A whinge, a whine, a whimper, and a wine

“Whinge” is such a good word that I thought I’d use it. This posting is a slight departure from the norm; hence, I haven’t given it a sequential number as per usual.

Whinge: Am I the only one on Word Press who has to log in MANY A TIME in order to give a like or a comment? It’s driving me crazy – and in fact stops me from liking and commenting. It’s not everyone’s site that does it, just some. What an annoying thing! What is its meaning? It’s only fairly recently begun to do this. I’ve cut down on the number of blogs I read, like, and comment on daily to save time and frustration.

Whine: I’ve almost finished my aim for 2019: to compose 153 pieces for the piano. I chose 153 because that’s the number of piano pieces in Béla Bartók’s Mikrokosmos. Of course, they’re not exactly up to Bartok’s standard, but I still dunnit. Despite some helpful and kind suggestions from a couple of readers, I still don’t know what to do with them. I hate to foist 153 piano pieces on my unsuspecting half dozen or so faithful followers. Even if a piano piece was surreptitiously snuck into a posting once a week it would take 3 years, by which time I’ll possibly be in a hole in Kopuatama. (Kopuatama, for those not well-read, is the name of the local cemetery). So I’m going to post the music in blocks of fifteen now and again, provided no one feels compelled to listen to them out of a sense of friendship and loyalty. Relatively low self-esteem was always one of my finer hallmarks – which probably accounts for the fact that I’ve only once sent my brilliant post-modern novel manuscript to a publisher. (I think the publisher has since died, and can only hope that my MS was the cause of it).

One of these is Bartók

Whimper: Last Spring (it’s a cold Autumn here in New Zealand now) I was unable to find any globe artichoke plants in any plant shop. Being particularly partial to artichokes, and given the exorbitant expense of buying canned artichoke hearts, I planted a packet of artichoke seeds. Artichokes require a coldish winter. I had 32 seeds germinate, and planted then around the garden. They are a lovely structural plant anyway with gorgeous thistle-like edible purple flowers. The artichokes have flourished. Each single plant takes up several square yards. I’ve never had them so big. Imagine 32 gigantic plants. There’s no room even for a humble carrot, and I haven’t the heart to pull any out! Roll on Spring with its promised feast! I’ll just nip out now and get you a photo!

Here is one of 32!

Wine: My car died just on 12 months ago. Death came suddenly and in the middle of a busy highway. I phoned the Automobile Association and in an effort to ascertain where exactly I was I opened the car door and the dog leaped out onto the road. Picture, if you will, me on the phone (the only time I’ve ever used my mobile) dashing between roaring articulated trucks and trailers in an effort to catch the dog. We are both lucky to be alive. The whinge part however, is that I haven’t yet been able to replace the car! I was to be paid for months of work this past week, but the money has not yet arrived. Getting a car is top of my list, as I’ve been borrowing an old truck every time I run out of wine groceries. Contemporary used cars seem to come in 50 shades of grey – I will certainly be looking for something more titivating than 50 shades of grey (colour being the only thing I know about automobiles).

My dead car being taken away

That concludes this collection of whinges, whines, whimpers, and wine. Thank you for reading, and please feel welcome to leave comments – whether sharp or blunt.

39 thoughts on “A whinge, a whine, a whimper, and a wine

      1. Yvonne

        Well, I hope by now, or tomorrow at the latest, you are paid for your labours. It’s not fair when people do that to someone who has done a job for them. Shame, I say!

        Do you have to jump through hoops to comment on my posts? I don’t have any problem dropped my pearls of ignorance on yours.

        Hey, you can produce cynar with your artichoke (Cynara Scolymus) harvest! And, then mix that with some prosecco and sparkling water for a truly bitter experience! Or, make this dish, I’ll front up clutching my knife and fork. https://www.thekitchykitchen.com/?recipes=/double-fried-artichoke/ I’ll bring wine.

        I may dip in and out of your musical offerings. If I like them, I hang around until the end of that piece, then move on.

        Cheers, BA.

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        1. Bruce Goodman Post author

          Thank you, Yvonne. Well, the cheque is due from Germany and it’s not long turned Sunday over there, so I ain’t expecting much until Tuesday. The weekends – in effect – are four days long, so patience is a virtue.

          I shall check the hoops required to comment on your site – excuse me for a minute – no, I didn’t need to go through any fancy-pancy rigmarole.

          I shall follow your artichoke leads – we usually boil it like a cabbage, and then dip the petals into a sauce and suck out the juices – sort of like a small pre-dinner drinky thingy. I usually have a Pinot Gris – if you can get the bottle through customs…

          Dipping into my musical offerings and running off is the best way to go… Having said that, I just read where Bartok had all of 10 people attend his funeral and two of them were his sons!

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    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      Yes – that’s what I do – clip on the WP logo – and it takes about a minute. I guess it gives me time to go to the bathroom. We contemporary folk are not on this planet to dither around!

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  1. arlingwoman

    Bruce, you need to go in to the preferences in your browser. If you have a Mac, the software recently started to keep the browser from tracking you across websites, which isn’t a bad thing, but it doesn’t recognize your wordpress login, since it seems to see each site as different. If you go to preferences in the browser, click on privacy and uncheck cross-site tracking, you’ll be back in business. I just uncheck it to visit wordpress, since it’s a nice feature. Bartok had a very modern hair-do! Sticking up in the front like that. As for your car, I’m sorry. I had to put two new tires on mine last week and that was bad enough. I hope the check comes through soon.

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  2. chrisnelson61

    At least your car died in a picturesque spot – and I’m thinking that Bartok is probably the one on the right! Impressive plants, too!
    Keep smiling and keep writing – I hear that, as NZ is so far from the rest if us, that the Grim Reaper only visits once a year – well, you’ve got to cling onnto the positives!

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    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      Thanks Chris! The car’s photo was taken at home – where they took the pile of junk after it broke down. From there, after it was sold for parts, it was taken away. So the picturesque setting in outside my driveway!
      You’re probably right about the Bartok!!
      The Grim Reaper these days is unpredictable – as a number of my old school friends could testify (if they could!)

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  3. thegreydivorceeblog

    Every time I have WordPress issues I assume it’s because I’m on a free plan. I’m convinced every hitch would be ironed out if I switched to a plan I had to pay for. On a brighter note, I’m so glad you rescued your dog from the traffic.

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  4. umashankar

    These touching accounts of whinging, whining, whimpering and wining present an adorable picture of a commoner with all his fragility imposed from within and without, and his love for spinning tales burnished with lilt and jugglery of his diction. May you get a new car soon, publish your oeuvre of piano pieces to willing ears and grow a garden to your heart’s content!

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  5. M. L. Kappa

    Yes, a whine and a rant, too! This WP thing is SO annoying. I’ve stopped commenting half the time too. I’ve tried to fix it on my own blog, too, but no joy. Yet it doesn’t happen on some of the blogs. Maybe talking to a ‘hapiness Coordinator’ or whatever they’re called will yield some result, but it will take ages, and I haven’t got around to it yet. AAARRGGHHH

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  6. noelleg44

    Oh YUM, artichokes. One of my favorite foods! My parents told me when they introduced me to them that the hearts were poisonous to children and only adults could eat them. Same thing for lobsters. I was gullible and duly handed over my artichoke hearts and lobster meat, but caught on by the time I was eleven. Slow learner. Do not eat the canned artichokes – they are awful! The only time I use them is in an artichoke and crab meat casserole (recipe from Nancy Reagan believe it or not!)
    As for having to sign in to WP. for me it is hit or miss – sometimes yes, mostly no.
    PS Get a use Prius.

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    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      Thanks, Noelle. I must use Nancy Reagan’s recipe – which I have from when I was shown around the White House! (I knew someone who worked there, and they gave me a copy of the cards they use when someone writes to the President and asks for a favourite recipe!)

      It might take only 30 seconds to sign into WP but if you read say 40 postings, that’s 20 minutes of waiting!

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  7. Sarah Angleton

    I’m no help with the WP problem as I am a technology moron, but I do know it happens to me sometimes and it seems to depend on how and when I’m accessing my account. I never seem to have to worry about it if I’m either scrolling through my reader feed in WP or clicking from my inbox to which I have very few blogs ( including this one) directly delivered. But I am going to assume that at least three times the number of commenters I get on a regular basis really do want to comment, but are just too frustrated with the logging in process. That brings me up to sometimes as many as 6!

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    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      The number of commentators, likers, and readers to my blog have plummeted over the last year or so. I think changes were made around about the time WP got rid of the “Freshly Pressed” idea. I suspect very much it’s a form of censorship – they promote the sites they like, and we ordinary plebs are meant to be grateful that we are permitted to speak a couple of sentences at the great WP we-know-better convention.

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      1. Sarah Angleton

        Maybe. I got the Freshly Pressed nod a couple of times, which did boost my discoverability for a while, but I know my posts get long and are sometimes hard to comment on. I suppose if I used more pictures of food and bullet points I might do better. But I write what I like to write. And I read what I like to read. I like to read your stories. I suspect people are just so overwhelmed with the sheer volume of potential reading material, it gets hard and harder to convince them to carve out time for a blog that’s been around for a while, especially when search engines like to favor the new.

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  8. inese

    All the logging in thing is requested by the owner of the blog. It is done in the Manage – Settings – Discussion. Sometimes there are glitches though, it is why I have to ask – have you ever been forced to log in when commenting on my blog? I know how annoying it is. I too stop visiting those who believe their blogs are beyond precious.

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          1. inese

            I am permanently logged in on my PC, but some blogs still request to fill a form – email, etc. When I open your blog from my phone ( where I am not logged in) I too would have to write my name, email and website in order to comment. I think it is a default feature for all who are not in WP.

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            1. Bruce Goodman Post author

              It’s a dreadful feature, period! Some sites seem to be worse than others. This morning for one comment I tried to log in six times to make a comment. I came back later, and it said “You’ve already made this comment”. How was I to know!

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  9. Val

    I get this only very occasionally – the need to log in, and I think it’s a glitch – possibly to do with the browser which, when it updates, has a habit of losing cookies, but occasionally something that can be sorted out by staff. It’s worth having a word with support – either via chat, if you are paying for any of the upgrades, you should have access to that via your accounts settings. They can take a few minutes to get to you but they’re very helpful when they do, and it’s the best way to get things sorted out here – or you could raise it as a support issue on the forum and before you post your question tag it with ‘modlook’ – that gets the attention (eventually) of staff.

    As a workaround, and you do need to be logged in to your own account first, but if you then view the blog in the Reader instead of on the blog itself, you can comment easily via the Reader. I have to do that with one particular blog every time.

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  10. Val

    Of course, you have have sorted this out by now, as this is an old post I’m commenting on – that’s the problem with having links to old posts in sidepanels and pages! 😉

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