CXLVIII – A Dozen Queries

I missed uploading a post this last Sunday, so I’m posting on a Tuesday. That’s what’s great about owning your own blog: you don’t get fired for being late🤭! I’m still planning to make another post in my regular Sunday spot.

Once again, it’s time to answer some interesting questions I’ve found on the internet. This time, I’ve picked a dozen questions and answered them for you. Here these questions are, in random order:

1. What’s the most expensive thing you’ve broken?

That depends on how you define having broken something. I once had a Galaxy S3 that I dropped on the floor at Walmart. It broke the digitizer and I had to get a replacement. Most recently, my old Note 9 fell several times, but the case protected it for the most part, except the glass on the back. It shattered, but the phone works just fine. Last I checked, anyway. More expensive than that has to be the Chevy Spark that I got in an accident in back in 2017. Fortunately, I was not at fault, and no one was badly hurt.

The aftermath of my car accident in 2017. I was not at-fault, but the car was totalled

2. If you could hack into any one computer, which one would you choose?

Despite what others would say, I would hack into my bank computer and add a few zeros to the end of my balance. Rather than, for example, five dollars, I’d make it say five million dollars.

3. If you could airdrop anything you want, worth two million dollars or less, anywhere you want, what would you airdrop and where would you airdrop it?

This one is rather easy: $2,000,000 cash onto my front lawn. All nicely bundled together, twenty thousand $100 bills. Then, I’d go put it in the bank and pay all my debts and fix my teeth. Then, get other shit in my life in order.

Can I just have these stacks of cash dropped into my front yard? Just give me $100K! I’m not greedy!

4. When was the last time you stayed up through the entire night?

I think the last time was roughly 7 years ago, when I worked graveyard shift. Working those hours, you kinda have to stay up all night.

5. If you couldn’t be convicted of any one type of crime, what criminal charge would you like to be immune to?

I think you see a pattern above. It would definitely have to be bank robbery. Any time I needed some cash, I could just go make a large withdrawal with no repercussions. Wishful thinking, right?

An old west bank robber. If I were allowed to commit any crime with no repercussions, I’d rob a bank. I’d never have to worry about money again

6. What’s the most physically painful thing you’ve ever experienced?

Getting hit by a car and breaking my leg. That hurt like a son of a bitch. I don’t recall anything else hurting nearly as bad as that, not even the two car accidents I was in (2010 and 2017).

Broken leg X-ray. The one of my broken leg in 1989 was not unlike this. That hurt like hell, and I don’t wish that on anyone else!

7. What’s the most rage-inducing game you’ve ever played?

The one game I’ve gotten the most pissed at was Donkey Kong 64. As a whole, the game was cool, and I wish I could play it again. But, there’s one “boss level” that was extremely tedious. In this game, there is a female monkey character called Tiny Kong. Whenever you long-press the jump button, she twirls around like a helicopter and yells “WHEEEEE!” Sure, it’s cute…for about 30 seconds. In her boss level, you jump between lighted posts, and each jump requires a long-press of the button. The sound is so distracting that I lost countless times. In order to beat the level, I had to mute the game. God, that was frustrating!

Screenshot of the dreaded Tiny Kong “boss level” in Donkey Kong 64. The noise will forever haunt me. It was that frustrating!

8. What’s something common from your childhood that will seem strange to future generations?

A few things come to mind, that actually have already happened. For example, using a pay phone, and calling collect to home to get you parents to pick you up. “You have an incoming call from ‘Hey mom, come pick me up!’” Another one is going to the library and looking up information in an encyclopedia (think an analog Wikipedia that is only updated once a year), or finding a book using a card catalog and the Dewey Decimal System. Now I’m getting looks like “What the fuck is that🤨🤔?”

An old library card catalog. Whereas you look info up on a computer now, you used to have to search in these drawers full of index cards for a book you’re looking for

9. What current trend do you hope will go on for a long time?

Despite hating practically everything about the whole pandemic, such as masks and limiting the use of cash at self-checkouts (yeah, I’m looking at you, Walmart 🖕!), the one thing I do like is the “social distancing” thing. That is, keeping six feet of space between yourself and others. I hope that goes on forever. Unless you’re family or really special, stay back. I totally loathe when the person behind you in the checkout line is practically breathing down your neck. Yo, fuckface! If I can turn around and reach you, I’m going to want to strangle you, so back off!

Respect others’ personal space! Not everyone likes being up close and personal, dumbass!

10. What’s the most annoying animal you’ve encountered?

That depends on your definition of an animal. People could be considered animals, so they would absolutely be the most annoying. Other human beings, for the most part, suck big time. If you exclude humans, the most annoying would have to be a Chihuahua. Those damn things run off nervous energy and are rude little assholes.

11. What did you like/dislike about where you grew up

I grew up in the city of Whittier, California. I like that, though it has changed, it really hasn’t. When I last visited there in 2017, much of the city was the same as when I moved in 1990. Something I don’t like is the fact that to live there would be so much more expensive now. In fact, the house I grew up in, according to zillow.com, though only 918 square feet (3 bedrooms/1 bath), has a value of roughly $619,000, and could rent for $2400/mo. Even my grandmother’s old house down there is absurd: 783 ft2, worth $560,000?! Holy shit!

12. What would the box with all your hopes and dreams inside look like?

Up until a few months ago, I’d have to say that this box would be completely empty. That’s what my life felt like: empty and hopeless. More recently, I’d have to say that I could see inside that box a life that is financially stable. Not wealthy, but enough money to live comfortably—to pay all bills and have something at the end of the month, with a little savings to travel or have fun. Also, to live my life with the woman I love, whomever that might end up being.

This used to be the case for me: my hopes and dreams were dead. My outlook has become much more positive recently

What do you think? What would your answers to these questions be? My outlook on life has become more positive in the last year or so, especially within the last couple of months. I hope and pray that this positivity lasts. I don’t like the old me, and I hope he never returns. As you go about your daily activities this summer week, remember to stay hydrated. Drink that water! Keep out of people’s personal space unless you’re invited in; and, as I always say, be safe and be well.

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