Found Nomination

D17D15E6-3142-4B55-8514-E36EDD1C97A1Earlier today I wrote a post lamenting that a “kind blogger nominated me this morning for some blog award, but it went right to my spam folder and I accidentally permanently deleted it while cleaning out my spam.” And then I asked whoever it was who nominated me if he or she could let me know.

The good news is that Beckie, over at Beckie’s Mental Mess, let me know that she was that kind blogger who nominated me. So, despite my carelessness, I feel that I owe it to her to graciously accept her nomination and follow at least most of the rules.

And here are said rules:

  • Thank the person who gave you the award and include a link to her blog. Thank you, Beckie! The link to Beckie’s Mental Mess is above in the second paragraph.
  • Select 10 -15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly and nominate those bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award. Nope, I’m going to nominate any and all bloggers who read this post for the award, because if they are reading this, they are clearly very versatile.
  • Tell the person who nominated you seven things about yourself. See below.

Seven things about me that you probably never really wanted to know:

  1. I am essentially a teetotaler, except on rare occasions when I will have a bottle of beer. (Please don’t ask me about pot-infused gummies, though.)
  2.  We (my wife and I) are empty nesters…CC983598-B137-4B8D-AA6E-F91A11AD6336
  3. …but we have a dog and a cat to take care of — and they are much easier to raise than our two children were.
  4. Up until 2015, I was a politically left-leaning centrist (i.e., moderate), but thanks to Donald Trump, I am now a far-left progressive.
  5. I am embarrassed for my country because of the corrupt con man and traitor to America and to our allies who currently occupies the Oval Office (along with the spineless Republican sycophants in Congress who blindly do his bidding).
  6. I have been blogging since 2005, but after a two-year hiatus from blogging, I started this blog in May 2017.
  7. I blog anonymously because (1) I’ve had my identity stolen twice and I don’t want to give those bastards any more opportunities to do it a third time, and (2) I feel that I can be more open and honest in my anonymity on my blog than I can in my real skin using my real-world identity.

Okay, now it’s your turn, everyone. Tell me, Beckie, and everyone else seven things about you!

Lost Nomination

Visualization of poof sound with big fluffy cloudA kind blogger nominated me this morning for some blog award, but it went right to my spam folder and I accidentally permanently deleted it while cleaning out my spam. Poof, it’s gone.

If it was you, and you still think, after I deleted your nomination, that I deserve it, please resend your nomination.

Sorry about that.

Brave New World?

7B13A2EF-94F8-4E24-A98E-9AB7932BE707It’s alive!” Dr. Frankenstein shouted when signs of life emerged from his creation. “I have dedicated my life to reanimating life. Do you realize what this means?”

“Not really,” said Igor.

“You idiot,” Dr. Frankenstein yelled. “This is a harbinger of a brave new world. The value of my achievement is beyond comprehension. It’s a scientific spring forward into an almost unimaginable future where death can be beaten.”

“Oh,” said Igor.

“Igor, the biggest inadequacy of humanity is that our lives are limited to decades,” Dr. Frankenstein said, “But my ability to reanimate life opens up a plethora of heretofore unimaginable opportunities for mankind. Can’t you see it?”

“Sure, boss,” Igor said. “If you say so.”


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Written for Teresa’s Opposites Attract prompt, where the words are plethora and inadequacy. Also for Teresa’s Story Starter Challenge, where the line is “It’s alive.” And for these daily prompts: Word of the Day Challenge (dedicate), Your Daily Word Prompt (harbinger), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (value), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (spring).

Which Way the Wind Blows

FB76349B-9E2E-4334-B472-9A8A5B79FAF9“I know a lot about wind. If it doesn’t blow, you can forget about television for that night,” Donald Trump said at a campaign rally in Michigan yesterday. “Darling, I want to watch television. I’m sorry! The wind isn’t blowing,” he added.

What our brilliant leader apparently fails to understand is that wind energy can be stored in a variety of ways. Most power grids combine energy provided by different sources. Even the Trump Administration’s Department of Energy website notes that, even though the wind does not always blow, the power grid “can accommodate large penetrations of variable renewable power without sacrificing reliability.”

But I agree with Trump. He must know a lot about wind, given all the hot air he spews out.

I wonder what he thinks about solar power, since the sun doesn’t always shine. So much for Netflix and chill on rainy days, I guess.

What an idiot.

Friday Fictioneer — A Glimpse at the Future

5A1BE92E-39AF-46D7-AC26-C81BCB026A2FWhen Herschel came down to the shop floor to speak to Mildred and Greta, they assumed the worst.

“Girls,” Herschel said, “I want you to see something remarkable,” and he gestured for them to follow him to another building.

Once there, he showed them the new production line loom machine. “This, girls, is a glimpse at the future for our mill. I’ve laid off all of the other girls,” he said, “but you two are my best and this beauty is just a machine. I need your skills and talent to keep this baby humming. Are you on board?”

(99 words)


Written for this week’s Friday Fictioneers prompt from Rochelle Wysoff-Fields. Photo credit: Sandra Crook