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Sunday, August 26, 2018

Sunday Stealing: Misc Questions -so many questions...gah!

August 26, 2018

Misc Questions

Hi! I'm your host Bev Sykes of the blog "Funny the World". 
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. (Past hosts include: Our first - Judd Corizan, Mr. L, Kwizgiver and Bud)  Cheers to all of us thieves!

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1. How has your life most benefited from the Internet? Whether it’s meeting people, cutting business overhead, finding rare collectibles, or simply sharing funny cat pictures, share how the web has made life easier.
I'm not really sure the internet is a benefit because it can be very isolating.  IF we still lived in the neighborhood we gave up to move here for our one daughter's health, I'm not sure I'd even use it as much as I have.  But here, in  this place, it's given me a lot of friendship and camaraderie that I missed from my old neighborhood.  However, I'm still in danger of becoming a hermit.
Meet Sister Wendy......
Called City Desert
The single most important thing that having the internet did was that it let me meet some caring,  sweet and fun people, which effectively countervailed the isolation it is also supremely capable of amplifying.  Well, as a perk in favor of Internet,  there is Amazon shopping.  You just can't leave that out can you? 

2. The getaway car is waiting outside – where is it taking you?
It's taking Mr.Z and I on a AirBNB three month tour of the entire west coast, with side trips along the way, from the South Bay to the Canadian Border.  Go BIG, or GO HOME!!  Yeah??

3. Do you reply to comments on your blog? All of them? Or just the really interesting ones?  Do you go back to check if the authors or the blogs you comment on reply to your comments?
I try to answer all the comments. It's the most polite thing to do.  If it's spam, the Google filter  usually catches it.  Comment mods are a necessity now that I'm not blogging a lot, and also because this blog goes back 14 years.

Yes, I do try to keep up with the comments on other people's blogs, and I usually get notifications.  
However, if it's a WordPress, or Typepad, or some others,  I hardly ever see those comments.  It usually escapes my mind, especially now, to go back and check them.  
Sorry, truly,  to those whom I miss but I don't usually see those comments.... 

4. On average, how long does it take you to make an important decision?
Well, since I don't have a lot of "filters" to run it through,  I can usually make decisions quite quickly.  

5. Do you gather a lot of information prior to making the decision, or do you go with your gut in the heat of the moment? 
I gather a lot of info the first time through, and then it's there forever.  The next time something happens where there is any sort of decision to be made, the research pops back up, and the next time it only SEEMS like a gut reaction in the heat of the moment thing.  If I were a kid I'd have to Mull.  However, I'm older than Dirt now,  and I don't have to Mull anymore.

6. What’s the most important thing you’ve learned recently? 
What heat stroke looks like in a dog, and you can bet that I will NEVER let anyone do that again.

7. What’s your hidden talent? Are you double-jointed? Can you sneeze the alphabet? Share your unique skill.
Sometimes, I can do a very short bit of this... Nothing like the singer here, but I can pull off a tiny riff.  
When I was younger, I could do a little more of this as I had the time to practice and The Voice wasn't gone then....It's amazing.  Sort of Peace making with your voice.  Calming and Centering, too I think...

8. Rate the level of intensity you have about wanting to know God – no desire, low priority, curious, great desire, high priority, desperate to learn more. Explain your answer.
I have a great desire to know more and have chosen to use Eastern meditation practice and quieting the mind to do it, to learn more about the Supreme Being and what that entity wants from any human being in general and me in particular.  I wrote a lot more about why I'm grounded in my beliefs but took it all out.  This isn't the place for personal revelation.  I'm saving it for my children, so that they will know all that I know some day.  

9. What’s one of your nicknames?  How did you get that nickname?
I really never had one.  Probably because I've got a short name anyway.  My brother had a sort of nickname for me, but he doesn't use it anymore.  It was funny.  I called him Farnk, and he called me Linipoo.

10. What do you have to have with you when you travel? Why?
My doggie.  I can't leave him in a kennel as it would be like being abandoned all over again.  He's far too fragile for that.  And frankly, so am I. 

11. What do you think about reading books on an electronic reading device? Do you have an electronic reading device? Do you love it? Why? If you don’t love it, why not?
I like Kindles and the apps that let me read library books on that and my iPad.  
Love?  Well, I love printed books.  So, I'll still read a printed book when I can.  Kindles can store a hundred books, and for this reason alone, they are very special when travelling.  Almost indispensable now that they are in existence.  

12. Do you prefer writing on paper or a keyboard? Why?
I used to love to write letters to my pen pals, and, to some extent, I still miss that.  I'd like to write on paper again, but now I'd probably not do it.  Once that letter is out of my hands, I have no record whatsoever that it was even written.  IF I were to do physical letters again, I would type them out on the computer, and print and send.  I have hundreds of letters from my friend in Turkey but she probably wasn't able to save any of mine to her.  

13. If the shoes make the man (or woman), what do your shoes say about you right now? (Assuming you’re wearing shoes. Although if you’re not, that certainly says something, too.)
I have on a pair of Crocs.  I was going barefooted for days but it was becoming a problem...a painful heel... so I put on the Crocs.  My shoes say, "My feet hurt!"

14. Describe your favorite pair of shoes.
My favorite shoes were a couple of pair of short platforms with nearly solid leather over the top- one pair black and one pair brown.  I wore them out.  They were comfortable and looked very nice.  They were similar to these, but the leather band was solid and decorated with brads.
I'm planning to wear these at the Holidays.

15. If you could wake up tomorrow having gained one ability or quality, what would it be?
Complete Serenity.  

BONUS:  When they "cool sculpt" your body, where does the fat go? 
I'm not sure, but my paternal grandmother once showed me that I could rub some lumps on my body (called Lipoma) and they would disappear, and they did.  I'm sure Cool Sculpting is something like that.  The fat melts away from massage and pressure, then goes into your lymph system and is used up or expelled.  I'd have to study more about it.  


  1. The video clip is absolutely fascinating!

    1. I'm glad you liked it. Since I first heard these singers in the 80's I've been fascinated by throat singers. My brother and I could do something like it when we were kids but it wasn't singing. It was just a nasal sort of thing. It was weird. We started out trying to make the sounds that a donkey makes. or maybe a horse.

  2. Your favorite shoes are very pretty! My feet hurt all of the time, so I try to wear tennis shoes as much as possible. You also bring up a good point about bringing the pets on vacation. I cannot leave mine either. My husband will not agree to take them on vacation, so we haven't been on a vacation in years. Have a great day!


    1. Thank you Lori. They are pretty and they are comfortable as long as I don't have to walk a lot. And, as a pre-school teacher you must be on your feet for hours. I'll bet your feet hurt. :o(
      And yes, the reason we don't have cats anymore is that we don't like to leave them behind. Our little dogs we've been able to take, even out to the back of beyond when we were rock hounding.
      Hope you have a much better week than you are anticipating, starting back to work...

  3. Life has changed so much. We move away from family, both parents work, the kids are enrolled in too many activities...we're too busy and never home and when we are we're lonely because we don't know our neighbors. It's nice that the internet allows the younger folks to make friends and feel connected, but I rarely see them moving beyond that to getting together in person. So, I guess while it is good in a way, in another it perpetuates the problem. It makes me sad. I remember when everyone in the neighborhood knew each other, watched over each other's children, pitched in to help, and actually came out of their houses to sit and talk in the evenings or play cards on the weekend. :(

    1. My mother was very social, and she made friends into family almost. So, yes, things have changed drastically, since I was small, and also you. Social media can be isolating and also extremely cruel if kids only do that. This is why I liked that hubby was a soccer coach and our daughters all played. It gave them another facet of social life. The computer played only a small roll in our lives when the girl's were growing up. Now it's almost a 7/24 free for all.
      Neighborhoods were friendly, but, like this one, they also could be isolating and cruel. I'm lucky that the excluded ones all gradually formed a little group a year or so after we moved in, and it was great after that. Cliques are never friendly...

  4. Oh, I have an arm full of lipomas. I didn't know they could be rubbed away. They are painful, too, especially when the first come on. I shall have to see if I can rub them out somehow.

    1. Sorry to hear that you have this, too! Mine are just sneaky rather than painful.
      Another thing we share, only this one we could both do without. I've had two big ones taken out over the years but the smaller ones I catch right away, when I can reach them. Yes, Rub those suckers out! ;o) Snuff em!

  5. I used to watch Sister Wendy's art program on PBS years ago, and she was always entertaining. Haven't seen anything about her lately, and I'm glad to know she's still around!

    1. She is a fun lady, and is still a contemplative, I reckon, and contemplating art is probably a good thing to do for longevity. It keeps you off the hot topics of worldly life, as even a contemplative knows what's going on the the rest of the world, but Art, well, Art is eternal.


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