Truthful Tuesday — First Impressions

Di, host of Pensivity101, is once again standing in for Melanie, of Sparks from a Combustible Mind, for today’s Truthful Tuesday prompt. This week Di wants to know about first impressions. She says, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression, but how about first impressions on you?” She wants to know…

How do you react if the person isn’t how you imagined? Do you try to find some common ground, simply be polite, or shrug your shoulders?

I’m a relatively easy going guy. As such, I give people the benefit of the doubt when I first meet them. So, if there is a common ground to be had, I will attempt to find that. However, if not, and if the relationship is important (e.g., a boss, an in-law, an acquaintance of a close friend), I’ll try to be polite. Of course, if the person is wearing a red MAGA cap, all bets are off.

Rory’s Coffee Morning Question

Yesterday, Rory asked somewhat related questions. They weren’t specifically about first impressions, but about how one relates to other people. So I thought I’d address his questions here, too. Rory asked…

Are you easily irritated by people? If so what annoys or irks you the most?

As I’ve gotten older I’ve found that I’m less willing to suffer fools than I was in my younger days. Hence, when I encounter a fool I become easily irritated. And these days, the fools that I am annoyed by, irked by, and irritated by are people who are racist, bigoted, sexist, close-minded, and intolerant of others based upon their gender, race, religion, or national origin. I’m especially irritated by those who are willfully ignorant, which includes most far-right Republicans, anyone wearing a red MAGA cap, and all those who in any way whatsoever support, excuse, or condone Donald Trump.

‘Nuff said.

The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth

In days of yore, such behavior would have been an affront to the decent citizens of our country. But times and technologies have changed. Today, these so-called online influencers receive hefty compensation, even when they have little to no qualifications for what they do.

Contrast that with a pair of weathered old fogies like you and me, my friend. No matter how hale and hardy we may feel, we don’t stand a chance. At least not unless someone invents a miracle module that can restore our youth, vim, and vigor. In the meantime, we’re just bystanders, people to basically be ignored, and all we can do is shake our heads and watch while these geeks inherit the Earth.

Written for these daily prompts from yesterday: The Daily Spur (yore), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (affront), My Vivid Blog (compensation), Word of the Day Challenge (qualification), E.M.’s Random Word Prompt (weathered), Ragtag Daily Prompt (hale), and Your Daily Word Prompt (module). Photo credit: Xavier

Fandango’s Story Starter #60

It’s time for my weekly Story Starter prompt. Here’s how it works. Every Tuesday morning (my time), I’m going to give you an incomplete “teaser” sentence and your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to build a story (prose or poetry) around that partial sentence. It doesn’t have to be the first sentence in your story, and you don’t even have to use it in your post at all if you don’t want to. The purpose of the teaser is simply to spark your imagination and to get your storytelling juices flowing.

This week’s Story Starter teaser is:

It would be easy enough to come away from that encounter thinking that…

If you care to write and post a story built from this teaser, be sure to link back to this post and to tag your post with #FSS. I would also encourage you to read and enjoy what your fellow bloggers do with their stories.

And most of all, have fun.

FOWC with Fandango — Lucrative


It’s August 23, 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 “lucrative.”

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.