Question Time Over Coffee — 11/19 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.

Have you ever been on an extended vacation/holiday road trip? If so, when and where and for how long?

So many. Before my wife and I were married we took a cross-country motorcycle camping trip. And after we married, we used to take camping road trips with our kids to visit most of the national parks.

After our kids were grown and out of the house, my wife and I bought a condo in San Francisco, but didn’t sell our home in Massachusetts for three years after we bought the condo. So twice a year we would take a leisurely drive across the country following different routes each time until we finally sold our Massachusetts house in 2013.

When was the last time you visited an actual bookshop, and what, if any, new/old/secondhand titles did you buy?

When we lived in San Francisco there was a great bookstore, Green Apple Books, only a few blocks from where we lived. But we moved from the city in January 2020 and haven’t been to a brick and mortar book store since then.

How do you feel about the new WP Dashboard 7-day highlights Statistics?

I use the WordPress iOS app on my iPhone and it doesn’t have that dashboard feature you’re referring to on the iOS app. So I have no feelings one way or the other since I’ve never seen it.

How do you feel about all the Russian nuclear sabre rattling?

I hope that’s all it is: sabre rattling.

If you could go back or travel to an age of your choice and live or relive a previous era for a day, what age would you pick and why?

It’s hard to pick any single day, but if I had to pick one, it would probably be the day I lost my virginity in the back of my mother’s station wagon. Why? Why do you think?

Do you have a favorite coat? [Outdoor/Indoor/Business/Social] What makes it unique to you, OR is a coat just a coat?

After more than 10 years, I finally had to get a new winter jacket this year. I got the same brand, Patagonia, that my old jacket was. What I like about it is that it’s quilted, hooded, very lightweight, and it keeps me warm.

Do you enjoy learning something new every day or week?

Yes, I enjoy learning something new at any time.

Are you more comfortable in your skin today than you were in the youth of your yesterdays?
Why and how so?

I’ve always felt comfortable in my skin, but at my age, it’s a little more wrinkly and less pliant than it used to be.

Have you ever kept a hardback diary or a journal as opposed to an online digital one? When did you first start to journal your life?

Nope. I suppose my first effort at “journaling” was when I started my first blog in 2005.

How do you feel about Eggplant/Aubergine/Guinea Squash as a vegetable? Is it something you enjoy having in your meals?

I do like eggplant. My wife makes a mean eggplant parmesan and I’ve had eggplant in various dishes, including one of my go-to Indian dishes, Baingan Bharta.

What film could you watch over and over again and why?

“Young Frankenstein.” I’ve probably seen it more than a dozen times and have much of the dialogue committed to memory. In my opinion, it’s one of the best comedy films ever. Another movie I’ve watched a number of times that I really enjoy is “The Man Who Would Be King” with Sean Connery and Michael Caine. It’s a rollicking good time and a fun adventure.

What concert, show, or event would you love tickets for if you could get them?

I’ve been to tons of rock concerts in my life, but I’ve never been to a Rolling Stones concert.

Would your teenage self be impressed with who you are today and what you have achieved so far in your/their life?

He’d probably be happy that I’m still alive. Given some of the stunts I pulled in my youth, still being alive is quite an accomplishment.

Which online behaviors do you find the most annoying in blogging?

Hypocrisy. For example, when someone posts how they encourage a diversity of opinions in their comments, but then deletes respectfully written comments that don’t echo her own opinions.

SoCS — Morning Has Broken

For this week’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt from Linda G. Hill, she has given us the word “morning” and to use it any way we like.

I am a morning person. Not by choice, however. If I could, I’d sleep a lot later than I do. But I can’t. No matter what time it is at night when I shut my eyes, I find myself to be wide awake usually by around 6 or 6:30 am. If I am able to sleep past 7:00, that’s a late morning for me.

What I usually do when I first wake up in the morning is to pick up my iPhone and see what comments came in overnight while I was sleeping. That’s usually between 25-35 comments. I also check my Reader to see what the bloggers I follow have posted overnight. It’s a lot because I follow a lot of very prolific bloggers, most of whom post multiple times a day.

Hence, I spend a fairly significant portion of each morning reading and responding to comments and reading and commenting on posts that show up in my Reader.

I try to fit in coffee, breakfast, skimming the newspaper and my newsfeed, taking the dog out, and, oh yes, interacting with my wife in the morning as well.

Bottom line, I like the morning. It’s the start of a new adventure each day. And I like this song from Cat Stevens, as well.

FOWC with Fandango — Confess


It’s November 19, 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 “confess.”

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.