Who Won The Week? 05/17/2020

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 was an easy one for me. Last night, as part of a star-studded, nationwide televised show dedicated to the graduating class of 2020, former U.S. President Barack Obama made a short, seven-minute commencement speech to the graduating class.

How refreshing it was to hear an articulate, intelligent, compassionate, competent, world leader talking to the youth of America, inspiring them to come together and to work hard to restore their country to its full potential. What a remarkable contrast it was to almost every speech given by the inarticulate, incompetent, narcissistic buffoon who took Obama’s place in the Oval Office.

So this week, Barack Obama is The Who Won the Week designation. He was a perfect reminder of how things were in America and how they could be once again.

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

Song Lyric Sunday — Don’t Lose That Number Redux

For this week’s Song Lyric Sunday, Jim Adams has asked us to find a song that includes a number. I’m actually going to take a bit of a liberty with that instruction and select a song that doesn’t include a specific number, per se, in the title or in the lyrics, but one wher a number — a phone number — is central to the song nonetheless. I chose Steely Dan’s “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number.”

Truth be told, this is a repeat performance. Back in February 2018, I used this song when Helen Vahdati was still behind the Song Lyric Sunday prompt and gave us theme “phone calls/calling.” But since that was more than two years, and because I’m a big fan of Steely Dan, and because this is one of my favorite Steely Dan songs, I’m using it again.

“Rikki Don’t Lose That Number” was a single released in 1974 and was also the opening track of Steely Dan’s third album Pretzel Logic. Written by Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, it was the group’s most successful single, peaking at number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the summer of 1974.

There was speculation about the song that the “number” in question was slang for a marijuana cigarette. “Send it off in a letter to yourself” was supposedly a way to safely transport one’s pot back before the post office abolished general delivery mail. Both Becker and Fagen denied that.

Fagen insisted it was a simple love song and said that the Rikki of the song’s title was Rikki Ducornet, a New York writer and artist. Fagen met her while both were attending Bard College, a small liberal arts school located in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. Ducornet said they met at a college party, and even though she was both pregnant and married at the time, he gave her his number, although not in the same context as the song. Ducornet was intrigued by Fagen and was tempted to call him, but she decided against it.

Here are the song’s lyrics:

We hear you’re leaving, that’s okay
I thought our little wild time had just begun
I guess you kind of scared yourself, you turn and run
But if you have a change of heart

Rikki don’t lose that number
You don’t want to call nobody else
Send it off in a letter to yourself
Rikki don’t lose that number
It’s the only one you own
You might use it if you feel better
When you get home

I have a friend in town, he’s heard your name
We can go out driving on Slow Hand Row
We could stay inside and play games, I don’t know
And you could have a change of heart

Rikki don’t lose that number
You don’t want to call nobody else
Send it off in a letter to yourself
Rikki don’t lose that number
It’s the only one you own
You might use it if you feel better
When you get home

You tell yourself you’re not my kind
But you don’t even know your mind
And you could have a change of heart

Rikki don’t lose that number
You don’t want to call nobody else
Send it off in a letter to yourself
Rikki don’t lose that number
It’s the only one you own
You might use it if you feel better
When you get home

FOWC with Fandango — Fickle

FOWCWelcome to May 17, 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 “fickle.”

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.