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08-26-2015 Journal–Take a Good Look at Yourself!   2 comments

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The crappy weather continues here in Maine giving me an overabundance of reading time.   Recently I picked up a small book at a local church flea market for $.50 and as I began reading it I thought it would make an interesting discussion for the blog.

Half the fun of living your life is examining the hell out of it as you get older and hopefully smarter.  I know I’ve second guessed virtually every decision I’ve ever made in my life.  I always seem to have a better answer now than I had with the original decision.  Things I thought as a teenager and in my early twenties sound so stupid now it’s a little scary. 

This book’s all about difficult questions designed to make us think about ourselves and our decision making capabilities. There are no right or wrong answers but they will challenge your common sense and good=headedness.

Yes-No-Maybe

I’ll list 10 questions with my own answers below. If you’re interested after that then take a few minutes and jot down your own answers. I recommend that you do it together with your partner, significant other, or spouse. I’m sure that regardless of the answers they’re sure to spark a few interesting discussions about your differences.  Lets get started:

1.   If you could spend one year of your life in perfect happiness but afterward would remember nothing of the experience would you do so? If not, why not?

a. I think I’d pass on this one. If I couldn’t remember the happiness then it never really happened and what’s the point.

2.   If a new medicine were developed that would cure arthritis but cause a fatal reaction in 1% of those who took it, would you want it to be released to the public?

a. If I’ve done my math correctly that means that out of every million people treated, 10,000 would die.  That’s insanity and a big no from me.

3.   Would you accept $1,000,000 to leave the country and never set foot in it again?

a. That would be a big “Hell No”.

4.   Would you be willing to become extremely ugly physically if it meant you would live for 1,000 years at any physical age you chose?

a. No thank you. To me a thousand years of being terribly ugly would be worse than dying.

5.   If you could wake up tomorrow having gained one ability or quality, what would it be?

a.  I’d want the ability to speak and understand every language on earth.

6.   Would you accept twenty years of extraordinary happiness and fulfillment if it meant you would die at the end of the period?

a. No thank you.

7.   If the person you were engaged to marry had an accident and became a paraplegic, would you go through with the marriage or back out of it?

a. I must have loved that person very much or wouldn’t have wanted a marriage. It’s a commitment I’d honor completely.

8.   Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as your dinner guest?, as your close friend? , and as your lover?

a. Dinner Guest:  Any wounded veteran; Close Friend: Bill Gates; Lover: Rachael Hendrix.  The Close Friend and Lover could change at a moments notice because friends and lovers come and go.  The Dinner Guest would remain the same permanently.

9.   A good friend pulls off a well-conceived practical joke that plays on one of your foibles and makes you look ridiculous. How would you react?

a. I’d be a little embarrassed at first, laugh a little for a few minutes, and then begin planning some good old down-home REVENGE.

10. For $20,000 would you go for three months without washing, brushing your teeth, or using deodorant? Assume you could not explain your reasons to anyone.

a. No how, no way . . . . but I might reconsider it for $100,000.

BE AS TRUTHFUL AS POSSIBLE

010-13-2013   Leave a comment

Believe it or not I’m a really a sensitive guy.  You really can’t listen to rumor or the personal opinions of people who may be biased in some fashion. With that being said I need to remind everyone that it’s mid-October here in Maine, the warm weather is slowly fading away leaving us with crisp and cold nights and sunny days with chilly winds. Now that you’ve been given the official EveryUseLessThing weather report you understand it’s that time of the year for the  anticipated “change of season”.  We’ve now seen the return of football, new TV programming, and the soon to be migration of hundreds of thousands of senior citizens making their Fall pilgrimage to look at the freaking leaves. This is also the time of the year where my better-half and I begin our annual Fall battle over heating the house.

Those of you who heat with heating oil understand just how much money is spent on keeping the home fires burning through a long New England winter.  With the costs of heating oil skyrocketing every year at this time, every drop you save is money in your pocket.  As much as I agree with saving money there are times when I must disagree. This is one of those times.

In remodeling this home two years ago we required that it be "tight".  That means as much heat as possible remains in the house and doesn’t escape through any uninsulated areas.  We were very successful with that upgrade but it causes it’s own problems.  When the house is that “tight” and the heat is not yet been turned on, the insulation keeps the cold night air inside the house.  Our situation now is a little strange.  For most of the morning our house is freezing cold and the cold air can’t escape.  We’re forced to go outside to warm up once the sun comes out.  It’s stupid but true.

That’s where the war starts every year.  I try to explain to my better-half that it’s necessary to turn on the heat at a very low level to help eliminate the residual cold air from the previous night.  She just doesn’t get it and refuses to turn on the heat at all.  I’m being forced to wear three layers of clothing just to watch TV and then when I go outside I find myself removing a layer or two to be comfortable.  I suppose I could just turn the heat on and disregard her feelings entirely but that would escalate the war and extend it for many weeks.  The recriminations and potential revenge scenarios come into play with more arguing and mean spirited discussions expected.  It’s a freaking conundrum.

Thank God for our industrial strength electric blanket.  It’s the only thing keeping me from becoming highly disagreeable.  A few days ago it was so cold I was forced to spend eight hours sitting in our bed with the blanket at a high level just to be comfortable.  We’re at the breaking point with this issue now and I’m almost convinced that it’ll be worth fighting with her for another month or two if I can just get the heat on for a few hours in the morning.  She may get a huge surprise when she gets home from work and finds the house warmer and more livable.

I’m not a heat fanatic by any means.  We maintain our thermostats at no more than 62 degrees for most of the winter anyway.  By taking the time to write this posting I’ve convinced myself to "grow a pair" and just turn the effing heat on.  Enough of this nonsense.  I’ve taken a vote and my better-half votes NO to heat but me and my “nuts” vote YES.  That’s three to one and she loses.  On comes the furnace tomorrow morning and let the “Great Heat War of 2013” begin.