The “X” stories voting block is chugging along with only five days until the voting window closes. Some wait until the last moment . . . and miss it. Perhaps it’s a good idea to get started on them if you’ve not yet read them.

But, make sure you take care of important stuff first, and don’t feel guilty if you don’t get to these.

If you are a reader of our stories and someone who votes, thank you in advance for casting a vote for your favorite of the three. Links to the stories and the poll for voting for “Alphabet Challenge X-Stories” are HERE(link). Votes will be accepted until  Noon (Central Time) on Tuesday, February 16th, 2021.

And if you’ve already voted, perhaps you need some laughs . . .

I collect cartoons. I used to do it with clippings from newspapers, but now it’s all digital. Whenever possible, I try getting permission before sharing any of them. Some specify how they can be used, others don’t.

It’s the day after Thanksgiving. Black Friday, they call it. Probably something to do with COVID-19 and how deadly it is. Yup; I’m staying in.

Plus, a slight correction . . . we extended the voting one day to avoid closing the voting round on Black Friday . . . but I probably confused some people by saying Sunday, November 28th. That’s wrong. The 28th is Saturday (tomorrow) and that’s when the voting will close.

If you are a reader of our stories and someone who votes, thank you in advance for casting a vote for your favorite of the three. Links to the stories and the poll for voting for “Alphabet Challenge T-Stories” are HERE(link) Votes will be accepted until noon, Chicago time, on Sunday Saturday, November 28th.

Anyway, today, rather than photos, I want to share links to a few videos. The first one is Fire On The Mountain. You should probably watch this on YouTube, not here, and on as large a screen as you have.

If you are impartial to The Grateful Dead, you should still watch the documentary for the amazing cinematography. If you are a fan of The Grateful Dead, you will definitively want to watch this video.

Yes, COVID-19 is a serious matter. People are suffering on multiple levels and some are even dying.

But, it’s human nature to often laugh in the face of adversity. Some won’t see the humor because they are going through a really tough time and they’re not likely to look for humor. But, maybe they are. I know I would be, but I’m weird like that.

Plus, there are a lot of people who are struggling to cope with situations they’d never thought they’s have to face in their lifetime. Some express their bewilderment and frustration by choosing to laugh at it. I join them with enthusiasm and a hunger for relief from the constant bombardment of terrible news.

I give you . . . my COVIC-19 comic relief in the form of accumulated graphics and videos that made me laugh. We begin with cats; everyone loves cats, right?

One thing . . . I get these from various sources. If you are the owner of any of them and wish for me to remove them, just let me know.  Anyway, on with the show . . .

Early this morning, I see an email from my realtor in my inbox:

Note: I blocked out her name in all the captures.

Right away, I noticed something; something aside the fact she wouldn’t ask me for “urgent help”. I noticed her signature was missing her phone number and realtor info.

I correctly surmised her e-mail had been hacked, and this was someone running a scam. So, I answered.

Again, I blocked out her name. Hint, if you are in e-mail contact with me, I always have a signature under my name; a saying that’s easily recognized as coming from me.

Anyway, it went on . . .

No post linked today since this is the last post of Project 313. Three-hundred-thirteen posts . . . Three-hundred-thirteen photos . . . Three-hundred-thirteen cartoons . . . Three-hundred-fourteen doodles.

I understand a lot of people got bored with the whole concept and the effort; rest assured I don’t mind as I’m prone to similar reactions to various projects. To those who stuck with it, kudos on your fortitude and thank you for putting up with all the silliness, tediousness, and other nesses that currently escape me. 

And now, the photo:

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I hope this captures the spirit of this last post. Thank you for reading along with me and thank you for all the likes and comments. 

Normally, this being Sunday, I’d have a quick post and a link to something few will mind missing . . . but, if you like B&W photography, you might want to look at THIS post.

Lots of B&W goodness, if I do say so myself.

And now, the photo:

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Pretty bold, if I do say so myself . . . which I often have to. 

A part of me can’t wait for the opportunity to cultivate colorful flowers once we settle down. Another part of me remembers how much work they are.  I guess the part I’ll feed will win out.

If you (dear reader) are a car person, then THIS post is for you. If you are not a car person, the post is still for you . . . you can find out what the fuss is all about.

For the record, I’m not a car person . . . but they do make great subjects for my photography. 

And now, the photo:

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I struggled a bit with this shot of fireworks . . . but, ultimately, I think I done did it justice. 

Wow . . . closer and closer; only five posts left . . . well, six if you include this one. I think I should ramp it up for these last few posts. But . . . how!? I suppose I could link the best post ever. No. People need to find it on their own.

Instead, I’ll link THIS lofty post . . . still pretty good, I think. 

And now, the photo:

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I’m not sure if this is considered “stepping up” . . . I mean, it feels like it but readers might not agree.