Goodies For Grannie

On Saturday I drove to Amity Village to pick up some equipment I needed to finish the shed I’m building in my backyard and I decided to stop by at a Hallmark card store to buy a card for my sprightly and, for her age, robust grandmother for Valentine’s Day, since I was going to be visiting in the nursing home on Sunday.

To my mind, I thought my exalted Grannie would love seeing me and would appreciate receiving my card. But the old biddy complained, saying that what she really wanted was a box of those chocolate, cream-filled candies. So today I went to the ice cream and sweet shop in the village, figuring that the chocolates would be on sale, since it was after Valentine’s Day, to pick up a box. And sure enough, the shop was having a two boxes of chocolates for the price of one sale, so I bought two boxes, one for Grannie and one for me.

Grannie enjoyed the chocolates. But later in the day after I got home, I looked at the invoice from the shop and saw that they charged me the full price for both boxes. I got in my car, drove back to the shop and complained. Fortunately, they had no reservation about making things right and gave me two more boxes of chocolates for free!

But this time I’m keeping both for myself. Screw Grannie, that ungrateful old witch.

Written for these daily prompts: Your Daily Word Prompt (amity/exalted), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (village/invoice), The Daily Spur (equipment/sale), Word of the Day Challenge (sprightly/mind), Ragtag Daily Prompt (robust/chocolate), and MMA Storytime (valentine/reservation).

A Month of Love #15

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.

Before we moved to the East Bay last February, we used to live three blocks from San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, where the red arrow is pointing. It is a great park that runs all the way from the center of San Francisco to the Pacific Ocean. We used to walk our dog there multiple times each day and living so close to Golden Gate Park is one thing I miss the most since we moved from the city.

TMP — A Fly in the Ointment

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 I’m going to rant about planned obsolescence. In 2016 I bought a 65″, flat panel, high definition Samsung TV. It was, at the time, a state of the art, 4k TV. I mounted it on our wall and added a surround sound system. The TV included the ability to access a number of streaming channels, like Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu.

Flash forward to 2021, just a mere five years later. The TV is still working great. The picture is fantastic, the sound system is primo, and I can still stream movies and shows from Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu.

Now for the fly in the ointment. My wife loves watching HGTV, which is one of the channels of the Discovery network. HGTV has been, for years, available on basic cable.Recently, though, Discovery introduced a streaming service called Discovery+ and they decided, as an incentive to get people to subscribe to it…for a monthly fee of course…that they would be moving a number of the shows that were formerly available on HGTV via cable, to their new streaming service. They would also be adding new shows that would be exclusively on Discovery+, rather than on the basic cable HGTV channel.

So, as a Valentine’s Day present for my wife, I signed up for a one-year subscription to Discovery+. She loved it. Yesterday I turned on my 2016 65″ Samsung high-def TV and tried to add Discovery+ as a streaming channel. But I couldn’t. I went to the Discovery+ website to check on compatible TVs for streaming and saw Samsung on the list. Yay! But then I read the fine print and saw that the Discovery+ streaming service would only work on Samsung models from 2019 or later. Boo!

WHAT? My five year old Samsung HDTV is obsolete?

I contacted Samsung and asked them if there was a software update that would accommodate newer streaming services. The short answer — and by short, I mean curt — was “no.”

In order to be able to watch Discovery+ on my TV, my choices boiled down to buying a new, 2021 model HDTV, which is not an inexpensive proposition, or to buy a separate streaming device that I could plug into my TV. The downside of that latter choice is that I would have yet another remote control device to deal with and I’d have to reset the source (i.e., cable verses streaming device) each time my wife wanted to watch anything on Discovery+. But because it was the cheapest and quickest solution, I ended up ordering a Roku Streaming Stick+, which is scheduled to be delivered tomorrow.It’s only $50, but I still resent the fact that my very expensive, five-year-old flat panel high-def TV can’t accommodate virtually any streaming service that is available.

I hate the fact that planned obsolescence seems to be a feature built into nearly every technology device these days.

Share Your World — I Have Questions…and Answers

Share Your WorldMelanie has graced us today with another one of her Share Your World prompts, where she asks us a series of question and wants us to share our answers with her and her readers. So here we go.

Do you feel you ask enough questions or do you settle for what you know?

That depends. If I’m not that familiar with the subject matter at hand, I will ask questions, particularly if the person I’m asking the questions to is very knowledgeable on the topic. But if I’m speaking with someone who I know knows less than I do, or is a bullshit artist, I don’t ask many questions because I know that I know more than that other person.

When did you fail to speak up when you feel you should have?

It’s not that I fail to speak when I know that I should have, as much as it is that I may fail to speak when I know that it won’t make any difference. For example, if I’m engaged in a conversation with a staunch Trump supporter, where logic and facts hold no sway, what is the point of speaking up?

When was the last time you felt lucky?

When we put our house in San Francisco on the market right as the COVID-19 pandemic struck and I was afraid that the housing market was going to collapse and I’d be stuck with two houses — the one we bought and moved into and he one we were trying to sell — for a lengthy period of time. But lo and behold, we got an offer on our San Francisco house within 10 days of putting it on the market, despite the lockdown, and it was significantly above asking price. I really felt lucky.

What is a boulder?

Is this a trick question? A boulder is a large smooth mass of rock detached from its place of origin.It’s also the name of a beautiful city in Colorado, home to the University of Colorado.

Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #106

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 the Google Home Photo Frame.For the visually challenged writer, the photo is of a grassy plain of grazing bisons in the foreground with soaring, snow-covered mountain peaks in the distance.

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.

Please create a pingback to this post or manually add your link in the comments.