This Is Getting Old

At 6:45 this morning our power went out. This was our fourth outage in the past eight days. We’ve experienced heavy rains and strong, gusty winds, which have caused numerous downed trees falling across and taking out power lines, so it’s not surprising that we’re having all of these power outages.

The good news is that we have a whole house generator that kicks in as soon as the power goes out, and within seconds of the outage, our power is restored by the gas generator. We have lights, WiFi, a functioning refrigerator, stove, oven, TV, and everything we need. So, while these outages have been a bit of an inconvenience, our “suffering” from these power outages has been minimal.

But today, at 10:45 am, four hours after the power went off, our generator stopped working. I went outside to the unit and saw an error code and a message on the display screen to contact my generator service provider. I did make that call and was told that they are slammed and will do their best to get someone out to take a look at what the problem is and fix it today, but it might not be until tomorrow when they can get to us.

In the meantime, we are in the dark…or will be once the sun sets tonight.

Fandango’s Provocative Question #206


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.

Today’s provocative question is about the word “woke.” A conservative writer was recently asked during a televised interview about her new book to define the term “woke.” The interviewee had a brain freeze and was unable to explain the meaning of the word. So I thought I’d toss it out to you, my provocative question readers.

What does the word “woke” mean to you? Is being “woke” a good thing or a bad thing? Do you consider yourself to be “woke”? Why or why not?

If you choose to participate in Fandango’s Provocative Question, 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 — Plan


It’s March 22, 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 “plan.”

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.