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Sunday Question – What Superpower Do You Wish You Had?

Around the time I wrote my post on fictional characters, I also wondered what it was about some of them that intrigued us, especially comic book characters. I came to the conclusion that one of the things we like about some of them is that they seem to have extraordinary abilities of some type, akin to superpowers, though not always necessarily seen in that fashion.

For instance, you look at someone like Superman and you see, well, all sorts of superpowers. Then you look at someone like Bugs Bunny and realize that he may not have a traditional superpower (traditional; hah!), but he can take a lickin’ and keep on tickin’. I remember the movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit, one of my favorites, and how the cartoon characters could fall and fall and fall, and nothing mattered because they could always get back up and go again.

Even Archie Andrews kind of has something most of us wouldn’t mind. He’s been a 17-year old teenager for almost 60 years at this point; man, who wouldn’t love to live a long life like that, perpetually young and seemingly invincible if only for that reason?

It begs the question then; what power would you want to have if you could have a superpower? Many people think this is an easy one to answer and will throw something out quickly, but I always figure that how you answer a question tells a lot about the way you think, or don’t think. For instance, let’s look at the ability to fly. Yup, this one sounds great, but what if you could fly, but had no other power to protect you? It would mean that even with the ability you couldn’t just fly indiscriminately. You couldn’t fly in inclement weather. You might not want to fly if it was extremely cold or hot. You’d have to deal with things hitting you in the face, including birds and bugs. What if you could fly only if you maintained or stayed under a certain weight, and that meant you couldn’t wear a coat or gain weight?

What about super strength? That sounds cool, until you realized that you had to then learn how NOT to break stuff. That, and really, how often would any of us use something like that? Same goes for super speed or x-ray vision. You might still want these things if you worked in certain professions, but for general purposes how would you use these powers, and when? If you’d use them for bad things, what would that say about you as a person?

So then, after you’ve given it a little bit of thought, which superpower, or extraordinary ability if you will, would you want? You have to pick a specific one, but of course you’re going to have many choices to choose from. I whittled my list down to 3 to work from. The first one I had then finally let go was super intelligence. The problem with it is that you’d never be able to forget the bad things, and there’s an interesting blessing in being able to put some of that stuff behind you.

The second one was difficult, as it’s always been the one thing that I’ve said would be my number one, but as I think about it I’d rather not, that being the ability to never have to sleep. Sometimes I like sleeping, though I don’t do it well. I could get a lot of stuff done, but the act of dreaming sometimes brings ideas to all of us that we’d never entertain if we never slept.

That means I’m at my number one choice, which is longevity. I’d love being 50 years old and having the face and body of my 20 year old self; at least the day I turned 20. Heck, I’d want that at age 100. Sure, no one lives forever, but I’d like to live as long as I wanted to, looking and feeling as young as I wanted to, and only aging when I felt it was necessary. Strange as it sounds, I think I’d love to be my 35 year old self the best, and might stay there forever. But that would be it for me; and no stupid Dorian Gray pictures either!

There you go; what’s your answer?

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Superman Classic Logo Baseball T-Shirt

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How To Subscribe To RSS Feeds

You know, it’s possible that this is one of those posts I really don’t have to do, but something is telling me that I need to make sure. What’s prompting it is that lately more than half of the spam I get asks the question “how do I subscribe to your feed.” As simple as it seems, after a meeting I had last Friday I realized that many people really aren’t all that internet savvy, and they might not even know what a feed is to know how to subscribe to it, or even where. Hence, this post. For the rest of you who already know this… y’all don’t have to read this, unless you want to see if I miss something.

You see that symbol to the right? Any time you see that symbol it means that particular website or post has what’s known as RSS, or Really Simple Syndication (sometimes known as Rich Site Summary) feed. In essence, it means you can follow certain websites or blogs that have new content with some kind of regularity in a place other than having to visit that website. You can subscribe to the feed by clicking on that orange button whenever you see it and read it whenever you want to somewhere else. I use a program called Feedreader, which is independent of a browser, and a lot of people use Google Reader, which uses the browser, but groups all the feeds in one place. There are plenty of other options as well.

On websites, you might see that orange symbol in many different places, and sometimes it depends on the browser you’re using. On Firefox, you’ll see that little symbol to the far right of the address bar. On IE 8, you’ll see that symbol on the right next to the home button on the toolbar. On some sites you’ll see that symbol elsewhere, and it might not be the orange symbol. Seems that some sites will change the color of the symbol. If you look on my blog, you see that symbol in the far right column, and underneath that you can decide to subscribe by email, which other sites also. This means you’ll get any blog posts from me through email instead of a reader; many people like that instead. Other sites will do this as well.

That’s pretty much all it takes for RSS subscriptions. And those of us who blog love when people subscribe, as we want more people to read what we have to say. I subscribe to many blogs and news sites, more than 200, although I think it might be time to pare down my list some. We’ll see if I get to that. Any questions?


I’ve Joined A Health Club

In April I asked this question on a Sunday; Do You Take Care Of Your Physical Self? I gave my answers, but I can’t say that I was overly happy with myself and the answers I gave. Truthfully, I think I’ve done a lot of stuff, but nothing close to what I should be doing.

So, I decided to join a gym. Okay, it wasn’t as easy as that. As with everything else in my life, there’s a mini story to it all.

Two Fridays ago my wife came home, upset because her gym was closing, and the one the guy had transferred her account to, since she was paid up through April 2011, was about 20 minutes away, and she didn’t want to have to go that far to workout. For probably the 10th time I suggested she visit the gym I used to belong to for about 5 years in the late 80’s and early 90’s. Back then it was called Sundown; now it’s called Gold’s Gym, and it’s about 5 minutes away, only because of stupid lights because it’s maybe a mile and a half from the house. For some reason my wife has always hated the idea, but this time she was amenable to going to have a look.

As soon as we got there I could tell from the outside that things had changed. There was a sports therapy building next to the gym, but the sports club is where the gym used to be. We walked in and things were drastically different. I learned there had been a fire in 1994, a year after I stopped going, and they changed a lot of things around. It’s way more open now than it used to be, and that’s not a bad thing at all.

This is what you see when you first walk in. It’s the front desk, but it’s also a juice and smoothie bar. You can buy both healthy and non-healthy snacks in the machine, though not too many non-healthy choices are given. You can also buy muscle building stuff that I’m not paying any attention to; I don’t need to get bulk at this point in my life.

The place has a rubber track you can either walk or run on. It has tons of treadmills and walking machines. They have a lot of Nautilus-type machines geared towards building muscle by pushing weights, though some are for toning also. They have a large free weights area, something I used to do in the past but I think I’m going to stay away from them this time around, at least for six months or so. They have workout classes with some of the latest routines like
Zumba; no, I won’t be doing any of that either. Supposedly they might have some stretching classes, but I didn’t see that on the schedule. I really need stretching more than almost anything else. And they have these other machines that work more with your own weight than true weights; my wife and I use those most of the time.

And they have these things, a pool and a hot tub. I don’t swim, and even though the woman told me it was only 4 1/2 feet deep, that’s just not happening. The hot tub might be something else, though. She said it’s kept at 103 degrees Fahrenheit, and my mind can’t figure out if that’s comfortable or not. I love Jacuzzi’s, so I’m thinking I might like the hot tub, which is only 3 feet deep, but I asked if I could wear a shirt and shorts in there, since I don’t have swimming togs, and I’m not sure I want to expose the world to this body just yet; she said yes. Now all I have to do is get over this thing about sharing a large tub, and you can see it’s large, with other people in it; I don’t necessarily roll that way. The woman there said she’d actually walk me into the pool if I ever get the urge, but I just can’t see me getting the urge. Bad memory of pools, and the last time I was in one was October 1976; ugh!

We started with a 7-day pass to see if I’d even go to the club, and I went 6 days out of 7, though a few of those days I barely made 30 minutes, and one day, Sunday, I made 10 minutes because I twisted my knee and it wasn’t getting better trying to walk it off. We then decided to officially join on Sunday, and now we have a contract for a year. I’m going to work hard on making myself go at least 3 times a week, and my wife loves working out, so if I have to wait until she gets off work to go, so be it. But as it gets warm I also know I’m going to want to get walks in at the lake. No matter; I know I need to exercise this summer while I’m home, and if I’m paying for it, I’m hopefully going to get it done.

These days I border between being outright sore and being really uncomfortable. I don’t feel good after working out, and I don’t feel juiced; sorry Zig, but those endorphins aren’t quite popping for me yet. But I’m going to try. I have a guy working with me for 60 days to see if I show measurable improvement; man, I hope something changes. I need to do this; I’m 50 and diabetic, my doctor says I need to lose weight, and I need to help the medication work.

Okay, your turn; what are you gonna do?

Esprit by Spirit ET-8 Folding Treadmill

Esprit by Spirit ET-8 Folding Treadmill

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The Oatmeal

I have no idea how I learned about this site, but it’s so unique that I just had to share it with you.


It’s called The Oatmeal, and it’s a collection of articles, cartoons, quizzes and news that’s presented in a unique way. What I’m stunned about is that it’s ranked really high, yet I’m just hearing about it, and I’m betting it’s fairly new to most of you as well.

A good example of an article on this site that’s also educational is called How To Use A Semicolon, something I use often, but see very few other people using. It’s a training article with images, and very simply teaches people how to use semicolons. There’s even dinosaurs in the article; when’s the last time you saw talking dinosaurs teaching you anything (don’t even go the Barney route)?

As you’ll see, the articles are also presented in a totally different style, with cartoon headers rather than text. Frankly, if I had an artistic bone in my body, I have just the type of warped humor to be able to pull the same type of thing off.

Me being me, I wondered how they made any money off the site, since I can’t find any advertising. They have an online store, where they sell items with their logo on it and other stuff associated with their brand. I’m betting they do well; heck, I’ve been tempted to buy something myself, but keep wondering where I’d put it and how long it would last before my wife snatched it and hid it on me. Also, some of the articles end up being products themselves, being created into posters.

What else is there to say? Check the site out, and obviously this isn’t a paid review, since how the heck could they pay me when they don’t know me? The Oatmeal is a lot of fun; give it a shot.

Morgan Avery 5911 Home Radiance Home Sweet Home Candle Collection - Oatmeal Cookie and #44; Apple Pie and #44; Strawberry

Morgan Avery 5911 Home Radiance Home Sweet Home Candle Collection – Oatmeal Cookie and #44; Apple Pie and #44; Strawberry

Price – $46.13






Anniversary #13; Hanging In There So Far

Today is my 13th wedding anniversary. I realized yesterday that I’ve never written about my anniversary before, and since I’ve had this blog 3 years now and my business blog 6, and I’ve been writing my newsletter for 7 years, I find that kind of incredible.


We actually met on December 7th, 1994; she doesn’t remember the date, but I do. I was working at a health center and she came in as a patient looking to see if she could save money on some dental work she needed done. Y’all might not believe it, but she actually pursued me at the time; I couldn’t do it because of medical privacy laws. My dad always thanked her for that, because he said he couldn’t see me asking her out first. Hey, all four of my long term relationships began with the woman asking me out first; isn’t that something?

We’ve had a lot of fun over the years. I’ve told her I’m Roger Rabbit to her being Jessica Rabbit; she laughs at me all the time. Our first real date had us going to a Chinese buffet, where I had an encounter with tofu that caused me to spit it out and kept her laughing and crying for almost 30 minutes. There’s been a lot of incidences like that over the years; she’s a great audience.

That picture you see above is, of course, from our wedding. She made that wedding dress; the woman has talent. I still have that suit; doesn’t quite fit as well as it did when I bought it, unfortunately. I got a lot of enjoyment out of that cake, which her father paid for, but which I ordered from my favorite bakery, Harrison Bakery; those folks need a website. My friend Scott took this picture, and that’s his daughter Krystal to the left; great kid. Okay, I just have to say this; cake, mmmmmm…

Later today we’ll be going to the Spaghetti Warehouse for dinner because, oddly enough, they sent us a coupon for half off our meal for our anniversary; I didn’t even know they knew when our anniversary was. This is a great way to do business, that’s for sure.

Anyway, it’s a special day, and I’m happy to have made it to 13 years. Truthfully, there’s a lot of people who never thought I would ever get married; I’m betting they’re still surprised. lol Meanwhile, let me help give you a little bit of motivation saying that you can do anything you want to in your life. Try to tell me this isn’t cute:

Wedding Cake

Price – $75.00






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