Thursday, September 14, 2017

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Musings of mine: Rambling Mind on This and That #11

Quote of the day: 

Advice is sometimes transmitted more successfully through a joke than grave teaching. -Baltasar Gracian

Life In The Fast Lane

We live in an age of fast food, fast internet, fast relationships and fast whatever else you can think to add to the ever growing list. We would rather take the lift than use the stairs, order food rather than waste precious minutes cooking, and drive or commute within walking distance of our destination. Social media, online shopping, on-demand TV services, speed dating,  instant messaging, a bustling generation of people with their faces glued to their phones. And now teenagers are to be given classes on how to cope in the digital age. There is less time for reflecting, and our attention span is almost non-existent. If the mass of information we consume daily does not kill us, surely fast food will (speaking of fast food, I wonder if there are any deals online).

The Spider Invasion

I get along well with spiders. I will rephrase that. I get along well with tiny spiders that stay perched up on walls weaving their web in silent satisfaction. Come to think of it, I also get along with the 'Daddy Long Legs' spider -you know those with long thin legs that are harmless. I do not disturb the spiders and vice-versa, save for the routine task of getting rid of visible cobwebs. Now that we've cleared that up, this brings me to one particular spider that I do not get along with and which has been making several appearances out of the blue. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the 'Giant House Spider'. I read somewhere online that they do not pose a threat to humans, but they bite. I'd like to think anything that bites IS a threat. They are attracted to light, and enjoy racing on the floor seeking females to mate with apparently because it's that time of the year. You laugh but watch out the giant spiders may just set off your alarm system in the middle of the night.

Conversation Spoilers

There you are having a conversation with someone, fully engaged and all and before you can mutter another word of response an intruder decides to butt in. You know them, the perpetual conversation intruders who look for every opportunity to join in without understanding what is being discussed. They have the ability to overhear things from afar, and come running to join in on things that do not concern them, injecting and hijacking themselves into a conversation anyway while holding everyone hostage with their thoughts and unwanted presence. Whatever happened to basic good manners? Guess we'll never know.

How To Spend A Thousand

What can a thousand bucks buy you these days? Surely a weekend getaway in some quiet location and with change to spare, or maybe grow a nest egg, spruce up the home or wardrobe, buy a bicycle, home appliances, pay down debt, give to charity, buy a new sofa and bed plus pillows, buy a shelf load of books, and a thousand and one other things (insert yours here). Well all that flew right out the window with the new iPhone X which Apple is proudly selling for £1,000. With the announcement came a plethora of reasons why you should buy their latest offering (iPhone X? I believe I lost count after iPhone 5). With a technology called Face ID that scans your face to unlock the phone. It supposedly works only if your eyes are open and also can't be fooled by photographs. Nice try Apple, nice try.

Peace. Love. Light* 

Current Listen:  José Gonzales - Heartbeats


  1. All I read was giant spiders! Everything else was lost on me. Spiders! Giant ones! What else is there? Sleep with one eye open, B.

    1. The little fellas are all over the place these days, sigh. Thanks M.

  2. Have you ever watch a spider weave a web? This brings to mind designs and how might one design the web of their life. I don't mind spiders, but I don't want one crawling on me when I am sleeping. Yikes...

    I saw something on TV last night about the new iPhoneX - sorry Apple I won't be buying one. That's a lot of cash that I could use for something more needed.

    Peace, light and love always!

    1. I believe I have, it is fascinating to watch isn't it and if not careful one can get lost in that web so to speak. Thankfully no crawling spiders in the bedroom.

      Apple being Apple I guess. Next year a newer thinner version will come out.

  3. That's quite a spider! It reminds me of the wolf spiders we have here.

    I love the quote you opened with. Humor (and laughing out loud) is a wonderful thing - for teaching, healing, or just keeping one's sanity!

    1. Yep, humongous spiders due to the season. 150 million of them running all across the nation.
      And humour is everything really. Cheers!

  4. What a fabulous post!! I don't get along with any spider of any kind!! And I can't believe the price of the new iPhone!! Incredible!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

    1. I know a few people who don't get along with any form or shape of spider.
      And at that price, there'd be nothing left to spend on thanks to Apple.

  5. I feel like this blog post could've come from me! I dislike spiders but daddy long legs never bothered me.
    Also, I have a conversation spoiler at my office, it's frustrating. Anyway I just ordered pizza so gotta run!

  6. There are lots of better ways to spend $1000 than on cell phones.

  7. I would have a hard time parting with $100 for a cell phone.

  8. I must admit to a weakness for fast food. Lucky for me I have to drive 25 miles to get it and 25 miles back home.
    I don't mind spiders although I have had a couple of nasty bites. Daddy Long-Legs smell bad when squashed.
    I have been guilty of spoiling a conversation or two. You have educated me and I resolve to be more careful in the future.
    $1000 for a phone is ridiculous. When you consider that next year they will have a new more expensive model these are a waste of money.

  9. I have no problem with the daddy long legs but that giant house spider I want no part of.

    1000 dollars for a phone I think is insane.

  10. Love the quote.

    We get all sorts of spider webs around here this time of year. I don't mind them so much until I accidentally walk through a web. Ick.

    I am one of those conversation spoilers. I frequently butt in to students' conversations. And I plan to keep doing it ;)

  11. Hi, my friend!

    You were nice enough to visit me today at SDMM and so I decided to come see what is happening in your part of the blog world.

    How true, Blogoratti. In 1977 the Eagles had a major hit single with "Life in the Fast Lane." Today most of us are truly living life in the fast lane, a lifestyle few people could even have imagined back in the 70s. I tend to be anti-tech because I believe gains in technology have resulted in tremendous losses in other important areas of our lives. I wouldn't trade my low tech/no tech youth for all the electronic gadgets in the world.

    I remember observing daddy long legs spiders as a boy. They are graceful creatures and I never harmed them. My mother, on the other hand, was an arachnophobe. The moment she spotted a spider of any kind in the house, off came her shoe so that she could crush the poor thing. Like our mutual friend Kelly, I have seen quite a few large wolf spiders on my wooded property. Their webs are huge. I remember seeing a six foot wide wolf spider web anchored by the trunks of two trees.

    Thanks again for coming over to SDMM, my friend. Come again soon!

    1. Hello,

      And thank you for taking time to visit, much appreciated indeed. I like the fact that you are anti-tech, I wish I could say the same for myself.

      I enjoyed your thoughts and I'll surely be visiting your end again soon. Greetings!

  12. Yes. So true. We want it fast. We want it now!! If you can’t beat them, join them.

    What a coincidence!! When I was in the kitchen today I saw a huge spider at the bottom of the sliding door. I had never seen anything like that in my house. I sprayed the creature with lots of vinegar, picked it up with three or four paper towels and down the toilet it went. Then checked all the corners, all the walls, underneath the beds, inside the cupboards... I felt exhausted at the end of the day!!! : )) Ah! and sprayed vinegar outside the doors and first floor windows for good measure!!

    Conversation Spoilers: I know one of those!!
    A thousand for a phone?! Thanks, but no thanks!

    1. Vinegar is a great way to deter the little fellas and spearmint too. Imagine how exhausting it is to be on the lookout for them, sigh.

      I hope you are well, thanks for stopping by again.

  13. A class for teenagers on coping with the digital age? I need a course!

    A grand for a cell phone - no way, I hate the smart phone I have. I'm no fool.

    I didn't check out the spider link, it's after midnight and I'd like to sleep tonight.

  14. Excellent sharing my friend!!!

    Yes time caught scary speed and what we loosing here is "our Actual selves"

    each time i learn something while reading you and this is great.
    I fascinate by spiders though they create web but unlike man they do it only to fill up their stomach " NOT TO just TRAP SOMEONE"

    Sometime i leave their world as it is just to my own observation as they catch lots of mosquitoes and i find it interesting and helpful specially in store room.

    If i have 1 thousand in my hand extra right now i will buy two apple(i can eat at time) and rest will give away to someone who needs it so badly (as for food etc)

  15. Not many spiders and / or mosquitoes here as is too cold for them here, friend B... Love, cat.

  16. IphoneX is surely pricey and getting on trend is something im mumbling too.
    Great insights

    Much Love,
    Zarrah | The Bandwagon Chic

  17. I enjoyed reading your post. You certainly hit a lot of topics we all have to deal with. :) Erika

  18. Oh no not a spider video B! Can't watch, will have the heeby jeebies all-night 😀 Talking about a sofa.. that's exactly where my thousand dollars + went yesterday ☺

  19. I'm terrified of spiders, large or small. Seeing spiders makes me hit the high notes. I've been bitten twice by small spiders. Not fun and no super powers.

  20. Interesting thoughts. My kids are terrified of spiders. The new iphone is pricey indeed,I will pass on it for now, but they do say the augmented reality feature makes it worth it.

  21. $1000 for a phone is nuts. Apple can take that and pound sand. Fast everything indeed, although some aren't too swift, making them dumber, fatter, and lazier.

  22. Spending some money on a getaway pays divedends!

  23. Hhahah.. you surely can buy a lot in 1000 bucks but just one iphone ;) I also like insects/animals/birds that stay away.. they do their own thing i do mine.. im not afraid of lizards and all..
    Nice post :)

    Thank you so much for your wonderful comment on my last post.

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  24. I think that not only does most of society live in the fast lane, they live with a "disposable" mentality. Not working? Throw it out and buy a new one. Relationship not perfect? Dump him (or her) and find someone else...etc...nobody wants to take care of things, nurture relationships or take the time to fix what's broken anymore. We've become not only disgustingly materialistic and wasteful, but also a society of replaceable.

  25. I take the stairs to my office in 4th floor every day and we do cook, but you are right. I see people glued to their dumb smartphones being on skateboards, bikes even.
    And, yes, you can order fast food online here, even Mc D does deliver...

    Big, biting spiders sure are very scary. I´ve travelled Australia and the small ones are even more dangerous. Anything with more than four feet gives me the creeps (but with the harmless ones we co-exist here).
    Conversation Spoilers... I had to share an office.. aw, so bad I just wanna forget about it all!

    Apple... pffft... but peeps do buy!

  26. I am SO not a friend of spiders, and I am SO happy we do not have big ones like other scary countries too

  27. No fancy iPhone for me. My simple phone will do. I have never seen such a large spider, and I hope I never do. I used to be related to a "conversation spoiler." She would ask, "What? What?" as other people conversed. I wanted to say "We aren't talking to you," but I didn't.


  28. I wouldn't like having big spiders in the house either. There are lots of bugs where I live, and I don't like any of them in the house. If they bite then they have to go.

  29. I have no use for the new iPhone, as wonderful a piece of technology that it is. I have a cheapy cell phone. It'll make phone calls and I'll send an occasional text. If they could give a phone legs like a spider so that if I left my phone in the kitchen and rings it could run to me in the living room. Now you've got something! I don't need a phone that can make pancakes.

  30. I do so enjoy your random thoughts! When it comes to spiders, this is my take: If they're outside minding their own business, have at it. But if you enter my house, your days are numbered. It's as simple as that.

  31. I can't believe the price of the new iPhone!

  32. Great post. Let's buy a $700 phone. It's cheap than a $1000 phone. ??? What a world.

  33. I'm not bothered by spiders either but not crazy about the giant kind or ones that bite.

  34. Hi Blogoratti – life is way too fast … it’s that decision to say ‘no' – I need a break … it doesn’t happen too often for many in today’s age. Fast food – no thank you …

    Spiders – bless their cotton socks and when they breed – boy do they breed … lots of critters. No I haven’t had my alarm set off by them …

    I hate it when people just catch the fag end of what one is talking about and think they can join in – without even politely listening in for a while to see what we were actually discussing, or to let us finish our discussion ...

    I’d like one of those phones – but not for a while yet … pennies need to be saved … and I’d need to have someone with technical know-how around to show me how to use it!!

    Cheers to you - Hilary

  35. Well, my idea of living in the fast lane is doing some batch cooking on saturday so it's quicker to put together meals over the nest few days. Ha! It's very slow pace of life here in the country and I'm loving it.
    We do have those huge wolf spiders though. One night I had gone to bed without putting on the overhead light and my hubby came in and had to find something so told me to close my eyes. I did, he put on the light, and when I opened my eyes there was this great big wolf spider on the ceiling right above my face.......OMG, I never moved so fast! That taught me to check everywhere for spiders before I go to bed. I even check under the pillows because believe it or not I flipped over a pillow one morning to fluff it and there was a big spider. Creepy stuff!
    Conversations spoilers will always plague us. What irks me most is that the person I am talking with never comes back to finish our conversation. I find that very rude and it does make the person feel unimportant no matter what you were talking about in the first place. I rarely get to finish what I am saying so I don't say much anymore (except here on blog comments, LOL).
    I'm spending $1,000 right now; the plumber is here, the arborist was here last night and we are waiting for an estimate, and the carpenter was here the day before. Fall fix-up time. Getting ready for winter. I am predicting snow by Halloween this year. Let's see if I'm right.
    Enjoy your day!

  36. We had one of those big spiders on the sofa a couple of days ago, just sitting on the arm, it made me jump. Managed to catch it in a pot and put it outside but I've been checking around the house for more ever since. I hate it when people cut into a conversation or even worse cut across what you are saying without allowing you to finish getting to the point of what you are trying to say:)

  37. Love the quote - so true.
    Quite an interesting mix today. Excellent post.
    And I am thankful for my dumb phone (flip phone). It cost $29. and doesn't care what I look like.

  38. An odd thing about impatience is out reaction to checkout lines. We can easily spend a half hour in a grocery store but search desperately for the shortest line that will get us out of there two minutes earlier. And we chafe if we don't find one.


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