Share You World – June 19, 2017

What is something that people are obsessed with but you just don’t get the point of?  Definitely Twitter. I find it annoying and weird. Can’t understand how people like it. Of all social media platforms Twitter is the most conducive to aggression and vitriol. There’s so much aggression and mean-spiritedness happening on Twitter, sometimes I wish it would just disappear. And now that the US has a Tweeter-in-Chief instead of a President, I dislike it even more. Anyway, I am a Facebook user and I have my blogs (one is actually quite abandoned) and that’s how I communicate with the world. I can live without Twitter, Instagram, and the rest.

What quirky things do people do where you are from?  I live in Los Angeles and, as the whole world knows, Angelenos drive a lot and traffic is their main concern. People here are constantly looking for ways to beat traffic, looking for shortcuts that will get them to their destination faster, and talk about it all the time. Drivers can get very aggressive whenever something slows things down. They honk and exchange “pleasantries” quite often. I always say that Angelenos are very nice people who turn into monsters during rush hour. 🙂 Another quirk of Angelenos is their inability to handle rain. Meteorologists here talk about 2 inches of rain the same way their East Coast peers talk about 5 feet of snow. It’s hilarious. And since it rains so little here, people don’t have umbrellas or raincoats, and can’t drive in the rain. So any little rain causes panic, car accidents and gridlock on the roads. That’s LA…

What are some things you wish you could unlearn?  I can’t think of anything I wish to unlearn. On the contrary, I can think of many, many things I wish I had learned, like play the piano and the cello; speak French and Italian; drawing and painting; and many more. Hopefully I can still learn some of these…

Who is someone that you miss having in your life?  I don’t miss one person in particular, but I miss having family around. I’m lucky we live close to our daughter in Santa Monica, but all my family is in Brazil and sometimes I wish I had them here. Well, not *all* of them… 😉

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? I’m grateful things have been quiet and the weather has been beautiful. It will change as a heatwave is approaching. This week we are hosting a good friend from Brazil who is visiting LA. We haven’t seen him in almost ten years and it will be fun catching up.

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Share Your World – May 02, 2017

Would you rather live where it is always hot or always cold? If I had to choose between extremes, I’d rather live where it’s always hot. But we live in Los Angeles, where we have a desert climate, which means it’s mostly hot/warm all year long, but nights are usually cool and humidity is low. To me, that’s perfect. No snow to worry about, no shoveling, no frigid weather to deal with. Here we just worry about wildfires and earthquakes. By the way we just had a shallow 3.0 magnitude earthquake here in Santa Monica about 2 hours ago. Just a big jolt and a bang. So far, no aftershocks…

Do you prefer long hair or short hair for yourself? Definitely not short. Have had it and wasn’t happy. These days I like a longish but not too long hair, in a modern bob.

What is your favorite month of the year? When I lived in Washington, D.C., October was my favorite month. That’s when autumn hits the region, the trees start changing colors, the air is cool and delightful. Here in L.A. months are very similar but autumn months are also nicer. So, I guess I’ll stick with October, which is also my birth month. 🙂

What is the easiest way for you to learn something new? By reading, by seeing and doing, in a classroom? I am definitely a visual learner. I also learn from listening to interesting lectures and conversations. I have no patience for reading instructions, for example, which gets me in trouble sometimes.  So I guess I can say I learn better by seeing and doing.

Optional Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? I’m grateful that last week, Kaya, our family dog (she is really our daughter’s but we think she is ours), recovered quickly from an injury she suffered (we don’t know how it happened) that left her unable to climb stairs and with difficulty running. She was very depressed… Some acupuncture and muscle relaxants helped her recover quickly. And for next week, I’m looking forward to visiting beautiful San Francisco! We’ll spend the whole week there, starting this coming Sunday and returning the following Saturday. I’m very excited about that!

Doggie acupuncture…


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