Rory’s Dawdler — 03/19/23

Rory, the king of questions, also known as the Autistic Composter, has come up with a new series of questions that he calls “The Dawdler.” He poses three questions twice a week, questions he says are “inspired by life, humor, conversations and observations, town life, blog posts, writers, gardening, news stories, television, entertainment, and human curiosity, and so on.”

Here are Rory’s three Dawdler questions today.

Are you a person who likes their life to be orderly with set routines and schedules or is that not an essential for you to worry about?

Is an orderly life with set routines and schedules essential for me? No. But is it preferable? Yes.

Are you a natural people watcher and if so what do you enjoy about the experience?

If I’m out and about and have some time to kill, I enjoy people watching. Seeing different people and how they interact and then filling in the blanks (or making them up in my mind) about the kind of person they are, what they do for a living, and what makes them tick can be entertaining — for maybe 30 minutes, at most.

Do you think your online persona is very different from the one at home or are you exactly the same as you display yourself to your readers?

I’m pretty much the same person here on WordPress (my only online “social media” presence) as I am in the real world. If anything, I may be a bit more forthcoming here. For example, I don’t go around announcing to total strangers ITRW that I’m an atheist, but most who know me through WordPress are aware of that. Yes, I blog anonymously, but that’s an attempt to hide my real identity to reduce the potential for identity theft more so than to present an entirely different persona online than at home.

E.M.’s Sunday Ramble Prompt — Habits

It’s time once again for E.M. Kingston’s The Sunday Ramble. Her prompt is based upon a certain topic about which she asks five questions. We are invited to ramble on about that topic however we wish. Today’s topic is “Habits and Routines.”

1. Do you have a daily routine that you are used to, or do you just go with the flow of the new day?

As a retiree, I pretty much go with the flow, although there are routine tasks that I have to deal with, like daily hygiene, fixing and eating meals, walking the dog, and reading the newspaper. My latest routines that I’m trying to turn into habits are putting on my recently acquired hearing aids each morning and remembering to charge them each night, and remembering to floss each night to address my “deep pockets.”

2. Do you do anything in your life habitually that you wish you could stop?

Nope. I’m good with my habits and routines. I don’t smoke, I drink only a beer or two upon occasion, and I don’t do drugs, except for the occasional cannabis-infused marshmallow. Otherwise I consider all of my habits to be good ones.

3. If habit was the acronym H.A.B.I.T, what would it be short for?

Have A Blast In Time

4. Are we born with our bad habits? Or do we acquire them from the environment surrounding us?

I don’t believe babies are born sinners or have any bad habits. I think almost all of our habits — good and bad — are learned.

5. Are you a night owl, early bird, or something else when it comes to sleeping routines?

Back in the day I would have said that I’m a night owl. But like most people my age (i.e., old farts), I would have to say that I’m an early bird. These days it’s lights out by 10:30 or 11:00 and I wake up most days between 6:00 and 7:00.