#JusJoJan — Little Sister

“I don’t know why you always seem to avoid spending time with your big brother these days,” Cheryl’s mother said. “He’s a brilliant young man with wicked technical skills and you can learn a lot from him.”

“Do you hear yourself, Mother?” Cheryl said. “You always sing Michael’s praises while you treat me as if I’m a servant in my own home.”

“I’m sorry that you feel that way, sweetie,” Cheryl’s mom said, but you have to admit that Michael is special. He’s so outgoing and always enlivens things. You, on the other hand, are a wallflower. You should put yourself out there more. Otherwise you come across like three day old leftovers.”

Cheryl shook her head. “Thanks, Mom, I love you, too.”

Written for Linda G. Hill’s Just Jot It January prompt, where the word is “servant.” Also for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (avoid), The Daily Spur (brother), Word of the Day Challenge (brilliant), MMA Storytime (technical), Your Daily Word Prompt (enliven), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (leftover).

Who Won the Week? 01/03/2021

FWWTWThe 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.

Just about everybody agrees that 2020 was a terrible year.But 2020 is finally behind us and as we turn the calendars page to 2021, most people are feeling a sense of relief that the worst year in our lifetimes is over. But even more than relief, 2021 is offering us a sense of hope. Hope that we’ll see the end to this pandemic that has been crippling us for the past year. Hope that some degree of normalcy will return to our lives. Hope that we will put aside the differences that have divided us and come together for the sake of humankind.

And so, I am designating hope as this week’s Who Won the Week winner.

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

Photo credit: MLPFAN3991 at DeviantArt.

Song Lyric Sunday — Double P

For this week’s Song Lyric Sunday prompt, Jim Adams has asked us to select a song where the title of song must start with the letter P or G. There are a lot of songs to choose from, but for some reason my mind flashed back to 1962 and Freddy “Boom Boom” Cannon’s “Palisades Park.”

“Palisades Park” was written by Chuck Barris and recorded by Freddy Cannon. Cannon, was an American rock and roll singer, whose biggest international hits included “Tallahassee Lassie,” “Way Down Yonder in New Orleans, ” and, of course, “Palisades Park.” Cannon got the nickname “Boom Boom” Cannon due to the thumping power of his recordings.

The song was released as the B-side to “June, July and August,” but “Palisades Park” broke in when a Flint, Michigan radio DJ played it by mistake. It peaked at number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in June 1962, and it was the biggest hit of Cannon’s career.

According to Wikipedia, Barris wrote a song about an amusement park and it was suggested he use the name of an actual amusement park as the title. One night he was in Manhattan when he looked toward the New Jersey Palisades Cliffs, on which the amusement park sat. That was when inspiration hit and the title was added.

The song was an up-tempo rock and roll tune led by a distinctive organ part. The track also incorporates amusement park sound effects, including the sounds of screaming riders on the roller coasters. In the song, the singer takes a walk after dark and discovers Palisades Park, where he meets and falls in love with a girl. Among the list of rides and attractions listed in the song are: Shoot the Chute, Rocket Ship, Roller Coaster, Loop the Loop, Merry Go Round, Tunnel of Love, and the Ferris Wheel.

Here are the lyrics to “Palisades Park.”

Last night I took a walk after dark
A swinging place called Palisades Park
To have some fun and see what I could see
That’s where the girls are

I took a ride on a shoot the chute
That girl I sat beside was awful cute
And when we stopped
She was holding hands with me

My heart was flying up like a rocket ship
Down like a roller coaster
Fast like a loop the loop
And around like a merry-go-round

We ate and ate at a hot dog stand
We danced around to a rocking band
And when I could, I gave that girl a hug
In the tunnel of love

You’ll never know how great a kiss can feel
When you stop at the top of a Ferris wheel
When I fell in love down at Palisades Park
We ate and ate at a hot dog stand
We danced around to a rocking band
And when I could, I gave that girl a hug
In the tunnel of love

You’ll never know how great a kiss can feel
When you stop at the top of a Ferris wheel
When I fell in love down at Palisades Park

Down at Palisades Park
You know it’s Palisades Park
Down at Palisades Park

FOWC with Fandango — Avoid

FOWCWelcome to January 3, 2021 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 “avoid.”

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.