Over Easy

I like my eggs over easy
I don’t like my eggs sunny side up
I abhor runny, slimy, snotty eggs
If someone serves them that way
I will immediately refuse to eat them
Even if a confrontation arises
It’s irrelevant to me that others
Like their eggs sunny side up
It’s a reflection of their poor taste
I like my eggs over easy

Written for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (eggs), Your Daily Word Prompt (abhor), My Vivid Blog (if), Word of the Day Challenge (arise), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (irrelevant), and The Daily Spur (reflection).

Weekend Quickie — April ‘22 #3

In what is now a weekly prompt, Rory has a new batch of Weekend Quickie questions for us to ponder.

When was the last time you had a quickie on the weekend, and what was it?

Today. Writing this post.

Why is chocolate more appealing than … what?

Chocolate is more appealing than almost anything else. Why? Because it’s chocolate.

Can you use the word ‘Debauchery’ innocently in a sentence, and if so, how?

Is ‘debauchery’ spelled with one b or two?

How do you remove grass stains from your knees?

If you wear long pants, the grass stains get on your pants, not on your knees, so problem solved.

Why is it ill-advised to jog uphill backwards blindfolded with your hands above your head?

Based upon my personal experience, it’s ill-advised because your neighbors will likely call the police when they see you jogging uphill backwards blindfolded with your hands above your head.

What is the best way to deliver bad news?

Fast and direct, like ripping off a bandage.

Do you have a scary mind and if so how so?

I don’t think of my mind as scary, unless you consider a brilliant mind to be scary. 🙄

How much sleep do you get each day, and do you wake refreshed? If yes, why do you think you do, and if not, why do you think you don’t?

Six or seven hours a night. I usually wake up feeling refreshed if those six or seven hours are uninterrupted.

Tree, Bee, Tee all rhyme with me, so what fruit am I?

I dunno. A lychee, maybe?

Can you list five injuries you could encounter while out in the garden please?

Green thumb, grass-stained knee, bee sting, fire ant bite, gopher hole toe.

Bonus Question
Who said, “I am serious. And don’t call me Shirley.” And who were they talking to?

Ooh, I know this! It’s Leslie Nielson (as Dr. Rumack) talking to Robert Hays (as Ted Striker) in the movie “Airplane!”

SoCS — Who Knows?

For today’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, Linda G. Hill has asked us to write a post using “nose,” “noes,” and “knows” in it.

In one of my briefest SoCS posts ever…

The Senate was deadlocked with 50 ayes to 50 noes on the bill before them. It took the Vice President, in her role as President of the Senate, to cast an aye vote, thus enabling the bill to win by that proverbial nose. Now the bill will go to the President to sign it into law, but who knows how long it will take for him to do so.

N is for Network

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. Today’s movie is “Network.”

Network was a 1976 American satirical black comedy-drama film written by Paddy Chayefsky and directed by Sidney Lumet. The film starred Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Peter Finch and Robert Duvall and features Wesley Addy, Ned Beatty, and Beatrice Straight.

When Howard Beale (Peter Finch), the dean of newscasters at the United Broadcasting System, is forced to retire, network executive Max Schumacher (William Holden), Howard’s best friend, must deliver the bad news. Beale is none to happy about being put out to pasture. He can’t stomach the idea of losing his 25-year post as anchorman simply because of age, so in his next broadcast he announces to the viewers that he’s going to commit suicide live on air on his final program. But instead, he launches into an angry televised rant, which turns out to be a huge ratings boost for the UBS network. This stunt allows ambitious producer Diana Christensen (Faye Dunaway) to develop even more outrageous programming, a concept that she takes to unsettling extremes.

The movie caused a sensation in 1976. Possibly one of the most impactful lines of dialogue in any movie is when Beale yells out, “I’m mad as hell and I’m not gonna take this anymore.” That line not only got audiences in the film yelling out of their windows, but captured the anger and imagination of Americans who repeated it for decades.

In another memorable scene in the movie, and one that was uncannily prescient of the television news business today, was when Ned Beatty as Arthur Jensen, the chairman of the conglomerate that owned the UBS television network, rages at Beale, for thwarting an acquisition by the Saudis. “You have meddled with the primal forces of nature, and you will atone,” Jensen roars at Beale. “You get up on your little 21-inch screen and howl about America and democracy…. We no longer live in a world of nations and ideologies, Mr. Beale…. The world is a business.”

I can’t tell you more about the storyline without spoiling it for those who haven’t seen it or wish to watch it again, but it’s a movie that is well worth watching.

“Network” was not only a commercial success, but it won numerous awards, including four Oscars: Best Screenplay, Best Actor for Finch and Actress for Dunaway. And Beatrice Straight, for her portrayal of Schumacher’s put-upon and cheated on wife, Louise, won the Best Supporting Actor statue that to date was awarded to the character with the least amount of screen time in Academy history. While Lumet didn’t get an Oscar, he did earn a Best Director Golden Globe.

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Blame It On Autocorrect

“I’m telling you, it wasn’t a typo,” Darren insisted. “My protagonist is a military colonel, not a colony. That was autocorrect that changed it.”

“And in your transcript, when you said that your protagonist had to pith, I suppose that, too, was autocorrect, right?” Darren’s editor said.

“Exactly,” Darren said. “He had to piss, not pith.”

“So the colonel’s wife was a zoologist, not a zoomorphic believer? You’re stretching credulity here.”

“Of course,” Darren said. “I don’t even know what zoomorphic means.”

“Okay,” Darren’s editor said, “you can blame it on autocorrect if you want to, but as far as I’m concerned, it’s official. You’re a terrible proofreader and my job is not so much to proofread your drafts, which contain a waterfall of what you claim are not typos. If you want me to do that as well as to be your grammatical gatekeeper, you’re going to need to pay me more money.”

Written for these daily prompts: My Vivid Blog (typo), Your Daily Word Prompt (pith), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (colony), Ragtag Daily Prompt (zoomorphic), Word of the Day Challenge (credulity), The Daily Spur (official), and E.M.’s Random Word Prompt (waterfall).