Hotter Then The Sun

Fandango’s Dog Days of August #24- “ Fun Fact About Me

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Fun Fact about Anita Marie:

I have almost been hit by lighting three times.

As a side note:

A bolt of lightning can reach temperatures of roughly  53,540 degrees Fahrenheit. The sun, on the other hand, is eclipsed in this case – its surface temperature is just 10,340 degrees Fahrenheit

The first time I was  nearly hit was when I was walking home from school and a storm broke out. I saw a flash out of the corner of my eye and when it was gone a tree about eight feet to my left had a branch blown off and for a few seconds I couldn’t move and my mouth tasted like pennies I also had trouble hearing for a few days.

The second time I was walking to my car and all of the sudden I couldn’t see or move and when I could I saw the building near to where I was had been hit by lighting and then I saw was a black mark going down one wall and I heard a bunch of people screaming.

I’d like to say I heroically  sprinted to my car and drove away, but when I started to walk I couldn’t feel my feet so I couldn’t walk for a few minutes.

The third time I was in Iowa and I was on a bluff looking down at the Mississippi river and I was about to tell my kids to take a look at something when I heard this crackly sound and the  this silver bolt hit the ground next to me. This time I felt my skin tingle and  I was actually afraid to move because another bolt hit the hill just a little further up from where I was standing.

I thought the lighting was chasing me. I was sort of foggy headed at that point, so it was a weird thought. Scary. But didn’t make any sense.

There was a fourth time, but I was inside and the lighting actually hit the tree outside my bedroom window. I had the misfortune of looking into my bathroom mirror when it hit so I saw the flash in the mirror and the reflection  actually affected my eyes for about a week.

So that’s a fun fact about me- I’ve almost been hit by lighting a bunch of times, but I haven’t been hit yet.


Lighting FYI’s:

Lightning Science: Five Ways Lightning Strikes People

Ten shocking things that can happen if you are struck by lightning

Lightning safety: 10 myths—and the facts



Share Your World 8-24-2020

Melanie and Roger are the hosts for the Harry Potter meets Share Your World challenge.

 If you had such a magical map of your town, what would you use it for? If you would not use it, is there another person to whom you would gift it?

If I had a magical map of the town I have been consigned to, I would use it to find a way to get the heck out and I would burn it in the hopes I would forget I had ever lived there.

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When was the last time you made a snowball? Were in a snowball fight?

I made one last year and threw it to my dog. Sometimes he tossed it back and sometimes he ate it.

Hamish Macbeth 2019
Photo A.M. Moscoso

Many cultures set great value in each child of the family having godparents. Did you have godparents? Are you a godparent yourself?

I do have Godparents. My Godmother has passed away and my Godfather is my Uncle and he lives a block away from me. It was a very nice feeling to know you had someone out there to look after you if your parents couldn’t, but it seemed to me that in my family being a Godparent was a role that people were honored to have and the Godparents and Godchildren always acknowledged their relationships with each other with a lot of affection.

I’m not a Godparent to any human children, but I have been a Godparent to a cat, three dogs and  a tankful of guppies.

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You have found a secret tunnel under your house. Where does it go?

Need you ask?

Muggle Questions (of a more philosophical bent this week):

Is intelligence or wisdom more useful?

Intelligence is more useful- if you’ve got moxie you’re smart enough to seek out wisdom and that’s always an adventure.

How important is play in living a healthy and fulfilling life?

Very. Very. Very important- if I don’t say that then it means that all of the goofy games I play with my dog are just the actions of a person who is no exactly ” people friendly “. and needs to be ‘socialized’ as we dog owners say.

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Is happiness just chemicals flowing through your brain or something more?

It’s chemicals in your brain, but unless you do things like laugh or play or find things to enjoy then those chemicals don’t get produced. So sure, you have to work at it but it’s worth the rush you get,  don’t you think?


Parr is Up There

Photo A.M. Moscoso

Swinging from a tree

or swaying near a wall

the man inside the iron cage

isn’t afraid to fall


Swinging from a tree

or swaying near a wall

does anyone look up

like he does

watching for the darkness to fall


Swinging from a tree

or swaying near a wall

do you know you can

hear his cries

when there is nothing

left of him at all.

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RDP Monday: SWAY

Additional Reading: From Atlas Obscura-The Incredibly Disturbing Historical Practice of Gibbeting

The Accidental Quartet

Photo A.M. Moscoso

A kettle

a noose

a length of chain and a bottle of poison

Four little murderers with a story to tell.


He sold phones, she sold houses the other two

met by chance on a bus ride.

An accidental quartet, instruments poised

ready to perform tonight.


Eight little murderers with a story to tell

would you invite them in to play

Or are they  there with you now

waiting to  begin on four.



Word of The Day Challenge: Accidental