Eleven days ago my wife an I purchased an electric vehicle (EV). So far it’s been a great experience except for one thing: the time it takes to charge the car. As I explained in this post, the car comes with a portable charger that plugs into a standard household outlet. But charging on a 120 Volt, 20 Amp circuit wall outlet is excruciatingly slow. Sort of like watch golf on TV. 🥱

So I made the decision to purchase and install a “Level 2” charger in my garage, which charges the car eight times faster than the “Level 1” standard wall outlet. Eight times faster! Woo hoo!

Well, that Level 2 charger is now installed. I guess I could have installed it myself, but in order to avoid death by electrocution or causing an electrical fire and burning my house down, I hired a professional electrician. In less than three hours he had the JuiceBox charging station installed and ready to rock and roll.

And rock and roll it did. Within five hours of Level 2 charging, my EV was charged enough so that, at my typical rate of driving, my car has enough “juice” to last up to two weeks.

And the fact that I will never ever need to pull into a gas station to fill up my car with polluting gasoline makes my whole body tingle with joy!

Who Won the Week — 8/22/2021

The idea behind Who Won the Week is to give you the opportunity 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.

My pick for who won the week this week is Stephen Burgess. Who the hell is Stephan Burgess, you ask. Well, let me tell you. Stephen Burgess is a very fortunate man.

Burgess hails from British Columbia and he bought a painting from a thrift store there for $96. He bought it because he liked the frame. He regularly purchases art and frames from thrift stores to decorate his home, and on his recent visit to Value Village in Courtenay, a painting in an ornate frame caught his eye.

When he got home, Burgess did a Google search for the artist’s signature, Wijmer, and determined it was likely a mass-produced print of a piece by Dutch artist Gerritjen Wijmer, who was born in 1870.

But during a closer examination, he found a stamp from Munich, Germany on the back of the canvas and oil brush strokes on the perimeter of the canvas under the frame, indicating it could be an original.

Burgess said his research indicated that Wijmer paintings can sell for $20,000 to $350,000, depending on their condition. He said he is seeking a professional appraiser to confirm the authenticity of the artwork.

So congratulations to you, Stephen Burgess. Pending authentication, your $96 purchase could be worth a small fortune.

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

Song Lyric Sunday — Put Me In, Coach

For this week’s Song Lyric Sunday theme, Jim Adams has challenged us to come up with songs that mention, reference, or talk about sports. My choice, as a fan of baseball, is John Fogerty’s song, “Centerfield.”

“Centerfield” was the title track from John Fogerty’s album Centerfield, Fogerty’s first solo album after a nine-year hiatus. Fogerty left Creedence Clearwater Revival in 1972 and released solo albums in 1973 and 1975, both of which sold poorly. For the next 10 years, Fogerty refused to record because of legal battles with his record company, but when Centerfield, the album, was released in 1985, it hit the mark thanks to this title track.

The song combines two of Fogerty’s passions: baseball and rock & roll. He was nervous about its reception, saying “Over the years it seemed like sports songs just didn’t qualify into the rock-and-roll lexicon. There was that unwritten distinction. It was never considered rock-and-roll.”

“Centerfield” was inspired by Fogerty’s childhood memories of baseball, and although he didn’t play the game, he loved watching it and hearing the stories his father would tell about the legendary New York Yankees centerfielder Joe DiMaggio, who like Fogerty was from San Francisco. Fogerty said, “I’d hear about Ruth and DiMaggio, and as my dad and older brothers talked about the Babe’s exploits, their eyes would get so big. When I was a little kid, there were no teams on the West Coast, so the idea of a Major League team was really mythical to me. The players were heroes to me as long as I can remember.”

Fogerty added: “It is about baseball, but it is also a metaphor about getting yourself motivated, about facing the challenge of one thing or another at least at the beginning of an endeavor. About getting yourself all ready, whatever is necessary for the job.”

The song was also inspired by Fogerty’s frustration watching a struggling team on TV, where he would imagine himself to be a rookie sitting on a bench. “I would always yell at the TV, ‘Put me in coach, put me in!’”

“Centerfield” is now commonly played at baseball games across the United States. Along with “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” it is one of the best-known baseball songs. In 2010, Fogerty became the only musician to be celebrated at the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony when “Centerfield” was honored by the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Here are the lyrics to “Centerfield.”

Well, I beat the drum and hold the phone
The sun came out today
We’re born again, there’s new grass on the field
A-roundin’ third and headed for home
It’s a brown-eyed handsome man
Anyone can understand the way I feel

Oh, put me in, coach, I’m ready to play today
Put me in, coach, I’m ready to play today
Look at me, I can be centerfield

Well, I spent some time in the Mudville Nine
Watching it from the bench
You know I took some lumps, when the Mighty Casey struck out
So say hey, Willie, tell Ty Cobb
And Joe DiMaggio
Don’t say it ain’t so, you know the time is now

Oh, put me in, coach, I’m ready to play today
Put me in, coach, I’m ready to play today
Look at me, I can be centerfield

Yeah, got it, I got it

Got a beat-up glove, a home-made bat
And a brand new pair of shoes
You know I think it’s time to give this game a ride
Just to hit the ball and touch ’em all
A moment in the sun
It’s a-gone and you can tell that one good-bye

Oh, put me in, coach, I’m ready to play today
Put me in, coach, I’m ready to play today
Look at me (yeah), I can be centerfield

Oh, put me in, coach, I’m ready to play today
Put me in, coach, I’m ready to play today
Look at me, gotta be, centerfield

FOWC with Fandango — Amuse

FOWCWelcome to August 22, 2021 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (U.S.).

Today’s word is “amuse.”

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.