T is for Trite Talk

E2B6D45A-10E0-4A92-8F8E-A8794EFA34A1“It is what it is and I can’t cry over spilled milk,” I said. “But I should have been able to read between the lines.”

“Listen to yourself, dude. You’re being trite,” he said. “You’re speaking in stale, overused clichés.”

“Oh, don’t get your knickers in a twist,” I said.

“Someone woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning,” he responded.

“Nonsense,” I said. “I don’t have a care in the world. In fact, I’m having the time of my life.”

“Good, because every cloud has a silver lining,” he said.

“Tell me something I don’t already know,” I said, nodding my head in agreement. “At the end of the day, all’s fair in love and war, I suppose.”

“I know you were head over heels in love with her,” he said, “but time heals all wounds.”

“The handwriting was on the wall,” I acknowledged. “And while she was a diamond in the rough, all that glitters is not gold.”

“I’m sure you’ll land on your feet when all is said and done,” he said.

“I feel you, and the good news is that laughter is the best medicine,” I said. “I am a man who believes that when life gives you lemons, you make lemonade.”

“True dat, my friend,” he said. “Every cloud has a silver lining.”

I looked at my watch. “Oh my, will you look at the time,” I said. “Time flies when you’re having fun, but I have things to do, places to go, and people to see. ”

“Okay, pal, you hang in there,” he said, sticking out his hand for me to shake. “And remember, it’s always darkest right before the dawn.”

“Good talk, buddy,” I said, shaking his outstretched hand. “I’m feeling fit as a fiddle, and, while only time will tell, I am sure I’ll land on my feet.”

“Keep on truckin’,” he called out as I left the room.1D9C47C7-4AB2-46CB-86EF-D507629F0346

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Twittering Tales — The Space Walk

18649ca4-f5b3-40e3-9c57-59a93da02e07.jpegIt seems so real. Like I’m actually floating weightlessly outside of the ship. This virtual reality experience is amazing.

Wait. It’s getting cold. I’m having trouble breathing. Is this VR thing safe? Vision’s getting blurry. My lungs! The pressure! Can’t breathe! TURN IT OFF!

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Written for this week’s Twittering Tales prompt from Kat Myrman. Photo credit: WikiImages at Pixabay.com.

FOWC with Fandango — Oil

FOWCWelcome to April 23, 2019 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). It’s designed to fill the void after WordPress bailed on its daily one-word prompt.

I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (US).

Today’s word is “oil.”

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. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments.

And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. You will marvel at their creativity.


4D60A06F-F7E9-4E49-B6B8-14A1CD1D415BI have been gifted by KKlatch22, aka Finding French Charming, with the Versatile Blogger Award, or VBA.

Having been so gifted, I am supposed to:

  • Thank the person who gave me this award.
  • Include a link to their blog.
  • Gift and notify three bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award that I’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.
  • Finally, tell the person who gifted you five things about yourself.

Alrighty then. Thank you KKatch22 for gifting me the VBA. The link is above in the opening sentence.

As to the three bloggers I’m supposed to gift, I honestly think that most of the bloggers I follow have already received a VBA, so I’m going to gift anyone who hasn’t yet received one (or who has and would like another one) with this Versatile Blogger Award. Congratulations!

Finally, five things about me:

  1. I am retired and I love being a retiree.
  2. My wife and I have two adult kids who no longer live in our home, but who we visit with regularly.
  3. We also have a 70 pound dog and an 11 pound cat who terrorized our 70 pound dog who do live with us.
  4. I spend about eight hours a day on WordPress.
  5. This is my 2,757th since I started this blog on May 14, 2017.

Okay, that’s it. Now it’s your turn.

I’m Not Alone!

08ADF090-F175-4F01-BFF1-88C78C366D28And I’m not crazy, either. For the past six months I have been complaining regularly to the Happiness Engineers at WordPress about a multiple hour gap in the Reader on my WordPress iOS app for my iPhone. Here’s the the post from last October in which I first raised the issue.

On Saturday I got an email from Anna, one of the WordPress Happiness Engineers. She wrote:

“I have taken a closer look into all of this and this issue (or something similar) does appear to be affecting other people than just yourself.”

Woo hoo! It’s not just me. I feel vindicated. It’s a total and complete exoneration! But I do wonder what she meant by “something similar.” It’s either the same issue or it’s different.

“Fixing this has been escalated to high priority for our developers and it’s looking like there should be a fix for this coming in the next app version released. I am checking in with our development team to confirm that now, and I may not hear back until after the weekend.”

Well, I’ve waited this long, I suppose I can wait a few more days for the next app update to get this frustrating glitch resolved.

“Once I can confirm the progress that’s being made on identifying and fixing this problem, and when we are likely to see a result, I will get back in touch with more information for you. Thank you for your continued patience while we have been investigating this frustrating and unusual problem.”

Wait! If others are having this same issue, why did she call it an “unusual problem”?

Hmm. Based upon my past experience, I don’t think I’ll be holding my breath.