Hello, hello, hello, all you rock ‘n’ rollers! The blogging day has begun. After a hardy bowl of Ramen Noodles (with pieces of carrot and green pepper and a dollop of canned mackerel; all added for more nutrition) I’m ready to get to work.
My Younger Brother
I did visit my younger brother yesterday at the assisted living facility where he lives. I can understand why he’s depressed. As he told our mother (who has passed) years ago, “I have nothing to look forward to.” When you can’t bend your fingers because of arthritis and you can no longer take care of yourself so you eat until you become obese, it means you’ve given up hope. You’ve lost the joy of living.
I am not so naïve as to believe you can give someone a reason to live. Whenever I visit him I always have to carry the conversation. He has no interest in anything. He goes to his doctor’s appointments and that’s it. He eats (too much). He sleeps (too much). Sometimes he watches television. That’s it. I see why the head nurse and his psychiatrist feel they are wasting their time trying to get him to be more active. I’m probably wasting my time, too.
But he’s my younger brother…
For the time being (the only constant is change) I’ve settled on 90 posts being stuck to the front page and all of the following pages will carry 20 posts. This setup should give any visitor who lands on the front page an excellent idea of what this blog (online magazine) is all about. And each following page will give a visitor a choice of 20 posts to read. The front page is made up of more or less permanent posts from the archives and posts continuously rotated from the archives and at the top of the page the most recently published posts (daily posts and posts published recently within their category).
As of this morning The Gazette is averaging 901 page views every day for May 2016 (down from a daily average of 948 for last month). Will I ever achieve my goal of at least 1,000 page views every day?
Well, it will be another 12 days before I’m back on my usual beat in Little Italy. Now is my down time. I blog. I surf the web. I do social media. I take long walks on sunny days. At night I fall asleep on the sofa while listening to the radio (political talk shows, old-time radio dramas, detective and comedy shows, sports and news) while watching silent films on YouTube. I get plenty of sleep. I recharge. I even do some cleaning of my shabby, small but comfy apartment.
And on the first day of June 2016 the madness (hanging out in bars, karaoke and drinking at home) will begin all over again. Supposedly Hemingway said, “You have to live it up in order to write it down.”
Hail to Pitt!
This is Guy Hogan reporting for the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette.
PS Today in Pittsburgh it will be mostly sunny with a high around 72 (walking weather).
PPS All of the photos of Lacey Banghard (what a great name for a nude glamor model) used in this blog post were sampled from Egotastic All Stars.