Why Did You Leave Me?

FD8163BA-5CD1-4CD6-9849-7268D2218E12Last night, one of you stopped following my blog.

Yeah, that’s right. When I went to bed there were 2,440 of you. Now there are only 2,439 of you.

Did you think I wouldn’t notice? Of course I noticed. And I’m deeply hurt.

The least you could have done is said goodbye. And you could have told me why you left. That would have been the decent, courageous thing to do.

But no. You just quietly slipped away in the dead of night while I was sleeping.

Was it something I said? Have you simply grown tired of me?

Hey, I realize that I’m an acquired taste. I’m not for everyone. But seriously, who is?

And yes, I will occasionally say something controversial or provocative. Okay, perhaps more than occasionally. And sure, sometimes the views I express may be different from yours.

How boring would I be if I avoided controversial topics altogether?

I do understand that you can’t please all of the people all of the time. I didn’t just fall off the turnip truck, you know. I’ve been around the block a few times. Quite a few times, actually.

But whoever you are, you made a conscious decision to stop following this blog.

So now you’re gone and I’ll never know why.

You never call. You never write.

Going for Gold

611C1152-73B1-4054-988A-AE9C29259DDERory, a Guy Called Bloke, has given us another one of his “Question Fun” prompts. This one is all about “Going for Gold” (i.e., personal goal setting and achievement).

What are your greatest strengths?

My modesty and humility.

What are your worst weaknesses?

My modesty and humility.

What are your personal values to life?

To live each day to its fullest without killing myself.

What drives you through the day, each day?

My car.

How do you feel about setting goals, be these small, little or large?

It’s always good to set goals, but I rarely do, especially now that I’m a man of leisure (i.e., retired).

Do you achieve them, every time?

See above.

How do you celebrate when you do achieve them and equally how do you react when you do not reach what you set out to acquire?

Since I don’t set them, I neither achieve them nor fail to do so. I do celebrate waking up alive each morning, though.

Do you set unrealistic goals and targets for yourself?

The reason I don’t set personal goals is that I know it would be unrealistic for me to reach them.

When thinking about making goals or targets for yourself to set upon, how do you work that into your daily routine?

I don’t.

Are you realistic when thinking about what you wish to achieve for yourself?

Absolutely realistic, which is why I don’t bother setting goals.

Do you set a schedule and ‘simply go for gold’, or are you a little more relaxed about the whole affair?

What affair? I’m not having an affair. I swear, sweetheart, I’m not!

Do you ever deliberately set yourself challenges that take you out of your comfort zone?

I rather enjoy staying in my comfort zone, so no.

What would you do, if you suddenly had a lump sum of one million in your currency land on your doorstep with the instruction of ‘spend how you wish?’

I would spend it as I wish. I’m good at following instructions.

If ‘fear’ wasn’t an issue for you, what would you do?

Set goals.

What do you love doing more than anything else, but haven’t done recently – why not?

Downhill skiing (fully clothed, by the way). Why not? I’m old and would likely end up breaking some bones.

Forget three wishes, you have been granted one wish that will grant you 100% instant success in whatever you next think about achieving – what would you do with that wish?

Get rid of Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell.

Do you find quotes inspire you? If so, please provide three quotes on the subject of personal inspiration.


What music inspires, motivateds and enthuses to get up and go for it, supply three song titles [and links if you wish] please.

I just posted three songs yesterday that pretty much do the same thing in Laura’s Weekly Song Challenge, so HERE is that post.

If you wanted something badly enough, would you pay to achieve it, or simply work damn hard to achieve it for yourself?

My philosophy is why do it yourself if you can afford to pay someone else to do it for you?

Please can you provide an image that inspires you to ‘go for gold’ when you are looking to achieve your goal?

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Finally, what goals, challenges or accomplishments have you enjoyed success with in the past, that make you feel ‘proud’ to have done so.

Finishing this post!

Sparky’s Mysterious Questions

CC7F7F76-3B03-4DE7-B0B9-0D4AE061F9FFMelanie (aka Sparks From a Combustible Mind; aka “Sparky”) was nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award (congrats, Melanie).

Melanie did not nominate me or my blog, but I’m not at all upset, since she wrote, “No nominees this time, but anyone who would like to, please participate! Everyone I follow is a ‘mystery blogger’ just from the criteria!”

But she did pose some fun questions, so I felt compelled to answer them.

1. What was in your high school (secondary school) locker?

Oh jeez, I graduated from high school more than a half a century ago, so this is a guess: a jacket, books, cigarettes, notebooks, clean underpants (just in case), and condoms (wishful thinking).

2. What is one item of clothing that would make you walk out on a blind date? (If you’re married, think back to when you did date.)

Crocs. I don’t think they’d been invented back when I was dating, but if they had been, and a girl wore those things on a blind date, that would have been a deal breaker.464EFA77-2600-445B-9318-8EA1407C823F

If you could only have three programs (on your computer) or apps on your phone, which would you choose?

Does that include or exclude apps that come preloaded on the iPhone (e.g., Safari Browser, weather app, messaging, notes, camera/photo apps, etc.)? If your question excludes those apps, the three I’d keep are WordPress, Prisma (a photo filter app), and the Kindle e-reader app.

What childish thing do you still do as an adult?


What does your favorite shirt (blouse) look like?

I’m not very fashion conscious and now that I’m retired, most of my shirts are t-shirts or sweatshirts. 

BONUS WEIRD QUESTION:   Who is the fourth person on your ‘missed calls’ list?  You don’t have to list their name obviously, nor their relationship to you (if there is one).  Please answer “sister in law” or “telemarketer” or something vague like that.

I have no idea who the fourth missed call was from, since I don’t know anyone who lives in Fall River, MA.


Anyone else wanna take a shot at Sparky’s questions?