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  2. Hoping to finish one of the projects I'm working on tonight . Wish me luck.

    1. Mikiesboy


      Good luck!

    2. Reader1810


      Good luck! 🍀

  3. I think I've spent more time at Lowe's this week than I have in my entire life.

    1. BlindAmbition


      I relate! I’m over faucets and solar panels at the moment. Our home looks like a war zone with current projects.

    2. CassieQ


      It's like whenever I work on fixing something, I find 3 other things that also need to be fixed.  And I also suck royally at home repair, so I usually have to get someone to come over and help.    

  4. Happy Birthday Mickey! :D He's turning 15 today. :o

    Party's on Saturday. :)

    1. Caz Pedroso

      Caz Pedroso

      Happy Birthday to Mickey.  I hope he has a brilliant day and a great party on Saturday

    2. Page Scrawler
  5. TBT

    a little Bob Seger


    1. dughlas


      Why do I have the urge to dance around in tightie-whities?

  6. My story, Losing Kevin, is now completed. You can read it here: Losing Kevin

  7. today:


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    2. Carlos Hazday

      Carlos Hazday

      That's me most mornings! Including the bed hair.

    3. Kitt


      That's some hairdo!

    4. dughlas


      My pup will give himself some pretty staggering "hairdos" but never anything quite like that :)



    By shear coincidence, all these sheep


    look the same.











    Did you hear about the kidnapping at school?


    It's okay. He woke up.






    A tourist climbed out of his hire-car in downtown        

    Washington, D.C.                                                                 

    He was intent on visiting the White House and take in

    the city’s other world-famous sights, but he felt           

    hungry so he decided to pop into a store to buy           

    himself a snack.                                                                  

    As he pulled up to the curb outside the store, he saw 

    a well-to-do man standing on the sidewalk.                 

    He said to him: “Listen, I’m going to be only a couple 

    of minutes.                                                                           

    Would you watch my car while I run into this store?”   

    “What?” the man huffed. “Do you realize that I am a    

    member of the United States Senate?”                          

    “Well no,” the tourist said, “I didn’t realize that.             
    But it’s all right. I’ll trust you anyway.”                            





    Stock market report...

    Helium was up, feathers were down.                              
    Paper was stationary.                                                        
    Fluorescent tubing was dimmed in light trading.         
    Knives were up sharply.                                                     
    Cows steered into a bull market.                                     
    Pencils lost a few points.                                                  
    Hiking equipment was trailing.                                        
    Elevators rose, while escalators continued their slow

    Weights were up in heavy trading.                                  
    Light switches were off.                                                   
           Mining equipment hit rock bottom.                                       

    Diapers remained unchanged.                                        
    Shipping lines stayed at an even keel.                          
    The market for raisins dried up.                                     
    Coca Cola fizzled.                                                             
    Caterpillar stock inched up a bit.                                   
    Sun peaked at midday.                                                     
    Balloon prices were inflated.                                          
    Scott Tissue touched a new bottom.                            
              And batteries exploded in an attempt to recharge the        







    What's the difference between men and pigs?


    Pigs don't turn into men when they drink.        






    25 April




    National Administrative Professionals Day

                                                                                              (Wed of last full wk in Apr)

    National Telephone Day

    National Hug a Plumber Day

    National DNA Day

    National East meets West Day


    National Zucchini Bread Day

    World Malaria Day

    Denim Day(last Wed of Apr)

    National Crayola Day

    Hairstylists Appreciation Day

    Internat. Noise Awareness Day(last Wed of Apr)

    Internat. Guide Dog Day(last Wed of Apr)

    National Mani-Pedi Day

    World Penguin Day

    Parental Alienation Awareness Day

    Red Hat Society Day

    World Stationary Day(last Wed of Apr)



    25 April


    2011 - The largest tornado outbreak ever recorded hits the


    348 people in six states were killed during the outbreak, which

    encompassed a total of 358 confirmed tornadoes.


    1983 - The German news magazine, Stern, announces

                 discovery of Hitler's diaries

    The documents were later exposed as forgeries, triggering one

    of the most spectacular media scandals in history. Experts

    believe that Hitler never kept a diary.


    1974 - In Portugal, the fascist Estado Novo is overthrown

                 in a bloodless coup

    The leftist Carnation Revolution was lead by military officers

    and supported by widespread civil resistance.


    1953 - The double helix structure of DNA described for the

                 first time

    Francis Crick and James D. Watson published their

    groundbreaking findings about the molecule containing genetic

    information was in Nature that day.


    1859 - Construction of the Suez Canal begins

    The waterway connecting the Mediterranean Sea and the Red

    Sea became the shortest sea link between Europe and Asia.





    1940 - Al Pacino

    American actor, director


    1928 - Cy Twombly

    American/Italian painter, sculptor


    1917 - Ella Fitzgerald

    American singer


    1874 - Guglielmo Marconi

    Italian businessman, inventor, developed Marconi's law, Nobel

    Prize laureate


    1599 - Oliver Cromwell

    English general, politician





    1940 - Humphrey Lyttelton

    English trumpet player, composer


    2006 - Jane Jacobs

    American/Canadian journalist, author, activist


    2001 - Michele Alboreto

    Italian race car driver


    1944 - George Herriman

    American cartoonist


    1744 - Anders Celsius

    Swedish astronomer





    Did you know?

    Tetris can help you with traumatic events - WTF fun facts

    I'm Game!





    Did you know?

    How Manatees Regulate Their Buoyancy - WTF fun facts

    Almost nothing here, surprises me any more!






    Did you know?

    Senator Daniel Webster - WTF fun facts

    I wonder if he would have accepted a third offer?















    11 Jobs That No Longer Exist Today


    8/11.Log Drivers

    Back before highways and railways, the absolute best way to transport lumber from the forest to the mill was to float it down the river, guided by log drivers.






    9/11. Switchboard Operator

    The routing of today’s millions of simultaneous phone calls all happens digitally. Not that long ago, these calls were all handled manually, by countless switchboard operators, literally connecting wire to wire.
























































    .        :thankyou:        .




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    2. droughtquake


      No, I think it should be mandatory that Hairstylist cut off all those silly ManBuns and shave off all those nasty Lumberjack beards!  ;-)

    3. Page Scrawler

      Page Scrawler

      I couldn't tell you how many log drivers we had in Traverse City, back when it was a lumber town. Mainly because I don't have any clue. :gikkle:


      My WTF Fun Fact of the day: there's a sport called Banzai Skydiving. You toss the parachute out of the plane first, then try to catch it and put it on while in freefall.

      The Olympics would be so much more interesting if they added this event. ;-)

    4. Dmrman


      Hey Pagey... maybe the Bonzai skydiving should be a requirement for .... running for a political office...???:unsure2::glomp::rofl:

  9. Q: When you are alone at night and stressed out, how do you tell the difference between an anxiety attack and a heart attack?

    A: If it's just an anxiety attack, you wake up the next morning. 🙄

  10. I'm a lucky lucky girl. Was so exhausted, despite sleeping better, and fell asleep on the couch. Woke up to Hubby almost having dinner done (pork chops, potatoes, and green beans). He's so good to me!

    1. Puppilull


      He knows the one thing worse than a preggosaurus is a hungry preggosaurus... ;) Sounds tasty!

  11. Hey everyone,


    I only came across an idea I liked for the Idiom game less than a week ago. Yet, it became difficult writing it out. I’d start writing a paragraph or two, then scrap it because it didn’t sit right with me; and I repeated that process again and again.


    I originally meant for this to be a short scene (around a couple hundred words). It was only yesterday, that I conceded to myself, that maybe, I would have better luck with writing a short story instead.


    But, I’m not one of those writers that can write out a thousand words or more, read it through, and edit it all in a single day. So, as I’m writing this, my short story remains incomplete and won’t be ready for the Newsletter. I apologize for not making it in time, @Cia.


    Maybe, I’ll finish it separately and post it on its own later on.


    Before I go to bed, I’ll say goodnight. :hug: 

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    2. Caz Pedroso

      Caz Pedroso

      Post it whenever you're ready, most readers can be patient :hug: 

    3. dughlas


      When you have it ready post it. Don't pressure yourself.

    4. Cia


      That's okay! Again, the prompts and challenges I put out for the newsletter fun are to help get inspiration flowing, connect authors in a 'game' setting, and to have FUN. I like to feature responses because it adds to the authors' exposure, so that's usually why there's a deadline.  If you don't think you'll make a deadline, PM me. Sometimes there's wiggle room on that. If you really decide you can't meet the challenge, that's okay too. Either way, as long as you're writing (and hopefully eventually posting) I consider it a success. 

  12. Just submitted Extra Innings to a publisher. Fingers crossed that it goes better than my thesis submissions do! :P

  13. :Steve2::Steve2::Steve2: Boston won the series between them and Toronto. :Steve2::Steve2::Steve2:


    Round 2 of Lightning Playoff Hockey will be Saturday, at 3:00 pm.


    The Lightning vs The Bruins


    Adam and Rob are SOOOO going to be at each other's throats. LOL

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    2. Reader1810
    3. wildone


      2004, we won’t talk about that year :angry:


    4. BHopper2


      Yeah, the Player Lockout SUCKED!!! Lightning wins the cup, and couldn't have a season as Cup Champs.

  14. I now that some will hate me, but YESSSSSS!




    1. Dodger


      You must be a Raptors fan! :whistle:

  15. Best friend in town visiting for a few days; now to find things to do for super-low cost

  16. So, it's taken me some time to explore this site.  I still haven't got it all sorted out in my head, but I've read a lot of author banner intros (? don't know what else to call them.)  I followed a few favorite story links of authors I liked.  Finally I tried out a few searches on tags.  I don't know if I'm doing this well. 


    I have this habit of starting to read an author's work from their oldest story to the newest.  Something appeals to me in seeing their work sharpen or grow.  I like reading the comments, too, yet often find the dates match the same year of the writing mostly.  That has made me hesitant to put a 2018 comment on an older (sometimes over a decade) work.  Is there some sort of guideline or preference about that I should know about? 


    Some authors seemed to have only older writings but current comments on another's current work.  I'm probably over thinking this, but curious about the culture of this community and how helpful any comments I would make would be seen as helpful so far after the work was finished.  What do you think?

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    2. Daddydavek


      I agree with Valkyrie.  I'd love to have current readers comment on my first or second story, both of which were posted several years ago now..


      Daddy Dave K

      Check out my story page: https://www.gayauthors.org/author/daddydavek/

    3. Puppilull


      Any comments and reactions are most welcome! I love it when a reader is engaged enough to tell me their view or feelings regarding a story. 

    4. Ron


      Quote: "I have this habit of starting to read an author's work from their oldest story to the newest.  Something appeals to me in seeing their work sharpen or grow.  I like reading the comments, too, yet often find the dates match the same year of the writing mostly.  That has made me hesitant to put a 2018 comment on an older (sometimes over a decade) work.  Is there some sort of guideline or preference about that I should know about?"


      @Y0rite I absolutely understand and applaud your inclination to reading an online authors works from the beginning. This way of reading can be quite exciting, and I admit that I have been guilty of perusing my own writing in this regard, and questioning some of my early efforts. When we grab a book from the shelves of bookstores we have in hand a work that has been... well, it's a polished product and one presumably far removed from the author's beginnings. But the opportunity to explore an author's work from the very beginning, as tentative as that may be, and witness growth, as we can here, that is something altogether different, isn't it?! Bravo to you!

  17. Hey, Hig how are you...??? I bet you are ready for Summer it will be here ... and gone before we know it...??? Take care, just checking on you bro.!!!:hug::heart:

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    2. Higster


      @Dmrman How are you doing?

    3. Dmrman


      I am well, still hooking up programs in the new computer, and deleting others so I can send My old one to a friend...:blink::lol: I also have a new security system I am hooking up so I can monitor the House while I am gone to Hungary, had a Cake Tasting Session today Boys doing this Wedding right...!!!:lol::heart: So busy... but a good busy if there is such a thing...??:hug:

    4. Higster


      There's such a thing as a good busy. Glad to hear all is going well on your end and I hope this continues. What Cakes did you try? How was the wedding? How is Hungary? Good to hear you're getting a new security system for your house!

  18. Yesterday
  19. I'm home now from an awesome week away.  It was a drizzly, dreary drive home, but it's good to be back.  The cats are happy to see me.  Now I have a ton to catch up on, but will get to everything eventually.  

    1. Parker Owens

      Parker Owens

      Glad you are home safe. :)


    2. dughlas


      Okay guys back in the pen, mama's home.

  20. Back home after the best birthday trip in 10 years. Highlights were Springsteen and meeting @Defiance19. I have a gazillion loads of laundry to do, among other things. Will start replying to comments on ATGB I tomorrow, I have stuff to share on the discussion thread and outlines for a couple of blog entries. Y'all will be sick and tired of hearing me in the coming week. If you want to see pictures of the trip check/follow cjindc on Instagram. 

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    2. Defiance19



    3. Sweetlion


      Happy Birthday


    4. Carlos Hazday

      Carlos Hazday

      @Sweetlion Thought of you when I walked by The Tombs last week! Didn't get a chance to eat there this trip but I had to go look at the dads' house and the damn stairs that kill my legs every time I climb them.

  21. Them: Oh, so you live in Tampa Bay.


    Me: No. I live in Tampa. Fish live in Tampa Bay.


    Them: What? I don't get you. Isn't it Tampa Bay? All the sports teams are named that.




    Seriously... You'd think an adult would know the difference between a body of water, a census-designated metro area, and an actual city name.

    1. Dmrman


      One could only hope...:blink::unsure2: But what it really says is You think I'm listening but I'm not... :huh: and I just don't really care...!!!! I'm hungry tired or sore or shallow... something like that...Besides...:huh::o Tampa Bay sounds better than Tampa... As for the sports team... they would more than likely get them confused with aquatic swimming or water skiers...???:rolleyes::blink::blink: It's frustrating... so why do they insist on showing their ignorance...????:huh: TFI that's why I move away from them totally...!!!:):lol:

  22. I don't know what's going on right now, but I'm pretty sure my professors are trying to kill me. Three term papers all due on the same day, and a few other papers shortly before that. 


    Writer's block is finally starting to crack though! Now I just need to find the time to do something with it!

    1. 1brokNangel


      When are we gonna find out what legal action Ryder takes against Nate....I know a lot is going on with both bands but still, he needs to get justice from that worthless piece of crap.

  23. Pickle juice and water. :)

    1. Valkyrie


      What's the verdict?  

    2. drpaladin


      There must be a verdict?

    3. Valkyrie


      Or :2thumbs: or :thumbdown:

  24. "Where's Timmy, Lassie? Where is he, girl?"


    Lassie; Geez. You do realize I'm a dog? I'm here doing important dog business, sniffing butts and peeing on trees. You're here paying attention to everything except what Timmy is up to. Every week I have to go and get that kid out of whatever trouble he's gotten himself into and when we get back, you just tell him not to do it again. I do something and get chained up in the yard. By the way, I'm a boy dog and everybody keeps calling me Girl and you named me Lassie. Can't any of you tell the difference?  I know I have a lot of hair, but golly. It's just not fair.


    "Go find Timmy, Lassie!"


    Lassie: (Sigh) "Woof, woof!" You're just lucky Timmy has a really stinky butt and is easy to find.


    (I'm in an odd mood today. Can you tell?  :P )

  25. Chapter 2 of My Son, has been reuploaded with additional edits.

  26. .....sigh.....

    had to go over some heads to Director level for answers

    wish people would just do their jobs


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    2. mollyhousemouse


      @drpaladin i'm so conflict averse that it's hard for me. but what i needed to happen has been taken care of. 1 call, less than 2 hours....sigh....

    3. Reader1810
    4. dughlas


      You do what you gotta do :hug:

  27. Hey everyone,

    I want to apologize in advance, but I will be delayed in responding to pretty much everything for the next little bit. I broke my tailbone on Monday, and I can only spend so much time sitting at my computer every day. I will be trying to keep up through my phone, but I am much slower there. Story updates will continue to come in at their scheduled time.

    Thank you. :)




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    2. Ron


      Sorry, Cynus. ComfiLife (and others brands I’m sure) makes a memory foam cushion just for keeping the pressure off of your tailbone, there’s a U-shaped cutout in the back right where you would otherwise feel discomfort. I picked one up on Amazon for not too much money—it makes sitting comfortable, even without having a pain in the ass to worry about.

    3. Cynus


      @Ron thanks for the recommendation. :)


    4. ancientrichard


      I'm very sorry about that. Concentrate on getting well. We'll be thinking of you.

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