Spam Comment of the Week — Week 42 2022

I get some interesting spam comments on my blog, most of which are captured by Akismet, WordPress’ spam blocker. I generally do a mass delete of all of my spam comments after checking to see if any legitimate comments got caught up in Akismet’s spam-catching net.

I thought it might be fun to select a particularly interesting or unique or outrageous spam comment and highlight it each week. This week I chose two spam comments. Note that both of them were comments on my “Who Am I” page.

You completed a number of nice points there. I did a search on the issue and found nearly all people will have the same opinion with your blog.

I beg to differ with that commenter. I don’t think all people will have the same opinion about who I am. For instance, this next commenter, who claims I’m not right about who I am. But at least he wants to talk about it with me.

In my opinion you are not right. Let’s discuss.

Anyway, have you read some catchy spam comments that you’d like to share with us? If so, put them in the comments or create your own post and tag it #FSCW.

Weekend Writing Prompt — Opposites Attract

I like my eggs hard boiled
You like yours soft boiled

I never borrow money
You are eager to lend money

I prefer being in bright lights
You prefer staying in the shadows

We are totally opposite
That’s why we make a great couple

(Exactly 44 words)

Written for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, where the prompt is “opposite” in exactly 44 words. Also written for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Opposing Forces, where the words are “hard and soft” and “lend and borrow.” And for Ragtag Daily Prompt (lights & shadows)

Question Time Over Coffee

Rory, over at Earthly Comforts, has posed a number of intriguing questions this morning. Let’s see if I can come up with some equally intriguing answers.

How do you see music or do you simply hear it?
If you do see it – what do you see and if you hear it how do you hear it ? What does music conjure up for you when you listen?

I dont “see” music per se. But because the music I prefer to listen to is mostly classic rock, when I hear a song, it often triggers memories and I can sometimes visualize in my mind the memories those songs conjure up. How do I hear music? Through my ears, and at my age, it is often amplified through either my Apple air pods or my hearing aids.

On a scale of 1 – 7 with 7 being the highest how do you rate your country’s current government’s effectiveness?

These days, with the partisan divide and political gridlock, a 2 is being generous.

Why do some crimes go unsolved and what do you think is the hardest crime to get away with?

Incompetent investigations, no eyewitnesses, no DNA. I think the hardest crime to get away with is murder because so much attention goes to it. Still, only around 60% of murders and 53% of assaults in the U.S. ever get solved.

How would you describe the color teal to someone who wasn’t familiar with the color?

It’s a light bluish green.

Are you able to list five ways to improve your mental health and wellbeing?

  • Stop watching so much political news
  • Stop reading so much political news
  • Stop listening to so much political news
  • Eat a cannabis-infused marshmallow
  • Lie down, close my eyes, and listen to classic rock music

How would you describe your house/property and do you like it or not?

Comfortable, serene, and yes, I like it.

Is popularity important to you and if so why?

Not really. I am more focused on doing things to please myself (and my immediate family) than I am on doing things to please others in order to be “popular.”

If fear wasn’t an issue for you, what adventure would you take?

I’ve reached the age where I’m not really seeking many new adventures.

How many Bond movies have you seen and what are your top five favorites?

I’ve probably seen a dozen or so over the years. Sean Connery was my favorite James Bond and he was in a total of six Bond films. Choose any five of those six and they’ll be my favorites.

What is the most reckless thing you have ever done?

I didn’t think it was reckless at the time, but as I reflect back on it, taking a cross-country motorcycle/camping trip with my girlfriend (and future wife) on a relatively small motorcycle (Kawasaki KZ400), which is in no way a touring bike, was probably reckless.

What really freaks you out and why?

The thought that we are standing at the precipice of the fall of democracy in America.

SoCS — Bowl Me Over

For this week’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt from Linda G. Hill, we’ve been given the word “bowl” and instructed to use it as a noun or a verb or any way we’d like.

Alrighty then. As this is a stream of consciousness post, I came up with a bunch is random statements using the word bowl. Some of these statements are true and factual, others are purely made up ones that popped into my head. Would you like to guess which are true and which are not? Here goes.

In high school I took a pottery class and crafted a bunch of ceramic bowls

When I was a kid, my mother used to put a bowl on my head to give me a haircut. She called it a “bowl cut.”

Every morning I have a big bowl of cold cereal for breakfast.

On Wednesday nights I grab my bowling ball, my bowling shoes, and head to the bowling alley to bowl a few games with my buddies on the bowling team. One time I bowled a 300 game and everyone in the place was totally bowled over.

I’ve always wanted to go to a concert at the Hollywood Bowl. That would be really cool. But I’ve never been. Have you?

We always have a bowl of fresh water out for our dog to drink when she’s thirsty.

My office has glass walls and when I am in it I feel as if I’m sitting in a fish bowl.

I love watching college bowl football games, but when it comes to the Super Bowl, I usually enjoy the commercials and the half-time show more than the game itself.

Do you remember the quiz show, College Bowl, back when Allan Ludden, Betty White’s husband was the host?

I understand that College Bowl is back on the air, now hosted by Peyton Manning.

With Halloween approaching I’m looking for a large plastic bowl that I can dump all of the fun-sized candy bars into. Then I’ll take the bowl filled with candy to the end of my driveway and the trick-or-treaters can take their own candy bars from the bowl and not have to come to my door and knock or ring the bell, which drives my dog crazy.

My son, when he was in college, survived mostly on bowls of Ramen noodles.

FOWC with Fandango — Trepidation


It’s October 22, 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 “trepidation.”

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.