Share Your World — Getting Silly

SYWMelanie, over at Sparks From a Combustible Mind, decided to get a little silly with her questions for today’s Share Your World prompt. Well, silly questions demand silly (or maybe not so silly) answers.

Is it better to suspect something (bad or hurtful) and not know or to have your worst fears confirmed by sure knowledge?

Hmm. I’d say this question is more provocative than it is silly. In fact, I wish I’d thought of this question for my weekly provocative question prompt. Oh well. Anyway, my answer is to always opt for certainty. I’d rather know for sure, one way or the other, than speculate and agonize over something that might turn out to be nothing. And if my worst fears are confirmed, at least I have that information and can decide what to do about it.

What makes you laugh aloud? Crack up? Laugh until your sides split? When was the last time you had a great big belly laugh?

Usually it’s something that someone I know (e.g., a family member or close friend) does or says that cracks me up. I think the last time I had a really big, boisterous laugh was a few weeks ago when my daughter and her significant other came over to play Hearts. We all had some edibles and I was attempting to Shoot the Moon (capture all the hearts and the queen of spades), but because I was stoned, I couldn’t remember what my strategy for doing so was. Only I didn’t realize it (because I was stoned, duh), but everyone else did. We all ended up literally rolling on the floor laughing.

Do you suppose Noah had woodpeckers in the ark? If he did, where did he keep them? Apologies to the Darwinians in the crowd…this is merely for fun, okay?

If you believe that a 450 year old man built a large, wooden ark, gathered up pairs (one male and one female) of every living creature, and loaded them onto said ark, and then sailed around for 40 days and 40 nights while God flooded the planet and drowned every other living being who was not on the ark, then why not woodpeckers? (No offense to those who believe the Bible to be literally true.)

Why is “Charlie” short for “Charles” when they are the same number of letters?

Charlie isn’t short for Charles. Charlie is a nickname for Charles. Just like “moron” isn’t short for Trump even though they have the same number of letters. It’s an apt description.79B96BDA-EB89-413F-9C4A-9973142A1CD4

What  happened in your world this past week that made you feel thankful, joyful or grateful?

I am grateful to the intrepid journalists who, despite being called “the enemy of the American people” by the President of the United States, doggedly pursue and bring to light the acts and deeds of Donald Trump, his family, cronies, and sycophants. These heroic journalists are our only hope for recapturing our republic from the grip of a wannabe king. They dig for the truth and what they publish is genuine news, not fake news.33ADC84E-5D57-4A5D-BB4C-B74A7C82B0DB

High School Daze

Barbara, over at TeleportingWeena, wants to teleport us back to our high school days. She asked us to “think about your SENIOR year in High School. The longer ago it was, the more fun the answers will be!”

Alrighty then. Since I graduated from high school before many of you were even born, this should tons of fun!

1. Did you know your current significant other?

No. I met her 14 years later.

2. Make and year of car?

I mostly drove my mother’s car, a bronze, 1961 Corsair Monza. It was a POS car that I nicknamed “the golden garbage can.”38BF893E-1D2C-4FA6-BCA1-FE74AF85F957

3. What kind of job?

I worked part time at a local Sears & Roebuck store.

4. Where did you live?

My parents’ home in a suburb of Washington, DC.

5. Were you popular?

I was tall, skinny, with braces and acne. What do you think?

6. Were you in choir?

No. I couldn’t carry a tune from one side of the room to the other.

7. Ever get suspended from school?

Yes. For smoking in the boys’ room.

8. If you could, would you go back?

Do I look like a masochist?

9. Still talk to the person that you went to prom with?

I don’t even remember her name. Oh wait. It was Christine.

10. Did you skip school?

Is the Pope Catholic? Does the bear shit in the woods?

11. Go to all the football games?

Most of them. Our team sucked.

12. Favorite subject?

History/social studies

13. Do you still have your yearbooks?

Probably somewhere in a box in the attic.

14. Did you follow the career path you planned?

What plan?

15. Did you have a class ring?

Yes, but it’s probably in the same box up in the attic where my yearbooks are.

16. Still close with your best friend?

No. I’ve lost touch with all of them.

17. Who was your favorite teacher?

Mr. Fowler, my art teacher. He was very encouraging.

18. What was your style?

High school casual. 

19. Favorite shoes?

Chuck Taylor high top All-Stars.D0E48EB6-0F7F-4E95-8772-97997E92D2A1

21. Favorite music?

Top 40

22. High school hair?

Think of the Fonz.4BD3C113-6281-4855-A989-862CE1C7AD82

23. What kind of cologne/perfume?

Canoe. What was I thinking?7344391F-C6C2-4269-94BA-0AF2FAECD6B5

24. How old when graduated?


25. Did you play a sport?

I tried out for the basketball team. I became the ball boy.

Your turn. Copy the questions and paste your answers.

Rory’s Funny Food Questions

E1B57335-D837-43EF-ABCB-786CB533985BRory, A Guy Called Bloke, is now switching from fashion to food and is posing a bunch of questions about food, glorious food.

Just as I’m not a fashionista, neither am I a gourmet. But when has not being an aficionado on any particular topic stopped me from pretending to be one? So here goes.

What is the best recipe containing whipped cream, strawberries, and lashings of chocolate?

It’s called “Strawberry Delight.” You take a handful of fresh, organic strawberries, drop them into a large bowl of freshly whipped heavy cream, top it all with a generous amount of chocolate sprinkles, and then spread it all over your naked lover’s body and have at it.

How many different colors of food can you think of on the top of your head without Googling the answers?

Red, yellow, green, orange, purple, brown, tan, pink, and white.

I am [a/an] ____________Chef?

  • Really bad, practically hopeless
  • Not Bad, but awfully clumsy
  • About average ‘toast is a meal, right’
  • Above average, at least I don’t burn toast
  • Pretty damn good if I say so myself
  • Hot Kitchen Supremo and can master any dish blinfolded, with both arms tied behind my back and my feet in concrete boots

What is the one dish that no matter how hard you try you simply cannot master?

Omelettes. They always break on me when I go to flip them and end up like poorly made scrambled eggs.

In your wise opinion, what are five main ingredients that could feed a family for a week with an assortments of recipes?

Rice, pasta, chicken, ground meat, and ice cream.

Wine only meant for the drinking or the cooking?

Either and both.

What are three brilliant food quotes?


Have you eaten any of the following?

Snails, frogs legs, fugu, eyeballs, crispy tarantulas, squid, chocolate covered ants, jellied moose nose, huitlacoche, airag, Casu marzu, Century egg, Stargazey Pie, ostrich egg, alligator, locusts, and if none of those what then is the weirdest food you have ever consumed and lived to write about it now?

What is umami?

An Islamic religious leader.

What color is the French wine Beaujolais?


What is a great musical track that always makes you think of food?

From which cactus is tequila made?

This is a trick question. Tequila comes from blue agave, which is not a cacti.1276ABB7-1348-41AE-A818-FE965A32AE6C

Why on earth is blue cheese blue and red cheese red, how so?

Blue cheese ripens from mold and as the mold spores are introduced into milk at the beginning stages of cheesemaking, it is blue. As far as red cheese, I’ve never seen or even heard of red cheese, so I have no clue.

What is a pisang when it is at home with the family?

I don’t know what “pisang” is, but I hope that when at home with the family, whatever it is, it’s only done in the bathroom.

What is it about baked beans, why do they make you fart and why does asparagus make your pee smell, well…odd?

Because they’re hard to digest? Or maybe just to irritate your friends and family at a weekend cookout.

Okay, Pita, when not meaning ‘Pain in the ass,’ what does this Greek word really mean?

It’s the name of a type of wheat-based flatbread.

Who loves Ben & Jerry ice cream? I am pretty sure I know of at least three of my readership who love this brand, so there should be no reason not to know the answer to this question? Which one of the following is NOT one of their recipes?

Birthday Cake/BM’s One Love/Civet Coffeecrumbles/Half Baked/Caramel Chew Chew

I loves me my Ben & Jerry’s Stephen Colbert’s Americone Dream ice cream. Now as to those flavors you listed, I think the ONLY one that is actually a Ben & Jerry’s favor is Half Baked.

What is Seitan when it is not terrorizing the neighborhood and what is Lupin if not a cousin of the werewolf?

No idea on either.

Of the following which is are the fermented food stuffs?


I think they all are.

Why does fish smell so fishy and so very fishy at that?

Because it’s fish. Duh! What else is it supposed to smell like?

Challenge Accepted

53BA6B46-C0AD-4337-99D0-188BD86AA2A9Kristian, over at Tales From the Mind of Kristian, was nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award. Good for him, am I right?

Kristian did not nominate me for that award, but in his response to having, himself, been nominated, he wrote, “If you are reading this and haven’t had an award in a while, please consider yourself nominated.”

It turns out that I was, indeed, reading his post, but since mine is an award-free blog, I don’t really keep track of when I get nominated for awards. And since I wasn’t specifically tagged, I figured I’d just move on.

But then I wrote a comment on Kristian’s post. I wrote “Congratulations on yet another well-deserved award.” And he responded, “Thanks, Fandango. Why not have a go at answering the questions? 🙂”

Okay. Who can resist such a challenge? Challenge accepted, Kristian.

So here goes.

1. If you discovered the secret of eternal youth, would you share it with anyone else? If so, who?

I am already too old to have such a discovery do me any good. So if I did have knowledge of the secret to eternal youth, I’d sell it on eBay to the highest bidder and be financially set for the rest of my life.

2. If you could invent any device to help you, what would it be?

A device that would provide its owner with eternal youth and then I’d sell it on eBay to the highest bidder and be financially set for the rest of my life. Do you see a recurring theme here?

3. Have you ever looked into your family tree? Did you discover anyone famous or infamous?

Both of my parents were immigrants from Eastern Europe and the available records of their heritage are scarce, so I have no idea if there is anyone famous or infamous in my family tree.

4. What type of stories do you like to read?

As long as they are well-written and entertaining, that’s what matters to me. That said, I enjoy stories that keep me guessing. I am not a fan of predictability.

5. What song or tune always puts a smile on your face?

Fashionista I Am Not

Rory, A Guy Called Bloke, is at it again. He has more Question Fun, this time on the topic of “Fashionista.”2E7668F4-8F4F-4260-B6E0-E8D38B862814

I can assure you that I am not now, nor have I ever been someone who anyone would call a “fashionista.” But I thought it might be fun to answer Rory’s fun questions anyway.

Could you cope with buying no clothes for a full year?

Probably. I only buy new clothes when my old clothes wear out. So if I can get my current “wardrobe” to last for a year, I could go for a full year without buying anything new.

How many pairs of colored/patterned socks do you possess?

None. All of my socks are white sweat socks.

What is YOUR number one fashion rule?

Comfort always trumps fashion.

What is the quirkiest customised outfit you have ever worn and where and what for did you wear it?

I don’t know that I’ve ever worn anything quirky unless I think back to my hippie days when I used to wear colorful flower-patterned shirts, hip hugger bell bottom jeans, and sandals.

In your opinion what are 5 basic but important items of clothing?

  1. T-shirts
  2. Jeans
  3. Sweat socks
  4. Sneakers
  5. Sweatshirts

Ok, so Flares? Once popular for the 70’s sure …. but where are they now?

I assume “flares” equal bell bottoms. They’re gone but not forgotten.

Which are your best three quotes that mean the most to you with regards fashion/clothing/lifestyle?

  1. “Trendy is the last stage before tacky.” Karl Lagerfeld
  2. “Fashion is about something that comes from within you.” Ralph Lauren
  3. “Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.” Mark Twain

You obviously have favorite colors you enjoy wearing, we all do – but if you were asked to wear the opposite colors to what you normally wear what would those colors be?

Pink, red, and colors that have names but I have no idea what they are, like mauve and chartreuse.

What are the wrong trousers to wear like ever?

Baggy sagging pants with one’s butt showing, as I wrote about here.

What is your favorite style of nightwear from the following options?

Baggy T-Shirt, boxers/long Johns
Ridiculous looking Pajamas
Nothing as in bare all over
Sexy attire – you know the naughty stuff

Other. I wear a T-shirt and sweatpants.

For you what one single musical track just speaks fashion to you?

“Vogue” by Madonna.

The celebrity whose style you most identify with from the following?

Melissa McCarthy
Jack Nicholsan
Clarke Gable
Halle Berry
Meryl Streep
Lady Gaga
Charlie Chaplain
Gene Kelly

Other. There is no celebrity whose style I identify with.

Would you wear stripes with squares?

Only if I were in prison.

Which out of the following line up are you most likely to wear?

Heels, Boots, Flats, Loafers, Sneakers, Brogues, Thongs [Flip Flops], Running Shoes, sandals, Wedges, Slippers, Lace Ups, Decks, Wellingtons, Riding Boots, Mules, Ankle Boots, Boat shoes, Chukkas, Chelsea Boot, Slips ons?

Sneakers. Only sneakers.

Are hats your thing? If so which styles?

Baseball caps.

For women; last time you wore a scarf and for men; last time you wore a tie?

The last time I wore a tie was my last day of work at the end of 2016.

Have you ever physically suffered for the sake of a fashion trend?

Remember, my first rule of fashion is comfort always trumps fashion.