Sunday, March 19, 2017

Sunday Stealing

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The TV Shows Questions

1. Name a TV show series in which you have seen every episode at least twice:
Of the oldies, Brady Bunch, Bewitched, and Gilligan's Island have to be up there. Newer shows would include the original CSI and the first 4-5 seasons of the original NCIS.
2. Name a show you can't miss:
We rarely miss any of the current crop of NCISes, though we watch them on DVR almost exclusively.
3. Name an actor that would make you more inclined to watch a show:
Mariska Hargitay, though I rarely watch SVU except in reruns. But I do like her.
4. Name an actor who would make you less likely to watch a show:
Good gosh, there are a LOT of those! Most of them are un-funny comedians or very young Too Famous People.
5. Name a show you can, and do, quote from:
Star Trek, of course! "THERE ARE FOUR LIGHTS!!" is my constant refrain over the course of the last 6 months or so.
6. Name a show you like that no one else enjoys:
This is so unlikely as to be unanswerable.
7. Name a TV show which you've been known to sing the theme song:
Pretty much anything from the late 50s through the mid-80s. And now I've got the Three's Company theme stuck in my head, just like that!
8. Name a show you would recommend everyone to watch:
I would never presume to do this.
9. Name a TV series you own:
I have season one of the current version of Hawaii Five-Oh. I haven't watched all of it, and I haven't watched the show regularly since midway through season 2.
10. Name an actor who launched his/her entertainment career in another medium, but has surprised you with his/her acting chops in television:
Uhm, hello? Who can top Patrick Stewart in ST:TNG?
11. What is your favorite episode of your favorite series?
- On the original CSI the episode called "Stalker" because it was far too creepily close to reality to be dismissed as "just TV" for me.
- Star Trek TOS is probably the one called "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield" because it hit home HARD the first time I saw it at about age 10.
- ST:TNG is "Darmok" because it's all about language theory and I had massively interesting conversations online (ok, on Prodigy) for months about how a whole language like that would work, and the philosophy of language, and Noam Chomsky....
- Gilligan's Island is "The Producer" when the castaways stage a production of "Hamlet"--it's just farce of course, but it kinda was my intro to Shakespeare, so I think of it fondly.
And now I'll stop.
12. Name a show you keep meaning to watch, but you just haven't gotten around to yet:
Anything from Shondaland. I'm not into soapy stuff, so I've been leery.
13. Ever quit watching a show because it was so bad?
Of course. See CSI: Miami. Swear to God, if those sunglasses had come off on my TV one more time....
14. Name a show that's made you cry multiple times:
CSI. SVU. Criminal Minds. A lot of the shows on Animal Planet. I was crying over a euthanized snow leopard from the Bronx Zoo last night. smh
15. What do you eat when you watch TV?
Whatever's on offer. We basically never eat at the table anymore.
16. How often do you watch TV?
I'm married to someone who thinks that if someone is alive, the TV should be on. He will walk through the room where I'm reading and turn the damn thing on and then go out to the garage for an hour. So, if he's here, the TV's on. And he's here ALL THE TIME anymore.
17. What's the last TV show you watched?
We're currently watching this afternoon's race, which was DVR'd while we went to a concert this afternoon.
18. What's your favorite/preferred genre of TV?
I think it's fairly obvious that anymore I mostly watch crime drama. And sports.
19. What was the first TV show you were obsessed with?
The Partridge Family.
20. What TV show do you wish you never watched?
In some ways, I wish I hadn't ever seen Little House on the Prairie. The earlier seasons were pretty good because they stuck, generally, to the books. But when they ran out of "true" Laura stuff, they ruined it.
21. What's the weirdest show you enjoyed?
There are some Japanese game shows that I just don't understand but they make me laugh. Beast thinks I'm insane for finding them amusing.
22. What TV show scared you the most?
I tend not to get that involved in any scary TV shows. I'm usually online these days so there's a definite distraction factor. Having said that, there have been some crime episodes over the years that have wigged me out. That "Stalker" episode mentioned above is one of them.
23. What is the funniest TV show you have ever watched?
That has to be, in terms of consistency over the years, M*A*S*H.

Bud's Laws of Life
Law 55. A single fact can spoil a good argument.
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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Saturday 9

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Along Alone Again, Naturally (1971)
Not familiar with this week's song? Hear it here.

1. Friday was St. Patrick's Day, March 17th! Did you celebrate with green beer or a green milkshake?
Hell no. I did have Irish Soda Bread, brought to work by a coworker. I don't add green to food that shouldn't have it, though.
2. Did you remember to wear green?
I did. Of course; too many childhood pinchings to dare to forget green on St. Pat's.
3. What color do you look best in?
I have a purple sweater that I got at a resale shop last fall that someone told me this week is a good shade for me. I try to avoid red, since I tend to have a bad case of red-face even without it. And I think I do OK with teal/turquoise.
4. This week's featured artist, Gilbert O'Sullivan, was born in Waterford, Ireland. Waterford is famous for Waterford Crystal. Do you have glassware that you save for special occasions?
We have two full (glass-front) cupboards full of glassware we basically never use: beer mugs, martini glasses, luncheon dishes. I just can't get rid of them.
5. This week's featured song includes the line, "To think that only yesterday I was cheerful, bright and gay." How were you feeling yesterday?
Yesterday was ok. I got a fair amount of work done, attended to some great tunes while reorganizing the worms and spiders sections of our Dewey books. (That was probably meaningless--Dewey has updated most of the animal sections, so I'm working through the 'corrections' in our books--someday maybe I'll fix the collection itself....)
6. It begins with reference to a wedding that didn't quite come off because the bride left the groom at the altar. When were you most recently at church? Was it for a holiday service, a regularly scheduled service, a special event (a wedding or baptism)?
I teach Sunday School, so I'm there every Sunday, including last week. I'll be there tomorrow as well. I'm the Donut Lady.
7. In 1971, when this song was popular, Malibu Barbie was a big seller for Mattel. This doll had a perpetual tan. For a human to achieve this, a tanning bed or self tanner is usually required. Have you used either method to give yourself a tan?
Nope. I've got that northern European white skin with freckles and when hit by sun it mostly just burns, peels, and goes back to white-with-maybe-two-more-freckles. I've probably given myself enough sun damage from tanning with baby oil as a teenager. I don't need more. Also, self-tanning (spray) is ORANGE! Ick.
8. In March, 1971, James Taylor appeared on the cover of TIME magazine. What's your favorite James Taylor song?
"You've Got a Friend"
9. Random Question: What word or phrase do you hear yourself saying too often?
"Actually" (ack-shul-lee) or "derp." I swear a lot too, though.

Friday 5

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Picture This
  1. What’s your favorite monster movie?
    I, uh...well, starting out well. I don't really do monsters. Maybe "Gremlins"? If that counts.
  2. What’s your favorite social issues movie?
    "Shoah" with absolutely nothing else close.
  3. What’s a movie you dislike in a genre you love?
    There are a lot of stupid comedies out there. It's a fine line between silly and awful. Pretty much anything that leans heavily on drinking and resultant bad behavior, so all the "Hangover" movies, qualifies.
  4. What’s a movie you like in a genre you dislike?
    I really do love "Psycho."
  5. What’s a movie everyone else has seen but you have not seen?
    Most of them. Basically, almost anything from the last 25 years. It took me a full decade to get through "Titanic" for instance. I haven't seen most of the Batmans / Spidermans / Supermans made in this century.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Sunday Stealing

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The Eight/Ten Questions

1. Are you single?
2. Are you happy?
3. Are you bored?
Yeah, a little.
4. Are you naked?
Hell no! It's less than 30 degrees (F) outside!
5. Are you a blonde?
6. Are you moody?
Not so much.
7. Are you a lover/hater?
One or both, most of the time, yep.
8. Are you hot/cold?
My feet are cold, the rest of me is ok right now.
9. Are you Irish?
Some percentage of my heritage involves Ireland, yeah.
10. Are you Asian?
Not to my knowledge.
1. Name:
2. Nickname:
Well, the above IS a nickname, so....
3. Birth mark:
There's this thing on my earlobe....
4. Hair color:
At this point, brown-turning-gray.
5. Natural hair color:
6. Eye color:
7. Height:
5'7" or so.
8. Facebook Mood:
9. Favorite color:
10. One Place to Visit:
One place that I'd like to go to that I haven't visited before is Barcelona.
1. Do you believe in love at first sight?
Not really, no.
2. Do you believe in soul mates?
3. (MIA)

4. Have you ever been hurt emotionally?
Well, of course!
5. Have you ever broken someone’s heart?
I guess.
6. Have you ever been cheated on?
Not that I know of.
7. Have you ever liked someone and not told them?
8. Are you afraid of commitment?
9. Who was the last person you hugged?
My husband.
10. Who was the last person you kissed?
1. Love or lust?
2. (MIA)

3. Cats or dogs?
4. A few best friends or many regular friends?
Just a few good ones.
5. Television or internet?
6. Chinese Or Indian?
Takeout? Indian.
7. Wild night out or romantic night in?
Nights in are preferred.
8. Money or Happiness?
9. Night or day?
10. Skype or phone?
1. Been caught sneaking out?
2. Been skinny dipping?
3. Stolen?
4. Bungee jumped?
Nope, though I used to want to. Now, I'm pretty sure I'd die.
5. Lied to someone you liked?
6. Finished an entire jaw breaker?
7. Cheated on a lover (yes kissing counts...)?
Hmmm. Nope.
8. Wanted an ex bf/gf back?
Not enough to actually do anything about it.
9. Cried because you lost a pet?
Of course!!
10. Wanted to disappear?
This happens almost every day. Isn't this normal?

1. Smile or eyes?
2. Light or dark hair?
3. Hugs or kisses?
Really, I have to pick? Jeez, ok, hugs.
4. Shorter or taller?
5. Intelligence or attraction?
Intelligence IS attraction!
6. Romantic or spontaneous?
7. Funny or serious?
8. Older or Younger?
Same age.
9. Outgoing or quiet?
10. Sweet or Bad Ass?
1. Ever performed in front of a large crowd?
2. Ever done drugs?
Only the legally prescribed variety.
3. Ever been pregnant?
4. (MIA)

5. Ever been on a cheer leading team?
Absolutely not.
6. Ever been on a dance team?
7. Ever been on a sports team?
8. Ever been in a drama play/production?
9. Ever owned a BMW, Mercedes Benz, Escalade, Hummer or Bentley?
Nope. Nor is it likely to occur, either.
10. Ever been in a rap video?
Hah! Yeah, no.

1. Last phone call you made:
I ordered pizza for delivery on Friday.
2. Last person you hung out with:
Just Beasty. Altho, Gail and I hung out during church--instead of sitting in the sanctuary, we went in the office and chatted. Yep, going straight to hell.
3. Last person you flirted with:
Probably a cute little baby.
4. Last time you worked:
Friday. Unless you count laundry, shopping, and food prep at home.
5. Last person you tackled:
...I have no idea. I don't actually spend too much time physically assaulting people.
6. Last person you IM’d:
Sparky, thanking him for letting us know he got home.
7. (MIA)

8. Last person(s) you went to the movies with:
9. Last thing you missed:
....? I don't know what this means. Like a missed appointment? Probably a haircut. I missed running head-on into someone on the trip home from church. I missed the dryer with some of the wet clothes on the last switch.
10. Last time you did the nasty:
Like that's something I'm likely to share! Hahaha.
Bud's Laws of Life
Law 54. Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is never putting it in a fruit salad.
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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Saturday 9

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Fist City (1968)
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) This song is about a wife warning another woman off her man. Who received the last warning, of any type, that you issued?
The last warning I remember issuing was to some kids in the adult reference area Thursday as I was leaving work. It was a good-natured, "Hey, guys, remember to keep your voices down" more than a "Voice of Doom." They were adorable and giggling and excited; hard to get really mad about that.
2) Loretta sings that when her husband picks up trash, he puts it in a garbage can. She's being metaphorical, but we will be literal: If you spot litter on the sidewalk, do you pick it up or just walk on?
It sort of depends on what kind of trash, but in general I pick it up. If it looks like I'll end up getting gunked up with no way to wash up, then it stays there.
3) She taught herself to play guitar. If you could learn something new in 2017, what would it be?
A foreign language, maybe Danish, so I could move out of this ever-more-darkening nation.
4) She broke her shoulder in a fall and surgery was required to repair it. When were you last in a hospital? Were you a patient or a visitor?
Beast had surgery 11 days ago. It was outpatient, but he was completely out and intubated for it, so yeah, then.
5) In the 1970s, Loretta Lynn was the first country singer to appear on the cover of Newsweek. Who is your favorite country singer?
I love Darius Rucker's voice--baritone is so awesome. I love a LOT of Miranda Lambert's songs. And the Dixie Chicks, of course, are awesome.
6) Rowan and Martin's Laugh In premiered in 1968, when this song was popular. What's the last TV show you watched? Did you watch it live, did you stream it, or catch it on DVR/Tivo?
We're watching NASCAR live as I type this. They're in Vegas today, where I think the temperature is probably about 60 degrees warmer than the outside temp here. At least we did have some sun today.
7) In 1968, Jacqueline Kennedy shocked the world by marrying Greek billionaire Aristotle Onassis. What's the last thing you heard that surprised you?
I wish I could say that anything out of Washington was surprising me, but I think my political surprise-meter is maxed out. Sparky's trip home overnight was a little surprising. He hadn't planned to come, till I mentioned it was mini-golf weekend at the library.
8) 1968's top-rated car was the Chevy Corvette. Could your car benefit from a trip to the car wash this morning?
Well, yes, but it was far too cold out to do that. Shoulda done it earlier in the week, but I simply didn't think of it.
9) Random question: You're staying in a hotel and find you can faintly hear the couple in the next room. Would you ignore their voices, or try to hear them better?
In general, I ignore people outside my own hotel room most of the time. The only exception to this is I might listen more closely if it sounded like the people were arguing and someone might be in danger.


Your Attitude Makes You Deep
Your unique ways are the first thing that people notice about you, but you don't stand for its own sake.

You are very comfortable in your own skin, and you aren't afraid of being different. You enjoy yourself no matter where you go.

You know that everyone's a critic, and you don't take harsh words seriously. You are open to feedback, but you know what's best for you.

You know where you're going in life, and it's not usually where the crowd is headed. You love finding your own bliss.

Hah. Can someone explain that first sentence? I mean, I get the 'unique ways' bit but what am I not standing for??

Yeah, the rest is fairly accurate. All because I don't swim so the only 'safe' place was this option. lol

Friday 5

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Count All the Bees in the Hive
  1. Which of the Winnie-the-Pooh characters do you most relate to?
  2. I tend to vacillate a little among Eeyore, Rabbit, and Owl. I also have some Kanga in me.
  3. Which of the Winnie-the-Pooh characters has qualities you’d find most attractive in a romantic partner?
  4. Piglet. Of course.
  5. In what way have you “wandered much further” today than you should?
  6. I haven't gotten a damned thing done today except a quick grocery-shopping trip. I really should start some laundry or something. I'm way off-schedule. OTOH, we had a good time at mini-golf--all three of us--at the library today.
  7. Of Winnie-the-Pooh stories you can remember (from the books, Disney cartoons, or other sources), which is your favorite?
  8. I hate the Disney-fied versions. I literally grew up reading Pooh--I still have the copies of the books my sister Jean gave me when I turned 6--and the stories and poems are delightful and nothing like the Disney crap. My favorite off-the-top-of-my-head is probably the Heffalump story.
  9. Which quote* from the Winnie-the-Pooh stories would be good for the epigraph in the book about your life?
  10. One from the Wiki page that my sister wrote a little note next to in my book (because of "Nanny"--family story):
    And Nanny let my beetle out
    Yes, Nanny let my beetle out
    She went and let my beetle out-
    And beetle ran away.
  11. Thanks for participating, and have a Cottleston Pie weekend!
* Here are a few sources for quotes. I like Wikiquote because it’s sourced, but it can be a bit of a slog to search sometimes. There’s some nicely curated stuff here, but I can’t vouch for its legitimacy. And then there’s always Google Images, which gives pretty results but is the Wild West when it comes to accuracy.
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