Who Won The Week? 03/29/2020

10CC3057-4EEA-4C80-B8C1-700C0FC6C906It’s time for another Who Won the Week prompt. The idea behind Who Won the Week is for you 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.

I will be posting this prompt on Sunday mornings (my time). 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.

This week I am choosing former New York Yankees player and current Major League Baseball analyst Alex Rodriguez.D6B7D8A5-97CB-4037-B2CA-9AE15D876A3FDonald Trump has the world’s top doctors and medical experts at his disposal, but apparently Trump must consider A-Rod, who is, in no way, shape, or form a medical professional, to be an expert on the coronavirus pandemic. Trump reached out to Rodriguez for his thoughts on the administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Why would Trump turn to Rodriguez for answers — or even his opinion — on how to best curb the spread of coronavirus? Could it be because A-Rod is wealthy and is frequently on television?

It’s interesting how Trump’s perception of people changes over time. Back in 2013, Trump tweeted at Rodriguez, calling him a “druggie,” and suggesting that the Yankees should “immediately stop paying A-Rod.” I guess Rodriguez learned over the past seven years that it pays to be nice to Donald Trump.

Way to go, Dr. A-Rod. You won the week.

And now it’s your turn, folks. Who (or what) do you think won the week?

Who Won The Week? 03/22/2020

10CC3057-4EEA-4C80-B8C1-700C0FC6C906It’s time for another Who Won the Week prompt. The idea behind Who Won the Week is for you 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.

I will be posting this prompt on Sunday mornings (my time). 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.

This week I am choosing guns.E9DB73AF-C8DA-4068-8FC7-4F6CE96A1E95Gun sellers across the country are reporting major spikes in firearm and bullet purchases as many Americans are flocking to local gun stores to stock up on firearms and ammunition in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. Gun dealers report that they are scrambling to keep up with demand.

Nonessential stores across the country are closing in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, but gun stores are still open. Apparently in America, licensed firearms retailers are essential businesses.

I’m not happy about this. As it is, the United States has, by far, the most heavily armed civilian population in the world, with more guns (120 firearms per 100 citizens).

Coincidentally, perhaps, there has been an uptick recently in grocery store and pharmacy parking lot gun point hold ups since this pandemic has taken hold.

So, it is with great reluctance and anxiety that I declare guns, gun manufacturers, and gun shops to have won the week.

And now it’s your turn, folks. Who (or what) do you think won the week?

Who Won The Week? 03/15/2020

10CC3057-4EEA-4C80-B8C1-700C0FC6C906It’s time for another Who Won the Week prompt. The idea behind Who Won the Week is for you 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.

I will be posting this prompt on Sunday mornings (my time). 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.

This week I am choosing me, Fandango. Yes, that’s right. I won the week. Why am I bestowing this great honor on myself? Because I’m down to one house.

Five and a half weeks ago, my wife and I moved from the “big city” to a relatively small suburb about 35 miles to the east. Two weeks after we vacated our old house, and after some sprucing up and staging, our San Francisco house went on the market.

Could the timing have been any worse? First, the news about this new coronavirus having reached America came out. People were testing positive for the virus, a lot of whom were getting sick, and with some dying. That created a widespread sense of fear, uncertainty, and doubt, also referred to as “FUD.” Then the stock market started falling precipitously, adding to the FUD. People were stocking up on toilet paper and hand sanitizer and pulling their money out of the stock market and stuffing it into their mattresses.

Some industries, including travel and entertainment, began scaling back and jobs were being lost. Schools were being closed, sporting events were being canceled, and large, public gatherings were being banned. Economists were saying we were entering a serious and potentially long term recession. Who buys a new house under those circumstances?

I thought for sure that we were doomed to carry our old house indefinitely. But, for a change, Lady Luck seemed to be smiling down upon us. A week and a half after going on the market, we accepted an offer on our house that, remarkably, was 20% over asking! And a week after that, this past Wednesday, we closed escrow. So now we’re down to one house. Phew!

And that is why I won the week!

And now it’s your turn, folks. Who (or what) do you think won the week?

Who Won The Week? 03/08/2020

10CC3057-4EEA-4C80-B8C1-700C0FC6C906It’s time for another Who Won the Week prompt. The idea behind Who Won the Week is for you 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.

I will be posting this prompt on Sunday mornings (my time). 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.

This week I am choosing Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.6D8F648A-6961-4521-A3CF-9EB730AFF79FThe former American Vice President last Saturday had a tide-turning blow out victory in the South Carolina primary. His South Carolina win over Bernie Sanders was so decisive that by the time Super Tuesday came around, two competitors for the Democratic nomination, Amy klobuchar and Pete Buttigieg, had withdrawn from the race.

Carrying the momentum from his big win on Saturday, Joe won 10 of the 14 primaries on Super Tuesday, a huge blow to  Sanders, the former front runner. It also led to two more contenders to drop out, Michael Bloomberg and my candidate of choice, Elizabeth Warren.

So now Biden is the front runner for the Democratic nomination and it’s essentially a two man race. Actually, it’s a two old white men race. But it’s only March and we’re still four months away from the Democratic Convention in mid-July. So it’s too early to say that Joe’s has won the nomination. But he certainly did win the week.

And now it’s your turn, folks. Who (or what) do you think won the week?

Who Won The Week? 03/01/2020

10CC3057-4EEA-4C80-B8C1-700C0FC6C906It’s time for another Who Won the Week prompt. The idea behind Who Won the Week is for you 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.

I will be posting this prompt on Sunday mornings (my time). 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.

This week I am choosing a word: hoax.E92375B0-487A-4CE3-A4CE-97B53EA72DDBWhat is a hoax? It’s a deception, a lie, or a trick that is designed to appear true and fool others into believing in its truth.

So why am I choosing “hoax”? Well, that seems to be one of Donald Trump’s favorite words. Especially when it comes to anything he doesn’t like or that casts him in a negative light. And, sadly, his supporters tend to be buying into it.

Rejecting the findings of nearly all scientists, Trump has referred to climate change a hoax. He claimed that Russian interference with the 2016 elections was a hoax. He called the Mueller investigation into his potential collusion with Russia and obstruction of justice a hoax.

He called the charges against his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, as well as contentious hearings on his appointment to the High Court, hoaxes.

The impeachment hearings by the House of Representatives was a hoax. The impeachment trial in the Senate was a hoax. And his latest hoax claim is that Democratic complaints about his handling of the coronavirus threat is “their new hoax.”

It seems “hoax” has replaced “fake news” and “witch hunt” as Donald’s favorite words. So that is why I chose “hoax” as the word that won the week this week.

And now it’s your turn, folks. Who (or what) do you think won the week?