Sunday, June 26, 2016

Sunday Stealing

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The King of the Beasts Meme

1. Would you post a picture of you for us?
Probably not. I'm pretty incognito here. Oh, all right. If you insist.
2. Would you date an 18-year-old at the age you are now?
Hell no! Just the mere thought of dealing with 18-year-old...ugh.
3. Do you prefer to work with women or men? Why?
I have spent my career working mostly with women. I often think a superfluity of men might be a nice change.
4. Do you have any opposite sex friends?
Yes I do. I even have an intersex friend. [I'm not a fan of this question]
5. Can you commit to one person?
I've been married for 29 years and 355 days. Any guesses?
6. If you’re married or in a relationship have you ever been tempted to cheat?
Not seriously. Nope.
7. Do you think your life will change dramatically before 2018?
Probably not. Maybe? Who knows, really?
8. If the person you are interested in says they like someone else, what would try to sway them?
I'd be pissed. Forget "sway"--I'd be busy throwing his ass to the curb.
9. Are you good at hiding your feelings?
Better than I used to be, but I also care less than I did when I was younger. Mostly I'm in hiding at work every day all day, and let it all out everywhere else.
11. When was the last time you cried?
This past week, I think? I don't remember. It happens so often it's a bit hard to track.
12. Have you ever fell for someone you didn’t expect to?
Oh, the grammar! Ack. And yes. Bigtime. Quote from me in high school: "I'd never date a football player!!" Hah.
13. What is something you have to do tomorrow?
Get up and go to work. Call Angela to make an appointment to talk about wills. That's two things.
14. Name something you dislike about the day you’re having.
I'm not getting a great deal accomplished. And I feel a little guilty about bailing on a social commitment that starts in half an hour.
15. Have you ever wanted more from one of your best friends of the opposite sex?
16. Have you ever wanted someone you couldn’t have?
Of course. basically the person who wrote this basically WAS 18, which makes that first question a lot less icky....
17. Who was the last person you talked to before you went to bed last night?
Beast of course.
18. Do you have someone of the opposite sex you can tell everything to?
19. When was the last time that you were jealous in a romance situation?
20. If you had to delete one year of your life completely, which would it be?
It would have been nice if 1994 hadn't rolled out the way it did. But it did, and I survived somehow.
21. Did you have a good day yesterday? What did you do?
Beast and I spent Friday night in the town where Sparky lives, which is also where we went to college. Yesterday we helped him move The Big Stuff--furniture, bed, TV--out of his old apartment and into his new place. The apartment he's leaving is adorable and cool, but his roommate has been a nightmare. I hadn't visited while he lived there, and OMG the kitchen! OMG OMG OMG. I'm not a clean-freak at all, but eew the smell alone was unreal. His new one smells strongly of smoke, and looks like 1977 never really went away. But he's his own boss now--so maybe the kitchen won't stink when I see him next.
22. If a person you had wished you could have a relationship with for a long time and you suddenly found yourself together alone, what would you be doing right now?
Correcting the wording of this question because it will take that long to figure out....
23. Do you replay things that have happened in your head?
I can be a bit obsessive, yes.
24. Don’t tell me lies, is the last person you texted attractive?
It was Beast, so.
25. Is your life anything like it was two years ago? Is it a good or bad thing?
It's better. Mostly. Not always, not permanently, but overall better.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Saturday 9

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As Long As You Love Me (1997)
... Because Bookstraveller suggested The Backstreet Boys. Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) This video shows the boys in the band nervously await an audition. When were you last nervous?
I'm not sure if it was nerves, but I was having a hard time all week getting a deep breath. And last night I was mega-worried about Beast when he went off to "find out about where to park" and didn't come back for over half an hour. [and because he parked in a hurry without checking carefully, the car was towed overnight]
2) BSB Brian Littrell was born with a congenital heart problem and had open heart surgery the year this song was released. Who is the last person you visited in the hospital?
Beast, about 11 days ago....
3) Littrell had different health trouble in 2009. While working in Japan, he contracted swine flu, which caused the band to cancel several events. Have you battled a cold or flu this summer?
Not yet. But my allergies have kicked in hard today. Seriously, massive doses of Benadryl. I'm so foggy from it, but my throat still itches.
4) When you feel a cold coming on, what's your favorite remedy?
Massive doses of Vitamin C as soon I start feeling crummy. And I sleep and drink lots of water.
5) Brian and his cousin, fellow BSB member Kevin Richardson, are both from Kentucky and have been inducted into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame. According to their website, if you tour the Hall of Fame you'll see exhibits that celebrate Kentucky's contribution to American music. Do you enjoy museums? Or do you think they're a snooze?
I love museums! We toured the historical museum on St. Kitt's while cruising--it's three rooms. Fascinating. And in Athens 15 years ago we took Sparky to the children's museum one day, and had a blast, despite no one speaking each other's language.
about 4 years ago
6) BSB Nick Carter was named one of People magazine's "Most Beautiful People in the World." Who is someone you think is especially gorgeous?
One of the girls in our former high school church group was (is) possibly the most attractive women I have ever met in my life. Tall--like 6'+--long blonde hair, thin, athletic .... AND SHE'S SUPER NICE! Great smile--yes, her tongue is sticking out here. Geez, I miss seeing her! It's good that her grandma--whom I see every week at church--looks like her. ;-)
7) This spring Nick became a father for the first time. Is anyone in your life expecting a baby this year?
No one in the family. I don't actually know if anyone I know well is pregnant.
8) The band has been involved in ongoing litigation with their first manager, saying he had been dishonest with them about how much they had earned. Tell us about someone you trusted, but shouldn't have.
Pretty much every single person at my workplace, at least from how my boss has spun it. All but one of my co-workers has been moved to "Acquaintances" in Facebook. It sucks because there are a couple of people there I really like and thought were friends first. Once I've been burned a few times, I do eventually learn.
9) The band's record-breaking 1999 tour was sponsored by the Sears department store chain. Sam remembers the twice-a-year shopping trips to Sears -- spring and fall -- with her mother to update Sam's school wardrobe. What's the last article of clothing you bought?
Hmm. Oh, I some underwear last month from VS. Nothing fun, don't get excited. Just the usual everyday equipment one needs to get through life.

Friday 5

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It’s the fourth Friday in June, which means it’s time for our annual Scattergories Five! My favorite Five of the year! (Yes; we’ve done them on the third Friday in June the past few years, but the fourth works better for me).

We first did them in 2009, and revisited them in 2012, in 2013, in 2014, and last year [these are links to my answers, not the original questions]. If you never did those, and if these five questions seem not to be enough, feel free to add those questions to this week’s.

This week’s 5 is inspired by the party game Scattergories, in which players have to think of items, all beginning with the same letter, in several categories. For example, if the die is rolled and shows the letter T, players might have to name a soft drink, a farm animal, a river, and a U.S. President, all beginning with T. Valid answers might be Tab, turkey, Tennessee, and Tyler.

First, go to this nifty online random-letter generator. Set the “number of random letter sequences to generate” to 1. Set the “length of each random letter sequence” to 1. Leave the “letters to choose from” how it is and click the button. You’ll get a rather non-dramatic one letter. Use that letter to begin all your answers to the 5 questions below. If you’d like to avoid difficult letters, feel free to change the “letters to choose from” list. I’ll only judge you a little bit. 🙂

Alternately, if you find that boring, you could set the “length of each random letter sequence” to 5, thereby giving you five letters, a different one for each question.

What random letter was generated by the online random-letter generator (this doesn’t really count as one of your five questions)?
I've done this a couple of different ways in the past. In 2009 I just picked one letter. in 2014, I got a series of five letters and answered each question with all five letters. Last year I was back to one letter. I haven't looked at the questions yet. My original one-letter "assignment" this year is "O." The 5-letter sequence I got was "ftran." I'm going with the 5-letters. YAY!!
  1. What brand or model of car, whose name begins with the letter, would you like to get?
    F - Ferarri (duh!)
    T - Toyota [I've never had a bad one]
    R - Rolls Royce
    A - Alfa Romeo [yes! please!]
    N - Nissan something-or-other
  2. What summer activity, whose name begins with the letter, are you looking forward to?
    F - Frisbee (if I can find someone to play with!)
    T - Travel (except I think it'll be almost fall for me)
    R - Relaxing
    A - Archery is all I can come up with
    N - Noodle ball
  3. What’s an item in your desk whose name begins with the letter?
    F - Folders
    T - Tape
    R - Rubber bands
    A - Almonds [yes, a ton of them]
    N - Notebooks
  4. What’s something, whose name begins with the letter, that you find frightening?
    F - Flooding
    T - Trump (of course)
    R - Reptiles (some of them; some I like)
    A - Aging
    N - Nuclear war
  5. If you had to get a tattoo on your upper arm, what’s something whose name begins with the letter that you could live with?
    F - Freckle
    T - my son's name starts with a T, so ... that
    R - Rabbit
    A - I could see getting an Anarchy symbol--with a slash through it
    N - Going back to the same well: someone's Name

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Unconscious Mutterings x2

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  1. Manufacture :: Make
  2. Gum :: Chewing ...
  3. Vest :: Cardigan
  4. Bearded :: Hirsute
  5. Modeled :: Showed
  6. Stanley :: Tools
  7. Arch :: St. Louis
  8. Program :: Activity
  9. Sneakers :: Tennies
  10. Dentures :: Teeth
  1. Height :: Elevation
  2. Cramped :: Hooked
  3. Style :: Fashion
  4. Butcher :: ... Baker, Candlestick Maker
  5. Vague :: Unclear
  6. Windows :: Doors
  7. Scheme :: Color ...
  8. Tradition :: Fiddler on the Roof
  9. Stripped :: Naked
  10. Gentle :: Easy

Sunday Stealing

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The Jackals Meme

Question 1: Who is your favorite Musical Artist?
My regular go-tos include Melissa Etheridge, Billy Joel, Tobymac, U2, and musicals. However, I listen to lots of different stuff because I'm very easily bored.
Question 2: What is your favorite album by that Artist?
Uh, woops. I don't really have a favorite album. I've been jonesing for a little Chorus Line lately, so I should probably go dig that out.
Question 3: Who is your Favorite Blogger?
I subscribe to close to 150 feeds; of those, there are maybe 6 that I visit literally every time they post: Kwizgiver, WTIT, Amy, Gal, local news headlines, and Awful Library Books. There are others who are close to making the cut, but right now I have 363 articles to catch up on, so...yeah. I'm a nerd.
Question 4: If you could meet anyone (dead or alive), who would it be and what is interesting about them?
I can't pick one person. Mostly, today, I'd like to go back a few decades and hang out with my dad when he was young.
Question 5: What did you want to be when you grew up?
Adult. Seriously, I didn't have big plans; I just wanted to stop having my parents boss me around. Silly me--I had no idea how dull adulthood is for very long stretches at a time!
Question 6: What is the most interesting piece of Trivia that you know?
This, you're asking a librarian?? I know so much trivia I can't even pick a direction in which to start. If we want random library stuff..., 641.5 is the Dewey Number for cookbooks, 796.357 is the number for baseball, and Melvil Dui (a.k.a Melville Dewey) was very interested in spelling reform.
Question 7: If you could live in any point of history when would it be and why?
Now. I wouldn't like to have been a woman at any other point in history.
Question 8: What do you think of the election in the U.S. so far?
I try very hard not to. I mean, my (British) niece Facebook-messaged all of us in the family the day Ted Cruz dropped out: ""Wait, so Trump really COULD BE PRESIDENT?!" Yes, we've all been told we could be president when we grew up, but none of us wanted the dumbass throwing spitwads from the back row to be in charge, did we?? [Disclaimer: I might or might not have been that dumbass at some point in my educational career....]
Question 9: What is your favorite TV drama? What do you like about it?
Favorite is probably "Criminal Minds" in reruns. Why? One word: Shemar. OK, and a photo, so you know what I mean:
Question 10: What is the most interesting job you've ever had?
I love my job now. It's rarely truly boring, there's always some kind of drama going on, the vast majority of my coworkers are outstanding people working their asses off, and I get to answer random questions all day (some days) and see all the new materials first (most days). What's not to like?

Crazy time part 7

(Found here)
started 6/18 evening

601. Do you have a lust for life?
I've never really understood that phrase. I like live--it's unbelievably variable and interesting. Sometimes it also sucks. That's where any lust for it I might have disappears.

602. Do you want to get more out of life?
More than what? I am getting my share of life out of life just fine.

603. Would you want to learn to:
Convert to Buddhism?
Would I want to learn to convert? No. Would I want to convert? No. Would I want to find out more about Buddhism? Sure.
Cure a hangover?
I pretty much know that only time and sleep and rehydrating will "cure" one. Or you could just not get one in the first place, yo.
Lie persuasively?
Already do that very well, thanks. ;-)

604. What character from a movie is most like you?
What if my answer were Veronica in Heathers? Would that be bad?

605. Are you comfortable with the idea of your own death?
Yup. Hopefully not soon.

606. How do you feel about arranged marriages?
I'm not a fan, in general. But I also know that love can grow in even the weirdest, rockiest soil.

607. What do you hate that everyone else seems to like?
Well, Drumpf comes to mind rather quickly, though I'm aware not everyone likes him. Thank God. I just can't see a reason for anyone to find him appealing. And I don't really hate him; I just think he shouldn't be elected to ANY office whatsoever.

608. What do you like that others seem to hate?
I like Kanye West's music. I know, again, that not everyone hates it--and I don't particularly care for his public persona--but his last album is really quite good.

609. If you had to be named after a month, which month would you pick?
It would be really weird to be named after the last 4 months. I could live with July or Jan.

610. Is time more like a highway or a meadow to you?
Hmm. That's an interesting question. I've never really thought of time as a meadow, but there's something to that. Life seems to me to be more episodic than the average highway, so how about a two-lane back road that meanders through towns every few miles?

611. What is your favorite movie?

612. Which would you choose to be back in the day: a warrior, an alchemist, a minstrel, a bard, an oracle, a peasant, or a merchant?
Do I get to be a man, then? Because yeah, women didn't do this shit back then, not very often. If I were a man, I'd undoubtedly have been a peasant--most people were.

613. What is your favorite song lyric?
"Put it in the pantry with your cupcakes" -- I don't know why.

614. What will you never run out of?

615. If you could force someone to fall madly in love with you, (anyone you choose) would you do it?
Nope. That would be terminally boring, in a bad way. I can't even control my own self; why would I want to have to control someone else's life?!

616. Have you ever seen the Disney movie The Black Cauldron?
Nope. Though I was at least around when it was in theaters.

617. Have you ever read The Black Cauldron by Alexander Lloyd (or any of his other books in the "Prydain Chronicles")?
I think I tried them when I was a kid, but just couldn't get into them. And I still haven't.

618. Have you ever written a paper the night before it was due?
This was a fairly common occurrence in college. One time, it was a typewritten--on a manual typewriter--15-page paper in Spanish. I had to hand-write all the accents and tildes.
How about the day it was due?
If you count the early hours of the morning of the day, then yes.

619. Is there a movie you have watched so many times that you can quote it line for line?
Many Bill Murray movies fall into this category, specifically "Caddyshack", "Groundhog Day" and a few others.

620. What is your favorite season?

621. Do you mind being described as cute?
Depends on who is describing me thus. Beast can get away with it. People I don't know--I might have to kill you.

622. What is the tackiest object in your home?
I got tacky everywhere, I suppose, depending on your sense of propriety. There's a candle made of seashells around here somewhere. However, if I find it really hideous, it doesn't really hang around where I have to look at it. I mean, life's too short. Unless it has a backstory that is full of awesome.

623. What do you think people are most ignorant towards?
Each other?

624. What is it that makes you an interesting person?
I'm a fount of trivial, semi-useless information.

625. What makes other people interesting to you?
Their sense of humor, their stories, their questions.

626. How open to suggestion are you?
I'll listen to suggestions. That doesn't mean I'll follow them. However, I'm far more suggestible than I'd like to be.

627. Is Michael Jackson black or white?
He's fookin' DEAD! Can we let him be? He was a human being. As are we all.

628. Are you often lonely?
Nope. I love being alone. I'm more lonely when I'm around a bunch of people I can't find any connection with.

629. What’s the most unusual pet you’ve ever had?
Nothing too weird: a parakeet, a couple of dogs, and several guinea pigs. Beast had hermit crabs one year in college.

630. Have you ever threatened an authority figure?
Sort of? I have had some seriously noisy rows with my current boss, though I don't think I've threatened him exactly, not verbally. I suspect he finds the extent of my temper a little threatening however.

631. If you had to choose would you rather make all your decisions henceforth with your head only or with your heart only?
Head. Thinking with your heart is over-rated, a bit like pumping blood with your colon might be.

632. How imaginative are you?
See answer just above. That might be imaginative. I do tend to think in metaphor rather than in strict outline.

633. Do you like the Counting Crows?

634. If you took this survey from the diary (5000 Q Survey V2.0) did you note me so I could read it?
No, but seeing as this was posted 8 years ago in what seems to be a defunct LJ, I'm not feeling a great deal of guilt. But thanks for doing all the questions.

635. Are you more tense or laid back?
By nature, I think I skew "laid back" especially in my family of origin, who mostly seem to skew "tense." I can do "tense" but it's not something I enjoy at all.

636. Does your happiness depend on anyone else, or are you happy no matter what any one says or does?
I'm getting better about not tying my happiness, or response, or life, to external events or people. I fail regularly, but I'm better than I was a few years ago at detaching.

637. What do you think of the idea of putting the Bible into the format of a fashion magazine to attract the interest of teenagers?
This makes no sense whatsoever to me. Some things just have to be difficult, because they ARE difficult.

638. How often do you drink to get drunk?
The last drink I had was probably at least 3 months ago. I got slightly tiddly--not too hard, since I obviously have low tolerance these days. So, no. Not anymore.

639. Would you consider yourself to be diplomatic?
HAH! Well, in comparison with several family members, yes. But in the rest of the world, not so much. I'm usually pretty blunt.

640. Do you think that most of the classes you have taken were taught in such a way as to make plain the relevance of the subject matter in your everyday life?
"Most"? No. A few were. Mostly I didn't worry about relevance as much as just cramming more knowledge in my head. I like learning stuff!

641. Do you remember Crystal Pepsi?
I do! What was the deal with that? Blech.

642. When was the last time you spent a night away from home?
On vacation? In April?

643. Some people say that there is no such thing as a stupid question. Is that true?
Nope. I have hear some seriously dumb questions. I've even asked some stupid ones myself.

644. What is the most interesting TV channel?
Honestly, we're getting a little weird here. I mean, what do you like to watch? DIY? Then you'd probably enjoy those channels. Cartoons? Stick with the cartoon channels. Etc. I watch a lot of "SVU" and "Criminal Minds, "and medical reality shows. Gore is good! I mean, I enjoy it.

645. Name one song you could live without hearing ever again:
"Tom Sawyer"--omg Geddy Lee's voice! {{{shudder}}

646. Do your pets understand you when you talk?
Pinto understands the refrigerator door, rustling plastic, and approaching people. Not so much talking, though we do have lengthy squeak-vesations with him. We're probably swearing at him in rodent.

647. What are three things you HAVE NOT done that might surprise people?
I haven't ever read The Catcher in the Rye (nor do I plan to do so). I haven't really ever taken a proper horseback ride. And the one that everyone who knows I grew up in Colorado can't understand: I've never been on a ski slope.

648. Have you ever had a secret admirer?
It was VERY secret. Even I didn't know!

649. Have you been to a museum this year?
Yes. On St. Kitts, I think.

650. Do you ever watch porn?
Nope. Talk about watching sausage be made....

651. Do you think that it would be a good idea if people served in the army, navy or air force for a while before they were allowed to vote?
I think it would be a good idea if everyone had to do a year of public service before they could vote. Not necessarily military service.

652. If you were required to do this to vote, would you?

653. Do people often give you weird looks?
Yes. The older I get the less overall looks I get, but the percentage of them that are "weird looks" keeps growing. hah

654. Do like Japanese cooking?
I like cooked Japanese food, yes. That is, I'm not a fan of sushi.

655. Do you care for stray animals?
Well, not as such. We have a fair amount of wildlife in the neighborhood, but I don't go out of my way to care for them. However, in the spring, if birds build nests in our gardens, then can stay till the babies arrive and get their wings figured out.

656. Which animated movies have you seen and what did you think of them:
A Charlie Brown Christmas
I have watched this. I don't remember it very well, but Beast loves it.
A Garfield Halloween
Uhm, no.
The Secret of Nimh
Nope. And shouldn't that be NIMH, since it takes place at the National Institute of Mental Health? I've read the book. OK, I read it 40 years ago, but yeah....
The Last Unicorn
Again, I've read the book, not seen the movie.
The original Lord of the Rings cartoons
There are cartoons?? head-desk

657. Are you ambidextrous (equally good at using both hands)?
My left arm is pretty much only good for carrying large piles of books and being used as a pincushion by phlebotomists and nurses. And of course I can type with both hands. I used to be able to write my name fairly clearly with my left hand, but nowhere near as well as with my right.

658. Do you always say; “bless you” after someone sneezes, or do you hesitate?
I wait to be sure they're done. I work with a lot of multiple-sneezers.

659. If you and your friends could go away for 2 days over Halloween weekend where would you go?
Nowhere near someplace with dress-up parties or, frankly, any kind of parties. Unless we hit Vegas, but I'd rather rent a house in the country and just hang out.

660. Which of these animated movies have you seen and what did you think of them:
Watership Down
I couldn't even make it through the book!
As the Wind Blows
Nope. Not sure I remember hearing about it, either.
Grave of the Fireflies
Sounds vaguely familiar...but no.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
I love the old cartoon. The Jim Carrey version was interesting, but I still prefer the old show.
Spirited Away
No. And I'd like to see it--but it never occurs to me to bring it home from work.

661. Do you feel that society is male dominated, female dominated, or neutral?
Really? REALLY?! Holy fuck...just fuckin' shoot me.

662. What words offend you?
Clearly not the word "fuck" eh? Names we give people we don't like offend me. Use your imagination; I'm not listing them here.

663. They’re just words. Can you get over it?
Words that are used as weapons can hurt as much as, or worse than, sticks and stones.

On that note, it's definitely past my bedtime....
Picked back up 6/19 early afternoon

664. Have you ever looked into different religions?
Not deeply. I mean, I've taken some intro world religion courses, but I'm ok with what I grew up with. I've certainly looked into it rather heavily!

665. Which ones have you looked into?
On the other hand, for about 6 years, I worked in a predominantly Jewish neighborhood. That was very VERY educational in (mostly) positive ways.

666. What do you think of Satanism as a religion?
I think it's a thing, a thing I've no interest in. It's more a reaction than a religion, near as I can tell.

667. Do you like it better when your classes are taught sitting in rows or sitting in a circle?
I don't care, as long as the circle-people have desks on which to take notes. And of course, if there's a chalkboard or designated "front" of the room, circles are going to be problematic for 1/4 of the class.

668. Have you ever read your own tarot cards?
Nope. Probably would be interesting to learn to do this, but I think you're supposed to believe in it for it to work.

669. Which ones do you like better, the three old Star Wars movies or the 2 new ones?
WTF!? OK, yes, this is an old meme. Any second now, a question about Prince, David Bowie, or President Bush....
I've literally no opinion on the first two Star Wars trilogies. I find them immeasurably tiresome but culturally significant.

670. If you scream in outer space does it make a sound?
In space? No. On another planet? Depends on the atmosphere.

671. If you saw The Queen of the Damned did you want to be a vampire/Goth afterwards?
I haven't and I've no interest in being a vampire. There are enough emotional vampires out there that I think the field is pretty covered without my input.

672. If you saw SLC Punk did you want to be punk afterwards?
I haven't--nor have I heard of it, see how cool I'm not?--and I don't have any reason to be a punk. I have no reason to be as angry as most punks were. Are.

673. What is your favorite zombie movie?
Zombieland. Though that's also the only zombie movie I think I've seen.

674. Best kids birthday party: ceramics, chuck-e-cheese, roller rink, bowling, sleep over, movie theater
Well, doesn't this rather depend upon the kid and the parents' budget, not to mention the age of the kid? Wow. Moving on....

675. What were your parties like when you were a kid? I had one. It was a pretty typical kids' birthday party: balloons, silly games, cake, presents. We weren't tragically hip.

676. Best teen (about 15-16) birthday party: ceramics, chuck-e-cheese, roller rink, bowling, sleep over, movie theater, house party, catered in a hall, restaurant, family trip, concert
Still trying to figure out how one generalizes about this. You really have to know the kid and not be stupid about cost.

677. What are/were your 15-16 year old parties like?
My 16th birthday involved going to a movie with a few friends and then coming back to my house for cake/ice cream in the dining room. It sounds like 1947, doesn't it? We talked about one of our classmates having to have his stomach pumped after a big drinking party in junior high. So, maybe not 1947....

678. Best 18th birthday party: ceramics, chuck-e-cheese, roller rink, bowling, sleep over, movie theater, house party, catered in a hall, restaurant, family trip, concert, club, pool hall, college party
OK, I have to say that if you're taking an average teenager to Chuck E Cheese, it's not likely to be a hit. But see above. I can see an ironical use of CEC for someone.

679. If you are 18 what was your party like?
I have zero memory of that year. I was a senior in high school. Nothing comes to mind. I'm sure it was boring as hell.

680. Best 21st birthday party: ceramics, chuck-e-cheese, roller rink, bowling, sleep over, movie theater, house party, catered in a hall, restaurant, family trip, concert, club, pool hall, college party, bar, Atlantic city/Las Vegas trip
See previous answers. Seriously, parents fund a group of kids partying in Vegas?? No one in my world does that!

681. If you saw The Craft were you interested in wicca/paganism/magic afterwards?
I haven't--are we sensing a theme yet?--and therefore no.

682. What are your top 3 priorities?
Food, sleep, safety.

683. If you saw Fight Club did you want to get into a fistfight afterwards?
...sigh....I haven't, and I'm pretty sure that would have meant missing at least part of the point of the movie, no?

684. What is your favorite smell?
"Clean"--and then the scent of summer in the Rockies: pine, sage, dirt, thin air.

685. Give everything below a humor rating (1 = laugh your ass off, 2 = lol, 3 = smile, 4 = lame, 5 = not funny, 6 = offensive):
People falling 2
Rape jokes 6
Sarcastic comments 3-4
Blonde jokes 3-4
Dirty jokes 4
God/religion jokes 4-5
Long-ass jokes 3
Death jokes 3
Pain/sickness jokes 5
Animals doing cute stuff 4
Bodily functions 3
Knock jokes 5
Ethnic jokes 5
Puns 2
Ironic situations 2

685. If you saw Cruel Intentions did you want to have lots of meaningless sex afterwards?
At this point I'm on a roll: no, and ergo no.

686. Do you get at least three hugs per day?
When Beast is around, yes. Otherwise, it depends on whether I have a meeting; if so, then yeah, hugs for/from everyone!

687. What should someone never say to you/call you if they want to remain on your good side?
Talking down to me isn't going to help your cause, calling me "miss" if you're over age 15 will put my teeth on edge, and if you insist on talking shit about ethnic or other demographic groups I will walk away.

688. If you saw Trainspotting did you want to do drugs afterwards?
Woot: nope and nope. But I know what calling someone an anorak means!!

689. Do movies have a great influence on you?
Clearly NOT so much.

690. Do you have a favorite reality TV show?
I used to really love "The Amazing Race" but I haven't watched it in years. And we do watch "Deadliest Catch" faithfully. I do like those guys.

691. Are there certain roles that people are pressured to play in society or can they basically do whatever they want?
OK, here's the plan: you go do whatever you want for a few days. I'll trail behind and see how that works for you. My hunch is that following up on "whatever you want" with entail a deletorious effect on your relationships with others.

692. How does the 2004 Dawn of the Dead remake compare to the original movie?
I'm sure it's not as good. Then again, how does one rate movies like these? I think they're all ridiculous, which is why I appreciated Zombieland so much.

693. Have you ever held a magnifying glass over an insect to burn it?
Nope. I've been present at least once when someone else did. I don't get why setting critters on fire is "fun."

694. Have you ever pulled the wings off a fly, butterfly or any other insect?
See above. No. I don't even touch butterflies since being told brushing anything off their wings damages them!

695. What would you think of a guy (if you're into guys) or a girl (if you're into girls) who wanted to take you to the park to feed the birds and look at the turtles and fish in the water on a date?
If it's a lovely warm sunny day, I'm probably going to think this is the best idea ever! Going for a hike--back when I was in shape--was always a great date.

696. Do you use public pools?
Since I can't swim, that's a no. Now that Sparky's not a kid, I don't have any reason at all to appear at a pool.
OK, yes, I was near the pool on the cruise ship, but I didn't even pack a swimsuit. That was an error, but I still doubt I'd've gotten in the pool. Maybe the hot tub....

697. Do you use public bathrooms?
Yes I do, when necessary.

698. Do you use public showers?
I have done. There aren't a lot of reasons I need to these days, but last fall on our aborted RV trip, that was the only option for being clean.

699. How old will you be in 17 years?
I'll be closing in on 70. ...wonder if that means I'll be retired. At this rate, I may not be allowed to do so until about then.

700. Would it effect [sic] you at all if you knew that a very large meteor was headed towards earth that would impact in 17 years?
Well of course! Not so much for myself, but I'd be in a serious panic about those folks younger than me whom I love.

And DONE! 3:00 6/19

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Saturday 9

(Link in meme-roll)
Papa, Don't Preach (1986)
If you're not familiar with today's song, you can hear it here.

1) Madonna has sold more than 200 million records worldwide. Do you have any of her songs on your iPod/mp3 player/phone?
Then again, I don't have an iPod either. I use Spotify and Sirius XM for music (and occasionally Pandora) and I surely have Madonna songs saved on Spotify. ...actually I just chceked--I do NOT have any Madonna! I'm a bit surprised. I do like some of her stuff. Not this week's song, particularly, but others.
2) When she first arrived in New York in search of fame and fortune, Madonna supported herself by working at Dunkin' Donuts. What did you order last time you were at Dunkin' Donuts?
I haven't been for a couple of weeks, but someone brought donuts from there to work on Thursday, so I had one. ...
OK, two!
3) Madonna and her first husband, Sean Penn, ended their marriage on New Year's Eve, 1988. Sam's New Year's Eves are never that dramatic. What about you? Do you have any vivid New Year's Eve memories you'd like to share?
Only a couple. One I was thinking about the other day: Sparky was determined to stay awake to welcome the new millennium. He was 7 (nearly 8) and he lasted till about 10 when he zonked out in the papa-san chair. I have a photo of him in his jammies that is adorable. (too lazy to go find and scan it in here tho)
The other memory I have is watching the countdown show on the Big City broadcast several years ago and realizing that both news anchors hosting it were WAY drunk and actually in danger of hooking up on the air. And these were not youthful people! It was funny, and horrible, and embarrassing.
4) Madonna admits she suffers from brontophobia, aka the fear of storms. Are you scared of thunder and lightning?
I've a healthy respect for lightning, but I don't fear it; I just take precautions. What I am afraid of is wind and "funny-colored" skies. That's tornado-brewing weather and I don't mess around with that at all!
5) Onstage during the 2015 Coachella fest, Madonna shocked the audience by planting a kiss square on the lips of much-younger rapper Drake. What's something that surprised you recently?
That was a very disturbing video to watch, by the way. {{shudder}} My Crazy Cat Lady coworker called in sick EVERY SINGLE DAY THIS WEEK, and didn't even have to provide a doctor's note yesterday (day 4). That's HR's rule, and it's in place at work because of her so we're all a little pissed-off that she doesn't have to follow the rules. And she's already taking vacation next week. So. Yeah. Meanwhile, other people were at work every single day even though they were not well; they at least showed up before we shooed (some of) them home. I've been dealing with this behavior from her for 20+ years. It never stops being annoying though for the most part, I've given up. Whining about it doesn't change it any more than whining about a cat not being a dog changes that situation.
On a happier note, I was pleasantly surprised yesterday when Beast told me he was getting up at 6:15 to go to Men's Bible Study this morning.
6) More recently, Madonna was at the center of a controversy because Prince fans didn't like her tribute at the Billboard Music Awards. They made themselves heard on social media. Was your last Facebook post or Tweet positive or negative?
Whatever. I didn't see her tribute, but people need to calm the fuck down about stuff like this. My last Fbook post is technically from GoodReads: a positive review of a book I just finished. And the one just before that is a funny medieval "interpretation" of a scene from Star Wars.
7) One of the things Sam's papa preaches about is car maintenance. He reminds her to check her car's air filter regularly, because a dirty filter can reduce mileage. Share your own car maintenance tip with us.
Uhm. I'm hyper-aware of running out of windshield-washer fluid. Otherwise, Beast takes good care of the cars. I need to get the oil changed--I've a light going on every time I start the car--but that's getting taken care of shortly as well. I don't really "do" car stuff, because I'm fortunate enough not to have to worry about it.
8) When she was growing up, Sam's father was often away on business. He always remembered to bring back the complimentary shampoos, conditioners and lotions from the hotels where he stayed. When will you next stay in a hotel (or motel, bed-and-breakfast or Airbnb room)?
We might spend a night next weekend in the city where Sparky's living, and where he (and we) went to college. He's moving apartments and the schedule is a little fubar so it might mean a night with the Holiday Inn peeps. After that, I'm not sure. Maybe nothing till September when we go to my nephew Jesse's wedding. Beast is traveling to his company's HQ this week, though, so he'll be hotelling it for 4 nights.
9) To celebrate Father's Day, Sam is giving away her father's favorite candy: LifeSavers. Would you prefer a roll of Wild Cherry, Butter Rum, Winter Green or Peppermint?
I'm tempted to say Wint-o-Green for the sparking, but I haven't had Butter Rum in absolute EONS! It sounds good this morning.
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