Rory, over at A Guy Called Bloke, has this monthly “thing” he does where he poses 12, oh I don’t know, irreverent questions. Here is what he is asking us this month.
1. How high are your current energy and wellbeing levels as in are you relaxed, chilled, tense or stressed or do you think that despite everything you are doing pretty well and your mental health is balanced?
I am definitely an even keel type of guy. And I’ve been especially mellow since Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were sworn in as President and Vice President on January 20th. Ask me this question again next week when the impeachment trial of Donald Trump starts in the U.S. Senate, and my answer might be different.
2. Do you perform any ‘refreshing cleanses or routines’ to help you prepare for the day or the week ahead?
I have a steaming hot cup of coffee first thing each morning. Without that, I’d never make it through the day.
3. When was the last time you had a major ‘declutter’ of the house and do you have one planned again?
Last year at this time, right before we moved from San Francisco to the East Bay, we purged a whole bunch of stuff so we didn’t have to lug it from our old place to our new one.
4. Do you have a ‘happy place’ you can go to relax and chill out – if so what or where is it?
On the couch in our family room.
5. What are three of your favorite songs that you listen to when you wish to wind down and let the day pass you by for a while?
I’m probably going to suffer some ridicule for my answer, but it’s New Age music from artists like Yanni, David Lanz, or Enya. Although, my favorite genre of music is 60s and 70s classic rock.
6. Which is more important in your eyes … to be kind or to be nice?
Why can’t you be both kind and nice? It’s nice to be kind and it’s kind to be nice. Unless you happen to encounter a far-right, MAGA-caping wearing, white supremacist, QAnon following, ￼rabid Trump supporter, in which case neither being nice nor kind is called for.
7. When was the last time you experienced a strange and bizarre dream and what was it about and also, what do you think it means/meant?
Almost all of my dreams are strange and bizarre, but by the time I wake up, I can’t remember most of them. Except for my periodic recurring dreams, which you can read about here should you care to.
8. When was the last time you accidentally made yourself jump or you scared yourself?
I don’t typically scare myself or make myself jump, but the other day I was watching TV with my noise-canceling headphones on and my wife snuck up behind me and screamed “Boo!” Yes, that made me jump.
9. If you had the opportunity of looking 10 years into your own future and living there for a day – would you take the journey?
At my age I might not have 10 years into my own future, so no, I wouldn’t want to take that journey.
10. How organic are you and your lifestyle [as in chemical free]?
My wife is a big proponent of organic foods and she makes an effort to buy and cook with organic ingredients. And I’m all for that. Then again, I drink Diet Coke and use Splenda to sweeten my organic coffee.
11. How well do you sleep and how many hours are you able to sleep daily and more importantly, how rested do you feel each and every day upon waking?
I can usually fall asleep pretty quickly. My problem is that I can’t stay asleep. And the problem can be boiled down to one unfortunate malady, “Old Man Syndrome,” or OMS.
OMS is an affliction that usually starts to manifest itself when men enter their sixties and begin to suffer the aches, pains, and indignities that come with age. My OMS occurs virtually every night somewhere between 2 and 5 a.m. That’s when I wake up and have no option but to get out of bed to go pee. It doesn’t matter whether I stop drinking fluids right at dinnertime or continue to imbibe until just before bedtime.
The good news is that most nights, after taking care of business, I can fall asleep almost instantly upon returning to bed. On average, I get about six to seven hours of sleep each night and I generally do feel rested when I wake up.
12. When was the last time you stepped out of your comfort zone and felt immediately better for it?
1978, when I got married. You know: for better or for worse.