The Really Me

8DEAB9A5-6FB4-4F0E-8EAB-B7FE981181CE.pngRory, aka A Guy Called Bloke, wants to know how we handle stress and anger as part of his The Really You series. This is really easy for the really me because I’m really an easygoing guy. Really, I am. Well, except, perhaps, when it comes to all things Donald Trump. But aside from that, I really am really easygoing. Really.

So on to Rory’s questions.

How well do you handle stress?

I handle it pretty well, and if it ever starts to get to me, I just much on some marijuana edibles, and then I just don’t give a shit, anymore, about whatever it was that was stressing me out.

How well do you handle your anger?

As an easygoing guy, I usually don’t get angry, per se. Annoyed, yes. Frustrated, sure. Pissed off, yeah, sometimes. Irritated, who doesn’t? Aggravated, perhaps. But angry, nah, not really.

When was the last time you really lost your temper through stress?

I honestly can’t remember the last time I really lost my temper due to stress. I do my best to roll with the punches, get up, brush myself off, and move on.

Turning Over a New Leaf

F4F93C0D-D73F-4F5E-9D3A-67C0E0840601“I’m turning over a new leaf,” Nick announced, “starting tomorrow, anyway.”

“What kind of chicanery is this?” Sarah asked. “You’re almost 18 years old and you won’t even go out and rake the leaves, much less turn over a new one.”

“Hey, why are you always trying to turn the table around on me?” Nick said, a hurt expression on his face. “Do you really think I’m incapable of changing?”

“Don’t sweat it, Nick,” Sarah said. “I’m your mother. I’ve become accustomed to your lazy and garish ways. It’s just that you’re so much like your father and you know what an asshole he turned out to be. So, please, my son, I encourage you to turn over a new leaf. In fact, here’s the rake. Why don’t you start by going into the backyard and turning over a whole bunch of leaves right now instead of waiting until tomorrow?”

“Aw, Mom,” Nick whined, reluctantly grabbing the rake she was holding up.

Written for these daily prompts: Word of the Day Challenge (turning), The Daily Spur (tomorrow), Ragtag Daily Prompt (chicanery), Daily Addictions (table), Fandango’s One-Worr Challenge (sweat), and Hour Daily Word Prompt (garish).

One-Liner Wednesday — Poor Planning

There’s a TV commercial that is airing in the San Francisco Bay Area for a law firm. A woman is sitting in her car looking in her rearview mirror as a large truck approaches her car from behind. A female voice in the commercial says,

“I never planned on being in an accident, but that truck didn’t stop.”

Every time I see that fucking commercial I yell at the TV. I say, “Of course, lady, you didn’t plan on being in an accident. By definition an accident is an unplanned event, you stupid bitch!”

Okay. I got that off my chest. I feel so much better now.

Have any of you ever planned to be in an accident? Be honest, now. 😉

Written for today’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt from Linda G. Hill.

Fandango’s Provocative Question #55

FPQWelcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question. Each week I will pose what I think is a provocative question for your consideration.

By provocative, I don’t mean a question that will cause annoyance or anger. Nor do I mean a question intended to arouse sexual desire or interest.

What I do mean is a question that is likely to get you to think, to be creative, and to provoke a response. Hopefully a positive response.

I was born shortly after World War II ended. I was a toddler during the Korean War. I was in high school during the Cuban Missile Crisis. I was in college during the Vietnam War. I was a working man during the Gulf War, the Iraq War, and the never ending Afghanistan War. Now I’m retired and it seems that we are on the precipice of war with Iran.

So my provocative question today is a three parter:

Do you feel that Donald Trump was justified in ordering a drone strike that resulted in the assassination of Qasem Soleimani, the commander of Iran’s elite Quds Force, in an airstrike in Baghdad last week?

Do you think Trump’s decision will lead America into a hot war with Iran?

Do you think Trump’s motives are political and self serving? 

Before you answer that last question, watch this video from The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.

If you choose to participate, write a post with your response to the question. Once you are done, tag your post with #FPQ 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. But remember to check to confirm that your pingback or your link shows up in the comments.

FOWC with Fandango — Sweat

FOWCWelcome to January 8, 2020 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 “sweat.”

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.