By these baubles…

Yesterday, after posting, I had another note from WP, congratulating me on four successive days posting.. It’s only in the last few weeks that I’ve had a run of failing to post on time, prior to that I had some quite lengthy runs. I’m wondering what happens when we put the clocks back. It’s either then or when we put them forwards (I can never work it out) that my posting record becomes patchy. It’s nothing to do with me, but all the posts within an hour of midnight seem to stop registering on the right day. The first time I noticed it I’d strung months of continuous posting together and it suddenly disappeared.

Will WP send me a note telling me that they have recalculated? That would be a laugh. For people like Derrick and Tootlepedal, who both seem to possess metronome DNA, I’m sure they have hundreds of consecutive days. My efforts hardly count next to their long, photo-filled and extremely regular posts. They should be getting gold medals, not just notes with a blue drawing.

I’m now conflicted, do I now miss a day to show my disdain for the system or do I carry on regularly so that WP can pat me on the head for being a good boy?

I will ponder this question as I publish this post, get a new email and sit in the latest set of Saturday roadworks. They are working on the ring road and there seems to be a new delay every Saturday, It’s the only day of the week I go directly to work instead of dropping Julia off first, and it’s a little annoying to sit in a queue on what should be a quiet and easy journey.

Ah well, compared to the abyss of unemployment it’s better to be delayed than out of work.

The title comes from Napoleon Bonaparte – “You call these baubles, well, it is with baubles that men are led…”

WP obviously feels the same. When he said baubles he meant the Legion d’Honneur, rather than Christmas decorations. That’s the medal on the red ribbon at the far right of the header picture.

17 thoughts on “By these baubles…

  1. derrickjknight

    WP show no mercy for transgressions. I forgot to post one written in good time several weeks ago. Even though that meant two postings on the next day, they set me back to square one.

    1. quercuscommunity Post author

      You would probably use your newly-found spare time to walk, cycle or annoy Mrs T. On balance I would probably carry on writing, as two of them aren’t really winter activities and the third, whilst available as an option all year round, is not to be recommended. When my father retired he found he had more time to devote to advising my mother on how to perform her household tasks more efficiently. That lasted a fortnight and he soon found alternative venues for his energies.

  2. Lavinia Ross

    I have caught up with you again, Quercus, and enjoyed all your posts, which were on time even if I was not. πŸ™‚ I agree, that is a good quote, and quite true today.

      1. quercuscommunity Post author

        It’s always a pleasure to see you, anyway. And remember the cats – do they allow life to become a chore or do they just relax and let it take its course?

      2. Lavinia Ross

        Our older senior cats are at the time of life when troubles crop up. We lost Hope to abdominal cancer on the 21st. When it was discovered, palliative care was really the only reasonable option. She had given it a good battle for a while, but eventually the tumor entered the ascites stage.

      3. quercuscommunity Post author

        Sorry to hear that Lavinia. Unfortunately they are like us in that respect. After we lost both of ours to cancer within a year I gave up thoughts of having more because I found the idea of going through it all again too daunting. I hope the others keep well.

      4. quercuscommunity Post author

        In both cases it was very quick. Thy were active then they were very ill within the space of a week or two. It spared us some difficult decisions.

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