Two Birds, One Stone

Today I’m going to kill two birds with one stone. No offense to birds or to bird lovers. It’s just an expression, so get over it.

Anyway, Dr. Tanya offered us her 5 Things prompt and it’s all about potatoes. And Frank has given us his Truthful Tuesday post, which is about eating. So, since potatoes are made for eating, I have decided to write one post in response to these two prompts.

Let’s start with Dr.Tanya’s 5 things.5 Things

She wants to know our five favorite ways to eat potatoes.

  • Baked with butter and sour cream
  • French fries with ketchup (or sometimes beef gravy if available)
  • Mashed with butter (or sometimes beef gravy if available)
  • Tater Tots
  • Hash browns
  • Home fries

Okay, that’s six. Sue me.

And now for Frank’s questions about our eating habits.Frank wants to know our truthful answers to:

Are you an adventurous eater, or do you prefer to play it safe when you’re feeling peckish?

I don’t know that “adventurous eater” is the right way to describe me, but I do like to eat a lot of things other people might not appreciate. Sushi (raw fish), for example. Or raw clams and oysters on the half shell. Octopus and squid. And, of course, Ben & Jerry’s Stephen Colbert’s Americone Dream ice cream.

Do you prefer dining in or dining out?

Dining out? I’m sorry, can you remind me again what dining out is?

When you dine in, who does the cooking?

If I want to eat something that tastes good and is healthy, my wife cooks.

When you dine out, do you tend to stick to places you know, or do you look for new places to try?

Back in the Before Days, when dining out was an option, I could always be on board for trying a new restaurant. That said, I could also be up for going back to a place where I knew the food was good.

Truthful Tuesday — Authors and Books

Frank, aka PCGuy, has published another one of his Truthful Tuesday posts. This week Frank wants to know about the authors and books we like. He asks:

Do you have a favorite author? If so, who and why? If not, why not?

This is tough because it depends upon genre and my reading taste spans a lot of different genres. I like authors who transport me to a different place and/or a different time. Authors like James Clavell or James Michener. For sci-fi Isaac Asimov. Horror: Stephen King. Spy novels: Robert Ludlum. Fantasies: JRR Tolkien. Humor: Dave Barry. Shall I go on?

What was the first book you remember enjoying reading?

What three books best sum up your taste in literature?

Issac Asimov’s Foundation Trilogy. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. James Clavell’s Shōgun.

Truthful Tuesday — Why?

Truthful Tuesday

Frank, aka PCGuy, has published another one of his Truthful Tuesday posts. This week Frank wants to know why. He asked,

Why did you start blogging, and is your reason for blogging still the same as when you started, or has it changed?

I’ve been asked this question many times. But being the good sport that I am, I’ll answer it again.

I started this blog — This, That, and the Other — in May 2017 because I had retired at the end of 2016, and by May, my constant presence around my wife (i.e., always being underfoot) prompted her to say to me, “Why don’t you start a new blog?” I also needed a vehicle to vent about the horrible mess known as Donald Trump.

This blog isn’t my first blog, by the way. I initially started blogging in October 2005, as I noted here. It was more of a personal journal back then. I wanted to do some creative writing and to express my views and observations on life, politics, and society. When I expressed that to a co-worker, he suggested that I might want to start a blog. And so I did.

Now, fifteen years later, my blog is still about expressing my views and observations on life, politics, and society. Except now I also host a few prompts. See, I have grown as a blogger over the past decade and a half!

Truthful Tuesday — Look Who’s Talking

Frank, aka PCGuy, has published another one of his Truthful Tuesday posts. Yes, I know that today is Wednesday, but, as they say, time goes by quickly when you’re having fun, right? This week he wants to know what people are or are not talking about. He asked,

What’s something that seemingly everyone else just can’t stop talking about that you just never got in to, and why not?

For me, it’s Harry Potter. People are talking a lot about Harry Potter, at least since Melanie, on her Share Your World posts, has been including a series of Harry Potter questions from Roger Shipp, with whom Melanie has been sharing her Share Your World prompt for the past three weeks. Maybe it’s because I’m not a young adult, but I never got into Harry Potter, either the books or the movies. I just didn’t understand what the allure was. And to be honest, it’s not so much that everyone is talking about Harry Potter these days, but incorporating a bunch of Harry Potter questions just brought up how I never got into it.

Frank also asked,

What’s something that you hold near and dear, but it seems as though no-one else has heard about it, or at the very least, has no interest in it?

I’m writing this post on my laptop instead of my iPhone because the stupid block editor just doesn’t work well on an iPhone, which is my preferred device for blogging (and for pretty much everything else). In order to create a post now, the brilliant minds at WordPress insist that we use the block editor going forward and have “decommissioned” the classic editor. I know I’m not the only one who is upset by this forced move, but the classic editor in WordPress is near and dear to me and I wish more people would contact WordPress and complain. Maybe enough of us complaining could get them to go back to offering the classic editor (and I don’t mean the classic block in the block editor) as an available alternative to the having to post using the block editor. Okay, ’nuff said.

Truthful Tuesday — The Apprentice


For his Truthful Tuesday prompt this week, PCGuy asks…

Is there something that you like or love now that you used to dislike, hate, or at the very least, have no opinion of before? Or perhaps there is something you now dislike, hate, or maybe even loathe that before you liked, loved, adored, or at least had no opinion of? In either case, or both cases if you so choose, what changed your mind?

I am ashamed to admit it, but when American reality television program, “The Apprentice,” starring Donald Trump, first aired on NBC in January 2004, I was a fan.

In that show, Donald Trump would judge the business skills of a group of contestants. Yes, I used to enjoy watching the hapless contestants vie for Trump’s approval and do his bidding in order to avoid getting fired. I even enjoyed Trump’s “You’re Fired” catch phrase.

Little did I know how far from “reality” that “reality television” show actually was. It was contrived to feed Donald Trump’s ego; to make him appear to be a competent business man and a good judge of talent. Sheesh, how naive I was.

So, to answer PCGuy’s question truthfully, I used to like Donald Trump when he hosted his reality show. Now I can’t think of anyone I loathe more than Donald Trump, who apparently believes being President of the United States is one big TV reality show and whose only goal is to get high ratings.