Share Your World for 17 Jan 22

Melanie has served up a heapin’ helpin’ of questions, just like she does every week, and I look for ways to answer them in an entertaining way, complete with GIF’s, funny pictures and videos, and whatever else I find funny. OK? OK!

Fill in: ‘If I were really completely honest, I would say that …’ This is a question for ‘radical honesty’. What are the things you wouldn’t normally say? Things you would otherwise actually hide? What’s on your mind? What would you really like to be able to say? As I explained yesterday, I don’t like to talk about "causes I’m passionate about," some of which are political, some of which are religious, and many of which are self-evident, e.g. my love for cats, my warnings about melanoma, my hope that home finances would be taught in school, my belief that, as my mother said, "If you can read, you can do just about anything else." And, as I said a few weeks ago, I’ll climb down from my soapbox before I fall off.

Equivalent of “falling off your soapbox” for the electronic age

Have you ever broken anything? What about rules? Of course I have. I broke my arm twice (same arm), a few teeth, classroom equipment, rental cars… And rules are made to be broken, aren’t they?

Don’t know who she is, but if she sings half as good as she looks…

Are you also afraid of spiders? What is your biggest fear, other than spiders? (if you’re not afraid of spiders, use your biggest phobia instead). Spiders, no; cockroaches, yes. They’re gross, and where there’s one, there’s a thousand more. Biggest phobia besides cockroaches: public restrooms (long story). Cockroaches in a public restroom would be hell for me.

Do you think time goes faster as you get older? No, time is always a constant. It seems a lot faster the older you get, for reasons Paula has already pointed out.

19 thoughts on “Share Your World for 17 Jan 22

  1. Thanks for Sharing Your World, John, and some amazing GIFs. Gah! Cockroaches. Horrible creatures who are surprisingly (or not) hard to kill. I’ve only lived in one place that had them (my first apartment), and despite me embracing the “Mrs. Clean” school of thought and keeping my place spotless, I’d still find one now and then under something or behind something, scurrying into the darkness. Yuck. That GIF was equally horrifying and excellent. Good choice. Public restrooms? I have social phobia and the thought of a cockroach in a public restroom would have me leaving the building in search of more suitable accommodation to take care of my business. Double yucky. We’ll put that subject to bed, don’t want you to freak out envisioning that… I agree with the time answer and like your stance on the honesty one. That’s a good honest answer. Have a great week John!

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    1. Roach Motels were usually good, and the fuller they got, the better they worked. What really turned me off with cockroaches was the movie “Creepshow.” It’s an old movie, but if it comes on one of the movie channels, avold it at all costs…

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  2. I love your first answer…Religion and politics are not good topics..think Crusades. Hey Henry Fonda was a democrat and Jimmy Stewart was a Republican. They almost came to blows one day due to their views so they calmed down and agreed to never speak about politics again. They remained best friends until Henry passed away.
    I broke part of my back tooth, the one that had a root canal and now I must go see the dentist on Thursday…just after my benefits have ended. I agree about rules…they need to be broken. I don’t like spiders at all and, when I was a kid, I would check out the restroom. If it wasn’t to my liking I would not eat there. My parents were often frustrated.
    My biggest fear is heights which I have had all my life. It is a real phobia and one that totally engulfs me where no reason exists.
    I do feel that time goes faster but it is all relative. When we enjoy a movie or a visit with friends, time seems to vanish but when we have to stand in line or do something boring…time seems to take forever.

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  3. Great answers, John! Your graphics are most entertaining. I’m not a fan of cockroaches either, which we’ve had a couple visit our abode in the warmer months. Hubby goes in and out to take care of the plants on the balcony and they sneak in, however, Callie takes care of them In seconds. 😾

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    1. Cats play with cockroaches, especially the big palmetto bugs. They catch them and chew a leg off, then let them go and do it all over until I’d shoo them away and put the bug out of its misery. Then they’d look at me with that “HEY! We waz playin wif dat!” look on their faces…

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  4. I dread to think what my perspective of time will be in a few years, because it already seems to zoom by at breakneck speed.

    No issues with spiders, but not a huge fan of ticks. They can be so hard to spot!

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  5. I get keeping your blog free of things you’re passionate about. I’d love your take on those things though. I have a feeling I’d learn something new and/or it’d be entertaining.

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    1. Melanoma: I watched my stepfather die of it. It is an ugly and painful death. Wear sunscreen, and wear a hat with a brim to cover your ears and nose.

      Cats: I love them, but believe me, we have more than enough. Get your cat spayed or neutered! They actually live longer and are healthier.

      Financial education: I think that more than 50% of poverty in this country is a result of people not knowing how to handle money. Conversely, more than 50% of people who are well off know how to handle money and have a plan for retirement, their kids’ education, buying a house etc. and are actively engaged in saving for those things. High school is supposed to prepare kids for adulthood, yet few schools offer education in financial literacy and management. They used to, and they need to do it again.

      Reading: I’m a real crappy reader, but like Mom said, if you know how to read, you can do just about anything. She taught 4th and 5th grade and some of her students coming in were reading at a 1st and 2nd grade level. She’d work them hard to get them up to grade level, because she knew that illiteracy was a serious handicap to being able to support yourself when you become an adult. Mary used to work as a literacy volunteer, helping adults who had managed to get through grammar school and high school without being able to read or who were seriously behind. More than anything else, a kid should graduate high school and be able to read at a high school graduate’s level, and it’s a disgrace that so many (a lot of whom are Black or Hispanic) can’t. If anything is oppressing minorities in this country, it’s that the schools don’t make reading a priority. It almost feels like it’s being done by design…

      Thre! Solved the world’s problems with one reply…

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      1. You sure did! I appreciate you sharing.

        Melanoma is definitely the worst. My first estate call was from the assistant of a man who died from melanoma. After sharing some details, she said the exact same you did about sunscreen, hat, and added to wear long sleeves. Here 35 years later, I remember his story and her warning vividly.

        I wish finances (or really investing) wasn’t so complicated. My parents taught us by example. Waste not want not was taken to a whole new level. Spend less than you make. By alot. Dad would say if you can’t pay cash, you don’t need it. Or save until you can buy it outright if you really need it.

        I’ve always heard the same about reading. It’s true. A roadmap for how to do many things. If you’re lucky you enjoy reading just because as well.

        Good stuff!

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