Truthful Tuesday — Hibernating

Di, of Pensitivity101, is our host for Truthful Tuesday. This week, Di asks us:

If you could, would you like to hibernate during the winter months?

My answer to this question is informed by the climate where I live in the East Bay of the San Francisco Bay Area. During the winter months here, it rarely reaches low temperatures below freezing and measurable snow below 1,500 feet elevation is virtually unheard of.

Contrast that with the summer months in my area, where high temperatures typically range from the mid to upper 90s and frequently jump above 100° to 110° or even higher.

So given that, my bottom line is that were I inclined to pick a season in which to hibernate, I would choose summer months over the winter months, as I could stay nice and cool inside of my comfortably air conditioned home.

Truthful Tuesday — Do You Believe in Magic?

Di, of Pensitivity101, is our host for Truthful Tuesday. This week, Di asks us:

Do you believe in magic?

An interesting question. In my book, there are three types of magic.

The first type is producing a desired effect or result through the use of incantations or various other techniques that presumably assure human control of supernatural agencies or the forces of nature. I absolutely do not believe in supernatural magic.

The second type is the art of producing illusions as entertainment by the use of sleight of hand, deceptive devices, etc. Like pulling a rabbit out of a hat. This is practiced by entertainers calling themselves magicians, and I do enjoy watching the illusions skillful magicians can create. But I don’t believe that there’s anything supernatural about what they’re doing in their acts.

Finally, there is what I call emotional magic. I’ve personally experienced this kind of magic the night I met my future wife, the day we got married, the day my daughter was born, and the day my son was born.

And I also believe in…

magic in a young girl’s heart
How the music can free her, whenever it starts
And it’s magic, if the music is groovy
It makes you feel happy like an old-time movie
I’ll tell you about the magic, and it’ll free your soul
But it’s like trying to tell a stranger ’bout rock and roll

Truthful Tuesday — The Assassination of JFK

Di, of Pensitivity101, is our host for Truthful Tuesday. Di points out that on this day in 1963, John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States, was assassinated in Dallas, Texas, while riding in a presidential motorcade through Dealey Plaza. Her question to us is:

Can you remember what you were doing or where you were when this happened?

Yes, my memory of that day is clear as a bell. I was a junior in high school at the time. It was on a Friday at around 1:30 in the afternoon, Eastern Time, when I heard the announcement from the principal over the PA system that the president had been shot.

I was in the gym, along with maybe half a dozen other students, decorating it for a Thanksgiving dance scheduled for that night.

I was standing near the top of a ladder hanging some Thanksgiving-appropriate decorations from the scaffolding along the gym’s ceiling. I was stunned when I heard the announcement. My spotter, the guy who was holding the ladder steady for me, had a large grin on his face and said, “Wicked.”

With tears in my eyes, I scampered down the ladder and, even though he was a friend of mine and could probably beat the snot out of me if he set his mind to it, I punched him in the face. He didn’t hit me back.

All that could be heard throughout the school, once it was confirmed that the president was dead, were the sounds of students and teacher crying and sniffling.

We had to wait around for the buses to take us home, but no one said a word and the silence was eerie. Our world, the world of high school students — and of all Americans — changed forever 59 years ago today.

Truthful Tuesday — One or Many?

Di, of Pensitivity101, is now our new host of Truthful Tuesday post. She mentioned that Truthful Tuesday was originally conceived by PCGuy IV in July 2020. This was his first set of questions:

  • Do you prefer coffee or tea? (You must pick at least one, even if neither are your favorite beverage.)
  • Considering your previous choice, do you prefer it hot or iced?
  • How do you take it (cream, sugar, honey, black, etc.)?
  • What is your earliest memory of drinking coffee?
  • What is your earliest memory of drinking tea?

If you’re interested, my response to PCGuy IV’s inaugural questions is here.

Today’s Truthful Tuesday question from Di is:

Do you prefer a single question, a variety on a theme, or a mixture of both for the Truthful Tuesday prompt?

Di, it’s your prompt, so you should do whatever you want to do with it. Personally, I would prefer one meaty question, since there are other prompts, including your own Share Your World prompt, that pose multiple questions.

That said, as I sometimes do with my Provocative Question prompt, I ask one primary question with some related questions, such as why or how or when.

But, as I said, it’s now your prompt, so whatever floats your boat, Di.

Truthful Tuesday — Time Flies

Di, of Pensitivity101, is once again sitting in for Melanie, of Sparks from a Combustible Mind, for today’s Truthful Tuesday post. Her question is…

Do you find time goes faster as we age?

Hell yes. Take this year, for example. It’s already November. It seems like just yesterday we were welcoming in 2022 with great expectations. The reality of 2022 has not been so great, though.

I remember from my youth that days seemed to last forever. And years? Sheesh, the school year would start in September and end in June, when summer vacation would start. As a kid, September to June seemed like an eternity. Today, years — even decades — go by in the blink of an eye.

And holy cow, in two short months we’re going to be entering the 23rd year of the century. Wasn’t it just yesterday that everyone was panicking about Y2K, a widespread computer programming shortcut that was expected to cause extensive havoc around the globe as the year changed from 1999 to 2000? How quaint.

I don’t know the science behind clock time versus perceived time, but I do know that I absolutely perceive time to be zipping by much faster now that I’m an old fart than it did when I was a young stud.

Oh well, such is life.