Fandango’s Flashback Friday — April 16

Wouldn’t you like to expose your newer readers to some of your earlier posts that they might never have seen? Or remind your long term followers of posts that they might not remember? Each Friday I will publish a post I wrote on this exact date in a previous year.

How about you? Why don’t you reach back into your own archives and highlight a post that you wrote on this very date in a previous year? You can repost your Friday Flashback post on your blog and pingback to this post. Or you can just write a comment below with a link to the post you selected.

If you’ve been blogging for less than a year, go ahead and choose a post that you previously published on this day (the 16th) of any month within the past year and link to that post in a comment.


This was originally posted on April 16, 2018.

Pep Talk

John knocked on his boss’s door. “Excuse me, Al. Do you have a minute?”

“Sure,” Al responded. “Come on in and have a seat.”

John sat down in a chair across the desk from Al. “I’ll get right to the point, he said. “In my written review you wrote that I need to crank it to eleven. What did you mean by that?”

“John,” Al said. “It means that it’s time for you to turn up the volume.”

John looked confused. “Turn up the volume, sir?”

“You know what I mean, John,” Al responded. “It’s time to put the pedal to the metal.”

“The pedal to the metal?”

“John, you know what I’m saying,” Al said. “You need to give it 110 percent.”

“Are you suggesting I’m not doing all I can for this job?” John asked.

“I’m just saying that it’s better to ask for forgiveness than it is to ask for permission, John,” Al said. “It’s time for you to shoot for the moon, to sing like no one is listening.”

“I see,” said John.

“Good,” said Al, “because you know that you miss 100 percent of the shots that you don’t take. Son, you need to make hay while the sun shines. When opportunity knocks you need to answer the door.”

“Yes, I see what you’re getting at,” John said, trying hard not to roll his eyes.

“Good,” said Al. “Now go out there and make it rain, my boy.”

John went back to his cubicle and started drafting his resignation letter.


Written for today’s one-word prompt, “crank.”

20 thoughts on “Fandango’s Flashback Friday — April 16

  1. annieasksyou April 16, 2021 / 5:43 am

    A very good lesson on the absurdity of “motivational’ cliches. Makes Alan Alda’s efforts to improve communication, as described in my current post, seem even more valuable.

    Here’s my effort from a year ago. The man-in-the-box subsequently went haywire, and I rely on deep breathing instead.

    My Fraught Relationship With The Man-In-The-Box

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    • Fandango April 16, 2021 / 2:31 pm

      I tried to “like” the post you linked to but WordPress just kept on telling me the likes were loading. 🤷🏻‍♂️

      Like

      • annieasksyou April 16, 2021 / 3:07 pm

        Well, thank you for trying. I just spent a futile hour with Apple not helping me with my iPhone.

        Technology is not always my friend!

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  2. annieasksyou April 16, 2021 / 5:46 am

    Not sure why that intro appeared. Click on annieasksyou in lower left for the post.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Mister Bump UK April 16, 2021 / 6:04 am

    yup, daughter’s favourite is “I’m not being funny but…” to which I usually express relief.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Marleen April 17, 2021 / 8:35 am

    I will add a saying: Thank God for Fridays.

    ( This is the first Friday, in a while, that I have been relieved it’s the end of the week. The same particulars applied, last week, except that the business began (to me) Wednesday night. I’ve been on the phone all day every day. One large element (of many) involved finding my mother’s car. Two (or, if I pause, more) extended family members had their nose in the matter before they let me in on what with which, by then, they had become exasperated. )

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