Share Your World — 10/4/2021

It’s time for another one of Melanie’s Share Your World prompts. Let’s answer her “off-the-cuff” questions.

How do you feel about sharing your computer or phone password with your partner?

We know each other’s passwords so that if anything happens to either one of us, the other will have access to all accounts and websites.

What is the greatest struggle you’ve overcome? (This isn’t meant to be invasive, just use general terms if you’d like. Or if not, feel free to pass on the question. That’s allowed too).

I have struggled with having rejected the religious beliefs of my family and most of my friends. I so wanted to embrace their beliefs, but my head and heart (and pragmatism) just couldn’t reconcile the mythologies they clung to with the reality I was experiencing. As a result, I have lost some friends and even alienated some family members. But I am at peace with my atheism.

If heaven is real and you died tomorrow, do you think you would get in? Why or why not? (This is purely speculation, no bias if you don’t believe.)

This is an easy one since I don’t believe in an afterlife and I believe that when I die, everything will cease to exists, at least from my perspective. So since there is no heaven, I’m sure I won’t get in to that “place” that doesn’t exist in reality.

What makes you feel like you really need to be alone?

After reading, watching, or hearing political news, I just want to be left alone to stew.

Do you have any traditions around this time of year?

October is the Major League Baseball month leading up to the World Series. The post season playoffs start tomorrow. Go Boston Red Sox. Go San Francisco Giants!

Share Your World — 9/6/2021

For this week’s Share Your World prompt, Melanie wants to know…

Do you believe in soulmates? (Melanie defines a ‘soulmate’ as the IDEAL romantic partner.)

This may sound antithetical to Melanie’s definition of soulmate, but I believe that finding your “soulmate” is a matter of timing, attitude, and situation. Your “soulmate” often turns out to be the person you’re with when you’re ready to make a “lifelong” commitment to someone, and when your attitude and situation makes that the feel like the right thing to do.

Of course, the sliver of romanticism that exists in me admits that such timing, attitude, and situation may come together because you have found your soulmate.

What are three scents you like?

Coffee brewing, fresh popcorn, and freshly baked goods.

What are some things that you might be considered too old to do, but that you enjoy?

So is the question about things I enjoy doing but I no longer can do because I’m too old? Or is it about things I still do — and enjoy doing — even though some may believe I’m too old to be doing them?

If it’s the former, most such activities involve a combination of diminished reflexes and potentially more brittle bones that old age brings. Things like downhill skiing or motorcycle cruising. If it’s the latter, even as a septuagenarian, I’m still into bicycling and hiking.

What is one food you absolutely refuse to share?

I have no food that I refuse to share with anyone else. In fact, if there is a particular type of food that I love, I will encourage others to take a taste. I’m just that kind of a guy. 😉

Share Your World — 8-23-21

Melanie has graced us with another installment of Share Your World. Here we go.

Can you parallel park (if you drive)? If you don’t drive, can you still skip?

I’ve always been pretty good at parallel parking, but with my brand new EV, when I shift into reverse, a rear camera comes on, displaying a color image of what’s behind my car on my “infotainment center.” So now, parallel parking is a cinch.

Do you prefer early morning or late evening? Or something in between?

I’m usually up between 6 and 7 every morning. But by around 10 at night I’m starting to crash. So I prefer early mornings to late evenings.

Do you like avocados?

I can take ‘em or leave ‘em.

Is mind or matter more real?

Everything that exists in the world and that we can see and touch is made of matter. How we perceive and feel about this matter comes from our mind. As to which is more real, without the mind, does it really matter? Does anything really matter if the mind is not there to perceive it? To see it? To feel it?

Bonus Question

Are people in this current generation less or more sensitive than people from past generations?

What is considered to be the current generation? My wife and I are Baby Boomers. My daughter is supposedly a late Gen Xer and my son is an early Millennial, although I consider them to be pretty much from the same generation. So which one of us, who is still living, is from the current or past generation?

My short answer to this question is that I have no idea. I think all generations are sensitive, but probably not to the same things or to the same extent. In the end, though, does it matter?

Share Your World — 8/9/22

It’s time for another edition of Melanie’s Share Your World prompt. Today’s questions are:

Restrictions are being lifted all over the world. Do you feel it’s safe to go out and mingle in crowds in light of the Pandemic?

With the surge in new COVID-19 cases due to the delta variant and other mutations, along with the refusal of certain segments of our population to get vaccinated, to wear face masks, and to maintain social distancing, my answer is a resounding NO.

What are some things that are okay to do occasionally, but definitely not okay to do every day?

Consume a cannabis-infused edible. Certainly not every day but maybe once a month. My favorites are Mellows.

Would you relocate for love (romantic or otherwise)?

No, not for love alone. But I did relocate for a job and my wife relocated with me. I assume she did that for love.

Do you believe in any conspiracy theories (no judgment)?

The only conspiracy theory I believe is that all those who promote conspiracy theories are actually aliens from another world whose job it is to spread FUD (fear, uncertainty, and doubt) into our civilization.

Share Your World — 6/7/21

Melanie has given us another Share Your World prompt. I missed last week’s edition, but I’m back for this week’s. So without further ado…

What’s the worst commercial you’ve recently seen (or heard)? Why was it so bad?

To be honest, I rarely watch live TV anymore. Most of the commercial/broadcast TV shows I watch are recorded on my DVR, so when I watch those recordings, I fast forward through the commercials. And much of what I watch on TV is on streaming channels such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, etc., where there are no commercials. All that said, I hate drug commercials where, at the end, they give you a list of possible adverse effects. I especially hate it when they say “Don’t take [name of drug] if you are allergic to any of its ingredients.” Duh!

What takes a lot of time but is totally worth it?


Have you ever smiled at a stranger and then wished you hadn’t? Why or why not?

Smile at strangers? Are you kidding me? If I smiled at a stranger, he or she might actually want to stop and talk with me. Why risk that?

What do you think is the nastiest tasting food?

I lost my sense of taste after I had middle ear surgery at the end of 2019. Since then, nothing tastes particularly nasty anymore. Or particularly good, either.

Are you at peace with yourself? Your world? Please share, whether you said “yay” or “nay”!

I am at peace with myself. With the world? That would be a definitive “nay.”