Sadje’s Sunday Poser — Luck

For today Sunday Poser, Sadje wants to know…

Do you believe in luck?

Oh, I believe in luck

There’s good luck

Tough luck

Rough luck

Blind luck

Dumb luck

There’s a rabbit’s foot

A horseshoe

A lucky penny

A lucky charm

A four-leaf clover

A pot of gold at the end of the rainbow

Throughout my life

I’ve had plenty of luck

But sadly, in my case

My luck’s been no luck at all

WDP — Confidence Level

How would you rate your confidence level?

With respect to what? Am I confident that by summer I’ll be able to walk normally and have full range of motion in my right shoulder after I finish my physical therapy? Yes, highly confident.

Am I confident that the Democrats will keep control of the White House, the U.S. Senate, and regain control of the House of Representatives in 2024? No, not confident at all.

Am I confident that, in the event the Republicans do take control of the White House and Congress, democracy in America will survive another four years. No, not at all.

Am I confident that anything will ever be done about the proliferation of guns and mass shootings? About restoring a woman’s right to manage her own reproductive healthcare? About gender equally? About improved race relations? About a reduction in hate crimes and domestic political violence? No, no, no, no, and no.

Am I confident that, if we humans don’t get serious about climate change by the end of this decade, human life on Earth will survive through the end of this century? Fuhgeddaboudit.

My bottom line is that I’m highly confident about personal things that are reasonably within my control, and not at all confident about any those big societal and political issues I’ve mentioned being resolved. And, for what it’s worth, I’m fairly confident that I probably won’t still be alive twenty years from now.

So in the long run, none of these things will matter anyway. At least not to me. Thus, the question about my confidence level is irrelevant.

Cellpic Sunday — 3/19/23

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.

Can you guess what this is a photo of? Perhaps if you’ve ever had your main water drain from your home leading out to the water line in the street in front of your home back up, you might recognize this. That’s my shower drain in the center of the picture and the black stuff is what was left after the water level very slowly receded (drained) from my shower floor. Not only did it look gross, it smelled gross, too.

I took this photo with my iPhone on November 18, 2019 and texted it to a plumber to request an emergency house call. Fortunately, the plumber took pity on me and came out right away. He and his crew were able to fix the problem. Unfortunately, it took two days and cost a small fortune.

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.

Rory’s Dawdler — 03/19/23

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 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.

Are you a person who likes their life to be orderly with set routines and schedules or is that not an essential for you to worry about?

Is an orderly life with set routines and schedules essential for me? No. But is it preferable? Yes.

Are you a natural people watcher and if so what do you enjoy about the experience?

If I’m out and about and have some time to kill, I enjoy people watching. Seeing different people and how they interact and then filling in the blanks (or making them up in my mind) about the kind of person they are, what they do for a living, and what makes them tick can be entertaining — for maybe 30 minutes, at most.

Do you think your online persona is very different from the one at home or are you exactly the same as you display yourself to your readers?

I’m pretty much the same person here on WordPress (my only online “social media” presence) as I am in the real world. If anything, I may be a bit more forthcoming here. For example, I don’t go around announcing to total strangers ITRW that I’m an atheist, but most who know me through WordPress are aware of that. Yes, I blog anonymously, but that’s an attempt to hide my real identity to reduce the potential for identity theft more so than to present an entirely different persona online than at home.

Spam Comment of the Week — Week 11 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 I have three interesting spam comments to feature. This first one was from Pokoj13071, who was kind enough to give my blog a second chance after finding it too boring. But I have apparently redeemed myself lately.

I have not checked in here for some time as I thought it was getting boring, but the last few posts are great quality so I guess I will add you back to my everyday bloglist. You deserve it my friend 🙂

This next spam comment was from Fasano, who apparently is a long lost family member of mine. Hopefully I can persuade this previously unknown family member to not peer any more of my posts.

Hello my family member! I wish to say that this post is awesome, nice written and include approximately all significant infos. I would like to peer more posts like this.

This last one is from someone named Ward, in response to one of my Cellpic Sunday posts, wrote:

My wife and i have been really thrilled when Jordan could deal with his homework using the precious recommendations he came across from your own blog. It’s not at all simplistic just to happen to be offering tricks that many others might have been selling. We really see we have got you to give thanks to for this. The most important explanations you’ve made, the simple site navigation, the relationships you can give support to instill – it’s all great, and it’s aiding our son in addition to our family reason why this content is fun, which is tremendously important. Thanks for all the pieces!

I am thrilled that Ward’s son, Jordan, was able to be helped with his homework by seeing a photo of my dog at the beach. You’re welcome for all the pieces, Ward.

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.