It’s Nice To Be Recognized

257375C6-FCEF-4801-AAE4-079944910BE2Melanie, over at Sparks From a Combustible Mind, gave me a shoutout in a post she wrote responding to a nomination she received for the Blogger Recognition Award. So first, congratulations Melanie.

Truth be told, Melanie didn’t nominate my blog for this award. She’s really not into this whole nomination thing. But what she did was to list my blog among “some blogs worth a look, which deserve recognition, but which I’m NOT NOMINATING.”

So second, thanks for including my blog in your shoutout list!

I think what I’m supposed to do now is to publish a post on my blog about having been mentioned in Melanie’s Blogger Recognition Award post. In that post, I’m supposed to give a brief story of how my blog started. And I’m also supposed to give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.

How My Blog Started

I’ve been blogging for 13½ years. I actually wrote about that here in a post about the thirteenth anniversary of my first blog. I started that blog because I liked to write and I wanted to share my writing with others. But no one noticed. Oh well.

I went through a couple of blog iterations until I started this blog in May 2017 after a two year absence from blogging. I decided to get back into blogging because I needed an outlet to vent about the lunacy of Donald Trump and, through prompts and flash fiction, to divert my attention from what Trump and his Republican sycophants are doing to our country and the world.

Advice to New Bloggers

  1. Blogging is addictive, so be prepared to devote yourself to blogging and to risk your job, your family, and your real world relationships.
  2. You will “meet” some interesting, creative, fascinating people while blogging and you’ll likely develop some real friendships with other bloggers from all around the world. Interacting with these other bloggers, reading their posts, and commenting is as important and as rewarding as publishing your own posts.

Okay. If any of you want to share how you started your blog and/or to offer advice to new bloggers, now is the time to it.

One-Liner Wednesday — Fighting Cannibalism


“The difference between liberals and cannibals is that cannibals only eat their enemies.”

Former United States President Lyndon B. Johnson

There are now twenty Democrats competing for the Democratic nomination to run against Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election. Well, 19 Democrats and Bernie Sanders, who is technically an Independent.

But the big question is whether the Democrats, who range from socialists to progressives to moderates and from pro-impeachment to no-impeachment, will not tear one another apart in their efforts to differentiate themselves from each other in order to prevail through next year’s primaries and to secure the Democratic nomination.

Personally, I don’t care that much about which one of the twenty rises to the top. I would vote for any one of them over Trump.

Written for this week’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt from Linda G. Hill.

Lost Nomination

Visualization of poof sound with big fluffy cloudA kind blogger nominated me this morning for some blog award, but it went right to my spam folder and I accidentally permanently deleted it while cleaning out my spam. Poof, it’s gone.

If it was you, and you still think, after I deleted your nomination, that I deserve it, please resend your nomination.

Sorry about that.

The Notorious DJT

aa5f9270-5155-46b4-a1f9-4692d2ecaa06He was a showman and a con artist, notorious for his bombast. So full of himself, he decided to seek the highest office in the land.

Most pundits thought it was a narcissistic whim, a buffoonish lark, a fluke, something he did as a self-promotion tool.

But he entered the race, building his campaign around frustration, anxieties, fear, and nationalism.

He said he was going to make America great again. He would build a wall to keep out bad hombres who are rapists, drug dealers, and criminals, all part of his nationalist agenda.

He said he was going to drain the swamp in the nation’s capital of corruption.

He said he was going to protect us from fanatic Islamist terrorists.

He said it was a good idea to get along with, kowtow to, and have negotiations with dictators and adversaries.

But all along, the needs and interests of the American people were secondary to his own unenlighted self-interests.

With his scare-filled rhetoric, his lies, and his bullshit, he won primary after primary. And he secured the nomination.

And with the help of, and collusion with, the Russians, he amazingly won the election, something even he didn’t expect.

And for the past two years, he has slowly been destroying the American democracy, devalued America’s standing on the world stage, diminished the long-held alliances with our western allies, and given Putin a free pass.

And worst of all, instead of making America great again, all he’s accomplished is to make America hate again.

Written for Nova’s Daily Random Word Prompts: #41-42 (primary and secondary) and #43-47 (notorious, negotiation, nationalism, nationalist, and nomination). Caricature by Mitchell Cowell.

Eleven Brand New Questions

034BE707-F913-4B24-B811-9C09AB076DA0Sadje, over at Keep It Alive, was nominated for her fourth Sunshine Blogger Award. As is custom, she responded to the eleven questions the person who nominated her, Ruby, asked her. And as is also custom, Sadje nominated eleven other bloggers to answer the same questions. And it happens that I am one of the eleven. So thank you for that, Sadje.

Here goes.

If you had to choose to be on a reality show, which one would it be?

I am not a fan of reality shows. In fact, I hate them. The only “reality” show I watch is “The Voice.” So I suppose I’d choose to be on that one. But I’m actually too old to compete and I can’t sing for shit.ED173509-F7D8-490B-8E69-6648CD5E0310

2. If you could change your name, what would it be?

If you’re asking about my real name, I wouldn’t change it. After all these decades I can’t imagine having any other name. As to my blogger name, Fandango, I selected it and I think it’s great, so no way I’d change it.

3. How long have you been blogging?

I started this blog, Fivedotoh, in May 2017, but I started my first blog on October 10, 2005. If you’re so inclined, you can read about it here.

4. How frequently do you blog?

These days I usually post between three and five times a day.

5. Share the link to a favorite post of yours, why is this your favorite?

I think I’ve answered this question before. I’ve published more than 2,000 posts on this blog and I can’t just pick out one as my favorite. But this is my most viewed post to-date: Better Than Sex.

6. Do you check your stats for the countries that have ‘visited’ your blog?

Occasionally. Here are my top 10 countries so far this year:204A926D-A395-4A1C-AACD-004290EF0CA3

7. Which countries are you missing from your WordPress globe and would really like to see filled in on your map?

Greenland. Does anyone actually live in Greenland? But I am surprised that Trinidad & Tabago made my top 10.A3BE7871-B8C1-49A7-8B31-37B724A2BC25

8. Are you a ‘crafty’ person? (knit, sew, paint, macrame … ?)

I don’t knit, sew, paint, or do macrame. As to the other definition of “crafty” — someone skillful in underhand or evil schemes; cunning; deceitful; sly — I plead the fifth.

9. Assuming that you celebrate, do you shop in advance for Christmas or do you leave everything to the last minute?

I don’t really celebrate Christmas, but most of my family and friends do celebrate either Christmas or Hanukkah. I am a last minute kind of a guy, but my wife is a well-in-advance person, so she does the planning and I execute her plan.

10. Do you participate in sports?

Not anymore. But I watch sports on TV.

11. Are you a sweet or savory person?

Is this about whether I prefer to eat sweet food or savory food, or if my personality is sweet or savory? Relative to food, I actually like both sweet and savory. A nice, flavorful main course followed by a sweet dessert. Yum.

As to personality, I wouldn’t say that I’m a particularly sweet guy. But if you ask my wife, by the end of an active day, I can be pretty savory.

Now here’s where I depart from custom. I’m not going to nominate eleven other bloggers. I’m going to nominate all other bloggers to answer these very same questions.