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13 August 2017
Welcome back to
which originated on
WTIT: The Blog
authored by Bud Weiser. Here we will steal all types of questions from every
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best questions, or simply to make it less repetitive from recently asked
questions from a previously post. Cheers to all of us thieves!
These questions were on a site by
Debbie Hodge, which apparently once had more blog content, but now seems to
be mostly devoted to scrapbooks -- content, supplies, etc.
The artwork is by Picasso.
When I chose these, they looked easy. Answering them
today, however, is more difficult than I expected!
1. What is the favorite piece of art you own.
This papier mache figure of actor
in one of his signature roles as Jack Point in Yeomen of the Guard.
After Gilbert died, his family let me take this for myself (there was a
second such figure of Gilbert in The Mikado, which his niece took).
2. The most expensive bill you paid last month.
I help support several children through Compassion, Int'l and that takes
just about all of my Social Security check each month (household expenses
come out of our joint account; these come out of my personal account)
3. What’s the last thing you apologized for?
I am constantly apologizing to the dogs for making them get out of my chair
when it's my turn to sit in it!
4. If you could do today over, would you change anything?
I would use my magic powers to close Charlottesville (and anywhere else) to
5. What is the largest TV screen in your house?
I'm not sure. 46"? We can't get a HUGE screen because it won't
fit, but this is pretty darn big. It pales in comparison to the one my
son and my brother-in-law have!
6. What did you buy today?
A Spiralizer (for turning vegetables into curliques). The Pioneer
Woman was using one. I'd wanted one for some time and I was inspired
to buy it.
7. I wish I had ____
a green thumb. At this time of year, those home grown tomatoes and
basil in the Barefoot Contessa's garden sure look good!
8. How many photos did you take today?
Just the one of the figurine above.
9. Last thing you wanted and didn’t get.
A quiet afternoon with my grandkids. Should never try that after 3
days of frantic activity, especially with Uncle Ned. I tried, but gave
up eventually. The girls needed to be alone.
10. What was the last new thing you tried?
A 3-generation, multi-media book club, led by my 9 year old granddaughter,
with participation by Jeri on Facetime from Boston. It was great.
11. Who is your hero?
A lot of my heroes. like Jane Goodall, work with animals, but since this is
World Elephant Day, I'm choosing Dame Daphne Sheldrick, who rescues orphan
elephants in Kenya and raises at them at the
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust until they are able to return to the
12. Today I feel really secure knowing ____
That we have a competent person running the government (you may stop
laughing now -- yes, I'm kidding). I'm secure knowing that I'm as old
as I am and hopefully I'll be dead and gone before he blows up the planet
(though that might be this month, so maybe not)
13. Whose life did you make a difference in today?
I don't know how much difference it makes, but it makes me feel good
whenever I write to one of the 20 kids I sponsor. I'd like to think it
makes a difference, at least temporarily.
14. What would have made today perfect?
There is no way to make a day
when there is so much violence in this country perfect, but if the president
had called out the white suprememists instead of putting the violence on
everyone equally it might have been better. Instead it was left to
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe to address the nation. After
thanking civilians that helped serve and protect earlier today, he then
turned to address what he called out by name as “the white supremacists and
the Nazis who came into Charlottesville today. ” His simple and plain
message was “go home.” He then went on to savage members of this hate group
in a very strong and confident manner, saying: You are not wanted in this
great commonwealth. Shame on you. You pretend that you are patriots, but you
are anything but a patriot. You want to talk about patriots, talk about
Thomas Jefferson and George Washington, who brought our country together.
Think about the patriots today, the young men and women, who with wearing
the cloth of our country.
Somewhere around the globe they are putting their life in danger. They are
patriots. You are not. You came here today to hurt people. And you did hurt
people. My message is clear, we are stronger than you. You have made our
commonwealth stronger. You will not succeed. There is no place for you here.
There is no place for you in America.
No. Today was not perfect.
[quote from Mediaite]
15. Did you thank anybody today?
I thanked my mother's step-son when he told me that he was going to visit
her and that I could take the day off.
Bonus: If you were a Muppet, which would you be?