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2001:   Whatever Happened to Yvonne DeCarlo?
Irreconcilable Differences
2003:  Ravings of a Scattered Brain
2004:  L'Chaim
2005:  Feast of Famine

2006:  Peace in the Valley Again
2007:   I'm Reviewing the Situation

2008:  Not That There's Anything WRONG with That

2009:  I Just Hate It
2010:  Amazon
2011:  Media Blackout

Bitter Hack
Updated: 12/6
"Every Christmas Story Ever Told"

Books Read in 2011
Updated: 12/29
"The Drop"


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Christmas 2011

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The Never Ending Meme, part one

9 January 2012

1. Song that always makes you sad?
Sarah McLaughlin's "In the Arms of the Angel," which Marta and Audra sang at Paul's memorial (and which is now used to shed light on the plight of hundreds of homeless, and abused animals).

2. Last thing you bought?

A surprise that will be delivered to one of my daughters-in-law any day now.

3. Last person you argued with?

I'm not an "argue-r."  I can't remember the last argument I had.   (Maybe I'm just repressing it!)

4. Do you put butter before putting the peanut butter on?

I use either butter or peanut butter.  Rarely the two of them together

5. One of your stuffed animals’ names as a kid?

I'm sure I had stuffed animals, but I can't remember any, much less remember their names.  I was more a baby doll kinda kid.

6. Did you ever at one time own a Barenaked Ladies CD?

No, but I remember the time when my then 82 year old mother-in-law, after getting Web TV expressed her disappointment because when she decided to check out "this pornography stuff on the internet" apparently googled something that brought her to Barenaked Ladies and she was unhappy that it was "just a band."  One of my favorite stories about her, which I know I've told here more than once, but you never know who may be reading for the first time.

7. Favorite day of the week?

When you are retired, every day is pretty much the same, so my "favorite" at this time in my life is determined by what is on TV on any given night.  I think new episodes of NCIS are on Tuesday, so that would be a favorite day now.

8. Favorite sundae topping?

Hot fudge, lots of whipped cream and toasted almonds (hold the cherry)

9. Did you take piano lessons?

Oh yes,  For 4 years.  Sister Mary Victor and the ruler she used to hit my hands with if I didn't hold them properly.  I quit after 4 years (it might even have been only 2) and my father never let me forget all the money he "wasted" on my piano lessons. 

10. Most frequent song played?

I haven't played a lot of recorded music in a long time (except for Christmas carols), but I think that the cast recording of Wicked still tops my list, particularly the songs "Defying Gravity" and "For Good."

11. T.V. show you secretly enjoy?

Project Runway and any of the Top Chef challenges.  Also Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations.

12. Would you rather play basketball or hockey?

Bwahahaha.  I'd rather play spectator.  But if I had to make a choice, it would be basketball.

13. Date someone older or younger?

It's a little too late in the game for me to think about that.

14. One place you could travel right now?

Ireland, back to the cottage we rented on our first trip.

15. Do you use umbrellas?

Almost never.  I love the feel of rain on my face and in my hair.  I am blessed with hair that pretty much looks the same after drying out from rain as it did before I went into the rain.

16. Do you know all the words to the Canadian national anthem?

Oh Canada, something something something.  Or something like that.

17. Favorite cheese?

Swiss.  I'm not a big fan of strong-flavored cheeses and some of the fruit/cheese blends we had in England were amazing.

18. The Smiths or The Cure?


19. Do you prefer blondes or brunettes?

Doesn't seem to matter.  It's the whole package that makes a person appealing, not just the hair color.

20. Best job you ever had?

The Physics Department at UC Berkeley.  I was a private secretary, set my own schedule, loved working with my boss, I had my own private office.  I hated leaving that job.  Second best would be transcriptionist for Women's Health Associates in Davis.  When Sutter bought out the office and we became a part of the grand Sutter Complex, I continued to work there for several years, but the good feeling was gone.


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My Physics Department boss
(now retired from Carnegie Mellon University)


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