Fandango’s Provocative Question #206

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What does the word “woke” mean to you? Is being “woke” a good thing or a bad thing? Do you consider yourself to be “woke”? Why or why not?

Unlike other four-letter acronyms associated with the social justice movement, the original term woke doesn’t stand for anything: it is literally the past participle of “wake,” as in “to wake up,” and that underpins its basic meaning.
According to Kelly Elizabeth Wright, an experimental sociolinguist and Ph.D. candidate at the University of Michigan, language — and the definition of woke — is ever-changing.
Woke had been extended figuratively to refer to being ‘aware’ or ‘well informed’ in a political or cultural sense

Woke to me means taking anything but white out of our history, at least by the Governor’s standards. I think it is awful and should be acknowledged as such. I heard a newsman say one day that it is prejudice and discrimination and that if people want to truly argue it then the way to do so is to say what it is and have DeSantis and anyone who believes in it say how it is NOT prejudice and discrimination rather than explaining what it supposedly is. What I took from this comment is that people can say it is this or it is that but how do you explain how it is NOT prejudice or NOT discriminatory.

If I understand it at all I am NOT woke at all, even though I am awake! Lol, couldn’t resist. I accept people of every race and color, gender, choice, and whatever. Hate is so disgusting. It is the character of the person that matters. There are good people and bad people of every color, size, sex, and belief but the only way to divide them is whether they are good people or not.

Fandango’s Provocative Question #197

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In your interpersonal relationships with acquaintances, friends, and family, are you able to separate political ideologies from the people who hold them? Why or why not?

I have a few friends who are clearly Trump supporters and in that case, I don’t ever get into a conversation about anything political. If someone brings it up then I will say “haha, we shouldn’t have this conversation because we definitely don’t agree”. Why not just say it straight out. If someone doesn’t want to be my friend or something then oh, well.

Fandango’s Provocative Question #195

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What do you think of Trump’s digital trading cards? Do you think it reflects a sound business and/or political strategy? Do you think it’s ridiculous and is something undignified for a former U.S. President (and 2024 presidential candidate) to do? Or do you have no opinion one way or the other?

When I first heard of NFT’s it was David telling me I should make some with my artwork and/or my miniatures. I looked into it and I still don’t totally understand them, as they are part of that digital world that has me meta-confused. Anyhow, I think it is an absolutely ridiculous antic from a despicable man who still has followers despite his stupidity. I’m sorry to anyone that still likes him, but anyone that does must have a mental problem. He is dangerous and selfish and cares for no one other than himself, well and maybe Putin. People bought the NFT’s thinking that some day they would be worth something well guess what?

I could go on and on and when all is said and done what’s the point? If you want to hold on to some virtual card so you can virtually sell it for virtual money, go for it. In my life I have better things to do and better things to spend my money on!

Fandango’s Provocative Question

What’s the hardest decision you’ve ever had to make? What made the decision so difficult?

Funny how you can draw a blank and have to really think hard to think about a decision you have made in the past. Anyhow…

One of the hardest decisions I have ever had to make was in trying to recover a relationship with my sister. I know why she has some hurt feelings and I was willing to talk to her about it and work through it but she said there was no problem. She has hurt me in so many ways and in her continued attitude that I am imagining that we have a problem. She says it is just that she has nothing to talk to me about and really doesn’t want any sort of relationship. In my head I always kept trying to figure out how to “fix” this, I missed having my sister to call and visit. But to maintain my own health I had to make the decision to stop trying and just accept that we no longer have a relationship. Sad to say but I am the only child out of 5 kids, and I know it isn’t me! That might sound obnoxious but I know what kind of person I am and I am NOT cruel, uncaring, or disrespectful to anyone!

This was so hard to finally decide to stop trying because not only is she family but she is one of the only people left in my life that knew Bob (my first husband) and Joey (my son). I wish I had someone to reminisce with about these two men I lost way too soon. I also wish I could share my life with her now, but she doesn’t like David and said she never will.

Fandango’s Provocative Question #188

Let’s have some fun this week. what I hope you’ll think is fun. My question is simple. It’s all about favorites. If you were asked to name your absolute favorite in each of the following categories, what would they be:

Song – I love the Nightlife

Musical artist or group – Queen

Book – The Alchemist

Author – Stephen King

Movie – Sixteen Candles

Television show – The Muppet Show

Movie or TV actor (male & female) – Tom Hanks & Goldie Hawn

Stage play or musical – West Side Story

Live concert – Andy Grammer

Remember, I’m looking for your all-time favorite in each of these categories.

Fandango’s Provocative Question #178

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When did time actually begin?

Honestly, what is time? It is different at any given moment in any given place. Does it really even matter? Back in the day farmers used the sun and the moon to gauge time, as did the people before that. When I am blogging here in FL at 5:00 in the afternoon and a fellow blogger is just getting ready for bed it is just that we are doing different things. My biggest “issue” with time is the whole space thing and stars being “light-years away”. I cannot wrap my head around the sense of time when it comes to space because it just makes no sense to me. If a star is 2000 light years away then how the heck are we seeing it? What is a light year? How is that time?

I guess if I had to give a definitive answer I would say time began with humans because anything else lives off the rotation of the earth.

Fandango’s Provocative Question #172

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Do you have any phobias? If so, have you had these phobias all your life or have the developed or evolved as you’ve aged?

I have a few fears but the worst is spiders. I think I have always had it but it has gotten worse over the years. At one point I went to therapy for it, as I wasn’t sleeping due to spider nightmares. Some people in my life have thought it funny to try and “expose” me to pictures and real spiders but they don’t seem to understand that I cannot tolerate it, it is NOT funny, and although I know they cannot hurt me (well, the non-poisonous ones), I still fear seeing them and finding them. I would also like to make it clear that there are some sorts of spiders that I have the ability to see, without having a reaction, but I go into a panic when I see certain ones.
Once, about 12 years ago, I was leaving the school building where I was teaching. It was an old victorian style house, it was very nice. One night I was there after hours. I knew there was a custodian in the next building.This one night there were a few around the door jam on the only door to get out of building. I lost it. I thought I would be stuck all night. Luckily the custodian showed up and cleared them. There are a few though that send me into full panic mode.

Please do not reply with spider pictures.

When I did my student teaching the teacher “made” me teach the unit on spiders to help desensitize me. Nope, didn’t work. I have looked at thousands of pictures but it hasn’t changed anything. Honestly, I can’t look at pictures of them at all. If I think I see one as I scroll through posts I have to close my eyes. I can peek through my eyelashes but that is about it. But, when I think of a few of the most dreaded ones I really start to feel panic.

Fandango’s Provocative Question – #168

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How do you feel about online anonymity? Do you believe that when people are hiding their real world identity, it encourages them to misbehave or to be offensive? Or does it allow people to reveal who they really are or possibly how they would choose to be and act all the time if they could?

Quite ironic that you asked this today. I just posted a couch for sale on FB Marketplace. I have had quite a few “scam” offers. Most of them ask me to text them and they leave a phone number. For the most part I only get back to the people who have an active FB page/account. I know this is not 100% reliable, as so many people lie on social media, but it narrows it down. For instance, this one “woman” asked me to call her, that she wanted to pick up the couch today. When I clicked on “view profile” it was an empty page. On top of that, when I clicked on the their picture it says “He has set the site to private”.

Anyhow, I think a lot of people use social media and other online arenas to feel a sense of belonging. I, for example, don’t really have any friends who live in this state with me. I do try to find ways of meeting others but as you get older those options dwindle.
I think if people are going to be offensive they will do so whether or not it is shown in public. Many people who socialize via the internet aren’t there to think of what other people might think.
Similarly, if you have to use social media to show who you really are then you are either lonely like me or just in need of some sort of validation. When I am blogging I show people who I really am. I also show people how much I love to write and respect people wanting to read my work.

Fandango’s Provocative Question #164

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How do you feel about Elon Musk’s intention to reinstate Donald Trump’s Twitter account and his rational for doing so?

Well, first of all, they look alike with different hair and skin tone.

I think that Elon Musk is like Trump and like Putin and all the other rich people who think they own the world because they can afford it. I don’t think anyone should give a rat’s ass about whether Trump posts his stupid comments on Twitter. Every word out of his mouth makes him look like more of an ass, so maybe some of his followers will finally get the picture. Musk just wants the notoriety of this controversy. Why else would he even care? When you are that rich why do you give a hoot whether some impeached-twice president can post crap on social media? How about feeding the hungry kids in the world? Maybe look past Trump and you’ll see Putin behind him with pictures of all the people that have been killed in Ukraine. Maybe then Musk might turn around and not care about the guy.

Just saying….

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In the context of blogging and writing, what do you think is more important: what you say or how you say it?

I think it is a little of both. I have found that as I am looking through my feed and clicking here and there, there are some sites that I instantly leave for various reasons. One is chaos. If I can’t navigate your site to at least find something that was written within the last week or so (if you blog that often, lets say even a month or two) then great, but if I have go through links dating back to 2019 you’ve lost me. Second is blog name. It isn’t necessarily what it is or how it was chosen, I guess it is more on tact. For example, the other day I was perusing WP and I came across a blog with the name something like: People Abused by Priests. Now, I get it. I totally get it and I am not trying to minimize the trauma, the need for connection, the need to speak, but….in my opinion you won’t have anyone except those who are also terribly traumatized and looking for help. Sometimes it is best to get a wider audience where someone might have some perspective that doesn’t come from PTSD or trauma. I don’t know that is my opinion only.

As far as how things are said, I agree with many other bloggers that if there are spelling errors throughout or mistakes that “should” be found with a quick re-read then I get sort of uninterested in reading further.

Finally, if your post is so long that I have to scroll a whole bunch of times and still can’t find the bottom, you lost me.