Sunday Stealing: My Friends Call Me Tulip
Can you stay inside all day without getting bored?
A. Oh yes. Between books, my guitar, my writing, and video games, I'd probably never leave the house if I didn't need to eat and go to the doctor. Occasionally I need hugs, too.
Tell us about a TV show that we should watch.
A. Game of Thrones. It represents a lot of what is wrong with society today, only in a semi-fantasy setting. There is some magic and three dragons, but it's not pure fantasy. It's a lot of war, plotting, and conniving. It is quite misogynistic, as well. Rather like chess, I suppose. And isn't that all life is, a big chess board, where we're all mostly pawns hoping we're not eaten alive by a rook?
When was the last time you were at your home computer all day? A. Today. (Saturday)
What websites other than your own do you visit daily?
A. Facebook, my local newspaper and TV stations, The Guardian, the Washington Post, and whatever else catches my eye.
Do you have a favorite day of the week? Why?
A. Most of my days run together anymore, thanks to health issues and my inability to work. My husband works an irregular shift so there are no set days when we are together. So I don't really have a favorite day.
Did you ever watch Saturday morning cartoons? What was your favorite?
A. I did, I did watch Saturday morning cartoons! I loved Bugs Bunny, Tom & Jerry, and Underdog. I could name a half-dozen others but the question only asked for one and I couldn't even do that.
Were you a comic book fan?
A. I was. When I was about 10, my grandfather would let all of us grandkids take turns mowing the yard. He'd give us each a quarter and we'd walk the two blocks up to the Orange Market, where with that 25 cents we could buy a soda, a candy bar, and a comic book. Dang, I am old. I liked the Marvel Comics the best, generally the ones with female heroines like the Invisible Girl and the Black Widow. I read Wonder Woman some, but for some reason I never found the writing as compelling with D.C. Comics as I did with Marvel. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, I bought Xena comic books. I wonder where they went?
Did you earn an allowance when you were a kid? How much? Was it tied to chores?
A. I don't recall earning an allowance per se, nor do I remember amounts. I do not believe it was tied to chores. We were expected to do chores for room and board. We lived on a farm so there were lots of chores, like feeding animals and hauling in firewood. I think I was just given money whenever.
What is the fanciest type of car you've ridden in? What occasion?
A. I guess my father's Cadillac would qualify. There was no occasion, he was just showing me his new car.
What's your favorite sport to watch?
A. I watch women's tennis sometimes, but generally I don't watch sports. I will watch the Olympics and prefer ice skating to everything else.
Ever tried surfing? A. No.
Have you ever been to a live major team sporting game? A. No.
From a scale of 1 to 5 how athletic are you (1=nerd, 5=very athletic)?
A. 0, which is like, nerd minus 100 or something.
What's your favorite horror movie?
A. I don't watch horror anymore, but when I was young, there was a movie called SSSSS that used to scare me. We would stay up late when we spent the night at my grandparents so we could watch it on the late movie show.
What is your favorite cult classic movie? A. Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
About how many times do you go to the movies a month? A. I go less than once a year.
Favorite movie, which one came to your head first? A. Lord of the Rings.
What if your life was like a movie? What type of movie would it be?
A. It would be like Forest Gump only I'd be Jenny, not Forest, and it would be set about 15 years later in time, so the music would be more 1970s and early 1980s.
Do you like long series movies, like "Lord of the Rings"?
A. It depends on the subject matter, but I love the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, and I have seen every Star Wars, and every Harry Potter, so I guess the answer is "yes."