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Guest in Jest Weekly Request With A Twist!

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On Thursdays I usually let everyone know who the Guest in Jest guest will be for the week.  This series has always run on Fridays, but this week we are going to do something different.  I am lucky enough to be part of James Cudney’s Blog Tour promoting his new book Watching Glass Shatter.  Visit his blog here. Tomorrow Jay will be answering questions about the book, himself, and his dog Ryder.  Ryder is the author of Jay’s blog posts on Mondays and he is a very large presence in Jay’s life.

As is typical for my blog, this Q&A session will have at least a bit of humor.  Please feel free to ask Jay any question at all, serious or humorous.  I promise you some of them will be funny, though.  Feel free to ask questions in the comments below or you can email them to me at mainepaperpusher@yahoo.com if you want an element of surprise for poor Jay.

So, as I say, this week is a bit different, but we will still be having a Guest in Jest post and Michael at Afterwards is our guest.  Since we will be featuring Jay and his book Watching Glass Shatter tomorrow, Guest in Jest will be published on Saturday.  Be sure to join us for both, it’s going to be fun!

 

This is where I start my shameless begging:

 

Please submit your guest posts to mainepaperpusher@yahoo.com and they will be published in order of submission every Friday here at Everybody Else Has the Best Titles

Here are the rules:

Give us some info about your blog.  Make sure to add a link to it.

Write up something amusing.  It doesn’t have to be “laugh out loud” funny, but a bit of humor would be great.

Pictures optional, but encouraged.

The post can be one that has been posted before.

The piece can be anything that is humorous.  A story, a recollection, even something as simple as a joke or funny photo.

 

Join us!  C’mon, you know you want to!

Love and Equality

artyplantsman reblogged this and I must as well. What a wonderful view Pixie holds.

The Daily Struggle

The world we live in today can be rather a scary place. All too often we are faced with tragic news of yet another terror attack, or yet another sexual assault in the celebrity world that has been covered up for many years.

It is truly heartbreaking that here we are, all sharing this little planet together, all born equal, and yet so many still are fuelled by hatred and superiority. It terrifies me to know there are people in this world so very hateful, that they are willing to destroy and take away the lives of innocent people, simply because they do not share the same belief.

When we look at how many women and men are now coming forward to report sexual assaults, it is horrifying to think that for several generations, so many people have not been held accountable, nor have they shown any respect or regard…

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Picture Imperfect

My father-in-law Archie was a fantastic man.  I loved him very much.  His disposition was so much like Bill’s that it would have been crazy if I didn’t love him.  He was a great father and successful jeweler.  He was also a very talented trumpet player and was part of local musical groups.  He wasn’t, however, a talented photographer.

Bill and his brother tell stories of how Archie was always lining the family up, making them squint into the sun and then being exasperated when the photos didn’t come out well.  Apparently, his idea of a good photo was one where his subjects were exceedingly well-lit and had eyes that were wide open.  Poor Archie was his own worst enemy in the photography department.

I really laughed when I heard the story of how he got everyone situated just so for a nice family photo on a beautiful college campus.  Things were going really well.  Everyone was well-lit and their eyes were open…mostly.  He happily backed up to get everyone in the shot.  He wasn’t quite far enough back.  With his eye peering through the viewfinder he suddenly took a tumble.  He fell backward into a duck pond, camera and all.

Much later when the kids were older, he was attending a school function.  It might have been a graduation, I don’t remember.  What I do remember is that he had quite a surprise when he got the prints back from the photo lab.  He was sure he’d gotten someone else’s photos because there were no photos of the event at all.  He went through each and every print and they featured a woman he didn’t even know!  In the first photo or two, she looked somewhat startled.  Photo after photo showed this unknown woman getting progressively disturbed and then angry!!!

Archie was flummoxed.  This made no sense at all.  Where were the shots he’d taken?  Who was this woman?  It was obviously a mistake.

When asked exactly how he’d taken the pictures, he said the only way he could get the shot was if he raised the camera over his head so the people in front of him wouldn’t be in the way.

It all became clear.  Archie had been taking pictures with the camera pointing in the wrong direction and that poor lady was sitting behind him being flashed repeatedly!  No wonder she looked startled…and then angry!  I’ve never seen the prints, but from what I hear they are hilarious. I would have paid good money to be in the photo lab the day those photos were developed.

 

Humph! Day #17 Pikachu I See You!

In the past, I found a glitch that made a bunch of my posts difficult to find and my reaction was HUMPH!  I was not pleased.  For those of you who are new to my blog, I should explain that I rerun old posts on Wednesdays.  That way the ones that were buried where no one saw them will be revived.  What better day to have Humph! Day than Wednesday.  I hope you have a great hump day, as well…

Pikachu I See You!

The summer before last I started to play Pokémon Go.  For those of you who aren’t gamers, Pokèmon is one of the most beloved video games of all times and the characters are called Pokèmon which is Japanse for pocket monster.  Ok, I know it was the “game of the moment” and I was one of those lemmings falling off the cliff. I really shouldn’t malign lemmings here.  After all, I was once reminded by husband Bill that I might want to move. aside.  I was standing in a parking lot and just then realized that there was a very patient driver waiting for me to get out of the way.  Lemmings rejoice!  I have joined your ranks!  In my defense, there was a really rare Pokémon there and I wasn’t the only one in that parking lot trying to get it.  I was just the only one holding up traffic.

When I met up with my cousins that summer I found out that Maggie was also playing.  We had a very fun competition to see who leveled up fastest and who got the more interesting Pokèmon. Our other cousins were quite amused by our rather childish pursuits, but then we were probably each in our second or third childhood.  We had reached a rather high level in that department, too.  I was rather amused when I was in that parking lot holding up traffic that a guy who might have been 20 was very impressed that someone my age was playing.  I think his exact words were, “and I thought I was too old to play this game!”

After Maggie left to head south for the winter we still kept up on each other’s progress. She was ahead of me by a level or two and I knew I had some catching up to do, but I lived in the sticks and she lived in the city.  Her chances of finding Pokèmon were much higher than mine.  I was doomed to be second-place…or was I?

One lovely fall day Bill and I couldn’t find a parking place near one of our favorite stores.  We had to park around the corner and there he was…the ultimate Pokémon coup!  Pikachu, one of the coolest Pokèmon of all, in the flesh!  I had to have a pic taken with him just to prove to Maggie that it didn’t matter what level I was on in the game.  I caught the coolest Pokèman of all in real life!

 

Watching Glass Shatter, Q and A with author James J. Cudney…Get Your Questions In Now!

I’m looking for more questions to ask Jay about his newly published book.  He’s doing a blog tour and he was nice enough to include this very blog!

Knowing my blog’s theme of humor, he is trying to prepare himself for some pretty wacky questions.  Let’s have some fun and learn more about Jay, his writing process, the new book, and even about his trusty dog Ryder.  Even Ryder has submitted a question!

So please, leave questions in the comment section here, or email me with them at mainepaperpusher@yahoo.com.  I will compile the list Wednesday night and submit them to Jay.  I’ll post the results on Friday and it should be great.  Don’t be afraid to ask anything that comes to mind.  We really want to get to know this author inside and out!