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Sharing My World 11-10-2021

October 17, 2021 16 comments

Here is my post for Melanie’s Share Your World.

What is the scariest game (board or on-line) you ever may have played?
That would be “The Last of Us”. One of the best games ever made, but I will never play it again! At one point I actually jumped up off the sofa, I got such a fright.

I’m still trying to work up the courage to play the sequel.

What’s just “over the rainbow” for you?
A pair of weighing scales. That’s what it says in the song, isn’t it? “Somewhere over the rainbow, weigh a pie…

Sorry, that’s a very old joke 😦

Do you have to watch something upbeat after watching a suspense or horror movie so you can go to sleep?
No, I always read some of my book before going to bed so that takes the edge off it. I’m not even sure what constitutes a proper “horror movie” these days anyway, to be honest.

Is there intent behind every action?
No. Sometimes people just act on instinct. Though I suppose that does mean some sort of un-premeditated intent. You sometimes end up with unintended consequences, though.

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Sharing My World 04-10-2021

October 10, 2021 29 comments

Here is my post for Melanie’s Share Your World. It’s also my birthday today. Happy birthday to me 🙂

How do you feel about sharing your computer or phone password with your partner?
Not a chance, even if I had a partner. Quite apart from the “browser history” issue 🙂 the moment you share anything like that with someone. if anything happens you’re not covered. Like giving someone else your bank card PIN or leaving an emergency house key under the doormat.

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).
There was that one time I had trouble getting my jeans buttoned up after a particularly large meal. (Yes, that means I’m not answering this question!)

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)
Yeah, for sure heh heh! But it sounds a bit boring. All clouds and harps and whatnot. I’d rather go to Valhalla or Sto’Vo’Kor. Dead Klingons really know how to party!

What makes you feel like you really need to be alone?
Other people 😮

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Sharing My World 26-09-2021

October 3, 2021 13 comments

Here is my post for Melanie’s Share Your World.

What’s your favourite way to exercise?
Cycling along on my Wattbike through a landscape on Zwift. Preferably somewhere fairly flat. There’s a lovely island off Japan which sometimes shows up but it’s all hills.

What’s more important to you – family or friends?
Both, of course. Both completely equally. There’s no telling who’s reading this 😮

Have you ever voted for someone (in whatever venue – politics, contests, school elections) based solely on how they looked?
No. All the even vaguely cute politicians stand in constituencies further up country. So I have to fall back on less important things like policies and “what they stand for”. Yaaaawn.

How could carousels be spiced up so they are more exciting?
I guess you could use real horsies. When it starts going round they’ll jump off and run amok, knocking over coconut shies and whatnot. The kids would love it! I expect Health and Safety would knock that one on the head, though.

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Sharing My Squirrely World

September 26, 2021 18 comments

Here is my post for Melanie’s Share Your World, with a special bonus question midweek. This week, the questions were posed by various members of the Nest, a place where many wondrous and hideous things can happen!

Chip (a chipmunk)
If you were to be cast as part of a comedy double act, which part would you play…. the straight man or the funny one, and why?

I reckon I’d be good as the straight man. I’m very good at staring straight ahead with an expression on my face which clearly says “who is this fool?”

Buster (the serial death possum)
If you were to be reincarnated on Earth as any non-living/inanimate object of your choosing, what would you come back as and why?

I’d be an internet router. Think of all the secret and damning information I would be privy to that I could use to blackmail people with!

If I wasn’t just an internet router…

Fleabag (the yappy doggie)
We all know how dogs mark their territory. How do you mark your territory?

I piss on everything too.

Shadow (the mysterious other-dimensional being)
If you were on a trivia show and had to correctly answer ten questions in one subject to win a million dollars (or whatever currency is used in your locale), what would you hope the category would be?

From the point of view of winning the money, the life and times of me! Is that allowed? On the other hand, maybe it’s better not to have TV researchers going through the life and times of me with a fine tooth comb…

Uncle Sam (the corrupt politician) (is the word “corrupt” redundant here?)
In democratic societies, do you believe that the right to vote is merely a privilege or a duty for all citizens?

It’s a privilege (and not “merely”). Not voting is still a choice. What’s the point in letting people have a choice in the future if they don’t even have the choice in choosing? Besides, if voter numbers are down, that’s useful information too.

Troll (the dogsbody)
Would you rather have a huge head of hair or be completely bald? No middle ground!

Having seen Troll, I’ll go bald, thanks.

Sharing My World 13-09-2021

September 19, 2021 16 comments

Here is my post for Melanie’s Share Your World.

When it’s all said and done, will you have said more than you’ve done?
I think bazillions of thoughts. I say a fair amount and I do practically nothing.

What does the world need less of?
I’m sure that if we could ask the world itself, the answer would be “people”. For me, it would be caramel and chocolate laced with sea salt. What’s that all about? Disgusting stuff. How dare chocolatiers ruin a nice bit of chocolate like that.

It’s not right.

Do you feel older or younger than your age?
Younger. I don’t really feel any different to when I was much younger. It comes as a shock when I remember how old I really am!

What is a cause you’ll always passionately support?
The Campaign for the Betterment and Enrichment of Me. Yes, it’s a bit self-centred, but hey. So here’s another campaign I’m thinking of getting behind:

The Campaign for the Eradication and Outlawing of Salted Caramel.

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Sharing My World 06-09-2021

September 12, 2021 23 comments

Here is my post for Melanie’s Share Your World.

Do you believe in soul-mates? (my definition of ‘soul mate’ is the IDEAL partner romantically).
I doubt the “ideal” romantic partner exists. And if they do, the chances of actually meeting them under the right circumstances are extremely remote 😦

What are three scents you like?
Here is my list:

  • Smokey bacon
  • Non-smokey bacon
  • Um… any other bacon not covered by the above

What are some things that you might be considered too old to do, but that you enjoy?
You’re never too old to do the things you want to do. Have fun and don’t worry about how old you are! Be young at heart (but don’t break a hip).

What is one food you absolutely refuse to share?
Ooh, could it be… could it be… bacon? And ice cream. And chocolate.

Bacon for my tea. Mmm, bacon.
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Sharing My World 30-08-2021

September 5, 2021 16 comments

Here is my post for Melanie’s Share Your World.

Are human beings required to better themselves and will doing that make them happier?
Human beings are not “required” to better themselves. It’s a choice. It wouldn’t make me happier because “bettering yourself” usually means doing stuff I don’t want to do 😦

Is it easier to love or to be loved?
It’s much easier to love. Being loved is tough. I’ve still not heard back from that Scarlett Johansson.

Outside traumatic brain injury, can memories be completely erased?
Yes. All you need is one of those big probe machines like you see on the telly. Like in Star Trek and whatnot. It doesn’t look too hard, though it’s usually aliens who have the technology so I guess we’ll have to wait until we’re invaded before we can do it.

Is there such a thing as a good death?
Of course! We must die valiantly in battle with honour in order to reach the afterlife in Sto’Vo’Kor. Qapla’!

No, wait, sorry, that’s Klingons.

What do you imagine is inside a baseball?
Baseball innards. Or a little pixy sitting on a gyroscopic chair having the time of his life.

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Sharing My World 23/08/2021

August 29, 2021 19 comments

Here is my post for Melanie’s Share Your World.

Can you parallel park (if you drive)?
Yes I can and no I can’t. It’s 50/50. Once I got my car into a tiny tiny space between two cars perfectly. Another time there was a space the size of a bus and I ended up on the kerb.

I don’t do it any more basically. If I had a normal car rather than a sporty one it would parallel park and reverse park by itself. Maybe next car!

Do you prefer early morning or late evening? Or something in between?
Early morning for sure. I get up early every day – any time after 5am. I get very tired in the evenings.

Do you like avocados?
I doubt it. I can’t remember the last time I had one but I don’t really like the idea of them. The creamy-looking texture puts me off.

Is mind or matter more real?
Is there even “matter”, or are we living in our own minds? Maybe we’re in the Matrix. How would we know? (dum dum DUM)

It’s best not to contemplate such things, though. Reality is what you make of it. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter 🙂

Are people in this current generation less or more sensitive than people from past generations?
It’s the responsibility of older people like me to answer “more sensitive” to this question, noting that we shrugged stuff off which would these days involve an immediate police presence plus a couple of ambulances, a law suit and the creation of a new social pressure group with associated catchy hashtags. #oversensitive

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Sharing My World 15-08-2021

August 22, 2021 11 comments

Here is my post for Melanie’s special Squirrel Edition of Share Your World. The questions this week come from some of the critters living on Evil Squirrel’s Shelf.

When you just need to forget the world for a few hours, what helps you get away from it all? (Fuzzywig the stoner raccoon)
Having a nice nap. With no help required from Fuzzywig’s 4:20 stash.

If you woke up tomorrow with a unicorn horn extending from the top of your head, what would be the biggest advantage and disadvantage of your new appendage? (Mitzi the horny unicorn)
Stab people, I expect! That’s what unicorn horns are for. Mitzi doesn’t use hers right.

I stab all night and I stab all day
I gouge and I rip, it’s the unicorn way
Those who insult with every breath
I’ll stab and gouge the shits to death

What is the creepiest thing you’ve ever seen someone do, that you’d be willing to talk about, of course? (Snuggle the kinky pervert bear)
Sorry, Snuggle. I know what you’re up to with this question. Trying to get some ideas, huh? I’m onto your little game.

What’s the silliest or pettiest thing that tends to really upset you? (Rainy, the wickedly obsessive rain-loving skunk)
Everything! If people don’t do things my way, they’re doing things the wrong way!

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Sharing My World 09-08-2021

August 15, 2021 20 comments

Here is my post for Melanie’s Share Your World.

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?
Well, depends what you mean by “safe”. It’s always less safe to mingle in crowds, there’s always something going around, even other potentially fatal viruses (like flu).

I just checked the stats – 90% of adults in the UK have had one dose of vaccine, 76% have had both. And although most restrictions have now been lifted, most people are still wearing masks inside shops etc (most shops are “strongly requesting” it), so it’s as safe as it can be I guess.

What are some things that are okay to do occasionally, but definitely not okay to do every day?
All the best things to do, obviously. Like eating chocolate and ice cream and cakes and whatnot. Burger and chips, fish and chips, pizza…

Would you relocate for love (romantic or otherwise)?
I seriously doubt it. You shift your entire life around and then you break up and you’ve got nothing.

(he said cynically…)

Do you believe in any conspiracy theories (no judgment)?
No, because if I believed in one, in my own mind it would be “fact”, not a theory. Heh heh.

Some people would laugh at some of the things I believe in. More fool them. Anyone who doesn’t believe in the Worldwide Cat Cabal is going to be very surprised when the furry little hellions finally make their move towards world domination.

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