Sunday, November 30, 2014

Sunday Stealing: Shop on the Corner

From Sunday Stealing

Shop On The Corner Meme

1. What kind of job did your mom have when you were growing up?

A. My mother started work at the age of 16 as a file clerk at an industrial machine shop that, I think, made submarine parts once upon a time. She retired from there 30 years later and I'm fairly sure she was still called a file clerk. She sat at the front desk and was the receptionist/greeter for all of those years. 
2. Have you ever known anyone that’s been on tv, including you?

A. Yes. I have been on TV and I know a number of people who have been on TV. Some of them are television journalists, and some are politicians, and some are just regular joes. My husband has also been on TV.
3. What was the most interesting animal you have seen in the wild?

A. The officials say there are no mountain lions in Virginia, but I have seen one. Lots of folks claim to have seen mountain lions around here. The officials say we're mistaking bob cats for mountain lions. I say they are full of bob cat poopy. I have also seen several bears, including one a few months ago in my back yard!
4. What holiday do you enjoy the most?

A. I love Halloween, with the masks and the macabre; the whole idea of it makes me smile. I also like Christmas but I find that others tend to want to run and ruin that holiday for me. Last year I was ill and I truthfully thought it might be my last Christmas, so I ignored everyone and did what I wanted to do, and it was my best Christmas ever. This year I don't think I'm dying, I'm just not well, and I am in a good deal of pain. I am finding the holiday to be aggravating. I am not feelin' the love this year. Maybe it will come as the season progresses.
5. What was the first video game you ever played?

A. Pinball machines aren't video games, but they were their precursors, and I grew up playing them. The first video game I remember is Pong. I am a gamer from way back. When the games came out in the arcades, I spent hours (and many quarters) mastering Centipede, Galaga, Pac Man, and others. My father bought my brother an Atari sometime around 1977 and others followed. There has always been a gaming system (or a PC) of some kind in my house since then. I have a box full of 3.5 discs of PC games that I would love to get rid of, with games like Commander Keen, the first Wolfenstien, tons of 3DO games, and many others, if anyone is interested.
6. What is the one thing you own, that if it got lost, you would be bummed?

A. Probably my PC, though I think it would be hard to lose a desktop.

7. Do you have a favorite breakfast item?

A. Eggs.
8. What do you find yourself buying all the time?

A. Chocolate.
9. When was the last time you got a real letter in the mail?

A. If cards count, then my anniversary. If they don't count, it was probably several years ago.
10. Do you have a most prized piece of jewelry?

A. My wedding band.
11. Do you own any board games?

A. We have Scrabble here some place.
12. What chore seems the most daunting right now?

A. Anything that requires abdominal muscles, since mine aren't working anymore. Vacuuming tops the list.
13. Were you born in the state you live in?

A. Yes.
14. Have you ever lived in a house that has been broken into?

A. Not that I am aware of.

15. What is your favorite cheese?

A. Cheddar.
16. Who do you know that watches the most sports?

A. I have no idea, except I know it isn't me.


  1. Christmas was always my favorite, and now it's just so over-commercialized. People just don't get the meaning any more, and that makes me not love it quite so much. I've made the past few very low key, and really - we haven't even gotten a tree. I have a ceramic one - that works :)

  2. A few years ago, I made Christmas *my* holiday by getting rid of all the expected things that were preventing me from enjoying it--I no longer bake or do big decorating (I don't have a tree anymore) and I love how freeing that is. And I really enjoy what I do.

  3. Thanks for this meme Anita...I stole it from you :)

  4. we had a lot of the same answers. Sometimes, when I am out with my dogs pre-dawn, I wonder what I would do if I saw a lion or a wolf. Then I realize we have no zoo's or anything like that nearby and that I'm being crazy for a moment :)

  5. Eggs!! Finally someone who loves eggs as much as I do!! I enjoyed your answers, Anita!

  6. We have bob cats around here and they are much small than mountain lions. How could they think you could confuse the two?

  7. I think you have mountain lions in Virginia. It seems like every sort of animal is getting accustomed to people, and when that happens people see them more. Hopefully yours are wild enough to be shy. Hope you can feel better in the new year to come.

  8. "They" say we don't have mountain lions or coyotes in PA, but people are always seeing them and someone supposedly shot a lion up around Penn State last year. I haven't seen one of those or a bobcat (we have them, too) or a porcupine, but I have seen a couple of coyotes since I'm out with the bus so early in the morning.

  9. Vacuuming is harder than it looks. So I only do it when I can't convince someone else to do it. I say, pretend you are dying and have the Christmas you would have if it was your last EVERY year.

  10. 2 — I’ve been on TV a couple times, when local news stations showed footage from an annual cemetery tour (I was shown in crowd shots).

    3 — I saw a cougar crossing a highway in Louisiana once while visiting family. Definitely not something you expect to see.

    5 — Pong! We had that a couple years before we got an Atari. I used to love Pac Man and River Raid.

    8 — Yeah, I keep telling myself I don’t need more chocolate, and yet still end up with a bag of Dark Kisses every week or so.

    9 — I received my first Christmas card of the year on Monday.

    11 — I have a ton of board games.

    13 — Yes, I live in the state where I was born (though we did live elsewhere a few years when I was younger)

    16 — Not sure. I usually only watch Badgers and Packers football, but know people who watch A LOT more than that.


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