Share Your World — 01/17/2022

It’s Monday and Melanie is out with another edition of Share Your World.

Fill in: ‘If I were really completely honest, I would say that …’ This is a question for ‘radical honesty’. What are the things you wouldn’t normally say? Things you would otherwise actually hide? What’s on your mind? What would you really like to be able to say?

If I were really completely honest, I would say that being “completely honest (i.e., brutally honest) is no way to win friends and influence people. While honesty is the best policy, sometimes you have to couch that honesty in a way that doesn’t hurt others. So rather than being “radically” honest, I would try to figure out a way to make my point without making matters worse or destroying a relationship.

Have you ever broken anything? What about rules?

I’ve broken traffic laws (mostly by driving faster than the posted speed limit). I once went through the express (15 items or less) line at the grocery store with 16 items. I also have a tendency to break arcane grammatical rules, like never start a sentence with a conjunction or end one with a preposition.

Are you also afraid of spiders? What is your biggest fear, other than spiders? (If you’re not afraid of spiders, use your biggest phobia instead.)

I am not afraid of spiders, but I’m not a fan of spiders, either. As to a phobia, which is defined as an extreme or irrational fear of or aversion to something, I don’t have a true phobia. That’s not to say I’m fearless. It’s just that my fears are neither extreme or irrational.

Do you think time goes faster as you get older?

Definitely. When I was a kid, time traveled at a snail’s pace, but now, my god, it whizzes by. Take 2021, for example. That year lasted for the blink of an eye.

Please share something that really inspired you from this last week or month.

I think what inspires me the most are those of you who read my blog, who respond to my prompts, who create your own prompts that inspire others, and who share your worlds with the rest of us.

Share Your World — 01/10/2022

It’s Monday and Melanie is out with another edition of Share Your World.

Who do you think is an example of a successful person?

Well, there are a lot of celebrities who are successful and a lot of business people who are successful and one or two politicians who are successful, but personally I think anyone who is living the life he or she has chosen and who is happy with who they are is successful.

Why are you doing what you’re currently doing?

Because I’m lying in bed, trying to cope with a very bad cold. I’m going through my WordPress reader and responding to prompts like this one. But what I should be doing is closing my eyes and trying to sleep.

What is your personal theme song?

It depends how I feel, but feeling the way feel at the moment, it’s this:

What do you think about tofu?

I don’t really think about tofu much at all.

Where did you find bliss this past week?

Sadly, I’m not finding much to be blissful about these days.

Share Your World — 01/03/2022

I’m running a day late this week. Yesterday was the first Monday of the year and that meant that it was Melanie’s first Share Your World of the year. But, according to Melanie, it was also the last Share Your World inspired by Evil Squirrel. Let’s get to it.

What frivolous, but annoying thing that people do should be considered a sin (crime)?
And how should violators be made to repent (be punished) for it?

I’m not sure that it’s “frivolous,” but when someone takes their dog for a walk and the dog poops but then the person walking the dog doesn’t pick up the poop in a poop bag and dispose of it properly, that should be considered a crime. How should violators be punished? They should be forced to clean up the poop they left behind by eating it. I guarantee they would never leave their dog’s poop behind ever again.

Imagination IN and impracticality and logic aside, if you could pick one animal to have as an exotic pet based solely on how cute and adorable it is, what would it be?

A koala bear.

Do you have any siblings? If so, where do you rank in birth order? And do you think either of these facts contributed to the person you became?

I was the baby of the family with two older sisters, both now deceased. one was 16 years older than me, the other was nine years older than me. I can’t really say how having two older sisters contributed to me being the person that I am. I suppose, given how much older they were than me, they were as instrumental in raising me as my parents were.

We all have things that make us happy, but what makes you deliriously, giddily, tail waggingly happy?

My grandchildren.

If you had an alter ego, who or what would it be? Describe some fun or interesting things about them!

I’m too busy trying to cope with my primary self to start thinking about an alternative self.

What are some hopes or accomplishments you’d like to see happen in 2022?

I’d like to see the Democrats maintain control of Congress in the 2022 midterm elections. I’d like to see the end of the coronavirus pandemic. I’d like to see definitive and meaningful actions being taken by governments around the globe to fight climate change. I’d like to see women in America continue to have the legal right to manage their own reproductive health. I’d like to see the enactment across the U.S. of common sense gun control laws. And I’d like to see the arrest, conviction, and imprisonment of Donald J. Trump and all of his most ardent enablers. I’d like to see…. Hell, who am I kidding? I’m too old to be having wet dreams.

Share Your World — 12/27/2021

For this week’s Share Your World, Melanie wants to know how we’re feeling as 2021 comes to a close and we are about to embark on 2022. To that end, she wants to know…

At 12 a.m. on December 31st/Jan 1st, what will you be doing? (Use your own time zone please.)

If all goes according to plan, I’ll be sound asleep.

Is there a tradition you have for New Year’s Eve?

Our family tradition used to be for all of us to get together for a family game night, but since the pandemic, we’ve been using Zoom to play some multiplayer online games from our respective homes.

Do you have any hope or reason you find that next year will be better?

I was sure that 2021 would be better than 2020, but then, only six days after the year began, Trump’s mad MAGA lemmings stormed the U.S. Capitol building in an effort, at the behest of their megalomaniacal leader, to overturn the 2020 election, and that pretty much set the tone for 2021. About the best thing I can say about 2021 was that it was marginally better than 2020.

As to 2022, I hope it will better than 2021, but unless something can be done about the Republican efforts to limit or to take away voting rights from minority populations, to ban abortions, or to refuse to address climate change, I’m not confident that 2022 will be any better than 2021.

What’s the biggest personal lesson you learned during 2021?

Two lessons. One, don’t take American democracy for granted. Two, close to half of all Americans are morons.

Describe in 1-3 words how you feel going into 2022.

Cautiously pessimistic.

Sorry if I am coming across like a Debbie Downer in this post. I’m just not feeling very upbeat at the moment. Maybe my outlook will turn around in 2022.

Share Your World — 10/20/2021

Today is the Monday before Christmas and it’s time for Fandango’s Bah Humbug edition of Melanie’s Share Your World prompt.

What is your least favorite holiday side dish? (for any holiday)

My least favorite side dish? Anything made with sweet potatoes. My favorite? Noodle kugel. Yum!

What is the ugliest or most tasteless decoration you’ve ever seen?

Any Disney character all decked out with Christmas lights. (No offense to anyone who decorates their home for Christmas with Disney characters. Different strokes for different folks, right?)

What is a cherished or unusual (either or both) family tradition from your childhood?

When we lived back east in a snow zone and our kids were young, we used to build huge snowmen in our front yard. Now, where we live in California, it never snows, so the only snowmen you see around here are either inflatable or made of styrofoam.

You’re walking down the street, feeling great — what holiday song would be playing in the background?

I’m not a fan of holiday music, so were I walking down the street feeling great, give me some Beatles, Stones, or Eagles music playing in the background. Keep on trucking’.

Wish Someone A Happy Holiday!

I’d like to wish happy holidays to all of my WordPress friends. And may 2022 be a wonderful year for all of us!