Share Your World – June 19, 2017


 

 

Share Your World – June 19, 2017

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What is something that people are obsessed with but you just don’t get the point of?

Sports. Working until they drop dead. Public displays of affection. (Gross)

What quirky things do people do where you are from?

I Live in New York City. What don’t they do?

What are some things you wish you could unlearn? 

Nothing. You can’t unlearn things. Life is not a movie like The Men in Black where some guy touches you with a device that makes you forget. If such a device existed trust me I would use it!

Whatever has happened in your life good, bad, ugly and total disaster is yours to keep. That includes the anxiety, nerves and stress. That’s a package deal. You can never go back to being carefree, your childhood or innocence. Put on your Big Girl panties and deal.

Who is someone that you miss having in your life?

After 50 you go to funerals constantly. Went to one a few Fridays ago. Most of my family has died and my Baby Boomer generation is passing away. Quickly. I go to more wakes, funerals, viewings etc… than any type of parties. Not too many of us are gonna make it to age 60. If I do I’ll count myself lucky. Heart attacks, strokes and cancer have taken a good many of my friends and co-workers.

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

I will be grateful when this week is over. Slowly going from bad to worse. I got two pieces of bad news last weekend. Can’t say I’m grateful for that. Nor do I see any solution to the problems.

Life has too many variables so I rarely look forward to things and as the saying goes the best made plans of mice and men often go awry.

As I was on my way to work yesterday I stopped to listen to the Brother sing.  As many R&B Soul singers are wont to do he had a little monologue.  He had several African-American listeners and while he was talking it was like church to me. In fact at least one Sister and Brother said “Preach Brother.”  What he says is true. We have little control over our lives or what happens in our lives. We only think we are in control. Once I got to work and began my shift as usual satan had let some of his demons out to play in order to make my day miserable. I did not even finish my food. I believe certain co-workers are put in the workplace to torture you and make a simple job even more difficult because they must have their way. All. The. Time.  And yours truly winds up getting screwed.  It’s after 2:30 am and I should be asleep but I know what awaits me in a few hours.

 

Yes I’m Looking forward to Retirement and becoming Invisible!! Isolation!! No more dealing with Dumbfuckery and Assholes!!! Yessssssssss!!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share Your World – June 12, 2017


 

 

 

Share Your World – June 12, 2017

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What do you do when you’re not working? If you are retired, what do you that is not part of your regular daytime routine?

Sleep. If the weather is nice after my nap I’ll go outside. Maybe take a walk. If I’m lucky and not too tired then I visit the Brooklyn Museum and/or the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. However I work very long hours so when I’m off it’s time to do laundry, grocery shopping, cleaning house, etc…   I look forward to retirement when I’ll get my life back.

What would you do if you won the lottery?

Stop working. Take my brother Stephen and move far away to a Caribbean island where I would hire care-givers for him. Then knowing he was being taken care of write that book, concentrate on creating art, do what I want to do 100% of the time. We would live in a luxurious beach home where we would be waited on hand and foot. Especially somebody to cook as I don’t like or enjoy cooking.

What makes you laugh the most?

That’s a difficult question. I don’t own a TV and rarely go to movies so I really don’t know.

Sometimes I’ll watch Trevor Noah videos on YouTube. I guess I don’t really have to much to laugh about. With all hell going on in the USA there is not much to laugh about.

My co-workers and I joke about our inability to balance work and home life. Our frustrations with trying pay rent, care for our families and maybe squeeze out some time for ourselves. Crazy co-workers who live to annoy the rest of us trying to do our jobs.  How we are all running a sleep deficit. Truly sad. That’s not funny but it is reality.  Our Patron Saint is Our Lady of the Perpetually Exhausted. Especially for those of us near or over 50.  Working adults laugh to keep from crying.

What is your biggest pet peeve with modern technology?

I hate when you call doctor’s offices, utility companies, etc.. you get that robot voice telling to you Press 1 for this or 2 for that.

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

Eye doctor visit went well. The blind spots in my left eye are contained and not spreading. Friday I got my Vitamin shots and was able to meet my girlfriend for some Buddhist meditation and dinner at Panera. It is very rare for me to be able to get together with any friends due to my job schedule. We all wish that could change but it will be years before it does.

Can’t say I’m looking forward to this week or the next. It’s all the same. Wash. Rinse. Repeat. When you work a full-time job your week is planned out for you. As for the weekends those are for household chores. I do have some vacation coming in August. If I have money maybe I can visit my girlfriend in PA. We will see.

Share Your World – May 22, 2017


 

Share Your World – May 22, 2017

 

Share Your World – May 22, 2017

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What one thing have you not done that you really want to do? 

Pilgrimages to my Ancestral Motherland Africa and Spiritual pilgrimage to the Holy Land. One of my deepest desires is to see where my ancestors came from and to go to Israel and Egypt to walk in the footsteps of Jesus.

How often do you get a haircut?

So far this year twice but I try not to cut my hair too often as my goal and objective is to let it grow out.

In regards to puzzle what’s your choice: jigsaw, crossword, word search or numeric puzzles?

Word Search then Jigsaw. I’m not too good with crossword and I definitely cannot do Sudoku!

How many cities have you lived? You can share the number of physical residences and/or the number of cities.

New York, 569th PSC Augsburg, Germany, 101st Airborne Division sits on both states of Kentucky and Tennessee. I think the cities are Clarksville and what we used to call Hop Town. It’s been a long time and my memory fails me. I did my Basic Training and AIT at Ft. Jackson, SC.  As a Civilian I’ve lived most of my life in New York moving from Jamaica, Queens, New York to Brooklyn, New York in 2012. Both Queens and Brooklyn could be cities unto themselves given the physical size and population.

 

https://screamingeagle.org/

https://www.army.mil/101stairborne

Memorial Day is coming up and this is when those of us in the USA honor deceased military Veterans especially those killed in battle. So I’m honoring my Dad Edward G. Palmer who served during the Korean War.  No my Dad was not killed while serving otherwise I would not be here writing this blog post. Daddy passed away at the age of 65 from colon cancer and stroke.

However most Americans need to be reminded that Memorial Day is more than just barbecues and the beginning of summer. Also do not confuse Memorial Day with Veterans Day which honors living Veterans. Please say a prayer or have a moment of silence of those who gave their lives for the United States of America.

Edward G. Palmer Korean War

I’m also honoring my Great, Great Grandfather William Henry Halstead who served and fought in the Civil War.  Here is some more information on his unit.  The reason that it says 29th Colored Regiment is because Blacks/African-Americans were referred to as Colored people and the Armed Forces were segregated. Meaning Blacks and whites fought in separate units. I recall my Dad telling me that President Harry Truman integrated the Military Armed Forces.

Connecticut Twenty-Ninth (Colored) Regt. C. V. INFANTRY

http://www.conn29th.org/history.htm

Voices of the 29th Colored Reg.

http://www.conn29th.org/stories.htm

 

 

My Great, Great Grandfather William Henry Halstead had the honor of hearing Frederick Douglass speak to his Regiment the 29th. In December of 1863 my Great Great Grandfather, William Henry Halstead, who lived in Tarrytown, New York, traveled to New Haven, Connecticut to join the 29th Connecticut Colored Infantry. On his Volunteer Enlistment papers it notes his occupation as a farmer. He enlisted for three years and was discharged on the 24th day of October 1865. He married and had five children. William Henry Halstead passed away in 1888 and was buried in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Tarrytown, New York. His wife moved to New York City with her five children. Her children grew up in Harlem and belonged to various organizations such as Odd Fellows, Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic and the Daughters of New York.

One of his descendants was my grandmother Eva Sophronia Gordon Palmer who was born in 1892. Another of his descendants was my Dad Edward Gordon Palmer who was born Feb. 11, 1930.

http://www.courant.com/news/connecticut/hc-civil-war-black-troops-0119-20140118,0,4666687.story

 

 

 

Share Your World – April 17, 2017


 

Share Your World – April 17, 2017

Share Your World – April 17, 2017

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When writing by hand do you prefer to use a pencil or pen?

Probably pencil since it has an eraser but due to past carpal tunnel syndrome and arthritis my handwriting is illegible. My handwriting could be the but of those doctor handwriting jokes. Back when doctors used to write paper prescriptions. In New York doctors usually no longer write paper prescriptions as per a New York State Law requiring all prescriptions to be submitted directly to the patients pharmacy via computer.

Would you rather be an amazing dancer or an amazing singer?

Dancer. I admire the Nicholas Brothers, Gregory Hines and Savion Glover.

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you were on a debate team, what subject would you relish debating?

That’s a difficult question to answer. I used to be good at public speaking because it was a requirement of my previous job. Now you could not get me up on a podium unless you paid me $1 Million dollars. Nerves, anxiety and panic attacks would have me running off the stage, then again that would make a good topic, “Why I suck at public speaking.”

The only other subject I could discuss without appearing to be a complete idiot or fool would be on the subject of Autism, my relationship with my brother Stephen and Why Adult Siblings of Autistic Adults Matter.  Autism programs, services and organizations only cater to parents and once the parents are deceased and the individual with Autism is an Adult you are forgotten as well as the needs of Adult Siblings which are not addressed.  There is a serious Lack of Support Services for Adult Siblings trying to take of their developmentally disabled siblings.  My Life is a constant Struggle.

What are you a “natural” at doing?

Writing and photography.

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

Warm weather. Looking forward to my vacation next month and summer.

 

 

 

 

 

Share Your World – March 27, 2017


 

Share Your World – March 27, 2017

Share Your World – March 27, 2017

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Have you ever participated in a distance walking, swimming, running, or biking event? Tell your story.

Yes. All Courtesy of Uncle Sam. I’m a United States Army Veteran and road marches and running were my way of Life from Nov. 1977 – Nov. 1981. I was in excellent physical condition back then and easily completed every physical task. I did do one of those corporate sponsorship cancer walks a several years ago. I think it was a 5K. I was younger then so it was doable now I get winded just going up and down the subway stairs. I don’t have the stamina or energy I had when I was younger.

No swimming as I can’t swim and my bike riding came to an end after childhood. I have vision and balance issues so bikes are not my friends.

 

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

 

I’m grateful to have gotten through the week and made it to Palm Sunday which I enjoyed. I’m also grateful that the weather in New York has finally warmed up.  I’m looking forward to Easter.

 

Share Your World: Ribbonrx Edition: April 3, 2017 – Cee’s Photography


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Share Your World: Ribbonrx Edition: April 3, 2017

 

Share Your World: Ribbonrx Edition: April 3, 2017

For those of you who are missing out on Share Your World, Ribbonr.com has come up with some questions for this week. Feel free to play along. You can add your answers below my reblog.

What’s something you like to do the old-fashioned way?

I would like to return to live human interaction whenever I must call for customer service. I’m tired of machine voices telling me Press 1 for This or Press 2 for That. Let’s bring back Living Operators/Customer Service Agents.

What’s your favorite genre of book or movie?

Suspense/Thrillers/Mysteries ~~ Sometimes Ghost or Horror stories. The Others with Nichole Kidman was a great movie as was the film Shelter Island with Leonardo DiCaprio. Also The Sixth Sense. Any book by Anne Rice or Stephen King. Anne Rice stands out as #1 for me.

How often do you people watch?

All the time as a Museum Security Guard that’s what I get paid to do. Especially when I worked days. You’d be surprised at how many adults, yes grown ass people either touch or attempt to touch the artworks!  Go figure!!  Since I started working nights last year that problem does not arise as the visitors are on their way home when my shift begins.

What have you only recently formed an opinion about?

That Benadryl and Nivea are the best thing for allergies even skin rash allergies.

That the Dominican guard who is around my age maybe younger is rather handsome. He is also a nice guy with funny jokes.  Don’t get alarmed peoples!! We are just friends.

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

Last Week was rough so I’m glad that it is over. Looking forward to Palm Sunday and the start of Holy Week.

 

Those of you old enough (50+) will get the reference with this record and one of my above answers.

Aretha Franklin~ ” Who’s Zoomin Who ” 💜~ 1985

Share Your World – February 27, 2017


 

 

Share Your World – February 27, 2017

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black-or-green-olivesEver ran out of gas in your vehicle?

No. Never. When I was able to drive I always made sure that I had a full tank of gas.

Which are better: black or green olives?

Neither one. Olives are too salty and I cannot eat them. High Blood Pressure. Pass the grapes or blueberries instead.

If you were a great explorer, what would you explore?

Africa. For me it would be like going home since that is where my ancestors are from. Not so much explore as it would be a Pilgrimage. Return to the Motherland. Fortunately I’ve made many friends from Africa via Blogging so I will go to Africa some day.

Quotes List: At least three of your favorite quotes?

 

Habakkuk 2:2

King James Version (KJV)

And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that reads it.

Proverbs 4:7

King James Version (KJV)

Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.

And anything my parents used to say.  Here are three from my Dad Edward G. Palmer:

I complained because I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet.

It is better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.

Get something in your head not just on your head.

And from my Mom Mable Palmer:

If you mess up. You clean up.

God don’t like Ugly.

What goes around comes around.

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

Grateful that today is my Birthday and God has allowed me to see another year of life. Happy to be 58!! Looking forward to my upcoming vacation starting Friday. Planning to spend time with my brother Stephen and relax.