21 August 2012
Yes, another week has passed. I don't know if you enjoy reading
these, but I just love doing them. After 12+ years of daily entries, it's always
nice to take the easy way out and just answer questions.
1. You have been awarded the time off from work and an all-expenses paid week
anywhere in the United States. The catch is that it must be somewhere you have not been
before. Where do you choose to visit?
Maui. I've been to Oahu and Kauai, but never to Maui and heck, if this is all
expenses paid, where better to visit than "paradise."
2. Name three of your guilty pleasures.
Donuts, The Golden Girls, Spider Solitaire
3. The best kind of Girl Scout Cookie is:
Whichever is the chocolate covered peanut butter one.
4. What do you value most in other people?
Loyalty, honesty, and a sense of humor
5. Be honest. Do you sneak some raw cookie dough when youre baking
Why else would you make cookies? I have occasionally made only dough and never
got the actual cookie to the oven.
6. Have you ever looked back at your life and realized that something you
thought was a bad thing was actually a blessing in disguise?!
I'm not sure I'd go that far, but there have definitely been "close a door/open
a window" kinds of things...like if Paul had not died, I would never have met either
Steve or Peggy, both of whom became my best friends. Given the choice of having Paul
back and not meeting them, there is no choice, but if he had to die, there were blessings
7. What is the most beautiful place youve ever visited?
We've seen so many beautiful places! But one that stands out was the Pozo
Valley in springtime on our way home from a camping trip to Death Valley. It was a
very small hilly area, but covered with wildflowers and trees dripping in moss.
Took my breath away.
8. Are you more of a thinker or a feeler?
Oh definitely a feeler.
9. Name three things you are thankful for right now.
Air conditioning, Jeri is arriving tomorrow, an upcoming PhotoShop seminar
10. Have you ever participated in a three-legged race?
Sure. As a kid.
11. When you are at an event that plays the National Anthem, do you place your
hand over your heart?
Usually. And I usually sing along.
12. What kind of work do you do?
It's so difficult being retired. Yawn. But I do work from time
to time as a theater critic.
13. During the course of your lifetime, which job or career has been your
favorite or most fulfilling?
My favorite was my very first "real" job after it morphed into being the
private secretary for a physics professor (previously I was secretary for 3 professors and
the billing department). I loved working for Fred Reif and am glad that even
though I stopped working for him in 1966, we have remained friends all these years.
14. Do you think its necessary in your life to have a day-to-day
"career" that is meaningful and service-oriented or do you function better in
"just a job" with a steady paycheck?
It's been so long since I worked, I couldn't say. "Just a job" worked
for the paycheck and "service-oriented" was saved for volunteer positions.
15. Was there ever a time in your life when you wanted to stay home with your
children instead of working, even if it meant less money in the household?
It was a strange time when I was working for The Typing Company. I wasn't home
all the time, but I could come home quickly, if need be. In retrospect, I regret
making my kids latch-key kids.
16. Tell us your worst boss story.
I worked once for an attorney. Worked for him for a year or so. I can't
remember why I wasn't working for him, but I left the job and became an on-call
transcriptionist for him. This was a guy who never gave bonuses, but would give you
money to buy a new outfit, which you then had to model for him. He never chased me
around the "liberry" (his pronunciation) table, but I've heard that others were
not so lucky. However, I ended my relationship with his office the day he called me
to come to his house so he could give me private instructions on what he wanted me to do.
It turns out that he was going to be in court all day and he wanted me to go in,
pretend to be working, and write down for him the name of anybody on staff who talked
to another employee when they were supposed to be working. I expressed my outrage,
refused, and I haven't seen him since.
17. Have your ever been the boss?
Briefly, when I managed a medium-sized medical office. I was not cut out for a
managerial position. When I moved to a small office, I was the office manager, and
18. What is your dream occupation?
I'm kinda happy with what I'm doing now--as little as possible (of course the salary