Fandango’s Flashback Friday — June 3rd

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 3rd) of any month within the past year and link to that post in a comment.

This was originally posted on June 3, 2017.

SoCS — Whether the Weather


“What’s tomorrow’s weather outlook?” she asked as we were getting ready for bed.

I checked the weather app on my smartphone. “Mostly sunny with a high of 65,” I said. “Why?”

“I’m trying to decide whether we should take a day trip up the coast with the kids or whether we should just stick around the house and have a backyard cookout in the afternoon,” she responded. “What do you think?”

“I think the weather will work either way, whether you want to take that drive or hang out at home.”

“Let’s do the cookout,” she said after tossing the two option around in her head for a few minutes. Then she gave me a rather wry look and said, “Now we need to decide whether or not to invite my parents over.”

“Um, on second thought,” I said, “maybe we should take that ride up the coast with the kids.”

Well, I thought, whether she knows it or not, my wife definitely has got my number!

This post is for today’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt over at Linda G Hill’s blog, where we’re asked to use the words “whether” and “weather.”

Invasion of Privacy

“Some son of a bitch bastard attempted to hack into my laptop last night,” Randy griped. “Fortunately, whoever tried it didn’t have a clue about how to actually pull it off.”

“Yeah,” Tess agreed. “Hacking into computers seems to be the trend these days. It’s an invasion of privacy. The hackers either try to steal your personal data, including your passwords, or they install malware on your computer and then charge a ransom to remove it.”

“I’m lucky that I am using a VPN with a robust firewall that prevented a breach,” Randy said.

“I read that a lot of people are making the transition from laptops to smartphones for most of the tasks that they used to rely on their computers for,” Tess said.

“Are you kidding?” Randy said. “Using a smartphone instead of a computer would be like trying to pull a boat behind a car with twine rather than with a trailer hitch.”

“Not so, Randy,” Tess said. “There is literally nothing using a laptop that I can’t do just as well or better on my smartphone, including blogging by the way.”

Written for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (hack), The Daily Spur (clue), Word of the Day Challenge (trend), Ragtag Daily Prompt (breach), MMA Storytime (transition), and Your Daily Word Prompt (twine).

Friday Fictioneers — Prime Suspect

“There,” Detective Fred Morrisey said to the tech. “Back it up a few frames and pause it.”

“I see a woman in the shadows on the right,” Detective Ron Hayden said. “She’s taking a picture of our victim with her smartphone as he’s leaving that store.”

“Can you zoom in on her and lightened the image up?” Morrisey asked the tech.

“Holy shit!” Hayden exclaimed. “That’s our vic’s mother-in-law. She blames him for the mysterious disappearance of her daughter last year.”

“Yes,” Morrisey said. “And now I believe we have a new prime suspect in the murder investigation.”

(100 words)

Written for the Friday Fictioneers prompt from Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Photo credit: CEAYR.

Blogging Insights — How Tech Savvy Are You?

Blogging insightsIn this week’s edition of her Blogging Insights series, Dr. Tanya wants to find out about our tech cred. She wants to know…

How technically savvy are you?

Back in the day I used to consider myself to be reasonably savvy when it came to computer hardware and software. I was able to work magic with MS-DOS and master all kinds of DOS-based PC software. And then Windows was introduced and my level of tech savvyness became the ability to simultaneously hit Ctrl-Alt-Del to reboot the damn computer.ctrl-alt-delThese days, my iPhone is my primary device for most of my computing, communications, and blogging needs and if I run into technology issues, I usually just turn my iPhone off and then back on again and whatever the problem was is miraculously addressed.

Did you launch and set up your blog on your own or did you need help with it?

I did it on my own, but it’s pretty easy to do that with WordPress.

Do you feel that it is more important to have a flair for writing or to have good computer skills to be a successful blogger?

I’m not sure I know what being a “successful blogger” actually is, since each of us has our own way of defining blogging success. That said, by definition, blogging requires the use of technology. Thus, I think you need at least some basic computer (or smartphone) skills to be a blogger. But having the ability to write posts that are articulate, interesting, informative, engaging, and witty is the key to being an effective blogger. And, in my humble opinion, having decent skills in grammar, spelling, word usage, and punctuation helps a lot.

Factory Reset

“I just read a review in the paper about a new bakery that recently opened up in the neighborhood,” Gail said. “There are a number of items on the menu that the reviewer described as mouthwatering. He raved about the Black Forest cake, which is one of my favorites. And the ambience, for a neighborhood bakery, is surprisingly inviting, the reviewer wrote.”

Gregg, sitting across the kitchen table from his wife, briefly looked up from his smartphone and absently said, “right.”

“Right what?” Gail asked. “Did you hear a word I said?”

“Um, you were saying something about cakes, right?” Gregg responded, a somewhat sheepish look on his face.

“You never listen to a thing I say, do you? Your nose is always stuck in whatever you’re doing on that goddam phone,” Gail said. She reached across the table and grabbed Gregg’s smartphone.

“What are you doing?” He shouted. “Give that back to me.”

“I’m going to obliterate whatever it is on this smartphone that so captivates you that you never listen to a word I say,” Gail said. And with that, she went to the smartphone’s setting and tapped on “Erase All Content and Settings.”E70D9448-6FA2-4588-9499-0B1CB770C433

Written for these daily prompts: Jibber Jabber (paper), The Daily Spur (number), Ragtag Daily Prompt (mouthwatering), Word of the Day Challenge (cake), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (ambience), and Your Daily Word Prompt (obliterate).