Fandango’s Flashback Friday — February 18th

Wouldn’t you like to expose your newer readers to some of your earlier posts that they might never have seen? Or remind your long term followers of posts that they might not remember? Each Friday I will publish a post I wrote on this exact date in a previous year.

How about you? Why don’t you reach back into your own archives and highlight a post that you wrote on this very date in a previous year? You can repost your Friday Flashback post on your blog and pingback to this post. Or you can just write a comment below with a link to the post you selected.

If you’ve been blogging for less than a year, go ahead and choose a post that you previously published on this day (the 18th) of any month within the past year and link to that post in a comment.


This was originally posted on February 18, 2018.

You Sound Uppity

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Everyone else in the class would answer “Here” when the teacher called roll in homeroom. But not Mark. He would always say “Present.” He was the only one who responded to roll calls that way.

“Why do you always say ‘present’ at roll call?” one of the other students asked Mark.

“Because I am present in class,” mark answered.

“But everyone else simply says ‘here.’ Saying ‘present’ makes you sound uppity.”

“But ‘present’ is such an interesting word,” Mark said. It’s more versatile than ‘here.’”

“How so?” the classmate asked.

“Well, for one thing, it means being where you are; being ‘here,’” Mark explained. “It can also mean being in the moment, as being engaged in what is going on. I’m not just ‘here’ taking up space, I am truly ‘present,’ fully aware of what is happening around me.”

“Yes, I can see that.”

“But ‘present’ can also be a verb that means to give something to someone, like when you present someone with an award. Or you can use it as a noun to mean something someone gives you, like a Christmas present or a birthday present.”

“Ah, I get it,” said Mark’s classmate. “Like in, ‘I want to present this present to you.’”

“Exactly,” Mark said. “And it can also mean occurring now, as opposed to having occurred in the past or something that will occur in the future.”

“Wow, ‘present’ is a cool word,” admitted the classmate. “But using it instead of saying ‘here’ during roll call still makes you sound like an uppity asshole.”


Written for today’s one-word prompt, “present.”

Blogging Insights — A Perfect Moment

For her weekly Blogging Insights prompts, Dr. Tanya provides us with a quote about blogging or writing and asks us to express our opinion about said quote.

This week’s quote is unattributed. Dr. Tanya wrote “…blogger Fandango will probably call it another ‘fortune cookie statement.’” Not wanting to disappoint Tanya…

When I see this quote in makes me think of the old adage, “There’s no time like the present.” That essentially means that the best time to do something is right now. Don’t procrastinate, don’t put off until tomorrow what you should do today. Who can argue with that?

But being the nit-picker that I am, I’m going to focus on the work “perfect.” For something to be perfect, it must be free from faults or defects. I, for one, don’t seek perfection in my life because I’d be setting myself up for disappointment. Call me jaded, but I truly believe that nothing in this world is free from faults or defects. Not people, not things, not lives.

Right now I’m in bed with a bad cold and I’m tapping this out on my iPhone. The conditions are far from perfect, but I feel that the best time to respond to Dr. Tanya’s prompt is right now because I’m awake, although as soon as I finish posting this, I’ll probably close my eyes and try to get some much needed sleep.

Of course I may come back and read this later and think I must have been delirious with fever when I wrote it. But maybe that’s what people think when they read most of my posts.

Share the Spotlight

Why do you always feel that you need to monopolize everyone’s time when we’re together? I can’t get a word in edgewise. It makes me feel like I’m some nearly invisible, insubstantial wraith who is just tagging along with you, instead of as your partner. Have you no moral compass?

I know I can’t impel you to share the spotlight with me, but maybe you could at least give me a handout, a scrap. What a present it would to be to me for your to recognize that I am present, standing right by your side, instead of ignoring me.

Is that too much to ask?


Written for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (monopolize), Word of the Day Challenge (wraith), Ragtag Daily Prompt (compass), Your Daily Word Prompt (impel), The Daily Spur (hand), and My Vivid Blog (homonym — note, I didn’t use the word “homonym,” but I used the word “present” in the last sentence with two different meanings).

In Other Words — The Present

Cat licking its chops“I brought you a present, momma, and it’s delicious,” Cat said after entering the house through the open glass door that separates our family room from the backyard patio and dropping a not quite dead rat at my wife’s feet.

My wife screamed and dropped the cup of coffee she was holding, the cup smashing into dozens of ceramic pieces and shards upon hitting the hardwood floor, causing Cat to scramble away.

Upon hearing my wife’s scream and the crash of the coffee cup, I came running from the kitchen and saw my wife standing on a chair pointing to a large, not quite dead rat on the family room floor.

That’s when I saw Cat in the corner, preening himself and looking completely unconcerned about of anything having to do with the brouhaha.

I gave the cat a what did you do? look, at which point, Cat looked back at me, licked his lips, and said, “Who, me?”


In Other WordsWritten for the In Other Words prompt from Patricia’s Place. The challenge this week is to write a story or poem of five lines or fewer using the picture above and/or the word “delicious.” Photo credit: Monika Schmidt from Pixabay.

Our Proud Cat

Black CatWe have a cat
A black cat
A black cat with yellow eyes
He’s an indoor cat

We live in the city
We have a small backyard
With a privacy fence all around
Our neighbors store their trash bins next to our fence

We sometimes let our cat out in our backyard
Our cat is a hunter
He quietly and patiently waits by the fence
Where there are very small gaps

And then he pounces
And brings us a present
That he drops at our feet

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This post was inspired by fellow blogger Jim Adams in his post about cats and rats. His post was inspired by RayNotBradbury.