This and That

Just a collection of this and that from recent things I’ve read, seen or experienced.

languageThe 10 Most Common Languages – As English speakers, we often tend to think that EVERYONE speaks, or should speak, English as well. That’s just not the case in the real world. This article, in listing the 10 most common languages (I know they use the word “popular” but “common” feels like a better usage to my ears) points out that four times (4X) more people speak Chinese/Mandarin than do English. And English isn’t even the second most common language; it’s the third.


sleeplessnessClean Sleeping – If you’re like me, you’ve heard of clean eating or eating cleanly (I initially thought it meant I had to take a shower before eating) but perhaps never heard of clean sleeping. This article caught my attention because I haven’t had a good night’s sleep in 4 months, so I thought I’d see if clean sleeping might be the thing for me. Here are the suggested guidelines:

  1. No electronics 1 hour before bed. Instead, read or do something else that helps you relax. OK!
  2. Go to sleep at the same time every night. Even weekends. Whaaaaaattt?
  3. No alcohol before bed. Whaaaaaattt?
  4. Get a copper-infused pillow. Whaaaaaattt?
  5. Get the Sleep Cycle app. My phone’s gonna watch me sleep?

I guess I’m going to continue to sleep dirty…

window seat


Window or Aisle? – I always prefer the window seat when I fly. The middle seat is like hell, especially for someone my size, and the aisle seat means you get bumped by passengers, flight attendants, service carts, etc. In the window seat, I can lean against the window or aircraft body, angle my body toward the window, and pretty much be left alone.

But after the horribly tragic accident on Southwest flight 1380 several days ago, this article says some fliers are having second thoughts about sitting in a window seat. I’ll admit, when I first heard about this terrible accident I thought, “Gee, I always take the window seat if I have the choice. Maybe I should reconsider that choice.”

But, I don’t think so.

All the other bad aspects of a middle or aisle seat happen on every flight. The odds are greatly against this particular bad aspect happening.

I’ll stick with my window seat.

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2 Responses to This and That

  1. lavendrite says:

    I had to look up the copper infused pillow. It actually sounds pretty neat. Also, very expensive!

    • J.M. Wetherington Sr. says:

      Yeah, I had to look it up as well. Made me think of Goldschlager in a pillow…with copper instead. Lol!

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