Who Won The Week? 05/03/2020

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.

I almost didn’t write a Who Won The Week post this week because there are slim pickings. But then I remembered that there was a bit of, shall we say, promising news with respect to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, announced this week that a trial of the drug Remdesivir had shown a “clear-cut, significant, positive effect in diminishing the time to recovery” from COVID-19. It was not a knockout punch, according to Dr. Fauci, but it did reduce hospital stays from 15 days to 11 days in the clinical trial.

On Friday, the Food and Drug Administration gave emergency approval for doctors to use Remdesivir, from Gilead Sciences, to treat severely affected patients in hospitals. Those with intensive care units will get the drug first, Gilead said. It will not be available to patients recuperating at home, at least initially.

So for this week, I declare that the drug Remdesivir has won the week. Also, anyone who owns stock in Gilead Sciences, the biopharmaceutical company that manufactures Remdesivir, since it’s likely that, if the drug lives up to its potential, Gilead’s stock will do quite well. Unfortunately for me, I do not own any shares of Gilead. Oh well.

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

First Things First

08E0431E-46A8-4E7D-8E34-DBC9704B96A2The blogger at The Extra..aaamile, whose name is Savio, I think, because, in his About Page, he wrote, “I love my name ‘Savio’ …in Italian it means clever or bright,” challenged me (and a number of other bloggers) to something he calls “First Things First.” It’s a game where you say the first thing that comes to your mind when someone says a word. Savio has given us two examples to illustrate how this game works:

~If I say “Love” …what’s the first word that comes to your mind?

~…and detest? [it is a stronger word than hate – so answer carefully]

Finally, Savio suggests that we “don’t think too much” when we play this game. I think I’m highly qualified to do that! 😉

So let’s do this:

~Love — This is a tough one. I’m torn between ‘blogging’ and ‘family.’ But just in case anyone in my family reads this, I’ll go with ‘family.’

~Detest — Donald Trump

~Red — Sunburn

~Money — Stock Market

~Commitment — Pledge

~Home — Shelter-in-place

~House — Home

~Honesty — Integrity

~Beautiful — Stunning

~Passion — Heat

~First glance…what do you look at? Male and Female — Eyes

~Woman — Beauty

~Sunset — Calm

~Heartbreak — Pain

~Experience — Wisdom

~Ageing — Experience

~Past, Present, or Future? Why? Timeline. Why? Because a timeline often shows the past, present, and future. Duh!

~Vulnerable — Weak

~Time — Magazine

~Date — Blind

~Relaxation — Meditation

~Death — The end

~go to person…besides family/spouse, etc. — I don’t know. Maybe Rachel Maddow?

~Childhood — Innocence

~Gift — Present

~Regret — Sadness

~Foundation —Base

~If you were to rewind? And fast forward – what’s the one thing you’d want to witness — Unless I could alter the past or change the future, not a damn thing.

So thank you, Savio, for tagging me. If any of you wish to play this game, I tag you.

Song Lyric Sunday — Tequila Sunrise

There was never a doubt in my mind when I saw that Jim Adams has selected Burrito, Fajita, Mexican, and Tequila as his theme words for this week’s Song Lyric Sunday that I would choose “Tequila Sunrise” by The Eagles, one of my favorite bands.

The first single from Desperado, The Eagles’ second album, “Tequila Sunrise” was a 1973 song written by Don Henley and Glenn Frey, with Frey singing lead. Along with the song, “Desperado,” it was one of two songs they came up with during the first week that they started writing songs together.

A Tequila Sunrise is a cocktail made with tequila and orange juice with some grenadine poured on top to create the red and orange colors of a sunrise. The song, though, doesn’t actually refer to that cocktail, per se. It’s about a guy who has been drinking straight tequila until the sun comes up.

The line, “Take another shot of courage,” refers to how, if you drink tequila, it will give you courage to talk to women. The band members used to call tequila “instant courage.” Frey said, “We very much wanted to talk to the ladies, but we often didn’t have the nerve, so we’d drink a couple of shots and suddenly it was, ‘Howdy, ma’am.’”

Here are the lyrics to the song:

It’s another tequila sunrise
Starin’ slowly ‘cross the sky
Said goodbye
He was just a hired hand
Workin’ on the dreams he planned to try
The days go by

Ev’ry night when the sun goes down
Just another lonely boy in town
And she’s out runnin’ ’round

She wasn’t just another woman
And I couldn’t keep from comin’ on
It’s been so long
Oh and it’s a hollow feelin’
When it comes down to dealin’ friends
It never ends

Take another shot of courage
Wonder why the right words never come
You just get numb
It’s another tequila sunrise
This old world still looks the same
Another frame

FOWC with Fandango — Fortitude

FOWCWelcome to May 3, 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 “fortitude.”

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.

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