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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Vacation Pictures

Here are some of the pics from our week in Blue Ridge. It was hard to pick them ... each one was so pretty, but I couldn't post them all! (Click on each picture to enlarge it.)

This is a view of the mountains behind his cabin. The foliage was pretty right off the deck, but the mountains in the background didn't have much color yet.
We packed a picnic lunch and went to Amicalola Falls one day ... GORGEOUS waterfall, and definitely worth the hike!

The falls trickled all the way down the mountain.

Here we are at the bottom of the falls ... it was quite a hike to get to "the bottom"!!

A few days later we packed another picnic lunch and drove the Cherohala Skyway. We were told it was prettier than the Blue Ridge Parkway. While it was very pretty, we both thought the Blue Ridge Parkway was much more scenic.

When my daughter's and I were in the area last summer, we called these signs "Wiggley-woops"! As you can imagine, these signs are always on a curve, so we risked our lives to get this picture for my girls!
 Here are a few last pics (of the Ocoee River) from our drive home ...

It's nice to be home ... but I'd rather be back in Blue Ridge with the best friend I've ever had!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Just got back from vacation

My friend and I spent a glorious week in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Georgia. We had hoped to hit the autumn leaves during their peak color, but we were a little too early. Even so, the views were breathtaking. I'll post more pics later, but here a preview of the view from the Cherohala Skyway. (Click on image to enlarge.)

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Beware the Night Owl!!!!!!!

Does anyone else ever get tired of the incredibly stupid studies done by "scientists"? Take this one, for instance:

One U.S. sponsored study funded the expenses for a group of gay men and the scientists conducting the "experiment" to live in a country in South America (Brazil or Venezuela) for three years, to study why gay men have promiscuous sex when they are drunk.

First … and this is just a hunch on my part here … but because alcohol lowers inhibitions? And secondly … perhaps for the same reason heterosexual men have promiscuous sex when they are drunk? And thirdly … (this is more of a question, but it's also a point) … they could only conduct this experiment in South America? Would the results be skewed if they did the study in the United States? Personally, it sounds more like those gay men and a team of "scientists" found a way for taxpayers to fund a three-year trip abroad under the guise of a scientific experiment.

Which brings me to the real story (below).  After reading this particular "study", I have deduced a few facts about the scientist in charge of this little endeavor: 
  • They are a morning person
  • This person is now divorced … and I suspect it was quite bitter
  • Their ex … whom they perceive to have the characteristics of "The Dark Triad" … was a night owl. 

I have read about a number of ridiculous studies, but this one takes the cake:

Australian researchers have discovered that a preference for staying up late or into the early hours has a direct link to anti-social behaviour and so-called Dark Triad traits.

The Dark Triad traits consist of narcissistic and selfish actions, cunning or deceitful Machiavellian behaviour and psychopathic tendencies. The Dark Triad is a group of three personality traits: narcissism, Machiavellianism and psychopathy.
  • The narcissistic personality is characterised by a 'grandiose self-view, a sense of entitlement, lack of empathy, and egotism.
  • The Machiavellian personality is characterised by manipulation and exploitation of others, with a disregard for morality and a focus on self-interest and deception.
  • A psychopathic personality is characterised by thrill-seeking, selfishness, callousness, lack of personal affect, superficial charm, and remorselessness.

The paper claims the results are consistent with a 'niche-specialisation' hypothesis. Niche specialisation is the process where traits have developed over time, through evolution.

Dr Jonason said in the study: 'It could be adaptively effective for anyone pursuing a fast life strategy like that embodied in the Dark Triad to occupy and exploit a low-light environment where others are sleeping and having diminished cognitive functioning.

Such features of the night may facilitate the causal sex, mate-poaching, and risk-taking the Dark Triad traits are linked to.' For example, humans and animals may have evolved to be night owls because the low-light conditions made it possible to carry out these behaviours and actions without being seen.

Really, Dr. Jonason … isn't this just a little heavy-handed? Just because I like to stay up late and hate to get up early, you're branding me a "promiscuous, mate-poaching risk-taker"?

As one of those dreaded creatures, I am offended!! I might be a night owl, but I'm actually quite afraid of the dark … and I'm very quiet when up late so as not to wake or disturb anyone.  My covert actions, carried out in a "low-light environment where others are sleeping and have diminished cognitive functioning" include reading, writing, updating my author's website, folding laundry, dusting, making grocery lists, wrapping presents or shopping online for the perfect gift for loved ones, signing and addressing cards for family and friends for Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Birthdays, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, or just because I know someone could use a few kind or encouraging words, pinning recipes or funny jokes on my Pinterest page, or playing word games on my iPad.

Golly … reading what I do at night just gave me shivers … I DO sound dangerous!!!