by Bob Sparrow
I think most of our readers know by now that both Suzanne and I love to write. This proclivity can have a downside, in fact, a disease called ‘writer’s block’, with which I seem to be afflicted this week. So, I’ve been pondering all facets of my life to come up with something intelligent and interesting. OK, intelligence has never been a criterion for getting into this blog. I did just return from a golf outing in Las Vegas last week where I completed the trifecta: I lost money at every game I played, I played three rounds of horrendous golf, and went way off my diet. So, forgive me for not wanting to revisit that memory.
I had another idea. A few weeks ago, I blogged about ChatGPT, an advancement in Artificial Intelligence that can write for you, among other things, an original Shakespearian sonnet to your loved one, which I saw demonstrated first hand. So, being desperate, I asked ChatGPT to write a ‘Bob Sparrow blog’. Chat GPT went on line, read all of my blogs and gleaned that I enjoyed travel, astronomy and music, so wrote a blog about me singing the song, ‘Fly Me to the Moon’. Like me, it tried to be funny, but mostly wasn’t. A Shakespearian sonnet it was not,
Then I thought about doing a ‘Subscription Drive’ blog – to see if I could get more people to sign up for our fee-free blog. I see people like Harvey Weinstein, Derek Chauvin, Bill Cosby and Grand Wizard David Duke, with millions of followers, and we have less than 200 subscribers!!! One would think that after 13 years of never missing a Monday morning deadline to delight the public, that that number would be a lot higher, OK, maybe a little higher. I do know people who regularly read the blog, and make a positive comment to me in person, that are not subscribers. I sometimes casually mention to them that in the right-hand column in every blog there is a place to subscribe, but they are not sitting at their computer at the time, so it’s an easy thing to forget. I don’t take it personally; I’m thinking they just don’t want any more ‘junk mail’ cluttering up their ‘in box’, I get it!
I could do a follow-up to my last blog, which showed our backyard in shambles, but it’s still in shambles, but has progressed to the point where we are now second-guessing some of our decisions about pavers, stacked stone, coping, etc., but I’ll wait until it’s all done for a final judgement and a possible blog revisit.
With elections coming up either sooner than we’d like, or not soon enough, we see a variety of sombreros being thrown into various proverbial rings. And while political rhetoric can sometimes be interesting, the ‘bull shit meter’ usually goes bonkers during these times, thus we here at ‘From A Birdseye View’ find something else to write about. So rather than thinking of this blog as a Seinfeld episode about nothing, think of it as an abstention from opining on the current political climate.
One of the common refrains that Suzanne and I share with each other when we post a blog like this one is, “What did they pay?” inferring that they got what they paid for – nothing! Having reread this post prior to publishing on Monday, I think I’m beginning to understand why we haven’t broken that 200 subscribers’ mark. Thanks for occasionally looking at our blog.