Chatty Q&A?

0E949CFA-EB8D-4B2C-8DB8-851E4E1FFA39So Rory, A Guy Called Bloke, tagged me for this “Come Chat With Me” thing. The rules are:

  1. Answer the questions you receive (straight, funny, absurd, up to you)
  2. Create three questions of your own for those that you tag to answer
  3. Tag three people

So what does Rory do? He asks three truly absurd questions. Thanks a lot, Rory.

Hurly Burly or Wally Bolly and why?

I don’t know. How about Hurdy Gurdy and Woolly Bully?

Blue underpants with green socks or pink boxers with yellow sandals?

How about no underpants and no socks or sandals?

If the letter A wsn’t in our lphabet wht would you plce in its plce or in other words?

Reminds me of this:

The European Commission has just announced an agreement whereby English will be the official language of the European Union rather than German, which was the other possibility. 

As part of the negotiations, the British Government conceded that English spelling had some room for improvement and has accepted a 5- year phase-in plan that would become known as “Euro-English”. 

In the first year, “s” will replace the soft “c”. Sertainly, this will make the sivil servants jump with joy. The hard “c” will be dropped in favour of “k”. This should klear up konfusion, and keyboards kan have one less letter.

There will be growing publik enthusiasm in the sekond year when the troublesome “ph” will be replaced with “f”. This will make words like fotograf 20% shorter. 

In the 3rd year, publik akseptanse of the new spelling kan be expekted to reach the stage where more komplikated changes are possible. 

Governments will enkourage the removal of double letters which have always ben a deterent to akurate speling. 

Also, al wil agre that the horibl mes of the silent “e” in the languag is disgrasful and it should go away. 

By the 4th yer peopl wil be reseptiv to steps such as replasing “th” with “z” and “w” with “v”. 

During ze fifz yer, ze unesesary “o” kan be dropd from vords kontaining “ou” and after ziz fifz yer, ve vil hav a reil sensi bl riten styl. 

Zer vil be no mor trubl or difikultis and evrivun vil find it ezi TU understand ech oza. Ze drem of a united urop vil finali kum tru. 

Und efter ze fifz yer, ve vil al be speking German like zey vunted in ze forst plas.

Now I have to ask three questions:

  1. If you could have been born in any country other than the one in which you were born, which country and why?
  2. If you could go back in time and change any important life decision of your choice, what would it be and why?
  3. How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

Now I’m supposed to tag three other bloggers, but instead I’m going to tag any other bloggers who want to come chat with me.

Rory’s Friday Questions

856D667F-1861-4E8E-BC2C-04A2E298A688Rory, a Guy Called Bloke, is at it again. He’s asking more questions and it’s Friday, so why the hell not?

Sports

Before 2005, who was the last English captain to win the Ashes?

Um, what are “The Ashes”? Does it have anything to do with Arthur Ashe?

In which Year was the FA Cup Final described as the Matthews’ Final”

Um, what is the FA Cup Final?

With which sport do you connect William Webb Ellis?

Um, who is William Webb Ellis?

Which race did Red Rum win three times?

Um, the Race for the Red Rum?

What was boxer Muhammad Ali’s former name?

Ooh, ooh, I know this. Cassius Clay.DD00C927-49CF-49B1-89AF-04DB3B753779

How many Olympic gold medals did Sir Steve Redgrave win?

Um, Sir Steve Redgrave? Is he related to Vanessa Redgrave?

Who captained England in the 1966 World Cup Final?

Captain Morgan?759258B7-379A-48B0-BA96-8028EB3D9980

At which weight in boxing was John L Sullivam the world champion?

I don’t know what weight class John L. Sullivam was in, but John L. Sullivan was in the heavyweight class.

In which sport was Rachel Heyhoe-Flint a star?

Wasn’t she the one on “Friends” who dated Ross?

Which year were the Olympics last held in London?

1215. Oh no, that was the date of the Magna Carta. Sorry.

GEOGRAPHY

What is the capital of Australia?

Um, New Zealand?

Which three countries have a land border with European Spain?

Portugal, France, and …. Wait, is this a trick question?

What is the major chain of mountains in South America called?

The Andes.

In which continent is Equatorial Guinea?

Africa.

What is the former name of Sri Lanka?

Ceylon.

Wellington is the capital city of which country?

New Zealand, which, as I established earlier, is the capital of Australia. Amiright, or what?

In feet, to the nearest 1000 feet, what is the height of Mount Everest?

29,000.

Into which ocean does the River Congo flow?

Atlantic.

Antarctica is a continent. True or false?

You bet your bippy it is.

Of which country is Ulam Bator the capital?

Ulaanbaatar is the capital of Mongolia.

FILM

Who was the female star of Breakfast at Tiffany’s?

Audrey Hepburn.B2CC6830-2FA1-413F-9B73-C96EDC1849BB

Who played the male lead opposite Vivien Leigh in “Gone with the Wind”?

Clark Gable.4A056D3D-6F19-44E6-A4A7-0C976392B20E

Who received an Oscar as best supporting actor in “From Here to Eternity”?

Frank Sinatra.

Which film actor did Elizabeth Taylor marry twice?

Richard Burton.

Name the two main actors in the “Rainman.”

Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise.

What kind of animal was Alex in Madagascar?

I have no idea. A giraffe?

Who starred opposite Humphery Bogart in “The African Queen”?

Katherine Hepburn.89DDB21A-0B17-4ED2-9DBA-D36B3DC80237

Who played the female lead opposite Hugh Grant in “Four Weddings and a Funeral”?

Julia Roberts, maybe?

 Who played Henry V on film nearly fifty years after Olivier?

Hmm. Would that have been Kenneth Branagh?

Which American singer played in the 80’s remake of “The Jazz Singer”?

Neil Diamond, I think.

If At First You Don’t Succeed, Quit Trying

67BA2C17-81BB-44C4-971A-4062398EB6C2.jpegOkay, I’m addicted (or obsessed, compulsive, hooked, whatever). I went to my Reader this morning, opened up this post from Rory (A Guy Called Bloke), and saw a series of questions. I read it and then told myself to move on to the next post in my Reader. But I couldn’t. I commanded myself to step away from the iPhone, to take a cold shower, to masturbate, to do something else. Anything but answer Rory’s questions.

Alas….

What inspires you to write every day, every week or even every month in your blog?

What inspires me? Life, the news, politics, people, society, nonsense, prompts, photographs, imagination. Shall I go on?

Why do you do it? There are other ways to express how you feel, so why ‘blog it?’

As my wife said to me, “I’m tired of hearing you rant to me and the kids all the time. Go rant on your blog, where no one can hear you.”

Truth is, I spent almost 50 years of my life getting up each and every day and going to work. A lot of my work involved writing proposals, presentations, analysis documents. I also interacted with coworkers, clients, prospective clients. I even tried to find some time on weekends to write The Great American Novel, but never got very far.

Then, two years ago, I retired. No more proposals, presentations, coworkers, clients, prospective clients. Just me and my wife (and the kids when they found time in their own busy lives to spend time with us). So, what to do with myself, I wondered. After a month or so, my wife apparently got tired of me just hanging around and said, “Hey, you like to write. Why don’t you start a blog? That will keep you busy and out of my hair.”

What’s your story or is it your journey? What inspires you to reach out to an unseen audience and tell the world your innermost feelings, share your observations on life, highlight your opinions on your chosen topic or genre?

My story? It’s actually pretty average, nothing special, very ordinary. But I have opinions, perspectives, and a desire to write, so that’s why I use my blog to share my observations, opinions, perspectives, and tales. And my wife doesn’t want to hear them anymore, so….

Is your blog a message? Or is it a way to fine tune and hone your writing skills? Is there more for you with your blog, greater heights to be scaled, a ladder and doorway to success?

No, my blog isn’t a message. It’s a diversion, a distraction from the insanity that is swirling all around us since November 2016. But yes, I do use it to hone my writing skills and I’ve come to love writing flash fiction. Is there more for me with my blog? Nope, this is it. Just my way of expressing myself and hearing others do the same.

What inspires you to do so every time to sit poised ready to make a new post? 

My innate desire to not shrivel up and die.

Rory’s Making a Liar Out of Me

24CB1662-3D24-41B9-BCCE-DC7508017447Damn you, Rory. I just posted yesterday and again earlier today that I was going to stop answering questions from bloggers who received blog award nominations who then nominated me. But then, sure enough, Rory got nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award, tagged me, and asked five questions.

And, seriously, who can resist the allure of A Guy Called Bloke? So, here we go.

Tick or Tock, which is best that describes your personality and why?

Hmm. Well, Tick always comes before Tock, right? That means someone who is a Tick is a leader, while someone who is a Tock is a follower. I know myself well enough to admit that I’m more of a Tock than a Tick.

With regards Passion Fashion and Fabric which is your go to for 199% comfort – Rubber, Silk, Canvas, Pollycotton, Linen, Jersey, Crepe, Lycra, Lace, Velvet, or simply all bare – and why?

For 199% comfort? Rory, Rory, Rory. Not to pick nits, but you can’t exceed 100%. Of that I am 110% positive. With that out of the way, there’s nothing more comfortable for “passion fashion” than simply bare. (Although for “sleep fashion,” I’m all about a cotton T-shirt and sweatpants.)

What is the routine you undertake each day when you log into WordPress before you start to create a post?

I check my stats, read and respond to comments, and read and comment on some of the posts in my Reader that the bloggers I follow have posted.

What is your best time of the day – night, morning, afternoon, dusk or dawn and why, what makes it special for you?

I wake up pretty early each day, so the time between my first cup of coffee and when I start hitting the mid afternoon drag, is my best time. That’s also when I’m most production the blog, although I often compose and schedule a post for early the next morning right before I go to sleep each night.

What is an ideal Christmas day for you and your family if relevant?

Usually it’s a family get together that winds up with all of us going to see a movie that we can all agree on, which can be a challenge, and then out to dinner at whatever restaurant we can find that is open on Christmas night, which is most often a Chinese restaurant.

No nominations from me, but if anyone wants to take a shot at answering Rory’s questions, I don’t think he’ll mind.

Timing Is Everything

BFC3BF54-7478-45C1-BD37-8A0D976CB273Yesterday, Nova, over at My Namaste 365 Online, got nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award and then she was kind enough to nominate me, along with nine other bloggers for the same award. So thank you, Nova, for nominating me.

Nova also just started her own Daily Random Word prompt yesterday. Her first daily random word was “path.”

It’s interesting timing that on the same day I posted this post, in which I said that I was going to slightly change the “path” of my blog by cutting back on (1) writing posts with questions asked by other bloggers and on (2) responding to some prompts, that Nova nominates me for an award where I’m supposed to answer questions she posed, and she also starts a brand new one-word prompt. (Whew, that’s a long sentence, isn’t it?)

Well, I have decided that, because of the strange timing, I’ll go ahead and answer Nova’s five questions, but these will likely be the last such blog nomination questions I will answer before taking my blog on that different path.

So here are Nova’s questions along with my answers.

  1. Who’s the most influential on you as a writer? It’s not so much a “who” as it is a few “whats,” like politics, society, and life.

  2. What are your writing goals for 2019? As I mentioned, I plan to cut back on doing blog award nomination Q&A posts, I will probably be responding to fewer word and photo prompts, and I will try to post no more than 3-4 posts per day.

  3. Which 3 YouTube channels do you visit often? I actually don’t go to YouTube at all except when I need to post a music video for prompts like Song Lyric Sunday.

  4. How do you eat your eggs? Mostly over easy and with a fork.

  5. Which came first, the chicken or chick? The chicken or the chick? I thought it was the chicken or the EGG! Well, since I’m more likely to eat eggs for breakfast and chicken for dinner, based upon a typical day, I’ll have to go with eggs came first.