Rory’s Friday Four for October 23rd

Rory is back with another installment of his The Friday Four. He asks us four questions and expects us to come up with interesting, witty, engaging, and, I assume, relatively honest answers. So, with that as the framework, let us proceed.

What do you forget to do on a regular basis?

Oh so many, many things these days. Yesterday for example, after I baked a frozen pizza in the oven for lunch at around noon, I realized right before I went to bed that I had never turned the oven off, so it was on at 400°F for almost 10 hours! And the other night, after taking out the trash for pickup the next morning, I left our garage door open all night long. Or when my wife and I are watching TV, she will ask me to get her something, like a glass of water, and I’ll get up, go to the kitchen, feed the cat, and then go back to where my wife is sitting. “Where’s my water?” she’ll ask.

How influenced are you by advertising?

Not very much. I am generally more influenced by reviews from others who have already purchased a product that I might be interested in buying. I will also read the reviews from tech pros if I’m thinking of buying some new technology or upgrading to a new device from a somewhat dated one that I already own. But influenced by advertising? No, not really.

Do you have a secret to reading blogs on a sustainably regular basis?

I don’t really have a secret. It’s basically driven by how much free time I have available. I read other bloggers’ posts when I get a chance, which is mostly first thing in the morning or at night, after I get in bed but before I go to sleep.

What are some of the things that people do that make you feel very uncomfortable?

Hmm. I’m a rather easy going guy, so there aren’t too many things that really make me feel uncomfortable. Maybe when someone is inconsiderate. Back in the Before Days, I used to feel uncomfortable around anyone who had noticeable body odor or a bad case of halitosis, but with social distancing and face mask wearing, that is really not a problem anymore. Oh, there is one thing that some people do that makes me feel uncomfortable around them: if they like or praise Donald Trump. That’s because I feel uncomfortable around ignorant assholes.

Blue Skies Ahead

In just two weeks

On November third

America’s winds will shift

The gray turns to blue

In the sky’s vivid hue

The sun will shine

For the first time again

In four years

My angry growl will be tamed

My nasty scowl it will devour

And alleviate

My hopelessness

And my anxieties

Written for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (gray turns to blue), The Daily Spur (growl), Word of the Day Challenge (vivid), Your Daily Word Prompt (devour), and Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (alleviate).

Rainbows and Unicorns

I keep having this fantasy that one day I’ll wake up and everything will be back to normal.

That we will elect a normal, rational, sane, and ethical president.

That the pandemic will be over and we can eschew wearing protective masks and maintaining social distancing.

That we can return to and accentuate living together in peace and harmony, regardless of race, gender identity, religion, or national origin…or even political ideology.

That we can put aside petty jealousy and bring out the best in one another.

Who am I kidding? I might as well be fantasizing about rainbows and unicorns.

Written for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (fantasy), Word of the Day Challenge (elect), Your Daily Word Prompt (eschew), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (accentuate), and The Daily Spur (jealousy).

Presidential Purge

What do George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, Abraham Lincoln, James Garfield, Teddy Roosevelt, William McKinley, and Herbert Hoover have in common?

If you said that they were all American presidents, you’d be right. But what else do they all have in common? Yes, they were all old, white men. But, come on. What else do they have in common?

Give up?

They are all historical figures who have San Francisco schools named after them.

Cool, right?

Well, apparently not. The San Francisco School Names Advisory Committee has identified more than a third of the city’s public schools that are named after people and places that don’t meet its exacting criteria for the honor. This august committee scrutinized every school’s name for any association with genocide, slavery, colonialism, exploitation, oppression, racism, or environmental degradation. The result is that the schools named for those presidents listed at the top of this post do not fall within the framework of what the committee deems acceptable and the committee wants to change the names of those schools.George Washington, one of the Founding Fathers and the first President of the United States, and Abraham Lincoln, who saved the union, are two of our most revered and respected American president. Yet the committee wants to blackball them and remove their names from the schools because the former owned slaves and the latter perpetuated brutality toward Native Americans.

It’s one thing to purge Confederate statues, monuments, and school names. Those “heroes” fought against the United States during the Civil War in the cause of slavery and lost. They don’t deserve to be memorialized. But American presidents? They founded this nation. They saved this nation. Were they flawed humans? Sure? But the “sins” they’re now accused of were, right or wrong, the customs of society at the time. Trying to erase these America icons from history is ludicrous.

All I can do is shake my head and wonder what has become of common sense.

Truthful Tuesday — It’s About Time

Frank, aka PCGuy, has published another one of his Truthful Tuesday posts. This week Frank wants to know…

Do you live in an area that participates in Daylight Saving Time?


In relation to your previous answer, are you glad to live where you do, or do you wish you lived somewhere that does the opposite in regards to DST?

I’m glad I live where I do, but I don’t see the point of having to change clocks twice a year and would just as soon have one time year round.

Assuming you live in an area that does participate in DST, if it were to be abolished, would you rather your area decide to stick with Standard Time (Autumn and Winter), or leave Daylight Saving Time (Spring and Summer) in place all year? Please explain. If you don’t live in an area that participates with DST, would you be okay if the decision was made to start participating?

Truthfully, I don’t care that much one way or the other. I’d just prefer not having to go through the hassle of dealing with a time change twice a year. That said, if forced to choose one or the other, I’d probably go with Standard Time all year long. I’m up pretty early each morning and I think I’d rather have it get lighter earlier than stay lighter later.