Share Your World for September 21, 2020

It’s that time again! Melanie has the weekly list of questions for us to answer, and she also has the rules for this little exercise over at her place.

This week is the last week that Roger is supplying questions based on the Harry Potter series of books. Unlike the producers of the Harry Potter movies, he chose not to come up with two sets of questions for the final book in the series, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, one set for part 1 and the other for part 2. So here are my responses to the questions he posed…

Have you ever driven the wrong way on a one-way street? How did this come about? One of my first business trips was to a client in Canton, Ohio. I landed on a Sunday night at Canton-Akron Airport and picked up my rental car. I went outside and discovered that it had been snowing pretty heavily all day. So here I am, a relatively new driver (six months), in a city I have never been to, driving a car that I’m not familiar with, on roads that are covered with snow. The directions I got were to drive out of the airport and turn left, so that’s what I did, not realizing it was a divided highway and I was driving the wrong way. I got close to half a mile down the road when I realized I was looking at the backs of all of the signs. Everything turned out all right: there was literally no traffic, so I was able to do a 180° turn, get back to the airport, and get myself on the right side of the highway, all without causing myself bodily harm or having to explain how that happened to the authorities.

As a kid, did you ever decide to run away? Did you have a plan? Take a pet? Sandwiches? I think I threatened a time or two, but never actually got around to it. I remember the kid down the street (whose father had a heart attack and dropped dead in the hardware store not long after my own dad died), who was a friend of my brother’s, showed up at the back door with all of his worldly possessions (including a picture of his dad and a statue of the Blessed Mother) in his wagon and announced that he was leaving home. Mom, who had already been through nutty stuff with all of us (our way of mourning), invited him to dinner, called his mother and told her he was with us. After dinner, he went home, pulling his Radio Flyer behind him.

You suddenly found you have a hidden talent for playing a musical instrument. What musical instrument do you hope that accompanies your talent? Any particular song? I’m assuming you mean besides the guitar, harmonica, and bagpipes, all of which I either play now or have in the past. Having given this some thought already (one of the ways I get myself back to sleep in the middle of the night), I’d say the tenor saxophone, like the guy in Steely Dan’s "Deacon Blues."

Come to think of it, we had a piano around here for years, and I could kick myself that I never taught myself how to play. Oh well…

Do you accessorize with jewelry? No. Mary and I don’t own any, really. We have our wedding rings and her engagement ring, locked away somewhere, but we never wear them. We figure that after almost 43 years people can figure out that we’re married.

And that’s it for the Harry Potter questions. Now for the regularly-scheduled ones…

What ingredients go into YOUR favorite salad? Jell-o, fruit cocktail, and whipped cream. Served on a waffle with chocolate sprinkles.

If you care to, share something that really irritates you. The Liberty Mutual commercials with Limu Emu and Doug. The emu’s fine; it’s Doug I’d like to garotte…

What are your favorite ‘lounging around the house’ items of clothing? A golf shirt, a pair of "workout pants" (for all the working out I do — ha ha), and a pair of New Balance walking shoes. Note that this is what I wear every day, regardless of where we’re going or what we plan to do.

I’m actually grateful for a couple of things:

  1. The weather has been superb.
  2. We lost electricity about 11:00 this morning, and when it came back on, WordPress saved what I was working on.
  3. I won a year’s worth of LastPass Family, and Mary seems pretty excited about learning how to use it, so maybe we can start using more complex passwords (I already do, but she doesn’t).

See you in the funny papers!

19 thoughts on “Share Your World for September 21, 2020

  1. Awww your neighbor. That’s about the sweetest story I ever heard. Melted my heart just a little bit. I tune out commercials but now I am on the look out for Doug … Thanks for Steely Dan ear worm, sooooo good.


    1. “Aja” is one of my favorite albums of all time. There wasn’t a bad song on it, and some were classics (the title track, “Deacon Blues,” “Peg,” and “Josie”).

      Mom knew what the kid was going through, because we were all going through it ourselves. In his case, he just needed some time away.

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  2. Thanks John for Sharing Your World and some of your humor with everyone today! Snow and new drivers can be a lethal mix, I’m glad your own story had a happy ending to it (and avoiding the cops and a ticket just adds a cherry to the whole thing). I love the Norman Rockwell-esque story about your friend and his run away from home adventure. I can picture that… lovely. I always thought that if one played ANY instrument (save something like a washboard), that one could instantly play anything else…. uh DOH! Thanks for setting me straight. Your ‘salad’ has some interesting ingredients in it….I’d take the middle two at least and call it good (as long as the jello wasn’t orange or green with carrots or veggies shredded up in it…ugh).. salad doesn’t HAVE to be healthy and boring, does it? Bwahahah. I’m grateful I never see TV ads any more. That Doug person and his emu sound very irritating indeed…don’t those people at Liberty Mutual have enough gold already??? Geez. I’m glad your electricity came on again in short order and that you didn’t lose anything on WP. Their backup system might be the one thing about them I admire. … Have a wonderful week John!


    1. My guess is that people probably turned into the wrong lane pretty frequently, especially with bad weather.

      I think that anyone with a reasonable musical background can pick things out on the piano. Most of the other instruments have other complications (blowing into them correctly, building up finger strength and agility (and calluses), etc.). The piano lays the whole scale out in front of you, and there’s only ever one way to play a given note. Still not as easy as it looks.

      Do you remember when they had Jell-o for savory ingredients, like celery, carrots, olives etc.? I follow a vintage ads group on LiveJournal (yes, I still have an account there) and that shows up whenever we have gross food days. I’ve had Jell-o with shredded carrots in it, and it’s not as bad as it sounds, mostly becaues there’s a lot of sugar in carrots.


  3. Wow! That is a yummy salad! I wear long t-shirts and yoga/sweat pants/leggings around the house. Doug is definitely a bore and I agree to ditch the guy and keep the bird.


  4. I remember talking about running away from home when I was little, but I always seemed to find a distraction that kept me from getting far.

    I wish I had learned to play the piano–it would probably be the most useful instrument for me in my songwriting ambitions.

    I basically live in sweat pants and t-shirts these days since I rarely go anywhere. It’s nice to be comfortable.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out


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