You Got the Wrong Girl

Daphne wasn’t sure what prompted her to open the front door to the old house, but when she did, she immediately regreted it. It seemed that she was confronted by some sort of ghost-like being, a pale white and spectral-looking apparition. It was almost floating down the stairs towards her.

She tried to erase from her mind what she was seeing, but to no avail. “Who or what are you?” she asked, almost afraid of what its answer was going to be.

“Am I being obtrude to you?” It asked Daphne, as if it was surprised that she could see it.

“If you mean can I can see you,” she said, “the answer is yes. But I don’t know what you are.”

“Then you, indeed, are the one who can save me. I have been in purgatory in perpetuity, neither fully dead nor fully alive,” it said. “But I can be released from this curse if I kiss a virgin who is pure of heart, and I sense that you are such a woman. Please kiss me and release my spirit from this hell.”

Daphne started to laugh. “Sorry, whatever you are, but I think you got your wires crossed. I lost my virginity when I was 16 and most people I know think I’m a first class bitch. So I think you enticed the wrong girl to walk through that door. Better luck next time.”

And with that, Daphne spun around and left the house, leaving the…well, whatever it was…all alone again.

Written for these daily prompts: My Vivid Blog (prompt), The Daily Spur (white), Word of the Day Challenge (spectral), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (erase), Your Daily Word Prompt (obtrude), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (perpetuity).

Who Won the Week — 11/7/2021

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.

This week’s Who Won the Week Winner is America’s crumbling infrastructure. Why? Because Congress passed a $1.2 trillion infrastructure package on Friday, approving a signature part of President Joe Biden’s economic agenda. It will deliver $550 billion of new federal investments in America’s infrastructure over five years, touching everything from bridges and roads to the nation’s broadband, water, and energy systems.

The Biden administration will now oversee the biggest upgrade of America’s roads, railways, and other transportation infrastructure in a generation. Biden has promised this new bill will create jobs and boost U.S. competitiveness.

Gee. Upgrading America’s roads, bridges, railways, water, energy, and broadband. Sounds like a no brainer to me. But I’m not a Republican.

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

Stupid Human Tricks

My cat sleeps in my bed.

When he gets hungry each morning, usually at around 6, he starts poking my face with his nose to get me up.

This morning when he poked me, I looked by at my bedroom clock. It wasn’t quite 5:00. So I told him that it was too early.

But he continued to poke my face with his nose. I ignored him. So he bit my hand.

I guess he never heard the old adage, “Don’t bite the hand that feeds you.”

In a way, though, I can’t blame him. He didn’t know we turned the clocks back an hour last night. It’s another one of our stupid human tricks.

Song Lyric Sunday — Our Italian Restaurant

For this week’s Song Lyric Sunday theme, Jim Adams, has given us songs that feature the lyrics of either Past, Present, or Future. The song I chose to go with is the classic Billy Joel song, “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant,” which happens to be one of my all-time favorites songs. It’s a song that features present day reminiscing about the past.

“Scenes from an Italian Restaurant” was a song from Billy Joel’s 1977 album, The Stranger. Although never released as a single, it has become one of Joel’s most celebrated compositions.

In an interview, Joel cited the second side of The Beatles’ album Abbey Road as one of its primary musical influences. “I had always admired the B-side of Abbey Road, which was essentially a bunch of songs strung together by producer George Martin,” Joel said. “What happened was The Beatles didn’t have completely finished songs or wholly fleshed-out ideas, and George said, ‘What have you got?’ John said, ‘Well I got this,’ and Paul said, ‘I got that.’ They all sat around and went, ‘Hmm, we can put this together and that’ll fit in there.’ And that’s pretty much what I did for this song.” For what it’s worth, Abbey Road happens to be one of my all-time favorite albums.

At 7 minutes and 37 seconds, “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant” is the longest of Joel’s rock music studio songs. It’s effectively a medley of three distinct pieces fused into one. “Italian Restaurant” begins as a gentle, melodic piano ballad, depicting a scene of two old classmates reuniting in an Italian restaurant. This segues into a triumphant and uptempo jazz-influenced section as the classmates catch up with each other’s lives and begin to reminisce. It then transitions to a rock and roll section that Joel calls “The Ballad of Brenda and Eddie,” which tells a story about high school sweethearts who were an “it” couple, who marry young, and quickly divorce. The tempo then slows as the song transitions back to the style of the first section and the two part fondly, with one character remarking “I’ll meet you anytime you want / At our Italian restaurant.”

Joel said he came up with the opening lines of the song while he was dining at a restaurant and a waiter actually came up to him and said, “Bottle of white… bottle of red… perhaps a bottle of rosé instead?” He also said that restaurant that inspired this song was the Fontana di Trevi right across from Carnegie Hall in New York City. That restaurant has since closed.

Here are the lyrics to “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant.”

A bottle of white, a bottle of red
Perhaps a bottle of rose instead
We’ll get a table near the street
In our old familiar place
You and I, face to face

A bottle of red, a bottle of white
It all depends upon your appetite
I’ll meet you any time you want
In our Italian Restaurant

Things are okay with me these days
Got a good job, got a good office
Got a new wife, got a new life
And the family’s fine
We lost touch long ago
You lost weight I did not know
You could ever look so good after
So much time

I remember those days hanging out
At the Village Green
Engineer boots, leather jackets
And tight blue jeans
Drop a dime in the box play the
Song about New Orleans
Cold beer, hot lights
My sweet romantic teenage nights

Brenda and Eddie were the
Popular steadys
And the king and the queen
Of the prom
Riding around with the car top
Down and the radio on
Nobody looked any finer
Or was more of a hit at the
Parkway Diner
We never knew we could want more
Than that out of life
Surely Brenda and Eddie would
Always know how to survive

Brenda and Eddy were still going
Steady in the summer of ’75
When they decided the marriage would
Be at the end of July
Everyone said they were crazy
“Brenda you know you’re much too lazy
Eddie could never afford to live that kind of life”
But there we were, wavin’ Brenda and Eddie goodbye

They got an apartment with deep
Pile carpet
And a couple of paintings from Sears
A big waterbed that they bought
With the bread
They had saved for a couple
Of years
They started to fight when the
Money got tight
And they just didn’t count on
The tears

They lived for a while in a
Very nice style
But it’s always the same in the end
They got a divorce as a matter
Of course
And they parted the closest
Of friends
Then the king and the queen went
Back to the green
But you can never go back
There again

Brenda and Eddie had had it
Already by the summer of ’75
From the high to the low to
The end of the show
For the rest of their lives
They couldn’t go back to
The greasers
The best they could do was
Pick up the pieces
We always knew they would both
Find a way to get by
That’s all I heard about
Brenda and Eddie
Can’t tell you more than I
Told you already
And here we are wavin’ Brenda
And Eddie goodbye

A bottle of red, and a bottle of white
Whatever kind of mood you’re in tonight
I’ll meet you anytime you want
In our Italian Restaurant

FOWC with Fandango — Erase


Welcome to November 7, 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 “erase.”

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.