#JusJoJan — The Senator’s Press Conference

“Senator,” one reporter said, “You assured your constituents that the government would take steps to get the vaccines out to those who are most in need. And yet here we are, not even close to having enough of the vaccines available to meet the demand.

The senator ran his fingertips along his chin in an attempt to make it seem as if he were seriously contemplating the matter. “We are,” he finally said, “working very hard to ensure that we have sufficient vaccines available in the near future.”

“Senator,” a second reporter said, “I’d be remiss if I didn’t raise the issue about how you’ve been gallivanting all around the country on various boondoggles, rather than focusing on doing your job. You seem to balk when it comes to carrying out your responsibilities to the people you represent.”

The Senator abruptly stepped away from the podium while reporters shouted out additional questions for him. His press secretary stood up and said, “The press conference is over. The senator will address no further questions.


Written for Linda G. Hill’s Just Jot It January prompt, where the word is “fingertips.” Also for these daily prompts: Your Daily Word Prompt (assured), The Daily Spur (government), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (remiss), Ragtag Daily Prompt (galavant/gallivant), MMA Storytime (future), and Word of the Day Challenge (balk).

TMP — Just a Nit

Every Monday, Paula Light, with her The Monday Peeve prompt, gives us an opportunity to vent or rant about something that pisses us off. Today my beef is a bit of a nit (i.e., nitpicky).

In my last Who Won the Week post in 2020, I mentioned that I bought a pair of Bluetooth headphones to use while I’m watching TV. Because I’m somewhat “hearing impaired,” when I watch TV, I have to have the volume turned up pretty high in order to hear the audio. Unfortunately, my wife’s hearing is fantastic, and, at the volume I need in order to hear the TV, it’s way too loud for her. She complains that the volume is blasting her out of the room.

The good news is that these headphones do the job quite well. My wife is very happy that she can hear the audio on the TV that is set within the normal human range of hearing. And I’m happy because I can, well, hear the TV audio at all. Everyone wins.

The only “peeve” I have is that whenever I turn on the TV, I have to go to my TV’s sound source settings and delete the headphones as a paired Bluetooth device. Once deleted, I then have to instruct my TV to search for a Bluetooth device. And when it finds my previously paired headphones that I just deleted, I then have to re-pair the same headphones again. I have to do this every damn time I turn the TV on.

Sure, it only takes a minute, so it’s not that big a deal. But because I have to go through these steps each and every time, I leave the TV on all day long just so I only have to do it once a day.

See, I told you it was a nit.

Share Your World — Sharing in the New Year

Share Your WorldThis is Melanie’s first Share Your World prompt for 2021. Let’s see what she wants us to share, shall we?

What’s a relationship deal breaker for you?

Stinky farts.

Do you believe in extra-terrestrials?

No, we already have plenty of terrestrials. We don’t need any extra terrestrials.

In the morning, do you hit the snooze button on your alarm (sometimes repeatedly) or do you leap out of bed, ready to face the day?

I don’t ever set my alarm anymore. I usually wake up between 6 and 7 a.m., whether I need to or not. And since I’m retired, I never need to.

If you came back in the next life as an animal, which animal would you choose to be? (And even if you don’t believe in that, let’s suspend belief for a moment just to have a little fun.)

Technically speaking, human beings are animals. So, if I did believe in reincarnation, I’d want to “come back” as a human being. But, in the spirit of answering the intent of Melanie’s question, I suppose I’d like to be a pet, probably a dog, in a household that loves and cares for their pets.

What do you plan to work on this year to make it better than last year (personal goals, physically, or mentally, or all three)?

As far as personal improvements, all I can say is, “Hey, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Am I right or what?

As to gratitude, I’m grateful that 2021 has finally arrived, given what a godawful year 2020 was. I just hope my gratefulness doesn’t go for naught.

Blogging Insights — 2021

Blogging insightsIn this week’s edition of Blogging Insights, Dr. Tanya wants to know what we are planning for our blog in 2021. She asks…

How do you see your blog in 2021? What are your hopes and aspirations for your blog this year?

How do I see my blog in 2021? The same way I’ve always seen it — with my eyes.Sorry, I couldn’t resist that. I’m a very literal guy, you know.

Anyway, let’s get to my hopes and aspirations. From a content standpoint, I don’t see much changing, although I do hope that, after January 20th, I won’t be complaining about Donald Trump as much. And perhaps not at all.

I hope that WordPress won’t totally decommission the classic editor in 2021 and that I’ll be able to continue using the it throughout the year, either on my iPhone’s iOS app or on the wp-admin site on my laptop. I also hope that WordPress will finally get around to fixing the bug in its iOS app that causes me to be unable to like and comment on some other bloggers’ posts when I visit their sites.

I plan to continue my prompts and I hope to continue to interact daily with the WordPress community. Were it not for you folks, I might have quit my WordPress blog after they forced the block editor down our throats.

And I hope, both in the context of blogging as well as in your lives, you all have a fulfilling, rewarding, and happy 2021.

Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #99

Welcome to “Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge.” Each week I will be posting a photo I grab off the internet and challenging bloggers to write a flash fiction piece or a poem inspired by the photo. There are no style or word limits.

The image below is from Frantisek_Krejci at Pixabay.For the visually challenged writer, the photo shows a man’s hands, where there are coins in the palm of one hand and a finger on the other hand is touching the coins.

If this week’s image inspires you and you wish to participate, please write your post, use the tag #FFFC, and link back to this post. I hope it will generate some great posts.

Thanks to all of you who have participated in these challenges. Your posts have been very creative. Please take a few minutes to read the other responses to this photo challenge.

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