Share Your World — 04/18/2022

Better late than never, right? Here’s Melanie’s Share Your World for this week. Here are her questions.

In your opinion, what do you buy way more of than most people?

I honestly don’t know how to answer this, because I don’t know what most other people are buying. However, ever since we adopted our rescue dog last month, I can tell you that I’m spending a lot of money on dog food, dog toys, dog treats, and dog stuff. More than most other people? Maybe. Maybe not.

Which workers have the worst jobs?

I’m thinking it’s the people who have clean out the animal habitats at zoos. In my opinion, it’s a pretty shitty job, but somebody’s gotta do it.

Opinion. John Cage is a composer who composed a piece named 4’33” for any instrument. The performance are instructed not to play their instrument for four minutes and thirty-three seconds. Is this music or is this art? A combination of the two? Neither, it’s stupid. Your opinion?

I have no opinion because I’ve never heard of John Cage, I don’t really get what his composed piece is supposed to be, and I’m neither an art critic nor a music critic. So at the risk of sounding ignorant or apathetic, my answer is I don’t know and I don’t care.

How good are you at drawing?

I used to be pretty good at it when I was younger, but I haven’t really done much drawing of any kind in decades. So I’d say I’m not very good at it.


GRATITUDE SECTION

Feel free to share one amazing thing you’ve experienced (any time frame).

Four amazing things, actually. The births of my two children and the births of my two grandchildren.

Bike Hike

My daughter and her significant other are bicycling enthusiasts. In fact, to say they are avid cyclists would be an understatement. Aside from their respective jobs, bicycling is their life. They belong to bicycling clubs in both San Francisco and the East Bay and their bikes are high end touring bikes. And needless to say, like most who are really into cycling, they are both in great shape.

They were in the East Bay today and rode their bikes over to our place. They invited me to go on a bike ride with them, so I fired up my ebike and the three of us hit the road.

We rode for about two hours and approximately 20 miles over hill and dale. We hit both surface streets and parts of the 32 mile Iron Horse Trail for hiking and biking.

Thanks to my ebike’s pedal assist electric motor and, when needed on the steeper grades, my electric throttle, this old septuagenarian was able to keep up with those youngsters.

In fact, it was gratifying to pass them by on some of the more challenging hills while they were working hard to reach the summit. A big win for the old fart baby boomer on his ebike over those cocky millennials. Booyah!

I had a great time. And I love my ebike!

O is for Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?

For this year’s A-To-Z Challenge, my theme is MOVIES. I will be working my way through the alphabet during the month of April with movie titles and short blurbs about each movie. Today’s movie is “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”

“O Brother, Where Art Thou?” was a 2000 crime comedy-drama musical film written, produced, co-edited and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. It starred George Clooney, John Turturro, and Tim Blake Nelson, with Chris Thomas King, John Goodman, Holly Hunter, and Charles Durning in supporting roles.

I didn’t think I was going to like this movie, but oh brother, was I wrong. It was a hoot. The film was loosely based on Homer’s “Odyssey.” It deals with the twisted adventures of Ulysses Everett McGill (George Clooney) and his “companions” Delmar (Tim Blake Nelson) and Pete (John Turturro) in 1930s Mississipi.

McGill scams his way off of a hard-labor chain gang, and still shackled to his own chain-mates from the chain gang, he, Delmar, and Pete set out to pursue freedom and the promise of a fortune in buried treasure. With nothing to lose, their hasty run takes them on an incredible journey of awesome experiences and colorful characters in this hilarious, offbeat road picture. It’s an odyssey filled with chases, close calls, near misses, and betrayal that left me laughing out loud at every outrageous twist and turn.

The movie was nominated for two Academy Awards: Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Cinematography.

Music plays a key role in the film when the trio of convicts record a bluegrass song called “Man of Constant Sorrow” that becomes a hit. In the film and on the soundtrack, they’re billed as the Soggy Bottom Boys. The voices were actually those of Alison Krauss and Union Station member Dan Tyminski, Nashville Bluegrass Band member Pat Enright, and Music City songwriter Harley Allen.

The song was a hit in the real world, too. “Man of Constant Sorrow” charted in the Top 40 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, and earned three major awards: Best Country Collaboration With Vocals at the Grammys, Song of the Year at the International Bluegrass Music Association Awards, and Single of the Year at the CMA Awards.

I’d love to share more with you about this hugely entertaining movie, but I’m afraid I’d be spoiling it for you should you ever choose to watch it, which I seriously recommend that you do.


Previous A2Z 2022 posts: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #165

Welcome to Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge. Each week I will be posting a photo I grab off the internet and challenging bloggers to write a flash fiction piece or a poem inspired by the photo. There are no style or word limits.

The photograph below is from JESHOOTS-com at Pixabay.com.

For the visually challenged writer, the photo is of a smiling woman who seems to be lying on a bed with a TV remote control in her hand and a bowl of popcorn beside her. She’s munching on the popcorn and a handful of popped kernels are scattered on her body.

If this week’s image inspires you and you wish to participate, please write your post, use the tag #FFFC, and link back to this post. I hope it will generate some great posts.

Please create a pingback to this post or manually add your link in the comments.

FOWC with Fandango — Deadly

FOWC

It’s April 18, 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 “deadly.”

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.