Who Won The Week — 08/07/22

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 Who Won the Week winners are four American women, Brooke Downes, Sophia Denison-Johnston, Adrienne Smith, and Libby Costello.

These four women set a new Pacific record after rowing from San Francisco to Hawaii in 34 days, 14 hours and 11 minutes. The California-based group of friends managed, through storms, sickness, and exhaustion, to arrive in Honolulu, breaking a new world record for the fastest women’s crossing of the 2,400-nautical-mile stretch from California to Hawaii.

Rowing an average of 70 miles per day, the group was motivated by daily messages from fans, and during one stretch, an escort from a whale. But the final 3 miles were the most emotional, said team member Libby Costello: “We recognized it was the last time that we were going to have just the four of us, maybe ever.”

The four rowers were unsupported, carrying all their own food and making water with a desalinator. They rowed in non-stop shifts – two hours on, two hours off, so that a pair were always rowing while the other two slept.

After a month of nothing but ocean, seeing the green land of Oahu for the first time as they neared Hawaii was “insane.” They crossed the finish line and took in the “special moment” before they rowed the final few strokes to the pontoon to be met by friends and family.

“It was still only us on the boat,” Brooke Downes said. “We realised it could be the last time that we were alone together. We played our favorite songs while we saw so many people that were there to watch us finish.”

Congratulations Brooke, Sophia, Adrienne, and Libby on your feat of speed and endurance and for being holders of a new world record.

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.

Cellpic Sunday — 08/07/22

John Steiner, the blogger behind Journeys With Johnbo, has this prompt he calls Cellpic Sunday in which he asks us to post a photo that was taken with a cellphone, tablet, or another mobile device. I thought this might be fun so I decided to join in.

I took this photo the other day. I went out to my backyard and saw this big fellow crawling across the patio. I grabbed my iPhone and took this photo as he slowly meandered across the patio. This guy was about five inches long, not including his legs!

I have since learned that the area I live in, just northwest of Mt. Diablo, is a hotbed for tarantula spiders. This was the first one I saw “in the wild” since moving here two years ago, but with a lot of development encroaching on their natural habitat, I can expect to see more and more of these critters around my home.

The good news is that these ugly monster spiders are docile and are not poisonous. So while they look like they came right out of a horror movie, they are harmless. As long as they stay outside, they are welcome to wander around my yard.

If you wish to participate in this fun cellphone photo prompt, please click on the link to John’s post at the top of my post to see his photo and to read his instructions.

The Letter S

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 S.

Here are Deb’s S-words:

Place – school
Emotion – sense of wonder
Adjective – snug
Verb – scrubbed
Animal – skunk

I really, really liked school. As a kid with a keen sense of wonder, I always felt snug as a bug in a rug when I was in the classroom learning things.

One day, a kid in my class brought his pet skunk, Pepe Le Pew, to school for Show and Tell.

I had always wondered about skunks, and seeing one in real life was fascinating.

My curiosity about the skunk brought me very close to the skunk’s cage. Perhaps too close. I may have frightened the little fellow, because he suddenly turned around, raised his tail, and sprayed me. It was awful.

I had to throw away the clothes I wore that day because no matter how strenuously my mother scrubbed them, she couldn’t get the stink out. And no matter how many times I washed my hair and body, it took a few weeks before the stink from the skunk finally completely faded away.

Song Lyric Sunday — Pet Sounds

For this week’s Song Lyric Sunday challenge, Jim Adams has asked us to feature Pets, Names, or Memories, as suggested by Di at Pensitivity101. I’m going to focus on a boy and his dog with Harry Nilsson’s song, “Me and My Arrow.”

“Me and My Arrow” was written and recorded by American singer-songwriter Harry Nilsson for his 1970 album The Point! It was also released as a single in 1971, reaching number 34 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and number 3 on the Adult Contemporary chart.

Nilsson wrote this track as part of his whimsical fable The Point!, the story of a unique boy named Oblio, who is the only person with a round head in his Pointed Village, and his trusty pet dog, Arrow. Nilsson said, “I was on acid and I looked at the trees and I realized that they all came to points. I thought, ‘Oh, everything has a point, and if it doesn’t, then there’s a point to it.’”

According to Songfacts, Nilsson could certainly relate to being the odd man out. Part lovable drunk, part mad musical genius, no one knew what to expect from him, who’s arrow often pointed him in different directions, resulting in an eclectic mix of work that would include Beatles-inspired rock songs, heartwrenching ballads, goofy novelty tunes and, before anyone else was doing it, an album of standards.

The Point! was made into a TV movie in 1971. In the original telecast, Dustin Hoffman voiced the part of the narrator/father. I remember watching it when I was really stoned and I loved it.

Here are the lyrics to “Me and My Arrow.”

Me and my arrow
Straighter than narrow
Wherever we go, everyone knows
It's me and my arrow

Me and my arrow
Taking the high road
Wherever we go, everyone knows
It's me and my arrow

And in the morning when I wake up
She may be gone, I don't know
And if we make up just to break up
I'll carry on, oh yes, I will

Me and my arrow
Doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, straighter than narrow
Wherever we go, every one knows
It's me and my arrow

Me and my arrow

Me and my arrow
Me and my arrow
Me and my arrow
Me and my arrow
Me and my arrow
Doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, straighter than narrow
Wherever we go, every one knows
It's me and my arrow

In case you’ve never seen The Point!, below is the full made-for-TV movie, if you have an hour and a quarter to spare and a few doobies or edibles handy. Note that, while Dustin Hoffman narrated the original TV show, Ringo Starr narrated the movie version and Alan Thicke narrated a third TV release.