Cellpic Sunday — 1/1/23

Happy New Year, everyone. 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 was once again browsing through my iPhone’s photo library for any pictures I happened to have taken on a past New Years Day that didn’t reveal the faces of my family or me. I came across this photo from way back in January of 2012. It was a beautiful, mostly sunny day and my wife and I took a drive up the coast north of San Francisco. We stopped at the Point Reyes lighthouse, climbed the steps to the top, and took this photo from inside of the lighthouse dome.

To put this photo in perspective, below is a photo showing the path to the lighthouse.

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.

My Last Photo — December ‘22

Brian, aka Bushboy, posted his monthly Last on the Card prompt, where he asks us to…

  • Post the last photo from your camera’s SD card or the last photo from your phone taken in the month of December.
  • No editing — who cares if it is out of focus, not framed as you would like, or the subject matter didn’t cooperate?
  • No explanations needed — just the photo will do.
  • Create a pingback to Brian’s post or link in the comments.
  • Tag “The Last Photo.”

So here’s the last photo I took on my iPhone in December.

We got almost three inches of rain from Friday night through about 9 pm last night where I live. I took this photo at around 4:00 yesterday afternoon. Fortunately, we live at the top of a hill, so we didn’t experience any flooding or water leaks. Our neighbors at the bottom of the hill weren’t so fortunate.

Spam Comment of the Week — Week 52 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 I’m featuring a spam comment in response to my FOWC with Fandango — Litigious post. It was from Tabag Villenuevo and his buddies.

I not to mention my buddies have already been reading through the great tricks on the blog and then came up with an awful suspicion I had not expressed respect to the site owner for those tips. These people were certainly very interested to study them and now have undoubtedly been using these things. We appreciate you indeed being very kind and for choosing this sort of very good tips millions of individuals are really wanting to know about. Our own sincere regret for not saying thanks to you earlier.

Well, Tabag, there’s no need to apologize. Of course, the post you commented on was one of my one-word prompts, so I’m not sure what tricks and tips you and your buddies think millions of individuals are wanting to know about. But no worries, Tabag, I forgive you for failing to express respect to this site owner. And Happy New Year to you and your buddies.

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.

Song Lyric Sunday — Two Car Garage

This week’s theme for Jim Adams’ Song Lyric Sunday is garage rock. Garage rock is a genre of rock that started in the late 50s and early 60s. As Jim pointed out, garage rock has a unique sound that is characterized by piano riffs that were sometimes distorted through a fuzzbox, as well as aggressive lyrics with growling vocals. The garage rock song I’m going with is “Dirty Water” by the Standells, which is now considered a classic of the garage rock genre.

“Dirty Water” was a song by the American garage rock band The Standells, written by their producer Ed Cobb. First issued in late 1965, the song reached number 11 on the Billboard singles charts in June 1966. It was the band’s first major hit single.

Cobb wrote “Dirty Water” on a visit to Boston that turned ugly. He was with a girl when two guys tried to mug them, but they ran away. Cobb said, “So when I got back to the hotel, I wrote the song.”

Standell’s drummer, Dick Dodd, who was once on The Mickey Mouse Club, handled lead vocals on this track. His spoken lines and interjections (“I’m gonna tell you a story…” “Have you heard about the Strangler?”) he made up in the studio.

The guy in the song, whose home is in Boston, is happy to live in this gritty city among the “muggers and thieves.” The line, “Frustrated women have to be in by 12 o’clock” refers to the curfew observed by Boston University co-eds at the time.

While the song was a pretty big hit when it was released in 1966, it didn’t gain its mystique until 50 years later, when the Boston professional sports teams adopted it. The Boston Red Sox baseball team was the first to use it, playing it after home wins in 1997. The Celtics basketball team and Bruins hockey team followed suit, making it the song most associated with Boston sports, and thus the city as a whole.

Interestingly, “Dirty Water” has become a Boston anthem and a source of pride for the city, but it was written and performed by guys from Los Angeles, who didn’t have any good tidings toward the city of Boston.

Here are the lyrics to “Dirty Water.”

I'm gonna tell you a story
I'm gonna tell you about my town
I'm gonna tell you a big fat story, baby
Aw, it's all about my town

Yeah, down by the river
Down by the banks of the river Charles
(Aw, that's what's happenin' baby)
That's where you'll find me
Along with lovers, muggers, and thieves
(Aw, but they're cool people)

Well I love that dirty water
Oh, Boston, you're my home
(Oh, you're the number one place)

Frustrated women (I mean they're frustrated)
Have to be in by twelve o'clock (oh, that's a shame)
But I'm wishin' and a-hopin', oh
That just once those doors weren't locked
(I like to save time for my baby to walk around)

Well I love that dirty water
Oh, Boston, you're my home (oh, yeah)

Because I love that dirty water
Oh, Boston, you're my home (oh, yeah)

Well, I love that dirty water (I love it, baby)
I love that dirty water (I love Boston)
I love that dirty water (Have you heard about the strangler?)
I love that dirty water (I'm the man, I'm the man)
I love that dirty water (Ow)
I love that dirty water (Come on, come on)

FOWC with Fandango — Custody


Happy New Year! It’s January 1, 2023. 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 “custody.”

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.