Share Your World – March 20, 2017

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Olvera Street
Los Angeles CA

How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are? I have repeated myself ad nauseum here, on my blog and in comments on other people’s blogs. My wife says I act as if I am 13 most of the time, and that works fine for me. I like being able to laugh at myself and others and sometimes maybe even comment on the absurdity all around us. And sometimes I like to be level headed and decisive. Wait, no, scratch that. I don’t like it but sometimes I have to do it. Especially in the business world. Then I’ll go home and vent, have a glass of wine, and revert to my 13 year old self once again. It’s harmless, and for the most part keeps me sane.

So, you’re on your way out and it’s raining. Do you know where your umbrella is or do you frantically search for it all over your apartment/house? Since moving out here to the desert southwest I have not seen an umbrella anywhere in my house. Since getting married I have not seen an umbrella anywhere in our house. But then again I can’t seem to find anything in our house since getting married so, who knows? How do people do it? Combine the contents of two homes into one? Considering the size of our individual homes when we married, our house today should be almost 4,000 s.f.

Do you recharge your energy by going out with friends for a good time or by spending with quiet time alone? We don’t have friends. We do everything by ourselves most of the time. If I need to recharge, it’s usually by myself. I’ll listen to classical music, or go out to Red Rock Canyon and sit on the side of the road with a view of the mountains and watch the low hanging clouds cling to the peaks. Most times recharging does not include photography or hiking but more like my own brand of introspection.

Name three things you and your spouse, partner or best friend  to have in common. My spouse, partner, and best friend are is my wife. We have love in common. She loves me and I love me. What more do we need? Of course, there are times when love is not enough. Sometimes I get on her nerves and sometimes I get on my own nerves. That’s when we separate and go recharge. As for three things in common? The love of the outdoors, the love of soothing music, and the love of words.

La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles CA
(half a block from where we are staying this week)

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? I have spent the last 10 days in and out of work with some kind of intestinal distress. No idea whether it was food poisoning or a flu of some kind. But I felt good enough yesterday to drive into L. A. with Lynn and house sit for friends while they vacation in London. So I am looking forward to exploring in a different locale for once- though the weather is being less than desirable. Overcast and threatening rain today. We are looking into visiting the Holocaust museum, which is about 10 minutes away. Then lunch at Canter’s Kosher Deli. We shall see.

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Thanks to Cee for these great questions once again! Go see! Go join!

Cee’s Share Your World – February 27, 2017

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Newberry Springs CA February 25, 2017

Newberry Springs CA
February 25, 2017

Ever ran out of gas in your vehicle? Are you kidding? Lynn and I are always at odds with filling up the gas tank. She laughs at my anal-ness (is that a word?) of filling up no later than at a quarter tank. She will wait for the warning light to go on before she even thinks about stopping for gas. But no, we’ve never actually run out of gas.

Which are better: black or green olives? Kalamata olives in a salad or on a pizza, green olives in a martini!

If you were a great explorer, what would you explore? I’m pretty much a virgin when it comes to travel so I would love to visit and explore other cultures.

Quotes List: At least three of your favorite quotes? This is tough because my favorites are not inspirational and there are so many. “Don’t let schooling interfere with your education” – Mark Twain, “Any girl can be glamorous. All you have to do is stand still and look stupid” – Hedy Lamarr, and “Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read” – Groucho Marx.

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? I’ve been cutting back on my work hours and spending Tuesdays and Thursdays in the library working on a coffee table book. Last week was the first week and now I don’t want to go back to work-work. Ever! Next week? Just endless possibilities,

Thanks, as always, to Cee of Cee’s Share Your World.

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Share Your World – February 6, 2017

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Amargosa Valley California February 5, 2017

Amargosa Valley California
February 5, 2017

Regarding your fridge, is it organized or a mess inside? Why would our refrigerator be organized if our house isn’t? In fact, nothing about our lives is organized. One might even go so far as to call us messy. One might, but I wouldn’t. Not around my wife.

Do you prefer your food separated or mixed together? This should be a subparagraph to your previous question,”is your refrigerator organized”? Is your food organized or messy? Well, it’s messy. The corn fraternizes with the potatoes that fraternize with the salad, which is a fraternity in itself.

Do you prefer reading coffee table books (picture), biographies, fiction, non-fiction, educational? OK, I’m sorry but how does one “read” a coffee table (picture) book? Me, I go for fiction in books and movies. Lynn likes biographies and documentaries. Right now, I’m reading The Call Of The Wild for the first time. Lynn is reading The Winter Fortress (subtitled; The Epic Mission to sabotage Hitler’s Atomic Bomb). She’s the intellectual in our family! Obviously!

Close your eyes. Listen to your body. What part of your body is seeking attention? What is it telling you? Well, since I just ate and drank about one full liter of water, I hear my bladder calling me. I think you can guess what it is telling me. I’ll be right back.

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? Well, last week we had a follow-up appointment with Lynn’s foot doctor. He says she’s doing fine even though she still has some pain. We see him again in a month. Next week? We’re going to try to get to Goldfield Nevada. We tried this past weekend but got side tracked and only made it as far as Shoshone California, which is about two thirds of the way. The photo above was taken on our way to Goldfield as we passed through Amargosa Valley.

Again, as always, thanks to Cee neuner for such insightful questions. Go grab your computer and join in at Cee’s Share Your World.

Share Your World – January 30, 2017

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A wall in Mandalay Bay Las Vegas NV December 8, 2016

A wall in Mandalay Bay
Las Vegas NV
December 8, 2016

(The photo above has absolutely nothing to do with the questions or answers below and probably should have been saved for Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge. But go visit Cee’s Share Your World for more sharing from other bloggers.)

What is the most incredible natural venue that you’ve ever seen in person? I want to say my wife but I think people are getting tired of that rote answer for almost every question. So it would have to be the Grand Canyon, when I first saw it I was around 24 years old. I had seen it in photos but really, you have to experience it in person. We happened to be there when no one else was around and came up to the edge of the cliff to look out over that expanse and I was just speechless. Awestruck. I have seen it about 4 more times since but it is impossible to recapture the feeling of that first time.

How many siblings do you have? I had a sister, but she died from lung cancer. She took up smoking at a very young age and, when she was eventually diagnosed, finally gave up smoking. Too little too late. She died 6 months later.

What’s your birth order? Well, if I had known I could order something, it would have been breast milk. But I was not breast fed as a baby and I think that’s where all my problems stem from. My mother did try to make it up to me afterwards by allowing me to order anything I wanted whenever we went out to eat, but at home it was whatever she was serving that night. And my mother was never the best of cooks.

If you were a shoe, what kind would you be and why? Now what kind of a question is this? Why would I want someone’s smelly feet inside of me? Gross. OK, wait. Is this supposed to be some kind of simile or metaphor or something? Let me think. The shoe would have to be comfortable, elegant, understated, dependable, in a basic color tone, though it could be trimmed in something a bit more flamboyant. Either that, or the Jordan 23 Breakout shoe!

What is the strangest/weirdest thing you have ever eaten? Alligator. Well, it was either me or him. And truth be told, alligator DOES taste like chicken. Like tender white meat.

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? Grateful? I hate this question. I always feel like I have to come up with something earth-shattering or interesting. But honestly, I am simply grateful to wake up each morning and face another day. Looking forward to? Getting it right.

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Share Your World – January 16, 2017

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On the side of a parking garage Fremont Street Las Vegas NV January 8, 2017

On the side of a parking garage
Fremont Street
Las Vegas NV
January 8, 2017

Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed? When I was a kid, I slept with the closet doors open so I could see there was no one there. When I finally realized that I was having nightmares of my clothes coming to life and threatening me, the doors were closed and remain so to this day.

Do you take the shampoos and conditioner bottles from hotel? That’s what they’re there for, no? My mother used to always take ashtrays from hotel rooms when you could smoke in them. I guess that’s where I got it from. But then maybe it’s genetic. My sister used to take steak knives from restaurants because she didn’t have any. But she stopped when she got a full set. One time we were out for Mexican food and I commented on the Cholula hot sauce. She put it into her purse and gave it to me afterwards.

What is your usual bedtime? I’m trying to go to bed earlier so I can get up earlier. So far the earliest has been 9 pm so that I could get up and get out to take photos of the sunrise. But I slept through the entire morning.

Do you like to use post-it notes? No! I used to, but then forgot where I posted the note. Now all notes are on my phone. And then I forget where I put my phone.

When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone on paper? I honestly don’t remember. But then I’ve never really written a letter by computer, either. Little messages sent by email and now text. They’ve stopped teaching cursive in schools, I understand. Probably because of me .

Any phobias? Dozens. Insects bigger than my finger, clowns, doctors donning latex gloves, doctors dressed as clowns donning latex gloves….

How tall are you? At my prime I was exactly 6 feet tall. But it’s all been downhill since and now I’m only about 4′ 2″. Did you ever see The Incredible Shrinking Man? That, I fear, will be my fate.

What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? This is always a difficult question, to single out one moment from the past week. but I can certainly tell you what I am looking forward to in the week coming up. January 20, when Trump is finally sworn in as president and we stop looking towards the future with anxiety and fear. The future is now, folks. Anxiety and fear have been my constant companions since he won the election. Remember what I said above that I am afraid of clowns? I rest my case.

Please go visit Cee’s Share Your World to learn about some of the bloggers you might read. Better yet, why not join in and answer the questions yourself?

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Share Your World – January 2, 2017

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Zion National Park UT January 2, 2017

Zion National Park UT
January 2, 2017

Would you prefer to receive a unicycle, bicycle, tricycle or motorcycle? You mean for free? Is that a kid’s tricycle? In that case I’d get the motorcycle, sell it, and get four unicycles, two bikes, one trike, and take the family out to dinner with the money left over. Little known fact: I used to have a motorcycle. But after two accidents- neither of which was my fault- I no longer harbor the urge to ride.

What is one thing you’d like to accomplish this year? Finish my novel. The one I’m reading!

What was one of the highlights of 2016 for you? That it’s over! I was really getting annoyed by the ever growing list of who died in 2016. Now we can get on to a more important list; like who dies in 2017.

Would you prefer to fly a kite or fly in a hot air balloon? I love hot air balloons- as long as I’m on the ground watching them. You will never get me up in one. I also said that when I first saw an airplane, that I would never fly in one, so take that with a grain of Celtic sea salt!

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? Lynn and I both fell asleep on the couch by 9 pm on New Year’s Eve as we attempted to watch Cleopatra. We had no idea it was a 4 hour movie. That has nothing to do with what I am grateful for from last week, I just needed a moment to think. I can tell you I am grateful that I have a friend who loves purchasing new cameras and is always offering me his duplicate lenses for drastically reduced prices. And I won’t tell you his name or his prices might go up in the future. I just bought a Fujinon 10-24 lens (see the photo above) and I love it. Thanks, Joe! Oops, no, his name’s not Joe. It’s… Marvin. Marvin Goldblatz. But we call him Marv for short. Sometimes Goldy! Looking forward to next week? Taking more photos. (I’m so predictable.)

And I’m grateful that Cee of Cee’s Photography came up with such a fun challenge and posts a new one each Monday. I always look forward to having fun with my answers. Hope you have fun reading them, too.

Share Your World – 2016 Week 51 – Favorite Holiday Edition

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What is your favorite holiday? If I had to choose between the jazz singer Billie Holiday and the actress Judy Holliday, it would be a difficult decision. They are so diametrically opposed to each other. Billie is darkness and sings about heartbreak and loneliness and even despair. Judy is all light and laughter and happy endings.

What types of food is associated with your holiday?  I guess when watching a Judy Holliday movie, it would be popcorn with lots of butter and salt. With Billie Holiday’s music you can’t eat. You drink. Usually whiskey, maybe bourbon or even gin. But never vodka.

Do you travel for your holiday? There was a time that I might have. But now, they are both long deceased. There are plenty of recordings, though. I can listen to Billie on cd, or watch Judy on dvd. Both in the privacy of my own home.

Is it a religious or spiritual holiday? I would imagine neither was very religious, though I could be wrong. I’m not sure Billie Holiday ever sang spirituals and I’m positive Judy never did.

Is there a gift exchange? A gift exchange? No. I bought every cd or dvd on my own. No one ever gave me one as a gift.

How long does the celebration last? Most no longer celebrate Judy Holliday, though she starred in so many classic films like Bells Are Ringing, The Solid Gold Cadillac, Adam’s Rib, Born Yesterday. Billie Holiday is celebrated by black soulful singers even to this day. You can hear her influence in many of the songs by Erykah Badu

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? I am grateful that I successfully avoided going shopping in stores or online for Christmas and I will be thankful when all the hoopla is over. Let’s get out on the streets and help the homeless with a few dollars or a gift card for food or a warm blanket. Go through your closets and find shoes and clothes that you no longer wear and instead of giving them to the salvation Army or whatever, give then directly to the people who could benefit from them.

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And thanks Cee, for your questions this week. I hope I haven’t turned this into too much of a downer for anyone who has read this.

Cee’s Share Your World – 2016 Week 49

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Lou Ruvo Center For Brain Health Las Vegas NV December 3, 2016 6:01 am

Lou Ruvo Center For Brain Health
Las Vegas NV
December 3, 2016
6:01 am

What do you value most in a friendship? A woman. Now, I don’t mean anything sexist by that. But I am sexist. Against men. I have never had a really close friendship with a guy when growing up. All my closest friends were girls. They were just easier to talk to about sensitive things like feelings. I think that’s why most people thought I was gay when I was in high school. Well that and being in the drama club.

Do you prefer eating the frosting of the cake or the cupcake first?  Do you prefer a specific flavor? When I ate cake, I would usually eat the cake and the frosting at the same time. And chocolate is (was) my flavor. Since cutting out as much sugar as possible in my diet, the only chocolate I get is if I order a mixed drink with creme de cacao.

Have you ever been in a submarine?  If you haven’t, would you want to? I do remember being in a submarine in Disneyworld once. Does that count?

If 100 people your age were chosen at random, how many do you think you’d find leading a more satisfying life than yours? I don’t think I could find anyone leading a more satisfying life than mine right now. No one’s life is perfect, but mine is definitely satisfying. Well, except for having to put up with that damn dog!

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? This past weekend, my wife went away for the day. Now, that in itself is not why I am grateful. But, because I woke up at 5 on Saturday morning, alone, I got out of bed, showered, dressed, and got out of the house by 5:19 am. With my camera. It was still dark out but, by the time I decided where I was going, the sun was already starting to turn the black sky to blue. And it was freezing out. And yet I felt so alive. The photo above is one I took of the Lou Ruvo Center For Brain Health in downtown Las Vegas. The colors have not been manipulated in any way. The structure is all silver, lit only by the existing streetlights. The interior lights are all purple. What a sight! Just beautiful.

Now please go visit Cee’s Share Your World post to read what others find satisfying.

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Share Your World – 2016 Week 48

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Golden Hour at Golden Valley CA November 26, 2016

Golden Hour at Golden Valley CA
November 26, 2016

Do you prefer eating foods with nuts or no nuts?  Food should never be eaten with nuts. I know I am not being politically correct now but, if someone is nuts they shouldn’t be allowed to eat out. Am I discriminating? Yes. I suppose I am.

If someone made a movie of your life would it be a drama, a comedy, a romantic-comedy, action film, or science fiction? Let me tell you what my life movie shouldn’t be. It shouldn’t be a movie. It should be a continuing TV series, preferably a BBC series that goes on forever. Or for at least another 30 years or so. I have nothing against an American made series, mind you, But the British just sound so much classier. Even when they are doing slapstick they seem to exude so much class.

 Who talks real sense to you? No one now. When I was growing up, the closest would have been my uncle, who insisted I go away to college, who helped me choose which school and got me my first real job when I graduated.

Do you have a favorite board game? I absolutely hate games of any kind. My sister, who was older than me, used to always have to win. Whenever we played Monopoly, she had this killer instinct. You could see it in her eyes. Very scary.

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? I’m grateful that last week is over and though there is still familial stress when it comes to planning for Christmas. I’m going to try to get Lynn out of town so we don’t have to have dinner with the ‘nuts’ in our family. 

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Share Your World – 2016 Week 46

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Are you a traveler or a homebody? My wife, Lynn, is a traveler. I’m a homebody. If I ever want to be with her, I have to find her, or go with her. It’s a lot easier just to go with her. In 2010, she talked me into buying a camera. Since then, you can’t keep me home and now, every weekend, we take a day trip looking for photo opportunities. The image above was taken this past Saturday in Amargosa, CA.

What kind of TV commercial would you like to make? Describe it. This is a funny question since, when I lived in New York, I worked as a commercial film editor. I cut commercials for Mercedes-Benz, Coca-Cola, Johnson & Johnson Baby Diapers, Red Door, White Diamonds. And For The Donald. For his Trump Taj Mahal. Sounds like quite the life, but working with creatives from ad agencies is not much fun.

Describe yourself in a word that starts with the first letter of your name. One word? I don’t think I can do it. My vocabulary stops at the letter D.

List some fun things for a rainy day. Singing and dancing in the rain. And if Lynn refuses to sing and dance, I’ll watch a movie or read a book.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? I’m just grateful that last week is over. I’m looking forward to everyone putting on their grown-up panties and boxers (or briefs) and dealing with this mess, now.

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