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.4. Do you have a favorite gem? If yes, has anyone ever bought you jewelry with that gem?
But I do hate Trump if that counts.
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)
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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!