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Sharing My World Week 17

It’s time to Share My World again! There will be a new set of questions tomorrow – this week is a bit confusing as tomorrow is the first of two May holidays in the UK and I was thinking it was Saturday again today.

But it’s not. It’s Sunday. I might wash the car and do some gardening. “Low maintenance garden” my ass. There may be no grass but there’s weeds.

The questions, which I shall attempt to answer, are provided every week by Cee.


What are some words that just make you smile?
“Dastardly”. That’s a negative word but it sounds funny. That always makes me smile.

“Asshat”. That makes me smile too. It’s not actually a word though, apparently 😦


A dastardly character involved in some asshattery

(Image source and copyright information wikipedia)

When you lose electricity in a storm, do you light the candles or turn on the flashlight? How many of each do you own?
Even in the horrific storms this last winter I didn’t lose power. I was living in a town, so all telephone and electricity cables are underground. There was some lightning once or twice, but I guess it didn’t hit any electricity substations. Some homes in Cornwall did lose power, though.

However, if this should happen I have a couple of torches (=flashlights) around the place. I need to buy some candles (for nice mood lighting as well as emergencies) but I haven’t got around to it yet.

What is the longest book you ever read?
The type of book I read doesn’t tend to be particularly long. I’ve read David Eddings’ “Belgariad” and “Mallorean” may times, but that’s two sets of five books each, though all the same characters. “Lord of the Rings” is three books but that was quite long.

The book which seemed the longest was an exam text I had to read at school – “Sansibar oder der letzte Grund” by Alfred Andersch. It wasn’t really all that long but it was full of difficult words and I found it pretty boring. I preferred the other two books – they were plays, which meant dialogue, which meant more words I actually knew. There’s a big difference between speaking another language and reading a novel.

So you win a pet monkey at a fair, but this isn’t just any old monkey. It can do one trick for you whenever you want from getting a pop out of the fridge to washing your hair. What would be the trick?
Many of the posts I’ve read for this week would have the monkey doing housework. According to the covenant on my house I’m not allowed to keep chickens or pigs (there goes my dream of a chicken coop and pig farm combo in the back garden) but it doesn’t specifically mention monkeys.

Therefore I would open a monkey sanctuary so that all these hard-working housework monkeys can get one weekend off a month from their duties.

It would be run by Marcel because he looks like a sensible sort of monkey.

(Image source Friends Wiki)

See you again next week!

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  1. Aiming for Simplicity
    May 4, 2014 at 8:20 am

    I love the Belgariad & Mallorean series by Eddings.


    • May 4, 2014 at 9:55 am

      I’m a fan of his Sparhawk books as well. My Belgariad and Mallorean are falling to bits I’ve read them so often!


      • Aiming for Simplicity
        May 4, 2014 at 9:57 am

        Love love Sparhawk, have had to rebuy some of them.


  2. May 4, 2014 at 8:30 am

    So sweet of you to think of helping the monkeys. While you have them maybe you can get them to randomly type the world’s longest book lol ::


  3. NotAPunkRocker
    May 4, 2014 at 10:54 am

    Interestingly enough (or maybe not), Marcel was one of the examples in my mind when I mentioned never wanting a monkey a few weeks ago.

    Dastardly is a good answer too 🙂

    Enjoy your day off!


    • May 4, 2014 at 4:15 pm

      The problem with monkeys is that they often get up to dastardly asshattery 🙂
      I will enjoy my day off, thanks!


  4. May 4, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    I love the word ‘dastardly’ too for the same reasons ..very handy when you want to say something negative but funnily 🙂


    • May 4, 2014 at 4:18 pm

      Describe something as a “dastardly plot” and it’s immediately a comedy!


  5. May 4, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    Dastardly asshattery? AND a monkey farm? You go too far my friend, way too far!


    • May 4, 2014 at 4:19 pm

      The questions played right into my hands this week.


  6. May 4, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    I loved Marcel on Friends. I like your idea. You are way too cool. Thanks for sharing.


    • May 4, 2014 at 4:24 pm

      Marcel was one of the best characters! Send your monkey over any time he needs a break 🙂


  7. May 4, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    So you are starting a sanctuary for housework monkeys? Interesting idea.
    One of my favourite words is discombobulate…
    And sorry about your not-so-low maintenance garden… lol! 😉


    • May 5, 2014 at 5:12 am

      That is a good word, I love it in a comedy when someone says they’re feeling dicombobulated 🙂
      I managed to get my gardening done in the end!


  8. May 5, 2014 at 6:42 am

    Heheh, love the monkey answer 😉


    • May 5, 2014 at 7:50 am

      We must look after the monkeys, judging from other answers they’re in for some hard work 🙂


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