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Today in My History

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2001: Car-ma
2002:  Buff Bev
2003:  Ahhh...Microtechnology
2004:  The Two Fat Ladies
 Oh Horror!
2006:  Cold Turkey, Warm Duck
2007When I Screw Up, I do a GREAT job

2008:  Not Screwing up--Honest!

2009:  Just Lookin' at Stuff
2010:  Haiti: The rest of the story is ours
2011:  Foggy, Foggy Dew

Bitter Hack
"Ruthless, the Musical"

Books Read in 2012
Updated: 1/17
"Making of The African Queen"
"Akubra is Australian for Hat"


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Christmas 2011

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Airy Persiflage
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Neverending Meme -- the end

26 January 2012
(posting this early because I'm off to Cousins Day)

For once Jim of Jim's Journal beat me to this meme.

36. Have you watched American Horror Story?
Nope.  I don't know what that is.

37. Baseball hat or toque?
I am not a hat person, not by choice, by size of head.  I have almost never found a "one size fits all" hat that is large enough for my head.  I can't even wear baseball caps because at the largest setting, they aren't big enough.  I did buy a hat on the ship in China, it fit, it did the job (kept the sun off my face), looked incredibly stupid!@

38. Do you shampoo or soap up first in the shower?

39. Wet the toothbrush or brush dry with the toothpaste?
Eww...definitely wet!

40. Pen or pencil?
Pen, I think.  I've been trying to find my "pen personality" and at the moment I am using a Sharpie ultra fine point.  It's tricky finding the right pen when you are left handed.

41. Have you ever gambled at a casino?
Oh sure.  When you live this close to Nevada, you end up taking a lot of people there to try it out.  But I don't like it.  I'm not lucky and whatever money I gamble, I lose.  Walt and I once lost all the money we had playing the slot machines at StateLine, Nevada.  Fortunately we were playing penny slots and only had 13 cents between us, but that was enough to get me to swear off gambling forever.

42. Have you thrown up on a plane?
No.  I've been queasy a couple of times in rough patches, but fortunately I've never had to use that flight bag.

43. Have you thrown up in a car?
Oh lord, yes.  When I was a kid my father hated to drive anywhere with me, especially on a winding road (which we had to take to get to my grandmother's house) because I always threw up.  Fortunately that doesn't happen now--I can even read in the car.

44. Have you thrown up at work?

45. Do you scream on roller coasters?
I don't do roller coasters.

46. How many shoes do you have?
There are 4 pairs of shoes that I wear--Birkinstocks, loafers, trainers, and some shoes that I bought as "good shoes."  They are old lady clunky, but they are comfortable.

47. Who was your first roommate?
Like everyone with a same-gender sibling, my sister was my first roommate.  When I moved to college, I roomed for a semester with a girl named Judi who was the only one who still needed a roommate.  It didn't take me long to realize why she was the only girl in the dorm without a roommate...I changed roommates the next semester.

48. What alcoholic beverage did you drink when you got drunk for the first time?
I don't remember, but it was probably some sort of frou-frou rum drink.  We drank a lot of those when I was in college

49. What was your first job?
I washed bloody test tubes and poopy slides for a medical laboratory.  I also held the arm of terrified people getting blood tests.

50. What was your first car?
I have never owned my own car.

51. When did you go to your first funeral?
I have never figured out why my grandparents took me to the viewing of a friend of theirs when I was five years old.  All I remember about it (and I remember it vividly!) was that the room was small and filled with people, so very hot.  The casket had a blanket of gardenias and to this day they make me sick to my stomach.   And I could only see the woman's nose sticking up out of the coffin.

52. How old were you when you first moved away from your hometown?
I was 18 and left home to go to UC Berkeley (and move into the dorm with Judi!).   I never went back.  I was never so glad to be out of a house as I was that house.

53. Who was your first grade teacher?
Sister Mary St. Patrice, a nun of the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, or the BVMs, as we called them.

54. Where did you go on your first airplane ride?
We flew home from So. California.  I had won a cruise ship ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles in an essasy contest.  But it was one way and the ship was headed off to Hawaii, so we spent the weekend, went to see Disneyland, and then flew home.   This would have been about 1957.  My father was 72 when he died and he had never been on an airplane.

55. When you snuck out of your house for the first time, who was it with?
I don't remember ever sneaking out.  You really didn't do that in San Francisco, I don't think.

56. Who was your first best friend and are you still friends with them?
Gayle Tarzia and I walked to school together for all of grammar school, and I spent a lot of time at her house because she had TV and I didn't.  I found her a few years back on Facebook and friended her.  She accepted my friend request and to date has not so much as said "hello" to me.  Could be because our views on things seem to be diametrically opposed!!!

57. Where did you live the first time you moved out of your parents’ house?
Mitchell Dormitory, on the UC Berkeley campus

58. Who is the first person you call when you have a bad day?
I can't think of a person.  I would probably sit down here and write a journal entry.

59. Whose wedding were you in the first time you were a bridesmaid?
My cousin Peach's wedding.

60. What is the first thing you do in the morning?
Feed the dogs

61. What was the first concert you attended?
Judy Garland played a week at the San Francisco Opera House.  I had saved up enough money that I was able to make it to 3 of the concerts.  (When she brought her Carnegie Hall concert through several years later, I was able to see that too)

62. First tattoo or piercing?
My only piercings are one in each ear.  Ned was a baby when I got my ears pierced (that would have  been 1967).  I left him with my father and went to a jewelry store  downtown to have it done.  I felt like I was having an abortion, because in my Catholic school only the "bad" girls had pierced ears.  But I've never regretted it!

63. First celebrity crush?
Judy Garland, after seeing A Star Is Born in 1955.


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Just a little rain was enough encouragement to cause the spring
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