Saturday, November 06, 2010

30 Days of Honesty

Day 6 :: Something you hope you will never have to do When I was younger, the answer to this would have been "food service" because I don't have the temperament to be a waitress and I'm sure I'd be miserable. But now, my response is more serious. I hope I never have to take care of my mother. She values her independence, and I value mine. But as she gets older and has an increasingly difficult time remembering things and making decisions, this is where I fear we're headed. This is, of course, one of those times I'd love to be wrong.

Saturday 9

This is my favorite Lennon song.

Saturday 9: Watching the Wheels

1. What do you see when you are watching the wheels go round? The world moving on around me. For me, the key lyric is, "No longer riding on the merry go round, I just had to let it go." Meaning that when confronted with a situation where I can't control the outcome, I just have to let go. (OK, for you regular readers of this blog, let me rephrase: I have to TRY to just let go.)

2. Do you watch reality shows? Which ones? Lately I have been watching this little show on A&E -- Teach. Sitcom star Tony Danza goes back to school to teach 10th grade English. It's fascinating. Some of the kids (Monte, I love you!) are exceptional students, dying for a greater challenge and eager to learn more. Others are struggling with Of Mice and Men and To Kill a Mockingbird -- really struggling. How does a teacher handle the challenge of engaging the entire class when it's made of individuals like this? I never thought about how hard teaching must be. (I wouldn't have known this show existed if not for Comcast On Demand; if you're interested, you can find it there.)

3. What's your favorite all time reality show? The Real World. Remember the San Francisco season with Pedro, Judd and Pam, Rachel, Cory, Mo and Puck? My favorite cast.

4. Do you feel "reality" shows are real or are they faked? Oh, I don't know. Certainly Jersey Shore looks about as real as a $3 bill. But I'd like to think the kids on Teach were being themselves. So I guess the answer is, "it depends."

5. What does your personal neon sign say to the world? Cub Fan

6. Ever seen a neon sign with certain letters burned out so that it said something unintended? Not that I can recall. Sorry.

7. What gives you a headache? Could be a scent, a sound, someone's actions - anything. Mike's Hard Lemonade can trigger an awful migraine. My doctor says it's the artificial lemon flavoring. Too bad. I miss it on hot summer days.

8. What song, artist or album in your music collection would you pull out and play if you wanted to give your roommate/neighbors a huge, head-splitting headache? Barry Manilow's Greatest Hits. Apparently it's been proven to clear out public parks in Sydney, Australia.

9. What do you do to relieve stress? Work out, play Pogo, or Xanax.