14 October 2016

Friendly Fill-Ins - 14 October 2016

This is a fun meme co-hosted by McGuffy's Reader and 15 and Meowing. Be sure to visit and join in the fun!

The fill-in-the-blanks:
  1. It is good to have a spare _______________________________________.
  2. I don’t understand why ____________________ is/are so popular.
  3. The spookiest thing that ever happened to me was ___________________.
  4. My favourite Halloween tale is __________________________________.
My responses:

It is good to have a spare set of keys to the house and car. You never know when you might lock yourself out of one or the other.

I don't understand why things with "screens" are so popular to the exclusion of actual human interaction.  Why do people have such a problem with interacting with a person literally right there in the same room with them? We have seen at least one marriage destroyed because one person wanted to spend all of their time together with his face in a screen rather than on a pillow with his spouse or talking across the table during mealtime with his wife. He couldn't get away from life on the phone or video games long enough to actually live.

The spookiest thing that ever happened to me was when I saw the lady on my wall after watching the show "The Song of Bernadette" as a little girl. I didn't understand the movie, which was about the Virgin Mary and a girl's vision. I've since been told that perhaps a vision of her is what I saw, too.  It was scary to me at the time because I didn't understand what was happening. This was the most realistic of those types of things that have happened to me. There have been many spooky things happen over the course of my life. I had lots of nightmares as a child and hallucinations due to severe anemia oftentimes haven't been any less spooky.

My favorite Halloween tale is …I don't know that I have a favorite and I'm not really sure how this question is meant.  I like the Sleepy Hollow story, but I also like stories like The Golden Arm and Crybaby Bridge.

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  1. Thank you for participating in the fill-ins. It does sound like Mary visited you as a child. I do not understand why everyone is communicating through technology now. I read somewhere that kids today can't identify social cues. One time my hubby and I were at a restaurant and a hockey team came in ( they were around 12), no one was talking, they were all on their phones. SO sad.
    I hope you have a nice weekend! And congrats on 200 videos.

    1. Thank you and Annie for hosting the fill-ins. I think they are lots of fun. :)

      It would be nice to really know if it was a visit from Mother Mary. If it was, I wonder what she wanted to tell me that I was too young to understand.

      I agree. That is very sad about the team not actually interacting with each other at the restaurant. We see it all the time here with kids going into stores together but everyone on their phones, walking together, but not really being together.

      Thank you. I hope that you have a nice weekend, too. :)

  2. The problem with spare keys is that they are usually not in my purse or pocket but home in a locked condo. I don't get the need to be constantly connected to a screen either. It bothers me when I am with someone and they are constantly checking their phone and texting. How did they ever manage when the only phones were attached to a wall?!

    1. Not having spare keys and locking oneself out of the house or car is one argument for things like bio-metric access. We always have our eyes or our fingers with us. Well, at least that has been the case so far!

      I think it is very sad what this world is coming to. Technology can be a good thing for bringing folks together but, more often than not, it is a great separator. For all the "connectedness" out there, there sure are a lot of lonely people.

      I think back when the phone was attached to a wall, they actually went out and lived a life. I know I wasn't stuck inside way back then. I was out riding my bike everywhere as a kid/teen and out shopping or visiting with family or friends and actually talking to them as a young married person.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Have a blessed weekend. :)

  3. Yes, I keep telling myself to put spare house & car keys in my purse. That is such a good idea. That is a sad shame about the marriage ruined by a spouse spending all his time online. Legend of Sleepy Hollow is a good tale.

    1. If you have more than one purse, it might be a good idea to have a spare set in each purse, at least the house and car keys. I know I always miss switching something over when I switch purses.

      I think it is a shame about that young marriage, too. I just don't understand letting it get down to that. But, folks just don't have the same idea about marriage these days as they used to. It is just a disposable relationship to many of them. Very sad.

      Washington Irving has some interesting stories. I need to reread them soon.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Have a blessed weekend. :)

  4. Spare keys are important. I have a spare set. People have forgotten how to have real relationships. Sad.
    #4 is meant however you fill it in, as are all of the fill-ins. Make it personal to you!
    Illinois has several Crybaby Bridges, the most haunted being Monmouth. It is a popular site. https://mysteriousheartland.com/2014/09/12/crybaby-bridge-outside-of-monmouth-illinois/
    Thanks for joining in! Hugs!
    Annie at ~McGuffy's Reader~

    1. I'm glad that you have a spare set of keys, too.

      I agree that folks have forgotten how to have real relationships. It is like everything is on the weather channel level, shallow, no depth or real connections. Very sad indeed.

      Thank you. I am just never sure how to answer some questions on several of the memes and am afraid that I'll answer them wrong. Thanks for letting me know there's no wrong way to answer them. :)

      Thanks for sharing that link with me. That sounds like a very interesting bridge, too!

      Thanks for co-hosting the fill-ins with Ellen and for stopping by and commenting. Have a blessed weekend. :)

  5. Spare keys is a very good answer and helpful to have.

    Have a great weekend!

    1. Thanks! I hope that you have a blessed weekend, too. :)

  6. Sleepy Hollow is a really good one. I remember that Disney cartoon version one too, the Headless Horseman. It was just scary enough. I don't know if we are more distracted these days - I can remember a lot of adults with their noses in the paper, a magazine/book, or watching the evening news, etc. and us children being told to be quiet. Or go play. I think the circumstances we are tuned out are different, and perhaps increasing in some ways. In previous years people might have been more inclined to talk to random strangers, now we have our phones and even headphones to send the message of "not available." But they definitely should not be allowed at the dinner table. Just no.

    1. I agree 100% that they shouldn't be allowed at the dinner table. That should be a time of family togetherness and interaction, sharing the events of the day.

      Circumstances are different nowadays, very true. I think that being surrounded by multiple screens gives many more opportunities for shutting out the people around us. Our parents sent us out to play, but we were out there playing with other children, not sitting with our faces in something shutting out the others.

      There's just so much connectivity going on that there's not real connectedness (in many cases).

      One thing that scares me with all of this screen obsession is those texting/web surfing while driving or while out walking. I have gone through the school zone around the college and kids are crossing (sometimes at the marked crosswalks, sometimes/most times not) and staring at their phones as they cross the street. No looking both ways, no watching where they are going, not paying attention at all. They are going to get run over due to their screen obsessions and general lack of paying attention to what they are doing. Couple that with a driver doing the same thing in the school zone, and it is an almost guaranteed tragedy.

      People need to exercise self-control and evaluate their priorities.

      And talk to each other at the dinner table.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Have a blessed day!


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