A Month of Love #22

Paula Light says, “Let’s celebrate the month of lurve (aka love) by posting one thing we love every day throughout February.

Now the truth is that I’m not really a romantic guy, so I might be hard pressed to come up with 28 objects of love, but I think I should be able to come up with 28 things I like a lot.

I was raised in Maryland and one of the best aspects of living in Maryland was the Chesapeake Bay. And one of the best things about the Chesapeake Bay was blue crabs. Now, living in Northern California, I can get dungeness crabs, and I can get Alaskan king crab legs, but there are no Chesapeake blue crabs around this area. Fortunately, I did find a website that will delivery blue crabs from Maryland to virtually anywhere in the country overnight, but it’s very expensive, so I only do that maybe once or twice a year for special occasions. Because I love blue crabs.

Share Your World — New Year Edition

Share Your WorldI’m late for Melanie’s Share Your World prompt this week because I had surgery on Monday and was not feeling so great through New Year’s Day. But I’m doing a little better now, so I thought I’d go for it even though I’m late. So here we go.

What was the single best thing that happened in your life this past year?

My son got married and he and his wife are expecting a baby — my first grandchild.

 The most challenging?

Finding out that I had a mass growing in my left middle ear and that it was causing me to lose my hearing in that ear and that I’d need to have surgery.

One thing you learned in 2019?

That Mitch McConnell and most Republican members of Congress are spineless scumbags. Okay, I already knew that, but it was made even more evident in 2019.

Given all your experiences, insights, and lessons learned in 2019, what’s the best advice you could give yourself for 2020?

Stop watching so much cable news.

What’s the best meal/food you ate in 2019?  

When I had a bushel of fresh Maryland jumbo blue crabs shipped overnight to my home in San Francisco last summer.

What are three activities you plan to use in the coming year to relieve stress?

1. Stop watching so much cable news.
2. Walk at least 10,000 steps a day.
3. Continue to blog because it lets me vent my frustrations, which reduces my stress levels.

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Any resolutions you’d care to share?

Only one: Stop watching so much cable news.

#100WW — Crab Feast

8CCCBE80-E986-4A3C-BE50-CD8A85A16E23“How many more blues do we need?” Roberta called up from the shallow water where the small boat was anchored.

“We got six streamed ones up here,” I called back, “and I just got a text from Jim and he said he, Betty, and the kids should be getting here in about 15 minutes.”

“So you think another ten?” Jack shouted.

“They’re pretty large, so I’d say eight more crabs should do it,” I responded. “That’s fourteen all together, which should be plenty for the seven of us.”

“Coming right up,” Jack yelled. “Start the water boiling in the steam pot.”

(100 words)


Written for this week’s 100 Word Wednesday prompt from Bikurgurl.

The Lobster Award

17B474C3-1BD9-40A1-BBEB-AF4C26609417I’ve been gifted with a Lobster Liebster Award nomination from Vanessa (aka Faithfully Yours) at It’s Me 4 U! A Lobster award nomination would have been more tasty, but I am still grateful to Faithfully Yours for thinking about me and my blog for this Liebster Award honor.

So the rules are

  1. Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you. Thank you Vanessa.
  2. Share 11 facts about yourself. See below.
  3. Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you. See even further below.
  4. Nominate 11 bloggers and make them happy. Nope. I’m nominating everyone.
  5. Create 11 questions of your own and ask your nominees. Nope. If anyone wants to participate, you can answer the same questions Vanessa asked me.
  6. Notify your nominees. Consider yourselves to have been notified.

11 Facts About Me

  1. I’m male.
  2. I’m a first generation American.
  3. I’m a septuagenarian.
  4. I’m caucasian.
  5. I’m married.
  6. I have two kids — a girl and a boy.
  7. I have two pets — a cat and a dog.
  8. I used to be 6’1” tall, but now I’m 5’11” tall. It could happen to you, too, as you age.
  9. I used to have a head of thick, brown, wavy hair. Not any more.
  10. I have worn a beard continuously since 1972.
  11. I despise Donald Trump.

11 Questions and answers

1. How important is Wi-Fi for you? Is warm running water or wireless internet more
important?

WiFi is nice to have, but it’s not life or death. And since I primarily use my iPhone for blogging rather than my laptop, as long as I have cell service, I’m good. Thus, having running water is much more important.

2. Name your favorite blogger (any genre).

Me. Duh!

3. If you have to pick a place to settle down forever, where would it be and why?

A cottage or bungalow on the west coast with an ocean view and from which I can hear the sounds of the waves breaking.

4. What is one silly moment you’ve had that you’d like to share?

My life has been so full of silly moments that I couldn’t possibly pick out just one to share.

5. What is your favorite trait about yourself?

My dry sense of humor.

6. What is your favorite time of day?

Morning, when I have the whole day ahead of me.

7. Tell us your favorite food/cuisine.

Chesapeake Bay blue crabs.2FC064A5-B338-450B-A702-F0FDAC9DC844

8. Name three destinations you would like to visit once in your lifetime.

Australia, New Zealand, Japan.

9. If you could change something in the world, what would it be?

That Donald Trump was never elected President.

10. What are you most passionate about?

Making sure that Donald Trump doesn’t get re-elected.

11. What is so special about your blog?

It’s my blog.

The Least I Can Do

Teresa over at The Haunted Wordsmith was nominated by two different bloggers for the Sunshine Blogger Award. She didn’t nominate my blog for that same award, but she did list my blog as one of 11 “great blogs to check out.” So the least I can do is answer her 11 questions.

  1. Paper or plastic? Neither. In San Francisco plastic bags are outlawed and they charge you 10¢ for each paper bag. So I always carry cloth bags with me when I go shopping.2B79C1E7-3D62-4C3E-B602-B7EA32BA8CFE
  2. Drive Thru/Take Away, Eat-in, or Delivery? Pretty much all of them.
  3. Favorite pizza toppings? Mushrooms, pepperoni, and onions.
  4. Ice cream, Frozen Yogurt, or Frozen Custard? Ice cream.F429CF16-3D9D-4EBF-B50D-2488C8742FCC.png
  5. Favorite Hamburger toppings? Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, and ketchup.
  6. Coffee, Tea, or Soda? Coffee.
  7. Favorite snack food? Potato chips.F9F3C6E3-AADF-48E2-BA4A-EB805C6365B4
  8. Sunny, Cloudy, or Overcast? Sunny, duh!
  9. If you could order anything from the machine in Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs, what would you order (its a machine that drops food from the sky)? Maryland blue crabs.4BF72B94-CE01-4A4D-807B-653605B6FB15
  10. Alien, Predator, or Human Villain…which would you rather face? Some choice. I don’t know. I guess a human villain because I might be more likely to know what to expect.
  11. What do you want from The Great Pumpkin this year? Does the Great Pumpkin bring you presents? Why am I just finding out about this?6EA5D205-5E4E-4597-989C-7E5BCA9DB22D