Adulting on TikTok

Last night, I did it.  I downloaded the TikTok app and opened an account. Did I mention that I’m sixty?  That’s kind of old for uploading short videos that play in a loop, but it can be done. It’s unlikely I’ll ever star in my own videos.  My video efforts work better with stuffed animals who have finely cultured personalities.  You know, the stuffies I live with. The app allowed me to upload two existing videos last night, and apparently some people saw them.  A separate app on my phone allowed the stuffies’ lips to move in sync with voices … Continue reading Adulting on TikTok

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day Responsibly

We can always talk about moderation, but personally I’ve given up on the possibility that people will listen.  If they’re inclined to overdo something, they’ll probably act on the impulse toward excess.  Good judgment rarely beats instant gratification. That said, here’s a warning from the teddy bear peace officer community in the United Kingdom.  It’s a screenshot of a Twitter retweet, with my own plea for common sense added.  If you’d like to see the original tweet in its entirety, check out @Emergency_Teds on Twitter. Plush animals are among society’s most responsible citizens, so it disappoints me to see how … Continue reading Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day Responsibly

Teddy Bears Never Stop Protecting Us

If you’re on Twitter, I recommend following username @Emergency_Teds.  They keep the United Kingdom safe, and some of us already know from experience that stuffed animals protect us at home. While we’re on the topic:  Please refrain from putting currency in the clotheswasher/dryer.  Check all pockets carefully before washing.  Some of us really can’t tolerate the sound of a coin spinning in the dryer.  It’s as bad as fingernails on a blackboard. Continue reading Teddy Bears Never Stop Protecting Us

Occupational Safety Hazards

Earlier this month, I embarked (love that word!) on a difficult, frustrating volunteer project which I thought I’d be committed to for as long as I live in my condominium.  It was a tall order because I expect to be here for as long as I’m capable of living independently. It was awkward to imagine doing such heavy work at age eighty, but that was the plan. Now my ambition is history.  I was sifting through recyclables and compostables which my neighbors had failed to sort properly, and in complete modesty I have to say I was doing a rip-roaring … Continue reading Occupational Safety Hazards