In the Blink of an Eye

Go ahead you little whippersnapper, with your derisory tone. Call me crotchety, cantankerous, an old fart if you want to. It makes no never mind to me. I am impervious to your insults. Your vigorous attempts to ridicule me are futile. Just remember, boy, there is no fountain of youth, so you just go ahead and fidget your youth away because in the blink of an eye you’re going to be a crotchety, cantankerous old fart, just like me.

Written for these daily prompts: Your Daily Word Prompt (derisory), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (crotchety), Word of the Day Challenge (impervious), The Daily Spur (vigorous), Ragtag Daily Prompt (futile), My Vivid (fountain), and E.M.’s Random Word Prompt (fidget).

E.M.’s Sunday Ramble Prompt — Life and Positivity

It’s time once again for E.M. Kingston’s The Sunday Ramble. Her prompt is based upon a certain topic about which she asks five questions. We are invited to ramble on about that topic however we wish. Today’s topic is “Life and Positivity.”

1. What are the greatest attributes about you that make you feel good about yourself?

I’m me! What’s not to feel good about that?

2. What is/are your biggest motivation/s to get things done?

No question that my wife is my biggest motivation to get things done. Because, you know, happy wife, happy life.

3. Do you have any tips that could help others with their own motivation?

Marry someone like my wife. She’s a great motivator.

4. As you are sitting there reading this question, observe the area around you. What item in your home/work/car (wherever you are) made you smile when you observed it?

Our new rescue dog, who’s been with us for ten days.

What always makes you laugh and smile in your life?

My toddler grandson and infant granddaughter.

Who Won The Week — 03/20/22

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.

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 Willie Wilson, an American businessman and politician from Chicago, Illinois. On Thursday, Wilson gave away $200,000 in fuel at ten different gas stations throughout the city of Chicago.

Wilson said at the time that he wished he had offered more money to help even more people. The next day, he announced that he would be doing the giveaway for a second time, this time increasing his donation to a million dollars. Fifty gas stations across the city will participate in the free gas giveaway. Each station has also agreed to lower their gasoline prices during the event to allow more families to benefit from Wilson’s generosity.

“The need among the community is so great,” Wilson said. “Soaring gas prices have caused a hardship for too many of our citizens.”

There was a downside, though, to Wilson’s generosity. The gas giveaway created chaos on the streets around the ten gas stations. Cars lined up for blocks, resulting in gridlock. Authorities expect it to be even worse this coming week when the giveaway is expanded to fifty gas stations and a million dollars.

Anyway, congratulations Willie Wilson for your gift to the drivers of Chicago.

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

Song Lyric Sunday

For this week’s Song Lyric Sunday, Jim Adams has charged us with selecting songs that mention rain. There are so many songs that mention rain and it was hard to pick just one, but I finally decided to go with this 1962 classic from the Cascades, “Rhythm of the Rain.”

“Rhythm of the Rain” was written by John Gummoe, lead singer of the band, The Cascades. It was released the song in November 1962 and rose to number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in March 1963. It also spent two weeks at number 1 on Billboard’s Easy Listening chart and Billboard ranked the record as the number 4 song of 1963.

The song is about a man whose lover has left him. The falling rain reminds him of what a fool he has been. He tells the rain that it isn’t fair that she stole his heart when she left him and asks the rain to tell her that he still loves her. But ultimately he wishes that the rain would go away and let him cry alone.

Gummoe said that the lyrics for the song first came to him while he was serving in the U.S. Navy. He was standing watch on a ship that was sailing in the North Pacific and it was raining heavily and the seas were tossing. He said that he liked the sound of the rain, its rhythm, and it was as if it was talking to him.

Hundreds of artists have covered this song, including Lawrence Welk, Bobby Darin, Dan Fogelberg, Jan & Dean, Neil Sedaka, and Jerry Jeff Walker. A huge worldwide hit, BMI named “Rhythm of the Rain” the 9th most performed song of the 20th century.

Here are the lyrics to “Rhythm of the Rain.”

Listen to the rhythm of the falling rain
Telling me just what a fool I've been
I wish that it would go and let me cry in vain
And let me be alone again

The only girl I care about has gone away
Looking for a brand new start
But little does she know that when she left that day
Along with her she took my heart

Rain please tell me now does that seem fair
For her to steal my heart away when she don't care?
I can't love another when my hearts somewhere far away

The only girl I care about has gone away
Looking for a brand new start
But little does she know that when she left that day
Along with her she took my heart

Rain won't you tell her that I love her so
Please ask the sun to set her heart aglow
Rain in her heart and let the love we knew start to grow

Listen to the rhythm of the falling rain
Telling me just what a fool I've been
I wish that it would go and let me cry in vain
And let me be alone again

Oh, listen to the falling rain
Pitter patter, pitter patter
Oh, oh, oh, listen to the falling rain
Pitter patter, pitter patter

FOWC with Fandango — Crotchety


It’s March 20, 2022. Welcome 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 “crotchety.”

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. Show them some love.