Question Time Over Coffee — Potpourri

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.

What ways are you adopting to save on energy bills?

We bought an electric car, so we saved a ton by not having to buy gas. We set the thermostat a few degrees higher in the summer and a few degrees lower in the winter in order to save a little on heating and cooling. We now shower every other day instead of daily, and we tore up all the grass in our front lawn and replaced it with a dry riverbed and low-water, drought-tolerant plants, but that’s more about the drought than saving on our water bill.

Are there too many TV channels today offering too much content choice and do you struggle to find something to watch – discuss.

Way too many. We watch shows on the three major broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC), but most of what we watch is on streaming services, like Netflix, Prime, Hulu, Apple TV+, HBO MAX, and Discovery+. We can usually find shows to binge-watch without too much difficulty.

How often do you read, watch, or listen to the news on the average week?

I peruse the local newspaper daily and read the weekly news digest magazine, The Week, regular. I read the headlines (and sometimes the content) of news articles that pop up on my newsfeed on my iPhone. As to TV news, I used to watch hours of it each day, but now I barely watch it anymore. It’s just too depressing.

What would you say are five important life skills people should know?

  • Critical thinking
  • Self-awareness
  • Empathy
  • Communication skills (including both verbal and written)
  • Decision-making

When at school how often did you complete your set homework?

Even though I was a bit of a procrastinator, I completed most homework assignments in a timely manner.

What don’t men understand about women and what do women want men to really know about them?

Everything and anything.

What do people want from life?

Happiness, good health, security, peace of mind, hope, fulfillment, and love.

What is your most comfortable pair of shoes and why?

The shoes I wear most often these days are Kizik step-in sneakers. They are incredibly comfortable and very convenient because they are literally hands-free. You put your foot in them while standing and slide it in. No need to bend down and lace them up. And when you take them off, you just pull your foot out.

If your favorite color wasn’t available what would be the next color you choose to wear on your head?


What are your Top 3 worst smells or scents?

  • Someone else’s farts. Mine are very sweet.
  • Extreme body odor
  • Bad breath

If you could spend a whole day in Disneyland with anyone – living or dead who would it be and why?

I have no interest in going to Disneyland ever again. So my answer is no one.

Are you a Halloweener and if so how and why and if not, why not?

My kids are both in their forties, so I am no longer a Halloweener or a Halloweenie. That said, I do hand out candy bars to kids who go trick or treating and knock at my door.

What job did you want to have when you were a child growing up and, more importantly, did it ever appear as an opportunity in any shape once as an adult?

When I was a young child I wanted to be a policeman, a fireman, a cowboy, a movie star, and a general. I never actually pursued any of those careers. I did, as a teenager, aspire to be a radio disc jockey, and when I was 20, I actually got a license from the FCC so I could take a job at the midnight to six a.m. shift at a small semi-rural top 40 radio station. Spending six hours spinning 45s and talking to myself when most of my prospective listeners were asleep (plus the less than poverty pay) cured me of my desire to be a radio disc jockey and I quit after three months.

20 thoughts on “Question Time Over Coffee — Potpourri

  1. Lauren October 29, 2022 / 10:08 am

    Everything and anything seems like the perfect answer to me.

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  2. The Autistic Composter October 29, 2022 / 12:39 pm

    Some cracking answers in there matey – nicely done 🙂

    Everything and anything. Is so spot on, it reminds me of something my father used to say..

    “Rory, women have many faults, men have only two! Everything they say and do!”

    I like the sound of your shoes, do they also have padding?

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    • Fandango October 29, 2022 / 4:32 pm

      Thanks, Rory. Yes, the shoes do have padding, and they’re very comfortable.

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      • The Autistic Composter October 29, 2022 / 9:56 pm

        I may have to look into them. I love sneakers but the flatness of the shoe and minimal support is now affecting my left heel. Thanks.

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        • Fandango October 29, 2022 / 10:05 pm

          Maybe you have plantar fasciitis. Google it. I had it once. Very painful to walk.

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          • The Autistic Composter October 29, 2022 / 10:20 pm

            Well strangely enough, l read your response and noted your footwear, then l read Lauren’s and she mentioned plantar fasciitis and ortho shoes and l then Googled and thought damn that’s the issue to a tee.

            Flat shoes and me are no longer able to get along well, the problem is present on flat bottomed shoes with no padding support.

            So now l need to look at insultaed shoes more especially as l am on my feet 70% of my active day.

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            • Fandango October 29, 2022 / 10:40 pm

              There are exercises you can do that will ultimately help with and eliminate plantar fasciitis. Go see an orthopedic doctor who specializes in feet issues.

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  3. JT Twissel October 29, 2022 / 2:22 pm

    Totally agree with you about the news. It’s too centered on American politics and barely discussing what’s going on around the world. I’m checking out those shoes!

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    • Fandango October 29, 2022 / 4:41 pm

      My wife has two pair. She loves them.


  4. Nope, Not Pam October 29, 2022 / 2:28 pm

    Just curious, but over here people are dropping their paid TV subscriptions like hot cakes. Is it the same over there?

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    • Fandango October 29, 2022 / 4:47 pm

      I dropped cable TV about a year ago, but I still subscribe to those streaming services I mentioned in the post. That said, I think Netflix has lost a small percentage of its subscribers since the peak during the pandemic.

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  5. donmatthewspoetry October 29, 2022 / 7:43 pm

    Lots of interesting things here :

    # no hands necessary. Just two feet

    # I remember in America. All those bloody TV channels

    # Well done for your energy-saving ideas

    # I read the paper each day at the local cafe. Over coffee. Yum. Much of my creative ideas arise there. I will say though, full of murder/rape/blood and gore. (Sells papers why Don top media boss tells me. We’s in it for the money ).

    # I cut down energy bill. Now shower once a week. Don’t get regular cuddles any more. No understand why?

    Did you know that in one particular country women cut their hair only once in their lifetime? At 18 . Ritual rite of passage?

    # You’ve put a lot of time and effort into this one. Well done. See you next time over coffee. Yum…….

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  6. Carol anne October 30, 2022 / 1:20 pm

    I hate those top 3 smells too!
    Nice of you to hand out candy to trick or treaters, I don’t do it.

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  7. Marleen November 3, 2022 / 2:33 pm

    I don’t turn on the news as much as I used to, but I try to stay up to date. Meanwhile, here is something new based on historical happenings in the United States. It’s like listening to a story in varied parts. (I think it’s very comparable conceptually, to our current days, but it’s in earlier half of the twentieth century.

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  8. leigha66 November 7, 2022 / 2:40 pm

    Fandango the DJ… I could see it! Of course I think you might have shifted to talk radio once things really started to fall apart. Maybe a counter balance to Rush Limbaugh in his hey day.

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