Sunday Writing Prompt — It Was a Joke

At first I thought it was a joke that Donald Trump, a man born with a silver spoon in his mouth, a failed real estate tycoon, and a TV reality show star with no political experience would be seriously running for President of the United States. Most others thought it was a joke, too.

But as illogical as it sounds, he won the Republican nomination and in November 2016, he managed, despite losing the popular vote by almost three million, to achieve a surprising victory in the Electoral College. And on January 20, 2017, he was sworn in as the 45th American president.

Little did most of us know that his election would turn out to be an augury of the fall of the American democracy.

An now, with an election just a few days away, I have an ominous feeling that the worst president in American history may, somehow, pull off another “victory” handed to him by a stacked, Republican Supreme Court.

And that, my friends, is no joke.

Written for the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Sunday Writing Prompt, which is to write a story that contains or make reference to a joke of some kind. Also for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (spoon), The Daily Spur (illogical), Word of the Day Challenge (surprising), Your Daily Word Prompt (augury), and Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (ominous).

Who Won the Week? 11/01/2020

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.

It’s kind of unusual for me to say that someone who just passed away is my Who Won the Week winner, but as a tribute to a man I consider to be one of the great actors of our time, I’m awarding this week’s Who Won the Week to Sean Connery.Sean ConnerySean Connery was the first, and in my opinion, the best, James Bond. He brought Ian Fleming’s eponymous secret service agent to life. Some may have preferred the Bond character as portrayed by other actors, but I believe that Connery set the bar high.

He played 007 in the first five Bond films: Dr. No (1962), From Russia with Love (1963), Goldfinger (1964), Thunderball (1965), and You Only Live Twice (1967). But not wanting to be typecast, Connery ultimately gave up the role of James Bond after that, although he did briefly reprise the role in Diamonds Are Forever (1971) and Never Say Never Again (1983).

Connery went on to star in a number of other acclaimed films, including, with Michael Caine, one of my favorites, The Man Who Would Be King.So, Mr. Connery, thanks for the memories. May you Rest In Peace.

What about you? Who (or what) do you think won the week?

Lovers and Other Stangers

Jenna, over at Raspberry Ripples, was tagged for The Sunshine Blogger Award by a friend of hers. I was among a whole host of other bloggers that Jenna tagged, and while my blog is an award-free blog, it’s definitely not a question free blog. So here are her, shall we say, adult-oriented questions, along with my answers (or, in some cases, non answers). Ready?

1. Do you keep in touch with any of your ex-lovers?

My wife reads my blog, so I’m pleading the fifth.

2. Do you remember losing your virginity with glee or with a cringe?

A little of both. Glee because I lost my virginity. A cringe because I had no clue what I was doing. I wrote a post about what led up to it here.

3. Do you think online dating or blind-dates arranged through friends works better?

Back in the day when I was dating, online dating sites — or online anything, for that matter — didn’t exist. And since I met the girl who eventually became my wife on a blind date fix-up, I’ll go with that one.

4. Is there “one that got away” in your life? Do you think about them?

There were several that got away, but I’m happy with the one that didn’t, so we’ll leave it at that.

5. Do you have an outfit that makes you feel super-sexy?

Yeah, right. At my age, a t-shirt and sweat pants is about the sexiest outfit I’ve got going.

6. Do you have a favorite erotica book or movie?

Actually, many years ago I tried my hand at writing my own erotic stories and, to this day, they are my favorite erotic tales.

7. What do you find romantic?

Sitting cuddled up with my wife in front of a blazing fire on a chilly winter night sipping wine.

8. What do you do when you are feeling sad, stressed, lonely, or anxious?

The good news is that I rarely feel sad, stressed, or lonely. I do feel quite anxious about Donald Trump and what will happen to my country after Tuesday’s presidential election. How do I cope with that anxiety? I consume a cannabis-infused marshmallow. Works every time.

9. What’s your happiest, favorite real life sex memory/experience?

When my wife and I were dating, we would occasionally take quaaludes before having sex. One night we each took three ludes and made love five times before dawn. We were both quite sated, albeit exhausted, the next day.

10. How easy do you find it to have open, honest conversations with your partner about sex, about your preferences, or your limits?

It’s easy. Once a king, always a king. Once a night is enough.

11. What would be your perfect fantasy date night?

See my answer to number 7.

Does anyone else want to have a go at answering Jenna’s questions? If so, consider yourself tagged.

Song Lyric Sunday — Stupid Is as Stupid Does

For this week’s Song Lyric Sunday theme, Jim Adams has given us “smart” and “stupid.” I decided to reach way, way back into the past with a lightweight song from Connie Francis titled “Stupid Cupid.”

“Stupid Cupid” was written by Howard Greenfield and Neil Sedaka and became a hit for Connie Francis in 1958. Connie had become discouraged from her lack of hit songs since “Who’s Sorry Now” and was searching for a new song to get her back on the charts after her next two songs failed to make the top 40. She said, “I knew I had to come up with a hit on the third record. It was crucial.” Fortunately for Francis, “Stupid Cupid” provided a reasonably strong comeback song, reaching number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 in August of 1958.

Sedaka and Greenfield were two teenager wannabee songwriters with hardly any experience and had been pounding on doors trying to get their songs produced. Sedaka asked a high school friend for a referral and was directed to the offices of Aldon music, which was a new startup from music producers Don Kirshner and Al Nevins. Kirshner listened to the two songwriters’ sales pitch, then thumbed them over to the piano to show him what they had.

Kirshner insisted that songwriters like Sedaka and Greenfield were exactly the kind of talent he’d hoped to find and invited them back to meet Connie Francis. They met at Francis’ home and, thinking that slow ballads were a good match for her style, they played one slow ballad for her after another. She hated them all, commenting that they sounded “too educated” and were putting her to sleep. Neil was actually hesitant to try “Stupid Cupid,” which he thought would be better suited for a girl group, But Greenfield asked him to at least let her hear it, since she didn’t like anything else they had played for her. Neil played a few lines of “Stupid Cupid” for Francis and as soon as she heard it, she started jumping up and down and said, “That’s it! You guys got my next record!”

Here are the lyrics to “Stupid Cupid.”

Stupid Cupid you’re a real mean guy
I’d like to clip your wings so you can’t fly
I’m in love and it’s a crying shame
And I know that you’re the one to blame
Hey hey, set me free
Stupid Cupid stop picking on me

I can’t do my homework and I can’t think straight
I meet her every morning ’bout half past eight
I’m acting like a lovesick fool
You’ve even got me carrying your books to school
Hey hey, set me free
Stupid Cupid stop picking on me

You mixed me up for good right from the very start
Hey now, go play Robin Hood with somebody else’s heart

You got me jumping like a crazy clown
And I don’t feature what you’re putting down
Well since I kissed her loving lips of wine
The thing that bothers me is that I like it fine
Hey hey, set me free
Stupid Cupid stop picking on me

You got me jumping like a crazy clown
And I don’t feature what you’re putting down
Well since I kissed his loving lips of wine
The thing that bothers me is that I like it fine
Hey hey, set me free
Stupid Cupid stop picking on me

Hey hey, set me free
Stupid Cupid stop picking on me

FOWC with Fandango — Ominous

FOWCWelcome to November 1, 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 “ominous.”

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.