21 March 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 Blog Challenge
1. An unforgettable day in my life.
April 12, 2008, the day I met our first grandchild. This is what I wrote:
Honestly, I was not prepared for my reaction. I looked down at that
beautiful little face (of course she's the most beautiful baby in the world--all
you people who thought your grandchildren held that title are mistaken!) and my
eyes welled with tears and I had to keep my head down looking at her so nobody
would realize I was so emotional about finally meeting this sweet little baby.
2. My favorite snacks.
Spoonfuls of peanut butter, peanuts, (regular) potato chips, ice cream,
3. My biggest fashion accessory.
I don't really have a fashion accessory. I wear studs in my ears if
I'm not wearing fancy earrings, and live in sweat pants and t-shirts.
Definitely not fashionable.
4. My biggest celebrity crush.
Judy Garland, since I saw A Star Is Born in 1954.
5. One Hobby I would like to learn
If I were younger and had vision and finger control, it would be nice to be
able to crochet. but that ain't happening.
6. My OCD habits
I'm not very OCD, but my bedtime ritual is pretty set -- watch TV until the
Colbert monologue is over, take off glasses, return earphone to the charger,
turn off TV and light, go to the bathroom, brush teeth, count 11 steps to the
couch (since it's dark) and then climb onto the couch and hope I can get to
7. If I could eat one last meal
A crab dinner at Fisherman's wharf (where the crab is fresh), warm with lots
of butter to dip it in. I don't need anything with it other than fresh hot
sourdough bread. Then go somewhere to get some good cheesecake. That
would be my last meal--it would probably kill me!
8. Working on my fitness
9. What I spend money on
Mostly books, now mostly e-books since I can make the print larger.
10. My favorite recipe
Mexican Won Ton from Sunset magazine in the 1960s. Sadly,
Google does not have that recipe, which is with beef and cheese and dipped in
guacamole after fried.
11. The best part of each season
I love the blossoms of spring and don't like much about summer because of
the heat, but the sunflowers are beautiful and I love the fresh strawberries
grown here in town. I enjoy the colors of autumn and love the season
because what follows it is winter. I love the colder weather and, in a
good year, the rain.
12. A life lesson Iíve learned
My godfather told me when I was young, "don't go to the foot when the head
can be had." He meant if you were unhappy with a business, don't talk to
one of the employees, go to the boss, for whom your patronage is more important
and who is likely to do whatever possible to make you feel better. I found
that has worked thru most of my life, but in the last years, it seems that the
bosses don't care about patronage either.
13. My inspiration to blog
My friend, singer/songwriter Steve
Schalchlin, the fifth person in the history of journal writing to post a
journal, in 1996, to keep his friends and family updated on his health because
he was dying of AIDS (25 years later he's still alive and fairly healthy).
On March 20 of 2000,
I figured if Steve could write a journal entry every day, maybe I could too.
I wanted to see if I had the stamina to write a daily column, like Erma Bombeck.
7665 entries later, I definitely have the stamina to write a daily column, but
none of them were as good as any one of Erma's.
This is Steve's song
that I want played at my memorial service.
14. Whatís inside my closet?
Clothes, shoes, Christmas decorations.
15. Let me brag a minute.
When I think about it, my hope is that at the end of my life, I have made a
"difference" in the world. I have done a lot of things that have made a
difference in the world (starting with adding 5 people to it), but the thing I
always think about is the years when I was arranging for foreign students to
stay with American families and thinking about the connections that made a
difference...like the girl from Chile who came to spend 3 weeks with a family in
Davis in the early 1980s. She and the daughter in the family became best
friends, were in each other's wedding and on a trip together, when the Chilean
was engaged to be married to a man in Chile, she met a man from Canada and ended
up cancelling her engagement and married the Canadian. She's now a
successful artist in Canada.