Anyone up for a roll call?

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Having opted to receive notifications to keep me au courant with the posting times of all the super, superbly talented WP neighbors who I follow, there’s an understandable unnerving feeling that descends whenever my email inbox remains empty. Such a feeling IS reasonable considering how someone should be wide awake somewhere within our multi time zoned world. My concern…

What if one or more of the following crises, which are confronting our global community is / are actively curtailing WP activities?

  • Vladimir Putin’s impending nuclear meltdown
  • Fascism fueled insurrection(s) (stateside/globally)
  • Coronavirus & the Variants’ (to die for) world tour
  • Justifiable unrest re socioeconomic disparity
  • Climate change fueled deadly/destructive force(s)

In other words, if you’re reading these words, how about clicking a LIKE?

  • DON’T consider this my pathetic attempt to get attention
  • DO deem this, at least for the moment, a reassuring roll call!

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Web-Wide Gratitude

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My wholehearted, web-wide gratitude to all
(especially to Y, J.A. and WC) who have been
regularly clicking “LIKES” on my, otherwise,
universally unnoticed prose and poetry. Such
recognition doesn’t go unnoticed. Assuredly,
it works wonders to ameliorate my morale in
our mushroom-clouds-on-the-horizon world!

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2-22-22 @ 2:22:22 ~ Quick Limerick

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To say the least… this post’s entire point is its 2-22-22 2:22 p.m. (EST) WP Timestamp.

To say the most… obviously, I haven’t been getting around that much, for I’ve not had this much “fun” since…

1-11-11 @ 1:11:11 p.m.

Uh, as an afterthought… I’ve composed the following lame limerick, too…

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I really need to find more stuff to do
‘Cause today’s limerick message to you
Is calendars’ year, month and day
And the three clock hands all say
That the 10 digits all boil down to “2”

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Anniversary

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6 Year Anniversary Achievement
Happy Anniversary! You registered on WordPress.com 6 years ago. Thanks for flying WP. Keep up the Good Blogging.

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I’d like to thank the WordPress Team for establishing this user friendly platform; for building a vibrant, global blogging community. I’d also like to express my undying gratitude to all the talented, good people who, over the course of these past six years, have been spending their precious time reading, liking and commenting on my content; our virtually connecting / mind melding taking on an even deeper meaning, ever since the pandemic began redefining our society two years ago.

Take Care,

Signed: CommonSenseTom

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Offensive Fences and Walls

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One of my newfound WP compatriots employs a clever method to come up with a prompt word; i.e., to inspire some of his posts. He randomly selects and opens a book and, without looking, simply lets his extended finger land on the page!

Voilà, he’s found his “word”.

And on this new day, his prompt and now, mine too, becomes: Wall

For a left leaning man, such as I, there’s an instantaneous, free association with a freedom loathing X-prez who’s also an inveterate xenophobe.

As most of us are all too painfully aware, throughout his odious tenure, he was obsessed with making good on his bad (actually awful, deplorable) campaign promise of constructing a big, badass, electrified, spiked wall along the U.S. / Mexico border. And if memory serves, he also wanted to dredge out a moat, alongside, and stock that water filled barrier with fanged, venomous snakes and take-no-prisoners ravenous, carnivorous alligators.

Alas, memory serves well.

Long exasperated sigh.

Well, now that I’ve caught my breath, let’s let this wall issue promptly move our thoughts in a more humane direction…

Let’s address the defensive attitudes, which prompt people to erect invisible walls around themselves; just as formidable and impenetrable as the brick and mortar variety; the very type that get in the way of human understanding; the awareness that, deep down, most of us are more alike than different from one another.

The walls that inhibit problem solving, and, yes, even friendship and love.

Let’s deconstruct the word “defensive”, itself, right down to its root, “fense” and then sub in the letter “c”

Voilà, the word “fence” emerges; yet, another type of wall.

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An Aesthetically Disagreeable Ad

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As the “webmaster” of a freebie WP site, I just happened upon one of their in-rotation adverts, which reads:

“U.S. Surgeon: This Simple
Trick Empties Almost
Immediately Your Bowels
Every Morning.”

WP Sponsor (who shall go nameless)

Side Issue #1 (numerical pun intended): To feel PO’d about WP sponsors is counterintuitive. After all, they do pay the bills. Obviously, as WP freeloaders, we beggars cannot be choosers.

Side Issue #2 (numerical pun intended): At least, the good doctor had, mercifully, opted to go the “Almost” route for “The Go” to go down.

Main Issue: Granted “The Go” is part of life, but what ever happened to aesthetics? I mean, depending on the viewing mode, this ad either closely preceded or followed my post. And more to the point, it totally uglified the beauty of my heartfelt sentiments.

What’ll be next? An aesthetically disagreeable, drone’s eye aerial view; i.e., the before and after bowl pics; you know, just to provide proof-positive that this “Trick” really works?

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Considering the Ad content, all the more reason to mask up.

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The Land of Opportunity; LOST

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Just yesterday, while blogging away this pandemic era’s wee hours, my Internet connection went AWOL, again; this time out, just as my virtual, clicking finger was poised over the aqua hued, WordPress “publish button”.

Well, rather than rushing thru a manual re-connection, I allowed my router to engage its auto-reboot function; all the while delivering my muttered pep talk to A-I: “C’mon, red light, turn true blue!” (all to no avail).

With the recalcitrant tech gremlin giddily turning its deaf ear to me, I soon found myself leaning back on my sofa, eyes closed, drifting in and out of dreamland; waiting for my brain to go into auto-reboot mode, too. Well, at least, that’s how I view the realm of REM sleep.

Fortunately, my unconscious mind’s counseling session helped me better connect to my life as it truly is; arrive at this first waking moment conclusion:

My existence within this godforsaken tech desert, is truly emblematic of existence within Michigan as a (w)hole.

Michigan: The Land of Opportunity; LOST

I suddenly began comparing my life to that of my very first WordPress follower; best described as a kindred spirit; how his life and times in California, had afforded him the very creative paths Michigan, invariably, had (has) denied me,

Oh how I wish my father had taken Horace Greeley’s “Go West, young man!” wisdom to heart; made better use of his teaching degree by seeking out the California public school houses. Had he done so…

Suffice to say / safe to say, I believe the Golden State would’ve been my golden opportunity; afforded me a far better chance to lead the life I never had.

I can only imagine what it’d be like to not be languishing in Michigan; squandering my writing, broadcasting and musical talents. And even were such a self-assessment invalid, at the very least, I’d have found more doors to knock on.

I can only wonder how different life, elsewhere, would’ve been.

  • How many novels would I have authored and published?
  • At what radio stations would I have hung my FCC license?
  • Would my keyboard skills have rocked me onto the stage?
  • Would I have met the love of a lifetime and married her?
  • Would we have considered going the parenthood route?
  • Would we be co-authoring memoirs of our life and times?

Inevitably, some will wisely point out that my shelf life might extend outward, as far as 2041. But, such an invisible, bar coded time stamp is merely quantitative. The qualitative perspective would suggest otherwise.

Lest anyone forget, the unforgiving light of our youth and beauty obsessed culture tends to blind potential employers.

Beyond that, how does one safely walk life’s path set against the backdrop of a global pandemic? Who knows how much longer the vaccines’ efficacy will last? How much more microbial crud remains within Corona-V’s dirty bag of tricks? How much of it “he” has yet to hurl at humanity?

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1 VirtualChat > 1 ZillionFollowers

> = Greater Than

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• PC’s MSRP: $2000
• Monthly Internet Fee: $20
• Home prepped cereal/toast/jam/coffee: $2

• Social Network virtual breakfast time bonding chat with a
kindly, caring soul nearly half a world distant: PRICELESS!

• There are some things money cannot buy…
• For everything else there’s “Flying” with WordPress

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• Giving credit where credit is due: Today’s post is based upon
McCann-Erickson’s classy, creative advert campaign crafted to
add a decidedly human dimension to folks carrying MasterCard

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• Giga Thank-Yous to both Y and WP!

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Another Rainout?

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Pregame Show: With Major League Baseball’s 2021 World Series slated to run 10/26 thru 11/03, and my being a Detroit Tigers fan for sixty years, the diamond related metaphors will abound in today’s post. Here’s my play-by-play / pitch…

Upon my springtime arrival at WordPress Coliseum for the opening of the 2016 season, along with my laptop, dictionary and thesaurus, I unpacked my open ears. I mean, in this game, being a good listener is paramount. Hey, why do you suppose our creator made damned sure our tympanic membranes would outnumber our tongues 2 to 1?

Hey, what can I say? Lovers of the game do obsess over statistics.

Anyway, ever since my first at bat (first post), I’ve had high hopes that my views on life, in general, and the political scene, in particular, would be akin to base hits; maybe the occasional home run. That post, post game, I’d inspire a few (comment section) chats with teammates (followers) and, maybe, even a few visiting team players (passersby), alike. After all, comments do add dimension to issues that I’ve likely missed.

Anyway, a post without comments is akin to a dreary, rained out game. And it’s all those on the horizon, almost daily, gray rainstorm clouds that have got me wondering (worrying a bit, too) about whether or not I’m a monumental bore?

If that’s, indeed, so, why do spirited conversations come so easy to me in the real world?

Case in point, once I depart WordPress for the virtual homeward bound “commute”, I’ve ofttimes found my next door neighbor ready for many a lengthy and lively over the backyard fence confab. And you know what? I’ve never seen her yawn. Nope, not even once.

Suffice to say, these past five seasons, nearly all of my posts, have wound up rained soaked; and that’s dispiriting.

Maybe my thoughts are Uninspiring? Unsophisticated? Irrelevant? Inconsequential? Incomprehensible? Annoying? Antagonistic? Polarizing? Outmoded? Out of step (within our regrettably regressive right wing world)? Depressing (to readers ISO a mood elevating pep talk or escapism)?

Hey, I’m a big-leaguer (15 year veteran blogger) who’s sufficiently humble, objective and grounded to consider all the above.

So, for now, here I am; seated in the WordPress dugout in the late innings; plenty of time on my hands (hey. it’s baseball!) for thinking prior to my next at bat.

I do know this is not the first and won’t be the last time I’ll be talking to myself. Just keepin’ it real, folks. Nope, not about to cry in my virtual beer.

Besides, my team manager (my conscience) reminds me that booze ain’t allowed until the game’s final OUT; preferably in celebration of a well played game’s victory.

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