Laura’s Eleven Questions

5A9397E2-669F-4355-91C4-A7423FE209EELaura, over at Riddle From the Middle, was nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award. She diligently answered the questions the blogger who nominated her asked. But then, in a major act of defiance, she posed her own eleven questions and wrote, “I’m gonna break the first part of rule #3 (screw you, rule number three!!) and invite anyone reading this to join in the fun.”

And so, I am ready to join the fun. Are you ready, too?

1. Close your eyes and picture yourself – what age are you?

When I close my eyes I rarely picture myself, but when I dream, the me I see is usually a much younger me, perhaps in my 20s or 30s.

2. What’s the weirdest thing we’ll find in the bottom of your purse/tucked in the back of your wallet?

A year old MegaMillions lottery ticket where I won $4 but have been too lazy to cash.

3. You show up for an appointment and are told it will be ten minutes. There are chairs but no reading material for waiting. What do you do for those ten minutes?

That’s easy. I open up the WordPress app on my iPhone and start reading posts by other bloggers in my Reader.9B84455E-6354-40E6-8864-A90478145EE4

4. Are you a run-into-the-burning-building or a call-911-and-take-care-of-the-people-outside sort of person?

I’m a run the other way sort of person.1B849F61-3F8E-4C14-B602-E3DED14BB1EA

5. What’s your sharpest memory from childhood? How old are you in it?

My mother sitting me on the living room floor, turning on the small, black & white TV (maybe a 9” screen housed inside of a console made to look like a piece of furniture) and turning on the Howdy Doody Show. I have no idea how old I was, maybe 18 months.1A1A7CDE-5BFA-4067-8BBD-E31106392A38

6. What is your very first blog post about? (Go on. Link it. You know you want to.)

My first post, published on October 5, 2005, was a whiny lament about how the second basement for the Boston Red Sox made an error that cost the Red Sox the game. And it was a playoff game, too! I can’t link to it because the blog no longer exists in cyberspace.First Post

7. How would it affect the people around you if you fell into a one week coma? (Seriously. Take a minute and think about how you touch other people’s lives in a day.)

My wife would probably get a week’s worth of I interrupted sleep at night because she wouldn’t be woken up by my loud snoring. (Or so she claims.)

8. You can fill ten strangers’ gas tanks or pay for ten strangers’ checkout at the grocery store. Which do you choose and why?

I’d choose paying for groceries because people can survive without driving, but not without food.

9. How do you deal with privacy issues (for you, for your friends and family) on your blog?

I blog anonymously, never use my wife’s or kids’ real names, and don’t have any photos of them or me on my blog.

10. Tell us about someone who knocked your socks off this year. Who are they and what made them special?

This year? Wow. I don’t know that anyone in particular knocked my socks off  this year. Maybe I’ll opt to say that all of the bloggers who have embraced and participated in my daily FOWC With Fandango one-word challenge that I started on June 1st after WordPress abandoned its daily prompt have knocked my socks off. The response has far exceeded my expectations. So to all of you who play along each day, you are very special to me. Thanks.

11. Name something you’ll never do again, something you wish you could try, and something you’ve done that you wish you could do all the time.

  • Never do again: get married, since I’m already married and plan to stay married.
  • Wish I could try: fly like an eagle.
  • Wish I could do all the time: write.

Is It Really That Obvious?

3EA8F829-BF70-4179-AF28-45DCF8809A14Yes, I guess the antipathy I feel toward that incompetent, unfit, unstable, imbecile who currently occupies the Oval Office is that obvious. Why else would Teresa, The Haunted Wordsmith, gift me with this lovely roll of toilet paper? I sure hope it’s 2-ply.

So, in the long standing tradition of Teresa’s white elephant party gift giving, and following the theme celebrating the shitstorm of Donald Trump, I am gifting these trinkets to the following bloggers:

Due to her generosity, evidenced by her daily white elephant gift giving prompt, I am throwing a gift right back at Teresa. I hope she enjoys drinking coffee, tea, or bourbon from this great mug.840ac954-605c-4c6e-a889-ace158e0e7b9.jpeg

And to one of the most politically aware, astute, and active anti-Republican bloggers I know, I gift this to Suze over at Suziland Too. 7D5ED93E-15BD-45D8-ADBC-DAA58DEF5B50.jpeg

And last, but not least, I’m sure that Cheryl, the Bag Lady, will make good use of this gift of the perfect pen or pencil holder.A3FB5D3F-B01F-49B6-ABF9-A90729024246

Day 6 — Thriller

0B9EB813-8C50-48B2-AD14-5967FF7AB634Today’s (day 6) prompt in the 30-Day Song Challenge is “a song that makes you want to dance.” As strange as it may sound, I can’t not get up and start doing the dance routine from Michael Jackson’s “Thiller” video whenever I hear that song.

You see, a number of years ago, my good buddy got married on Halloween night and those of us in the wedding party surprised the newlyweds by performing the “Thriller Dance” at the reception. We were given an instruction sheet with all the moves listed on it, similar to this:92F1229B-4332-48C1-B259-0E73F0865068And for the two weeks prior to the wedding, we got together about six times to learn the choreography and to practice.

At the night of the reception, the ushers and bridesmaids nonchalantly made our way to the dance floor and the DJ started playing “Thriller.” Everyone else at the reception went completely nuts, including the bride and groom.

And now, years later, I still can’t resist doing the Thriller Dance when I hear this song.

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In Other Words — Shopping

4D665479-6077-43F0-9E8F-0C038A45F228I can’t remember the last time I was in a department store.

Or a clothing store, a shoe store, a hardware store, a furniture store, a book store, a jewelry store, a toy store.

Because I do all of my shopping online.

Well, except for groceries.

I do my grocery shopping at a grocery store.


In other wordsThis post was written for the In Other Words prompt from Patricia’s Place. The challenge this week is to write a story or poem of five lines or fewer using the word “shopping.”

FOWC with Fandango — Floor

FOWCWelcome to December 6, 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 “floor.”

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.