No Surprise

“I can’t believe you got so drunk at the homecoming dance last night,” Linda said. “What were you thinking, Steve?”

Steve groaned. “Leave me alone, can’t you see I’m in agony?”

“And well you deserve to be, you cheater. I saw you leave the gymnasium holding hands with that hussy, Lisa Bloom. And to think she was once my best friend.”

“Oh stop, Linda,” Steve said. “She’s planning a surprise party for your eighteenth birthday and wanted to talk with me about how to pull it off.”

“Yeah, I bet that’s not all she wanted to pull off behind the gym.”

“Oh my god, Linda,” Steve said. “You’re so insecure. You need to learn to stop being so quick to run to judgment. Now I’m going to have to call Lisa back and tell her the surprise party is out.”

Linda reached over and hugged Steve. “Don’t call Lisa. I’ll pretend to be surprised.”


Written for these daily prompts: Your Daily Word Prompt (drunk), Ragtag Daily Prompt (homecoming), The Daily Spur (agony), MMA Storytime (cheater), and Word of the Day Challenge (bloom).

A Month of Love #7

Paula Light says, “Let’s celebrate the month of lurve (aka love) by posting one thing we love every day throughout February.

Now the truth is that I’m not really a romantic guy, so I might be hard pressed to come up with 28 objects of love, but I think I should be able to come up with 28 things I like a lot.

I’m not as big of a fan of pro football as I used to be. In fact, I didn’t watch a single NFL game this year. But today is something special. It’s Super Bowl Sunday.

Neither of my favorite football teams, the New England Patriots and the San Francisco 49ers, are in the Super Bowl. But that doesn’t matter when it comes to Super Bowl Sunday. It’s an American tradition, like Thanksgiving and the Fourth of July.

It’s also the only thing I watch on TV where I don’t fast forward through the commercials and where I actually look forward to the halftime show.

And maybe it will even be a decent football game.

Who Won the Week? 02/07/2021

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.

This week, I’m designated U.S. national security as the Who Won the Week winner. Why? Well, because President Joe Biden said that former president Donald Trump should not have access to classified information in the form of the briefings usually given to ex-presidents, citing Trump’s “erratic behavior” and the risk that he might recklessly reveal sensitive information.

Biden has the unilateral authority to deny intelligence access to anyone he chooses, and his remarks amounted to a statement that Trump — who, for four years, controlled the entire U.S. security apparatus — was himself a security risk.

Denying a former president from receiving national security briefings would be an unprecedented action, but Biden made it clear that he and other officials believe that Trump poses a risk to national security because of what he might disclose.

And I couldn’t agree more.

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

Sunday Writing Prompt — Ginger

I honestly didn’t know, when she was introduced to me at the tavern, if Ginger was her real name or if it was a nickname that people used because she had red hair. I’d never really been attracted to redheads, especially redheads with freckles all over their faces, but Ginger was stunning. I was instantly smitten and I couldn’t stop staring at her, which I knew made her feel uncomfortable.

“Is there something wrong with me?” she asked. “Or is there something wrong with you?”

“I’m so sorry for staring,” I said. “You must think I’m terribly rude, but I have never in my life seen anyone quite as ravishing as you.”

“Oh good,” she said. “Then there’s nothing wrong with me, but there’s definitely something wrong with you.”

I couldn’t tell if she was being serious or facetious. “Again, I apologize for my weird behavior and I can understand if you think I’m strange. I’m actually not at all weird or strange. I just find myself to be simultaneously enchanted and intimidated by your beauty.”

Ginger opened her eyes wide. “Then you clearly are weird and strange,” she said, but I noticed a slight smile on her face. “People call me Ginger for obvious reasons,” she added, “but my real name is Heather.” She put her hand out for me to shake, which, of course, I did.

“Nice to meet you, Heather,” I said. “Can I get you a drink from the bar?”

“That would be lovely,” she said.

“What would you like?” I asked.

“Now you’re going to think this is a bit of a cliché,” she said, “given my red hair and freckles that you find so intimidating, but I’d like a Baileys Irish Cream on the rocks, please.”

“One Baileys Irish Cream on the rocks coming up,” I said. Walking to the bar I was surprised at how this striking Irish lass had totally stolen my heart.


Written for the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Sunday Writing Prompt, where the word is “ginger.” Image credit: VianaArts at DeviantArt.com.

Song Lyric Sunday — I’ve Got the Blues

For this week’s Song Lyric Sunday, Jim Adams has given us the theme of “colors.” Actually blue is my favorite color, and yet it is associated with the feeling one gets when sad, somber, glum, or depressed. I was curious why the color blue is considered to be a sad, depressing color. Turns out that Washington Irving is credited with having first used the term “the blues” in 1807, as a synonym for sadness: “He conducted his harangue with a sigh, and I saw he was still under the influence of a whole legion of the blues.” Irving was shortening the phrase “blue devils,” which was a synonym dating back to Elizabethan time to describe a menacing presence.

But I digress. The song I chose is “Bell Bottom Blues,” reflecting a feeling as much as a color.”

“Bell Bottom Blues” was written by Eric Clapton and Bobby Whitlock, and performed by their band, Derek and the Dominos. The song appears on the 1970 double album Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs. Issued as a single, backed with “Keep on Growing,” the song reached number 91 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1971.

Bell-bottoms are a style of pants that were popular at the time. According to Clapton, the song was written for Pattie Boyd, the wife of his friend George Harrison, after she asked him to get her a pair of bell-bottom blue jeans from the United States. Clapton wrote the song for her, and it describes a lovers’ quarrel. It deals with Clapton’s unrequited love for Pattie.

However, Bobby Whitlock contradicts Clapton’s claim that Pattie Boyd was the song’s inspiration. Whitlock says the band was in France when the inspiration for this song hit. “Eric met this girl, she was like a Persian princess or something, and she wore bell bottoms. She was all hung up on him. She didn’t speak a word of English and they had to date through an interpreter. That relationship did not last but a week, and Clapton started the song over there. When we got back to England, we finished it up in his TV room in Hurtwood Edge.” Whitlock said that the song “Layla” was, indeed, about Clapton’s love for Pattie. “The entire album was about unrequited love,” Whitlock insisted, “but this song was not about Pattie.”

Hmm. Maybe that disagreement over who inspired this song is why the band, Derek and the Dominos, produced only one studio album.

Here are the lyrics to “Bell Bottom Blues.”

Bell bottom blues, you made me cry
I don’t want to lose this feeling
And if I could choose a place to die
It would be in your arms

Do you want to see me crawl across the floor to you?
Do you want to hear me beg you to take me back?
I’d gladly do it because
I don’t want to fade away
Give me one more day, please
I don’t want to fade away
In your heart I want to stay

It’s all wrong, but it’s all right
The way that you treat me baby
Once I was strong but I lost the fight
You won’t find a better loser

Do you want to see me crawl across the floor to you?
Do you want to hear me beg you to take me back?
I’d gladly do it because
I don’t want to fade away
Give me one more day, please
I don’t want to fade away
In your heart I want to stay

Do you want to see me crawl across the floor to you?
Do you want to hear me beg you to take me back?
I’d gladly do it ’cause
I don’t want to fade away
Give me one more day, please
I don’t want to fade away
In your heart I want to stay

Bell bottom blues, don’t say goodbye
I’m sure we’re gonna meet again
And if we do, don’t you be surprised
If you find me with another lover

Do you want to see me crawl across the floor to you?
Do you want to hear me beg you to take me back?
I’d gladly do it ’cause
I don’t want to fade away
Give me one more day, please
I don’t want to fade away
In your heart I want to stay

I don’t want to fade away
Give me one more day please
I don’t want to fade away
In your heart I want to stay

I don’t want to fade away
Give me one more day please
I don’t want to fade away
In your heart I want to stay