Today in My History

2001: How the Other Half Lives
2002: Addicts vs. "Civilians"
2003: It's a Sorrowful Day in the Neighborhood
2004: My Heart Bleeds for You
Get a Life, Part 2
2006: Who Ordered the Cardboard?
2007: Cast Off Day
2008:  The Failure of Technology
2009: How Old Are You?
2010:  Down the Rabbit Hole
2011:  Blogging the Oscars

2012: Economic Crisis
2013: O say, Can't I See?
Today at Logos
The Bloody Weekend Continues
Sunday Stealing
Breaking Barriers
Pancake Day
2019:  My Father's Daughter

2020: Something for the Old Folks

Theater Reviews
Updated 12/6
A Christmas Carol: the
Radio Broadcast

Books Read in 2020
 Updated 1/13
Murder on the Orpheum Circuit
by Jim Brochu

Personal Home Page

My family

Bev's 65 x 365

Books Read in 2021
Books Read in 2020

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

Cast (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 Pi´┐Żata Group
Pumpkin pies
Who IS this Gilbert person anyway?

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28 February 2021

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!


From Story Worth





1. What is the farthest you have ever traveled?
To Perth, Australia, 9,304 miles

2. Who did you date while in high school?
I met Bill when I was 13 and we dated until he went into the Jesuits, when I was in my junior year.

3. What is one of the worst trips you've ever taken? What went wrong?
We have taken many camping trips with Char and Mike when our kids were little and every one, at the time, was the worst  trip, though in retrospect they are fun memories to look back on.  For one thing, Mike didn't believe in paved roads, for another it always rained.  Then there was running out of gas on Pole Line Road where there are no cars and it's a schlep to the highway to hitch hike to the next town to get gas.

4. How do you like to spend a lazy day?
The past year every day has been a lazy day, watching TV, reading, working on the computer.  Last night I was reading over some entries from 2003, each one, it seems, worse than the previous one.  I earned these lazy days!

5. How old were you when you found out that JFK had been assassinated? How did it affect you?
I was 20 and working in the Physics Department at UC Berkeley.  Someone came into my office and told me to turn on the radio and that Kennedy had been shot.  I remember hearing the news of his death and then leaving the office, walking through campus and noticing there was no movement in this normally very busy campus.  Just little clumps of people standing together.  We were glued to the TV for several days -- it was the first time that there was such coverage, I believe (now it's commonplace).

6. Who has been one of the most important people in your life?
Gilbert Russak, the musical director of The Lamplighters in San Francisco became my best friend and taught me so much about so many things, in addition to classical music.  He and I learned computers together.  In his death, he taught me about grief and grieving and his death was big help when David died, 10 years later.  I knew how to help the rest of the family get through the grief.  It was because of Gilbert that I wrote a book.

7. What is one trait you would most like to improve in yourself?
Procrastination.  I'm an expert at it.  I'd like to work on it...but later.  I have other things to do first.

8. Did you date someone in college?
I dated three guys in college before I started dating Walt.

9. What was your dream car?
I don't think of cars as dream cars.  There was a time when I really wanted a Land Rover but Walt wasn't interested.  I also wanted a convertible and we got one, and I discovered I really didn't like riding with the top down.  Now I just want a car with a stereo and air conditioning.

10. Did you have a family member you wish you'd gotten to know better?
It seems strange to say my father's parents.  We saw them at least once a week, every week, throughout my childhood, but they were in vaudeville before my father was born and my grandmother seemed embarrassed and would not talk about it.  How I would like to question both of them about it!  He was the tenor in a barbershop quartet and she was a dancer in the chorus line, but that's all I really know.

11. Tell me about your greatest gardening success. |
I am a great disappointment to my mother, who could, when she had her wits about her, make a dry stick blossom.  I turn blossoms into dry sticks.  We did have a garden one year or two after we moved to Davis.  I remember our zucchini got huge (and the kids hated zucchini -- I made a lot of zucchini bread).

12. What was your Dad like when you were a child?
Happy when we was playing the piano, not so happy when he wasn't.  He had a mercurial temper and worked as a railway mail clerk, working the mail from San Francisco to Los Angeles on the train.

13. What is the best job you've ever had?
I loved my job as secretary in the Physics Department.  I was secretary to 3 professors, one of whom retired and another of whom moved his office from the campus to the rad lab, so I wasn't working for him any more.  I became private secretary to one professor.  He and I had a great friendship, which continued until his death a couple of years ago.  He gave a talk to some high school kids several years ago about escaping the Holocaust and I am so glad that someone recorded it and put it on YouTube.

14. What are your favorite songs?
I love songs from musicals, John Denver songs, Judy Garland songs, and Steve Schalchlin songs (this is the song I want played at my funeral).

15. If you could choose any talents to have, what would they be?
I'd like to be more crafty, but it's probably good that I'm not because I would spend a lot more money if I were.  I'd like to do things like knitting or crochet but I'm too uncoordinated.  I never learned to crochet and my knitting projects, many years ago, were disasters -- except for the kids' Christmas stockings.



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