Truthful Tuesday — Hobbies

Frank, aka PCGuy, has published another one of his Truthful Tuesday posts. This week Frank wants to know what we do to pass the time. He asks us us:

With the exception of blogging (assuming it’s a hobby and not your profession), do you have any unique hobbies or pastimes?

Well, to be honest, with the exception of blogging, I have no hobbies nor pastimes.

I retired almost four years ago. A few weeks ago I got a call from a former work associate who is about to retire. He asked me how I like being retired and what I do to pass the time. I said, “I love being retired and I blog.”

He said, “But what do you do to pass the time?”

I said, “I told you. I blog.”

He said, “Don’t you have any hobbies?”

I said, “I blog. That’s my hobby.”

“That’s it?” he asked.

“Well, I watch TV, I read, I play cards and backgammon and Yahtzee with my wife, I eat, I sleep, but mostly I blog.”

He said, “Hmm. What do you blog about?”

I said, “Oh, this, that, and the other.

Truthful Tuesday — Love and Work

Frank, aka PCGuy, has published another one of his Truthful Tuesday posts. This week Frank shares with us that old adage, “If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.”

Then he asks us us:

Do you now or have you ever been employed doing what you love?

Love is a strong word. I’ve had jobs that I really enjoyed, that I liked, and that I was good at. But did I ever had a job that I “loved”? Probably not.

Do you agree with this saying or is it a bunch of poppycock, and why?

I have a different old saying (or maybe it’s not an old saying but something I just made up). Anyway, it’s this:

You shouldn’t live to work, you should work to live.

In other words, your job should be a means to an end. It should enable and facilitate living a comfortable, fulfilling, and rewarding life. And if you like and enjoy your job, that’s a bonus. But your job should not be the most important thing in your life.

Finally, take it from someone who, at times, allowed what he did to define who he was and then retired four years ago — if your job defines who you are, you’re going to be lost once you no longer have your job.

Truthful Tuesday — Let There Be Light

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

Have you ever been accused of making light of someone else’s situation, either by that person or someone else?

I don’t know that I’ve been accused of deliberately making light of someone else’s situation in a mean or nasty way, but I probably have made light of such situations in an attempt to offer solace or encouragement.

Unfortunately, they are mostly empty platitudes, such as:

It’s not as bad as you think it is.
It could have been worse.
You’ll get beyond this.
This, too, shall pass.
You’re making a mountain out of a molehill.
There’s light at the end of the tunnel.
It’s always darkest before the dawn.

When what I really feel like saying is:

Get over yourself.
You’re so fucked.

Truthful Tuesday — Post-Election

Frank, aka PCGuy, has published another one of his Truthful Tuesday posts. This week Frank wants to know how we feel in the aftermath of the U.S. presidential elections.

Have the results of the U.S. Presidential election left you feeling relieved, apprehensive, hopeful, or some other emotion?

Have you been surprised at all by the emotions and reactions of others regarding the results?

No, not really. Trump supporters probably feel today the same way that I, as someone who wanted to see Hillary Clinton win, felt after the 2016 election. And as a Biden/Harris supporter and someone who cherishes the American democracy, I can understand why so many Americans, including me, are thrilled and were dancing in the streets at the news of Trump’s defeat. Well, to be honest, since this is Truthful Tuesday, I wasn’t literally dancing in the streets. But I felt like dancing.

Truthful Tuesday — Pro-Choice

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

Aside from getting rid of the Gutenberg Block Editor, since it’s fairly clear that it isn’t going anywhere, what three changes would you like to see WordPress.com make? Please explain.

First, I am pro-choice, so when it comes to editors in WordPress, I would like WordPress to offer bloggers a choice. Allow users who have embraced the block editor to use it, but also allow those of us who prefer the classic editor to continue, unimpeded, to use that editor. It should be as simple as putting a toggle switch that sets one or the other as the default editor on WordPress.com.

Second, add a preview function when posting comments. How many times have you posted a comment and then read it only to find typos or misspellings. Why not allow us to preview our comments and edit them before they’re actually posted? Good idea, huh?

Third, fix the reblog functionality. When I am in the WordPress reader on my iPhone and visit a blogger’s post, I always see a reblog button. But if I wish to reblog that blogger’s post and click (or tap) the reblog button, nothing happens. It’s virtually useless (at least on my iPhone. So fix the damn reblog button so that it does what it’s intended to do.

Okay, those are my three changes I’d like to see WordPress make. Are you with me?