Thursday Inspiration — Whatever Will Be Will Be

I was honored when I read Jim Adam’s Thursday Inspiration prompt today to find that he gave me a shoutout for one of my favorite expressions, “Whatever floats your boat.”

The idea for Jim’s prompt is for us to respond by using the prompt word “whatever,” by going with the above picture, by leveraging the song “Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves,” by using with another song by Cher, or by anything else that we think fits.

I decided to go with the word “whatever,” to use the above picture, and to leverage a song that predates Cher by at least a decade and that I recall from the first Alfred Hitchcock film I remember seeing, “The Man Who Knew Too Much,” starring Doris Day and Jimmy Stewart. And I’m specifically focusing on the song that Doris Day sang in the movie, “Que Sera, Sera,” which translates to “whatever will be, will be.”

The song written by the team of Jay Livingston and Ray Evans that was first published in 1955 and was introduced in Hitchcock’s 1956 thriller. It won the 1956 Best Song Oscar under the alternate title “Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera).”. The song reached number two on the US pop charts and number one in the UK. The most recognized refrain in the song goes…

Que sera, sera
Whatever will be, will be
The future’s not ours to see
Que sera, sera
What will be, will be

Here’s the scene from the movie where Doris Day sings the song. Enjoy.

That’s Not The Way You Say It

The executive vice president of was standing in front of a large room full of people. It was one of those quarterly corporate “rah-rah” meetings for the sales team and he was presenting recognition awards for outstanding contributions by employees. Those in attendance were sitting in anticipation of who the recipients of the awards would be, each hoping it might be him or her.

A laptop on the podium he was standing behind displayed a narrative that someone had prepared for him. He clearly was reading it, probably for the first time. As he recited the accomplishments of a particular individual, he said, “Joe Schmo (I can’t remember the guy’s name) has reached a zenith in product sales this quarter. He is the epitome of salesmanship.”

No doubt you know that the proper pronunciation of the word “epitome” is “ih-pit-uh-mee.” It’s not “epi-tome,” as if it rhymed with “hippodrome” or “Thunderdome,” which is the way this high level executive pronounced it.

I found it almost unfathomable that a man of his stature would not know how to pronounce that word. I didn’t feel any disdain for this highly accomplished, indefatigable executive. Instead, I felt liberated, realizing that even the most well respected, highly regarded executive was fallible, capable of fucking up the pronunciation of a common word in front of a room full of underlings. It was a truly landmark moment for me.

Written for these daily prompts: JusJoJan (anticipation), Ragtag Daily Prompt (zenith), The Daily Spur (product), E.M.’s Random Word Prompt (epitome), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (unfathomable), Word of the Day (disdain), Your Daily Word Prompt (indefatigable), and My Vivid Blog (landmark).

Reblog: January 6th Anniversary — Demand Accountability!

I’m reblogging Jill’s post because I believe she has very effectively expressed the anger and frustration that those of us who were shocked and outraged by what happened in Washington, DC one year ago today are feeling. The true perpetrators, those who planned and encouraged what led to the siege upon the Capitol Building remain unpunished. And as long as they go unaccountable and unpunished for the horror they wrought that day — their efforts to overthrow the democratic underpinnings that have enabled our republic to survive and to be the world’s oldest democracy — will continue unabated.

Please take a moment to read Jill’s post. This is important.

Today is January 6th 2022, exactly one year after the insurrection, riots, attempted coup, or whatever terminology you choose to use, at the U.S. …

January 6th Anniversary — Demand Accountability!

Past My Prime

Warning: this post is of no interest to anyone else besides me, so if you’re not me, feel free to skip it.

I reached my prime in 2019 and it’s been downhill since then. And by “I reached my prime,” I’m talking about my blog.

According to the totally reliable and completely accurate WordPress stats, my blog received more than 178,000 views in 2019. It had almost 49,500 visitors, received more than 53,500 likes and 21,500 comments.

In 2020, my views dropped by 4%, down to just over 171,300. Visitors were up slightly, at 51,200, but likes and comments were both down to 47,276 and 20,616, respectively.

And in 2021, views dropped again, to just under 153,000, which was a whopping 11% drop! Visitors were down to only 44,100, but while likes were up to 52,278, comments dropped ever so slightly to 20,428.

I acknowledge that I wrote more posts in 2019 than I did in 2020 or 2021. But I published 45 more posts this past year than I did in 2020, yet still had far fewer views! What the hell?

Anyway, who, other than me, cares? Still, in a totally egotistical move, here are my top five posts in terms of views, exclusive of my prompts, my about page, and my archives, in 2021. You know, just in case you have absolutely nothing better to do today.

1. Fix Your Avatar

2. Free Speech

3. Damn You, WordPress

4. Insurrection in America, which was posted one year ago today, by the way

5. Do You Read Me?