Weekend Writing Prompt — Misanthrope

34191F48-610E-42E8-A93C-B45F1F5A53CE“Oh honey, let’s go somewhere on a nice holiday,” Mildred said. “I know, we can go to thebeach. It will be so much fun.”

“I can’t,” Frank said. “I am way too busy at work.”

“Please, Frank,” Mildred pleaded. “I need something fierce for us to get away for a few days.”

“I ain’t taking you on a holiday to the beach, Mildred,” Frank said. “There will be too many people there and I hate people, plain and simple.”

“Oh why did I ever marry a misanthrope like you, Frank?” Mildred whined.

“It was inevitable, my dear Mildred.”

(99 words)

Written for the Weekend Writing Prompt from Sammi Cox.53E45042-D5ED-4ED3-9C30-6B1949AE56E4Also for these daily prompts: The Daily Spur (holiday), Ragtag Daily Prompt (beach), Jibber Jabber (work), Word of the Day Challenge (fierce), and Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (inevitable).

Who Won The Week? 08/09/2020

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 designating Jonathan Swan, an Australian journalist who works as a political reporter for Axios, as the winner of Who Won the Week. This past week “Axios on HBO” aired Swan’s interview with Donald Trump. It was eye opening.

Whether you’re a Trump fan or a Trump foe, you should watch this interview. Here’s the whole thing. It’s truly a remarkable thing to behold.

If you don’t have 37 minutes to spare today, here are just a few of the “highlights.”

Congratulations to Jonathan Swan for showing us who the real Donald Trump is…and isn’t.

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

Fandango’s Dog Days of August #9

Fandango’s Dog Days of AugustDo you need a muse to get your creative juices flowing during these hot, sultry days of August? Try a dose of Fandango’s Dog Days of August prompt.

At 6:00 am Pacific time each day this month, I will be posting a new theme. Today’s theme is “your neighborhood.” Tell us about your neighborhood. What do you like most about it? What, if anything, don’t you like? Share a story, a poem, a photo, a drawing, some music, or whatever you wish to share about your neighborhood.

If you wish to participate, please write your post, use the tag #FDDA, and create a pingback to this post or manually add your link in the comments.

And, of course, take some time to read the other responses to this prompt. See how other bloggers are coping with the dog days of August.

Song Lyric Sunday — The Long Way Home

For this week’s Song Lyric Sunday theme, Jim Adams gave us “harmonica,” and we are asked to find a song with a harmonica in it. My first thoughts went to artists such as Bob Dylan, Neil Young, the Beatles, and a whole host of other rock artists who featured harmonicas in the songs. But I decided to take the path less traveled and go with a song by Supertramp.

“Take the Long Way Home” was the fourth single and sixth track of British progressive rock and pop band Supertramp’s 1979 album Breakfast in America. It was written by Roger Hodgson and Richard Davies, co-founders of the group. Hodgson was the lead singer and Davies opened the song with a very recognizable harmonica solo. The single reached number 10 on the U.S. charts.

According to Songfacts, the song is about a guy who thinks he’s really cool (“So you think you’re a romeo, playing a part in a picture show”), but it seems not everyone, including his wife, thinks that. This implies that the singer avoids getting home because, when he’s on the road, he has a few more moments of being alone with his dreams, and in his dreams he’s a superstar.

Hodgson, who was a big rock star and who spent a lot of time on stage and touring, said of this song that it operates on two levels. “Talking about not wanting to go home to the wife, take the long way home to the wife, because she treats you like part of the furniture. But there’s a deeper level to the song, too. We all want to find our home, find that place in us where we feel at home. Home is in the heart and that is really, when we are in touch with our heart and we’re living our life from our heart, then we do feel like we found our home. It was another angle on the question that ran deep inside me, which is, ‘Where’s my home? Where’s peace?’ It felt like I was taking a long way to find it.”

Here are the lyrics to the song:

So you think you’re a Romeo
Playing a part in a picture-show
Take the long way home
Take the long way home

‘Cause you’re the joke of the neighborhood
Why should you care if you’re feeling good
Take the long way home
Take the long way home

But there are times that you feel you’re part of the scenery
All the greenery is comin’ down, boy
And then your wife seems to think you’re part of the furniture
Oh, it’s peculiar, she used to be so nice

When lonely days turn to lonely nights
You take a trip to the city lights
And take the long way home
Take the long way home

You never see what you want to see
Forever playing to the gallery
You take the long way home
Take the long way home

And when you’re up on the stage, it’s so unbelievable,
Oh unforgettable, how they adore you,
But then your wife seems to think you’re losing your sanity,
Oh, calamity, is there no way out, oh yeah
Ooh, take it, take it out
Take it, take it out
Oh yeah

Does it feel that your life’s become a catastrophe?
Oh, it has to be for you to grow, boy
When you look through the years and see what you could have been
Oh, what you might have been,
If you’d had more time

So, when the day comes to settle down,
Who’s to blame if you’re not around?
You took the long way home
You took the long way home
Took the long way home
You took the long way home
You took the long way home, so long
You took the long way home
You took the long way home, uh yeah
You took the long way home

Long way home
Long way home
Long way home
Long way home
Long way home
Long way home

FOWC with Fandango — Inevitable

FOWCWelcome to August 9, 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 “inevitable.”

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. Please 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.