Sunday, February 12, 2017

Sunday Stealing

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The Disappearing Questions

1. Last movie you saw in a theater?
We saw "La La Land" last weekend. We were underwhelmed, to say the least. No clue why it's getting accolades--except that it's a movie about how wonderful Hollywood is. But it's not that good.
2. What book are you reading?
Blotto Twinks And The Riddle Of The Sphinx, by Simon Brett; Where the Shadows Lie, by Michael Ridpath; The Oxford Book of English Detective Stories, (ed. by Patricia Craig); Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets, by Svetlana Alexievich.
3. Favorite board game?
Trivial Pursuit. Or Life.
4. Favorite magazine?
Ms.
5. Favorite smells?
Pine. "Clean." Vanilla.
6. Favorite sounds?
Giggling. Hymns. Wind.
7. Worst feeling in the world?
Pain. Pain in those I love is actually THE worst.
8. What is the first thing you think of when you wake up?
It's a toss-up between "Can I snooze?", "What am I wearing today?" and "What stupid shit did SCROTUS to overnight?"
9. Favorite fast food place?
KFC, Arby's. and Taco Bell. Our TB has been closed since before Halloween. Just reopened at the end of last week. I can't WAIT to drive-thru this week!!).
10. Future child’s name?
There are no children in my future, except grandchildren. And I don't get to name those.
11. Finish this statement. “If I had lot of money I’d….?
"...spend more and still complain about being poor."
12. Do you sleep with a stuffed animal?
I do. Elsie my library cat.
13. Storms – cool or scary?
It's a matter of scale, is it not? I don't mind some thunder-bangers, but I'm not a fan of tornado weather.
14. Favorite drink?
Diet Dr. Pepper. Mixed-drink? Stoli & tonic with a lime twist.
15. Finish this statement, “If I had the time I would….”?
"....travel much more often!"
16. Do you eat the stems on broccoli?
Yes. Well, more on cooked broccoli than raw, I guess.
17. If you could dye your hair any color, what would be your choice?
I'd like a nice electric blue, to be honest.
18. Name all the different cities/towns you’ve lived in?
Suburban Denver, suburban Milwaukee, and ex-urban Where-I-Live-Now.
19. Favorite sports to watch?
Football. Gymnastics.
20. One nice thing about the person who sent this to you?
I like Bud. He's funny, classy (usually, lol), smart, and interesting. And likes music.
21. What’s under your bed?
Dust, used Kleenex, electrical cords ... mostly dust.
22. Would you like to be born as yourself again?
Sure. Maybe I'd screw up less. Or differently. But I probably wouldn't have my memories to remind me of what worked.
23. Morning person, or night owl?
I prefer mornings overall.
24. Over easy, or sunny side up?
Over easy.
25. Favorite place to relax?
Up in the mountains in a meadow. Me and the sky and grass and sun.
26. Favorite pie?
Cherry? Banana-cream? Really, I just like pie.
27. Favorite ice cream flavor?
Birthday cake. Peppermint. Bubble gum. Or just plain vanilla with butterscotch topping.
28. Of all the people who play, how many of the posts do you usually read?
Depends how buried in other things I am. I'm unlikely to get very far today.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Saturday 9:

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Love Yourself (2015)
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) In this song, Justin sings that he doesn't like to admit he's wrong. When did you most recently cop to a mistake?
Thursday at work comes to mind. I got carpetted for forgetting a doctor's appt. and not telling the scheduling person. I apologized in the email I sent the night before, and I "abjectly" apologized again the next day. I was wrong about a lot of stuff this week. Oh well. I have time to get it right next week, right?
2) He also complains that his girl doesn't like his friends. Who is someone that you've met recently and liked?
Lots of patrons fall in this category. I'm trying to think of a person person...sorry, nothing's coming.
3) Justin first performed this song live on The Ellen Degeneres Show. Who is your favorite talk show host?
Phil Donahue. I miss his show.
4) Young Mr. Bieber recently had his credit card rejected ... at a Subway Sandwich Shop. Think about your last trip to a fast food restaurant. Did you pay with cash or plastic or your phone?
Cash. I never use plastic for fast food.
Even though we're featuring a lack-of-love song, this is the last Saturday 9 before Valentine's Day and so this morning we shall focus on the upcoming holiday.

5) In Victorian England, it was considered bad luck to sign a Valentine. Have you ever received an anonymous card from a secret admirer?
Probably. I don't recall anything. I'm kinda hoping I get a card this year from Beast....we'll see.
6) Retailers report that approximately 3% of pet owners buy Valentines for their furry friends. Have you ever purchased a gift for a pet on a special occasion?
Of course I do!! Not that they care.
7) It was once believed that if a maiden ate a heavy meal before bed on February 13, her dreams that night would reveal the identity of the man she would eventually marry. Do you find that eating too close to bedtime disrupts your sleep?
Not particularly, not in terms of dreams. I might have some heartburn.
8) The postmaster in Verona, Italy, reports that Shakespeare's Juliet Capulet still receives love letters. Without looking it up, can you give us a quote from Romeo and Juliet?
"Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?"
9) Necco's Sweethearts -- those little candy hearts that say things like "Be Mine" -- are Valentine Day's top-selling confection. Sam never could stand eating these candies. Do you like them?
I ADORE THEM! I forgot to grab any yesterday, dangit!

Friday 5

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Hold On to the Knight
On this date in 1996, IBM’s Deep Blue supercomputer beat Garry Kasparov in a game of chess for the first time. This week’s questions are in honor of that amazing feat.
  1. When and how did you learn to play chess?
    I learned the basics so that I could teach my son when he was 5 or 6, so I was in my 30s. I haven't played much sice then; I'm not much of a strategy competition person.
  2. How is your chess game?
    Hah. I think the fact that I started getting beat regularly by a 6-year-old pretty much answers that, eh?
  3. When did you last find yourself in a stalemate?
    Oh this is a daily occurrence at work. I'm becoming a master work-arounder.
  4. A gambit is a chess opening in which a player sacrifices a piece in hopes of gaining an advantageous position. What was one of your recent, real-world gambits?
    I've had to learn to keep almost all my opinions on the DL at work so that I can eventually get the boss to Do the Right Thing by making him think it was all his idea to start with. I hate this game.
  5. Which piece on the chessboard is most like you, and why?
    Oh I am, of course, the queen. (ha ha ha ha)

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Unconscious Mutterings

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  1. Guards :: Sentries
  2. Resign :: Quit
  3. Blink :: Miss
  4. Curvy :: Rubenesque
  5. Ripple :: Wavelet
  6. Benefits :: Perks
  7. Too much :: Glut
  8. Stone :: Rock
  9. Funny :: Ha ha
  10. Receipt ::Proof
  1. Boots :: Combat ...
  2. Flames :: Burning
  3. Resign :: Quit [again]
  4. Move :: Twitch
  5. Stream :: Creek
  6. Champagne :: Celebration
  7. Slid :: Slipped
  8. Bangs :: Pops
  9. Trailed :: Followed
  10. Woods ::Tiger ...
  1. Online :: Connected
  2. Balance :: Steady
  3. Grunge :: Nirvana
  4. Beacon :: Torch
  5. Laughing :: Giggling
  6. Comedy :: Tragedy
  7. Animated :: Cartoons
  8. Campaign :: Politics
  9. Heather :: Scotland
  10. Comma :: Oxford ...

Sunday Stealing

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The Racquet Questions

01 What is the worst nickname that anyone has ever called you?
I haven't really ever had a good nickname. My parents deliberately chose names for all of us that are hard (or impossible) to shorten, and the only thing my mom ever called me besides my name was "Grace" when I tripped or something.
02 Have you got a favorite flower?
I like heirloom roses, fresh from the garden.
03 Do you add a sauce, ketchup or other artificial flavorings to your food?
Sometimes. Depends on what I'm eating. I use steak sauce sometimes. We don't go through a lot of ketchup, though.
04 Describe yourself using only words that begin with the letter 'T'.
Tall, tired, temperamental.
05 What is/was your lover's pet name for you?
Yeah, well, we'll be moving on...
06 What is your least favorite color?
Mustard yellow-brown.
07 Who did you vote for in the last election, and did they win?
I voted for HRC. Because I have, yknow, a flippin' brain in my head and no trust in my heart at all.
08 What is/was your grandfathers’ names?
One shared a name with a blue monster on Sesame Street, and the other was the Latinized version of Hitler's first name. Guess what: we didn't give Sparky EITHER of their names!
09 What is the best present you ever received?
Sparky of course.
10 What is 17 1/2% of 97 + 42 x (6 / 2) – 137 ? [Editor's note: Holy shit!]
5.975. You asked, right?
11 What would be the best possible way you could die?
In my sleep when I'm old but still compos mentis.
12 Given the choice of absolutely anything, what would be your dream job?
I love my current job. Really, I do. If I could travel more that would be the best.
13 What position do you sleep in at night?
Usually on my side, and I rarely move. Seriously, I usually roll over once only all night.
14 What is the most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you?
Sooo ... many ... things. If embarrassment killed, I'd be so death so many times.
15 Who is your favorite fictional character?
Thursday Next.
16 What food do you hate most in the world?
Brussels sprouts.
17 When was the last time you were ill?
Knock wood, it's been awhile.
18 If you were transformed into a wild creature, what would it be?
I'd like to be a wolf. I'd probably end up as a cockroach. Or a dung beetle.
19 What was your favorite toy as a child, and whatever happened to it?
I don't remember one specific toy that lasted the whole childhood. My eldest niece got my Barbie doll and that pissed me off; I wasn't consulted. I still have my Raggedy Anne doll. Several stuffed animals have disappeared somewhere. And my jacks. And my jumpropes.
20 What's the most amazing thing you've ever seen?
I have been very fortunate to see a lot of pretty amazing things. Perhaps the best memory I have is looking at the stars while lying on my car outside our mountain cabin with my best friend. Pretty epic.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Saturday 9

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Some Guys Have All the Luck (1984)
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) Do you consider yourself lucky?
Oh for sure! No doubt. I should be dead a few times over--the fact that I'm not is, if not luck, a miracle.
2) When did you last risk money in a game of chance (lottery, raffle ticket, slot machine, etc.)? How did you do?
I don't play the lottery. I don't play slots around here. When I'm in Vegas, I through some money away, but never more than $100 or so. I only do raffles to support the cause the raffle is raising money for.
3) There's a major football game this weekend. Will you be watching? Do you have any money riding on the outcome?
No money on it, but I'm really hoping Atlanta can whup those Pats. I'll be watching the ads.
4) The composer of this song, Jeff Fortgang, is an interesting guy who's had two disparate careers: first pop musician, then Yale-educated clinical psychologist. It's possible that many of the patients who see him for help with anxiety or depression have no idea that he wrote this song. What's something your coworkers (or, if you're not working, casual friends) would be surprised to know about you?
I've worked with several of the same people for over 21 years. I'm not real sure there's anything that would be surprising to them. At this point, perhaps the mere fact that I used to be skinny (and I was VERY skinny as a kid).
5) Similarly, fans are often surprised to learn that this week's featured artist, Rod Stewart, is a history buff who loves reading about WWII. Is there a period of time or historic event that has captured your interest?
I have read an awful lot (pun intended) about the Holocaust, both the 'mechanics' of it and the human cost of it.
I've also read a lot of stuff about 'the historical Jesus' and the very early years of people believing he was ... something.
6) Rod met his current wife as the result of a dare. Penny Lancaster, then in her 20s, spotted the decades-older celebrity in a bar and only approached him because her friends bet her she didn't have the guts to talk to him. Are you, like Penny, vulnerable to peer pressure? Can your friends talk you into doing things you might not otherwise do?
I'm vulnerable to dares like this, though less-so than when I was young. However, I'm also really stubborn and if I don't want to do something I can be a total "party pooper." If it doesn't fit in my ethos (or if I just don't wanna for whatever reason, tbh), I'm not going to be dared into it!
7) Rod vividly recalls being 11 years old and going to see Little Richard perform in a film comedy called The Girl Can't Help It. When you were a kid, did you enjoy going to the movies? What do you recall seeing?
We didn't go to movies too often. I can only think of about 5 that I saw: "Tora, Tora, Tora!" (I thought it was a bullfighting movie--uh, no), "Paint Your Wagon", "The Apple Dumpling Gang", "Herbie the Love Bug", "The Lady and the Tramp".... There may have been more, but I sure doubt it.
8) The lyrics tell of when Rod's car overheats and he calls a friend, who doesn't come through. Tell us about a time recently when you were there and helped a buddy out.
Uhm. I do this often enough that it's not really memorable. Sorry. I don't keep score on this. The only thing I can think of is that a coworker nearly passed out at lunch Thursday, and a couple of us sat her down and fussed over her till she felt ok--and extracted a promise to get to the doctor ASAP.
9) The lyrics mention that "some guys do nothing but complain." Who do you know who is like that? Do you have a friend, relative or coworker who just always seems to find fault?
OMG. One of my former coworkers was the WORST! Just awful. I feel kind of bad because we have been told that since retiring, she has developed serious dementia, so now we're all wondering if the earlier behavior was a cover. It was, however, a nightmare to deal with day to day.

Friday 5

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Grade Check
  1. What grade do you give yourself this week for comportment?
    My usual C+. Everything was handled, but not gracefully most of the time.
  2. What grade do you give yourself this week for cooperation?
    A. I'm big in cooperation!
  3. What grade do you give yourself this week for self-control?
    I'm flunking that when it comes to food. Otherwise, B= and moving up slowly.
  4. What grade do you give yourself this week for punctuality?
    B+. Better than my usual B.
  5. What grade do you give yourself this week for congeniality?
    A-. "It's showtime" is my mantra whenever I'm around people.
 
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