1. What housekeeping chore(s) do you hate doing the most?
I hate folding laundry. It is a huge mental hurdle that causes me to be weeks behind in laundry chores.
2. Are there any that you like or don’t mind doing?
I don’t mind doing the dishes and tidying up the kitchen.
3. Do you have a routine throughout the week or just clean as it’s needed?
I try to do a chore a day so that the house isn’t a total pit. But my roommate and dear sister and myself both seem to inherited a sloth gene from our father. (Our mother is Martha Stewart meets Betty Crocker, an immaculate housekeeper). So sometimes the pit of clutter just takes over. Alas.
4. Do you have any odd cleaning/housekeeping quirks or rules?
I tend to follow most of the mom rules but have recently cast out the mop the floor on your hands and knees rules that mom lives by. Time to move on from that. My step sister Laurel subscribes to a website/email list called Flylady.com. It has a whole method of housekeeping, focusing on a task a day and a zone in the house a week. I am contemplating using it to keep ahead of house cleaning.
5. What was the last thing you cleaned?
The cat box. Alas. My kingdom for a self cleaning, self regulating cat box. It would make the cat the perfect, maintenance free pet.
1. What is your dream occupation?
Head comedy writer on the Alan Brady Show. As a kid, I was really, really obsessed and watched the Dick Van Dyke show religiously. All I ever wanted to be was Rob Petrie.
2. The quality you most admire in a man? In a woman?
This crosses genders. I am drawn to a person with a good, dedicated work ethic, a sense of humor and ability to be their ownself. A deep fond love of Springsteen helps, but I have learned to let this one go. Some folks just don’t understand.
3. To what faults do you feel most indulgent?
Eating Raspberries. (Is that really a fault? ) Internet surfing for hours. A Philly Cheese Steak Sammich from Pat’s Philly in Denver.
4. What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
The year was 2001. What else could have happened that year! Yes, the events of that year were the depth of Misery.
5. What is your favorite spoonerism?
Whore of Farts (four of hearts) Spate of Aids (eight of Spades) My grandmother Mathis was a master at the Spoonerism and the quaint saying. An old time saying as an exclamation was Land of Goshin ( I have no idea what it means. Apparently a Biblical reference) She would say ” ‘Lantic Ocean” as a joke. I miss her great sense of humor.
via chat suggestions from Sage and the Rev. Ed.
1. What is your favorite song to put on a mix tape?
Anything by Journey ! No, but seriously. A mix tape should have a little bit of everything and show your personality and humor. Which is why I love to toss on Louden Wainwright III’s Dead Skunk. A gem.
2. What was your first rock concert?
The Who, 1982, Folsum Field, Denver – Face Dances tour. Their first tour/album after the death of Keith Moon and the crowd was on edge, not really knowing what to expect. The opening act was a new pop singer with a top 40 hit about a little ditty about Jack and Diane. The crowd was not in the mood and booed the then-relatively-unknown John Cougar off the stage. This is funny looking back because a lot of those Who fans probably are John Mellancamp fans today. The booing was more because of impatience. There seemed to be a hubbub in the crowd that if we get the opening act off the stage, the Who will play longer. But it was not to be. The next act was Jethro Tull. And The Who were not about to take the stage until their contracted time. So the crowd was given an extended set of Tull. What I am about to say next is probably sacrilege, but I am not a big Jethro Tull fan, and certainly wouldn’t have volunteered for an hour long (perhaps longer – the beer fog dims some memories) set. But it was worth it once Ian “Oh look, I play the flute on one leg like a pirate” Anderson left the stage I was allowed to see one the loudest, high energy shows I have ever seen. The Who were great showmen. Only two remain and we will never get to see this act again.
3. How old were you when you lost your virginity?
15? It was on a summer band trip to Portland and it was with a cute girl, also on a summer band trip, from Snohomish, Washington. It was a miserable time, we were horny, hurried and neither of us knew what we were doing. Losing one’s virginity is like that – do it, get it out of the way, remove it from your mind and learn from the many mistakes. I think girls are much better at deflowering guys than guys are at deflowering girls. Where would the world be without the sage guidance of a woman.
4. Tell me about your first car
Ah, I liked this car. It was a hand me down from my parents. A 1968 Ford Custom 500. I never got the full back story, but I think it used to be a cop car. Blue and White, three on the tree manual transmission. Four doors. It could seat a family of 25 comfortably and it had some juice in its engine. It was rear wheel drive and when it snowed (as it does in Western Colorado mountain towns) this car got stuck a lot. And it could cut donuts in parking lot at the drop of a dime. I think my parents sold it to my cousin – never to be seen again. Her name was Nannette.
5. If you could be anyone alive for a day, who would it be?
Henry Adams. I almost went with his peer and rival Teddy Roosevelt, but Adams saw more of the world and life. As John Quincy Adams’ grandson, he was connected in all the major circles at the turn of the century and as a writer/historian, he was able to participate in the birth and formation of the American century. Read his autobiography sometime – an amazing mind.
via Kevin's suggestions
1. How much time do you spend online each day?
Counting work, about 12 hours. Not counting work, I am online all the time, although not always in front of the screen, so at least 3 hours a day. Weekends, much longer.
2. What is your browser homepage set to?
My blog, Salon, and the last page I was on when I shutdown. (I have three loaded on start up.)
3. Do you use any instant messaging programs? If so, which one(s)?
Trillian = one stop shopping.
4. Where was your first webpage located?
On earthlink.net, but it is gone now.
5. How long have you had your current website?
1. What’s the last place you traveled to, outside your own home state/country?
Las Vegas last summer. Haven’t left the country since 1988 when I returned home from three years in Germany.
2. What’s the most bizarre/unusual thing that’s ever happened to you while traveling?
A cab ride from Fort Benning, GA to the Atlanta airport and stop at Western Union to get money from mom for the plane ride and cab fare. The cab driver was just something else. Time doesn’t permit all the tales I have about this guy.
3. If you could take off to anywhere, money and time being no object, where would you go?
As a group of friends, we have all pledged, time and money no object, to take the world tour of food, and go to all the amazing “food towns” and food places in the world.
4. Do you prefer traveling by plane, train or car?
Plane. I love flying. Hell, I love airports! There is always a spy at the airport. Your job, find him.
5. What’s the next place on your list to visit?
I am drawn lately to the north. So either Iceland, Finland or Norway are places I really want to go to.
1. What time do you wake up on weekday mornings?
Usually about 9:30 a.m. I don’t use an alarm clock, so it varies, but that is generally the time. I work late nights and don’t usually get to bed until about 2:30 a.m. I only need 6 or 7 hours of sleep, generally.
2. Do you sleep in on the weekends? How late?
I work on Saturdays. But generally because of my late hours I work, I am usually up around the same time on my days off as I am the rest of the week.
3. Aside from waking up, what is the first thing you do in the morning?
Pee. Pull up the bed covers. Turn on the computer and head for the coffee maker.
4. How long does it take to get ready for your day?
About 25 minutes to Shit, Shower, Shave, Shampoo and dress.
5. When possible, what is your favorite place to go for breakfast?
Pete’s Gyros Place on Colfax and Detroit, right by East High School in Denver. mmmmmmmm, Breakfast Burrito.
1. If your life were a movie, what would the title be?
“Put On Some Pants”
2. What songs would be on the soundtrack?
Jack Black – Let’s Get it On
What’s it all about, Alfie
Theme from the Flinstones
Bob Dylan: Rainy Day Women #12 & 35
And lots of Foreigner, Journey and Kenny Loggins – for the ladies.
3. Would it be a live-action film or animated? Why?
Live action but rated R, because I cuss like a filthy sailor.
4. Casting: who would play you, members of your family, friends, etc?
Me? Bill Murray.
Julie? Bette Midler
Mom? A shapely Kathy Bates?
Jim? Henry Fonda or Kenny Rogers in The Gambler.
Ed? Edward Norton maybe? (Ed votes for John Cusack – a major celebrity.)
Sage? Fierce contract negotiations are ongoing. Sandy Duncan will do it, for cheap. We really want Isabelle Huppert. but she is filming in Barcelona. Kathy Griffin has been nixed by Sage as being just too . . .
Apparently Megan Mullaly has been made available. Crisis averted.
We have settled on Christna Applegate, if we can just make the deal work.
The gang? The cast of Buffy. They can fight it out amongst themselves.
5. Describe the movie preview/trailer.
The phone rings. I am reading on the john. I stumble through the house, pants around ankles. Next scene: I am vacuming in my underwear, the UPS guy knocks on the door, I stumple putting on pants knocking down a bookcase. Next scene: driving to work, spilling food and coffee on my pants and I pull them off as I drive to let them dry out the window. Hijynx ensue.
My life is almost exactly like a Mr. Bean episode.
via Friday Fives
1. How many TVs do you have in your home?
2. On average, how much TV do you watch in a week?
About 20 hours. About two hours a day and then loads on Sundays. I work nights so the choices are slim. It would be much worse if I were home in the evenings.
3. Do you feel that television is bad for young children?
Bad parenting and bad parenting choices are bad for young children. There is good television out there for kids. That said, I was raised in front of the television and in the words of Homer Simpson – ” Mmmmmm, Tele-vision.”
4. What TV shows do you absolutely HAVE to watch, and if you miss them, you’re heartbroken?
The West Wing, Friends, HBO’s Sunday night stuff, especially The Sopranos, The Wire, Six Feet Under. And I am now taken by Law And Order Criminal Intent.
5. If you had the power to create your own television network, what would your line-up look like?
TV Land! I don’t know. Ed and I talked about an all sports rerun channel once, but now that is ESPN Classic (shakes fist). Tony and I thought a network of all television pilots, all the time would be fun. All the shows that never made it and the pilot episodes of current running shows. It could work.
via Fridayfive.org p.s. this isn't a current list. After my posting about my dad, I needed something fun and light and not too personal.
1. Do you remember your first best friend? Who was it?
This is a very hard question. My mom babysat any and all kids in the neighborhood, and there were always tons of cousins and neighbors around the house. In kindergarten and first grade my best friend was Clancy Kingsbury, who moved to Rapid City, SD when we were in 8th grade. But we were virtually inseparable until then.
2. Are you still in touch with this person?
I talked with him once since that time. So, no.
3. Do you have a current close friend?
Again, a very hard question. I am still close to many of my college friends and have good number of work friends that I am close to. But Ed and my sister Julz are at the top of the close friend chart. Our close knit trio is more than family.
4. How did you become friends with this person?
My sister and Ed went to kindergarten together and they have known each other forever. Julie insisted that Ed and I become friends and since then, we have. It is good to have a weekend beer drinking buddy to go carousing with. We have a similar outrageous sense of humor and laugh at each other’s jokes and banter.
5. Is there a friend from your past that you wish you were still in contact with? Why?
I have lost contact with most of my Army buddies and would like to drop in on them and catch up. Because we were stationed in Germany, miles away from home, we had very close, deep friendships and I would like to bring them back into my life.
1. What were your favorite childhood stories?
Cowboy Sam and his Airplane, a series of children’s chapter books where Sam and his Indian friend would fly around the American West and help people. I remember there being a strong conservation theme to the stories.
2. What books from your childhood would you like to share with [your] children?
Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are and McKloskey’s Make way for Ducklings – the images from these two books have stayed with me all my life. Second tier choices would be Encylopedia Brown, the young adult biography series and Curious George.
3. Have you re-read any of those childhood stories and been surprised by anything?
Where the Wild Things Are. What a funny, fabulous book. It has such an uplifting message about the power of imagination. “Let the wild rumpus start!” I appreciate this more now, as a supposed grownup then I did as a child. Max is inspired.
4. How old were you when you first learned to read?
We didn’t have the most progressive school system and heck it was the early 70s before a lot of education reform. I didn’t learn to read until the first grade, which is what, six years old? That is years behind in today’s world.
5. Do you remember the first ‘grown-up’ book you read? How old were you?
Dune by Frank Herbert. Probably seventh grade so I would say 12 years old, maybe. In the meantime, I read almost all of the encylcopedia and have always loved reading short stories. I read a few collections very early on as well as read some Reader’s Digest Condensed Books that my Grandmother collected, but I can’t remember the stories. I really think I just carried the books around to look important. I am sure I wasn’t allowed to read Harold Robbins as a fifth or sixth grader.