Share Your World — Thick Skin and Blueberry Pancakes

Monday means Melanie and her weekly Share Your World prompt. So let’s get right to it.

Here are this week’s questions.

Are you thin or thick skinned?  Are you easily offended or tend to let it just roll off your back like a duck does with water?

I think of myself as being rather thicked skinned. I’ve never been easily offended by what others say or think. And as I’ve gotten older, my skin has apparently thickened up even more because, for the most part, I don’t really care what other people think, say, or do…unless it directly and adversely affects me, in which case, I will push back hard.

How important are morals in a healthy society? What are the most important morals for citizens to have?

I answered this when Rory asked it by linking back to THIS old post I wrote a while ago. I will say that I used to believe that strong morals in society were critical for society to function properly, but since Trump became president, apparently amorality is the key to success in America these days.

What will your epitaph be?

He was a very ordinary man who lived a very ordinary life extraordinarily well.

French toast, pancakes or waffles?

Pancakes, with blueberries and/or bananas, thank you.

And finally, what were you grateful for this past week?

After ten straight days of rain, we’ve had more than a week of beautifully sunny weather with stunning blue skies with mild temperatures for this time of year. Rain is back in the forecast, however.598f437b-e946-481e-b346-316f952bd0d4

Plummeting Approval Ratings

994cafa9-7d21-421e-9e35-cf1ea7f639f8“I don’t understand why my approval rating is plummeting,” the President said. “I’ve accomplished more in my first two years than all other presidents combined.”

“It’s the government shutdown, sir,” Jared said. “People aren’t happy about that and they blame you.”

“Blame me? It’s the Democrats’ fault. They don’t want to give me my wall. I want my wall. I’m determined to get my wall,” POTUS said.

“The truth is, Mr. President,” Sarah said, “that most Americans are against the wall. The polls show….”

“The polls?” Trump interrupted. “What do the polls know? Didn’t the polls forecast that I’d lose bigly to Crooked Hillary? And yet my victory was the biggest landslide in presidential election history. Isn’t that right, Ivanka?”

“Yes, Daddy. It was marvelous, just like my line  shoes, purses, and jewelry.”

“Exactly,” POTUS said with a smile. “We have to do something big. I can’t just float around like a piece of fucking driftwood, you know. I’m a star, we need to grab this thing like I grab women’s pussies, dammit.”

“I know,” said Mick Mulvaney. “Let’s end the shutdown, Mr. President. You’ll be hailed as a hero, sir.”

“Fuhgedabboudit!” Trump shouted. “I know. Let’s rent a large arena and stage a giant rally. No wait, a yuge stadium. It will be broadcast across all the networks. Millions will watch me. Then all those stupid suckers will love me again. The best president ever.

Written for these daily prompts: Word of the Day Challenge (combine), Fandango’s One-WordPress Challenge (determined), Ragtag Daily Prompt (forecast), Your Daily Word Prompt (marvelous), Michael’s Writing Prompts (driftwood), and Daily Addictions (arena).

Friday Follies — The Trump Sandwich

Jase, over at Proscenium, has this fun thing he calls Friday Follies where, each week he asks us to post “any kind of sign, flyer, ad, etc. that you may see posted or printed or whatever/wherever, that would, might, or might not, intentionally or unintentionally, be a mistake or could be interpreted the wrong way, misspelled, be a double entendre, or just outright hilarious.”

The last time I entered the Friday Follies at the end of December, I went a little political. This time, I’m going even more political with this amusing little sandwich board.d1615f23-5301-4ee3-b395-302d343bd6edOh snap!

JusJoJan — Echo Chamber

16e85f52-2fd1-4b7b-8aa4-f88945d26bedToday’s topic for Linda G. Hill’s Just Jot It January Prompt, was suggested by Lee, at LadyLeeManila. It’s the word “echo.”

I was thinking about writing a post about Alexa, the voice inside of my Amazon Echo. But I banished her from my home about six months ago because I thought she was eavesdropping on my wife and me. So I unplugged my Echo and put in on a shelf inside a storage cabinet in my garage. Besides, I still have Siri, the voice inside my iPhone, to eavesdrop. I did ask Siri what she thinks of Alexa. Siri’s magnanimous response was, “I offer no resistance to helpful assistance.”

So instead of writing about my Amazon Echo for this JusJoJan post, I’m writing about the echo chamber we all seem to inhabit these days.

People love the idea of having their feelings affirmed and are drawn to others, whether in the media, on the internet, or in their close interpersonal circles, who have those same feelings.

An echo chamber creates an environment in which individuals or groups encounter only those beliefs, perspectives, or opinions that coincide with their own, so that their existing views are reinforced and alternative ideas are not considered or are dismissed.

I admit that I reside in an echo chamber of my own making. I prefer to get my TV news from MSNBC rather than Fox News. My online news comes from sources like the Washington Post and the New York Times rather than from or The Drudge Report. From the Daily Beast rather than from the Daily Caller.

I believe as being truthful and reliable the things I read, see, and hear from the sources I prefer, and I dismiss as propaganda and fake news that which I read, see, and hear from the other sources.

I get really aggravated by anyone who gives Trump a pass, so I generally avoid discussing politics or current events with such people, whether in real life or online. And yes, that includes some members of my extended family.

Things have become so fractured when it comes to socio-political ideologies, that life seems to be a zero-sum game these days. If you win, I lose. You’re either with me or you’re against me. And if you’re not with me, I don’t want to deal with you, because I’m right and you’re wrong.

I used to think of myself as someone who was willing to consider different perspectives and who would fairly evaluate all of the information available with an open mind. But I’m not. At least not anymore.

It’s really dysfunctional, isn’t it?

Image credit: Christofe Vorlet.

JusJoJan — They Gave Him An Inch

7e47d4cd-5480-4ad3-a0fa-726e41ca0bb3Did you ever hear the expression, “Give them an inch and they’ll take a mile”? It basically means that if you make a small concession for someone, that person will be emboldened to take further advantage of you, instead of being content with what you have given them.

This is the trap the Republicans have fallen into. They have kowtowed to Trump and freely given him just about every “inch” he’s demanded.

So, that old saying about giving an inch and taking a mile needs to be updated in the era of Donald Trump.91ac0e5d-533e-408a-bd28-6b5a6c34a108

Written for Linda G. Hill’s Just Jot It January prompt. Today’s prompt, “inch,” was suggested by John Holden at The Sound of One Hand Typing.