Question Time Over Coffee — 12/10 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.

1. What motivates you to get up every day?

Needing to pee.

2. What words have always struck you as funny or odd when looked upon?

I have come to believe that there is nothing anymore about the English language that strikes me as funny or odd. For example, the plural of goose is geese. So why isn’t the plural of moose be meese? And why do we park on a driveway but drive on a parkway? Everything is funny and/or odd.

3. How often do you read the comments left by other bloggers on other bloggers’ published posts?

That depends upon (1) how many comments there are and (2) how much time I have available. I’m less likely to read other bloggers’ comments if there are a lot of to them or if I have a limited amount of time.

4. How hard do you work to keep your long standing friendships alive year in and year out and do your friends work the same way to keep you?

We’ve moved around a lot (eight different states, not including two different times in Maryland and California), so it’s been challenging to maintain long standing friendships when you move around every few years.

5. How many emails do you delete every week?

Most of them that are not from someone I know or regarding something I’m expecting.

6. Are you easily distracted, and what do you find distracts you the most?

I’m not really that easily distracted, but there’s not much of what I do these days that suffers if I do get distracted.

7. Have you ever had a strange unexplained encounter that left you shaken and baffled, and if so, what do you think it was? Or what did your brain make you think it was?

I’ve experienced what I might call interesting coincidences, but nothing I can think of as being especially strange, unexplained, or baffling.

8. Are we more scared of things that go bump in the night when in the dark or equally as concerned if the same thing happens during daylight hours? If so, why do you think that is?

I think darkness adds a sense of mystery to things we hear or see, so I’m going to go with being more scared of such things in the darkness of night.

9. What do you think are the magical ingredients for writing a bestseller and do you think you could write one?

If I knew what the magical ingredients for writing a bestseller are, I’d probably have written one by now.

10. When was the last time you stayed awake all night having fun with another person, and what were you doing?

Sorry, but I don’t kiss and tell.

11. Would the 18 year old you recognise the older you if you both collided on the street today? If not, why?

Probably not. Unlike me now, the 18 year old me had a head full of hair (a lot) on his head, did not have a beard, and was skinnier than the much older me is now. I’m pretty sure he wouldn’t recognize me at all.

12. What are you most looking forward to in 2023?

Mostly I’m looking forward to staying healthy and to still be around to look forward to 2024 (and beyond) at this time next year.

13. Are you more curious or are you more passionate, or are you both?

I’m curious about those things that I’m curious about and passionate about those things that I’m passionate about.

14. Can you easily recognize your flaws, and do you think it is important?

Flaws? What flaws?

15. The musical album you loved the most in the last twenty years was… ?

The last twenty years? So since 2002? That’s a tough one, since my musical taste is mostly classic rock from the Sixties and Seventies. But strange as it seems, over the past decade I’ve become a bigger fan of Pink Floyd than I ever was when the band was back in its prime. So which Pink Floyd album? Hey, I’ll take ‘em all.

SoCS — We Should Have Known

For this week’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, Linda G. Hill has assigned us to find a word that contains “dict” and use it in our post. Alrighty then, let’s have a go at it.

This was entirely predictable
We should have known

But now the verdict is in
The man “we” elected as president
Is the dictionary definition
Of a dictator
He is addicted to power
He has issued an edict
Disbanding Congress
Declaring the Constitution
To be null and void
Because he’s so vindictive
Anyone who contradicts him
Will be immediately arrested
And indicted for treason

This was entirely predictable
We should have known

The New Neighbors

Ever since her former next door neighbors, that nice, quiet, elderly couple, sold their house to a family with three teenagers, Barbara and her new neighbors had been at an impasse regarding the loud, raucous parties their kids threw every weekend. Parties that lasted late into the night.

Barbara had welcomed the new family to the neighborhood when they first arrived, informing them of what a nice, quiet, and extraordinary neighborhood they had moved into. Barbara mentioned to the woman of the house that she and her husband, Kenneth, usually retired at around ten o’clock at night and hoped that their new neighbors would try to keep the noise down after that hour.

“Well, you know how teenagers are, right?” the woman said. “They’re going to do what they’re going to do.”

“You’re the parent,” Barbara said. “Surely you can tell your children to be courteous to and respectful of their neighbors.”

“Don’t tell me how to raise my children,” the woman said, turning her back to Barbara, and walking away in a huff.

A few months later, Barbara had had it with these loud, late parties. It was almost 1:30 in the morning and the noise coming from her neighbor’s backyard was quite loud. She went to her back door and looked over into her neighbor’s yard and saw not only a large group of teenagers, but the mother of the teens who lived in the house.

“For the grace of God,” Barbara screamed from her backyard patio, “can you please hold that cacophony down a notch or two?” The teenagers just laughed and one had the audacity to actually turn up the volume of the music. And to add insult to injury, the mother, who was also there, smiled at Barbara and then flipped her the bird.

That’s when Barbara went back into her house, got her double barreled shotgun, loaded both barrels, and stepped out into her backyard.

Written for these daily prompts: Your Daily Word Prompt (impasse), The Daily Spur (ordinary), Ragtag Daily Prompt (grace), and Word of the day Challenge (cacophony).

FOWC with Fandango — Indebted


It’s December 10, 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 “indebted.”

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.