Pull Up a Seat — This is Art?

I came across this challenge, Pull Up a Seat Photo Challenge, from XingfuMama, in which she asks us to “create a post with a photo of places one sits or might sit, or art about sitting, and maybe a little background or story about the spot or a picture of the view.”

The last time I participated in this prompt, I showed a photo I took at the de Young Fine Arts Museum in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. This time I’m back at GGP with a photo of a bench behind the California Academy of Sciences.

This is a three person bench-like seat carved out of a log. The quarters that were cut from the log are placed in front of the seat as foot rests. It’s actually a surprisingly comfortable place to pull up seat.

Fibbing Friday — More Word Meanings

Di (aka Pensitivity101) and Melanie (Sparks From a Combustible Mind) 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. This week is Di is back and she gives us some more words to define.

1. What are you if you are Mabsoot? A chimney sweep.
2. What does it mean to nidificate?
To be indecisive about something. 🤷🏻‍♂️
3. What is a pabouch?
It’s the spot on the couch reserved exclusively for the husband/father. No one else dare sit in that spot.
4. What is quab?
It’s a type of squid found exclusively off the shores of Ecuador.
5. What is tacenda?
It’s a tendency the climb the stairs rather than ascending the building via the elevators.
6. What does it mean to be ulotrichous?
It’s when something is both delicious and nutritious.
7. What is waftage?
It’s the loss of wattage in light bulbs, indicating that the bulb is about to burn out.
8. What does it mean to yaff?
It occurs when you’re laughing so hard that you accidentally pass gas.
9. What is to yuke?
It’s when you’ve been throwing up and have reached the point where there’s nothing left in your stomach so all that comes out is greenish-yellow bile.
10. What is zabaglione?
It’s the name of the machine that is used to periodically clean the ice at ice skating rinks.

Friday Fictioneers — A Good Idea at the Time

Two years ago we had to curtail indoor seating for our customers due to the pandemic.

Then my wife had a brilliant idea. “Petition the city to allow us to set up a parklet so we can offer outdoor dining.”

Guess what? The city gave us a permit.

I constructed a parklet. A table and stools on a platform that extended around four feet into the street.

But the pandemic continued and no paying customers showed up. Only homeless druggies and drunks.

My parklet sits empty now, covered in graffiti.

It seem like a good idea at the time, though.

(100 words)

Written for the Friday Fictioneers prompt from Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Photo credit: Roger Bultot.

Fandango’s Flashback Friday — August 12th

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 12th) of any month within the past year and link to that post in a comment.

This was originally posted on August 12, 2017.

SoCS — Squishy Words


There are certain words in the English language that I consider to be “squishy.” Words like “suppose,” or “think,” or “believe.” All three of these words denote (or is it connote?) uncertainty.

For example,

  • suppose I can get there in time.
  • think I can get there in time.
  • believe I can get there in time.

The problem with these squishy words is that, in each case, I don’t know if I can get there in time. I can try to get there in time, but I can’t be certain.

But the squishiest word of them all is “guess.”

People know they’re being squishy because of the way they wrap the word “guess” up. They may say, “Well, if I had to guess….” No, you don’t have to guess. No one is putting a gun to your head and forcing you to guess at something.

Or maybe they’ll offer to “hazard a guess.” That means they’re taking a risk, perhaps even a dangerous one, that they may be wrong about what it is they’re guessing.

Even an “educated guess” is still just a guess. Presumably the person who makes an educated guess knows something about the topic on which he or she is making the guess. But while an “educated guess” may reduce the possibility that the guess is wrong, it doesn’t guarantee that it’s right.

I admit to being guilty of using the words “guess,” “suppose,” “think,” and “believe” all the time. But when I ask someone a question and that person is not sure of the answer, I’d prefer to be told “I don’t know” instead of “I guess.”

And with that said, I believe I have covered this topic sufficiently, although I suppose I could provide some more examples. No, I think I’ve said enough.

I guess.

Written for today’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt from Linda G. Hill, which is to write a post using or about the word “guess.”

FOWC with Fandango — Languish


It’s August 12, 2022. Welcome 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 “languish.”

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. Show them some love.