Imaginary Ships

Out of the blue and into the black.


e do it for the stories we could tell, so says Jimmy Buffett, even when we know do that something could end badly. It’s especially true if you are a young teenager. I was 13 or 14 when I did that story telling thing.

I went to a day camp during summer. One day we were taken to a pretty big and wild park. We could borrow or rent bicycles. So, I borrowed one.

All good so far.

We road to a sort of big peak. The ride was gradual, but if we wanted to continue in the same direction we had to ride down a pretty steep path. The chose would have been walk down or turn back. We should have chosen either of those two options.

Oh no.

We just had to ride. Being the biggest idiot among us, I rode first. About 30 feet into the ride I realized there was no braking and certainly no stopping. I made it about 75% of the way down. I hit a surface tree root. I went airborne, then I went side wise, and finally upside down.

I landed on my face.

I was battered and bruised. After a little clean up by one of the camp counselors I looked better, but not much. I was lucky. I could have broken all sorts of parts. I didn’t.

When I got home my mom was horrified. My dad just laughed. He asked if I would do it again.


Of course, for the rest of the summer I was called skid face.

Kids can be so cruel.

I was their hero. I did something they were afraid to do.

So there.


pologies. If something doesn’t make sense on the other side.

That WordPress programming trick of capturing everything in a block and not allowing editing happened not once, but twice.

If you try to edit, the software deletes whole sentences. The only way to recapture any of it is to revert to a saved version.

But, that only brings your work so far.

So you rewrite whatever you lost.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t remember sentences exactly. I reconstruct them as best I can.

Do that three times and you have no idea what you originally wrote.

Add to that the newest annoyance, placing the cursor at the start of a sentence even though I intentionally placed it in the middle, and I almost gave up today.

WordPress has to stop this. Even though I said I’d stay here because of the community, I’ll leave if this nonsense doesn’t stop.

I’ll ghost. That’s where I’ll go to a blogging platform called Ghost.



11 responses to “Imaginary Ships”

  1. […] Imaginary Ships […]

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  2. Leah Avatar

    Absolutely gorgeous photo, Ray!
    The wordpress happiness crew did help me find a way back to the Classic Editor, but now I can’t recall exactly how. If wp ever does away with it, I don’t think I can continue. I’ve never seen any blogger who liked the block editor.

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    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      Thank you very much. If you go to the block system and use the pulldown for all the types of blocks, you’ll find classic editor there. BTW, great tip about Winn-Dixie. They use Shipt. Their only job is purchase and delivery. They go to about 20 stores of all kinds..

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      1. Leah Avatar

        Glad to help if I can! Since the hubs arranges it, I’d sort of forgotten that it’s actually done by the Shipt company. Overall we really like it. The only thing we’d like to see change is to have a way to request the shoppers we feel are the best instead having a random different shopper each time.

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      2. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

        Our shopper lives near us so we see her in the neighborhood sometimes. We ask for her by name. Even if she isn’t working she’ll work for us. Tipping counts.

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  3. Leah Avatar

    Oh yeah, we tip too. We feel that sadly, they are taking a risk to do this work, and they should be well compensated.

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    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      Oh, they are taking a risk. Mine wasn’t wearing a mask. Around here, we are the hottest spot in the nation.

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  4. Leah Avatar

    We’re not doing so well here either. At times we are the lowest vaxxed state in the US. Some days we’re told there are no ICU beds available in the entire state.

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    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      I always brag that we (New Orleans) are a blue city in a red state. Guess what? We only have vaccinated 40% of Orleans Parish.

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  5. Harsha Narayan Avatar

    I am new to your blog, but this little monologue of yours for WordPress was delightful. Well not remembering sentences every time you have to go back and edit is so real. Have a good day

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    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      Thank you. I started to feel like I was getting dementia after a while.

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