Friday Free-For-All

Another week closer to the end of 2021. Not sure how I feel about that. I do know that I closely resemble the cat over there. 😉 Since it’s Friday, I thought I’d share some totally random thoughts, links, and stuffs. To get us started, here’s a feel-good story/video for the day. Mozel Tov! It’s about a woman who adopts a very special…dog. I would have brought Mozel Tov home in a heartbeat!

Speaking of animals…
But what about the dog/cat/horse/insert critter type here? … I read a news story sometime back. A person on vacation took her Golden Retriever for a walk. Her husband reported her missing later that day. State police recovered her body sometime later from a nearby river. There was no mention of the dog. What happened to the dog?!? Did s/he return home and that’s how the husband knew there was trouble? Did the dog run away? Did it jump in the river and drown too? There’s an adage that is frequently passed along to new writers: Don’t kill the dog! It just pisses off the reader. I’m sorry for the lady and her family, but…I really want to know what happened to the dog! Okay, part of that is caused by my writer’s brain but mostly, it’s due to my fondness for critters.

Speaking of critters, this CHEEZBURGER post offers up 22 Animal Squads That Look Like They’re About To Drop A Bangin’ Mixtape

Heard a line in a book about coffee that made me laugh: Only two kinds of people drink coffee black–criminals and cops.

Harlequin posted an interesting question on Twitter the other day: Would you rather love a book everyone hates or hate a book everyone loves? I’m not sure either position is a comfortable one. I think it’s probably easier to “defend” loving a book than it is hating a book in the face of all the rabid fans. That said, I often find myself either DNFing or not rating a book that so many people have raved about. *koff50shadeskofftwilightkoff* I’m also the first to admit that I have eclectic tastes in reading material and those preferences, like my humor is all subjective.

Speaking of “Twilight”…this Twitter thread that was reproduced on Cheesburger made me laugh, because Twilight characters as dogs? Yeah…I’m totally there!

And finally, a PSA! You’d think as situationally aware as I am, and with my background, I’d have known about this or figured it out. If you are ever lost while hiking, get stranded with a broken down car, etc and you notice your cell phone is either low on juice or has no signal, here is a tip that very well may save your life. Change the voicemail on your phone to a message that gives your approximate location, the time, the date, your situation (lost, out of gas, car broken down, injured, etc.) and any special instructions such as you are staying with the car, you are walking toward a town, etc…. The best part of this is that even if your cell phone dies or stops working, voicemail still works, so anyone calling your phone looking for you will hear the message and know where to find you or where to send help. In other words, DON’T BE THIS GUY! (the story’s about a lost Colorado hiker who didn’t answer his phone–rescuers were called–because he didn’t recognize the numbers.

On that note, go out and enjoy your weekend. Even if that means staying in, snuggled up on the couch with a good book, movie or sports event on the tube.

About Silver James

I like walks on the wild side and coffee. Lots of coffee. Warning: My Muse runs with scissors. Author of several award-winning series--Moonstruck, Nightriders MC, The Penumbra Papers, and Red Dirt Royalty (Harlequin Desire) & other books! Purveyor of magic, mystery, mayhem and romance. Lots and lots of romance.
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2 Responses to Friday Free-For-All

  1. I, too, would like to know what happened to the dog. I drink black coffee with sweetener. Does that make me the cop or the criminal? From time to time, I love books people hate and I hate books people love. :shrug: I read that cellphone advice on FB and my first thought was it was great. My next thought was ‘I don’t know how to change my voicemail message’ LOL. I also saw the news headline about the dude who didn’t answer his cellphone. Sometimes there are reasons certain people get lost in the woods and eaten by bears. Just sayin’.

    Speaking of bears, this morning, I saw a photo (no news link attached) of a guy holding the paw of the HUGE bear he shot while out hunting for elk. Carrying a gun in bear territory is definitely a good idea.

    It’s like chilly cold this morning. I thought I saw someone saying it was like 31F out there. So, I’m most assuredly inside, bundled up and enjoying my hot coffee. And the furnace just kicked on. Yay. Of course, we’ll be outside later. Those logs aren’t going to move themselves. Later, there will be books and TV and movies. Stay warm over there! :hugs:

    • Silver James says:

      We’re supposed to see some sun today and actually break into the 60s. We’ll see if that happens. LOL Guns for self-protection is always good. Yeah, you should figure out how to change the VM. I still don’t know what happened to the dog and that incident was this past summer. She was in publishing, which is how I came across the story.

      And yeah, some people don’t need to be wading in the gene pool for sure!

      Have a great weekend!

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