Thanks For the Tag

DC49B49B-88F1-48E4-B706-C6F93814FA68Cyranny, over at Cyranny’s Cove, has gifted me with a nomination for the Real Neat Blog Award. I am honored by her tag and I really appreciate it, even though I have declared my blog to be an award-free blog. But it’s not a Q&A-free blog, so I’m happy to answer the ten questions she posed to me and her other nominees. So let’s do this.

How do you think 10-year-old-you would feel about today-you?

He’d wonder when I got so old.

Share one thing from your bucket list. (You haven’t made a bucket list? There must be things you hope to accomplish before you die, right? Just pick one, hehehe.)

My number one bucket list item is to kick the bucket peacefully and painlessly when the time comes.

Have you ever read a fellow blogger’s book? What book was that, and can you link the author here?

I’ve actually read a few, including books by Iain Kelly, Cage Dunn, Teresa Grabs, Paula Light, C.S. Boyack, and Jackson Radcliffe.

What’s your favorite foreign country and why?

The United States. I know what you’re thinking. I live in the United States, but these days, it seems quite foreign to me.

Who’s the last person you wrote a real letter to?

A “real” letter? You mean one written with a pen on a piece of paper? OMG, that’s so twentieth century.

What are you the most proud, about your blog?

That I’m still blogging.

What do you like the most about The Cove?

The Cove? Can you be more specific? Is it a nightclub? A restaurant? A novelty shop? 😉

What’s a word you wish you’d never hear again? Why?

President Trump. Okay, that’s two words, and neither word, in and of itself, is offensive. But when said together: 🤮

What’s the biggest “from you, to you” gift you ever got yourself?

Back in the early 70s, I bought myself a used, 1959 Jaguar XK 150. It was a beautiful car.6F46E387-05C3-4D0B-B0EF-BFD7E0497DC9Unfortunately, it spent more time in the shop than on the road.

Tell me something you wish people knew about yourself, that most people don’t?

I’m an open book. Most people I know in the real world know everything there is to know about me.

Okay, does anyone else want to take a shot at Cyranny’s questions? Consider yourselves tagged.

Who Won The Week? 05/10/2020

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.

DF8FEB61-B0E0-4A31-8BF7-287973EF537FThis week I an reluctantly picking Michael Flynn as the recipient of my coveted Who Won the Week award. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Flynn, he is a retired United States Army lieutenant general who was briefly the National Security Advisor to Donald Trump before being fired just 24 days after assuming that role.

Flynn joined the Trump campaign in 2016 and is remembered for leading the “Lock her up” chants about Trump’s opponent, Hillary Clinton. After Trump’s unexpected victory in the 2016 election, he appointed Flynn to the position of National Security Advisor.

But Flynn ultimately pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with the Russian ambassador during the transition. He admitted to having had conversations Russia’s then-ambassador to the United States as he and the rest of President-elect Donald Trump’s camp waited in the wings early in 2017.

Flynn also failed to declare that during the campaign, he was also serving as a paid political consultant to the government of Turkey and was lobbying on that country’s behalf.

Even though Flynn twice pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about contacts with the Russian government, Trump and many Republican allies painted Flynn as an innocent victim of a justice system run amok.

And this week, the “Justice” Department, under the leadership of Attorney General and Trump ass-kisser and presidential protector, Bill Barr, inexplicably decided to drop the charges against Flynn. That abandonment of the Flynn case is a political windfall for Trump, who had been talking about pardoning Flynn.A191C386-007C-4C81-B1C5-2191BC95EFD8So, Michael Flynn, who was still awaiting sentencing for his crimes, was granted a get out of jail free card, and yet another corrupt Donald Trump crony got off scot-free.

So much for the rule-of-law in America.

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

Time Flies

3A8A571B-BE87-4824-B6AC-3B794A1CD62DYesterday I received the above notification from WordPress. Wow, three years since I registered “Fivedotoh” with WordPress. Time sure does fly when you’re having fun, right?

I published my first post on this blog on May 14, 2017. It received five views, two likes, and no comments that year. Woo hoo!

Since that first post, I’ve published around 4,500 others, including this one. My blog posts have had more than 365,000 views from almost 100,000 visitors. My posts have received close to 114,000 likes and just shy of 68,000 comments, and my blog now has almost 3,200 followers.

All I can think of is that tagline for Virginia Slims cigarettes from back in the day: “You’ve come a long way, baby.”

Thank you all for visiting my blog, reading my posts, liking my posts, and commenting on them. It means the world to me.

And to all of you mothers out there, have a wonderful Mother’s Day.

Song Lyric Sunday — Just the Two of Us Happy Together

When I first saw the theme words Jim Adams picked out — couple, together, and us — for today’s Song Lyric Sunday, two songs came to mind, “Happy Together” by the Turtles and “Just the Two of Us” by Bill Withers. I decided to go with the Bill Withers song, in honor of Withers, who passed away earlier this year.

“Just the Two of Us” was written by Bill Withers, Grover Washington, Jr., William Salter, and Ralph MacDonald, and recorded by both Grover Washington Jr. and Bill Withers. It was released in February 1981. The song was a collaboration between jazz saxophone player Grover Washington, Jr. and singer Bill Withers. Washington wrote the music for the song with his partner Bill Salter before Withers added lyrics.

Washington and Withers first met when Withers went in to record his vocals. They were rarely together when they recorded the song, and they never got to know each other very well.

The song expresses a deep connection between a couple. No matter what happens, they can get through it together.

Here are the lyrics to the song.

I see the crystal raindrops fall
And see the beauty of it all
Is when the sun comes shining through
To make those rainbows in my mind
When I think of you some time
And I want to spend some time with you

Just the two of us
We can make it if we try
Just the two of us
Just the two of us
Building castles in the sky
Just the two of us
You and I

We look for love, no time for tears
Wasted water’s all that is
And it don’t make no flowers grow
Good things might come to those who wait
Not to those who wait too late
We got to go for all we know

I hear the crystal raindrops fall
On the window down the hall
And it becomes the morning dew
Darling, when the morning comes
And I see the morning sun
I want to be the one with you

Just the two of us
We can make it if we try
Just the two of us, just
(Just the two of us)
Just the two of us
Building big castles way up high
Just the two of us
You and I

(Just the two of us)
(We can make it, just the two of us)
(Just the two of us)

And for honorable mention, there’s this:

FOWC with Fandango — Platform

FOWCWelcome to May 10, 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 “platform.”

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.