Is Valentine’s Day Special?

Valentine’s Day. Is it a big deal in your world?

I meant to blog this prompt on the 14th or perhaps a or two day before it but I guess it skipped my mind. Valentine’s Day is a good day to celebrate your love for someone and I have no issues with it. In fact I support it wholeheartedly. I am not one of those morons who keep saying that Valentine’s day is a made up holiday or event – so is every other day including you holy days! There is no need to get all high and mighty with this stupid claim. I agree that Hallmark and other such companies capitalize on the sentiments of this day but then so do they and others on other events or holidays or celebrations. So don’t just get your knickers in a twist on this one day because it has no religious twist added to it or no one died or sacrificed themselves on the day for it’s origins.

It’s a day for you to celebrate the love and relationship you have with your loved one. Spend it on a nice evening meal with whatever – music, candles, romantic setting, quick getaway, hotel room booking, expensive meals – that will please the one you want to show your love & appreciation for. Your husband or your wife or significant other. Show them that today is just a special way of showing how much you appreciate them being there for you. And that should be great. Do not feel compelled to do it only on this day because of international pressure. But do it because you want to do it.

I guess anyday can be made special. So you know what – throw your lover offguard by doing something similar on a random given day? That makes it even more special.

Prompt is from 28 Days of Writing Prompts at The SitsGirls

Fur Parent Without A Dog

You know the saying, that some people say about certain kinds of women who don’t have kids but are motherly and very caring? “She’s a mother without a child!” In that case then I’m a dog owner / fur parent without a dog since 2005!

I love dogs; cats too but given a choice of only being able to keep one or the other, I would pick a dog as my companion any day. I love most dogs – not rabid or wild or aggressive street dogs – and I love looking at videos or pictures of dogs. When I am out and about and see someone with a dog, I always ask if I can say “hello” to their dog. I give the dog a nice pet and a couple of times I have bought biscuits for them as well.

I love many breeds but my favourite is the Golden Retriever, just the way my dog Shawny was. I also love Labradors, German Sheppards, Dobbermans, etc etc. Small dogs, big dogs are all cool and sweet. Sometimes I find myself lost in watching and rewatching puppy and dog videos on Youtube for hours at an end. Just a few minutes ago I watched this guy’s video in which he was actually reviewing his guitar but the beginning was a very cute 45 seconds of his Malamute, like the one pictured here.

And oh, I so want one. Ofcourse, Kerala is not exactly the right weather for a dog this furry but still I can wish for one. Someday, if I ever do get outta this building I live in, I will get a dog again.

Public Acts Of Annoyance

What Public Behavior Annoys You Most?

PDA! In case that doesn’t ring a bell, it stands for public displays of affection. And I’m not talking about a hug or a little kiss as a greeting but stuff that makes anyone else around them uncomfortable.

Spitting! Chewing pan and spitting out into the streets or pavement. Get a metal bucket, attach it to your face and go at it. Don’t dirty our streets and city you filthy piece of shit!

Large groups of people, usually men, who talk too loudly and laugh stupidly and irritate the rest of us who are around you. Women and families in malls who block the entire path and walk very slowly because they are too stupid to navigate without their combined brains working in unison.

Prompt from The Learning Network at The New York Times

Talk Show Host

If You Had Your Own Talk Show, Whom Would You Want to Interview?

Lots of people. Some may not be the very famous people who you see all the time on the talk show circuits around the world. Well some would and a lot of them might not but they sure would be interesting. Actors, musicians, singers, directors, producers, writers and authors. Sportsmen and women (but mainly from football and NHL and a few others).

I would like to have a nice looking set with expensive leather chairs, even recliners or sofas. I would want it to be a very casual setting and make sure that my guests are very comfortable. And we’d talk about personal stuff, interesting anecdotes and events and secrets and special things.

All good stuff.

Prompt from The Learning Network at The New York Times

A Dream Existence For Me & You

Close your eyes and imagine the kind of world you would like to see.  What is it like?

The Earth was completely abandoned for dead, it’s atmosphere unable to sustain life at all and after the discovery of 3 extremely suitable planets in another star system in 2490, it was decided that all humans, along with the animals & birds, would relocate to these 3 planets in the Vetra system as we came to call it. The evacuation of earth & the colonization of the 3 Vetra planets took over 10 years but finally, with the exception of some insects, all life on earth was either in transit in huge bioships, residential & military spaceships or already on their new home on one of the 3 planets. 10 years and 5 months after the first ships left for Vetra, the last ships reached the orbits of the 3 planets that we call our new home and humans and animals were led to their locations.

In the universe I have created, things are great with no poverty, no hunger, no killing, no animosity between humans, no diseases and life is relaxed. Although still not written down, an event will take place many many years later after conflicts with an enemy alien race, one of many but the most dangerous of the lot. Humans have stopped aging, except for babies & very young children who still have some slow growth for a while until it stops. This is because of a revolutionary, flexible forcefield or shield, that virtually makes us immortal and impervious to outside forces (natural or non-natural) that could otherwise harm us. But this forcefield also happens to reactivate a virus, a biological weapon that was sent upon us by this alien enemy race. When activated & reacting with the shield it stunted growth in all humans and earth’s animals. So now aging, no new births and no one dies as well unless they went and harmed themselves or someone else harmed them.

Prompt from 119 Journal Prompts for Your Journal Jar

Shit Words & Fillers

Why Do So Many People Say ‘Like’ and ‘Totally’ All the Time?

It can be mainly due to two reasons:

  1. They are nervous and are trying to find the right words to say and while looking for the right words, they stuff in these fillers.
  2. They are really stupid and their vocabulary is pathetically limited. They don’t know much but still feel inclined to use too many words in the hopes that if what they have to say is lengthy, listeners might think that they know a lot.

I hate those two fillers but even worse are too many “you knows”! I once counted this asshole ex-colleague of mine during a presentation and he said around 80 “you knows”. We poked fun of him for this and basically told him to go and learn a few more words.

Even worse – “you understand?” Some people stitch them together and make it and even lazier and even more irritating “yanderstand?” and it is annoying as hell. You aren’t complicated enough for us to get confused and so yeah, everyone understand what you mean. Expand your fucking vocabulary to decent standards.

Prompt from The Learning Network at The New York Times

No Black Friday

Black Friday. Are you going out to shop, or are you staying at home with a good book and plate full of left-overs?

So we don’t have Thanksgiving here in India. It’s a North America thing. So no large family gatherings, no turkey, mashed potatoes, yams, cranberry stuff – all sad but luckily no American football on tv. What a bore! Anyways, we could use some large turkeys in the ovens in Indian homes; I love turkey meat.

We don’t have Black Friday either. Though I understand the concept I hate the behaviour of some section of the society that forego all decency and ettiquette and go bonkers and stampede into stores like Walmart et all in search of that heavily discount piece of merchandise that they have been waiting for. I know that a lot of people may not have enough money to say buy the latest PSP, iPhone X or Samsung Galaxy 8 outright for the full price and may want to buy it cheaper.

I wouldn’t mind some good online offers. Shop in my lungi, coffee next to me and in the comfort of my home. Select the thing you want to buy, get a good price drop and await the item which will be delivered to me in 3-5 days. That’s the way to do it.

Prompt from 30 DAYS OF NOVEMBER WRITING PROMPTS at The SitsGirls

Underdog

Underdog : Write a new post in response to today’s one-word prompt. Not sure how to participate?

On any given night, anything can happen / if the underdog is hungry the favourite might fall / with all of the people yelling and clapping / anything can happen, anything at all

Those are the lyrics to the chorus of the 80s hit single Anything can happen by Was Not Was. Whenever I hear or see the word “underdog” I always automatically think of this song and the chorus, which is instantly hummable and catchy.

Now, who doesn’t love an underdog who rises up to the occasion and tries to win the battle against the odds, against a much more fancied opponent. Against a tricky and difficult situation. In real life, we all love underdogs and I would love to be the underdog, the unexpected winner, the written off candidate who managed to surprise the public and to be the David who defeats Goliath.

It’s a romantic feeling that is full of charm and grace and excitement.

Prompt from The Daily Post at WordPress.com

The Clock

The ticking of the clock is what we judge the day by. What time to get up, what time to go to sleep. What time to go to work and what time to clock out. My life is a series of looking at the clock and thinking “oh it’s time to do this or it’s time for this”.

When it’s something you are looking forward to – to the start of a movie, to start of a football match or the start of a party, a date or the punch out time at work on a Friday! All these things can’t seem to come soon enough and it feels like the time is dragging it’s feet and doesn’t want to come for you. Just why is it like that?

What is it that they say – a watched pot does not boil? Yeah! Now what if you needed more time? You went to bed late and could use a few hours of sleep before you must wake up – all of sudden, time goes faster than the speed of light! You need more time to work on that project before it’s deadline time – wosh, it goes by at warp speed! Why the fuck is time like this?

A Soul From The Future

Do you feel like you belong in your generation, or do you have an old soul?

I don’t think I have an “old soul” for the most part – maybe a few things, I guess harkens back to a much simpler time. But more than being someone from the old days or the current generation, I always feel like I am from a generation or time far away in the future.

Those of you who have read about it or know me well enough, I have always wanted to travel in space and see the universe and want to visit various alien planets and see if there is intelligent life out there. See what the alien cultures are like, share our food and drink with them and taste some of their food. I wanna see alien planet landscapes and chase a shooting star. I wanna see the stars and sleep among them.

I want to be party of landing parties and away missions. I want to beam onto places and beam back out. I want to pilot a starship or a shuttle and fight the bad guys. I wanna romance the alien girls and be amazed at the beauty of the universe. I wanna do that and I belong out there. I want to be in space.

Prompt from 30 DAYS OF WRITING PROMPTS FOR NOVEMBER from The SitsGirls

9 Things That I Despise

9 things you just can’t handle {gross things like ugly toes etc etc}

  1. Use of loudspeakers (especially religious and political stuff)
  2. Aviyal – which is a vegetarian dish that reminds me of puke
  3. Cockroaches – I see one I have to kill it
  4. Too much body hair, including mine. Shave that shit off!
  5. People being fake
  6. People being way too full of themselves. Self confidence is fine, but you aren’t that special
  7. Rap & hip-hop music
  8. Devotional songs – god is great and we are shit!
  9. Working overtime without getting paid for it

Prompt from Sweet Ideas : 50 Things To Blog About at FatMumSlim

You Can Tell A Lie

How Comfortable Are You With Lying?

It depends. Sometimes you lie because it’s the safe thing to do and you want to avoid a long talk, discussion, debate or argument. That’s ok depending on what the thing is – if it’s something that has caused hurt or can cause hurt or worse to anyone, including yourself, then I do not think it is good to lie.

When it’s something much smaller and you just want to be left alone then it’s ok to lie. When someone asks you something that you do not wish to debate or talk about and it’s none of their business then it’s ok to lie. I do it all the time. Because people are nosy and if I want them to stop, rather than saying something rude, I lie so that they will stop asking nosy questions.

Do not lie if it’s gonna cause someone pain and it leads to other stuff that you do not want them or yourself to go through.

Prompt from The Learning Network at The New York Times

Your Host With The Most

If You Had Your Own Talk Show, Whom Would You Want to Interview?

Hmmm, I have had thoughts about that before. I would love to be able to host my talk show and it would features all my band rock bands, musicians and singers. I would also get football, ice hockey and tennis stars as well as WWE stars. My fav authors, actresses and actors, directors and writers will be ofcourse in the list as well.

I won’t have pop stars or rappers – yuck – and no celebrities who are famous for being famous and certainly no reality tv show stars. Why the fuck are they so famous anyway? I won’t have politicians on either but some activists and reformers will definitely be on. New and interesting technological stuff will be featured ofcourse as will the latest in home and office gadgets.

And ofcourse I will have a host of atheists who will have fascinating stories about their lives and how they got rid of their religious baggage.

Prompt from The Learning Network at The New York Times

No Download

Reincarnation: do you believe in it?

No. Totally do not. I think it’s a bunch of crap though two major religions, including my family’s own believe in it. I do not. Though it would be cool though. Kinda like the Cylon skinjobs in the reboot Battlestar Galactica. Without the evangelistic moronic religion involved, I might add.

But I don’t believe in it. It’s a stupid and illogical thought that we have this thing called a soul and once we die, it looks for a new host and gets reborn again. I have heard and read stories about people – why is it always usually in the USA? – about young girls or boys talking about a past life, them remembering their spouse from an earlier life and knowing the way to their old house and all such nonsense that looks good on a tv series or a movie but in real life none of the stories have been authenticated.

People will want to believe what they want to believe. You can’t change that and only they themselves can better their ways of thinking and educate themselves and stop choosing to spout rubbish ideas passed down from the ancient world and convince themselves of this drivel.

Prompt from The Daily Post at WordPress.com

Selfie Overload!

Is Social Media Making Us More Narcissistic?

Yes in so many ways. I guess we all have some narcissistic streak in all of us but at different levels. Some have very small doses of it – I for one, atleast think that I have very little of it because, hey even I have a low opinion of myself.

Once in a while taking a few selfies is well understood and it’s fun to do. Having a great hair day? Nice new outfits? At a new location or a funky, happening place? At a party with friends? At a concert or a sporting event? Sure! Meeting friends after a few years? Excellent! All of these I can understand. Your current profile pic for your various social media accounts has become a bit old and stale? Go for it!

What I do not understand is taking 100 selfies in a week! Some guys are at fault too but I notice, atleast where I live that it is mostly girls under the age of 25-26 who do this. Go to the bathroom – takes 150 selfies! What the hell? I think that taking so many selfies is akin to some kind of mental disease.

Prompt from The Learning Network at The New York Times

Your Own Personal K.I.T.T.

Would You Like to Ride in a Car That Drives Itself?

Someone people love to drive. Not in Kochi at the moment with her pothole filled roads in most places and traffic jams up the crack of every ass! But yes a lot of people around the world do love to drive. I don’t drive and I do not have a car or a license to drive either. I wish I could afford to get one now though. I do love long drives as long as it’s not with too many people and the road is good and we are going to a place I’d enjoy.

Now, a car that is backed up AI and drives itself, that would be cool. Just sit, relax and set the seat back and chill with some music on, maybe even have a cold drink and/or a snack. The car will drive itself to your destination. You just worry about getting enough rest on your way to work or to a party or to a wedding or just coming back home. No stress of navigating traffic, honking horns and using deft maneuvers to dodge other vehicles – the AI will have all that done for you.

Imagine how much people would enjoy commuting in these circumstances. It’s like one of those spaceships in Star Trek or another scifi show where you input the co-ordinates into the computer’s console and the system drives it for you, while you can do other things. Sure why not? We can program the cars so that accidents are avoided at all costs.

Prompt from The Learning Network at The New York Times

TV Watching For The Family

What Role Does Television Play in Your Life and the Life of Your Family?

Television used to be affectionately called the idiot box. It truly did turn out to be the idiot box of this generation. The generation of tv and media glitz and fan following of the talentless, over-hyped, all bark and no bite celebrities while the ones with integrity and talent and some sense are content to have the faithful following them and they are grateful for what they get.

The family, well parents anyway, watch the same shit that is watched in most households in the state and across the country (though the language differs). They watch the big tv soaps that are advertised heavily on the local channels with rather stupid storylines and dialogues and crappy actors and acting. They watch the same stupid reality tv shows that everyone else in the state watches. They watch the same award shows with the same actors, comperes, same stupid, formulaic comedy skits and dances and speeches as the other 50, the same comedy on stage skits shows and the same talk shows and mom watches a bunch of cooking shows.

And ofcourse, a huge number of movies. Some of which are good but some are the same old, same old.

Prompt from The Learning Network at The New York Times

What’s the Best Way to Get Over a Breakup?

What’s the Best Way to Get Over a Breakup?

The thing you should not do is to immediately fall in love or start a new relationship right away. That is not the best thing to do as you usually will need that space to get over the breakup even if you are the one that initiated the breakup. Trust me, it’s not worth it.

To get over one, surround yourself with things you can do. Go out with friends or have them over. Have movie marathons or episode binging of your favourite tv shows. Or go out for a picnic or for some movies, concerts whatever you can find. Weekend trips out in the country. Anything to keep yourself occupied and enjoying life with people who care about you.

Even if are going to do it solo, try and find something to do. Take a solo road trip, a few days, a week or 10 days. Go to someplace new and a place you’d be excited about going to. Take up a new hobby. Make yourself some new friends. Time heals.

From The Learning Network at The New York Times