Month: May 2011

  • 3 things survey


    3 things to do this week:
    1. Mock those who fear Nibiru.
    2. Read Shatner's latest book.
    3. Oh, what the heck, pay some bills.

    3 items in my wishlist:
    1. Frankly, If I even had half the stuff after 20 years of marriage that is on Twink's gift registery I'd be a happy camper.  I think an $80 coffee maker is a little over most of the guests' price ranges.
    2. I just wish I could actually ~drink~ coffee.  Oh, coffee, I miss thee.
    3. Um, she doesn't even drink coffee.  Weird.  Why is it on the list?

    3 different friends and a random fact about them:
    1. Scott- drinks coffee out of an under cabinet coffee maker we've had for 16 years and still working great, except the timer is broken.  Random fact- Scott likes Caribou coffee but they don't sell it around here except in stupid single serve cups.  Crap, my random facts keep winding up being about objects.
    2. Not really into other friends.  You don't want to know the random facts I could tell you about a few people.
    3. Or maybe you do, but I will taunt you by not telling you.

    3 places you want to travel to:
    1. GalvestonI watched Ike come in on those webcams, pretty awesome.
    2. New Mexico.
    3. Outer space.  Didn't know they had webcams, did you?   Here, have some fun.  Live Webcams, Hawaii, National Zoo, Eiffel Tower, Volcanoes, Hurricanes, Events

    3 things you wish you could do:
    1. Hire people to do my bidding.
    2. Move away from the in-laws.  ALL of them.
    3. Stay in a luxury suite at the top of a huge hotel for about a month.  Or a year.

    3 people you have dated and how long it lasted:
    1. Wish my cell phone company would stop selling out every time my contract is up.
    2. I've been using Walgreens pharmacy for so long that I should own stock in the company.
    3. The library keeps wanting me to pay for the free lending because I'm out of county, not surprisingly, this relationship has had its ups and downs.

    3 people you last texted and how you met them:
    1. My dad refuses to text.  Scott's mom won't stop texting.  Somewhere therein lies the answer to life.
    2. I wish I could text billing offices.
    3. I refuse to allow mobile tweets from anyone who tweets more than once a week, except for my broadband company.  I'll forgive every 30 minutes when I'm logged into twitter online if it's just a random once in awhile thing.  Two or three times a day is ok as long as I'm not following a ton of people doing it.  I would love to follow a few more cool people on twitter, but dang, NOBODY is cool enough for me to put up with a tweet coming in every stinkin' minute.  Seriously, all you stuck up tweetheads out there, famous or only wannabes, what the heck is up with that??? 

    Whoever made up this survey either got terribly interrupted or didn't have enough brain to keep going.  I should have picked a longer survey.


  • 'no title' survey


    1.) When was the last time you had tea?
    Ok, how many of us own a copy of The Book of Tea by Kakuzo Okakura?  Or get Tea Time magazine?  Scoff at the dorky tubes of cheap tea flowers they sell at Christmas?

    2.) Do you ever watch those cake shows on the Food Network?
    Get with the times, geez, I watch the Israeli Spice Agent on the Cooking Channel.

    3.) Is it annoying when sites have a music player on their profile?
    Easier to keep the sound down, I never have a clue.

    4.) Do you think Friend-Locked is annoying?
    When your xanga is so old it doesn't support having friends in the first place it doesn't matter.  Or, easier to just never accept friends if it does.  Seriously- friends, subs, they're all annoying at some point.  I've trained my readers to just bookmark my page in their faves.

    5.) Do you ever read someone else's survey site & know pretty much what's going on or what went through in their life?
    Everything from the gay liasons after school to the heartbreaking fight, egads, I need to find a better survey site before the college saga begins.

    6.) Are you failing any classes?
    I've got a movie on pause while I think about making supper.  My life, it's so complex.

    7.) What do/did you have plan for Spring Break?
    I was oblivious.  We went on vacation one year a week before spring break, awesome way to get everything you want pretty cheap.  Top of the line hotel room with an ocean view, etc.

    8.) When was the last time you used a calculator?
    Constantly.  I can't trust my brain any more.

    9.) Are you wearing pants?
    Awesome pj's, right?


    10.) Do you follow your horoscope or do you think it's bullshit?
    They fail to warn me about many bad things.  I can't believe people get paid to make that stuff up.

    11.) Do you really think the world is going to end in 2012?
    I'll be on the twitter feed live from Jerusalem about the May 21, 2011 rapture being false.  And watching the Preakness.  Sir Isaac Newton calculated the world wouldn't end before 2060.

    12.) Have you ever encountered a ghost?
    A ghost encountered me, it got ugly.  Glass tends to shatter spontaneously when that happens.  I don't know if they fear me or what, but I was pretty ticked about the glass shards going right through clothing into my skin.

    13.) If the last person that called you confesses that they like you, what would you do?
    It's ok to let people just randomly like you as long as they don't make a big deal of it.  What gets a little too funky is when they want to do something about it.  I had a friend once who couldn't stop giving me expensive gifts and many pictures of herself.  I've often wondered how badly I could creep certain people out doing stuff like that.  It would be like a social experiment.

    14.) Do you have a Stickam?
    This old pc I'm on is a tricky thing, I get it to fly and then it realizes it has no propulsion.  I have avoided live streaming for many years, and I had to get a top of the line laptop and a special security package just for Rush, and even then the streaming wouldn't work until I told the security to calm down a bit.

    15.) What's the plural form of octopus?
    Did you know that wild flamingos aren't born pink?  They turn pink from the beta carotene in the algae that grows in certain hot chemical springs.

    16.) Do you think pick-up trucks are awkward?
    Even more awkward hauling a sheep cross country in the back of a station wagon.

    17.) What was the reason why you stayed after school for?
    What was the reason I raced across campus and dove headlong onto the bus?  Hint: I wasn't about to miss the bus.

    18.) Does your school ever have bonfires?
    My school wouldn't let me outside to see an eclipse because I didn't have a note signed by a parent.  I never forgave the school for that.

    19.) Would you rather be at the beach right now?
    Beachside 5 star hotel and room service.

    20.) What do you have planned for this summer?
    I am growing lettuces on the deck so I won't have to pay $3 a bag at farmer's market.

    21.) Do you think there's a lot of potheads on Xanga?
    I don't care.  I see a lot of pseudo-intellectuals out there... 

    22.) Sheepdogs are cute, right?
    Arg, this survey is getting on my nerves.  I can't say enough how I have loathed sheepdogs since childhood because they look like giant mops without eyes.

    23.) Have you seen the movie Avatar?
    Yeah, I got really irked about the whole flying issue around the weightless floating giant rocks, especially when the explanation was something about GRAVITY.  *aaaah, I just shot way up into the skyyyyy...*

    24.) Do you know what a vasectomy is?
    I have helped to vasect many a calf and lamb.  Be careful how you handle cats or you'll bleed to death.

    25.) When was the last time you washed your pet? If you don't have a pet, when was the last time you showered?
    Chickens don't need to be washed.

    26.) Don't you just hate it when you run out of hot water while you were in the middle of taking a hot shower?
    Ha, try living with a community well sometime and they shut it down with no warning in the middle of a shower...  Yeah, really happened, had shampoo in my hair and everything.

    27.) Chocolate or vanilla cupcake?
    You can have the cupcake.

    28.) Do you think crabcakes are delicious?
    I eat one at Ruby Tuesday every little bit, with grilled lemon squirted all over it, and that dip they make  mmmm

    29.) How often do you get the munchies?
    I found out a really cool secret that you'll never hear outa big pharma or the diabetes foundation because they make so much money on sick people.  Did you know that eating carbs gives you more carb cravings?  Every time your blood sugar goes up and then drops back to its normal resting level, your body thinks it has to go up again, and you get the munchies.  Doesn't do that if you stick to proteins and healthy fats.

    30.) Do you know any parent that lets their kids smoke or drink?
    I don't even care any more.  You reap what you sow.  I see parents all around me wondering why their kids wind up flushing their lives down the toilet, but it never dawns on them that the vices might have anything to do with it.  They used to call them vices for a really good reason.


  • You Don't Have To Feel Safe To Feel Unafraid survey


    You Don't Have To Feel Safe To Feel Unafraid (what the heck kind of title is this???)

    1- Real until proven fake or fake until proven real?:
    This from wikipedia. 

    Realism, Realist or Realistic are terms that describe any manifestation of philosophical realism, the belief that reality exists independently of observers, whether in philosophy itself or in the applied arts and sciences. In this broad sense it is frequently contrasted with Idealism.

    My psychologist gets after me all the time for being a cynic, a doom and gloomer, etc, but it boils down to me being a realist and he being an idealist.  I say things are bound to happen regardless of our karma, and he says we can control our realities through our outlook.  I say fine, until you smash your face in a car wreck, then see how you feel about people saying "Smile, it can't be that bad!", for example.  People with inexperience tend to think they know more about how life should be lived than people getting real experience.

    2- Can you knowledgeably say that there are perks to being a wallflower?:
    Let's see, perks to hanging out but not participating...  I usually get the best food before anyone else does.

    3- Do you enjoy shows where people investigate haunted buildings?:
    Just once I'd like to see a real ghost jump out and scare the crap outa them.

    4- If you're at home and you can't reach something on a high shelf, who do you ask for help?:
    Scott has commanded me to stop pushing chairs around to help me climb up onto the counters, so I commanded that he stop putting things on high shelves and pushing them too far back to hook a fingernail into the bottom of without a thought about the person who has to literally climb the walls to retrieve them when that other person is at work.

    5- When was the last time you saw a clown in person?:
    I'm surrounded by clowns every holiday.  Getting a little tired of it.

    6- Would you ever take part in a flash mob?:
    Egads, I sure hope I'm never caught in the middle of a flash mob when it happens.  I really like my anonymity.

    7- What do you usually do on Remembrance Day/Memorial Day?:
    You get a little toothbrush and some soapy water and clean the scum out of the words on the headstone.  Then you look around at all the other headstones covered in very expensive colorful plastic flowers (and it really does look beautiful) and think in two weeks they'll look like crap and have blown around all over the place in some storm, and the guy who cuts the grass will pick it all up and throw it away.  Real bonediggers (genealogy hobbyists) will memorize all the headstones, some will even get wax rubbings on paper, and anyone who's been around will be able to recognize headstone styles and the dates they were made, when they went out of business, etc.  Some kind souls will spend many hours figuring out who is buried under a marker that is completely weathered away, and even go so far as to replace it at personal cost.  Me-- I'm not a bonedigger, just married to one, and my sister has been one for years.  Some people really get into cemeteries.  About the most I get is really sleepy and a bad sunburn.  Not dissing anyone who has lost loved ones and feels connected to burial sites, but in 200 years, no one is going to know who is there any more.  The best thing about burial sites is that they are usually out under the wide open sky and fairly quiet if they're in a decent location.  I can't imagine keeping an urn in my home, and I hope no one ever does that to me.

    8- Has there been any construction going on near your house recently?:
    We put up the hummingbird feeders and got the planters going.

    9- Do you own any classic, glass Coca-Cola bottles?:
    We used to shoot those with pellet guns.

    10- How many books do you have around the house that you've only half-read?:
    Just one.  From Eternity to Here: The Quest for the Ultimate Theory of Time.  I stopped when I realized this guy was only regurgitating the history of the study of time direction and all the physics it involves.  I was hoping he'd delve into some really cool new funky stuff on his own, I already know all the rest.  Most of the science and math is over 30 years old (the basic stuff is 100 years old) and has been done to death in scifi.  I'm ready to leap out into really deep stuff, like time fragmentation in dodec space, you know?

    11- When you have to give a pre-written speech, how do you typically practice?:
    NEVER PRACTICE, just throw it out there and hope the people listening weren't wanting to be somewhere else in the first place.

    12- Have you ever forged a signature? If so, for what reason?:
    I don't forge.  I slop.  No one cares.

    13- Can you handle the pictures on If you're too scared to go there (because it is pretty disturbing), how much gore can you usually handle?:
    I'm burned out on gore.  I've been watching the progression of gore in media over the years, and I don't care how realistic it looks, it just doesn't touch what I've seen on real life.  And what I've seen is enough, I don't need the mimicry to push a thrill button.  I think the need for gore and blood in our psyche goes back to homo sapien sapiens having to kill with their own hands on a fairly regular basis just to eat, much less kill vs. be killed.  It's part of who we are to have blood and gore on our hands, to see gore and death all around us, and living our soft lives with none of that tends to attract a lot of people to watching it in some kind of media.  The attraction is that we think it's taboo, but it's really genetic memory and instinct.

    14- Do you have any weekly "nights" dedicated to doing something (e.g., poker night, family game night, etc.)?:
    The SciFi channel used to be my number one Friday date night, but ever since they went Syfy, Fridays have gone to crap.  Now they are pushing Mondays.

    15- What is the first scary story/legend that you can remember hearing?:
    Dad scared the crap out of us with end world prophecies and UFOs really being demons ever since I was in gradeschool.  I'm nearly 50 and have yet to hear anything as scary out of anyone else.

    16- Where do you keep all your DVDs?:
    Nobody ever asks where I keep all my old records any more.

    17- Have you gotten a new item of clothing recently? If so, describe it. If not, when was the last time you were at the mall and what was it for?:
    New pants, went down a size, huzzah!

    18- What kind of horror movies scare you the most, if any do?:
    Nothing is scarier than the nightmares I get on benzo meds.  Nothing.  Stephen King and years of Outer Limits and Twilight Zone and Freddy and Hellraiser and anything I can think of have nothing on my nightmares.  If I ever decide I wanna be rich, I'll start typing out my nightmares and reinvent the horror industry.

    19- Why did you choose to take this survey in particular?:
    There isn't a shower question.

    20- Do you enjoy novelty items? If so, which novelty item do you wish you owned?:
    I'm into novelty tees.  Wearing a Ghost Hunters t-shirt right now.  Can't think of any in particular I wish I had.  Maybe a Sunny in Philadelphia shirt.  I got a Nerd Herd shirt and it shrank two sizes, so I'm kinda ticked at NBC merchandising.  I'm more into the weird math t-shirts and stuff, and Homestar Runner t-shirts.  Have a Buckaroo Banzai tee.  Always wanted a Sliders t-shirt, but I'd have to make my own and those don't last very well.

    21- Would you rather be considered 'talented' or 'gifted'? Why?:
    I am gifted, but no one ever 'considers' me gifted, more like wacko.  You automatically get negative attention when you're gifted.  But I still prefer that to being talented.  Anyone can lose a talent through a cruel twist of fate.  You don't lose being gifted.

    22- What was the last thing you read aloud to somebody?:
    A sentence out of our insurance policy manual that most people, even in medical billing, aren't aware exists.  If you EVER get disability and decline your medicare part B because you already have group insurance, make absolutely sure your group is over 20 people.  20 or less means medicare is automatically primary with big insurance companies, and they don't bother going out of their way to let people know that.  That means you'll eventually get slammed with demands for years of repayment because you had an ~option~, even if you declined it.  No one can save you from this easily avoidable mistake once you've made it.

    23- Give a quote from the last TV show you watched:
    Questions like this are so distracting.  I wound up on a 3-day sci-fi quote widget hunt and decided I didn't like any of them.

    24- Are you amused by little things that seem pretty average to others?:
    I think I'm at the opposite pole or something, I tend to be amused over really big things that leave other people in shock.

    25- What are you hoping we find when we someday gain access to all the other planets?:
    It disturbs me that the previous survey taker couldn't be bothered to read the entire sentence and simply answered "YES!"  My next thought is the phrase "gain access to all the other planets".  Gain access?  You gain access to a safe or locker or private webpage when you enter the correct code.  Just because we might eventually be able to physically arrive somewhere doesn't mean we will gain access.  Look at it from the alien point of view, what would we think if they were pleased to 'gain access' to Earth?  Might that mean they can do what they want against our will?  So I looked up gaining access, which can mean establishing direct communication, and it can mean negative stuff, too.  This will help, from can we say ''gain access to'' somebody? - Learn English - italki Answers
    We can also use gain access to a place ( which normally requires permission to enter) / to information (which is normally hidden or protected) 'Hackers gained access to the email addresses of customers of several large US banks.'
    So if we gain access to other planets, does it mean we are going to break in and get what we please?  Like going shopping across the galaxy, mob style.  Let's see, what do I hope we find...  I think it would be incredibly awesome to have a tiny giraffe like that guy in the commercial.
    Speaking of exotic pets and animals in general, do you think we'll ever treat each other with as much respect as these people are demanding we give to our pets?   Are you insulting your pet?
    You guys have no idea how long these surveys actually take me to complete.

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