Sunday, July 24, 2016

Sunday Stealing

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The Beach Boys' Meme

1. SURFER GIRL : “I have watched you on the shore, standing by the ocean drawer roar, do you love me do you surfer girl.” Were you ever interested in someone (other than a celebrity) who did not return your interest?
Isn't that really pretty much what early adolescence is all about? I had multiple crushes then and in high school--and into college!--on entirely unsuitable guys. It's very girlishly romantic...and pretty pathetic from my perspective now.
2. BE TRUE TO YOUR SCHOOL : “So be true to your school now, just like you would for your girl or guy…” Looking back, how do you feel about your high school days?
I had a blast in high school, when I wasn't having the most miserable time of my life. Academically, I was scaling to the heights. Musically, I was at my peak. Socially, I was getting things figured out. Romantically, I was excluding possibilities maniacally. It was a good time. And it was absolutely awful.
3. FUN FUN FUN : “…and she’ll have fun fun fun till her daddy takes the T-Bird away…” What was the worst punishment you received as a teenager?
I never did much to get in trouble. The worst punishment I remember was lying in bed the night I got in an accident in my mom's car--insert long story--and realizing that my only chance of perhaps not getting destroyed by my parents was confessing before they found the damage in the morning. So I went and stood in their doorway and woke Mom up by saying, "There's something I need to tell you and Dad." "Right now!?" "....yes." So Dad got his hearing aid back on and they came down and heard me out. I had to pay for the replacement body parts that Dad found at the dump and he did all the work (it was pretty much cosmetic, thank God). And I don't remember any yelling or further punishment. Lesson learned: confession is better than discovery.
4. I GET AROUND : “Round round get around, I get around.” Where did you go on your last long trip?
We were in the Southern Caribbean and Puerto Rico in April. In September we're going to a wedding in England. I sound like a freaking jet-setter, but last year's big trip was only about 500 miles from here, and blew up rather spectacularly when Beast ended up in the hospital.
5. HELP ME RHONDA : “You gotta help me Rhonda, help me get her off of my mind.” What do you do to cheer up after a personal tragedy such as a lost job, power outage or broken relationship?
Power outage?? Really? We lose power almost weekly every summer. This is not a tragedy. Plus we have a generator now so if things get dire, we just fire it up like the rest of the neighbors.

For real tragedies, my usual mode is without planning, my diet changes. First I stop eating, then I eat everything that isn't nailed down. And I cry, on and on and endlessly. There's usually a layer of anger (and fear) in there too. And my sleep patterns get all fubar.
6. CALIFORNIA GIRLS : “I wish they all could be California girls. The west coast has the sunshine and the girls there get so tan, I dig a French bikini on Hawaiian island dolls, by a palm tree in the sand.” Where are the best boys found?
The Midwest. And Italy. :)
7. SLOOP JOHN B : “I wanna go home, please let me go home, ya ya. Well this is the worst trip, I’ve ever been on…” What is the worst trip you’ve ever been on?
Our vacations in the past 12 months have not gone to plan in some pretty bad ways. I'm hoping that string of badness breaks on our trip to England. Because if not, I may be done traveling with Beast.

So, either ending up in the ER waiting room for 7 hours and Beast in the hospital for a couple of nights, or arriving in a new-to-me place and not being able to find Beast either in person or by phone/text/IM for almost 3 hours after my plane touched down. Take your pick.
8. WOULDN’T IT BE NICE : “I guess the more we talk about it, it makes it harder just to live without it, but let’s talk about it…” What is your biggest wish?
I hate to sound like a beauty pageant contestant but ... World Peace. Or at least World Sanity.
9. IN MY ROOM : “There’s a place where I can go and tell my secrets to. In my room. In my room.” What is your favorite thing about your own personal room or space in your home/office?
Sleep. Noodle around on the computer. Read. OK, of the three? Sleep.
10. GOD ONLY KNOWS : “You never need to doubt it, I’ll make you so sure about it. God only knows what I feel about you.” When was the last time you told a significant other or close relative that you loved them?
I tell Beast every day. I tell Sparky--especially the last 10 days or so--every time I talk to him (or IM/PM/text). I try to get it out of my mouth with extended family too, but we aren't particularly mushy, so it seems to always sort of shock them when I do say it.
11. GOOD VIBRATIONS : “My baby has good vibrations, she’s giving me excitations…” When do you get good vibrations?
Actually, lately, I've been getting weird nerve things going on in my arms and legs almost daily. Sort of that tingly, tickly, excited/nervous sensation that runs down arms/legs? No clue why. It comes out of nowhere. I'm beginning to wonder if my nervous system is breaking.

In the broader sense, I had a good time at work on Friday. No details, just fun events and silly behavior and everyone meshing together with no bitching.
12. KOKOMO : “We’ll go to Kokomo. We’ll get there fast and then we’ll take it slow. That’s where I wanna go…” What is your favorite warm weather destination?
The mountains. Honestly, I'm not fussed anymore about which mountains, seeing as there are NONE around here, but I crave mountains in the summer: they're cooler, breezier, and nearer the sun.
13. DO IT AGAIN : “Let’s get back together and do it again…” If you could go back in time and gather up your school friends, what would you do again?
Since this can't possibly really happen for several reasons, let's just make it crazy: midday meal at Mr. Gatti's (closed decades ago) and then a field show that we win, then goofing in the hallways with no fear of getting teachers pissed off. In college, it would involve a schlag. :-)

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Saturday 9

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Surf City (1963)
... Because Melissa suggested Jan and Dean. Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) When the song was written, "Surf City" was a fictitious town.* Tell us a song that is set in a real place.
One of my favorites is "Wolf Creek Pass" by C.W. McCall. My brother and I have it memorized, and he does it with the same panache as McCall, whose name was really Bill Fries. We sort of got hooked on his work when he became mayor of the tiny mountain town where we had our "cabin" when I was a kid; he wrote a number of songs about that area, which we also have permanently etched in our brains. And yes, I spoke to him a few times. And yes, I've been over Wolf Creek Pass; it's all true, except the cigar part. ;-) To my surprise, Fries is still alive (age 87!) and living in Ouray. Another reason to move there!
2) In the song, Jan and Dean sing about riding around in a 1934 station wagon, which means the car was 29 years old when the song was recorded. How old is your vehicle?
I think it's a 2013.
3) Are you good on a surf board?
Well, seeing as I can't swim, it would probably be somewhat foolhardy for me to check and see, eh?
4) When you spend time out in the sun, are you careful about applying sunscreen?
If I plan ahead, yes. I'm so rarely out in the sun anymore, though, that it's a bit of a moot point; I'm allergic to everything this time of year and mostly run from car to building to car to home.
5) Dean's original partner was Arnie Ginsburg. When Dean was drafted into the Army, Arnie didn't feel like waiting so he abandoned show business and went back to college. Today he holds several patents. What is something you wish someone would invent?
Earmuffs that selectively drown out Trump and other insane and hate-filled people.
6) Jan was a perpetual student who juggled college with recording. He not only graduated from UCLA, he completed two years of medical school at the UC Irvine School of Medicine. Have you ever considered going back to school?
Yes. It's been in the back of my mind for 30 years. I don't think I could deal with the other students these days though.
7) In 1966, Jan was sidelined by a serious car accident. During the years that he was unable to perform, partner Dean became a graphic artist. He designed logos and album covers for Steve Martin, Diana Ross and others. Do you feel you respond most to words, pictures, or music?
Words, by quite a long stretch. Pictures are dead last--I don't remember graphically at all. Music is fairly strong though.
8) In 1978, CBS made a TV movie about Jan and Dean. If they approached you about a made-for-TV movie of your life, who would you like to play you?
I've always gone with Sandra Bullock in the past and I see no reason to change.
9) Random question: Growing up, how did you learn about the birds and the bees? (From books/the web, from parents, from your friends...)
Friends and the "classes" we did in 5th and 6th grade (and the booklets we got). In 8th grade, I had to get my parents' permission to take "Family Living" and my mom couldn't sign the form any faster than she snatched it from me to do!
*Huntington Beach changed it's name to Surf City in the 1990s.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Friday 5

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(Im?)potent Potables
  1. What’s your favorite beverage that has chocolate in it?
    Uhm, cocoa, I guess. But I don't drink chocolate-flavored stuff very often.
  2. What’s your favorite non-citrusy fruit drink?
    Cranberry juice.
  3. What’s your favorite mention of a drink in song?
  4. Roy Rogers, Arnold Palmer, and Shirley Temple are among people who have mixed drinks named after them. What would a drink named after you contain, and what would each of the ingredients represent?
    We could renamed Long Island Iced Tea after me; that would be fun. ;-)
  5. Besides milk and cookies (’cause that’s really too easy), what are a food and drink that you must have together?
    Tea and cream scones.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Sunday Stealing

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A Story Teller's Meme

1. What are your current obsessions?
Transcription of National Archive documents so they are searchable. I'm doing the registration book for a D.C. insane asylum in the late 19th century. It's sad, funny, weird, and occasionally just plain creepy. Some of the people admitted in the early 1880s were still there after World War I!
The other is trying to plan this bloody wedding trip in September--getting everyone on a plane and into a house rental has taken, literally, 3 weeks and we're still not done with the drama!
2. What are you listening to?
Right now, the British Open is on TV so I'm hearing the sound of well-behaved golf fans and the nattering of sportscasters.
3. Which item from your wardrobe do you wear most often?
These clamdiggers I've got on today. I am going to need to replace them and that makes me sad. But the seat is wearing thing. They're just light cotton knit cheap as hell, but they're utterly comfy. Otherwise, jeans. I need to replace those as well.
4. What are you reading?
According to my GoodReads: Forty Stories (ebook) (Cal Morgan, editor); The Art of Language Invention by David J. Peterson; and The Master of the Prado by Javier Sierra.
5. What’s for dinner?
Jeez, it's not even 10 a.m. yet and you're nagging already?? lol Beast has had an upset stomach for three days, so whatever we end up having, it's going to be light. Maybe grilled cheese sandwiches and soup.
6. What was the last thing you bought?
A can of pineapple. Yes, random. So, on the way home from a lunch date yesterday I stopped for a grocery run. When I left, I found a text from Beast asking for pineapple, so I stopped at the mini-mart near our house.
7. Guilty pleasure?
Sleep. Facebook.
8. What training did you get and how do you make a living?
I'm a degreed librarian, which means I have a Master's in Library and Information Science. So impressive.
9. If you could go back in time, knowing what you know now, and choose a different career path, what would you train to do?
Not a thing.
10. What’s your best time of day?
I love early mornings. The day stretches ahead with possibility....
11. Do you like being on a team or are you a solo player?
I'm a good team player but I prefer to work alone because people will need to discuss every-damn-thing!
12. What’s your favorite way to create art?
With words.
13. Name three items in your refrigerator:
Pineapple (lol), leftovers, cheese. So . Much . Cheese !
14. Tell us about your first crush:
His name was Jim Phillips and he was blond and nice and cute. He had no idea I had a crush on him. And then he moved away never to be seen again. ...sigh He's also one of the rare blond guys I paid any attention to; my usual magnet is dark-haired somewhat-sarcastic smart guys.
15. The first time that I became a boyfriend/girlfriend was with who, when?
I dated a guy in high school on and off for a couple of years, but he was all about moving right along to engagement and marriage, and I didn't like him THAT much. I thought his brother was more interesting. Guess which one was dark-haired and sarcastic...huh. I'm still pretty good friends with the bro, and I'm very glad I escaped marriage at 18!
16. Do you remember what you did on your first date?
On the way to a movie, we stopped so I could hold his car in the air while he changed a rear tire. Because he didn't have a jack and it was a Honda Civic, more or less like this. He was SO embarrassed. I thought it was actually pretty awesome. Great story, and it's always good to feel like a superhero.
17. How did you meet your current (or most recent) girlfriend/boyfriend/husband/wife?
Beast had classes freshman year with my roommate, on whom he had a bit of a crush. He'd come over and flirt with her in our dorm room, and she pretty much ignored him (she was having some major issues that year, and sociability wasn't on her "to-do" list). I felt sorry for him, and he was dark-haired, smart, and sarcastic. Also funny. And fun. And he just kept hanging around, along with another guy that I was thoroughly NOT interested in but who couldn't take a hint. I finally had to explain the reality of life to him--while he ironed his graduation gown in his dorm room--and on the way back to my place I ran into Beast who lived in the same dorm. We sat in his room and talked for hours into the early morning hours. It was, and remains, the thing I love most about him, that he's a good listener and a fantastic conversationalist. And funny. And smart. The dark hair is on it's way out though. :)
18. How did your first romantic relationship end?
The high school guy? I just had to find a reason to break up with him without hurting his feelings too badly. It wasn't fun. In fact, it still makes me squirm and seeing him again makes me really uncomfortable.
19. Do you remember your first kiss?
Yes. :)
20. What do we still not know about you?
I don't think I've ever itemized my faults. Or my random physical tics. Nor have I discussed the increasingly irritating panic attacks that have developed over the past 18 months. Essentially, what I'm saying is that there are always unknowable things about everyone, no matter how well you think you know them.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Saturday 9

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Sara Smile (1976)
... Because Kwizgiver suggested Hall & Oates. Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) This was Hall & Oates' first #1 hit. Can you name another of their popular songs?
"I Can't Go For That" which (today) makes me laugh just typing it. And "Rich Girl" and so many others. These two were really the soundtrack of my formative years.
2) Darryl Hall and Sara Allen were a couple for 30 years, and he wrote this at the beginning of their long relationship. That makes this a very public love letter. Are you good at writing love letters? Would you rather tell the person how you feel, face to face? Or do you let your actions speak louder than your words?
I'm better at communicating "on paper" but I think I'd rather hear this sort of thing F2F, so I go that route most often.
3) In the song, Darryl and Sara are waiting for the sunrise. Did you see the sunrise this morning? Or did you sleep in?
Hah! I was up at 6:45 when Beast got up, and then reset the alarm for 9. No sunrise for me today!
4) Both Hall & Oates hail from the Philadelphia area. Hall is a native of suburban Pottstown, which was a stop on the Reading/Philadelphia rail line made famous in Monopoly. Do you like playing board games?
I *adore* board games! Or actually games of all kinds--except maybe "Candyland" at this point--but rarely have the opportunity to play.
5) John Oates grew up a few miles away from Pottstown in North Wales. Decades ago, North Wales' biggest employer was a cigar factory. Do you like the smell of a cigar?
A good cigar smells delicious. But I loathe the taste of kissing someone who's smoked any cigars at all.
6) Daryl Hall now hosts a music show, Live from Daryl's House, that you catch free online. Do you typically watch shows from your computer, pad, phone or TV set?
Still watching on the TV. Old-school. But this show looks like it might be worth a watch at work.
7) Hall & Oates are currently on tour. Are you seeing/have you seen a concert this summer?
Nope. I'm not a huge fan of crowds, although I do like live music. However, post-Nice, I'm feeling extremely skittish about large crowds.
8) Daryl and John have been friends for 50 years, even living together at the beginning of their careers when money was tight. Another successful duo of the rock era, Simon & Garfunkle, also met as teens but they forever seem to be feuding. What do you think makes for a lasting friendship/partnership?
There is some kind of chemistry that has to stick, but also humility and lack of ego. It's very much like a marriage; you have to keep the long view in mind and stick to taking responsibility for your own shit.
9) Random question: Are you quick to try new things?
Depends on what sort of things we're talking about. Sometimes, yes. Other times, not so much. I honestly can't figure out any pattern: some foods I'll try (hummus), others make me gag at the thought (apples and strawberries and lettuce). Some technology yes (DVR yay); some, no (Instagram? Why?). Some fashion is cool; some of it just makes me laugh, or cry. I try to be open though.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Friday 5

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In honor of this week’s Emmy nominations.
  1. What TV series have you watched every episode of?
    Every one of the original CSI series, and (I think) CSI:NY. Pretty much all of the Monty Python's Flying Circus episodes by now, I think. Pretty much all of NCIS (original) and its spinoffs. There are some older ones, I'm sure, but I'm drawing a blank.
  2. What are your favorite instrumental and vocal TV theme songs?
    I still like the Friends song, possibly because I stopped watching the show itself early on. The theme from Hill Street Blues never does NOT get my adrenaline going. And, of course, the all-time best "Suicide Is Painless" (M*A*S*H).
  3. What’s a TV series you stuck with even when it got bad?
    CSI got really weird towards the end but we stuck with it. It pretty much died with Warwick, but was kept alive in a failed attempt to stay edgy.
  4. What supporting TV character would you like to have seen featured in his or her own spinoff? If you’re feeling creative, what would be the premise of that series?
    I would have followed George Eads (CSI) anywhere. And it would be fascinating to know what Eliot's been up too since he quit the force (L&O:SVU). I don't have any great ideas for either.
  5. What is the single funniest moment on TV you have ever seen?
    Almost any episode of Whose Line Is It? can get me to the point of crying with laughter.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Unconscious Mutterings x2

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  1. Argument :: Disagreement
  2. Firing :: Shooting
  3. Gesture :: Wave
  4. Conventional :: Unexceptional
  5. Calories :: Food
  6. Glasses :: Reading ...
  7. Clients :: Customers
  8. Reception :: Wedding ...
  9. Shaving :: ... cream
  10. Catastrophe :: Disaster
  1. Devastated :: Destroyed
  2. Hello :: Greetings
  3. Agency :: Temp ...
  4. Guide :: Direct
  5. Air :: Water
  6. Expectation :: Goal
  7. Click :: Feminism
  8. Result :: Answer
  9. Member :: Individual
  10. Infertile :: Sterile
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