Friday Fictioneers — Pink Cadillac

2AED5E46-01AA-4533-B718-AA93164F9DB3“I thought you were gonna call it the ‘Pink Cadillac Diner,’” Dwight said.

“Yeah, that was the plan,” Derek said. “I bought the dam car and all.

“So what happened?”

“Roger,” Derek said, “does whatever he wants to do no matter who he hurts.”

“But isn’t he your 50/50 partner in the diner?” Dwight asked.

“Supposedly,” Derek said, “and he loved the pink Cadillac idea, but he wanted to name the diner ‘Rock-n-Rogers,’ so he had the Caddy painted, hoisted it to the top of the tall sign post, and told me if I don’t like it, I can take it down.”

(100 words)

I’m a few days late for the Friday Fictioneers prompt from Rochelle Wisoff-Fields, but here it is. Photo credit: J Hardy Carroll.

Who Won The Week? 03/22/2020

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 (or what) 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 choosing guns.E9DB73AF-C8DA-4068-8FC7-4F6CE96A1E95Gun sellers across the country are reporting major spikes in firearm and bullet purchases as many Americans are flocking to local gun stores to stock up on firearms and ammunition in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. Gun dealers report that they are scrambling to keep up with demand.

Nonessential stores across the country are closing in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, but gun stores are still open. Apparently in America, licensed firearms retailers are essential businesses.

I’m not happy about this. As it is, the United States has, by far, the most heavily armed civilian population in the world, with more guns (120 firearms per 100 citizens).

Coincidentally, perhaps, there has been an uptick recently in grocery store and pharmacy parking lot gun point hold ups since this pandemic has taken hold.

So, it is with great reluctance and anxiety that I declare guns, gun manufacturers, and gun shops to have won the week.

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

Song Lyric Sunday — Promises

For this week’s Song Lyric Sunday, Jim Adams has challenged us to come up with songs about promises, vows, and oaths. For some reason I found this harder than I thought it would be, but I finally remembered this interesting little song sung by Eric Clapton titled “Promises.”

“Promises” was a single performed by Eric Clapton. It was written by songwriters Richard Feldman and Roger Linn, and was released in September 1978 from Clapton’s studio album Backless. In the U.S., “Promises” reached number nine on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and number six on the Adult Contemporary chart.

The song’s tune is lightweight and upbeat, which belies what the song is about. It’s actually a kind of heartbreaking tale of a man who comes to a long-overdue conclusion that the woman he loves and has always wanted to be with will never accept his love. In order to protect himself, he has become indifferent to what she does. Recognizing this, he ends the relationship for his own good. Until or unless there comes a time when she can see it the way he has always done so, he is giving up in order to move on.

Here are the song’s lyrics.

I don’t care if you never come home
I don’t mind if you just keep on rowin’ away on a distant sea
‘Cause I don’t love you and you don’t love me

You cause a commotion when you come to town
You give ’em a smile and they melt
And your lovers and friends is all good and fine
But I don’t like yours and you don’t like mine

La la la la la la
La la la la la la la la

I don’t care what you do at night
Oh, I don’t care how you get you delights
We’ll leave it alone and just let it be
I don’t love you and you don’t love me

I got a problem, can you relate
I got a woman callin’ love hate
We made a vow we’d always be friends
How could we know that promises end

La la la la la la
La la la la la la la la

I tried to love for years upon years
You refuse to take me for real
It’s time you saw what I want you to see
I’d still love you if you’d just love me

I got a problem, can you relate
I got a woman callin’ love hate
We made a vow we’d always be friends
How could we know that promises end

La la la la la la
La la la la la la la la
La la la la la la
La la la la la la la la
Wohoo, la la la la la la la

FOWC with Fandango — Contemplate

FOWCWelcome to March 22, 2020 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). It’s designed to fill the void after WordPress bailed on its daily one-word prompt.

I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (US).

Today’s word is “contemplate.”

Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.

Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments.

The issue with pingbacks not showing up seems to have been resolved, but you might check to confirm that your pingback is there. If not, please manually add your link in the comments.

  1. And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. You will marvel at their creativity.