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Friday, September 30, 2016

BLATHERSKITE

My friend Mona Lisa sent the Facebook message to me to add to my WORD FOR THE DAY FOR TRUMP:

Thursday, September 29, 2016

M & S&M


I noticed that my husband was engrossed in a magazine article and I asked, "What are you reading?" He answered, "Oh, it's an article about the Marquis de Sade."

I was surprised, as his usual reading habits are centered around science fiction and car magazines.  I laughed and said, "Let me know when you get to the part about Charlotte Corday."


Later, he came into the family room and very grandly opened his shirt to reveal a package of candy protruding from his tee-shirt. He said, "He's into S&M, but I'm into M&Ms!"

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

IT'S SHOW TIME!




 The movie All That Jazz is reportedly a roman a clef  about the director Bob Fosse.  In the movie, no matter how bad his previous night and day had been, the actor Roy Scheider, portraying the character Joseph Gideon, does his morning routine:  putting Visine in his eyes, drinking Alka Seltzer,       taking Dexedrine, smoking a cigarette in the shower, and all    the while listening to Vivaldi's Concert In G;  he then finally looks in the mirror and says, "IT'S SHOW TIME, FOLKS!"  (see the YouTube segment below)


The movie was made in 1979, but after seeing the movie, on each day since, when I get out of my car to be in public, I say, to myself, "Show time!"


When I'm asked how I am, I invariably say, "wonderful", "marvelous", "fantastic" or "fabulous", and even on a really bad day, I can still muster a "great"!  With family and friends I will tell the truth because I know they actually care.   


I wish people would put on their "game faces";  if only just occasionally. The repetitive moaning and groaning is, frankly, quite boring.  Perhaps it's their lack of any other conversational gambit or they don't realize that very few people actually want to know "How are you?" I never use that phrase as an opener, mainly because I know I would be in for an iteration of their maladies. 

Please see the following article about smiling from THE WISE GEEK:

Physically expressing an emotion - such as smiling - can trigger happiness.

Smiling has been found to increase feelings of happiness. Psychologists believe this is because the brain interprets the flexing of certain muscles to be indicative of a particular mood. For example, the zygomatic major is the facial muscle responsible for controlling the corners of the mouth.

When this muscle is flexed, it is thought that it triggers the neurological response that controls emotion. Another possibility is that smiling while around other people leads them to smile back, and the brain reads this as a social cue to feel happy. 


My friend Chiquita calls me "Suzy Sunshine";  I told her nobody wants to see "Suzy Sourpuss"!

Even worse than the constant moaners and groaners are ones who hack and cough and keep telling how bad they feel and risk infecting others.  Last week, a man was coughing repeatedly in a group setting, and even after my telling him to go home, he remained, coughing and telling how sick he felt.  Today, a friend who had been present, was feeling poor, and wondered if she had been infected by him.  It reminded me of the definition of Patient Zero from THE URBAN DICTIONARY:


Patient Zero

Typically an asshole that spends between five and ten minutes talking to you before mentioning casually that he/she is sick, causing you to wonder if you've now been infected by what this mouth breathing stick has. Usually it's just the common cold, but it could just as easily be ebola.
"I can't come in today, Patient Zero there got me sick yesterday when he was breathing all over the coffee cups."


Tuesday, September 27, 2016

NATIONAL CRUSH A CAN DAY

September 27 is National Crush A Can Day.  The observance was created to educate people about the benefits of recycling.



Some interesting facts from Binge Magazine:

1.  If you lined all the aluminum cans recycled in 2015 end-to-end, they would circle the earth 169 times.

2.  In the USA, 105,800 aluminum cans are recycled each minute.

3.  Your television could run 3 hours from the energy saved by recycling cans.

4.  Aluminum cans generate about 1-cent per can.

5.  The aluminum can industry pays more than 1 billion dollars annually for recycled cans.

For more information:  http://www.cancentral.com.

We have a can-crusher setting in the kitchen:  I toss the cans from the counter into the container but  Gerald developed his own system which he uses in the garage:

He uses an 8-pound sledgehammer to crush them.  WHAM!  They are nice and flat!

The guy at the recycling center told Gerald that his were the best-looking cans they receive!

Monday, September 26, 2016

YOU KNOW YOU'RE OLD IF......




I used the term "Dagwood Sandwich" recently and a young friend had never heard the term; I didn't even know if Dagwood and Blondie were still in the "funny papers"! Yes, Blondie is still syndicated.


In a survey I conducted with family and friends, the following were determined to be examples of "YOU KNOW YOU'RE OLD IF" you remember these:

PARTY LINES
BUTCH WAX
S & H GREEN STAMPS
DRIVE-INS
TINKER TOYS
CANDY CIGARETTES
RESTAURANTS WITH TABLESIDE JUKEBOXES
PEASHOOTERS
KUKLA, FRAN, AND OLLIE
ROLLER SKATE KEYS
WATCHING ANNETTE GROW
WAX COKE-SHAPED BOTTLES WITH COLORED SUGAR WATER INSIDE
LINCOLN LOGS
PHONOGRAPHS
HI-FI SETS
45-RPM RECORDS (78 AND 33 1/3 TOO)
METAL ICE CUBE TRAYS WITH LEVERS
FULLER BRUSH MAN
THE TWIST, MASHED POTATO, AND LOCOMOTION
ERECTOR SETS
HOWDY DOODY
MIMEOGRAPH
POP DISPENSED IN GLASS BOTTLES
HOME MILK DELIVERY IN GLASS BOTTLES WITH CARDBOARD STOPPERS
NEWSREELS BEFORE MOVIES
REEL-TO-REEL TAPE RECORDERS
BLUE FLASH BULBS
HULA HOOP CONTESTS
BLACKJACK, TEABERRY AND CLOVE CHEWING GUM

OK; GIVE ME MORE IF YOU ADMIT TO BEING OLD!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

NAFF



A Facebook friend shared the following:



I responded that I like SMALL WORDS even more than polysyllabic words.

Thus, the current challenge to identify my favorite little words.

My all-time favorite small word is SMARMY and I have written about it several times.  I once used "smarmy" in class and the instructor said he'd never heard the word--but he said it in a self-confident manner--to let me know that he doubted it being a word. I said, "It's a perfectly good Anglo-Saxon word." He responded, haughtily, "And what might it mean?" I answered, "Unctuous." One of my classmates groaned. The instructor said, "Then you should have used unctuous because obviously more people know unctuous than smarmy!" The groaning classmate said, "I don't know either one!"

Some one-syllable words I love:


naff
obtest
condign
gauche
arcane
sans
bollix
glean
simper
impugn
airling
eschew
limpid
pithy
tacit

naif

And, in yesterday's article I used "pawl" which I had not known until the previous day!