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Plead The Fifth / Daily Prompts WordPress

What questions do you hate to be asked? Why?

This is the Daily Prompt from WordPress.  And today we have a question (see above).  Being married makes it a lot easier to answer this question.  You don’t have to spend a lot of time going through the old memory banks. Although my lovely wife doesn’t ask me uncomfortable questions very often.  But, I suppose, once or twice she has said something like this, “You said you were going to walk every day, lose weight, and get some exercise.” There’s a question in there, believe me.  It’s not stated in that form but it’s there.  The unspoken questions are often the most difficult ones to accept.  “WHEN are you GOING to DO it?”  She didn’t say this and I love her for not saying it. Because she is a gentle person. And my advise (not that you asked for it) is to always marry a gentle person.

In fact, her philosophy is that you cannot change another person.  You cannot really make them change.  You can accept them, love them and hope they will change.

And so, after a few years, I did begin to walk and lose weight.  I am now no longer obese.  I don’t need to go into details because they are all over this blog.  But we have moved on to stage two:  Diet and supplements.

As far as other folks go I can’t really think of any questions I’ve been asked that I “hated”.  It’s fun talking to people.  They do say strange things sometimes.  But so do I!  It’s a wash.  I don’t take most of it seriously.

It would not be fun to be stopped by a policeman and asked “Did you see that stop sign?”.   I would hate that.  We have a policeman living in our neighborhood and he was out in his front yard recently talking to someone (in his uniform).   I came to a stop (a very brief stop) at the stop sign on the other side of the street and noticed him looking at me (intently).  It was over in a second but I said (to myself), ” You know, if you had rolled through that stop sign you would be getting a ticket now”.   He might have asked me why I was breaking the law in front of his house.  I would have hated that!!


So there you go.  Always stop, however briefly, at stop signs.  You never know when uncomfortable questions may be around the next corner. 


stop sign

Photo Friday / Men

I’ve been doing a few photo memes lately. They are always fun and don’t take a lot of creative energy (I’m wiped after the horrific events of the past few days up in New England). This photo is of a man and his son (I presume) doing some climbing with a rope (what’s that called?) near the Appalachian Trail here in Virginia. Watching him teach his son I was impressed by how dangerous this can be if you don’t pay attention to details. You have to be focused.

But these are the things that men, and women, enjoy doing. I can see trying it sometime (with some expert advisers nearby!). But I would have a difficult time because I would be thinking about the equipment. Stuff breaks, after all! I’ve seen it break! And I would not be aware of the history of the equipment that was keeping me from plunging onto the rocks below. I would have to TRUST the people who took care of the equipment (who I probably wouldn’t know very well). And that would be difficult.

So it might be awhile before something like this happens. . .

But I’m still hiking and enjoying nature. And, to a lesser degree, you have to trust the folks you take with you into the woods. And trust the hunters (out there) won’t mistake you for a deer (hopefully). And yourself (pay attention!).






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