Thursday, February 25, 2010

Let Me Tell You ... My Random Dozen Answers

1. Have you ever fired a gun or shot a bow and arrow?

I have shot a bow and arrow. With the same finesse as PeeWee Herman, including lots of skipping and jumping around. We had an Olympic archer come to Oneighty once and shoot some arrows like she did on Letterman or Leno. As a promo for that, the staff ran out on the campus and videotaped our archery prowess and PeeWee Hermanness.

2. Do you know where your childhood best friends are?

I would say I know where 98% percent are, mainly due to Facebook, and that has been a very sweet thing. The girl with whom I rode the bus to kindergarten (who cried every day and then made me tear up as I stood there helpless to comfort her) lives in another state and has adopted two children from another country. Every year at Christmas, we would beg our parents to let us watch Frosty the Snowman together, which although it sounds ridiculously simple now, was not so much back then because we were not SPOILED by DVRs, let alone videotapes. You got one shot a year at those Christmas shows, and that was it. Anyway, that's just one example of a friend forever whom I can chat with whenever I want. Did I mention that the girl I got dumped for in high school is all over FB, too?

3. Do you usually arrive early, late, or on time?

Our kids' choir teacher used to say, "To be early is to be on time; to be on time is to be late." I'm not sure I agree with that 100%, but it's a pithy saying. I prefer to get there just a tad bit early. However, arriving early at a dinner party is NOT a good thing. That is an instance where one should arrive on the dot.

4. Are you more of a New York or California type?

I am a type B, laid-back personality. Call me So-Cal Lid.

5. Do you have a special ring tone?

Oh, how I've wanted to answer in the affirmative to this question for so long. YES, yes I finally do have a ring tone. It's the "music" at the end of each LOST episode. And it is awesome. And I am a dork, I know.

6. What is your favorite type of chip?

I'm not a big chip lover, but I love tortillas with lime, and I have a penchant for salt and vinegar, as well.

7. Best comedy you've ever seen is ....

I've talked about this so many times, but just in case you're new here, I love movies made by Christopher Guest. They are mockumentaries, filmed kind of the same way as The Office is. Right now, there is a commercial for the US census which has a lot of actors who are in his movies. Favorite: "Waiting for Guffman" about community theatre, but also "A Mighty Wind" about folk singers, "Best in Show" about the big dog shows, etc. I also like the old Barbra Streisand, Ryan O'Neill movie "What's Up, Doc?" Like this style:

8. Have you ever cut your own hair? To quote Dr. Phil, "How'd that work for ya?"

Oh yes. I've had my share of chopping and coloring disasters. In spite of that, I still trim my own bangs. But that is all now.

9. If you were going to have an extreme makeover, would you rather it be about your house or your personal self?

Personal self. I'll bet I'm one of the few who said that.

10. Are you allergic to anything?

"Allergy" is my middle name. My own body is not even that crazy about itself. But it's a lifelong thing I'm used to dealing with, and I'm not complaining. Things could be much worse. Main offenders: dust, ragweed, pollen, cats, and pine resin.

11. Why is it so hard to change?

The best explanation I've ever heard: What my pastor, Matt, said about this topic, called "Where Are You Headed?" but it's not about heading to heaven or hell. It's about direction and why we do what we do and cannot seem to change the things we'd like to. I've been in church since I was six weeks old. This may be the best sermon I've ever heard about human nature, maybe the best sermon, period. And Matt is about half my age. I'm an old dog, but I'm still learnin'.

12. One last question dedicated to February love: CS Lewis said, "To love is to be vulnerable." Please share one example of that assertion or share any thought you'd like to about this topic.

Everything of value has some risk attached to it. For instance, I believe that saying about how when you have children, your heart goes walking around outside your body. I would add that when your child drives away for the first time, you feel like your heart is dragging behind the bumper like a tin can on a string.

And let's not forget Shakespeare's, "Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all." That certainly implies inevitable vulnerability.

In sum, love is bittersweet, but it's worth the risk.

Thanks for playing along, everyone!


Linda said...

I am a HUGE fan of that group who has made Best In Show, A Mighty Wind, etc. I just watched Best In SHow the other day...for the 50th time! ha.

Hey, I deleted my blog by accident so I have started a new one. No great loss. New name, new address.

Betty said...

Love is bittersweet. So true!
Great questions this week Linda! Thanks for hosting.

Mary said...

"Best in Show" is so hilarious! A friend recommended it to me several years ago. I hadn't watched a dog show on tv before then, but since I saw the movie, I have to chuckle when I watch them!

Anonymous said...

Music people must get that phrase drilled into them - I had posted that on my blog!

Jodi said...

LOST RINGTONE??? You know you got my attention. LOL! Please tell me you have AT&T and that is how you got it?

How do you like this season so far? What is up with Jack having a son all of a sudden? Sideways now? My head hurts.

Joyce said...

Oh I'm with you on the 'personal self' thing. It's funny what people think of when they read a question because when I read this I immediately thought new wardrobe : ) Most people immediately thought plastic surgery. I'm not really there but I'd love a personal trainer, some spa treatments, new makeup and oh yes, a new wardrobe! But you're right-we're in the minority.

I did notice almost everyone who answered this random likes to be early or on time. I'm sure there is some meaning there but I don't know what it is : )

Jeanie said...

Love reading your answers and others. So true about our kids carrying our hearts. And it doesn't change just because they are grown with kids of their own, it just multiplies.

Mocha with Linda said...

I guess your new ringtone is very helpful when your phone is LOST at the bottom of your purse!

I love that quote about early/late. That is so me.

LDH said...

Hello! Stopping by for the first time from HipChick's place and just wanted to say hi! Enjoyed reading your Random Dozen and peeking into your world.

Kindly, ldh

The Bug said...

Oh Christopher Guest is a GENIUS! We LOVE his stuff. I think my favorite is Mighty Wind. Just yesterday I had commented on FB that I was listening to a Lemony Snicket book on tape & a friend recommended that I watch the movie. I looked & Catherine O'Hara and Jennifer Coolidge are in it so I definitely want to check it out.

Susanne said...

Loved "What's Up, Doc?". Haven't thought of it in forever. Maybe I'll have to go rent it this weekend. If they even have it.

Nel said...

Enjoyed your answers.

until next time... nel

2Thinks said...

It's very true what you said about being dragged behind the car like a tin can on a string the first time your child drives off on her own. And about having only one chance a year to see those Christmas specials in the old days. I remember the anxiety of "but what if we miss it!"

I'm enjoying reading the answers this week, Lid, but didn't participate this time. Too busy working at the bookstore and doing publicity for the current musical Fash is in. I know how you love those musicals! :)

Amy said...

Waiting for Guffman is my very favorite Christopher Guest movie, being the vocal music director for our musicals at my school I can SO relate.

Would love to hear that sermon!!


Melanie @ This Ain't New York said...

Let's share a bag of salt and vinegar chips and watch a Christopher Guest movie. I'll call your phone, if you'll call mine. We can be ringtone dorks together.

Pam from alertandorientedx4 said...

Bambi's on facebook?!?!? Get out!!!

Anonymous said...

I love this. I so hope to link up soon. Meanwhile, I love lime chips too, but then, I love a lot of dif. chips too. Love the bit on being late too.

Have a great weekend! FB pic looks great on your sidebar!

Just Breathe said...

No you were not the first to say that, I said Me~Me~Me! I also said salt & vinegar. Thanks for sharing your answers with me.

Anonymous said...

I love your questions so much that I have to come back and read your answers.
I'm beginning to feel convicted about my chronic lateness...

Cathy said...

Good answers and these were really good questions this week.


40winkzzz said...

we have friends who live by that quote you mentioned in #3. and it really irritates me because when we invite them over, they never fail to show up at my house 10 minutes early, which means i am inevitably still vacuuming. one of these days i need to be bold enough to tell them that when invited to the home of chronically-behind-the-eightball people, it is rude to be early and kind to be late. oh, and then there are the people who show up 15 minutes early to a graduation open house. like four hours isn't enough time???!!!

ha, sorry. i comment on your blog every once in a blue moon, and here i am ranting...

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

Oh but when you do comment, it is so worth it! :)

Jenny said...

Oooo I need that LOST ringtone :) Great Answers.