You knew I couldn't stay away all weekend, didn't you? What is it about this tiny window into the world wide web that lures me back even when I'm determined I'm not going near it for at least a whole 24 hours...I guess that would be you, that draws me back. I can't stay away - what if I'm missing something? What happened to so-and-so? Is their dog ok? How's their mom? How about you - are you guys all ok? I missed you...I can't imagine what it would be like if I lived alone - I'm surrounded by people here in the real world, and yet I just can't seem to get enough of everyone else in the world!
While I was at the store yesterday I picked up a People magazine and started flipping through it, and it sort of fell onto the conveyer belt on top of the cat food, and then smuggled its way to my house in a plain brown bag. This morning, since it went to all that trouble to stowaway and immigrate, I thought I should at least give it the courtesy of a quick scan - who knows what it might be hiding between its pages? And guess what...it was!
In one of those strange synchronicities, it had the answers to a poll asking "Which heroes super power would you want?" - the timing was uncanny, since this week's Sunday Scribblings prompt is about something very similar - the ability to stop time and other superhero powers. Apparently the People magazine editors have the superhero power to travel through time, because the date of the magazine is October 25th (can anyone explain to me why magazines do this? Date their publications weeks, sometimes months in advance? Do they just want to seem like they're always early? It's all very confusing, as far as I'm concerned. What if you'd been abducted by aliens, and when they dropped you off behind the local 7-11, you went in to try to find out how much missing time you had lost. Then you saw November's Oprah magazine. If you knew it was mid-October when you left, well - you'd probably be even more freaked out than you already were -- thinking you'd lost 2 weeks of work and your doctor's appointment; and didn't you have a jury duty notice you were supposed to call on?
Oh, I'm digressing again, aren't I...
Anyway, the People magazine poll asked which heroes superpower would you want - the ability to:
Paint the Future...14%
That's right, Reading Minds topped everything else; and the least wanted Superhero power is the ability to Cheat Death. Ahem.
I am seriously worried about the mindset of this demographic. That readers of People magazine would rather have the ability to read minds than cheat death. I don't know about everyone else's thoughts, but I think they would get rather bored with my thought-process: Do we need more cat food? How about cat litter...I need to get a lint roller refill, too. Did these jeans shrink in the wash? I don't remember them being so tight...Do they make my butt look big? They're way too tight, they probably do...is that a stain on the pocket? Oh, yeah - that's where that jelly donut dripped...when's lunch? What are we going to have for dinner? We could have burritos, but I think we're out of beans. ...The car needs a tune-up soon it's starting to backfire - oh my gosh, is the registration due already? and I think this is the year we have to get a smog-check! Gee, it sure is cloudy today, I wonder if it's going to rain...
Seriously, now, readers of People (or at least poll answerers) - you would really rather hear that kind of thing all day, than, say, CHEAT DEATH??? You know, unless you have some really interesting neighbors or work in the White House, I just don't think that's your best choice of superhero powers!
Then I started thinking about all the superhero powers that aren't listed...like super healing powers! I think that's the one I'd want, because not only could I cheat death, but I could help everybody I care about cheat death, too. Really I'd heal everyone that needed it if I could. But if they were really, really mean people they'd have to wait their turn, till after all the nice people got healed first.
But there are so many other cool powers that weren't listed, either...like x-ray vision; going invisible; being strong enough to open pickle jars in under an hour, or the ability to balance my checkbook. Breathing underwater. Now that would be cool.
Speaking of breathing underwater, now that I know she's gotten it, I can finally show you a picture of the mermaid altoid shrine I made for Kai (also, because I don't have any other visual to give you for superhero powers. Since mermaids presumably do breathe underwater--except this mermaid is watercolor on paper, so I don't know if she could cheat death underwater very well). Sorry about the quality - it was taken with someone's camera phone (I'm still amazed by that combination of technology - somehow it makes me think of Maxwell Smart's shoe phone).
That's it. That's my take on superhero powers. Reading minds - generally a waste of time. Healing/Cheating Death - really good. Strength, X-ray vision; invisibility and breathing underwater - cool. Math skills - very cool.
To read more coherent posts about superhero powers, click on Sunday Scribblings.
Oh, and as for stopping time? I don't know about that, but I