A Mysterious Award

2983A9F3-CD37-4512-8489-802DC77F2E7CWell, this is interesting. Lander7, at the blog Reality Decoded, has nominated my blog for the Mystery Blogger Award. Talk about a mystery.

I appreciate the nod, Lander, but mine is an award-free blog. That said, I will follow two of the seven “rules” that you listed. Those are to (1) answers the five questions you asked, and to (2) tell the readers three things about me.

First the questions.

Would it be a good thing if people were immortal?

No way. Can you imagine what the world population would be if everyone were immortal?

If there were a food that could cause orgasms would you eat it?

Whoa! Maybe I’m old fashioned, but I prefer my orgasms to come from more traditional means.

Would the world be a better place without money?

I think, at one point in human history, people used bartering for goods and services. That didn’t work out so well.

What is the number one killer of human beings on Earth?

Failure to learn from our mistakes and from the past.

If you could erase one class from the Earth, which would you choose? The “Rich,” the “Middle Class,” or the the “Poor.”

I wouldn’t choose to erase any class of people from the planet. What I would do, if I could, would be to persuade the very rich to share and spread their wealth so that there wouldn’t be the extreme wealth inequities that exist today.

And now to you, my readers, three things about myself.

  1. My wife and I just relocated from a big city to the suburbs and it’s a bigger adjustment than I thought it would be.
  2. I blog anonymously because I’ve had my identity stolen twice before and I figured maintaining my anonymity on my blog may help prevent it from happening a third time, although I may be deluding myself.
  3. I’m going to be rookie grandfather in about three months.

Alrighty then. Thank you, Lander, once again, for the nomination. If anyone else wishes to be tagged and to answer these same questions and to share three things about yourself, consider yourself to have been tagged by Fandango. Congratulations!

Slip Slidin’ Away

82EDCFFA-7070-4E09-8F87-3F6A84EEDF48I’m retired. My retirement money, aka my “nest egg,” is invested in several Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) and 401(k) plans. And my IRA and 401(k) funds are invested in the stock market. So I have to admit that when I look at the chart shown above and see my retirement savings slip slidin’ away, I am, well, concerned.

The Dow industrials tumbled 1,190.95 points today, or 4.4%, to 25,766.64. This brings the Dow’s slide this week to more than 3,200 points. So far this month, the market has slid 13% from a February all-time high of 29,568.

I am not a financial guru, and I am not sure what exactly a 3,200 point drop in the Dow industrials means. But I do know that since the beginning of this month, my “portfolio” is down about 7%. And when it comes to my retirement nest egg, “down” is not a word I want to hear.

Why is this happening? Why is the stock market plunging at a record pace? Well, this latest slide began on Friday, after news that the coronavirus was beginning to spread outside of China. By Wednesday, the disease had spread to Japan, South Korea, Italy, Iran, the United States, and numerous other countries.

Then late on Wednesday, Trump held a news conference and failed to reassure investors that his administration was taking steps to contain the virus.

And today’s drop, the largest single day drop ever in the Dow, is probably a testament to the confidence the markets and the public have in Trump’s new coronavirus czar.

Window Treatments

A9F1206C-B9B5-4D53-8232-C6EC3C07170BYou may recall my mentioning in this post from February 11th that we have no window treatments in the house we moved into at the beginning of the month. And while most of our windows are on the sides and back of the house, where no neighbors can see in, we do have four windows facing the street. So, yes, not having any window treatments gives me the feeling, especially at night when the lights are on, that I’m living in a fishbowl and am on display for any passersby to see.

My Fandango’s One-World Challenge for today, which I scheduled to post today nearly two weeks ago, is “treatment.”

Interestingly, first thing this morning, I got a call from the place where we ordered the window treatments for our new place telling me that they’re in and that they want to come over today to install them.

So is it merely a coincidence that my word prompt for today, which I scheduled to post about two weeks ago, was published on the very day my window treatments are being installed? Or was I uncannily prescient two weeks ago when I scheduled the word “treatment” to post today?

120F28E1-148A-4D6D-972E-458179E054D4Or is this new, idyllic, suburban neighborhood my wife and I moved into more than what it seems to be? Are there forces at work that are not visible to the naked eye? Have my wife and I crossed over into the The Twilight Zone? You tell me what’s at play here.

In any event, I’ll be very happy to have shades to pull down tonight when the sun sets!

Share Your World — Deep and Dark Thoughts

Share Your WorldFor today’s Share Your World challenge, Melanie is asking us to dig into the deepest and darkest regions of our lives. So let’s go digging.

What do you think of best friends of the opposite sex? Or to put it another way “Can men and women ever be platonic friends? Doesn’t sex always get in the way?”

I consider my wife to be my best friend, and she and I are of the opposite sex, so I think it’s great.

But that’s not what you’re getting at, is it Melanie? To be honest, I think there are often, if not always, sexual undertones in any close relationship between a man and a woman — and even, depending upon sexual orientation, between a man and a man or a woman and a woman. Sometimes the parties to the relationship can control those sexual urges in order to not jeopardize the friendship or to put a strain on the relationship. But occasionally the sexual tension becomes overwhelming and, well, sex happens. When it does, does it get in the way of the friendship? That depends upon the couple, but it definitely changes the dynamics of the relationship.

What is the greatest struggle you’ve overcome?

I think it’s been my lifelong battle with “benign paroxysmal positional vertigo”  (BPPV). If I put my head in certain positions, like looking up toward the ceiling, laying flat on my back in the supine position, and lying down or sleeping on my left side, it triggers what, at times, can be severe dizziness. So the way I manage this malady is to do my best to avoid putting my head in any position that triggers my vertigo.

What is the darkest thought you’ve ever had? What about the darkest thing you’ve done that you’ve never told anybody about?

Darkest thought: I want, in the interest of preserving the American democracy, to assassinate the current president, the current senate majority leader, and the current attorney general. I sure hope the NSA doesn’t read your blog, Melanie, or my next post may be from a federal prison.

And to the good folks at the NSA, who I respect very much for the fine job you’re doing to protect our country and our citizens, let me point out that the question is about dark thoughts, not dark actions or deeds. Do you feel me?

And one ‘fun’ one because I realize those others were pretty deep.

What is your least favorite food?

Brussels sprouts. And fruit cake.