E.M.’s Sunday Ramble Prompt 25: Uplifting Chatter #em-srp

It’s that time again! E. M. has the prompts, I have the GIF’s (and the answers).

When you feel negative, what techniques do you use to bring yourself up to feeling positive? I watch funny videos on YouTube, particularly the pie fights…

What is a smell that made you smile when you woke up today? Honestly, I couldn’t smell anything, because my nose was clogged. I had to sit up and let my sinuses drain, then when I’d lie back down, my nose would clog up again. I’d use Vick’s, except it’d get in my mustache and beard. Maybe I’ll try BioFreeze or get some Hall’s cough drops…

An owl is known for its wisdom, what are you known for? My GIF’s. I usually pick them from Giphy, but sometimes I make my own. Just made this one from an old Little Caesar’s commercial:

Do you know any good recipes? If so, can you share one? I was just talking about Chex Mix yesterday (see here), so I’ll use that one. I’ll let Hailey demonstrate. This is the original recipe, and God love her, she bakes it in the oven.

You can change some of the ingredients. I’d probably use Cheez-Its instead of bagel chips, maybe toss in a few Cheerios.

How do you console the people around you? Just listen.

That’s all for this week. Six-two and even, over and out!

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E. M.’s Sunday Ramble No. 24, “Childhood Memories”

E. M. has another opportunity for me to find funny memes to go along with my answers to her questions. Here we go…

What is your first good memory from your childhood? I have a very clear memory of standing up (supporting myself on the couch) and seeing my parents talking. I might not have even been a year old. I think it was in the apartment we lived in at the south end of Magnolia Avenue (6400 block).

Kind of like this, but not in a crib.

Name 3 things that you loved when you were just a youngster? TV (especially cartoons), reading, and having Dad tell me about the Pony Express.

But especially TV.

What did you dislike, or even hate, when you were growing up? Any kind of condiments, and I’m no different today


If you could go give your younger self one piece of advice, what would you tell them? Save money. That way, if you need to get something fixed, you don’t have to depend on anyone giving it to you.

“Rainy Day” fund

What kind of celebrations did you enjoy when you were little, and do you still like those celebrations now that you are grown? The celebrations that are associated with Christmas, New Year’s, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Columbus Day, Veterans’ Day, and Thanksgiving. I left out Labor Day because school started two days later. I still enjoy memories of them, though we aren’t big celebration people ourselves.


What commercial did you always wait for to come on television as a child? One that used to scare the hell out of me was one for a brand of windows called Solartherm. It was this cartoon of the devil that came flying at you screaming "SOLARTHERM!" I would scream whenever I saw it, so my parents would run to turn off the TV (this was in the olden days, so it meant they had to actually get up out of whatever chair they were in, run to the TV and shut it off) so I wouldn’t see the screaming image of Satan flying at me. They told me that they managed to shut off the TV once, and I screamed because they wouldn’t let me see it. I hope that one day someone will find it and post it to YouTube.

As for commercials I liked, one of them was for Funny Face drink mix. These drinks were like Kool-Aid, but were presweetened without sugar, meaning they were sweetened with saccharine, and they had interesting characters on the outside: Goofy Grape, Injun Orange, Rootin’ Tootin’ Raspberry, Freckle-Faced Strawberry, Chinese Cherry, and Loud-Mouth Lime. Within a year Injun Orange became Jolly Olly Orange and Chinese Cherry became Choo-Choo Cherry. The lead spokescartoon was Goofy Grape, who sounded a little like Frank Fontaine as Crazy Guggenheim.

That’s all for now!

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E. M.’s Sunday Ramble No. 24 #em-srp

E. M. has an interesting situation against which today’s Sunday Ramble questions are based.

In your dream, you are standing at a T in the road. You have to choose which way to go (backward, forward, left, and right). Behind you is something you fear. In front of you is an obvious destiny. To the left is something you really want. To the right is something you really need.

Here is the T in the road:

It took me a while to see the question. Here’s the problem I had: I’m on the road where the red car is. I’m assuming that I’m facing the intersection. Now, if behind me there’s something I fear, and in front of me is my obvious destiny, then to reach my obvious destiny I would drive through the intersection, off the road, into the trees and bushes on the other side. Not good. But let’s go with that, anyway. Turning left brings me to something I want, and right brings me to something I need. Here we go…

What is the fear behind you? What it always is: a monster intent on biting me in the butt, or someone chasing me to grab my butt. I’m serious about that.

What is the obvious destiny in front of you? A collision with a tree.

Would you choose to go back where you came from if the path would bring more good than bad? I’d want to turn left or right, rather than going back the way I came.

If going forward had a negative consequence on your path, would you consider going forward if it was the path with the most reward than the other directions? Obviously, I don’t want to drive into the field and collide with anything there. I can’t see anything good coming from that, so that’s out. I know if I go back the way I came, the monster is going to catch me and bite me in the butt. I would be more inclined to go the right or the left.

After final consideration of all of the paths, which way did you go, and why? To the right, on the path that takes me to something I need. I’m not sure what that is, but I’d totally want it.

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Sunday Ramble No. 23 #em-srp

E. M.’s topic for today isn’t mothers, which would be appropriate since it’s Mother’s Day (and a happy one to all you mothers, stepmothers, foster mothers, mothers-in-law, grandmothers, aunts, mother figures, single fathers who have to be both father and mother to their children, nuns, teachers, nurses–basically, anyone who is or acts as a mother). Instead (and I’m pretty happy about it), today’s topic is Your Blog.

When did you start your blog? January 5, 2012, though I consider the day that I started blogging in earnest July 1, 2014, when I started daily blogging. Before then it was hit-or-miss.

Jayne Masfield’s daughter

Did you start with a theme, or did it come later on? Yes. At the time, I envisioned myself as becoming a great fiction writer at some point, so this started out as a writer’s blog. One day, I asked myself "exactly how much fiction have you written?" and the answer was "not much," which caused me to evaluate my life as a fiction writer. I realized that I don’t even like reading fiction that much, and that I’d rather talk about music and TV and my crazy life as a one-handed writer and tell stories of my misspent youth and adulthood. So the focus turned on a dime (unfortunately, the dime was in Rocky Rococo’s pocket – who remembers that?) and I started writing every day about whatever. Now I average three posts a day.

The black kitty reminds me of Toby…

What is your favorite post that you have ever written on your blog? Probably this one, which I wrote for the 2014 A to Z Challenge.

It’s about this guy, sort of…

Do you share your blog with friends and family, or do you keep your blogging world separate from them? I finally decided to reveal the blog to my family on Hallowe’en 2014. My uncle, Jack Connelly, and my brother Kip comment here regularly, and several people from Ghostletters, the mailing list I ran for many years, follow by mail and comment occasionally. Normally, I hear from the family on Facebook.

What is the best advice you could give someone who is new to blogging? The more you do it, the better you get. You don’t have to post every day, but you have to post regularly.

And that’s it from me for this week…

Sunday Ramble No. 22 #em-srp

Time once again for E. M.’s Sunday Ramble! She gives us five questions or so, and we try to come up with crazy answers. Here’s this week’s batch, the subject of which is “Random Questions to Trigger Imagination”.

If people get a purple heart for bravery, what do the other colors of hearts mean? (Make up your own heart meanings and colors.) This was a question from Share Your World last Memorial day. At the time, I made this comment.

They receive a Purple Heart for being injured or killed while serving in the military. I looked it up. I think Blue would be for bravery, Green would be for being able to grow things, Black would be for not being able to grow things, White for peace, Red for love, and Orange for being unable to rhyme.

To this we could add Yellow for incontinence, Cyan for confusion, Magenta for people who like weird color names, Pink for Lucky Charms, and a special heart-shaped medal that changed colors when you hear words for people with synesthesia.

If you were given $5 Million to open a small museum, what kind of museum would you create? A Museum of Stupid Guy Tricks, like this one…

There’d be a special outdoor section for things like trebuchets…

And there has to be a hot dog eating contest…

ESPN really needs a Stupid Guy Trick channel, don’t they?

if you could build a themed hotel, what would the theme be and what would it look like? Boot camp!

What would the adult version of an ice cream truck sell, look like, and play for its song? I’m thinking it would sell gelato, a richer and more expensive ice cream. Apart from that…. I dunno…

What animal would be the cutest if it was down-sized to the size of a cat? Pachyderms (elephants, rhinoceroses, hippopotamuses) would be cute, I’m going with bison.

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