Friday Four on December Four

Every two weeks (or what Rory calls, “a fortnight”), the mastermind behind A Guy Called Bloke poses four rather random questions in his The Friday Four prompt. Here are his four questions for this fortnight.

Before computers, smartphones, and so on what were you using when writing your stories and creating your literature?

Well I’m not sure that I created anything close to being “literature,” but I would either use pen and paper or a typewriter (accompanied by bottles and bottles of Wite-Out).

What type of games do you enjoying playing online?

I’m not really a competitive online game player. I mostly just play solitaire on my iPhone.

What age were you when you first started reading and what were you reading at that age?

I guess I started to read some very simple, mostly picture books before kindergarten when I’d get a book as a present. But it probably wasn’t until I went to kindergarten that I actually specifically remember learning how to read much more than picture books with few words.

How do you prevent boredom entering into your life and are you able to list 6 effective ways in which others could introduce to stop it from entering theirs?

As a retiree who mostly stays at home while in the middle of a pandemic, I’ll admit that my life is kinda boring. I spend much of my waking time blogging, which entails writing posts and reading and commenting on other bloggers’ posts. I also read the daily newspaper, The Week magazine, and a book of two each month. I play cards, backgammon, and Yahtzee with my wife. We binge-watch TV shows on Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu. My wife and I go out for long daily walks. I love listening to classic songs from the 60s and 70s. And, of course, eating.

As to what others should do to prevent or relieve boredom in their lives, they should do whatever floats their boats.

8 thoughts on “Friday Four on December Four

  1. Sadje December 4, 2020 / 7:08 pm

    Blogging and reading are great ways to pass time pleasantly.


  2. Mister Bump UK December 4, 2020 / 11:04 pm

    Funny enough, The Week (but their web site) is one of my go-tos for Who Won ideas. Most of these media outlets have a page on their site dedicated to “weird news”.

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  3. Marleen December 5, 2020 / 12:40 pm

    How do you prevent boredom entering into your life and are you able to list 6 effective ways in which others could introduce to stop it from entering theirs?

    Today, I will watch a concert; new and streaming newly this day.

    1) A concert is a good idea.
    2) For me, news is a good idea.
    3) There are a lot of interesting shows on Showtime,
    HBO, AppleTV, Netflix… and so on and so forth.
    A few interesting movies, as well; more if you
    haven’t watched movies a lot prior to now.
    4) I like YouTube for scholastic lectures
    as well as for conversations/interviews
    … and even news; can be in-depth.
    5) I like to read about the real world.
    [Hardly ever… but some fiction works].
    6) Exercise (“or” dance) inside or outside.
    [Bonus: One can exercise while streaming.]

    The above are all things one can do alone. Another
    idea is to text with someone or Skype or Zoom or FaceTime.

    I have been a little bit hankering for the days I was crafty. Congratulations to those folks!

    Being busy with legal matters can be something of a mental occupation; I do not like it.

    Oh. I encouraged one of my sons to start working on his masters degree. He’s doing it.

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  4. Marleen December 11, 2020 / 12:44 pm

    Another idea is reaction videos (music). They are not all created equal. I’ve liked a few presenters. This is one I ran across today (who started doing it due to being a “grandpa stuck in a covid cave” with nothing to do). I like poly-rhythmic music.

    – LINGUS | Composers POV

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  5. Carol anne December 21, 2020 / 3:11 am

    fandango, I love your life, its pretty damn cool! I do similar things, with the addition of volunteering, and going to therapy and doctors apts, but other than that, my lifes pretty easy going! Thats how I like it!

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