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I’m Back ! !   2 comments

Well it’s been almost nine months since my last posting  and it’s time to give birth or rebirth to this blog.  Over the years I’ve posted hundreds of times on politics and politicians but never felt confident that anyone reading them gave a damn.  I guess I was somewhat mistaken since Donald Trump found a way to pull a magical rabbit out of his hat.  I think he jumped out of the frying pan directly into the media and liberal bonfire.  Good luck to you Mr. President you’re going to need it.  Also here’s a tip for you that I learned many years ago, “Keep low and keep moving.” It’s hard for anyone (even the Media) to hit a moving target.

During my time off I also turned 70 years of age which practically blew my mind.  I never expected to live this long and I intend to make the most of my remaining time bitching and moaning about anything and everything that irritates or annoys me.  I shouldn’t have any problems finding things to write about because right now in 2017 this is what the military would call,  “a target rich environment”.

In the past I wrote endlessly about my better-half, my grandchildren, and my every day life.  Going forward I may still mention them occasionally but the content of this blog will be changing. For years I posted once or twice a day, then I reduced that to just a daily entry but beginning today I’ll post when I have something to say.  If that’s twice a day or twice a week, so be it.

So thanks to my followers for sticking around for the last nine months waiting for me to return.  I hope you’ll find this blog even more interesting as we move forward.

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Posted July 17, 2017 by Every Useless Thing in Education, Humor, Looking Back, politics

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09-09-2015 Journal–More Personal Questions!   Leave a comment

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A short time ago I posted ten questions created to assist a person in examining their own motivations and ethics when confronted with difficult problems.  I was surprised by some of  the responses and even more so by the numerous requests for additional questions.  Never let it be said I don’t respond to my readers.

Here are ten more puzzlers to get you thinking along with my own answers.

1.   Would you be willing to reduce your life expectancy by five years to become extremely attractive?

a.  No, I’d prefer to have the women I know become more attractive. Then I’d give up the five years without hesitation.

2.   Have you ever considered suicide? If yes, what is so important to you that without it life would not be worth living?

a. Yes, my eyesight.

3.   If your friends and acquaintances were willing to bluntly and honestly tell you what they really thought of you, would you want them to?

a. Sure why not.  For the most part I know my faults but maybe I’d find out about one I wasn’t aware of. Either way I don’t really care.

4.   Do you believe in capital punishment?  Would you be willing to execute a man sentenced to death by the courts if you were selected by lot to do so and he would go free if you refused? Assume you know no details of the trial.

a. I do believe in capital punishment and I would execute a criminal who had been properly convicted through the courts. The alternative of freeing him is not an option.

5   If you went to a beach and it turned out to be a nude beach, would you stay and go swimming? Would you swim nude?

a.  Yes and Yes.

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6.   Do you find it so hard to say “no” that you regularly do favors you do not want to do? If so, why?

a. No I find it pretty easy to say no.

7.   Would you like to know the precise date of your death?

a. No.

8.   If by getting a 2 inch by 2 inch tattoo, you could save five lives and prevent a terrorist attack, would you do so? If you were allowed to select the location and design, where would you have it placed and what would the design be?

a. Yes I‘d get the tattoo.  A red crescent on my butt.

9.   On an airplane you are talking pleasantly to a stranger of average appearance. Unexpectedly, the person offers you $10,000.00 for one night of sex. Knowing that there is no danger and that payment is certain, would you accept the offer?

a. Of course . . . If the person were really attractive I might do it for $5,000.00. LOL

10.  Would you be willing to commit perjury for a friend? For example, might you testify that he was driving carefully when he hit a pedestrian even though he had been joking around and not paying attention.

a. No, he’s on his own.

Well there you have it.  Ten more questions to make you wonder about yourself and your significant other (assuming they are answering them with you).  Enjoy.

11-28-2013 How’s Your Brain Today?   1 comment

Trying to understand the workings of the human brain is almost impossible.  I do know that the brain has the ability to make us see things in a different way when it becomes confused.  That’s one of the reasons that identifications at a crime scene by six people can be totally different from each other.  One person sees a white Buick and another sees a blue Ford.  It also explains why police don’t consider information obtained from eye witness testimony as entirely credible.  I have no idea why the brain works the way it does and for the most part I don’t care, just as long as it keeps operating.

The following information was sent to me by a friend and I thought it might be of some interest to some of you.  It’s a short test for your brain and your eyes.  Give it a go and see how you fare.

Can you read this? It’s a little weird but interesting!

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If  you can read this, you have a strange mind because I’m told only 55  people out of 100 can.

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The  Eye Test
Can  you find the  B’s
(there  are 2 B’s) DON’T skip, or your wish won’t come  True…

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Once  you’ve found the B’s now find  the 1.

               
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Once  you found the 1…………….
Find  the 6

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Once  you’ve found the 6…
Find  the N (it’s hard!!)

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Once  you’ve found the N…
Find  the Q..

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How did you make out?  Did you have any difficulties?  There are no right or wrong answers to these silly little tests.  Just something to give your brain some exercise.  There’s nothing worse than having a fat and lazy brain.

11-02-2013 100 Useless Questions   2 comments

As I frequently do, I wander aimlessly around the Net looking for inspiration. Unfortunately most of the information available is either nonsense or BS. It only becomes relevant after I’m able to put it into context for all of you.  Dealing with people on the Net takes a great deal of skill, intuition, and luck.  Great care must be taken because dangers lurk in the oddest places.  I trained for decades to interview people, read body language, and to make a determination of their guilt or innocence.  Trying to do that same thing on the Net is an almost impossible task.  Since I can’t meet face-to-face and I can’t trust photographs any longer, what should I do?

The following list of questions I discovered a few weeks ago and after some necessary editing are ready for my use. They may seem mundane and boring but are they really?  The “devil is in the details” is a saying I’ve learned to appreciate over the years.  One small piece of information added to another and then another can result in clarification and understanding much like a jigsaw puzzle.

I want my readers to understand me.  It’s the wish of almost every other human being on the planet that someone “gets us”.   I’m going to list one hundred really stupid and simple questions and then post my answers as well.  If you read them all and then bundle them into one huge ball of useless information, you just might have a better understanding of me.  It may work or it may not but you’ll never know until you give it a try.  To test it further ask a friend, lover, or family member to answer them.  You might be surprised to find out they’re not exactly the person you thought.  Here we go.

 

1. Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed? Open.

2. Do you take the shampoos and conditioner bottles from hotel? Yes.

3:Do you sleep with your sheets tucked in or out? Tucked out.

4:Have you ever stolen a street sign?  Yes

5:Do you like to use post-it notes?  Yes, both paper and computerized.

6:Do you cut out coupons but then never use them?  No, I hate coupons.

7:Would you rather be attacked by a big bear or a swarm of a bees? Bees, at least I’d survive.

8:Do you have freckles?  A few scattered here and there.

9:Do you always smile for pictures? No, I hate being photographed.

10:What is your biggest pet peeve? People who talk-over me while in conversation.

11:Do you ever count your steps when you walk? Almost always.

12:Have you ever peed in the woods? Yes, it’s the best.

13:What about pooped in the woods?  I  have but it’s unpleasant.

14:Do you ever dance even if there’s no music playing?  Only when I’m alone.

15:Do you chew your pens and pencils?  Only pencils.

16:How many people have you slept with this week? Does my cat count?  If he does then “2”.

17:What size is your bed? Queen.

18:What is your Song of the week? Born to die – Lana del Ray

19:Is it okay for guys to wear pink? Yes.

20:Do you still watch cartoons? Almost never.

21:What’s your least favorite movie? Anything with Will Ferrell in it.

22:Where would you bury hidden treasure if you had some? None of your business. It’s called ‘hidden treasure’ for a reason.

23:What do you drink with dinner? Seltzer Water

24:What do you dip a chicken nugget in? Ketchup.

25:What is your favorite food? Hamburgers.

26:What movies could you watch over and over and still love? Anything prior to 1950.

27:Last person you kissed/kissed you? My better-half.

28:Were you ever a boy/girl scout? Yes.

29:Would you ever strip or pose nude in a magazine? No, it might scare people.

30:When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone on paper? 1990.

31:Can you change the oil on a car? Yes.

32:Ever gotten a speeding ticket? Oh yeah.

33:Ever ran out of gas? Once in 1975.

34:Favorite kind of sandwich? BLT, with lots of B.

35:Best thing to eat for breakfast? Bacon, eggs, toast, and coffee.

36:What is your usual bedtime? 11 PM.

37:Are you lazy? No.

38:When you were a kid, what did you dress up as for Halloween? At 45, I was Woody Allen.

39. Who is your favorite dead singer?  Levon Helm

40:How many languages can you speak? 1.5

41:Do you have any magazine subscriptions? Yes, one.

42:Which are better Legos or Lincoln logs? Legos.

43:Are you stubborn? Yes.

44:Who is better…Leno or Letterman? Johnny Carson.

45:Ever watch soap operas? I used to.

46:Are you afraid of heights? Not really, no.

47:Do you sing in the car? Sometimes.

48:Do you sing in the shower? No.

49: Do you sleep clothed or naked? Naked.

50:Ever used a gun? Yes.

51:Last time you got a portrait taken by a photographer? I was two years old.

52:Do you think musicals are cheesy? Some are, some not.

53:Is Christmas stressful? Yes, it’s a pain in the ass.

54:Ever eat a pierogi? Hundreds of times, Yummmm!

55:Favorite type of fruit pie? Apple.

56:Occupations you wanted to be when you were a kid? Archeologist.

57:Do you believe in ghosts? No.

58:Ever have a Deja-vu feeling? Yes.

59:Take a vitamin daily? Yes.

60:Wear slippers? Yes.

61:Wear a bath robe? Not really.

62: How old were you when you lost your virginity?  14.

63:First concert? Harry Chapin.

64:Wal-Mart, Target or Kmart? Walmart, to people watch.

65:Nike or Adidas? Dr. Scholl

66:Cheetos Or Fritos? Cape Cod Potato Chips.

67:Peanuts or Sunflower seeds? Cashews.

68:Ever hear of the group Tres Bien? Hell no.

69:Ever take dance lessons? Yes. as a kid, 3 years.

70:Is there a profession you picture your future spouse doing?  No, there won’t be a future spouse.

71:Can you curl your tongue? Yes, and I know how to use it too.

72:Ever won a spelling bee? No.

73:Have you ever cried because you were so happy? Yes, at my divorce hearing.

74:Own any record albums? Yes, vinyl and CD’s.

75:Own a record player? Yes.

76:Regularly burn incense? Yes.

77:Ever been in love? Yes.

78:Who would you like to see in concert? Celine Dion.

79:How many tattoos do you have? Six small ones.

80:Hot tea or cold tea? Hot.

81:Tea or coffee? Coffee.

82:Sugar or snickerdoodles? Sweet’n’Low

83:Can you swim well? Yes.

84:Can you hold your breath without holding your nose? Yes.

85:Are you patient? Not really.

86:DJ or band, at a wedding? DJ.

87:Ever won a contest? Yes.

88:Ever have plastic surgery? No.

89:Which are better black or green olives? Green.

90:Can you knit or crochet? Neither.

91:Best room for a fireplace? Bed room.

92:Do you want to get married? Never again.

93. Do you wear glasses? Yes.

94:Who was your HS crush? Beth.

95:Do you ever cry and throw a fit until you get your own way? Only as an infant.

96:Do you have kids? Yes.

97:Do you want kids? No more thank you very much.

98:What’s your favorite color? Blue.

99:Do you miss anyone right now? Yes.

100: Have you ever been stung by a bee? Yes.

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There you have it.  My screwed up and over-explained personality in a nutshell.  Remove a few of these questions and add your own.  Personalize it as much as you think is necessary. Then have a few of your friends compete the questions and invite them over for a few bottles of wine and a group discussion.  It might be a great deal of fun but even if it isn’t make sure you’re serving a really good wine. 

08-21-2013   Leave a comment

I scored a miserable nine on my first attempt.  Not terribly good but not a total disaster either.  As promised, here are the answers.

  1. Statler and Waldorf
  2. “I’ll be right back.”
  3. Kukla, Fran, and Ollie
  4. Roger Moore
  5. “Goodbye kids”, on the 2343rd-and-last episode of the popular kiddie show on September 30, 1960.
  6. 123 1/2 Sesame Street
  7. Robert Klein
  8. 4,531
  9. A policeman-it was a minor role.  The sketch was part of a 1950 Cavalcade of Stars Show.

10.  Yankee shortstop, Phil Rizzuto

11.  The Munsters

12.  “Love in Bloom”

13.  Julie Kavnar-formerly the awkward sister on “Rhoda”.

14.  The La Salle

15.  Soap

16.  Bruce Lee

17.  A pig named Arnold.

18.  Only one but the client was later proved innocent.

19.  Chip, Mike, and Robbie.   Mike moved away later and Ernie was adopted.

20. Trusty scout.

Bonus Question (Worth 2 Points): Victoria Principle’s The two feuded earlier, when Rivers was guest hosting on the Tonight Show.

Posted August 22, 2013 by Every Useless Thing in Education, Trivia

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