A Bug Sandwich for Sunday Stealing

People watching

bug sandwichThis week’s Sunday Stealing is A Bug Sandwich, though only two questions address that animal category.

1. You are walking down the road, and you look down. There is a bug. Do you step on it?

Goodness, no. The great outdoors is its turf. Now, in the house, that’s quite another matter.

2. What is one fantasy that you want to come true more than any other?

I REALLY wanted to fly. It more hovering about 10 meters above the ground. Dreams, fantasies big time.

3. Someone knocks on your door. Do you look out the window to see who it is before you open it? Do you open it regardless of who it is?

I tend to look through the glass door, largely because we don’t have that many people ringing our doorbell. Most of them are people who drop off a delivery, mail, UPS, cat food delivery, or human food delivery. In this COVID-endemic period, this is even more true.

Another factor is our cats. Midnight is hostile enough to go out and harass strangers, even though he is an indoor cat with no skills in the wild. (He got out once, and I wasn’t sure he’d make it back.).

Most likely, my wife or I would slip out the door and talk to the visitor.

4. Have you ever eaten Play-Doh?

Maybe, possibly. I have no specific recollection of doing so.

5. What was your favorite Saturday morning cartoon as a child?

Probably Top Cat, the theme of which is here.

Watching people go by

6. Are you a people watcher?

Oh, goodness, yes. On Friday afternoon, in a ten-minute span:

A guy was walking across New Scotland Avenue near St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany, NY. The driver, wanting to make the right turn from South Allen, waited patiently for the pedestrian to finish. Car behind vehicle #1 laid on the horn. The pedestrian yelled to car #2, “Chill out, man!” Then driver #1 and the pedestrian locked eyes in a nod of mutual appreciation.

I walked to the bus stop on South Allen. It used to be a thrift shop, but it, and several other buildings, were razed, and the area fenced off. The driver of the car parked behind me got into the vehicle. I recognized immediately that they would have to back up to get out. So I stepped onto the narrow curb and closer to the car in front of me. The driver made a U-turn and looked at me, and gave me a head nod, noting that I had enough situational awareness to get out of the way. I returned the gesture.

The driver of the car parked in front of me walks to the car. They ask me, “Can somebody help you?” I said, “Nope, I’m just waiting for the bus,” pointing to the sign. To be fair, the bus route sign was obscured by a mesh material. The no-standing zone sign, though, was more visible. They got in the car confidently. But as they got into the seat, they shrank down just a little as to suggest they had made a false assumption about my motive when I was standing there. BTW, I got out of the way of that vehicle but got no eye contact from the driver.

Citrus and its friends

7. I have a bowl of fruit. There are apples, oranges, and pears. You help yourself to one. Which one do you choose?

If it’s Barlett pears, MacIntosh apples, and oranges, it’ll be Bartletts. If it’s other pears, Mac apples, and oranges, it’ll be Macs. But if it’s other pears and apples, then it’s oranges, assuming I have enough napkins.

8. What is your biggest pet peeve in the blogging world?

Those damn Captcha things designed to prevent comment spam. I have had difficulty reading distorted words, and I’m sure that others experience it too. Those image recognition CAPTCHAs are almost as irritating.

9. What was the last really funny movie you watched?

Perhaps Knives Out.

10. What word do you use far too often?


11. How long do you spend in the shower?

Seven minutes, maximum.

12. What is something you’ve never done that you secretly are dying to do?

Pieing a politician I dislike. The list is long.

13. Your favorite flavor of soup is?

New England clam chowder.

14. You are sitting on a bench in the park, and a bug walks in front of your feet…

I say, “Hi, bug.”

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