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13 July 2006
Jim posted this back in February and I always meant
to do it.
5 a.m. I never set an alarm and always wake up sometime between 5 and 6:30. Today was one of the earlier days.
2. Diamonds or pearls?
Hmmm....I'm not really a jewelry person but if I had to choose between those two, I guess diamonds have a slight edge...but only slight. I wear opals and love them.
3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema?
Prairie Home Companion. We went with Ned to celebrate a combined Mothers Day and Fathers Day. Loved the movie. We've been big PHC fans for years and it was fun to see this fictionalized version.
4. What is your favorite TV show?
Oh lord...now that West Wing is gone, what to choose...? what to choose? I dunno. I'd be hard pressed to pick just one. How about Monk? or Grey's Anatomy? Or maybe The Closer. Ned has been recommending 24 for years and I finally rented it from Netflix and I find I'm becoming hooked on that. I have until January, he informs me, to catch up on all 120 back episodes!
5. What did you have for breakfast?
Toast with Nutella.
6. What is your middle name?
7. What is your favorite cuisine?
Ok, everybody--let's all say it together: freshly cracked Dungeness crab. If I have to pick category of cuisine, as in what kind of ethnic cuisine, it would probably be Mexican, though I also love Chinese and Thai (if it's not too hot), and Indian and...and...and...
8. What foods do you dislike?
Liver and beets. And oysters. Walt took me to an oyster bar in Portland once and I tried oysters every possible way you can have them and their appeal just is not there for me. I didn't even like them deep fried. The food that is my biggest disappointment is lobster. It always sounds so fabulous, and with all that claw meat, I should love it, but it's just ...ehh... I'd much rather have crab.
9. What is your favorite Potato chip?
I am not a potato chip connoisseur, but every time I have Lays potato chips, I discover that it's true--I can't have just one. I'm not a big fan of flavored potato chips, though occasionally salt and vinegar taste pretty good. Definitely do not like barbecue flavored potato chips.
10. What is your favorite CD at the moment?
The original cast recording of Wicked.
11. What kind of car do you drive?
A 1995 Honda Accord.
12. What is your favorite sandwich?
Home grown tomatoes on balloon bread with Best Foods mayonnaise and nothing else. It's been my favorite sandwich since I was a little kid. But it has to be home grown (i.e., full-flavored) tomatoes. Otherwise, give me sliced roast lamb with mayonnaise. Or one of those big deli panini sandwiches from the Nugget Market.
13. What characteristics do you despise?
Pomposity, self-importance, people who look down their noses at anybody for anything.
14. Favorite item of clothing?
Right now, since it's summer, loose shorts and a grungy t-shirt. I don't have a lot of clothes that fit me, so don't really have "favorites," other than something that actually fits.
15. If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation where would you go?
The inland passsage to Alaska, before all the ice is gone.
16. What color is your bathroom?
Blue...blue...blue.... Blue as an Alaskan hitchhiker's thumb.
17. Favorite brand of clothing?
Brand? Clothes have brands?
18. Where would you want to retire to?
Since I'm already quasi-retired, I guess to here. (Retiring to some other location involves cleaning up)
19. Favorite time of day?
I guess late at night, after all the lights are out, I've stopped working for the day, I've fixed my daily "something with chicken in it," and don't feel guilty sitting and watching TV.
20. Where were you born?
St. Francis Hospital, San Francisco.
21. Favorite sport to watch?
Well, I don't get to watch it any more ,but believe it or not, I really did start to get interested in Australian Rules Football ("Footy") when I was in Australia. Makes our football players look like real wimps, I'll tell ya! Other than Footy, I guess it would be springboard diving, a sport I at least know a little something about.
22. What type of detergent do you use?
I don't pay much attention. Usually whatever is on sale for laundry. For the dishwasher, I always buy Cascade, and don't have a clue why, except I always have.
23. Coke or Pepsi?
Pepsi bad. Coke good. Basically, I don't drink soft drinks, but if I do, my drink of choice is Diet Coke regular coke is too sweet for me.
24. Are you a morning person or night owl?
Yes. I have no problem getting up in the morning and usually stay awake late at night.
25. What size shoe do you wear?
Oh for the days when I was embarrassed at my "big" size 8½ medium shoes. I watched those feet grow and grow and grow until now I wear a 10½ double wide (which most shoe companies no longer carry, which makes getting shoes so much fun. I can get 10 double wide, which are too small, and 11 double wide, which are too big. I can't believe I'm the only woman in the world with a 10½ double wide size foot.
26. What did you want to be when you were little?
A nun. A nurse. A secretary (really!). Never, ever a teacher, which is what my father told me I was going to be when he insisted I enroll at UC Berkeley.
27. Favorite Candy Bar?
I don't know any more. Used to be Snickers or U-No (kind of a truffle kind of bar). When I buy those now (rarely), I find they taste too sweet, so I guess my taste buds have changed. I guess I prefer bon bon types now, preferably with a less sweet filling, like peanut butter or raspberry. Oh! I know what I like. Reece's peanut butter cups!
28. What is your best childhood memory?
High school. I loved high school. I spent long hours there, before and after school, and sometimes even on the weekends, because it was a place where there was no anger, no tantrums, no ominous silences. I was involved in almost everything (except sports) and I blossomed during my four years there.
29. What is your worst childhood memory?
Probably my father's nervous breakdown. All of my "worst memories" seem to involve my father in one way or another, but I remember his sitting in the living room, with all the lights turned off (we had a very small flat, so having one end completely blacked out screamed for attention). I remember looking in at all that blackness and seeing only the lighted tip of his cigarette. I also remember his hanging on my mother all the time. She'd be trying to do something and he'd throw himself across her shoulders and just stand there sighing. It was a horrible period. It was probably worse than his temper tantrums because at least we were used to his temper tantrums.
30. Different jobs you have had in your life?
* distributing campaign literature (I was in
31. What color shirt are you wearing?
No nicknames, other than "Bev."
33. Ever been to Africa?
No. There was a time when I wanted to go very badly. I still do, but I am no longer in a physical condition to get the most out of such a trip, even if I had the money to get there, which I don't, so I have to live vicariously through others' trips (or go to the zoo, or watch nature specials a lot).
journal entry to read. Too incredibly cute.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
Shelly's photo from their trip to Africa