Sunday Poser — Bucket List

In her Sunday Poser today, Sadje wants to know…

Do you still have a desire/dream that you want to attain?

I’m interpreting Sadje’s question to be asking if there are things I still want to do before I kick the bucket. At this point in my life I have only two desires.

First is that my mind lasts as long as my body does. I don’t want to end up being a vegetable sitting in a wheelchair in a nursing home having no idea who I am or who my loved ones are.

Second is that, when it’s my time to go, I go peacefully and painlessly in my sleep.

I don’t think that’s asking for too much, do you?

WDP — Favorite Emojis

Daily writing prompt
What are your favorite emojis?

I rarely use emojis in the body of my posts. When I do use them, it’s when I comment on other bloggers’ posts or in response to a comment they made addressed to me.

I don’t use a wide variety of emojis. Mostly I use a smiley face, a winking, a laughing (with tears), an angry, a rolling eyes, or a face palm emoji. I will occasionally use thumbs up or clapping hands emojis.

I was curious about what other emojis I use, so I opened up my emoji keyboard on my iPhone and took a look at “Frequently Used” emojis.

I was surprised to find some emojis in the frequently used grouping. I honestly have no recollection of ever using some of them, like the live concert ticket, the avocado, the bone, or the swimmer emojis. But I guess I must have used them recently, although not frequently.

I think I’ll recommend that Apple change the name of this grouping from “Frequently Used” to “Recently Used.” I’m sure they’ll comply.

Cellpic Sunday — 4/30/23

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.

John’s Cellpic Sunday today featured a photo of a memorial to the unknown soldier in Rome that was dedicated about 100 years ago. I decided to feature a structure that was built around the same time in San Francisco, The Palace of Fine Arts.

The Palace of Fine Arts is a monumental structure located in the Marina District of San Francisco, California, originally constructed for the 1915 Panama–Pacific International Exposition to exhibit works of art. Completely rebuilt from 1964 to 1974, it is the only structure from the exposition that survives on site. Today it’s available corporate events, private galas, trade shows, weddings, and other events.

I took a bunch of iPhone photos of the Palace of Fine Arts when my wife’s brother and his wife came to visit us in May of 2016, but this was the only photo I could find without them or my wife in it. They’re all camera shy.

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.

The Garden Dawdler — 04/29/23

Rory, the king of questions, also known as the Autistic Composter, has come up with a new series of questions that he calls “The Garden Dawdler.” Rory is posing “nine questions once a week for your leisure or pleasure.”

I didn’t get around to responding to Rory’s questions yesterday, but better late than never, right? Here are Rory’s nine Dawdler questions from yesterday.

What is one of your deepest desires or fantasy?

As my blog is rated PG, I’m afraid that revealing my deepest desires or fantasies would not be appropriate here.

When was the last time you used a pencil to write with?

I actually cannot recall the last time I used a pencil.

How tired are you daily, or do you get sufficient sleep to feel refreshed daily?

I’d say most nights I get sufficient sleep (around seven hours) to feel relatively refreshed the next day. On those nights when I don’t get that much sleep, I will generally fall asleep during the day while watching TV, reading, or listening to music.

How quick are you at making significant vital decisions?

Once I’ve gathered all of the information I need in order to make a significant, vital decision, which could take a while, I make it pretty quickly.

Do you use a brush or a comb with your hair or never do that and have a more natural look?

I shave my head every two weeks, so I use neither a brush nor a comb on my hair.

How many true friendships do you think you need?

I have a very small circle of what I’d call “true friends,” and I think I have all that I need.

How good is your memory, and how far back in your life can you go to remember moments with clarity?

I actually think my memory of things that occurred many years ago is probably sharper and clearer than more recent memories. Ask me what I had for dinner this past Wednesday and I’d be hard pressed to give you a correct answer.

How do you keep yourself optimistic day to day?

I’ve cut way back on the news I read, watch, or listen to. I’m not unaware of what’s going on, but I no longer obsess about it because it makes me too angry or gets me depressed. So maybe that old saying about ignorance being bliss has some merit to it.

When did you last wander freely out and about with no set destination instead of walking purposefully? [A stroll with no clear A – B parameters]

It was before I busted my hip back in January, that’s for sure.

Spam Comment of the Week — Week 17 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’m going to feature comments from two spammers who are critical of my blogging skills.

This first one came in from Monty4266 in response to my “Who Am I” about page. Monty wrote…

Hey, you used to write wonderful, but the last few posts have been kinda boring… I miss your tremendous writings. Past few posts are just a little out of track! come on!

Sorry, Monty, that you’ve found my last few posts to be “kinda boring” and “out of track.” I’ll try to amp up the energy level and to keep you entertained going forward. Let me know how I’m doing.

This next one came from Protain62789, also in response to my “Who Am I” about page. Protain wrote…

Obviously I like your web site, but you have to take a look at the spelling on quite a few of your posts. Several of them are rife with spelling problems and I find it very bothersome to inform you. Nevertheless I will surely come again again!

I do try to proofread my posts, Protain, and correct my spelling errors before hitting PUBLISH. But I think maybe my autocorrect has gone rogue on me and is randomly changing the spelling of words in my posts. Nevertheless, I will surely be more diligent.

What about you? 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.