~~ "It's All Life, until it's Over" ~~
Kilgore Trout

~~ " In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organized robbery?”" ~~
Saint Augustine

~~ “Nobody would do anything if they knew what they were in for.” ~~
"Amarante",
"Milagro Beanfield War"


Saturday, March 6, 2021

Sunday Stealing: Alec Clayton

Hi! I'm your host Bev Sykes of the blog "Funny the World". . Welcome to Sunday Stealing. This feature originated and published on WTIT: The Blog. Here we will steal all types of questions from every corner of the blogosphere. Our promise to you is that we will work hard to find the most interesting and intelligent questions. Cheers to all of us thieves!
 
 

Hi! I'm your host Bev Sykes of the blog "Funny the World". . Welcome to Sunday Stealing. This feature originated and published on WTIT: The Blog. Here we will steal all types of questions from every corner of the blogosphere. Our promise to you is that we will work hard to find the most interesting and intelligent questions. Cheers to all of us thieves!
 
 
 
1. Do you put ketchup on hot dogs?  No, Onions and Mustard

2. How many TVs in your house?  One

3. Do you put salt on watermelon?  I used to as a kid.  Now I don't,

4. Can you swim? I can. 

5. Are your parents still alive? No.

6. First car? A Dagoed 55 Mercury,  I love that car.

7. Surgeries? More than I ever thought I'd ever have to have,

8. What do you drink in the morning?  Green Tea

9. Can you do 100 push ups? Not anymore.  I can still do a hundred sit ups, though I am out of practice.

10. Can you change a tire?  Not any more, But I used to be able to.

11. Tattoos? None though I still would like a butterfly on my ankle. It's not going to happen. lol

12. Do you wear sunglasses?  Yes.

13. Do you have a phobia?  Like irrational fears?  No.  All my fears have good causes!

14. Do you have a nickname? In high school, yes, and first year of college.  After that it faded away.
 
15. Are you a picky eater?  The only thing I won't eat that other people seem to love is black eyed peas.  The smell of them cooking even makes me sick.  In my dotage I now won't eat most things with meat in them. So, yes, a bit picky.

 

Friday, March 5, 2021

Birthday- Saturday 9

 

     

Welcome to Saturday 9. What we've committed to our readers is that we will post 9 questions every
Saturday. Sometimes the post will have a theme, and at other times the questions will be totally unrelated. Those weeks we do "random questions," so-to-speak. We encourage you to visit other participants posts and leave a comment. Because we don't have any rules, it is your choice. We hate rules.We love memes, however, and here is today's meme.

BIRTHDAY (2014)

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) In this song, Katy Perry sings that she wants to give her lover something good to celebrate every day. What is making you happy this fine Saturday?  ummm  I am going to start finishing a sweater that has taken 10 years, so far, to get finished.

2) The video is all about baking a birthday cake. When did you most recently enjoy something home baked? Were you the baker?  I was the baker.  And it was probably the Christmas before last.

3) Tell us a memory from one of your birthdays.  My hubby and kids gifted me an antique crank sewing machine. 

4) This week's song shares nothing but the title with a Beatles song. (Here's a video of Paul McCartney performing it live.) Can you think of another title that's been used by more than one song?  Not at the moment.

5) Similarly, this week's featured artist was born Kathryn Hudson and called Katy Hudson until she changed her name to Katy Perry to avoid confusion with the actress Kate Hudson. Have you ever met anyone else with your same name?  Never have met them but they are out there.

6) Katy and actor Orlando Bloom became parents to a baby girl in 2020. Bloom is best known for his work in the Lord of the Rings and Pirates of the Caribbean movies. Are you a fan of either of those film series?  I  am a fan of both of these series. 

7) In 2014, the year this song was popular, Prince William toured the United States and attended his first NBA game (Nets vs. Cavaliers). What's the most recent sporting event that you watched?  Basketball.  It's my favorite to watch and to play.

8) Also in 2014, Joan Rivers died. While best-known for making us laugh, she was a very successful entrepreneur, selling jewelry on QVC. Have you ever ordered anything from TV?
No.  I did win a KPBS Auction for piano lessons once.  The teacher was so much fun.
 
9) Random question -- Have you ever been told you talk too much?  Moi!?  lol No.. I am super quiet until it gets jokie and a little louder. and then I do join in a bit. 
 
Readers, if you would like to read other Niners, or even join in, go HERE for the linkie. 
 
Thanks so much sam, for doing this fun meme every week. 
 





Thanks so much for joining us again at Saturday: 9. As always, feel free to come back, see who has participated and comment on their posts. In fact sometimes, if you want to read & comment on everyone's responses, you might want to check back again tomorrow. But it is not a rule. We haven’t any rules here. Join us on next Saturday for another version of Saturday: 9, "Just A Silly Meme on a Saturday!" Enjoy your weekend!


Wednesday, March 3, 2021

When times get hard, a book to read...


 Both as a window into the world of fascism, and as a cautionary tale.  We do not want to be part of ushering in yet another era of “Little Monsters”, now, do we?  

The book is Man’s Search For Meaning,  by Viktor E. Frankl.  

Sorry I can’t get a photo of it to stick in the app from the iPad.   


Saturday, February 27, 2021

Sunday Stealing: Traveling far and wide... Senior Life

 

 

Hi! I'm your host Bev Sykes of the blog "Funny the World". . Welcome to Sunday Stealing. This feature originated and published on WTIT: The Blog. Here we will steal all types of questions from every corner of the blogosphere. Our promise to you is that we will work hard to find the most interesting and intelligent questions. Cheers to all of us thieves!

 From Senior Life

 

 1. What is the farthest you have ever traveled?  To Lake Eerie when I was a tot.  My Grandfather's family had a house on the shore of the lake and we went there one summer during world war two.

2. Who did you date while in high school?  No. Never had a boyfriend. Most of my crowd didn't.

3. What is one of the worst trips you've ever taken? What went wrong?  Trying to be honest here and not too transparent... It was a trip with my dad - the paternal unit, as my brother nicknamed him, when "dad" decided to "tour" the Western States.  It was part fun and part terror.  My dad was what the criminal justice system called, a "perp'.  Horrid man.

4. How do you like to spend a lazy day? I read, knit and watch old mysteries or movies while I knit.

5. How old were you when you found out that JFK had been assassinated? How did it affect you?  I was 20.  It made me into a political tiger!

6. Who has been one of the most important people in your life?  My mother was until I met my husband.  Mr.Z is like a miracle for me, one who saved my life.

Mother was moral, kind and had a will of iron, but she believed in her wedding vows.  She passed her grit to me.  She was a highly qualified Secretary Steno.  At the end of her life, she counseled other families who were being abused by people like my paternal unit.  If I had been her, I would have trashed my dad and raised my kids on my own. She said as much shortly before she died.

7. What is one trait you would most like to improve in yourself?   I'm old and there's just nothing left.  I'm a lot kinder than I used to be and have forgiven nearly all the things that have happened to me. My kids, is a different story.  I'd like to be able to forgive the things done to my children by cluelessness, exclusion, and deliberate cruelty.

8. Did you date someone in college? No.  I was there to learn and knew it was not going to help me to form boy girl relationships or to date.  So, I didn't.

9. What was your dream car? I'd still like a Chevy Corvette.  One of the older ones would suit me fine. 

10. Did you have a family member you wish you'd gotten to know better?  My grandparents on my mother's side.  I would have liked to ask them about their own parents, what they remembered of them.  The last time I saw either of them I was five. 

11. Tell me about your greatest gardening success.  It was the garden I put together under the shade patio.  It was beautiful, and full of bromeliads, epiphyllum, orchids and ferns and two or three dozen tadiscantia and other succulents.  The doves used to nest in one of my Staghorn Ferns every year.  I was just outside putting yarn snippets out for the nesting finch, and saw my one, sad little hanger on from that garden.  It's actually thrived in the corner of the house where it landed.  

 

Yep, that old thing fell and it's all dead




12. What was your Dad like when you were a child?  He was as mean as a rattlesnake and had no morals. He beat us, beat my mother, and fooled everyone else.  He was a horrid man. He never changed.

13. What is the best job you've ever had?  Working at the schools as an aide.

14. What are your favorite songs?  The only song form I do not like at ALL is Rap, it's just not a music genre to me.  I like everything from Operatic Arias to Hip hop songs, Country Western and Folk Rock.  My favorite songs are ballads from Scotland via the Old Timey music from Hill Country in the Eastern USA.  What my Grandpa and Grandma used to sing.

15. If you could choose any talents to have, what would they be?  Art.  Commercial Art.  It's fun, and it actually PAYS regularly. 

 
 Here is a link  to the rest of the participants in Sunday Stealing for this week.  

Thanks Bev for all your years of hosting this fun meme...

Friday, February 26, 2021

Saturday9

 

Welcome to Saturday 9. What we've committed to our readers is that we will post 9 questions every Saturday. Sometimes the post will have a theme, and at other times the questions will be totally unrelated. Those weeks we do "random questions," so-to-speak. We encourage you to visit other participants posts and leave a comment. Because we don't have any rules, it is your choice. We hate rules.We love memes, however, and here is today's meme.

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

 Bills, Bills, Bills 1999

 
1) This song is about a cheating boyfriend. Unlike most songs, where the lover deceives by seeing another, this one squanders his girl's financial resources. She sings that he's ruined her credit. Do you know your credit score? Yes, I do.

2) How often do you pay your bills? Do you handle them as they come in, or do you pay weekly, bi-weekly or monthly? Or are you lucky enough to have someone else handle your bills? We pay them when they are due.

3) Destiny's Child had a hit with "Bills, Bills, Bills." This girl group got their start in Houston, TX. During the recent, bruising storm, lead singer Beyonce sent food, money and water to her home state. Have you spent much time in the Lone Star State?  As a kid, I've traveled down and across the pan handle once with my Dad, and brother and sister.  Also we went through El Paso - we were on a tour of the western states.  The roads are as straight as an arrow, and the only thing I remember is that they went up and down as the hours and miles went by. 

4) Beyonce is the breakout star of the group and went on to have a highly successful solo career. Can you think of another star who began his/her career as the member of a group? Not anymore, without looking it up. 

5) "Bills, Bills, Bills" was performed a cappella by the kids on Glee. That Fox show ran for six seasons. Were you a fan? Never saw the show.  

6) In 1999, when this song was on the charts, SpongeBob SquarePants premiered. The show remains popular among the younger set. Have you ever seen it? No,

7) SpongeBob has become an industry, spawning movies, a Broadway musical, video games and both coloring and comic books. Once considered children's amusements, today coloring and comic books enjoy a following among adults. Have you recently enjoyed coloring or reading a comic book?  No, not recently.  I haven't read a comic book since I was five years old  and living at my grandparent's house in Ohio.  I thought I'd like coloring with pencils but soon lost interest in it.  Just too much else going on, I reckon.

8) Also in 1999, Walmart expanded to the United Kingdom. Do you shop at Walmart? No, I do not.   
 
9) Random question -- We've all met people who aren't exactly as they present themselves. Are you good at spotting a phony? No. They'd probably have to be pretty darn "plastic" for me to spot them. I take people pretty much as they present themselves.  
People have all sorts of devices  to ease social interaction.  Shy people force themselves to be social, for instance, and that can "seem" a little phony.  
I am suspicious, as a general rule, of people who flaunt their wealth, or "smarts", as a reason to make themselves more important but that's more of a pet peeve than any sort of insight.   
 
Readers, if you would like to see other participants in this fun MEME go HERE 
 
Thanks again, Sam! 
 
 
Thanks so much for joining us again at Saturday: 9. As always, feel free to come back, see who has participated and comment on their posts. In fact sometimes, if you want to read & comment on everyone's responses, you might want to check back again tomorrow. But it is not a rule. We haven’t any rules here. Join us on next Saturday for another version of Saturday: 9, "Just A Silly Meme on a Saturday!" Enjoy your weekend!


 
 

Vaccine Questions

 Quote from the Propublica article  HERE

"At best, it will take until June for manufacturers to deliver enough doses for the roughly 266 million eligible Americans age 16 and over, according to public statements by the companies.

That includes expected deliveries of Johnson & Johnson’s one-dose vaccine, which is widely expected to win emergency authorization from the FDA shortly after a public advisory committee meeting on Feb. 26. But Johnson & Johnson has fallen behind in manufacturing. The company told the GAO it will have only 2 million doses ready to go by the time the vaccine is authorized, whereas its $1 billion contract with HHS scheduled 12 million doses by the end of February. It’s not clear what held up Johnson & Johnson’s production line; the company has benefited from first-priority purchases thanks to the DPA, according to a senior executive close to the manufacturing process. A Johnson & Johnson spokesman declined to comment on the cause of the delay, but said the company still expects to ship 100 million U.S. doses by July."

My questions are: What about the kids?  Do they think that people under 16 can't get this? 

What did they do with the $1,000,000,000.00 (One Billion American Dollars) in all that time?  Did some of the first doses go to a higher bidder?  Is trump's son in law involved? 

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Sunday Stealing: the Coronavirus Questions


Hi! I'm your host Bev Sykes of the blog "Funny the World". . Welcome to Sunday Stealing. This feature originated and published on WTIT: The Blog. Here we will steal all types of questions from every corner of the blogosphere. Our promise to you is that we will work hard to find the most interesting and intelligent questions. Cheers to all of us thieves!

 

The Questions.....

 

In the past year have you–

1. Gone without a bra (Plastic Mancunian & Bud may skip this one!) Are you speaking of those instruments of torture that we had to acclimate ourselves to as teens?  Heck yes!

2. Skipped making your bed. About half the time, yes. 

3. Ordered groceries to be delivered Lots!  We get a farm box now and LOVE IT!

4. Cooked a real meal We almost always did before covid19, so that hasn't changed.

5. Spent the day in pajamas?  I don't have pajamas, but my nightgowns look like long dresses or maybe T-shirts, so yes, sometimes I've worn them most of the day.

6. Skipped shaving your legs? If Bud and Plastic Mancunian have then I will admit that I have, too.

7. Spent hours on Instagram or Pinterest PInterest, yes, Instagram no.. I don't really trust Instagram that much. lol

8. Eaten in a restaurant Nope, we don't eat out that much anyway so we haven't started to do this during a pandemic, space outside or not.  What I have missed is our nearly weekly trip down to the Bay to buy fish and chips at the Fish Market.  I love that stuff....

9. Skipped washing your hair. No.  What little hair that I still have gets pampered.  Washed once or twice a week.

10. Not folded the laundry No, we always fold it.

11. Worked a puzzle  Gazzillions of them have been worked, but they are the on line ones.  I'm enjoying a lot of card games on line and the last couple weeks have been playing Mahjong. 

12. Had Zoom calls  Sadly, no, though I'd love to be in on the ones that the twins have.  Their phones seem to handle it better.

13. Written letters.  No.  My pen pals and I communicate by emails now.  I like to write letters though.

14. Binge watched a TV show I did that BEFORE the shlush hit the fan...

15.Gone barefoot Practically all the time, and the one memorable time I slipped and fell in the ceramic tiled kitchen, doing some serious damage to my Guitar playing, rock throwing arm. 

 

 

I know how this gal feels ....