Saturday, January 29, 2011

One Hundred Things....

 A collection of lists.  Take the challenge. 100 things about yourself. Streaming flow of consciousness, as personal or as general as you care to make it...but make it count. You might learn something about yourself and I promise it's better than 20 questions!


1. I'm 6'1" and 235lbs.

2. I have brown hair and hazel eyes.

3. I'm bald on top of m'head.

4. I've a goatee. Prior to that, I had a beard. Facial hair makes up for a lack in other places.

5. I finished college through a master's program in four years. (College social-life is for morons)

6. My favorite food is anything ethnic/regional. What passes for 'American cuisine' ought to be banned.

7. I live in Portland, Oregon -- according to the Food Channel, it's the Foodie Capital of America. I agree.

8. Women with tattoos tend to scare me.

9. I'm 56 years old. (Hill? What hill? I don't remember one. I don't *feel* old. When did *this* happen?)

10. I used to do an Ambient/Space/New Age radio-show here. Every now and then someone remembers me....

11. My favorite music is Ambient/Space/New Age, followed by classical, then classic-rock.

12. It was my privilege to jam with Pat DiNizio of The Smithereens. He's a kind, gracious man, as well as a solid musician.

13. I saw the last Buffalo Springfield concert in 1968.

14. Neil Young is the closest thing to a 'god' I recognize.

15. I'm an atheist. Not an agnostic; not an insipid "I don't know" moron - I'm an atheist. Period.

16. I'm also a Progressive/Liberal with Libertarian tendencies.

17. I believe Fundamentalism of all stripes is a bane.

18. I believe religion is humanity's greatest scourge.

19. I was one of Yahoo/360's 'featured bloggers'. I still don't know how that happened....

20. I've never puked in public.

21. My favorite colors are Roman Red and French Blue.

22. My favorite booze is Appleton 21-year limited-reserve rum.

23. I've not only smoked pot; I've drunk bong-water.

24. I detest reality TV. American Idol is for morons. The rest of it is akin to watching the security cam in a day-care.

25. My IQ is 186 - or so I was told, the last time I took a real test (the online stuff doesn't count, by the way).

26. I've restored five automobiles in my life - a '62 Thunderbird; a '55 Thunderbird; a '63 Lincoln convertible; a '60 Land Rover, and a '56 Packard Caribbean. I'm done now. If I never own another car again, I'm happy. Right now, I drive a pickup.

27. I'm inordinately fond of silk Hawai'ian shirts, shorts and flip-flops.

28. I collect antique military firearms. I will not, however, join the NRA. They're cocksuckers.

29. Ernest Hemingway is my all-time favorite author, followed by Hunter Thompson.

30. I say "fuck"; "fuckery"; "cocksucker"; and "moron" a lot.

31. I think Wal-Mart constitutes a crime-against-humanity.

32. I think the Pope ought to be tried for crimes against humanity, and the Vatican shut down.

33. Right now, I'm wearing a hoodie and shorts and listening to Gyorgi Ligeti.

34. I'm allergic to walnuts.

35. I think the only use for Stockhausen's music is to torture people.

36. I'm a member of the IPMS (International Plastic Modelers' Association); I build hyperrealistic ships; most are radio-controlled.

37. I have a private-pilot's license.

38. I almost went in with a friend to purchase a MiG-15.

39. I was an extra in the Turner film, "Gettysburg".

40. I used to be a Civil War reenactor.

41. I hold a master gardener's certificate.

42. I spent two weeks in Pompeii, taking photographs. I wound up with most of a tour-group following me, because I knew more than their guide. (Note: Never take one of those insipid fartknocker-tours. The guides know squat.)

43. I helped build a working guillotine for a high-school project. Alarmingly; I don't know where it is now.

44. I collect vintage shortwave radios.

45. I'm single.

46. Apart from photos I've taken while traveling, every piece of art I own is abstract.

47. I built most of my own furniture.

48. I've never set foot in a McDonalds.

49. My master's is in history.

50. I'm a fairly accomplished cook (I'm good at Italian; French; Moroccan; east Indian; Thai; Greek and Mexican)

51. My all-time favorite film is "Casablanca". #2: Silence of the Lambs. #3: Seven Days In May #4: Fail-Safe.

52. I owned a home-remodeling business before the economy and construction industry collapsed and I had to sell it. It was a good experience.

53. I'm currently a business consultant, specializing in sales training, demand-generation planning and general business development of information-technology VAR's. (Value Added Remarketers)

54. I have hypertension; controlled with medication.

55. I still have all my teeth, thankyouverymuch.

56. I love camping - the real thing; getting away from absolutely everyone.

57. I don't fish or hunt. I don't figure there's much challenge in killing something that sees in monochrome, would drink out of a toilet, and which I can buy at the grocery store for far less.

58. I make the best damn steak in the country. Ask anyone.

59. I think Rush Limbaugh, Bill O'Reilly, Glen Beck, Sean Hannity, and a dozen others I haven't named are cocksucking sons-of-bitches. Now, ask me, and I'll tell you how I *really* feel.

60. Frank Lloyd Wright, Mies VanDerRohe, John Yeon and the rest of the modernist architects were geniuses. Modernism is the highest expression of American architecture.

61. I can cross both my little toes over the next ones.

62. I hate pot-pies.

63. My sister is a Fundie. She's married to a Fundie. He beats their kids to 'keep them out of hell'. This bothers me like I can't tell you.

64. I have a humidor full of Cuban cigars. They're my one real vice.

65. I collect red wine. SuperTuscans and specialty wines from here in the Northwest.

66. I don't purchase meat which originated in factory farms. That's how I roll.

67. I dream in color.

68. I got to pilot a minisub once. That was pretty cool.

69. I make a killer mushroom and cheddar omelette.

70. I also make a damn good Eggs Benedict (the secret is knowing how to make Hollandaise)

71. My barbecue-sauce recipe is *the best*

72. My online name means "Celestial Navigator". Yes; I can navigate. Learned how from my Dad.

73. I have a 12" Meade telescope. Yes; it's computer controlled, and it was expensive as hell. I still love to watch the stars, though - have since I was a kid. Some guys buy Harleys; I buy 'scope parts and related gear.

74. Well, that, and guitars. I have twelve of 'em. My favorite is my Rickenbacker 340 12-string.

75. Yes, I have a Marshall Stack. Have to, with a Rickenbacker.

76. I grew up in a small town in rural Oregon, west of Portland. To this day, I'm not terribly fond of cities.

77. My favorite exercise is swimming and snorkeling.

78. I'm an early riser. 6:00AM is late for me; if I'm up past 9:00PM, there'd better be a damn good reason.

79. I like to pick blackberries. I even make my own preserves.

80. I've a *killer* recipe for Russian Black Bread.

81. Most of my friends tell me I'm 'too serious' (whatever the hell *that* means).

82. I don't have any children. I did, however, sell my 'stuff' one summer to a local fertility-clinic which was starting out. Kept me from having to get a job between my undergrad and master's program.

83. My father was a USAF Colonel; my mom was a nurse. (Mom used to say that the first she ever saw of my dad was his butt....)

84. I've a season-ticket to the Oregon Symphony; something I've done since 1990.

85. Every Thanksgiving and Christmas, I volunteer at one of two homeless shelters. I don't do 'dinner' during that time; I think the practice is obscene.

86. I've been banned from Portland's only speed-dating venue. (Hey. I was more or less dragged there by a good friend. He knows better now. "Will - you're not supposed to see how many heads you can fuck with - it's about meeting someone....")

87. I'm a sucker for homemade pizza.

88. I make my own Caesar-salad dressing.

89. I'm a homebody - I seriously like doing laundry.

90. I used to raise peacocks. They're far more loyal than dogs, and far less messy -plus, they eat bugs.

91. I've won three blogging awards and been nominated for two more. (Guess *someone* likes what I write; huh?)

92. I slept in a fallout shelter during the Cuban Missile Crisis. (Dad built it the year before.)

93. It was my Dad who taught me to fly.

94. I played bagpipes at my Dad's funeral. Mom willed her body to science.

95. I have 20-05 vision.

96. I'd really like to own an Amphicar. The idea of driving off a dock and into the water is appealing for some reason.

97. My first car was '59 Dodge convertible. I thought more of that car than I did most people.

98. I grow most of my own produce. I can tomatoes in August. Heirlooms; a specialty....

99. No, you're not going to learn when I first kissed on a gal; when I first had sex; or any of that other stuff. That's for me know - and me to know.

100. I'm done now. Yayyyyyy!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

One Hundred Things ..... Anonymous

 A collection of lists.  Take the challenge. 100 things about yourself. Streaming flow of consciousness, as personal or as general as you care to make it...but make it count. You might learn something about yourself and I promise it's better than 20 questions!

1)    I’m pretty freaked out by the fact that you guessed my middle name on the first try.
2)    My birthday is in May.
3)    My daddy is, has always been and will always be the center of my universe
4)    I have a canopy bed and always feel like a princess in it
5)    This night will forever stick out in my mind [was a blog link no longer exists ]
6)    My most favorite memory from when I was little was when I was 9, my family was fortunate enough to buy a beach house. I was away from home before but never in a new home. That first weekend I couldn't sleep at all. The voice in my head was too loud. The next weekend, my Daddy had recorded the sounds from my room in NYC and played that for me before I slept.
7)    When I hear the word chimmychonga I laugh.  I have no idea other than it’s really funny to me.
8)    My most favorite musician is Madonna.  I love everything there is about her.
9)    My favorite song by her is Frozen.  That song is INTENSE.
10)    You already know my strongest sense is my smell.  I love the smell of oak trees when it’s humid out and I hardly ever get to smell that in the city.
11)    I’m completely and totally scared of the dark…especially walking through a dark area of a house even if someone is home
12)    I have 2 sisters and I’m in the middle. 
13)    M and I fight a lot and she made me cry on Thursday.
14)    My most favorite fruit is pineapple.  My body is a temple and I eat very well.
15)    I still sleep with a stuffed doggy named Ralph.  He has a hard nose and was my first lover *blushing*
16)    I’ve always thought the sound of eating a banana was the same as kissing
17)    I HATE loud chewers to the point where it will ruin my meal
18)    My mom is a loud chewer and I’ve said something thousands of times
19)    I think panties are super sexy…the way they look, the way they feel, the way they …
20)    I punched someone in the face once in HS because she fucked my boyfriend
21)    I’m like 284% Italian
22)    I have very thick hair and get the lower parts ripped out every few weeks
23)    I don’t have a car (haha I just went back to this after reading your you can see why)
24)    I absolutely love fall fashion
25)    Justin Timberlake has no idea how hard, deep and rough he could fuck me
26)    I still live at home with my family
27)    We have 2 cats and they are brother and sister
28)    I lost my virginity when I was 15
29)    I hate how much time I spend on the internet, but I can't break the habit.
30)    I give great  massages.
31)    I absolutely love sunsets.
32)    I don’t like watching the local news on TV because it’s all about tragedy
33)    I hate all bugs … especially spiders
34)    I hate going to the doctor and hate hospitals
35)    I like right after I go to the dentist and your tongue on the back of your teeth feels as if it’s like a new mouth
36)    I’m  active in helping with gymnastics for the Special Olympics
37)    I've slowly become far more confident in myself. I think it's part of growing up.
38)    I’m not domestic at all
39)    I have a ridiculously hard time picking favorites, favorites of anything. It's all dependent on mood and context.  It’s virtually impossible for me
40)    Aged things really amaze me.  I love to look at an old building and think of how much went on inside there before me.
41)    I have an intense attraction for married people and love to flirt just enough so I know that I’m wanted.
42)    I had a thing with an older man I shouldn’t have and I still think of it because it was just that yum.
43)    That makes me wonder if either my Mom or Daddy ever cheated
44)    I watched both Twin Towers fall with my very own eyes.
45)    In a way it angers me how people say all these things and tributes about 9/11 because I was part of it and they weren’t. 
46)    I love spicy food
47)    I love huskies
48)    I hate runny eggs.  They need to be well done.
49)    I really don’t like eggs *L*
50)    I hate horror/gory movies
51)    I only have my ears pierced
52)    I hate reality TV.  Actually I’m not a big TV person
53)    I twirl my hair a lot.  I’ve been told it’s because I’m always horny.  It’s true
54)    I mainly focus teaching dance to contemporary jazz and urban hip-hop
55)    My older sister has an eating disorder
56)    My Mom and Daddy were HS sweethearts
57)    Online, I’m very submissive to women but dominant towards men
58)    Offline, I show neither side
59)    I’ve always wanted to know how to play the piano
60)    Even though he is physically ugly, I’d probably have sex with Billy Joel because of the sounds he produces with his hands
61)    Wicked is my most favorite play
62)    My most favorite class to teach is beginner classes with 4-6 year old girls.  There are few things so precious.
63)    This summer I had 3 part time jobs – I taught at a camp, taught kickboxing at a gym and had a private student
64)    I don’t like the rain
65)    I drool like crazy when I sleep
66)    I love to make people laugh
67)    I get seasick
68)    I like the smell of my bellybutton
69)    When I was little, I wanted to become I mermaid.
70)    I’m such a people watcher.  I always wonder about their secrets.  Secrets totally fascinate me.
71)    I think I’d be a bad psychologist because of the last one. 
72)    I’m horrible at remembering people’s names
73)    Of course the girl sleeping on the subway that you posted … I notice that you can see her panties.
74)    I had asparagus for dinner and I haven’t peed yet.  I so can’t wait.
75)    I’ve never had sex in a car and really don’t understand why that’s so popular *L*
76)    I absolutely love Forest Gump and think it’s such a beautifully written movie and cry every time I watch it
77)    Vampires are sexy but I’d never let anyone know that
78)    I was once addicted to cocaine
79)    I used to play doctor with one of my cousins
80)    I curse a lot but never around my Mom or Daddy
81)    I’m very paranoid of kissing with morning breath
82)    I LOVE the idea of Post Secret and wonder what my first post would be
83)    I love scallions
84)    I think I look best in jeans
85)    At a wedding or event like that, I’ll get everyone to dance
86)    Jealousy sometimes gets the better of me
87)    When I get sick I’m a miserable bitch to be around
88)    I’m scared of thunderstorms but love them
89)    Most of the time I smell like Cool Citrus Basil from Bath & Bodyworks
90)    I’m really not good and handling bad news and often am the person that makes jokes to cope
91)    Mountain Lions are sexy
92)    I’m very impulsive
93)    When I drink out of a glass a lot of times I bite it
94)    Whenever I see a message from you I whisper in my head – Kitty Kat
95)    I wear super cute PJ’s
96)    I rarely remember my dreams at night
97)    My most favorite holiday is Halloween
98)    When I don’t like someone, I just avoid them.
99)    I donate blood regularly
100)    One of my most intense fantasies that I think about is having a man finish inside my body.  It’s something I’ve never felt and think it’s one of the most personal things that I could feel.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

One Hundred Things .... Cheryl

A collection of lists. Take the challenge. 100 things about yourself. Streaming flow of consciousness, as personal or as general as you care to make it...but make it count. You might learn something about yourself and I promise it's better than 20 questions!
1.  I am a Scorpio.
2.  I am old but I like to think of it as middle age.
3.  I am a widow.
4.  I once saw a grassy field at night with millions of ligtning bugs.  
It was magical.
5.  I have stood in the center of a crop circle.
6.  I see dead people (sometimes).
7.  I was 4 years old when I had my first spirit visitor.
8.  I still love my husband.
9.  Most people like me.
10. I'm a good cook.
11. I can't carry a tune.
12. My son once told me "Don't sing Mom".  He was 2.
13. 13 is my lucky number.
14. My daughter told a friend of her's who was visiting us that "my Mom 
is the meanest woman in the world.  If monsters came to our
     house my Mom would scare them away."  She was 6, her friend also 6 
was scared of monsters.
15. I don't lie.
16. I think I'm a medium.
17. I'm currently studying the Tarot.
18. I am spiritual, but not religious.
19. I don't want someone to come to my door to preach to me.
20. I don't know if I'll send this to Kate or not.
21. My home is my sanctuary.
22. If you ever leave my table hungry, its your own fault.
23. When I met my husband for the first time, it was love at first 
sight.  It literally felt like a bolt of energy hit me in the
     chest (the heart chakra).
24. Helping him die was the hardest thing I've ever had to do (and no I 
did not kill him).
25. I'm an open book.
26. What you see is what you get, but most people don't see.
27. There were 13 years difference in my husband's and my ages.
28. I have FSH Muscular Dystrophy (fascioscapulohumeral) which I 
inherited from my Dad.
29. It is autosomal dominant that means both sexes can inherit the 
disease from an affected parent.
30. My brothers have chosen not to be tested; the same with my children.
31. Hopefully they will not have inherited the gene.
32. I am not as affected by the MD as my Dad was.
33. My Mother is still living (86), my Father is not.
34. I worked for NASA for 27 years.
35. I can't believe that I'm retired.
36. I retired a little early to care for my husband and to spend more 
time with him.
37. I've had cancer and radiation and they both suck.
38. Don't do either of those if you can help it.
39. Although I must say it was easier being the one who was sick, than 
watching someone I loved go through it.
40. I wouldn't go through all the things he did just to stay alive.
41. I appreciate how hard he tried to stay for me.
42. He was very present when I was ill, even though he had died the year 
43. Doing this list is harder than it looks.
44. I am not afraid of dying.
45. I'd like to write a book, but everything comes out as poetry.
46. I was born in 1946.
47. My Dad was a Marine Staff Sargeant in World War II.
48. His Dad served in France in World War I.
49. My Great Grandfather was a photographer and a financier.
50. I think there should be balloons and fireworks.  I'm half way there!!!
51. I hate wearing shoes.
52. I can't wear high heels anymore.
53. Red is my favorite color.
54. I had my kitchen painted orange last year.
55. It horrified my Mother.
56. That made me smile.
57. I don't like hot and humid weather.
58. Fall is my favorite time of year.
59. My decorating style is a pared down country.
60. I like antiques, things that have a history.
61. My great, great Uncle was a doctor on the Illinois frontier.
62. My husband's Grandmother was born during the Civil War.
63. Doesn't that bring history into focus more?
64. Hey that's my age!
65. Social Security's Medicare is looming large.
66. I'm still on the pretty side of 65.
67. Many might disagree with #66.
68. I don't care.
69. I don't dye my hair.  Its still mostly brown.
7o. I don't know where my upper lip went; it seems to have deflated with 
71. I don't want collagen treatments or botox.
72. Aging with grace and dignity seem just fine to me.
73. Nothing is scarier than a 90 year old woman with black hair and big 
red lips.
74. Remember that ladies.
75. I never get lonely.
76. I enjoy my own company.
77. We are all surrounded all the time by our guides and spirits.
78. I am happy for no apparent reason most of the time.  Perhaps content 
would be a better choice of words.
78. I have a cat named Max who will be 16 this Spring.
79. I've only had Max for 2 years.
80. It was an in-family adoption.  Max was my son's cat but his wife was 
allergic to long-haired cats.
81. Max came to me at the right time and has been my companion through 
82. I have a wicked sense of humor.
83. I used to joke that our family motto was "Anything worth doing, is 
worth doing the hard way."
84. Only it wasn't really a joke.
85. I got 3 new Grandchildren on the day my son got married.
86. Thank goodness they are too old to babysit.
87. I've had a very good life.
88. I wish I could go back and visit my Grandparents on their farm and 
ask them about their lives when they were children.
89. I always wanted to explore their attic but was afraid to go up there.
90. I'm in the home stretch now!
91. When I was younger I wanted to live by the ocean.
92. I have a place by the ocean now, but I don't want to live there.
93. I found that the Pacific Northwest resonates with my soul.
94. I may move there someday.
95. I absolutely love the Twilight Saga books and all the movies.
96. I am an incurable romantic.
97. I also love all the Harry Potter books.
98. I'm a sucker for magical stories.
99. I used to be an avid reader, but now there has to be a good story to 
draw me in.
100. I remember what it felt like to be 16.

Friday, January 21, 2011

One Hundred Things .... Sage

A collection of lists. Take the challenge. 100 things about yourself. Streaming flow of consciousness, as personal or as general as you care to make it...but make it count. You might learn something about yourself and I promise it's better than 20 questions!

1. I'm watching way too much Grey's Anatomy today.
2. When I'm upset, I tend to obsess.
3. When I obsess, I act like a crazy person.
4. I'm not really a crazy person.
5. I've eaten toast 4 times today.
6. Someday I want to be a writer
7. Someday I want to get married.
8. I want to live in an America where it's legal for me to get married.
9. Being a teenager sucks. Horribly.
10. Tonight, just like last night and the night before, I'm going to stay up too late and then complain all day tomorrow about being tired.
11.I do not like tree sap.
12. I do however like camping.
13. My favorite food is spaghetti. I could live on it for the rest of my life.
14. I hate pork. There's no reason for this, but I hate it.
15. My best friend is 19 years older than me.
16. The most perfect thing about my body would be my teeth. I never needed braces.
17. I have a stuffed plush Chlamydia microbe on my bed.
18. I'm obsessed with penguins.
19. My hair hasn't been its natural color since I was 12
20. If I could only save one thing in a fire, besides family/pets, I would save my guitar. It's my baby.
21. There is a picture of the inside of my abdomen on my bulletin board.
22. I'm allergic to Kool-Aid.
23. I have a crush on someone beautiful.
24. I'm a very messy person and when I live in a dorm next year, my roommate will probably hate me.
25. Sometimes I feel like I'm living inside a glass bubble and everyone is watching me from the outside.
26. My rabbit would commit murder in order to get his morning popcorn.
27. I hate one of my aunts.
28. I'm a very different person around my extended family.
29. My favorite number is 73.
30. Sometimes I hate having a cellphone and contemplate breaking it in half.
31. I know that I will never break my phone in half.
32. Menopause is lame.
33. I have decided that I won't delete any of the 100 things I write, even if I second guess it after I've written it.
34. I love the color yellow. It looks happy, like eggs and lemons.
35. I probably wear too much rainbow stuff
36. I miss this one person so terribly badly. And I just want to drive to their house. And I know that would be a very bad idea.
37. I love sushi.
38. I want to be part of a band.
39. Someday, I'd like to travel to Italy.
40. I don't fit in with the high schoolers, I don't fit in with the college students.
41. Someday I'd like to fit in.
42. My 7th grade biology teacher saved my life.
43. I made an entire renaissance costume.
44. I wore the costume to the ren fair and got yelled at for having exposed shoulders that weren't period, and it was awesome.
45. I start trends.
46. I love disney movies.
47. When I'm home alone, I often think that there is a creeper in my basement who wants to kill me.
48. I don't understand women who can wear high heels everyday. I think they must be superheroes.
49. Bubble gum is revolting.
50. I feel like I should be writing something deep and insightful but....that hasn't happened yet!
51. I'm in a world religions class, and I think I'm the only athiest. It makes for some interesting discussions.
52. I love when I see a character from one tv show on another and I'm like, what, what? I thought you were evil!
53. I would love to be one of those people who write songs for pop stars who can sing but can't write.
54. When I wrote "pop stars" above, I almost wrote "pop tarts." I think they are interchangeable.
55. Even though it's blue eyes that get the songs written about them, I think brown eyes are stunning.
56. I've never done drugs. I've decided I'm going to wait until I'm 90, and then I'll try whatever the teenagers are doing in the 2080s.
57. I love polka dots. On everything.
58. I quote from the movie, Mean Girls, alot
59. I'm tired. I will probably be awake for 3 more hours.
60. I get really awkward in crowds of people
61. I've never waxed my eyebrows. Or, actually anything. It sounds horrifying.
62. My favorite piece of art in the world is the sculpture The Lost Pleiad.
63. Currently my favorite song is "If You Come Over Tonight" by the band Old Lights, because this week, it describes exactly how I feel.
64. My cousin turned 4 today. She's adorable
65. I can't wait to leave the Iron Range
66. I hate to wear shoes. But if I have to wear them, I prefer my Doc Martins
67. I once covered my entire torso in duct tape.
68. I love lipgloss.
69. I listen to my car radio way too loud.
70. In 10 years, I want to be working in a museum or a library.
71. In 10 months I want to be at the University of Minnesota Morris
72. In 10 days, I hope that all of the drama of this past week will be settled, one way or another.
73. In 10 minutes, I hope that the person I'm missing will tell me something that makes me smile, instead of something that makes me frown.
74. In 10 seconds I hope to come up with a # 75
75. I hate the smell of lavender
76. I hate the sound of chip bags crinkling.
77. I feel like this is a James Bond number.
78. I love sledding down the Biwabik hill late at night, even though it is dangerous and painful, and wet.
79. I love glitter. It's like a parasite and it invades your house and it will never get off of your hair or your clothes or your bed, but its soo pretty.
80. Edward Cullen is not desirable, at all, ever, ew.
81. I make up nicknames for all of my friends, exes, and acquaintances.
82. I knit hats.
83. I'm insanely jealous of Marie Antoinette's wigs. My pink and black ones pale in comparison.
84. Someday, I will be fluent in Italian.
85. There is a bumper sticker on my white board that says "Morally Flexible."
86. I've never been drunk or been to a party. I'm so straightedge.
87. I make an exceptionally good pie crust.
88. I burn my hand on the toaster about 90% of the time. The other 10% I burn the toast.
89. I hate people who are ignorant and judgemental.
90. Bananas Foster ice cream is delicious.
91. My hair is too long to do anything with it, but I refuse to cut it.
92. If anyone makes fun of my car, I will pull over and make them walk.
93. I will fight for the things I believe in. Even if it's hard. Even if people hate me. Even if I'm on the losing side. Just because I lost, doesn't mean I was wrong.
94. Dark chocolate is one of the 7 wonders of the world. It can replace one of the others. I'm sure it's more important.
95. Last weekend I realized that if you leave tempurpedic pillows out in a cold car, they will freeze into a solid block.
96. Sometimes I give up on love. Then I usually go for a run, or watch Say Anything, or eat some disgustingly unhealthy food, and I realize that since I love all of those things, love has to exist.
97. I keep a lot of things secret from everyone.
98. I hate clothing with horizontal stripes. And I realize I only have 2 numbers left, but this is a very important fact. Horizontal stripes are hideous.
99. I need to start journaling everyday again.
100. Like any teenager, I am now going to check my text messages, check my facebook, and stay up way past my bedtime :)

Thursday, January 20, 2011

One Hundred Things ..... Anonymous

A collection of lists. Take the challenge. 100 things about yourself. Streaming flow of consciousness, as personal or as general as you care to make it...but make it count. You might learn something about yourself and I promise it's better than 20 questions!

  1. I don’t like trying to describe myself.
  2. I think I am a better writer than I actually am.
  3. Country music calms me and pumps me up at the same time...I LOVE IT!
  4. I married by best friend and am a very lucky person.
  5. I am often overwhelmed by life.
  6. I wish I had more tolerance for people, everyone is going through something and I should be more forgiving in most cases.
  7. Someday I want to write a novel.
  8. I love going to new places and exploring.
  9. I am very proud of my daughter, whether she believes that or not.
  10. I am terrified that I failed to do my job as a mom and she will never come back to me.
  11. I discovered joy in life through my husband…he opened my eyes to a whole new world.
  12. I love redecorating, just wish it wasn’t so expensive!
  13. I am able to feel lonely in a room packed with people, in fact that is usually where I feel the most alone.
  14. I am an only child.
  15. I am thankful to my mother for everything she gave up for me and I am so very sorry for all the heartache I put her through.
  16. I didn’t always make the right choices, but all the choices helped to get me where I am today
  17. Sometimes my priorities are messed up.
  18. I still think about my first love.
  19. Self confidence has never come easily, it is a work in progress.
  20. I need to lose weight.
  21. Clowns terrify me more than spiders.
  22. I don’t know what I want to be when I grow up.
  23. I LOVE the mountains and will live there someday.
  24. I want to sell everything I own and travel around the country.
  25. I watch to much mindless television.
  26. My favorite is Parenthood.
  27. My most favorite movie is White Christmas
  28. I am horrible at video games.
  29. I must be good at something
  30. Everyone has a talent, right?
  31. If I were to guess how most people would describe me I would say “beige.”
  32. I am afraid of being rejected.
  33. I like my job.
  34. I don’t love my job.
  35. I just saw a guy drive by on a snowmobile with an 8 foot ladder and a shovel.
  36. I wish I could see myself the way others see me.
  37. I never finished college.
  38. I am not sure I want to.
  39. I am still afraid of disappointing my mother.
  40. I often think about the people who are no longer with me….and I talk to them.
  41. The only one responsible for the way I feel is me….but that mean there wasn’t “help” from others.
  42. I find all kinds of recipes I want to try, but never do.
  43. I am not sure if I never learned how to keep a friend, or if I am just no good at it.
  44. My favorite color changes depending on my mood.
  45. Generally I like greens.
  46. I LOVE tomatoes!
  47. I get seasick.
  48. I have bad luck with airlines.
  49. America’s Funniest Videos can always cheer me up.
  50.  I have not met most of my clients
  51. Camping is my favorite summer thing.
  52. Hope to buy a new camper this year.
  53. But we will be using the tent more often this year.
  54. I want to quit smoking, but not enough to quit.
  55. I like Bud Light.
  56. probably too much
  57. I prefer little hometown bars.
  58. My favorite flower is the lily…such a happy flower!
  59. I have brown eyes
  60. I don’t really know my natural hair color…..Peggy always gets it close!
  61. I wish I could cook like my grandma.
  62. I wish she could teach me.
  63. Mark Harmon is hot
  64. Some people need to be MUCH more open minded.
  65. Politicians makes me angry
  66. My rational side understands that all the romantic stuff only happens in the movies, but the dreamer side of me still believes it COULD happen
  67. I beat myself up when I make a mistake
  68. I want to be swept off my feet.
  69. Desperately wants to go to Country Jam again
  70. I wish I had an eyelash worth of Kathleen’s talent.
  71. I am afraid of the water
  72. …bridges
  73. …heights in general
  74. But I try to do things that challenge those fears.
  75. I have ridden in a helicopter
  76. I have zip lined down a mountain
  77. I swam with stingrays…didn’t so much enjoy that one, but I did it!
  78. I am proud of my husband for following his dreams.
  79. My cell phone rarely rings
  80. I love when it rains on a hot humid day.
  81. The smell of the rain is relaxing
  82. I have one tattoo, but would like more
  83. I broke my ankle last spring and now have 2 plates and 7 screws in me
  84. What ever happened to Bugs Bunny?
  85. I would like to think that someone would miss me when I gone.
  86. I think we should all take a step back, slow down and look at how we affect other people.
  87. This town is FULL of horrible drivers
  88. Some day I want to cruise the ocean in one of those big fancy yachts…or maybe just take a tour of one to see how the “other half” lives.
  89. I am doing my best to be an optimistic person….it is a learning process.
  90. I have not had a horrible life
  91. Life seems to be getting better as I get older
  92. …or maybe I am getting better
  93. I am all for helping people who are willing to help themselves.
  94. I used to be one of them
  95. Looking back at this list, it seems as though many different people wrote it….should I be worried?
  96. I look forward to seeing my husband at the end of every work day.
  97. I will always be a dreamer.  Without dreams and goals, what do we have?
  98. I tend to have all kinds of thoughts running through my head, but I can never get them out so they sound like they did in my head (see?!)
  99. I am envious of many people for many reasons, but I will always be me.
  100. Finished…..until I think of something else.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

One Hundred Things .... Jason

A collection of lists. Take the challenge. 100 things about yourself. Streaming flow of consciousness, as personal or as general as you care to make it...but make it count. You might learn something about yourself and I promise it's better than 20 questions!

  1. I only feel comfortable when Im in the kitchen
  2. I don't like monkeys
  3. I prefer cats over dogs
  4. I believe if one has never eaten well or loved well then one can not live well
  5. I like tattoos
  6. Love to read
  7. Want to travel more
  8. I miss Alaska
  9. I enjoy solitude
  10. Like fishing
  11. Wished I lived in the outdoors
  12. Would like to meet Marco Pierre White
  13. I like skiing
  14. Any winter activity is fine by me
  15. I like sailing and would love to so it more
  16. A perfect living situation for me would be to live on a house boat all summer and just fish
  17. Foie Gras is overrated
  18. Duck Confit is my favorite meal
  19. Le Belle Vie is the best place I have eaten at in Minneapolis (so far)
  20. I'm a Capricorn
  21. I am oddly excited by the odd
  22. I have a book on the way....hopefully the writing is better than this
  23. I like doing things that I normally don't on a daily basis
  24. I enjoy the company of a beautiful woman....whats this about your brains Kathleen? Just seeing if your paying attention ;)
  25. My favorite color is green
  26. I'm an organization freak at work
  27. Nothing at my house is organized
  28. I have a son
  29. I prefer good scotch over anything
  30. I use to draw a lot but now stick men are a challenge for me
  31. I like photography
  32. I enjoy art in all its forms
  33. I respect an honest burger more than an overly thought out dish of escargot
  34. I want to stage with Marco Pierre White at least ONCE
  35. Chocolate covered grass-hopper is AMAZING
  36. I like deep-fried Twinkies
  37. I enjoy coming home to make spam after preparing gourmet food all day
  38. I like lemon with my pepsi and rum with my coke
  39. Just looked at my walls and realized I need more art
  40. My socks don't match this morning
  41. My socks rarely match
  42. I would like to go to Thailand and try traditionally prepared cobra (it makes your wang bigger)
  43. I have camped in an igloo before
  44. was cold
  45. I tend to think outside of the box when it comes to religion or life
  46. I use to ride bulls in the rodeo (it was a phase)
  47. I have broken too many bones
  48. I like to snowboard but I broke my arm last year doing it. I guess snowboarding off of a house roof is not supposed to be done....STRANGE
  49. I enjoy cooking fresh food from what the land around me has to offer
  50. I am officially half done with this list
  51. I like camping
  52. I need a motorcycle...yes NEED one
  53. A little pissed that the last establishment I worked for closed
  54. I love the smell of a properly braised lamb chop
  55. Spherification excites me
  56. Sous Vide is the best thing since peas and carrots
  57. I like to write
  58. I want more kids
  59. I listen to classical at work and heavy metal at home
  60. I like fountains
  61. I have always wanted to build a houseboat
  62. I am eating santa's foot right now and enjoying it with coffee
  63. There should be a law concerning the sale of chocolate under a 62% rating
  64. Theres a place I know where they go hard core”
  65. I use to have 14 piercings (another phase)
  66. I still have one piercing
  67. Thinking about getting my tongue re-pierced
  68. I'm going to buy a Jeep Savannah series
  69. Avatar is my favorite movie
  70. I need more tattoos
  71. I would like to try dolphin....just once
  72. I find Egyptian mythology interesting
  73. I hate Justin Bieber
  74. I want ferrets again
  75. I wish people were more understanding of each other
  76. I need more coffee right NOW
  77. Baklava is my favorite dessert
  78. Every politician I vote for is never elected
  79. I secretly sponsor a child in the Philippines shh
  80. I believe that knowledge is not power. The ability to use knowledge is power
  81. Gastronomy is more interesting to me than cooking
  82. I should be cleaning my room but I'm making this list instead
  83. The best summer I ever had was living in a cabin 50 miles from town in the Denali National Forest
  84. Never joined the military
  85. I have much respect for those that fight for my freedom
  86. I hate small dogs
  87. Plan on taking a cruise this summer
  88. Would like to start playing guitar again
  89. I don't care what anyone says....muktuk is the worst thing I have ever eaten
  90. omg this is taking forever...8 more!
  91. Johnny Depp is the shit!
  92. I want to see Black Swan
  93. I just ate an entire chocolate santa
  94. and drank a pot of coffee
  95. Think I will watch a movie tonight
  96. oooo I should make Lobster tonight!!
  97. Boiled in a court bouillon
  98. Pressed with leeks and mire poix then sliced
  99. Finished with a nice lemon dill burre blanc...ahhhh gotta go

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

One Hundred Things .... Gus

A collection of lists. Take the challenge. 100 things about yourself. Streaming flow of consciousness, as personal or as general as you care to make it...but make it count. You might learn something about yourself and I promise it's better than 20 questions!

1. I never really know how to start off a list of things about myself.
2. I really dig a color that’s a combination of pink/purple, but refer to it as “Tattoo Purple” so it’s less feminine.
3. When I was a kid, I thought antacids were made from crushed ants.
4. I hate the fact that Hollywood is stuck remaking movies that were already remade once before.
5. I don’t understand why people rush out to buy the latest cell phone, then bitch about it being “sucky”.
6. I hate every movie in the Twilight series.
7. I’m comfortable with the idea of Tom Cruise possibly being the Anti-Christ.
8. If I eat breakfast, it’s cause I force-fed myself.
9. I’ve never thought that Brittney Spears, Jessica Simpson or Lindsay Lohan were hot.
10. I don’t get why a 3 minute phone conversation has to be drawn out into a 22 minute texting session.
11. I often catch myself spacing out and thinking of the weirdest things…Like…what if monkeys could use surf boards.
12. I think the programmers on The History Channel are really Nazis…or slowly becoming one.
13. I liked MTV better when it was actually about ‘music’.
14. I like to tell people “I’m writing a book” because saying “I’m using Microsoft Works to type out a book” takes way too much time/effort.
15. I wonder if Jim Henson started developing a fisting obsession.
16. I miss Saturday morning cartoon fests.
17. I’ve never had AIDS.
18. I love it when my therapist comes over to my house for our ‘sessions’ just to bob his head while I talk to him. It makes me feel like there’s music in the room that I’m oblivious to.
19. I used to want to be Superman…but now, I don’t ever see me wanting to wear my underwear over my pants in public.
20. I once stayed up to watch a Cheech and Chong movie just because there would be naked girls in it.
21. I totally laugh every time my daughter farts.
22. I dig the fact that most major holidays are on the same day ever year.
23. I’m totally a Star Wars geek…I mean…fan.
24. When someone cuts me off while I’m driving, I HAVE to drive up next to them to see what they look like.
25. I have NO idea what possible good could come of #24.
26. I have no problems admitting that I think George Michael is a great singer. Or at least, used to be.
27. I once stapled my hand to see if it would hurt. It hurt.
28. When I hear a tattoo gun, I start to go thru withdrawals.
29. I don’t understand how rainbows make someone gay.
30. I’m obsessed with video games and talk to my girlfriend about them like they’re real life scenarios.
31. One of my legs is slighter larger than the other, but I don’t know which one it is.
32. When I was a Cub Scout, I could care less about earning badges.
33. I had no idea how exactly stinky poop was until I took a dump into a bucket.
34. I love to say “11teen” instead of eleven.
35. I think the term “Special Needs” is just as offensive.
36. I think the song “If You’re Happy and you Know It” is offensive to kids with only one hand.
37. I used to fantasize about being in a wheelchair…mostly during gym class.
38. I have no idea why guys have a problem with buying tampons.
39. I love my girlfriend more than chocolate.
40. I have a certificate for Improv Comedy from Second City Chicago…but don’t know why this list sucks.
41. I went thru the 80’s Metal Spandex phase for like…a week.
42. Sometimes, when I’m bored, I make crank calls just to amuse myself.
43. I can never actually picture Ellen having lesbian sex…or any sex for that matter.
44. Oscar the Grouch was my hero.
45. I once saw my dad’s balls flop out of his underwear during an argument. It was horrible…but ended the fight with a weird silence.
46. I think Sally Struthers needs to stop eating all of Africa’s food supply while she’s there.
47. I’ve never had a ‘man-crush’ on any actor.
48. I used to think that G.I. Joe guys were real.
49. I think it would be hilarious if clowns had sprinkles in their poop.
50. I don’t understand why the tech-support agent on the phone is named “Robert” when he clearly is an Arab dude.
51. I once got a tattoo based only around the fact that it was the most painful area to get tattooed.
52. When I was 13, my mom would buy me bottles of Jack Daniels to bring to band practice.
53. I think I’ve ran out of ’poop’ jokes.
54. I really think I’m starting to develop ADHD since I..
55. I’ve always wanted an ALF doll, but never got one *tear*
56. I think 50 Cent sucks almost as much as Elton John.
57. I still have a hard time saying ’vagina’ to an 8 year old. I just say “your junk’ instead.
58. I can’t wait for this list to be over.
59. I used to tell my parents that an F on my report card meant fantastic!
60. If Facebook had an ugly contest, I’d be afraid I’d win.
61. I used to dance on my front porch while spinning Michael Jackson albums on my Snoopy record player.
62. I always hated my name “Constantine” until the Keanu Reeves movie came out. Heh
63. I used to roller skate in my friends basement listening to The Bee Gees thinking “Man, it doesn’t get any better than this!”
64. Every time I see a guy wearing a leather jacket with fringe on it, It reminds me of how much I truly hate Bon Jovi.
65. I also hate the fact that I just had to add the word Jovi t the Microsoft Works dictionary!
66. In Sunday School, they showed us pictures of Hell to scare us…But it backfired. I wanted to go there since all the people were naked.
67. If I actually put one of my guitars away in its case, I feel like I’m suffocating a child of mine.
68. I once puked and laughed at the same time. Try it…it’s not easy.
69. The number 69 always makes me giggle like a schoolgirl.
70. I love it when your friends say “that tastes like crap!” right before they hand it over to you to try.
71. I’m obsessed over the weird stuff my daughter says.
72. I don’t think aliens would fly millions of light years just to fly past Iowa for 2 seconds.
73. I think we should stop letting clowns sell us food.
74. I think it would be awesome if a UFO crashed into a Scientologist church.
75. Speaking of which…Can we all just boycott all Tom Cruise movies until he finally goes out of the closet?
76. I’m super glad that I have yet to see anyone I know on ‘To Catch a predator”.
77. There really is no difference between Myspace and Facebook.
78. I’m really glad they (kinda) stopped making those morality movies aimed towards black males in the ghetto.
79. I love reading comic books, but haven’t read a comic book in years.
80. I used to want to be in the Special Olympics.
81. I once farted so loud in church (while singing in the choir) that the priest actually stopped to turn and look at me with the evil eye.
82. When I was a kid, we would put plays on ever year in Greek School. I would learn all of my parts, then, replace them for my own jokes the night of the show.
83. I used to pretend that Bruce Willis was my dad.
84. Out of all the boys bands, I think The Spice Girls were the best.
85. I don’t understand why everyone drinks only the liquor that’s deemed socially popular…for that minute.
86. I really wish I had more poop jokes right about now.
87. I’ve never watched a full episode of “Friends” and I’m proud.
88. I used to think that Mr. Rogers had the ability to jump out of the screen and kill me if I was being bad.
89. I don’t understand how Ozzy Osbourne can ditch his accent while singing, but Garth Brooks’ country twang still remains.
90. I hate people who are obsessed with math, it just don’t add up.
91. I really hate that last joke and almost wish I didn’t just write it.
92. I wish I invented the teabag that looks like a tampon.
93. I’ve been known to accidentally Dutch Oven myself during the night.
94. This comment shouldn’t count…or should it? Hmmmm
95. I hope the entire cast of Twilight all die in a fire.
96. I think American Idol should just be called “You Suck”.
97. I think that if Elton John had a sex tape leaked to the public, it would be really gay.
98. I’ve never had a crush on a female superhero.
99. I totally lied on the last one. Teehee
100. All of the above are true…except for #98...obviously.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

One Hundred Things .... Shawn

A collection of lists. Take the challenge. 100 things about yourself. Streaming flow of consciousness, as personal or as general as you care to make it...but make it count. You might learn something about yourself and I promise it's better than 20 questions!

Kathleen: "Okay I have to pre-qualify something, as I laugh here, yes he saw them many years ago and has never recovered. Most men don't. They are gorgeous. [ grin ] And to your credit Shawn I happen to know you love my brains as much as you love my breasts."

1. I hate making lists
2. I hate talking about myself
3. I feel like people don't listen to me; therefore I have learned to listen because I know how it feels.
4. I think Kathleen Bade has the best looking breasts I have ever seen :P
5. I like talking to people about stuff to learn about new things
6. Blue and Green are my favorite colors
7. I don't have many friends
8. The friends I DO have I wouldn't trade the world for
9. I would take a bullet for my friends in a heartbeat
10. I HAVE taken a bullet for one friend; we served in the same unit together
11. I wish I could have become a pilot
12. Planes are a passion of mine.
13. Flying has been a part of my life since I was young.
14. If I was diagnosed with a terminal illness, I would probably go on a shooting spree over where the drug dealers hang out.
15. I hate anyone who uses the race/gender card
16. I hate women who hyphenate their name. Why should I be expected to say an extra word?
17. I hate the term African American, Latino American etc. Either you are African or American, not both
18. I like being alone because you don't get your heartbroke so easily
19. I always pick women who are bad for me
20. Country music is what I listen to because it tells a story or makes a point.
21. I can't stand poorly written music
22. I hate most Rap music
23. I like to cook
24. I like to help people
25. I have a deep dark void inside me
26. Helping people helps fill that void temporarily
27. I like to hold hands
28. If I was to choose which Xmen I would be, it would be Wolverine
29. I am a loner but hate that part about me
30. I wish I had someone in my life where I could go to when I am down or have problems
31. I have been called a Rock by people
32. I have a weakness
33. I am not going to share it because my strength lies within it being kept a secret.
34. I get exploited alot
35. I have gas alot
36. Women who burp are hot!!
37. A woman who drinks beer out of a bottle and burps is even hotter
38. I hate cats but they love me
39. My family disowned me 3 years ago
40. I am not saddened by this, it was a long time coming
41. I was treated like an outsider by both of my dad's familes when I was growing up
42. I have never cheated on a woman
43. I have never hit or grabbed a woman
44. I HAVE thrown my best friend off a second story balcony for hitting his wife.
45. I have saved a life
46. I have had days where it was literally a miracle I lived to see another day
47. I have delivered a baby or 10 in my time
48. I hate that I can't give blood anymore
49. I hate my government for losing control over reality
50. I wish I lived on the coast of Australia
51. I am thinking of a piece of Boston Cream Pie right now (and Kathleen's breasts)
52. My middle name is Erin
53. My real nickname is Amos
54. Amos was given to me by my grandfather
55. He said I was his 'little nigger baby'
56. I was to turn out to be my Grandfathers favorite
57. I have never been to jail
58. I have never failed a grade
59. I have never been to summer school
60. I have never ridden in a limo
61. I have never worn a Tux
62. I have always taken second place, never first, to people
63. My hero is named Robert E. Armbrust
64. He was a fighter pilot
65. My favorite teacher was Mr MacPherson
66. I never took a single class of his but learned so much.
67. My favorite leader was Ronald Reagan
68. I hate cranberry and grapefruit
69. Eggplant sucks too
70. For Christmas I asked for a pic of someones boobs
71. I only got a book on Shamanism for Christmas and a box of chocolates
72. The more I read about Shamanism the more I believe I am one
73. I love video games where I can craft stuff and learn about business practices
74. Playing a crafter on a video game has made me more financially responsible
75. I don't go to bars or clubs if I can help it.
76. I consider my marriage to Tracy my biggest mistake ever
77. I need a new computer
78. I spend alot of time helping others and not enough time helping me
79. I wish I had a friend with benefits that didn't mind spending time doing other stuff with me as well
80. I prefer sundresses on a woman over bikini's
81. Can't stand lingerie; tshirt and cotton panties make me weak in the knees
82. I love crablegs the best, and sushi
83. I believe in the power of the mind and body over drugs and medicine.
84. I just had my heart broke for the last time.
85. I think I want to go become a monk or a Preacher
86. If I DO become a preacher I will still have a beer and tell dirty jokes
87. I am saving up for a Harley
88. When I get that Harley I will be a drifter and travel the US and Canada
89. I am tired of not getting what I want while seeing everyone get what they want
90. I am tired of being there when people need stuff but never invited to do the fun stuff
91. I have decided to not take any crap off of anyone from now on
92. I cry after sex (mace will do that to a man)
93. I think humor is the best way to diffuse any problem or bad situation
94. I can't believe I am doing a 100 list
95. If Kathleen didn't have such great knockers I wouldn't be doing this
96. I think Kathleen is tired of me talking/thinking about her breasts
97. I hate the cold
98. I love being warm
99. I hate this disease I have
100. I don't want anyone to cry at my funeral when I die.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

One Hundred Things ..... Anonymous

A collection of lists. Take the challenge. 100 things about yourself. Streaming flow of consciousness, as personal or as general as you care to make it...but make it count. You might learn something about yourself and I promise it's better than 20 questions!

1. Just want Kathleen Bade to give me a second glance.

2. I long for the Upper Midwest but live in Ohio – live through siblings all over the North Country – visit often.

3. I have been alone for 17 years personally, but am always surrounded by people. Anyone with me would have to understand that we have no privacy, but we can be wonderful to everyone.

4. I started on TV when I was 17, this will be my 45th year doing what I love – weather on TV – it is a hobby and I am never bored.

5. My God reason for being an exposed person is to be the person anyone can come too when they have a problem. No matter what, I will help.

6. I rescued a total stranger with cerebral palsy from a nursing home and put him into his own apartment and gave him a life until he died last year. For a decade I was his only family.

7. Work janitor could not get to work – I got him a car.

8. An abused woman stranger came to me and I gave her money for plastic surgery.

9. Woman and son lost job. Was going to be evicted – I kept them in their house until she got back on her feet.

10. No one knows even a fraction of what I do quietly, so it is God driven that people come to me.

11. My house would not be for entertaining adults. Every room has trains, toys, dinosaurs in elaborate layouts for my grandchildren to play with.

12. I have a hockey rink in my yard.

13. I have a snow making machine to make snow since it is my first love as a kid – now. I am a failure if I do not have 20 feet of snow at my house in a winter, haha.

14. I love to snow ski, dog sled, play hockey and never watch TV even though I am on it – want to be active every minute.

15. I have two daughters 5 grandchildren 2 dogs and 2 cats – only the 4 legged ones live with me.

16. I grew up in Iowa, retain the simple decent qualities of the Midwest.

17. My hair is still mostly black – thank you dad.

18. I do not whine.

19. I do not blame others for anything that happens to me.

20. I see the good in everyone.

21. I’m the uncle all the nieces and nephews want to see and go on vacation with.

22. I am a good judge of character.

23. I was in the Army – helicopter unit - #1 marksman Spirit and Honor Medal

24. I graduated with degrees in college in Math, Climate, Speech

25. I have taught 6-7-8 science and math just to fill my days while working on TV.

26. I am an actor.

27. This would be my 20th season in the outdoor drama TECUMSEH this summer.

28. I am with SHADOWBOX LIVE a sketch comedy, rock and roll troupe 9 months out of the year.

29. I am in the AP Broadcast Hall of Fame.

30. I have been voted favorite television personality in Columbus since the early 1980s EVERY YEAR – Columbus Monthly.

31. I am not an egocentric person so this is a very hard list for me to do.

32. If Kathleen Bade would find time to talk to me, she would not be disappointed.

33. My reading is almost exclusively science or history related.

34. I watch for shooting stars almost every night the sky is clear.

35. A fire will mesmerize me.

36. I talk to myself all the time.

37. My favorite moment is when I fall into bed after midnight every night.

38. I believe aliens did land in Roswell, New Mexico – one cat is named Roswell, other is Drizzle.

39. I believe the next life – dimension – is right next to ours, just out of our eye vision.

40. I believe that those on the other side do give us signs if we are quiet, sensitive, aware.

41. I cry.

42. I laugh more.

43. I can relate to people down and out, I had a drug problem 25 years ago. Have walked that line.

44. I miss my father, he has been gone 10 years.

45. My 85 year old mother still teaches aerobics.

46. I am close to my family.

47. I love doughnuts.

48. I love Ovaltine.

49. I do not drink alcohol.

50. Why are a lot of my closest friends owners of restaurants?

51. I used to bowl and play softball.

52. I miss bowling and softball.

53. I could be passionate – still waiting on that one special woman – I think it is you.

54. Don’t ask me how I know – I do.

55. I do not kiss and tell.

56. I have a good relationship with me ex and her husband, they visit my house.

57. I have no enemies.

58. I go to church.

59. Duluth, Minnesota and Dubuque, Iowa are my favorite towns.

60. My TV station sends me on trips with viewers every year – my love of it is still questionable, places fantastic.

61. I spent 10 days on a working ore freighter – Edgar Speer, out of Two Harbors MN to help them understand weather/shipping.

62. I am fascinated by the Edmund Fitzgerald.

63. Superior is my favorite lake.

64. I am going to Hawaii in two months for 10 days.

65. I was in the Canadian Rockies last summer.

66. I love Austria and Switzerland and the mountains there.

67. My dog, Penny C, is a pug/chihuahia and she loves me.

68. My dog, Sammie C, is a golden retriever; he is food motivated.

69. I never date a co-worker.

70. I rarely date viewers who seek me out – not sure of their motives.

71. Like to keep some of me private.

72. I love toy trains, Lionel, every since I was little.

73. Christmas and snow make me glow.

74. I love autumn leaves and crisp air.

75. I love walking at midnight in August when crickets, cicadas, and others chirp up a loud storm.

76. Worst day of my year is day to take down the ice rink for the season.

77. Best day is putting it up.

78. I drive a Buick – does that make me old.

79. I like shuffleboard – that does make me seem old for sure.

80. I would not disappoint Kathleen Bade – she would rethink some of her list if she knew me.

81. We only see 72 days of blue skies where I live.

82. I also do forensic work when weather is involved in court cases.

83. Yes even murder trials and arson against the mob trials.

84. My name and phone number is still listed in the phone book.

85. But I have a concealed carry permit.

86. I like to grow watermelon and pumpkins – takes no effort for a big reward.

87. Howling wolf in the woods of northern Wisconsin is special.

88. I want to see a live bear in the woods sometime.

89. I have coyotes, fox, deer where I live.

90. I once killed a rattlesnake when rock climbing in the Army – no other way to not get bit – noosed it with wire.

91. Still feel bad about it, never would hurt an animal.

92. My cat Drizzle is smarter than me, and more cunning.

93. I have 3 brothers and 3 sisters.

94. I dream of climbing Everest – would settle for Ranier.

95. I wished I knew other languages.

96. I work from noon to midnight = little social life.

97. I am not quite the man my father was still.

98. I am 62, look like I’m in my 40s, act like I am in my 20s for activity.

99. Almost last chance for Hurricane Kate to notice me.

100. Kate sometimes fleeting glimpses do tell much and do open your eyes.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

One Hundred Things ..... Anonymous

A collection of lists. Take the challenge. 100 things about yourself. Streaming flow of consciousness, as personal or as general as you care to make it...but make it count. You might learn something about yourself and I promise it's better than 20 questions!

1. I have been living below the poverty line for several years.
2. I have been looking for cashmere sweaters on mark down for several years.
3. Today I bought three lovely cashmere sweaters, cheap! I am wearing one now, and it feels lovely.
4. I tend to be unsympathetic when people tell me they suffer from depression. I do not tell them I am unsympathetic. I do not see depression the way it is currently viewed. I do try to cheer them up, but I refuse to “feel their pain” when they say there is nothing wrong but depression. Own up to it, or walk away from it. Don’t just dawdle there full of self pity.
5. I love to smile, and to be smiled at.
6. I am totally in love with my daughter. I have been ever since the day I was giving her a bath and she didn’t want me to wash her hair. She wasn’t talking yet, but she tried anyway. She stood up in the tub, put her hands on my cheeks, and holding my face in her tiny hands and looking me straight in the eye, she babbled at me in a stern voice. I knew she was telling me that the way I was washing her hair was unacceptable. To this day she still hates for water to get on hair face while she is washing her hair. BTW, to wash a child’s hair w/o getting water on their face, use a wet washcloth.
7. People tend to think I eat weird food. I think they do.
8. I do not want another pet because I am longing for freedom, for travel, for not taking care of another anything or anybody.
9. I was fearless when I was young.
10. I am very honest, and was fearless with my honesty when I was young.
11. I have learned to be afraid of telling the truth.
12. I miss it.
13. I jumped out of an airplane at 10,000 feet. The freefall was amazing. I didn’t care for it when the chute opened and stopped the fall. Floating down was fine, but jumping out and falling was the best part.
14. I have known people to do horrible things, yet I still believe that each of us contains the very best of all things. I do not believe in evil, as in I do not believe that there is something in one that is not in another. And I do not say this lightly. Tell me of the most horrible act by the most horrible person, and I will say that we are all equal.
15. I do believe it is of immense value to do our best to be kind, and help others, and avoid harming others.
16. I love people. It seems ever so much easier to do well from a distance.
17. The thing that I resent about being a mother is that I feel like I am no fun now, not in the way that I was before I became a mother.
18. I never wanted to be a single mom. I resent that too.
19. I never thought my husband would cheat on me. It was one thing that I knew for sure.
20. I am an adoptive mother, yet I did not seek my daughter, she came to me.
21. I think I express myself best in writing.
22. I cry easily.
23. I yell, even though I think it is the wrong way.
24. I used to hit when I was mad.
25. Before I started hitting when I was angry, I was hit by others when they were angry.
26. It felt powerful good when I hit instead of being hit.
27. This is starting to read like therapy. Fair warning, it might get worse.
28. I love dry, dark humor.
29. I also love dark chocolate.
30. Men? I dunno. Sometimes I wish I wasn’t heterosexual.
31. I love women, but I am not quite bi. I do think women are generally better looking than men. I would like to live in a society where women hold hands and snuggle. And there are societies like that. If it was acceptable, I would love up lots of people in that way. Not sex, just physical expressions of love.
32. I do miss sex. I have only had sex a couple times in the last five years, and none at all in a very long time.
33. I am starting menopause.
34. I am GLBT friendly, but will not date men who cross dress.
35. I like ritual.
36. I have studied many, many subjects, formally and informally.
37. I am a clutter bug, but I love clean.
38. I love good sheets, feather pillows, and high end mattresses.
39. I love to travel.
40. I can enjoy dives just as much as posh places.
41. I was arrested on a felony charge. Aggravated assault/assault with a deadly weapon. It was self defense. It was in a bar. The guy was making me leave with him, and no one would stop him, even though I was asking for help. He was someone I knew, but not someone I wanted to leave with. He was big time bad news. I busted his head open with a glass, left handed even, cause that was my only opportunity. The bartender called the police; I waited for them, figured it was the lesser of two evils. The guy dropped the charges on Monday, after I sat in jail all weekend.
42. When I was a child, I loved to run. I was sure I could fly if I just ran fast enough.
43. I had terrible nightmares as a child.
44. I sucked my thumb until about 2nd grade.
45. I want to see Thailand, Greece, Italy, Africa, and jungles, rainforests, and India, and Guatemala, and...
46. I only look like a white girl. I do not feel like a white person. I am not exactly prejudiced against white people, but they kinda scare me in general. And I often feel like I am an imposter around them. And I feel like a wanna-be around ethnic people. I am a woman without a tribe.
47. I dream of winning the lottery. Really. I would not be surprised if it happened. I am often slightly surprised when it doesn’t.
48. I think I could love again, and believe I would love well given another chance. But I don’t fall in love easily these days.
49. I never thought I would get this old.
50. Things are good. Life is peaceful, and I am safe. The only things that threaten me are the demons of my past.
51. I have agreed to start seeing a psychotherapist. This is hard for me, because as you might remember, I don’t much believe in whining.
52. The main reason I decided to is because I realized I do not have all the tools I need to raise my daughter at this stage of her life.
53. I cried all day yesterday. I cried because I realized that both of my parents had failed to protect me when they should have. I always blamed my mother, and idolized my father. Yesterday I realized that he should have not gotten me a fake id when I was underage, and that when I told him I was working at a peepshow, he should have told me to stop.
54. I am afraid that if I think about it too long, remember too much, talk about the facts of the matter, that I will have to conclude that I was never loved the way I love my daughter.
55. I am crying now.
56. I am a spiritual person. God has spoken to me throughout my life. His advice is always sound. I do not believe in a traditional God, but I know the Divine. And I still call it God. I am confounded that others do not hear God.
57. I would like to help other people find the peace I have at times.
58. There are so many things I want to do in this world it is hard to know where to start, what to give my attention to. I tend to do what is in front of me.
59. My daughter is beginning puberty. I hope I am past the worst of my mood swings before she begins the worst of hers.
60. I love to feed others good food.
61. I think soup can be beautiful. Or a simple salad, or bread.
62. I like it when others feed me. My neighbors sent over casserole yesterday, and somebody shoveled my front walk today. Those things make me feel loved.
63. Awhile ago I realized it was no longer appropriate to donate money to charities when I needed charity. So I made a decision that I would not put money in the church plate, and I would cancel my “sister” that I supported monthly, and ignore all formal charity requests. But I also decided that I would refuse no personal requests for help. Interesting the people who have showed up in my life, asking for anything from three dollars to two eggs, or to use the phone. It has felt good to always say yes. It has also been a practice in non judgment to always say yes.
64. I love deviled eggs.
65. I love to play.
66. I like to drink tequila straight, if I am drinking seriously, which I don’t do often.
67. I love the water.
68. I love flying.
69. I have flown an ultra light, cut the engine, and glided into a desert sunset with only the sound of air moving past me.
70. My favorite memory of Jamaica is the snorkel guide who dived to the bottom and then popped up next to me to surprise me with a sea urchin on top of his dreadlocks.
71. I learned to scuba dive in Mexico.
72. My family is hard to trust.
73. I love them, even when I avoid them.
74. My mother is exceptionally smart, as are many of my siblings.
75. My mother was raped as a child. She was younger than my daughter is now.
76. I was turned out by a trick when I was a child. Maybe you don’t know what this means. “Turned out” refers to how one was convinced to begin in prostitution. It often is a reference to what a pimp does to a girl to start her in the life. “Trick” refers to a man who supports and promotes the sex trade because he seeks girls to pay for sex. And “child” means it was illegal. I spent the money on food and stuff for Mom. She did ask where I got it. I did tell her some guy paid me 50 dollars for a massage.(And that was what he called it, and what he told me to do at first, and then told me/taught me/coaxed me to finish with a hand job). She did not give any further feedback, just a grocery list.
77. I first tried cocaine when I was about 14. I became addicted by 18, and did not quit until I was 25.
78. I did not run away from home. My mother dropped me off at a school friend’s house and then was unable to be reached for a very long time.
79. I was a good kid, eager to please. Unfortunately, the things that pleased others were not good for me.
80. The first street drugs I tried were from my mother’s top dresser drawer.
81. I want to be a good mother.
82. I feel like this is getting whiny, and want to rewrite. I will just change subjects.
83. I love people. I think they are beautiful. I think I can often see their Divine Essence shining thru.
84. I have had dreams of people close to me as they were passing over. It’s nothing to be afraid of.
85. I am sure that death will be a cakewalk. Maybe that’s not the word I want. Piece of cake? Well, sweet and easy is what I am getting at.
86. I overeat, and am holding the line between overweight and obese. I don’t like being fat.
87. If I had a lover, I would slim down without even trying.
88. I like to garden, to plant seeds, to tend and nurture, to harvest, and to put up the bounty that is reaped. I like to open those jars full of summer on a cold winter day. I like to share the deliciousness with my friends and neighbors.
89. Life is a miracle, yet still I am prochoice.
90. When I win the lottery, I will have a personal masseuse.
91. When I was seven, I was reading the Chronicles of Narnia, at nine, Piers Anthony. By eleven, Kahlil Gibran.
92. I love to read.
93. I read more nonfiction then fiction these days.
94. I love music, especially live.
95. I love marching bands. When I win the lottery, I will hire a marching band for my birthday every year.
96. In seventh grade, in gymnastics, my teacher scored my floor routine a 10. It felt so good.
97. I was a tomboy, always outside, climbing, running, jumping.
98. I hated becoming a girl as a young teen.
99. I am always growing, learning, and changing.
100. I believe that we all emerged from one divine essence, that we all remain a part of one divine essence, and we will all return to one divine essence.