Always searching for inspiration, and any lame excuse theme for a post, I downloaded the above ’31 Day Blog Challenge.’ I quickly saw that I could never do them all, in a month. Having blogged for 5 years, and pumped dribbled out over 660 posts, it was evident that I’d already (over)done several items, and others simply don’t apply. Here’s the 31-day series in a fast-forward, 1-post version.
Self-portrait, and 5 random facts about yourself
Check my gravatar, my ‘About’ page, or any/all posts in my ‘Awards Earned’ category. I’ve revealed more than the girls at the nudie bar.
I have hundreds of interesting, impressive and inspirational quotes rattling around in my empty head, and run into more online often. Only if I’m very lucky do I remember an appropriate one when I need it.
What makes you happy?
LIFE makes me happy – playing children, a sunset or rainbow, a well-turned phrase. I am easily pleased. However, I am also easily displeased. That’s when I am happy to have this blog-site to bitch about, and hold certain facts and actions up, for ridicule and opprobrium.
Best childhood memory
ALL of them! I was fortunate to live a long-ago, safe, innocent, happy childhood. One of my blog-award posts mentions not being much impressed when jobs, taxes and family responsibilities came along.
Favorite movies you never get tired of watching
I knew people who watched ‘Titanic’ 8 and 9 times. The boat sinks. Everybody dies. A movie is a visual story. Once you’ve been told the story, it doesn’t change. Even epic movies like James Bond, or Star Trek, I can only watch twice, or perhaps three times, before my OCD yells, “Tell me a different story.”
Your last act of random kindness
What? Today? They are constant and ongoing. Small things. Everything from smiling and saying Please and Thank You (Which, sadly, is becoming viewed as an act of kindness, rather than mere good manners) to taking shopping carts out of parking spaces and arranging them neatly in the cart corral. It assuages my OCD and sense of order, and prevents others from getting dinged cars.
What’s your dream job?
I’m retarded retired, and living the dream. I’d like to dream with a little more money, but….
Biggest pet peeve
We all rant about dopey drivers and dealing with bureaucracy but, since such a large part of my life centers around reading and writing, my peeve is about poor English usage – especially by paid writers and authors. Teachers used to go to Teachers College to learn how to teach children. Now they go to Universities to obtain two useless degrees, and neither they nor their students can read or write.
What’s on your bucket list?
I don’t have a pot to piss in, so there’s no money in my bucket to do anything.
Rate the last movie you watched
I recently saw Star Trek Beyond. It was forced, fun and fast. Written by Simon Pegg, the actor who plays Scotty, it contained a number of ‘McGuffins’, unnecessary/invalid plot devices to get the viewer to go along with the tale. After (finally) suspending disbelief, it was a rollicking action movie.
The last book you read
See ‘kindness’ above. What, today?? I’m currently reading E.E. (Doc) Smith’s ‘Spacehounds of IPC’, Tom Clancy (actually written by Mark Greany), ‘Command Authority’, and Robert Asprin/Linda Evans, ‘Tales of the Time Scouts.’
What is your favorite recipe?
We eat so many kinds of real good food….anything Tex-Mex. I never got any when I was young. They had barely invented pizza. Nothing fancy, just filling. Perhaps Potato pancakes. Yum!
Create a photo gallery of your best pics
Old shaky-finger Phil?? I don’t take artistic shots. Almost everything I’ve photographed, has already been included in my posts.
What’s on your favorite playlist?
I’m too damned old for ‘playlists’! I occasionally go to YouTube when I recall a 60s or 70s song I can’t listen to on my cassette player any more. For an upcoming drive to Detroit, the wife asked about a playlist for the trip. Among others, I suggested Fleetwood Mac’s Tusk, and The Chain, Valdy, doing Play Me A Rock And Roll Song, as well as The Moody Blues’, I’m Just A Singer (In A Rock And Roll Band).
Tips on travelling to a destination
Our journeys are restricted to car trips, so I have few tips. Plan ahead, service and gas the car, make reservations!
What are your 10 must-haves for a vacation?
If you have 10 things, or more, that you must have, that’s not a vacation. That’s a temporary move! Take along twice as much money, half as many clothes, an open mind, a spirit of inquiry and adventure, and the determination to see things, learn things, and have fun, no matter what happens. ….and that reservation!
As usual, I’m too wordy. Please return soon for Act 2 of this one-act play. 😳