Truthful Tuesday — Hot, Hot, Hot

Melanie, of Sparks from a Combustible Mind, is still filling in for Frank, aka PCGuy, who is taking a temporary hiatus from his Truthful Tuesday prompt. This week Melanie asks…

How do you like to keep cool when it’s broiling outside?

One of the reasons we chose to move to San Francisco about 15 years ago was its climate. It never gets too cold and it rarely gets too hot. We did have central heat, but we hardly ever turned it on. We didn’t have air conditioning because it just didn’t get hot enough during the summer to need it.

But two years ago, in order to be closer to our grandkids, we moved to the East Bay. What a difference moving 35 miles inland makes. It still doesn’t get that cold in the winter here, only occasionally dipping below freezing. But the summers here are hot, hot, hot. We often have 10 to 15 days here during the summer months when the temps get into the triple digits. But at least it’s a relatively dry heat most of the time.

Okay, with that background out of the way, let me answer Melanie’s question. I keep cool by staying inside in my air conditioned home. If, on those 90+ degree days, I need to venture out of the house, say to the grocery store, I will leave my air conditioned home, drive to the air conditioned grocery store in my air conditioned car, get whatever groceries I need, and drive back to my air conditioned home in my air conditioned car.

Do you get my drift, here?

Weekend Writing Prompt — Yard With a View

We loved everything about San Francisco when we lived there. The climate, our location near Golden Gate Park and the Pacific Ocean.

But what we didn’t have was a view from our backyard. So when we moved to the East Bay, finding a backyard with a peaceful and picturesque view was important.

We succeeded.

(Exactly 54 words)

Written for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, where the word is “picturesque” in exactly 54 words.

East Versus West

Ever since we relocated from the Boston area to San Francisco more than a dozen years ago, I have been dreaming of a Word Series showdown between my old and new hometown baseball teams, the Boston Red Sox and the San Francisco Giants. But that has not come to pass.

It almost happened last year, when both the Red Sox and the Giants made the playoffs. But neither team made it to the World Series.

I also wished that the AFC’s New England Patriots might face-off against the NFC’s San Francisco 49ers is the NFL Super Bowl. But that hasn’t happened either.

And then there is basketball. Wouldn’t it be great if the Boston Celtics could play the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals Championship Series?

Well guess what? For the first time since 2010, the Celtics are in the NBA Finals after winning their series against the Miami Heat. And the Warriors are returning to the Finals for the time since 2019 after beating the Dallas Mavericks. Yay!

So who am I going to be rooting for to win the 2022 NBA Championship? Well, if it were baseball, I’d be pulling for the Red Sox. If it were football, probably the Pats. Or maybe the 49ers. Kind of a toss-up. But between the Celtics and the Warriors, I’ve got to tip my hat to the Warriors.

Public Service Announcement

Fandango’s Who Won The Week post, which is regularly scheduled each week for this time slot, will be postponed until this evening, Pacific time, after the completion of the NFC Championship game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Los Angeles Rams.

In the event that the San Francisco 49ers win the game tonight, Who Won the Week will be posted this evening declaring the 49ers to be not only the NFC champions, but the winner of the coveted Fandango’s Who Won the Week designation.

Should the Rams win tonight’s game, there will be no Who Won the Week winner this week.

I’m just sayin’.

Fandango’s Flashback Friday — January 28th

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 28th) of any month within the past year and link to that post in a comment.

This was originally posted on January 28, 2018.



There’s been a litter problem of late at San Francisco’s Ocean Beach. Some people are leaving their trash on the sand when they leave that beautiful beach.

It’s annoying and it’s disappointing that there are people who just don’t care enough to gather up their litter and put it in the trash cans that are located about every 40 feet on the sidewalk just off the beach.

Apparently some geniuses at the National Park Service came up with what they thought to be a foolproof plan to reduce the amount of litter left at Ocean Beach.

The idea is that having fewer trash cans will encourage beach visitors to be more responsible and to “properly dispose of their garbage” by taking it home with them when they leave the beach and disposing of it there.

And so, in a seemingly counterintuitive move, the National Park Service has removed most of the trash cans along Ocean Beach.

“People will start to take personal responsibility for the beach that they use,” according to a public affairs specialist for the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

Do these geniuses at the National Park Service have any inkling into human behavior? Have they ever met any actual people?

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