FFfPP — The Adjustment

You ask me how my transition is going. Well, to be honest with you, I am not typically very flexible. Some have said that I can be immutable. And for the most part, that’s true. But given the circumstances, I really had to open myself up, to delve into my own psyche. And let me tell you, man, I’m on a roll. I feel like I’ve experienced an awakening. I never thought I’d be able to handle being laid off from my high profile position as a political power broker. But yet, ever since my candidate lost the election, I believe I have adjusted quite well in my new role as an Uber driver.

Written for Roger Shipp’s Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner. Photo credit: Pixabay.com. Also for these daily prompts: MMA Storytime (transition), Word of the Day Challenge (typical), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (immutable), Your Daily Word Prompt (delve), The Daily Spur (roll), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (awakening).

An Old Dog Apparently Can Learn New Tricks

I have been resistant to using the block editor on my iPhone because I thought it would be close to impossible to use on the relatively small screen of an iPhone. But then the powers that be over at WordPress decided to remove the option to use the classic editor on the latest update to its iOS app. This is forcing me to either embrace the block editor on my iPhone, to quit using my iPhone for my blog and to start using a Windows laptop, or to quit blogging altogether.

While pondering my options, last night my wife and I picked up some Chinese take-out for dinner, and when I opened up my fortune cookie at the end of the meal, this is what I found inside of it:

So, I decided to heed the message in my fortune cookie and not be afraid to try something new. To that end, I’m using the block editor on my iPhone to create this post. In fact, this is my fourth post that I’ve created on my iPhone using the dreaded block editor since yesterday.

And do you know what I have discovered? I have discovered that it ain’t that terrible. It will take some getting used to, and it will take me a bit longer, at least for now until I do get used to it, to write my posts.

So I guess an old dog like me really can learn some new tricks after all.

Now if only WordPress would get around to fixing that damn bug that was introduced in its iOS app last November that prevents me from liking and commenting on some other bloggers’ posts, I’d be a happy camper.

An Odd Number

What an odd number 1,413 is to use as a milestone. Why not 1,400? Or better yet, 1,500?

1,413 days is 3.87 years. Why not wait until my streak hit four years? It’s also 47.1 months. Shouldn’t they have waited until 48 months? Or 50 months?

I just find it a bit odd, don’t you? Especially since I’ve been posting every day since I started this blog and this is the first “streak” notification WordPress has ever sent me. Am I going to get one tomorrow congratulating me upon reaching 1,414 days?

R is for “Remington Steele”

“Remington Steele was an American crime drama television series co-created by Robert Butler and Michael Gleason. The series, starring Stephanie Zimbalist and Pierce Brosnan, was broadcast on NBC from October 10, 1982, to February 17, 1987. The series blended the genres of romantic comedy, drama, detective procedural, and international political intrigue and espionage.The premise of “Remington Steele” was that Laura Holt (Stephanie Zimbalist), a licensed private investigator opened a detective agency under her own name but found potential clients refused to hire a woman, no matter how qualified. To solve the problem, Laura invented a fictitious male superior she named Remington Steele. Through a series of events in the first episode, Pierce Brosnan’s character, a former thief and con man (whose real name even he proves not to know and is never revealed), assumes the identity of Remington Steele. Behind the scenes, a power struggle ensues between Laura and Steele as to who is really in charge, while the two carry on a casual romantic relationship.

The show was solidly crafted, well-acted, and groundbreaking in its own way. It modified the
1970s detective show conventions by telling its stories from the point of view of an independent, professional woman. It also blurred the line between hour-long dramas and half-hour comedies, in that, at the time, hour-long series were mostly serious dramas and half-hour shows were humorous sitcoms. “Remington Steele” incorporated multiple styles of comedy into the standard detective format, and it pioneered the slowly evolving “will they or won’t they” relationship arc that is now common to television drama of all genres.

“Remington Steele” was known for having launched the career of Pierce Brosnan and for serving as a forerunner of the similar, edgier series, “Moonlighting,” which starred Cybill Shepherd and Bruce Willis, and which did for Willis’ career what “Remington Steele” did for Brosnan’s.

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