Five Question Friday: October 19, 2012

Well this has been a week! I officially joined the “60” crowd yesterday so there has been some celebrating about that. Tuesday we slipped away to spend a few hours at the lovely Holden Arboretum. Leaves are in full color and the weather was perfect. Otherwise, we went about our business as usual!

Now on to the questions. I chose to answer all the questions this week even though a couple caused me to pause and scratch my head. But then I thought that maybe these questions were doorways to deeper thoughts, and sure enough, there is at least one rant here! …so let’s get on with it!  Enjoy! 🙂

1.  Where do you hide junk when people come over?

Everyone seems to have that kind of place in their home. We have a ‘back’ bedroom where we throw everything that we want to keep out of sight, or we are too lazy to put away at the moment. About once a week I go through and return things to their rightful places and we start the process over again. This routine however, is becoming monotonous. On the one hand it is nice to have such a place in one’s home so that we can keep the rest of the house looking more tidy. On the other hand, we bought a small bungalow because we wanted to pare down, live simply, get rid of our “junk.” Having a room like this, and one that repeatedly fills up with our “junk” , sort of defeats our purpose. I can’t speak for the rest of the world, but it seems to me that here in the US anyway, we Americans have a propensity for accumulating JUNK! But then again, maybe it’s just a matter of organization. I’m not the most organized person in the world, and it is no secret that when there is an “outside” teaming with life and adventure and beauty, I’m out there enjoying and not in here cleaning!

2. Do political ads help you decide who you are going to vote for?

No. Fortunately we do not own a television. And I especially don’t want one during campaign season! Ads tell us nothing about candidates other than who has the most money to spend on sleek advertisements filled with innuendo, loud noise, twisted logic and downright lies! Every little gaffe is blown out of proportion and most of those gaffes have nothing to do with the substance of a person’s character or one’s philosophic leanings or abilities to lead a country. I have been a public speaker in my past, and misstatements happen, words get twisted, omissions are made. We have a laugh. We move on. Campaigns do not. Every candidate has stellar moments and good ideas. Every candidate makes mistakes and embrace some crazy notions. In the US, we as a people have no understanding–NONE–of what socialism, communism, or capitalism really means, or the nuances embraced in each philosophy, or how all philosophies have elements of social conscience in them, and all philosophies are corrupted by human greed. Political advertisements throw around terms (Nazi, Fascist, Hitler, etc.) with abandon without thinking of what those terms really mean. Outrageous. Political campaigns are little more than sporting events, each side trying to score the most points and win the game. Rah Rah Rah! Political ads tell us NOTHING about the candidate. Accurate information comes from checking voting records (that is found at, named for Thomas Jefferson, and which takes you to the Library of Congress), and speech transcripts, etc. But that takes a lot of work. When it comes to casting a ballot however, whether it for a local office or president of the US, it’s worth the work.

Forgive the rant. I could not help myself!

3. What’s your favorite holiday party to host?

Our holidays are primarily the Jewish religious holidays which involve a lot of work and preparation. I’ve written about those in earlier postings through the years that I’ve blogged. But one holiday that is important in our home is July 4, Independence Day in the US. My husband is a naturalized citizen of this country and this is one secular holiday that he likes to observe (unless it falls on a Sabbath.) He knows more about the history of this country than most citizens who were born here, history of the good, the bad, and the ugly! Having lived in so many countries in his life, he appreciates more than most, the liberties we not only take for granted, but are totally unaware we have. When July 4 rolls around we bring out the red, white, and blue, and we may have a cook out, or a cook in, but we always do a little something to observe the day.

4. You go to an island with your spouse and can only take one personal item. What is it?

A toothbrush. I’m a fanatic about good dental hygiene. I always always always brush my teeth. If we are out of toothpaste or baking soda, I will brush my teeth with a dry toothbrush. I don’t skip. In fact my husband has commented on how fanatic I am about dental care and maintenance.

5. If you found out your spouse was a Dexter style serial killer (only kills people to save others) would you rat?

Good question. But, yes, I probably would. I have never heard of a “Dexter style serial killer” but he sounds scary. Who made him god to judge and execute another? series of others?!?!?! He’s a SERIAL KILLER. . . . Sadly, I would rat him out if my husband were such a man. THANKFULLY I married a good person .

So that’s it for another week. Leave your responses, or share other questions that come to mind regarding these questions. I look forward to hearing from you. See you again next week. 🙂


4 thoughts on “Five Question Friday: October 19, 2012

  1. Happy belated birthday! You may now start enjoying those senior discounts. 🙂 It’s nice to hear stories of those who have lived elsewhere and appreciate what so many take for granted in the USA.

    1. Yes, the senior discounts are great! 😀
      My husband really helps me appreciate what we have here. You are right…we take a LOT for granted, and we throw around terms without a clue as to what they mean. Oy…we have so much to learn.

  2. #2 Political ads never influence me. Why does the president need to spend a billion dollars? Like what’s the problem ? Name recognition or something? I have never missed a vote local, state, national since 1972, so I get the robo calls all day long. Happy B Day. 50-60 are our best years. Ooops . I’m 63.

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