TMP — Out of Sync

Every Monday, Paula Light, with her The Monday Peeve prompt, gives us an opportunity to vent or rant about something that pisses us off. Well, my peeve today is something I mentioned in my response to Melanie’s Share Your World prompt earlier today. I wrote, “I hate it when I’m watching something on TV and the sound (audio) and picture (video) are out of sync.”

It’s one thing if you’re watching a foreign-language movie or show that has been poorly dubbed in English. But if you’re watching an English language show where the voice you hear is not synced-up with what you’re seeing on the screen, it’s awful.

Unfortunately, it’s been happening a lot lately and I’m not sure if the issue is with my five-year-old HDTV or my Roku streaming stick that I got earlier this year when I cut the cord on cable TV. But over the past few weeks I’ve had to reboot my TV and my Roku device around once a week to get the audio and video back in sync.

So that’s my peeve for this week. Yeah, I know. A real first world problem, right?

Share Your World — 8-16-2021

Melanie is doing something different with her Share Your World prompt today. She’s leverage some questions that the blogger known as Evil Squirrel has asked over a four week period and is asking them here in her own Share Your World post. So let’s see what Evil Squirrel wants to know.

When you just need to forget the world for a few hours, what helps you get away from it all?

I eat a Mellows (cannabis-infused marshmallow) and binge-watch nature shows on TV.

If you woke up tomorrow with a unicorn horn extending from the top of your head, what would be the biggest advantage and disadvantage of your new appendage?

No advantages whatsoever. I’d set up an emergency appointment with a dermatologist to have the damn thing removed immediately.

What is the creepiest thing you’ve ever seen someone do, that you’d be willing to talk about, of course?

When I see someone picking their nose and eating whatever it is that they dug out of it. Well, maybe that’s more gross than creepy, but that’s all I can come up with on short notice.

What’s the silliest or pettiest thing that tends to really upset you?

When I’m watching something on TV and the sound (audio) and picture (video) are out of sync. I hate that. It drives me crazy.

Melanie’s gratitude question — How comfortable are you with meeting others who are very different from yourself? No judgment implied. Different in any way you’d like to think about – different cultures, different races, different mind set (opinions).

I’m fine with meeting others from different cultures, races, religions, or whatever who are different from me. Well, except for Trump supporting MAGA-maniacs or far-right Republicans. They can go fuck themselves as far as I’m concerned.

Blogging Insights — Make My Day

Dr. Tanya has decided to change things up a bit for her weekly Blogging Insights prompt. Instead of using the Q&A format, she’s going to provide us with a quote about blogging or writing and ask us to express our opinion about said quote.

Here’s this week’s quote.

“One small positive blog post in the morning can change your whole day.”

My morning routine generally includes reading the posts that bloggers I follow posted overnight while I was sleeping, reading my newsfeed on my iPhone, and perusing my local morning paper.

The sad news is that much of what I read during my morning routine is upsetting, frustrating, and maddening. If someone does post a humorous or positive post, I may get a brief smile on my face or maybe even a chuckle, but that doesn’t last long when it’s in the middle of a sea of depressing stories.

“One small positive blog post” in a morning filled with mostly bad, negative news gets lost in the shuffle. So I’d say my analysis of Tanya’s quote for today is that reading such a post doesn’t exactly change or make my day.

Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #131

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 painting below is from Leonid Afremov at DeviantArt.For the visually challenged writer, the painting is of a woman walking her dog in the park on a rainy autumn day.

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.

FOWC with Fandango — Gusto

FOWCWelcome to August 16, 2021 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). It’s designed to fill the void after WordPress bailed on its daily one-word prompt.

I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (US).

Today’s word is “gusto.”

Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.

Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Please check to confirm that your pingback is there. If not, please manually add your link in the comments.

And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. You will marvel at their creativity.