Share Your World – February 6, 2017

Regarding your fridge, is it organized or a mess inside?

It is an organized mess.

Do you prefer your food separated or mixed together?

Separated. I like to taste each thing as itself. Otherwise, I’d just throw it all in one big pan and cook it together.

Do you prefer reading coffee table books (picture), biographies, fiction, non-fiction, educational?

I mostly listen to audiobooks these days, but regardless of form, speculative science fiction and fantasy is my top genre with detectives and mysteries running a tight second and history running a very close third. I tend to read in waves. When I find a new author, I read everything he or she wrote, sequentially if possible and sometimes, twice. Favorite authors (in no particular author) include Gretchen Archer, Kim Harrison, Ben Aaronovitch, Mike Carey, Jim Butcher, Barbara Tuchman, Jodi Taylor, Connie Willis, Doris Kearns Goodwin, David McCullough, James Lee Burke, Jasper FForde, and Anne Golan. I’m forgetting dozens more because I haven’t had nearly enough coffee.

I have a particular love for anything funny, witty, involving time travel, and the undead (except zombies … I’m really not into zombies). I do not like dystopian future stuff because it depresses me. Reality is entirely dystopian enough. I do not need to feed the beast.

I also love a good thriller and historical fiction, as long as it isn’t too sappy. My love of history started long years ago with Thomas Costain’s books and of course, the brilliant and oft-overlooked Angelique series. Fiction got me hunting real history and taught me that no matter what people make up, the stuff that really happened is more bizarre. You can’t make that stuff up.

Close your eyes. Listen to your body. What part of your body is seeking attention? What is it telling you?

My right shoulder, the one with the bad rotator cuff, is trying to kill me. I wanted to get it repaired years ago, but was told (and I think I should have gotten another opinion on this) that it was beyond repair. Usually, if I’m careful, it doesn’t bother me. The problem is that I am short and that shoulder really hates when I raise my arms to get something from a cabinet … all of which are above me because I am really SHORT. The stretch and lift thing is lethal. I have reached a few times too many recently. Now, as I sit here with the heating pad on my back, I realize I am going to have to give it a rest. If I don’t, it will keep getting worse until I can’t do anything at all.


This is another reminder of the days when I rode horses and fell off a few. I yanked that right shoulder out of joint a couple of times. Eventually, it began popping out of the socket whenever I used the arm fully extended. I had to tuck the arm in and keep the elbow bent and below shoulder level. I didn’t count on shrinking as I got older and having every cabinet above my head.

My shoulder is telling me to stop, just stop. Give it a rest. This is extremely inconvenient because it’s my right shoulder, which is attached to my right arm, which is further attached to my right hand. Guess what? I’m a rightie.

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

Grateful to the Pats for winning the Superbowl.

Shamelessness, thy name is sports fan. For nearly a hundred years, no team in New England won anything. Except the Celtics (basketball, for the sports-challenged) who had an incredible run from the late 1950s through the 1960s during which period they were the best (and dominant) team in the sport.

Otherwise, it was a long, barren time for New England fans. A pathetic and seemingly endless run of embarrassments, near misses, and coulda, shoulda, woulda. Then the world turned the corner into the 21st century. The Sox got new owners. In 2004, they won their first World Series since 1918. They won again 2007, and 2013.

Meanwhile, the Pats got Bill Belichick and Tom Brady.

Brady wasn’t supposed to be the “real” quarterback. He was filling in for Drew Bledsoe, who was injured. Talk about Serendipity.


The rest, as they say, is history. This year’s Superbowl was, even as spectacular sporting events go, spectacular. If you aren’t a sports fan or are a hardcore “I hate the Patriots” sore-loser, too bad. Because that come-from-behind victory in the first-ever overtime in Superbowl history was amazing. The Pats were toast. They couldn’t win. Down by 25. Then, magically, the game was tied with just 57 seconds left on the clock.

Overtime! They won. With a politically challenged, 39-year-old quarterback, they won. Roger Goodell got a well-deserved and totally earned booing. The Patriots made all kinds of history. Falcon’s fans sat in their living rooms stunned, wondering what hit them. Perk up Falcons and fans. You’re a great young team. Time is on your side.

It was a very good night for New England and a bright spot in what has got to be the most depressing year I can remember.

As for next week? I can just hope it isn’t too awful.

Categories: Author, Books, football, Health, Humor, Photography, Sports

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14 replies

  1. Thanks so very much for sharing this week. I enjoyed reading your answers. Go Pats!!!


  2. Our refrigerator used to be fairly organized, until a third party, who will remain nameless, moved back home. He’s a big foodie so he’s always bring home all sorts of goodies. Nice thing about it, he is an excellent cook.


  3. Your fridge sounds like mine.


  4. I have never listened to an audio book, but am always reading something. We seem to have almost the same tastes. I am slowly reading through the Ben Aaronovitch Peter Gardiner series, and am on book four, so only one to go although I do not like reading the same series one after the other. I tend to jump around and read this and that author.. If Mr. Swiss discovers an author he reads them all at once.


    • I JUST started (this evening Aaronovitch’s sixth book in the series, “The Hanging Tree.” I’ve only gotten about 5 minutes into it, so I don’t have an opinion yet, but I think I’m going to like it. They seem to be getting better. Some people like to jump around, others are “serial readers.” Garry jumps around, I like to read all of whatever thing I’m reading. If it’s history, I’ll read everything I can find about that era until I feel I know all I need to know, for now.

      ANYTHING about Time Travel, though, always wins. If you haven’t read Jodi Taylor’s “St Mary’s” time travel books, they are wonderful and very funny. And extremely English. I think you’d enjoy them. They are all on Kindle and they are not expensive. She also wrote a bunch of short stories, which I think are free on Kindle.


  5. I’m not a big football watcher/fan but “FOX Sports Go” was offering to allow streaming of this game, on your ROKU, for free so I signed up to test it out.., and VOILA! there it was .., The Super Bowl. I had things to do so only watched sporadically. I even went out on errands and came back a couple hours later and the game was still on so I sat down for a minute just in time to catch Lady GaGa’s halftime thingy. Left it on did more stuff and then settled in for that last spectacular bit. Very exciting but that’s it for me.., I may watch the SB next year but i can’t sit through a season of games. One game a year.., well OK, maybe.


    • We are not devotees of football the way we are devoted to baseball. We didn’t watch the entire game, either. We watched the first quarter and a bit, then came back for that amazing finish. Even baseball, we don’t watch whole games. We watch the top, drop by to see how things are going a few times, and — unless we are losing horrendously — watch the last couple of innings. Garry has developed “losing game phobia.” He hates watching our teams lose, so he doesn’t. As a life-long sports fan, he’s seen his teams lose quite enough for a whole lifetime 🙂 But this Superbowl was something else. Never seen anything quite like it — and I am not much of a football fan. I sort of follow the Pats because they’re our local team, but I’m not that knowledgeable about the game … or that passionate about it, otherwise.


  6. Nice post! Clever line I’ve actually used myself, ‘Reality is entirely dystopian enough.’
    Though, in all honesty, I still like reading dystopian Sci-Fi.
    Thanks for the fun post.


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