Truthful Tuesday — When I Grow Up

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

When you were in grade school, what did you want to be when you grew up? Were you right, or did you end up doing something else?

To be honest, I’m not one of those kids who knew from the get-go what I wanted to be when I grew up. Even when I graduated from high school I had no real clue what profession I wanted to pursue. I entered college as a liberal arts major, transferred over to the business school and dual majored in marketing and economics.

Three things after graduating from college shaped my career. First, in order to avoid the draft at the height of the Vietnam war, I enlisted in the army reserves with a medical field hospital unit and trained to be a medic. Second, my first job when I got back from my army training was for a health insurance company. While working there, I went to college and got a master’s degree in health care administration and planning.

Third, after getting my master’s degree, I was recruited by a software and services company that developed and installed benefits administration software. That evolved into a career in health systems consulting, where I was a manager of a team of people responsible for developing and deploying customized benefits management systems. Ultimately that led to technology sales in the benefits administration software solutions field.

Bottom line, at no time in grade school did I ever dream of or aspire to being involved in health care technology development, implementation, or solution sales.

And now I’m retired and I am a blogger, an avocation that didn’t exist when I was in grade school.

TMP — Frozen

Every Monday, Paula Light, with her The Monday Peeve prompt, gives us an opportunity to vent or rant about something that pisses us off.

WordPress is pissing me off today. Or maybe it’s Apple. Or maybe it’s WordPress and Apple. I don’t know.

I blog on my iPhone. I use the WordPress app for iOS. And, of course, the Apple iOS for iPhones. Most of the time, especially now that I’ve gotten used to and have actually embraced the block editor, the WordPress app works fine. But twice in the past two weeks, right in the middle of saving a draft post, the app froze up. I hit “Update” and got the icon showing that it’s updating. But then it doesn’t stop “updating.” I can’t do anything, including closing the app. The screen, except for the that little circle going round and round in the black Updating box, is frozen.

I can move to a different app on my iPhone, but when I return to the WordPress app, it’s still updating and I can do nothing within the app. So then I go back to my iPhone’s home screen and delete the WordPress app. I then reinstall it from the App Store and it’s working again. Except the updates to the draft post I was working on were never saved.

I just got notified that Apple iOS 15.0 is available to install. I think I’ll wait and give the WordPress happiness engineers a few weeks to figure out how to make sure the WordPress iOS app and iOS 15.0 can live together in harmony before I install that update.

And that’s what’s pissing me off today.

Share Your World — 9/20/21

Melanie is back with another squirrelly Share You World prompt this week. She is posing her questions based on offerings from blogger Evil Squirrel, who is tossing out five different questions this week for you to answer. Here we go.

If you were to be cast as part of a comedy double act, which part would you play: the straight man or the funny one, and why?

While I always pictured myself as a leading man, I’d probably be more well suited to offer comic relief by playing the funny one.

If you were to be reincarnated on Earth as any non-living/inanimate object of your choosing, what would you come back as and why?

A refrigerator in someone’s home. Why? Because I’d never go hungry.

We all know how dogs mark their territory. How do you mark your territory?

If you were on a trivia show and had to correctly answer ten questions in one subject to win a million dollars (or whatever currency is used in your locale), what would you hope the category would be?

60s and 70s classic rock bands. I can’t remember what I had for lunch yesterday, but let’s talk about classic rock!

In democratic societies, do you believe that the right to vote is merely a privilege or a duty for all citizens? This should not be thought of as an “Americans only” question. ANY ONE is welcome to answer.

I think it is a right, a privilege, and a duty for every citizen to vote.