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Today in My History

2000: Things I Know Very Little About
2001: Getting to the Bottom of Things
2002: Living by the Numbers
2003: Age of Aquarius
2004: "Keep Away"
2005: Transitions are Always Difficult

2006: Not a Fashion Maven
2007:  The Historian
2008: Misbehavior in the Polling Booth

2009:  Psychic Woman
2010:  Big Food

Bitter Hack
Updated: 10/1
"Superior Donuts"

Books Read in 2011
Updated: 10/30
"Sarah's Key"
"A Plague of Secrets"


Cal vs. UCLA from Bev Sykes on Vimeo.

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Trip to So. California

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Postcrossing Postcards
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5 November, 2011

Jeez...Barbara Walters is writing memes now?   (Remember Barbara is famous for asking "if you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be?") I thought this meme, which I found on a new (to me) blog called "far from camelot" had questions which were kind of different.  And since I have done almost nothing today and am reviewing a show tonight, I thought I would post this as the first meme of the month.

If you were a tree what kind of tree would you be?
A weeping willow.

What is your favorite color?

Red, though most of what I wear is blue.  My favorite color has been red for as long as I can remember

You are invited to a large cocktail party at a country club. When you arrive, the room where the party is being held is already over half full of people. How do they react to you when you enter the room?

"Oh good lord--look what the cat drug in.  I wonder who invited her."

What is your favorite drink?

Water.  If it's something alcoholic, probably gin and tonic.

What would I find in your refrigerator right now?

Lots of very old food that needs to be thrown away, many jars of different kinds of outdated mustard (and I don't even particularly like mustard), leftovers (which will be gone at dinnertime), soft drinks that someone brought us after Paul died in 1999, salad dressings, apples and veggies in the crisper, meat ready to be cooked over the next couple of days, lots of cottage cheese for the dogs, eggs, milk, water.  And other stuff.

What is the last book you read?
"Sarah's Key."  Excellent book. I recommend it!

If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not famous, living or dead, real or fictional, with whom would it be?

Queen Elizabeth II, so I can enjoy room service, have someone else plan dinner for me, and find out what's in that purse she carries everywhere.

What is your favorite movie?

Let's pick something other than A Star Is Born for a change.   How about Dave or The Quiet Man or The Frisco Kid.

How would you explain a database in three sentences to your eight-year-old nephew?

Want to know how to remember where your toys are?  Make a list on the computer.   Remember to keep it updated when you move the toys.

If aliens landed in front of you and, in exchange for anything you desire, offered you any position on their planet, what would you want?

This question doesn't really make sense.  In exchange for any thing *I* desire, I get any position on their planet?  What's in it for the aliens?  But what position on another planet would I like?  I want it to be that planet in the Omicron Delta system, where Kirk and the members of the Enterprise went in "Shore Leave."  I don't care what position I'd have, as long as my fantasies would come to life.

If you could be any character in fiction, who would you be?

I'm tempted to say Claire Randall, the heroine of Diana Gabaldon's books, but then I think of the challenges of living in 18th century Scotland and I'm not so sure!

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see play the lead role as you?

Rosie O'Donnell...someone who is not a size zero, who has compassion for lots of things, and who is braver than I.

If you were a type of food, what type of food would you be?

Turkey stuffing, fluffy and soft and squishy, and both sweet and savory.

If you won $20 million in the lottery, what would you do with the money?

Help our kids with their debts, make sure Brianna and Lacie's education was taken care of, and then see what I could do to help my sponsored kids.  Wow--what water projects and schools $20 million could provide in Ghana, Uganda, Kenya, India, etc....

What kind of people do you dislike?

The kinds of Republicans who are in Congress right now and anybody who thinks they are right to do what they have done to bring the country to a screeching halt.

How many close friends do you have?

Fewer than I used to.  Close friends?  Probably 2.  Other friends that I don't feel all that close to--a lot more.

How would you describe yourself in three words?

Compassionate, fat, sarcastic.



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What I did today:  wrote 11 letters (with accompanying gifts) to Compassion kids,
put together 2 treat boxes sent to Amanda in Afghanistan
(who, her commander tells her, will be home by Christmas)
and wrote a consumer letter to Supercuts, a Post-crossing postcard
and a Sambo Card someone requested


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