For some reason, Blogger declared RevGalBlogPals possible SPAM and locked us
down yesterday. This morning, we're free to post again, but there was a
fair amount of excitement last night among our contributors, who found
a dire notice on their Blogger dashboards threatening that this blog
might be deleted in 20 days!
We requested a blog review, and I
posted a request at the Blogger Help group, where I found we were not
alone. Many other perfectly nourishing and cromulent blogs got the same
notice last night.
This turned out to be a very small barricade
in our blogging community life, but it seemed appropriate to explore
locks and blocks and other barriers this week. Also, I liked the
picture of the security team above! Could they be Blogger's Spam
Prevention Robots, working overtime?
In honor of their efforts, I bring you the "Lock Me Out, Lock Me In" Friday Five.
1) How do you amuse yourself when road construction blocks your travel?
It's summer in Vacationland, and I thought of this because hardly a day goes by in this short construction season that I don't sit somewhere waiting for traffic to come the other way, and then they sit waiting for me. I'll admit that I'm taking it better now that I have a car with working air conditioning. One way I try to get through any delay is having something interesting to listen to in the car, whether it's music or a podcast. The best thing: a musical, especially one I know really, really well. Because with the windows up and the air conditioner on, who cares how loudly the 'bird is singing?
2) Have you ever locked yourself out of your house? (And do you keep an extra key somewhere, just in case?)
Most recently, I realized on my way home from the Big Event that I had instructed our house-sitter (Pure Luck's BFF) to lock the doors, supplied everyone from child to dog walker to cleaning lady with a key, too, but left mine at home.
Fortunately our house-sitting friend works nearby and still had his key. Thanks, BFF!
3) Have you ever cleared a hurdle? (And if you haven't flown over a material hurdle, feel free to take this one metaphorically.)
I was a teenager when Chariots of Fire came out, and I loved that guy who ran the hurdles. This may sound like a tangent, but bear with me. He put glasses of champagne on the practice hurdles, his goal being to leap them without spilling a drop.
So while there is no way in the world I could ever leap over an actual hurdle (nor have I ever), I have an image in mind that helps when there are other sorts of hurdles to face, an image of elegant confidence.
(I also think Nigel Havers was pretty cute.)
4) What's your approach to a mental block?
Read the previous entry. I work my way around it with images. If I've lost something, I picture the last place I think I saw it. If I don't know what to do next, I play with words and pictures in my mind.
5) Suggest a caption for the picture above; there will be a prize for the funniest answer!
Okay, I'm giving the prize, so I can't win it, but here's my entry:
(Singing) "I'm Captain Jinx of the Blog Marines
I feed my men on Spam and Beans
And often live beyond my means
Tho' a Captain in the Army!"