Share Your World For May 18, 2020

Share Your World time again! Check with Melanie to see the rules and this week’s questions.

What’s something you really resent paying for? This will take a minute to explain: When you work through the Health Insurance Marketplace (as I do for Mary’s health insurance), they calculate a “premium tax credit” based on income and tell you how much you qualify for. So, if we select a plan that has a monthly premium of $1000 and the monthly tax credit is $800, I pay $200 a month for Mary’s insurance. That’s all well and good until tax time, when they tell me, “oh, you have to return some of that tax credit” and I end up having to fork over a couple thousand dollars because they came up with this generous estimate that was too generous. I wish they could just get the tax credit right so I didn’t have to do that.

What was the most unsettling film you’ve seen? Angels With Dirty Faces with James Cagney, Pat O’Brien, Humphrey Bogart, and The Dead End Kids. It’s a standard “two kids grow up together, one becomes a gangster, the other a priest” movie. At the end, the priest (O’Brien) asks the gangster (Cagney), who’s been sentenced to the electric chair, to act frightened when they walk him into the death chamber, because the local kids have made him out to be a hero. Cagney is his typical cocky self as they’re leading him off, then when he gets in and sees the chair he starts struggling and fighting and yelling “no, I don’t wanna die!” It left me hanging: did he jut put on an act, or was he really scared?

Do you judge people? Of course. Everyone does that; it’s a lizard brain thing. But I keep it to myself.

Finish this sentence: “Back in my day, we. . .”? …”said ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ and always washed our hands.” All I can think of is Dana Carvey on Saturday Night Live with his “Grumpy Old Man” routine. Three videos ahead, sometimes unsuitable for younger or more sensitive viewers.

Please feel free to share an uplifting photo, thought or meme to show your own gratitude. “Any day spent above ground is a good one.” (Anthony Robbins)

See you in the funny papers!

11 thoughts on “Share Your World For May 18, 2020

    1. These are great answers and thank God we have free health care. I hope, one day, the States wakes up and provides that to everyone. I resent that I have to pay extra delivery services if I ever order something from the states. This prevents me ordering anything from the states. That movie is unsettling because Cagney does it so well. Another Cagney film that left me unsettled was Public Enemy and it was the ending. I was not expecting that. I will also say The Ring. That horror film still creeps me out. You are right, we always judge and I work in a field where one has to be non judgemental. It takes a lot to learn certain phrases that do not sound judgemental. I hate all the political correctness and we need to chill a bit like in the past..just not too much as certain words should never be considered OK

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  1. Excellent Share Your World John! Thanks for your thoughts (always poignant and a bit humorous)! I saw “Angels With Dirty Faces” a time or two, and it occurs to me that one way to finish the sentence “Back in my day, we always….” was to say “we always had a few GREAT movies to go see. They didn’t cost the moon, and the actors were actually talented.” You gave a great example! Have a great week! 🙂

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    1. Before Ted Turner bought all the movies and put them on his cable channels where you have to pay to see them, they’d all pop up on the afternoon or late movies from time to time, where you could see them for free (with commercials, which doesn’t bother me). Maybe they’ll show up on one of the channels on Stirr or Pluto or one of the other streaming services (preferably one of the free-with-commercials ones). Time-Warner is missing a great opportunity: they could stream all of the movies in their considerable collection and charge $10 a month, like they do with all the old Hanna-Barbera and Warner Bros. cartoons on their Boomerang service. I think that’d be worth the money.

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  2. Good answers, John. I especially like your last answer to Finish this sentence: “Back in my day, we. . .”? …” said ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ and always washed our hands.

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    1. My aunt Cash (Catherine, actually, but her sister said it “Cashern” and it stuck) used to say the similar “In our house, we always say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ and wash our hands,” and for some reason it came back to me when I was doing this.

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