Throwback Thursday — Student Daze

Maggie, at From Cave Walls, and Lauren, at LSS Attitude of Gratitude, alternate hosting Throwback Thursday. The idea of the prompt is for them to give us a topic and for us to write a post in which we share our own memories or experiences about the given topic. This week, Maggie chose the topic of “Report cards and Progress Reports.”

  1. Looking back now, would you say you were a good, fair, or struggling student? I was a pretty good student. I was actually kind of a nerdy, book-wormy type.
  2. How often were your school efforts reported to your parents? If I remember correctly, report cards were published every eight weeks.
  3. Did you receive letter grades, (i.e., A, B, C, etc.)? Yes.
  4. Was your behavior reported on your progress reports or report cards? In elementary school, yes, but not in middle or high school.
  5. In what subjects did you excel and which subjects were a challenge? I enjoyed English, history, social studies, and most liberal arts/humanities courses and science courses. Math was never my strength.
  6. Did you ever try to change your grade? Turning a C into a B for example? I so rarely got grades below B that I didn’t have to.
  7. Did you keep any of your report cards? Not a one.
  8. Did you get rewarded for good grades? Punished for ‘bad’ grades? Both, but I rarely got “bad” grades, so mostly rewarded.
  9. Did the subjects you excelled in prove to be where you excelled in life? Pretty much, although I did develop some decent math skills for my work.
  10. What was your biggest detraction from your school work? Pretty little maidens all in a row.

My Last Photo — March ‘22

Brian, aka Bushboy, posted his monthly Last on the Card prompt, where he asks us to…

  • Post the last photo from your camera’s SD card or the last photo from your phone taken in March.
  • No editing — who cares if it is out of focus, not framed as you would like, or the subject matter didn’t cooperate?
  • No explanations needed — just the photo will do.
  • Create a pingback to Brian’s post or link in the comments.
  • Tag “The Last Photo.”

So here’s the last photo I took on my iPhone in March.

My wife and I decided yesterday morning to go out in our backyard and sit a spell with our morning coffee. It was a little chilly outside at 8 am so I decided to fire up our gas fire pit.

Fibbing Friday — April Fool’s Day Funnies

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 Di’s turn and she wants to know….

1. Why was the Mona Lisa smiling that enigmatic smile? She had just finished smoking a joint.

2. Who painted The Laughing Cavalier? The man whose wife was having a sexual liaison with said cavalier.

3. As per the song, why was the policeman laughing? Because he had finally cracked a twenty-year-old cold case.

4. Who sang ‘I started a Joke?’ Chris Rock sang it as the final song at the Academy Awards Show this past Sunday night.

5. From which film did Little April Shower come from? “Singing in the Rain.”

6. What was the family harvesting in the Panorama program on April 1st 1957? Funny Bones.

7. Who played the Court Jester? Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’ crazy wife, Ginni.

8. Why are Jokers wild? Because they always drink too much and do drugs.

9. In which country is April 1st officially a bank holiday? Ukraine. Well at least on this April 1st.

10. If today is your birthday, what star sign are you? The Big Dipper.

A is for Annie Hall

For this year’s A-To-Z Challenge, my theme is MOVIES. I will be working my way through the alphabet during the month of April with movie titles and short blurbs about each movie. First up is “Annie Hall.”

“Annie Hall” was a 1977 American satirical romantic comedy-drama film directed by Woody Allen from a screenplay he co-wrote with Marshall Brickman, and produced by Allen’s manager, Charles H. Joffe. The film stars Allen as Alvy Singer, who tries to figure out the reasons for the failure of his relationship with the female lead, played by Diane Keaton in a role written specifically for her.

The film was highly praised, was nominated for the Big Five Academy Awards, winning four: the Oscar for Best Picture, two for Allen (Best Director and, with Brickman, Best Original Screenplay), and Best Actress for Keaton.

Woody Allen’s character in the movie is a thinly disguised version of Allan, himself. He’s a successful, neurotic television comedian living in Manhattan. Keaton, in the title roll, is a Midwestern transplant who dabbles in photography and sings in small clubs. When the two meet, the sparks are immediate as they begin their self-conscious journey of discovery together. But as the relationship progresses, Annie starts to feel a growing desire for independence. It quickly becomes clear that the two are on separate tracks, as characteristics in each of them that were once endearing become annoying.

The man, Woody Allen, has gone through some turbulent times in his life since making this movie, but like the man or not, “Annie Hall” may be one of the truest, most bittersweet romances on film. Considered to be one of the best films ever made, it ranks 31st on the American Film Institute’s list of the greatest films in American cinema, and fourth on their list of greatest comedy films.

It is probably the best work Woody Allen ever did. It is enduringly funny, wry, and brilliant in many ways.

Fandango’s Flashback Friday — April 1st

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 1st) of any month within the past year and link to that post in a comment.

This was originally posted on April 1, 2019.

Great Minds Think Alike


It took ten months, but sooner or later it was bound to happen. Three of the four daily one-word prompts I follow — my Fandango’s One-Word Challenge, the Your Daily Word Prompt, and the Ragtag Daily Prompt — chose the word “fool” in recognition that today is April Fool’s Day. The one outlier was the Word of the Day Challenge, where the word is “down.”

Hey, I’m no fool, so I’m down with that.