Spam Comment of the Week — Week 50 2022

I get some interesting spam comments on my blog, most of which are captured by Akismet, WordPress’ spam blocker. I generally do a mass delete of all of my spam comments after checking to see if any legitimate comments got caught up in Akismet’s spam-catching net.

I thought it might be fun to select a particularly interesting or unique or outrageous spam comment and highlight it each week.

This week’s spam comment was in response to my “Who Am I” about page. It was from Offret39382.

I have to convey my respect for your kindness for all those that require guidance on this one field. Your special commitment to passing the solution up and down has been incredibly functional and has continually empowered most people just like me to achieve their dreams. Your amazing insightful information entails much to me and especially to my peers. Thanks a ton; from all of us.

Apparently Offret is representing a group of peers who appreciate my guidance on the topic of…well, me. I guess reading about me has empowered Offret and his or her peers and has enabled them to achieve their dreams.

Well, Offret, you and your peers are very welcome. I’m happy that you found my kindness, my special commitment, and my solution to be incredibly functional.

Now go fuck off.

Anyway, have you read some catchy spam comments that you’d like to share with us? If so, put them in the comments or create your own post and tag it #FSCW.

Cellpic Sunday — 12/18/22

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 can never get a good photo of the full moon with my iPhone. Every time I try, the moon just looks like a bright, white blob in the sky. No craters. No man in the moon. It’s frustrating. So when I took this photo of the moon in the southern sky as the sun was setting in the west at around 8:30 pm in July 2021, I was pleased that, if you look closely, you can actually see some of the yellow moon’s features.

Don’t believe me? Okay, here’s a cropped version of that same photo. Now do you see the man in the moon smiling back at you? Come on, use your imagination.

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.

Song Lyric Sunday — Mersey Beat

This week’s theme for Jim Adams’ Song Lyric Sunday is songs with a Mersey Beat, or Mersey Sound. Mersey Beat was a British popular music genre that developed, particularly in and around Liverpool, in the late 1950s and early 1960s. The genre melded influences from American rock and roll, rhythm and blues, traditional pop, and music hall. It features a basic lineup of lead guitar, rhythm guitar, bass guitar, and drums.

It took some time for me to decide which Mersey Beat song I wanted to go with. First I decided on the group, Gerry and the Pacemakers. The song I chose was not the obvious “Ferry Cross the Mersey.” Instead, I chose, “How Do You Do It?”

“How Do You Do It?” was the debut single by Liverpool band Gerry and the Pacemakers. It was written by British songwriter Mitch Murray. The song was initially issued in the US and Canada in the spring of 1963, but it wasn’t until after the group had several charting singles in North America that the track was reissued in the summer of 1964. It eventually reached number nine in the U.S. and in the UK, the single reached number one on the charts, staying there for three weeks in total.

The song is about a guy who is smitten by a girl who doesn’t feel the same way about him. He asks her what the secret of her charms are, as he wants to use that to make her fall for him.

Gerry Marsden, the lead singer of the group, co-founded Gerry and the Pacemakers with his brother, the band’s drummer, Freddie. Gerry died in January 2021.

Here are the lyrics to “How Do You Do It?”

How do you do what you do to me
I wish I knew
If I knew how you do it to me, I'd do it to you
How do you do what you do to me
I'm feelin' blue
Wish I knew how you do it to me but I haven't a clue

You give me a feeling in my heart
Like an arrow passing through it
Spose that you think you're very smart
But won't you tell me how do you do it

How do you do what you do to me
If I only knew
Then perhaps you'd fall for me like I fell for you

You give me a feeling in my heart
Like an arrow passing through it
Spose that you think you're very smart
But won't you tell me how do you do it

How do you do what you do to me
If I only knew,
Then perhaps you'd fall for me like I fell for you
When I do it to you

FOWC with Fandango — Beg


It’s December 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 “beg.”

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.