Hurry Up, We Can’t Be Late

Are you done yet?

What’s the rush? I’ll be done in an instant.

An instant is up. Are you done yet?

You’re being ridiculous.

I told you that he was adamant that we aren’t late.

I’m sure he’ll be amenable to us being a few minutes tardy.

I’m never late.

Look at you. You always have to toot your horn, don’t you?

Listen to me. If we are late, he’ll surely impose some restrictions on us. Knowing how angry he’ll get if we’re late, I’m going to lie low for a while.

Do whatever you gotta do. I’m going to take my time and finish my bowl of strawberry ice cream. I don’t want to get an ice cream headache by eating it too fast.

You’re just asking for trouble, aren’t you?

You’re such a wuss, you know. You’re afraid of your own shadow.

Mark my words, you’ll regret crossing him.

We’ll see, my friend, we’ll see.

Written for these daily prompts: My Vivid Blog (rush), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (instant), JusJoJan (ridiculous), E.M.’s Random Word Prompt (adamant), Your Daily Word Prompt (amenable), Scott’s Daily Prompt (toot your horn), Word of the Day Challenge (restriction), Ragtag Daily Prompt (lie low), and The Daily Spur (berry).

E.M.’s Sunday Ramble Prompt — Zombies, et al

E.M. Kingston has started a new weekly prompt called The Sunday Ramble. It is based upon a certain topic. She asks five questions about that topic, that we can ramble on however we wish. Today’s topic is “Zombies, Aliens, and Apocalypse…Oh My!”

1. Choose one person from history you would want on your team in a zombie apocalypse. Why would you choose them?

I’d have to go with Arnold Schwarzenegger as the Terminator, back in the day when he was still relatively young and before he became a Republican politician. Why? Who wouldn’t want the Terminator on his side?

2. What is your weapon of choice in that zombie apocalypse?

I wouldn’t need my own weapon if the Terminator was on my side.

3. If Mars were to enter the Earth’s atmosphere safely, and it became able to sustain life, would you choose to live on Earth or to check out Mars?

I wouldn’t want to live on the red planet anymore than I’d want to live in a red state.

4. What do you think they keep at Area 51?

The overflow from Area 50.

5. Do you have a favorite show about space or aliens that you enjoy watching?

I enjoyed The Foundation on Apple TV+ earlier this year, and back in the day, I was a Trekkie, particularly when it came to the original Star Trek series.

Bonus Question: Do you like to watch zombie movies or television shows?

Nah. I’m over the whole zombie apocalypse thing.

Who Won the Week — 01/16/2022

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, the Who (or What) Won the Week winner this week is justice, maybe.

Stewart Rhodes, the founder and leader of the far-right Oath Keepers militia group, has been arrested and charged with seditious conspiracy in the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

The federal seditious conspiracy statute can be used to charge two or more people who conspire to “overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States” or “by force to prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States, or by force to seize, take, or possess any property of the United States.” A conviction can carry a 20-year prison sentence.

Rhodes is charged, along with more than a dozen other members and associates of the Oath Keepers, who authorities say came to Washington intent on stopping the certification of President Joe Biden’s victory.

Rhodes is the highest-ranking member of the extremist group to be arrested in the deadly siege and it is the first time the Justice Department has brought a seditious conspiracy charge in connection with the attack on the Capitol.

The Oath Keepers case is the largest conspiracy case federal authorities have brought so far over January 6th, when thousands of pro-Trump rioters stormed past police barriers and smashed windows, injuring dozens of officers and sending lawmakers running.

Rhodes, himself, did not enter the Capitol that day, but is accused of helping put into motion the violence that disrupted for hours the congressional certification Joe Biden’s election.

Now that Rhodes and the other members of the Oath Keepers have been arrested, the next step is for them to actually be convicted. Maybe justice will be served if they actually are convicted.

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

Photo credit: REUTERS/Jim Urquhart.

Song Lyric Sunday — Hey Joe

For this week’s Song Lyric Sunday prompt, Jim Adams is giving us the theme words of Bomb, Gun, Knife, and Weapon. The song I chose is “Hey Joe” from Jimi Hendrix.

“Hey Joe” was an American song from the 1960s that has become a rock standard and has been performed in many musical styles by hundreds of different artists. Billy Roberts claimed authorship and performed “Hey Joe” regularly in the late 1950s and early 1960s, without copyrighting it. In 1962, Roberts registered “Hey Joe” for copyright in the U.S.

But I have only heard the Jimi Hendrix version, which he recorded in 1966. It became a hit in the United Kingdom, entering the Top 10 of the UK Singles Chart in January 1967 and peaking at number 6. The single was released in the U.S. in May 1967, but failed to chart. Nevertheless, “Hey Joe” as recorded by the Jimi Hendrix Experience remains the best-known version of the song.

The song is structured as a conversation between two men, with “Joe” explaining to the other that he caught his woman cheating and plans to kill her. They talk again, and Joe explains that he did indeed shoot her, and is headed to Mexico.

Hendrix played the “Hey Joe” live for the first time at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival. It was the first time the Jimi Hendrix Experience performed in America. It was also the last song Hendrix performed at the Woodstock festival in 1969 and as such, it was also the final song of the whole festival.

Here are the lyrics to “Hey Joe.”

Hey Joe, where you goin’ with that gun in your hand
Hey Joe, I said where you goin’ with that gun in your hand
I’m goin’ down to shoot my old lady
You know I caught her messin’ ’round with another man
Yeah, I’m goin’ down to shoot my old lady
You know I caught her messin’ ’round with another man

Huh! And that ain’t cool
Hey hoe, I heard you shot your mama down
You shot her down now
Hey Joe, I heard you shot your lady down
You shot her down in the ground yeah!

Yes, I did, I shot her
You know I caught her messin’ round messin’ round town
Huh, yes I did I shot her
You know I caught my old lady messin’ ’round town
And I gave her the gun
And I shot her
Shoot her one more time again baby!
Oh dig it
Oh alright

Hey Joe
Where you gonna run to now where you gonna go
Hey Joe, I said
Where you gonna run to now where you gonna go
I’m goin’ way down south
Way down to mexico way
I’m goin’ way down South
Way down where I can be free

Ain’t no one gonna find me
Ain’t no hangman gonna
He ain’t gonna put a rope around me
You better believe it right now
I gotta go now
Hey, Joe
You better run on down
Goodbye everybody
Hey, hey Joe

Here, for those of you who are interested, is the recording of the song by Billy Roberts.

FOWC with Fandango — Instant


Welcome to January 16, 2022 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 “instant.”

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.