Rory’s Brain Stimulators

9BA33D35-8F0A-473F-A115-F59FE976B3DCRory, aka A Guy Called Bloke, has asked yet another series of thought provoking questions.

When was the last time you tried something new?

On Sunday when I went to a vegan Chinese restaurant and had Orange “Chicken” made with batter-fried soy protein (instead of chicken) cooked in sweet and sour orange sauce. It was actually quite good.

Do you ever get excited about happiness?

Yes, especially when I’m happy and excited.35204A82-8A44-4EBA-BF40-839909ADA162

Do you question enough or simply accept everything? As in if l said Jump – would you say no or how high or why?

I rarely accept things on face value. I want to know the source of the information and look for multiple sources for confirmation.

What is your preferred blog reading style – do you like light hearted, emotional and heart-felt, comedy, learning about things, philosophy, something that you bite into and guage some depth from … what?


What belief do many people you know hold onto, that you yourself cannot believe under any circumstance?

That God or some other supernatural deity exists.

When was the last time you were excited about life, what were you doing or had experienced to make you feel this way?

When we moved to San Francisco a decade ago and I didn’t have to deal with snow in the winter. Woo hoo!

Is happiness just a myth do you think?

No, it’s not a myth. We can all feel genuine happiness, but it’s often fleeting.

When life is all said and done, will you have said more or done more?

I will either have said more than I will have done, or I will have done more than I will have said. Either way, it doesn’t matter because when life is all said and done, I’ll be dead.

A Post About Posts

4AA76886-AF49-44BF-9993-B0159BA9E1C9This post is the 2,620th post on this blog. That’s a lot of posts, given that I started this blog only 22 months ago. An average of almost 120 per month.AC5E2F46-A3CA-4E00-A10D-AB3BA71914C4According to my category tally, almost 1,100 posts are flash fiction posts. 350 are my daily one-word prompts, my weekly provocative question prompts, and my weekly flash fiction (photo) prompts. 360 posts (including this one) are about blogging and 340 are about politics.

I posted about “Life” 528 times and about “Whatever” (whatever that is) 44 times.

By the way, for those of you who are mathematically inclined, the tally of categories exceeds the total number of posts because I occasionally assigned more than one category to some posts.

Sometimes, as I look back at the last 22 months of posting on this blog, it’s like I’m looking through a thick haze. I will periodically go back and read some of my old posts and stare at them in wonder and think, “Did I write that?” But I did.

I admit that I’ve derived a tremendous amount of enjoyment from writing my posts and reading those of the terrific bloggers I follow. I honestly can’t think of a more rewarding way to spend my leisure time.

Written for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (post), Ragtag Daily Prompt (haze), Word of the Day Challenge (enjoyment), and Your Daily Word Prompt (leisure).

Twittering Tales — Birdman

16741801-F115-4359-ABF4-12E6D7BA0875They called him Birdman. He strung birdcages on wires between the buildings. They thought it was pleasant and enjoyed the chirping of all of the birds.

But then he got carried away. Too many cages. Too much noise. Too much bird poop falling on the kids playing in the alley below.

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Written for Kat Myrman’s Twittering Tales prompt. Photo credit: Tony Dinh at

Laura’s Weekly Song Challenge

Laura, over at lauravent69, has this weekly song challenge thing where she asks us to:

  • Copy her rules and add them to our own post, pinging back to her post.
  • Post music videos for your answers to the musical questions.
  • Tag two people to participate.

And here is what she’s asked us to post:

  1. A video of a song by a solo artist from the year 1988.
  2. A video of a song that talks about the weather.
  3. A video for a song that has a number in the lyrics or title.

Alrighty then. Here goes:

A video of a song by a solo artist from the year 1988:

A video of a song that talks about the weather:

A video of a song that has a number in the lyrics:

Now I’m supposed to tag two other bloggers to do this challenge also. Instead, I’m going to take my cue from Laura, who wrote, “I challenge all of you!”

FOWC with Fandango — Post

FOWCWelcome to March 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 “post.”

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.