Music Issues

1.Who recorded Mouldy Old Dough?
Wet, Wet, Wet recorded this on their debut album Excess Moisture.

2. What color icing was on the cake in MacArthur Park?
I don’t think that I can take it, because it took so long to bake it and I’ll never have that recipe again.

3. Who sang they were made out of Gingerbread?
My kindergarten teacher.

4. Who sang Tutti Frutti?
The 1910 Fruitgum Company.

5. Who recorded Green Onions?
The Scallions.

6. Who had a boy lollipop?
This is right on the tip of my tongue, but I just can’t recall it.

7. What is a Tangerine Dream?
This is a cannabis sativa strain with a high THC concentration.

8. Sugar Sugar or Honey Honey?
Honey won’t raise your blood sugar levels as quickly sugar will.

9. Who sang Sugar Pie Honey Bunch?
It was the same guy who sang about unicorns pooping out rainbows.

10. Do you need Hot Butter for Popcorn?
Yes, because that makes it a-maize-ing.

Written for Di’s Fibbing Friday.

Inflation

What goes up, must come down. The law of supply and demand stipulates, when the demand for a particular good or service increases, that the available supply decreases. When fewer items are available, consumers are willing to pay more to obtain what they want. These higher prices are due to the supply not being able to meet the growing demand, so prices for goods and services are marked up higher. Inflation is caused by the supply of money going up, the supply of goods going down, demand for money going down and demand for goods going up. Right now, the job market is good and gas prices have come down, so maybe there is light at the end of the tunnel.

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When people hear the word inflation, they think about how much more they will have to pay for gasoline, groceries, and other necessities.  Inflation is discussed a lot, but the causes of inflation are extremely complex, so it is not understood very well.  Most normal people do not understand how inflation works, but the concept is simply when consumers demand goods, possibly because of the larger money supply, at a rate faster than production.  The money supply is complex as it is a measure of the total amount of coins, bills, and other liquid (easy to spend) currency that exists within an economy.  The Covid pandemic put the US economy in a recession when businesses were shut down and people were kept at home due to fear of the virus spreading and this resulted in huge job losses in early 2020.  The U.S. government countered this by flooding the American economy with…

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Embracing My Dark Side

I have an affinity for villains, and I have always perceived myself as being an outlaw.  My heart is black, but my sister who lives next door to me in #4 is filled with the spiral light of Venus, because she has love in her heart.  I turn my lights out which most people think of as a negative trait, but I also enjoy being dishonest, rude, and manipulative, because girls think that bad guys are more fun and good guys are just boring.  I can’t see much difference between the dark and light, although others see light as happiness, prosperity, and being perfect while they associate darkness with chaos, death, and the underworld.  Light and dark exist together and they balance out each other as our Earth rotates, one half is always facing away from the sun being in the dark.  Darkness is not a bad thing, as it is just the absence of light.  Bright lights will burn your eyes and darkness always provides me with solace.  I sleep much better in the dark and I got divorced because my wife liked to sleep with the TV on.  When it is a hot sunny day, I will be the first one seeking the shade.  I do not fear the dark and I save a lot of money on my electric bill by turning my lights off.

Written for KL Caley’s Thursday Write Photo – Neighbors – Image by KL Caley.

When I Was Young

1) When you were a kid, what were your creative outlets? As an adult, what have you created that you are most proud of?
When I was young, I had a scrapbook and I collected pictures of animals which I cut out of magazines and newspapers.  I enjoyed it, but I think that my dad tossed it out when we moved.  As an adult, I am proud of some of the posts that I have written, and I take satisfaction in my 3 unpublished books.

2) Have you ever saved someone’s life? Did you ever witness someone’s life being saved? Did someone save your life?
When I was young, I went to sleep with chewing gum in my mouth and I woke up choking.  My brother heard me gasping for air, and he woke up my mom.  I guess that I could have died if my mom didn’t reach her hand inside of my mouth to pull the gum out.  My general practitioner is specialized in Diabetic care and with her help, my Diabetes is well controlled, so I could say that she has also saved my life.

3) Did you ever get lost as a child? How did you handle it? Do you get easily lost now?
I was a pretty goofy kid, but I don’t remember ever getting lost.

4) Did you search out presents your parents hid from you? Did you get caught? Do you hide presents from family members as an adult? Are they ever found?
I never did any of this.

5) Do you have a special song that was sung to you by either of your parents? Did you sing to your children? (or pets) Care to share the tunes?
When my family went on trips, we used to sing and the only songs that I remember are ‘Three Little Fishes’ and ‘Ragtime Joe’.

6) What’s something you were afraid of as a child? What is something you are afraid of as an adult?
When I was a child, I was afraid of having an accident and making in my pants, because this happened to me in the Third grade, and it was a real mess.  The other kids teased me about it, and they called me poopy pants.  As an adult, I am OK with heights up to a certain point, but anything over three stories high does frighten me.

7) What do you wish you would have learned more about in school?
I wish that I would have learned more about how to pick up girls.

8) Is there something outside of school you were so interested in you taught yourself about it as an adult?
There are many things in my field of Electrical engineering, that I learned by myself.  I had some courses in computers in college, but they were no help for me in learning how to use a personal computer.  I learned MS DOS commands and taught myself how to use Windows computers.

9) What made you laugh most when you were a child? What makes you laugh out loud now?
I enjoyed watching the Tonight Show with my dad and the roasts really made me laugh.  I think my sense of humor hasn’t changed that much and I still laugh at movies that I think are funny.

10) What’s something from your childhood that helped to shape your outlook on life?
I think that because my family moved a lot, that helped me to make new friends.

Written for Throwback Thursday #66 which is hosted by Lauren this week and her topic is “That Was Then, and This Is Now.”

Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Organization

Person A: How many children do you have?
Person B: Biological, spiritual, emotional, or legal?

Person A (let’s call her Alice) worked for The Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) which is the oldest national organization serving vulnerable children, youth, and their families and she received a complaint that Person B (let’s call her Barbara) who had many different types of children under her care, may not have had their best interests in mind.  Barbara was a sarcastic person and she saw the world differently than most other people, so she answered Alice’s question with her own question.  Barbara was a hippie and she had seven biological children and none of them had the same father and many of them she had no idea who the biological father was.  Barbara believed in free love, but she was married twice, and both of her marriages produced offspring, but that may not have been from her husbands.  Barbara has three spiritual children who she referred to as Indigo children who she said were astral beings that were sent to her to help guide everyone to a higher plane.  These three children just showed up on her doorstep one day and it was like they adopted her to be their mother.

Alice was appalled by this story, and she told Barbara that she can’t take in children because they want to adopt her as this is not the way things are done.  Alice explained that since these three children were mot of legal age, that they would need to be put into the system and let the courts decide what to do with them.  Barbara told Alice that these children were happy, and it would be cruel to take them away from a place that they identified as home.  Barbara knew that these children would be fine wherever they ended up because they are highly intelligent with good intuition, they have healing abilities, and a strong spiritual connection with the universe.  Alice then inquired what Barbara meant by saying that she had emotional children.  Barbara recited the following poem.  “Monday’s child is fair of face, Tuesday’s child is full of grace.  Wednesday’s child is full of woe, Thursday’s child has far to go.  Friday’s child is loving and giving, Saturday’s child works hard for a living.  And the child born on the Sabbath day is bonny and blithe, good and gay.”

Alice was confused again, so she asked Barbara what that poem had to do with her having emotional children.  Barbara said that seven children were left on her doorstep, and she took them in to provide for their needs and give them love.  She named them after the days of the week when she discovered them, and they all seem to be emotional different, so she calls them her emotional children.  Alice told Barbara that just because someone leaves a baby on your doorstep that this child does not belong to you.  There are procedures that need to be followed and they will need to find a tentative placement for all of these children, but for the time being they could remain in her custody till the state finds an appropriate foster parent.  Barbara gave Alice a dirty look and said, “I guess you are going to do what you are going to do, but what goes around comes around and these children all have a stable environment, and it is probably not a good idea to upset that by rocking the boat.”

Barbara told Alice that she also had three other children that she legally adopted and that she could show her the paperwork if she was interested in seeing it.  Alice said that wouldn’t be necessary at this time, but that she would be returning to straighten everything out.  Barbara asked Alice who the a-hole was that registered the complaint against her, and Alice said that she wasn’t allowed to reveal that information.  Barbara said that she had a good idea who it was and that she was going to make sure that they were sorry.

Written for Reena’s Xploration Challenge 259, where she gave us a conversation for a prompt.

I Just Don’t Know

‘Cosmic Charlie’ is a Grateful Dead song written by Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter that was recorded on Aoxomoxoa, which was their third studio album released in 1969 and it was originally titled Earthquake Country.  The American electronics company Ampex manufactured and released its new 16-track multitrack recording machine MM-1000 in 1968, and Blood, Sweat & Tears used this to record their second album.  Betty Cantor, Dan Healy, the acid king Owsley Stanley were all consulting engineers on this album along with Ron Wickersham who worked at Ampex as a design engineer.  The Grateful Dead were eager to try it out this new technology because it would double the number of tracks available to them, allowing them to go deeper and experiment with things that no other band had done yet.  This arrived just as they were reaching the apex of their experimental stage in psychedelic music.  The title Aoxomoxoa is pronounced “ox-oh-mox-oh-ah” and it is a meaningless palindrome that was created by cover artist Rick Griffin and lyricist Robert Hunter.

‘Cosmic Charlie’ appeared in concert about 20 times in both 1969 and 1970 till it was dropped from their repertoire at the start of 1971, but it was played again a few times in 1976.  ‘Cosmic Charlie’ with its largely unrelated lyrics may have been written about a Dead Head who was the original space cadet because he took too much acid and was strung out on LSD.  According to Robert Hunter, ‘Cosmic Charlie’ is not based on Charles Bosch, a psychedelic inhabitant of the SF Summer of Love who was one of the characters on the scene in the Haight.  The Grateful Dead may have been giving out advice to their fans, telling them that tripping on acid all the time was making them lose their grip on reality.  They probably didn’t want all their fans to be burn outs with fried brains, but at the same time hoping that they come back whenever their airplane happens to land.  They might be telling this tripped out person to relax and that things will get better for him when he gets back home.  The song mentions “Kalico Kahlia” which is thought to be Calliope the Muse of epic poetry, and chief of the Muses and the mother of Orpheus by Apollo.  Calico could also be a reference to a type of cat.

Cosmic Charley, how do you do?
Truckin’ in style along the avenue
Dum dee dum dee doodley doo
Go on home, your mother’s calling you

Kalico Kahlia, come tell me the news
Calamity’s waiting for a way to get to her
Rosy red and electric blue
I bought you a paddle for your paper canoe

Say you’ll come back when you can
Whenever your airplane happens to land
Maybe I’ll be back here too
It all depends on what’s with you

Hung up waiting for a windy day
Kite on ice since the first of February
Mama keeps saying that the wind might blow
But standing here, I say I just don’t know

New ones coming as the old ones go
Everything’s moving here, but much too slow now
A little bit quicker and we might have time
To say “How do you do?” before we’re left behind

Calliope wail like a seaside zoo
The very last lately enquired about you
It’s really very one or two
The first you wanted, the last I knew

I just wonder if you shouldn’t feel
Less concern about the deep unreal
The very first word is “How do you do?”
The last “Go home, your mama’s calling you”

Calling you
Calling you
Calling you
Calling you

Go on home your mama’s calling you
Go on home your mama’s calling you
Go on home your mama’s calling you

Written for Thursday Inspiration #186 All for Love where the prompt word is know.

Thursday Inspiration #186 All for Love

Respond to this challenge, by either by using the prompt word know, or going with the above picture, or by means of the song ‘All for Love’, or by going with another song by Bryan Adams, or anything else that you think fits.  ‘All for Love’ was written by Bryan Adams, Robert John “Mutt” Lange a South African record producer and songwriter, and Michael Kamen an American composer, arranger, conductor, songwriter, and session musician.  It was recorded for the soundtrack The Three Musketeers: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, which was a 1993 action-adventure comedy film from Walt Disney Pictures staring Charlie Sheen, Kiefer Sutherland, Chris O’Donnell, Oliver Platt, Tim Curry, Rebecca De Mornay and Gabrielle Anwar.  This was an adaptation of the 1844 Alexandre Dumas novel which was based on four high-ranking French soldiers of Louis XIII elite Black Musketeer regiment.  The power ballad was performed by Adams, Rod Stewart, and Sting in 1993, becoming a worldwide hit, reaching #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and it got to #2 on the UK Singles chart.  ‘All For Love’ was the longest-reigning #1 hit from a Disney movie until the 2021 song ‘We Don’t Talk About Bruno’ replaced it.

The title of this song was inspired by The Three Musketeers’ motto, “All for one, and one for all.”  The three songwriters built their song from the melody that Michael Kamen wrote for the film score.  Kamen suggested that Adams record the song with two other singers, making it seem like three musketeers were collaborating.  Adams’ first choice was Sting, and he was interested in the project and the third guy became Rod Stewart.  ‘All For Love’ became the only #1 hit that Sting had during his solo-artist years, having never gone past a #3 on the charts.  Rod Stewart hadn’t topped the Hot 100 in the 15 years, but his music always remained the pop charts.  ‘All For Love’ was Rod Stewart’s last top-10 hit and Sting never returned to the top 10.  It is a sweet song that is filled with meaningless sentimental fluff, where each singer seems worried about the possibility that they might be eclipsed by the other guys.

When there’s someone that you know
Then just let your feelings show
And make it all for one and all for love

Fifteen Minutes of Fame

I don’t think that I would enjoy being in the spotlight all the time and a lot of celebrities feel the same way and that is why some of them become recluses.  15 minutes of fame would be good enough for me as I would hate to have constant attention.  There are some nice perks to being a celebrity like getting special treatment everywhere they go, or being offered exclusive opportunities, but I am sure I can live without that.  It is like that proverb says, “people in glass houses shouldn’t sink ships.”  When you don’t live your life in the limelight, people are fair game and you can say anything that you want about anyone, but since celebrities live in glass houses and everyone pays attention to what they are doing and saying, they must be politically correct all the time and they can’t be themselves.  Nobody would care if I had a White nationalist, a Holocaust denier, and an antisemite over my house for dinner, not that I would ever do that.  Some Republicans thought their precious leader was wrong for doing that, but very few spoke out against him, fearing that he would harm their careers.  Along with the fame that celebrities enjoy, comes great responsibility, and they have an obligation to exercise their influence sensibly.  To continue to be liked, celebrities must live perfect lives and uphold certain standards that are expected by decent people.  Their fame forces them to live in a gilded cage and I am not interested in that type of sacrifice.

Written for Fandango’s Provocative Question #192 which asks, “If you could, would you want to be famous if it meant sacrificing your personal life and privacy? Why or why not?”

Advanced Aircraft

Stephen Trevor was a United States Army Air Service officer who worked for British Intelligence in World War I.  Steve was a spy, on a mission to find out about the toxic mustard gas that was being developed by Doctor Poison.  Captain Steve stole a notebook containing the gas formula and then he took off in a plane to escape from the Germans.  His plane was shot down and Steve was saved from drowning by the Amazon princess Diana.  Diana had never seen a man before, so she asked Steve if he was one.  The plane was destroyed in the crash, but the Amazons rebuilt it and added some of their own magic to it, by making it invisible.  It was capable of vertical takeoffs and landings and at Wonder Woman’s disposal whenever she decided to use it.  It was made invisible so it couldn’t be tracked when she decided to leave the secret island, thereby giving away its location.  Wonder Woman would use her telepathic powers to summon the plane to hover in the air, while she would exit on a rope ladder.

Written for Stine Writing Simply 6 Minutes hosted by Christine Bialczak.

Inherently Intrigued

He couldn’t believe that she was dumping him just because she found out… he watched a gay porn video with his buddies.  Jake was playing poker with his friends and when he got back home, his wife Shella asked him how his evening was.  Jake felt guilty because one of the guys turned on a gay porn video, so he mentioned that to Shella.  She didn’t mind that her husband was watching porn, but she wondered if Jake was more interested in other men than he was in her.  Jake told her that watching gay porn allowed him to explore sexual curiosities and taboos that he would never do in real life and that he was not wrestling with his identity.  Shella wondered if it was a sign that he wanted to try new things in the bedroom, or if he was more interested in enjoying the male bonding that comes with sitting around with his buddies while his pants were down and playing another guy’s joystick, although he never mentioned doing that.  She knew that no one could choose their sexuality and not all men experience attraction in the same way.  Shella thought that if Jake was heteroflexible, being inherently intrigued by other men, that would be different, but since Jake wasn’t ashamed about his behavior, then why should she be.  What Jake and his friends do when they get together should not be a reason for dumping him, but she did not want to be known as the girl that couldn’t give him what he needed.  She would be devastated if he ever decided to leave her for another dude.  Shella decided that she would give Jake another chance, because at least he was not lying to her.

Written for Fandango’s Story Starter #74.