Saturday, July 10, 2010

Sunday Stealing

Sunday Stealing: Meme Of Many Odd Questions, Part One

Cheers to all of us thieves!

1. First thing you wash in the shower? My face.

2. What color is your favorite hoodie? I despises hoodies and don't own one.

3. Would you kiss the last person you kissed again? Yes.

4. Do you plan outfits? Only peripherally. I plan my PURSES, and then decide what to wear that won't clash with the bag.

5. How are you feeling RIGHT now? Warm.

6. What's the closest thing to you that's red? A can of Classic Coke.

7. Tell me about the last dream you remember having? That I was at a lecture about Jacqueline Kennedy's White House years.

8. Did you meet anybody new today? No.

9. What are you craving right now? A hug from my best friend. I promised I wouldn't tell him what's going on with a friend of both of ours and I'm honoring that. But it's very hard.

10. Do you floss? Yes, indeed. I'm a conscientious little flosser.

11. What comes to mind when I say cabbage? Corned beef.

12. Are you emotional? Every time I think of you.

13. Have you ever counted to 1,000? Yes. But it's a talent I don't call upon very often.

14. Do you bite into your ice cream or just lick it? No. I prefer to enjoy my ice cream from a cup rather than a cone, so I use a spoon.

15. Do you like your hair? Sure. It's a little too long in the back just now, but I like it fine.

16. Do you like yourself? More often than not.

17. Would you go out to eat with George W. Bush? Depends on what's on the menu and who's paying.

18. What are you listening to right now? The closing theme from Law & Order: SVU.

19. Are your parents strict? No.They were more bark than bite.

20. Would you go sky diving? I'd consider it.

21. Do you like cottage cheese? Yech! No!

22. Have you ever met a celebrity? Met? Hell! How 'bout kissed? I kissed Bruce Springsteen, and even better, he kissed back.

Why baseball matters

Today's Cubs-Dodgers game had everything -- good pitching, clutch hitting, homeruns and even Lou Piniella getting ejected (first time this season; 65th time in his career). My heroes in pinstripes won 7-3. It was never even close, and a fine time was had by me.

The finest time I've had all week.

During a week that presented me with illness and death, there's something so comfortingly dependable about baseball, so predictably joyous about the Cubs coming through when they really had to -- if not for their playoff chances, then to salve this particular fan's spirit.

Like the Beatles, I can always count on the Cubs to take me out of myself for a while. That's why I count myself lucky.

Neon around a void

I purchased The Killer Inside Me from On Demand because I heard wonderful things about Casey Affleck's performance. And he is very good. Lou is 99.44% pure psychopath, hiding behind a bland babyface. He seems to believe he does what he does because of "the killer inside of him," while he himself is blameless.

But I don't care how much praise it's received at indie film festivals. The Killer Inside Me is not very intriguing. There's a lot of sex, but it's pretty creepy and not at all erotic. There's a lot of scheming and double dealing, but it doesn't add any tension.

Bad Influence may not have been as beloved by the critics, but it covers much of the same territory and is a lot more fun.
Saturday 9: Go Your Own Way

1. When was the last time you were told to go your own way? I don't have to be told. I'm a pretty independent traveler by my own preference. Like Sammelah, "I gotta be me."

2. What one experience has strengthened your character the most so far? My relationship with my father has colored much of my life. His sudden death and the emotional journey I've taken to make peace with that complicated relationship has strengthened me.

3. What's your favorite thing to do on a rainy day? Watch a great movie.

4. How long can you go without your cell phone? Days. I really only use it to call out whenplans change.

5. Do you wish you were somewhere else right now? No. Though I wish someone else was somewhere else right now so we could be together.

6. Of all the people you've ever known, who have you most feared? Last spring, a crazy man went off on me at the el platform. He called me the "c-word" and a "douchebag." I was very angry and frightened, but was determined not to let him see that he got to me. So I responded, as evenly as I could, "I prefer twat." He kept raging at me. It was very upsetting and scary. I realize I'll never know what set him off, I'll never see him again and I don't care what he thinks of me, but I hate when people like that burrow their ways into my life and my memory. Women on the el platform were very nice to me and said things like, "Your day will get better," and "Don't worry, he's just nuts."

7. Do people tell you that you look your age? Not yet. I'm very lucky that way.

8. Your ex shows up randomly at your house, what do you say? Depends on which ex. To most I would say, "Hi! How are you?" To one I would say, "Don't make me get a restraining order."

9. Do you believe everyone deserves a second chance? Almost everyone. I know I have appreciated being granted second chances.