Sadje’s Sunday Poser — Not Intentionally

For her Sunday Poser today, Sadje wants to know…

Do you like to re-read old favorite’s again?

I don’t intentionally re-read books I’ve read before. That said, I will occasionally start reading a book and as I begin to get into it, I may start to think it feels familiar to me. Sort of like a feeling of déjà vu. But as I continue reading it, sometimes as I’m approaching the end of the book, I come to the realization that the familiar feeling is because I’ve actually have read the book before.

That sometimes happens with movies, too. I’ll start watching a movie that I thought I’d never watched before, only to realize at some point that I had, indeed previously watched it.

Perhaps that’s a byproduct of getting older. It’s true that, with me being in my seventies, my memory ain’t the steel trap it used to be. But the good news when these re-read/rerun events take place, it’s almost as if I’m reading the book or watching the movie for the first time.

I suppose one might call that the silver lining of the golden years.

Cellpic Sunday — 11/20/22

John Steiner, the blogger behind Journeys With Johnbo, has this prompt he calls Cellpic Sunday in which he asks us to post a photo that was taken with a cellphone, tablet, or another mobile device. I thought this might be fun so I decided to join in.

It’s very unusual in my neck of the woods (The San Francisco Bay) for temperatures to drop low enough for there to be a frost. This morning, though, when I went out with my dog at around 7:15, my iPhone’s weather app indicated that it was 35°F outside. The photo below was taken with my iPhone this morning. I saw evidence of the frost on the arm of one of my Adirondack chairs around my fire pit. I took my finger and spelled out the word “COLD” on the frosty arm of the chair.

If you wish to participate in this fun cellphone photo prompt, please click on the link to John’s post at the top of my post to see his photo and to read his instructions.

Spam Comment of the Week — Week 46 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’s spam comment was on my “Who Am I” about me page.

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I’m not sure what “sort of space” this spammer is referring to or what a “very good uncanny feeling” means. Is it good or is it uncanny (which is eerie or unsettling)? And that last sentence is a bit confusing.

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.

Where is Everyone?

Hello. Did I write something, say something, or do something to offend you? Hey listen, I know it’s early. It’s a Sunday morning, and it’s your day off, your day of rest. I get it. But still.

I always check my stats when I wake up in the morning. How many of my fellow bloggers viewed my posts while I was sleeping? How many comments did my posts get that I need to read and respond to?

On a typical morning, when I look at my overnight stats at around 7 am, I have anywhere from 100 to sometimes as high as 200 views. And usually around 30 to 40 comments.

But this morning, when I opened my eyes and looked at my stats page at around 10 past 7, here’s what I saw:

Only 83 views. Only 13 comments. Did everyone on my side of the globe oversleep? Did all of you who live on the other side of the globe decide that today was the day to boycott my blog? Where are you?

Even now, two hours later, I’ve only received 112 views and 15 comments.

Don’t you love me anymore?

Weekend Writing Prompt — The Local Bookstore

There was a local bookstore
Run by a kindly, old bibliopole.
There were old books, new books, records, and more.
I spent hours browsing around that bookstore
Then along came Amazon and Kindle
And the bookstore is no more.

(Exactly 39 words)

Written for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, where the word is “bibliopole.”