Fibbing Friday — Disney Disaster

Frank (aka PCGuy) and Di (aka Pensitivity101) alternate as hosts for Fibbing Friday, a silly little exercise where we are to write a post with our answers to the ten questions below. But as the title suggests, truth is not an option. The idea is to fib a little, a lot, tell whoppers, be inventive, silly, or even outrageous, in our responses. Today is Frank’s turn to host and he’s given us a Disney-themed challenge, which is not good news for me because I can’t remember the last time I saw a Disney movie.

1. According to a song from a Disney animated movie, who put the “glad” in “gladiator”?

Russell Crowe.

2. What classic Disney film showcased short animated sequences set to classical music scores?

“Steamboat Willie.”

3. What classic Disney live action film featured Sean Connery singing?

“Gold finger: The Musical.”

4. In the Disney film, “That Darned Cat,” staring Haley Mills, what did the cat’s name, D.C., stand for?

Davy Crockett

5. Exactly who were the main characters of Disney’s “In Search of the Castaways” searching for?

That darned cat.

6. Which Disney “live action” remake technically had no live actors or animals, and was really just a CG animated film with realistic graphics?

“Tron: Legacy.”

7. Who played the Genie in Disney’s live action remake of “Aladdin”?

Barbara Eden.

8. Who or what was Chip in Disney’s animated movie, “Beauty and the Beast”?

A tea cup? I dunno. Didn’t see that movie.

9. The prince in Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty” was named after what real-life Royal?

Royal Crown Cola.

10. What question did the caterpillar ask Alice in Disney’s animated classic, “Alice in Wonderland”?

#writephoto — Snowy Peaks

When I saw the title of KL Caley’s #writephoto post, along with the photo she took (above), I immediately thought of the phenomenon I saw this week.

My wife and I moved to San Francisco in 2010 and, almost two years ago, we moved to a town in the East Bay, about 30 miles east of San Francisco. Over last weekend and into the early part of this week, we’ve been hit by significant rain storms, which, given the drought we’re experiencing, was welcomed.

Since we moved from the east coast more than a decade ago, I haven’t seen snow on the ground anywhere near me. Where we live now is, as the crow flies, about three miles southwest of Mount Diablo, a mountain with a peak at 3,850 feet. I can easily see its summit from my yard. When I woke up and went to retrieve my morning paper on Wednesday, I looked to the northwest and saw that the summit of Mount Diablo was covered in snow. Given that the temperatures where I live had dipped down to the mid-thirties during the recent rains, and our elevation is around 550 feet, it made sense that it was cold enough at close to 4,000 feet for there to be snow on Mount Diablo.

The site of snow so close to where I live in Northern California really thrilled me, which probably tells you all you need to know about how exciting my life is.

Anyway, given KL’ s snowy peaks photo, I thought I’d share with you these photos below, which were taken on Mount Diablo by Jessica Christian for the San Francisco Chronicle.

Fandango’s Flashback Friday — December 17th

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 17th) of any month within the past year and link to that post in a comment.

This was originally posted on December 17, 2017.

Alice B. Toklas Brownies


Back in the day, I used to be something of a pothead. In my twenties and early thirties I spent many a weekend in a cannabis haze, mesmerized by nature programs on TV or by zoning out on rock albums.

But after a while (like when my wife and I had our first kid), I decided that being in a haze while raising children was not such a good idea. My wife and I went cold turkey and stopped smoking weed pretty much altogether.

By the way, our experience negates the argument that marijuana is addictive. It was harder to quit smoking cigarettes than it was to quit smoking pot. It also demonstrates that marijuana is not a gateway drug, since neither of us has ever done any “hard” drugs like heroin, cocaine, or meth.

Okay, yes, I did drop acid a few times, but that was a whole nuther trip, so to speak.

My wife and I are getting up there in years, and like many aging Baby Boomers, we have our share of aches and pains. And sometimes getting a really solid sleep at night eludes us.

We have a friend who has some medical issues and his doctor prescribed medical marijuana, which is legal in California. When I was telling him about my trouble falling and staying asleep, he brought over some Alice B. Toklas brownies (brownies baked with marijuana in them). “Eat a brownie about an hour before bedtime,” he said. “I promise you’ll sleep like a baby.”

So I did eat a brownie and I did get a great night’s sleep. It was bliss. I fell asleep almost instantly and didn’t wake up until after seven!

I don’t have a prescription from my doctor for medical marijuana, but the good news is that in November 2016, the good citizens of California voted to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. Starting January 5th, I will be able to legally purchase cannabis from my local dispensary.

And I’m looking forward to getting my bliss on. Maybe it will make hearing about how Donald Trump is destroying my country a little more tolerable.

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

FOWC with Fandango — Claim


Welcome to December 17, 2021 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (U.S.).

Today’s word is “claim.”

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.