I am a Thousand Years Young

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There was another post on another blog recently dealing with what happens if humans live to be 1000.  I didn’t read it, just saw the title, but still it’s worth thinking about.  This article talks about longevity.  It’s short.  I will talk afterwards.

http://moneymorning.com/ext/articles/longevity/billionaires-buying-immortality.php?iris=353191&ad=too-far-sym

There’s still a few questions that would have to be answered if this became possible, and it looks like it may.

1) Four shots a year at what price?

I mean I doubt we are talking $100 a pop, and will insurance cover it at all?

2)  Side effects?

What if you could live forever, but your intelligence would drop, say 5%, every year?  Horrible deal.

What if you could live forever, but emotions changed?  I read a comic book years ago (many years ago) about the dangers of immortality.  The biggest one was that, if you can’t die and your family can’t die, you may well stop worrying about them as much.  Now, in the comic, it was true immortality; you could not be harmed.  There was never any reason to worry, so you would simply stop caring.  But, even if you simply got older and could still die, would you change how you feel?  Could you really stay married to one person for hundreds and thousands of years?  More, divorce would certainly have to change.  You couldn’t start living without enough for your “shots” every year.  That would amount to a death sentence.

3)  Population Growth?

We are currently filling up this old world pretty quickly.  Short of being able to move to another planet or start an entirely new civilization underground, we are running out of room, food, and clean water and air.  What happens when people stop dying as well?

4) Live forever, but changing? 

As with my title pic of Hugh Jackman, Wolverine, he doesn’t really even know how old he is because his body repairs itself constantly.  What if these shots fix our cells back 25 years or so, but if we have lost a leg or an arm, we don’t get those back?  What if spinal damage isn’t part of the fix?  If you have to live as a cripple forever, do you want to?  And, if you decide you don’t want to, what can you do about it?  Suicide is, currently, illegal, and you lose all insurance rights in most states.

I am certain there are more thoughts on this.  What are your questions?  How do you feel about it?  Do you think it will even happen?

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Namaste,

Scott

Say “NO” to $15 Minimum Wage!

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Okay, I said I would be sparse, but had a few minutes and something showed its ugly head and I had to speak.

Do remember 2 things:  This is an opinion, my opinion.  We all have one.  This is my space to write about mine.

Secondly, I would love to hear your opinions.  But, if it’s nasty, or otherwise troll-like, then I will delete it.  You don’t have to agree, but be nice(r). If everyone agreed with me, then this would not need printing, so I know it will be opposed by many.  Just take the time to read it first!

I have to say this one more time. I just finished reading another article saying why minimum wage should be raised to $15/hr. Now, don’t hate me, but I disagree. Here’s why:
If you raise MW to $15/hr, then they make about $31,000 per year. I understand that the companies would not have to raise their stuffs very much, however, they would raise it some. That, for one, makes my money worth less in buying power.

Secondly. and more importantly, you are gonna raise MW up about $7/hr, but a beginning teacher in IN starts at under $30K/yr. So what you are telling me is that a MW employee flipping burgers should be making more than a 4-yr licensed teacher? Or any of a dozen other professions that take years to go to college.

My disability won’t go up $7/hr. Ok, so should we raise them all up $7/hr? Now, you have defeated your purpose because NOW ALL the stores will have to raise their prices because all the other businesses have to raise theirs.

This doesn’t work. I am not sure what the answer is, other than MW was NEVER intended to provide the same living standard as professional occupations. What you will get is nearly EVERYONE dropping out of college to go for MW jobs that pay so much. Now, we have a shortage in the other areas and recession gets worse, companies close, and all those new MW jobs (and a lot of old ones) will be gone. Doesn’t solve the problem for more than a very short time.

I am all for people making more money.  Legally and ethically is usually all I ask.  But, when something would so obviously hurt others and the economy and not really solve the problem (I know you think making more would, but we need to look at other options), I have to say something.

Again, I know this will not win me kudos with many people, but the arguments make sense.  I have looked and looked at them.  This will be a bad thing if it goes national.

Repost this if you think it has merit.

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Namaste,

Scott

What a Beautiful Sound – But Let’s Stop Music in the Schools!

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I will be kinda sparse here for a couple of weeks.  Not leaving, but gonna be real busy.  I still hope to read and comment on a lot of posts by all of you.

To leave you on a “High Note”, so to speak, here is the reason we should stop all music and art in the schools.  Please read that last line as sarcastic crap!

https://www.facebook.com/DrumTalkTV/videos/820976471314352/?pnref=story

That takes so much teamwork, effort, practice, and skill!  How can we take this opportunity and others like it away from our children?

Raise a real stink about this one!

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Namaste,

Scott

100 Absolutely Fascinating Questions (to someone, anyway)

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Megan did a post on answers to 100 questions she got from another post and told us to do it as well.  A lot of you know me fairly well.  I guarantee you will know me much better if you read through all of these.  If you decide to do them, please tell me in the comments.  I would enjoy reading them as well.

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Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed?

Used to sleep with them open, but found out I am allergic enough to Tamika, my cat, that I will do better with them shut.

Do you take the shampoos and conditioner bottles from hotel?
Once in a while, but only the last day I am there. I usually pack them to take in my next vacation or outing from the house overnight.

Do you sleep with you sheets tucked in or out?
Sheets are always tucked in, otherwise, I kick them off half the time.

Have you ever stolen a street sign before?
Nope.

Do you like to use post-it notes?

I used to use them, but not since I stopped working.

Do you cut out coupons but then never use them?
Yes. But, not very often anymore.

Would you rather be attacked by a big bear or a swarm of bees?
Might just live through a bee swarm. Though I was chased by a bear when I was a child at Shenandoah National Park.

Do you have freckles?
I think a few, not many. They are sexy on a woman though.

Do you always smile for pictures?
I try. It’s not always successful.

What is your biggest pet peeve?
People who chew with their mouth open when they eat. I have had to get up and go to another room so I won’t throw up.

Do you ever count your steps when you walk?
OCD did that to me years ago – not since the stroke.

Have you ever peed in the woods?
Yep, played golf and camped out.

What about pooped in the woods?
Don’t think so, but well, might have, I guess.

Do you ever dance even if there’s no music playing?
Since the stroke I don’t dance much, but I do in my head a lot.

Do you chew your pens and pencils?
Pens, yes, pencils – gross.

How many people have you slept with this week?
Um, let’s see…there was, no that was a dream – ah, none.

What size is your bed?
Queen, unless I had to get a full when I moved. Lol – you would think I would know that huh?

What is your song of the week?
My favorite song (going by the “stuck in your head” meter) is “Jar of Hearts” by Christina Perri.

I like “Royals” by Lourde and quite a few other songs.

Is it okay for guys to wear pink?
A real man wears whatever the heck he wants to.

Do you still watch cartoons?
Grew up with them, still watch them on the PC, mostly clips – Still love reading comic books, though

What’s your least favourite movie?

“Spookies” – hands down. Worst movie I have ever seen and I have seen a LOT of them.

Where would you bury hidden treasure if you had some?
Um, deep and remote.

What do you drink with dinner?
I mostly always drink water, sometimes, hot tea – every once in a while I drink Unsweetened Almond Milk with Hersey’s Low Sugar Chocolate.

What do you dip a chicken nugget in?
Vegan, but used mustard when I did.

What is your favourite food?
Since my vegan switch, it would be Earthfare’s Mock Chicken Salad on Rye with Sauerkraut.

Before being vegan – Chocolate Malt from DQ or Meatload dinner from Cracker Barrel

What movies could you watch over and over and still love?
Bicentennial Man

Last person you kissed/kissed you?
Formal kiss? I dated a woman for a short time about a year ago, I think – I know, I am deprived.

Volunteers?

Were you ever a boy/girl scout?
No, lived without that one. Had too many insecurities as a child.

Would you ever strip or pose nude in a magazine?
Laughable, but, I suppose, perhaps, but it would be a lot of money (I mean a LOT).

When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone on paper?
If Christmas counts, then a short note on a gift, otherwise, only to myself as a reminder. Email and texting are lovely things.

Can you change the oil on a car?
With my hip messed up right now, I doubt it. Do I know how? Yes, used to do it all the time. Now, it’s those quick-change guys.

Ever gotten a speeding ticket?
Yes, a couple. Only one was bad and the officer generously only wrote it for 1 mph under the bad level.

Ever ran out of gas?
No, but close? Yeah.

Favourite kind of sandwich?
See above on favorite foods.

Best thing to eat for breakfast?
Oatmeal with Splenda and Unsweetened Vanilla Milk (that is if you ignore that malt from above)

What is your usual bedtime?
Lately has been 4 am. Now back to 2 am. I don’t sleep well. The stroke messed up my Melatonin levels, so I sleep 1-3 hours, then wake. I seem to do my best work at night, so…

Are you lazy?
Tired? Yes, all the time – didn’t used to be particularly lazy.

When you were a kid, what did you dress up as for Halloween?
I remember being a robot. Last time was at around 52 or 53 when I dressed up as Sabrina the Teenage Witch at 50 on Hormones.

What is your Chinese astrological sign?
I think the dog.

How many languages can you speak?
English. I can understand a bit of written Spanish. I can read Spanish fluently, but don’t know what I am saying.

Do you have any magazine subscriptions?
Yes, when I was teaching I bought about 5 magazines for about 5 years due to the great education pricing. Those are to run out very soon.

Which are better, legos or lincoln dogs?
I would love to stack Lincoln Dogs…but though I have used both – Legos are better.

Are you stubborn?
Some, depends on the why. Most things I let slide as I don’t worry much, but there are those few things. Worse if I am very tired or sick.

Who is better, Leno or Letterman?
I used to watch Letterman with a woman I was dating. I still like him.

Ever watch soap operas?
Used to work nights, so I would watch some of them – “General Hospital” was my favorite.

Can you consider “Dark Shadows” as a soap? If so, never missed that one.

Are you afraid of heights?
Yes. Overly much so. I am a bit better in my mind as I play MineCraft and, intentionally, jump from high places in the game to try and desensitize me a bit. Seems to be working a little.

Do you sing in the car?
About the only place I do sing anymore. Used to sing a lot, choir, church, even went with a group overseas in ’76.

Do you sing in the shower?
Sometimes, anymore I am just concentrating on not falling down.

Do you dance in the car?
I don’t stand up, no, but rock back and forth? Yeah, I like doing that sometimes.

Ever used a gun?
Yes, I am a very good shot with a .22 rifle. Not so great with a pistol. I love playing a sniper or archer in my video games.

 

Last time you got a portrait taken by a photographer?

My daughter’s wedding a few years back.

Do you think musicals are cheesy?
I enjoy musicals of most any type. Just went to movies to see “Into the Woods”. I like college musicals, too.

Is Christmas stressful?
Yes. Shouldn’t be, but it is.

Ever eat a pierogi?
A what?

Favourite type of fruit pie?
Vegan. If I wasn’t, then cherry pie.

Occupations you wanted to be when you were a kid?
Scientist or Science teacher.

Do you believe in ghosts?
Yes. Much more than I ever used to.

Ever have a Deja-vu feeling?
Man, I feel like I have been asked this before!

Take a vitamin daily?
Several supplements. Not a straight up vitamin, but B complex, Chlorophyll, enzymes, Cinnamon, Chromium Picolinate, and perhaps a couple others.

Wear slippers?
No.

Wear a bath robe?
No, but I don’t wander around the house after a shower. If I did – I live alone and do what I want.

What do you wear to bed?
Used to do the nothing deal, but I like regular gym shorts and a T (3 or 4 x on the shirt – I like them long and baggy).

First concert?
Neil Diamond.

Wal-Mart, Target, or Kmart?
Wal-Mart – I hear the screams of protest now.

Nike or Adidas?
Never had a pair of Adidas, only one pair of Nike (maybe 2).

Cheetos or Fritos?
Yes please! Vegan again, can’t do Cheetos and haven’t checked Fritos.

Peanuts or Sunflower seeds?
Have had both quite a bit, but Peanuts more.

Ever heard of the group Tres Bien?
Don’t believe so.

Ever take dance lessons?
Yes, but she actually told me they wouldn’t do me any good.

Is there a profession you picture your future spouse doing?
Yeah, she’s a 38 year old supermodel – J

Can you curl your tongue?
Yes, but it hurts to use the pliers.

Ever won a spelling bee?
Did not win. Very funny as Scrabble is my favorite game and I win about 80% of my games and don’t look any words up now.

Have you ever cried because you were so happy?
Yes, usually when I hear a beautiful song or voice.

Own any record albums?
Not any more.

Own a record player?
Nope.

Regularly burn incense?
Did once upon a time.

Ever been in love?
Yes…

Who would you like to see in concert?
Always wanted to see John Denver…RIP

What was the last concert you saw?
Neil Diamond – only big name concert.

Hot tea or cold tea?
Hot tea. I drink it at Denny’s when I go out for a meal.

Tea or coffee?
Coffee when I am tired and taking a drive somewhere (need to stay awake). Decaf at Cracker Barrel (Mmmmm).

Sugar or snickerdoodles?
Only grandmother could make snickerdoodles I would love, so now it’s sugar (vegan of course).

Can you swim well?
Probably not with my bad hip, but could before – afraid of the water, so I learned to swim.

Can you hold your breath without holding your nose?
Had to in order to swim under water.

Are you patient?
Mostly. If I am really tired or sick, then I have problems. People tell me I am too patient.

DJ or band at a wedding?
Doubt it will happen again. If it does, I imagine it would be a DJ. I would enjoy a string quartet.

Ever won a contest?
Yes.

Ever have a plastic surgery?
Nope.

Which are better, black or green olives?
Green olives – used to love them on pizza. I still eat them plain.

Can you knit or crochet?
Did both a bit. Never got the hang of either. Kept getting my loops too tight.

Best room for a fireplace?
Most people say living room, but if I was rich, I would have one in my bedroom.

Do you want to get married?
I think I would rather have someone who enjoyed their own place but could be committed to me otherwise, and me, too.

If married, how long have you been married?
Twice – once for almost 13 years, the other for 5.

Who was your HS crush?

I will take “crush” to mean someone you either had or wanted and couldn’t have or lost.
The one I dated I still talk to on FB.

The two I had in HS I saw years ago and both have changed so much I don’t care anymore.

Do you cry and throw a fit until you get your own way?
Nope, I will discuss it if I care. Most of the time, it’s fine either way.

Do you have kids?
Yes, both grown up. Now if only I could.

Do you want kids?
Really don’t want anymore. If I dated someone who had them, we would see.

What’s your favourite colour?
Baby powder blue

Do you miss anyone right now?
Not really. A lot of women I would love to go back in time and see, but that doesn’t count.

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Namaste,

Scott

Anne Lamott (Author) Writes Down Every Single Thing She Knows, As of Today

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This post made me smile, really smile. It contains so much truth and love. I learned a lot, much I already knew, but needed to hear again.

Originally posted on Kindness Blog:

61st birthdayI am going to be 61 years old in 48 hours. Wow. I thought i was only forty-seven, but looking over the paperwork, I see that I was born in 1954.

My inside self does not have an age, although can’t help mentioning as an aside that it might have been useful had I not followed the Skin Care rules of the sixties, ie to get as much sun as possible, while slathered in baby oil. (My sober friend Paul O said, at eighty, that he felt like a young man who had something wrong with him.).

Anyway, I thought I might take the opportunity to write down every single thing I know, as of today.

1. All truth is a paradox. Life is a precious unfathomably beautiful gift; and it is impossible here, on the incarnational side of things. It has been a very bad match for those of…

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