WDP — Complaint Department

What do you complain about the most?

Talk about interesting timing. Just yesterday I published this post about what a total shitshow January was for me and I promised to minimize such whiny, complaining posts going forward. Then today the WordPress Daily Prompt asks what I complain about the most.

Well, aside from my month from hell and everything that went with it, I’m a septuagenarian. You know, I’m in my 70s. And being in my 70s, I’ve earned the right to be a grumpy old man.

I’ve earned the right to complain about politics and how the Republican Party has been taken over by far right idiots who seem hell-bent on destroying, rather than preserving, our American democracy.

I have earned the right to complain about religious conservatives who are on a mission to make everyone embrace their own version of morality and human behavior while hypocritically claiming to be the champions of individual freedoms.

I’ve earned the right to complain about the corrupt criminal justice system that lets rich, white men skate; about the social injustice directed toward not only people of color in America, but also toward woman (abortion rights) and the LBGT community; about a society that values gun ownership over human lives; about living in the richest country in the world, but which has one the highest poverty rates among developed nations; about giving tax cuts to large corporations and the wealthiest, while so many people are homeless.

I’ve earned the right to complain about whatever the fuck I want to complain about. And if you don’t like it, feel free to contact the complaint department.

One-Liner Wednesday — Superstition

“The way to deal with superstition is not to be polite to it, but to tackle it with all arms, and so rout it, cripple it, and make it forever infamous and ridiculous.”

H. L. Mencken, American journalist, essayist, satirist, cultural critic, and scholar of American English.

Written for Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt.

Fandango’s Provocative Question #200


Welcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question. Each week I will pose what I think is a provocative question for your consideration.

By provocative, I don’t mean a question that will cause annoyance or anger. Nor do I mean a question intended to arouse sexual desire or interest.

What I do mean is a question that is likely to get you to think, to be creative, and to provoke a response. Hopefully a positive response.

I know today’s question might not be that provocative, but I think it’s an interesting way to find out where our fellow bloggers are coming from. Most people live in one of four types of communities: urban, suburban, exurban, or rural.

  • An urban community is one that’s in a relatively high density city or town.
  • A suburb community is a place where people live just outside of a city or town.
  • An exurban community is an area further out and just beyond a typical suburban community and bordering on rural communities.
  • A rural community is one with lots of nature, open spaces, and farms, with a relatively low density.

My provocative question this week is…

Which of these four types of communities do you currently live in? Are you happy there? If so, why? If not, why not, and which type of community would you prefer to live in?

If you choose to participate, you may respond with a comment or write your own post in response to the question. Once you are done, tag your post with #FPQ and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments. But remember to check to confirm that your pingback or your link shows up in the comments.

FOWC with Fandango — Pejorative


It’s February 1, 2023. 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 “pejorative.”

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.