Like, Respect, Admire, Whatever

Rory is at it again with another one of his Friday Four thingamajigs. This time he is asking questions about what the words “like,” “respect,” and “admire” mean to us. He wants to know:

What is more important to you — to be “Liked” or to be “Respected”?

Like me. Respect me. Don’t like me, Don’t respect me. Whatever. I don’t care one way or the other. I like and respect myself, and that’s all that really matters, isn’t it?

What do you believe to be the difference between admiration and respect? Or do you find them to be the same?

I think the two are closely related. When you admire someone, you hold them in high regard, great esteem, approve of them for who they are, and, yes, respect them. But I believe that you can respect someone without admiring them. What do I mean by that? Well, I can respect someone’s accomplishments, but not necessarily admire them as a human being. Take Elon Musk, for example. I respect what he’s accomplished with electric cars (Tesla), battery backup systems for solar energy, and even his private space program (SpaceX). But I think he’s an asshole and I don’t admire him at all. On the other hand, he doesn’t even know that I exist, so it’s fair to say that he neither respects nor admires me.

Likability and friendship are two different things. Being likable to many is great, but being a great friend to a few (or one) is rare. What do you think of that statement: true or false, agree or disagree?

I think it’s generally true. I like a lot of people — but to be honest, I probably dislike more people than I like. On the other hand, I’m close friends with a select few people. And it’s those select few who matter to me more than all the other people that I like combined.

How uniquely YOU are you in a world  filled with variations of you anyway? What separates YOU from the rest of the world and makes you “Youniquely You”?

Okay, there is nothing truly unique about me. Seriously, there are nearly 8 billion people on planet Earth and I’d have to be pretty full of myself to think that I am truly unique. That said, I can, at times, be rather full of myself. Oh no, wait. People say it’s shit that I’m full of.

Share Your World — Running Away From Home and My Inner Billy Joel

Share Your World

Once again Melanie is sharing her Share Your World questions with Harry Potter aficionado Roger Shipp. So let’s start with Roger’s questions.

Have you ever driven the wrong way on a one-way street? How did this come about?

Yes I have, but it wasn’t intentional. I wasn’t paying attention.

As a kid, did you ever decide to run away? Did you have a plan? Take a pet? Sandwiches?

Of course I thought about running away from home. What kid didn’t? But that’s as far as I got — thinking about it.

You suddenly found you have a hidden talent for playing a musical instrument. What musical instrument do you hope that accompanies your talent? Any particular song?

I would love to be able to play piano and be as talented at it as, say, Billy Joel or Elton John. But my piano paying talents end at “Chopsticks.”

Do you accessorize with jewelry? Have you had any heirloom jewelry passed down through the generations? Is it more ‘keepsake’ or do you wear it on occasion?

Absolutely not. The only jewelry I wear is my wedding band and my Apple Watch.

And now for Melanie’s ordinary “Muggle” questions:

What ingredients go into YOUR favorite salad?

My favorite salad is a simple Caesar’s salad, which typically is made with romaine lettuce, croutons, shredded Parmesan cheese, and, of course pieces of white meat chicken. I sometimes opt for anchovies. And the whole concoction is topped with Caesar dressing.

If you care to, share something that really irritates you.

Donald Trump, Bill Barr, Mitch McConnell, most GOP members of Congress, evangelical Christians, most Republicans, and anyone who supports Donald Trump.

What are your favorite ‘lounging around the house’ items of clothing? Now that a lot of people ‘lounge around the house’ waiting for the all clear in respect to Covid being shown the door, have those lounging items changed?

Before I get dressed for the day, I will lounge around in sweat pants and a sweatshirt and slippers. After my shower, I lounge around in jeans, a t-shirt, and sneakers. For the most part, this has been my “lounging” attire since I retired at the end of 2016, so COVID-19 has not altered my typical daily attire one bit. Take that, COVID!

Questions That Make Sense

It’s been a while since I’ve participated in one of Rory’s intriguing prompts, but I had some time on my hands today, so I figured I’d jump in and respond to the four aces he threw at us today.

1. What three senses could you NOT live without? Discuss why.

I’ve already lost my sense of taste, and I can’t hear out of my left ear, so my sense of hearing is down by 50%. But I think the most important sense and the one I’d hate losing the most is my common sense.

2. What is your favorite of these two and why? Pen or Pencil.

I honestly can’t remember the last time I used a pencil, so if I must choose between pen and pencil, I’d go with pen. That said, my handwriting is essentially illegible, even to me, so I’d choose neither a pen nor a pencil, but a keyboard or keypad.

3. What are your top 3 colors and why are they your favorites?

Blue, light gray, and dark gray. Hmm. I guess I’m just not a very colorful person.

4. Are you able to list 10 basic smells and if so what are they?

  • Popcorn 👍
  • Dog or cat poop 👎
  • The smell of cooking on an outdoor grill 👍
  • The smell of a wood-burning fire (in a fireplace, of course) 👍
  • Another person’s farts 👎
  • My farts 👍
  • Body odor 👎
  • Sizzling bacon 👍
  • Cigarette or cigar smoke 👎
  • Freshly baked bread 👍

Share Your World — Wizardry and Honesty

Share Your WorldOnce again, Melanie is sharing her Share Your World prompt this week with Roger Shipp. Roger’s questions focus on Harry Potter stuff, while Melanie’s are more traditional SYW questions.

Let’s get started with Roger’s Harry Potter Questions.

You have just been gifted a magic wand that specializes in completing household chores. You can request the completion of only two household chores. Which chores would you assign your wand to complete?

Cooking meals and cleaning the pots, pans, and dishes afterwards.

At the local Wizards-R-Us store there was a sale on handshake shockers, instant darkness pellets, and levitation pills. Which of these ‘party thrillers’ are you more likely to purchase?

I’ve had recurring dreams in the past about being able to fly and I’ve always been disappointed when I woke up and realized that I’m earthbound. So without hesitation, I’d choose levitation pills.

In the alley behind Wizards-R-Us, there was a tradesman selling a Love Potion. The sales pitch was too much for you and you yielded and purchased one vial. What do you do with it?

I have a hard and fast rule to never, ever buy something from anyone selling anything from an alley. Even a love potion.

You are the Great Clearinghouse Winner of a new ‘good luck’ potion – Felix Felicis. It has to be used within the next thirty days or its potency becomes diminished. Do you use it? Do you give it to a friend in need?

I suppose I’d use it right before I go out and buy a multi-million dollar lottery ticket. Then, if I won a huge sum of money, I would give some of it to that friend in need. I’d say that’s a win-win situation, right?

And now for Melanie’s questions.

If everyone spoke their mind, would this world be a better or worse place?  Why?

I think it would be great, in my opinion, if people could be totally honest in everything they say and do. But I think a lot of people would be seriously pissed off about it.

Can achieving nothing make a person happy?

Sure, if your goal in life is to achieve nothing.

How do you know if you love someone enough to marry them?

When you feel that your existence would be incomplete without that person being your life partner.

Song Lyric Sunshine

I’ve been nominated by s.s. at Mindfills for the Sunshine Blogger Award. So thank you, s.s. for the nod.

I don’t follow most of the rules for these blog awards, but I do answer questions, and the questions for this award are intriguing because they come from song lyrics. So here goes.

1. What’s love got to do with it? (Tina Turner)

My question is what “it” is. Before I can tell you what role love has in “it,” I need more information.

2. What if we said goodbye to safe and sound? (Troye Sivan)

I guess we’ll find out if Donald Trump gets re-elected in November.

3. Who’s zoomin who? (Aretha Franklin)

These days, everybody’s zooming everyone else in order to stay in touch with family and friends.

4. How do you sleep? (Sam Smith)

Fine. Thanks for asking.

5. How do you want to be remembered? (Magic)

I’d like to be remembered fondly, but I’ll be dead, so….

6. What if God was one of us? (Joan Osbourne)

He’d probably be lying in the street with a cop’s knee on his neck yelling “I can’t breathe.”

7. Where did all the good people go? (Jack Johnson)

I’ll let you know when I get there.

8. Are you listening? (Paramore)

What? Did you say something?

9. Do you practice what you preach? (Black Eyed Peas)

I don’t preach. I express my opinions, my perspectives, and my observations. Take ’em or leave ’em.

10. What are you waiting for? (Nickelback)

An invitation.

11. Why worry? (Dire straits)

What me worry

I’m going to tag Jim Adams. As host of the popular Song Lyric Sunday series, these questions are right up his alley.