One Regret

“Was they guy who gave you that tattoo high when he did it?” Alex asked Annette.

“We did share a bottle of wine before he got started,” Annette said, holding up her arm for Alex to admire. “It was really quite invigorating. Don’t you love it?”

“I certainly understand the sentiment,” Alex said, “but did you take a close look at what your tattoo actually says?”

“Of course I did,” Annette said. “No Regrets.”

“You know, Annette,” Alex said, “when I proofread my draft blog posts, sometimes my eyes see what my brain expects them to see, not what is actually there.”

“What, exactly, are you trying to say?”

“The word ‘regrets’ is misspelled.”

Annette held her arm out and looked carefully at her new tattoo. “Okay,” she said. “Maybe one regret.”

Written for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt tattoo), Fandango’s One Word Challenge (high), The Daily Spur (wine), and My Vivid Blog (invigorating).

5 Things — Buyer’s Remorse

Dr. Tanya, over at Salted Caramel, has this prompt called “5 Things,” where she asks us to list five things about a particular topic. For this week’s topic, she’s asking about five things we’ve purchased and have suffered buyer’s remorse. In other words, purchases we regret making.

1. 1961 Jaguar XK-150. Back in my younger days I used to be into classic British roadsters. At various times I owned a Sunbeam Alpine, an MG Midget, a Triumph Spitfire, and an Austin-Healey 3000. At one point I decided I needed another classic British roadster, so I bought a Jaguar XK 150, like the one pictured below.

While 60s-era British roadsters were very sexy cars and so much fun to drive (not to mention, chick magnets), they were not known for their reliability. But my XK -150 was, far and away, the worst of the lot, spending more time in the shop than on the road. It’s a good thing it was my second car. I finally ended up selling it to the mechanic whose shop it was in most of the time I owned it.

2. Sonic mole repellent stakes. I bought these because they allegedly offered a “humane” way of ridding my yard of moles. But as I wrote here, not only did they not repel moles, they seem to attract them, as I have more mole holes in my backyard now than ever before.

3. Casual shirts with no breast pocket. I buy most of my clothing online and when I buy casual shirts, I like them to have a breast pocket where I can keep tissues in case I need to sneeze or my nose starts running. I recently bought three casual shirts online from a company called UNTUCKit, as I wrote here. I had to return my original order because the cut was too snug for my old man body. I called the company and told them I needed to return them and exchange them for the “relaxed” fit. When I spoke to the customer service rep, I said that I needed these relaxed fit shirts to have a breast pocket. When my order arrived, two of the three shirts had breast pockets and one didn’t, even though the customer service rep assured me that all of their casual shirts are made with breast pocket on the left. Now I’ve got to initiate a return of the breast pocketless shirt. Why do they make men’s casual shirts without breast pockets anyway?

I was reminded of this when I read this post from Sandman Jazz this morning.

4. A combination dining and ping pong table. Our house has an open concept layout with a kitchen, family room and dining room all open. Most of the time it’s just me and my wife here and we have a beautiful, 45-inch diameter antique oak table with exquisitely carved claw feet that is perfectly suitable for the two of us.

But we still have room in our open concept living area for a larger dining table for when family and friends come over.

I wanted to use that space to get a dual purpose table, one that we could use as a dining table when needed, but that could be used as a pool table at most other times. My wife agreed in concept, but she wanted a combo dining table and ping ping table, suggesting that our kids and grandkids would love it much more than a billiards table.

I caved, because you know, happy wife. But what we didn’t take into consideration when making this purchase decision was our pet cat and pet dog, both of whom loved to pounce on stray ping pong balls and destroy them. Our cat is now gone, and so is our dog from when we bought the combo table. But a few months ago we took home a rescue dog who is obsessed with ping pong balls. Hence, we almost never us the ping pong aspect of our large dining table.

My regret is that I didn’t stick to my guns and buy the combo dining/billiards table, which I’m sure we’d have gotten much more enjoyment from and use of.

5. A BlackBerry Storm smartphone. I’d been using BlackBerry smartphones for years before Apple introduced its first iPhone in 2007. When it was time to upgrade my smartphone, I examined the iPhone and it seemed to me to be little more than an iPod with a phone capability added on. I was also a very loyal BlackBerry customer, so I opted to upgrade to a BlackBerry Storm, BlackBerry’s answer to Apple’s iPhone, rather than jumping on the iPhone bandwagon.

What a mistake. The BlackBerry Storm was a piece of shit. By 2010, when I bought my first iPhone, the iPhone 4, BlackBerry, which had been the market leader in first generation smartphones, was barely a blip on the radar. In hindsight, I should have done two things: bought the iPhone instead of the BlackBerry storm, and bought stock in Apple!

Blogging Insights — Looking Ahead

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. However, this week she is interested in finding out if we are planning any changes to our blog. Specifically, she’s asking us to…

…share our HOPES for our blog in 2022 as well as our REGRETS (if any).

Actually, I’m pretty happy with my blog the way it is, and my philosophy is, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” So I have no specific hopes for my blog other than to continue blogging.

That said, let me ask you all a question. You may answer from the perspectives of appearance, content, frequency, or whatever occurs to you. So here’s my question.

What changes, if any, would you encourage me to make to my blog in 2022 in order for you to have a better experience reading my posts?

Thanks for your feedback.

SoCS — Regrets

If only
If only I had
If only I had said yes instead of no
I only I had look ahead instead of back
If only I had done this instead of that
If only I had listened to you instead of to them
If only I had gone away instead of staying here
If only I had moved on instead of waiting around
If only I had believed in myself instead of doubting
If only I had lived my dreams instead of denying them
If only I had
If only

Written for Linda G. Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, where Linda has asked us to start our post with the word “If.” Photo credit:

Share Your World — 7/12/21

Here we go with another episode of Melanie’s Share Your World. This week Melanie is giving us three rather silly questions and one philosophical one.

What would be much better if you could just change the color of it?

The color of an object is what it is and I don’t think changing the color of said object would, in and of itself, make it better or worse. That said, there’s a house in my neighborhood that is painted Day-Glo yellow…

Do you think cats have any regrets?

Do cats have regrets? Nope, not a chance. Well, at least not my cat.

Do you ever count your steps when you walk?

When I used to walk our dog I would occasionally count my steps. But our dog is now gone and the only steps I count these days are what steps I’m at in my 12-step program.

Is there a supreme power?

Yes. Me. I am the supreme power because without me, nothing would exist. I explained it all in this post, should you be interested in understanding what I mean.

Now I have a question for Melanie. Which are the silly questions and which is the philosophical one?