Trouble in Camelot

“Dammit, Tom, where are the specifications I asked for?” Reggie asked. “I told you I needed them by Friday so that I could work on them over the weekend.

“Boss,” Tom said, “I emailed you all of the specs on Thursday morning.” Tom pulled out his iPad, tapped the screen a few times, and showed Reggie the email with the attachments.

Reggie shook his head. “I think my internet service was down because I never got them,” he said.

“But, boss,” Tom said, “I sent the email with a read receipt and it said that you opened the email at 6:18 Thursday evening.”

“Oh, right,” Reggie admitted. “You know, Tom, there’s trouble here in Camelot and I’m under intense pressure to deliver this project on time and on budget. I’m feeling somewhat muddled of late. If we fail, we’re in danger that the mucky-mucks at Camelot will pull the plug and we’ll all be out of our jobs.”

“Don’t worry, boss,” Tom said. “We can pull the team together and get this done. Those heartless bastards at HQ will get their comeuppance.”

Written for Linda G. Hill’s Just Jot it January prompt (specs), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (service), The Daily Spur (Camelot), Ragtag Daily Prompt (muddle), MMA Storytime (danger), and Word of the Day Challenge (comeuppance).

WDYS — Before and After

This was me, back in my high school days, when I was young, shy, and insecure. It wasn’t that I was ugly or anything. But I was skinny as a rail, had bad acne, had braces on my teeth, wore glasses, and wore my hair very long so that I could hide behind it. I dressed in a manner that would allow me to blend into the background, to not be noticed. I was so shy that I was reluctant to have my picture taken unless my face was hidden underneath a paper bag. I used to skip school on the days the photographer would show up to take yearbook pictures.

But as I got older and matured, I outgrew my almost debilitating insecurities and shyness. My body filled out, my acne cleared up, my braces were removed, and I had laser surgery to correct my vision so that I no longer needed glasses. I finally felt comfortable in my own skin and realized that it was ridiculous to walk around with a bag over my head.

And so today, I no longer wear a bag over my head. I never shy away from having my pictures taken. In fact, I invite and encourage such photos. And just to prove to you how far I’ve come, here’s a recent selfie I’d like to share with all of you.I sure look good, don’t I?

Written for Sadje’s What Do You See? prompt. Top photo credit: Teslariu Mehai @ Unsplash.

TMP — Just Shoot Me

Every Monday, Paula Light, with her The Monday Peeve prompt, gives us an opportunity to vent or rant about something that pisses us off.

Okay, I’m a patient man, but my patience is wearing thin. I’m in what is considered to be a high risk group when it comes to COVID-19. It’s not because I have any underlying medical conditions that would make me more susceptible to the virus. It’s because I’m an old fart.

I was very happy to learn a few weeks ago that those of us who are 65 and older were moved up into the top tier group when it comes to vaccination priorities. Yay. I may survive this scourge yet!

As soon as that news came out, I logged on to my county’s health department website and filled out and submitted an online form to request an appointment for a vaccination. Two weeks went by and I heard bupkis…until this past Friday.

That’s when I got an email from the county health department.

As you might imagine, there is a lot of excitement about getting the COVID-19 vaccine and we are working our way through hundreds of requests. We just wanted to send you a quick note saying we haven’t forgotten you. We are still reviewing your request to receive a COVID-19 vaccination and will be providing you further information soon. If you are eligible for vaccination, expect an email in the coming days with instructions on how to schedule an appointment.

Wait, what? “If I’m eligible”? You’re the people who notified me that I am eligible. You already know that I’m eligible.

So I guess I’ll have to continue to be patient as I wait to see whether or not I’ll get vaccinated against COVID-19 before I succumb to it.

Share Your World — Trust, Grudges, Sensibilities, and Tears

Share Your WorldIt’s Monday and that means that Melanie is back with her Share Your World prompt. This week, Melanie wants us to share our world regarding…

Is it necessary to trust someone you like? (friends, acquaintances, or co-workers with whom you have no familial ties)

Is it necessary? Well, when it comes to co-workers, I think it’s helpful, but not necessary. If you have learned from experience that a particular co-worker cannot be trusted, you can figure out ways to work around that co-worker so that you don’t get betrayed by that person. When it comes to friends and acquaintances, if you can’t trust them, dump them.

Do you hold grudges? What do you do when someone really irritates you?

As to grudges, I try not to, but it’s hard sometimes, especially when someone has betrayed your trust. As to what I do when someone really irritates me, if it’s a minor irritation, I try to let it roll off my back (“don’t sweat the small stuff”). But if it’s serious, I will confront the person, explain why whatever they said or did “really irritated” me, and see if whatever relationship I have with that individual can be, or is worth, salvaging.

What’s the most sensible thing you’ve heard someone say?

I actually answered this question on Saturday in my response to Rory’s Weekend Quickie post. Rory asked, “What’s the best advice you have ever received from a friend?” My response was “Don’t sweat the small stuff.” And that’s my response to Melanie’s question today.

Is crying a sign of weakness or strength in adults?

In adults, I think that crying is the expression of strong emotions, which can be either positive or negative and can denote either pain or joy. I admit that I cried with anguish when I watched the U.S. Capitol building under siege by Trump’s MAGA-maniacs on January 6th. And I cried with joy this past Wednesday when Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were inaugurated as President and Vice President of the United States.

Blogging Insights — What’s a Blog?

Blogging insightsFor this week’s edition of Blogging Insights, Dr. Tanya wants to know…

How would you describe blogging to someone who has never heard of it before?

Back in the early 2000s, while I had heard the words “weblog” and “blog,” I really didn’t understand what blogging was all about or why someone would want to blog. I knew that I enjoyed writing and I felt that I was a better communicator using the written word than I was verbally. But I hadn’t really given any thought to blogging.

I was having a conversation with a co-worker in maybe 2003 or 2004. He knew I enjoyed writing and suggested that I might want to consider starting a blog. He told me that he was a blogger and he loved blogging. I asked him why and he said it was a way to exercise and improve his writing skills. I asked him why he needed a blog to do what sounded like writing in a diary or a personal journal and he gave me a few insightful answers.

He said:

  • He could express his points of view on the world around him and publish them on the internet, where they would be out there for anyone to stumble upon, virtually speaking.
  • People had, in fact, stumbled upon his blog posts and they seemed to enjoy what he wrote and actually responded to his posts.
  • It was not just his family and friends, whom he had told about his blog, but total strangers from around the world, who had read, liked, and commented on his posts.
  • There was a large and growing community of bloggers and he had formed connections with many of them.
  • It felt great to see his thoughts, perspectives, ideas, notions, and opinions “in print” for all the world to see.
  • He had, in fact, become a better writer as a result of putting himself out there in cyberspace.

I said to him that it sounded like blogging was a narcissistic, ego-boosting, self-serving waste of time.

I started my first blog in 2005 and immediately got hooked. Turns out that he was right on all the good things he said about blogging. It also turns out that I was right as well. Blogging is a bit of a narcissistic, ego-boosting, self-serving endeavor.

But it’s not a waste of time.