Apr. 25th, 2017


Day 115

April 25, 2017 - Tell about a cartoon you loved as a kid.

Looney Tunes. My very favorite was Bugs Bunny, followed closely by Foghorn Leghorn.

Cathy and I always agreed that our first introduction to classical music and opera was Looney Tunes.

  1. Tales from the Vienna Woods Op. 325 by Johann Strauss II
  2. The Blue Danube by Johann Strauss II
  3. Dance of the Comedians by Bedrich Smetana
  4. Minute Waltz in D-flat by Frederic Chopin
  5. Morning, Noon, and Night in Vienna by Franz Von Suppe
  6. The Barber of Seville Overture by Gioachino Rossini
  7. Beethoven's 7th by Ludwig Van Beethoven
  8. Traumerei by Robert Schumann
  9. Largo Al Factotum by Gioachino Rossini
  10. Hungarian Dances by Johannes Brahms
  11. The William Tell Overture by Gioachino Rossini
  12. Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 by Franz Liszt
  13. Overture from The Flying Dutchman by Richard Wagner
  14. Pilgrim's Chorus by Richard Wagner
  15. Ride of the Valkyries by Richard Wagner

Kiiiiiilllll da Wabbit, kiiillll da Wabbit!

Apr. 24th, 2017


Day 114

April 24, 2017 - What is your zodiac sign? Does it fit your personality?

Gemini is the third sign of the zodiac, and those born under this sign will be quick to tell you all about it. That's because they love to talk! The great strength of the Gemini-born is in their ability to communicate effectively and to think clearly. Adventures of the mind are what the Twins are all about. They also love to share themselves with their friends, and they make for charming companions.

That's a really flattering description, and truth be told, modesty thrown to the wind, I'd like to think it fits me. I do like to talk, but I don't monopolize a conversation. I know how to listen without interrupting, I do pay attention, and ask for clarification, or more information if something strikes my fancy.

Those of you here who have met me in the real world, does this description fit me at all?


Day 113

April 23, 2017 - What Was The Last Dream You Remember

This is a bizarre one. I was with a group of my coworkers at one of those Escape Room arcades / centers, whatever they're called. We had to find clues and unlock the door before sun down and the resident vampires set upon us.

The room looked like an office / library combo, with shelves and shelves of books, paintings on the wall, three or four library card filing cabinets, a roll top desk with at least a dozen tiny drawers, well, you get the picture. We had to solve riddles to find the next clue, time was running out, and I woke up before we could escape. I was actually sweaty and panting.


Day 112

April 22, 2017 - Five Celebrity Crushes
  1. Russell (Russ!Baby) Crowe
  2. Tom (Tommy!) Hardy
  3. Keanu Reeves
  4. Josh Hartnett
  5. Sean Connery - my first true love and my first born was his namesake.


Day 111

April 21, 2017 - Put Your Music Player on Shuffle and List the First 10 Songs That Come Up
  1. REO - Take It on the Run
  2. Collective Soul - Gel
  3. Alice Cooper - Eighteen
  4. Eric Clapton - Layla
  5. Foreigner - I Want To Know What Love Is
  6. System of a Down - Toxicity
  7. Metallica - One
  8. Etta James - Don't Touch Me
  9. Steely Dan - Deacon Blue
  10. Rob Zombie - Thunderbird Kiss 1965
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Apr. 21st, 2017


Book recommendation

It Chooses You by Miranda July

*I became interested in this because of my obsession with July's movie, Me, You, and Everyone We Know (I also read No One Belongs Here More Than You which was quite good)
*Quirky writing style, sometimes heartbreakingly desperate
*major themes: connection to others, our relationship to our physical environment
*would re-read? maybe

If someone wants this, PM me your mailing address and I'll put it in the post next time I stop in. I need more books not at all atm, especially as I think about moving soon.

from http://ryanf.dreamwidth.org/114736.html // "WRITING...You'll never know what you wanted to say about something till you're scribbling furiously into it, reaching the center, then scribbling out again. This is BLOWING, accidentally and actually finding your center" (Kerouac, J. 1997. Some of the Dharma. New York: Viking). \\

Apr. 20th, 2017


Day 110

April 20, 2017 - What’s the most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to you?

In early 1984, while I was pregnant with Sean, Jeff and I decided to move to a bigger house. We had everything finalized and were just waiting to begin moving our stuff. My mother and I had a shopping trip planned, but I needed to stop at the City Utilities office and get the bill transferred to our name, before I went to pick her up.

It was January or February, and pretty cold outside and I was wearing a long sleeved tee shirt and down vest. The CU office was an inferno, hot enough to sweat, so the vest came off almost immediately. I had to stand in line for a long time and when it was my turn I was panting. The lady behind the counter said, "I'm hurrying, I promise. We'll get you out of here in just a couple of minutes!"

True to her word, we finished up and as I was making a bee-line for the door, I started seeing sparkling lights in my eyes. The next thing I know I wake up, lying flat on my back in the middle of the CU lobby with five or six people standing over me... one was a policeman. The only thing I could think to say was, "I'm not on drugs! I'm pregnant!"

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Apr. 19th, 2017


Day 109

April 19, 2017 - Little Known Facts about Well Known People
  • Mark Wahlberg served forty-five days in jail for an unprovoked, racially motivated attack in 1988 that left one of the two victims blind.
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a HUGE Star Trek fan. At an NAACP fundraiser at UCLA, he convinced Nichelle Nichols to stay on the show when she was thinking about leaving to work on Broadway.
  • Bill Murray was arrested in 1970 for trying to smuggle ten pounds of marijuana through Chicago's O'Hare Airport.
  • Greta Garbo once disclosed to a close friend, "Mr. Hitler was big on me. He kept writing and inviting me to come to Germany. If the war hadn't started when it did, I would have gone and I would have taken a gun out of my purse and shot him, because I am the only person who would not have been searched."
  • Woody Harrelson's father, Charles, was a contract killer. He also made claim that he was one of the three tramps at the Texas School Book Depository that shot President Kennedy.

Apr. 18th, 2017


Day 108

April 18, 2017 - Completely Useless Facts
  • In 10 minutes, a hurricane releases more energy than all the world's nuclear weapons combined.
  • Thirty-five percent of the people who use personal ads for dating are already married.
  • Women blink nearly twice as much as men.
  • "Go." is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.
  • No word in in the English language rhymes with "month".
  • A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.
  • Money isn't made from paper, it's made from cotton.
  • In the 1830s, ketchup was sold as medicine.
  • There are no clocks in Las Vegas casinos.
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Apr. 17th, 2017


Day 107

April 17, 2017 What song makes you dance?

This one. Every. Single. Time.

Apr. 16th, 2017


Day 106

April 16, 2017What kind of car do you drive?

2008 Kia Spectra EX, deep sea blue, aka The Little Blue Car™

I love The Little Blue Car™. It has a 5-speed manual transmission, fits into any parking space, there is plenty of room in the backseat for the kids, it's paid for, and the list just goes on.

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Apr. 15th, 2017


Day 105

April 15, 2017 - Take the third line of the last song you heard and make it your post title.

You Can't Be Twenty on Sugar Mountain

This evening, my sister invited me to her home for dinner, it was our Easter Celebration, since everyone has obligations tomorrow, but was free tonight. Remind me later to tell you about the newest member of our family, Miles, who was born in January. He's a keeper!

Anyway, on my drive home, Sugar Mountain was playing on the radio. I've always known this song, Neal released it in 1969 -- if you're counting, that's 48 years ago.

Tonight, I got it. Even though I'm not old, I'm no longer young.

My great nieces and nephews are in their twenties, just beginning their lives. I remember doing that, but I have nothing in common with them, nothing to say that they can relate to. I'm on the outside looking in.

It stung for a few seconds, but I got over it. When I arrived home, Leslie and the wiener kids had arrived a few minutes ahead of me, with new clothes to wear to church tomorrow morning. We had a fashion show, discussed accessories, hair styles, nail polish, etc., and I decided that even though I can't be twenty on Sugar Mountain, being the Mema is a really good head space.

Apr. 14th, 2017


Day 104

April 14, 2017 - The Artist's Eye - is there a painting or sculpture you're drawn to?

The Stolen Kiss by Jean-Honore Fragonard. Cathy and I were fortunate enough to see this painting at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1990, when they had a HUGE collection of paintings on loan from the Leningrad Museum. We saw Matisse, Manet, Monet, Picasso, Gauguin, but we kept going back to this one. It was mesmerizing. Are the lovers engaged? Is this a clandestine tryst? Is he a servant? Is he married? Is she? I can and do make up stories in my head about what's going on and why they have to hide their love.

Apr. 13th, 2017


Day 103

April 13, 2017 - Tourist Trap - what's your dream tourist destination, what about it speaks to you?

The Taj Mahal. Now, I'm completely aware that the woman who is entombed there, Mumtaz Mahal, died in childbirth, delivering her 14th child. I know that it is a monument to the sub-human subjugation and mistreatment of women. I get that, truly I do. But..every time I see a photo in a magazine or on television, the sheer beauty makes me catch my breath.

Honestly, I try to imagine visiting the slave trade / auction sites in the American Southern States and trying to find beauty there, and it makes me feel nauseous and sweaty. However, the Taj Mahal... I long to see it, it sings a sweet siren song to my soul, 'come, come to me and you'll find peace'.

Apr. 12th, 2017


Day 102

April 12, 2017 - The Zone

What is your favorite way to get lost in simple activity, what's it like when you're in "the zone"?

I've written about this before, but it something I truly enjoy and don't mind talking about it again. I call my activity Wandering Aimlessly.

This began back in the late 90's, after I became fully "netified". I'd be watching a movie or television show, hear something that piqued my interest, and do a web search. Then, I'd just start clicking on random links, going wherever they took me.

I've wasted entire afternoons, truthfully, just wandering from page to page with no real destination. It's simply amazing the knowledge one can gain by reading things that others feel is pertinent enough to post on a website... the validity and usefulness is strictly up to the wanderer, but it just about my favorite pastime that does not include other people.

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