Now that I’m done taking questions from the critters, I’m going to use my SYW intros to feature an oddball tidbit from that particular day in history! As someone with a fascination for calendar dates and the bizarre, it’s something I should be able to have a lot of fun with… plus as long as I only post on Thursdays, there will be no repeat dates until 2028!
And so our inaugural TDIH tidbit takes us back to January 6, 1974 when all good Amurricans did what their government told them to do and set their clocks forward one hour! Why? Because thanks to the ongoing oil crisis, the US decided to push the start of Daylight Savings Time forward by three and a half months in 1974! We all know DST is a crock that probably wastes more energy in its propaganda than it saves by having the sun invade more of the evening… but don’t let that distract you from enjoying an 8:30 AM moonlight walk on a crisp January morning!
And now let’s turn on our Zeeba nightlight and answer this week’s Share Your World questions, which happens to be the final compilation of my SCT questions! As always, Share Your World is hosted by Melanie…
What frivolous, but annoying thing that people do be considered a sin ?
And how should violators be made to repent for it? (Asked on behalf of Ricky)
Had Moses worked at Mecca, he would have came down from the mountain with a whole different set of commandments. And since The Nest fully supports the eye for an eye style of justice, the best way to make annoying customers repent for their egregious sins of retail is to bring it home to them! Yes, maybe people will learn their lesson if someone came into their home and randomly rearranged things… like leaving a bath towel laying on the coffee table, tossing the can of cleanser in their underwear drawer, or taking the ice cream out of the freezer and chucking it behind the TV. Even better, randomly leave a few stray shopping carts all around their car in the driveway to complete the penance!
If you could pick one animal to have as an exotic pet based solely on how cute and adorable it is, what would it be? (Asked on behalf of Mary)
While cute animals are all the rage right now, one that I don’t think gets its due, and is definitely cuter than some shaggy llama or lazy ass sloth, is the red panda!
It doesn’t help that they were given the name of a much more popular exotic animal, even though red pandas and giant pandas are completely different creatures. I was quite surprised a few years ago when I found a plush version of one available in our Valentines Day section…
OK, maybe the stuffed animal version loses a little something in the translation…
RED: Dafuq you talking about? I’m goddamned adorable!
HUNG LO: Pardon me. Hung Lo on way to Bangkok and couldn’t help but notice such a tast…. er, cute animal!
RED: Go ahead and pet me, Chief! You know you want to…
HUNG LO: (Sneaking his Ginsu knife from his loincloth pocket) Almost too easy…
SLIDER: Stop right there, sir! This animal is NOT for culinary purposes!
HUNG LO: All animals for culinary purposes.
SLIDER: This species is on the endangered red list, and you will be heavily fined and reprimanded if you slaughter him!
HUNG LO: Fine. Hung Lo go find baby dragon to put on buffet…
SLIDER: That’s more like it!
RED: Thanks buddy, you saved my adorable life!
SLIDER: Your numbers are too few and we need to breed more of your kind!
RED: I’d love to help out, but picking up chicks out here in the Himalayas isn’t easy.
SLIDER: That’s why I’ve brought the chicks to you!
MITZI: OMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMG!!!!!!! You’re so kyooooooooooooooooot!!!!
RED: Yeah, I know!
MITZI: Wanna, like, do it?
RED: Being more adorable than myself is impossible, but I’ll bet red pandacorns would be close!
Do you have any siblings? If so, where do you rank in birth order? And do you think either of these facts contributed to the person you became? (Asked on behalf of the Sponkies)
I have four younger sisters, and being the oldest and only boy of five children, that meant I had more exposure to Rainbow Brite, Care Bears and Pound Puppies than I did Transformers and GI Joes like most other boys growing up in the 80’s. It certainly laid the foundation for my huge collection of critters and fondness for cute and shiny things, that’s for sure….
We all have things that make us happy, but what makes you deliriously, giddily, tail wagging-ly happy? (Asked on behalf of Zac)
I will get that way whenever I manage to capture a squirrel pic that I know is an instant classic. I know I’ve fist pumped a few times after a really lucky shot, which is probably all the more reason for anyone else at the park to think I’m some dangerous lunatic on the loose…
If you had an alter ego, who or what would it be? Describe some fun or interesting things about them! (Asked on behalf of ES!)
Well, you all know my alter ego, Evil Squirrel. The persona I gave ES is perfect for me. He loves to entertain others in his fucked up way, though that’s partially to stroke his own ego about how creative he is. He can gush rainbows and unicorns while also being a jackass at the same time. He works best behind the curtain rather than in front of others. He loves to poke fun at others and isn’t afraid to take shots at himself too. His antics are fun to watch, but he’s also a huge pest…
What are some hopes or accomplishments you’d like to see happen in 2022?
Well, I’d love to come up with an invention that’s the greatest thing since sliced bread…
Now I want a red pandacorn for a pet. If you’ve survived four younger sisters you can survive anything. Oh yeah before I forget – is there any kind of follow-up to the guy sleeping on top of the shelves at Mecca? Did he move to the paper towel aisle?
I could retire from people sleeping behind the suitcases if I had a red pandacorn breeding business. Nothing new to add to that story, and likely won’t be unless he shows up again, and I’d prefer he NOT!
I love this idea to place an ice cream jar on the oven and the potatoe chips next to their shoes….
People seem to think it’s OK to do in a store! So why not in their own homes as well?
A read panda, Lady Mitzi is right, cute! I have seen these red pandas in an animal park and they are special.
In our “Meccas” is the same problem, once I noticed a half eaten doughnut in a shelf for woollen yarn.
There was a red panda at the zoo the last time I went, but he was sleeping and a good picture was impossible to get. Half eaten food is another peeve… among the most common: half empty beverage cups, opened packages of snacks, and chicken bones from the deli. When I was a kid, someone thought it would be fun to set the yarn on fire in a drug store and wound up burning down the entire strip mall….
Thanks awfully for being my co-host Koff koff koff CONSPIRATOR koff hack koff koff (no Covid here folks, nuthin to see) for 2021! You and your alter ego plus friends did a FANTASTIC job! I’m just sorry it doesn’t pay anything. I guess exposure is exposure, right? Thank you too for Sharing Your World! The Red Panda is the most adorable thing I’ve ever seen ❤ ❤ (except for Ziggy. I don't need to clean up a pile of something because he got insulted). I understand the Red Panda, although cute as the dickens (like koala bears) is a vicious animal and it's unwise to approach either critter unless they are heavily sedated. Beauty has it's own rewards perhaps though. It was interesting to learn you are the eldest and have four sisters. I think being in that demographic (I'm in there too, but no sisters, only brothers and thank God only two) and I'm the eldest as well)) must do something to imagination because (she said humbly) both of us have some wild imaginations IMO. It grants us a very sharp sense of humor besides. I hope your New Year continues to be wonderful and to bring us more "Tales From the Mecca Dark Side". I enjoyed today's debut! Have a great week!
Try Arizona. We don’t do the clock changing thing.
Red pandacorns will definitely be my choice for exotic pet…
Clearly! And there’s nothing bad about having an aggressive animal with a pointy horn as a pet….
Red pandacorns? Now there’s something to patent!