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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Sunday Stealing: Better late than never?

We found this gem... from a blogger named Becky Yanagy from the blog “where life takes you” who said, “After being sick for a week and not blogging, I hate to come back with another [set of questions]...but my pal Nettie tagged me. Anything for Nettie. ;-)” She tagged anyone who read it, so we are in! And we never trace our theft  further, who has the time? Unlike so many blogs we steal from, this blog in till active. Why I shared that info or why it's relevant I haven't a clue. Sorta like the tweets of the Donald. Oh on the name this meme. Today is December 4th and it's my brother's birthday. His nickname if "Boat". But I still call him Mark.


Time to toast, to Mark and to us!!

Cheers to all of us thieves! 


Sunday Stealing: The Boat Questions 

The header right above goes to the Sunday Stealing mother ship.


1. YOU HAVE 10 BUCKS AND NEED TO BUY SNACKS AT A GAS STATION. WHAT DO YOU GET?
Two of their horrid decaf coffees and any kind of chocolate nut bars.  

2. IF YOU WERE REINCARNATED AS SOME SORT OF SEA DWELLING CREATURE, WHAT WOULD YOU BE?
I'd want to be any kind that isn't hunted or threatened with extinction.  I'd like to be so DEEEP in the Mid ocean trenches, and I don't care which one, that my species would never be "discovered".  

3. WHO'S YOUR FAVORITE REDHEAD?
I have three favorites, and Mr. Z who is now gray haired but started out as a redhead.  I don't play favorites because Love is infinite and has very broad shoulders.  Love is the strongest human emotion and hate is supposed to be it's equal and opposite but I just don't believe everything said about that.

4. WHAT DO YOU ORDER WHEN YOU'RE AT A DINER?
I've never eaten at a Diner.

5. LAST BOOK YOU READ?
The Collected Works of Somerset Maugham, but I didn't actually finish it before the long arm of the digital library snatched it back.

6. DESCRIBE YOUR FAVORITE PAIR OF UNDERWEAR?
Hip huggers all cotton and very comfy.

7. DESCRIBE THE LAST TIME YOU WERE INJURED.
Thanksgiving day, we were dropping off DH's Mom, and I got out of the backseat of the Jeep, to go around to the front seat, and it was dark.  I tripped over the invisible curb and bruised my wrist, knee and ribs.  I'll never do that again.  Funny thing is, there are so many injuries like that.  They are "one offs" and such a sucky, hard way to learn.

8. ROCK CONCERT OR SYMPHONY? LAST SEEN?
Neil Diamond's Concert, here, sometime in the 80's I think.

9. IF SOMEONE WERE TO BUY YOU A GIFT, WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE IT TO BE?
I love, LOVE Christmas pins.  

10. WHAT TYPE OF SHIRT DO YOU BEST IN?
I look best in shirts that are from Africa or the Middle East.  I love those things and only own about three.  Need to get more. 

11. IF YOU COULD USE ONLY ONE FORM OF TRANSPORTATION FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
It would have to be the Automobile and mostly because of where we live, i.e., California.  Our governor has been trying to get a hyper-fast train approved but heaven only knows what wall of "invested, interested money grubbers" are blocking the path.

12. WHAT IS YOUR DEADLY SIN? 
Odd as it may seem, none of my sins reach that level of intensity.

13. MOST RECENT MOVIE YOU'VE WATCHED IN A THEATER? RATE IT. 
I haven't been to the movies since before Master and Commander was released; we finally watched that one, at home, in the privacy of our cabin,  a few years ago.  The theater is for the young, who don't need a pause button.
  
14. IF YOU COULD INVENT ONE THING, WHAT WOULD IT BE? 
 A cure for Aggression and Greed.  This cure would be airborne and have a nice smell.  It would work at the molecular level inward to the DNA.  It would be free.  And no, no Armies need apply for access. 

15. NAME AN ACTOR/ACTRESS YOU'VE HAD THE HOTS FOR? 
 Never happened, but I did pretty much collapse into tears when Richie Valens died.

16. WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE CITY? LAST TIME THERE? 
I would pick, no surprise, Santa Cruz Ca.  June, we were there in June.

17. WHAT'S THE FIRST WORD THAT COMES TO MIND RIGHT NOW? 
Appellations  .... odd but true.

18. WHAT TYPE OF PET DO YOU HAVE? 
 A doggie and five California Desert Tortoises; the Torts are now in hibernation.  The two smaller ones we get up from time to time to soak and feed them.

19. WHERE HAVE YOU LIVED THE LONGEST? 
San Diego.

20. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON THAT SPENT $100 ON YOU? 
Mr. Z.  He bought me a singing bowl from Buddha for You, a local store.  Great place, by the way, with classes in Meditation. My bowl is up there in the singing bowls pics.  I got the Heart Chakra bowl, top shelf on the right.  It is a work of art, so gorgeous, and beautifully sings.

21. WHAT'S THE LAST PIECE OF CLOTHING YOU BOUGHT?
Some tops from Zulily.

22. WHAT WAS/IS YOUR FAVORITE JOB?  
I really loved being an classroom aide.  I would have loved to teach at any level- well, maybe not junior high.  I think too many American kids are basically carnivores at that level.

23. WHO MAKES YOU LAUGH THE MOST??
My DDs and Mr. Z.  Well, my sweet SIL, too.

24. WHAT ARE YOU CRAVING?
I really want some Sea salt and vinegar chips.
25. WHAT'S ON YOUR MIND?
I can't really talk about it.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Saturday9:

Take My Breath Away


Welcome to Saturday 9. What we've committed to our readers is that we will post 9 questions every Saturday. Sometimes the post will have a theme, and at other times the questions will be totally unrelated. Those weeks we do "random questions," so-to-speak. We encourage you to visit other participants posts and leave a comment. Because we don't have any rules, it is your choice. We hate rules. We love memes, however, and here is today's meme!

Saturday 9: Take My Breath Away (1996)


Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) When were you last breathless?
The last time I was utterly stunned by Life, with it's huge talons, fierce beak, and irrevocable reach.

2) This is the love theme from Top Gun, and the romance was between a pilot and his instructor. Have you ever had a crush on a teacher? 
All the girls in my group had a terrible crush on our senior year and new-to-the-school American History teacher.  I remember all of us giggling after he had sailed by us and said "Hi".  Ah, Schoolgirl crushes.

3) The pilots in Top Gun all had cool nicknames -- including Maverick, Goose, Merlin, Cougar and Stinger. Give yourself a cool pilot name.
I like "Stingray".   My trainer called me something like: Crouching Turtle, Hidden Flower as a joke to remind me to stand up straight.  But that's a bit long.

4) The actress who played the instructor, Kelly McGillis, owns Kelly's Caribbean Bar/Grill and Brewery in Key West. It's known for its cheese and beer dip appetizer, served with warm pretzels. What's one of your favorite between meal snacks? 
Sorry to be boring but I've had a life long weakness for Ruffles style potato chips. And then I met Mr. Salt and Vinegar.  So they are kind of going "head to head" at the moment.

5) The group who recorded this week's song is called Berlin, but they're really from Southern California. Have you ever been to Berlin? How about Southern California?
Not Berlin and not to say I couldn't live there because I could.  I've practically never been OUT of SoCal.  I love, and always have, Central and Northern California the best, but San Diego isn't too bad.
   
6) Lead singer Terri Nunn has a weekly radio show, Unbound on KCSN. How often do you listen to the radio? Do you tune in for music, comedy, news or talk?
I now almost never listen to radio.  I like my music to be uninterrupted these days, and I never did like talk radio other than NPR.  I like my news unslanted.  Having said that, I loved to listen to Car Talk, aka, "Click and Clack".  Back when cars still had carburetors, it was quite a lovely thing to me.

7) In 1986, when this song was popular, PeeWee's Playhouse premiered. While ostensibly for children, PeeWee Herman's show had many, many adult viewers. Do you watch still watch any kid's shows?
I like the full length cartoons, like "Home" and "Brave" etc.  But no, we have no little ones around so have moved on from all those Teddy bear things.  Speaking of  Teddy Bears made me remember "Monsters,Inc".  Very cute, that one.  

8) Robert Pattinson, the actor who played Edward the vampire in the Twilight series, was born in 1986. Have you read the Twilight books? Seen the movies?
No and No.  The only thing remotely about vampires I've watched is "Shawn of the Dead."  That is screamingly funny.

9)  Random question: In an alternate universe, which of these professions would you like to find yourself in -- United States senator, Ivy League professor, or imminent psychiatrist?
Nix to the first, for powerlessness unless you want to be "allowed" to stay in office, the catch being that you have to break rules for your Puppet Masters, with few notable exceptions. 

And, "No" to Ivy League professor, as there is too much political crap going on to get or keep grants, or being passed over to full prof because you are a woman.  Oh wait, I could be a guy!  Ok then on that one, but only "JUST".

Also, I don't ever want to be the last one, or be delving into the heads of other people.  So few psychiatrists actually help, certainly not the ones I know of.  There are always good eggs, though, who do.  And then, there is Dr. Strangelove.  Scary dude but of course only psychotic and not a psychiatrist at all.  You will note that the page that goes to was written by someone who signed off as B.S.  Lol

Back to topic: May I just be a portrait painter  or maybe a potter, or pro-bono attorney?  I could do any of those if I had rich - as in filthy rich (and then I probably wouldn't even want to know them) parents.  Can I have mildly rich parents in this alternate universe?

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Friday5: But first, an article by Stephen Hawking.

Stephen Hawking is a brilliant man and very analytical about every topic he decides to expound upon.  For this reason I have complete respect for his insights and wish to share them.  This is not politics anymore.  It's about human rights or the fix we are in.........

HERE is the link to the Article, This is The Most Dangerous Time for Our Planet", at The Guardian. These dangers he sees in the latest political trends.  It's got nothing to do with politics, but everything to do with the survival of the the planet, more specifically, the biosphere, where everything is living.

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Friday 5 for December 2: Celluloid Heroes


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1. What movie most recently impressed you with its score or soundtrack?
I haven't watched a new movie in months.  Sorry, I can't remember the soundtrack of "The Revenant", which was the last newish movie I watched.  Thinkingggg.....  "Chicago"!  I think it's the best thing I've ever seen in recent memory for soundtrack and just oodles of things.



2. What movie most recently impressed you with its costumes or makeup?
"The Revenant"  It was fantastic.  It took you right back to the horror days of the western expansion.  It's not pretty at all.  

3. What movie most recently impressed you with its scenic backdrops?
The only scenic backdrops that impress me are the ones at the Opera.

4. What movie most recently impressed you with its originality?
"The Revenant".  Yes, but it was totally engrossing.  Deadly for nightmares but engrossing.

5. What movie most recently impressed you with its dialogue?
Well, there wasn't much of it in "Revenant", so I'd have to say it was "Much Ado About Nothing" with Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson.  I try to watch that at least once every five years.  I love it.  It really is fun.

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Thursday Thirteen: Round. And a Marble video

I"m really a mess, these retrograde things just seem to happen,  so I couldn't think...

Anywho....I'm showing round things, some of them the marbles from my head.

Superball, Infertile Egg from Poko, Round crystal form from the desert wanderings, little cut crystal ball, and a Sea Urchin.  The remainder are found objects, marbles from everywhere and anywhere.
Count them.  When I first put them on and counted them there were 14, so I removed 2.  Doh!  Then, I erased all the snaps, and put a marble back, and believe me........
I'm almost full funnnnccccccchhhhhhhhhhhhhhhing. again.  ch ch ch Reet!  Reet!  ðŸ˜‹


I love round things but especially I love Taws, or the large marbles front and right.  I have only those two.
Here's a video that shows how marbles are both machine and handmade:



I had a rockhound buddy who could make these.
Trés Kewl!

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