Coffee Share 190222

This is a Weekly Coffee Share hosted by: Eclectic Alli.

Alli manages a weekly list of posts from a small group of bloggers who want to just stay in touch, chat about blogging, writing, travel, photography, children, pets, work, life hacks or just about anything else that might be of interest.

Here’s the link for last week.

Here’s the link for this week.

Greetings, and yes, I know the photo at the top is not particularly coffee-centric, but I’m still laughing at it.

Last week I posted a new story titled; “Suffer Not The Children” which was one of those, my most embarrassing event stories. It featured this 12 year old girl from the church my wife and I were attending back before we had our own kids and her thing for frilly dresses. It was pretty funny, per the feedback from both friends and family and even those blessed strangers I’ll likely never meet because I know them only as readers of my story blog. But what has me still laughing is how my search for that photo became a thing in my web usage.

It took me way too long to find that photo. I tried so many different variations on: girl, young, dress, frilly, poofy, party, prom, wedding, full, lacy, etc. because what I was looking for was pretty close to what you see above, and I was getting everything except a decent full frilly dress on a non-sexy young girl of about 12 years. Maybe you can imagine what each search engine sent me for consideration, and then it had to be labeled for reuse and had to be of sufficient resolution to serve as a large featured shot. Bla – Bla. So I finally found the one you see.

But I pretty much managed to overwhelm my search history with gorgeous girls in gorgeous gowns of all ages and degrees of availability. Even those two ads that appear at the top of the linky link for our coffee share threw up a full blown slide show of girls in similar dresses. The search engines must have concluded that I’m trying to dress a whole graduation class of prom-bound maidens.

dress ads

manniquine-live-2-1.pngSo, I should be spending the evening searching for power tools again. I thought things were going back to normal after that whole similar event with the mannequins for my “Manic Mannequin” story.  Some of those images were absolutely not approved for viewing by my wife.

You know what the web needs?  A “No Solicitation” sign for web advertisers.  That’s right, don’t send me ads for anything.  No, I don’t care what you think I was looking at prom dresses for.  Just go away!  Power tools or burger coupons you say – okay, maybe just a few.”

Work last week was a blizzard of frenzy but I decided to promote my short quip from last week’s coffee share about the dark cave my parents took me to when I was 6, into a full (but short) story.  It also seems well received,  but it (or maybe the author) could do with a tad more feedback.  It was shorter than my normal ~2000 words, but just did not seem to attract the number of readers somehow.  Maybe this next week will bring a few more by.  If you’ve not seen it and are interested, here’s the link to; The Dark Cave Adventure. If there’s a formula here somewhere, I’ve not found it.Oregon caves map

Work has given me less time that I had about a month ago to keep up on reading the blogs that I follow, so I find that by the end of the week I have something like 60 plus items queue up for my review and I really need either more time or more discipline or something – because after writing these stories and sharing them, reading what you’ve written is what I love to do.

So, I love that you stopped by to read my coffee share.  I am keeping up with visiting yours at least (but most of those are pretty short) so they don’t amount to much time unless I get wordy with my feedback – which I admit – I am fully capable of doing.  I’m going to cut this short because despite it being early Friday evening, several of you have already posted yours – and I’m keen on seeing what you’ve produced this round.

I counted them up and this is my 39th coffee share and I know I missed only 1, maybe 2 weekends, but overall, reading your shares has become something I look forward to each weekend.

So I’m off to see what some of you are up to.  Thanks again for stopping by.

Have a great week all.

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9 thoughts on “Coffee Share 190222

  1. Luckily I’m just getting a lot of ads for synthesizers. Of course I don’t want my wife to see those either, but for a different reason – can you say dollar signs? And new house? Have a great week.

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  2. You give some of the best feedback Gary and I look forward to seeing some words from you at the end of my posts. I am off to have a read of “The dark cave adventure.” Thanks for the coffee.

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  3. It is so much fun to have coffee together in the weekends! I try to leave comments, but sometimes I get interrupted, but in a ny case I always enjoy, and look forward to visit with my friends. I think about what I’m going to write about several times during the week…..and then I forget like 80%. Probably a good thing.. LOL. Have a fantastic weekend! Thanks for the coffee!

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  4. Hi Gary…
    I can imagine how your search history must have looked and knowing the internet you must have gotten some pretty weird results that if someone was ust happened to walk past you, it would be quite difficult to explain how you wound up there and even then they would still look at you like the villainous scoundrel of a murder mystery….
    I havent counted how many coffeeshares I have but they are quite a lot, having done them on and off for quite a few years now even after the original version stopped.
    I always look forward to your comments they are so detailed !!!!

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  5. Hi, Gary! I hope your writing goes well, this week. And that there’s plenty of thinking time. I probably mean, I hope there’s a lot of time for spontaneity and relaxation, along with the work. Best wishes!

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  6. Hi Gary,
    Great to catch up with you again. I’m just popping by before I go to sleep. It’s now early Tuesday morning.
    Our time being ahead, the Weekend Coffee Share opens on my Sunday and I don’t seem to post until Monday so I’m sharing about the weekend that was, rather than the one that is. I have really enjoyed the Weekend Coffee Share over the years, although I’ve been doing a lot of research lately and have pulled back a bit. I was to get my story When Two Ships Collide finished. I don’t know if there’s enough for a book but I’m giving it a shot.
    My daughter also turned 13 yesterday and had a sleepover but I’ve covered all of that in my post.
    Hope you’re going well.
    Best wishes,

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    1. The ship collision has got to be one of the most fundamental scary mental images out there and you very nearly had a relative on one of the ships. Just your findings thus far are interesting. With a tad more effort + your communication skills should easily become a great addition to the history of Australia – which is a threshold I’ll never be qualified to reach. Can I be in the stands applauding it across the finish line?

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      1. I sure hope so Gary. It is so hard to keep going and keep chipping away. The birthday party took a lot of effort and I became quite manic with the cleaning, which has also meant that I’ve crashed this week. That said, I was back to my ballet class tonight. My goodness. I must be mad. I’ve misplaced my watch and I kept looking around the studo for a clock. How much longer? Of course, she has no clock. No counting down the minutes until you can rest. That said, I am quite impressed withIt’s one thing to pick up something you’re good at and going with it. It’s quite another
        to have a go at something which hones in on your weaknesses.


  7. Oops, I was having trouble with a bit of text moving around and then the comment posted itself. I know you work in the tech area but it baffles and I’m sure intentionally antagonizes me.
    Best wishes,


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