Daily Prompt: Flip Flop – Oh look another old prompt.

Think of a topic or issue about which you’ve switched your opinion. Why the change?

Yes, there is a topic, even an issue that I have definitely switched my opinion, but for lack of something else I am still doing it. Now what am I talking about? The Daily Prompt of course. I thought this was a good thing when I found it some 3-4 years ago. At last something to encourage my grey cells to develop and tell everyone all about it. Unfortunately since a year the powers that be have switched their opinions and decided that this daily prompt is only for newbies The regular, faithful followers are not interesting, so let’s ignore them, they might go away.

I have not gone away and am still here, are you listening Daily Prompt, so do a flip flop and something original. Since they discovered the Grid they think they are the cat’s whiskers. I have a strange suspicion that if they did a new prompt it would not work, because they no longer know how to put a new prompt on the grid. How often have we seen “0” answers and a blank grid? Are you reading me Daily prompt?

Apple computer

And now to something completely different, otherwise I will get an attack of depression doing this daily rechurned prompt again.

As you can see I am the proud possessor of an Apple computer. One of my flip flops of the past year. I know I have blogged about this before, but Daily Prompt want us to repeat our blogs, however, you can always say something different. It was one memorable day when Mr. Swiss was let out on his own and lo and behold saw a special offer for the smaller MacBooks in a local store. He pounced and bought one and brought it home. He had never applied his IT knowledge on an apple computer and neither had I. He spent a day working things out and I spent the next week working things out, with the result that I was convinced and Mr. Swiss organised this new arrival for I, me and myself.

Was I happy? Yes, I had found the answer to my computer dreams, although my Acer Windows was still in perfect condition for its 2 years.I then began explorations into the realm of Apple and discovered that there was a bigger, better version of this Macbook and that my local supermarket computer department had these models. Another week passed and I had ordered my super new Macbook with all mod cons which you can see in the photo. They are not cheap and I did not even received a kilo of apples when it was delivered. I had to take my own bite out of one of my apples to take the perfect photo.

I no longer have “Word” but “Pages” and I have everything at my computerised finger tips. It all opens as a tab, I have apps to download and I can automatically update my Yosemite programme with no problem when Apple invites me to do it. I am a happy bunny. However I believe there are some unfortunate people in this vast computer world that I have disappointed. Do you ever receive those unwanted telephone calls?

“Good Morning Madam, do you speak english?”

That is the first question I have when I answer the telephone. I say a clear “Yes”, but this person speaking with a very heavy Indian/Chinese accent, does not seem to speak the same english that I speak and so he says again “Do you speak english?”. I increase the decibels in my voice, which is already breaking the sonic barrier, and he hears my clear “Yes”. Now the conversation becomes something serious.

“I am calling from Microsoft, please go to your computer.”

“I have an Apple computer” I say with pride.

A few seconds of silence now exist until the next question on the caller’s list is applied.”

“Do you have other computers?”

This is now becoming dangerous I discover. Before I tell him we have many computers and he asks me to go to my computer again, I tell him that Microsoft do not make calls to their customers and “You are a scam” was the answer I gave two days ago.

The caller did not cry, or apologise, no, he told me that “you mother is a scam, your father is a scam and your children are a scam” and he hung up. I think I annoyed him.

Was I being impolite? I did not have a guilty conscience, but had an inner feeling of satisfaction being able to be impolite with no guilty feelings.

The next morning at around the same time the telephone rang again. I was asked if I spoke english, but this time the caller sounded almost American. However I was ready with my usual answer which was “Yes”. He again requested that I go to my computer, and I again told him it is an Apple. He was again at question No. 3 on the list and when I told him I have an Apple he naturally asked about my other computers. This time I had a different answer and told him “it is none of your business”. He hung the telephone up, so I assumed that this was a Microsoft person with more experience.

I know they want to get into my computer and discover all my secrets. Mr. Swiss has also received these calls, but his normal answer is “I am not interested” and he terminates the conversation with a few profanities. He does not enjoy these changes in the daily routine. I love them, I am now going to compile a list of answers to annoy these Microsoft parasites I think. Oh to do a flip flop with a computer, so rewarding.

Daily Prompt: Flip flop – Oh look another old prompt

Daily Prompt: Flip Flop

Think of a topic or issue about which you’ve switched your opinion. Why the change?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us TRANSITION.


I do not know if this is transition. I think if I was younger, I might have been a Goth.  You know, the ones wearing black all the time, from finger nails to lips. This is me at the local cemetery in Winter some years ago, not an advert for a horror film.

It would be easier to think of a topic or issue where I did not switch my opinion. I am switching it all the time. I just like to leave the others with a feeling of uncertainty; you are always a step ahead. After all I am the female of the species.  Men just do not listen all the time especially when we women issue a command. Quite useful really, just do it all the same and when they question the action, tell them you did ask after all. They have a feeling of uncertainty, not knowing whether they agreed or not – use the advantage you have as the female of the species.

I never actually wore flip flops: not very comfortable. After some time it seems that one of my toes, the big one, has left its partners. Uncertainty in walking and a tendency to fall in the most stupid places: thus bare feet in summer or comfortable summer shoes (usually old lady fitness sandles or flat shoes).

I was a coffee drinker, but my body (digestive system) disagreed. Three years ago I drank my last cup of coffee and since have become a tea drinker. Nothing special, just the basics, but I am now a happy tea drinker; a tea bag in a cup, pour hot water over it, leave it to settle and drink. I need no sugar or milk; I drink it pure – the real hard stuff.

I used to smoke, strong ones, a packet a day. I did cold turkey and today am smoke free since 15 years, the biggest flip flop I ever did. Why: because of the cost, and every time I was in hospital for an operation one of the questions on the form before you had an aneasthetic was “Do you smoke”. I would write “yes”, but it got me thinking. One day I might be put to sleep and never wake up. I decided I was too young. Today my nails have grown to a normal size again. Unfortunately the ten kilo weight increase has remained, but you cannot have everything.

I changed my mind about the computer. At the beginning, in the dark ages, I did not want a computer (these were really dark ages, Bill Gates was still wondering what to do because IBM kept him waiting). Mr. Swiss was aleady working with a pre windows system in the office, like DOS and all that jazz. He was quite good at it and he decided a computer would be something. I said nothing, but a couple of years later I decided having one computer between us was not satisfactory, so I bought my own. Many cyber years later we now have five computers. I have two, Mr. Swiss has two and we have one only for online banking. How flip flop can you get.

Otherwise the flippy floppy decisions I make are not really worth mentioning. I never ate fat on the meat when I was a child. Today I love a nice piece of boiled bacon. In the hot summer weather, I just cooled down outside. Now I have learnt (with a little convincing from Mr. Swiss) that in summer all the windows are to be closed, the blinds closed and the doors closed. The result is it stays cool inside. One of the things we English never knew. It seems to be a mainland Europe way of life. I still sit outside as I seem to have a claustrophobic feeling with all these closed places, but I did a flip flop (if I do not forget).

I just hate writing Daily Prompts using the word “I” at the beginning of every sentence. It really seems to be about I, me and myself. What a conceited and selfish writer I must be. Must change that somehow,…… flip flop, flip flop, flip flop, flip flop. Please do this to the “I” word = I, cross it out. The Bill Gates machine has an app somewhere for that. Thank you, now that is better but I do not know if this egocentric selfish blog will now read like a normal unflipflopped blog.

Daily Prompt: Flip Flop