Rory’s Twelve Bloggerz Questions this month are quite long ones, and so the answers are going to be long reads!
I’ve answered the first questions previously. Here are the last of the answers.
All answers are off-the-cuff thoughts and may be modified tomorrow. 😀
What is the magical property to Toilet Paper – as in why during the lockdowns is this product always running short – for something which is principally an end product waste service item …. it is considered unhealthily desirable by a panicked population – why/?
What did they do in the Stone Age? I think I read they used smooth pebbles and broad leaves.
Somewhere in history, the West took a wrong turn going for paper, possibly as a refined substitute for pebbles and leaves. Paper is expensive and environmentally destructive. Toilet paper manufacturers have been funding sanitation in developing parts of the world simply to persuade the people to use their loo rolls instead of traditionally washing with soap and a jug of water. It’s saying that smearing excrement residue over your buttocks’ skin is better than washing it off?
If I ran out of paper, I would use water. I wanted to install a bidet a long while back but the wife was against the idea.
Did you acquire any new skills or attributes during the last year as in did you start growing a beard or longer hair, become a hunter or a gardener and fending for yourself and your table or develop a new set of previously hidden muscles or something else?
I sound like a broken record, sorry, but I took up running. I had regularly run before but not for some years. Normally, I enrol in night classes, including yoga for some years, but lockdown put an end to it so I decided to take to running instead.
I have no need of a beard and my hair growing years are behind me. Hunting would involve a gun and I’m a bit averse to them. I already garden.
I liked John Bishop’s story of signing up for a workout course at the gym. The instructor promises him he’ll develop all those muscles he’s never used before, and Bishop says, I’m forty-two; if I haven’t used them yet, I don’t need them.
How many masks do you own and do you wash and clean them on a regular basis or are they not used as much to warrant that – are they disposable or patterned and bespoke made or commercially bought?
I had a bunch of safety dust protection masks already, for when I use power tools, so I’ve been using those. I haven’t had to buy others. I did borrow one of my wife’s surgical type masks on one occasion and mine are better: they fit tighter around the face and nose, and didn’t slip down. You see a lot of people with their nose poking over the top of medical type masks and I think that’s why.
I have kept away from most public places since Covid so haven’t needed many masks.
In fairness ‘online dating ‘ has been around for a long time and was fast becoming one of the most progressive ways to ‘physically date’ – but are the days of old ‘dating and courtship’ now long gone?
Will the new dating game be a snails pace marathon or what is fast becoming termed as “slowed virtual dating” – is the physical side to dating now gone forever?
Don’t ask me, I’ve been happily married for the past thirty-five years.
Funny though, I have thought about it as a “what if?” I can’t recall good things about dating. I went to a single-sex school between the ages of 11 to 18 which didn’t help. Dating was a random exercise, I remember. Girls I liked didn’t seem interested to talk, and girls who liked me never told me outright – all those missed opportunities! Of course, it must be different for adults, especially older ones.
In my view, the one utopian idea in Huxley’s Brave New World was the positive expectation to have sex. Actually, I think it was also in Shogun, Clavell’s historical novel set in Japan. The Japanese nobles couldn’t understand the European coyness about sex. Mind you, the culture was portrayed as a bit one way.
Maybe when you get beyond raising children, it’s either companionship or sex (though maybe financial as well?). Forget hobbies and all that, just put up a photo and say whether you’re looking for sex or companionship or a hand with the cost of living.
During this last year what have you entertained yourself with more – reading, writing, music, films, outdoor activity, new hobbies, a balance of everything, work …or something else?
Reading has been the same – slow.
Writing has been the same – impetuous.
Music. Yes, it has increased through listening while running now, and also having music play through my newish smart speaker while working around the house.
Films – about the same, when I find them.
Outdoor activities – less walking and cycling but a lot more running! New interests – yes, the running.
Work – what’s that? Oh, I think I remember… a bit over-rated, I thought. 😝 [smug smug sorry]