Four More Aces

83006beb-1f5d-4c70-ba62-92ca6785fba8In his Friday Four series, Rory, A Guy Called Bloke, has once again posed four rather provocative questions for us to ponder. Here are his questions and my answers.

1] What are your strengths and of your strengths – how have they helped you throughout your life?

f8cf6798-b77c-49e1-aef0-8f26c430c80aI’m a pragmatic, rational, logical person and I believe that those characteristics have helped me make sound, well-thought-out decisions in my life.

2] What are your weaknesses and how have they or have they hindered your successes in anyway and what have you done to overcome them to rue your day?

30b7fe74-9b87-4dc4-aedf-35a2d3a9dc4eI’m a pragmatic, rational, logical person and I believe that those characteristics have occasionally caused me to miss opportunities due to over analyzing all of the options and alternatives available (i.e., analysis paralysis).

3] What makes people believe absurd conspiracy theories or alternatively are all conspiracy theories absurd? Answer which sits best with you.

Gullibility and stupidity, both of which seem to be running rampant in modern society, despite this being the so-called “Information Age.” And that’s due to the government’s adding fluoride to our drinking water and to the chemtrails consisting of chemical or biological agents left in the sky by high-flying aircraft, sprayed for nefarious purposes undisclosed to the unsuspecting general public.5c883ad7-ee3e-4bd2-b25a-5a22ff0081fe

4] How important are morals in a healthy society? What are the most important morals for citizens to have?

Very important. And read THIS for my take on what has happened to morals in America.

Know When to Fold ‘Em

460fa1dd-693c-4cad-bafa-677cf4b1b18d“Two pair, aces and tens,” Jake announced, throwing his cards on the table. He started to reach for all of the chips piled in the center of the table.

“Hold on there, buckaroo,” Sam said. With a huge, shit-eating grin on his face, he showed his hand. “Full house, queens high,” he said. And then Sam scooped up the pile of chips.

“You are a lucky bastard,” Jake said in a bitter tone. “You spend your pitiful, insignificant life doing nothing, yet here you are waltzing your way through this poker game, like you always seem to do.”

“What are you getting so frosted about, buddy?” Sam said. “I’ve never seen you be such a sore loser. Let me give you the benefit of the wisdom of Kenny Rogers, you got to know when to hold ‘em and know when to fold ‘em.”

“Bite me, Sam,” Jake said, and stormed out of the room.


Written for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (pair), Your Daily Word Prompt (insignificant), Word of the Day Challenge (waltzing), Ragtag Daily Prompt (frosted), and Daily Addictions (benefit).

Inundated

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Yesterday I had received more than 300 comments in my spam folder, which is unusual, as I typically get maybe 20 spam comments a day, most of which are about Nike sneakers. Almost all of these spam comments looked like the comments shown above. And when I woke up this morning, another 110 such spam comments were in that folder.

Is anyone else getting bombarded by these same spam comments?

SoCS — Mysterious Ways

e2cd22fc-d18b-40ab-b028-3accb7270d21“It’s less than three months away!” Brian exclaimed. “I’m not ready.”

“Not ready for what?” Ben asked his roommate.

“The Rapture.”

“The what?”

“The Rapture,” Brian repeated. “Here, take a look at this full page ad that was in today’s paper.

Ben read it out load. “Get ready for the Rapture. April 23, 2019 AD.” He handed the ad back to Brian. “Isn’t that what you call ‘end times’ or something like that? Where all true believers who are alive will be saved and will rise, along with the resurrected dead believers, into heaven to join Jesus?”

“Close enough,” Brian said. “And it’s happening in less than three months. I’m not ready, Ben.”

“Well, you know that I don’t believe in all that religious mumbo jumbo, Brian,” Ben said. “But you’re a believer, so what are you worried about? I’m sure you’ll float up to heaven with all of the other good boys and girls for fun and games with Jesus for the rest of eternity.”

“It just doesn’t add up, Ben,” Brian said. “Anna and I are supposed to get married on May 5th. But that will be too late.”

“Why will it be too late?” Ben asked. “Anna’s a good Christian, right? Maybe you and she can float up to heaven together, hand-in-hand, and get married once you’ve settled in. Hell, maybe Jesus, himself, will officiate at your wedding.”

“It’s not funny, Ben,” Brian whined. “I’m not ready for this. Why didn’t God give me some sort of sign so I could have planned for this?”

Ben pulled the newspaper ad from Brian’s hand and held it up. “Isn’t this a sign?”

“I don’t mean a physical sign,” Brian said. “A spiritual sign.”

“I don’t know, Brian,” Ben said, “but haven’t you been telling me ever since we met each other how God works in mysterious ways?”


This little sacrilegious tale, one that I hope doesn’t offend anyone, was written for Linda G. Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt. We are asked to use “ad/add/AD” (Anno Domini) in our post. We can use one, two, or all three.

FOWC with Fandango — Pair

FOWCWelcome to January 26, 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 “pair.”

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.