Monday, July 21, 2014

Curious as a Cat

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1) What would happen if you could fly whenever you wanted? When would you use this ability?
I would certainly travel more!! Especially if we're talking about me just flying around or having my own plane. I wouldn't want to fly commercially much more often than I do now. Unless I could fly first class every time.
2) Share a story about your worst date ever.
Yesterday I talked about holding up the rear-end of a car while my date changed a tire. That was actually one of the more fun dates. I'm not sure this was a date, but I was invited over to a guy's apartment in college to listen to British new wave albums he'd brought back after a semester abroad. It was ... really uncomfortable. I couldn't figure out if I was there for the music or ... something else.
3) If you could have personally witnessed one event in history, what would you want to have seen?
It's not an event, but I would have loved to see the Americas prior to the European invasion, say about 1480. I'd use my recently-acquired flight skills to spy on lots of people, in North and South America. Maybe let them know how to make guns and bullets and strategic defense....and to stay the HELL away from these people who arrive in a decade and their infectiousness.
4) Show and Tell. What comes to mind first when you see this picture? Or, tell a story if it reminds you of one.
Public Domain Photo 
Here we see a knee. I can't tell if we see a break; don't think so. Maybe some distension.
Anyway, my right knee is bugging me a lot lately. I really must lose some weight, or I will be signing up for knee-replacement within another decade or so. Worse than my knee this weekend, though, was my left wrist which felt like it needed to "pop" all day yesterday. And just achy and sore and carpal-tunnel-y. Sucks to be old-ish.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sunday Stealing

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summer meme

Favorite summer flower:
Roses. Garden roses, not long-stem.
Flavor of ice cream:
Caramel. Peppermint. Birthday cake.
Mode of transportation:
Car. I used to enjoy flying, but it is such a freakin' hassle now. I do enjoy trains though too. Just not U.S. trains.
Seriously? I listen to everything. My Spotify 'favorites' list is about 35 hours long.
Favorite game to play:
Trivial Pursuit, but no one will play against me.
Earliest childhood summer memory:
Endless hot, sweaty, dirty summers.
Favorite drink:
Diet Dr. Pepper. I like Stoli too: neat, rocks, or mixed.
Favorite snack:
Cookies. Really, almost anything sweet.
Place to read:
Anywhere, but I guess bed gets the edge.
Most annoying:
I am pretty annoyed with a bunch of things at work, the place itself AND the profession at large.
How I handle the heat:
I stay out of it.
Pet peeve:
People who don't listen, especially those who don't listen because they think they know everything.
All-time favorite bathing suit:
I had a couple of teeny bikinis back in the day....
Best time of day:
Morning, once I'm awake-ish, but before I have to do any work.
Most romantic:
Taking the time to listen to another person and spend time in ways they like, good food, relaxation.
Summer movie:
Oh, hell, I don't know.

Unconscious Mutterings

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  1. Strong :: Muscular
  2. Bathing :: Showering
  3. Title :: Name
  4. Tick Tock :: Clock
  5. Dispute :: Argument
  6. Magazine :: Newspaper
  7. Stupid! :: Idiotic
  8. Safely :: Carefully
  9. Reposition :: Adjust
  10. So wrong :: FUBAR

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Patrick's Place

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Saturday Six

1. What was the first song you remember hearing your parents or grandparents sing to you when you were little?
I don't really remember, but I know my sister Ellen sang "Georgie Girl" to me since that was on the radio a lot when I was young. It's a fun song; she was a fun sister. My dad probably sang "Mairzey Doats" or "Bill Grogan's Goat" to me when I was little; I know he sang those to me when I was an older child. The latter was one of my favorite Dad songs. Mom used to get kind of irritated with him, but it never, ever failed to make me laugh. I've got a kind of goofy grin on my face right now, in fact. Mom, gosh, I'm sure she sang to me, but I have zero memory of it.
2. What non-children’s song was the first one you remember hearing on the radio or out and about somewhere?
"Delta Dawn, what's that flower you have on / Could it be a faded rose from days gone by?..." Or a hymn at church. Or maybe a Christmas song. But as for popular music, it was definitely Helen Reddy's version of "Dawn." *
3. Which type or genre of music do you most often listen to?
Pop. But I'll listen to almost anything: country, rock, (some) rap, BDM/electronica, (some) jazz, classical, ska, reggae, ragga, R&B....
4. What is it about your favorite genre that you like so much?
"Good beat, easy to dance to....." Intelligent lyrics help too, depending on the song and how deep I want to think.
5. Which type or genre of music do you avoid as often as you can?
I'm not a big opera fan. It just seems like a lot of screaming. And I'm not a giant whatever-Mariah-Carey-does fan, either, for ditto reasons.
6. What is it about that genre of music that you dislike the most?
The screaming and general over-emotionalism of it turns me right off. I don't like screamo (rock) much either.
Patrick mentions "Up, Up, and Away" in his post about these questions: I have a vivid memory of my brother playing that song in his room when I was pretty little, when his bedroom was right next to mine. It's a fun song. I still like it. He also played a lot of Blood, Sweat and Tears, and I can't hear any of their songs nowadays without regressing to about age 6....

Saturday 9

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Ring of Fire
If you're not familiar with today's song, you can hear it here.

1) Recorded by Johnny Cash, "Ring of Fire" was written by his wife, June Carter. Johnny's daughter Roseanne says it's about "the transformative power of their love." What's your favorite love song?
"The Sweetest Thing" (U2), and I love the video too. I mean, can you not?
2) Though more than 50 years old, this song is still popular today. Country Music Television named it one of the best and most requested of all time. Are you a country music fan?
"I like both kinds of music: Country and Western!" OK, not really, but I don't mind a short round of country, or country-pop once in awhile.
3) This recording features mariachi horns, inspired by Mexican folk music. Have you ever been to Mexico?
Yes I have, about 33 years ago, when the peso exchange rate was about 25 to a dollar. So, a LOOOOOOONG time ago. I don't think we heard any mariachi music while we were there, but I grew up in the Denver area so I heard it a lot at home. Not in my home, but around. Yknow....
4) Cash's birth certificate said, "J. R. Cash," and "J.R." is what his parents always called him. When he enlisted in the Air Force, Uncle Sam refused to let him simply go by initials, so he chose the name "John." If you could choose a different name for yourself, what would it be?
I'd love to use my mother's middle name. It's a great name, but she always hated it for some reason. It was the name of an aunt of hers, whom she loved, so I've never understood her hate. And it was hate.
5) Cash and his first wife, Vivian, had their first date at a roller skating rink. Tell us about one of your first dates.
My first actual date was to see a movie, but I'm not sure I remember which one. He drove his tiny 70s-era Honda (his was reddish), and a tire went flat on the way to the theater, on a very busy four-lane boulevard in Denver. Although he was always talking about fixing cars, this particular vehicle didn't have a jack (though it did have a spare!), so I had to hold the rear of the car up while he changed out the tire. Yes. I did that. He was mortified and couldn't believe how not-upset I was. I even went out with him again!
6) Cash died in September, 2003, four months after he lost his second wife, and love of his life, June. The cause of death given was complications from diabetes, but his children believe he died of a broken heart. Do you think that's possible?
Of course I think it's possible; it's actually well-documented fact.
7) Cash was known as "The Man in Black." What color do you wear most often?
I wear an awful lot of brown and blue and other earth-ish tones.
8) There's a Johnny Cash Museum in Nashville. What's the last museum you visited?
Wow. Hmm. I can't actually remember! It's been several years, and it might have been the British Museum the last time we were in London several years ago now. No, wait, we met family at a train museum last summer. Didn't really do a lot except chit-chat though; it's mostly outdoors, and since the group included two train buffs and a small child, it was pretty easy.
9) A stretch of Tennessee Highway 31E is known as "Johnny Cash Parkway." What street in your town is named for a famous person?
I don't think anything in the town where I lived is named for anyone in particular (that I'm aware of), but there are the usual "Lincoln", "Jefferson" and "Washington" streets in the town where I work, as well as local city fathers. And one cartoonist. Because that's the way people here roll.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Thursday Thirteen

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First 13 Headlines in My Google News Feed Tonight
  1. 298 killed after Malaysian airliner shot down in Ukraine

  2. Israel launches ground offensive in Gaza Strip

  3. Putin's dangerous proxy war

  4. Man convicted in 1999 fatal DUI case pleads guilty to driving drunk on same road last year

  5. [Local] printing plant to close later this year

  6. Two named to [Sparky's university] Dean's List

  7. Summer challenge: Luring young people to libraries

  8. Hobby Lobby owners hope to save America with new Bible museum

  9. Climate change news: Australia repeals carbon tax

  10. Militants kill 14 Tunisian soldiers in mountain ambush

  11. Elaine Stritch, Broadway's enduring dame, brassy to the end, dies at 89

  12. Beyoncé leads the MTV VMA nominations because of course she does

  13. 2 cases of chikungunya found in Florida
All--except, perhaps, the Beyoncé news--of which is to say that we're still going to hell in a handbasket.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Curious as a Cat

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1) Do you prefer sunrise or sunset?
I like sunrise. It tends to be quieter and cooler and prettier. Not that I'm up to see the sun rise very often these days!
2) What do you think is the meaning of "He laughs best who laughs last"?
Don't be too quick to think the joke is on someone else; it may very well be on you.
3) Finish this sentence: "I can't stand being around people who_________?"
...are negative, gossipy, bitchy and clique-y. So, yeah, hanging with the other moms while Sparky was in school wasn't very common at all.
4) Show and Tell. What comes to mind first when you see this picture? Or, tell a story if it reminds you of one.

Public Domain Photo
I love old bricks. Growing up, Dad had used old bricks to build two large planters on either side of the front porch steps. Mom put petunias in them every summer. Mostly she took care of them too, but I often was delegated to watering duty. There were always a lot of those bricks laying around our yard; Dad had had to disassemble the incinerator when I was very little because burning garbage was banned; because he was my dad, part of the Greatest Generation, raised in the depths of the Depression, he saved them. We used them for building forts and redoubts for the army men and the Matchbox cars, or to write on the sidewalk with instead of chalk.

By the way, these were solid (i.e. no holes), narrow bricks, not modern house bricks. I can't find a photo of what they looked like, but as I recall they were perhaps 1.5" thick and maybe 2.5" wide and 9-10" long.
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