180715 Things That Don't Make Sense to Me
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Tomorrow, my dad is going with his senior group to Coushatta. He sets aside a certain amount to lose, and stops there. Sometimes, he wins. He keeps himself under control. An open secret in my family is that immediately after WWII, my dad became a card shark and a pool hustler. It's how he paid the rent. After a few years, he moved to the other side of the country, gained a career, and became the most respectible person in town.

Because of him, I am very good at cards, but without practice, merely average with a cue. My backgammon game is so good, that no one wants to play me except Agent. She is also killer at the game. When I was in my twenties, someone suggested that I take my game to Vegas. I laughed. Why should I risk my cash on something so foolish?

I do not remember my dad ever telling us that gambling was bad. I observed it. My mother's sister's husbands were always poor. Blood relations seldom gambled, but a couple of the married-ins seemed to have a problem. Again, I do not remember anyone directly telling me that gambling was bad, I simply observed what it did to certain types.

This leads me to the insane belief that fortunes could rest on the behavior of a little ball. At least do something that requires a little bit of skill! Getting something for nothing does nothing good for one's soul. Earned money lasts longer. Let my dad have his fun. He knows what he is doing. My idea of risky fun has more to do with ropes and pitons than symbols and numbers.

Speaking of risky fun, the maintenence man just gave me a bicycle. I'm going to ride it on the street.


180629 The Opposite
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Later, I'll save this to my flash drive. I wanted to save this Torah portion for today, and it was good enough to share. This is such a good attitude, and missing from current society.

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Good Shabbos,
Rabbi Yaakov Menken
Director, Project Genesis – Torah.org


180626 TV
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Today at lunch, someone started a sentence with, "You know that commercial where..."

I replied that I do not watch television, because I do not have one.

She was incredulous. Then she asked, "Well, then what do you DO? How do you fill all your time?"

I was incredulous right back at her. How do people get anything done if they watch that much TV?
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180626 How Messages Become Twisted
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Normally, I don't throw out Bible verses without context and warnings, but the principle atheists in my life have died.

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Our only peace is in God, because until Satan is removed from the Earth, lies will exist.

180623 Healing the Hard Stuff
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That's the title of an article I read in a "crunchy" magazine. (Check Urban Dictionary for the adjective.) Read more...Collapse )
My diet plan uses real food, and is as close to organic, grass-fed, free-range, and unprocessed as possible. I may miss the cheese.

180604 Tahiti Is Looking Better
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Am I having a panic attack, or is this newest questioning of our basic rights a signpost on the road back into slavery? I study history. The reasons for the Fifth Amendment seem pretty easy to understand, but now some politicians want to effectually end it! No nation can legislate bad people into goodness, but governments can certainly torture (both literally and figuratively) the good people!
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Wow, this attack on American rights puts me in a bad mood!

180601 Music
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Over at the Senior Center, they have been playing a lot of Sinatra and his contemporaries. I really like Dean Martin. We also have sing-a-longs of older tunes. My singing group uses show tunes from various eras.

While I was writing up my last post, I listened to music from the 80s and 90s. I had forgotten how much I loved heavy metal. Even my own children cannot take much of that stuff. I just listened to this:



How can you pick a favorite? This is near the top of my list, but so is "Fear of the Dark", "The Trooper", "Dance of the Dead", etc, etc, etc. That's just one band! There are other great bands. This weekend, I'll be assaulting my ears with some underused albums.
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180529 That Time of Year
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Ugh. The weather map shows Texas as dark red. Yea.

I spent the day getting dental work and listening to seasonal music. Here's one:



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MoYZYWTPGM0

Next, I think I'll listen to a metal band.
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180517 Survery, Quiz, Questions, Whatever You Call It
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1) Are your parents married or divorced?
Married, until my mom died almost ten years ago. Dad still lives, and he still dates.

2) Are you a vegetarian?
I would die as a vegetarian, because I cannot digest vegetable proteins. I am allergic to grains, legumes, and dairy.

3) Do you believe in Heaven?
Heaven is that area above the earth where the stars reside. I can see it, so I believe it. Do people go to heaven when they die? No, but astronauts and probes have been there.

4) Have you ever come close to dying?
A few times I have been on the precipice. No, I have not had a near death experience. It was just blank. It simply caused me to face my mortality.

5) What jewelry do you wear daily?
I try to remember to wear earrings daily to prevent people from calling me "sir". It helps to wear big elaborate ones.

6) Do you eat the stems of broccoli?
Of course I do! When peeled and cooked to al dente, they are the best.

7) Who is your hair stylist?
What hair?

8) Ever have any surgery? If so, what?
Yes, and if I could do any of them over again, I wouldn't.

9) Do you color your hair?
Again I ask, "What hair?" My scarves come in a variety of colors.

10) What do you wear to bed?
Whatever I want

11) Have you ever done anything illegal?
Few people realize that every one of us does something illegal every day. We have so many laws that it is impossible to obey them all. Some of them are the ridiculous statutes from a hundred years ago about spitting on the sidewalk or something similar. Some are new ones about energy use or driving regulations or what counts as income. If you own property, you are a spiteful government worker away from losing it. Before the 1980s had ended, I knew that I had committed felonies. Yes, felonies! I don't base these allegations on simple hearsay. I base them on what friends who are police officers, police psychologists, prison administrators, and legal experts say. No matter how scrupulous and honest you think you are, you have committed some crime! That's how bad it is. Nefarious people go free. Honest people have their lives ruined.

12) Can you roll your tongue?
Yep, and I do it to irritate my daughter who can't.

13) Electric razor or blade?
Blades are better.

14) What kind of shoes usually?
I wear SAS or Birkenstock because my feet hurt if I don't.

15) Do you talk in your sleep?
My children say I do, but usually it is low mumbling that they can't understand.

16) What is your natural hair color (do you even remember?)
My hair has been several natural colors. I refused to color it, because I liked the way it faded and altered in the sun. No one else in my family had that trait.

17) Do you twirl your spaghetti or cut it?
I was taught that the proper way to eat spaghetti was the twirl, so it still seem like sacrilege to cut it.

18) Future child’s name?!
Asa seems good. I can't have children anymore, but I like unusual names.

19) Do you snore?
So they say...

20) If you could go anywhere in the world where would it be?
I would like to visit friends in New Zealand or Norway. I actually looked into what it would take to emigrate to Tahiti. Money. It would take a lot of money. Got a spare $100,000?

21) Do you sleep with stuffed animals?
Heh, the fact that I HAVE stuffed animals is kind of funny.

22) If you won the lottery, what would you do first?
Tithe. Hmm. That could be how I could emigrate to Tahiti! Long gone are the days where one could just park a ship on the rocks...

23) Gold or platinum/white gold?!
I don't care that much. My jewelry comes in all metals. I still have some Navajo jewelry in copper that I received in my childhood. Copper might be my favorite.

24) Hamburger or hot dog?
Who knows what's in a hot dog? I prefer hamburgers sans the bun.

25) If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Hamburger... My teeth don't like steak.
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180327 Sharing Another's
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A friend sent me this from his blog. I thought I'd share it for him.

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