TMI Tuesday: January 17, 2017

Sound the trumpets–dah dah dah daaaaah! TMI Tuesday is here.

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If this, if that…

Jack’s Answers

1. If you were forced to wear a warning label, what would yours say?
“The first several rows will get wet.”

2. If you were a Sesame Street character, which one would you be?
Possibly Big Bird. I’m not known for my height, though of late I seem to be getting lots of compliments on my length.

3. If you could have an endless supply of a candy or baked good, what would you get?
Pizza. You cook it in an oven, right? Therefore it’s a baked good.

4. Who is your favorite villain? Why?
Magneto, from Marvel Comics’ X-Men series and related titles, as well as in 20th Century Fox’s X-Men films. A champion of mutant rights, Magneto served as the comics’ analogue to Malcolm X and Meir Kahane, a character who would stop at nothing, using violence if necessary, to ensure equality for his people. This aggressive strategy stands in contrast to the comics’ Martin Luther King Jr. parallel, Professor X, a friend and contemporary of Magneto who strives for peace between humans and mutants.

5. Are you more in tune with sunrise, daytime, sunset or nighttime?
Ten years ago I would have said nighttime. I am and have always been a night person. I like the quiet calm of the late hours, and often feel at peace shortly before bed. Additionally I am very productive late at night; I assume this goes back to my high school and college days when I’d wait until the last minute to study or complete an assignment and found that I work well under pressure. Recently, however, I feel I am more of a day person. During the day I have the house to myself. It’s quiet just like it is late at night, but during the day I am full of energy.

Bonus: If you took a job out of your current career path, what job would you take?
Something fun that allows me to profit from my creativity. I’d love to design board games, as I’ve done similar things on a much smaller scale, and see no reason not to share my talents with the world at large.

Jill’s Answers

1. If you were forced to wear a warning label, what would yours say?
“Not as innocent as I look.”

2. If you were a Sesame Street character, which one would you be?
I’d probably be Ernie because he’s sweet and trustworthy, carefree and silly. He sings about his rubber ducky! Gotta love that. Like Ernie, I love taking baths.

3. If you could have an endless supply of a candy or baked good, what would you get?
That’s a tough decision. I’d probably go with Peanut M&Ms as they are my absolute favorite candy. I’m not as into the red or blue ones as much. I eat those first, or else I share them with Jack or our daughter. I like the other colors best, and I save them for last.

4. Who is your favorite villain? Why?
I like Ursula from The Little Mermaid. She’s larger than life, with ambition, style, and voluptuousness, plus full, bright red lips. And she sings! But I am nowhere near as scheming or vindictive as she is.

5. Are you more in tune with sunrise, daytime, sunset or nighttime?
Sunrise. Watching the sun come up is beautiful, and it’s a peaceful time of day. At sunrise, there is potential. The whole day is still ahead of you.

Bonus: If you took a job out of your current career path, what job would you take?
Something where I get to travel to other countries. I love seeing the world, and while I have traveled quite a bit outside of work, I often envy my friends who tell me about the business trips they ge to take. Being a teacher does not afford one this luxury. So any job where I get to travel would be great. Plus you get peanuts and ginger ale when you fly.

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TMI Tuesday: January 10, 2017

Yep! TMI Tuesday is here.

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Jack’s Answers

1. True or False: Falling in love is a serious thing to do? Explain.
I believe it is. Speaking for myself, it isn’t something that I do lightly. I may grow attached to other people relatively easily – it isn’t unreasonable to find oneself attached to someone attractive, someone fun, someone who shares one’s likes and dislikes – but falling in love is different. It’s a much more substantial emotional investment, and therefore there is more at stake. Putting one’s heart on the line always involves risk.

2. Finish this sentence: I never knew _____ like this.
Fulfillment.

3. Would you rather swim with sharks that you know have recently bitten people or swallow live worms? Why did you make that choice?
I’d rather swallow live worms. It’s hardly an appealing choice, but compared to swimming in the vicinity of an animal known to grow as large as twenty feet, a beast unrepentant about its love of consuming all in its path – including me – eating live worms sounds like a gourmet treat.

4. What is beautiful and most appealing about you?
My cock. Either that or my easygoing nature, and my eagerness to find the G-spot.

5. What time is it RIGHT NOW? What were you doing before you started to play TMI Tuesday?
11:13 PM. Watching a documentary about horror films.

Bonus: Are you a little bit damaged? How so?
Probably a lot, actually. I suffer from depression and anxiety, and probably a bunch of other shit.  But none of it is the slightest bit malicious, so I’m probably less damaged than most.

Jill’s Answers

1. True or False: Falling in love is a serious thing to do? Explain.
Yes it is. For me, falling in love means being able to trust the other person with your heart. You risk the chance of it being shattered and never quite the same again. However, you also have the chance of being able to make your heart grow fuller than it’s ever been. To truly care for someone else more than you care for yourself. You want their happiness over yours. When you both want the same thing for each other, it’s amazing, incredible, somehow easy, and just so very right.

2. Finish this sentence: I never knew _____ like this.

Support.

3. Would you rather swim with sharks that you know have recently bitten people or swallow live worms? Why did you make that choice?
Swallow live worms. They are less likely to kill me or cause me dismemberment.

4. What is beautiful and most appealing about you?
How completely I love and care for others.

5. What time is it RIGHT NOW? What were you doing before you started to play TMI Tuesday?
10:20 PM. Brushing my teeth.

Bonus: Are you a little bit damaged? How so?
Yes. I think I let other people’s opions of me affect my self image. I also put everyone else’s needs ahead of my own, and it has caused me to think of myself as unworthy of care.

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Wicked Wednesday: Auld Lang Syne

She stared up at the ceiling, listening to the intense revelry below. Even sixty stories up from the street, music filled her ears like it was right outside the window. Still, as she lay there bathed in sweat the raging beat of her heart nearly drowned it all out. It was just the same as it had been last year, in whichever city she’d found herself at the time.

Save for the light coming from elsewhere in the suite, the room was dark. She’d accidentally kicked the lamp off of the nightstand during a particularly intense orgasm. She was pretty sure the lamp itself wasn’t broken, just the bulb. In the morning she’d set it back on the nightstand and hope for the best. Which is not to say that she’d never had to pay for damages before. A $500 mirror shattered by an errant champagne cork at the W Hotel in New York. Fire damage at the Borgata in Atlantic City thanks to a wayward candle. She could never stay there again, but it was just as well; the sushi at their modern Japanese restaurant gave her food poisoning.

She never heard from the five-star hotel in Dallas after the man she was seeing wiped his dick on the drapes, so presumably it wasn’t an issue. And the cost of both the towel rack in Seattle and the bed frame in Miami were absorbed by their hotels. She hadn’t meant to break them, but her lovers in those cities were quite clumsy and quite powerful, respectively. Things were bound to get broken.

Seattle! That’s where she’d been last year. How could she forget? She turned to look at the handsome, chiseled hunk snoring peacefully by her side. She really couldn’t blame him for being sound asleep fifteen minutes before midnight; she’d given him one hell of a workout. Twenty-two years old, with washboard abs, thick biceps, and a firm, solid ass. And hung like the proverbial stallion! His oral game wasn’t as good as she expected, but he showed promise. Anyway, his stamina was more than impressive, even if he now appeared to have reached his limit.

As she regarded his smooth cheeks and youthful features, she felt a little like she was robbing the cradle. But not so much that she might regret that it happened. On the contrary, while she’d never so much as incurred a fine on an overdue library book, she could think of nothing she enjoyed more than a little grand theft cradle. All of her men were younger than she, the oldest one ten years her junior. It was part of the turn-on. A big part.

Outside, she could see fireworks exploding across the dark night sky, leaving colorful, radiant shapes to burn bright against the blackness. Was it midnight already? Had she missed the countdown? She must have. The alarm clock had gone down along with the lamp, and she had no idea what time it was. The snoring grew louder.

She sat up, feeling the cum on her breasts and stomach cold against her flesh. She reached over for a handful of bedsheet and wiped it off, then got up from the mattress, careful not to rouse the sleeping Adonis next to her. She wandered lazily to the window and looked down at the city. She could discern crowds of tiny merrymakers carousing under bright amber street lights. Forty stories up she watched a rollicking party on one of the hotel’s observation decks. Guests in formalwear wore party hats and blew noisemakers or drank expensive champagne from skinny flutes.

Happy New Year, she thought wistfully. Though there was a time when she might have liked to be at that party, she had to admit that she was outgrowing such things. Drinking until the early hours amid wild, noisy celebration had been fun once, but now just the thought of it left her empty and unfulfilled. Even the thought of jet-setting around the world, shacking up with men at their sexual prime and having more orgasms, and for that matter better orgasms, than most women could ever imagine felt suddenly lacking. To utilize an overused cliché, there had to be more to life than this.

She considered the value in settling down. The idea of making a sturdy connection with a stable man – or even one of her many lovers – appealed to her. She couldn’t imagine herself raising children, but then she never thought she’d consider settling down, either. Could this be the year she brought substantive change to her life? Could the days of moving from man to man, taking what she wanted from them before continuing on to the next and repeating the process finally be over?

She’d never been one for New Year’s resolutions, but if she had been she knew she wouldn’t waste time with the same boring resolutions everyone else made. Losing fifteen pounds, eating healthier, and taking up a hobby? Such things held no interest for her. No, she was one to go big or go home. This year, she was going to quit having casual or emotionless sex and get serious about her life. And she was going to do it starting right that minute.

That’s when she heard her phone buzz on the other side of the room. She found it atop the pile of clothing they’d left on the floor earlier that night. The text message was from her lover in Hollywood, wishing her a happy New Year, and asking when he might see her again. She thought about the time they’d taken his boat to Santa Catalina Island. She thought of his mansion in the hills. She thought of his cock.

She thought her resolution could wait until next year.

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TMI Tuesday: January 3, 2017

Happy New Year all! Day two into the new year (day 3 when you post TMI Tuesday) …

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Jack’s Answers

1. How is your year going?
Hard to say as it’s only two days old. Ask me again in about two weeks.

2. Did you go out on NYE or have a New Year’s Day celebration?
We stayed in on New Year’s Eve. I prefer not to go out on the last night of the year as everything is overpriced, the streets are crowded, people drive drunk, and for that matter I’ve got to compete for bar space with all the amateur drinkers who wouldn’t know a Gewürztraminer from cachaça.

3. Ahh yes, those pesky New Year’s Resolutions. How did you do with your 2016 NY resolutions–did you keep them?
I don’t believe I made any resolutions last year. Did I? I don’t usually. If I did resolve to do something in 2016 I’m guessing I resolved to have sex with a few new people, and for the record I kept the fuck out of that one.

4. Year 2017, are you carrying over any resolutions from 2016? What?
Yes. See above.

5. What new experiences are you planning to have or hoping to have in 2017?
Again, see #3.

Bonus: Did you see fireworks on New Year’s eve? (Take that anyway you want :-p )
Though I’m not one to resort to such a tired, unimaginative cliché, I’ll go ahead and say that I saw some fireworks of the sexual variety. But that’s the only kind.

Jill’s Answers

1. How is your year going?
It’s going well! I got to spend time with my parents and siblings yesterday, and did a lot of relaxing today as I resume work tomorrow.

2. Did you go out on NYE or have a New Year’s Day celebration?
We stayed home on New Year’s Eve, and it was low-key and mellow. During the day we did some fun activities with our daughter, and I fell asleep around 11:45. Jack and our daughter had to wake me up about thirty seconds to midnight. As for New Year’s Day, I got to spend time with my extended family after not seeing them for three weeks. We played games, laughed, caught up, and had an amazing dinner.

3. Ahh yes, those pesky New Year’s Resolutions. How did you do with your 2016 NY resolutions–did you keep them?
In 2016 I resolved to put myself first on occasion. With the many people who need my attention on a regular basis, from Jack and my daughter to my parents and siblings to my friends and students, it isn’t always possible, let alone easy. I don’t feel like I did this particular resolution justice in 2016.

4. Year 2017, are you carrying over any resolutions from 2016? What?
The aforementioned “put myself first” thing, as well as continuing to go to the gym and spend time with my family. The last two, at least, seem like realistic goals for 2017.

5. What new experiences are you planning to have or hoping to have in 2017?
I don’t have any new experiences planned, but I plan to be open-minded about any that might come my way, as long as they’re of the sort that might give me pleasure or otherwise make me happy. That certainly worked out in my favor in 2016!

Bonus: Did you see fireworks on New Year’s eve? (Take that anyway you want :-p )
I don’t believe I saw any fireworks. There may have been some on television, but if I even noticed them, I quickly forgot about it.

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TMI Tuesday: December 27, 2016

Surviving the holidays: What does that even mean?

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This holiday season I noticed an abundance of articles dedicated to “surviving” the holidays. How have you survived the holiday season? What thing or situation did you feel you needed to survive?

Bonus: What are your plans for New Year’s Eve? New Year’s Day?

Jack’s Answers

Surviving the holiday season isn’t really an issue for me. I genuinely enjoy this time of year despite the added traffic and crowds, greater expenditures, and forced socializing. Additionally since I usually make a handful of gifts for family members, I find myself short on sleep the closer we get to Christmas, and this year was no exception. For me, though, it’s generally worth it as I enjoy seeing smiles on the faces of my loved ones. Make no mistake, the holidays are usually stressful for me. But it’s usually not negative stress. There is little adversity for me. I don’t have to deal with toxic relatives or politically-charged arguments at the dinner table, and in fact I opted out of visiting Trump-supporting relatives on Christmas Eve. I don’t spend money to the point that I’m buried in debt until July. I don’t experience depression or anxiety specifically related to the holidays. I know these are just a few of the issues that make some people dread this time of year.

All that said, I did make time for fun this month. A several-day trip to Ohio to visit Rye started the month off in suitably sexy fashion, and beyond that I had a couple opportunities to go drinking with friends. While Jill was out of town visiting a friend, I enjoyed some one-on-one time with my daughter which involved playing at home, driving around looking at Christmas lights, and going out to dinner. With the exception of the first item, these are things that rarely happen when it’s just the two of us. I even had fun at Jill’s family’s annual Christmas party despite the absence of my wife (and my inability to flirt with anyone given the fact it was a family event) and the lack of alcohol owing to the policy of the venue. I would have loved to have been invited out to socialize with friends more than I actually did, but three such instances in eight days may be a record for yours truly.

As for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, we rarely do much. New Year’s Eve usually sees us eating junk food and watching TV. Our daughter may fall asleep at her usual bedtime, but if not we probably won’t put her to bed before the ball drops at midnight. Jill and I will drink champagne to toast the end of a lousy year and ring in a year that might actually be worse, and then we’ll probably fuck on the couch. That’s what we did last year, anyway.

Jill’s Answers

The holiday season is usually pretty stressful for me. I am usually unable to put my needs first, as everyone – my husband and my daughter, my students, my friends, and my entire extended family – needs more from me this time of year than I can easily give. By Christmas Day, and usually well before, I usually feel totally drained and it makes for a less relaxing winter vacation than I need it to be. However, this year I survived Christmas by focusing on my needs for once. I got a massage, and spent an few sexy days in a hotel far from Jack and our daughter. I was truly spoiled. I also made a conscious effort to focus on the positive things in my life. While I was away I found myself missing Jack and the little one, which ensured I’d want to spend time with them when we were reunited a few days before Christmas.

December is always very busy for us. I was invited to four Christmas parties this month, and I was unable to attend three of them because my daughter was ill. I missed the fourth party because it coincided with my sexy hotel stay. I was looking forward to all four of them, and although I was disappointed to have to miss them I made the most of it. I guess you could say I survived the disappointment. But I feel like I barely survived the last week of school with my students. This year’s class is difficult and uncooperative during a normal week, and the last week of school before winter vacation almost broke me. Still, I’m glad to have some time to relax, and I hope to make the most of it before school starts again in January.

As of right now we have no plans for either New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day. Maybe we’ll be invited somewhere exciting! [Editor’s note: I doubt it.]

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TMI Tuesday: December 20, 2016

Happy TMI Tuesday. You know what to do…

LIFE AND BEING

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[Editor’s Note: Jack here. I’m flying solo this week, as Jill is holed up in a love nest of sorts on the opposite side of the country. I couldn’t bring myself to ask her to answer this week’s questions and take her away from her fun. Though, to be fair, the last several weeks when I have sent her the questions she hasn’t given me her answers until Tuesday morning, by which point I usually can’t be bothered. Which explains our absence of late.]

1. Why do you live where you live?
The easy answer is, I was born here. I grew up here. It’s essentially all I’ve ever known. My friends are here. Most of my family as well. And my wife’s family too. Jill isn’t likely to pull up stakes and move far away from her parents and her siblings. However, we’ve discussed doing exactly that; our real estate dollar would go so much farther in almost any other part of the country than it would where we are currently living. For what we are currently paying to live in a small condominium, we could have a castle in another state. However, that would require actually living in another state. I’d love to be able to afford a house with a full basement that I could convert into a home theater complete with attached bar and game room, but if doing so requires me to move to a red state, it’s never going to happen.

2. Do you want to have your sins forgiven?
I don’t really believe in sin. Not in the classic definition as is taught to children on Sunday mornings, anyway. I try to live my life in a way that makes sense to me and I always endeavor to do no harm, but I am not religious at all. With that in mind I find much of what is considered a sin in the eyes of the Catholic church (in which I was raised) completely irrelevant to me as a forty-year-old man. If God exists and is all-powerful, He probably isn’t threatened by someone preferring another deity, taking his name in vain, or the whole “graven images” thing. I understand the gravity of murder, theft, and bearing false witness, so I don’t do those things. But coveting one’s neighbor’s wife, or his house, or his mule? Who gives a shit? How does that piss off the Lord? Why does he care if I want what my neighbor has as long as I don’t kill him to get it? Also, keeping holy the Sabbath? Come on. If I want to wake up at noon on a Sunday and jerk off in bed before waking up and getting plastered, who am I hurting? I take particular exception to the adultery commandment as I happen to enjoy sex that is, per Wikipedia, “objectionable on social, religious, moral, or legal grounds”. Anyway, I don’t care if my sins are forgiven by a hypothetical god or God, or by some out-of-touch religious figurehead. I would, however, like it if my transgressions were forgiven by those whom I actually wronged.

3. Do you believe in heaven and hell?
I could make a joke along the lines of “Hell is Trump’s America”, but instead I’ll just say no.

4. After life, where do you think you will end up?
Don’t know, don’t care. An urn on somebody’s mantel? An unmarked grave in a potter’s field? The belly of a hungry lion? Doesn’t matter. If you were expecting me to get more philosophical than that, you’re barking up the wrong blog.

5. If you have children, would they say you are the favorite parent? Why do you think this?
I have one child. I hope she would not say I am the favorite parent, because (a) I’m sure it would hurt Jill’s feelings and because (b) hello, I’m obviously phoning it in.

6. Has anything ever happened to you that was dramatic, personal or spectacular enough to cause you to believe in a God?
The only thing that ever caused me to believe in God, or in a god, was the intense religious indoctrination I experienced as a child. Everyone in my family was Catholic. I attended catechism after school once a week. There was at least one Bible in my house (though as far as I know nobody ever read it) and a crucifix hanging above my bed (ostensibly to ward off vampires). While my parents and I didn’t go to church every week we did go sometimes. My mother was a firm believer in the power of prayer (and I believe still is). My cousins went to Catholic school. While the majority of my day-to-day existence was secular – I consumed entertainment that was generally not religious in nature – I was still Catholic, and kind of believed in the existence of God by default. It seemed ridiculous to me, but I couldn’t imagine the church existed to swindle its congregation by trading promises and lies for tithing. Surely the government would have stepped in were that the case.

Bonus: What is something you consider to be a great personal success? Why was it so significant?
Completing this week’s TMI Tuesday on minimal sleep.

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