Rory’s Provocative Questions

D90AEE63-91C1-4760-822F-66DD11EA0AC5It looks like I’m not the only one who periodically asks provocative questions. Rory, A Guy Called Bloke, has also posed some provocative questions of his own, but unlike mine, his questions offer some multiple choice answers.

Rory’s questions and my answers:

Is Social Media Ruining Genuine Friendship & Encouraging More Loneliness?

  • Yes, It’s Damaging Us
  • No, It’s another format
  • No Opinion
  • Actually, I think…

Yes and no. Just like the advent of the internet, social media does some good and some harm depending upon who’s using it, how they’re using it, and why they’re using it. Sure, some social media sites can have a negative impact on some folks, while for others, they can be very reinforcing. And while social media may be altering the way people interact with one another, I don’t believe that, overall, it is ruining genuine friendships or encouraging greater loneliness. That hasn’t been my experience, anyway. But I don’t have much of a social media presence, other than on WordPress, and I’m an old geezer, so what do I know?

Why Do People Bully Others?

  • Insecurity
  • Avoid Own Problems
  • Look Cool
  • For Fun

 Because some people are assholes.

Which Stigma/Taboo Is Worse?

  • Mental Health
  • Self Harm
  • Suicidality
  • Bullying

I suppose suicide is the most drastic harmful action anyone can take, since there’s no going back once done. I don’t know, in terms of stigmas or taboos, which of the others is worse. Bullying is outwardly directed, so the bully hurts others, whereas self-harm is inwardly directed. And mental health, per se, is neither a stigma nor a taboo. It’s something everyone should strive to maintain or achieve.

Do You NEED People In Your Life? How Many People Do You Meet With & Talk

  • 1-3 per Day
  • 4-9 Per Day
  • 10-17 Per Day
  • 18+ Per Day

I think we all need people. No man — or woman — is an island. That said, the number of people one interacts with depends upon a person’s circumstances and situation. For example, I’m retired, so I no longer interact daily with a whole host of work associates. I have my wife and kids and a very small circle of friends with whom I regularly interact in the real world. And here on WordPress, I interact daily through my blog and their blogs with several dozen “regulars,” way more than in the real world.

Their Forbidden Garden

497BCD2A-6991-42DA-8D60-DA0D94D04AF9He looked at her, and nodded toward the garden. She nodded back, her tacit acceptance. Despite the fact that her father was full of dispraise for him and forbade her to be with him, their desire to be together could not be quelled. They would have their tryst in their forbidden garden.

Written for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (Garden), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (tacit), Your Daily Word Prompt (dispraise), and Word of the Day Challenge (desire).

Twittering Tales — Damn Tourists

0B14A2EB-FE1D-4618-95B9-0603F9CD7CB3I hate them. The tourists. Always stopping me on the street, asking me how to get to here or there. Do I look like a freakin’ tour guide? Haven’t they ever heard of Google Maps? Type in the name of where you want to go and it shows you a detailed map directing you there. Sheesh!

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Written for the Twittering Tales prompt from Kat Myrman. Photo credit: Gavilla @

Share Your World — A Day Late

Yesterday, Melanie, at Sparks From a Combustible Mind, posted her weekly Share Your World prompt. I usually respond to her questions on the same day she poses them. As it turns out, I picked yesterday to begin the process of doing my income taxes, as I explained here. But I quickly lost interest in that tedious process and decided to take the rest of the day off from my blog.

Anyway, now I’m ready to answer Melanie’s questions.

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?

Probably writing, reading, and commenting on posts.

What job would you be terrible at?

No butts about it: a proctologist.9F3BBE27-41ED-46F0-9693-67663EC93104

When was the last time you climbed a tree?

I’d have to guess, but maybe around 30 years ago when I bought my son a rubber band elastic powered glider airplane that he almost immediately flew into the branches of a tree in our backyard. It was stuck up there and I had to climb the tree to get it down.4B93A693-3D36-4D87-977E-686486C6C35A

Do you count your steps?

Well, I don’t actually physically count my steps, but I have an iPhone and wear an Apple Watch, and they each count my steps for me.  Yesterday, according to my Apple Watch, I logged 9,468 steps.

Bonus question (just because it’s really silly)   What’s the dumbest way you’ve injured yourself?

When I was a kid and had a paper delivery route. I overslept one morning so I was rushing to get my papers delivered and I was running up the front concrete steps of one of the houses I was delivering to. I was wearing my Chuck Taylor All-Star sneakers and kicked one of the steps really hard and broke my big toe.9e42a231-3bde-4725-9a9f-f726e4e470de.jpeg