Monthly Archives: February 2016

Food Storage Workshop and Indian-Polish Dinner of Feb 28, 2016

Paul’s Challenge

There’s a trend (or former trend) on the internet, especially on Facebook, in which people indicate which of the items on a list of life events they have had.

Here’s my own list – I’ve experienced all of the following.
Which of these items have you also had?
You can copy the list and paste into a comment and let me know your answers…

Gone wild boar hunting

Stacked rocks higher than your height

Been at the top of the Eiffel Tower

Visited the Bacardi Rum Factory

Photo bombed a stranger

Been fired from a job

Gotten an F on a report card

Got straight A’s in any school year

Done more than 3 drugs at the same time

Seen a tornado (live)

Been on a high-speed boat

Swam with sharks (on purpose)

Taken a lie detector test

Had any surgery for which general anesthesia was necessary

Illegally entered a communist country

Been deported from a foreign country

Seen the Mona Lisa

Been through the Panama Canal

Broken a bone or gotten stitches

Tried out for football (high school)

Spoken a foreign language well enough to get by in that country

Participate in a run or bike ride in excess of 5 miles

Swam within a school of tropical neon fish

Had a relationship of more than twenty years

Spent a night in the wilderness without any shelter

Shaved your head

Been arrested and put in a jail cell

Found a $20 bill

Been at a party where you were a racial minority of one (everyone else was the same race)

Picked things up off of the floor with your toes

Just now realized that you’ve been to New Mexico (this just happened to me)

Not published on Facebook

Someone sent me this list and asked me to check off the things I’d done/experienced, I won’t say who. (It was Emily) So here’s my response:

(X) Shot a gun (first time was when I was 12)

(X) Gone on a blind date (didn’t work out)

(X) Skipped school

( ) Watched someone die

(X) Visited Canada (several times)

(X ) Visited Hawaii (sat in a plane on a runway there once)

( ) Visited Cuba

(X) Visited Europe (many times)

( ) Visited Australia

(X) Visited Las Vegas (several times)

(X) Visited Central America (Costa Rica and Panama)

(X) Visited Asia (Turkey, Philippines, Japan)

( ) Visited Africa

(X) Visited Florida (about a thousand times)

() Seen the Grand Canyon in person

(X) Flown in a plane (ugh)

() Served on a jury (almost)

(x) Been lost (in a foreign country – twice)

(X) Traveled to the opposite side of the country

(X) Visited Washington, DC

(X) Swam in the Ocean

() Cried yourself to sleep

(X) Played cops and robbers

(X) Played cowboys and Indians

() Recently colored with crayons

() Sang karaoke

( ) Sang a solo or duet in church (seriously?)

() Paid for a meal with coins only

(X) Made prank phone calls

(X) Laughed until some beverage came out of your nose

(X) Caught a snowflake on your tongue

(X) Had children

(x) Had a pet (a lot)

(X) Been skinny-dipping

(X) Been fishing

(X) Been boating

(X) Been downhill skiing

( ) Been water skiing

(X) Been camping in a trailer/RV

(X) Been camping in a tent

(X) Driven a motorcycle

( ) Been bungee-jumping (ripcord jumping)

(X) Gone to a drive-in movie (hundreds of times)

(X)Done something that could have killed you…

() Done something that you will regret for the rest of your life.

() Rode an elephant

(X) Rode a camel

( ) Rode a bull

(X) Eaten just cookies or cake for dinner or ice cream

(X) Been on TV

() Stolen any traffic signs

(X) Been in a car accident

() Been in the Hospital in past 24 months

() Donated blood

() Gotten a (speeding) or any other type of ticket in the past 12 months

(x) Gotten a piercing

(X) Gotten a Tattoo (a few times)

(x) Driven a four door vehicle

() Ever owned your dream car (motorcycle)

(X) Been Married

(X) Been divorced

(X) Fell in love

(X) Fell out of love

(X) Paid for a strangers meal

(X) Driven over 100 mph

( ) Been scuba diving

(X) Written a published book/story (poem)(or served as editor)

( ) Eaten snails – seriously?

The Year in the Rear View Mirror (a late report)

As usual, and not for the very first time, I will review the highlights of the past year; here goes:

After some misadventures, I stopped taking all medications in 2015. Haven’t looked back since.

Got matching tattoos with Sarah – we both got a Quill & Ink Bottle tattoo –  mine is on my right forearm and Sarah’s is on her left side. Pretty sure it’s her left side. Mine is about 10 inches long and Sarah’s is at least 4 feet long.

Quill & Ink June 2015Built (not personally) a chicken coop for the chicks that will arrive in April. I did roof it with John’s help and we both worked on the aviary part of the project. It came out great.

This year, I opened and closed the pool myself. Saved about $600 that way.

Took Seamus to Cape Cod in July. Same room, same dirty pool. Same great seafood.

Moved office out of Cat Alley and brought it home again – that was our 16th move. (Final move?) I doubt it.

I disassembled a toilet and replaced all of its inner workings. That was a first for me. It was easy.

bullet purchase dayBought a new travel trailer on June 2, 2015. It’s a 27 foot Keystone Bullet. Learned to hook it up and back it up and do maintenance including winterizing it.

Finished putting replacement windows on 119 Pine St. Now the entire building had new windows. NEWS FLASH!!! I was recently informed that there is still THREE FREAKIN WINDOWS LEFT TO DO!!!!!!!!! UGH X 3

Really, really for sure and not just pretending to – QUIT Innovative Incentives, Inc.

Saw the musical Hamilton in NYC.


hamilton-musical-broadway-01Bought new belt sander, grinding wheel and table saw.

Paul 60th Birthday (164)Tested my well water – got most excellent results.

Helped install a new dishwasher at Emily’s house.

interviewed for Stephannie Graham, NPN Reporter – April 14th, 2015 – interview aired all over the country on NBC affiliates.

Enjoyed a Big Boston Celebration of my 60th Birthday with a fantastic Four Season’s brunch and visit to the Boston Aquarium (included professional photo session).

Interviewed by Jeff Gould for the Quiet Please… documentary on misophonia. Oct 11th, 2015.

Saw my misophonia Facebook group top 8000 members – (already up 8300).

I know lots of other things happened – but I can’t remember everything that happened all year long. So this is what I came up with.


Pointless Blog Entry

Allen and I watched the movie Avatar a few months ago and I wrote this blog entry about it and then I promptly lost it. And now it’s been found.

As you probably know, Avatar is a beautiful and visually stunning movie with recognizable themes involving an idyllic world complete with native inhabitants that live in harmony with nature. Of course, there is the prerequisite inclusion of a higher power with which these people interact in woo woo ways. And the story line also includes plenty of conflict depicting humans as the both the aggressors and saviors of the technologically deficient native species.

While watching the movie, I found myself recognizing events and depictions of reality (the fictional movie’s reality) as being impossible or at the very least highly improbable. The laws of physics govern all life and physical properties throughout the universe and the writers have taken dramatic license with the laws of physics as we know them.

Floating mountains? Not going to happen without some rewrite of physics. Six years of cryogenic-suspension? Possibly feasible in the future, I suppose. In the movie, the planet’s gravity is comparable to that of earth, but the people, fauna and habitats contain creatures and features that such gravitation forces would simply not allow.

But the movie isn’t presented as an exercise in theoretical physics or a documentary about what life might actually be like on an alien world. It’s a fantasy to be enjoyed. I think the movie does a good job of being entertaining but it does present me with some distractions.

To enjoy a fantasy scenario in which a planet is (apparently) orbiting a much larger planet that is in extremely close proximity with additional planets and moons thrown in here and there is not possible and therefor too much for me to ignore. Some of those celestial body’s orbits would have ldecayed causing them to collide with the larger planet depicted long before intelligent life would have had time to appear and thrive.

Even though this movie isn’t about reality, shouldn’t it be presented with some nod to the basic physical laws of general relativity and laws of thermodynamics? Science fiction doesn’t always toe the line between reality and fantasy; sometimes it blows holes right through the very fabric of space-time itself but… is a movie diminished by keeping an eye on what’s actually possible or completely impossible? I don’t think so.

A movie that keeps a tighter reign on fantasy physics is one called Interstellar. This movie presents space travel with, again, some cryogenics but also depicts many of the actual requirement of space travel in an entertaining manner. Of course, it delves into speculation in regard to what happens when daringly passing by the event horizon of a black hole, but that seem like fair game since no one acutely knows what happens “inside” a black hole anyway.

The End.



Stranger Danger

I Saw an Alien
Paul N. Dion

His head was larger than one would expect
And his eyes were bigger than mine
He was nicely dressed and had good manners
The air had a slight hint of lime

He wasn’t tall and he had an accent
A light shone down from up high
I think the light hurt his eyes and
The light spoke from out the night sky

What can I say to this alien?
He’s probably heard it all before
I won’t comment on the size of his heI saw an alienad
He might think I’m an unsympathetic bore

Some aliens have a good sense of humor but
I’ll take it slow and talk about the weather
I don’t want to get into a sticky situation
Or possibly start an intergalactic war

I can’t obsess over those eyes
Or the size of that head
It might be genetic
Or just a matter of convenience

I want my friends to meet him
Is this the kind of friend on whom I can rely?
Or count on when I get a flat tire?
This alien is giving me the eye

I wonder if he’s harmless
He seems a little nervous
He’s looking over his shoulder
I’m starting to feel colder

I can’t obsess over those eyes
Or the size of that head
It might be genetic
Or simply a matter of convenience