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Every morning (with few exceptions) my friend Bruce sends me a photo inscribed with the words “Good morning”. I reciprocate by wishing him a good morning. Most times a send with the text a photo apropos to the one he sent me. Most of the time this intercourse is a single ‘lob’ to and from and the morning ablution is concluded. Thinking this a good idea, I save the meme and pass it on to my nearest and dearest. I start with The Best friend and The Other Michael and then on to a few ‘regulars’.  Most mornings I send the meme to a random person from my telephone roster.*

Each morning I have the anticipation of Bruce’s text and wondering ‘what will today’s meme be like?” He lives in Palm Springs, so these often have scenes from that neck of the woods.

 

I thought he made these himself and sends them to me personally. Later I learned it is not Bruce who makes them but someone at the condominium complex where he lives who generates the photo to all the habitués. Bruce passes it on to a lot of folks, myself included. No No surprise I suppose, but there was a slight disappointment to learn this viz.  I am not ‘special’.  Now there is a satisfaction I am part of a daisy-chain of salutations that spreads across the country every morning. 

Inspired by this, I have begun to make my own “Good morning” memes to pass along as well:

 

This is a silly mawkish thing to do, I know, but it is a nice way to start the day and to let folks know I am thinking of them.

 

*Most of the time I do not hear back from them: I wonder what they think of receiving it.   

 

Sam (the dear!) at Sam, Coffee, Money, and Thyme does an entry titled: World of Mine –Friday’s W’s.  She graciously consented my using it, with reasonable attorneys fees. I may try this regularly, if the Spo-fans find it entertaining. I will do mine on Wednesday, or Wotan’s day, or whatever we are calling the mid-day of the week these days. 

What’s top of my mind – the weather. Unlike the rest of the nation, AZ is at its ‘good time’ of the year. The outside temperatures are ~ 25C / 77F, which allow me to open the windows wide and do some spring cleaning. It’s time to tidy up the back porch, which is unused since October. 

Where I’ve been – last weekend a friend was in town and he invited us out to dinner at a restaurant with outside dining. Someone and our friend have had their shots; I have not. I was not comfortable despite the social distancing and a breeze blowing to wipe away the contagion. The food was excellent but I could not relax being around so many people, most of them not wearing masks. I don’t foresee doing this again any time soon. 

Where I’m going – In two weeks I travel again back to Michigan, Land of Perpetual Snow and Ice, to care for Father for a few days. This allows Brother #3 some time to scram to who knows where for awhile.  

What I’m watching  – The Great Courses’ series on Mesopotamia. I am learning of the great city of Ur, where I get half of my pen name. 

What I’m reading – I am on page 700 of ‘Anna Karenina’; there are 200 pages to go. I’ve been slogging through this ponderous novel for some time. I know how it’s going to end*, thanks to know-it-alls,  but I want to see how it happens.  

What I’m listening to –  podcasts.  My recent favorites are ‘Ologies’ and “Hidden Brain”.  ‘Ologies’ is hosted by a very entertaining woman who interviews various science experts and the later is hosted by a fellow as he explores human sociology and psychology.  I recommend both. 

What I’m eating –  I still have grapefruit to eat from January’s season. Happily they do not grow tired although they do go a bit dry. I have five left.  I will eat them with relish 

Who I’m paying attention to – Someone of course. 

 

What I’m planning – I am composing a list of things that need doing about the house prior to Brother #4 and family visiting us in early April. We’ve had no visitors to since January 2020 or longer perhaps. There is a lot to do, such as cleaning the carpets and clearing out the ‘blue room’ A.K.A. as the guest bedroom A.K.A as Someone’s Storage space. 

 

 

*Badly. 

It is Valentine’s Day tomorrow and there is a meme on Facebook I thought I would try here. Feel free to copy such a play along.

Where you first met:  Key West, Florida

How did you meet:  At ‘happy hour’ at the resort we were attending. He was on a business trip; I was on my annual winter holiday. Neither one of us was looking for such.

First date: There are conflicting stories of what happened and when it did it happen. It is like “Roshomon” without the subtitles. 

How many years together: we met in 1997. I had to get out the calculator. Patience above! 24 years!  

Age difference: Someone is older by seven years. 24 years ago it seemed more important. As we age the gap decreases in significance. 

Who was interested first: Oh, I was. I was a moonstruck idiot. 

Who is taller: I am, although we are both well over four feet. 

Most obnoxious in-laws: Someone has no relations while I have dozens and most of them have untreated ADHD. They all like to keep in touch with us. Someone should have asked a few logical questions before saying ‘yes’.

Who said “I Love you”first:  I did. 

Worst temper: Neither one of us is ill tempered. I get cross at times. When Someone is angry/upset he broods. However, he ‘lets it rip’ in the car towards obnoxious drivers. My eyes cross at such awful language. 

Most sensitive:  Someone.

Most annoying habit: He would say it is my not paying attention/not listening. As for his worse habit, Someone seems incapable at cleaning out the dryer lint trap. This is where I should have asked a few logical questions before saying ‘yes” 

Most forgiving:  We are both good at this. 

Loudest:  I have a voice once described as “Wagnerian, without the charms”. 

Who has the most useless facts: I win by a country mile. 

Funniest: I am. Do not dare to question this. 

Who wears the pants in the family: In all matters I defer to Someone. This makes for a happy marriage. 

Most stubborn:  Someone. 

Falls asleep first: Someone can fall asleep in less than five minutes, anytime and anywhere. Amazing. 

Most impatient: I am. 

Better driver: see “Who wears the pants in the family” response. 

Biggest neat freak: Ms. Kondo and I are one.  

Most social:  Urs Truly is constantly texting, calling, blogging, and reporting to Someone who doesn’t do any of these things. 

Least likely to remember to do what the other one asks him to do:

Three guesses. Oh the embarrassment. 

Most competitive: Neither one of us is so.

Best cook: I have surpassed Someone in all categories of cooking but chicken pot pie. 

Who is the handy-person: Someone is much better with his tools. The challenge is getting him to use them. I find a good way is to do so myself only to make a mess of it, obliging him to do it right in the first place.  

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Spo-flections and Heorot Johnsons are both closed for the day to give the author and TBDHSR time to haul out the Hallowe’en trimmings.

Here’s some memes until I can think of something worthwhile to write….

 

I need a brief break from ponderous erudite posts and The Board of Directors Here at Spo-Reflections is breathing down my neck to put out something ‘funny’.  Until I can cook up something ‘funny’, here’s some memes to give you a smile or even a chuckle. Feel free to take’em. 

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Here a some jolly good fun memes Urs Truly enjoys using on Facebook and in texts. Some of them I found on the internet; the others I made myself. You can probably guess which ones fall into which category. I thought it might be amusing to share with the Spo-fans to bring you a smile.  I have heaps. I will release them in a trilogy of entries as I worry readers will become overwhelmed by glamor and mirth.

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This one is good for birthdays especially if the recipient tends to be rawther ‘into it too much’.

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Great great Uncle Orin (no stranger to Wild Energy) makes a good meme.

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I use if often; it is one of my favorites.

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Succinct!   

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Hot puppies!  You bet I’m loving this one!  

David (the dear!) suggested I answer a few questions he thought would promote writing and be entertaining. The Board of Directors Here at Spo-Reflections unanimously voted this as a splendid idea. That’s quite a compliment to David for they seldom agree on anything, usually resorting to fisticuffs and swordplay to clear things up.  They proposed I tackle the questions in a series of entries, so here is the first batch. Unfortunately these ancient and austere Norsepersons wanted to add a few questions of their own. I’ve interspersed them with David’s.

Spo-fans are encouraged to answer the questions themselves in the comment section.

What was the most brilliant idea you had last week.  I realized if I save signing off on sent prescriptions to the end of the day I can do that in one step, rather than a series of piecemeal sign-offs.

Who did you fight last and what damage did you do them.   I had a FB row with a cousin about Hurricane Harvey and whether or not this is G-d’s wrath.  No one was physically harmed in the battle.

Who was the kindest person.  Domani Dave, who sent me a book.  I was quite touched.

What made you laugh.  My new favorite podcast “The Magic Tavern” . For thems who don’t know this marvelous podcast, it is a cross between Firesign Theatre and Dungeons and Dragons.

In the past week which public building have you torched.   The Supreme Court in Washington D.C. but it was only virtually damaged.

What made you angry.  Hair Furor and his constant shenanigans and outrages.

What inn did you last pillage.  None, but this weekend I am staying at the Marriott in New Orleans, so I may be able to kill two birds with one stone but pillaging and torching it afterwards.

What made you want to cry.  Human ignorance, hate, and folly.

Where did you see attend the last blood eagle.  Does hearing about one listening to The Great Courses count?

Where are you/where do you want to be.  I am at work, goofing off during a ‘no-show”.  Where would I want to be? : under Jake Gyllenhaal.

1 – What is your favorite movie to see at Halloween?

“The Haunting”. It is a tribute to the truism less is better. Is the house haunted or is it all part of people’s paranoia? No monster; no blood. Just the uncanny fear something is in the hall……

2- What was your favorite Hallowe’en costume as a child?

I have always went with the scary “death” costumes like skeletons or specters, keeping in touch with the original notion this was a day for being in touch with the dead.

3- Given enough money what would be your fantasy Hallowe’en costume?

Pan, with the goat legs and horns and all. I would play the pan flutes and evoke erotic desire in all who hear me.

4 – What is your favorite Hallowe’en candy?

Out of nostalgia, I like Sweet Tarts. Nowadays I prefer gummi-bears. I do not like coconut. Toffee-flavored penny sweets are right out.

5 – What is your supernatural fear?    Possession by evil spirits.

6 – Your ‘creepy-crawlie’ fear?   Tarantulas!

7 – Your ‘that’s gross” fear?    Trypophobia.  It makes me cringe!

8 – Have you ever heard a ghost or heard something go bump in the night?

Once upon a time when I lived in Chicago I awoke at 2AM to a very loud explosion from downstairs. My first thought was someone had smashed a window or shot a gun in the house, it was that loud. I ran downstairs to investigate. Nothing was out of place or askew. Even the cats were asleep as if nothing had happened.

9 -Are you a traditionalist or a creative carver of you Jack-o-Lantern?

I carve several pumpkins each year. One must have a scary face to frighten away the bad spirits. The others are creative, and getting more and more artistic as the years progress. I’ve been pleased with my artwork. However, Arizona living may stop this. Pumpkins shrivel literally overnight and the details go quickly. I may have to stay with simple patterns now.

10 – Do you know have a favorite ghost story?      Yes, I do. The Upper Berth

11 – Do you know someone who is “Anti-Halloween”?

I used to work with a woman who would not decorate her area as the others, nor would she even touch the candy and treats brought into the office. Even the trail-mix with candy corn was off-limits. I give her credit. She did not explain or defend herself, nor did she execrate others. It was a mere ‘no thank you’ – good for her!  I guess her strict Protestant sect thought it all Satanic.

12- Do you decorate the house at Hallowe’en?

As a kid I used a lot of store bought plastic stuff. Now I channel Martha Stewart. The inside and out of the house is tasteful but lavish.  My favorite decoration is to open a pumpkin from the bottom, clean it out, and drill it all over with holes. Then insert a light bulb. The dotty glow is both spooky and whimsical.

13- What do you want on your Tombstone?       “Finally Stopped Worrying”

For fun here is one of my favorite Halloween tunes from my youth. I worry now if it  has racist overtones. But as a boy I thought it innocent and absolutely delightful.  

Alas, my friend Karen does not blog anymore, but she stays in touch via FB. She posted this MEME.  It was light and whimsical, so I thought I would do it.  Spo-fans are invited to to likewise, if you fancy.

 

1. ARE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE?   Yes, from the song “Michael row the boat ashore’;  I was supposed to be Martha.

2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED?  It was so long ago I can’t remember.

3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? Yes, when I do it properly. I am especially fond of my “R”.

4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT?  Nasty things and should be avoided.  I love good salami, no rubbish.

5. DO YOU HAVE ANY KIDS?  No.

6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS?    I doubt it.

7. DO YOU USE SARCASM?  Never.

8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS? Yes, despite repeated injury.

9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP? Oh, I can’t wait! (said with sarcasm).

10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL?  Frosted Salami Flakes.

11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF? Sometimes, less than I should I dare say.

12. DO YOU THINK YOU’RE STRONG?  No.

13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM FLAVOR?  Small chocolate cone.

14. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE?  Their presence.

15. RED OR PINK?  Red, as incarnadine as blood.

16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING YOU LIKE ABOUT YOURSELF?  My stomach.

17. WHAT COLOR PANTS AND SHOES ARE YOU WEARING RIGHT NOW? I am wearing neither.

18. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE?   Sunday brunch. It was fabulous.

19. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?  Someone in the other room, watching TV.

20. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE?   Nattier Blue.

21. FAVORITE SMELL? A freshly carved pumpkin.

22. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO?  Does Harper count? If not, then that would be Someone, who is still watching TV. He asked me to make less noise.

23. FAVORITE SPORT TO WATCH? Depending on how you define ‘sport’ I vote for rolling down grass hills- in its way. It often injures the tonsils to do so.

24. HAIR COLOR THATS REAL? You mean mine? It is grizzled and au natural. I am thinking of dyeing it red or nattier blue.

26. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS? No.

27. FAVORITE FOOD? Pizza still ranks #1.  A Chicago deep-dish pizza with spinach is my favorite, oh I miss it so.

28. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS? I am all for happy endings.

29. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED. The one about Florence Foster Jenkins. It was charming.

30. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING? I am not wearing a shirt.

31. SUMMER OR WINTER.  Living in AZ as I do, winter wins.

32. HUGS OR KISSES?  Hugs.

33. FAVORITE SWEET FOOD?  Gummi-bears!

34. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?  Spoon River Anthology.

35. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD?  Edvard Munch’s “The Scream”

36. WHAT DID YOU WATCH ON T.V. LAST? This too was so long ago I can’t remember. I believed I cried, or chocked on a salami.

37. FAVORITE SOUND? Water, in any form, whether in rain, ocean waves, or fountains.

38. ROLLING STONES or BEATLES?  Don’t like no Rolling Stones.

39. WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE TRAVELED?  London, U.K.

40. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT?  My Attic wit.

41. WHERE WERE YOU BORN?  In a hospital.

Tony (the dear!) doesn’t write as often as I wish him to do but when he does it is always well done and worth the waiting. He recently posted an essay “I used to think” in which he discusses philosophies and alleged truisms now discarded for something else or better.

It got me thinking (his posts do that) about what I used to think. The list is legion. As the Firesign Theatre used to say: “Everything you know is wrong”.  I would feel betrayed when one of my axiomatic beliefs was exposed as a sham, as if I had been deluded by a con artist. Nowadays when an apodictic thought falls flat I smile a bit as if I suddenly solved a crossword puzzle clue that had evaded me.

I used to think good people will be rewarded and bad people will be punished.  I learned this in Sunday school. Nowadays people are less likely to believe in a palpable god as in a nebulous ‘karma’ that will right all wrongs.  I almost think the opposite occurs viz. the more crap one gets in life is a sure sign you are doing well.

I used to think it important not to waste a single minute of the day but to be continuously busy doing meaningful jobs and productive tidy-ups and self-improvements.

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I used to think Jessye Norman was the best.

I used to think every ten years I would quit my job and move to another place to have a life time of various careers in various locations.

I used to think the only successful and meaningful relationship is a monogamous until-death-do-you-part marriage.

I used to think if I was being emotional or irrational or illogical people would think I was a bad psychiatrist.

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I used to think the best movie ever was “Fantasia.”*

I used to think if I read and commented on every blog I visited they would reciprocate in kind.

I used to think I would live a long life. I am not so certain now I will and I wonder if I really want to.

I used to think I don’t deserve to be in the weight room with the ‘real men’.

I used to think everybody likes to learn and grow like I do.

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I used to think beards were disgusting.

I used to think I would be a paleontologist or an astronomer or an organist or a graphic illustrator for Disney or a pediatrician or a cardiologist.

I used think it OK to bite my nails

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I used to think the Republican party best represented my welfare; I would always vote GOP.

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*It’s still pretty good but hardly the best movie ever.

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