We are just at the beginning of our year. Who knows? Maybe it will get better. It could also get worse. It might stay remain exactly the same, which ain’t great but frankly, at this point? No change is almost good.
QUESTIONS – LATEST GREATEST FROM EVIL SQUIRREL, DECEMBER 2021)
Ricky “The Pious” Raccoon asks a two parter: (12-2-2021)
What frivolous, but annoying thing that people do be considered a sin (crime)? And how should violators be made to repent (be punished) for it?
First of all, electronic answering machines should be banned. Every company can hire one underpaid human to answer the phone, especially someone who can answer basic questions. Next? If they put you on hold anyway, it had better be really good music. Never ever tell me how important I am while keeping me on hold until you finally disconnect me.
ALL electronic answering systems should start with the reason you are really calling: changing, breaking, making, or confirming appointments. Driving directions, COVID (endless COVID) data belongs at the end unless this is a place where you actually can GET a vaccination or test. Otherwise, use some brain power and PUT THE INFORMATION EVERYONE NEEDS AT THE BEGINNING!
No one should have to sit and wait through five minutes of prattle so he or she can press “1” to confirm an appointment.
Do NOT tell me I’m important. It’s so obvious that I’m NOT.
Mary “The Poster Lamb For Cute” (12-9-2021) asks
Imagination, impracticality, and logic aside, if you could pick one animal to have as an exotic pet based solely on how cute and adorable it is, what would it be?
Ooh, that’s a tough one. I think it might very well be a flying squirrel. They are great pets I hear, but I can’t quite wrap my head around the flying — well, gliding — thing. House training a flying squirrel could present unique issues.
The Sponkies (the result of an unusual pairing of a donkey and a sparkle pony) 12-16-2021
Do you have any siblings? If so, where do you rank in birth order? And do you think either of these facts contributed to the person you became?
I had an older brother and a younger sister, putting me right in the middle. It’s the perfect spot for the household communicator.
“Tell your mother…”
“Tell your father…”
“Tell your sister…”
“Tell your brother…”
And there I was, right in the middle, trying to remember exactly how to tell each family member what he or she needed to hear from someone they weren’t talking to. I finally told everyone to talk to each other and moved to Israel. Yes, this really was a major impetuous to get my ass away from the state where everyone else lived.
12-23-2021 – ZAC (short for Prozac because his somewhat maniacal grinning face is rather creepy)…
We all have things that make us happy, but what makes you deliriously, giddily, tail wagging-ly happy?
Cannabis chocolate and gummies. Pass the cheese and Triscuit, please. I’m not sure if it makes me bubble with giddy enthusiasm, but at least it shuts the thinking part of my brain down for a few hours. And that’s pretty good, all things considered.
Evil Squirrel (and the final question from E.S. “Nest” o’ fun!) 12-30-2021
If you had an alter ego, who or what would it be? Describe some fun or interesting things about them!
I think I’d like to be the young Mel Brooks. He had a lot of fun, even before he became rich and famous. Also, I think it would be absolutely great to make the world laugh.
GRATITUDE OR, AS I CALL IT, OPTIMISM!
What are some hopes or accomplishments you’d like to see happen in 2022?
I’d like to see the big nations(like us) do SOMETHING to make the world better place. Start seriously cleaning up our oceans. Stop cutting down every last tree. Help those who have nothing find a way to improve their lives. Ban military-style weapons from the morons who currently use them to slaughter our last remaining wildlife or, for that matter, elementary school children and concert goers.
There’s so much more, but this would be a good start.
As far as I can tell, ain’t nothin’ getting done worth doing. I keep looking, but I don’t see anything happening about which I should to be optimistic. And really, truly, I want to be optimistic! I want the hope of my youth to come back again.
THANK YOU TO ALL MY READERS WHO MAKE THIS CHALLENGE SUCH FUN EACH WEEK. A SPECIAL THANKS TO MY GREAT CO-HOSTS FOR BRINGING SOME VARIETY TO IT TOO! YOU’RE ALL WONDERFUL!
You’re pretty wonderful yourself!