The Monday Peeve — Out-of-Order

Drawing bloodI wasn’t planning on posting a Monday peeve today, but then this happened.

In advance of my upcoming surgery at the end of the month, I have to have a series of blood tests. My doctor wants me to have a “fasting blood test,” meaning no food or liquid after midnight on the night before having my blood drawn.

I contacted my a local blood lab last week and set up an appointment for 7:00 this morning so that I could have my blood drawn first thing and then have my first cup of coffee shortly thereafter. I arrived at the lab just before 7 and had to wait a few minutes until they opened the doors.

Once inside, I went over to an automated registration machine, scanned my appointment bar code, and sat down in the waiting room waiting to be called. I was the only one there.

After a few minutes, someone else walked in, went to the desk, and was taken immediately for her blood to be drawn. About five minutes later, someone else walked in, went up to the desk, and was also taken back immediately. WTF?

I stood up, went to the desk, and said to the woman sitting there, “I had a 7:00 appointment. I was supposed to be first, but two people have gone before me. What’s the deal?”

“Did you sign in?” she asked.

“Yes,” I answered, “I used the machine right over there,” pointing to the automated registration device.

“Oh, that machine is out-of-order,” she said. “You should have come to the desk and signed in with me.”

“Seriously? It’s not working? There’s no out-of-order sign. Besides, you saw me scan my registration. It seemed to work. And then you saw me sit down. Why didn’t you say something?”

“Because,” she said, “you didn’t register with me, so I didn’t know who you were and why you were here.”

I used every ounce of self control to refrain from strangling her. “Well, can you take me now? My appointment was for 7:00. It’s now twenty past.”

“I’m sorry,” she said, “but you missed your appointment time and we’re booked solid this morning. I’ll try to fit you in as soon as I can.”

I looked around and there were only two other people in the waiting room. I sat back down and waited, my empty stomach growling at me and my head starting to ache due to caffeine depravation.

Finally, at 8:15, my blood was drawn. I’m still pissed, and that is why I am submitting this post as my response to Paula Light’s The Monday Peeve.TMP

Share Your World — Christmas Edition

Share Your WorldMelanie, over at Sparks From a Combustible Mind, is asking us a bunch of questions about Christmas in this week’s edition of Share Your World. I’m not exactly a big fan of Christmas, but I will say “Merry Christmas” — thanks to Donald Trump who has made it acceptable, once again, to say “Merry Christmas” after the dark days of Barack Obama, when people were frowned upon for saying that — to all of you who are into Christmas.

Okay, let’s roll.

Do you enjoy receiving Christmas cards through snail mail?

Oh yes. Especially those that have pictures of the spouse, kids, dogs, and cats all dressed in holiday garb with such big happy smiles on their faces, as if they were all posing for a Norman Rockwell Christmas family portrait.642F318F-568F-4856-8B64-DCD24660110DOh wait. I’m sorry. I was just describing the cover of a holiday catalogue that came in the mail yesterday. Never mind.

Do you like the taste and/or smell of peppermint?

I like Peppermint Patties.A44B7859-095A-49C0-B937-3DF801C41CAB

What is your least favorite holiday side dish?

Fruit cake. Yeah, I know that’s not a side dish, but I’d hardly call it a dessert, either. Yuck.8FBE75D8-E9E7-4D0E-B807-82598424B13A

What is the coolest (best) gift you ever gave someone?

The coolest gift? I don’t know. A cooler?E2AA5E4F-8E95-4C62-A7EB-ED164ECA4992

Bonus question: What is a Christmas song that makes you cringe?

All of them. Bah Humbug!

Please share some of your favorite music around this time of year.

My favorite music at this time of year is the same as it is all year long: classic rock!A48BF020-B62C-465D-AD9E-F62B1CAF54FC

Blogging Insights — Getting Personal

Blogging insightsDr. Tanya, at Salted Caramel, published another one of her Blogging Insights posts in which she poses one or more questions about blogging. In this case, she asked four “personal” questions geared to find out who we really are.

1. Do you blog under your own name or do you use a pseudonym?

Me? Use a pseudonym? Preposterous! My real name is Fandango Fivedotoh and I really do look like:Grim fandango cropped

2. Do you share personal details like gender, nationality, race, or faith?

Yes. I’m male, American, white, and atheist. Oh shit. I bet now everyone knows my true identity.

3. How much of your personality shows through your writing?

I pretty much am in real life exactly who I portray myself to be in my posts: witty, intelligent, insightful, clever, honest, handsome, and with a full head of thick, luxurious hair. Okay, I can’t lie. Forget the hair part.

4. Do you share personal experiences to ilustrate your writing?

Yes, except the names have been changed to protect the innocent.


Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #45

FFFCWelcome to “Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge.” Each week I will be posting a photo I grab off the internet and challenge bloggers to write a relatively short flash fiction piece inspired by the photo. While there are no definitive style or word limits, I suggest trying to keep your posts to under 300 words.

I hope this week’s image will generate some great posts. If it inspires you and you wish to participate, please write your post, use the tag #FFFC, and link back to this post.

The image below is from the Brainsparker app. 514FCCCD-D112-4524-9949-740878360D68For the visually challenged, the image shows two blurry silhouettes in the distance standing on top of what appears to be a sand dune, with the camera positioned below them near the sand’s surface.

Thanks to all of you who have participated in these challenges so far. Your posts have been very creative. Please take a few minutes to read the other responses to this photo challenge.

The issue with pingbacks not showing up seems to have been resolved, but you might check to confirm that your pingback is there. If not, please manually add your link in the comments.

FOWC with Fandango — Follow

FOWCWelcome to December 16, 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 “follow.”

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.

The issue with pingbacks not showing up seems to have been resolved, but you might check to confirm that your pingback is there. If not, please manually add your link in the comments.

And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. You will marvel at their creativity.