Question Time Over Coffee

Rory, over at Earthly Comforts, has posed a number of intriguing questions this morning. Let’s see if I can come up with some equally intriguing answers.

How do you see music or do you simply hear it?
If you do see it – what do you see and if you hear it how do you hear it ? What does music conjure up for you when you listen?

I dont “see” music per se. But because the music I prefer to listen to is mostly classic rock, when I hear a song, it often triggers memories and I can sometimes visualize in my mind the memories those songs conjure up. How do I hear music? Through my ears, and at my age, it is often amplified through either my Apple air pods or my hearing aids.

On a scale of 1 – 7 with 7 being the highest how do you rate your country’s current government’s effectiveness?

These days, with the partisan divide and political gridlock, a 2 is being generous.

Why do some crimes go unsolved and what do you think is the hardest crime to get away with?

Incompetent investigations, no eyewitnesses, no DNA. I think the hardest crime to get away with is murder because so much attention goes to it. Still, only around 60% of murders and 53% of assaults in the U.S. ever get solved.

How would you describe the color teal to someone who wasn’t familiar with the color?

It’s a light bluish green.

Are you able to list five ways to improve your mental health and wellbeing?

  • Stop watching so much political news
  • Stop reading so much political news
  • Stop listening to so much political news
  • Eat a cannabis-infused marshmallow
  • Lie down, close my eyes, and listen to classic rock music

How would you describe your house/property and do you like it or not?

Comfortable, serene, and yes, I like it.

Is popularity important to you and if so why?

Not really. I am more focused on doing things to please myself (and my immediate family) than I am on doing things to please others in order to be “popular.”

If fear wasn’t an issue for you, what adventure would you take?

I’ve reached the age where I’m not really seeking many new adventures.

How many Bond movies have you seen and what are your top five favorites?

I’ve probably seen a dozen or so over the years. Sean Connery was my favorite James Bond and he was in a total of six Bond films. Choose any five of those six and they’ll be my favorites.

What is the most reckless thing you have ever done?

I didn’t think it was reckless at the time, but as I reflect back on it, taking a cross-country motorcycle/camping trip with my girlfriend (and future wife) on a relatively small motorcycle (Kawasaki KZ400), which is in no way a touring bike, was probably reckless.

What really freaks you out and why?

The thought that we are standing at the precipice of the fall of democracy in America.

17 thoughts on “Question Time Over Coffee

  1. The Autistic Composter October 22, 2022 / 11:52 am

    Some cracking responses to the line up here Fandango. I think a 2 is generous, l noted Di’s answerw as a -20 with regards our own political nonsense here in the uk. The world is going up in smoke on a political level and l love dthe five answers – hahaha and a marshmellow with ganja would be cool, alas we are not allowed them here sadly.

    Perhaps not reckless, but brave l would say given my accidents on anything with two wheels 🙂

    Strangely enough l was reading an article about American unsolved crime figures this week which is what spurred the question. I was quite shocked.

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  2. bushboy October 22, 2022 / 1:53 pm

    Most of the answers are meh! nothing new there. KZ400 – two up plus gear would not have been fun to ride. I bet you would have been able to walk up hills faster 😂

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    • Fandango October 22, 2022 / 3:17 pm

      The attached post has a photo of my KZ400 with my then girlfriend (now my wife) sitting on it. When we first got underway, I had all of our gear on the back rack, but as I started to ride away, the front wheel lifted off the ground. I had to move things around to drape one of our sleeping bags and other stuff across the front fender. An auspicious start. And yes, riding up even moderately steep grades was a challenge.

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      • bushboy October 22, 2022 / 3:49 pm

        Fabulous. I would never ride without my leather jacket, gloves, jeans and boots.
        I went camping and when I was packing up I had an audience wanting to see how I packed all my gear onto my little Honda CB250RS motorbike 🙂

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  3. Carol anne October 22, 2022 / 2:15 pm

    excellent answers to Rory’s questions, Fandango! ❤

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    • Fandango October 22, 2022 / 10:39 pm

      You’ve got a point there, Don.


      • donmatthewspoetry October 23, 2022 / 12:00 am

        Why do always raise these embarrassing wishing-to-be-forgotten moments of your past?

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  4. Marleen October 22, 2022 / 8:57 pm

    Steve Phillips was a guest of a news and commentary host I often like. I can’t find the clip on video to share. But I’m thinking I’d like to read this book. He said the first half is about how the Confederacy never stopped fighting. Sometimes, just a slightly different light makes things more clear and pressing.

    ….. Phillips warns that the Confederates never stopped fighting the Civil War, that conservatives are taking full advantage of this reality, and that those in denial imperil our democracy. He charts the way forward in the post-Trump era, arguing that progressives must recognize the true nature of the fight we’re in—an existential battle between those who wish to make America a multiracial democracy and those clinging to the concept that this is fundamentally a white nation.

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    • Marleen October 22, 2022 / 9:20 pm

      The host started out with this quote or saying;

      Quote Investigator: Charles Baudelaire did write a story that appeared in the Paris newspaper “Le Figaro” in 1864 that included a comparable statement. The precise citation is given further below.

      Interesting precursors occurred even earlier; for example, the 1836…

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