One Man’s Treasure…

I was shocked when I came home from college after my graduation to find that my father had tossed out my extensive comic book collection along with all of my baseball cards that I had stored in a closet in the basement.

I was so angry I was practically foaming at the mouth. I screamed at my father, “Dad, why the hell did you trash all of my comics and toss out my baseball cards?”

“That’s kid stuff,” he said. “You’re not a kid anymore. Besides, I needed room to store your mother’s knitting stuff, so I made room by throwing out all that crap.”

My jaw tightened and my teeth were grinding. “Kid stuff, are you kidding me. “Those comic books and baseball cards are collectors’ items. They are going to be very valuable one day. Or were going to be valuable.”

“Well, sorry son,” my father said, “I didn’t think they had any value and I thought the prudent thing to do in order to make room for your mother’s knitting stuff was to throw away what I thought was useless crap.”

“Prudent?” I said. “The prudent thing to do, Dad, would have been to pick up the phone and ask me.”

To this day, I will periodically Google the value of the comic books and baseball cards I had stored in the basement of my parents’ house and it brings tears to my eyes.

Written for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (foam), The Daily Spur (trash), My Vivid Blog (comics), Ragtag Daily Prompt (grind), and Your Daily Word Prompt (prudent).

I must confess that this is actually a bit of a retelling of this post from May 2018, reworked to leverage today’s prompts.

MLMM Music Challenge — Moonstruck

For this week’s Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Music Challenge, Jim Adams gave us The Grateful Dead’s “Standing on the Moon” as inspiration. The first song that came to mind was Pink Floyd’s “Brain Damage,” which features the line, “I’ll see you on the dark side of the moon.” But I realized that I already featured that song in one of my Song Lyric Sunday responses last August.

And that’s when the old Frank Sinatra song, “Fly Me To the Moon” popped into my head.

“Fly Me To the Moon” was written by Bart Howard in 1954 as “In Other Words,” and it was introduced on the cabaret circuit by Felicia Saunders. Two years after Kaye Ballard recorded the first commercial version of the song, Johnny Mathis released his rendition as “Fly Me to the Moon.”

In 1962 the composer Joe Harnell revived the song, giving it a bossa nova arrangement. His version peaked at number 14 in and won a Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Performance. Two years later, Frank Sinatra recorded the song with the Count Basie Orchestra arranged by Quincy Jones. Though it was never a hit, his is considered the definitive version.

Sinatra’s 1964 recording of “Fly Me to the Moon” became closely associated with NASA’s Apollo space program. A copy of the song was played on a Sony TC-50 portable cassette player on the Apollo 10 mission which orbited the Moon, and also on Apollo 11 before the first landing on the Moon.

Here are the lyrics to the song.

Fly me to the moon
Let me play among the stars
Let me see what spring is like on
A-jupiter and Mars

In other words, hold my hand
In other words, baby, kiss me

Fill my heart with song
And let me sing forevermore
You are all I long for
All I worship and adore

In other words, please be true
In other words, I love you

Fill my heart with song
Let me sing forevermore
You are all I long for
All I worship and adore

In other words, please be true
In other words
In other words
I love


I’m posting a letter to the editor that appeared in my local paper yesterday. I thought it made a good point, it expressed how I feel about those who stubbornly and selfishly refuse to get COVID vaccinations, and it was presented in an articulate way.

There are a lot of rationalizations about why some people refuse to get vaccinated and wear masks and follow the health guidelines. But at its heart, the people making this choice are say­ing one thing: It’s me above you. It’s me above my family, above my coworkers, above the people I pass on the stree­t and, above my city. It’s me above my country. I’m more important than any­ one else. This is the dark side of that so-called American freedom.

If you want to go live on a deserted island, then go. Otherwise, if you want to live in a society, you need to grow up and learn to take responsibility. You have the free­dom to get sick and maybe die, but you don’t have the right to hurt others in the process.

This letter was written by Scott Serata of Oakland, CA.

Fibbing Friday — Eruptions

Frank (aka PCGuy) and Di (aka Pensitivity101) alternate as hosts for Fibbing Friday, a silly little exercise where we are to write a post with our answers to the ten questions below. But as the title suggests, truth is not an option. The idea is to fib a little, a lot, tell whoppers, be inventive, silly, or even outrageous, in our responses. Today is Frank’s turn to host and here are his questions.

1. Stretching from the Bering Strait, to the Strait of Magellan, what does the Continental Divide actually divide?

The Democrats and the Republicans.

2. What was the name of Denali before 2015?

De Niro.

3. What was Sir Edmund Hillary’s claim to fame?

He married Dame Hillary Edmunds.

4. What happened to Mt. St. Helens in 1980?

That was the year Mt. Helens was sainted by the Catholic Church.

5. What is significant about Kilauea?

It was the most devastating monsoon ever to hit the Big Island of Hawaii.

6. When was the last time Mt. Fuji erupted?

When it was informed that Mt. Kilimanjaro was taller.

7. What, besides Switzerland, comes between France and Italy?

A dispute over which country has the best cyclists.

8. What famous rock does Prudential Financial use as its logo?

The Rock of Ages.

9. What is arguably the most prominent feature of Yosemite National Park?

Yogi Bear.

10. In the sci-fi classic, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, what did Roy Neary (played by Richard Dreyfus) make a sculpture of out of mashed potatoes?

A giant-sized Mister Potato Head.