Porcupine Abyssal Plain

What is the scariest game (board or on-line) you ever may have played?
Since some people find love on-line and others consider this to be a game, I would have to go with love as being the scariest game ever.  Love should not be a game, but people don’t want to get hurt, so they hide their feelings to help them from becoming vulnerable and by playing this game, it helps them to cope.  It is scary to reveal your love to another and it is not easy being the first one to say, “I love you” to your partner, as this puts all of your cards down on the table, making you susceptible, exposed, defenseless and helpless.

What’s just ‘over the rainbow” for you?
I do buy lotter tickets and I hope that one day a pot of gold is waiting for me, buy I suspect that there is something a lot darker out there waiting to bite me on my ass.

Do you have to watch something upbeat after watching a suspense or horror movie so you can go to sleep?
Nope, I always sleep well.  I put my sleep mask on and turn on my machine and I am off to dreamland in no time at all.

Is there intent behind every action?
Are you looking for the Newtonian answer to this question, like there being and equal and opposite reaction, or is this about some people being sneaky?   I do judge people by their intent and that is how I always get excused from jury duty, as I tell the lawyers that I know the person is guilty just by looking at them and then I am excused.  If that doesn’t work, I have some other tricks.

Gratitude
I ordered a new laptop and I am happy that it will arrive soon.

Written for Melanie’s sparksfromacombustiblemind’s Share Your World, but don’t ask me why I came up with this title.

Off the Cuff Today

How do you feel about sharing your computer or phone password with your partner?
I have no problem doing this with an intimate partner.

What is the greatest struggle you’ve overcome? (This isn’t meant to be invasive, just use general terms if you’d like.  Or if not, feel free to pass on the question.  That’s allowed too).
I am finally getting a handle on my diabetes.  My blood sugar seems to have stabilized at 6.1 millimoles per liter for my hemoglobin A1c, which is a fasting blood glucose level that my doctor requires me to get checked every 4 months.  My glucose meter reads on a different scale and I have to prick my fingers twice a day to get these readings, which are measured in mg/dl or milligrams per deciliter.  A 6.1 reading is equivalent to a reading of 110 and anywhere from 90–120 mg/dl is considered to be a normal reading.  A reading of 120–160 is said to be a medium reading one where you should seek medical attention for.  My fasting blood sugar would need to drop another half of a point down to 5,6 for me to be considered being out of the diabetic range and I don’t see that ever happening to me, especially since I don’t get much exercise.  It is a hassle, sticking my fingers and getting my blood tested, but I am used to it, however I will always need to watch what I am eating probably for the rest of my life.

If heaven is real and you died tomorrow, do you think you would get in?  Why or why not?  (this is purely speculation, no bias if you don’t believe)
From my Religious background of what I was taught, you have to believe in heaven in order to be let inside and I am not sure what I believe in any more.  Heaven is a great idea and although I am not worthy of being a Saint, I don’t think of myself as a bad guy.  If I was in charge of who was let in, I would say that I do belong there, but even though my middle name is Peter, I have no say on this matter.  I should probably be sent to Limbo, or Purgatory to suffer for a while, maybe a few hundred thousand years or so, and then be let inside of Paradise where the party would finally get started.

What makes you feel like you really need to be alone?
I don’t like being watched while I am in the bathroom, but my one cat always wants to come in.

Gratitude
I don’t have any Halloween traditions, but I usually make my famous stuffing and broccoli and cheese for Thanksgiving and after that I often make turkey soup.

Written for Melanie’s sparksfromacombustiblemind’s Share Your World.

You Got Me

1.What’s your favorite way to exercise?  (if you do or don’t.  Exercising one’s mind is a valid answer IMHO, because that’s my favorite).
My doctor told me that I should walk a mile every day, but I have not started doing that yet.  My life is kind of a mess right now, as I would like to start dating someone, but I don’t seem to meet any nice people, so that leaves me without an exercise partner and I think that exercising with a partner is a lot more fun then doing this alone.  Like Melanie, I do enjoy exercising my mind and I do that by blogging.  I have written 3,442 posts since I started my blog and the topics that I have written about tend to keep me up on my toes.

2. What’s more important to you – family or friends?
I don’t have any actual friends, just virtual friends and my family is made up of Republicans, so there is not a lot to like there, but I guess that family is better than virtual friends.

3. (a segue of sorts from last week’s SYW). Have you ever voted for someone (in whatever venue – politics, contests, school elections) based solely on how they looked?
I seriously doubt that I ever did.

4. (silly one) How could carousels be spiced up so they are more exciting?
If carousels were made to shake, rattle and roll, that would make them more exciting and if every so often people would fall out of them and end up getting killed, that would improve the thrill of riding in them.

Gratitude
I am happy that I finished the October Newsletter for the community that I live in and I will take it over to the printers today.

Written for Melanie’s sparksfromacombustiblemind’s Share Your World.

Almost Cut My Hair

An angel gave a promise and command to Manoah’s wife telling her that she would become pregnant and have a son whose head was never to be touched by a razor, because the boy was to become a Nazirite, which is an individual who has voluntarily dedicated themselves to God from the womb.  His legacy would be to take the lead in delivering Israel from the hands of the Philistines.  Her son was Samson whose strength allowed him to tear apart a lion with his bare hands and to defeat many Philistines with supernatural acts of strength.  Why, why, why would Delilah make Samson pay the ultimate price for love, well that is an easy one, as she was motivated by greed.  Here is a song from my second book which I wrote for the wedding scene.

Samson traveled to Gaza, and he met a prostitute.
Samson laid with her and then they had a dispute.
She wanted more money than Samson was willing to pay.
But when she saw Samson’s muscles, she said let’s hit the hay.
The people of Gaza knew Samson was there!
They tried to surround him but to their despair,
Samson broke loose and crashed through the city gate.
Samson was too strong, the citizens only made him irate.
Delilah was a woman from the Valley of Sorek.
Samson was a judge and he did not eat pork.
Samson fell madly in love with the beautiful Delilah.
He loved her so much, he said ‘I would like to buy ya.’
The Philistines knew that Samson possessed great strength.
Samson never trusted them, so he maintained an arm’s length.
The Philistines approached Delilah to become their spy.
They offered her shekels of silver piled up to the sky.
Delilah was paid to seduce Samson and make him tell.
Samson played with Delilah because he liked her smell.
Delilah said, if you love me, show me what makes you so strong, let me know.
Samson knew that if he told his secret, he may no longer be able to beat his foe.
Delilah nagged and prodded him day after day, until he could take no more.
Samson told her no razor has ever touched his head, then he called her a whore.
Delilah seduced and deceived Samson, because she wanted to collect the money.
She cunningly crafted her plan to cut off all of his hair and did he look funny.
Samson became weak, he was captured and taken to prison.
Samson prayed to God and hoped that He would listen.
The Philistines gouged out his eyes and kept him in jail.
Samson was devastated and he became very pale.
Samson’s hair grew back, which the Philistines ignored.
He gained his strength again as he prayed to the Lord.
They chained Samson up to the pillars on the temple foundation.
Samson could not break the chains, but he felt a holy sensation.
Samson was the strongest man that ever lived on this earth.
He pushed with all his might, he pulled for all he was worth.
Samson gritted his teeth and started to tear the building down.
The two support pillars shattered and ended up on the ground.
Everyone in the building died that day and Delilah was sad.
She knew that Samson was the best lover that she ever had.

Written for Melanie’s sparksfromacombustiblemind’s special edition of Share Your World which asks “Would you rather have a huge head of hair or be completely bald?  No middle ground!”

Affirmative

When it’s all said and done, will you have said more than you’ve done?
That is an affirmative, as so far, my life has not amounted to a hill of beans.

What does the world need less of?
Whiners, people that bitch about every one of their insignificant problems, or those who write posts about themselves all the time, as if the whole world revolves around them.

Do you feel older or younger than your age?
I feel my age, but I tend to act younger, because I am basically a very immature person.

What is a cause you’ll always passionately support?
I have no causes, and I don’t need no stinking badges.

Gratitude

I’m not worthy to have a personal affirmation.

Written for Melanie’s sparksfromacombustiblemind’s Share Your World.

No Such Thing

Do you believe in soul-mates?  (my definition of ‘soul mate’ is the IDEAL partner romantically).
Plato believed in soul mates and he thought that when one of them met their other half, the pair would be lost in an amazement of love and friendship and intimacy and neither one would ever leave the other’s sight for even a moment.  Plato thought that humans originally had four arms, four legs, and a single head made of two faces.  He said that there were three different genders of humans.  Each of these original humans had two sets of genitalia.  A small percentage had two male parts and they were called men.  An equally small percentage had two female parts and they were called women.  The greater percentage of the first humans were called Androgynous, because they had both male and female genitalia.  The men were children of the sun, the women were children of the earth and the Androgynous were children of the moon, which was born of the sun and earth.  He said that these first humans had great strength and they threatened to conquer the gods.
The gods were faced with the prospect of destroying the humans with lightning, as they had done with the Titans, but by doing this, they would lose the tributes that the humans had gave to the gods.  Jupiter developed a creative solution to split the humans in half as punishment for humanity’s pride and this took away their great strength and doubled the number of humans who could give tribute to the gods.  These split humans were in utter misery to the point where they would not eat and they were all about to perish, when Apollo decided to sew them up and he reconstructed their bodies with the navel being the only remnant left of their original form.  Each human from this point on, would then only have one set of genitalia and they would forever long for his or her other half; the other half being their soul mate.  Whenever the two halves would find each other, they experienced an unspoken understanding of one another, they felt unified and they would stay with each other in unity and experience great joy.  Love is born into every human being, calling back their other half.  It is human nature to search for the one that you are destined to be together with till the end of time.
I don’t believe in soul-mates, as I don’t feel that anyone is destined to be together and this whole concept was just created as a reason for people to support the concept of monogamy.

What are three scents you like?
Lilac, Rose petals and strawberry.

What are some things that you might be considered too old to do, but that you enjoy?
Smoking weed.

What is one food you absolutely refuse to share?
I am always willing to share my food, providing the person has their own plate and their own utensils, as I don’t want anyone else’s germs on my food.

Gratitude
I am grilling up some bratwurst tonight.

Written for Melanie’s sparksfromacombustiblemind’s Share Your World.

Philosophical Issues

Are human beings required to better themselves and will doing that make them happier?
Humans need to follow some basic rules in order to live in society, but if they live all by themselves, they can basically do whatever they want.  Most humans are social beings and many seek to become better by improving themselves, but there is no requirement for any human to do this.  If a human learns about virtue, justice and dignity that would make them better and also lead to their happiness.

Is it easier to love or to be loved?
Philosophers go both ways on this issue, but if I interpret the word easier to be putting in less effort, then I have to go with being loved, as that can be done without putting in any effort at all.  It is very difficult to determine what motivates a person to love one person instead of another and you can’t help it if someone loves you, as love can be an unconditional act that is offered freely and not based on getting anything back in return for it.  To actually love someone takes effort and you must make yourself vulnerable when you do this.

Outside traumatic brain injury, can memories be completely erased?
Select memories can be erased, leaving others intact, although a traumatic experience will be very difficult to forget.  Certain drugs can ease your pain and music has been known to give people temporary relief.  There is a thing called Neuroplasticity, which refers to your brain’s ability to restructure or rewire itself when it recognizes the need for adaption.  In other words, it can continue developing and changing throughout life.  This is usually accomplished through therapy and rehabilitation and it has been successful in controlling depression.

Is there such a thing as a good death?
A good death would be one where a person does not suffer any pain, one where they maintain their dignity, and this would only happen after a person has lived a life to completion.  I guess that if some old geezer died instantly after getting hit by a meteor that would be a dignified way to end it.

and one ‘silly’ one because the former questions were fairly serious:   What do you imagine is inside a baseball?
Since we are being silly, I imagine that it is filled with cannabis and if you hit the ball so hard that you knock the cover off of it, then you can roll it up and smoke it.

Gratitude
Something that I feel is uplifting is that the 2021 NFL season officially kicks off on Thursday, September 9 with a match-up between the Dallas Cowboys and the reigning Super Bowl Champions, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Florida at Raymond James Stadium.

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A Random Bag

Can you parallel park (if you drive)?   If you don’t drive, can you still skip?
Yes, I am able to parallel park, but I don’t get much opportunity to do that because I don’t live in a city, however anytime I can back into a space, I try to do that.  I can drive a stick shift, and I have driven large trucks and a rather big Recreational Vehicle.  I have also driven on the Autobahn.  Although I have not done any skipping lately, I am certain that I would still be able to do that, as it is like riding a bike.

Do you prefer early morning or late evening?  Or something in between?
I think something in between works better for me.  I enjoy the comfort of sexual intimacy when I am in between her breasts, oh wait, you were talking about time.  Unless I have to take a fasting blood test, I don’t schedule morning appointments and I reserve my late evenings for relaxation.

Do you like avocados?
Mostly no.

Is mind or matter more real?
Matter is something that you can touch, unless it is in a gaseous state, so that has to be more real that what is in a person’s mind.

and a bonus ‘deep’ question just because
Are people in this current generation less or more sensitive than people from past generations?
I am from the Baby Boomer generation and the generations that followed are more sensitive than the people in my era.  Everyone complains now about everything and we learned to suck it up and move on.

Gratitude

I have complained about meeting fake women on dating sites before, but I think that I may have finally met a real person and I will just have to wait and see what develops.

Written for Melanie’s sparksfromacombustiblemind’s Share Your World.

Melanie’s Helpers

When you just need to forget the world for a few hours, what helps you get away from it all?  (Fuzzywig the Stoner Raccoon)
Smoking some weed, listening to some music and then taking a nap and in that order.

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)
If I woke up with a unicorn horn, the best thing would be that I could go to Starbucks and tell them that I want a free Frappuccino because I am their new mascot.  The worst thing would be some hunter going after me to mount my horn on their wall.

What is the creepiest thing you’ve ever seen someone do, that you’d be willing to talk about, of course?  (Snuggle The  Friendly Bear)
Two of my friends roomed together and when one of them was out, the other guy and I were partying and we ran out of matches, so the one guy looked in the closet of his roommate and discovered a blowup sex doll, which we both thought was creepy.

What’s the silliest or pettiest thing that tends to really upset you?  (Rainy, The Wickedly Obsessive Rain Loving Skunk)
Watching the News because it already happened, but there are so many stupid people that it upsets me even though I know I can’t change what happened.

Gratitude Section
I am happy to be alive.

Written for Melanie’s sparksfromacombustiblemind’s Share Your World.

Does Anyone Actually Care

1.If you could be anywhere else right now, where would it be?
I would like to be a prisoner in the Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp undergoing waterboarding torture, but only if they use fresh spring water, as that tap water there is so nasty.

2. What Wastes The Most Time In Your Day To Day Life?
I sleep a lot, but I am not aware of time passing by while I am sleeping, because once I am in dreamland, I am oblivious to anything else going on around me.  Trips to the bathroom in the middle of the night are the only way I have to estimate how long my dreams have lasted.

3. How would you describe your greatest enemy?  If you don’t have one, share your secret! 
Time is my greatest enemy as statistics say that I only have a 22% chance of living for another 22 years.  That would make me 90 and although I feel that my brain will still be intact, I am almost certain that my body will be a complete mess at that time, as it was not built to last that long.

4. If you were a bird, what kind of bird would you be?
I would be a rare bird, not like a canary that was locked in a cage, but cute and lovable like Tweety Bird is.

Optional Gratitude
I am happy to be watching the women playing beach volleyball in the Olympics, as I love looking at them in their skimpy bathing suits.

Written for Melanie’s sparksfromacombustiblemind’s Share Your World.