It’s No Mystery

4F326EBE-D360-4E2E-9FA2-F6A0B0967242LillBlu1981 nominated me for the Mystery Blogger Award. What is the Mystery Blogger Award, you ask? Well, I’ll tell you.

“The Mystery Blogger Award is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging, and they do it with so much love and passion.”

Wow, no wonder she nominated me. That describes me and my blog perfectly! The only problem is that I’ve designated my blog as an award-free blog. However, it’s not a question-free blog, so I’m happy to tackle LillBlu’s questions.

Who are you and where are you from?

I’m Fandango and I’m from here, there, everywhere, and anywhere, as I’m a figment of my imagination.

What is your biggest inspiration?

I’m going to answer this in the context of blogging, which, as you will learn shortly, is my passion. And my inspiration comes from my fellow bloggers, whose word, photo, and other prompts spark my imagination and help me to unleash my creativity.

What is the biggest challenge you face in a day?

Maintaining my sanity in the age of Donald Trump.

What is your passion?

Now that my kids are grown and are on their own and my wife is addicted to Twitter, my blog is my passion.

What would you do if you had one day to spend a million pounds but could only do fun things with the money?

I’m going to convert pounds to dollars because I have no idea how much a million pounds are worth. That said, what would be fun for me would be to find 40 worthy people whose lives would be positively impacted by an anonymous gift of $25,000 each.C60ADFBB-5233-4F39-B50E-0EA90FB1EF7F.jpeg


Blog Award Q&A

BCD7E2F0-A8EB-46B6-A630-CA6F4C3DB664James A. Best was awarded the coveted Liebster Award and was kind enough to include me among those he paid it forward to. So thank you for the shoutout, James.

I typically don’t participate in these blog awards except to answer the questions the blogger who tagged me asked. So, to that end, here are James’ questions and my answers.

  1. Have you ever seen any of the “Too Fast Too Furious” movies that have come out? The star is Vin Diesel and his crew. Which one is your favorite? I have never seen any of the Fast and Furious flicks. Not a one.
  2. Which genre of book do you enjoy the most — real stories or fictional stories? And why? I generally prefer to read fiction. Why? Because fiction provides an escape from the shitstorm that is swirling around us in real life.
  3. What is your opinion of blogging? I enjoy blogging immensely.
  4. Who inspires you the most in this life? My kids.
  5. The most important person in your life? My kids, both of them.
  6. What do you think the key to success is hard work or talent? Luck and good timing.
  7. What is your favorite song? And why? Oh my, so very many favorite songs by so many artists. I’ve got around 2,000 of my favorite songs on my iTunes app. Do you want me to list them all?
  8. What do you want to be in this life? Alive!
  9. How can you describe creativity? The ability to produce something new and imaginative.
  10. What brings you the most smiles in your daily life? My kids, my pets, and late night comedians like Stephen Colbert, who make Trump and the Republicans who enable him look like the imbeciles that they all are.
  11. What is your favorite sport and favorite player? I’m going with baseball as my favorite sport. As to my favorite player, I’m going with Tom Brady. (And yes, I know he plays football and not baseball. But he’s a standout player in any sport.)

Anyone else want to take a shot at James’ questions?

Going for Gold

611C1152-73B1-4054-988A-AE9C29259DDERory, a Guy Called Bloke, has given us another one of his “Question Fun” prompts. This one is all about “Going for Gold” (i.e., personal goal setting and achievement).

What are your greatest strengths?

My modesty and humility.

What are your worst weaknesses?

My modesty and humility.

What are your personal values to life?

To live each day to its fullest without killing myself.

What drives you through the day, each day?

My car.

How do you feel about setting goals, be these small, little or large?

It’s always good to set goals, but I rarely do, especially now that I’m a man of leisure (i.e., retired).

Do you achieve them, every time?

See above.

How do you celebrate when you do achieve them and equally how do you react when you do not reach what you set out to acquire?

Since I don’t set them, I neither achieve them nor fail to do so. I do celebrate waking up alive each morning, though.

Do you set unrealistic goals and targets for yourself?

The reason I don’t set personal goals is that I know it would be unrealistic for me to reach them.

When thinking about making goals or targets for yourself to set upon, how do you work that into your daily routine?

I don’t.

Are you realistic when thinking about what you wish to achieve for yourself?

Absolutely realistic, which is why I don’t bother setting goals.

Do you set a schedule and ‘simply go for gold’, or are you a little more relaxed about the whole affair?

What affair? I’m not having an affair. I swear, sweetheart, I’m not!

Do you ever deliberately set yourself challenges that take you out of your comfort zone?

I rather enjoy staying in my comfort zone, so no.

What would you do, if you suddenly had a lump sum of one million in your currency land on your doorstep with the instruction of ‘spend how you wish?’

I would spend it as I wish. I’m good at following instructions.

If ‘fear’ wasn’t an issue for you, what would you do?

Set goals.

What do you love doing more than anything else, but haven’t done recently – why not?

Downhill skiing (fully clothed, by the way). Why not? I’m old and would likely end up breaking some bones.

Forget three wishes, you have been granted one wish that will grant you 100% instant success in whatever you next think about achieving – what would you do with that wish?

Get rid of Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell.

Do you find quotes inspire you? If so, please provide three quotes on the subject of personal inspiration.


What music inspires, motivateds and enthuses to get up and go for it, supply three song titles [and links if you wish] please.

I just posted three songs yesterday that pretty much do the same thing in Laura’s Weekly Song Challenge, so HERE is that post.

If you wanted something badly enough, would you pay to achieve it, or simply work damn hard to achieve it for yourself?

My philosophy is why do it yourself if you can afford to pay someone else to do it for you?

Please can you provide an image that inspires you to ‘go for gold’ when you are looking to achieve your goal?

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Finally, what goals, challenges or accomplishments have you enjoyed success with in the past, that make you feel ‘proud’ to have done so.

Finishing this post!

Mysterious Questions

328884D4-0276-4113-A192-A9D9FE73C742My blogging friend, Leigha Robbins, was recently nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award. Leigha is a wonderful poetry and flash fiction blogger, so it’s no mystery why Sadje (Keep it Alive) nominated Leigha.

Leigha is also someone who regularly responds to my daily FOWC With Fandango one-word challenges. So when she posted five questions in response to her Mystery Blogger Award nomination and opened it up to anyone who wanted to answer them, how could I not?

Would you ever want to be famous with the lack of privacy most celebrities have?

No. I’m a private person and like it that way. Now I wouldn’t mind having the money that most celebrities have.

What country would you most like to travel to?

I’ve always wanted to go to New Zealand so that I could, if nothing else, flush a toilet and watch the water flow down in the opposite direction.

What is your dream home like?

Mortgage-free and maintenance-free.

If you could co-write with anyone (blogging world or published author) who would it be?

I’d say Stephen King, but he has an unnatural aversion to adverbs and I use adverbs frequently and gleefully.

(weird or funny question) You wake up in a jail cell… what is the crime you just committed?


Sparky’s Mysterious Questions

CC7F7F76-3B03-4DE7-B0B9-0D4AE061F9FFMelanie (aka Sparks From a Combustible Mind; aka “Sparky”) was nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award (congrats, Melanie).

Melanie did not nominate me or my blog, but I’m not at all upset, since she wrote, “No nominees this time, but anyone who would like to, please participate! Everyone I follow is a ‘mystery blogger’ just from the criteria!”

But she did pose some fun questions, so I felt compelled to answer them.

1. What was in your high school (secondary school) locker?

Oh jeez, I graduated from high school more than a half a century ago, so this is a guess: a jacket, books, cigarettes, notebooks, clean underpants (just in case), and condoms (wishful thinking).

2. What is one item of clothing that would make you walk out on a blind date? (If you’re married, think back to when you did date.)

Crocs. I don’t think they’d been invented back when I was dating, but if they had been, and a girl wore those things on a blind date, that would have been a deal breaker.464EFA77-2600-445B-9318-8EA1407C823F

If you could only have three programs (on your computer) or apps on your phone, which would you choose?

Does that include or exclude apps that come preloaded on the iPhone (e.g., Safari Browser, weather app, messaging, notes, camera/photo apps, etc.)? If your question excludes those apps, the three I’d keep are WordPress, Prisma (a photo filter app), and the Kindle e-reader app.

What childish thing do you still do as an adult?


What does your favorite shirt (blouse) look like?

I’m not very fashion conscious and now that I’m retired, most of my shirts are t-shirts or sweatshirts. 

BONUS WEIRD QUESTION:   Who is the fourth person on your ‘missed calls’ list?  You don’t have to list their name obviously, nor their relationship to you (if there is one).  Please answer “sister in law” or “telemarketer” or something vague like that.

I have no idea who the fourth missed call was from, since I don’t know anyone who lives in Fall River, MA.


Anyone else wanna take a shot at Sparky’s questions?