Share Your World — Thanksgiving Edition

6199B391-43FC-4852-87B0-86F893DC656B.jpegIt’s once again a Monday and that means that Melanie, from Sparks From a Combustible Mind, has challenged us to once again Share Your World. Her theme, given that this is Thanksgiving week in the US, is, well, thankful.

Here are her questions for this week:

Are you an early to bed, early to rise person, a night owl and day sleeper/dozer, or an ‘I’ll sleep when I’m dead’ person?

In my old age I have become an early to bed (usually around 10 or 11 pm) and an early to rise (usually between 6 and 7 am) person. Sadly, I’m not healthy, wealthy, or wise.

What are some misconceptions about your hobby, should you have a hobby?

Well, since other than blogging, I don’t actually have a hobby, the biggest misconception is that I do have a hobby (other than blogging).

A penguin walks through the door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?

He thinks he’s in Tijuana and says, “Got a pack of Kool’s for me?”29CE5447-B4D7-4D90-9D8A-7D03B62AC268

Aliens have landed…do they come in peace?

No, they come in flying saucers.

What are you really, incredibly thankful for this week?

We’re having the whole fam damily coming over for Thanksgiving dinner.

Very Unhealthy

546A4FD3-103F-4520-BEA2-1F3EAD94E4CCSmothered in a thick, sooty blanket of toxic smoke, San Francisco’s air quality index jumped to a jaw-dropping 271 yesterday afternoon.0B55A839-96E6-44D5-BFF4-E4AE2119DBF8The map below shows the air quality in the Bay Area, the purple color showing areas with “very unhealthy air quality.”0F517FC9-76B8-47E5-8E21-795AAF98AB47Unfortunately, forecasters are projecting that residents in the Bay Area shouldn’t expect significant relief from the wildfire smoke-choked air until next week.

627DBEBE-33D5-4595-A39C-2D0A2DA97020Here’s me yesterday afternoon wearing my respirator mask as I am out walking my dog. Wildfire smoke can irritate your eyes, nose, throat, and lungs. Hence, a lot of people in the area are wearing masks whenever they have to go outside.

The fire in Butte County, located about 150  miles north northeast of San Francisco, has already claimed 71 lives so far, destroyed more than 142,000 acres in Northern California, and over 1,000 people are now listed as missing.

But don’t worry. Donald Trump will be coming to California today to meet with victims of the massive wildfires. Trump said he also wants to meet with firefighters who have been battling the Camp Fire in Butte County.

No doubt his trip to California will clear the air.

3-2-1 Quote Me — Truth

F1C0927A-AA14-4671-9310-F755C561CE2ATeresa, The Haunted Wordsmith, tagged me for another 3-2-1 Quote Me prompt. This time the word is “truth.”

Here are the rules:

  1. Thank the the person who tagged you. Thank you Teresa.
  2. Post 2 quotes for the dedicated Topic of the Day. See below.
  3. Select 3 bloggers to take part in “3-2-1 Quote Me.” My tags will be at the end of the post, so you’ll need to read the whole damn post to see if you’ve been tagged.

There is no deadline for participating in the game, which makes it perfect for everyone.

Today’s topic is truth. It’s a tricky one, especially in the world of Donald Trump. He wouldn’t know the truth if it smacked him in the face. And as his TV lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, infamously said, “Truth isn’t truth.”

But that said, here are my two quotes about “truth.”

Quote #1:

“Most truths are so naked that people cover them up, at least a little bit.”

American journalist and TV anchorman,
Edward R. Murrow

Quote #2:

“Truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.”

American novelist, short story writer, and essayist,
Flannery O’Connor

Okay, now it’s time for me to tag three other bloggers. But before I do, let me give you this bit of advice:

The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.

Okay. I am tagging:

For what it’s worth, you three are under no obligation to participate, although I hope you will.

Size Matters

I just read this post from Floridaborne over at Two on a Rant. The post was titled “When size no longer matters.” It reminded me of something I posted on my old blog about five years ago. That post was triggered by this meme that I saw on the internet.3270C4F6-08E9-4055-BB01-EEF1BB7232F4Size 0? Wait. Zero means nothing, naught, zip, zilch. Zero gravity means no gravity, weightlessness. So does size zero mean no size, sizelessness? How how can any article of clothing be size 0?

So I did what I do whenever I come across something that doesn’t make any sense to me. I Googled it. And I found a Wikipedia article, which explained that:

“Size zero, or 0, is a women’s clothing size in the US catalog sizes system. Sizes 0 and 00 were invented due to the changing of clothing sizes over time, which has caused the adoption of lower numbers. Size zero often refers to extremely thin women and adolescent girls, or trends associated with them.”

Seriously, there is a women’s clothing size 00? Is that twice as small as size 0?

Easy peasy

Men’s clothing sizes are straightforward. When a man buys a shirt, the size is based upon neck size and arm length. Size 16/34 means a 16″ neck and 34″ sleeve. It’s understandable, logical, and consistent. A 16/34 shirt is the same size no matter what brand of shirt it is. I find that comforting.

The same logical approach applies for men’s pants. A 36″ waist and a 32″ inseam is reasonably called size 36/32. If a man wears a size 40 suit, that simply means he measures 40″ around the chest (as measured under the arms). What could be more simple and straightforward?

Contrast that with how women’s clothing is sized. What exactly is a size 6? Is a size 12 dress twice as large as a size 6 dress?

As I understand it, a size 6 in one brand might fit like a size 4 or a size 8 in another brand, thus requiring the need for women to try things on before buying. I hate that.

And why are women’s clothing sizes expressed only in even numbers. That’s odd.

Which brings me back to size 0. In my extensive research for this post, I learned that even among women there is a misunderstanding of what size 0 is.

Due to the current hype about super-slim actresses and models and a public awareness of eating disorders, it’s often incorrectly assumed that size 0 was invented to fit a new class of excessively thin women.

But that’s not really the case. Size 0 is actually what is known as “vanity sizing,” which is the practice of labeling clothes with a lower size than their measurements would traditionally indicate in order to appeal to a woman’s vanity.

In another Wikipedia article about how women’s clothing is sized, I found this:

“US standard clothing sizes were developed from statistical data in the 1940s-1950s. However, as a result of various cultural pressures, most notably vanity sizing, North American clothing sizes have drifted substantially away from this standard over time, and now have very little connection to it.

“Instead, they now follow the more loosely defined standards known as US catalog sizes. These are on average 6 sizes smaller than the original standard. So, for example, a size 12 on the old standard would today be described as a size 6, while a size 6 on the old scale would be what is today known as size zero.”

So the size labels for women’s clothing not only have no logical, real-world measurement basis, they’ve changed over time, while still maintaining their relative meaninglessness.

And just as I thought I was beginning to get the hang of it, another wrinkle appeared. Women’s clothing comes in different categories of sizes, such as “misses,” “petites,” “juniors” and “women’s.” Thus, the same size designation in one category may be different from the that same size in another category. Whoa!

I think that women simply don’t want men to know what size they are, so they have a secret language that men will not understand for coming up with virtually meaningless, indecipherable, and, to me, highly confusing size designations.

The good news, though, is that this gives me a great excuse for never buying clothes for a woman.

P.S. Why do women’s shirts have their buttons on the left side, while men’s shirts have their buttons on the right side? Is there a purpose?

Let’s Go to the Video Tape

A7AF2E70-5A5A-41A0-B0E5-67D130FE7F01When I thought about the word I came up with for my one-word challenge for today, “video,” I was transported back to my distant past, and to the Washington, DC area where I was raised.

Most TV sportscasters back then gave the scores in a listless manner. Being a sportscaster for a local station seemed to be a filler job for on-air personalities awaiting their opportunity to report the “real” news. They were all pretty much singing the same, old, boring tune.

And then, in 1965, something happened that forever changed local sports reporting. The local CBS affiliate hired this young guy named Warner Wolf. He was animated, exciting, and so much fun to watch. He became known for catchphrases like “Boo of the Week,” “Change the Rules,” “Play of the Day” (and week, month, or year), “Give Me a Break,” and my personal favorite, “Let’s Go to the Video Tape.”

Wolf quickly became the top sportscaster in the DC area and I never missed his nightly sports reports. He dominated the sports reporting scene in DC until 1976, when he left for a job with ABC Sports and with the local ABC affiliate in New York City.

Wolf, now 81, is retired, but he left his imprint on sports reporting.


Written for these daily one-word prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (video), Ragtag Daily Prompt (past), Word of the Day Challenge (listless), and Scotts Daily Prompt (tune).