Friday Four on December Four

Every two weeks (or what Rory calls, “a fortnight”), the mastermind behind A Guy Called Bloke poses four rather random questions in his The Friday Four prompt. Here are his four questions for this fortnight.

Before computers, smartphones, and so on what were you using when writing your stories and creating your literature?

Well I’m not sure that I created anything close to being “literature,” but I would either use pen and paper or a typewriter (accompanied by bottles and bottles of Wite-Out).

What type of games do you enjoying playing online?

I’m not really a competitive online game player. I mostly just play solitaire on my iPhone.

What age were you when you first started reading and what were you reading at that age?

I guess I started to read some very simple, mostly picture books before kindergarten when I’d get a book as a present. But it probably wasn’t until I went to kindergarten that I actually specifically remember learning how to read much more than picture books with few words.

How do you prevent boredom entering into your life and are you able to list 6 effective ways in which others could introduce to stop it from entering theirs?

As a retiree who mostly stays at home while in the middle of a pandemic, I’ll admit that my life is kinda boring. I spend much of my waking time blogging, which entails writing posts and reading and commenting on other bloggers’ posts. I also read the daily newspaper, The Week magazine, and a book of two each month. I play cards, backgammon, and Yahtzee with my wife. We binge-watch TV shows on Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu. My wife and I go out for long daily walks. I love listening to classic songs from the 60s and 70s. And, of course, eating.

As to what others should do to prevent or relieve boredom in their lives, they should do whatever floats their boats.

Rory’s Friday Four for November 20th

Once again, Rory, A Guy Called Bloke, has posed his Friday Four questions for us to ponder. So let’s get right to it.

Are you a perfectionist or can you take a step back and accept less than perfect?

I do, indeed, strive for perfection. For example, I really do want each of my posts to be perfect. So I end up proofreading, revising, editing, and previewing each post I write multiple times. Sadly, I rarely achieve that perfection I was hoping for. So I suppose I find myself settling for less than perfect.

How often do you save online articles to your favorites list for reading ‘later’ and more importantly when do you then read them – as in when is your ‘later’?

If I come across an article on my news feed that I might want to reference later for a blog post, but I’m not in a position to start writing it at that time, I will save it for later with the intention of going back and reading it when I do have more time. As to when “later” is, that depends upon how time-sensitive the article that I saved was. If by the time I might get back to it, and it’s no longer either current or relevant, my “later” may be never.

When was the last time that you actively involved yourself in doing absolutely nothing for an hour and what did you do in that hour of nothing?

First of all, how can you be “actively involved” in doing nothing? Isn’t that a non sequitur? Other than when we are asleep, are we ever actually do “absolutely nothing”? Even doing things like watching TV, listening to music, reading a book, playing solitaire or other games on our smartphones, or just sitting around thinking is doing something. I would argue, therefore, that while we may appear to others to be doing nothing, it’s never nothing. It is always something.

When was the last time that you were engaged in a difficult conversation and if you can ‘what was it and how did you do?’

I try my best to avoid getting involved in “difficult” conversations anymore. Depending upon the subject matter, I find that I can rarely change another’s mind, and another can rarely change my mind. So what’s the point? All it does is aggravate the person with whom you might engage in a difficult conversation, thus potentially making the difficult situation even more difficult. Sometimes, as Kenny Rogers said, you just got to know when to hold ’em, when to fold ’em, and when to walk away.

Rory’s Four Aces

In his Friday Four series, Rory, A Guy Called Bloke, has once again posed four rather provocative questions for us to ponder.

Do you think society could survive without governmental authority or structure?

No, I think humans are generally selfish and self-serving, so I think some sort of governmental authority is necessary to ensure that critical services are made available and accessible to the members of society. And, the ideal governmental authority would be one that both protects and promotes the wellbeing of the citizens while encouraging individual achievement. Yeah, I know — Utopia.

Do we really need all the technology we have?

Do we need it? No. Humanity has managed to survive for centuries without all of the technology we have today. From my perspective, some technologies make our lives better and I can’t imagine life without them. Other technologies, however (e.g., Twitter, Facebook, hacking) have diminished our lives.

Everyone has a passion that can absorb them for hours and that includes talking about it with others for hours if left unchecked. Do you have such a passion and, if so, what is it?

I have a passion for blogging and yes, it absorbs me for hours.

What have you found yourself thinking a lot of late and that seemingly will not leave your brain alone?

Politics, Donald Trump, the presidential election, and all things related. I’m hoping that when Joe Biden is inaugurated in January, I will be able, albeit slowly, to wean myself away from such things.

Rory’s Fantastic Four

E798C977-7442-40DF-95FC-C60A52FCE660So Rory, A Guy Called Bloke, has this thing he does each week called the Friday Four, and it’s fantastic. Okay, maybe calling it “fantastic” is a bit of an exaggeration. Let’s just use a different f-word: “fun.”

So here we go again.

1] If you are in a bad mood, do you prefer to be left alone or have someone to cheer you up?

I’m not someone who is typically moody. I live my life on a pretty even keel. But, on those occasions when I’m not a happy camper, I generally prefer some quality alone time until my mood brightens up.

2] What’s the one thing that people always misunderstand about you?

I’m really a what you see (or read) is what you get kinda guy. There are no hidden agendas and not much to read between the lines. So there’s probably not much about me that people misunderstand.

3] What do you think about when you’re by yourself?

I’m rarely by myself (except when I’m in a bad mood), so, in order to be “present,” I think about what I’m doing and who I’m with.

4] What are three things you value most about a person?

Truth, Justice, and the American Way.3726F370-8328-4B5C-849E-E5BEF8D1B818

Bonus Series 1 Question:

If heaven is real and you died tomorrow, would you get in?

I’m an atheist, so I don’t believe that heaven is real. And if I were to die tomorrow, that would be the end of everything. Yes, I am a little bit solipsistic, as I explained here.

Rory’s Friday Foursome

A696F2A0-3402-47DD-8985-881AA74C5C8BOops. I misspoke. Rory’s not having a Friday foursome…at least not that I know of. What he is having is another Friday Four, where he asks us to respond to four simple questions.

1] How often do you update your ‘About Section’ in your blog and do you consider it an important aspect to your blog and if so – why?

I haven’t updated my About page since I created it when I started this blog 21 months ago. I haven’t changed, so there’s no reason to change/update my About page. As to whether it’s an important aspect of my blog, yes, I believe it is. Whenever I discover a new blogger, the first thing I do is check his or her About page. If there isn’t one, or if there is the generic “This is an example of an About page…,” then fuhgedabouddit. I’m not going to bother following any bloggers who don’t bother to share a something about themselves and what their blogs are all about.

2] Which do you prefer and why and what entices you to become involved with them?

  • Competitions
  • Challenges
  • Quizzes
  • Prompts

I respond to a lot of prompts from other bloggers and I also have three prompts of my own. I consider “prompts” and “challenges” in this context to be synonymous. The challenge is to incorporate the prompt words and/or photos into intriguing tales. I’m less inclined to participate in competitions or quizzes. Now that I’m an old fart, I’ve lost my competitive edge and my brain is quiz-averse.

3] How often do you ‘reblog’ or share other blogger’s posts?

I rarely reblog, but I always link back to the prompt/challenge posts I respond to.

4] What prompts you to do so?

What prompts me to reblog? As I mentioned, I rarely do so. I suppose if I come across something that I think is totally unique and that really speaks to me, I might reblog it. But I’m more likely to write my own post and link back to the post that prompted it.