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I'm excited about launching this new blog for 2018. I can't wait to find out what I may write in it.
Fast forward two years... and the future is still not here, WTF
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January 22, 2020 at 3:39am
January 22, 2020 at 3:39am
Vaca - 2020

I'm partially awake, but I am numb from head to toe, my eyes are closed yet visions of passing shapes and dreamy figures fade in and out of my line of sight.
Am I dreaming, I wonder? I sense a warm slippery string of drool rolling down my chin. I try to wipe it but the back of my hand disintegrates as it brushes my face.
Then I'm aware of that smell. Aughgg yuck! like spoiled food and stale booze, putrid drunk monkey stench, I want to vomit, then It hits me. I become fully awake.

Oh My Fucking God!

We're on another bloody Writing dot com vacation. I look to my left, the entire environment spins but my head stays still. Sure enough, I see him, that crazy-ass monkey, Andre.

Andre. ... Andre. ... Andre! ... Andre!!! WAKE UP! You're driving!

"You know I hate to travel! How many times did I say I just want to stay home and be left alone. How did we end up out here in the .. in the ... in the... where the hell are we anyway? What the hell is going on here?"

"We're on vacation Brother Nate! Amy said we had to go on a vacation. I know you hate it, so I drugged your drugs, and loaded you in the mayhem-mobile, long story - short,... Better put on some sun-screen this shit's about to heat the fuck up."

"Amy said! Do you do everything Amy says now?"

"Wouldn't you?"

"Yeah, I guess. ... ... ... You stink!"

"You'll get used to it."

"Alright, so where are we going this time, and can we please just turn around and go home."

"We'll be home soon enough. There's a little place I want to show you, it's just past that spiral galaxy on the left, and at the end of the worm-hole beyond the second moon of Depression."


"Yeah, you wouldn't like it there."

"I don't like it here."

"Cheer up Natey old boy, we're going to have a blast."

I closed my eyes for what seemed to be only a second or two, and everything seemed to pixelate away, swirl around, and re-configure, then turn blank.

My next sensation was embarrassing pleasant and absolutely awkward. I'm not really sure what took place, but a seven-foot-tall, 450 pounds, outlaw biker with a beard like a mop gave me a great big hug and said, welcome to Rock n Roll Heaven. I'm Doc, the Roady. I'll be your host and tour guide.

I looked over at Andre, he had that impish grin on his little round monkey face. Okay, I have to admit, this is a good one, I've always wanted to go to Rock n Roll Heaven.

Things went spinning out of control, foul smells insulted my senses, there was more pixelating and disintegrating, lengthy streams of drool, then... poof! I'm back home and all is right with the world.

"How was Rock n Roll Heaven," Leslie asks as if it's something that everyone does all the time?

It was fucking awesome! First thing I did was go visit Buddy Holly, we jammed together, then got into an argument and had a fistfight. He won, but we both laughed about it.
Then Jim Morrison dropped by and he and Andre got drunk as fuck. Jim's a poet, ya know. Swears a lot, and we had to keep telling him to put his shirt back on.

Elvis Presley plays every night to a full house, but we couldn't get tickets. So we went to see John Lennon instead, I got a chance to talk to him backstage and he asked me about Yoko. I had to sort of pretend I knew something about her, so I said she's doing really well and always seems to have a hit song on the charts, but I think he knew I was lying.

And you know how much I like Michael Jackson, so I asked where I could go see him, but I was told he wasn't there. Neither was Prince, but oddly enough, when it rains, it rains purple rain. The thunder is so loud, ba da ba da ba - ba da ba daba da - crash! John Bonham Moby dick ... dick ...dick. Then Neil Peart shows up and tells Bonzo to pack up his kit and fuck off. Bonzo looks at Neil and says, "I'm in no RUSH." Then they start hitting each other with drum sticks, just beating on each other. A crowd gathers and start cheering them on, people are pulling Bic lighters out and holding them in the air, lit. I asked Doc, "Is this normal for heaven?" Doc turns to me a says, "This is Rock n Roll Heaven, light up, and enjoy the show.

A little later Stevie Ray Vahan invited me to play harmonica with him, and I smoked pot with, well with everybody, but mostly Janis Joplin.

When I mentioned Janice Joplin, Leslie gave me that look, so I knew it wasn't a good idea to tell her the rest of that part of the vacation.

Turns out that Gord Downy is Mayor of Rock n Roll Heaven and because we're both from Canada he gave me the keys to the city, but I lost them in the back seat of Jani... is that Andre?.

Then Andre did something really stupid and ended up getting us kicked out of Rock n Roll Heaven. He dressed up like Keith Richards and shouted, "Here I am, sorry I'm late!" That pissed a lot of people off because they've been expecting Keith to show up at any minute for quite some time. Andre and I tried to make a run for it but Doc grabbed us both by the scruff of the neck, tossed us in the Mayhem Machine and told us to never come back.

I'm going back though, I'm totally going back.

January 21, 2020 at 12:44pm
January 21, 2020 at 12:44pm
I don't like this blog

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30 Day Blogging Challenge PROMPT for January 21, 2020

How much of your own life or the lives of people you know do you put into your writing? Do you mine your past for inspiration, or do you create wholly new places and characters?

In my writing, including blog writing, I draw heavily on real-life events, people, thoughts, etc. It's never pure fiction because I often get my story ideas from real-life experiences, and a lot of times my characters are written with a particular person in mind.

Write about what you know, right.

Andre the Blog Monkey is a constant inspiration, but we have difficulty getting along at times. He's not a fan of my writing, so he tends to take over, which is fine, because he is the better author, and much more popular than I'll ever be.

I'm blessed with a very keen long term memory, which provides an almost endless supply of story ideas, and it's always growing. The trick is to select the memories that would be of interest to readers.

So yeah... All of the above and a drunk monkey muse.

January 20, 2020 at 2:01am
January 20, 2020 at 2:01am
I don't like this blog

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30 Day Blogging Challenge PROMPT for January 20, 2020

Today is a national holiday is the US: Dr Martin Luther King Jr Day. Dr King believed that fear was the ultimate cause of hatred, prejudice, and violence. Do you agree or disagree with his assessment? Give examples.

Do you have to be an American citizen to plead the fifth?

I don't want to touch this one.

I'll let you all in on a little secret, though. Don't tell my fellow Canadians, but I celebrate American Thanksgiving. (Every year for at least the past twenty years.) I take the day off. I watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. I put football games on TV. I make and share a big bountiful dinner meal. I even have a tradition of watching a Christmas themed movie or classic Christmas TV special in the evening. I enjoy the heck out of the day and I'm very thankful for it.

Today I will celebrate (for the first time) Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

God Bless America

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“A lie cannot live.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

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"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." – Martin Luther King Jr.

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"The time is always right to do what is right." – Martin Luther King Jr.

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“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness. ” – Martin Luther King Jr.

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“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

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"We may have all come on different ships, but we're all in the same boat now." – Martin Luther King Jr.

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“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”
Martin Luther King Jr.

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“Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking.
There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions.
Nothing pains some people more than having to think.”
– Martin Luther King Jr.

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“Shallow understanding from people of goodwill is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

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“The past is prophetic in that it asserts loudly that wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows” – Martin Luther King Jr.

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“He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

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“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.”
Martin Luther King Jr.

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“There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

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“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

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“Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression, and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.”– Martin Luther King Jr.

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“It is not enough to say we must not wage war. It is necessary to love peace and sacrifice for it.”– Martin Luther King Jr.

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“If you can’t fly then run - if you can’t run then walk - if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”– Martin Luther King Jr.

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“Only in the darkness can you see the stars.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

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“Let no man pull you so low as to hate him.”– Martin Luther King Jr.

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January 19, 2020 at 12:18am
January 19, 2020 at 12:18am
I don't like this blog

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30 Day Blogging Challenge PROMPT for January 19, 2020

Write about something ordinary that brought you unexpected joy.


There seems to be something very ordinary about today's blog prompt. I certainly did not expect the joy it brought. My fellow bloggers may also know the joy that overcomes you when that lightbulb switches on and you know what you're going to write for your entry.

I've found some unexpected joy scattered throughout the blog entries and comments of this month's challenge. I was inspired to share additional information and write more detailed comments but was deterred by time constraints. I'll try to fill in some of the blanks in this entry in hopes that it will bring joy to all who read it.

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January 1, 2020 - The Once and Future Blog - I decided to not share this image created by Fivesixer because I didn't want to scare people away from the website. MOLLY MUGGINSWORTH is real and haunts the basement of the Blogging Banana Bar.

For Andre's Blogging Bar.

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January 4, 2020 - Modnar is Not a Word - Appearantly it is, and Kåre Enga, P.O. 22, Blogville provided music/video proof.


I did not find joy in this, however, I did find joy in purchasing Ms. Julie's Julie D - PUBLISHED! book, On Purpose.

Fivesixer corrected my broken links in the comments section, in case you missed it, I'll re-submit them here. Learn the joy, of book-buying.



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January 5, 2020 - Dance Dance Dance - "Dance Dance Dance My most joyous entry.


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January 7, 2020 - Nobody's Prefect - I began this entry by writing, 'Save and Edit I lost my first entry because my laptop crashed.'

I've tried all the tech savvy fixes for this problem. Hitting the screen on the side, banging the mouse on the desk, turn it on and off. Then this purely genious hack. I put a baking cooling rack under my laptop, and it has only crashed two times since, and has been running well for the last eight days.

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January 8, 2020 - Me? No I Never Did Anything Like That - "Me? No, I Never Did Anything Like That. I got a little lazy writing this entry and omitted some details from the fight scene on the roof, which inspired a couple comments from ~QPdoll and Connieann is blogging again

What happened was... The guys had a problem climbing onto the roof with the stuffed dummie in hand, and they broke the dummie in half.
This is why they appeared to be holding it together as they gave it a beating. I knew something didn't look right. The beating was very short and they tossed the dummie off the roof in two pieces. (reason why crowd response was underwhelming) We did some other stupid shit in those days I plan to write on in the future.

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January 9, 2020 - I'm really not very hungry - I have shared some of my favorite recipes in my porfolio at
Recipes  (18+)
recipes with some food stories and directions.
#1827514 by Brother Nature

For TaH2o who commented, "I have never heard of spaghetti made from a box kit! Interesting. Or, was it not? Fish from a box....fish sticks? Those would make for quite the combination, but still better (safer) than most of Andre's choices!"
box of spaghetti

And yes, Fish Sticks were a staple item.

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January 14, 2020 - ASSume NOT - "ASSume NOT This took place several years after highschool. Mr.B hung out with a group of his teacher buddies at the track, a few of them I also had as teachers. After making my embarassing post race prediction, Mr. B walked over to his group of teacher friends, and I watched as he told them all what I had just said. I saw them laughing and looking over at me. A couple of them were compelled to come over and give me the gears. Mr. B is nearly 90 years old now, still goes to the track, and sometimes joins us at family celebrations. He mentions this story often and we all have a good laugh at my expence, which is fine, because... What ever brings joy, right.

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January 18, 2020 - I'll show you mine... - "I'll show you mine...

"I played on one of the biggest stages in Winnipeg, *The Burton Cummings Theater. The theater was empty at the time, but I played my harmonica on the stage. (this is a good story but for another time)"

"If you noticed the little knitted monkey sitting on the guitar, that's part of my item too. If you don't know about my monkeys, then you haven't known me very long."

Further to Debi Wharton s comment - "Well, aren't you talented? Seriously, I'm impressed, I think you should create a YouTube channel for these talents for all to enjoy.
I am also jealous of your camera. I have an older Nikon D90 with an AF Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm lens. I rarely use it, but I should be using it more with the grandchildren.
I want to know more about the monkeys, sounds like a fun story there. You have piqued my interest."

I helped a friend with a business venture and together we made a presentation to the owners of the Burton Cummings Theater. Our presentation went very well, and afterwards we were invited to have a tour of the theater, which BTW, is an incredible historic building. On our tour, we had to walk across the stage. As I walked across the stage I looked out into the seating area and imagined it full to capacity. (there was no way of stopping me from what I did next) I took a harmonica out of my jacket pocket (always carry a harp) walked up to the edge of center stage and started to play.

My freind and tour guide turned back when they heard me play. My buddy, asked, with some concern, what are you doing? (I just kept playing) and the theater owner shushed him and said, let him play." Afterwards I answered my freinds question. I may never get this opportunity again, and now I can say, "I played the Burton Cummings Theater."

I've had this thing with monkeys all of my life; Not so much live monkeys, but imagined monkeys. I recall the day this infatuation began, and I will write about this at some future time. I think this was Andre the Blog Monkeys first visit to the vacant and vast sound stage which is my imagination.

I hope you enJOYed your day.

Peace out

January 18, 2020 at 1:15am
January 18, 2020 at 1:15am
I don't like this blog

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30 Day Blogging Challenge PROMPT for January 18, 2020

It’s Show and Tell Day here at the 30DBC! Think of an item that is special to you (it may help if you are able to see your chosen item while you write your entry). Describe it in as much detail as possible. Then, tell us its story. How did it come to be in your life and what makes it important to you?


This is my item

Proudly pictured for all to see, My item.

I know what you're thinking. That's not an item that's a whole bunch of crap. An item is one thing, not a big pile of stuff. Can't you ever do anything right?

Well, to me, this is my item. I know there are several items, but they all combine to be a single item. I could actually add a few items and it would still be one item, but it wouldn't be my item if I took anything away. Know what I mean Vern?

These are the things that lend to making me the person I am. This is what brings me joy. This is how I express myself. There are only a few material items in this world I care about and these are them.

The harmonicas are probably my favorite. After a blues concert in the mid-1980s, I mentioned to my, then, wife how I wished I could play the harmonica. That Christmas she gave me a harmonica as a stocking stuffer. She gave me other gifts too, probably spent a lot of money, I couldn't even tell you what they were and I probably left them behind when we split up, but I never put that harmonica down. I bought books and lessons on cassette tape. I practiced every chance I got. I would play while driving. I would jam with a few guitar playing friends. I was horrible at it. Credit to my friends... they never discouraged me. It took about five years until one time we were playing at a campfire party a friend said to me, "Hey, you're pretty good on that thing." Seems like that was a turning point, and I don't mean to brag, but I get compliments now rather than complaints. Nobody asks me to play 'Far Far Away" anymore.

Hohner Special 20s are my favorite harmonica. They're made in Germany. When I began playing you could buy one for $20.00. Now they sell them for $80.00. They come in several keys, so I have several harmonicas. I played on one of the biggest stages in Winnipeg, *The Burton Cummings Theater. The theater was empty at the time, but I played my harmonica on the stage. (this is a good story but for another time)

The guitar is made in Canada in a small town on the east coast, the population is less than one thousand people and 400 hundred of them work building guitars at **Seagull. I won't say it's an expensive guitar, but I paid a lot more than Leslie thinks I did for it. I've always wanted to learn how to play the guitar. I made a few failed attempts in my youth and early adulthood. One afternoon almost five years ago now I saw a video ad on Facebook by Andy Guitar. Andy promised he could teach anyone how to play ten songs on the guitar in one ten minute lesson. I wanted to call bullshit on Andy. Leslie had an old classical guitar in the closet that hadn't seen the light of day since highschool. I tuned it up and took Andy's (Totally Free) Lesson, and after 10 minutes I was playing along to Buffalo Springfield's 'For What it's Worth'

I haven't quite mastered the guitar yet, and I probably never will, but I only wanted to be able to play for my own enjoyment, and I certainly do that. Once I gained confidence with the guitar I started practicing playing both harmonica and guitar together. I think I'm ready to perhaps go and entertain seniors or try busking outside the liquor store. We'll see how it goes.

The laptop is my tool for writing and web design. I don't actually do web design, but I have taken courses in web design and e-commerce.
I create ads and posters for our Lions club, and I've been known to photoshop the odd meme or two. I've made a few videos and a couple of video blog entries. I enjoy the freedom for self-expression the computer age has provided. This laptop has been crashing lately, so it may be time for a replacement.

I've always enjoyed photography. Together with a classmate in grade six, we entered the city science fair with a project titled, "What is a Camera" We made a pinhole camera out of a cardboard box, and it actually worked. We won third place in the city science fair and got an honorable mention in the provincial science fair. I enjoy taking, editing, and sharing pictures.

My current camera is a Nikon Coolpix P610 It's full HD and has a 60X zoom lens, which is huge in camera talk. I can take a photo of the full moon where you see fairly sharp definition of the creators.

If you noticed the little knitted monkey sitting on the guitar, that's part of my item too. If you don't know about my monkeys, then you haven't known me very long.

I'll leave you with some photos and videos, to enjoy, should you choose.

What is a camera?

Andy Guitar

January 17, 2020 at 12:24am
January 17, 2020 at 12:24am
I don't like this blog

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30 Day Blogging Challenge PROMPT for January 17, 2020

Use the following words in your entry today: tumultuous, navigate, journey, and gargantuan.

I thought I would try something a little different with this prompt, by writing about these words as they relate to music.

I discovered a six-minute song by a band named, 'Tumultuous' on Youtube, so I gave it a listen. I'm not a music critic, but after 20 -30 seconds I decided a new approach to the prompt would be needed.

Minutes later I found myself watching a video compilation titled, 'The Tumultuous Relationship between Marcia Woolery & John-Boy Walton'
(I did not watch the entire video)

Nothing ventured nothing gained.

Three more words to go, and I'm looking for an out from my 'try something new' entry.

I closed Youtube and began to navigate the Writing dot com website, looking for new ideas.

The Journey through Genres contest is well promoted on the site. I'd give that contest a try, but not right now, I've got a blog entry to write.

One word to go.

I should note that the prompt doesn't say we have to use the words in sentences, just says use the words.

This revelation is big, huge, enormous, some might even say, wait for it, ... gargantuan.

Good-night John-Boy.

January 16, 2020 at 3:43am
January 16, 2020 at 3:43am
I don't like this blog

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30 Day Blogging Challenge PROMPT for January 16, 2020

What are you waiting for?
There are so many ways to answer this question, both light and heavy, so I look forward to reading where you go with it!

This is a good question because everyone is waiting for something. It's the same as, "what do you want?" We all want something.

Does anybody remember when TV closed for the night? Like, the movie would end, the National Anthem would play, and a recorded voice would announce, "This concludes our broadcasting day."

I remember being awake early in the morning and waiting for the TV to start back up.

What if the internet kept regular business hours? (Just an example of a bad question. Feel free not to answer)

If I know that something will happen such as the TV will start back up, I'll wait patiently, I have a lot of patience.

If it's not certain whether something will happen. I have very little patience and will push the issue until I get a definitive answer.

What are you doing? Another good one. People are either doing something or they're not. Gotta answer.

Leslie is constantly asking me, "What are you doing?" She asks me this when I'm not doing anything, so my answer is always, "nothing."

What do you want me to do, I ask.

Nothing, she says.

I'm doing it! WTF!

What are you thinking about? Another one of Leslie's questions.

How I would love to say, I was just thinking about minding my own business, but I do love her, and she'd probably throw something at me.

Moving right along, here are a few things that I am waiting for.

I'm waiting for spring to arrive, the temperature is forecast to be -40 tomorrow morning.

I'm waiting for the right opportunity to buy a vintage vehicle, a 1961 Corvette, or Cadillac. Both would be nice.

Right now I'm waiting for another idea to come to mind. (This is usually the time Leslie asks me what are you thinking about?)

-40 That's fucked! lol

Is waiting and procrastinating the same thing?

Big picture thinking: I'm waiting for the world to end. I think we're close, and I know I'm going to die someday anyway, so I think it would be nice to see the end of the world.
I'm very curious about how things will play out. Will it be natural causes, climate change/global warming, all-out nuclear holocaust or as described in the book of Revelations. Either way, everybody going out at the same time kind of appeals to me.

And... what we've all been waiting for... The end.

Keep warm!

January 15, 2020 at 2:44am
January 15, 2020 at 2:44am
I don't like this blog

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30 Day Blogging Challenge PROMPT for January 15, 2020

Write your entry today about commitment. Committing to an activity, craft, person, way of being, etc. Consider the concepts of diligence, honesty, and responsibility. What does commitment look like to you?

I'm considering a mature and responsible response to this prompt, but I'm not committed to one.

So... I've decided then. I will commit to writing a responsible, and honest blog entry. I'll be serious, and this time... I mean it.

Growing up in the sixties I was taught that if you wanted to be respected or trusted, maybe even liked you had to be able to live up to your commitments.

Nobody likes a quitter.
Nobody will trust you if you lie.

My parents' generation and generations prior were light-years more committed than that of the baby boomer generation.
People stayed married for life.
People worked the same job with the same company their entire life.
With the outbreak of world war one and two - volunteers enlisted.

People of my parents' generation were committed, and because of that, people of my generation had opportunities to live good lives.

Things sure changed in the seventies. Divorce was easy. People joked about being on their second, third, and fourth marriage.
If things weren't going your way at work - quit, and find a new job.
Companies too didn't seem to be very committed to their employees. Hundreds of thousands of employees were fired in favor of automation.
Tired of the struggle? File for bankruptcy.

Yet with all the changes going on in the world our mom still taught commitment. Whenever we wanted to join a club or play on a sports team, if we were allowed to do so, permission came with one instruction... You can't quit!

Here's a gem. Dad was a chronic alcoholic, made life miserable for us all, until his death (at age 57) due to drinking related diseases.

Almost everyone, including myself, advised my mom to get a divorce, but she outright refused. She made a commitment on her wedding day, and she was going to keep it.

At this point, as I write, I find myself in a place I wasn't intending on going to.

(I'm bailing on a blog entry about commitment)

I wanted to write something mature, intelligent, and honest, without all the trashy, embellishments I write just to get a laugh.

I didn't want to write a depressing entry. I only wanted to put something out there that showed I'm not an asshole all the time.

Well, there you go! At least you know I'm honest.

January 14, 2020 at 2:29am
January 14, 2020 at 2:29am
I don't like this blog

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30 Day Blogging Challenge PROMPT for January 14, 2020

Write about a time when you made a wrong assumption. Did you realize your mistake right away, or did someone tell you later? What did you learn from your mistake?

Here's one just like me, quick and cute.

My family has been involved in thoroughbred horse racing for many years, it was one of my Grandfather's passions. On one occasion my brother-in-law and I decided to make a trip to the local track. (Assiniboine Downs)

We got to the track late, but I assumed we arrived on time to see the completion of the first race.

I bought a program and turned to the second race and began the process of selecting a horse to bet on. There was a horse in the second race that began to resonate with me, I thought it had a very good chance of winning this race.

Then Mr. B showed up. Mr.B is a life long horse racing fan, a family friend, and my grade 8 homeroom teacher.

(I forget the horse's name that I liked, let's say it was Quick Sand.)

Mr. B knows that I know a little bit about the sport, so he asks me, "Who do you like in this race, Spearman?" He always called us boys by our last names, it was confusing when all six of us were around.

I really think Quick Sand can win, the horse seems to outclass the rest of the field, I say.

Mr. B looks at me sideways for a second then says, What the fucks the matter with you? Quick Sand just won the second race. Jesus Christ, Spearman, you're always on the wrong page, couldn't find your homework, late, wasn't there that day." Then he shakes his head and walks away, laughing.

I assumed we missed the first race, but we missed the first two races.

Mr. B nailed me on it.

Lesson Learned - check, check, and double-check, you can never be too careful.
January 13, 2020 at 1:33am
January 13, 2020 at 1:33am
I don't like this blog

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30 Day Blogging Challenge PROMPT for January 13, 2020

In your entry today, write about games! Board games, video games, card games, sports games, mind games, etc... Share a memorable story.

I love games, all games, I've played games for as long as I can remember. I play games every single day, sometimes all day.

I'm playing a game right now, it's called the 30 Day Blogging Challenge. The object is to write a blog entry every day for thirty days, it's a challenge and a competition, and it's fun. You can't beat fun!

I make games, anything I do can become a game. I've created some of the games we've played in the 30DBC. 50/50 blogging, 5 Day Mini Challenges, and the infamous UNOFFICIAL 30 DAY BLOGGING CHALLENGE'S ELIMINATION STYLE BLOGGING CHALLENGE FUNDRAISER, There was also the Blog Mob, as well as a couple of unique contests (coloring contest and Nascar Pool) held in *Andre the Blog Monkey's Banana Bar. There are some of these games saved in the archives of the bar-room if you'd like to check them out.

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As you may know, I'm the fifth of six children in my family. By the time I came along, my siblings were already playing games, and I wanted in. We didn't have a lot of money, so games were a great gift. Mom learned that one game could entertain six kids for hours, and games are very affordable. Every Christmas we would be gifted at least one board game, and a replacement rod hockey game because we destroyed those things in short order. You can't beat fun!

Myself and one of my older brothers are game creators. If we had to sit in a room together for any length of time, we'd make up a game and start playing. Spin the Pillow, Shoe Ball, Hockey With Your Hands, Bolo Drop, Bread Bag Hacky Sack, Door Door, and a bunch of others, but these were the best of the games.

I was going to share a memorable story about the games we played growing up, but then when I mentioned the elimination-style blogging challenge I decided to write a little bit about that because most of the bloggers in this month's challenge weren't around for that, and it was EPIC!

First of all, I think it was the first time Fivesixer turned over the keys to the 30DBC to me to run an UNOFFICIAL Challenge.

I had no idea what I was going to do, but I promised Norb that I would raise some GP for the group.


I made up the name of the contest, that's all I had. People signed up for it, 26 I think.

I set the entrants up into teams and began blog prompts.. oh yeah, I got the entrants to go out and recruit more entrants.

So I had all these people blogging but then I had to think of a way to make some money (GPs)

I also had to think of a way to eliminate players, which was the hardest part, because how do you get money from an eliminated player?

So I came up with a mini-game, the game with-in the game. "You've Got A Price On Your Head"

Here's how it worked. Any team member could put a price on an opposing team member's head by paying any amount of GPs to the group.

(Thinking back, I should have put limits on this)

If a player puts a price on your head, then you have to pay an equal amount to the group or suffer elimination.

Pretty simple right.

It started out pretty tame, but then all hell broke loose, people started dropping 100,000 and 200,000 price tags. One team thought if they pooled their money and made a large enough price on a player's head they would surely eliminate a player, but the opposing team came up with the saving bounty money, then things went a bit out of control. To the point, fivesixer started to get complaints emailed to him.

We had to stop the game at this point, and I created a Final Bolgapocalypses, which went over pretty good, and at the end of the month, everybody walked away relatively unharmed.

The 30DBC raised nearly 2 million in GP.

I got to run a few more UNOFFICIAL challenge months, but none were quite as profitable as the "You've Got A Price On Your Head" game.

This clip from the Simpsons is a very accurate portrayal of how the bloggers played "You've Got A Price On Your Head"

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I remember my ex-sister-in-law, who never supported my writing or any of my other creative endeavors, interrupted a conversation I was having about the elimination challenge with someone else, to ask what I was talking about. After I explained all about it she asked in a very sarcastic tone, "Oh yeah, and how many people are doing that?"

We have twenty-six people playing I said.

She just stood there with her stupid face... haha You can't beat fun!

Play the game.
Everybody play the game.

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