One-Liner Wednesday — Politics and Money

“There are two things that are important in politics. The first is money, and I can’t remember what the second one is.”

Mark Hanna, American businessman and Republican Senator from Ohio

Mark Hanna was a U.S. Senator representing the state of Ohio from 1897 through his death in February 1904. He also served as chairman of the Republican National Committee.

His quote demonstrates how little has changed over more than a century about what Republican politicians think is important.


Written for Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt.

Truthful Tuesday — R.I.P.

Frank, aka PCGuy, has published another one of his Truthful Tuesday posts, only this time, Frank has announced that he’s discontinuing this popular prompt. Frank writes that he has become quite disenchanted with WordPress.com, and that he will be looking for alternatives to keep blogging, alternatives that will fit his sensibilities and relatively nonexistent budget.

I can definitely relate, Frank. Between the block editor and unfixed bugs, I’m frustrated with WordPress as well. Still, it’s tough to see a fellow blogger end a popular prompt as he contemplates his next move.

All the best, Frank. Hang in there.

Share Your World — Weird Questions

Share Your WorldFor this week’s Share Your World prompt, Melanie admits that her questions are “weird.” That they are, almost like those that Di and Frank alternate weekly and ask in their Fibbing Friday prompts. Nonetheless, here are Melanie’s weird questions and my straight answers.

What would be the worst “buy one get one free” sale of all time?

Um, vasectomies?

Have you ever gotten a really bad haircut? Do share!

It’s been so long since I actually had someone else cut my hair that I can’t remember, although I’m sure, back when I still had hair on my head to be cut, I got plenty of really bad haircuts.

Aren’t Disneyland and Disney World (and all the variants) just a people trap operated by a mouse?

Probably, and an expensive people trap at that.

What if Batman got bitten by a vampire? What would happen?

He would be a blood sucking vampire batman who would only come out at night and who would have to have his bat cave outfitted with a coffin for him to sleep in during the day.

What do you want your final words to be if you could choose?

“It was fun while it lasted.”

12 Bloggerz — April 2021

It’s been a while since I last did one of Rory’s “12 Bloggers” “thing” he does where he poses 12, oh I don’t know, irreverent questions. Here is what he is asking us this month.

1 – Would you want to be a millionaire and if so why and if not why not?

Would I want to be? Hell yes. Why not?

2 – Do you listen more to the voice in your head or your gut when making difficult decisions?

I’m a pragmatist, so I’d have to say I’m more in my head than in my gut.

3 – Should we be afraid of our nightmares or see them as a sign of improvement?

I may be afraid in my nightmares while I’m having them, but not once I’m awake. Then I am actually relieved to realize that they were just nightmares. Do I see them as a sign of improvement. No, not at all. Just as scary dreams.

4 – Are you a fan of cult movies and if so which ones and why?

I suppose one might call “Rocky Horror Picture Show” a cult movie. I’ve seen that about a half a dozen times, usually at midnight showings at a local movie theater (back in the pre-pandemic days when movie theaters where still a thing). And then there is the John Walters’ classic “Pink Flamingos,” which I’ve seen a few times.And I love the old Marx Brothers movies. But I suppose I’m a cult member of the Mel Brooks’ “Young Frankenstein” fan club. I’ve seen and enjoyed that move maybe a dozen times.

5 – What comedy film you could watch over and over?

As noted above, Mel Brooks’ “Young Frankenstein.” I never get tired of it.

6 – How often can you listen to your favorite music for more than an hour in a day or a week without interruptions? 

I have my TV on all day and when I’m not watching a show, I have classic rock music playing in the background throughout the day. For example, right now, as I am writing this post, Steely Dan’s “My Old School” is playing.

7 – What is in your opinion the best way to make an omelets?

You gotta break a few eggs to make an omelet.

8 – When was the last time you were completely naughty?

At my age and with my memory, I can’t recall.

9 – What’s the secret to making someone laugh hard?

Telling a really, really funny joke. Or telling them to watch Mel Brooks’ “Young Frankenstein.”

10 – How forgetful are you and why does the word look so silly when written?

First, the word “forgetful” doesn’t look at all silly to me. Second, As to how forgetful I am, at my age and with my memory, I can’t remember.

11 – What advice did your parents give you about LIFE that you, too, have passed on to your own children or friends?

Don’t sweat the small stuff.

12 – How often do you surf for something on the internet but end up hours later looking at something else? Why does it happen to you, what causes you to stray?

At my age, it happens frequently. It’s not so much that hours later I end up looking at something else, it’s more that if I get distracted, I forget what I was looking for. What causes me to stray? I’m easily distracted, I guess.

Truthful Tuesday — Playing With Blocks

Frank, aka PCGuy, has published another one of his Truthful Tuesday posts, and this week Frank wants to know if we enjoy playing with blocks. He wants to know…

How have you adapted to the complete removal of the classic editor from WordPress.com? Are you managing to get by with the block editor, or are you finding it difficult to want to blog now that your trusted tool is no longer available?

Oh man, don’t get me started on the block editor. I have been very vocal about how much I hate it. The classic editor was fine. It was unobtrusive and it enabled writers to focus on writing, not on mechanics. But, for whatever reason, the folks at WordPress decided to put all of their money (and our money, for those of us who have upgraded) into the block editor.

The good news is that several bloggers have posted a way to continue to access the classic editor on wordpress.com. And that’s great for those who use their desktops or laptops to blog.

Unfortunately, most of my blogging is done from my iPhone. As of now, the option to use the classic editor is still available on the WordPress iOS app for the iPhone, although WordPress is threatening to take that option away at some point in the near future. So I may have to try to embrace the iOS version of the block editor.

Preparing for that day, I’ve been using the block editor on my iPhone for about a quarter of my posts. It’s okay, but I feel like I have way less control. And then, when I look at the HTML code, there is so much more of it with the block editor than there is with the classic editor.

In order to get the final post to look the way I want it to, I often give up on the block editor and revert back to the classic editor. And then I have to go into the HTML editor and strip away a lot of that weird code. As a result, it has taken me two to three times longer to publish a post using the block editor than using the classic editor.

So, bottom line, I have mostly stuck with the classic editor mode on the iOS app.

Now to answer Frank’s question, if WordPress dumps the classic editor in the iOS app, I’ll either have to abandon blogging from my iPhone and blog exclusively from my laptop, try to make do with the block editor on my iPhone, or maybe just call it a day and stop blogging.

I guess I’ll make that decision when the time comes.