Question Time Over Coffee — 11/12 Edition

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

You have 11 minutes free time, how do you spend it best with regards entertainment?

Woo hoo! Eleven whole minutes of free time? I’d probably spend ten minutes trying to decide what to do with all that free time and the last minute fretting that I don’t have any time left for entertainment.

Are you a fan of feet either yours or others or are you averse feet?

I’m a fan of my feet most of the time, but not so much when I have to clip my toenails. I have to contort my body into impossible positions to accomplish that dreaded task. As to other people’s feet, I’m neither fan nor foe.

When you are wrong and you know you are wrong do you admit to being wrong or try and find a right for your wrong?

I may not always be right, but I’m never wrong.

Are you more of a night owl or a morning lark?

Definitely not a night owl. I’m an early to bed, early to rise kind of a guy. And, I’m fairly healthy, passably wise, but, sadly, not very wealthy.

Do you listen to audiobooks and if so what is the appeal? How many do you get through every month?

I’ve never listened to an audiobook, so the answer is I get through none a month.

Do you bore quickly and if so why and how do you combat it. And if not, how do you avoid that boredom?

I do get bored quickly. Why? I dunno. I just do. And when I’m bored, I move on to do something else. Either that or go take a nap.

What is one thing that you wish your readers knew about you and your blog?

How incredibly sexy I am. 🤓

What items do you have on the top shelf of your fridge right now, today?

Milk, Caffeine Free Diet Coke, water, left over tuna salad, beer, hard seltzer, Red Bull, and yogurt. (The hard seltzer and Red Bull is for my daughter and her husband when they stop by. I can’t stand that stuff.)

Are you able to stand on one leg for 25 seconds?

I don’t know and I can’t imagine why I would even want to try.

What are your favorite book titles from the following six categories?
[One item only per genre please – use alternative genre if first choice is not your style]

Comedy or Children’s literature — “Dave Barry is Not Making This Up” by Dave Barry
Horror or Historical Fiction — “Shogun” by James Clavell.
Mystery or Memoir — “The Silence of the Lambs” by Thomas Harris
Thriller or Adventure“Misery” by Stephen King
Romance or Poetry
— Sorry, but I’m not a fan of either romance novels or books of poetry.
Fantasy or Sci-Fi — “Lord of the Rings” by JRR Tolkien or “The Foundation” series by Isaac Asimov (I know, I went with both for these genres)

What twelve items would you take to a deserted island if you were going to be stranded there for twelve months and why those items – how are they functional to your survival? [You cannot take people, or any means of escape, and there is no Internet access or electricity]

  • A frying pan to cook fish or wild game
  • A pot for boiling water
  • A knife to cut my food
  • A fork to eat my food
  • An ax to chop wood
  • A giant bag of ground coffee
  • A large box of matches to light fires for cooking and warmth
  • A tin cup for my coffee
  • A tin plate to put my food on
  • A plastic glass to drink fresh water
  • A fishing pole to catch fish with
  • A rifle to shoot wild game for food

Does the society of today need social media platforms? Are they dying – as is suggested – off or are people simply after something else that is socially oriented but more personable?

I honestly don’t know how to answer this question because I’m not a big user of social media and I personally could do without social media at all. But that’s just me. Others may feel very differently.

SoCS — Put Down That Cellphone

I have to say, all modesty aside, that I excelled at being a host for our out-of-town guests this week. My wife insisted that I put down my cellphone except for taking photos with it, so that we would be able to view those photos and remember the excellent times we all had.

Wanting to be attentive to and present for our visitors, I did as she suggested and minimized my cellphone usage this week. I really wanted our guests feel as if they were being treated like celebrities during their visit.

The only day we had to cancel any of the miscellaneous plans I had made was on Tuesday because it rained all day. Otherwise everything went off without a hitch. We were able to celebrate together our decades long friendships.

Last night was cool and crisp, and there was nary a cloud in the night sky. So we all gathered around our backyard fire pit to keep warm and to gaze up at the sky and look at stars and planets in their celestial splendor. It was spectacular.

But alas, all good things must come to an end, and tomorrow our guests will be leaving and heading back home. I will miss them after they leave, of course, but because I tried very hard to minimize my time glued to my cellphone, as I often otherwise am, I have missed reading many of your posts. And I have missed our interactions.

My plan is to resume my normal blogging activities, which I do exclusively on my cellphone, the day after tomorrow. I’m looking forward to reading your posts and responding to more of your prompts and challenges.

Written for Linda G. Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, in which Linda asked us to find a word that begins with or contains “cel” and use it in your post any way we’d like.

FOWC with Fandango — Feature


It’s November 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 “feature.”

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.