Share Your World — Guns and Hiccups

Is it Monday already? Yes it is. And that means it’s time for Melanie’s Share Your World.

Guns? Are you pro or con? Explain your point of view.

I believe Americans have a constitutional right to own and bear arms. But I don’t see any reason why any civilian needs to own a high capacity, military style, semiautomatic assault rifle. I also support common sense gun laws. I also support gun buyback programs. And I oppose open and concealed carry. I don’t buy the NRA’s bullshit that only a good guy with a gun can stop a bad guy with a gun.

How would your country change if everyone, regardless of age, could vote?

Sorry children, but I don’t think anyone younger than 18 should be allowed to vote for anything other than student council positions or for competitors on “The Voice” or “American Idol.” 

What’s your cure for hiccups?

Hold your breath until you stop hiccuping or die, whichever comes first.

What’s the coldest you’ve ever been?

When I spent a week in Barrow, Alaska. It was very dark and very, very cold.

If you would like, share a story, a photo or some thoughts on you may be thankful for this week!

I am thankful this week for…. Well, I pass. Check back with me next week.

Sunshine Blogger Award

98BBD823-EF19-4ADB-8D5F-DA42BB75C32CLaura, at Lauravent69, has bestowed upon me the Sunshine Blogger Award. I typically don’t “do” blogger awards, but I appreciate it when another blogger takes the time to think of me and my blog. So I will always thank the person who nominated me and will always answer the questions they pose.

So thank you, Laura, for gifting me with your nomination. And here are the answers to your questions.

If you could only listen to two artists or bands for the rest of your life, who would you choose, and why?

Would life even be worth living if I could only listen to two artists or bands for the rest of my life? Probably not, but back against the wall, I’d go with the Beatles and the Eagles.

What is your dream novel, or idea for one?

I’d love to write a fascinating tale about two inept but endearing detectives struggling to solve a grizzly murder. Yeah, that’s the ticket!

Do you remember the first book you ever read?

Do you know how old I am? I can’t even remember the last book I read!

If you could live in any sitcom, which would it be?

“Arrested Development.”

If money were no object, where would you be living?

In a villa on the Amalfi coast of Italy.E82510DD-39E6-42E3-BD08-4396D04A74D9

If you could INSTANTLY become an expert in something, what would it be?

The Amalfi coast of Italy.

Who are three people, living or dead, that you most admire?

I don’t know. Let’s go with Abraham Lincoln, Steve Jobs, and Stephen King. And throw in George Carlin for good measure.

Is there someone you would love to see live in concert?

The Beatles. Though I guess it should be who would I have loved to have seen live in concert.”

What was your favorite subject in school?

10th grade Biology. I had a huge crush on my teacher, Miss North.

It’s “Self-Care Sunday,” what are you doing?

Spending the day writing and reading blog posts.

What historical time period would you like to visit?

Any time prior to November 2016.

I’m not going to “gift” any other bloggers with this award nomination, but I am going to invite any and all other bloggers to answer these very same questions.

Share Your World — Sound Mind, Sound Body

It’s Monday, and you know what that means. It means that Melanie graces us with another one of her Share Your World prompts. So, not wanting to keep you in suspense, here are her SYW questions and my ingenious — and somewhat tongue-in-cheek — answers.

What does a successful relationship look like to you?

One in which I always get my way. 😏

If you could turn any activity into an Olympic sport, what would you have a good chance at winning medal for?

Binge-watching “Game of Thrones,” which I’ve never watched, from the beginning to the end.

What do you wish you knew more about?


What is better in your opinion – asking for forgiveness or permission?

Well, in a “successful relationship” where I could always get my way, it wouldn’t matter. But short of that, it’s definitely better to ask for forgiveness than for permission in most instances. The one exception would be when it comes to “touchy-feely” interactions with the opposite sex. Then permission is better.

What’s the best thing about your life right now?

At my advanced, the best thing about my life is waking up every morning and being of sound mind and relatively sound body.76268FE6-2ED0-4BBB-A688-D8F226D4FD2F

Share Your World — April Fool’s Edition

SYWMelanie has a special edition of her weekly Share Your World prompt for April Fool’s Day. Are you ready?

Why is it called “beauty sleep” when one wakes up looking like a troll?

Because if they called it “ugly and with awful breath when you wake up sleep,” we’d all be sleep deprived.

Why do they sterilize needles for lethal injections?

They want to make sure that the deceased convict doesn’t get sick on the way to hell. 

Why do most cars have speedometers that go up to at least 130 when you legally can’t go that fast on any road?

Wishful thinking. The same reason most men claim to need a longer ruler.

Did they purposely make dyslexia hard to spell?


(Rather naughty):  If quizzes are quizzical, what are tests?

If they are pop tests, they are “popsicles.”

Odd but a bit philosophical or personal:

What are some things that are okay to do occasionally but definitely not okay to do every day?

Pay bills.

What is the most embarrassing thing you have ever worn?

A speedo at the Dead Sea.

In your opinion, what’s the best type of cheese?


What are some fun ways to answer everyday questions like “how’s it going” or “what do you do”?

“What, are you writing a book?”


Have you ever sent a text message to the wrong person?   Details please.

Yes. I was telling someone when and where to meet me for lunch. The person who received it responded, “Great. Are you buying? And, by the way, who are you?”

If you could make a rule for a day, and everyone had to follow it, what would it be?

Arrest Donald Trump, Mike Pence, and Mitch McConnell and throw away the keys.

You are about to get in a fight, what song comes on your mind soundtrack?

“We Gotta Get Out of This Place” by the Animals.

Twelve Things

Judy Dykstra-Brown, at Lifelessons, has posted a Challenge she calls “Twelve Things I Would Most Like to Know About You.” She’s going to hold some kind of drawing of those bloggers who participate and donate $100 to their favorite charity. All we have to do is answer her questions and link back to her post. I’m game. How about you?

Here are the things she would like to know more about us:

Who in your opinion is the sexiest man (if you are a woman) or woman (if you are a man) who ever lived?

Farrah Fawcett from back in the original “Charlie’s Angels” day.0BF26825-F641-41CF-BE01-E118454B1AE2

What favorite food do you rarely eat and why?

Maryland blue crabs. Why do I rarely eat them? Because I live in California and the only way I can get them here is to have them packed in ice and shipped overnight, and that is prohibitively expensive.

What would your closest friends be most surprised to find out about you?

Nothing. I’m an open book to my closest friends.

Who is the most famous person you ever met and what were the circumstances?

O.J. Simpson (from when he was still famous and before he was infamous). It was in 1986 and I was in line to give the hotel valet parking guy my ticket to get my car when O.J. drove up in his car, got out, and another valet parking guy went to greet him. It was a few days before Super Bowl XX between the Chicago Bears and the New England Patriots. I asked him who he thought would win and he said, “Put your money on the underdog Patriots.” I did. He was wrong. The Bears won 46 – 10. The bastard.

What famous person would you most like to have as a close friend and why?

I don’t know. Maybe Farrah Fawcett back when I was young and virile and she was still alive.

What is your biggest regret in life?

That I never invested the time to ask my parents about their personal histories.

What is the strangest pet you ever had?

A snake I named Pythias. Once a week I’d feed him a live mouse, which I always named “Damon,” and I would then watch Pythias eat each week’s Damon whole. It was fascinating.

What is the item of clothing you have owned for the longest period of time?

I have a black, hooded sweatshirt that I wear every morning between the time I wake up and the time I take my shower. It’s got to be 10+ years old.

What object in your house holds the most nostalgic value for you?

A scrapbook I made when I was in high school.

What question do you wish you had asked a deceased relative but didn’t?

As I mentioned earlier, I wish I would have asked my parents to tell me more about their youth. They both immigrated to the U.S. from the Ukraine when they were kids, and met and married here. But I know almost nothing about their childhoods, how they came to America, or how they met.

Who in the world (relative or not) do you most resemble? 

I answered that question in last year’s A to Z Challenge post for the letter “D.” Read it here if you’re interested.

What is your favorite footwear and why?

My Brooks Addiction Walkers. So comfy!6BF0156D-4EAD-4CA2-BCB9-878D35EAB50F