Monday, September 18, 2017

Feeling a Little Nutty

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Sunday Stealing: Never Have I Ever

Sunday Stealing: Never Have I Ever

1. Have you ever had chicken pox?

A. I had them when I was a wee lass.

2. Have you ever shopped in Home Depot?

A. Yes, I have, but I do my best not to.

3. Have you ever spied on your neighbors?

A. I see them out and I wave. Does that count?

4. Have you ever ridden in a limo?

A. No, I have not.

5. Have you ever had a pet fish?

A. When I was very small we had an aquarium. I barely remember it.

6. Have you ever lied about your age?

A. Not that I ... oh, wait. I had a fake ID when I was young. So yes, I suppose I did.

7. Have you ever fired a gun?

A. Yes. I have good aim, too.

8. Have you ever been ice skating?

A. Yes, and on a real pond, even. It is not as much fun on a real pond as it looks in the movies; there are bumps and frozen sticks and lots of things to throw you down.

9. Have you ever played golf?

A. I've played Putt-Putt golf. Does that count?

10. Have you ever hidden on Halloween because you had no candy for trick or treaters?

A. We never have trick-or-treaters. Too rural and too far off the road.

11. Have you ever made a prank call?

A. I'm sure I did when I was younger, way back before caller ID.

12. Have you ever gotten a tattoo?

A. No. I have lots of scars, though.

13. Have you ever had a massage?

A. Yes, and they are wonderful.

14. Have you ever locked your keys in the car?

A. True story. Way back around 1986, on the first day of hunting season, I locked my keys in the car while I was working on an article for the newspaper. My husband was working at the fire station, and in those days, if you had to leave, the rule was you had to take the entire day for your vacation. He had to come and rescue me, and all of the firefighters said it was really a trick so he could have the day off to go hunting. It wasn't, but he wasn't all that unhappy about having to rescue me, either.

15. Have you ever ridden a horse?

A. My mother had a horse when I was a child. We also had a pony, which bolted with me on it. I fell off and cracked a rib and refused to get back on the animal. Not long after that my parents decided horses required too much care and they sold them.

16. Have you ever been to the circus?

A. A very long time ago, when I was a child.

17. Have you ever been to Europe?

A. I have been to Spain and France.

18. Have you ever built a fire?

A. Yes. We have a fireplace. I grew up with a fireplace. I was splitting wood well before I hit my tweens.

19. Have you ever been skydiving?

A. No, but I have been up in a hot air balloon. May I have points for that?

20. Have you ever bought something at a garage sale?

A. Of course.

21. Have you ever walked in on someone having sex?

A. Probably my parents but I don't really recall any particular incident.

22. Have you ever faked an injury to get out of something?

A. I had a mole removed from my chest when I was very young. It left a huge scar. In middle school, I told the gym teacher I couldn't do much physical education exercises because I'd had heart surgery, and I showed her my scar. She believed me and I frequently sat out the very sweat-inducing portions of PE.

23. Have you ever been to a nude beach?

A. No, nor do I have any desire to visit one.

24. Have you ever received a speeding ticket?

A. No, I have not.

25. Have you ever run a marathon?

A. Some mornings just managing to dress and prepare myself for the day is like a marathon. But the answer to the question is no, I have not.


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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Saturday 9: Don't Talk to Strangers

Saturday 9: Don't Talk to Strangers (1982) 

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) When did you recently have a conversation with a complete stranger? What did you two discuss?

A. Thursday I had a bad conversation with a sales clerk. It wasn't her fault that I had to walk all over an entire JC Penny store to find someone to take my money, but by the time I found her, I was tired and pretty pissed. This is the third time I've had to hobble all over JCP to find a clerk, and I told the woman I didn't want her credit card, didn't want her rewards, I just wanted to check out and get out of there and I was never coming back. Then I came home and sent an email to the manager, who had written me in June apologizing for the exact same problem after I tweeted about it. I used to love JCP, and they were my go-to store. Now I don't have a go-to store. I think I need to find a seamstress to make my clothes.

2) In the video for this song, a woman is having a "hot" conversation on a corded, rotary dial phone in her bedroom. Do you have a landline? If so, do you have an extension in your bedroom?

A. We do have a landline. In fact, the extension in our bedroom is still a ROTARY phone. It has push buttons but it connects via the rotary part of the phone system, which apparently is still in place, and thus is the only phone that still works when the power is out but the phone systems are not. When you dial from that phone, you can still hear that rotary sound that phones used to make in the line. It goes "clack clack clack" as you dial.

3) This week's artist, Rick Springfield, says he wrote this song when he was worried that his girlfriend (now his wife) would cheat on him when he was touring. Would you describe yourself as suspicious or trusting?

A. Trusting.

4) He became a daytime heartthrob as Dr. Noah Drake on General Hospital. Do you think it would be cool to have a really attractive doctor? Or would it make you uncomfortable?

A. Usually when I am seeing a doctor I am sick so I really don't pay a lot of attention to what he or she looks like. Actually, the guy who took out my gallbladder was fairly nice looking but he had a miserable bedside manner and he did a crappy job on my surgery and has left me mauled for life. I care more about the competency than the looks.

5) He's discussed how sad he was when, as a boy, he had to leave his dog Elvis behind when the family left Australia. While you were growing up, did your family often move?

A. We moved five times before I left home for good. My husband and I have moved three times in 34 years (the last time in 1987). My parents moved when I was a baby and I don't remember that, then again when I was seven, and again when I nine, and again when I was thirteen. I might be a little off on the ages and time frames. My father remains in that last house.

6) In 1982, when this song was popular, Italy won the World Cup. Do you ever watch soccer?

A. No.

7) "Smiley," the first emoticon, was introduced in 1982. Do you use emoticons in your communication? Or do you avoid them?

A. Mostly I avoid them but sometimes I remember they exist and use them.

8) The Vietnam Memorial was dedicated in Washington, DC, in 1982. Do you know any veterans of that conflict? If so, tell us about him or her.

A. I probably do, but no one comes to mind at the moment. While that war framed my first 10 years of life, afterwards, aside from Granada, I don't remember much about wars until we invaded Kuwait. I am a pacifist by nature, so while I read the news and am up on current events, I tend not to dwell on those kinds of things.

9) Random Question: Your friends are throwing a birthday "roast" in your honor. Which one quality of yours are you sure will be singled out for laughs?

A. My sarcastic and quick wit. Everyone comments on it, so I can't imagine that it wouldn't be something someone would note.

I encourage you to visit other participants in Saturday 9 posts and leave a comment. Because there are no rules, it is your choice. Saturday 9 players hate rules. We love memes, however.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Seeing Rainbows

These were taken with my Nikon P500. I also took some with my new iPhone SE, but I can't figure out how to get them to the computer.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Thursday Thirteen

Books I have read so far this year:

1. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, by Kate Douglas Wiggin
2. The Apple Orchard, by Susan Wiggs
3. Love Letters, by Debbie Macomber

4. Black Beauty, by Anna Sewell

5. Hold Still, by Sally Mann

6. Smooth Operator, by Stuart Woods

7. The Practice House, by Laura McNeal

8. Truevine, by Beth Macy

9. Turbo Twenty-Three, by Janet Evanovich

10. Guilt by Association, by Marcia Clark

11. The Mutual Admiration Association, by Leslie Kagen

12. Fire is Your Water, by Jim Minnick

13. The Summer Hideway, by Susan Wiggs

Three of these are by area authors: Hold Still, Truevine, and Fire is Your Water. I know two of those three and the other went to my alma mater.

I went through a spate of reading children's books early in the year, when things were feeling dire and I needed some comfort reading.

These are not all of the books I have read this year. I am not reading as much as I once did, but I still read a great deal.

Thursday Thirteen is played by lots of people; there is a list here if you want to read other Thursday Thirteens and/or play along. I've been playing for a while and this is my 517th time to do a list of 13 on a Thursday.