What happened to cause you to discover ‘bullies” were real?
A bully is defined as someone who is habitually cruel, threatening and aggressive towards people who are smaller, weaker and more vulnerable. I think the fact of their existence is a realization you come to gradually over time, and it’s not just one incident that suddenly clues you in. Insults and teasing from siblings and peers is part of growing up, with lessons learned on setting boundaries and picking your battles. Eventually you see that this kind of behaviour has little to do with the victims and everything to do with the bullies and their own personal issues. So try not to take it personally, and strive to be kind.
Eavesdropping- When given the chance, how often do you eavesdrop?
If I’m eavesdropping it’s almost certainly by accident and only because the conversation is loud and I can’t help it. I would be the worlds worst spy. I have some hearing loss, mostly for high pitched sounds, but the real problem is auditory processing/perception disorder, or discrimination loss, or whatever fancy name you’d like to use for misunderstanding the garbled words I just heard. Sometimes my interpretation is really funny and I’ll share it. Mostly it’s annoying for the people who have to repeat themselves. If only they came with subtitles on their foreheads while they’re speaking, we’d both experience a lot less grief. I have always had the ability to focus on one thing while ignoring everything else around me, so I often also display rather pathetic powers of observation. Probably why I think tv detectives are so damned smart.
Escalators, at one time, were the ‘next big thing’. When was the last time you rode an escalator?
Must have been at an airport, a few years ago for sure. There was one in the mall where W’s hip clinic was located, but recent hip replacement patients were not allowed to use it. Much more common to have elevators everywhere. I wonder if there are strict mask rules for them now? And maximum occupancy numbers? Amazon sells a weird little gadget you can use to press elevator buttons so you don’t have to touch them with your fingers. And we used to think germaphobes were weird. They were just way ahead of the rest of us.
Have you ever ‘let’ someone win in a sports competition or a board game? How did it turn out?
Not really, at least not consciously deciding before a game begins to throw it. The whole point of a competition is to do your best and I expect no less from my opponent. It’s how you both get better. BUT…..there’s always a but. If our skills are very different and I’m way ahead and the other guy is just learning and getting frustrated, I will try less hard to see if he can catch up.
If the tables are turned and my game sucks I will quit and stomp off somewhere to sulk and never play that stupid game again. I just made that last bit up to see if you’re still paying attention. Generally I try to act like an adult.
I skipped the Muggle questions this week. Sometimes there’s only so many random things you can tackle all at once. But I would like to mention we had a weather advisory frost warning last night, seven days into September. I covered the tomato plants overnight. The fruit is ripening much more slowly in the cooler weather but there’s still lots of green ones to come and I’d hate to lose them.