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Our online journals are little filters that we each see every one else's lives through, the parts others choose to share with us. That said, we all think we are close, but really we seldom know *a lot* about each other. So ask me something you think you should know about me. Something that should be obvious, but you have no idea about. Ask away. Then if you feel like it post this in your LJ and find out what people don't know about you...


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Apr. 15th, 2012 11:16 am (UTC)
Good morning from Stockbridge Massachusetts...:)
Hi Bobby, ever since I have been journalling, there were only a few people that I have considered to be really close and become real friends. In fact I have met one from NYC which was not intended as a meet up at that time. I attended a cousin's wedding and he lived close to where I stayed. And yet, a country mouse like me was considered a "Diva" to his standard...I wasn't even aware that I acted like one.

So, my question is - how many online friends have you actually met and did did you think they were the same or different from what you expected of them based on their written words and how they would have related to you?

This is a real honest to goodness question..

And if it happens I won't be able to answer back to you after you reply to my "Q" as quickly as necessary, I will eventually find the time to do it...which means a working computer is available to me.

It's a beautiful morning here in Stockbridge!!!

*Cheers* :)
Apr. 15th, 2012 08:01 pm (UTC)
Re: Good morning from Stockbridge Massachusetts...:)
I have few friends either in cyberspace or in the bricks and mortar world. I make few friends, i make them slowly, i lose them quickly. Sadly, at my age, i often lose them to death.

I have never met any of my 51 lj mutual friends in person. It would be a pleasure to meet any of them. Four or five have been with me almost from the beginning (3 1/2 years) and those i feel i know about as well as i know anybody and care about as much as i care about anybody.
Apr. 15th, 2012 11:25 am (UTC)
What do you like to have for breakfast?
Apr. 15th, 2012 04:52 pm (UTC)
1) two fried eggs over easy, hash browns, country sausage, one piece of toast, a strawberry, and orange juice.

2) A Thomas cinnamon raisin swirl bagel smeared with margarine and peanut butter. Orange juice.

3) granola cereal (with raisins, dates, and almonds)
buttered toast, and orange juice.

4) Orange juice.
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Apr. 15th, 2012 05:04 pm (UTC)
Boy, that's a hard one. I've been away much of the time. :)
One was surely reading the Tao Te Ching in 1975.
Another was my marriage to Dianne (if you can call fifty years a "point.")
Candidates for # 3 might be the birth of my son, my divorce, the decision to go to graduate school,and the discovery that i am autistic.
Apr. 15th, 2012 03:38 pm (UTC)
These kind of things are great. Like ask me anything kind of things. I thought I should have lots to ask. I really can not think of anything though.

Since I am watching my son chase a ball around the front garden/yard i shall ask if you have any interest in sports(watching or playing) now or in the past? Not a really good question but now I am curious.
Apr. 15th, 2012 05:12 pm (UTC)
As a child i liked all sports but was never good at any of them except distance running. But i played sandlot baseball, tennis court basketball, and pick up football. I also reported sports for the local newspaper. Later i pretty much lost interest in all sports. I am still a Chicago Cups fan, and i like to watch figure skating with Dianne. I will also watch the Jazz if she is watching.
Apr. 17th, 2012 08:04 pm (UTC)
As an aspiring writer, I am curious what place writing has had in your life. Do you view your writing habit as an irreplaceable aspect of yourself? Has writing a lot influenced how you think and converse with people?
Apr. 17th, 2012 08:36 pm (UTC)
I have always enjoyed books. When i was about 10 it occurred to me that for books to exist somebody had to write them. Beside the title there was a person's name and i realized that person was responsible for the ideas and words in the book i was reading, I thought of becoming a newspaper reporter and like most children, i soon learned to write (though i never mastered cursive). Professionally i had to write sports articles, then sermons, then case records (usually voice recorded to be typed by someone else) and finally class notes. I made several attempts to journal, but was never at all consistent until i started my Live Journal journal in November, 2008. It seems to me that conversations not based on writing (somebody else's writing usually) tend to get trivial. Few of us our poets who can experience "infinity in a grain of sand or eternity in an hour" so my conversation would be pretty boring without access to the great writers.

At this moment i can say what would have been impossible to say four years ago. Yes, my own writing does influence me and i would greatly miss doing it. Writing is almost a miracle; I look at the words which appear on my screen after my fingers hunt and peck the keys of the keyboard and these smart phrases appear before my eyes.

Edited at 2012-04-17 08:39 pm (UTC)
Apr. 17th, 2012 08:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the detailed reply. I agree with your thoughts on how literacy (in a broad sense) can improve spoken conversations. Informed conversations tend to be so, so much more interesting than random exchanges about the weather or workload or whatever.

How much time do you expect to spend each week on writing? How about reading?

Edited at 2012-04-17 08:59 pm (UTC)
Apr. 17th, 2012 09:36 pm (UTC)
I am retired. So except for my caregiving responsibilities my time is mine and mostly free of expectations of all kinds. I have posted for over 1300 days and posted less than 1500 times, so i post about once a day. However a great number of these posts are not my own work but the work of others. Maybe once a week i will produce a page of original writing. "The Scourge of Inequality" took about an hour to write, but it had percolating inside my skull for days, if not for years. My post this morning was a total rip-off. I write as i am moved to write.
Apr. 17th, 2012 09:49 pm (UTC)
I read much less than i had hoped to in retirement. Maybe a book per week, but i'm always looking up stuff on line--this comes from being autistic. One day its the Civil War, next day its famous Christian converts to Islam, then on to comparative poverty statistics then on and on and one. I just finished two books by Karen Armstrong (Twelve Steps to a More Compassionate Life, and Islam), a couple weeks ago it was Alan Watts, Behold the Spirit., a week before that it was Kurt Vonnegut Jr.'s Galapagos. All the while i have been slowly working my way through two English translations of the Quran. I read from the Tao Te Ching every day and from the Bible about once a week. I have not read a newly released book in the last eleven years.
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