It’s User Error

“Did you fully evaluate the ramifications of that latest round of enhancements to the app before you released it?” Rosemary asked.

“Can you be more precise?” Todd asked. “What do you mean by fully?”

“Thoroughly, completely, totally.”

“We tested a little, but we did it with, you know, gusto,” Todd laughed. “Why do you ask?”

“I ask because my customer service reps are being inundated by questions and complaints about issues with the latest release,” Rosemary said. “Functionality that used to work fine, they’re saying, is no longer working, and they don’t understand what the purpose of the ‘new, improved’ features are intended to do.”

“Don’t let yourself be intimidated by those moron users,” Todd said. “In our vernacular, it’s user error that is the problem. There’s this phenomenon in our business that no matter what changes we make to our app, the users will complain but won’t leave. We’re pretty much the only game in town.”

“The real phenomenon,” Rosemary said,” is, with that attitude, that we’re still in business.”

Written for these daily prompts: The Daily Spur (evaluate), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (enhance), Your Daily Word Prompt (precise), Ragtag Daily Prompt (gusto), My Vivid Blog (intimidated), Word of the Day Challenge (vernacular), and E.M’s Random Word Prompt (phenomenon).

Holy Retirement Nest Egg, Batman!

Stocks fell by nearly 800 points today, following four straight weeks of declines, as investors grew increasingly concerned that higher energy prices stemming from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine would slow the economy while raising inflation.

Damn, with most of my retirement funds in 401(k) and individual retirement accounts (IRAs), where the bulk of the money is invested in stocks and bonds, it may be time to pull my money out of the stock market and hide it all in my mattress.

Fuck you, Putin!

Share Your World — 03/07/3022

It’s time for this week’s edition of Melanie’s Share Your World prompt.

What’s the strangest thing in your refrigerator?

Perhaps it’s that chunk of slightly moldy parmesan cheese that I have to remember to put in the compost bin tonight.

Would you rather hear the music of Johann Sebastian Bach played by a barbershop quartet, or a heavy metal band?

If I were inclined to listen to the music of Johann Sebastian Bach at all, it would be by a symphony orchestra or not at all.

If you could erase one event from history, which one would you erase?

The election of Donald Trump to POTUS in 2016.

If your food is bad at a restaurant, do you say something?

Of course. Why wouldn’t I?

On one side of the earth we’re facing upcoming Spring, and on the other Autumn. What positive or uplifting thought do these changes bring to you?

To me, spring is like a rebirth. And if there is one thing we all need, it’s a rebirth, even if it’s just in the metaphorical sense.

Blogging Insights — Information

For her weekly Blogging Insights prompts, Dr. Tanya provides us with a quote about blogging or writing and asks us to express our opinion about said quote.

This week’s quote is from Matt Wolfe. I Googled that name to figure out who the hell Matt Wolfe is because sometimes knowing something about who made the quote helps put it into context. But each time I Googled “Matt Wolfe,” Google kept sending me “Matt Wolff,” a professional golfer. Oh well. Anyway, here’s the quote from Matt Wolfe, whoever he is.

“There’s a lot of information out there for free, so you’ve got to figure out what makes your information different.”

Maybe I’m too literal and maybe my interpretation of this quote is totally off-base, but it seems to me that Matt Wolfe is talking about how to monetize or make money off of whatever “information” one possesses and offers.

In that context, this quote has no relevance to me, since I’m not trying to sell anything, monetize, or make money from my blog. It’s just something I do to keep the mind of this old retiree from devolving into mush.

That said, I think all of us bloggers do what we can to make our blogs at least somewhat unique because each of us is unique in our own way and our blog represents to the rest of the world — or at least to the blogging community — who we are.

Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #159

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 photograph below is from Erdbeerstern @

For the visually challenged writer, the photo is taken from beneath a bridge or a parking structure looking across a cobblestone road at a young woman seemingly waiting at a bus stop.

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.

Please create a pingback to this post or manually add your link in the comments.