The end of the handshake, as we know it

greetings around the world

Types of greetings around the world

Two businesswomen in suits shaking hands and smiling.

friendly business handshake

handshake

a firm handshake

It has been a long time coming, but it appears we are near to the end of the handshake, as we know it.

handshake

a firm handshake

One of the main factors  that seems to have brought about the demise of the handshake, as we know it,  may be all the bugs and viruses that have been going around recently. The handshake is being perceived as a medium that can spread germs

Which greeting is the cleanest?

Which greeting is the cleanest?

The next obvious step is the  fist bump, but the question is, if someone extends their hand to you for a handshake, do you respond with a fist bump, just to avoid some nasty germs?

fist bump or handshake

fist bump or handshake

 I think that the fist bump, will gradually catch on, even with  mainstream business circles. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that if you will get the job if you fist bump someone who is extending their hand to you expecting a handshake.

fist bump procedure

fist bump procedure

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humans, according to science, are primates

apes laughter

apes laughter

primates

primates

humans are Primates

humans are Primates

humans, according to science, are primates and are in the LARGE APE category.

In other words, humans are primates and monkeys are primates, but  humans are not monkeys

 

primates

primates

primate tree

primate tree

primates chart

primate chart

the Primate warden

the Primate warden

 

The Lemur is a primate

The Lemur is a primate

 

Primate habitats

Primate habitats

 

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Primates

Primates

Shedding some light on sarcasm, irony, satire and parody

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Satire occurs in literature to bring attention to a cause and bring individuals, corporations, government or society itself, into improvement.  Satire may be meant to be more constructive than humorous. Satire’s job is to expose problems and contradictions, and it’s not obligated to solve them. its greater purpose is often constructive social criticism, using wit as a weapon and as a tool to draw attention to both particular and wider issues in society. Satire can be used to “make people laugh and then make them think”

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/satire  

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Satire can cover irony, sarcasm, burlesque, parody, exaggeration, juxtaposition and double entendres. It can be directed toward one individual, a whole country or even the world. It is sometimes serious, acting as a protest or to expose, or comical when used to poke fun at something or someone.

Satire examples from media include:

“Weekend Update” from Saturday Night Live

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The Daily Show

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Irony

In irony, words are used to show the opposite of the actual meaning. The three kinds of irony are:

Verbal irony – – What you say is different from the words you use.

Situational irony — compares what is expected to happen with what actually does happen.

Dramatic irony –– uses a narrative to give the audience more information about the story than the character knows.

Here is an example of irony from The Simpsons television show, spoken by the character Sideshow Bob, “I’m aware of the irony of appearing on TV in order to decry it.”

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Parody

A parody is also called a spoof, and is used to make fun or mock someone or something by imitating them in a funny or satirical way. Parody is found in literature, movies, and song.

A good example or a parody is the song  “I lost on Jeopardy” by Weird Al Yankovic, which is a parody of the song “Our Love’s in jeopardy” by Greg Kihn.

“Weird Al” Yankovic – I Lost On Jeopardy 

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Sarcasm

Sarcasm is a sharp or cutting remark  which is really meant to really drive a point home. It can be meant to give pain and can include irony. On the other hand, sometimes you can make a point and still be funny. Here are some examples of sarcasm that are humorous, but still get their meaning across.

Paul Newman said, “It’s always darkest before it turns absolutely pitch black.”

Steven Bishop remarked, “It’s a catastrophic success” and “I feel so miserable without you, it’s almost like having you here.”

Oscar Wilde wrote, “I am not young enough to know everything.”

Groucho Marx used many sarcastic one-liners in his comedy. Here are a few:

“Marriage is the chief cause of divorce.”

“I didn’t like the play, but then I saw it under adverse conditions – the curtain was up.”

“I never forget a face, but in your case I’ll be glad to make an exception.”

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books and literature

books and literature

 

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need to take some time off

ImageI need to take some necessary time off due to a herniated disk in my lower back

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I will undergo two months of REHAB and RECOVERY

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HOPE to check in once a week for a STATUS UPDATE.

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I will be getting some LONG TERM CARE

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BE BACK SOON

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I will be OFFLINE SHORTLY (Shawty)

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This site remains a DRUG FREE ZONE….as always

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Blessed by the BEST

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This article is about the book that I am writing called Blessed by the BEST and is dedicated to Brother Ed and the Long Beach RESCUE MISSION

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Brother Ed Robinson is a manager for the bed guests of the Long Beach Rescue Mission and is the man behind this book Blessed By the Best. I feel that I have been blessed by the best to have known someone like Brother Ed and I describe in detail how he enriched my life. I stayed at the mission as a bed guest from December 2013 until early April 2014. I looked forward to Brother Ed’s daily sermons which were held in the chapel at 5:30pm just before dinner time. His sermons provided us with guidance and the inspiration to look forward to another day. Brother Ed always had a smile on his face and an upbeat attitude on life even though he had been diagnosed with STAGE-1 bone cancer in January 2014. He often discussed his experiences of living on the street in South-Central Los Angeles before coming to the mission himself as a bed guest a few years ago. He spoke of his addiction with crack cocaine and his dependence on the Pusher-Man. His guidance reminds me of the lyrics in the song Amazing Grace “I was lost but now I’m found….I was blind but now I see” I thank Brother Ed and the staff of the Long Beach Rescue Mission for helping me to move forward in my life enabling me to see a much clearer path in front of me. This book Blessed by the Best details how I became homeless after traveling from Texas to southern California and shows how the three homeless shelters that I stayed in helped shape my life.

ImageThis book will show of my interaction with other homeless people who stayed at the shelters as well as those who slept out on the streets. I describe about the pros and cons of being homeless in Southern California as well as how I eventually made it back to the Rio Grande Valley in Texas to start a new life. If you would like to help me fund my book and be sure that it gets published . You can help by donating to my KICKSTARTER project account: I will have the link posted shortly. Thanks in advance for your cooperation to help make this book possible.  I am hoping that this book should be published sometime during June of this year.

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waking up on the wrong side of the bed

ImageWaking up on the wrong side of the bed,

as if there were a wrong side of the bed and a right side of the bed.

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There may not be a WRONG SIDE of the bed, but there certainly is a RIGHT SIDE and a LEFT SIDE of the bed.

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What ever side of the bed that you wake up on…hopefully you wake up on the RIGHT side of the bed  to insure that you have a magnificent day!

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exploring a topic called exchange night

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I had read on another blog about an idea called Exchange night. Exchange Night could happen about once a month where kids can get together and talk about their dreams and visions.

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The groups of kids who get together on exchange night should be in the same age group so they can interact together more freely. This program could be implemented by a school, cultural center, church. It is something that I have had in the back of my mind since reading the article and I think it would be beneficial to kids of any age group.

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