Is This The End?

Daily Prompt: Cliché

“Oh damn, another prompt that has me scratching for answers with no such luck.”

“Today for you frequent Daily Prompters is a prompt about the cliché, ‘A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush’ and asks when was the last time that saying was true for you.”

“After ten minutes of staring at the prompt description I pasted into my blank post, I am still stumped.”

“How the hell do I respond to this?”

“Well it so happens that I looked up the meaning of this cliché and means it is better to have a lesser but certain advantage than the possibility of a greater one that may come to nothing. Hmm…sounds confusing. Well, there’s a start but any ideas for this are seemingly being rushed forward in my head with no coherent reasoning. And putting down these crippled thoughts into a working post sounds very amateurish, something I have done in the past that left me feeling vulnerable and stupid.”

“Guess I’ll have to go the scenic route and check out some other blogs for inspiration. There’s Angloswiss and Marilyn Armstrong who always have a strong view on things. Mrs. Swiss did another memorable piece about her cats that put some faith in my blogging again and Mrs. Armstrong did an appropriate rant in the form of a conversation that inspired me to rant as well. Where was Tom Balisteri today? I guess he didn’t have any witty poetry in response to this – that’s how bad it was today; he usually can take anything and make it gold.”

“Oh, why should I care about responding to this so late at night? It’s not worth hacking up a hasty post that will only get about 4 to 5 likes anyway. That’s not what I am about. It would be a mistake in my mind to respond to something I have no interest in responding to – doing that only ends in sadness and failure and I am learning to avoid that.”

“But as the clock ticks down to the next day, the WordPress clock automatically advancing to the next and showing up as such in any of my posts published this late, I am desperately trying to avoid a gap in blogging and get something down for human (and maybe animal) eyes to see.”

“Pouring out negative thoughts about this prompt have helped somewhat to give me new hope in blogging.”

“Oh, look, it’s one of the ‘Friendly editors’ at WordPress.”

“Hello, you seem to be having a problem with the prompt today. Is it too restricted? Can’t you figure out something to write? ”

“No, and getting to it this late at night, 10 o’clock-ish, really makes me think ‘Why bother?'”

“‘Why bother?’ Well, for one, we techies take extra care when cooking up these little jump starters to your day, but as you are getting to it at night, well, we have nothing for you there. Sorry. We hope you figure out your problem. On to more pressing matters.”

“Then the hell with you.”

“Is the end near for this little blogging experience of mine?”

“I don’t know. It just seems like I am getting busier with other things these days (such as working on my YouTube channel, pouring my heart and soul in making great videos) and have put blogging on the back-burner per say. I always reminisce about the days before I had a blog, when I didn’t have a nagging obligation to fulfill.”

“I’m going to forget about this terrible day for blogging and instead play a game of Parcheesi with my folks, a game most people in their 20s would have no interest in. But I’m wise beyond my years. It’s something that will take my mind off of uninspired posting. Good day. I’ll see you tomorrow.”

20 Over 20, But Not 20/20

Kick the Bucket: What are the top items on your anti-bucket list — those things you never, ever want to do, places you never want to visit, books you never want to read, etc.?

To be honest, I don’t even have a regular bucket list, so how could I know what I don’t want to do? Well, I did make a bucket list a while back but it is forever trapped in a phone that got stolen from me (one of the things on that list was to actually walk 500 miles as in the cult classic “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)”. I’ve never thought of having an anti-bucket list, wanting to restrain myself from doing stupid and dumbass things. Okay, so now that the question has come up, there are many things I would never think of doing (though might entertain the thought of).

Off the top of my head (some of these might be a little contrived) are my top 20 over 20:

  1. Walk on a thin piece of rope, blindfolded and unrestrained, across two towers over a busy metropolis as daredevil Nik Wallenda has done numerous times in his illustrious career of death-defying stunts.
  2. Live in my hometown for the rest of my life, never get to travel, learn about other parts of the world.
  3. Read the “Twilight” series of books or anything in the “50 Shades of Grey” department (I might watch the film though when it comes out).
  4. Never accomplish anything on the positive bucket list I will soon write down.
  5. Become a lifetime smoker.
  6. Become a lifetime drunk.
  7. Hold up a sign on the side of the road begging for food and money when there is a food bank and plasma center (where you can donate for cash) just around the corner.
  8. Grow a ridiculous long beard of Duck Dynasty proportions.
  9. Kick the bucket before I am 60 (though sometimes life is unpredictable).
  10. Go against any item on my anti-bucket list.
  11. Streak naked onto the field of any sporting event.
  12. Visit Iraq or any country with never ending disputes and threats of nuclear warfare.
  13. Become a victim in a real life Friday the 13th scene.
  14. Sing the national anthem and get the most ridiculed response ever because of how bad I sounded or how bad I screwed up the lyrics (in truth though I believe I have a very good singing voice).
  15. Meet Bill Gates in an elevator and not know what to say.
  16. Crawl down a manhole, trudge through the sewers.
  17. Spend hours and hours trying to beat all 256 levels (including the Kill Screen) of the original Pac-Man.
  18. Not see the Cubs win a World Series or the Detroit Lions win a Super Bowl (but these
    things are not in my control or could I make something happen?).
  19. Be involved in a plane hijacking or plane crash in which me and 41 other people survive and live on a
    mysterious island for 6 virtual years.
  20. Get a role in a pornographic film (even if I am cash-strapped).

So those are 20 things I am writing down not to do from this point in time at age 23 and some change. There are no guarantees that any of these will even be on the edge of failing (such as meeting Mr. Gates in an elevator, that’s probably one for the to-do bucket list).

About the 20/20 part – I don’t have perfect 20/20 vision since one of my eyes has been impaired since birth. It becomes more apparent when I put on a pair of sunglasses or try to view 3D movies with those special glasses – I can only see through the left frame. I can barely see out of my right eye and this does affect some activities that are essential in life such as driving. But I don’t want that to hold me back from living the life I dream of. I try everyday to work around my limitations. If a guy with no arms can get by in this world, I sure can get by with one good eye.

I really wish the pingbacks would get fixed.