1. Have you
ever tried to learn (or re-learn) a foreign language as an adult? Which
one? What worked for you?
I studied Latin and French in high school and loved French so much I
chose it as a major in college. I have never really had to use it,
though, except very briefly when we visited France. I also
sorta-kinda learned Portuguese through osmosis from 10 years of hosting
various Brasilian students in our house. There was a time
when I considered myself "conversant" in Portuguese, but have lost most
of it since the 1980s.
2. Do you donate blood? Do you know your blood type?
I donated blood for many years, since the 1970s, but a few years ago, it
began to get more difficult. They changed the staff at the blood
bank and nobody knew me any more. It began to be more difficult to
find a vein (sometimes it took two people to find a vein) and it
actually started to hurt, which it had not done for all the years I
donated. I have a couple of free t-shirts because of the blood
they spilled on the shirt I was wearing, trying to find a vein. I think
my veins have changed because it's more difficult for them to do a blood
draw in the lab too, so I'm taking time off from blood donating right
My daughter and I both donated
blood together many years ago, when she was still in high school, and
they told us our blood type. Jeri, who was an excellent student,
said "See...even when I take a blood tests, I get an A-plus"
3. Have you ever been in a play or musical?
I was, believe it or not, the romantic lead in our senior high school
play. That's the only time I performed, though I raised children
who performed (and some still perform) all the time.
4. Do you use certain text or ring tones for specific people? Who
gets their own? Or do you just use the default on your phone?
The long story is
here, but the short story is that I have not been able to create or
assign special ring tones to my new phone, so I have to use the default.
My husband's ring tone is a dog bark (default) because of all of the
dogs we have hosted and my daughter's default ring tone is a duck quack
because she lives in Boston, where I remember seeing "duck boats"
5. When did you get your first digital camera? Do you still shoot on
actual film, or all digital now?
It was a Christmas gift from a friend in 2000. She was learning
digital photography and thought it would be fun if we learned together.
I can't remember the brand of camera, but it stored photos on 3" floppy
disks that were inserted in the camera. I came home from vacations
with piles of floppies to deal with! I haven't used a "film"
camera in at least 10 years, probably more. Now I just use my cell
6. What do you think someone else would say the most daring
thing you’ve done is?
I lead a pretty un-daring life, but flying 9,000 alone to spend a
vacation with a friend in Australia was pretty daring. I had never
traveled to a foreign country without Walt, so that was a different
experience. Of course, as soon as I landed I had a friend to take
care of me, so the "daring" part ended!
7. Do you talk with your hands?
I don't think so. People who look at me will have to answer.
I'm not aware of it anyway.
8. Do you have a lucky number? What is it, and what is the story
There is no special story behind my lucky number, 7. It's
ridiculous that I have always thought of that as my lucky number because
it has never brought me luck in anything. I guess I just like the
way the number looks.
9. What kind of milk did you drink, growing up? And now?
Until I was in the 7th grade, I always drank regular full-fat
homogenized milk. Then the doctor put me on a diet and I had to
learn to like skim milk. When I went off the diet, I discovered
that the full-fat milk gagged me because it was so rich. Now I
don't drink milk, except in cereal and I will use whichever is in the
fridge -- usually fat-free, but occasionally I splurge and buy half and
10. What is your favorite kind of pie?
I love several kinds of pie. Maybe pumpkin is my favorite. I
also love pecan pie and some fruit pies, especially blackberry and
peach. I like apple pies, but not any pie made with canned apples.
My mother was a killer apple pie maker. I miss her pies.
11. Are you a note taker?
Never have been. When I started writing theatrical reviews, I
tried taking notes, but (a) I could not see where I was writing and (b)
when I got home, I couldn't read what I wrote. This is a sample of
a note I took for Funny the World when I was writng "Today at Logos."
I still can't figure out what it says.
(My journal entry tells me I finally
figured out that it said that a tall man in a striped knit cap was
looking at the music section and finally purchased a copy of "Elementary
Training for Musicians.")
12. Do you have an eclectic mug collection, or is your stuff all
We have a few matchy-matchy mugs from various tube stations in London
that we bought at the transportation museum and a set of mugs from
various international capitals that we got as a gift from Walt's sister,
but I drink my coffee out of a thermal mug that I bought at Peet's
because it keeps the coffee hot.
13. Do you have a junk drawer in your house/garage/at work/wherever?
What do you think?
14. What is the longest amount of time you’ve worked at one job – and
what was/is it?
I have a weird work history. In an office, the longest I worked
was 12 years as transcriptionist and office manager for an ob/gyn
office, but at the same time I worked at home transcribing for a
psychiatrist for 30 years.
15. How old were you when you took your first commercial flight? To
where did you fly?
It was the end of my sophomore or freshman year in high school, so
around 1957. I won 5th place in an essay contest about the
merchant marine and the prize was a one-way cruise on the President
Cleveland cruise ship from San Francisco to Los Angeles (essentially
overnight). My mother and sister and I took the cruise, spent the
day in Los Angeles going to Disneyland and then took our first flight,
back to San Francisco on Southwest Airlines.
In the 60s, I flew frequently to LA. Southwest charged $19 round