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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Sunday Stealing. The Beach Boys' Meme-

July 23, 2016

The Beach Boys' Meme

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Welcome back to Sunday Stealing which originated on WTIT: The Blog authored by Bud Weiser. Here we will steal all types of memes (or surveys) from every corner of the blogosphere. Our promise to you is that we will work hard to find the most interesting and intelligent memes. You may have heard the expression, "honor among thieves". In that age-old tradition, we try to credit the blog that we stole it from. When possible, we contact the owner of the blog where we stole the post. We also provide a link to the victim's meme in our "Previous Victims" widget. (It's our way of saying "Thanks!") Sometimes we edit the original meme, to make it more relevant to our global players, to challenge our players, to select the best questions, or simply to make it less repetitive from this new meme or recently asked questions from a previously featured meme. 

We Found this gem from a blogger that we stole from once before, Stacy of the 
blog "All Stacy All the Time". 

She states that she stole it from "Lola's Diner". But that's as far as I'll go. Tracing it back further might be crazier than a Trump speech. So as we sub for our current author, Kwizgiver, we will shout:
Cheer to all of us thieves!!

1. SURFER GIRL : “I have watched you on the shore, standing by the ocean drawer, do you love me do you surfer girl” Were you ever interested in someone (other than a celebrity) who did not return your interest? 
A. Yes. I was.  He was a a Nordic God.  I was a nerdy girl.  Same year, two different worlds.

2. BE TRUE TO YOUR SCHOOL : “So be true to your school now, just like you would for your girl or guy…” Looking back, how do you feel about your high school days? 
A. I've never been back.  That pretty much sums it up.

3. FUN FUN FUN : “…and she’ll have fun fun fun till her daddy takes the T-Bird away…” What was the worst punishment you received as a teenager? 
A.I was punished for being a little girl, shall we say?

But, much, much later,  I was thrown out of the house with all my worldly belongings. It was because I finally defied my drunkard of a paternal unit by not being home on. the. dot.  I'd met DH at that infamous neighborhood party, and we'd gone to a friend's house.
PsychoDad took off and was gone for a week, and my sibs and mother piled my things on the driveway.  I suppose he was out trying to figure out what his next move should be.

Actually it was really a God Send for me, though I did lose my beloved Collie, Shadow.  Shadow escaped the usual punishment for a pet in our house, which was being shot.  Shad was sold but I did get to meet the family who bought him, and he looked well and happy with them.  Shad still loved me so that was good.  Shadow was an Immense and beautiful Irish Collie, a Black and Tan collie.  He talked to me that day with his big, throaty voice.  I'll love him forever, and hope to see him again someday in the By and By.

4. I GET AROUND : “Round round get around, I get around” Where did you go on your last long trip? 
A. Well, I'll tell it like it is...We went to Santa Cruz.  We rushed up to there to be with our dying daughter.  We were 200 miles away when we got the call that she'd died.  We could only stay for a week but we had that week at least.

 5. HELP ME RHONDA : “You gotta help me Rhonda, help me get her off of my mind” What do you do to cheer up after a personal tragedy such as a lost job, power outage or broken relationship? 
A. Wow, we are really into "worst" and so far.
The little stuff I just do not sweat.  The big stuff I just keep breathing in and out and watch a hulluva lot of mindless Netflix cop shows, Nature shows, Water shortage Documentaries, and Alligator Wrestling, worm diggers, you name it.  And I read and read and read.  It gives, I find, ease to my mind, since I cannot drink.  Otherwise I'd do that, too.  I've never smoked pot but I'm now sorely tempted to find some and make brownies just to relieve these terrible feelings of climbing out of a blackened rabbit hole that I woke up in.

 6. CALIFORNIA GIRLS : “I wish they all could be California girls. The west coast has the sunshine and the girls there get so tan, I dig a French bikini on Hawaiian island dolls, by a palm tree in the sand” Where are the best boys found? 
A. Going by the ones I've met, the best men, boys, are Americans. On the whole, I've found this to be true.   It doesn't really matter what color they are, they just are usually kind and nice men.   And a lot of times, not always, they are Marines.  I guess you could include Canadian men in this, too.  They seem to be nice, kind guys.

7. SLOOP JOHN B : “I wanna go home, please let me go home, ya ya. Well this is the worst trip, I’ve ever been on…” What is the worst trip you’ve ever been on? 
A. Worst again. ok.  I'd have to say it was the one where my left knee blew up to the size of a basketball, and I had to drive the little truck out of the desert and home because we couldn't tow it.

That was 300 miles of torture.  Also, trying to get to a rest room at a big gas station on a cane and with a screaming hot, terribly painful knee was .  Then, after years of Hyalgan shots and draining, I got surgery and a brand new knee.

  These aren't my knees.  They came from Pinterest, but they illustrate the problem I was having.

OR, maybe it was the time that we spent a week trying to get the RV fixed in Indio one year.  The garage was Triple A approved and I'll never, EVER, trust their stamp of approval again.  They, the garage, ordered the wrong part, three times!

We were, parked in the RV, right next to a railroad track, and a train lumbered through about dinner time while I was setting out the canned soup special for a hasty dinner.  I thought it was the beginning of an earthquake.  This then happened every four hours until midnight.  These desert trains are hundreds of cars long.
How do people deal with this every single day?

We didn't know the tracks weren't derelict, as so many are out there in the desert.

8. WOULDN’T IT BE NICE : “I guess the more we talk about it, it makes it harder just to live without it, but let’s talk about it…” What is your biggest wish? 
A. I wish  for the master gene (or what ever the hell it is) for cancer being found by someone who wasn't interested in making money off it but who patented it Internationally and Immediately!  Say, someone is Switzerland or something?  Anyway, after securing it from the grasp of BIG FAT PHARMA, they would instantly upload and share the data with like minded scientists, who would then spread it world wide on Smart People social media after patenting it so BIG PHARMA got left OUT. IN. THE. COLD!

Siberia, Baby! 
This is where you all have to live, and no inside toilet, or internet.,brrrr, and the bus doesn't stop anywhere near here.

9. IN MY ROOM : “There’s a place where I can go and tell my secrets to. In my room. In my room.” What is your favorite thing about your own personal room or space in your home/office? 
A. I like the cork board that is adorned by hearts and my nephews photos.

10. GOD ONLY KNOWS : “You never need to doubt it, I’ll make you so sure about it. God only knows what I feel about you” When was the last time you told a significant other or close relative that you loved them? 
A. Today, this morning,  and then later we had a little tiff over how I leave the charger plugged in all the time.  It's the little things in life.

11. GOOD VIBRATIONS : “My baby has good vibrations, she’s giving me excitations…” When do you get good vibrations? 
A.When?  I get them off and on, some of them, many, are not good ones.  But some of them are Sublime.

12. KOKOMO : “We’ll go to Kokomo. We’ll get there fast and then we’ll take it slow. That’s where I wanna go…” What is your favorite warm weather destination? 
A. Santa Cruz.  Otherwise I live in one already.

13. DO IT AGAIN : “Let’s get back together and do it again…” If you could go back in time and gather up your school friends, what would you do again? 
A. Sorry, I never want to go back again.  I have no interesting in going back to those days.

Thank you for playing this week on Sunday Stealing! Please leave a comment or link when you have posted. Stop back and visit other player’s posts. That is really what this is all about, making new friends! Have a great week. See you next Sunday!

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Saturday9ers gone Surfing, USA...and old trucks

... Because Melissa suggested Jan and Dean. Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

Want to join in the fun? Go HERE  It's fun.  Takes your mind off the serious shlock for awhile.

1) When the song was written, "Surf City" was a fictitious town.* Tell us a song that is set in a real place.
A.  New York, Newwww Yawk!

2) In the song, Jan and Dean sing about riding around in a 1934 station wagon, which means the car was 29 years old when the song was recorded. How old is your vehicle?
A. The Jeeply is 12 years old, a mere child-ling.  But the truck, she is 25 years old, a Matron who likes to kick up her heels.

3) Are you good on a surf board?
A. No.  I can get on one and belly it in through the soup.  I can't stand up.  I tried many times.  But a boogie board..  ahhhh! Loads more fun.  Mr. Z surfed.  Hey, it's California, Dudes.  Everybody's gone surfing at least once.  Surf City has nothing on the Break at Mavericks, or WindanSea.

4) When you spend time out in the sun, are you careful about applying sunscreen?  
A. Lately, yes.  But not in the last century, no.  I put it on my little kiddies, though.  When I was spending time at the ocean and bay, swimming, no.  Alas, I haven't been swimming in the ocean lately.

5) Dean's original partner was Arnie Ginsburg. When Dean was drafted into the Army, Arnie didn't feel like waiting so he abandoned show business and went back to college. Today he holds several patents. What is something you wish someone would invent? 
A. A two way radio to Middle Earth?

This site was found wandering on the web in the vicinity of Area 51

6) Jan was a perpetual student who juggled college with recording. He not only graduated from UCLA, he completed two years of medical school at the UC Irvine School of Medicine. Have you ever considered going back to school?
A.  Several Times.  Just when I'd get ready to do it, something important changed in my life, and wanting a Bachelor Degree seemed to be the catalyst.  So, as I didn't want anymore surprises, I gave it all up and just improved my sewing, knitting and cooking, and SUV driving.

7) In 1966, Jan was sidelined by a serious car accident. During the years that he was unable to perform, partner Dean became a graphic artist. He designed logos and album covers for Steve Martin, Diana Ross and others. Do you feel you respond most to words, pictures, or music?
 A.  Yes.  How can ANYONE choose?  I keep getting these impossible choices.  I'm sort of an Everything person. Mixed media, you might say.

8) In 1978, CBS made a TV movie about Jan and Dean. If they approached you about a made-for-TV movie of your life, who would you like to play you? 
A. Very Special Agent Anthony Dinozzo (Michael Weatherly).  He'd have to wear a wig and lipstick but wth? I like his style.  His dancing outside of that storm drain was just hilarious!  He plays an idiot but I'm an idiot, too.  I just wish he wasn't gone from the show.

9) Random question:  Growing up, how did you learn about the birds and the bees? (From books/the web, from parents, from your friends...)
I'll tell you the official version.  We all, boys and girls, were told about human sexuality in Six grade sex/ed classes taught by our respective P.E. teachers.  I'm sure that a few of us already knew more than our teachers.

* Huntington Beach changed it's name to Surf City in the 1990s.
This is odd, because it must be because the surf there is crappy?  Or because of the song?  Idk.  They are crazy.  They did it for the money.  The big boys (and Girls) surf  in Windansea, Santa Cruz and at Mavericks.  And yes, I AM trying to start world war three.  Why do you ask?

From here

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Thankful Thursday: Flowers

It's a 100ºF!  But, I'm grateful for the Spring and Summer, and the abundance of flowers.  I want big bouquets of them in my life again.  So that's where most of the flowers pictures on the blog have come from- bouquets of old.

DH was able to bring me a bouquet every Friday, from the farmer's market.  But that Market closed.
So, I have the memories in photos so expect a lot of flower headers!

I'll tell you how we were able to keep most of the flowers fresh for a whole week.  Be sure to prepare the warm mixture just before slicing off about two inches of all the stems in your bouquet.  This allows the stems to be cleared so that they can take up the water into themselves.  They are sort of sealed off when first cut away from the plants.

The Recipe that we used:
 "A simple recipe for homemade floral preservative is: one teaspoon sugar, one teaspoon bleach, two teaspoons lemon juice and one quart lukewarm water. The sugar is food, the bleach disinfects, and the lemon juice acidifies the water and helps the flowers take it up."

(One change.  We used white vinegar in place of lemon juice.)

is from New York Botanical Garden's Page, HERE.  Scroll down a bit....

And this article, from the same place, is all about handling cut flowers.

This technique, with various ingredients, is all over the web now, but I know that the mixture of white vinegar, sugar and bleach, all three in small amounts, with that warm water, really does work!

Forget aspirin and vodka.

Have a happy and safe weekend...  See you in a few...........   

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Tuesday tails: Some family pets along the way.

I thought it would be nice to honor a few of the family pets.

Charlie Mouse,  The greatest little escape artist in the world.  His little sneeze always gave him away.

Rosie, who had the most beautiful mascara eyes of any kitty.  
Jasper at 11 and a half, he was tiny, and sweet 
and so full of fun even though he was very sick his whole life
My favorite picture of Jazz

Jazzie, in May of 2009, almost 13 years old.
Pepé, a young parakeet we caught on the grass at Shelter Island.
 He learned to talk a little bit.
Left to right, Mosquito, Dusty, and Milagro.
Mosquito didn'tlive but the other two are still going strong.
Just kidding!  But I SO want this little babé!
Wolfie, waiting for a treat!
Wolfie waiting patiently for his Pappa.
This is exactly what Milo looked like,
and he was so friendly and personable.
Georgie's Littlest bunny.  Very sweet.
Tuna, Angel Santa Cruz Kitty