JusJoJan — Pressing Matters

E0A5F2C7-FC2F-40F4-99C6-483AE5232AF6I didn’t publish many posts today.

Why not? Because I had other pressing matters to attend to.

Like what? Like the final walkthrough of the new house we’re buying, which is pictured above (in my wildest fantasies).

How long did it take? About five hours altogether. One hour driving each way and three hours turning over every stone (figuratively speaking, not literally speaking, of course). And then another hour creating a Word document using my handwritten notes.

I’m tired and hungry — it’s dinner time in my neck of the woods, so no more posts for today. Hopefully, I’ll be back to my more regular schedule tomorrow.


Written for Linda G. Hill’s JusJoJan prompt, “publish,” and Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (Press).

The Decade Tag

21976128-71A3-43F4-A745-F9AD19E25B79Sadje, from Keep It Alive, and JP from The Wide-EyedvWander, each tagged me for this thing called “The Decade Tag.” The idea is that, once tagged, we are supposed to share some of our highlights from the past decade and, if we want, a few low points. And to also answer four questions Sadje asked.

So, in 2010 we bought a condo in San Francisco and moved all the way across country from New England to San Francisco. In 2015 we sold our condo and bought a single family home. And in late December of 2019, we bought a home in the suburbs on the East Bay, which we’ll be moving into the first week of February.

What else? I retired at the end of 2016. After taking nearly a two year break from blogging, I started this blog in May 2017. This past year my son got married and his bride quickly got pregnant. My daughter got divorced in 2012, but is very happy with her current boyfriend and housemate, who she met in 2017.

My wife and I have hosted many visitors from back East and elsewhere since we moved to San Francisco, and that’s been fun.

I’d say that, overall, this past decade has been a pretty good one. Well, except for the election of Donald Trump as POTUS in 2016. Come to think of it, that one event has turned the second half of this past decade into a pretty shitty one.

Now for Sadje’s questions.

How are you planning to spend the next decade in improving your health?

Okay, before this next decade is over, I will have become an octogenarian. So my ultimate goal is to still be alive through most of this new decade. I am not sure if I’ll still be around when 2030 arrives, but given the current trajectory of climate change, no one may still be around by 2030.

Have you noticed your tastes in music, literature and clothing change drastically over the last 10 years?

In the early part of this past decade I inexplicably started listening to contemporary pop music. But by the middle of the decade I wised up and went back to my classic rock roots. I don’t read as many books these days as I did a decade ago because there are too many distractions (like blogging). But, otherwise, I haven’t changed much, taste-wise, over the past ten years.

How would you rate your last decade in terms of achieving life goals?

One of my life goals was to retire with a comfortable financial cushion, which I achieved. The other life goal was to stay alive through the decade, and I managed to do that as well. So I suppose I’d give myself a four star rating.

Do you think our planet will be doing well in the next decade?

Not if Trump gets re-elected and the climate change denying Republicans keep the majority in the Senate. If they do, the planet might not survive to see the next decade. Or at least the human race might not survive.

Now I think I’m supposed to tag other bloggers, but I’m not a fan of singling out others, so I’m tagging everyone. Tell us about your decade and answer Sadje’s questions.

FOWC with Fandango — Press

FOWCWelcome to January 14, 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 “press.”

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.