Sunday, July 02, 2023

Sunday Stealing

Stolen from The Pen Company

1. If your house was on fire, which three items would you save? The big cat carrier, which I am praying has both of my furbabies in it. My purse. That's it. I'm outta here.

2. What is the strangest or most awkward date you’ve ever been on? I don't remember how I met him, but I went on a date with a dentist.* We had a pleasant time but there was just no chemistry. After dinner and an unsuccessful makeout session on his sofa, he very politely drove me home. As soon as I got into my apartment, I saw a Blockbuster rental on top of my TV. I grabbed it and turned around and ran out to return it to the video store around the corner. By the time I got home – about 15 minutes later there was a message on my voicemail. He very nastily accused me of running out for a second date! 

Let's think about this: he sat in front of my building for the time it took me to climb four flights of stairs (no elevator), grab the video, go down four flights and go through the courtyard. And he had the nerve to be mad at me? I left him a voicemail explaining about the video, called him a stalker and asked him to lose my number. The memory still creeps me out. (Funny, but I still remember the blouse I wore. Long sleeved and ruby red.)

3. What are your biggest fears? Airplane travel. Squirrels. Clowns.

4. How do you spend your time when you are procrastinating? You're looking at it.

5. What has been your most memorable birthday so far, and why? My 6th on November 22, 1963. It was a Friday. My afterschool party was suddenly cancelled because President Kennedy had been assassinated hours earlier. My Saturday party with my grandparents was ruined because all the adults were riveted to the TV – my mom cried non-stop and my icky grandma kept telling me to shut up. Sunday morning I was playing on the floor at my nice grandparents' house and my dad suddenly pulled my head into legs. My forehead hit his knee and it hurt. He didn't want me to see the murder of Lee Harvey Oswald on live TV. There was no school on Monday because it was the National Day of Mourning. It was all pretty awful. But certainly memorable.

6. What is your favorite snack? It changes. Right now it's Chips Ahoy cookies.

7. What was your first pet? The first one I remember was a big white cat named Tommy. He was very friendly and had lots of personality. I was little (4 or 5) and he was a great playmate. He would chase me up the hall from my bedroom to the living room and I'd jump on the chair. Unfortunately he developed cancer and in those long ago days there weren't a lot of treatment options so my parents had him put to sleep. It was my first experience with death. It sucked.

8. What’s your favorite city in your country? As we've established, I hate to fly. But I love to land at O'Hare when I can see Chicago's skyline. It's breathtaking and it's how I know I'm home. BTW, I worked in two of the tallest buildings (Sears/Willis in the back and AON, the pristine white tower center left).


9. Do you have a garden? Nope.

10. What is your favorite thing about your home town? The Cubs!

I skipped 11, 12 and 13 because I answered similar questions last week. You can read them here.

14, Is there a food that you hate? Uncooked tomatoes.

15. Do you get along with your neighbors? I kinda have to whether I want to or not, since I'm on the condo board.

16. Do you have any tattoos or piercings? One hole each ear.

*Considering how much dental work I have needed over the years, I wish I'd married a dentist. Just not this particular dentist.