embassy.

Putin was already the most influential world leader in the Middle East, including in Turkey, Syria, and Iran. Now Trump has essentially ceded American influence in the region, now including in Iraq, to the Russian leader.

Putin can point to U.S. actions as seeming to justify Russia’s current campaign to push back against the world order the U.S. represented. It also allows Putin to play the sober statesman, compared with the erratic American leader.

By the way, Trump allegedly spoke with Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before ordering the drone strike. Not to any American Senators, but to Putin and Netanyahu! Hmm, I wonder what advice they gave him. No doubt it was in the best interest of the United States, right?

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

I’m Such a Mystery

756F291E-EB20-488F-ADF2-1D044776BC6FI must be a mystery because Sadje, at Keep It Alive, has gifted me with the Mystery Blogger Award. How about that?

Mystery Blogger Award is the creation of Okoto Enigma’s Blog.  According to Okoto, “The purpose of this acknowledgment is to award amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging, and they do it with so much love and passion.” Yep, that describes me and my blog perfectly. Thank you for this gift, Sadje.

As with all blog awards, there are rules to follow. But as a rule breaker, I’m only going to follow the ones I want to follow.

1. Put the award logo on your post.
2. List the rules.

3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.

4. Mention the creator and provide a link to their blog.

5. Tell your readers three things about yourself.

6. Nominate 10-20 of your favorite bloggers.

7. Notify your nominees.
8. Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choice.

9. Share links to your best posts.

First, three things about me:

  1. My wife and I have been married for 41½ years.
  2. We have a black dog and a black cat.
  3. Our daughter-in-law is expecting a baby in May and my wife and I will be grandparents for the first time.

Now my answers to Sadje’s questions:

What is your strategy for dealing with stress?

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If tomorrow were the last day, What would you do first?

Write a post about the first thing I did on the last day.

How would you describe yourself as a color and why?

Black and blue. I bruise easily.

Physical beauty or intelligence?

I’ve never thought these two attributes were mutually exclusive, so I would choose both physical attractiveness, which is a matter personal taste, and intelligence.

Do you believe that Murphy is trying to mess up our day?

Who’s Murphy? Trump is the one who is trying to mess up our days, nights, lives, country, and the world.

Anyone else want to play? Consider yourself gifted with the Mystery Blogger Award.

Song Lyric Sunday — La Te Da

For this week’s Song Lyric Sunday, Jim Adams has given us more of a sound than a word. That sound is “la.” For the first time since I’ve been responding to the Song Lyric Sunday prompt, first when Helen Vahdati was hosting it, and since Jim took it over, I’m featuring the same artist two weeks in a row. Last week the theme was “crazy,” and I chose Van Morrison’s song “Crazy Love.” This week I’m choosing Van Morrison’s “Brown Eyed Girl,” not only because it’s a great song, but because “la” appears in it 66 times!

“Brown Eyed Girl” was written and performed by Van Morrison as a track on his first solo album, Blowin’ Your Mind! It was released as a single in June 1967 and spent sixteen weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at number 10.

The song was originally titled “Brown-Skinned Girl,” and it was about an interracial relationship, but Morrison changed it to “Brown Eyed Girl” when he recorded it in order to make it more palatable for radio stations. Morrison remarked of the title change, “That was just a mistake. It was a kind of Jamaican song. Calypso. It just slipped my mind that I changed the title.”

Some stations banned the song anyway for the line, “Making love in the green grass.” A radio-edit of the song was released which removed the lyrics, “Making love in the green grass,” and replaced them with an overdub of “Laughin’ and a-runnin’, hey hey” from a previous verse to make it more radio-friendly.

Here are the lyrics to the song.

Hey where did we go
Days when the rains came
Down in the hollow
Playin’ a new game
Laughin’ and a-runnin’ hey, hey
Skippin’ and a-jumpin’
In the misty morning fog with
Our hearts a thumpin’ and you
My brown eyed girl
You’re my brown eyed girl

Whatever happened
To Tuesday and so slow
Going down the old mine
With a transistor radio
Standing in the sunlight laughing
Hiding behind a rainbow’s wall
Slippin’ and slidin’
All along the water fall, with you
My brown eyed girl
You’re my brown eyed girl

Do you remember when we used to sing
Sha la la la la la la la la la la te da
Just like that
Sha la la la la la la la la la la te da, la te da

So hard to find my way
Now that I’m all on my own
I saw you just the other day
My how you have grown
Cast my memory back there, Lord
Sometime I’m overcome thinking ’bout
Making love in the green grass
Behind the stadium with you
My brown eyed girl
You’re my brown eyed girl

Do you remember when we used to sing
Sha la la la la la la la la la la te da (lying in the green grass)
Sha la la la la la la la la la la te da (bit, bit, bit, bit, bit, bit)
Sha la la la la la la la la la la te da (sha la la la la la)
Sha la la la la la la la la la la te da