Composing my blog post yesterday started out as a major venting session about a few of life’s irritations that had me grinding my teeth in frustration. But I eventually abandoned my complaints post. Everything I tried to complain about led to a good experience or at least an interesting learning experience.
Even though I am no longer going Biblical and gnashing my teeth, I do want to air a couple of aggravations.
Publicity photo for Singing in the Rain
Posting yesterday about the musical Singing in the Rain led to grumpy old lady thoughts about my change in movie-going habits. Singing in the Rain was the first movie excursion for my husband and me since well before my stroke last year. The audience was courteous and everyone there was enthusiastic and either a fan of the movie or they accompanied a fan they cared about.
My husband and I rarely go to movies these days. We lost our enthusiasm many years ago when going from dark to bright sunlight following the matinees that we usually enjoyed would cause hubby to experience severe headaches. Sunglasses and other measures didn’t help. About the same time, two other circumstances came into play, and we gradually moved on to other avenues of entertainment, like raising two boys, attending their sporting events and replenishing the larder daily to keep hungry male teens from chewing on the furniture.
Looking back, our abandoning movie-going began well before the arrival of offspring. Two key contributors to the change:
One--Old-fashioned courtesy began to erode in theater audiences.
Two--Entertaining, family-oriented movies with clean language and interesting characters who had or who developed any common sense and sense of decency were no longer as readily available.
Singing in the Rain definitely drew an old-fashioned, and mostly old, audience. I suppose I am now officially a grumpy old woman.
But I am a really, really happy grumpy old woman.
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I have been having trouble lately commenting on some new-to-me blogs as well as long-time favorite blogs. The blogs I have difficulty with are all blogspot.com. But I don’t have the commenting problem with all blogspot.com blogs. I have no trouble typing the comment into the appropriate box. But nothing happens when I click “Publish.” Sometimes a message in red appears under the comment box that says choose a profile, but there is no way to do so.
The only click that makes something happen is the “Sign out” button. But that doesn’t further the process of publishing the comment. I have been leaving a comment via email when there is an email address, but not every blog owner provides an email address.
I was able to locate an email address for Lyn at Never-Ending Journey, a blog I have followed for a while. She replied to my emailed comment on a recent post of hers with insightful observations that are an inspiration in my stroke recovery. She writes from a perspective of personal experience, and I don’t want to forget Lyn’s closing sentence that summed up her strategy for dealing with health issues and other difficult circumstances:
“It’s all about choices. We can allow life events to define us or we can take what life has put on the path and define how it fits in our lives.”
Joared is a newcomer to my blog. I have appreciated her comments and recently visited her blog Along the Way. Hers is just one of the newcomers’ blogs I will be reading with no way to comment.
If anyone has a solution to my commenting dilemma, please share. This is likely something I need to fix on my end, but I have no idea what or how. In the meantime I will just be reading and lurking if I can’t find a way to comment via the blog or email.