Weekly Facts #47

Mechanical purpura is the medical term for a hickey which is basically a bruise.

The longest running TV soap opera drama was Guiding Light, which was cancelled in 2009 after 57 years.

Cornish Rex are one of the most intelligent cats.

Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt weighs about 6,500,000 tons with each block being around 2.5 tons.

It was common for Victorian aged boys to wear dresses and wear the color pink.

Poem: A Little Hazy

I often sit. I often wonder. I think about people who have died.

Those I will never meet: Jimmy Hendrix, Frank Capra, Aristotle, Genghis Khan, and Spartacus.

The list goes on: Queen Elizabeth I, Claude Monet, Edgar Allan Poe, Shakespeare, and Sylvia Plath.

The ones with mythical tones: Big Foot, Unicorns, Loch Ness Monster, Centaurs, and Dragons.

This doesn’t cover those I should remember better, the ones I met while alive like Toni Morrison.

The ones where I never said a word to like Henry Rollins.

Did the cat who chased the mouse deep into the alleyway hijack my tongue?

I tend to reminisce. What I should have done different. What I could have done different.

I was wrong. They were right. It won’t change anything.

I ask myself if I had that kind of power, would it be worth it.

The moments of uncertainty would become certain and putting gratification into lengthy holes would end.

It would be wrong to change this. I want to remember where I am stuck at the halfway point.

I ask myself. How far will I go to get those things within reach? I am not sure.

I am in a mild fog. I get up in the morning and close my eyes right away.

I am at that point again. Sitting askew. Wondering out loud. Thinking about a variety of subjects.

None of which has yet died within me and that is what keeps me going.

Poem: America

I will not be remembered by many, but Americans will remember that day.

The day we came to that place we are now. 

In a hundred more years, adults will read about the missteps.

How we became a nation of overeaters.  How grilled cheese became comfort food.

We knew being on the political fringes was not healthy and neither was salty soup.

We have clogged our brains with fake news and massive conspiracies. 

Our arteries succumbed to the abundance of foolishness and disagreements.

It is not good in any mold, any slice, and any thickness. 

How we became a nation of moldy people. 

In two hundred years, adults will be at their breaking point.

No good for anyone’s heart and it might be too late for the rubber band to shrink in size. 

We carry backpacks of stress across all the continents.

Not good for human brains.  Not good for future survival.

I will not be remembered as wrong, but Americans will remember the silence.

The deadly silence that lasted too long.

In three hundred years, adults will know outer dangers never stop at the last debate.

Journal Entry Type #65: Not What I Wanted but Here I Am

It’s not surprising how I recently got more time on my hands. More than I would’ve liked, but I’m looking at this as an opportunity to catch up on things I’ve been putting off. I took the first two days once hearing the news to digest it and not get so wrapped up in the emotions of it. I just hope it doesn’t last too long into the New Year. Yes, 2020 has been a complete shit show for me. Not that the last ten years has been that bright and cheery, but nothing like this year. I would like a redo of this year, but only if I have control over certain things. Since I don’t have this kind of power, I will completely let go of 2020 and hope and look forward to 2021 and beyond. I’m sick of much of what is going on in the U.S. as many others are as well. The fact the current president won’t transition his intel to the incoming president. The fact the current president wants to start something in another country that could lead to more aggression. The fact that many in Washington D.C. won’t grow a spine and worse, think COVID isn’t really an issue. I’ve been leery of posting something that agitates others on social media, but let’s face it, things don’t look good for the U.S. right now. Sure, we will eventually have enough COVID vaccine for people (hopefully more take it than not), but in the meantime, wear your masks and social distance. I’m so sick of people putting a negative spin on masks and worse a political spin on COVID. Get real. Grow up. Be an adult. Enough of the stupidity. Again, grow the hell up.

It doesn’t even feel like the holidays and yet I went shopping yesterday for groceries (personal and holiday food). I didn’t want to but I had to do it. I’m thinking the pain I feel in my eyes is due to stress and am going to get back into my workout routine although I’m not feeling the greatest physically. I’m still battling with my loud neighbors (new ones) and yet, I hope to see more light at the end of the tunnel. I haven’t had many people buy my poetry book, but these are hard times. I’m hoping more take the plunge after I self publish my first novel. I know the most important thing is to write because of my desire to write, but having more than a few people buy my books would be lovely. I’m not expecting for it to pay for all of my costs of proofreading, but any bit helps. It’s a catch 22. I don’t want to put out any unproofread book, but I also don’t want to self publish books that never get bought. The concept I wrestle with from time to time. I guess I have to gauge it and see how I feel after I self publish a few novels. I don’t need to make my decision right now and try to resolve all my personal issues but these things cross my mind.

I’m checking in with everyone because I don’t want to check out and lose myself in this extra free time I have. I do better with a schedule, as that is where I am most productive (okay sometimes), but now I have to be as productive as I can be without a concrete schedule. On this note, I recently saw ketchup candy canes which is on the same vein as anything bacon flavored including bacon itself. Sorry to all you swine eaters, but this is just gross. I don’t know if I feel half empty or half full. I don’t even know if I’m even half of anything, but as one week bleeds into another (especially this year), I’m still here and remaining positive. I worked on my puzzle sitting out for two years and maybe, just maybe I’ll finish it by the end of this year. Of course, it had to be a challenge puzzle. Why do I pick the hardest one? As for my novel rewrite. I plan on getting it done definitely by the end of this year (no excuses) and start on my second one and if I’m really gung ho about it, finish it sooner than later in 2021. I realized I had chosen all these quotes about calmness and tranquility but went to the back burner once I received the news. As some say during the hard times, this is when you need to be the most calm in the storm. The good thing is I have a job to come back to where others don’t. Be safe everyone and good luck in whatever you are doing.

Documentary Recommendation: Sour Grapes (2016)

This documentary directed by Reuben Atlas and Jerry Rothwell is all the more intriguing in the fact that Rudy Kurniawan was released from prison on November 6, 2020. He is supposed to be sent back to Indonesia, but Sour Grapes focuses on his life in Arcadia, California as a counterfeiter of fine and rare wines before this was discovered. He had sold thousands of bottles of fake wines for hundred thousands of dollars that totaled millions spent on his wines at top auction houses. His story includes those he duped including Bill Koch and worth the one hour and 25 minute viewing. Kurniawan’s greediness also caught the eyes of Laurent Ponsot (wine maker from France), Jay McInerney (wine columnist), Maureen Downey (wine consultant, James P. Wynne (FBI agent) and those wrapped up in his fraud of Rajat Parr (sommelier), John Kapon (wine auctioneer), and Jefery Levy (Hollywood director).

After Kurniawan was arrested in 2012, there was clear evidence he was deep in counterfeiting wine and spent a lot of time perfecting his methods, but they weren’t perfect enough. He might have known how to mix wine so it tasted similar to the original wines, but he wasn’t a historian. In other words, he was pretty green when it came to dates of certain wines. He was sentenced to ten years in federal prison in 2013 but obviously released early. The fake wine was sold to repay his victims and the authentic wines were sold as well. The ending ties into what occurred in Indonesia where his uncle, Eddy Tansil, was embezzled 420 million from an Indonesian bank. He escaped prison and if Kurniawan is anything like him, he will find some way to survive.

I rate Sour Grapes Four Fingers and One Thumb at 100%.

Last Five Movies I’ve Watched in October 2020

Since I’m way past when I should have posted Halloween movies, I’m not going to say much about these movies except to watch them. I’ve seen Sleepy Hollow and The Vampire’s Assistant for a second time now, but the others were the first time watching them. They were good movies to take your mind off of what is going on currently except the Green Room as it deals with Neo Nazis but Patrick Stewart gives a great performance as their leader as does Imogen Poots. The most lighthearted of the movies are The Addam’s Family and The Vampire’s Assistant. 9 had great special effects. Maybe watch them next year for Halloween or this year as it was just Friday the 13th. Although in some cultures it is known as a lucky number and I consider it lucky as well, but given 2020 is still 2020. What else could happen? Hopefully not much more.

Weekly Facts #46

The longest verified record for continuous hula hoop spinning is held by Aaron Hibbs from Columbus, Ohio. He spun his hoop for 74 hours and 54 minutes in 2009 over three days.

Istanbul in Turkey, Suez in Egypt, Magnitogorsk in Russia, Orenburg in Russia, and Atyrau in Kazakhstan are the cities located in on two continents.

Chewing gum can reduce stress and help with overeating.

When the Big Mac and Hot Apple Pie was first sold in 1968 at McDonalds.

It cost 37,500 thousand for a commercial to run on Super Bowl Sunday in 1967 compared to 5.6 million in 2020.

Aprosexia is the inability to sustain attention.

Book Recommendation: Think Like a Freak

Publication Date: 2015

Publisher: Penguin Books

Page Number: 286

I have read all their other books in a short amount of time. Their books are that engaging. This one is too and although there is some repeat from past books, it is definitely worthy of your time. The authors, Levitt and Dubner, speak of their failures and successes in the beginning and then dive headfirst into different topics like needless advertising via certain channels, motivations for learning as children, and persuading the wrong crowds. My favorite chapter is when they compare King Solomon and David Lee Roth. This book offers how good things with good intentions have great possibilities of ending bad. Yet, different ways to handle things in spite of past evidence can help you in the long run when this happens. Most of us know when to quit when something you are doing isn’t working quite right for some reason, but many of us also don’t learn try something new when it is the logical next step. If you are fine with staying in your stasis, don’t expect things to change is what the authors are drilling into readers’ heads. But if you are sick of the same result, try to change it up a little bit and paraphrasing their own words, be a freak.

More You Know: Full Democratic Countries

When you talk about democracy, there are basically two different kinds according to the Economist Intelligence Unit in the U.K.  They are full democracies with 20 countries and flawed democracies with 55 countries.

A full democracy is when a country uses a system of checks and balances, independent judiciary, and independent media.  A flawed democracy is when a country has democratic aspects being fair and free, underdeveloped political culture, and often with low levels of participation in elections. 

Full democratic countries by Economist Intelligence Unit in 2019.

  1. Norway
  2. Iceland
  3. Sweden
  4. New Zealand
  5. Finland
  6. Ireland
  7. Denmark
  8. Canada
  9. Australia
  10. Switzerland
  11. Netherlands
  12. Luxembourg
  13. Germany
  14. United Kingdom
  15. Uruguay
  16. Austria
  17. Spain
  18. Mauritius
  19. Costa Rica
  20. France
  21. Chile
  22. Portugal

See how it compares to full democratic countries by World Atlas in 2018.

  1. Norway
  2. Iceland
  3. Sweden
  4. New Zealand
  5. Denmark
  6. Ireland
  7. Canada
  8. Australia
  9. Finland
  10. Switzerland
  11. Netherlands
  12. Luxembourg
  13. Germany
  14. United Kingdom
  15. Austria
  16. Mauritius
  17. Malta
  18. Uruguay
  19. Spain

As you can see the U.S.A isn’t in either list, but often the world speaks of it as a place of democracy. It is even more so because of the aftermath of the presidential election. For the first time in U.S. history, the world is witnessing an incumbent president bucking the systems by not peacefully transferring power. Time will tell when the transition will happen (hopefully not forcibly) but both sides (Republicans and Democrats) are engaging in a super charged battle when tensions should be decreasing. Right now, most of us have to wait and hope for the best.

Journal Entry #64: I Want a Redo of 2020!

My head feels like it’s been put in a meat grinder.  Last night was the first time my body relaxed enough for me to sleep mostly throughout the night since the election was unofficially decided.  It feels like the next two months will seem a lot longer until Biden officially becomes the 46th U.S. president.  I’m trying to distance myself from the political news.  I’m sure it would save my mind and body less aggravation and stress.  I’m slowly working toward not being glued to the news so much. 

The situation set before America now is the lack of willingness of the Trump administration to make the transition easier for the incoming Biden administration.  This is when I need to remind myself there is nothing I can do with the transition of power.  I leave it to others much more eloquent and popular than me to make right on it.  Thank God for them and this is all I have to say about this matter. 

I know it will take time for the vaccine to be distributed to the majority of people, but I look forward to better times.  I haven’t felt good or right since COVID started.  I look forward to going outside without having to wear a damn mask and being able to visit museums and whatever else I fancy. I need to tough it out until that time and get balance in my life.  I need to be more structured and centered.  Here’s to the last two months of 2020 where I hope my rewrite and the possibilities in life come back.  I want a better 2021 where I’m less fractured.  I hope everyone else does too and finds some way to work together for the greater good of all.

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