Truthful Tuesday — When I Grow Up

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

When you were in grade school, what did you want to be when you grew up? Were you right, or did you end up doing something else?

To be honest, I’m not one of those kids who knew from the get-go what I wanted to be when I grew up. Even when I graduated from high school I had no real clue what profession I wanted to pursue. I entered college as a liberal arts major, transferred over to the business school and dual majored in marketing and economics.

Three things after graduating from college shaped my career. First, in order to avoid the draft at the height of the Vietnam war, I enlisted in the army reserves with a medical field hospital unit and trained to be a medic. Second, my first job when I got back from my army training was for a health insurance company. While working there, I went to college and got a master’s degree in health care administration and planning.

Third, after getting my master’s degree, I was recruited by a software and services company that developed and installed benefits administration software. That evolved into a career in health systems consulting, where I was a manager of a team of people responsible for developing and deploying customized benefits management systems. Ultimately that led to technology sales in the benefits administration software solutions field.

Bottom line, at no time in grade school did I ever dream of or aspire to being involved in health care technology development, implementation, or solution sales.

And now I’m retired and I am a blogger, an avocation that didn’t exist when I was in grade school.

Truthful Tuesday — Food vs Service

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

When it comes to dining out, does superb quality of food make up for subpar service, or does stellar service make up for lackluster food?

It’s been at least a year and a half since I actually went to a restaurant and sat down for a meal that was served to me. Most of the restaurant-prepared meals we’ve had since March 2020 have been either take-out or delivery. And given that, the quality of the food is the only measure we use when evaluating a restaurant.

Thinking back to the Before Days, when we would often go out to eat at a restaurant, our primary reason for dining out at a restaurant was for the food. I agree that poor service can diminish the dining experience no matter how good the food. But stellar service does not make up for a poorly prepared meal or for food that tastes sub-par.

So, in summary, it’s all about the food

Truthful Tuesday — Long Weekend

Frank, aka PCGuy, has published another one of his Truthful Tuesday posts. This past weekend in the U.S. was Labor Day weekend, and that means a lot of people had a three-day weekend. This week Frank wants to know…

Did you get a long weekend this Labor Day, or did you have to work? Assuming you had Monday off, did you do anything special for the end of summer? If you weren’t off, is there anything you would have done?

I’m retired, so for me, every weekend is a “long weekend.” We didn’t do anything special for Labor Day or to celebrate the end of summer. In fact, given that it reached the 100° mark yesterday, it didn’t feel at all like the end of summer.

Fibbing Friday — Casino Life

Frank (aka PCGuy) and Di (aka Pensitivity101) alternate as hosts for Fibbing Friday, a silly little exercise where we are to write a post with our answers to the ten questions below. But as the title suggests, truth is not an option. The idea is to fib a little, a lot, tell whoppers, be inventive, silly, or even outrageous, in our responses. Today is Frank’s turn to host and here are his questions.

1. Finish the following idiom: “What happens in Vegas…”

…results in trouble once you get back home.”

2. What device is known as a one-arm bandit?

Frederick Sykes’ prosthetic arm (from TV show and movie “The Fugitive,” in case you don’t get the reference).

3. What is used to play Russian Roulette?

Russian nesting dolls.

4. What is James Bond’s favorite casino game?

Double-Oh-Seven Card Stud.

5. Who was the spokesman for Player’s Club International from the mid 1980s to the early 1990s?

Professional golfer Gary Player.

6. What nickname is given to a poker hand containing a pair of black aces and a pair of black eights?

The Black Panthers.

7. What does it mean to bet on “the hard way” in craps?

It’s when you’re constipated and when trying to take a dump feels like you’re shitting a brick.

8. What is special about aces in blackjack?

They trump kings and queens.

9. What are clams casino?

Casinos where only clams, and not oysters or mussels, are served.

10. What game is played in the World Series of Poker?

Stoking fires in a fireplace with a poker to see who can produce the hottest, largest, longest lasting flames.

Truthful Tuesday — Surprise and Delight

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

Does it ever surprise you that people pay attention to your blog?

“Surprise” is not the word I’d use. I put a lot of time and effort into my blog, so the word I’d use to answer Frank’s question is “delighted.” I’m truly delighted that people visit, read, like, and comment on my posts.

What I am surprised by is the number of spam comments I’ve been getting over the past few weeks. Literally thousands of spam comments. Last night, between the time I went to sleep at around 11:15 and the time I woke up this morning at 6:45, there were 250 new comments in my spam folder and an additional 60 in my trash folder.

Prior to a few weeks ago I rarely got more than a few dozen comments daily in my spam folder and even fewer in my trash folder. I wish I knew what triggered this significant uptick in spam comments. But at least they are all being swept up by Akismet and few are actually making it into legitimate comments on my blog.