Saturday, October 31, 2020

Halloween During The Pandemic

 Halloween During The Pandemic 



Life during the pandemic in the last eight months has been challenging. Little things that we took for granted, are now more complicated. Holidays, that before Covid-19, we would all look forward to going out and celebrate, we now look at them with a different perspective. 

4th of July, Labor Day, Halloween, and soon Thanksgiving and Christmas, are being questioned by people, how to celebrate these during a pandemic. Should everyone wear a mask, should everyone just stay at home, or should the holidays be canceled, these and many other questions are being asked today.

Let us look at this from a different perspective, not going into the social or political avenues of these questions. Looking at holidays that were taken for granted Pre-Covid-19 times, now many wish it was easy for them to celebrate these holidays.

The biggest thing for me that has come from this pandemic, is realizing all the little things I took for granted. Reflecting on holidays, it usually is not the holiday itself you are missing, you are missing the connection with the ones you love. So during Thanksgiving, it is not so much the turkey and dressing, as it is spending time with your parents, grandparents, or siblings you rarely see.

Hopefully, we will look back at the year 2020, and realize all the things that were difficult or could not be done during a pandemic. Once things get back to normal, hopefully, we will not forget. Enjoy the holidays the best you can during 2020. Know that one day, those holidays will go back to normal. 

We may be different, having grown from these experiences. It is like going back to your childhood house as an adult, the house is exactly the same, you are not. That is why everything looks a little bit smaller than it did when you were younger.

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Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Can Not Lose The Beard


Can Not Lose The Beard


I tried to lose the beard. Really, I did, I shaved my five-month beard off in late August, and now it is back. It is just hard to want to shave when are you wearing a mask in public. No one can tell what I look like, whether I have shaved or not, so what is the point? 

Most of my life I have shaved. I have grown a beard when I need to for an acting part. Most of the time I grow a mustache instead of a beard for film roles. Fortunately, I can grow a beard fast when I need one. Still, most of the time I have a clean shaving face. 

Lately, there is little reason to shave during COVID-19. When I go in public, I have a mask on. People mainly see me without a mask during Zoom meetings. A virtual beard does not count. Does it? I did not think so. 

Well, right now I can wear a beard and only a few would know I had one. I could shave the beard off and have a mustache. Or I could shave everything off and no one would be the wiser. So many options when you are wearing a mask all of the time in public.

I will look back at this post and remember that time period when I could grow a beard or mustache and no one would know. "Do you remember when we all wore masks in public and I could grow a beard undercover?" And when I think about it, I will be probably be clean shaved. 

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Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Letting Things Go

 Letting Things Go

I like stuff. You like stuff.  We all like stuff. When is it time to let your stuff go? 

Since March, I have not shaved. I thought about it, however since I am not seeing any people in person, due to coronavirus quarantine, why shave. I take photos and post them online and people comment on how epic my beard looks. The beard is more amazing than I am!

So I am going to let my beard go in a day. School is starting up, and I will see people in person, however with a mask on. So they may not know that I do not have a beard anymore. It has been cool not shaving. I have saved three minutes a day for months by not shaving. That adds up over your lifetime.

I will miss the beard, but all good things come to an end. I can not wear a beard forever. I can not go without a haircut forever either. Having a job means responsibilities. Looking the part that your job requires, makes your job easier. Plus I can see and I am eating my beard with every bite of food I eat. It is time.

I dig the beard. I am going to let my beard go because I do not want my beard or long hair to control me. If I want a beard and long hair, I can let them grow over a few months. Shaving my beard gives me the strength to let other things go. 

Negativity, is great to let go. So goodbye to my beard. And goodbye to negativity in my world. I will focus on improving my life and let those that are negative live their lives. I want happiness in my life. Others, sadly do not.

The thought about shaving my beard is making me sad. And that is why I have to shave my beard. My beard can not control me. Let it go. I am feeling better, losing my beard and negativity at the same time. 

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Oh, by the way, my new CD is out on Amazon.  Music Of Midgley - The Internet Legend is full of fan favorites and a few new songs and a lot of instrumentals!  I am rocking out to eleven for sure! 20 selections are on the CD. All-new recordings of my biggest hits with a full band, I am playing all the parts, guitar, bass, keyboard, harmonica, and I program the drums. Drums are the last instrument I need to learn! It is me singing on vocals too. That is why nine selections are instrumental for those that I do not dig my voice. Anyways, I hope that you love the CD. It is only $5! Buy a ton and give them out as presents and gifts to the ones you love! Notice how I use photos of me with and without the beard. Buy it now or what a few weeks and it will be on Spotify. Computed!

Here is the link to Music Of Midgley - The Internet Legend

 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08FP3STC4/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_x_PROoFbCRWNE93








Thursday, July 30, 2020

Social Media Was Supposed To Connect Us Not Divide Us



Social Media Was Supposed To Connect Us Not Divide Us

I’m glad I use Facebook for what it is supposed to be for, post pictures of myself during my life, and talking about robots! Having no drama in my life is the way to live. My advice if you want to debate somebody, debate the person in real life. It’s almost impossible to debate someone with text. Human beings use nonverbal clues to give us information. I would suspect it was rare anybody changes their opinion due to a social media post. Enjoy your life instead of living on social media! 

When social media started, no one knew what to do, so there were a lot of pet photos. People would write jokes on their friend's walls. They laughed and move on to the next joke and smile at the post the next day. It was a simpler time for sure.

Jump to today, divisive posts are common, posts are made to antagonize their friends or frenemies, an innocent post that was taken out of context leads to a comment battle, suffice it to say common ground on social media between friends is rare. Why did this happen? How did this happen? Is there any way to change this?

All technologies overtime evolve, from the earliest computers to the fastest computers to cell phones to the smartphones that we all carry around, how we view and use these devices affects society and our culture. Technology has allowed all of us to make content relatively easy. A simple photograph, a short blog post, a short video, are all a few clicks away to produce on our smartphones. Once making content became easy for population, meant that every person with a smartphone is now a newspaper, a radio station, a TV station, a commentator on any subject, and a host of other media entities.

Frankly, it's just too easy to make content today. Which could be used for good. People today are able to share their voices on many issues, that in the past, only a few close friends would have heard. Was that a better system? To share your strong beliefs with the people that know you the best. Honestly, most of us have friends on social media we have never met in person. Or if we do know them, we only know them on a surface level. Perhaps having a long-term friendship with a person can help you understand their point of view better than a few words on a social media page form a person you barely know.

As I stated earlier, it's rare to change someone's opinion or believes with a few words on social media. My suggestion is the talk to your friends directly. On the phone right now during COVID-19 or using some video communication software. Of course, once COVID-19 is over the best option is to talk to your friends face to face. Seeing a person's body language, hearing their tone when they express an opinion, a brief smile or frown as a debate their points, all are missing with words typed on a social media page.

Also, it's harder to let your friends know that you care about them virtually. In real life, sometimes a brief smile, a handshake, a hug, even a quick wink, can let your friends know how much you really care about them as a person. Emojis can only help out so much to share this vital information online.

I would ask every person that posts controversial topics on their social media pages to really consider what they're trying to do. If they want to anger a certain population of people, is this really the best format to achieve your results? What's the purpose of your post? Could you reword your post in a positive manner and achieve better results?

Love is better than hate. Being friends is better than being enemies. Talking is better than screaming. Listening is better than closing off communication. Caring for your friends and family is better than not caring for them.

Please go out there and enjoy your life. Care for yourself. Help others with every opportunity that you can. And smile. Having the chance to live on this third rock from the Sun It's not something everybody has the chance to do. And in three million years will anybody even care what you are thinking? 

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