Coffee Table Books

I am confused by the nature of coffee table books. I mean, why would you have a book, that is probably more expensive that the regular ones, as a decoration item for your living room furniture? I mean, I like having nice books in my collection but coffee table books for the sake of having something on your table?

A coffee table book is an oversized, usually hard-covered book whose purpose is for display on a table intended for use in an area in which one entertains guests and from which it can serve to inspire conversation or pass the time. Subject matter is predominantly non-fiction and pictorial (a photo-book). Pages consist mainly of photographs and illustrations, accompanied by captions and small blocks of text, as opposed to long prose.

When I look at some of the titles and covers that some people have in their home, it looks like they bought those books because someone else told them to and not because they wanted to read it or go through it themselves. Or they wanted something pretty for the coffee table and someone suggested “Why not get some coffee table books” and they went into a book store or went online and bought some books based on the covers and not the content. Aren’t we not supposed to judge a book by it’s cover though. Granted some coffee table books, especially based on photography are gorgeous inside and out and so if you like the subject matter, go for it. I have a few that I would like as well.

What was that idea and book that Cosmo Kramer came out with in Seinfeld? A coffee table book about coffee tables. And it’s full of pictures of celebrities coffee tables and then Kramer responds with “if u dont have a coffee table, it turns into one!” Hahaha. Now that is a book I would want on my table.

What Animal Are You Most Like?

I am a loyal and good friend.

I can wait for hours and hours just to be with you and will welcome you with lots of love. I will also tell you how much I missed you.

I get upset when you are not around and will usually spend my time apart from you lying in wait for the moment that I see you again. I might nap during that time but I will have dreams of you.

I would love to play with you. I also love to cuddle with you and that is probably my favourite thing to do. I love to lay on the comfy bed and spoon with you as we watch movies and later drift off to sleep.

I just realized that I am a dog! A sweet, loving and loyal Golden Retriever!

Prompt from Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing at The New York Times

Finish this sentence: Life is to0 short to…

Life is too short to waste while worrying about pleasing everyone. Especially people who don’t care about you!

Life is too short to worry about death! Or what you think will happen after death!

Life is too short to pander to political & religious assholes!

Life is too short to worship a genocidal, ego maniacal, pedophile, war morning, mass murdering holier than thou asshole!

Life is too short to try and life it for someone else. No matter who! We got just one life to live!

Life is too short to waste it on bad music, bad movies & tv shows! Watch/listen to what you love, no matter if it was from a time before you were born!

Life is too short to not be yourself!

Prompt from 31 Days Of Writing Prompts For August at the SitsGirls

My Superpowers!

What superpower would you like to have?

The ability to transport myself to any place in the world in an instant. Think of the time I’ll save on the commute. I could spend all that extra time for myself and on myself. That would be a very cool ability to have.

I would also like the ability to create anything or maybe I should say, the ability to bring anything that I want and can think off appear in front of me. Like a replicator in Star Trek but this is with my superpower and not using technology. So I guess I should say that I would also like the ability to make things appear and disappear with just a thought. Anything at all!

I would also like to heal myself and anyone else with just my mind or a touch. Seriously!

Bear Hugs

Do women still like teddy bears? Young girls atleast I think will still love them. I know kids do and maybe young girls in the late teens and perhaps in their early 20s. What about beyond those ages?

The reason I ask is I haven’t bought a romantic gift for a woman in a long, long time. Atleast not the way I used to. I have bought the teddy bear or two for my girlfriend during my ages of 17 to 23 but since then I haven’t had a lover. I have bought a teddy bear for a couple of friends and colleagues on their birthday or like a farewell gift but it isn’t with a romantic intention. It’s only because they are nice cute people and I don’t really know what to gift a girl/woman.

So I fall back on stuffed toys or soft toys and to be honest who wouldn’t love a soft teddy bear or like any other animal toy like a dog or something to have in your room. Heck, even I have been gifted a small teddy bear twice in my life and both times after I hit 30. And both times it was by girls. I think they are trying to tell me something.

Cell Phone Useage & Politeness

What are your rules for courteous cell phone use?

Aha, one of my pet peeves! This prompt is good. I personally feel that you should be able to use your phone wherever you are and whenever you need to. But there are exceptions when it comes to disturbing other people. Just be courteous and we’re all good. I hate it when people leave their phones on full volume while in the theatre and the movie has started and you hear their stupid ring tone loud and clear.

I hate it when people let their phones ring in public for a long time. In the bus, in the mall, in the public bathroom. Pick up the damn phone, asshole! No one wants to listen to your stupid phone ring out all day! We have a lot of noise as it is. Trying to take a piss or a shit in the public bathroom stall and then your phone keeps ringing out and you do not pick up – only if you aren’t taking a piss yourself. Cause then I know your hands are busy and you may want to wash your hands first before picking up your precious phone.

Also speaking very loudly while in public. Please stop doing that. It’s so fucking rude. Other than that we are good. Have your phone, speak to people, use the apps. Just be courtesous.

Prompt by 31 Days Of July Writing Prompts at the SitsGirls

On Donuts

National Doughnut Day! Will you be celebrating with homemade doughnuts or picking up a box at the store? Share your best doughnut story or recipe.

I am not the biggest fan of doughnuts / donuts but on the odd occasion I get a craving for a nice & fresh donut. Very few times have I had a really good one and I find that it’s either average or really good. Ever since I can remember having donuts in India, it’s usually a very bad donut base with a chocolate glaze that kinda makes up for the lack of taste of the dough, just because it’s chocolate.

That leaves one less satisfied. Now, please understand that this is the case where I live. In the recent years we have had some improvement and there exists a few places – just a couple – where the donuts that they serve are mostly good to really good. Still we do not have them major chains in our fair state.

While in Chennai & Delhi respectively I was able to sample some really good donuts from Krispy Kreme and Dunkin Donuts. The difference in taste is amazing! While I understand that the best donuts might not be from a chain but a small store run by a mom n pop in some small town, those towns and shops are nowhere near me. So I must rely on the major chains if I want a really good one or find a one of bakery or shop that does serve halfway decent wares.

Flip flops Or Bare feet?

Flip flops or bare feet? What does summer comfort look like in your world?

Why would you want to walk around bare foot? I mean there’s lots of things out there that could hurt the soles of your feet. You could get them cut and maybe get an infection if you step on something that is sharp and has dirty or germs or something else. You could step in shit or other disgusting things. Or plain just get your feet dirty. I would prefer to wear a comfortable pair of flip flops.

I rarely do wear flip flops unless my toe nails are neatly clipped and clean. I am not used to walking on the roads in flip flops and therefore I would prefer to use my shoes instead. But if it’s around the home or just to the corner shop nearby or riding in a car and just going to a relative’s house and then coming back home without having to walk outside a bunch, then I wouldn’t mind wearing flip flops. It’s very comfortable and easy to wear and your feet aren’t restricted by socks and the full cover of a shoe.

So yeah, flip flops is it and I wouldn’t mind getting a new pair for myself.

How Much of a Daredevil Are You?

How Much of a Daredevil Are You?

Apparently not at all. I am the opposite of a daredevil. I’m more like a boreangel. If that could be the opposite of a daredevil. I checked out this list of things to do that a daredevil wants to do, according to the website Whiskeyriff, and I gotta say that I instant laons haven’t even come close to doing any of these things.

  • Skydiving.
  • Bungee jumping.
  • Scuba diving.
  • Cage diving.
  • Cliff jumping.
  • Bull riding.
  • Powerboating.
  • Whitewater rafting
  • Hot air ballooning.
  • Go zero-gravity

Out of these I would love to go on a hot air balloon and definetely go zero-gravity. The latter is something I have wanted to do for a very long time. Other than that I don’t want to try any of the others.

Prompt from The Living Network at The New York Times

Nothing Rhymes With Orange?

My whole world has come crashing down.

Apparently, the ageless rumor that orange doesn’t rhyme with any other word is (unfortunately?) incorrect. Orange rhymes with Blorenge  (a mountain in Wales) and sporange (a technical word for a sac where spores are made). Now I don’t know how well those would go in a song or a poem.

I went hiking up Mount Blorenge,

in search of the elusive juicy orange,

but I ended up getting deadly ill

as I stepped into a sporange

But there are words without a rhyming partner. Bulb comes from the Ancient Greek word for onion, bolbas. In the early 1800s, the word was applied to scientific instruments of a similar shape, including the thermometer bulb and the light bulb. It still hasn’t found a word to rhyme with though.

And, then there’s the rhymeless angel, which comes from the Greek word, angelos, which meant “messenger of God.” Finally, the common -th ending takes on many different pronunciations, but the one used for the word month renders it without a rhyming partner.

The Perfect Saturday?

What ingredients make a perfect Saturday?

I dunno, there are a lot of things. Like a day in can be…..maybe a late morning wake up having slept in very peacefully. Coffee and eggs for breakfast with toast. Some juice maybe. Order in a pizza for lunch and have a lazy afternoon while watching some scifi movie or tv show.

The evening I would like to go out with friends and have samplers and starters while drinking copious amounts of beer. Come home to a rainy night with a beautiful breeze and watch some more tv shows or movies as the night goes on and I finally fall asleep.

Oh I forget, I need some rock n’roll playing throughout the times that I am not watching tv.

Prompts from 31 Days of Writing Prompts at The SitsGirls

Paws For Thought

I wish I could keep a dog here in this apartment. I miss having a dog as my companion, pet and  best friend. Hell, I wish I could Shawny back.

Shawny, as some of you will know, was my beloved Golden Retriever who was with me from 1995 to 2004. I miss her a lot. I think about her every day and in my dreams in which I am in a nicer place or somewhere in a futuristic Star Trek-ish, traveling the universe in a sleek spaceship (with a crew or just a couple of robots) and Shawny is always there by my side. We are both alive and young in this time and so is every other human – no one ages and dies. Well ages a bit but we don’t die. So none of your pets die and neither do you as we have advanced medically to such a stage.

A few days ago, while waiting for a cab, I was standing outside the gate when a man who lives nearby was walking his dog. A male Beagle. The dog looked so regal and majestic and kinda big for a beagle but he was nice looking. I wanted to pet him but it’s kinda odd to go and pet a stranger’s dog. I just admired him from the opposite side of the road and asked the man if that was a beagle and he said yes. Ah, lucky bugger to have the dog in his life. I feel like a dog owner who doesn’t have a dog. I want a dog but then I want my Shawny too. If only…

Talking About The Generation I Wish I Lived In

What generation do you wish you grew up in?

I wish I could have been born and raised in the Star Trek generation. Specifically the era from The Next Generation to the post Nemesis era. Infact let’s go even further and let’s just say that humanity & our allies have progressed even further.

Where humanity is not restricted to earth though it is almost like a paradise but you still have several beautiful planets where you can reside for a few years and then stay elsewhere and get to enjoy all these place. And where you can easily move from one place to another as easily as you travel from one city to another another but instead you travel in the luxurious comfort of a spaceship that is like a home or house or even like a nice hotel room. And you don’t have to worry about packing stuff or leaving pets behind.

No religion, no bullshit rules holding us back, no racism or bigotry and humans acting as one. Exploring the universe and seeing just what’s out there.

Prompt from 30 Days of April Writing Prompts at The SitsGirls

The Kids Are Happy

The school exams are over. Not that I was writing it but yeah the kids are all celebrating from this evening. For the last few weeks there has been less traffic on the streets as the parents of kids who have exams are also staying at home and ensuring that junior payday loans providers & Miss junior keeps their nose in those textbooks and study as hard as possible. But that is gonna change.

These kids, including my 12 year old niece, are now gonna enjoy their summer holidays. They will go out for movies, for sports, for activities that include participating in sports and learning one, learning arts and singing or maybe pick up an instrument and learn how to create music. They will go to the theme parks and play games and have sleepovers with their friends and cousins.

I miss that. I miss those simpler times. I loved the vacations and enjoy mine to the max. Have a great summer holidays kids. Things are only gonna get worse!

Melon Watermelon

Oh man, it is terribly hot and humid. I do not feel like drinking coffee or just plain water. I wanna bath in ice water and lie in a bathtub of ice water. I wanna jump into a pool filled with really cold ice cream milkshake and just let the stuff slip and slide all over my naked body. Ok I might want to have a full body shave or wax all over before I do that.

But what I really crave is cold watermelon. It is tasty and cools you down a lot. I remember thinking about this this whole day. Today has been hot & bloody humid. It doesn’t help that I just had a dinner that had had a really hot mushroom curry. It is burning in my chest and belly at the moment.

Anyways, coincidence – mom & dad happened to have visited the nearby fruit stall on their way home from a walk and they bought a large watermelon which is chilling in the fridge. I cut up a few slices which loans for people on ssi are too cold so I am waiting for it not be too cold so I can easily eat it. But it will be juicy and it will be sweet and it will down as a treat. And cool myself down really well.

Grouchy Be Gone

How do you cheer up a grouchy person?

It totally depends on the person. I have no set standards but a funny joke is usually the best option. Play some funny songs (music videos if you have them), funny fart noises always seem to work. Trust me, fart noises always do the trick.

Watch a funny movie always does the job. Off the top of my head I can think of 10 movies I would watch and make other people watch to chase away the grouchiness. Or sit and talk about the good times over a beer or two. Have some good food. Maybe some harder liquour as well.

Do all the things that the person likes to do and enjoy in the fun together. That always ensures smiles.

Prompt from 28 DAYS OF WRITING PROMPTS FOR FEBRUARY at the SitsGirls

Lonely For Valentine’s Day

What are your plans for Valentine’s Day, Rosh?

Well I am working from 9:30 pm till 6:30 am the next day but most of the day is wide open to do….absolutely nothing!

I will probably just watch a movie after I wake up and have had coffee. No lunch as I have been doing for these kinda shifts where I wake up late in the afternoon. A snack with my coffee, probably biscuits or something light like that as I watch the movie. Then onto the internet for Facebook browsing, watching Youtube etc. Dinner at home before hailing an Uber to get to the office.

Nothing else. I will not have things in red scattered around. I would love to be able to have someone to buy those Valentine’s day special chocolates and cards and gifts for. Have a nice dinner for two in a romantic setting, candles, soft music, blah blah blah. It’s been so long since I’ve made a woman feel special or being felt special myself.

Dr. Love-On-A-Budget’s Tips

5 Valentine’s Day date ideas for people on a budget.

Valentine’s Day is for the lovers. Those who have a spouse or a significant other. I do not have either. Yet….I do have some ideas about what I would do on a budget.

  • Stay in, have a nice dinner – take-away or cooked – while some soft music plays in the background.
  • Make it a movie night, with wine, chips & popcorn and watch your favourite rom-coms or romantics films of all time.
  • Go alliance and leicester loans for a long ride. No place in particular, just drive.
  • Go on a picnic to a park
  • Lay in bed all day in each other’s arms

Nothing wrong with any of these.