Judy’s Nosy Questions

Blogger Judy Dykstra-Brown, over at Lifelessons, is a nosy person. She decided to ask us a bunch of very nosy questions and reminded us that, as we answer her questions, “the story is in the details.”D9B65370-27CF-40FF-9E86-A2BCFDC4B5D0

Tell us how you met your partner. Please be specific in telling your tale.

It was a fix-up. A blind date. I was reluctant to go, but I had recently broken up with a girl I’d been dating for about six months and I figured I was ready to dip my toe in the water again. I spoke with the fix-up girl on the phone a couple of times and thought she sounded nice and seemed to have a good head on her shoulders. And, most important, she laughed at my jokes. So I arranged to pick her up at her apartment. It was one of those buildings where you’d go to the front desk and they’d call and let the person know that there was someone in the lobby to see them. I was told to take a seat and that she would be coming to the lobby shortly. A few minutes later, the elevator doors opened, I looked up, and I saw a vision. She looked like an Indian princess — or as we’d say in the politically correct 21st century, a Native American princess — and I was smitten. It was truly love at first sight, at least on my part. That was in 1976 and we’ve been together ever since.

What is your most romantic experience, again with details?

We were living in New Jersey at the time and our kids were six and three. My wife and I decided to head out for a sexy, romantic weekend at a couple’s resort in the Poconos.6FAF9AA7-2F0C-476B-B876-8420CCDBCE85We persuaded a teaching assistant in our daughter’s first grade class to come stay at our house for the weekend to watch the kids, and left for the resort on Friday night. And it was oh so sexy and romantic until we got a call from the resort office (this was in the days before cell phones) that our babysitter had called. Turns out our son was sick and running a fever, so, after our abbreviated, 18 hour romantic getaway, we left the resort and drove home.

What is the most extravagant purchase you’ve ever made, and why did you buy it?

E997F7BC-8C9F-4B37-A15B-BF7720270837I bought a used 1955 Jaguar XK120 roadster shortly after scoring my first full-time job because I thought it was a cool, classic, British sports car. Unfortunately, it was a piece of shit that ended up spending more time in the shop than on the road.

What is your favorite swear word or expression, and when are you most likely to use it?

“Bite me!” I use it whenever someone says or does something that I find irritating, obnoxious, inappropriate, or annoying. So pretty often.

What is your favorite kind of pie? With or without ice cream?

Key lime pie. Not with ice cream, though, as the pie is rich enough as it is and often comes topped with whipped cream.

While we’re on the subject, what is your favorite ice cream, and where did you last eat it?

At home last night while watching a show on Netflix.21D9A314-50AE-405F-A049-C4F5DD65BFAD

Who is your most unique friend and why? (May be someone from the past.)

I’m not sure what “unique” means when it comes to a friend. Different? Strange? Weird? I guess, if I had to choose a “unique” friend, it would be Bill from way back in the day. What made him unique? He was a male model who made his living mostly by posing for advertising photos for clothing stores. He was a really good looking guy and women were all over him. But he was gay. I was the beneficiary of hanging around with him because of the halo effect, in that the beautiful women who were naturally attracted to him, upon finding out that he was gay, would settle for me.

What is your most irritating habit?

My wife would say it’s when I lean to one side in order to fart while sitting next to her on the couch when we’re watching TV.

Who was your favorite teacher and why?

I suppose it was one of my high school English teachers who encouraged me to write, telling me that I had talent.  Despite her encouragement, I decided not to seek my fame and fortune as a writer. In hind sight, I wish I’d been more open to pursuing writing as a career.

Do you like being alone and if so, what would you probably be doing?

I don’t mind being alone, and I don’t find being alone to be the same as being lonely. As to what I would be doing with my alone time, it would include reading novels, spending time on my blog, both reading other bloggers’ posts and writing my own, and catching up on some movies I missed when they were in the theaters.

What is the most outlandish thing you’ve ever done?

When I was a freshman in college, as part of a charity drive, I took a 100-hour long shower, briefly setting the world’s record (according to the Guinness Book of World Records) for continuous time in a shower.

What superstition do you always follow?

I am not at all superstitious, so the answer in “none.”

What famous person or animal have you met? Tell us about the meeting.

Back in 1985 I was in Los Angeles on business and after my meeting I went to the parking garage and standing in front of me was OJ Simpson. This was back when OJ was known for being a college and professional football star and for running through airports in Hertz rental car commercial, rather than for stabbing his wife to death. It was a few weeks before the Super Bowl between New England and Chicago and I asked him who he thought would win. He said, “Bet on the Patriots.” So I did. The Bears won big! Thanks a lot, OJ.

Double Your Pleasure

Blog Award NominationsWith all of the crappy news and the requirement to stay at home in the midst of this COVID-19 pandemic, I am happy to say that two bloggers have nominated my blog for awards.

Riya Gupta, at World of My Thoughts, nominated my blog for the Vincent Ehindero Blogger Award, which is, quite honestly, one I had never heard of before. Turns out that Vincent Ehindero is a self-identified “online influencer and inspirational writer who gives awards to bloggers and blogs to support their good works.”

I also received a nomination for the Mystery Blogger Award from DebbySEO, who apparently offers a complete range of low-cost SEO services.

Thank you, Riya and Debby, for the nomination. I do appreciate the recognition. That said, mine is an award-free blog, but not a question-free blog. So I’m going to answer the questions that Riya and Debby posed.

First Riya’s questions:

1. What’s the best thing you like about blogging? And your advice.

The best thing about blogging is the community of creative, imaginative, passionate, and compassionate bloggers with whom I interact each day. My advice to bloggers is to be creative, imaginative, passionate, and compassionate and to write about whatever interests you.

2. What do you do to relax?

With a mandatory shelter-in-place/stay-at-home order where I live, I’ve been doing a lot of Netflix and chillin’ and trying to avoid watching the news.

3. What is that one thing you are very grateful for?

I am very grateful that, to the best of my knowledge, no one in my family or that I personally know has displayed any of the symptoms of, or has tested positive for, coronavirus.

4. What is your happiest moment?

My happiest two moments were when our two children were born.

5. Would you prefer a cat or dog?

We have one of each and I love them both.

And now for Debby’s questions:

1) Have you ever smiled at a stranger and then wished you hadn’t? Why or why not?

I’ve smiled, nodded, and even said hello to strangers, but I’ve never wished I hadn’t. Why would I?

2) What is your favorite SEO plugin for WordPress?

At the risk of sounding like a technological neophyte, I have no idea what an SEO plugin for WordPress is or what it would be used for. So, no, I don’t have a favorite.

3) If you could shop for free at any store, which store would you choose and why?

At this moment it would be any store that has a decent supply of toilet paper.

4) If you could make one thing illegal, what would it be?

Hoarding toilet paper.

5) Have you ever had SEO work done, and if so were you happy with the results? If you did the work yourself how did you do?

I know that SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization, but I really don’t know what that’s all about and I’ve never had any SEO work done or done any SEO work myself. So I have no SEO results to be happy or unhappy about.

If anyone else wishes to take a shot at answering Riya’s and/or Debby’s questions, now is the time.

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!

I Almost Forgot About This

18F6E43E-9769-4E54-AD14-8A43141AD1C1Simeon Levine, over at The Levine Lowdown, gifted me with the Sunshine Blogger Award a week ago, but I’ve been so busy with this move to a new house, that I’m just getting around to acknowledging and responding to his generous gift.

Mine is an award-free blog, but I do appreciate the recognition another blogger bestows upon me and my blog. And it’s my pleasure to answer 11 his questions. But I won’t be tagging 11 other bloggers nor will I be posing my own questions. That said, I invite anyone who cares to take a shot at answering Simeon’s questions to feel free to do so.

Here we go.

1. Why did you start you blog?

Because I feel like I have something to say and no one would listen to me when I talked.

2. What is your favorite part about blogging?

The interactions with other members of the blogging community.

3. What is one of your goals for 2020?

To acclimate to living in the suburbs after having spent the last three decades being an urbanite.

4. If you could give advice to your younger self, what would it be?

Don’t sweat the small stuff.

5. What is your favorite sport?

To watch: American football. To play: ping pong (table tennis) or pool (billiards).

6. If you could go back in the past to any year, which year would you go back to?

My philosophy is to never look back. Only to live in the present and look forward to the future. Thus, I would not want to go back to any year in my past.

7. What is one country that you would love to travel to?

I’ve always had a hankering to visit New Zealand.

8. What is one thing that not many people know about you?

I’m an open book, so there’s not much that people don’t know about me. Except, that is, who I really am, since I blog anonymously.

9. What has been the scariest moment of your life?

When my son had open heart surgery to repair a defective aorta valve.

10. When does bread become toast?

When it turns brown and becomes crispy. Duh!

11. What is your favorite song of all time?

This is tough because there are so many great songs. But if push comes to shove…oh forget it. Any song by The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Chicago, Billy Joel, Joni Mitchell, Jackson Brown, Eric Clapton, Queen, Stevie Wonder, Pink Floyd, Elton John, and, well, I could go on and on, but you get the drift, right?

Your turn.

Share Your World — Age, Mystery, Power, and the Great Outdoors

Share Your WorldIt’s already the last Monday of the first month of the new decade. Sheesh, where does the time go? But that aside, it’s Monday, and that means it’s time once again for Melanie’s Share Your World prompt.

What age would you like to live to?

At my age I’m grateful for every year I’m still around, but I’d like to live another 10 years, at least, so that maybe my grandson, who is due to be born in late May, will be old enough when I die to remember who I am.

What mystery do you wish you knew the answer to?

Who killed Cock Robin? Was it really the sparrow or was he covering up for one of the other creatures? And what was the motive? Everyone loved Cock Robin.

Does absolute power corrupt absolutely?


What outdoor activity haven’t you tried, but would like to?

Oh, I’ve pretty much done all of the outdoor activities I ever wanted to try. There are some outdoor activities, like bungee jumping or skydiving, that I haven’t tried, but that’s because I don’t have a desire to severely injure myself or to die a horrible, painful death.