I’ve Never Skied Naked

62f3e412-a061-49f0-bcab-4003b9716ea9.jpegThat is not me in the picture. Just to set the record straight, I have never in my life skied naked. Yet there is a rumor floating around the blogosphere that I have, indeed done so.

It all started when Rory (A Guy Called Bloke) posted about being nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award. In that post, he included me in the group of bloggers he nominated to pay it forward and he posed a bunch of questions, the nature of which Rory is wont to ask (i.e., weird ones).

Being the accommodating blogger that I am, I wrote a post with my answers to Rory’s weird questions. That post is HERE.

Rory’s second question asked, “What’s the most fun you have ever had without the obvious, naked?” I interpreted Rory’s question to ask about the most fun I’ve had without being naked. And so I responded, “Without being naked? Um, downhill snow skiing at Taos in New Mexico?”

Think about what I wrote. I wrote, “Without being naked?” Maybe I misunderstood Rory’s question, but my response was clearly talking about not being naked. Am I right or what?

But apparently a number of bloggers glommed on to the notion that I skied naked. I figured this misconception would eventually fizzle out.

But no. Today, Mel, over at Crushed Caramel, “gifted” me with this pair of thermal underwear. 7ADB5CB0-32D5-4A88-A7EE-ECB209E1224AShe wrote, “My first priority is a gift to Fernando* Fandango, the creator of This, That, and The Other. I would like to give the gift of thermal underwear for skiers. Specialist skiers underwear that is also aerodynamic. It won’t slow you down on the ski slopes but it will help to prevent frost bite. Frostbite can turn very nasty, so please do wear something on the slopes.”

But I already do wear thermal underwear when I go skiing because I don’t sky naked!

So, once and for all, I’ve never skied naked. I’ve been naked at a nude beach, I’ve been skinny dipping at a flooded rock quarry, and I’ve frolicked in the altogether with friends in a hot tub. But skiing naked. Uh uh!

* Don’t ask.

Missed Prompts

A345120C-C3A4-4978-A3D7-9C9D599A11CDI started yesterday morning to write a post for yesterday’s one-word prompts, but it was such a balmy day in the city that I had to get out of the house and enjoy it. So I put that draft post in my pending folder and my family and I took a leisurely stroll through Golden Gate Park, admiring the trees, including the beautiful Pacific Cedar, and the myriad plants, some in uniform patterns, others seemingly planted randomly.

Then we all went out to dinner at a local Italian eatery. By the time I got home, it was late. I had to walk the dog, feed the cat, and then straighten up the place before going to bed. And it wasn’t until this morning before I realized that I had failed to publish my post.

So I opened up my pending draft folder and saw that I’d hardly written anything. And given that there was a whole set of new prompts for today, I decided to exclude yesterday’s prompts and just write a post for today’s prompts.

Please forgive me for missing everyone’s one-word prompts yesterday. But in recognition of their hard work in providing us with inspiration, here are the prompts that I would have posted about yesterday if I’d had the time:


Written for today’s daily prompts: Word of the Day Challenge (balmy), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (pending), Your Daily Word Promp (cedar), Ragtag Daily Prompt (uniform), and  Scotts Daily Prompt (exclude).

The Doctor Has a Few Questions for Us

656FF2F0-F69A-4919-8AC5-2A2343DC6AD2Dr. Tanya, at Salted Caramel, was nominated by Sadje (Keep It Alive) for the coveted Mystery Blogger Award. And Dr. Tanya was gracious enough to nominate me. So thank you Dr. T.

Now as many of you know, I don’t play by the rules of blog award nominations. But I do answer the questions posed by the blogger who nominated me. First, though, I’m supposed to tell you three things about myself. So…

  1. My wife and I are empty nesters, but we share our home with a cat and a dog.
  2. I retired at the end of 2016 and I’m enjoying retired life.
  3. I love to write, but don’t have the patience (or the talent) to write a novel, which is one of the reasons I blog.

And now for the good doctor’s questions.

1. What do you enjoy most about blogging?

Trying to be creative and engaging in responding to prompts and the great community of bloggers I have met and interact with.

2. What is the idea behind your blog name?

My blog as no specific niche. I blog about, well, this, that, and the other. Hence, my blog’s name is reflective of its content — anything and everything.

3. How do you see your blog growing in 2019?

By leaps and bounds? I honestly don’t know. When it comes to my blog, I’m not a planner. My blogging philosophy is, “if it feels good, do it.”

4. What proportion of your blogging time do you spend on blog promotion?

That’s an interesting question. What, exactly, is “blog promotion”? I don’t overtly promote my blog. I just post and am very pleased that some find my posts to be worthwhile.

5. Relate one funny anecdote about blogging.

When I started my very first blog back on 2005, my family didn’t have much faith in my ability to get anyone to read it, so my daughter bought me this mousepad.Mousepad

As usual, rather than nominating any other bloggers, and asking any of my own questions, I’m going to throw this open to anyone else who wants to take a shot at Dr. Tanya’s five questions. Go for it!

Share Your World — Life Lessons and Raisinets

SYWIt’s Monday and you know what that means. It’s time once again for Melanie’s Share Your World prompt. Let us proceed.

What are the most important lesson(s) you’ve learned in life?

Don’t take myself — or anyone else — too seriously.

How did you meet your husband/wife or significant other? How did you know he/she was “the one”?

It was a fix-up (aka, blind date). I called her, but she wouldn’t go out with me until after we spent hours on the phone “getting to know” one another. I felt like I was undergoing an extended interview. Or maybe like a contestant on “The Voice,” because, sight unseen, she finally turned her chair. So I was pretty much smitten before I even laid eyes on her.

If you could take a year-long paid sabbatical, what would you do?

Spend that year visiting places I’ve always wanted to visit, but hadn’t. Of course, this assumes it was an all-expenses paid sabbatical.

What is your favorite thing to buy at a movie theater concession stand? (credit to The Haunted Wordsmith for this one)

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What are some Holiday Traditions you and/or your family observe in December?

Going to a movie and then seeking out one of the few restaurants that is open for dinner on Christmas night (which is often a Chinese restaurant).3036999E-B067-4380-9E73-DDA4D8F4DFF9

Name Three More Things

E1C5E9C5-98F1-4623-9579-8CF8FEE71033Rory, who, as you know is A Guy Called Bloke, although I’m not sure why he’s not a guy called Rory, but what do I know, has create yet another one of his name three things thingies. I guess because he’s calling these thingies “Daily Fun Three,” he’s planning to do these things, oh, I don’t know, daily?

Breakfast Cereals?

(1) Total, (2) Wheaties, (3) oatmeal.

Types of Trees?

(1) oak, (2) birch, (3) maple

Things that are Orange?

(1) oranges (duh), (2) the color of Donald Trump’s head, (3) creamsiclesA58B0CC5-FAC9-4F14-B19F-40DC4DA83DDE

Female Singers?

(1) Joni Mitchell, (2) Linda Ronstadt, (3) Carole King

Popular Internet Websites?

(1) washingtonpost.com, (2) wordpress.com, (3) amazon.com

Sunday Activities?

(1) brunch, (2) NFL games on TV, (3) “60 Minutes”

Dinosaur Species?

(1) Tyrannosaurus-Rex, (2) Velociraptor, (3) Stegosaurus

Three States in the USA? [Counties in England or States in Australia or relevant to you]

(1) California, (2) New York, (3) Florida

Types of Musical Instruments?

(1) percussion, (2) string, (3) woodwind

Unexplained Mysteries or Strange, Unexplained Phenomena?

(1) UFOs, (2) ghosts, (3) Donald Trump

Books you reread over and over again?

(1) Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series, (2) Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, (3) George Orwell’s 1984 (Note: it’s not that I’ve read these over and over again, but I have read them all more than once.)

Films that you can never watch again?

(1) “The Exorcist,” (2) “The Sixth Sense,” (3) any Harry Potter movie

Exercises you do each week?

(1) walking the dog in the morning, (2) walking the dog in the middle of the day, (3) walking the dog at night

Human traits you simply cannot abide?

(1) narcissism, (2) hypocrisy, (3) willful ignorance