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2 April 2017

Sunday Stealing: The Cannon Fodder Questions

2. When you're being extremely quiet, what does it mean?
I'm writing something in my head.

3. What are you listening to right now?

The dogs barking their fool heads off in the back yard.  Must go bring them in....

4. Are you a big fan of thunderstorms?

Love them!!!  The only time I did not was back in about 1972.  We were visiting a friend in Colorado.  Davd was 5 months old and we left all the kids at our friend's cabin with a babysitter while we went out to dinner  There was a HUGE storm, with thunder and lightning and we could see lightning pelting the area where her house was.  I was convinced the kids were going to be killed by lightning and was very relieved to get home to them!

5. Do you believe in perfect?
There's always room for improvement.  I'm sure even God regrets some of his decisions. The platypus, perhaps  Donald Trump for another.

6. Are you a jealous person?

I wish I could say no, but if I'm honest, yes, I can be very jealous.  People don't usually know that, of course.

7. What was the first thing you thought this morning?

I woke up in the recliner wondering if Sunday Morning (TV show) had started yet.

8. What do you think about when you are falling asleep?

Usually nothing.  I fall asleep pretty quickly and my thoughts zip about my head with no real rhyme or reason.

9. Are you satisfied with what you have in life?

10. Do people ever think that you're either older or younger than you actually are?

My mother is finally starting to look close to her 97 years, but people rarely believe it when they hear how old she is.  I must have inherited her genes because people seem surprised to learn that I am 74.

11. Do you think men truly understand women?


12. How about women understanding men?

Probably no, but more than men understand women.

13. Did anybody ever call you handsome or beautiful?

Yes, I have been called beautiful.  ("but lately...?")

14. What is one fact about the last person that called you?

The last call I had was from daughter Jeri and we had a very nice talk.  She is so good about just calling to chat  One fact about her?  Hmmm.....  I could give personality assessments up the wazoo, but maybe a more concrete fact is that she plays six or seven instruments.  Or should I also count the cello?  For someone who arranges music, it's helpful, she says, if you know the how to play instruments for which you are writing the music.

15. Other than your current one, tell us about the longest relationship you have had either a romance or a particular good friend.
Well, I have written before about my ~60 year relationship with Charlotte, which is longer, even (by maybe a year) than that with Walt. 

So how about this time I talk about my friendship with Jeri  Not my daughter Jeri, but her godmother, Jeri Desmond.  Jeri and I met at the Newman Center at UC Berkeley.  We are almost the same age, but she is 3 months older, which she was happy about when we were pushing 21 and she could drink legally sooner than I could, but now I'm happy to be younger than she is for three months out of the year.

I was maid of honor at her wedding and godmother to her daughter Colleen.  She was in my wedding and is godmother to Jeri

Jeri's husband Bill died several years ago and she is now remarried to a man named Phil, so we have been able to take pictures of Jeri and Phil with Jeri and Phil.

She and Phil (whom she met through an RV group) travel around the country in an RV now, visiting their kids, so I don't see her often but she is one of those people who when you see them again after a day or a year or more, you pick up right where you left off.  It's nice to have friends like that.


Sitting at Ludwig's Fountain, on the UC Berkeley campus,
named for a German Short-Haired Pointer (GSP)
who spent his time in and around the fountain daily from 1960-65,
waiting for students to throw a ball for him.

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