“Is this Leigha I am speaking to? Great! Remember that form you filled out at the craft fair this weekend for the trip to Florida? Well, congratulations you won! Your name was drawn as a winner! … I just need a $498 reservation fee…” No doubt he was trying to tout some condo or time-share house in Orlando and Daytona Beach. It was supposed to be a 7-day trip staying at resorts down south. Funny as soon as I told him I couldn’t afford the $498 fee, he said goodbye. I guess I should be glad I got a courtesy goodbye and not just a hang up. This was after I had gotten (for the second time in about a month) a call “from Verizon” that my account was suspended and I just needed to reconnect my account… just give us all your bank account info so we can rob you blind!
I wouldn’t normally answer my phone with unknown numbers, but a local radio station is part of a nationwide contest to win $1000 by texting a keyword. Thing is they call you back to get your info… so if I want to win, I have to answer. Hey, $1000 is a fair amount of money and would make an awesome Christmas this year. I know my odds of winning are low, but it is worth a shot. What do you do that is against all odds?
Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – tout
This week I go back to 2016 with this poem for FFF.
First thoughts are
And occasionally right
Second thoughts are
And occasionally right
My thoughts about you are
And always right
Well, it is official. I am now two days behind on my posts. Time has gotten away from me this week and I’ve been fighting some serious fatigue the last 3 or 4 days. It is kind of hard to write when your eyes won’t stay open. So, this is a short and sweet post. I probably won’t be able to catch up for a couple of days, but bear with me and I will get to your posts eventually. Have a great weekend everyone!
Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – official
I saw the word of the day and instantly had “Ebony and Ivory” by Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder in my head. Then I thought of a picture of a keyboard with a rose across it. “Tickling the ivories” is a phrase I have heard. A dozen or more bands came to mind with heavy keyboard in their music. Which lead me to one of my favorites who I was born much too late to see perform, Scott Joplin.
Scott Joplin had a short career actually, beginning with his first song published in 1895. Four years later he would write his most well know song, the “Maple Leaf Rag” which went on to become a signature song for ragtime music. He wrote two operas and one ragtime ballet but never saw a production of either opera as one was lost after it was confiscated for non-payment of bills in 1907 and the other was not fully staged before his death.
In 1916 his health deteriorated due to syphilis and he would later die in a mental institution in 1917. In 1973 new generations were introduced to his music thanks to “The Entertainer” and many other songs from the movie The Sting. He would be awarded a posthumous Pulitzer Prize in 1976. And one year later Billy Dee Williams portrayed Joplin in a biography about his life.
So sit back and enjoy a couple of his songs.
Maple Leaf Rag
Solace (Mexican Serenade)
Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – ivory
(Information from Wikipedia)
This weeks FFF takes me back two years to this post that was for the word prompt ghoulish…
On a dark night
In the city graveyard
A ghoulish site
Stopped me in my tracks
A ghostly figure
Floated above your tombstone
It turned as if it saw me
They quietly faded away
I often wonder why it left
If it was you
And will it ever return
I know you’re gone for good
But part of me wishes
I could see a shimmer of you
Just for a second
To smell your cologne in the air
To see you smile
To hear you laugh
Here we are again with a new week of Laura’s song challenge. I think we should just jump right in…
♪ Rules ♫
Copy rules and add to your own post, pinging back to Laura’s post.
Post music videos for your answers to the musical questions.
Tag two people to participate!
1 Post a song that is a satire of a hit song.
This is to get everyone ready for Halloween!
2 Post a song that you love by an artist that was not one of their biggest hits.
I went searching a bit for this one…
3 Post a song that was featured in a tv show or in a movie.
And last but not least… who remembers this intro?
I hope you decide to join in and have a little musical fun! Everyone is invited, consider yourself tagged. Have a HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
Everyone has fears. Having anxiety issues, I have more than my share of fears. One is a fear of driving under a train. I know it sounds pretty lame. When I was in my teens there was a train that derailed on a bridge and a person on a motorcycle just barely missed getting struck by one of the train cars. Ever since then I cringe when I go under a train on a bridge. It even spilled over to wintertime driving and me fearing a semi or even a car, will lose control and crash over the edge of the bridge landing on my car. I know it is irrational. I know the odds are in my favor, not the train’s. I just can’t seem to shake it. I often literally shiver when I go under the occupied bridge. I have in the past been known to increase my speed to get past that point quickly. I have survived 100% of the time. I have only heard of that one train derail in town. I still can’t shake the fear. Do you have any fears, rational or not?
Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – derail