Irresistible Questions

666C3AA8-C747-4D5E-B367-E871996F7E09Leigha Robbins was nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award and she dutifully thanks the blogger who nominated her, answered the questions that blogger posed, and then created her own set of questions. But instead of nominating 12 other bloggers, she nominated all of her followers “cause you are all pretty neato and this will be fun to do!”

Since I am one of her followers, I am going to take her up on her challenge. Here goes:

1. Ok, you write a blog, so do you also play word games of any kind?

By word games, do you mean games like Scrabble? Crossword puzzles? Jumble? I’d say my wife is more into that than I am. The only word games I play are word prompts on WordPress.

2. Do you have any other type of creative outlet besides writing? Art, sewing, photography, jewelry making, etc.?

Nope. I’m not exactly a Renaissance man.

3. Do you listen to anything while you write or does it need to be quiet?

Sometimes music, sometimes the TV, and sometimes just the sounds of nature while writing in my backyard.

4. Are you an avid book reader?

I used to be, but not so much anymore. I probably read 6 to 8 books a year these days.

5. Name a country you would love to visit if the world wasn’t shut down because of the virus.

I’ve always wanted to visit New Zealand.

6. Have you ever written a poem about someone and gave it to them?

Not if I wanted to keep them as a friend!

7. Is there an author (living or dead) that you would love to sit down and talk to for an hour?

Stephen King.

8. Have you ever met a fellow blogger or interacted off WordPress?


9. Cake or pie?

Either one will do.

10. Coffee or tea?

My mother gave me tea with honey whenever I was sick. So for me, it’s definitely coffee.

11. What is the strangest movie you have ever seen?

I’ll reiterate my answer to Melanie’s question in her last Share Your World post about the most unsettling movie I’ve ever seen: “The Human Centipede.”

Politicizing Medicine

Is there nothing that Trump and the Republicans won’t do to spin the truth and to politicize everything and anything?

I read this in today’s morning paper:

Republican political operatives are recruiting “extremely pro-Trump” doctors to go on television to prescribe reviving the U.S. economy as quickly as possible, without waiting to meet safety benchmarks proposed by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

A resurgent economy is seen as critical to boosting Trump’s re-election hopes and has become a growing focus of the White House.D2906051-568C-4B0A-939C-353218FA9D4FI wonder how hard it will be to find unscrupulous doctors that the Trump administration and the GOP operatives will be able to payoff to lie to the American public.

Probably not hard at all.

Tale Weaver — Getting Lucky

EC71AA2B-2C6C-44DF-B3DF-BA0D37C40C64Steven was pleasantly surprised when Annie agreed to come up to his apartment after only their second date. Maybe tonight I’ll get lucky, he thought. They arrived at Steven’s second floor walk up and he unlocked the door, opened it up, and gestured for her to go in. “It’s cozy,” he warned her.

“Oh, it’s a studio apartment,” Annie said, looking around the single room.

“I told you it was cozy,” Steven said, letting out a nervous chuckle. He noticed a confused look on Annie’s face. “Is there something wrong?” he asked her.

“I’m a little surprised,” she said. “You told me that you’re an avid reader, yet I don’t see any bookshelves in your apartment and there’s not a single book in sight.”

“Yeah, well, when you have a small place, you have to make certain accommodations,” Steven said, a bit defensively. “I obviously don’t have room to store hundreds of books in this small apartment.”

“So do you get your books from the library?” Annie asked.

Steven took out his iPhone, pulled up his home screen, and then handed it to her, pointing out the Kindle app.D30B5B1E-7817-4965-B898-920211493549“I download all of my books to my Kindle app,” he said. “It’s great because I have hundreds of books on the app and they take up no physical space whatsoever. It’s really convenient, you know.”

“It’s not the same,” Annie said. “I like the feel of physical books, the heft, the smell. Reading ebooks on a device like a smartphone or tablet is not the same experience.”

“Are you that much of a purest that it bothers you that my book collection is on my phone instead of on bookshelves in my small apartment?” Steven asked.

“Actually it does,” she said. She picked up her phone, tapped her screen, and said, “I just ordered an Uber. I think we have a compatibility issue.”

“Gee, for someone who thinks that reading on a smartphone is bothersome, I’m surprise you’d use your smartphone to arrange for a ride rather than going out onto the street to hail a taxi the old fashioned way,” Steven sarcastically said.

Annie gave Steven a dirty look and exited his apartment. Well, I guess I’m not going to get lucky tonight, he thought.

Written for the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Tale Weaver prompt.

Does Size Matter?

0224FD2B-04D7-4C28-A316-70E229294219I went online
Ordered two pairs of jeans
Same brand
Same style
Same cut
Same material
Same waist size
Same inseam size

Jeans were delivered
Tried them both on
One fit perfectly
The other one didn’t
I double checked
Yep, same size
But they don’t fit
The same way
WTF? 😡
I thought size matters
But maybe not so much.

FOWC with Fandango — Classic

FOWCWelcome to May 21, 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 “classic.”

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.