Saturday, August 13, 2011

Sunday Stealing

Sunday Stealing: The 31 Meme, Part Two: In Memory to Clyde

Cheers to all of us thieves!

16. What's the longest shift that you worked at a job? While working on a presentation, I was at the office 19 hours straight. I'd like to thank the good people who make Monster Energy Drink for making that possible.

17. What was the last concert that you attended? That would be his lordship.

18. What the last DVD (or Blu Ray, of course) movie that you watched? Grey Gardens.

19. How did you like the film? I'm a big Little Edie fan, so I loved it.

20. What comedian do you love? Kathy Griffin

21. Do you ever sleep in the nude? It's been known to happen

22. Have you ever had a long distance relationship? Yes. It was my happiest relationship. My shrink observed that's indicative of my issue with genuine intimacy. Note she said "issue," not "problem." She also observes my issue with genuine intimacy doesn't seem to be making me especially unhappy.

23. What do you think of astrology? Sometimes I'm very into it, other times I forget to even check my horoscope.

24. What's you're favorite lyric quote from a song? It changes. Currently, it's Amy Winehouse: "From the picture my mind drew/I know I'd look good on you." She really was a clever lyricist.

25. Tell us something random about yourself. When I wear yellow, I look like a jaundice victim.

26. Have ever attended a theme party? If yes, do tell. Nothing springs to mind ...

27. What is your favorite thing about winter? I like the clean, white snow crackling under my boots.

28. What was the name of your first pet? Tommy

29. What have you done so far this weekend? Gotten stuff out of here! First a bag of food for the food pantry, then two bags of STUFF for Goodwill. Now I'm looking at a box of books to donate, as well.

30. Has your humor ever been called “sick”? Almost daily

31. If you could have one thing, what would it be? To know when my surgery will scheduled!

They amuse me

I'm referring to three pair of the world's largest white cotton underpants I bought today. Size 9. They will go nicely with the sweatshorts, to accompany the two pair of sweatpants I got during the week. I am told that these will be necessary post-op, as my stomach muscles will be cut and I'll not only have no tone, I'll have a sensitive incision.

Ah, how glorious!

And, instead of having months to get ready for my oldest friend's November visit, I now have days, since she is sure I'll need her with me after surgery. I am particularly worried about her being here those days when I'm in the hospital. I like to think she'll go to the movies or something,but what if she's just sitting around here, in this horribly messy apartment?

Not happy about that. I have lots of work to do!

August Happiness Challenge -- Day 13

No more Zambrano. Cubs' pitcher Carlos Zambrano gave up 5 HR last night ... hit two batters in anger ... packed up his locker (even took down his nameplate) and left the ballpark. He had this hideous little tantrum on the very night that the Braves were honoring one of their franchise greats, Bobby Cox. Zambrano will be on the Disqualified List for 30 days. Since it's mid-August, that means he's done for the season. I hope he's done for his career.

He was an immensely talented young man. And a hideously selfish one. He socked one of his teammates in the dugout, screamed at another, beat up the dugout Gatorade dispenser,* broke bats over his knee in rage, complained about his teammates to the press, and even blamed the fans for booing him and not showing him enough "love."

Carlos Zambrano was not only very bad for my blood pressure, he was a bad example for kids. I'm glad he's gone.

For a half century I have loved my Cubs. I genuinely love just about every man who has ever donned the uniform. It is my first impulse to try to see where one of my guys is coming from when he melts down, as Carlos has done again and again and again. But Z joins a very elite group of players (Dave Kingman and Todd Hundley) that I simply cannot stand

*To be fair, I thought that one was fun.

Saturday 9

Saturday 9: My Best Friend's Girl

1. Have you and a friend ever have an argument because you were attracted to the same person? Nope.

2. Who never returns your phone calls? Sometimes my oldest friend blows me off. Though she has been more sensitive to that these days.

3. What was your favorite childhood toy? My Lassie dog.

4. Who is the last person you greeted at your door? Peapod.

5. Would you change anything about your life right now? I'd like it to be three months from now, so I could be looking back on this time and say, "See how well I got through it?"

6. Who is the easiest person for you to talk to? My best friend

7. If you could live in any ancient city during the height of the quality of its society and culture, which one would you choose? I'd like to visit London in the swinging 60s. Does that count?

8. What is the most exciting event you’ve ever witnessed? November 2008, Grant Park, Barack Obama declares victory.

9. What do you consider the ideal age to have a first child? Really? Don't the sperm and the egg decide when that happens?