Ka-Ching

We frequently see acclaim for those in the public eye who wear their good fortune openly and flash their success onto the masses who possess none. They lead a charmed, even envied life. You know them by their appearance, their amassed wealth, and titles of importance. They have extreme visibility and name recognition.

I would venture a guess those fortunate few know exactly how uncomfortable life would be for them without money. They understand not having money means not only less comfort but less luxury as well. There is no such thing as being pampered when you are an average person. I suspect this is why they do everything in their power to ensure they will never have to live like a poor person. Who wants to be living in distress, battling disease or injury on top of the day to day stresses? What I observe is the rich insulating themselves in their own little worlds to avoid the crises and tragedies the average person must usually endure. Obscene wealth helps them control their environment in a way to mitigate what regular citizens see as life always just happening to them. The less fortunate are, at the very least, having to cope daily and trying not to succumb in the process. It’s a hustle all the time, and full of pressure.

Rich people don’t cope. They don’t have to. All that is required is to manage because they have the breathing room to do so. Ka-Ching!

And the moral of the story? The label middle-class seems like the best place to reside.

Conclusions

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Do people really see who we are or only what they need from us? Are friendships genuinely based on the affection of those characteristics which appeal the most or are they based on a mutual give and take of needs? These are the questions this meme prompted in me. Time to do some research!

I asked ten friends/family to describe me in ten words. Only one didn’t respond, the rest sent their thoughts to me within hours or days. Thank you for participating!

Evaluating their responses, the following interesting factoids emerged!

  • There were 90 words used to describe me, plus 7 bonus words.
  • 5 out of the 9 said I was passionate – the 1 word 56% agreed on and 1 word in my list of top 5 self-identified traits!
  • There were 5 words I totally disagreed with, but 4 people thought it of me.
  • The 1 person who I thought would ace this, didn’t say the 1 thing most people were right about nor use any of the terms which were my top 10.
  • Out of the 90 words, 33% said 18 words that I would 100% agree with.
  • Only 2 people identified the 2 words – meticulous & organized – that are TRULY 100% me.
  • 1 person (and it wasn’t one of my children) said I was motherly.
  • 1 person nailed 4 terms I list as my 10 self-identified traits.
  • 1 person nailed 3       ”                               ”                            “
  • 5 people nailed 2        ”                               ”                            “
  • 1 person nailed 1       ”                               ”                            “

Do the questions I asked originally get answered with the data I collected? Yeah, I would say they do. When I look at each individual’s responses and our relationship, they seem to have described what they see in me, not what they take from me. None of the relationships I have feel unbalanced. They are kind and mutually beneficial but not for the gain of material things or taking one another for granted. Our relationships work for each other’s sanity and comfort.

So what does this all really mean? I honestly think who I’ve surrounded myself with people who genuinely think these good things about me, and for that I’m grateful. Are they 100% right? No, but for the most part, they are. What is shows me is that I have displayed these sorts of traits, and for that, I’m proud to have turned out to be someone as they have described.

Wordle #421

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Inspired by Sunday Whirl

I saw smoke in the mirror and the electric stage in the back watching the people sway to the beat on the dance floor. Some might come to a clash what with all the elbowing going on in that tight group. My sexy waiter removed the cork, very sensual-like against the jazz sounds coming from the band. Suddenly, I felt a hand on my shoulder. This jive turkey flashed a big grin, thinking he could pluck me away. I decided to empower or at least encourage him by flashing back my big fake grin. 

Then I gave him the finger.

I Write Her Weekly Haiku/Senryu Challenge #37

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Flickr – Brian Williams – Exsulto Corporation

Welcome back to my weekly challenge. It’s time to get your creative juices on again!
So tell me, how would you interpret this image above?

Rules

PLEASE follow them! I’d hate to not see your piece(s) represented in the recap the following week! Confused? Any questions – email me at sushibocks@gmail.com   

For more detailed information, read about this challenge here.

  • Create a standard three line 5/7/5 syllable count haiku/senryu
  • Deadline to submit for this week’s challenge will be 11:59pm 9/21/19
  • Up to 3 pieces permitted
  • Link your piece to this “IWH Haiku/Senryu Challenge” on your post
  • Always give photo credit if there is one
  • Complete entry form below

Above all else, have fun and be creative with this! 🙂

Here’s the weekly recap of all the wonderful contributions! Please go have a look!

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Karol Bak

With You Upon Awakening

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Carly wrapped up in my arms, breathing out delicate but lusty sweetness in my direction. Silk sheets aiding in the luxuriousness we were both feeling. We sidle up close and slide up and down one another as we are reaching out to touch all the magical wetness of forbidden areas.

Suddenly, Layla appears or rather morphs out of Carly, but the intensity of desire remains the same in this room which suddenly becomes a house. It’s gloomy while it’s steamy hot; we’re trapped but not.

I won’t choose just one. I want them both and not only in my dreams.

Layers

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remove my skin
it’s superficial anyways
what you see
isn’t always what you get
especially
when i don’t know you
well maybe
it depends on you

what’s inside
is what i decide
to share
you’ll need
to have earned
the privilege
of getting
to know me

… many won’t because all i see of you is what’s on the outside

 

 

 

 

Sunshine Blogger Award #2

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Such a wonderful honor to be thought of and appreciated! In addition, it’s awesome to get to know the nominators a bit better. Thank you, Crystal Grasso (Ward) of Maybe Crazy Help fame for the nomination! As she mentions in her header, Crystal’s blog does a great job of helping others understand mental health in a unique way. Go check it out!

What is the Sunshine Blogger Award

The Sunshine Blogger Award is an award passed down from blogger to blogger as a way to show appreciation. The blogs that create inspirational content, shows great creativity, and positivity is selected by a previous nominee. It’s a pretty neat award system!

This helps newer blogs get discovered, grows your network, and can also help you make beautiful friendships with like-minded people. While you are encouraged to participate, you don’t have to. It’s okay if you decide not to, blogging is hard work but the nominees definitely deserve the shoutout.

 

My answers to Crystal’s questions

What do you enjoy doing outside of blogging?

For purely selfish reasons, reading. I love the quality alone time and the fantasy world in books is a bonus! But the tie for that would be spending quality time with friends. My dearest, truest friends give me balance when I’m over-worked or grappling with life in some ugly fashion.

Where is your favorite place to go with friends and family?

Literally, anywhere! It’s about being with them, not where we are together. Now, vacationing is another story. Any white beach which has great weather, clear water, and palm trees is THE place to go!

What is your favorite way to relax after a long day?

Good food, good drink, and a mattress.

Do you prefer video games on a console, games on a phone, or board games?

Definitely not on a console, and I don’t play a whole lot of board games anymore but they were fun when I was younger. Now, I only play games on my phone and then only because I’m in a situation where I’m bored, like on a plane.

Do you like theme parks or nature parks?

Definitely nature parks! Theme parks are hectic and to be in nature is calming for me.

What is your favorite show or movie you can watch over and over again and never get tired of?

I have many – Dirty Dancing, Torch Song Trilogy, In America, Finding Nemo

Do you have any pets?

Not at this time.

What place would you like to visit?

Every place I’ve not been to yet! At the top of my bucket list is Greece but I’ve been thinking a lot about Scotland and the Isle of Tiree lately.

What is your favorite meal?

Any meal which tastes yummy and doesn’t mess with my stomach.

How do you feel about littering?

I think it’s wrong! Put trash where it belongs!

Do you prefer hot or cold weather?

Hot weather, for sure, but not too hot! I prefer comfortably warm.

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The nominees I’ve selected are fairly new to the blogging world but something about them caught my eye. I would like to use this award to highlight their thoughts. Obviously, what everyone enjoys is subjective, we don’t all like the same things but this is a way to “pay it forward”, so to speak, and to showcase what these writers feel they need to share. I hope you decide to take a look!

I Nominate:

Face Depression
Positivity Monger
A Prolific Potpourri
The Bookish Recovering Know-It-All
Spill It Out
Techospi
Stories of Ecstasy
Jayblogs
Pegiblog
Scarlett’s Blog
Maybe

My 11 questions for the nominees

  1. Who is the most influential person in your life and why?
  2. If you were forbidden to ever write again, what would you be doing instead?
  3. What is your favorite color?
  4. Who is the musical artist which gives you the chills?
  5. Is a taco a sandwich?
  6. Do you prefer small intimate gatherings or large loud parties?
  7. What was a milestone in your life you are particularly proud of?
  8. Do you like where you live or would you rather be somewhere else?
  9. Do you prefer chocolate or potato chips as a snack?
  10. What issue in today’s world gets you riled up the most?
  11. Besides writing, any other form of art you are attracted to?

Rules:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you
  2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you
  3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive this award
  4. Write 11 new questions for the nominated bloggers
  5. List the rules and display them on your post
  6. Notify the nominees about the nomination by commenting on one of their posts