Thursday 13

50D40F79-94C7-490E-B30B-7F1D2D560B83Yes, I know it’s not Thursday, but this won’t be the first time I’ve been a day late and a dollar short.

Judy, over at Lifelessons, posted thirteen questions that she would like readers of her blog to answer. Well, it just so happens that I am a reader of Judy’s blog and I’m all about answering questions. So here we go….

1. What could you do with an artichoke rather than eating it?

I’m not a big fan of artichokes, so I don’t know. Maybe I’d try to find someone named Arty and force him to eat one whole and watch him choke on it? Get it? I’d watch Arty choke!

2. What is the strangest name you have ever heard and what is your association with it?

Cooper Penny. He was an HR manager at a company that was one of my clients and most of the people who worked there called him “Copper Penny” behind his back. He was actually a very nice guy.  His favorite expression was “In for a penny, in for a pound.” He was the only one who thought that was funny. But he was British, and you know their sense of humor, right?

3. What is the most embarrassing thing your parents ever did?

After my sophomore year in college, when I was 19 and living at my parents’ home for the summer, I came home at around 11:00 am from a date I went on the night before to find a police car parked in our driveway and an officer sitting at the kitchen table with my parents. My mother was hysterically crying and when I walked into the house, my father yelled, “Where were you all night?” I answered, “I got lucky.” The police officer stood up and walked out of the house.

4. What was your most unusual pet?

A garter snake by the name of Pythius that I kept in a large aquarium. I used to feed him mice, which he’d swallow whole and I would entertain myself as I watched the mouse slowly work its way down the snake’s body as it was being digested.

5. What is your most favorite holiday and why?

Festivus, the holiday for the rest of us. Why? Because it’s a non-sectarian holiday. And now that I’m retired and no longer have a secretary, I consider myself to be non-sectarian.

6. What is your favorite footwear and why?

Brooks Addiction Walkers. Hey, they are practical and comfortable, albeit possibly the most boring shoe in the world.5E3BE638-78A5-4362-A5F3-5EF3FF05F493

7. What is your most irritating habit?

According to my wife, it’s when I ask her a question that I already asked her maybe five to ten minutes earlier. She says, “You already asked me that and I already answered it. You never listen to me.” I explain to her that I’m deaf in my left ear and don’t hear that well out of my right ear. But she’s probably right that I wasn’t paying attention when she answered my question the first time I asked it.

8. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

I don’t care as long as wherever I am has heat in the winter, air conditioning in the summer and a strong internet connection with good WiFi.

9. What is the most unusual place you have ever visited?

I love going to National Parks and I’ve been to quite a few. But of all of them, I think Bryce Canyon in Utah is one of the most unusual.AFFAF432-691E-4B0E-8465-FE699FF81E40You almost get the sense that you’re no longer on planet Earth when you’re there.

10. How did you meet your spouse or significant other?

My sister and brother-in-law were members of a tennis club and one of the people they played tennis with was visited one day by his 22 year-old daughter. My bother-in-law called me and gave me her phone number and urged me to call her. Which I did.

11. Who do you most admire?

Donald J. Trump.

Oh wait, the question was “admire most,” not “admire least.” In that case, it would be Barrack Obama. Take that, Trump!

12. If your pet could name you, what name would they give you and why?

My cat would call me Garçon because he’s always asking to be fed. My dog would call me Walker because as far as she’s concerned, that’s all I’m good for.

13. What is the most romantic thing that ever happened to you?

I’m not really what you’d call a romantic guy. I’m more of a pragmatist. But I suppose one might say that the most romantic thing that ever happened to me was when my wife said yes after I proposed to her.  Well, she didn’t exactly say “yes.” She said, “It’s about fucking time you asked me.” It doesn’t get any more romantic than that, does it?

Okay, folks, there you have it. Care to take a shot at answering these? Go visit Judy’s blog and just do it.

15 thoughts on “Thursday 13

  1. lifelessons August 7, 2020 / 10:06 am

    Ha!! My favorite of your answers is to #3. So glad I asked that question. But, you almost gave me a heart attack on #11, then recovered yourself well. Thanks for answering and passing the challenge on. And for #12? Garçon? Brilliant.

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    • Fandango August 7, 2020 / 1:28 pm

      It was fun. I’m glad you challenged us to answer your questions.


  2. Mason Bushell August 7, 2020 / 10:06 am

    Artichokes, are used to cure snakebites, when eaten they can increase urine flow, prevent gallstones, lower blood pressures and blood sugar. They taste funky are real good for you.

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  3. Marleen August 7, 2020 / 12:02 pm

    1) If one could get four of them, they could be put atop four corners of a bed with posts. I suppose I could use the one to scrub a surface. But I like artichokes. So, I would eat it, the edible part.

    2) The strangest name I have heard, that I recall, is Krystal Ball. It is her birth name, and I know of it because she used to be on MSNBC (is now the progressive half of an online news show).

    3) I can’t think of anything embarrassing my dad did. My mom… there are a few things. The most so or worst is really more like shameful. I suppose many people wouldn’t care at all; I do and did.

    4) I had a hamster we kept in an aquarium. We didn’t have the right kind of lid for it; it was a wire mesh crimped to fit. The poor guy got his foot stuck in it and decided he’d live with three feet.

    5) I like your answer to number five.

    6) I’ve liked all kinds of shoes. Right now, my favorites are well-colored ASICS (a sports shoe).

    7) I have to think about this. I must have one. Probably, it’s that I think rather than being dominated by emoting. This doesn’t mean I don’t have feelings, but I don’t confuse impulses (nor brainwashing) with logic or consistency.

    8) WiFi has become very important. I could live in a hut on the beach (a warm beach), but would like to have WiFi.

    9) Most unusual place I’ve visited: I don’t know why this was what it was called (perhaps still is), but Black’s Beach (a nude beach in California because of my mom’s curiosity). If that’s not unusual enough, another unusual place I’ve been was in California: spelunking (not with my mom) in the bowels of the earth.


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    • Fandango August 7, 2020 / 1:43 pm

      I’ve seen Krystal Ball when she was on MSNBC. I thought it was a “stage name,” like the 50s actress, Gale Storm.


      • Marleen August 7, 2020 / 2:10 pm

        Oh, there’s also a singer named Storm Large — her given, real birth name too.

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  4. Carol anne August 8, 2020 / 11:51 pm

    Loved your answers! especially what your parents did with the police officer. Lol about you saying you got lucky! 💖😉

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