If You See Something, Say Something

I like to think that my published posts are error free. No typos. No misspellings. No incorrect word usage. No punctuation faux pas. No grammatical errors. But I am my own proofreader, my own editor. And thus, my eyes often see what my brain is expecting them to see. And my brain is not expecting to see typos, misspellings, incorrect usage, punctuation and/or grammatical errors.

So I’m asking you, my fellow bloggers, to give me a helping hand. When you read my posts, if you see something, say something. Let me know in the comments if you spot an error, a mistake. I’m a big boy. I can take it. And I’d rather know of my error and fix it ASAP than let it be discovered by countless bloggers forever and for eternity.

I promise I won’t shoot the messenger.

Thank you

Fandango’s Provocative Question #129


Welcome 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’m sure you’ve heard the expression, “Nobody’s perfect.” We all make mistakes occasionally. We say wrong things. We do wrong things. We fail. We fall. Hopefully we get up, dust ourselves off, and learn from our mistakes so that we can move on with our lives.

With that in mind, I was thinking about things, both big and small, that people can do to be better. And that leads me to today’s provocative question, which is this…

What is the one thing you would like to change about yourself? What would it be and why?

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.

Truthful Tuesday — The Butterfly Effect

Frank, aka PCGuy, has published another one of his Truthful Tuesday posts, and this week Frank wants to know…

Would you jump at the chance to go back and correct some of the errors you made in your youth, even if it meant fundamentally changing who you are now?

As Queen sang in their song “We Are the Champions,” …and bad mistakes, I’ve made a few. And some of those mistakes were, indeed, doozies. So sure, in some fantasy world, it might be nice to call a Mulligan and get a do-over.

But overall, I feel that lived a pretty good life and I’d be concerned about the Butterfly Effect of going back and “fixing” those mistakes. The Butterfly Effect, as you know, is the phenomenon where a small change in starting conditions can lead to vastly different outcomes.

So, a small change to something that happened in my past might mean that the life that I’ve lived, and that I’m happy with, might be vastly different than what it is.

And as the old saying goes, Don’t mess with success.

Thursday Inspiration — Father to Son

Do not let my mistakes
Hamper you
Make your memories of me
Parse your words and deeds carefully
Keep negativity to a minimum
Stay ever curious
Be a wizard
Be not a fool
As was I

Written for Jim Adams’ Thursday Inspiration, where the theme is “mistake.” Also for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (hamper), Word of the Day Challenge (evanescent), Your Daily Word Prompt (parse), The Daily Spur (minimum), Ragtag Daily Prompt (curious), and MMA Storytime (wizard)

Who Doesn’t Fancy a Weekend Quickie?

Rory, A Guy Called Bloke, and the king of the quickies, wants to know:

When was the last time you wore a woolly hat and is it colored, patterned or plain?

For my birthday about 15 years ago, my wife knitted me a blue wool hat with the logo of my favorite baseball team, the Boston Red Sox. I still wear it on the occasional chilly days or nights we have around here in Northern California.

When was the last time you experienced a wardrobe malfunction – what was it and where were you?

The only wardrobe malfunction I can think of wais when I snagged a thread on a sweater I was wearing while walking and didn’t realize it. By the time I did notice it, the bottom third of my sweater had essentially unraveled. Other than the fact that it was one of my favorite sweaters, it was not a particularly embarrassing wardrobe malfunction.

Why do things become popular with people?

Well, maybe I’m oversimplifying the question, but it seems to me that things that people want, need, or like are the things that become popular with people. Am I missing some deep, hidden meaning to the question?

On a scale of 01 – 10 how angry are you right now for no other reason apart from you just are?

I’m pretty fucking angry at the GOP members of Congress who are, at best, ignoring or remaining silent on what Donald Trump has wrought and the MAGA-maniacs he has inspired to acts of violence and insurrection and who, at worst, are aiding and abetting them by giving them their support. They should be ashamed of themselves.

Please list three really funny films that have made you laugh out loud over the years?

Mel Brooks’ “Young Frankenstein,” Woody Allen’s “Annie Hall,” and a tie between two Marx Brothers movies, “Duck Soup” and “Night at the Opera.”

What are five of the biggest mistakes that people make with their lives in your opinion?

In no particular order:

  • Trying (or pretending) to be someone they are not
  • Valuing money over love
  • Being insincere and untrustworthy
  • Being petty
  • Trying to impose their will on others