The Blue Wave

B2629D38-47BD-487F-9C42-35505FF00AAAI have always thought that voting is an American principle and a basic democratic right that should be protected, promoted, and practiced. And I believed that, regardless of political party or ideology, one aspect of our American democracy that is sacrosanct is the right and duty to vote.

But boy oh boy was I naive. One party, the Republican Party, is going to great lengths in states controlled by Republican governors and/or legislators, to limit voting rights, particularly those of minority populations. In state after Republican state, roadblocks are being thrown in the path of a segment of voters in a blatant voter suppression initiative. In some cases, it’s reducing or closing polling places in minority districts. In other cases it’s purging registered voters from the voting rolls.

It’s actually quite scary how these fleek politicians keep trying to take advantage of those that they don’t see as worthy, that they don’t see as equals, that don’t look like them, that don’t pray like them, that they see as “the other.”

But at the risk of sounding like an internet troll, they will get theirs in November when the blue wave will come in and flush away their castle in the sand.

Written for the following one-word prompts: Your Daily Word Prompt (scary), Ragtag Daily Prompt (fleek), Daily Addictions (advantage), Word of the Day Challenge (troll), Scotts Daily Prompt (flush), and Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (castle).

Nothing is Too Whack Anymore

Another one of Rory’s series of questions. This one he calls “Just Whack” because the questions are all pretty whacky. I decided that being whacky is just the distraction I need today. So here goes….

Q1] Given the choice of shaving your eyebrows off or going bald which will you choose?

That choice has already been made for me and I still have my eyebrows.

Q2] French Mustard or Mustard — which one and why?

What is “French” mustard? Do you mean Grey Poupon? Or French’s yellow mustard? I prefer Gulden’s spicy brown mustard.D0218624-635A-4B4E-B623-8F826F027E72

Q3] Two minutes to evacuate the house forever, what will you take?

My dog, my cat, and my iPhone.

Q4] What’s a saying you say a lot?

“Not to worry,” although these are dark days in Trumpistan, so I am tempted to stop saying that.

PQ5] You discover a beautiful island upon which you may build your own society. You make the rules. What is the first rule you put into place?

“Quick, find me a WiFi hotspot!”

Q6] You awaken during the night to find your bedroom filled with flesh eating triffids that respond to both movement and heat, what do you do?

Google “triffids,” as I have no idea what they are.

PQ7] The Walking Dead was fantasy, however you have awoken this morning to find the world is shot to hell and the undead are walking the streets. Are you prepared? If so explain your first day of survival.

I woke up on November 9, 2016 to a world that was shot to hell, only it’s the unhinged, rather than the undead, who are walking the streets. I think I’d welcome the zombie apocalypse at this point.92AD5EA1-AFE0-4E97-85CB-7292A2A1320F.jpeg

Q8] When was the last time you literally stopped to smell the coffee and why?

This morning when I walked into the kitchen and my wife poured me a cup of coffee. Why? Because she poured me a cup and it smelled so damn good.

Q9] What is your favorite combination of colors and why?

Blues and browns.

Q10] A man walks up to you and says he’s going to transform you into the animal of your choice and there’s nothing you can do about it. Which animal do you choose?

A vampire bat, just in time for Halloween. And to drain the asshole who did this to me of all of his blood!

Q11] When does the week actually start for you, Saturday, Sunday or Monday and why?

I’m retired, so does it matter?

PQ12] Why do we believe in the things we believe in?

Who is this “we” you’re referring to? And, as an atheist, I probably don’t believe in the same things “we” believe in.

Q13]  Oh dear – the choices open to you before you can proceed are :

1] Eat a tub load of fish guts
2] Eat a basket of 300 day old chicken eggs
3] Eat a fast acting laxative

Which will you choose and why?

This is easy. A fast acting laxative, because if it is, indeed, fast acting, it will literally pass quickly.

Q14] If you were a snake how long would you be?

Six feet, so I’d be as long a snake as I am tall as a man.

PQ15] If you were a box of cereal, what would you be and why?

Total. It’s got 100% of 12 essential vitamins and minerals.9F8BE6CD-DF3D-470A-8F26-AAB628C4CA6C

Q16] What would you rather be: a bee or a wasp?

Wasn’t this a Simon & Garfunkel song? Oh wait. That was a hammer and a nail.

Q17] Do you untie your shoes when you take them off?


Q18] Give me 7 unique features about WordPress that would encourage a novice to start blogging.

  1. Easy to use
  2. Lots of free themes
  3. Free, unless you want to upgrade to a paid plan
  4. Smartphone friendly
  5. The WordPress community
  6. The WordPress community
  7. The WordPress community

Q19] How do you think the next person who answers this question is going to answer this question?

Probably better than I did.

PQ20] Are you deleting any questions, if so which ones?


Q21] What strange question are you going to ask me that l have to answer?

Why, Rory? Just why?

SoCS — Precious

BB6FE46F-2F8C-4194-91E6-4D13FA45D7D9I’d venture a guess that many other bloggers responding to Linda G. Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt this week, “precious,” will write about the character Gollum from Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings books. So I am not going to write a post about Gollum or the ring or Tolkien.

What I am going to write about, instead of Gollum and his precious ring, is something that is precious to me. And what might that be, you ask? Well, what is most precious to me is a good night’s sleep.

These days, it’s not easy for me to get a good night’s sleep. Why not? Well, three things. First,  like most men my age, I have to get out of bed nearly every night, generally between two and five in the morning, to pee. It’s something I call “OMS” (Old Man’s Syndrome). I posted about it previously, and if you’re interested, you can read more about my OMS here.

The second impediment to me getting a good night’s sleep is my wife. She claims that I snore, which she says wakes her up several times a night. I have never either heard myself snoring or woken myself up due to my snoring. But she uses this alleged snoring of mine to poke me in the back or side or to smack the mattress multiple times each night to shut me up. I also posted about this matter previously in this post.

The final barrier to my getting a good night’s sleep is Donald Trump. I am so angry and frustrated and depressed that he is the President of the United States and about the damage he’s doing to our country and our society that I often wake up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat from what I call “Trumpmares,” or nightmares involving something Donald Trump has said or done. Don’t worry, I’m not going to provide links to previous posts I’ve written about Donald Trump. There would far too many such links.

In hindsight, I probably should have stuck with posting about Gollum and his “precious.”

FOWC with Fandango — Castle

FOWCWelcome to October 13, 2018 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 “castle.”

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.