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What a clever mother you are (the tattoo story.)

Too bad you don't know what's good. (whipped cream and artichokes. Jerusalem artichokes are just little starch farts that weakling sunflowers produce and not artichokes at all at all.)

There's supposed to be a thing that works to cure yourself of a persistent ear worm. You know that old TV commercial for men's deodorant that ended with a three note fourish?

"BY MENNEN!" Try it. There's not room in my head for your ear room because I've got Clementi's Sonatina whizzing around in there taking up all the space.

You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
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1/16/13 3:49 P

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A - Available or Married: Married - 10 years this year. I accepted the wisdom of Doc Johnson.

B - Book: I turn to the right and see... Titanic: A Night Remembered, by Stephanie Barczewski; I turn to the left and see... The Writer's Compass, by Nancy Ellen Dodd. Books to the left of me, books to the right of me - did I mention I have a penchant for reading more than one book at a time?

C - Cake or Pie: wull, gee, you can't do that. It depends entirely on what kind of cake, what kind of pie, ain't?

Say - this isn't some kind of "one-word answer" thing, is it? 'cause if it IS, I think I flunked...

D - Drink: water, usually. I don't dream of fine wines. I dream of cocoa, real make-it-with-Hershey's-and-sugar-and-whole
-milk cocoa. Hold the marshmallows - I'm on a diet.

E - Essential Item: glasses.

F- Favorite Color: oh, here we go again. Pink. Wait, no, not that shade of pink... blue, Alice blue. No, wait, back to pink: you know that toned pink called "ashes of roses"?, never mind, forget it, let's just go with midnight blue and be done with it. I think... can I get back to you on this one?

H - Hometown: Orwell, New York. Ain't no place like the snowbelt. Hah.

I - Indulgence: honestly, I don't think there's anything I indulge in but what I count the cost... so the short answer is, I dunno.

J - Job: Not no more. I need one though.

K - Kids: A slew of 'em - his, mine, no ours.

L- Life is incomplete without: eyesight. I will make a very poor blind person.

M - Music group or singer: whatever's going, usually. I run the gamut pretty much from Stephen Foster to opera to John Philip Sousa (oh, I want to BE the piccolo in Stars 'n' Stripes Forever!) to Civil War songs to Gilbert & Sullivan to... you know those dusty old hymnals before the UMC became the UMC and was only known as the MC? yeh, those dusty old hymnals... You get the idea. About the only thing I can't stand is that ersatz crap that passes for (I shudder to type it) "country" these days. What happened to people like Kitty Wells and Hank Williams Sr and Patsy Cline? What happened to gen-you-whine bluegrass? Ne'er mind. I'm going back for Suite: Judy Blue Eyes.

N - Number of Siblings: none anymore, alas.

O - Oranges or Apples: *sigh* These things torture me, they really do. Depends on the oranges and the apples. Don't even bother with that waxed stuff that passes for apples in supermarkets. Now, if you've got a Cortland right off the tree, we're talking business. Oranges - you may not believe this, but the best oranges I've had in recent years have been coming from the south of Spain. Europe's Florida, I guess. They're "Navelinas." You can keep your Valencias. Stack a nice big crisp Cortland up against a Spanish Navelina and tell me to choose one, and I'll have smoke coming outta m'ears faster'n you can say Norman.

P - Phobias/Fears: I don't think I have any. There's plenty of things I don't like, but... I guess short of an axe murderer chasing me around I'm pretty sanguine about the cosmos. Mostly. [Update: see "T"]

Q - Favorite Quote: "When I do good, I feel good, and when I do bad, I feel bad - that is my religion." Attributed to A. Lincoln.

R - Reason to smile: ...I need a reason?

S - Season: autumn!

T - Tattoos: the then-18-year-old son says to me "Ma! I wanna get a tattoo!" "Sure, son" says me "But before you decide, do me a favor. Go look up some of those WWII vets with tattoos and tell me what you think." Two weeks later he comes back and says "Do you know how much skin sags when you get old? Those guys might've started out with nice tatts, but now? They're all faded and blurry and kind of shapeless... not very pretty. I think I'll give it a miss." "You bet, son, I don't blame you." I think that pretty much sums up my view on tattoos, at least on me and mine. Hmmm... this might be a good time to bring up the phobia thing: you remember those huge glass hypodermics doctors used in the '50s? They'd autoclave 'em and use the same ones over and over until the needles were so dull you could practically drill bricks with 'em. Yeh, those hypodermics. No wonder I have a thing about needles...

U - Unknown fact about me? ...if I put it here, just how unknown can it be?

V - Vegetable you love: it'd be easier to list a veggie I don't. Artichokes. Jerusalem artichokes. I think that pretty much does it. Guess I'm not too crazy about Swiss chard, but then, I haven't had it in a long time...

W - Worst habit: I talk... um, I mean, I type too much.

X - X-rays? oh, well, all sorts. I once had my feet x-rayed with one of those fluoroscope-boxes they used to have in shoestores. Does that make me old?

Y - Your favorite food: IF - that's capital-I, capital-F, IF - I could genuinely eat it with impunity - hot fudge sundae, REAL hot fudge, none of this Smucker's-in-a-jar plastic over real authentic do-they-still-make-it-anymore maple-walnut ice cream. Hold the whipped cream. I don't like it. Besides, that'd just be gilding the lily.

Z - Zodiac? Libra. Dragon. A fire-breathing Libra. A Dragon with (wait for it) scales.

* * *

I'll leave you with this: you know how when you get a song in your head, it plays over - and over - and over, until you feel you're on the brink of madness? And you know how EXOTEC (I think it was) entitled this thread "Getting to know 'US'"? And you remember Anna Leon-Owens / Deborah Kerr / Marni Nixon singing "Getting to Know You" in the King & I? Well, I've had that song in my head ever since I read the title of this thread. And now you do too. Sharing. It's a good thing, lol...

'night, peeps!

Edited by: KASEYCOFF at: 1/16/2013 (15:52)

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1/16/13 12:00 P

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A - Available or Married: Available
B - Book: Currently, Jacob by Jacqueline Frank
C - Cake or Pie: cake, no frosting
D - Drink: coffee!
E - Essential Item: running shoes
F- Favorite Color: green
H - Hometown: Milford, NH
I - Indulgence: books!
J - Job: Revenue accounting
K - Kids: No
L- Life is incomplete without: music
M - Music group or singer: Josh Groban
N - Number of Siblings: 4
O - Oranges or Apples: apples
P - Phobias/Fears: spiders, snakes, clowns
Q - Favorite Quote:
R - Reason to smile: my nephew's laugh
S - Season: autumn
T - Tattoos: when I stop being chicken
U - Unknown fact about me? I graduated high school in 3 years
V - Vegetable you love: parsnips
W - Worst habit: being easily distracted
X - X-rays? several on my knees
Y - Your favorite food: steak, medium rare, topped with blue cheese
Z - Zodiac? Aquarius

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1/16/13 1:36 A

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A - Available or Married: Married to Peter, very happily :) -
B - Book: Jane Eyre or any big 19C novel
C - Cake or Pie: Gingerbread, especially parkin
D - Drink:tea, with lite soy milk
E - Essential Item: pair of shoes. I have a worry about becoming immobile, and I am no good walking in bare feet.
F- Favorite Color: all shades of blue, but especially royal blue
H - Hometown: Whitehaven, Cumbria, then Newcastle on Tyne, now Christchurch, NZ
I - Indulgence: computer games - word and hidden object
J - Job: retired secondary teacher of History and English. Also was teacher in charge of the library. A job that drains your personality and sends stress levels into the stratosphere at times. Also very rewarding sometimes, but I have to admit I don't miss being tied to a timetable for the bulk of my waking hours and I don't miss the constant need to bring work home and the guilt if I took an evening off.
K - Kids: No, and I'm not sorry!
L- Life is incomplete without:personal happy memories
M - Music group or singer: Elgar, some musicals, Tchaikovsky
N - Number of Siblings: 0
O - Oranges or Apples: Apples, cooked or raw. Have them for breakfast every day!
P - Phobias/Fears: Fire, snakes, some spiders, crocodiles; I don't like driving all that much but it's not really a problem. Anaesthetics, and some procedures with tranquillisers since I came to during one being held down.
Q - Favorite Quote: Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. (Edmund Burke)
R - Reason to smile: our earthquake refugee cats enjoying themselves playing; when the number on the scale goes down; clever jokes.
S - Season: winter because we often get clear, bright days and there's less to do in the garden which makes more time for reading, genealogy and other hobbies, Spring because of all the beautiful clear colours of bulbs and the freshness of the air, Autumn has beautiful colours and often mild beautiful days. I don't like summer at all - I have no tolerance for heat at all and neither do most of our plants. It too often brings drought and misery to many here.
T - Tattoos: No, I hate them. I think they are a form of self-mutilation.
U - Unknown fact about me? I can sing The Blaydon Races out-of-tune!
V - Vegetable you love: broad beans, but I like them all.
W - Worst habit: being a clutterer. My husband would say not being able to resist borrowing too many books from the library!
X - X-rays? A whole lot 15 years ago till problem found. Some recently for broken wrist.Now: mammograms, dentist, bone scans
Y - Your favorite food: potato crisps, chocolate. Don't eat the former at all and the latter only rarely
Z - Zodiac? Capricorn. I think I'm a rooster in the Chinese system. But I think all that is basically party stuff and not to be taken too seriously.

Edited by: POPSY190 at: 1/16/2013 (01:38)
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The past is our definition. We may strive, with good reason, to escape it, or to escape what is bad in it, but we will escape it only by adding something better.

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1/15/13 9:56 P

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A- Available or Married: Married 13 years, together 16

B- Book: To Kill a Mockingbird (and about a million others)

C- Cake or Pie: PIE, preferably with a lard-based crust: Apple, lemon meringue or coconut cream.

D- Drink: Strong hot tea swimming with COCONUT OIL (underscore that last bit, please.)

E- Essential Item: Tweezers and reading glasses.

F- Favorite Color: Changes--was red for a long time now seems to be shades of gold/apricot. My favorite crayon was majenta.

H- Hometown: Crescent City, California

I- Indulgence:Crème brûlée, mochas, Max

J- Job: Was a restauranteur, now retired and caring for dogs...but before that, starting at age 12 I was a nanny/housekeeper/cook, planted lily bulbs in the mud in winter, worked as bus girl/dishwasher/cook, telephone operator (the real deal...before direct dial!), university student body secretary, actress, model, waitress, crab briner/packer, fish packer, baker/bakery manager, pastry chef, chief steward on a private yacht belonging to the CEO of Peter Kewitt Construction (guests included Bill Gates and Warren Buffet), apartment building manager, studio potter, restaurant manager/owner, caterer, illustrator, traffic counter, stained glass instructor, concierge. I think it would be safe to say I have had a checkered past.

K- Kids: No

L- Life is incomplete without: Friends, laughter and whipped cream, not necessarily in that order

M- Music group or singer: Joni Mitchell, Chopin, The Band, Peter Gabriel

N- Number of Siblings: 3

O- Oranges or Apples: Neither. Berries and pears, Comice when I can get 'um.

P- Phobias/Fears: Spiders, bushy ear hair, halitosis

Q- Favorite Quote: Can't think of one off the top of my head, I'm not really a 'save quotes' kind of person

R- Reason to smile: I know the truth about saturated fats and cholesterol so, Bacon

S- Season: All except winter

T- Tattoos: None

U- Unknown fact about me? I played 'The Apartment' on a Steinway grand for an audience of 7,000 in LA in 1968. Telling my husband about it yesterday made me weep, which totally surprised me. Had no idea there was so much buried emotion there.

V- Vegetable you love: Artichoke

Worst habit: Being judgmental

X- X-rays? Most recently for a smashed hand in September

Y- Your favorite food: Grilled cheese sandwich with tomato, onion and sharp cheddar

Z- Zodiac? Pisces/Rabbit

Edited by: GRACEMCDOG at: 1/19/2013 (19:53)
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This is an A-B-C list of personal data swiped from GRACEMCDOG. If anybody else wants to share...maybe we can post our versions here.

Mine follows:

A - Available or Married: Married 33 yrs (November); together 38
B - Book: Lord of the Rings series
C - Cake or Pie: pie. Cream pies, preferably, or cheesecake (is that cake or pie?)
D - Drink: flavored teas. Hot cocoa, when my tummy will allow!
E - Essential Item: computer, now.
F- Favorite Color: purple. It’s always been purple, long before it was popular.
H - Hometown: Largo, FL originally. Now in Gainesville.
I - Indulgence: pettable critters
J - Job: retired now; Certified Vet Tech for 30+ years, most of them spent in clinical/reference laboratories as a hematologist
K - Kids: No
L- Life is incomplete without: some personal solitude time
M - Music group or singer: Yes
N - Number of Siblings: 0
O - Oranges or Apples: apples…but I love pears even better!
P - Phobias/Fears: evangelists; tunnels under waterways
Q - Favorite Quote: so many! –a- favorite is “We did not create the web of life. We are but a strand in it.” ~Chief Seattle
R - Reason to smile: simple joys, the “stop and smell the roses” variety
S - Season: all of them…autumn the most
T - Tattoos: ***NO*** I appreciate ~some~ as an art form…on somebody else
U - Unknown fact about me? I am obscenely sentimental
V - Vegetable you love: carrots
W - Worst habit: being linguistically “picky” to the annoyance and disgust of others; verbosity
X - X-rays? yes, many; some of me, some I took
Y - Your favorite food: carbs! LOL It changes. Right now I’m on a soft-boiled egg kick
Z - Zodiac? Aquarius, but I don’t believe in that stuff

...the problem with people these days is
they've forgotten we're really just animals ...
(attributation forgotten)

We did not create the web of life; we are but a strand in it.
~attributed to Chief Seattle

We don't have souls. We ARE souls. We have bodies.
~C.S. Lewis

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