Saturday, November 11, 2006

When she saw what she had done, she gave herself forty-one.

Let's try some more Q & A. Nobody reads on the weekends, anyway.
Except my loyal, non-imaginary friend, Mabel.

When she saw what she had done, she gave herself forty-one...
more questions.

40 More...Plus One For The Rhyme

1. Christmas tree: pine or cedar?
Pine. My grandma used to run a Scotch Pine tree farm.

2. Name two dumb things you did as a kid.
Used an umbrella as a parachute to jump off a picnic table, and
used a pillowcase as a sleeping bag. Hey! I was playing paratrooper.

3. What foods did your mom used to make that you will never, ever cook.
Salmon cakes and creamed-tuna-on-toast.

4. Describe the place you go to in your head when you need to calm down.
An air mattress in the baking sun at Monsanto lake.

5. Have you ever seen a ghost, or something you can't explain?
Yep. A headless man in my basement.

6. If money and image didn't matter, what would you do for a living?
Write stories and draw pictures. Pencil only...I don't do color.

7. Did you ever fall off a horse and get right back on?
Yes, my cousin's pony, Sugarfoot. Hey! I was riding bareback,
and he ran up a hill!

8. What name did you call a sibling that was sure to start a fight?

9. Describe the events surrounding your first alcoholic drink.
Cruising Main Street, three of us stopped at Sonic and got a cup
of ice for a beer given to us by some older guys. One beer, poured
on ice. Three girls. You figure the BAC.

10. Have you ever had a wild animal as a pet?
Yes, a quail that my dad couldn't quite kill. I think it died of fright
after about three days.

11. Do you have a deep, dark, secret?
Yes. Doesn't everybody?

12. Would you ever shoot a deer?
No. I have no desire to, but I'll eat one if someone else shoots it.

13. Do you return money if you get too much change?
Sometimes, if the people are nice.

14. What puzzles you?
Why women stay with abusive boyfriends/husbands.

15. How do/did you act toward a person you have/had a crush on?
Ignored him. Yeah. I am SO thirteen years old.

16. What makes you cry?
Kids getting hurt physically or emotionally.

17. What's the best bargain you ever bought at a yard sale?
A Wilson really-good-model fielder's glove, worth about $200,
for $5.

18. How much wood can a woodchuck chuck?
A woodchuck can't chuck wood.

19. If nobody is watching, would you run a stop sign?

20. Do you believe in Hell?
No. Why??? Do you think I'm going there?

21. What material possession do you value most?
Pictures of friends and family.

22. Which day is better...Friday or Sunday?

23. Do you read a book more than once?
Yes, if I like it. I read it many times, as the mood strikes me.

24. What is the greatest problem with today's society?
Lack of accountability

25. How old were you when you first touched somebody else's hoohah?
Twelve. A neighbor, in my grandpa's basement. Shh... It was mutual.

26. Would you ever skydive?

27. Name 3 songs significant to your romantic life, and tell why.
Goodbye, Stranger--Supertramp. It woke me up after a romantic
liason. No. It was NOT with a stranger!

Tuesday's Gone--Lynyrd Skynyrd. A good sad song for that
depression after a breakup.

You Never Even Called Me By My Name--David Allan Coe.
This was HH's favorite song when we first met.

28. Would you ever have plastic surgery?
Nope. What you see is what you get.

29. Does bigfoot/sasquatch/yehti exist?
No. We would have found more tangible evidence after all these years.

30. Are you a follower or a leader?

31. What's the worst thing you did when you were a kid?
Threw a rock and hit a kid in the head while he was riding his bicycle.
He bled like a stuck pig.

32. List three jobs you would never want to do.
Clean out city sewer tunnels, coroner, stewardess.

33. Coke or Pepsi?
Coke. Sonic Cherry Diet.

34. Where would you live if you could move your family, friends, and job there?
Springfield, Missouri.

35. Is three really a crowd?
Depends on what you are doing. Maybe yes, maybe no.
Sometimes, three are stooges.

36. What kind of interpersonal interaction repulses you?
Hugs from non-family

37. Who would you rather spend an hour with, a writer or an entertainer?
Writer, to ask where he/she got the ideas for the story

38. Which calendar appeals to you: Nature's Wonders, Amazing
Architectural Feats,
Babies as Vegetables, Hot Hunky Construction
Workers, Humane Society Cuties?
Nature's Wonders

39. What would you do if life gave you lemons?
First of all, I would probably say, "Life, you m*****f****r!
I don't want no stinkin' lemons--I want cash! Then I would buy
some limes to go with my lemons, and make some type of vodka
slushy alcoholic drink for my friends to enjoy poolside.

40. Do you believe in love at first sight?
No. That's just physical attraction.

41. Did you ever wish on a falling star, and have the wish come true?
Yep. I am enchanted, methinks.


Cazzie!!! said...

LOL at boy toes :)

Hillbilly Mom said...

When I was around 13, and my sister 11-and-a-half or 12, she had a pair of silver strappy sandals. They must have been for a kid to play dress-up, not real women's shoes. My sister's thick, stubby toes did not look quite as glamourous in her sandals as she believed. To get her spittin' mad, I would open the door to her room, shout "Boy-toes! Boy-toes!" and then run to my room and lean against the door. She was madder than a whole nest of hornets. It took her a couple hours to calm down. This little tactic worked for an entire summer. See what happens when kids live in the country, with no close playmates?

Mish said...

I love the lemon answer. Because that is exactly how I would answer. Give me some lemons, I have some limes and vodka and perhaps some old ice in the freezer. I am set.

Chin chin!

meekon5 said...

Just a small comment on question 14.

“14. What puzzles you?
Why women stay with abusive boyfriends/husbands.”

At every opportunity I have to make a salient point.

It is not your fault but your statement reflects a number of underlying prejudices, either based on your own experience, or taken from the common misconceptions.

I belong to a much maligned and ignored group of people.

I am actually an ex-beaten husband.

Yes we do exist, it does happen, and it’s not only the little diminutive, archetypal “hen-pecked” husband type that suffers from the problem.

My wife was five foot tall almost exactly. Beautiful, amusing, and floored in a most horrible way. She was also trained in Taekwondo, could kick me in the mouth from standing (roundhouse style).

I stayed with my wife for thirteen months. Taking all sorts of both mental and physical abuse.

The main reason I remained was because I actually believed that things would get better.

The good times were particularly good. It was just the bad times that I couldn’t take.

After thirteen months (and a number of fairly frightening incidents, including stopping her trying to stab me with a serrated edge knife) I finally hit her back and walked out.

The power of hope is an amazing thing, and when hope is all you have, it becomes the only thing you live by, the only reason in going on at all.

That is why I believe abused spouses stay with their partners, even to the point of returning to be killed by them eventually.

I was lucky. I walked out before anything too drastic occurred.

Hillbilly Mom said...

Glad to hear that we think alike.

Thanks for the enlightenment. But I still wonder why a woman puts up with it. Here's what I am wondering:

Is it because she is afraid she can't make it on her own? Because some women don't work, and even when they do, they most often earn less than men.

Is it because she has children and doesn't want to break up the family?

Is it because she likes the security of having a man around, and is afraid she can't find another one?

Is it due to the way she was raised, and perhaps she will seek out another abuser if she leaves this one? Because we all know some women like the bad boys.

You know from experience what your reason was. And that may be why they all stay in that type of situation: hope.

But I wonder if a man can stay with the hope things will get better because he knows he can leave at any time. Most men can still support themselves if they leave their spouse.

Again, I welcome your insight. But I still wonder if women stay out of hope and love, or if economic factors come into play.