Trifecta #30

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Journal Entry Type #36: Now What Happens?

Hello everyone,

storeclosedI’m going to begin this a little different.  Sort of like an email you’d write to someone.  Maybe at work or maybe to your friend.  Who knows?  Do you have that many friends you can or want to write to?  I only have a handful I consider really close and the rest are acquaintances more or less.  This is all I need, but I recently watched an episode of CSI about a woman who lived alone.  She didn’t end up so well although the person who locked her inside her closet didn’t help the cause.   I have some uneasiness inside of me due to this and I’m feeling out of sorts because of social media covering the Coronavirus.  Yes, I know this will subside.  Yes, I know this virus makes people sick and kills people.  Yes, doctors and scientists have a long ways to go to learn about this new virus (much like the HIV/AIDS when it was discovered).  No, we shouldn’t unnecessarily panic (this is where hoarding comes into play), but never did I think it would hit just about everyone and everything.  Can’t sit in restaurants and coffee shops anymore.  Some are completely closed down.  Not cool but necessary.  Some U.S. schools have shut down, workers are now working from out of home, and it’s dawned on me how frazzled a part of me has become because the impact has really come home to roost where I work.  The travel industry has taken a hit all over the world.  Cruise lines, airlines, B&B’s, and just about everything else is affected.  I really hope the U.S. only had this hoarding problem and I feel incredibly bad for those living in areas already stretched to their limits.  The Las Vegas strip is closed down for 30 days.

marionberryAs I sit here writing this, I can’t help but think even though my life is basically the same that I don’t have the option of going out anymore. I’m doing the same thing I usually do with my writing, reading, coloring, and thinking how much I would love to be able to exercise consistently (due to my own body not cooperating and now the gym being shut down where I live).  I’m still going to my doctor appointment because I’ve been waiting since December 2019 to see about this thing growing in my neck and would like resolution about the buzzing/ringing inside my ears on a daily and nightly basis.  It’s hard to sleep when it feels as if I’m wearing a squeaking hearing aide and my new neighbors are TERRIBLE at night with their noises.  I desperately want resolution as I think I have some kind of ear infection.  I need another referral to a dermatologist unless my ENT can give me something else to get rid of whatever I have that is growing around my mouth.  It has discolored my skin and it’s some kind of powerful fungus.  Yes, it’s not an emergency, but this goes beyond the angular cheilitis I thought it was as well as a previous doctor.  I need some medication to banish it to hell away and then some.  The Democratic primary seems to have taken a back burner as Americans aren’t talking about it as much because the nomination seems set in stone and everyone is too busy emptying grocery stores.  I learned there was plenty of sauerkraut, candy, cookies, and coffee beans, but good luck finding frozen meals, canned soups/veggies, and meats.  I’m trying to completely go off of dairy again, but I broke down and bought marionberry yogurt.  If you haven’t heard of the marionberry, it’s a blackberry from Oregon and a cross between the chehalem and olallie blackberry.  It’s also the best ice cream I’ve had when I visited one time.  Now, I want some.

buttpillowsI’m going to write in my journal after postponing it again last night.  I basically feel unsettled in a way and a part of it is because I’m waiting for my roommate to finish making suggestions on my love story.  I’m actually getting more psyched to make it better and spend quality time on it.  I need to do more changes than less, but I want to improve it.  It’s going to be a long road to the finish line and would assume the Tokyo Olympics will be postponed based on what is going on now.  I suppose social media has its perks as it’s a way to communicate with others when face to face is no longer an option.  I would love to get a movie from Redbox, but I don’t know who’s been touching the screens and this virus spreads quickly.  I would love to watch a movie in a theater, but that isn’t happening either.   Hollywood is postponing many of their release dates and for good reason.  Movie theaters are in dire straits (not the band).  I wanted to go to the Las Vegas strip before the Coronavirus hit, but I will see how it looks with no one there and without the lights soon from my car.   I’m hoping I don’t get it when I go to my doctor visits in April.  I guess this really didn’t take the form an email after all.  I bought some new butt pillows recently and made my own hand sanitizer (I hope I don’t need to do this often).  Well, I’ve about run of out things to say or maybe I just don’t want to write anymore.  Be safe and sound everyone and do things you normally wouldn’t do within reason.

Until later,

Kim Berg (aka: Pisaries Creator)

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Weekly Facts #11

skin

 

Skin is the largest human organ on your body.  Not hard to believe because we shed around 600,000 particles of skin every hour.  It translates into about one and half pounds of skin every year.  If you’re lucky enough to live to age 70, you will have lost 105 pounds and even luckier by age 100, you will have lost 150 pounds.

 

 

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The average number of Girl Scout cookies sold each year is about 2.5 million boxes according to 2015.  This means it equals about 10 million dollars worth of cookies.  I’m sure online buying is helping too.

 

 

 

 

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All plants need water, some more than others, but it seems plants prefer room water at room temperature.  It’s common sense not to water plants with extremely hot or cold water.

 

 

 

 

traffic

 

The longest traffic jams occurred in São Paulo, Brazil in 2013 due to the holiday; Beijing, China in 2010 due to the holiday; Bethel, NY, USA in 1969 due to Woodstock; Chicago, IL, USA in 2011 due to a blizzard; Tokyo, Japan in 1990 due to the holiday and typhoon; Houston, TX, USA in 2005 due to a hurricane; Paris, France in 1980 due to the holiday; and East and West Germany in 1990 due to their reunification.

 

 

crayons

 

 

Crayola makes around 3 billion crayons each year or around 13 million daily.  They are made out paraffin wax and around 3.5 inches long.  They first were developed by Binney & Smith in 1903.

 

 

 

 

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Netflix TV Show Review: Orange is the New Black (2013-2019)

Quote from Orange is the New Black by Crazy Eyes

“I threw my pie for you.”

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Creator: Jenji Kohan

Writer: Piper Kerman (Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison book)

Total Seasons: 7

Total Episodes: 91

Episode Length: average is 59 minutes

Rating: TV-MA

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Major Prisoner Cast: Taylor Schilling as Piper Chapman, Laura Prepon as Alex Vause, Kate Mulgrew as Galina “Red” Reznikov, Uzo Aduba as Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren, Danielle Brooks as Tasha “Taystee” Jefferson, Natasha Lyonne as Nicky Nichols, Taryn Manning as Tiffany “Pennsatucky” Doggett, Selenis Leyva as Gloria Mendoza, Adrienne C. Moore as Cindy “Black Cindy” Hayes, Dascha Polanco as Dayanara “Daya” Diaz, Yael Stone as Lorna Morello, Samira Wiley as Poussey Washington, Jackie Cruz as Marisol “Flaca” Gonzales, inmate, Lea DeLaria as Carrie “Big Boo” Black, Elizabeth Rodriguez as Aleida Diaz, Jessica Pimentel as Maria Ruiz, Laura Gómez as Blanca Flores, Dale Soules as Frieda Berlin, Diane Guerrero as Maritza Ramos, Constance Shulman as Yoga Jones, and Laverne Cox as Sophia Burset 

Additional Prisoner Cast: Michelle Hurst as Miss Claudette Pelage, Annie Golden as Norma Romano, Vicky Jeudy as Janae Watson, Julie Lake as Angie Rice, Emma Myles as Leanne Taylor, Abigail Savage as Gina Murphy, Lori Tan Chinn as Mei Chang, Tamara Torres as Emily “Weeping Woman” Germann, Lin Tucci as Anita DeMarco, Beth Fowler as Sister Jane Ingalls, Barbara Rosenblat as Rosa “Miss Rosa” Cisneros, Madeline Brewer as Tricia Miller, Kimiko Glenn as Brook Soso, Lori Petty as Lolly Whitehill, Yvette Freeman as Irma Lerman, Lorraine Toussaint as Yvonne “Vee” Parker, Blair Brown as Judy King, Emily Althaus as Maureen Kukudio, Ruby Rose as Stella Carlin, Daniella De Jesus as Irene “Zirconia” Cabrera, Shannon Esper as Alana Dwight, Rosal Colon as Carmen “Ouija” Aziza, Francesca Curran as Helen “Skinhead Helen” Van Maele, Kelly Karbacz as Kasey Sankey, Amanda Stephen as Alison Abdullah, Asia Kate Dillon as Brandy Epps, Miriam Morales as Ramona “Pidge” Contreras, Jolene Purdy as Stephanie Hapakuka, Shirley Roeca as Juanita Vasquez, Rebecca Knox as Tina Swope, Sipiwe Moyo as Adeola Chinede, Besanya Santiago as Raquel “Creech” Munoz, Finnerty Steeves as Beth Hoefler, Christina Toth as Annalisa Damiva, Amanda Fuller as Madison “Badison” Murphy, Vicci Martinez as Dominga “Daddy” Duarte, Mackenzie Phillips as Barbara “Barb” Denning, and Henny Russell as Carol Denning

Major Prison Staff Cast: Michael Harney as Sam Healy, Nick Sandow as Joe Caputo, Matt Peters as Joel Luschek, Alysia Reiner as Natalie “Fig” Figueroa, Ismenia Mendes as Tali Grapes, Catherine Curtin as Wanda Bell, Joel Marsh Garland as Scott O’Neill, Brendan Burke as Wade Donaldson, Pablo Schreiber as George “Pornstache” Mendez, Lolita Foster as Eliqua Maxwell, Germar Terrell Gardner as Charles Ford, Matt McGorry as John Bennett, Lauren Lapkus as Susan Fischer, Kaipo Schwab as Igme Dimaguiba, James McMenamin as Charlie “Donuts” Coates, Alan Aisenberg as Baxter “Gerber” Bayley, Jimmy Gary Jr. as Felix Rikerson, Mike Birbiglia as Danny Pearson, Marsha Stephanie Blake as Berdie Rogers, Beth Dover as Linda Ferguson, Nick Dillenburg as Ryder Blake, Mike Houston as Lee Dixon, Emily Tarver as Artesian McCullough, Brad William Henke as Desi Piscatella, Evan Arthur Hall as B. Stratman, John Palladino as Josh, Michael Torpey as Thomas “Humps” Humphrey, Hunter Emery as Rick Hopper, Shawna Hamic as Virginia “Ginger” Copeland, Susan Heyward as Tamika Ward, Josh Segarra as Danilo Stefanovic, Greg Vrotsos as Greg Hellman, Nicholas Webber as J. Alvarez, Branden Wellington as Jarod Young, and Adam Lindo as Carlos “Clitvack” Litvack

Additional Outside of Prison Cast: Jason Biggs as Larry Bloom, Michael Chernus as Cal Chapman, Tanya Wright as Crystal Burset, Berto Colon as Cesar Velazquez, Carol Chapman, Tracee Chimo as Neri Feldman, Maria Dizzia as Polly Harper, Ian Paola as Yadriel, John Magaro as Vince Muccio, Mary Steenburgen as Delia Mendez-Powell, Miguel Izaguirre as Dario “Diablo” Zúñiga, Michael J. Burg as Detective Mark Bellamy, Bill Hoag as Bill Chapman, Karina Arroyave as Karla Córdova, Melinna Bobadilla as Santos Chaj, Marie-Lou Nahhas as Shani Abboud, and Alicia Witt as Zelda

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This show pulls you into the characters so much you want to know what happens at the end of each episode and how the show will ultimately end as well.  Orange is the New Black is based from the autobiography of Piper Kerman and as the show progresses, it takes creative liberties within the federal prison system.  There is not a chance some things would’ve happened in actual prison life as it did in the show, but the success of any show is usually a mixture between fact/reality and fiction/imagination.

By the time Piper set foot in the minimum security federal prison due to a drug offense earlier, she finds herself unable to cope with her new reality.  Her past relationship with Alex Vause has caught up to her and becomes trickier yet when she sees her again.  Piper’s first month at Litchfield makes her realize there is only herself to blame and she alone has to keep her safe.  The other prisoners are not her friends and there is no shoulder to cry on.

The strength of this show is the weaving back and forth between past and present time in flashbacks.  These are not only exciting to watch but gives us insight into how the prisoners were sent there.  The prison officers are portrayed in the often stereotypical  ways seen in past television shows and movies, but accurate in other ways.  There’s no way certain things would remain secret for so long, but I forgave this.  Let’s just say people love to talk no matter where you are.  As the prison changes operational hands, it highlights the dangers of inadequate training, overcrowding, lack of officers, increased corruption and chances of rioting.  There are great supporting characters, Lolly Whitehill comes to mind (played by Lori Petty) and Carrie Black (played by Lea DeLaria)

By the final season, Piper Chapman and Alex Vause are still figuring out their lives as well as the other prisoners they have come to know.  The television world is simply this: not everyone lives, not everyone dies, not everyone succeeds, and not everyone fails.  Because this show mirrors “real life,” the finale has a somber ending and even though many didn’t make it or will soon be in a worse position, the ones who did survive in the  makes it worth watching.

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The best episode of season one is number 3 called “Lesbian Request Denied” where Piper finds out what happens when she rejects Suzanne Warren’s “Crazy Eyes” requests and tries to suppress her hatred for Alex Vause.  It aired on July 11, 2013.

 

TV Show Review: Game of Thrones (2011-2019)

Quote by Tywin Lannister

“A lion does not concern himself with the opinion of sheep.”

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Journal Entry Type #35: I’m Psyched

facezipperInstead of working on my second novel idea this past weekend, I started reworking my poems on Sunday.  Jeez, I have a long road ahead of me.  Why do I do this to myself?  I guess because it’s all a part of being a writer, highly  and deeply unpaid, with decent skills.  I feel I needed to re-introduce myself and get all my poetry in one place other than my blog.  Hence, the main reason why I’m rewriting my old ones and including new ones as well.  The same will go for flash fiction and short stories.  It’s looking like my second novel idea isn’t moving as fast as I’d like.  OH WELL!  My new favorite mantra is this: IT WILL GET DONE WHEN IT GETS DONE!  These two collections will be free to read as an e-book and undecided if I want to turn them into print on demand copies.  As I jumped ahead, I made my own covers and finished them today.  I took pictures that were once recognizable and now not so much.  I figure this will hopefully translate into a handful of strangers reading them and then my novels once I publish them (for a price).  My sweat, blood, and tears have to count for something as I’m still chugging along for the ride called life.

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Weekly Facts #10

spamBetween 269 to 306 billion email messages are sent every day so that makes around 3.7 billion email users.  Of these emails, about 45% to 55% is spam so that makes around 14.5 billion spam email messages sent every day.

 

 

 

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Mr. Potato Head was invented by George Lerner in 1949.  It was made by Hasbro and was the first toy advertised on television in 1952.  It went from being a real potato to a plastic potato body that started in 1964.

 

 

 

 

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Humans actually have nine senses, not the normal five we think of as seeing/vision, hearing/audition, taste/gustation, touch/tactition, and smell/oflaction. The other four include thermoception or heat/cold, nociception or pain, equilibrioception or balance and proprioception or body awareness.

 

 

 

mouth

 

 

Like fingerprints and footprints, everyone’s tongue print is different.

 

 

 

 

brain

There are around 100,000 chemical reactions in the human brain every second. Headaches are caused by a chemical reaction in your brain combined with the muscles and nerves of your neck and head.  The adult brain weighs around three pounds.  The brain contains around one hundred billion neurons.

 

 

 

 

belgium

 

The Lagere Gemengde School in Belgium launched a program in  2001 to replace sugary drinks and soda in lunches with beer (1.5 to 2.5% alcohol).  Kids had the choice between lager or bitter.

 

 

 

yawn

 

People have the urge to yawn after merely reading about yawning and we all know it’s contagious when you’re around someone who yawns.

 

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Trifecta #29

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