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

Share Your World — Stigmas, Snooping, and Sleeping

SYWWoo hoo! It’s Monday and that means that Melanie, at Sparks From a Combustible Mind, has another installment of Share Your World. So let’s get right to it.

What social stigma does society need to get over already?

There are just so many to choose from. But let’s start out with the notion that far too many people seem to cling to: anyone who is not like you, say in skin color, country of origin, religious or political beliefs, or sexual orientation, is the “other” and is not as worthy as you are.

What was the last photo you took?

Timing is everything. I had to get a new modem/router from my ISP last week because my internet was cutting in and out for a few days. When I had to set up the new modem/router, I used the online service and was asked to enter the new device’s serial number and password. I turned it upside down and took this picture with my iPhone so that I could enter the requested numbers on my laptop. Of course, to protect what little online privacy I still have, for the purpose of this response, I struck through said serial number and password on this posted photo.84D8C10D-18E5-4CCD-86AE-82E0768F4250

When was the last time you snooped and found something or found out something you wish you hadn’t?

I’m generally not a snooper. I believe in personal space and boundaries. But once a long time ago I followed a girl I was going out with when she told me she couldn’t go out with me that night because she had an important test to study for. Apparently the test had something to do with how many guys she could flirt with a local bar.

What’s the most comfortable bed or chair you’ve ever slept in?

The one I have now, which is a Beautyrest Black pillow-top mattress. It’s pretty comfy.ec7decc8-a08e-4438-a9c6-03d547639d74.jpeg

Can being grateful change your world?

I don’t know if it can change my world, but it might make living in it more pleasant.

Share Your World — Soulmates and MAGA Hats

Monday is Share Your World day, and Melanie has, once again, posed her irresistible questions.

Do you believe in soul mates? If so, do you think there is only one person meant to share that bond with you, out there in the world?

Okay, just because I don’t believe that there is such a thing as a soul, doesn’t mean I don’t believe in the notion of “soulmates.” I ended up marrying my soulmate. But truth be told, I think one’s soulmate usually ends up being a product of time, place, and opportunity. My wife and I happened to be “geographically compatible” (i.e., we lived in the same city), and both of us were at a point in time in our lives where we were ready to commit to each other via marriage. I’m sure that there are other women who exist who could have been my “soulmate,” but I either didn’t know them because we lived in different parts of the country (or world), and/or because one or both of us was not ready for a lifelong commitment.

Ice cream cone, shake, or other ice cream concoction?

You know what I’m going to say, right? A few scoops of Ben & Jerry’s Stephen Colbert’s Americone Dream ice cream in a bowl.FE818CF3-4653-4FBB-9562-61C6A8482E82

What would be the hat to end all hats? What could you wear on your head that would make people stop what they are doing and stare in awe and amazement?

I would like to nominate the red MAGA hat as the hat that should be ended. And, yes, if I were to wear such a hat, people would look at me in awe and amazement and wonder when dementia overcame me.fandango-maga-hat.jpg

What would be the worst “buy one get one free” sale of all time?

MAGA hats. Duh!

Bonus Question. Please share a moment of gratitude that you experienced during the past week. 

The April A to Z Challenge is finally over!

Share Your World — The Month’s End

SYWHere’s Melanie’s latest Share Your World prompt, and the last one for April 2019. So let’s see what she wants us to share and how much I’m willing to go along with sharing.

If you could interview anyone from your life, living or dead, but not a celebrity, who would it be and why?

It would be my father. As I’ve mentioned in a few previous posts, I was too self-absorbed when I was young and when he was still alive to ask him to tell me stories about his youth. He was born in the Ukraine and ended up coming to America when he was around 14 years old, but I don’t know any of the details of his life before reaching the U.S. or his early days in this country. I really regret that.

As a child, did you have a nickname?  Did you carry that with you throughout life or was it only in childhood that you used it?

My father used to call me “Butch,” as did some of my friends, but it never transcended into my adult life. 

Give us three words that describe you:

Old, liberal, young at heart.

Sneaking into a second movie at the theater (if you go to a movie house)? Is that wrong or just harmless ‘fun’?

It’s not something I’ve ever done, but it doesn’t sound to me like a heinous crime.

If you had a time machine would you go back to the past or forward into the future?Why?

B63230AC-5ECE-412D-9074-8D8C205F2E8FIf I had a Wayback Machine, and Sherman and Mr. Peabody could go with me, I’d visit the past. To me, the future looks pretty bleak.

What were you thankful for during April?

That no one I know personally died.

Share Your World — Death and the Kindness of a Cop

SYWIt’s Monday and Melanie has given us another series of Share Your World questions for us to share with our blogging world. So let’s do this thing.

Was the last thing you read digital or print?

This morning’s daily newspaper.

Are you more an extrovert or introvert?

In the real world, I’m more an introvert. In the blogosphere, I’m more an extrovert.

How is your life different from what you imagined as a younger person?

Based upon the way I lived my life as a teenager and a young adult, I thought I’d be dead by now.

Do you think about dying? Does death scare you? Why or why not?

Now that I’m an old fart, I think more about death than I used to, but I still don’t think about it all that much. Death, per se, doesn’t scare me. It’s a natural part of the human condition. But I am concerned about the manner of my death. I hope it happens peacefully, preferably in my sleep. I don’t want it to be a painful or long, drawn out process, where I’m suffering and am a burden to my loved ones.AA4E176B-44D0-446A-8503-1953E0B17F61

Who has been the kindest to you in your life?

The cop who gave me a warning instead of a speeding ticket when I was nailed by radar for driving 55 miles per hour in a 25 MPH stretch of country road in New Hampshire.