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Mythical Share [syw]

Unicorn

Alrighty! Melanie greets our last week in July 2022 with a fun set of Share Your World questions.

1. What mythical creature would improve the world most if it existed? (If you don’t know, just choose something that you think would improve things 🙂 )

Gotta be unicorns! Look how happy they are frolicking about in our stories, always so pretty with their rainbow manes. Everyone would be so amazed by their beauty and gentleness that they’d quit being jerks. And if not, there’s always the very sharp horn…

2. Should the death penalty be re-instated? Why or why not?

In the US, over half the states along with the federal government officially have the DP on the books, though it isn’t used much. Here in California, we have around 700 people on Death Row, but we haven’t used the DP since 2006, and in 2019 Governor Newsom put a moratorium on it. Though emotionally I am in favor of the DP and believe it should be applied faster and much more frequently, practically speaking it seems to be a failure, costing billions to execute a few while other equally terrible people rot away in prison, which apparently is cheaper. There’s also the issue of a disproportionate number of people of color on Death Row, which could be fixed by being tougher on bad white men, but what do I know. It doesn’t seem to be a deterrent to the worst criminals, though it can feel satisfying to normal folks to think we “did something” by executing them.

3. Spontaneity Or Stability?

I crave stability above all else and even the idea of spontaneity makes me anxious. I hate when plans get wrecked and/or changed at the last minute. Well, truth be told, I don’t generally care much for plans at all, unless they involve seeing my family. I vastly prefer to be at work or at home, where I feel safe, than out gallivanting around. I do enjoy (planned) game nights with friends, but we don’t do many now in the time of Covid.

4. Can a dog/cat suffer? What about an ant? What about a plant? What about a bacteria cell? Why do some humans think we’re the only species that does suffer? Your thoughts?

I believe that all the higher mammals can feel, perceive, process, and remember pain. Not sure about lower animals like snakes and bugs (simply reacting isn’t processing), and I’d say no on plants and bacteria. But that doesn’t mean I’m in favor of hurting or destroying anything unnecessarily. When they pose a threat, that’s a different thing.

5. What are two things that have brightened your day today?

I’m still “brightened” from yesterday when I spent the day with my whole family and we had a blast. Two loving daughters, two great sons-in-law, two sweet and adorable grands, two cute doggos… and delicious homemade guacamole.

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Assumptions

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What do people incorrectly assume about you?

Actually, I don’t know if lately people assume anything or even think about me much at all (cue violins), but in the past there have definitely been incorrect assumptions. The most glaring was when men assumed that anything I wrote about (especially in the romantic/sexual area) must have happened to me. Say, what?! I guess they believe that all those Regency writers have had romances with dukes and earls! And naturally Stephen King periodically becomes a murderous monster too. It became so irritating I hated even telling new men that I wrote as a hobby.

Online, when I used to engage more about politics and such, some assumed that if I said I was voting for a certain politician, that must mean I love them and fawn over their every utterance. No. That would be T* supporters who do that. Mostly, I vote for the person I hate the least, and even that’s a struggle at times in the primaries. Also, some people are obsessed with putting others into neat boxes and labeling them as whatever thing. Well, I’m not a cat and I don’t fit into a box. I don’t agree with every position on “my side” ~ and occasionally I agree with something on the “other side.” OMG! Gasp!

Cat in a box

There have been amusing assumptions about food. For example, if I order something vegetarian or vegan, some people assume I am a vegetarian or a vegan. No. I just enjoy meatless meals most of the time. In fact, I found some super tasty vegan “meatballs” yesterday at the store and had them with couscous and veggies ~ delicious! But that doesn’t mean I won’t have chicken for lunch tomorrow. Also, that whole BS thing of “you don’t have to diet because you’re already thin.” Well, duh. Why do you think I’m thin? It’s because I’ve watched what I eat since I was 11 years old. I also don’t eat cupcakes that often, despite posting about them on social media. However, I will probably have a cupcake review or two later this month… I just looked at Sprinkles’ specials. Yum!

Remember that people’s assumptions reflect more about them than they do about you.

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Written for Sadje’s Sunday Poser 88.

Decluttering

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It’s a happy coincidence for me that the Weekly Prompt is clean up. I just bought one of those contraptions from Amazon to attach to my vacuum in order to get all the lint out of my dryer’s trap (more than just the stuff you grab off the filter). This is supposed to help prevent a fire. As a bonus, the doodad says it also works on refrigerator coils. I am very excited to spend the holiday weekend doing these and other housekeeping chores… I’m certainly in no mood to celebrate the demise of our democracy.

I’ve been slowly decluttering my wardrobe of pieces that no longer fit my lifestyle ~ anything too tight, short, or “sexy,” along with uncomfy shoes. I already dumped all my dangly earrings that I was not able to convert to posts, as they’re too heavy for my fragile earlobes. I’m planning to further downsize my book collection as well. What am I saving them for? I never reread these oldies, for there are way too many new books to try. I’ll give some to friends and donate others to the library.

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As I’ve mentioned, I cleaned up this blog last year and began anew April 1. It was a tedious process ~ but worth it. Deleting duplicates and unused pics from my media library was another huge task, but it paid off, and now I have tons of storage space. I do periodically repost poetry and other moldy tidbits that still appeal to me, but long gone are the rants about dating life/ sites, since I no longer date. What a huge declutter that was! I reclaimed so much time, energy, and money that I had been wasting on a pointless endeavor.

Also, I’m pretty rigorous about watching my follow list and getting rid of bloggers who annoy me in one way or another ~ one of the recent ones had a blog that gave you a scam error message when clicked. I know most of you don’t bother checking out followers, but I think it’s important. I’m also not going to interact with people online who denigrate gays, reproductive choice, Democrats, atheists, etc., or who espouse any kind of racism. I don’t need that kind of dirt in my reader.

Finally, I need to clean up my habits and focus on fresh food and exercise. My blood pressure is up for a variety of reasons, but I think I can control it myself. I should take a daily walk, for starters, and get better sleep too. Goodbye cheap, salty, processed meals… hello pricey fruit!

Fruit

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TMP57: Political Signs

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Welcome to my refreshed Monday Peeve! Unburden yourself of an annoyance and you’ll feel better afterward. Or not. Complain in my comments or crab in your own post. Doesn’t have to be on a Monday. You do you.

I’ve complained about this before and I will again ~ political signs trashing up our environment for no purpose whatsoever. I don’t want to hear that crap about name recognition, as it’s completely negated by ALL the names blasted everywhere. Anyone who votes for someone because they have more ugly signs plastered over the public lands than their opponent is an idiot. I hate the signs, the politicians, and our entire upf*cked political process that is more of a clown show every cycle. Bleh!

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Dichotomy? [fpq]

fire and ice

Fandango outdoes himself today with his provocative question. But before I begin, let us review my comment policy.

Please note that I have an ongoing policy of deleting comments at my whim, whenever I find them irritating in any way. My comment box is not a free speech zone ~ if you have something disagreeable to say, then go post it on your own blog.

Alrighty then!

How do you feel about what is going on in the United States in regard to racism? Do you see any way of reconciling the concepts of White Replacement Theory and Critical Race Theory?

Regarding the first question, the United States is and always has been a terribly racist country. How does it compare to other countries in that regard? I don’t know, and who cares about other countries anyway? RAH RAH USA! Just kidding. Now, I know things are worse than ever and turning into a massive catastrophe because the media tells us this 24/7 so we daren’t look away from our screens, but…

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While things are undoubtedly bad, are they really worse WRT racism? I would say no, which should be taken with a grain assault, since I am a clueless karen. What I mean is that there was a time, in my lifetime, when there existed institutional barriers for POC in housing, education, employment, etc. That is what we mean by “institutional racism,” a key teaching point of Critical Race Theory, and it is a fact, jack, no matter how many rightwingers want to deny it. But those barriers are largely illegal now, which is progress. That does not mean people are free of racist attitudes, but it is a good start, albeit a slow one, toward becoming a better society. Do we have a long way to go? Oh yes!

As an aside, what I see now is not so much a society divided by race but one divided by class (money), which is ironic since the white bewigged men who began this whole shebang wanted to get away from all that pesky class nonsense. OR DID THEY?

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In any case, it seems harder than ever for peeps not born into wealth to attain it or even to achieve a comfortable middle class lifestyle with access to good healthcare and retirement funds. Sure, we all have fancy phones, but so many young folks are stuck with massive college debt and have no hope of owning a home, which has always been the traditional way to build assets here. May I be so bold as to say this is affecting people of all races in the US? Of course, if you have less to start with, it’s even more difficult to build up wealth, which is the case for many POC.

Please do not quote me out of context, thx. This essay is to be taken as a whole, with each point relating to the others.

How does this segue into the second question? Very smoothly. Here’s the thing: women and/or couples who see no path to a financially secure lifestyle are deciding to have fewer (or no) children. They also may make this decision because of the violence humans continue to wreak upon each other and the environment. This low birth rate situation leads the wealthy white faux news folks and their puppet politicians to screech that we are being “replaced” by immigrants (WRT), though of course the US has had waves of immigration since its founding. The faux news screechers mean immigrants of color, however, not ones from Sweden, and unfortunately their racist speech does influence the minds of their listeners. (Yes, I am quite aware that similar brainwashing happens to MSNBC, etc., viewers on other issues.)

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But I do see a reconciliation coming, and it will take 20-30 years. That’s when the right will have their dream fulfilled of no abortion access whatsoever in the US, and there will as a consequence be zillions of new voters who will turn all Republicans out of office. What a win-win!

The faux news types may believe that only blonde college girls have abortions because they don’t want to gain weight or change their vacation plans. Ha ha ha ha. Those girls and their families will always find a way to terminate unwanted pregnancies, and they have the funds to leave the country for healthcare, if necessary. It’s actually poor women and women of color who will mostly be fulfilling the so-called WRT, with children who will become adults of limited means ~ and they generally vote Democrat. Unintended consequences, anyone?

Remember my comment policy.

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TMP40: Let’s Go, Brandon

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Welcome to my refreshed Monday Peeve! Unburden yourself of an annoyance and you’ll feel better afterward. Or not. Complain in my comments or crab in your own post. Doesn’t have to be on a Monday. You do you.

Warning: F-bombs ahead.

As the title says. This is the dumbest chant ever. It’s not illegal to say “Fuck Joe Biden,” so just say that. If people don’t know what “Let’s go, Brandon” means, you have to explain it and use the words anyway. This isn’t a political peeve, since I don’t care if people hate Biden. This phrase makes them sound stupid, which is my peeve. Hey, you wanna sound stupid? Then go ahead. The dumbest thing of all is when someone used it on a phone call with President Biden when the Prez wished them a Merry Christmas. Yay, Jared Schmuck from Oregon, now the whole country knows you’re a rude moron! (Misspelling of Jared’s name is intentional.)

As an aside, Brandon Brown, the racecar driver who was the “inspiration” for the meme, can’t get any sponsors now. Good going, idiots, for wrecking this guy’s career.

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TMP10: Politics Online

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Welcome to my refreshed Monday Peeve! Unburden yourself of an annoyance and you’ll feel better afterward. Or not. Complain in my comments or crab in your own post. Doesn’t have to be on a Monday. You do you.

Today my peeve is about politics online. I hate the way people (ON ALL SIDES) are so damn nasty to each other. Since I returned to FB, I’ve been shocked all over again by how people treat their fellow human beings ~ some of whom they even call “friends” ~ and unfortunately I’ve had to dump some friends due to their awful behavior. I’ve unfollowed a few bloggers over this as well. I’m not sure why people act the way they do online because in real life my experience is that they do not behave so rudely. I’ve read people demanding we give up our real life friends and family members if they support the “wrong” politicians… that’s just so crazy! I’ve seen people call everyone who has a different view of politics “idiots,” “stupid,” “immoral,” “crazy,” etc. Sometimes I get caught up in this binary mode of thinking for a few minutes, but then I return to normal life.

This past weekend is a good example. I attended a game night with people who have opposing views of politics… and guess what? There was no arguing, no nastiness, no rude behavior. Everyone was happy to be together finally after a year+ of isolation. I also went to a birthday party with a politically mixed group of people and amazingly no one was awful to anyone. Some of us with opposing views even discussed a political issue for a few minutes, found a couple points of agreement, and then moved on. No big deal! But online? Different story altogether. And it doesn’t have to be this way.

It upsets me to see friendships ruined over politics, but all I can do is stay pretty well disengaged and if people persist in being horrible, I interact less and less with them. (Btw, I’m not talking about venting about a particular politician, but rather how you treat people who disagree with you.)

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Image altered from the original on Pixabay.

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Roger Moore [April A2Z]

Roger Moore 007 James Bond

Welcome to my April A-Z! This month I will be posting about James Bond 007 every day except Sunday, mostly focusing on the movies, not the books. Enjoy!

Sir Roger George Moore was born in 1927 and died in 2017. I was a fan of his from way back, when he played The Saint on black and white TV (1962-1969). I had a crush before I knew what one was and blame Moore for my predilection for older, suave men. Moore brought that classiness to his Bond role, along with a scoop of humor. To date, Moore has actually played 007 the most times in Eon-produced Bond films (1973-1985), seven to Sean Connery’s six. If we count Never Say Never Again (1983, produced by Taliafilm in association with Kevin McClory), then they are tied at seven.

Moore began his show biz career at an animation studio, but was fired after making an error. Next, through his policeman father, young Roger met a director in 1945 and was hired as an extra. He promptly became a hit with women and had a female fan-following (“stans,” as we call them now). He then attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, where Lois Maxwell was studying also. Who is she? The future Miss Moneypenny, of course! At age 18, Moore was conscripted, but luckily WWII had already ended. He became a captain in West Germany, where he organized entertainment for the armed forces.

Roger Moore’s first TV appearance was in 1949 in “The Governess.” Next, he had a variety of roles until 1954 when he was signed to a seven-year contract at MGM. However, due to the colossal flop of a 1956 film in which he had a more significant role alongside Lana Turner, he was released from the contract. Poor Roger! He managed to achieve his first success in a 1958-1959 series “Ivanhoe” ~ which coincidentally also included Robert Brown in the cast. Who is he? Brown played M in several Bond films in the 1980s! Moore continued with television, signing a long-term contract with Warner Brothers in 1959. He had the lead in “The Alaskans” as well as a part in the 1960s show “Maverick,” playing a cousin to James Garner’s character. Fun fact: Sean Connery tested for that cousin part and turned it down.

Roger Moore

Moore began piling up loads of credits for TV and movies during the 1960s, including his famous role in “The Saint” as Simon Templar. Now, he was an international star, playing the debonair, bantering gentleman with a raised eyebrow. This was his signature expression, conveying coolness, control, and knowledge of your secrets. (Moore directed nine episodes of “The Saint.”) In 1970, he starred in a challenging role in The Man Who Haunted Himself, which I need to see, since I’m reading that it may have been his best role. In 1971, Moore became the highest-paid TV actor in the world, collecting a million pounds sterling for a single series, “The Persuaders.” He starred alongside Tony Curtis in that role.

Roger Moore’s first appearance as James Bond took place in the 1964 comedy series “Mainly Millicent.” He stated that he had not been considered for 007 in the first Bond film Dr. No, and only after Sean Connery declared in 1966 that he was done with 007 did Moore become a contender. Albert Broccoli signed him in 1972, and Moore played James Bond for the first time on the big screen in one of my favorite 007 films ~ Live and Let Die (1973). He had to cut his hair and lose weight for the part, which he said he resented. Moore continued to play Bond in six more films: The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), The Spy Who Loved Me (a massive success in 1977), Moonraker (1979), For Your Eyes Only (1979), Octopussy (1983), and finally A View to a Kill (1985). Between these movies, Moore was busy with roles in other major films. Dude was no slouch!

Roger Moore

Moore retired from Bond in 1985, at age 58. After 12 years in the role, he changed our perception of James Bond from Connery’s serious character into a more lighthearted one. With his trademark raised eyebrow and penchant for quips and flirtation, Moore brought a great deal of humor and fun to the 007 role. Some people vastly prefer the Connery Bond, but I enjoy both equally ~ and I also love Brosnan and Craig as Bond. Moore changed the role partly due to the atmosphere of the 1970s and also because, as he said, “I’m not that cold-blooded killer type.” He played it for laughs.

Post-Bond, Moore continued acting in movies, including ones that parodied the 007 role. His last screen appearance was in 2017, the year of his death. Over his lifetime, Moore received many awards and honors, including being named a Goodwill Ambassador in 1991 and chosen as one of GQ’s 50 best-dressed British men in 2015. Roger was married four times: first at age 18 to an ice skater 6 years his senior, later to a singer 12 years his senior, whom he left for the Italian actress Luisa Mattoli, who became his third wife (with whom he had three children, all now in “the biz”), and finally to Kristina Tholstrup in 2000. I have summarized his love life here ~ it was complicated and messy, as was his health. Roger suffered from many ailments since childhood on, finally succumbing to liver cancer at age 89 in Switzerland.

Moore was politically conservative, though he didn’t want to be seen as a political figure or involve himself much in politics. He did, however, state in 2011 that any hardline conservative who spoke out against a conservative leader (in Britain) should be viewed as a traitor. Roger supported the Queen and in particular favored keeping British currency separate from the EU’s currency, due to his desire to have the Queen continue to appear on British coins, stamps, etc. In keeping with these views, Moore also stated that he was opposed to James Bond’s character becoming anything other than a straight, white man. He favored unions though, for himself and others, supporting the Cadbury workers’ protest against their factory’s closure. Moore resented paying the high taxes in Britain, however much he adored the monarchy, and in 1978 he became a resident of Switzerland and later Monaco. Regardless, Moore was appointed Commander of the British Empire in 1999 and knighted in by Queen Elizabeth II in 2003 for charitable services. Roger Moore has a star on Hollywood Boulevard along with many other honors from various countries.

There’s a lot more to Moore and this is a longer post than I usually write ~ I’m sure I’ve lost most of my readers by now. I simply find Moore interesting, is all, and I am enjoying learning about him. Most of what I’ve written here I did not know before researching this post. I could go on, and on and on, but I will stop here.

Tune in tomorrow for more A-Z Bond!

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Information and images from Wikipedia, jbsuits.com, and 007.com.

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