Rory’s Dawdler — 02/26/23

Rory, the king of questions, also known as the Autistic Composter, has come up with a new series of questions that he calls “The Dawdler.” He poses three or four questions twice a week, questions he says are “inspired by life, humor, conversations and observations, town life, blog posts, writers, gardening, news stories, television, entertainment, and human curiosity, and so on.”

Here are Rory’s three Dawdler questions today.

Which behavioral trait describes you more – introvert, ambivert or extrovert?

Over time I’ve exhibited all three of these traits. In my younger days I was an unabashed extrovert, the life of the party. By the time I reached middle age, I was more of an ambivert, as some of my unbridled youthful exuberance was tempered, but in the appropriate setting, I could still be the life of the party. Now I’m retired, and after the pandemic, I’ve become much more of an introvert and have no desire to be with large groups of people.

How often do you clear out free space on your phone, and how often does your storage space fill up? Also, how many apps do you have that you use daily?

Every night, before I turn off my iPhone, I swipe up to close out all of my open apps. And once a week I close all of my open tabs on Google, Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. As to my storage space on my iPhone, it has 256 GB available. I’ve had my phone since November of 2020 and I’ve only used 92 GB, so I’ve still got plenty of storage left.

How many apps do I use daily? I use Jetpack (in lieu of WordPress), Amazon, Google, IMDB, Solitaire, Safari, iMesssge, and my iPhone’s camera app, among a handful of others.

Are you easily annoyed, and your temper continually snaps? If so, what irks you the most, or are you the calm one who only blows occasionally?

I’m generally an easy-going guy who very rarely exploded in anger. However, I have to admit that as I’ve aged, I’m much more easily annoyed than I used to be. What irks me the most? Let’s see. Christian nationalists, white supremacist, QAnon followers, far-right Republicans, most Republican politicians, and anyone who cares more about right-wing political ideology over the survival of democracy in America.

WDP — The Biggest Challenge

What is the biggest challenge you will face in the next six months?

This one is easy. My biggest challenge over the next six months is to fully recuperate from a fractured left hip and fractured humerus in my right shoulder that I suffered when I clumsily fell off a ladder in mid-January.

I had partial hip replacement surgery on the same day I fractured my hip, and spent two weeks in the hospital, including 10 days in post-surgical rehab before coming home. I’ve been going through some heavy duty physical and occupational therapy sessions at home, learning how to walk (with the aid of a walker) and to manage my activities of daily living.

In a few weeks I’ll be starting the next phase of my rehabilitation when I start going to outpatient physical therapy three times a week through at least early June.

So, essentially, my biggest challenge over the next six months is to be back, physically, to where I was before my ladder fall. To be able to walk, run, squat, kneel, and have full use of my leg and hip. And to once again have a full range of pain-free movement of my right arm and shoulder.

Easy peasy, right?

Photo credit: Masterfile (Royalty-Free Division).

Cellpic Sunday — 2/26/23

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.

We very rarely get snow in the San Francisco Bay area, but on Thursday night, with below freezing temperatures at the higher elevations — above 2,000 feet — we got snow.

Well, not at our house. Our house is at an elevation of about 575 feet above sea level, and all we got was rain. We live in what some refer to as the foothills of Mount Diablo, which rises to about 3,850 feet at its summit. On Friday afternoon, during a break in the rain, I went out to my backyard, looked to the east, and took the picture below showing the very unusual scene of snow on Mount Diablo.

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 8 2023

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 featured spam comment was from Curt Propuzo and was in response to my “Who Am I?” About page.

It?s really a great and helpful piece of info. I am satisfied that you just shared this useful info with us. Please stay us up to date like this. Thanks for sharing.

Curt, I’m happy that you are satisfied with my About page and that you found it useful. As you requested, if anything about me changes, I will most assuredly stay you up to date.

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.

FOWC with Fandango — Concoction


It’s February 26, 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 “concoction.”

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.