Rory’s Weekend Quickie

Rory is asking us, once again, if we fancy a weekend quickie. Why the hell not, I say.

How do you like your sausages – straight, curved, short, long, fat, or thin? Or do you not even like sausages?
Interpret as you wish ….

I prefer oysters.

How often [under normal circumstances] would you visit a hairdressers/barbers in one year?

Never. I shave my head by myself once every two weeks.

What is it specifically do you think about humor that makes you laugh – as in ‘what’s so funny to you?’ Why do you laugh at some things and not others – what is the magical ingredient for you?

Timing, delivery, and the unexpected.

If you were convinced you had seen an alien or a UFO [from another planet] how would you make people believe you or would you not tell anyone?

I’d keep my mouth shut. Although I might post about it on my blog because I’m anonymous. You’d believe me, wouldn’t you?

Do you know what your place is in the world – where you fit in – and is that important to you?

My place in the world is wherever I happen to be at the time such a question is asked. For example, right now I’m sitting on the toilet tapping this answer into my iPhone — and that is definitely my place in the world at the moment. Now excuse me while I finish up the paperwork and wash my hands.

Is it important to you to get ‘noticed’ or are you happy enough to just be seen and is there really a difference do you think?

I used to think, when I was still working, that it was important to get noticed. Notice by my clients, by my peers, and by my bosses. Now that I’m in my sixth year of my retirement, getting noticed is the last thing I want to have happen. Unless I’m crossing the street and a car is coming my way. In that situation I would definitely hope to get noticed.

12 Bloggerz — May 2021

Rory is offering up his “12 Bloggers” thing he does once again this month. He poses 12, oh I don’t know, irreverent questions. Here is what he is asking us this month.

1. When was the last time you were totally lost?
[Be this physically, mentally, emotionally or so on, interpretation is yours.]

Pretty much every day.

2. Do you think that we, as viewers to the entertainment industry, have much higher and perhaps unrealistic expectations to the content that we read, watch, or listen to today in comparison to previous years and or generations?

I think so because the technologies used in today’s entertainment industry are so much more sophisticated and advanced than they were in previous generations.

3. Does money ‘really’ make us happy or is that just a myth and more importantly it is ‘what you do with it’ that makes you happier?

I don’t know if money really makes us happy, but it helps.

4. How important to you is it to be right?

I’m not always right, but I’m never wrong.

5. How often do you find yourself completely confused with life and the way it is changing and has changed over the last ten or twenty years?

What confuses me is how divided and polarized our society has become. We have become so entrenched in our own perspectives and beliefs that we no longer listen to or even attempt to see the world through others’ eyes.

7. How many emails do you get a day [roughly] and from who do you get the most?

About a dozen and a half and most of them are from some entity trying to get me to spend money. I get many more text messages than emails each day.

6. When out shopping and carrying your goods or groceries, which do you prefer to use more often – paper or plastic bags [reusable] or cotton totes or something else?

I mostly bring my own reusable (cloth, not plastic) bags. Otherwise, I’ll go with paper bags, which are recyclable.

8. Have you ever made for yourself ‘homemade wine/spirits’ and if so what was it made from and how was it?

I haven’t, but my wife made her own homemade wine from a kit. I designed the labels and printed them up and adhered them to the bottles into which her wine ultimately was poured.

9. In your opinion and from no ‘fixed time period,’ what have been in your eyes the top 5 most memorable television series you have ever watched and what made them special to you?

“The Wire” on HBO, the original “The Twilight Zone,” “Hill Street Blues,” “Cheers,” and “All in the Family.”

10. What’s wrong with today’s music as opposed to the music of your yesterday’s – do you consider the music now to be far worse or greatly improved and why?

I’m stuck in the mid-sixties to late-seventies classic rock from a music perspective. That’s my jam. I’m not going to comment on others’ tastes in music, no matter how bad I think it is.

11. Does world history really matter to our daily lives – is it that important – l mean it’s not like we can change anything right – what do you think?

12. Do you believe that a good night’s sleep and waking up refreshed the following day helps you make better decisions or worthier improvements to your life – or it makes no difference at all?

I know that I feel refreshed and regenerated after a good night’s sleep, so I’m going to say that, for me, anyway, it does make a positive difference.

Rory’s Questions About Blogging

Rory, A Guy Called Bloke, is back at it again with more of his questions about blogging.

How many social networking platforms are you committed to for ‘social coverage’ for your written and published blog content?

None. I’m not active on any of the social media platforms. WordPress is it.

How far ahead do you have planned or scheduled content to be published on your blog or are you more of a ‘in the moment’ type of writer?

My FOWC with Fandango daily word prompts are typically scheduled up to two weeks in advance. Almost all of my other posts are “in the moment.”

How long are you ‘in/on’ your blog for daily?

That depends upon what else is going on in my life, but between composing my posts, proof reading them, making any necessary edits to them, and reading and commenting on other bloggers’ posts, I’d guess anywhere from three to seven hours a day.

Are the social niceties of being LIKED important to you?

“Social niceties”? I’m not sure I understand what this question is getting at. I’m happy when people read my posts, happier when people like them, and even more happy when people comment on them. But likes can be like pennies, not worth very much when people like a bunch of your posts in rapid fire succession, meaning that they probably clicked like without actually having read the posts. So I’ll echo what Rory said: Please Don’t Just Like For The Sake Of LIKING, But Only LIKE If You Really Do LIKE It!

Rory Wants to Know About Our Blogs

Rory, A Guy Called Bloke, has some questions about our blogs. He wants to know…

As a blogger how important to you is creativity in your blog?

I try to be creative when I’m writing flash fiction in response to prompts, but when I am writing about current events, politics, or the world around me, I focus more on being accurate with my information, objective in my analysis, and engaging in my delivery.

If you could describe your blog in one sentence only – what would you write?

My blog is about this, that, and the other.

With the content you produce for your blog, are there topics, genres of styles, which are favored more by your readership audience than others and if so, with everything you do produce what are your top 3?

I think this is more of a question for my blog’s readers than for me. That said, my daily FOWC with Fandango prompts seems popular among my readers, as are my Provocative Question Prompts and my Friday Flashback series. But my favorite posts to write are my flash fiction posts in which I try to incorporate a number of daily word prompts.

Which is your preferred reading in the main – books, blogs or other and what genre?

These days, I mostly read blogs, my iPhone’s newsfeed, The Week magazine, and the morning newspaper that is delivered to my door. So far this year I’ve only read one book. Tsk, tsk.

12 Bloggerz — April 2021

It’s been a while since I last did one of Rory’s “12 Bloggers” “thing” he does where he poses 12, oh I don’t know, irreverent questions. Here is what he is asking us this month.

1 – Would you want to be a millionaire and if so why and if not why not?

Would I want to be? Hell yes. Why not?

2 – Do you listen more to the voice in your head or your gut when making difficult decisions?

I’m a pragmatist, so I’d have to say I’m more in my head than in my gut.

3 – Should we be afraid of our nightmares or see them as a sign of improvement?

I may be afraid in my nightmares while I’m having them, but not once I’m awake. Then I am actually relieved to realize that they were just nightmares. Do I see them as a sign of improvement. No, not at all. Just as scary dreams.

4 – Are you a fan of cult movies and if so which ones and why?

I suppose one might call “Rocky Horror Picture Show” a cult movie. I’ve seen that about a half a dozen times, usually at midnight showings at a local movie theater (back in the pre-pandemic days when movie theaters where still a thing). And then there is the John Walters’ classic “Pink Flamingos,” which I’ve seen a few times.And I love the old Marx Brothers movies. But I suppose I’m a cult member of the Mel Brooks’ “Young Frankenstein” fan club. I’ve seen and enjoyed that move maybe a dozen times.

5 – What comedy film you could watch over and over?

As noted above, Mel Brooks’ “Young Frankenstein.” I never get tired of it.

6 – How often can you listen to your favorite music for more than an hour in a day or a week without interruptions? 

I have my TV on all day and when I’m not watching a show, I have classic rock music playing in the background throughout the day. For example, right now, as I am writing this post, Steely Dan’s “My Old School” is playing.

7 – What is in your opinion the best way to make an omelets?

You gotta break a few eggs to make an omelet.

8 – When was the last time you were completely naughty?

At my age and with my memory, I can’t recall.

9 – What’s the secret to making someone laugh hard?

Telling a really, really funny joke. Or telling them to watch Mel Brooks’ “Young Frankenstein.”

10 – How forgetful are you and why does the word look so silly when written?

First, the word “forgetful” doesn’t look at all silly to me. Second, As to how forgetful I am, at my age and with my memory, I can’t remember.

11 – What advice did your parents give you about LIFE that you, too, have passed on to your own children or friends?

Don’t sweat the small stuff.

12 – How often do you surf for something on the internet but end up hours later looking at something else? Why does it happen to you, what causes you to stray?

At my age, it happens frequently. It’s not so much that hours later I end up looking at something else, it’s more that if I get distracted, I forget what I was looking for. What causes me to stray? I’m easily distracted, I guess.