Who’s On The Blog Box? The Indecisive Eejit…

I love reading other people’s posts on their blogs as much as I enjoy writing my own. However, I don’t always find the time to read as much of them as I would like to so I would like to “pay it forward” in another way.

Every so often I will share out one of the blogs I follow and why I like it so much.

So, the next person to star on The Blog Box is…The Indecisive Eejit.

Why do I like this blog so much?  Continue reading

Netflix – Readers Of The Modern Day Bedtime Stories…

I used to struggle every night to drop off to sleep. I would find my brain would be working overtime when all I wanted it to do was shutdown. I would replay my day, think about tomorrow and on some occasions make up scenarios in my mind that I would want to happen in real life. It would take me hours to eventually get to sleep.

Staying up late didn’t help either as I would start to focus on what little amount of sleep I would actually get. Then, and this is the worst thing, I would forget how to fall asleep and that would just add to the pressure of trying to get to sleep.

I had no problem falling asleep in front of the tv on the sofa but when I went to bed I was wide awake again. The whole process was becoming a nightmare before I even started to dream!

The solution to this night-time dilemma happened more by accident than any ingenious plan by me and it was quite a simple one so I had no excuse for not thinking of it earlier.

Install a television in the bedroom! Eureka!

Zzzzzzz….

Now I re-watch old tv shows and movies when I go to bed. If I fall asleep during them then that’s fine because I’ve seen it before. It’s comforting to watch familiar characters, my brain isn’t concentrating on other things and sometimes I don’t even look at the tv – I just listen.

When I was a kid I would fall asleep while being read fairy tales such as Hansel & Gretel, Jack & The Beanstalk and Gulliver’s Travels. I am now doing the adult equivalent and I fall asleep to old episodes of Cheers, Malcolm In The Middle and Fawlty Towers. Thank you Netflix for now tucking me in and reading my modern bedtime stories.

What’s the solution to insomnia? It’s called install-a-telly!

This was posted in response to the Daily Prompt hosted by http://dailypost.wordpress.com

What kind of sleeper are you? Do you drop off like a stone and awaken refreshed, or do you need pitch black and silence to drift off to dream?

To see previous responses look at the archives or click on Daily Prompt in the category cloud on this page

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Don’t Poke Your Xiphoid Process: The Difference Between 30 And 40…

Suzie81 Speaks has written a post called The Difference Between 20 And 30 and as today is my 36th birthday I could really relate to everything she said so this is my response…

Suzie Speaks…

1. Staying out until three in the morning is almost impossible, and if I do I’m guaranteed to not be able to move from the hangover the next day even if I’ve only had a small amount of alcohol. In my 20′s I could go out all night wearing six inch heels and an outfit the size of a tea-towel and feel reasonably fine the next day. I don’t want to go out to nightclubs anymore. Instead, I’d rather go to a nice bar/restaurant and be home by 11.00pm.

Ohhhh, what happened….

Steve Says…

1. Staying out until three in the morning is possible, however the next day I just can’t remember anything past 11 o’clock from the previous night. I would never be able to go on a night out and get up for work the next day, all nights out have to be followed by a day in bed so they have to be on weekends or holidays. When I was a student I used to stay out until 5 and be able to get up for 9 o’clock lectures and then go out again at night. My body aches even thinking about that now. These days I also much prefer going to out to nice restaurants rather than nightclubs. I like going to places where there are people much older around me – it makes me feel young.

Suzie Speaks…

2. I have started to judge younger women if they wear trampy outfits – I actually found myself thinking “Put it away!” after seeing a random woman walk past the other day wearing a ridiculously high skirt.

Steve Says…

2. I see younger guys wearing jeans that are halfway down their ass and wonder how they can walk without their jeans actually falling down around their ankles. Pull your trousers up for goodness sake!

Does my bum look like a bum in this…

Suzie Speaks…

3. I wear flat shoes to work, as my feet can’t cope with wearing heels anymore.

Steve Says…

3. I wear slip on shoes to work as it’s sometimes a struggle to bend down and tie shoelaces.

The Steve walk…

Suzie Speaks…

4. I keep putting my back out.

Steve Says…

4. My hands and feet are cold all the time.

Brrrrrrrrr…

Suzie Speaks…

5. In my 20′s, I used to be able to eat what I wanted without gaining weight. After I turned 30, I only have to look at a chocolate bar for my waistline to expand.

Steve Says…

5. In my 20′s, I used to lose weight despite eating vast quantities. These days I just wear a belt for decoration as it isn’t needed to hold my trousers up and the buckle always ends up leaving a mark in my waist where it’s been pressing on my stomach all day.

I call it my cake shelf…

Suzie Speaks…

6. I’ve recently started to enjoy music by Glen Campbell. Say what you like about Glen – he was a member of the Wrecking Crew and therefore is a legend.

Steve Says…

6. I’ve recently started to enjoy music by The Rat Pack. You can’t beat some Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin.

Suzie Speaks…

7. I detest Justin Bieber, One Direction and GLEE. I think that Dubstep and Drum & Bass is simply noise.

Steve Says…

7. I like most music but I hate when younger artists cover classic songs. I hate Dizze Rascal.

Sssshhh…

Suzie Speaks…

8. I love shopping at the supermarket. I can spend hours there, and get a kick out of finding good deals.

Steve Says…

8. I love shopping at Primark and Poundland. Bargains, bargains and more bargains. I love buying cleaning products, plants and homeware.

Hang on, I have a coupon for that…

Suzie Speaks…

9. I found myself telling my students that I passed my GCSE exams without the use of the Internet, and that I didn’t get a mobile phone until I was 18.

Steve Says…

9. I see students turning up for their first week at University and to me they look about 12. Was I ever that young and fresh faced?

Are the students getting younger…

Suzie Speaks…

10. My friends are getting married, divorced and/or are having children. In my 20′s they were just getting laid.

Steve Says…

10. Some of my friends have children and I help them with drawing and colouring in. In my 20′s we were all still just acting like children ourselves and used the colouring in pens to draw pretend glasses and beards on ourselves.

Don't ask...

Don’t ask…

Suzie Speaks…

11. In our 20′s, me and the Best Mate used to discuss epic nights out and the people that we were attracted to. Last week we had a conversation about what product is the best for removing mould in the bathroom, and what fabric softener we use.

Steve Says…

11. In our 20′s me and my mate would spend hours in the pub talking nonsense. In our 30′s I have not heard from him in almost two years…

Does anyone know where Kevin is…

Suzie Speaks…

12. In my 20′s I had a job. In my 30′s I have a career.

Steve Says…

12. I had various different jobs before I discovered what I wanted to do and was good at.

Suzie Speaks…

13. In my 20′s I holidayed on 18-30 resorts. In my 30′s I like to go ‘somewhere quiet’.

Steve Says…

13. I can’t even watch those awful tv shows about 18-30 resorts so the thought of going to them is my worst nightmare. Somewhere quiet, sunny that you can “people watch” does me just fine.

Suzie Speaks…

14. Art galleries have suddenly become interesting. I can spend hours walking around museums and I genuinely enjoy the experience of learning new things.

Steve Says…

14. I walked past the art gallery every day for 15 years and only recently did I venture in and now I go every other lunchtime and wander around all the exhibits.

The realisation that I am now closer to 40 than I am to 30 was a difficult thing to accept at first. I know that I have been acting old for a while now, as in coming home from work and putting comfartable clothes on, going to bed at sensible times and getting up early at the weekend to get the housework done so I can spend the rest of the day appreciating the time off. Now, however, I am also starting to feel old, as in feeling tired most of the time, aching body parts and worrying about my general health. Just yesterday I was at the doctor because I had a funny lump in the middle of my chest. Apparently it is a xiphoid process and is perfectly natural. I asked the doctor, if it was natural then why was it so sore and he asked if I had been constantly poking at it recently, which I had…so here’s a top tip – don’t poke your xiphoid process!

If this who I am becoming then I don’t care…

I’ve also noticed that my tolerance of people is on a downward spiral and people are starting to annoy me quicker. I also like to have a good old moan more often and I am more inclined to complain about stuff and write emails, bad reviews to share my views.

Other than that I am very happy where I am in my 36th year!

This was posted in response to the Daily Prompt hosted by http://dailypost.wordpress.com

What are your thoughts on aging? How will you stay young at heart as you get older?

To see previous responses look at the archives or click on Daily Prompt in the category cloud on this page

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Total Ellipsis Of The Heart…

Dot dot dot

Dot dot dot

I have been reflecting on my blog design over the past few days and it has become very obvious I have developed a particular theme. I don’t mean theme as in visual styling of the blog, more the way that I title my posts, write my posts and even the title of my blog itself – “Steve Says…”

It’s happened more by accident than by design but I use “…” in almost every single post’s title and often within the posts themselves.

Is this grammatically correct? What does it mean? I wanted to find out more…

I call it “dotdotdot” which upon further investigation isn’t really that inaccurate. Although, when I hear it inside my head it’s more like this which is probably inaccurate on so many levels.

The correct terminology is Ellipsis, plural Elipses (apologies in advance if I get some of the tense wrong – I’m not an English teacher) and refers to a series of dots that usually indicates an intentional omission of a word, sentence, or whole section from a text without altering its original meaning.

That isn’t really why I have been using them as I don’t remove text, I add text and the dots to me are leading, trying to draw the reader into the rest of my writing.

So, reading that ellipses can also indicate an unfinished thought, a slight pause, and nervous or awkward silence fits more with why I am using them. More so the unfinished thought  and slight pause rather than the nervous or awkward silence.

The ellipses can also inspire a feeling of melancholy or longing. I’m not 100% sure what melancholy means but I know it isn’t good so I don’t want that. Longing? Yes I would love to think that readers are longing to read the rest of my post.

Elipses can be used in the form of Aposiopesis which means you trail off into silence…

Aposiopesis are no use to me as who would want to read silence?

Ellipses were used in 20th-century fiction to denote expletives that would otherwise have been censored but when I use expletives I find it much more fun to use all the f*&$ing symbols I can find on my keyboard. They are also used in writing to build tension. Yes, that’s what I’m trying to do – build my post up for readers to click on and then no doubt be disappointed…(that’s melancholy with a hint of asposiopesis)

My name is Justin and I'm famous because...

My name is Justin and I’m famous because…

You can use them to say one thing but really imply something totally different without actually saying it. For example when Count Dracula says “I never drink …wine”  the implication is that he does drink something else or when Justin Bieber says “I never smoke…cigarettes”. I don’t use them for that, I’m not a liar, vampire or d*&$ of a pop star.

I then read how ellipses are used in maths, on computer interfaces, in computer language and I got bored. The only thing I was interested about in terms of computers was “is there a keyboard shortcut?” and praise the Lord, there is! On most writing applications such as Microsoft Word if you hold down [CTRL] [ALT] & [.] you magically get the three dots. The fact that it doesn’t work in WordPress and it’s probably quicker just typing the three dots is irrelevant – it’s a keyboard shortcut and I love them all!

That’s the punctuation side of ellipses but the internet being the minefield of information that it is I soon went off on another little journey…(I’m leading you, come with me – it’s fun I promise)

Who can? Herb Caen...

Who can? Herb Caen…

I came across the term Three Dot Journalism which was coined by Herb Caen – a journalist for the San Francisco Chronicle - to describe his style of writing. I wondered what his style of writing was and this paragraph summed it up best for me:

Herb Caen would talk about politics, then … then a trip to the symphony … then a guy who he ran into at lunch that asked him a question he had to think about until he got back to the office and wrote about it then … then something else entirely. Everything was different, every day was different, but the three dots held it all together. It was the glue that made it a newsworthy column and not just the ramblings of boy from Sacramento who was enthralled with the city of San Francisco.

I thought of my own blog posts and how different one could be from the next and decided that I liked Herb Caen’s style of writing and I shall continues to use my Ellipses…now let’s finish on a song…