My Cup Runneth Over

82FCD468-9818-4CBD-A17E-D6577E345276Two bloggers posted today about having been nominated for blog awards. Sadje, at Keep It Alive, got the Mystery Blogger Award, and Mel, at Crushed Caramel, got the Sunshine Blogger Award. So a hearty congratulations to both of them.

For some inexplicable reason, they each nominated my blog for these awards, even though I’ve declared my blog to be an award-free blog. But I still do appreciate the recognition and the generosity behind the nominations.

And between the two of them, they asked 16 questions. And as the answer-man, it’s my duty to answer their questions.

First, Sadje’s five questions:

1. What is the more important thing for you, your day job or blogging?

I’m retired, so this is an easy one. With no day job, by process of elimination, the answer is blogging! Shocking, I know.

2. What are your plans for the coming year?

To stay alive.

3. Have any of your blog posts received a surprise response?

I was surprised that my post titled “Better Than Sex” is my most viewed post this year. The post is about blogging and has nothing to do with sex. But given that post’s popularity, I am thinking about including the word “sex” in the title of all future posts.

4. A cat or dog, which one you have as a pet or would like to?

We have both. Our cat is a stray that we took in and our dog is a rescue dog that we, um, rescued from a kill shelter.

5. What is one habit you want to give up?

Donald Trump.

And now for Mel’s eleven questions:

1. Where are you from?

My mother’s womb.

2. Do you think of yourself more as an early bird or night owl?

Early bird. I am over at out by 11 pm at the latest and usually up between 6-7 am.

3. What is your birthstone?

Marijuana. Oh wait, you said birthstone not best stone. In that case, the diamond.

4. What’s your favorite season of the year and why?

Autumn because of the clean, cool, crisp air (except when there are nearby wildfires) and because of the beauty in the clots of the leaves before they fall from the trees.

5. What’s a favorite quote that’s really inspired you?


6. If you could choose one fantasy world to visit for a day, which one would it be?

America before Trump was elected president. And I would hope it would last more than a day.

7. How do you like to wind down after a busy day?

I’m retired. I never have busy days anymore.

8. What would your dream job be?

Best selling author.

9.Why did you start blogging?

I started this blog in May 2017 to distract me from the insanity that is Donald Trump. I have failed miserably.

10. What have you enjoyed most about blogging so far?

All of the other bloggers I have “met” as a result of my starting this blog.

11. Which of your own blog posts would you recommend to new readers first?

I’d suggest my Who Am I? page. That way they can then decide whether or not my blog is the kind of blog they want to invest their time reading.

Count Along With Fandango

F0DBCFDB-4FB7-4AD4-9AF3-CB80998CE0F7Can you guess what these five numbers mean?

  • 2,000
  • 200,000
  • 31,100
  • 707
  • 1,503

Give up?

2,000 — In late November This, That, and the Other surpassed 2,000 posts. As of today, it’s 2,024.

200,000 — TT&O is currently 63 views short of 200,000 views.

31,100 — My blog is four visits shy of 31,100 visitors.

707 — The highest number of views TT&O received in a single day.

1,503 — The number of followers of TT&O.

9895D394-EC54-4E02-8231-56DD835165D5Okay, I know this sounds very self-serving, but I am stoked.

What can I say? I love numbers.

Name Three Things

8B11FB5B-1C79-48F5-B21E-5DC114A3C903Rory, aka A Guy Called Bloke, is at it again. He gives us a bunch of statements and then asks us to name three things about each statement. I don’t know why I do this to myself. But here goes.

That you cannot under any circumstances live without?

(1) air, (2) water, and, um, wait, it will come to me, give me a second. Oh, right. (3) Sex.

That you write about every week?

(1) Donald Trump and I am eagerly awaiting the day when there’s nothing to write about him, (2) multiple prompts, (3) flash fiction.

That you wouldn’t recommend doing while holding one foot in the air?

(1, 2, and 3) At my age, I wouldn’t recommend doing anything with one foot in the air.

That you say to people every day?

(1) “Hi,” (2) “How’s it going,” (3) “Excuse me, can you please repeat that? I didn’t hear what you said.”

To do with your street?

(1) noise, (2) trees, (3) avoiding stepping on dog poop that someone didn’t bother to clean up.

That you can eat with brown sauce?

(1) meatloaf, (2) turkey, (3) steak

You like about your favorite bloggers?

(1) Ability to tell a good story, (2) wit, (3) insights.

That you don’t eat every week?

(1) Chesapeake blue crabs, (2) lobster, (3) turkey.

That you wished you could eat every day?

(1) ice cream, (2) pie, (3) cake. (I see a pattern emerging.)

About your favorite pair of shoes that you like?

(1) comfort, (2) comfort, (3) comfort.E2D244A7-651B-4E1A-BF01-B2851932E93D

That annoyingly always arrive in three?

(1) bad news, (2) bills in the mail, (3) prompts that ask me to list three things.

About books you really don’t like?

(1) poorly edited, (2) inconsistencies, (3) no characters that are relatable.

Song Lyric Sunday — Last Time

This week Helen Vahdati chose the theme “last” for her Song Lyric Sunday prompt. Naturally, the song “The Last Time” by The Rolling Stones came to mind.

“The Last Time” was the first of The Rolling Stones songs to be written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. It was recorded at RCA Studios in Hollywood, California in January 1965 and reached number 9 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 that year. It was inspired by a 1955 gospel song called “This May Be The Last Time” by The Staple Singers. The Stones changed the meaning of the song, turning it into a stern message to a girl that she’d better change her ways or he’d be gone. The Staples Singers’ version had a more uplifting message and was much more spiritual.

There was some controversy in that many people believed that The Stones ripped the song off from the Staple Singers and should have compensated them because it was based on their version of the song.

Here are the lyrics to “The Last Time.”

Well I told you once and I told you twice
But ya never listen to my advice
You don’t try very hard to please me
With what you know it should be easy

Well this could be the last time
This could be the last time
Maybe the last time
I don’t know, oh no, oh no

Well, I’m sorry girl but I can’t stay
Feelin’ like I do today
It’s too much pain and too much sorrow
Guess I’ll feel the same tomorrow

Well this could be the last time
This could be the last time
Maybe the last time
I don’t know, oh no, oh no

Well this could be the last time
This could be the last time
Maybe the last time
I don’t know, oh no, oh no

Well I told you once and I told you twice
That someone will have to pay the price
But here’s a chance to change your mind
‘Cause I’ll be gone a long, long time

Well this could be the last time
This could be the last time
Maybe the last time
I don’t know, oh no, oh no

Last time baby
To say no more
Baby I don’t know
Well I don’t know
Well, I don’t know
I don’t know
Well, I don’t know
Well, I don’t know
Well, I don’t know
Well, I don’t know
Well, I don’t know
Well, I don’t know
Well, I don’t know

FOWC with Fandango — Relative

FOWCWelcome to December 2, 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 “relative.”

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.