February 20, 2006
1: Black and White or Color; how do you prefer your movies?
There are movies I love from both types. Although generally the dialog is far better in the black and white movies. And I'd love to take up residence in the Thin Man movie.
2: What is the one single subject that bores you to near-death?
The "up close and personal" stories of Olympic Athletes. I don't care how you got there - just do your thing and do it well. And show me the EVENTS not a pathetic soap opera about the athlete competing.
3: MP3s, CDs, Tapes or Records: what is your favorite medium for prerecorded music?
CD's - we no longer have a working turntable or tape player for that matter and I don't have an MP3 player... default is easy ;-)
4: You are handed one first class trip plane ticket to anywhere in the world and ten million dollars cash. All of this is yours provided that you leave and not tell anyone where you are going ... ever. This includes family, friends, everyone. Would you take the money and ticket and run?
NO - not without my husband. Sorry keep the money.
5: Seriously, what do you consider the world's most pressing issue now?
Making liberals understand we're at War with people who want to end our civilization. If we could make them understand that - many side issues would be much easier to resolve.
6: How would you rectify the world's most pressing issue?
I have no idea - most of them seem to be too stupid to grasp the danger and keep bleating for understanding the enemy. It beats me - even a major strike at America didn't seem to make a dent.
7: You are given the chance to go back and change one thing in your life; what would that be?
Wouldn't - thank you. Everything happens for a reason and I am who I am because of the good and the bad things that have happened. Worse yet, one little change might mean I would miss meeting my husband... nope can't do that.
8: You are given the chance to go back and change one event in world history, what would that be?
Once again - things happen for a reason. How do I know that changing that one thing might not have disasterous consequences. I think I'll let God play God - he's got the job for a reason.
9: A night at the opera, or a night at the Grand Ole' Opry --Which do you choose?
I think a night at the opera. I'd love to see The Magic Flute sometime.
10: What is the one great unsolved crime of all time you'd like to solve?
I don't know... maybe who really was Jack the Ripper.
11: One famous author can come to dinner with you. Who would that be, and what would you serve for the meal?
I'm gonna fudge this one because I have always wanted to have dinner with Winston Churchill. And yes he was famous and an author... that's the fudge. I think he'd be a hoot. I would find out his favorite meal and either prepare it or have it catered. (catered would probably be much better!)
12: You discover that John Lennon was right, that there is no hell below us, and above us there is only sky -- what's the first immoral thing you might do to celebrate this fact?
I probably wouldn't do anything. Because most immoral things tend to hurt other people and I can't bring myself to do that intentionally... so I'd continue as I am.
February 05, 2006
Anyway, when we got back we decided to watch the game. I really didn't care who won this one. I don't even have a good idea of who plays on which team... (and if you want better game details... go here)
That being said... I have come to the conclusion that the only way to watch a Super Bowl is with a party of people. It's far too annoying to watch when there are no distractions. Why? Oh let me count the ways...
- first of all I wish John Madden and Al Michaels would just stick a sock in it once in a while. They don't have to shut up for the whole game, but there comes a point when the blather is like a horsefly buzzing around the ears - you just want to smack it and make it go away! As it was, we turned the sound all the way down for a while to make it stop. If I hit mute on our TV, I get the closed caption right smack in the middle of the playing field... go figure I wonder who decided to put it there for a football game. Most commercials have the text at the bottom so as not to obscure the scenery... but I'm betting ABC wanted to be sure that people like me wouldn't tune out the battle of the tongues. BTW - if you want a good drinking game - everyone have a shot when Madden says "I don't understand what he's doing" - you'll be flat out drunk in 10 minutes tops.
- next - Roethlisberger did not deserve to win that game. His throwing was dreadful. The real surprise was that he didn't throw more interceptions! I was wondering if they were going to bring in Randal-El to QB after that lovely pass he threw. Oh yeah, and that WAS NOT a touchdown for Roethlisberger... sorry but he never got the ball in, so they shouldn't have let the play stand - bad call both originally and in the replay.
- then again Seattle didn't deserve to win if all they could think about was that play! I was pretty shocked when Halftime came and walking off the field - the sports chickie asked Holmgren what was going on with the last plays of the half (it was a badly badly managed end to the half) and all he would say was he was angry about the stupid touchdown! That was OVER - DONE - FINISHED! It wasn't great - but also not the end of the world. If you let that get you down... you can't concentrate on what needs to be done to win the game.
- Rolling Stones at Halftime... was Jagger saying "and I twy - and I twy - and I twy"? Sure sounded like it to me. Might have been the sound system or my television - but it was very funny.
- Those "commercials" or whatever they were... with guys from each team fondling the Lombardi trophy... they were creepy. None of them should have a picture with that trophy until they win the honor. Until then - quit showing us the orgy of how much these guys love that thing. Yuck - get a room!
- I have a Twilight Zone feeling from part of the game. Almost exactly the same series of events happening to the Seahawks in 2 different quarters. A long pass - ending up nearly on the goal line, a call back for holding, Hasselbeck gets sacked next play, long field goal try is bad... very weird!
- Hey ABC... you're supposed to show us the GAME! NOT the stupid graphics you had someone dream up! It's not like there's constant action on a football field anyway. They spend so much time stopped and waiting between plays it's ridiculous. Therefore - if you want to show us Football - then stop stroking your egos over your dumb graphics and show us the actual game. When the guys line up and snap the ball - I want the camera on THEM not on a supposedly pretty set of pixels telling us what happened historically or what someone has been doing over the course of the season. I want what's happening in the game NOW. If you can't do that - let someone else broadcast the game. Sheesh you'd think it's the Olympics (you know where you see the "up close and personals" and the medal ceremony... and they kinda forgot to leave time to show you the actual competition).
Biggest disappointment - the dullness of the commercials. Of the ones I saw - none stood out in my mind as being exceptional. Too bad... that used to be the best part of the game.
Well, that's this year's Super Bowl. I'm glad we didn't rush home from a lovely afternoon just to watch it. I can always hope that next year's game will be better.
Oh yeah, nearly forgot... Congratulations to the Steelers.
February 04, 2006
Then we traveled a short way down the road to meet Carla Neggers, author and blogger and all around lovely woman. Carla's new book Breakwater has just been released and she was doing a book signing at Pam's Paperbacks - a small independent bookstore selling new and used books. We not only got to meet Carla and some of her wonderful family, but also had a chance to chat with her for a while after the line died down. I have been reading her books for several years now, so it was a great pleasure to meet her and especially to get my books signed - that makes them very special.
I love bookstores, I could live in one and be perfectly happy. Pam has a very nice little place and I'm always happy to add another book store to my list. I'm sure I'll make the effort to go back next time Carla's signing books out there.
Now I'm just exhausted. That's way more talking than I generally do on any given day (don't listen to my kids - I don't see many people any more so I don't talk anywhere near as much as I type). I was also in post-migraine recovery which means my brain was pretty much stuck in neutral. But we will be thankful for small favors and my head didn't hurt - yay!
What an excellent day - ladies, we really must do this more often!
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