I have not been keeping up with email and postings of blogs followed. The fast approaching summer season and the chaotic look of my garden heightened the urgency and necessity that it was time to head outdoors and tend the yard. I sorely neglected it the past couple of months. Travelling far afield and catching up when home allowed no time for the yard.
But warm, sunny weather coaxed me outdoors. And the work commenced. Pulling weeds, trimming bushes, planting. I am trying tomato plants in containers this year and bought some young plants. We receive a wonderful weekly variety of vegetables from our CSA, but there can never be enough tomatoes in the house.
But I digress. Getting back to catching up, I finally took some time to relax from weeding and planting to read blog posts accumulating relentlessly in my inbox. One blog prompted me to comment.
I spent a few precious minutes writing my comments. Like many blogs, there was the commensurate keying in of random letters to ensure I was a real human person and not some electronic spam machine playing havoc on the Internet.
I typed the letters; there were two separate arbitrary combinations.
Then the trouble began. I made an error and had to do it again. Another combination appeared on the screen.
Again my letters were rejected.
I tried again, typing slowly this time, assuming I was hitting the wrong keys in my eagerness to transmit my words of wisdom.
Once more my efforts did not match the magic combination.
I must have tried ten times. Then I gave up. I do not know what the problem was, but it was time to move on. My frustration was rising to a dangerous level.
There could be a number of reasons for my failure to complete the seemingly mindless, easy task:
· I am not human. (I will not even consider this option.)
· I am too computer illiterate and/or dumb to understand the instructions. A possibility.
· I am going blind and cannot make out the letters on the screen. Also a possibility.
· My Mac had a bad day.
· I had a bad day.
· Blogger had a bad day.
· A combination of the above.
Then I had a revelation.
I also require commenters to prove they are human. How often do people give up because the letters are too blurry to see, or too close to decipher whether a letter is a c or an o or that line on the screen – is it a d or part of the next letter which might be a b?
So I decided to throw caution to the wind and end the roadblock to comments on my blog. No longer must oblique, blurry, too close, wavy letters and numbers torment would-be commenters annoyingly and irritably attempting to key in the correct characters.
I hope the spam machines do not find me.
If no new posts appear in the next week you can assume I have been buried by spam.
Meanwhile I wish everyone a wonderful holiday weekend!