Shopping- Online or in-person?

Fandango, provocatively asks;

During the height of the pandemic, to what extent did you avail yourself of online shopping for meals, groceries, and other goods and services? If you did use online shopping and delivery services, now that things have eased up a bit, has your reliance on or use of such service continued at the same rate, increased, or decreased. To what extent?

When the news of the pandemic hit the headlines, I was in Seattle, planning to stay with my daughter and grandson for 2-3 months.

Since I wasn’t a permanent citizen of America, I didn’t have health insurance and my daughter was very worried about me. She told me not to go to any store and she set up an online grocery app through which we would order grocery from any of the nearby stores and bring it inside after sterilizing them.

I stayed in Seattle for six months, the maximum that I was allowed to stay on my B1-B2 visa. And till I came back, we were ordering both grocery and takeout through various apps.

Now things are better, and I do my grocery shopping in person, fully masked and maintaining distance from others. I think it’s become a second nature to be wary of people around me. I order food in if I am feeling lazy and rarely we go out to eat but prefer to sit outdoors, away from people.

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Am I Spontaneous or stable?

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Welcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question. Each week I will pose what I think is a provocative question for your consideration.

I know people who appear to be very spontaneous. I know that I was much more spontaneous when I was younger than I am now, and I thought at the time that my spontaneity was a positive trait. 

But some criticized me for being too impulsive and for not always thinking about the consequences of my actions or decisions. As I grew older, particularly after I became a parent, I tried to be more steadfast, more constant, more purposeful, more reliable.

This got me wondering about the character traits of spontaneity and stability. And that brings me to this week’s provocative question. 

Do you consider yourself today to be more of a spontaneous person or more of a stable person? Which characteristic in others, spontaneity or stability, do you prefer? Why?

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Sadly, even nearing the big 60, I am as impulsive as I was at 25!

Though thankfully I don’t make rash decisions, I do make impulsive ones. I decide on the spur of the moment be it shopping, or life altering decisions.

The paradox is that I am a planner! I plan my day and the tasks for the week ahead. I like things to be settled so that when I get up I know what my day is looking like. But at the same time, I can change my plans if someone suggests a fun outing. Or if something urgent crops up, I’ll change my plans in a heartbeat.

I think I like spontaneity in my life where fun is concerned. And stability in my life where serious life choices are concerned.

I admire my husband because he plans (sometimes too much) for our future, finically and practically. He is the stable guy in my life. I admire his stability, because one partner should at least be stable to have a comfortable life. At the same time I admire the spontaneity of my elder daughter who is always making fun plans for outings or vacations.

So here I am a mixed personality! A bit of stability and a bit of spontaneity!

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Fandango Provocative Question # 138

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Welcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question.

I overheard two people having a disagreement this week. One person told the other that she was too willing to settle for something when she shouldn’t. The other person responded that she wasn’t settling, she was just accepting the reality of the situation. So that got me thinking about the difference between “settling” and “accepting.” Hence, my provocative question for this week…

Do you see a difference between settling for things and accepting the way things are? If so, in what way are they different? If not why do you feel settling and accepting are the same?

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After reading a lot of responses to this question, I have reached the conclusion that there is but a slight difference between the two. It lies in how we are viewing the situation. Practically, the result is the same.

We settle for things that we would like to be better but seeing no other alternative, we settle for the current situation. Relationships are often the ones we settle for. Marriage should NOT be one example but it often is. Siblings we end up with cannot be changed, so we settle to make the best of the situation.

Accepting things that cannot be changed is the other side of this question. Life circumstances fall in this category more often than not. Health issues have to be accepted so that we can make mental adjustments and move on. We also accept our own limitations regarding our progress in life. This could in some cases tantamount to giving up, but sometimes there is no choice. Suffering from an ailment and unable to do what we could, we accept with good grace and move on.

There are many examples of both situations, but at the end, we don’t resist the given circumstances and learn to live with them.

This was a real provocative question. I had to do some deep thinking. Thanks Fandango!

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Fandango Provocative Question # 137 – Modesty

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Welcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question.

That got me thinking about a question some of you might find a bit provocative. Are you ready?

Have you ever been to a clothing-optional (nude) venue, such as a beach, resort, club, party, etc? If so, what did you think of the experience? Would you do it again? If not, would you ever consider going to a clothing-optional gathering? Why or why not?

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My answer is simple and straightforward. I could have answered in the comments as well.

My answer is an unequivocal NO!

Why I am choosing to answer it in more detail is because it gives me a chance to explain a little about my point of view which is greatly influenced by my religion, Islam.

For Muslims, modesty is one of the major virtues. We neither encourage shedding clothes ourselves nor want to see others in this state of undress.

Clothes not only protect our bodies from the ravages of weather and environment but also adorn the body. Make it more pleasing to look at and preserve its modesty. Wearing less or no clothes exposes the body to the environment, harming it in the process and leaves nothing to the imagination.

So I would never go to such a place where clothes were optional. Period!

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Fandango Provocative Question- Internet or heating/ cooling

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Welcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question.

My provocative question for you this week is fairly lightweight and as bloggers all, I think I know how most of you will answer it. But be sure to focus on the “why” part in your response.

If you were forced to chose, would you rather live without the internet or live without air conditioning and heating? Why?

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I have read many responses to this question, and the majority of bloggers that I follow, opted to have a temperature-controlled environment in lieu of no internet.

My view is slightly different. I live in a warm country. The winters aren’t that long or that cold. The summers are very hot and quite long. We use air conditioning for at least six-seven months a year. So having air conditioning is a big blessing.

But having access to the world of information is essential too. Blogging, watching Netflix, seeking answers to everyday problems and puzzles: the internet is essential for it all.

My solution is to get a house with a lot of ventilation, big windows where the air can move freely, and have full internet access!

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Fandango Provocative Question # 135

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Welcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question.

My provocative question for you this week is this…

Regardless of how you feel about a woman’s right to get an abortion, do you believe that, in cases of incest or rape, women should be denied the ability to have legal abortions if they wish to terminate their pregnancies?

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I don’t think that any woman would say no in answer to this question. Even the Republicans, if they can think.

Rape and incest are the ultimate violations of a woman. Her mind and body reject this so vehemently that sometimes the resulting fetus aborts automatically. But whatever the scenario, the decision should lie with the woman herself.

How can someone else force them to keep a child when it is conceived out of a hateful act? And why would anyone want to?

I can perhaps write a very long post in response to this question, but I feel one line is enough.

In case of rape or incest, no one should deny or deprive the woman of the option of terminating that pregnancy!

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Fandango Provocative Question – News- Yes or no?

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Welcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question.

My provocative question for you this week is this…

What are your primary sources for news these days?

Word of mouth!

My husband is an avid newspaper reader. His morning cannot start if there’s no newspaper. He feels that I must be told important headlines. I often avoid him at the breakfast table, preferring to start the day without the depressing news which is what the newspapers are full of.

Are you confident that your sources present the news accurately, fairly, and without bias?

Not at all!

All news sources are biased in the favor of the highest bidder. Whoever supplies the moolah, the news is slanted in their favor. Sometimes the government wants to keep certain news out of the print and electronic media, and we don’t hear anything about it from any reliable sources. Sometimes certain news articles are pushed to the foreground because the government or the army wants them to be publicized. What or who, can you trust in this scenario?

Or have you given up trying to keep up with the news anymore?

Yes, I have.

I avoid all forms of news. This can rightly be judged as being willfully ignorant and I admit to that. But I am not willing to add to the already stressful life by listening, reading, or discussing things that are partly false and totally depressing.

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Fandango Provocative Question- Evolution

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Welcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question.

Do you believe that modern human beings, Homo sapiens, evolved between 150,000 to 200,000 years ago from earlier species? Or do you believe that God created humans in their present form within the past 10,000 years? Or, if you believe something else, what is it?

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Before I share my thoughts, let me make it clear that I do have a college degree and I am not a religious extremist.

I believe that humans were created as humans, 150000- 200000 years ago by God. The theory of evolution does not satisfy me as it leaves many questions unanswered.

This theory states that we all, all the living creatures evolved from a primordial soup of organic ingredients. It belies a creator. But there has to be a Creator Who created originally. Nothing cannot beget something. That’s why I believe God created everything. The way other organisms came into being could very well be through evolution, though I cannot be 100% sure.

There is a lot of evidence in support of and against this theory and it is the prerogative of an independent thinker to choose what they believe.

Interesting question, truly provocative!

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Fandango Provocative Question # 132 – Daily showers

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Welcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question. Each week I will pose what I think is a provocative question for your consideration.

One article I came across noted that when you shower daily, you dry out your skin, especially if you are scrubbing with an abrasive material or soap. Further, you can deplete the essential oils, lipids, and bacteria that help your skin fight off inflammation, maintain a smooth look, and reinforce its protective barrier.

So with this in mind, my provocative question this week is this…

Do you regularly shower or bathe daily? If not, how often do you shower or bathe? If you do shower or bathe daily, is there anything that might persuade you to do so less often?

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Since my childhood, I have been taking a shower daily. It is an ingrained habit too hard to break at this age when I’m almost 60. When I was sick or after my surgeries, I still had a towel bath because I cannot abide by myself if I don’t.

When I was in Seattle, the humidity level there made my hair wild, frizzy, and difficult to manage. I consulted someone at Sephora and she advised me to wash my hair less frequently. 2 times a week, maximum of 3 times. This advice I have followed with good results. And this helps save water too.

I never took a bath, just usually quick showers. That helps minimize water wastage. If, and it a big if, someone convinced me to not take a shower daily because of any reason, I still would be very reluctant to embrace this new state of being.

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Fandango Provocative Question- Climate change

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Welcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question.

I recently read some interesting statistics regarding how Americans perceive climate change. In a poll by The Economist/YouGov, 72% of Democrats believe governments can take actions to slow climate change, compared with only 24% of Republicans.

More than 80% of Democrats, half of independents, and less than a third of Republicans believe that human activity is warming the planet. Two-thirds of Republicans say massive wildfires, prolonged droughts, and severe hurricanes are events that “just happen from time to time.”

So with this in mind, my provocative question this week is this…

Do you believe that human activity is a significant contributor to climate change or do you concur with those who believe that changes to the climate naturally occur from time to time?

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To my mind, this is no brainer!

Humans are increasingly influencing the climate and the earth’s temperature by burning fossil fuels, cutting down forests and farming livestock. This adds enormous amounts of greenhouse gases to those naturally occurring in the atmosphere, increasing the greenhouse effect and global warming.

*European commission report on climate change

You can read this report to get a fairly accurate idea of why global warming is happening.

We are around 7.9 billion people on this planet now. The earth never had that many people living on it before. The rise in the economic condition of people all around the world means that people are upgrading to better means of transport and communication. There are way more motorcycles, cars, and SUVs on the road than ever before. People in villages and rural areas have now access to electricity and natural gas and they are using them without any thoughts about global warming. In fact, very few people in third world/ developing countries have any idea about global warming and how they are contributing to it.

The developed countries are the ones who are leading in carbon emissions. They are using non-renewable sources of energy like coal to produce electricity.

We are the ones who are creating this climate change and we better stop now before it is too late to reverse it. The polar ice caps are melting, sea levels are rising and the temperature of the earth’s crust is rising at an alarming rate. We may be dead before the worse happens but we are leaving our future generations to cope with this mess we have created.

Here are a few ways we can stop global warming.

My plea is to please take this threat seriously.

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