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Saturday, February 6, 2021

Sunday Stealing-January Part 2

Welcome to Sunday Stealing. This feature originated and published on WTIT: The Blog. Here we will steal all types of questions from every corner of the blogosphere. Our promise to you is that we will work hard to find the most interesting and intelligent questions. (Past hosts include: Our first - Judd Corizan, Mr. L, Kwizgiver and Bud) Cheers to all of us thieves!

1 .Can you eat with chopsticks?


2. Could you tell real money from counterfeit?

I don’t think I could tell unless it was obvious.

3. What do you think about school uniforms?

I am all for them. My kids wore them in grade school. White or burgundy polo shirt, navy blue pants, jumper, or skirt. Love them for 3 reasons:

   1.  No worries about kids feeling bad because their parents can’t afford expensive designer clothing.

   2.  The cost was reasonable compared to regular clothing.

   3.  No arguing about what to wear.

4. What ancient civilization would you most like to visit?

I had to research this. Most ancient civilizations treated homosexuals badly, some considered it a capital offense. However, Ancient Greek culture celebrated homosexuality in its history, literature, and art. Homosexuality and Civilization

5. What would make a great new Crayola color?

Interesting question. Is there really any color in nature and life that hasn’t been done? My favorite color was Midnight Blue and I heard quite a few years ago that they pulled it and no longer put it in their larger boxes. I’d say bring back Midnight Blue.

6.If an art project is created with the intent of getting rich and famous, does that cast doubt over its significance as a work of art?

I don’t think so. The intent doesn’t matter. What matters is the process and the end result.

7. What do you get in trouble for the most?

Interrupting other people talking. I’m working on it, but it’s hard when you rarely get to have a conversation and you have short term memory issues.  

8. Do you blow your nose in public?

I don’t think I would now because of the pandemic. If a person did, there could be serious repercussions. Look at the news and the lengths people go to just about people not wearing a mask, or not wearing it properly. I’m certainly not saying that would be ok, but personally, I would go use the restroom or maybe go outside, away from people. I’ve gotten death stares when I’ve sneezed wearing a mask, and I also pull my shirt over my mask as an extra layer in an effort to lessen the chance of anything escaping.

9. If all the nations in the world are in debt, where did all the money go?

Corporations and rich people have all the money. 

10. Is it as easy to make you happy now as it was when you were a child?

Probably. Growing up we didn’t have much, and money is very tight now for my family, so the littlest things make me happy.

11. Who knows, or your parents?


12.What instrument would you like to be famous for playing?

I'd love to be able to play the guitar. I wouldn’t need to be famous for it, I’d just like to learn how to play. It would be so cool to go camping and play songs around the campfire. I was camping in Galena once and a group of people nearby had a guitar and a banjo. They played for hours. It was like our own personal concert.

13.Would you have sex with a stranger for one million dollars?

Firstly, is the stranger male or female? If they are male, no amount of money would get me to do it. And it also depends on the female stranger...

14.Are you completely in control of your body?

I don’t think anyone is completely in control of their body. If they were, I’m certain they wouldn’t allow themselves to get gray hair, diseases, conditions, or cancers. 

15.What is the coolest web site you know of?

Google. It’s a good starting point to find other cool websites.

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Day 320-322 of Sheltering In

Thursday, Friday, Saturday. I grocery shopped and dropped of my daughter’s new boots that she forgot here when she returned to the group home after New Year’s. 

Friday our DirecTV went out. Probably because of snow on the dish, or the winds or weight of the snow got it out of alignment. I pay for the protection plan precisely for this issue. First of all they had me look for the reset button which was not where Roy said it was. We have the new-fangled receiver so there is no door where the reset button is behind like on the old receiver. He did not have me look elsewhere for the button. My wife said it’s on the back of the unit. Roy should know that. Oh, this convo with Roy was via Chat, because customer service was closed. So of course I got disconnected from that Chat before there was a resolution. My wife called Saturday. Firstly, the woman, not in this country, told my wife that we needed to go on the roof to remove the snow. This was told to my wife after she specifically told her we are both disabled and cannot get on a ladder. (Are you forking kidding me? I tear my meniscus and sprain my LCL getting off an MRI table and they want me to climb a ladder and go on the roof? Not gonna happen.) Then this woman tells my wife that they can’t send a tech out due to the snow because it’s not safe to use a ladder and go on the roof with the ice and snow. But it’s ok to tell a disabled and injured person to get on a ladder and the roof and get the snow off. 🤷🏻‍♀️ Seriously? They won’t send an able bodied person over to do it, but they’ll tell a disabled person to do it. And no, we can’t switch to Comcast because there are constant outages in our neighborhood. We can’t even switch to Hulu Live because our internet signal isn’t strong enough and they can’t do anything about it. Yeah, it’s a clusterfork.

How do we watch the Super Bowl? Thank you for asking. I had already looked up how to do that for my daughter because they no longer have cable and the group home agency refuses to purchase antenna amplifiers to amplify the signals for local channels. (Amazon has them for reasonable prices, so I saved a few in my lists so when my daughter moves to the apartments we can order one for her.) My daughter’s housemate has a laptop they are going to hookup to the tv to mirror the laptop onto the tv.

So how do you stream the Super Bowl for free? The CBS Sports app. So that is how my daughter at her group home and we will be watching the Super Bowl on Sunday.

We were supposed to go to my father-in-law’s to do laundry, lunch, and play cards, but that got canceled. When I woke up I straightened out my left leg to position myself to get out of bed when something pulled in my lower back all the way down to my ankle.  It was ridiculously painful. So I can’t go anywhere. My wife called to cancel. She didn’t want to go anyway. A weird convo with her Dad made her change her mind. 

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Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Day 316-319 of Sheltering In

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday. Sunday we made a late afternoon stop at my daughter’s group home to drop off crafty stuff and some snack and grocery items after sending my son out to shovel. I got the oil for the snowblower, but “someone” I’ve asked several times to get gas for the small gas can (the one we use exclusively for 2 cycle engines that need an oil and gas mixture), multiple times since the 1st of the year. Can’t say she didn’t have a credit card because she kept that and the gas rewards card for over 2 days, which made the other reason I went out on Sunday an epic fail. I was going to go to the bodega for vegetables and some of their fantastic Pico De Gallo. I had no way of paying for it, so my son and I took the long way home.

Monday was my appointment for the orthotics place in Oak Lawn. That was a hike. Just went there and then home. Saw some interesting restaurants along the way. Hakuna Matata (middle eastern fare). We’ve only had middle eastern food once since moving to the burbs. Back to the brace. I’m not liking the fit. It was a standard, out of the box Velcro contraption. Doesn’t look like much coming out of the box, but it’s very bulky. It’s longer than the one I got on Amazon, but it also has 2 metal plates in pockets and those are meant to go on the left and right of the knee to protect it from further damage and allow healing. Not really “custom” if you asked me.

Wednesday I got an email from Amazon’s Reading Challenge. I read ALL 31 days of January! “Read” as in books. The beginning of January I started cutting down on the amount of news I read online. I drastically cut down. I still do not watch any news on television, although I did watch the events of 01/06/21 and the inauguration, but that’s it. I’ve also cut down reading on Facebook, but that’s mostly due to being frustrated that notifications repeatedly reload when I’m trying to scroll down to pick the next one to read.

Storm supposedly coming Thursday starting at 11am. That means I need to get up early to grocery shop. Even though I’m up til the wee hours, I still can get up between 8-9am, so shouldn’t be a problem for me. However, my wife has been keeping about the same hours, but she sleeps until noon. When I’m ready to leave...I’m going. She is supposed to run errands for her Mom’s friend while I shop. If she doesn’t get up in time, that’s not happening. 

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