Share Your World for 16 Aug 2021

This week, Melanie has a special surprise for us: the questions have been borrowed from her friend Evil Squirrel (to whom I’d link, except Melanie hasn’t provided a place to link to), who asks these sorts of questions himself (provided that ES is, in fact, a guy; if not, then she asks these sorts of questions). Anyway, you’ll get the idea as I go through them…

When you just need to forget the world for a few hours, what helps you get away from it all? (Fuzzywig the Stoner Raccoon) I can spend hours on YouTube watching videos…

  • Music videos (of course), including songs and discussions of music related items from such interesting folks as Rick Beato, Adam Neely, and Rhett Shull.
  • TV commercials, particularly old ones, like the ones I use for One-Liner Wednesday, Stream of Consciousness Saturday, and The Week That Was. Lately, I’ve been on a beer commercial kick; before that, I was on a cigarette commercial kick. Of particular interest are whole nights’ worth of commercials, like this gem, all the commercials that aired during primetime on WJAR-TV on April 15, 1984.
  • Other TV oddities, like station sign-ons, station sign-offs, Emergency Broadcast System Tests etc.

And many other types of videos.

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 FRIENDLY Unicorn) Biggest advantage would be I could carry donuts on it. Biggest disadvantage would be I couldn’t kiss Mary.

What is the creepiest thing you’ve ever seen someone do, that you’d be willing to talk about, of course? (Snuggle The “I Like It Kinky” Friendly Bear) I was riding through the neighborhood on my bicycle when I was about ten, and passed a window where a woman was standing, back to the street, pulling up her girdle. I had nightmares for weeks after that.

What’s the silliest or pettiest thing that tends to really upset you? (Rainy, The Wickedly Obsessive Rain Loving Skunk) Twitter. Actually social media in general, but Twitter especially, because of all the silly and petty things there are about social media, it has to be the silliest and pettiest.

How comfortable are you with meeting others who are very different from yourself? I’m fine with it. I was a trainer and consultant for many years, and dealt with all kinds of different people. The following GIF notwithstanding…

Animations via Giphy.

12 thoughts on “Share Your World for 16 Aug 2021

  1. Holy crap, this is my favorite set of answers so far! I love old commercials and used to skewer some of the classics on my blog back in the day (I even did a post on TV signoffs!). YouTube is indeed a treasure trove of retromania. And I HATE all social media since Facebook… never even got involved with any of it, which makes me a hornless unicorn. Thanks for the great answers!

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    1. Thank you! Glad you enjoyed them.

      It’s my theory that cable TV and 24/7 programming has been the downfall of TV as a source of entertainment. The good stuff is spread way too thin. Where you had three networks and maybe 1 or 2 independent stations in a market trying to fill 16 hours of programming a day, you now have a couple hundred stations having to come up with 168 hours of content every week.

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  2. Thanks for Sharing Your World, John! I put the link on Evil Squirrel’s name, which might be a bit hard to see if one isn’t expecting that. So here’s the link: https://evilsquirrelsnest.com/ He’s a funny guy and has a very unique view of the world! A unicorn is designed for carrying donuts. What a great idea! 😉 That whole girdle thing would probably have freaked me out too, although I did see my mother getting dressed from time to time and watching her adjust her bra was off-putting to say the least (she was well endowed and things didn’t always fit properly. Ew.) Twitter gets my vote for the most brainless and vacuous site out there in the field of ‘social media” so I’m with you! Have a great week and keep sharing those amazing GIFs and retro clips! I enjoy them! 😀

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  3. Fun post, John, and I love your answers! My hubby loves YouTube for anything silly and we both like YouTube for music! I don’t like Twitter either and only keep it for my blog stats.

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    1. I started posting to Twitter again because Kip uses it to know when I have a new post. That’s really all I post out there, and I hardly ever spend much time out there. Whenever I do, I end up asking myself “why am I spending time here?”

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  4. I do get lost on youtube videos for sure and watch about cardmaking, old Hollywood (like the unsolved murder of William Desmond Taylor), old mansions full of stuff and people go through it. It’s amazing how one can veer off and end up watching tons of things in 2 hours. I do love watching TV or a good movie. If I had a unicorn horn coming out of my head…I could hang things on it and carry more stuff up and down the stairs. I could also let people know not to mess with me which they probably wouldn’t. Your poor eyes:) The creepiest thing, well I grew up in the country and country folk can be a bit odd. There was a home nearby where all the kids talked about the people living there being crazy and that you might disappear. Well, undeterred, I decided to walk down their very long and curvy driveway to sell Christmas cards. I walked past the owner who was on his tractor looking at me with death rays. I noticed he had his hand on his rifle. Being stupid, I walked up to the house and the woman answered who was smiling and had a soft voice, behind her was an elderly man also smiling. She said I looked just like her dead daughter and she touched my hair. She said no to buying the Christmas cards but would I like to come in. Remembering a Little House on the Prairie episode where Half-Pint is thrown in the basement and kept there because the mom thought that half-pint was her daughter, I said no and backed up and quickly walked back from the Twilight Zone. Yes, the man had his hand on his rifle and had now stopped the tractor and just glared at me.

    I so agree with you about Social Media and don’t understand why one needs Twitter. I also can’t stand it when people leave their kitchen drawers open. I love meeting different people, it’s what makes the world go around.

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    1. It’s amazing how many people share their knowledge for free on YouTube. Mary finds knitting and crocheting videos and canning videos which have taught her a lot, and for me, any time I have a technical issue, I search for videos on how to solve it.

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