For this week’s Share Your World prompt, Melanie continues to provide Roger Shipp with a platform to show off his knowledge of all things Harry Potter. And then she asks her own “muggle” questions. I actually had to look up what a “muggle” is and I found out that it’s “a person who lacks any sort of magical ability and was not born in a magical family.” No wonder I like her muggle questions better than Roger’s Harry Potter questions.
That said, let’s start with Roger’s Harry Potter-related questions.
Have you ever spent the night in a house that was supposedly haunted? Anything ‘strange” happen?
Not in a haunted house per se, but I used to think that the basement of the house I lived in when I was five years old was haunted. It had one bare bulb light and was full of spiders and cobwebs. One day my father got very angry at me for something I did (or maybe something I was supposed to do and didn’t, I can’t remember) and, as punishment, he sent me to the basement. I was petrified that I would either be eaten by spiders or that a ghost would get me. I cried for an hour and I think I actually peed in my pants before my mother came down and rescued me. Ironically, my father got in big trouble with my mother, although she didn’t send him down to the basement.
What is the largest sporting event (or concert, etc.) that you have ever attended?
Before we moved to the East Bay in February, we used to live about three blocks from Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. Every year, in early October, there was a music festival held at Golden Gate Park called “Hardly Strictly Blue Grass,” and we would take advantage of living so close to the park by going to many of the performances. The festival lasted for three days and nights and typically drew about 750,000 attendees during the festival. Of course, the 2020 HSBG festival has been canceled due to COVID-19
When you go for a swim, do you prefer an ocean, the seaside lakes, or a pool?
I prefer the ocean. I can’t actually manage to surf on a surfboard, but I can enjoy the surf using a boogie board or just body surfing. So much fun.
Tell about the most ‘ghastly’ fashion statement that you have ever made.
I don’t know that I ever really made what one might deem to be a “ghastly” fashion statement. But back in the early 1970s, I wore typical hippie garb: flowered shirts or tie-dyed t-shirts, bell bottom jeans, sandals. I had long, flowing hair, mutton chops sideburns, and a Fu Manchu mustache. As I look back on it, that was probably, by today’s standards, pretty ghastly.
And now for Melanie’s “muggle” questions.
What is the last song you sang along to?
It had to be “Evil Woman” by Electric Light Orchestra. That’s because I tend to always sing along with the video of the song I select each week for Jim Adams’ Song Lyric Sunday prompt and that was the song I selected this past Sunday.
What was your scariest nightmare about?
I can’t remember the details of the dream, but I do know that I was so scared in it that I tried to scream but no sound came out of my mouth. In the dream, anyway. I apparently woke my wife up with some weird moaning noises.
What food do you crave most often?
I’m not sure if this is something you would characterize as “food,” but it’s Ben & Jerry’s Stephen Colbert’s Americone Dream ice cream. And I satisfy that craving by consuming a half pint container of it almost every night.
What’s your grossest bug story?
My wife and I were hiking along the Appalachian Trail about 10 years back and when we returned to our hotel after a nearly day-long hike, we were pretty close to exhausted. But we had to spend the next hour or so removing at least a dozen ticks from various locations on our bodies. It was pretty gross.