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Today in My History

2000:  In a Fog
2001:  Lazy Way Out
2002:  Coming Home
2003:  Baubles, Bangles, Bright Shiny Beads
2004:  Joy to the World
2005:  The Ghost of Christmas Past

The Puppy-Less House
2007:  Cast Off
2008:  I Saw Nicki Kissing Santa Claus
2009:  Guilty until Proven Guilty
2010:  Falling in Love with PhotoShop All Over Again
2011:  Celebrating Christmas
2012: Thursdays at Logos
2013:  Being in the Moment
Sunday Stealing
2015  Sunday Stealing
2016: Who Orders Salmon at a Steakhouse?
2017: Gift List, 2018
2018: OTannenbaum

Theater Reviews
Updated 12/1
Coney Island Christmas

Books Read in 2019
 Updated 11/9
"The Elephant in my Kitchen"

Our Christmas Letter

Personal Home Page

My family

Books Read in 2019
Books Read in 2018

Books Read in 2017
Books Read in 2016
Books Read in 2015
Books Read in 2014
Books Read in 2013

Books Read in 2012
Books Read in 2011
Books Read in 2010

updated 7/16

(you know how to fix it)

Some Background Links:
The Philosophy of Juice & Crackers
The story of Delicate Pooh
The story of the Piņata Group
Pumpkin pies
Who IS this Gilbert person anyway?

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December 7, 2019

Welcome to Saturday: 9. What we've committed to our readers is that we will post 9 questions every Saturday. Sometimes the post will have a theme, and at other times the questions will be totally unrelated. Those weeks we do "random questions," so-to-speak. We encourage you to visit other participants posts and leave a comment. Because we don't have any rules, it is your choice. We hate rules. We love to answer the questions, however, and here are today's questions!

Saturday 9: The Champion (2018)

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it

1) This song is about doing what it takes to win. What's the most recent competition you won? (Yes, online solitaire counts.)

I play Scrabble on Bug Cafe with Ilyse Johnson.  She usually wins, but I won a week or so ago. (yay me!)

2) The lyrics tell us to "go ahead and put your bets on me." Do you often play games of chance -- like the office football pool, or slot machines, or the lottery?

Never.  I am extremely unlucky and it's just a waste of money for me.

3) The video includes footage of young people competing in The Special Olympics. What's your favorite sport to watch? Is it the same sport you most enjoying playing?

In Olympics, I most enjoy equestrian events and diving events.  I sorta enjoy football if I watch with someone like son Tom, who is so passionate about it.  The sport I most enjoy playing is the walk from my office to the kitchen and back again. 

4) This week's featured artist, Carrie Underwood, first came to America's attention when she won on American Idol. Prior to competing on that show, she'd never been on an airplane. How old were you when you took your first flight?

I was a sophomore in high school.  I had won 5th place in an essay contest and won a cruise from San Francisco to Los Angeles, and then we (my mother, my sister and I) flew home.  My father was 73 when he died in 1987 and was never on an airplane.

5) Carrie loves horror and her favorite author is Stephen King. What book are you currently reading?

Anticipating the publication of Diana Gabaldon's 8th book next year, I have been trying to catch up on the previous 7.  Right now I'm nearly finished with "An Echo in the Bone" and about to start "Written in My Own Heart's Blood."  And because I always read at least two books at once, I am also reading Bill Bryson's "The Body."

6) Carrie's duet partner on "The Champion" is rapper Ludacris. In addition to making music, he acts and has appeared in one Sam's favorite shows, Law & Order: SVU. What's your favorite "cop show?"

A toss up between NCIS, NCIS-LA and Criminal Minds.

7) Ludacris is a distant cousin of comedian Richard Pryor. Have you studied your family's genealogy?

I haven't, but my cousin traced our family on my mother's side back to Robert the Bruce in Scotland.  Our family motto (I mak sikker [I make sure]) came from our relative, Roger de Kirkpatrick, was a 3rd cousin of Robert the Bruce.  Apparently after a battle, where Robert thought he might have killed John Comyn, a competitor for the crown of Scotland.  Roger said he would return to the site of the battle and "make sure."

8) Soccer was a big deal in 2018, the year this song was released. According to Google, "FIFA World Cup" was the news story that generated the most internet searches. What's the last thing you "googled?"

Actually, the last thing I googled was information on Robert the Bruce!

9) Random question: You're battling the flu. The doctor advises you to stay in bed a full five days. As you begin feeling better (around Day 3), do you continue to follow doctor's orders? Or do you get up and start moving before you're supposed to?

With the "flu" I can't imagine staying immobile for 5 days, but since I sleep in a recliner, it's not as difficult as it would be if I had to stay in bed for five days.



Today is the anniversary of Ned and Marta's first date, 12/7/1984


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