“You have this innate talent,” the casting director of the television show said. “You’re fortunate to have been blessed with rugged good looks and your demeanor displays a lot of pizzazz.”

George was thrilled with the feedback from the casting director. He thought the audition went well and figured that he was a shoo-in for the part. And yet he was worried that a ‘but’ was coming.

“That said,” the casting director said, “the role for which you’re auditioning is that of a lost soul, a vagrant, a man down on his luck. I’m not sure you fit in that frame. However, there’s another role in a different production for which you might be a better fit.”

Feeling disappointed that he wasn’t going to get the part for which he had auditioned, George was also excited about the other opportunity that the casting director thought he might be more well suited for. “Great,” he said. “What’s the next step?”

“Let me call my colleague and let her know that you might be perfect for her part.” The casting director turned his back on George, picked up his phone, and spoke to the person who answered. George could here bits and pieces of the conversation, including phrases like “perfect for the part” and “has the right look.”

When he got off the phone, the casting director turned to George and said, “You need to head over to sound stage three. Alyse is looking forward to meeting you.”

“Thank you,” George said. “So isn’t that where they’re shooting ‘Law and Order: Special Victims Unit’? Would you mind telling me what the role is?”

“Sure,” the casting director said. “Alyse is looking to cast for a sociopathic serial rapist, and I think, based upon what I’ve seen here, you’d be extremely well suited to play that part. So make haste if you want to be considered.”

Written for these daily prompts: Your Daily Word Prompt (innate), Word of the Day Challenge (fortunate), Ragtag Daily Prompt (pizzazz), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (vagrant), The Daily Spur (frame), and MMA Storytime (haste).

Thank You Cyranny

Cyranny, at Cyranny’s Cove, was kind enough to nominate me as a recipient of the Golden Bloggerz Award. Yay!

Of course I’m thrilled that Cyranny thinks enough of my blog that she nominated it for this award. Mine is an award-free blog, but that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate the recognition. So thank you Cyranny.

As with all blog awards, there are rules to follow, including copying all of the rules into our own posts. But if you want to know the rules for this award, click on the link to Cyranny’s post or on the link to the Golden Bloggerz Award post. What I am going to do is list three things about myself and then answer Cyranny’s five questions.

Three things about myself:

  • I am a septuagenarian
  • I live in the San Francisco Bay area
  • I have a wife, two adult children, one grandchild and another in the oven

Now to Cyranny’s questions;

What’s your favorite photograph?

There are so many photos that I love, but this one of my wife holding our infant grandson last summer shortly after his birth is certainly one of my favorites.

How long can you go without blinking?

I don’t know and I don’t care.

On a scale of 1 to 5, how superstitious are YOU?

Assuming one is not at all superstitious and five is extremely superstitious, I’m a one.

Flowers or chocolate?

You can’t eat most flowers, so I’m going with chocolate.

Where’s the first place you’ll go once the pandemic is over?

Out to dinner inside my favorite restaurant, assuming it’s still in business.

At this point, according to the “rules,” I’m supposed to nominate 10 to 20 other bloggers for this award and I’m supposed to provide links to two or three of my best posts. I’m doing neither. Instead, I’m going to nominate every blogger who is reading this post for the Golden Bloggerz Award. Congratulations to each and every one of you. Feel free to tell us three things about yourself and to answer the same questions Cyranny asked me. Or make up your own damn questions!

Share Your World — Love or Money

Melanie is back with another edition of Share Your World. Here are this week’s questions.

Which would you rather throw away: Love or Money?

Okay, I know I should say money, but the truth is, in today’s world, you can survive without love, but not without money. So as cold and heartless as it may sound, I’d have to go with love.

Do you believe you should do one thing a day that scares you?

No. Why would I want to?

What’s the last thing you do at night?

Read all of the posts from bloggers I follow that I wasn’t able to get to during the day.

If you could own a mythical creature (unicorn, phoenix, etc.), which one would you pick?

I’m a pragmatic guy and I don’t believe in mythical creatures because, by definition, mythical creatures are myths and myths are widely held but false beliefs or ideas. So I don’t think I can own something that doesn’t exist in the real world. Sorry Melanie.

Blogging Insights — Change

For this week’s edition of Blogging Insights, Dr. Tanya want to know about change. She asks…

How comfortable are you with change?

That depends upon the context. Are we talking about life, or specifically about blogging? I’m going to assume that, since the title of this series is “Blogging Insights,” I should focus on the latter.

Generally I’m okay with change, except when it’s change for the sake of change and especially when it’s not change for the better. And WordPress met both of those negative criteria when it introduced its block editor and then essentially forced us to “shit or get off the pot” by “decommissioning” its classic editor.

But even though I’ve spent the last year vocally resisting the change to the block editor, I am writing this post using the block editor. I’m still not happy about having to succumb to that change, but in the immortal words of J.E. Lawrence, who, in The Nebraska State Journal, when describing the difficulty faced during frontier-era life in Nebraska, wrote, “It is what it is.”

How often do you like to change your blogging style or the topics or format of your blog?

Since I started this blog almost four years ago, not much has changed. My style of writing is essentially the same and I’m using the same template (theme) for my blog. The only meaningful change to my blog over the past four years is that I now host a small number of prompts that are intended to tickle the imaginations and stimulate the creativity of other bloggers.

Of course, being as open to change as the next guy, if anyone would like to suggest changes to my blogging style or my blog’s appearance, let me hear from you.

V is for “Veep”

“Veep” was an American political satire comedy television series that aired on HBO from April 22, 2012, to May 12, 2019. The series was created by Armando Iannucci as an adaptation of his sitcom “The Thick of It.”The main character in “Veep” was Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), a fictional Vice President of the United States. The series follows the personal life and political career of Meyer. Her party affiliation is never discussed, although it is hinted in the fourth season finale that it was Democratic. After Meyer was elected Vice President, her staff, upon whom she was almost totally reliant, includes chief of staff Amy Brookheimer (Anna Chlumsky), director of communications Mike McLintock (Matt Walsh), deputy director of communications Dan Egan (Reid Scott), body man Gary Walsh (Tony Hale), and personal secretary Sue Wilson (Sufe Bradshaw). Later additions to her team as president include White House Chief of Staff Ben Cafferty (Kevin Dunn) and political strategist Kent Davison (Gary Cole). Jonah Ryan (Timothy Simons), initially a White House liaison to the Vice President’s office and later a New Hampshire congressman, also features prominently.

“Veep” received critical acclaim and won several major awards, including seven consecutive nominations for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series, winning that award for its fourth, fifth, and sixth seasons. Louis-Dreyfus’ performance won her six consecutive Primetime Emmy Awards, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, two Critics’ Choice Television Awards, a Television Critics Association Award, and five consecutive Golden Globe nominations. For his portrayal of Selina’s personal aide, Gary, Tony Hale received six consecutive Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, winning in 2013 and 2015. Other members of the cast who received Emmy nominations include Anna Chlumsky (six nominations), Gary Cole (one nomination), Matt Walsh (two nominations), Martin Mull (one nomination), Hugh Laurie (one nomination), and Peter MacNicol (one nomination).

I really enjoyed “Veep,” but by the time the show ended in 2019, I was sick of watching anything to do with politics — even satirical political shows that made fun of political maneuverings. The political realities were enough and, had “Veep” been renewed for another season, as good as the show was, I’d probably have skipped it.

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