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Today in My History

2000:  Mom's Christmas Crisis
2001:  Lost and Alone on Some Forgotten Highway
2002:  Fizzbin
2003:  Sensory Overload
2004:  Must Be Santa
2005 It Was a Pretty Good Year
2006:  The Shop Around the Corner
2007:  The Deadline Looms
2008:  Memories with a Hint of Cinnamon
2009:  Oh Dear
2010:  A Day (More or Less) with Jeri
Little Christmas and Ikea
2012: And How Was YOUR Day?
The Magic of Bing
2015  The Santa Rhumba
2016: Home Alone
2017: Christmas Around the World
2018: Saturday 9

Theater Reviews
Updated 12/17
The Wizard of Oz

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 Piñata Group
Pumpkin pies
Who IS this Gilbert person anyway?

mail to Walt / mail to Bev  

December 22, 2019

Hi! I'm your host Bev Sykes of the blog "Funny the World". . Welcome to Sunday Stealing. This feature originated and published on WTIT: The Blog. Here we will steal all types of questions from every corner of the blogosphere. Our promise to you is that we will work hard to find the most interesting and intelligent questions. (Past hosts include: Our first - Judd Corizan, Mr. L, Kwizgiver and Bud) Cheers to all of us thieves!


Stolen from Sleepy Rambles




1. Do you ever give things away to your friends?

Like us, friends are all downsizing too.  But if someone wanted something that I had I'd gladly share--something else to clear out of the house!

2. Does it make you uncomfortable when your parents talk about finding people attractive? If your parents don’t make comments like that, what sort of things can your family members say that do make you feel uncomfortable?

Well, with a dead father and a mother with Dementia, they don't talk about finding people attractive!  My son Ned's views on various things sometimes make me uncomfortable, but most of the time we agree.

3. Have you ever heard of an “alternative spring break”? Have you ever participated in one or known someone who has?

According to Wikipedia, "alternative spring break" began in the 1980s and refers to college students doing a week or so of volunteer work.  Sounds like a wonderful idea, but I was nearly 40 when this started, so a bit too old (and too busy with children) for me to participate.

4. Is there anyone’s friendship or relationship, in particular, that makes you jealous?

I have always been jealous of the relationship between Walt and his siblings, who are very close.  I was never close to my sister and hoped, right before she died, that now that we were adults we could finally be friends...but a few bullets ended that hope.

5. Is there a book series where you loved the first book, but for some reason the other books in the series just didn’t measure up?

My granddaughter had us read the Narnia  books.  I did love the first one and couldn't get into the others as much.  I loved the early Alex Cross books (by James Patterson) and the later ones I didn't like so much I stopped reading the books.  I loved "The DaVinci Code" but the follow up books weren't nearly as good. I loved the first few books of the "Clan of the Cave Bear" series, but didn't like the later ones.

6. Are you a registered voter.

Very definitely.  Are you???

7. Are there any stores/restaurants that you would like to shop/eat at, but there aren’t any located near enough to you?

One of my favorite restaurants is The Dead Fish, which is a great place to get crab.  Actually, any good crab restaurant would be my choice, but you don't get good crab this far away from the ocean.  I'm also sorry there is no Denny's in Davis because it was a wonderful, affordable  place to take my mother for lunch.

8. How many people would you say you are close with? Who are they?

Really just the family and my friend Char.  The problem with getting older is that you lose friends through death or lives moving in different directions..

9. Do you ever have smell hallucinations?

Yes!  The first time was on a bus a week or so after my grandmother died and I smelled her perfume very clearly.  I occasionally get smells of scents that pass quickly.  Wonder why that is...  But I always say hello to whoever it is who passed near.

10. Is there something that you did not used to take seriously, that you either now take seriously or wish that you had in the past (e.g., a relationship that you miss, your education, etc.)?

I wish I had paid closer attention during various periods of history.  I am aware of how little I know of various periods of time in this country...and trying to pay attention now during this historic, depressing period.

11. Are there any subjects that you are interested in so much that you would read whole books or academic journals about them?

Very definitely.  I love books about studies of elephants and elephant societies and have read many of them.  I love Bill Bryson's books, his travel books and books like "The Mother Tongue," the history of the development of the English language.

12. Are you physically affectionate with your friends?

We hosted foreign students for 10 years, the bulk of them from Brasil.  Brasilians are very "huggy" people we we learned hugging from Brasilians.  I am "huggier" with some than with others, but basically I am very huggy person.

13. When you were in school, did you witness a lot of bullying? How did the teachers react to name-calling or violence?

Well, there's one thing about going to a Catholic school...you don't see a lot of bullying when you have nuns in habits in charge.

14. If there is a specific celebrity (or two, or three!) that you dislike, is it because of petty reasons or is it because they’ve done something absolutely damning in your mind?

I really enjoy Bing Crosby movies but I never watch one without remembering an interview I saw him give where he very coldly said he would lock his daughter out if she became pregnant without marriage.  I also won't watch any show that Michael Strahan is in because of the way he treated Kelly Rippa.  There are others, but none come to mind.

15. Are any of your friends/relatives actually impressive artists or writers?

My aunt Barb was a wonderful, witty writer.  My aunt Betsy was a wonderful artist.  My uncle Paul made great monster statues.  My friend Joan Callaway (who died 2 yrs ago) wrote several wonderful books.  My friend David Gerrold wrote "The Trouble with Tribbles" for Star Trek and countless sci fi books.  Before we started the house project, I had a shelf of books written by friends, but I don't know exactly where they are now.  I know I have other friends who are published authors.  And then there is Fred Reif's "Fundamentals of Statistical and Thermal Physics," which I read three times because I typed it three times.  It was first published in 1965 and is still in use as a physics textbook around the world today (has  been translated into many languages).


the home of my former boss at the Davis Enterprise

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