Over the Top

“I read your column in the local newspaper today,” Jess said to her father.

“Oh yeah?” Ted said. “What did you think?”

“Are you sure you want me to tell you?”

“Well, Jess, since you brought it up out of the blue, I assume you have something to say about it,” Ted responded. “It’s certainly your right to express your opinion, sweetie, whether you agree with me or not, but if you’re going to impugn the way I wrote my column, there’s no question that the behavior of the woman I wrote about was out-of-line.”

“I don’t mean to criticize your perspective, Dad,” Jess said. “In fact, I think you’re right. But, Dad, it’s not so much the subject matter of your column as it is your style of writing. You’re very confrontational and I’m not sure it wasn’t over-the-top. I know you are trying to transcend writing for a local paper and are hoping to get noticed so you may someday write a column for one of the big, national newspapers, but I think you need to do some heavy-duty internalizing, Dad, about your niche.”

“What do you mean by that, Jess?” Ted asked. “I think my column today will get noticed and I’m sure I’m on the brink of being recruited by a paper like the Post or the Times.”

“Maybe so, Dad,” Jess said, “but you write an advice to the lovelorn column and I’m not sure there is a big demand for such columns if you’re striving for the big-time.”

Written for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (column), Your Daily Word Prompt (impugn), The Daily Spur (style), MMA Storytime (national), Word of the Day Challenge (internal), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (brink).

A Month of Love #8

Paula Light says, “Let’s celebrate the month of lurve (aka love) by posting one thing we love every day throughout February.

Now the truth is that I’m not really a romantic guy, so I might be hard pressed to come up with 28 objects of love, but I think I should be able to come up with 28 things I like a lot.In case you don’t know what the above picture is showing, it’s a device called a SNOOZ. With a real fan inside, SNOOZ is a portable white noise machine that generates peaceful white noise to turn your bedroom into a haven for sleep.

I suffer from tinnitus, which is a constant ringing in both of my ears. And when I shut off the light in the bedroom and close my eyes, the only sound I hear is the sound of the ringing that is coming from inside of my head. My son suggested getting a white noise machine to try to mask my tinnitus. I was skeptical, but I did some research and decided to try this Snooz thing.

It’s great. It generates just enough white noise that it does sort of cover up the ringing noise caused by the tinnitus. YAY!

I love my SNOOZ.

Share Your World — All About Love and Romance

Share Your WorldIt’s Monday and that means Melanie is tossing out another one of her Share Your World series of questions. As this is February and we are quickly approaching that Hallmark Holiday — Valentine’s Day — Melanie’s theme is focused on love. Here we go.

In your opinion, do May/December (older partner with much younger partner) romances ever work?

Well, my first thought was that, depending upon the time of year, I’m either six or seven years older than my lovely wife, but I suppose that’s more like an October/December romance than a May/December romance. So, to answer Melanie’s question about whether or not May/December romances ever work, I’d say that they do…if there’s enough money at stake.

What physical action or gesture do you find romantic?

Walking and holding hands with my wife.

What is your idea of a romantic dinner?

One that involves food and alcohol.

Is ‘love’ a real ‘thing’ or merely a physical chemical response and brain activity pulling our emotional strings?


How do you show your loved ones that you love them?

By doing things for them that I know they appreciate, even if they didn’t ask for them.

TMP — It’s Complicated

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

Three months ago, on November 3rd, WordPress launched its latest version of the iOS app for the iPhone/iPad and it automatically uploaded to my phone. I discovered that it had a serious bug in that updated version, a bug that prevented me from liking or commenting on posts that I visited from my reader. I initially wrote about it here. And it you’re a regular reader of my responses to Paula’s The Monday Peeve, you know I’ve posted about it here several times as well. Like here and here.

Well, I’m back with another peeve about that as yet unresolved bug. On February 3rd, the three month “anniversary” of the buggy release of the iOS app from WordPress, I once again contacted the “Happiness Engineers.” I wrote:

Three months. That’s how long it’s been since WordPress released version 16.0 of the iOS app. As soon as I loaded that release on my iPhone, I noticed that I could no longer, from either my Reader or my Notifications, like some other bloggers’ posts nor could I leave a comment on them. It was as if, even though I was logged on to WordPress via the app, the app didn’t recognize me as a logged-on WordPress user when I went to those sites. After doing a lot of troubleshooting on my own, I realized that I could like and leave comments on posts where the blogger’s address had “.wordpress.com” in it. But for those blogs that don’t have “.wordpress.com” in the blog address — even my own blog, which is “fivedotoh.com” — I could not like or comment on them when I visited them. I have been engaged with various happiness engineers multiple times since November 3, 2020, when that version 16.0 of the iOS app was released, and have been told that the bug has been identified and replicated and that the app development team has been working on a fix.

Here’s the response I got.

Our team has been working really hard to try and find a fix on this, but it’s been a lot more complicated than it might appear. Thank you for your understanding!

It’s complicated? Thanks for my understanding? Are you fucking kidding me?

Hey, I’m sorry if you’re getting tired of hearing about this, but it’s Monday and Paula has invited us to rant about something that pisses us off. And this really, really pisses me off.

Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #105

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 aw-landscapes at DeviantArt.com.For the visually challenged writer, the photo is of a wintry scene of snow-covered trees deep within a forest.

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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