Share Your World — What’s In a Name?

Share Your WorldIt’s another Monday and that means it’s time for Melanie’s weekly Share Your World questions. So let’s give it a go.

Pancakes, waffles or French toast as your breakfast favorite?

Actually, none of those three options is my “favorite” breakfast, but if I had to choose one of the three, it would be pancakes.

Do you think a person’s name influences the person they become?

There have been a number of studies about the influence of a person’s name on who they become, but I think it’s all a bunch of mumbo-jumbo. You are who you are, regardless of what your name is. And with a name like Fandango, I should know!

Would things get better or worse if humans focused on what was going well rather than what’s going wrong?

Probably better, but then what would we have to complain about on Twitter?

Is math something that humans created or something we discovered? Is looking at reality mathematically an accurate representation of how things work?

I think math was created to intimidate students and to make them feel stupid. At least that’s my personal experience.

Share Your World — Square Boxes, Boots, and Braces

Share Your WorldIt’s Monday and that means it’s time for Melanie’s Share Your World prompt. So let’s get to it.

On a scale of 1-10, how strict were your parents?

I don’t know how I’d rate my parents in relation to other kids’ parents, but I was the baby of the family and the only boy, and I got away with a lot of shit.

What wastes the most time in your day to day life?

My wife would say blogging, but she spends as much time on Twitter as I do on WordPress, so I’d say she wastes more time than I do.

Do they bury people with their braces on?

Melanie explains that braces, for the purpose of this question, are those metal bits they put on people to straighten their teeth.

The old saying goes, they bury cowboys with their boots on. But braces? This question kind of makes me sad because most people who have braces on their teeth are teenagers, and if we’re talking about burying them with their braces on, we’re talking about the deaths of fairly young people.

Why does a round pizza come in a square box?

Because you can’t fit a square peg in a round hole? Or vice versa?

Share Your World — Irish Edition

Share Your WorldToday Melanie has given us two Share Your World prompts, one that focuses on Saint Patrick’s Day, and the other that has more provocative questions.

I’m neither Irish nor Catholic and I don’t know much about Saint Patrick’s Day, other than it’s a good excuse to drink green beer and to get shitfaced. But, as they say, we’re all Irish on Saint Patrick’s Day, so here goes nothing.

Saint Patrick’s Day questions:

Saint Patrick’s actual color was not green. Was it red, orange or blue?

I have no clue.

Was Saint Patrick born in Ireland, Britain, or France?

I have no clue.

How old was Saint Patrick when he was taken as a slave? 10, 13, or 16?

I have no clue.

Why is Saint Patrick’s Day celebrated on the 17th? Was it the day he was born, the day he died, or the day he got the title “Saint”? 

I have no clue.

Is Saint Patrick’s Day always, usually, or never held on the same date? 

I have no clue.

What did Saint Patrick use to symbolize something for Christianity? Was it a stick, a shamrock, or a bird?

I have no clue.

What city turns a river green every year to celebrate? Is it Detroit, Chicago, or Green Bay, U.S.A.?

I do know the answer to this, since I used to live there: Chicago.

Which year was the first St. Patrick’s Day parade (in America) held?

I have no clue.

Which US president was of Irish descent and forgot it was Saint Patrick’s Day?

JFK?

Is corned beef and cabbage is a traditional Saint Patrick’s Day dish?

I have no clue.

True or False: The shamrock is the national flower of Ireland.

I have no clue.

Where was Saint Patrick buried after he died? Britain, Ireland, or France?

I have no clue.

Two of the three colors on the Irish flag are green and white.  What is the third one?

Let me guess. Orange?67BE4F96-E307-4DE3-99BE-5DA1E504EC1D

True or False: Saint Patrick was not actually a Saint.

I have no clue.

What do leprechauns use their sticks, called “shillelagh” for? Accessing their rainbow, turning invisible, or making their magic pot of gold appear?

I have no clue.

Which is not true?

  • Lent restrictions are dropped on Saint Patrick’s Day.
  • Irish soap was invented in Ireland.
  • Saint Patrick’s real name was Maewyn Succat.

I have no clue.

What’s the traditional occupation of a leprechaun? Thief, shoemaker, or banker?

I think they’re supposed to be mischievous, so let’s go with thief.

Okay, now for Melanie’s more provocative questions.

What harsh truths do you prefer to ignore?

I have no clue.

Okay, just kidding. The real answer is that I prefer not to ignore the truth, no matter how harsh it may be.

Is free will real or just an illusion?

Free will is defined as the power or capacity to choose among alternatives or to act in certain situations independently of natural, social, or divine restraints. I believe in free will. I don’t believe in fate or predetermination. I believe the decisions I make are my own choices. Of course, some decisions are impacted by external factors, like my decision to go to the grocery store today to buy some rolls of toilet paper and finding that the store’s shelves have no toilet paper, no tissues, and not even any paper towels. This is the only time in my life that I’m hoping to be constipated.

What is the meaning of true love?

I’m a rather selfish person, but to me, true love is when you care about someone else more than you care about yourself.

Share Your World — Dispositions and Accents

Share Your WorldIn this week’s Share Your World, Melanie wants to know about our dispositions, our take on the coronavirus, our snoopiness, and our favorite accents.

Are you a sweet, sour, tangy, or other type of person? Take that as you will! 😉

I’ve been all four at different times, but today, with the Dow industrials down another 2,000 points and my retirement nest egg disintegrating right before my eyes, I’m pretty sour.77963D98-80B8-47F4-B01A-0AA459BD96C8

Does the whole coronavirus phenomenon worry you? Or are you more a “meh – it’s just another severe flu scare” type of person?

To quote Charles Dickens, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.” I think right now we are experiencing the worst of times.

I am of the opinion that the threat of the coronavirus is real. I’m not an expert and I don’t know if the disease will be as bad as some of the prognosticators are saying it might be. But the worst part of this whole mess is the totally inept manner in which Donald Trump and the Trump Administration are “managing” it. They’re not trying to manage the spread of the coronavirus itself, they’re only trying to manage the messaging about the coronavirus. And it’s not working.

When was the last time you were snooping, and found something you wish you hadn’t?

I’m ashamed to say that I once followed a girl that I was dating one night when she told me she had to study for an exam and found her at a bar kissing another guy. Needless to say, that ended our relationship.

What’s the most pleasant sounding accent in your personal opinion? Everyone has a pleasing accent to someone!

I suppose, if I had to choose one accent that I find most pleasant sounding it would be a French accent. Très sexy, oui?

Share Your World — Cake, Crusts, and My Mother

Share Your WorldIt’s Monday and that means it’s time for Melanie’s Share Your World prompt. So let’s get right to it.

Can you bake a cake?

Can I? Sure, as long as I have a cake mix box with clear directions, and have all of the necessary ingredients. But as my wife often tells me, just because you can do something, doesn’t mean you should do something.

What’s one thing that can instantly make your day better?

Waking up in the morning (as opposed to having died in my sleep, although if I have to die, I’d rather die peacefully in my sleep than any other way).

When you were a kid, did you eat the crusts on your sandwich or not?

Yes. My mother told me a long time ago that the crusts were the most nutritious parts of the bread, and my mother would never have lied to me. Right?

What’s something your family would be surprised to learn about you?

That I’m actually a very sensitive man. My mother told me that a long time ago, and my mother would never have lied to me. Right?