The Month in Review: February 2018

Wherein we assess the damage done

A month’s end look at the good, the bad, and the ugly from Rudy’s Ruminations.

Well gentle reader(s), it’s the end of the month. Yeah, I know, you’re asking “But, rudyblues, you just got this thing started back up last week, how can you be publishing a monthly review?” Hey, my calendar ran out of days that start with February. That seems like the perfect time to publish a month’s end review. Just sayin’.

I thought I would take this opportunity to once again use some of those nifty stats thingies from the folks at WordPress. Remember, statistics don’t lie, but if you can lie with dogs and not get fleas, you must be a politician. Mixed metaphors in a rich, sarcastic sauce, served on a bed of fresh tomfoolery.

Looks like a bad EKG

I’d also like to bring you some of the more popular least disliked posts from the past month’s ruminating that you (possibly on purpose) may have missed. Kind of like not quite Golden Oldies, maybe we’ll call them Pyrite Oldies, not quite gold, and not all that old. Work with me here.

And I’d also like to spotlight some of my beloved follower(s) and maybe convince you to visit them a little more often. Shameless self-promotion only goes so far.

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I Can’t Stop This Feeling!

A portentous foreshadowing

I’ve got that feeling again.

What? Did you say something? I’m sorry, I wasn’t listening.

Figures. You never listen to me.

Yes, yes I do listen to you, I just wasn’t then. What was it you said?

I said I’ve got that feeling again. And I’ve got it bad this time!

That feeling? What feeling? Again? How come I don’t know about this feeling?

Because you never listen, that’s how come!

Back to that, are we? Alright, forget it, I don’t want to know!

I’ve got that feeling that something bad is about to happen.

La la la I’m not listening, I can’t hear you.

Stop it! I’m trying to be serious here and you’re playing kid’s games.

Okay, okay, geez, I’m listening! So touchy. What’s with this feeling you’ve got?

I’ve got that feeling that we’re about to see something really bad happen.

What, you mean, like, some kind of premonition?

Yes, exactly, something terrible is about to happen. And it’s gonna be bad!

So, you’re going all Nostradamus on me, huh? Wanna write some quatrains?

Stop it, I’m serious, do you remember the last time I had this feeling?

No, clearly I don’t, so please enlighten me, oh Seer of All That Foreshadows.

The last time I had this feeling was November 8th in 2016! Get it?

No, I don’t get it. Can you do Rain Man and tell me the day of the week too?

You don’t remember? Tuesday, November 8th, 2016! The day of the Presidential Election?

Ooh crap, I do remember, I thought you were just daft that day. That next day was awful!

Now are you with me, pudding brain?

Yeah, I’m with you, but what could be worse than that? I mean, we’ve survived so far.

I don’t know what could be worse, but I’ve got that feeling again. And bad!

Yeah, right you do, we better get to the bunker fast!

I’m right behind you.

Imagine That

My Astrological imagination at work

Today the horoscope app on my phone told me I should put my vivid imagination to work for good and not for evil.

Well, kind of. It said that when I dwell on some small problem, and I come up with some nightmare scenario about what might happen, that I’m using my imagination. It said that instead, I should take control of my imagination and turn the scenario it dreams up into something hopeful and optimistic. Really? Hopeful and optimistic. Isn’t that special?


Then I looked at my horoscope in the morning paper. Not a peep about imagination. It said I should slow down, and that I should take extra care around sharp objects. That seems to be good every-day advice. It said I should stick to basics, and routines, and that I should consume in moderation. Again, good generic advice. And that there was some kind of communications breakdown. Maybe that alludes to this next one.

Then I went online and got my horoscope from It told me that some long forgotten conflict was keeping me emotionally separated from a loved one. Apparently, neither my loved one nor I is willing to admit responsibility for this conflict, to the concern and amusement of those around us. So therefore, according to them, I should eat crow and see what happens. This sounds a bit like a communication breakdown.

Then I decided to try one more from It said that my imagination was at an all-time high, and that I’m inspired to embark on some long-term creative projects that I should jump into head-long. Well, there’s that imagination thing again. But, what about sticking to basics and routines? How does that square with jumping head-long into long term creative projects?

Now I’m confused. Maybe I should go back to bed and see what tomorrow’s horoscope brings.

The Week that Was: February 19, 2018 – February 25, 2018

Chipping away at the intertubes, one week at a time

A review of the past week’s mayhem from Rudy’s Ruminations.

Wow, gentle reader(s)! This week flew by. Yeah, I know, where did the time go? Here’s those nifty stats thingies for this week that the folks at WordPress so kindly provide. And this week’s least offensive posts, as determined by none other than you, the reader(s). Woo, go go reader(s)!WeekChart-19Feb18-25Feb18

I’ll also spotlight one of my NEW beloved follower(s) who joined this week. You should visit them, really, visit them, because, you know, for most of us, shameless self-promotion only goes so far. Believe me. I know from experience. Besides that, they need some love for suffering with me in their reader stream.

So, follow me below the fold, and we’ll get started!

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