Thursday Inspiration — Paradise

CEEEA178-5F61-46D9-B250-7B25C119D476For this week’s Thursday Inspiration, Paula Light has given us the word “paradise.” The Happy Color image of the hamburger, although it does look yummy, didn’t really inspire me, but as soon as I saw the word “paradise,” the lyric, “They paved paradise / And put up a parking lot” came into my head. It comes from the Joni Mitchell song, “Big Yellow Taxi.”

Since I couldn’t get that song out of my head all day today, I became inspired by Paula’s prompt to share my ear worm with all of you.

Tale Weaver — Treasured Mementos

198440CA-282F-4129-8696-316BA62344EBSally opened up the old shoebox and was suddenly overcome. Sally’s daughter, Diane, ran across the room when she heard her mother’s gasp. “Mom, what’s wrong?”

Gathering herself together, Sally said, “I’m fine, sweetie. I was just taken aback a little when I opened up this old shoebox.”

“Why?” Diane asked. “What’s in the box?”

Sally let out a deep sigh. “Ticket stubs,” she said. “I didn’t realize that, after all these years, your father had kept them all. They’re from most of the sporting events, concerts, and shows he and I went to when we were younger. I didn’t realize that he was such a sentimental old coot and that he kept all of these as mementos.”

Diane gave her mother a hug. “What wonderful memories seeing these old ticket stubs must bring for you.”

“Are you kidding me?” Sally said. “Your father was one selfish son of a bitch. The only thing these ticket stubs remind me of is that the games and concerts we went to were those he wanted to go to. Look at these stubs. Football games, baseball games, and basketball games. I hated sports. And Pearl Jam, for crissake! Who the hell likes Pearl Jam?”

Diane burst out laughing. “Okay, Mom, I just learned something about dad that I never knew before. So what do you want to do with this shoebox full of ticket stubs?”

“As far as I am concerned, you can burn it,” Sally said. “That way his mementos can join your father in hell.”

Written for the Tale Weaver prompt from Mindlovemisery’s, where we are ask to write our response to the word “Tickets.”

Change for the Sake of Change

Before I begin, let me thank those of you who responded to my whiny post about the “Visit” icon inexplicably disappearing from the WordPress Reader on the iPhone app. Thanks to you, I learned how to get to a post from the Reader and read it the way the blogger intended it to be read.

But my question is why did the folks at WordPress take what was a one tap (or one click) process and turn it into a two step process?704CF4F5-BF72-49D5-825E-ECBD812BD85E Before the “enhancement,” I would just tap the icon at the bottom left of the Reader notification and it would take me to the post. Easy peasy — one tap and I’m there.

But with the latest update to the app, that “visit” icon disappeared from the Reader. Now I have to go to the three dots in the upper right corner.AB95382A-749A-4E6F-8CCE-1BF7F65EFDBDI have to tap on that (tap number one). That then opens a click box.9C7C0AD9-1AB4-4BAC-A751-3616D776C468And then I have to then tap on “Visit” (tap number two) in order to get to the actual post.

I know what you’re thinking. With all of the crap that going on in the world these days, Fandango, why are you making a big deal out of this?

Well, I’ll tell you. I spent about an hour last night trying to figure out how to do something that used to be a no-brainer. It was simple, intuitive, and straightforward. So of course, the brilliant minds at WordPress decided to complicate it by hiding the link and making it a two-step process. I checked the release notes and all it said was, “And finally, we updated the card design in the Reader.” Yeah, that helped a lot.

I don’t mind change when change makes things better or easier. But I do get pissed at change for the sake of change, especially when it makes thing more difficult.

And now please accept my apology for posting back-to-back whiny posts.

Another WordPress “Enhancement”?

I blog using my iPhone. I use the WordPress app on my iPhone for my blog. Last night the latest update to the WordPress iOS app got installed on my iPhone. It’s version 15.0 for anyone who is counting.

I noticed, since the updated app installed, that something was missing from the Reader. There used to be an icon with the word “Visit” in the lower left corner of each post notification, as in the image below.2832ED2B-58BF-408E-9EF7-325AA9B81B67When I tapped on that icon, it would take me to the blogger’s site so that I could read the post as if I had accessed it from the internet, a format that I assume the blogger wants people to see it.

But now, with the latest version of the iOS app, that “visit” icon is MIA.2F68A703-B5A6-4484-ABD6-F8278FACBB51And if I want to read the post, I can only read it in the Reader format, which is not the format that most of us want our posts to be read.

I sent a message to the happiness engineers to see if they can tell me what happened to that visit icon and how I can get to the blogger’s site from within the reader as I used to be able to do. I haven’t heard back from the HEs yet.

Has anyone else noticed this and, if so, have you figured out how to visit the blogger’s site from the within the WordPress Reader?

FOWC with Fandango — Glide

FOWCWelcome to June 18, 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 “glide.”

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.