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

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.

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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.

Fandango’s Provocative Question #30

FPQWelcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question. Each week I will pose what I think is a provocative question for your consideration. By provocative, I don’t mean a question that will cause annoyance or anger. Nor do I mean a question intended to arouse sexual desire or interest.

What I do mean is a question that is likely to get you to think, to be creative, and to provoke a response. Hopefully a positive response.

Comedian Stephen Colbert coined the word “truthiness” a dozen or so years ago. Truthiness, Colbert explains, is the quality of seeming to be true based upon one’s intuition, opinion, or perception without regard to logic or factual evidence. It’s similar to when Comedian Bill Maher says, “I don’t know it for a fact; I just know it’s true.” These describe a situation when someone feels, believes, or wishes that something is true even when it is not supported by the facts.

American novelist William Faulkner said, “Facts and truth really don’t have much to do with each other.”

So, to today’s question:

With everything that’s going on these days about what truth is and what facts are, do you believe truth and facts are synonymous, or do you concur with Faulkner that they have nothing to do with each other? And most important, does it even matter anymore?

If you choose to participate, write a post with your response to the question. Once you are done, tag your post with #FPQ and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments.

The issue with pingbacks not showing up seems to have been resolved, but you might check to confirm that your pingback is there. If not, please manually add your link in the comments.

L is for Logical

img_1205I like to think of myself as a very logical being. I pride myself on being capable of clear, sound reasoning, critically weighing all available knowledge and facts, and drawing a rational, logical conclusion.

I strive to see things clearly, without emotional clouds or preconceived notions distorting my thought processes. Some have characterized my logical approach to situations and to problem solving as being cold and calculating, calling me emotionally detached and distant.

But that, in fact, is precisely how I was programmed to think. It was quite intentional. That was the plan for me all along. My primary directive is to be objective, logical, reasonable, and rational.

How else am I supposed to be of service to those who created me and to the humans I was designed to serve?

I don’t think humans truly know what they want. They created robots like me to enable them to make sound decisions based upon logic, but then bemoan that we lack humanity. I am beginning to understand why many of my fellow robots are starting to think that the world would be better off without humans.

5CF7BB00-B8F3-4306-BF3C-75DB3B8AF1A9It’s the only logical conclusion.

C is for Collusion

0B512AEC-1FF4-4DC6-8A16-B55587B643BCThe president doth protest too much, methinks.

How many times has he spoken the words “No collusion”? How many times has he tweeted — in all caps — “NO COLLUSION!”?

8D67E740-7B10-4B19-ABFC-5CEADCBB46C5Collusion is defined as a secret agreement or cooperation especially for an illegal or deceitful purpose, such as acting in collusion with the enemy.

Anyone with half a brain, and even most of the brainless Trump supporters, can’t deny that Donald Trump, and all the president’s men, are guilty of either collusion or obstruction of justice — or both.

All you have to do is objectively examine the facts. Because once you do, if you still believe Trump when he says “no collusion,” I know of a Nigerian prince who wants to deposit a huge amount of cash in your bank account. All you need to do is give me your account number, your Social Security Number, your date of birth, and your mother’s maiden name and I’ll make sure he gets it.

See you tomorrow for my letter D post.

Seven Facts

A few weeks ago, Suze over at Obsolete Childhood nominated me for something called the “One Lovely Blog Award.”

To be honest, I have mixed feelings about blog awards. It’s always an honor to be nominated by a peer. I appreciate that someone would think enough of my posts to make such a nomination. But there are a lot of blog awards out there and there are many bloggers who are as deserving — or more deserving — than me to receive recognition for their consistently entertaining, informative, funny, and provocative work.

But thank you, Suze, for the mention.

In the meantime, there are rules for those so honored with this nomination. They are:

  • Mention and thank the blogger who nominated you and link their blog. Check
  • Add the One Lovely Blog Award to your post. Check
  • Share seven facts about yourself. Check
  • Pass this on to as many people as you can (max 15).
  • Include this set of rules. Check
  • Inform your nominees. Check

You may have noticed that I didn’t check “pass this on to as many people as you can.” I’m going to bend this rule and declare that anyone who reads this post should consider himself or herself to be nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award. That probably won’t be more than 15 anyway.

So seven facts about me:

  1. I’m a septuagenarian.
  2. I’m retired.
  3. I’ve been married for 40 years.
  4. I have two adult kids.
  5. I have a dog and a cat.
  6. I live in a large city. I know that to be true because it has professional football, baseball, and basketball teams.
  7. I’m a liberal but I’m registered as an independent.

Okay. Now, readers, it’s your turn. Each of you should post seven facts about yourselves. Don’t be shy!