Sunday Poser — Commenting

For today’s Sunday Poser, Sadje poses two questions:

1. What makes you want to comment on a post?

If I particularly enjoy a post and want to let the blogger know it, I will leave a comment. That said, I follow a lot of blogs and if I could, I’d comment on every post I read as well as every post linked to one of my posts, most often related to one of my prompts. I know that, due to time constraints, I can’t comment on every single post, and often, by the time I get around to reading the posts, others have already commented on them. I won’t typically leave a comment if it is merely a close duplicate of what someone else has already commented. I want my comments to be be meaningful and to add value, not to just pile on.

2. How do you handle the reading and commenting on the blogs you follow?

I try to read every post that shows up in my Reader, but it’s a challenge because that’s a boatload of posts to read. And, of course, I need time to compose and publish my own posts. When the activities of daily living get in the way of spending many hours during the day on WordPress, I end up reading most posts in my Reader between the hours of 10 pm and midnight while in bed. I will, at the very least, like those posts in order to let the blogger know that I visited.

I hope these responses address Sadje’s questions.

One Sentence Story

The story going around the regional rumor mill is that a certain luminous young socialite’s tastes in finery has exceeded her line of credit and that her once wealthy family is on the verge of bankruptcy.

Written for these daily prompts: My Vivid Blog (story), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (regional), Your Daily Word Prompt (certain), Word of the Day Challenge (luminous), The Daily Spur (exceed), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (credit).

Who Won The Week — 07/17/22

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.

This week’s lucky recipient of Who Won the Week is Chelsea Lantrip.

You’ve probably never heard of her. I know I hadn’t. She goes by the name of Chelsea Bell, and she’s a bartender at Chances Dance Hall in Cleburne, Texas. She’s s a single mother who says that she lives “paycheck to paycheck, tip to tip” without much extra money to spare. Her son will be heading off to Texas A&M University in the fall and, while he has a scholarship and a grant to attend the college, it’s not quite enough to cover the full cost of tuition.

One night, “two random girls” who Chelsea had not seen at the bar before came in among the crowd of regulars. One of the women ordered a round of drinks for everyone at the dance hall. Their tab came to $179.50. However, the woman who offered to buy drinks for the entire bar left a much bigger tip than the usual 20%. She tipped Bell $1,000, and didn’t stop there.

“I started crying and then the woman said, ‘No, that’s not good enough,’ and raised it to $2,000,” By the time that Chelsea ultimately picked up the receipt, the woman had increased the tip to $4,000.

“I didn’t believe it until it went through the credit card machine, I still didn’t believe it until it hit the bank,” Chelsea said.

In addition to helping her son pay for his education, Chelsea said that she plans to take her family out to a nice dinner and use the money to pay some bills. She expressed how grateful she was the good samaritan who shared her good fortune with her during what would have been a regular Tuesday shift.

So congratulations to both Chelsea and to the generous woman who changed Chelsea’s life.

So who (or what) do you think won the week?

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.

The Letter P

Deb, over at Nope, Not Pam, has this weekly challenge called A Letter a Week where she gives us a place, an emotion, an adjective, a verb, and an animal all starting with the same letter. Then she asks us to write a post using those items and the letter she has given us, which this week is the letter P.

Here are Deb’s P-words:

Place – playground
Emotion – passion
Adjective – perky
Verb – pacify
Animal – puffin

I saw a perky little puffin at the pond next to the playground at the park. In its beak were a bunch of little silvery fish that it was consuming with a passion. I imagine that such a catch would pacify the bird’s hunger.

Song Lyric Sunday — Top of the Charts

For this week’s Song Lyric Sunday, Jim Adams has asked us to focus on songs that hit the top of the charts. Wow, there are so many songs that reached number 1. I chose to narrow it down to the song topping the Billboard Hot 100 chart when I graduated from college:

Yes, that’s right. Simon & Garfunkel’s song, “Mrs. Robinson.”

“Mrs. Robinson,” written by Paul Simon and recorded by Simon & Garfunkel, was a track from their fourth studio album, Bookends. The song, which was released as a single in April 1968, was famous for its association with the 1967 film The Graduate. The movie starred Anne Bancroft as Mrs. Robinson, a middle-aged woman who seduces the much younger Dustin Hoffman.

Simon pitched the song to director Mike Nichols after Nichols rejected two other songs intended for the film. The Graduate‘s soundtrack album uses two short versions of “Mrs. Robinson,” while the full version was later included on Bookends.

The song was the duo’s second chart-topper, hitting number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, as well as peaking within the top 10 in a number of other countries. In 1969, it became the first rock song to win the Grammy Award for Record of the Year. In 2004, it finished at number 6 on AFI’s 100 Years…100 Songs survey of top tunes in American cinema.

Simon began writing the song as “Mrs. Roosevelt,” and had just the line, “Here’s to you, Mrs. Roosevelt” when he changed it to “Mrs. Robinson” for The Graduate. Eleanor Roosevelt was a likely influence on the song, and some of the lyrics seem to support that. “We’d like to know a little bit about you for our files / We’d like to help you learn to help yourself,” and “Going to the candidates debate / Laugh about it, shout about it / When you’ve got to choose / Every way you look at it, you lose.”

Simon’s inclusion of the phrase “coo-coo-ca-choo” was an homage to a lyric in the Beatles’ song, “I Am the Walrus.”

There is the famous line in the song, “Where have you gone Joe DiMaggio? / Our nation turns its lonely eyes to you.” DiMaggio was a star baseball player for the New York Yankees who was briefly married to Marilyn Monroe. Simon, who was a big Yankees fan, said he was using DiMaggio to represent heroes of the past.

Simon actually met DiMaggio at a New York City restaurant in the 1970s, and the two discussed the song. DiMaggio said, “What I don’t understand, is why you ask where I’ve gone. I just did a Mr. Coffee commercial, I’m a spokesman for the Bowery Savings Bank, and I haven’t gone anywhere!” Simon replied that he didn’t mean the lines literally. He said he thought of DiMaggio as an American hero and that genuine heroes were in short supply. DiMaggio accepted the explanation from Simon and thanked him.

Here are the lyrics to “Mrs. Robinson.”

And here's to you, Mrs. Robinson
Jesus loves you more than you will know
Whoa, whoa, whoa
God bless you, please, Mrs. Robinson
Heaven holds a place for those who pray
Hey, hey, hey
Hey, hey, hey

We'd like to know a little bit about you for our files
We'd like to help you learn to help yourself
Look around you all you see are sympathetic eyes
Stroll around the grounds until you feel at home

And here's to you, Mrs. Robinson
Jesus loves you more than you will know
Whoa, whoa, whoa
God bless you, please, Mrs. Robinson
Heaven holds a place for those who pray
Hey, hey, hey
Hey, hey, hey

Hide it in the hiding place where no one ever goes
Put it in your pantry with your cupcakes
It's a little secret just the Robinson's affair
Most of all you've got to hide it from the kids

Coo-coo-ca-choo, Mrs. Robinson
Jesus loves you more than you will know
Whoa, whoa, whoa
God bless you, please, Mrs. Robinson
Heaven holds a place for those who pray
Hey, hey, hey
Hey, hey, hey

Sitting on a sofa on a Sunday afternoon
Going to the candidates' debate
Laugh about it, shout about it
When you've got to choose
Every way you look at this you lose

Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio?
Our nation turns its lonely eyes to you
Woo, woo, woo
What's that you say, Mrs. Robinson?
Jolting Joe has left and gone away
Hey, hey, hey
Hey, hey, hey