I have nothing better to do with myself in the middle of my week off from Mecca, so why not take some time to share my world with you? It is Tuesday after all….. wait, is it Tuesday? The days just run together when I don’t have to work. I’ll assume it is and get to work on the SYW questions Melanie provided us for this week, all courtesy of other bloggers. It’s like a secondhand interrogation. Let’s roll with the new and allegedly improved logo…
Are we losing the art of listening in comparison to simply hearing?
Yeah, yeah, you’re probably right. About whatever it was you just asked. Do you mind if I go back to my game I was playing now?
How often do you openly discuss with friends or here in WP with your readership topics that make you feel uncomfortable or may be taboo or stigma laden?
Yeah, no. I don’t engage in any kind of serious discussion of any such taboo topics because the majority of people of all kinds, creeds and beliefs are pretty closed-minded when it comes to the more sensitive subjects I often have differing view about. If you’ve read a few of my episodes of Shelf Critter Theatre, you’ll see that absolutely no subject is considered off limits when it comes to wielding my lighthearted, but disturbed sense of humor… because I absolutely do love to joke about the things that make others uncomfortable. Which just makes them even more uncomfortable, which always makes me wonder sometimes why I still have people following me since we’re collectively such a “panties in a wad” society…
Do you think that these discussions should be freely discussed and written about more?
Why? Nobody is swayed by discussions. There comes a certain point in our lives, almost certainly by our 30’s, where we pretty much are who we are and we’re not changing barring some seismic event in our lives. A lot of breath and bandwidth is wasted trying to change minds that are not going to be changed, and that goes for everyone, not just the people YOU think are ignorant and closed minded. Progress starts with the more impressionable younger generation…
Did you have a nickname as a child and if so, what was [or what is it now]?
That question was asked a few months ago, and I’m still not talking about it…
Why is there still ‘stuff’ we simply just don’t understand despite our progressive world?
I don’t understand the question. And I don’t know why I don’t understand the question, so I guess I don’t know the answer to the question.
Would you rather double your height or lose half your weight?
12 feet tall or 125 pounds? A buck and a quarter is probably too skinny for someone six foot tall, while at 12 feet tall I would no longer be able to fit in my house or my car. I guess if I were 12 feet tall, though, I’d have a pretty easy career in the NBA and could buy myself a mansion with very high ceilings.
What is your most essential kitchen tool?
Who is one blogger you really admire and why?
I don’t play favorites. The bloggers I read are all admirable in their own way. Those who can consistently stay at it month after month, year after year, are truly worth recognition…
Shelf Critter Theatre fans! Yes, all two of you! I’ve finally created a dedicated “Meet the Shelf Critters” page that contains a brief synopsis of all of the characters big and small. You can check it out here, or in my menu under the header!
ha! we have a smoke detektor now too…. we would like to know your nickname… I mean it can not be much more worse than mine, they called me the parrot for talking too much…
Let’s just say it was bad, mean spirited and I never acknowledged it!
Oh YAY – I just took a tour of the SCT critter page – one question – is that a tattoo, a strange belly button, or a spot to insert a screwdriver on Scrat’s anatomy???? I will share with you my childhood nickname as long as you don’t ever tell a soul (this is a private blog right???) – I was known as “Pookie”. Sad isn’t it.
Pam – oops – “Pookie”
That’s where his acorn that pops on and off his body goes! That image is from an episode where he lost his nut (oh the humanity!), and it was the best one I had where he was the focus to use for the Who’s Who!
Ah haaa! Everyone should have a removable acorn don’t you think??? 🙂
Oohh can’t wait to check out the Critter page!
It will serve as the prime exhibit when I am locked away in a padded room for giving distinct personalities to an entire stable full of inanimate objects!
You’re absolutely right when it comes to ‘discussing touchy topics.’ With apologies to Mitzi because I know she’s in to the touchy-feely stuff. Talk about “no good deed going unpunished!”
Mitzi loves “punishing” critters for their good deeds, and it definitely involves a lot of touchy feely stuff!
haha! I think you are the king of anything goes, and nothing is taboo here on your blog. Love it, and keep coming back to see what outrageousness you’ll post next. I know it’s all in fun. 🙂
SCT is the only thing I post on this blog that is 100% unfiltered. Not sure why, but I succumb to the usual self-censorship in just about everything else…
Oh, baby Ody and Spilly … so cute! 🙂
Kittens are almost supernaturally cute!
Siberia, yes, look carefully the left side , almost in the corner of the pic, you see a white ghost, like somebody under a sheet, there we are. The right side of the monster is Finland.
Yep, Finland (Or Findland as your Lady Mitzi likes to call it) is definitely under that snowy ghost! I was always very good with European geography, but unfortunately I learned it in the 1980’s, so all the countries that have sprung back up since the Cold War ended are quite hazy to me…
Lady Mitzi is right, if she means this country is not easy to find. We are so far in the north.
Lady Mitzi is la Reina in your house.
“Nobody is swayed by discussions.” Disagree. I’m open to learning new things, doing things differently. And often those changes have come about because I talked with people who do things differently than I do. It comes down to being open-minded, aware of the fact that those who adapt, survive. Survival of the fittest, you know? Not to get all science-y here…
I think we’re on different stars in the same galaxy here. Your point about open mindedness as part of the slow change that makes the world go round is certainly valid. My idea of open mindedness takes a kind of omniscient understanding of others and their background that I don’t think any person could possibly possess. It’s very difficult for me to explain in few words, but it’s being open to the idea that someone might have a viewpoint you utterly disagree with, yet being able to understand that within the context of that person’s experience and environment, that it is a perfectly valid viewpoint for them to have. That is a kind of open mindedness that I think very few, if any of us (including myself) can attain, and what drives the divide between people in such a multicultural society as ours. Or something like that…
I get your point. We all learn from other people in different ways. Agreed: “it’s being open to the idea that someone might have a viewpoint you utterly disagree with, yet being able to understand that within the context of that person’s experience and environment, that it is a perfectly valid viewpoint for them to have.” This is pretty much what being an English Literature major is all about, now that I think on it.
I don’t get offended easily, I grew up watching Archie Bunker.
“Leave me alone, Dingbat! Can’t you see I’m on the terlet?”
Pretty deep this week. And diplomatic! I can’t wait to try out that new logo.
Share Your World is very big in the Eastern Hemisphere. I think I can see your friend from the Alyans concert waving from the ice cap…
Yay, I knew they were still out there somewhere!
Thank you E.S. for Sharing Your World (well carefully selected bits of it…how bad could that nickname really be? I sense scarring and shaming around it though).. I’m off (yeah yeah, stop sniggering) to check out the Shelf Critter character page! And although the females in the crowd (some of us anyway) might not appreciate a detachable nut, I’m sure the males all see the benefit. Cute kittehs. What happened to Spilly? I hope it wasn’t something dire. 😦
Spilly was claimed by a horrible feline disease, the pall of which will also hang over Ody as he approaches his “elderly” years. There was something not right about Spilly from the get go (though whatever it was made him so sociable and amusing), even his mother tried several times to put Spilly out of the litter. Sure enough, just before he was to turn 18 months old, he started having crippling seizures that couldn’t be controlled. As so I had to make “that decision” for the very first time on a year and a half old cat. It was horrible, but he made quite the impression in his short time with me and I’ll always miss him (though not his chewing… I swear it was like having a dog in the house!)
It was good to see a photo of the adorable kitties again. The last few of mine have been such pains in the ass in their old age that I forget that cats can be cute, funny and sweet. Poor Trouble. It’s only 8:30 in the morning and I’ve already wanted to strangle him twice.
I’ll have to check out the critter bios. Every once in awhile someone that I either don’t know or don’t remember shows up.
Ody’s 10 now, and Biskit will be the same in the new year, so I’ll soon have the delights of running a senior home for cats. Biskit, who already barely eats anything, has been getting awful whiny and finicky about the food lately. That may have something to do with Ody occasionally barfing in the food bowl….
Yuck! Poor Biskit having to deal with barf in the food bowl! But if he’s already whiny and finicky about food, just wait. I want to strangle Trouble on a daily basis because he yowls for food every time I go in the kitchen and then, half of the time, he turns his nose up at whatever I give him to shut him the hell up and he comes back in the kitchen to yowl at me. One day, I chased him with a knife yelling “shut up, shut up, SHUT UP!” I wouldn’t knife him, of course, but the constant yowling is making me feel rather unhinged.