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July 01, 2005

Yet Another Blogger Meme

Lance Mannion sort of tagged me to do this meme. Maybe he's afraid that if he orders a Countess to do something that she'll order him to be stripped naked, shove him in the snow, have her guards pour ice water on him, and make him stay outside overnight. Another infamous Countess is famous for supposedly doing that to peasant girls. He need not fear. I won't kill the messenger. Smiley1

And yes, I shall respond with the royal "we", just for fun.

Question number 1:  What are three of the stupidest things you've done in your life.

1. Sticking with a job we had in the mid '80s when we knew the people running the company were certifiable psychos. We were surprised we survived that mess with our mind intact.

2. Getting married before we were ready. On the other hand, if we didn't get married, we wouldn't have had our son, so there is a silver lining in that storm cloud.

3. Going to the stage door when we were 12 to meet the cast of "Annie" when we hadn't bothered to tell our teachers about it. This was a class trip to New York. The teachers were one step away from calling the police and reporting us missing. When we went back to the hotel, we had a program full of autographs that no one else had. Reid Shelton had played Daddy Warbucks in the play, and we walked him to his limousine. Andrea McArdle had left the show a couple of weeks earlier. We saw her understudy, Shelly Bruce.

Question number 2:  At the current moment, who has the most influence on your life?

The Count.

Question number 3:  If you were given a time machine that functioned, and you were allowed to only pick up to five people to dine with, who would you pick?

The Count, our (my) son, Edgar Allan Poe, Peter Cushing, and Cleopatra.

Question number 4:  If you had three wishes that were not supernatural, what would they be?

(1) That we made more money; (2) that our health remains good until the day we die; and (3) that we finally travel to the South of France. This "we" actually does include the Count and our (my) son.

Question number 5:  Someone is visiting your hometown/place where you live a the moment. Name two things you regret your city not having, and two things people should avoid.

We regret that our town has no night life. This is a small town, after all. We also regret that this town does not have lower rent and mortgage rates. The rates are ridiculous. You can pay several thousand dollars per month for a pesthole. I hear Boston is worse.

There are too many good things about this town, and we honestly cannot think of two things that people should avoid. We have cliffs, beaches, lovely views of the Atlantic ocean, walking paths, bed and breakfasts that serve tasty meals, and beautiful gardens. The only thing we can think of that people should avoid is to avoid hitting the statue of the lighthouse at the end of our street. That thing is a car magnet.

We did think of one other thing to avoid. On July 4th (this Monday), please avoid standing too close to the bonfire at the beach or you will turn into a charcoal briquet.

Question number 6:  Name one event that has changed your life.

Giving birth to our (my) son. That changed everything.

Question number 7:  Is not a question.  It's a command.  Tag five other people.

Tagging is beneath us, and we do not take orders. Those who wish to try this meme are free to do so.

Posted on July 1, 2005 at 01:01 PM | Permalink

Comments

I thank you most humbly for accepting my unworthy suggestion, Countess.

You can still strip me naked, any old time. Can you throw in the peasant girls too?

Posted by: Lance Mannion at Jul 1, 2005 2:02:10 PM

You regret that your town is DRY...lol....

Posted by: Moi ;) at Jul 2, 2005 6:12:42 PM

It's not dry anymore. ;) We just had an election a month or two ago, and now the town is WET. Here come the drunks!!! LOL

Posted by: The Countess at Jul 2, 2005 6:26:24 PM

OH WOW!!! PARTAY!!!! YAY!!! Hub said it's about time, who do they think they are, Pennsylvania???

Posted by: Moi ;) at Jul 2, 2005 6:46:49 PM

Question number 1: What are three of the stupidest things you've done in your life.

1. Slamming my finger in the car door while I was closing it on myself.

2. Going off with a stranger in his car in Rome. Turned out well, but damn.

3. Going out with... oh, everyone before Mr. Knitter.

Question number 2: At the current moment, who has the most influence on your life?

Mr. SF Knitter, and Thich Nhat Hanh.

Question number 3: If you were given a time machine that functioned, and you were allowed to only pick up to five people to dine with, who would you pick?

Anyone who wanted to have dinner with me.

Question number 4: If you had three wishes that were not supernatural, what would they be?

Oh hell. I would like to see people stop throwing crap on the streets. It's not your trash can, people! Also, war should end, and oppression.

Question number 5: Someone is visiting your hometown/place where you live a the moment. Name two things you regret your city not having, and two things people should avoid.

1. I regret that there is no easy way for me to take public transportation to work.
2. I also regret that uh. Hrm. I think we have everything else.

Avoid:
the "Thai" restaurant on the Great Highway. AWFUL.
the "Thai" restaurant on Upper Haight. Also awful. Not related to the first (I don't think!). That's all. Everything else is lovely.

Question number 6: Name one event that has changed your life.
The election of GWB as POTUS.

Question number 7: Is not a question. It's a command. Tag five other people.

I tag Terry MacMillan, Katie Holmes, and Tara Reid for Question #1 in particular. I also tag Gavin Newsom and Willie Brown.

Posted by: SF Knitter at Jul 2, 2005 10:05:41 PM

Moi, The Count and I voted against it. Ha. There won't be any bars or liquor stores here. The initiative allows restaurants to sell alcohol, and special permits are permitted for events that sell alcohol. The initiative is also non-reversable. I didn't know that a few decades ago the locals voted to allow the sale of alcohol, but it was reversed a year later. We don't eat out much here, but when we did we'd bring our own bottle of wine and pay a cork fee. That was much cheaper than buying drinks or bottles of wine from the restaurant. I think the businesses want the money they'll make from alcohol sales.

Posted by: The Countess at Jul 3, 2005 7:18:04 AM

SF, I read one of Thich Nhat Hanh's books last year. I found out about him from a friend. Impressive stuff. I should read more of his books.

Posted by: The Countess at Jul 3, 2005 7:20:05 AM

LOL Lance. I don't think you'd like to be stripped naked outside in 20 below zero weather. Things tend to shrivel up. :D

The meme was fun. We (the royal "we") would be happy to do another one when you come up with it. Don't be afraid to tag us. I've informed my guards that your head is to remain on your shoulders.

Posted by: The Countess at Jul 3, 2005 7:21:42 AM

I can see voting against it - to a point. Drunken tourists throwing beer cans in your yard is not a fun thing. But to be able to have a gin & tonic before dinner, on the deck of a restaurant by the ocean, is really nice. You can't BYOB that.

Wouldn't it be nice to have a nice wine shop in town, though? And you can still BYOB that bottle. At least you can if you're in PA - is it different there?

Posted by: Moi ;) at Jul 3, 2005 9:25:20 AM

You're right that I can't BYOB gin for a G & T. I'd love to have a nice wine shop within walking distance of the house, but the new law doesn't cover that. Give it a few years. There will eventually be liquor stores here. The new law also did away with the cork fee, which really sucks, since it's cheaper to BYOB. We don't eat out much anyway, but when we did, and if we were in the mood for wine, we brought our own.

Posted by: The Countess at Jul 3, 2005 12:28:14 PM