Saturday, January 21, 2017

Saturday 9

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A Summer Place (1960)
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) This song highlights the soundtrack from the movie A Summer Place, which is about two teenage lovers named Molly and Johnny. Did you ever have a youthful summer romance? If so, what was his/her name?
Not ... exactly. I had a Christmas Break romance, sort of, one year in college, for which I should probably have been arrested; he was younger than me and I was 18. Otherwise, no.
2) The "summer place" of the song/movie is a resort along the Maine coast. What "summer place" are you day dreaming about this winter morning?
Anyplace where the sun in shining! I don't even care what the temperature is at this point--I just need some sunshine.
3) In the movie, Johnny was played by Troy Donahue, who is remembered as nice looking but not terribly talented. Can you think of one of today's actors who you could describe as "nice looking but not terribly talented?"
So ... many ... choices ....
4) Molly is played by Sandra Dee, a perky blonde who was one of 1960's bankable movie stars. Two other blondes -- Doris Day and Debbie Reynolds -- joined Sandra Dee in the Top 10. The only brunette to sell a lot of movie tickets that year was Elizabeth Taylor. Do you believe men find blondes more attractive than brunettes or redheads?
I don't know. I think in commercial terms, yes, but I'm not sure about actual attraction. From my perspective, blond hair (in a guy) is "pretty" but I prefer darker-haired guys in terms of sex appeal or whatever.
5) "A Summer Place" was by far the best-selling record of 1960. Also in 1960, two brothers in Ypsilanti, Michigan, opened a pizza place called Dominick's. That was the beginning of a chain now known as Domino's. What's the last food you had delivered to your front door?
Pizza, but not Domino's! Never, ever. Partially because they don't deliver out here in the boonies, and partially because of the owners' politics. But they do have pretty good breadstick thingies... (people at work order from them for work-related stuff)
6) In 1965, one of the brothers sold his share of the business to his brother for cash so he could buy a VW Beetle. Tell us about a time you had buyer's remorse.
Almost every time I buy clothes these days. Nothing is comfortable, because it either pinches all the fatty parts of my or makes me look (shock!) fat.
7) In 1960, novelist Ernest Hemingway returned to the United States from Spain and settled in Ketchum, Idaho. Tell us about the last book you read. Was it a novel or non-fiction?
The literal last book I read from is Tooth and Nail by Ian Rankin. Rebus had just wakened up with a killer hangover and no member of his return to his hotel. The last book I finished is Nothing Short of Dying by Erik Storey. Good, a bit more violent than I normally appreciate, but set in some places I know fairly well.
8) In December, 1960, John F. Kennedy, Jr. was baptized in the Georgetown University Chapel. His godparents were Charles and Martha Bartlett, the couple who originally introduced young John's famous parents. Do you have godparents?
Not that I know of. I wasn't baptized till I was confirmed so I doubt that was a thing my dad was willing to do.
9) Random question: You're at dinner with a married couple who begins to fight. Would you intercede and try to make peace? Or would you just sit back stay out of it?
Depends on the topic of the argument and how much alcohol they've each put away. I've done both options. My instinct is to intervene, and I totally would if it looked like things were going towards violence, but often it's hard to know how to intervene without taking sides. Or appearing to take sides. I just know, either way, I'm going to feel icky the next day. We had friends do this while playing cards on vacation one night 10 or so years ago. He stormed off to bed. She stayed up and we continued playing for another half hour or so. In terms of who was right: he was. Too weird. I still feel icky about that one.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Friday 5

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Questions to Make Your Hands Clammy
Ha. I was pleased with this week’s theme. I wrote the questions and then checked my archive, and apparently it’s such a good idea that I thought of it two years ago. I was pleased that I didn’t repeat myself. If five questions aren’t enough for you this week, and if you never answered those, feel free to tack those questions onto these and make it a Friday 10!
  1. Who's been a ray of sunshine lately?
    Honestly? Me. I mean, I feel like fresh hell most days, but this has been a weird week at work, and for the most part I sort of feel like I was the only person not losing my shit on an hourly basis.
  2. When do you next expect to be stuffed to the gills?
    Oh hell who knows. I eat too much too often. It's got to stop.
  3. Among people you know, who can really tell a whale of a tale?
    My brother Del is a great storyteller.
  4. What’s something you’ve been herring good things about?
    heh, I love a good pun...
    Not so much from D.C. Hoping tomorrow's marches go well across the country.
  5. Which of the S.S. Minnow's passengers or crew do you think you'd get along best with?
    Mary Ann, of course. Or the Professor.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Sunday Stealing

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The Very Forceful Questions

1. Do you have/have you had any pets?
When I was a wee tot, we had a parakeet named Peppy who lived in a cage in the dining room. I barely remember Peppy, so I was probably under 6 when he died. When I was 10, I started coming home to an empty house after school, so my parents got a dog to "protect" me. Tippi was also fabulously patient--till he got old--and willing to dress up in my clothes and bark like a crazy rabid dog whenever the doorbell rang. We had to have him put down when I was about 24 because he had started biting people when they touched him. My 2-year-old nephew was spending a lot of time with Grandpa & Grandma and there were little kids next door--plus the little doggy had horrible arthritis and was blind as well. That was a rough day. We had finches for awhile after we got married, which was fun but when they had babies, and then more babies, it got massively out of control. Then when we bought our first house, Beast and I hit the pound and picked out our little angel-dog Shady. OK, she was a Shepherd-lab-something mutt, but she really was the most adorable, loving, kind-hearted, joyful dog I've ever known. Also a little fraidy-cat, but that's ok. It was about 5 years later when I finally had to face reality: I'm allergic to dogs. By then, we also had a child who loved that puppy, so she stayed and I sniffled. We went on vacation when she was about 14 and she stayed with a friend/coworker--where she died! OMG this is not a good plan, people. Coworker couldn't reach us for like 10 hours, when Sparky found out he imploded, and it sorta killed the remaining vacation. OK, so no more dogs because Mom sux, but Sparky got two guinea pigs that Christmas and we've had succeeding guineas since then. We're on our last one now. Poor little guy--I don't see him lasting much past winter. Then we're done. No more pets. Except pet rocks. Although, honestly, if I end up alone in the future, I will be getting a little rat-dog of some kind.
2. Do you play video games? If so, do you have a favorite video game series?
Not really. I used to love playing The Sims and Sim Civilization, but I can't operate the controllers on video games to make those games work if I'm not using a computer keyboard. And the new PC versions don't work right either.
3. Any unpopular opinions on anything?
Heh. Well, considering I got yelled at Monday by a patron with a program beef (I have nothing to do with programming), called an ambulance 3 hours after that for a patron who was struggling to breathe, and then had to deal with full-bore Crazy in all its various incarnations for the rest of the week, topped off by a call to the police today to help us eject one of the Crazies (who turned it into a totally horse-and-pony show by refusing to cooperate and having to be practically dragged out)...I don't really care if I'm popular in my opinions. I'm just trying to survive each day with my dignity and sanity intact.
But I do hate Trump if that counts.
4. Do you have a favorite gem? If yes, has anyone ever bought you jewelry with that gem?
I have several sapphires, which I like: two rings, some earrings, and at least one necklace.
5. Favorite story genres?
I really like mysteries and good thrillers that aren't all car chases and technology.
6. What was once a secret that you can now share? (The original question was "What kind of fruit do you hate" which is type of question that I think "who cares?" so I just change them.)
I'm married to a wonderful man who is struggling with alcoholism.
7. Do you like reading?
Uh, yeah, a bit ...?
8. What time is it for you now[;] what are you usually doing at this time of the day?
It's currently 6:10 p.m. During the week I'm just leaving work. Weekends are variable. Right now we're watching our DVR'd Packer game. I expect the actual life game is pretty close to over, so I've turned off Facebook.
9. What character on TV or in film is most similar to you? You can go with looks or personality. Or you can make a quip and go to the next question.
Sandra Bullock's character in "Miss Congeniality." (I wish)
He's a featured player!
10. What's something weird you wanna do? It cannot be weirder than Mr. Watermelonhead.
Is taking classes at a seminary weird? Kinda? If not, then going on an archaeological dig?
11. Have you ever accomplished a New Years Resolution?
Nope. I haven't made one in decades, either.
12. Is there any music artist you look up to?
I have a great deal of respect for Bruce Springsteen, and not just for his career either. I think he's a genuinely good person with some personal demons.
13. Are you allergic to anything? If yes, what?
As mentioned above, dogs. Also, and worse, cats. Pine trees, some grasses, corn pollen. Nothing too tragic. Unless I live in the middle of the world's Corn Belt with 76 cats. [I don't have cats at least, but I do live in the middle of a lot of cornfields.]
14. When was the last time you took a swim? Who else was with you?
I don't swim. I do make sure that if I'm near deep water, there is someone nearby who CAN swim.
15. Would you rather have the ability to sleep for as long as you want, or have the ability to never have to sleep?
Nope, I'll be hibernating all winter, given even the slightest encouragement. I love sleep!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Saturday 9

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Wake Me Up Before You Go Go (1984)
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) This song was inspired by a note WHAM! partner Andrew Ridgeley left for his parents. He accidentally wrote "go" twice. What was the last handwritten note you left for someone?
I write notes to people at work all the time. I'm pretty much certain there's no way around a handwritten note once in awhile, even with text and IM and email. Sometimes you need to put something WITH the thing you're talking about -- in my case books than need specific attention.
Also, an aside: back when this song was on the radio all the time, I worked with a dear friend named Ian who was from England and of Portuguese and Irish descent. We always teased him because he really had a whole George Michael vibe going, in looks and general coolness. We all were living in the same house together as workmates, about 10 of us, and one morning he left me a note saying "Wake me up before you go-go, Ian" with musical notes on it. I still have it somewhere. I've, sadly, lost track of Ian himself, however. :'(
2) Born Georgios Panayiotou, George Michael was the son of the Greek restauranteur in East London. When you think of Greek cuisine, what comes to mind?
Light & flaky dough, fish, amazing sauces, street gyros, baklava. I so wish I were in Athens or Ydra right now.......
3) He was a terrible driver and admitted his license was suspended a number of times. Have you ever lost your license?
Nope. I've had precisely 2 traffic tickets in my life.  There have been a lot of other times I skated away with only fear and a guilty conscience to keep me honest, for which I'm very thankful.
4) WHAM! partner Andrew Ridgeley, on the other hand, is a talented driver who got to live his fantasy by racing Formula Three in Monaco. There are companies that sell racetrack driving experiences that allow you to spin around the track at dizzying speeds. Is this something you like to try?
YES!! This sounds absolutely terrifying, and fun.
5) In 1990, Frank Sinatra famously gave George Michael advice. Ol' Blue Eyes told the younger man to enjoy his fame, to remember all those lean nights traveling from gig to gig by bus and, now that he's successful, "loosen up and swing, man." Who last gave you advice? Did you take it?
People give me advice at work all day, every damn day. I don't listen to most of it unless it's just plain weird. I can't think of anything from yesterday beyond the usual demand that I have a good weekend. lol
6) Mr. Michael's neighbors have reported since his passing that he seemed to live rather quietly, and that they usually saw him when he was out walking his three dogs. Tell us about the last time you spoke to one of your neighbors.
It's winter in the Upper Midwest of the U.S. The only reason I know I have neighbors at all is that their cars go in & out of the driveways, and the snow gets shoveled. Oh and the dogs are let out & back in.
Actually, within about six weeks in late fall we got new neighbors, and I haven't even really identified one of the households' people for sure yet. They are literally one house over and across from us, but it's been brutal and there are no reasons to go outside and be social this time of year.
7) Fansites tell us that George Michael's favorite cereal was cornflakes. What breakfast cereals are currently in your kitchen?
Off-brand Froot Loops and Cinnamon Toast thingies and some muesli-ish stuff for my family members when they visit. Technically, only the former is in my kitchen; the others are in the pantry. The muesli probably needs to be pitched.
8) In 1984, when "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" was popular, Murder, She Wrote premiered on CBS. Today it's still seen in reruns all over the world. Are you a fan?
Nope. I mean, really, she lived in a tiny little town and people dropped dead around her for 12 seasons. Wouldn't that be a tad bit suspicious in real life?
9) RANDOM QUESTION: What's your secret to a good night's sleep?
Melatonin, exhaustion, and earplugs.

Friday 5

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We Can Work It Out
  1. What’s a real-world lesson you learned from your first job?
    First job for pay was, realistically, babysitting. I learned that kids are both annoying and boring and that I did not want to be a preschool teacher! I had no idea WTF to do with them before bedtime/naptime. I was the youngest in my family so I had no real experience. I learned.
  2. What was pleasantly unexpected about your current (or most recent) job?
    How much I love it.
  3. What are some identifying tools of your trade?
    Books? Glasses, buns, sensible shoes, and cats--I have glasses and sensible shoes, not so much the rest. Superhuman brains. Curiosity.
  4. What’s something a job required that you thought was far outside your skillset?
    I temped one summer in college. There were a long list of Things I Never Want to Do, one of which was receptionist. I mean, I could do the damn job, but it's so bloody boring and you have to be so bloody cheerful to everyone about everything. Yuck. Also, same timeframe: making Italian sauces and noodles. Fookin' hard work!
  5. Robert Frost wrote, “My object in living is to unite / My avocation and my vocation / as my two eyes make one in sight.” To what degree have you united your vocation (your job) and your avocation (your hobby)?
    I read voraciously. I deal with books all day. I think it's pretty, uhm, clear? lol

Monday, January 9, 2017

Unconscious Mutterings

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  1. Transaction :: Trade
  2. Green :: Spring
  3. Let’s roll :: C'mon
  4. Corporation :: Company
  5. View :: Scene
  6. Help :: Assist
  7. Massive :: YUUUUGE
  8. Format :: Shape
  9. Wife :: Spouse
  10. Screen :: ... shot
  1. Romantic :: Flowery
  2. Parents :: Adults
  3. Glass :: Breaking ...
  4. Excuse :: Reason
  5. Beading :: Jewelry
  6. Reservation :: Indian ...
  7. Present :: ... day
  8. Deadly :: Fatal
  9. List :: To-Do ...
  10. Personal :: ... space
  1. Farmer :: Tractor
  2. Ambition :: Urgency
  3. Dinner :: Meal
  4. Blind :: Venetian ...
  5. Privacy :: Security
  6. Listening :: Hearing
  7. Portrait :: Painting
  8. Flannel :: Washcloth
  9. Responsibility :: Accountability
  10. Idea :: Lightbulb
  1. Boarded :: Embarked
  2. System :: Flow
  3. Favor :: Do me a ...
  4. Sphere :: Globe
  5. Priorities :: Importance
  6. Chips :: Poker ...
  7. Lighting :: Sound and ...
  8. Hopes :: Dreams
  9. Standing :: Foundation
  10. Interest :: Attention

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Sunday Stealing

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The Shipwreck Questions
  1. If you were shipwrecked with friends (whether in real life or virtual life or both) think about it and pick some friends and tell us why...
    I would be eminently unlikely to be shipwrecked having been on a ship precisely once (for an extended period). BUT in the interest of saying who I would mind being trapped for a significant period of time with: Beast (cuz I like him and he knows stuff), Librarian M (she knows a lot about a lot of sensible things like what to eat and not eat, plus she's fun to talk to), Amy (she'd have books with her), Jet (he'd have a gun with him), Sparky (cuz I like him, he knows stuff, and he has a strong back), and Tech S. at work (because I've never seen her freak out, she can make clothes, and is sensible). This reminds me of doing "Values Clarification" in high school....
  2. Who would throw the wildest parties, and why did you pick them?
    I don't really know anyone who throws wild parties. Sorry. I'm too old for that shit.
  3. Who would always fall asleep on the couch, and why did you pick them?
    Beast, me, or Sparky. We've done a lot of couch-napping in the past three weeks, all of us.
  4. Who would enter to be in a talent show, and why did you pick them?
    Annie, because the girl's got pipes.
  5. Who would try to get out of doing their chores and why did you pick them?
    Me. Because I do that so regularly it's not at all funny.
  6. Who would accidentally set the kitchen on fire whilst cooking and why did you stupidly pick them?
    I don't think I know anyone this incompetent. Maybe one of my nephews--James or Don--but since they're in their 40s and share a house with each other, by now they've surely learned to make food, right?
  7. Who would try to domesticate an island pet and why did you pick them?
    Double pick: Librarians A & C because they are ALL ABOUT animals. Also, my niece Katherine since she's a vet.
  8. Who would make the other carry their bags on a shopping spree and why did you pick them?
    Sparky, because he's used to carrying mine. Normally, I would say Beast, but he's in no shape to be carrying anything at all.
  9. Who would throw the first person of[f] the boat and why did you pick them?
    Hmm. Can I have my brother do this? He's good at pissing people off--maybe the other person will just jump.
  10. Who would be the best caregiver when someone got sick & why did you pick them?
    Guess that would be Julie, who is a nurse and nursing supervisor.
  11. Who would try to force the another to play sports with them & why did you pick them?
    Todd. No contest. He's always messing around doing something sports-related: golf, softball, football, soccer....
  12. Who would have the best holiday ideas for your space on the island and why did you pick them?
    Carolyn because she's constantly over-compensating in areas like this, and she's literally the only person I know who would carry through doing this regardless of what anyone else is doing.
  13. Who would need to clean out someone others stuff to make room for their own & why did you pick them?
    Whoever jumped overboard to avoid my brother won't be needing any space, but I'm not sure would be good at packing up their stuff. Maybe Librarian T? She would just get on with it.
  14. Who worries about how they will look when they’re older & why did you pick them?
    My sister Marie because it's all she talks about these days.
  15. Flashes everyone when they walk by after taking a shower alone & why did you pick them?
    Marie's husband Jan, because given any encouragement whatsoever he'd totally be doing this IRL. He's such a fucktard.
  16. Who wakes you to asks weird questions in the middle of the night & why did you pick them?
    Oh goodie, I get to include Rachel, without whom this meme wouldn't be complete. She and Annie would conspire to do this, as they have done in the past. :D
  17. Who will constantly ask you “what are you thinking about?” & why did you pick them?
    I don't think I know anyone who does this, except me. Maybe Gail?
  18. Which of your friends on this island might being too touchy-feely while you interact, why did you pick them?
    Aside from Jan? There are some patrons who verge on creepiness, but otherwise I don't think there is anyone I hang out with that's any more touchy-feely than I'm comfortable with. Because I probably wouldn't hang out with them then, eh?
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