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Fifty Things I’ll Never Do

I am feeling blah and uninspired – I think lots of us are having the January gloomies – so looked to one of my favorite creative writing prompt sites for blogging inspiration.

I found this: list fifty things you’ll never do. The first twenty five were easy, but it was surprisingly hard to reach fifty. If this inspires you to write, feel free to swipe it!

I’ll never…

1. Stop loving my children
2. Take street drugs
3. Bungee jump
4. Climb a mountain (bad knees)
5. Eat stinky tofu
6. Eat fugu (pufferfish)
7. Abandon a pet
8. Buy a six-figure luxury car
9. Buy a six-figure yacht
10. Wear stiletto heels
11. Pierce my tongue
12. Pierce my navel
13. Have another child
14. Run a marathon (bad knees)
15. Join the military (too old)
16. Sing publicly
17. Become a veterinarian
18. Be a deep sea fisherman (seasickness)
19. Sail around the world
20. Be a surgeon (poor hand-eye)
21. Read true crime novels
22. Participate in a reality tv show
23. Enjoy rap & hip hop music
24. Travel to Burma (no longer exists)
25. High-stakes gambling
26. Be a social worker
27. Enjoy housework
28. Own horses (or other farm animals)
29. Be a day trader
30. Buy designer clothing
31. Wear fur – not for PETA reasons, but because I don’t need to appear thicker and fluffier
32. Drink bourbon. Or Manhattans.
33. Eat Velveeta. (shudder)
34. Have big hair
35. Live in Asia
36. Emigrate to another country
37. Program in Cobol. Or Pascal.
38. Host an adult website
39. Sell my organs
40. Join a cult
41. Get an MBA (why?)
42. Work in the restaurant business
43. Eat a scotch bonnet pepper
44. Smoke a cigar (would nauseate me)
45. Golf under a 90 handicap
46. Sunbathe (too skin cancer prone)
47. Act on tv or in a movie
48. Keep an exotic animal as pet
49. Meet the Queen of England
50. Go fishing with my dad again (he’s gone)

Posted on Friday, January 16th, 2009 by Jeri
Under: blog meme | 9 Comments »

Do you Manic Monday?

Every week – ok, almost every week – Crystal at Aff the Fang posts a Manic Monday challenge with a personal, creative or blogging exercise for Mondays. Some are fun, some are profound, and some are just plain quirky.

This week, she and guest blogger Justin Ryan have added a challenge that’s very appropriate this Thanksgiving week: Padded Rooms, Paper Cuts and Your Mission for Monday. Go there, check it out!

Basically, the challenge is to give thanks to all those who keep us out of the funny farm, whoever they may be. The post implies a visual output, but I’d imagine an audio, video or written version would work as well. (Too bad I don’t do video, because it’d be fun to dress up, put on a tiara, and videotape a thanks to everyone acceptance speech for some wonderful award! I *won’t* be doing that.)

I want to pass along the Manic Monday challenge: who are you thankful for? Who helps you keep it together when the world is weighing heavily upon you? You can certainly answer in comments, but I suggest that this subject is worthy of its own blog post, in your venue.

Posted on Sunday, November 23rd, 2008 by Jeri
Under: blog meme, inspiration | 1 Comment »

Honest, Officer

If you saw me in the back of a police car, what would you think I was there for?

Be creative. :D

This actually has some bearing on my WIP. In trying to flesh out my characters beyond the cardboard cutout stage, I’m working on giving one of them A Criminal Past. She now leaves a responsible, clean and (mostly) sober life.

Meme nefariously obtained from Jay Lake.

Posted on Thursday, November 13th, 2008 by Jeri
Under: blog meme, writing | 9 Comments »

Blog Action Day: Poverty, Wall Street & Perspective

Today is Blog Action Day, and this year’s theme is poverty. I saw a facetious phrase in a humorous news article this week that caught my eye: the “New Improved Depression (Now With More Poverty and Strife!)”

Cute. But hardly accurate.

During the great depression that began in 1929:

  • The stock market plummeted 80% on Black Thursday
  • Unemployment rates soared to 25%
  • Farm foreclosure rate was 40%; all other foreclosures were at 5%
  • Federal aid to the unemployed did not begin until 1931 and was minuscule
  • Suicide rates increased from 14 to 17 per 100,000.

During the current recession:

  • The stock market’s free fall was at 40% last Thursday
  • Unemployment rates are currently in the 5-6% range
  • Foreclosure rates are in the 2.5%+ range
  • State aid to the unemployed – while not generous – is available
  • Suicide rate was 11 per 100,000 in 2005 – although anecdotal evidence of suicide and other tragedy is growing

When I called my financial broker friend last week to ask how she was doing, I teased her about not jumping out of her building in despair – she works in a small single-story, flat-roofed office building. She laughed and agreed that a scraped knee was all she could achieve.

In all seriousness, while I am saddened by the panicked, violent, suicidal response to the housing and market failure, I truly don’t understand it.

A homeowner who has a home and loses it, or an investment account that drops 33%, even 50%, in value is still light years ahead of the truly poor in America and around the world.

I’ve been through tough financial times. I’ve been a single parent living paycheck to paycheck – juggling medical bills or milk, and knowing one car breakdown would make the difference between paying rent or not. Still, I had a job, medical insurance, a car, an apartment and food in my refrigerator. I was light years ahead of the truly poor in our world.

In 2005, statistics indicated that 12.3% of the US population lived below the poverty threshold – defined as $20,000 for a family of 4. Those numbers are based on a 40-year old formula which critics feel is outdated; I agree, and challenge anyone to successfully support a family of four (or 2!) on $21,000 a year. Still, those surveyed have a documented income.

I walk by the truly poor when I go to work in Seattle – they sleep on cardboard, covered with newspaper. They urinate in the public gardens, bathe only rarely, and rely on missions and alms for food. I see those poor when I travel in rural Alaska – they live in tarpaper covered shacks with no indoor plumbing or toilet facilities, and hunt and trap for the only food they’ll have for the winter. I hear stories about the poor in other countries, in war-torn Africa, Asia and Central America, where poverty is the norm and only the very fortunate escape.

Why just walk on by – either literally or figuratively, take your pick?

The always thought-provoking Dooce talks about compassionately giving to street beggars. If you’re not comfortable with that, it’s United Way campaign time, so consider donating to them or to an alternate community charity of your choice. This holiday season, you could even give the gift of food to your local food bank or soup kitchen to help those in need.

I don’t know that any one of us can make a significant dent in the problem of world poverty. Even so, Dooce writes in her eloquent post:

Because I have to believe that even if only one of the hundreds of people uses that money to feed themselves or their dog or their hidden, desperate children, or even if they use it to have a more comfortable night than the one they had last night, then we will have done right in every instance…

If we can help even one person, we’ve made a difference in the world. Isn’t that why we’re here?

Posted on Tuesday, October 14th, 2008 by Jeri
Under: blog meme, inspiration | 4 Comments »

Vote. Really.

Your deadline for registering to vote in Washington is this Saturday, October 4. If you’re not registered – then go do it. Really. And if you are – then plan to vote!

Note: the video is probably PG.

Posted on Wednesday, October 1st, 2008 by Jeri
Under: blog meme, Politics | 2 Comments »