Friday, April 13, 2007

Three Things

Let's lighten things up a bit today. Courtesy of Penny is the meme below. I find it interesting in that it causes introspection, something that is good for us from time to time.

Three things that scare me:
  • The inexorable march towards collectivism
  • The regression to police states in western countries to 'combat terrorism'
  • The decline of personal responsibility and the rule of law
Three People who make me laugh:
  • My son, who can be a real ham.
  • Dennis Miller, who combines insights into the human condition with his humour.
  • George Carlin. I rarely agree with anything he says but he can still make me laugh. I just wish he would pull that pickle out of his ass.
Three things I love:
  • Play guitar.
  • Listen to music.
  • Travel.
Three things I hate:
  • Hate itself.
  • Ignorance and the unwillingness to learn.
  • Loud and obnoxious behaviour.
Three things I do not understand:
  • Indecision. Look at the situation, analyze it, decide. Then live with the results of your decision.
  • Behaviour or words designed to hurt someone. It is just plain stupid.
  • The need of many human beings to be led by some sort of authority, instead of acting and thinking for themselves.
Three things on my desk:
  • A flat stone painted by the mother of an ex-employee with a stylized lion representing my status as a Leo.
  • A 'Sunlight' lamp to help me get through those gloomy Ontario winter days.
  • A business card holder made from cores extracted from drill holes during exploration for gold and silver. I am a 'gold bug' and the thing, though ugly, is symbolic of the sort of hope explorers have of the next big mining discovery.
Three things I want to do before I die:
  • Visit as many countries as I can.
  • Live to see my son produce some grandchildren for me to play with. I'm just a big kid at heart.
  • Make a theatre release movie. I have several ideas for scripts and when I have the time I would like to promote the ideas, get funding, then ultimately enjoy the finished effort with a big tub of buttered popcorn.
Three things I can do:
  • Make decisions quickly.
  • See 'the big picture.'
  • Make scratch waffles. My son loves them, so every Sunday I make a batch large enough so that we can have breakfast that day and he can toast leftovers for breakfast during the week.
Three things I can't do:
  • Play cards. I can't remember the rules from one occasion to the next.
  • Dance. I can't remember the steps for structured dances, even for something simple like the waltz.
  • Read music. I play 'by ear.'
Three things I think you should listen to:
  • Birds singing.
  • Music from generations prior to yours.
  • Your spouse and children. They sometimes have important things to say.
Three things you should never listen to:
  • People who tell you that you can't do something.
  • People who tell you that the collective is better than the individual, that somehow theories proposed by or actions taken by groups are better than individual efforts.
  • Any sort of hate speech.
Three things I'd like to learn:
  • Everything, as long as it doesn't require a lot of memory work. I guess that pretty much means there is no number two or three for this category, doesn't it?
Three shows I watched as a kid:

We didn't have a television when I was growing up, but when I was able to watch TV at the homes of friends or relatives, I liked these shows:


  1. Interesting! :) I might snarf this for my Sunday post.



  2. These are really interesting answers!

    I say good luck on the movie!

  3. Well, take your own advice and don't listen to anyone who says that you can't make and release your movie.

    I've been meaning to check out your blog for a long time as you always have interesting things to say on others. I'm glad I did.

  4. Good choices. Especially wanting to write a movie. Me, too!

  5. When you make your movie, can I come? I'll bring lots of chocolate to share with the buttered popcorn. Also, I'm very envious of the quick decision thing. I wish I could do that. Or write a movie, I don't know.

  6. Thanks, all. I'm not sure that I could actually write a complete movie script, but I have the details pretty much down pat as to plot, characters,etc. Maybe. It's something to look forward to.

    Heartinsanfrancisco (love your profile quote: Temptation resisted is pleasure lost) and Rhea, thanks for stopping in. I've added you both to the blogroll and will visit your blogs to broaden my horizons.

    Bellezza: Is there any such thing as too much chocolate? I love the really dark, bittersweet stuff.

  7. I envy your ability to make decisions quickly.

    Grandchildren are joy!

  8. If you can't make decisions quickly on your own, let chance make the decision for you.

  9. This is a great subject for a post. I might have to borrow it as well.

  10. Police States scare me, too.

    Ignorance is more easily forgiven than an unwillingness to learn, absolutely.. I struggle with not judging this too harshly, because it enrages me. Indecision, annoying as hell. As Oee says, "Just Pick One!"

    Would love to see your movie, one day!

    And, a Sunlight Lamp - what a GREAT IDEA!

    Great answers, Atavist! Thanks for taking the time!