Fandango’s Provocative Question #87

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.

This past Sunday, in my Who Won the Week post, I referenced a recent survey that pointed out that two-thirds of those who participated in the survey said the pandemic quarantine has made them a better person.Given that so many people have been bellyaching about having to be subjected to these stay-at-home orders due to the coronavirus and how inconvenient, burdensome, and aggravating it’s been for them over the past six months (and possibly for a while into the future), I was surprised at this survey result.

So, I am wondering how you, my fellow bloggers, would respond to such a question. So here goes.

Having been subjected to stay at home restrictions (to one degree or another) over the past six months, would you say that the quarantine has made you a better person? If so, in what ways? If not, why not?

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Fandango’s Provocative Question #86

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.

The dream I was having when I woke up a few mornings ago was very vivid and very weird. I was Billy Joel in my dream and I was performing at a music festival. But the music festival was primarily comprised of heavy metal bands, and Billy Joel is not, in any sense of the music genre, heavy metal. Plus, as Billy Joel, I was playing a guitar at the festival, rather than a piano, and while Billy Joel certainly can play guitar, as any Billy Joel fan knows, Billy Joel is the Piano Man.That dream was one of the strangest dreams I ever remembering having, outside, of course, of some of my very weird recurring dreams that I mentioned in this post from 2017.

Anyway, that brings me to this week’s provocative question, which may not be that provocative, but based upon my Billy Joel dream, it has piqued my curiosity. So, if you’re ready…

What has been the strangest, weirdest dream that you can remember? What do you think triggered that dream?

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Fandango’s Provocative Question #85

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.

I was watching a TV show the other day and one of the characters complained about a decision he had made years ago and said something like “I wish I could go back in time and make a different decision.”

Imagine that you’re standing at a crossroads and you have to choose a path. Most of us have found ourselves faced with some momentous decision, and sometimes that decision was truly life changing. I know I’ve had a few instances where I had to make such a decision and I occasionally wonder what would have happened had a made a different decision at the time.

So, my provocative questions this week is about those “woulda, shoulda, coulda” moments in our lives.

Have you ever had to make what turned out to be a life changing decision? If so, do you ever wish that you could go back in time and make a different decision? What decision was that and how do you think your life would have changed if you’d made a different one?

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. But remember to check to confirm that your pingback or your link shows up in the comments.

Fandango’s Provocative Question #84

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.

Today’s provocative question was actually triggered by a comment that Di, over at Pensitivity101, made in one of my posts. She wrote, “I know I’ve said it umpteen times, but casting Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher lost all credibility for me.”

To which comment I responded, “Yeah, that does happen at times when you have read a book and created an image in your mind’s eye of the character. But it’s very off-putting when you see the movie version of the book and the actor who plays the part conflicts with that you envisioned from the book.”

So, my provocative question this week is this:

What movie adaptation of a book you have read before you saw the movie has done the best job when it comes to casting the actor (or actors) in the movie to match your image you had of that character (or those characters) in the book. Conversely, what movie adaptation has done the worst job of matching the casting of the characters to those you envisioned in your head.

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. But remember to check to confirm that your pingback or your link shows up in the comments.

Fandango’s Provocative Question #83

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.

My provocative question this week is about technology. I have been attempting, over the past 24 hours since WordPress forced me to use the Block editor, to try to figure out how to make it work on my iPhone, which is the device I use for my blog. So far I have not mastered it, and even when I attempt to use the so-called “Classic” block, I end up getting an error message and basically have to use the wp-admin version of the Classic editor, where it takes me way longer to write a post than it did on the good old Classic editor that the geniuses at WordPress decided to “retire.”

As a result, I’m thinking about ending my blog, or perhaps finding another platform, like Blogger or Medium. So that got me thinking about whether or not we, in this information/technology age, are subservient to the technology we depend upon. So my provocative question to you this week is this:

Do we control technology or is technology controlling us?

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. But remember to check to confirm that your pingback or your link shows up in the comments.