Sunday, January 14, 2018

High School


I saw this questionnaire on Facebook.

What year? Class of...1970

1. Did you know your current partner? No

2. Make of your car? None. I didn't, and still don't, drive. My father drove a station wagon.

3. What kind of job did you have? None

4. Were you a party animal? No

5. Were you in Choir and/or school band? No. And you wouldn't want to hear me sing.

6. Ever get suspended from school? No

7. If you could go back, would you? Maybe a do-over would be nice. If I could be young again but retain the wisdom and knowledge I've gained in the years since. It's a matter of "if I knew then what I know now" sort of thing.

8. Still talk to the person that you went to prom with? Didn't go to prom. I don't even remember if there was one. I suppose there must have been.

9. Did you skip school? No

10. Go to all the football games? No, didn't go to any.

11. What was your favorite class? It's hard to pick just one. We had to take a semester of Speech and the teacher made that a lot of fun. A few other English teachers made their classes fun, too. The time we wrote song parodies (filking, though I didn't know that word back then) for Return of the Native was one such time.

12. Do you still have your yearbooks? Yup. Also my junior high yearbook. I'm a saver of things.

13. Did you follow the career path you imagined? No, because I really didn't have one. I didn't figure out what I wanted until after I quit my first round of grad school. In high school, I figured I'd go on to college and figure it out then.
I loved what I ended up studying -- psych -- but realized I didn't want to work in that field.
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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Bitter and Sweet


Today is Bittersweet Chocolate Day. Yum. I love this Sandra Boynton cartoon. It's a Facebook post, so I hope the link works for everyone.

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Friday, December 29, 2017

End of Year Movie Post


I've been posting about the movies I've seen in a calendar year at the end of December for a few years now. This year, I saw a lot of them On Demand at home and thought about making separate lists for On Demand and In Theater viewings, then figured it doesn't matter since these are all recent movies. So, here's the list, with brief commentary.


  • Spider-Man -- This was loads of fun, everything a Spider-Man movie should be. Plus, Tom Holland was a perfect Peter Parker.
  • Guardians of the Galaxy 2 -- Not as awesome as the first, but just as satisfying, as Peter finds his father. It's hard to capture the freshness of the first one, but this works on a more emotional level.
  • Florence Foster Jenkins -- Saw this at home and am glad I got to see it. A charming, bittersweet story.
  • The Girl on the Train -- I figured out some of it, but was surprised by other bits, then kicked myself for missing the cues and clues. Well done suspense/thriller and though I haven't read the book, it felt like a good adaptation.
  • Loving -- Based on the true story of the Lovings, a mixed race couple who challenged their right to marry and took it to the Supreme Court. Quiet, understated, powerful, and beautifully acted.
  • Zootopia -- Had to wait for this to hit Amazon Prime. A pure delight. 
  • Moonlight -- An award-winning, gay coming-of-age story that deserved the awards.
  • Manchester by the Sea -- Well told story about loss.
  • Moana -- A lovely animated movie with girl power at its heart.
  • Fences -- a tour de force acting showcase for Viola Davis and Denzel Washington.
  • Sing -- A fun animated movie. The show must go on!
  • Hidden Figures -- Another based-on-a-true story, as well as a book adaptation that tells the stories of the black women mathematicians in NASA, focusing on John Glenn's historic flight. A must-see movie.
  • The Queen of Katwe -- It was my year for "based-on-a-true-story" movies. This lovely movie is about a young girl in an impoverished African village who becomes a chess champion.
  • LaLaLand -- A delightful musical, but I wasn't as bowled over by it as some people were. I'm glad I saw it, though, and was happy to see it wasn't cheesy or sappy.
  • Beauty and the Beast --A nice job of turning an animated Disney movie into a live-action Disney movie.
  • Wonder Woman -- I could write an essay about this. Suffice it to say, it's about time. Directed by a woman, Patty Jenkins, and acted to perfection by Gal Gadot, this was the Wonder Woman movie we needed, full of humor, love, determination, heroics, bravery, and inspiration. The plot is simple, but more isn't needed. Wonder Woman soars and I cried. A lot.
  • Lego Batman Movie -- Fun.
  • Lion -- Another based-on-a-true story, this time about a lost boy in India who is adopted by white Australians, then goes on a search to find his past. Beautifully told.
  • A United Kingdom -- Yup, another based-on-a-true-story film, focusing on the heir to an African throne who falls in love with a white woman in England mid-20th Century. Heart-warming and well acted.
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them -- First in a series of Harry Potter prequels. Eddie Redmayne delights as Newt Scamander and the movie is fun.
  • The Big Sick -- Would you believe this is another based-on-a-true story? It is! Kumail Nanjiani and his wife wrote this movie about how they met and fell in love, and how it took her illness and induced coma to get him to realize that he couldn't live without her. Given the severity of her illness, this is a funny and charming movie, with comic Nanjiani starring as himself.
  • Wind River -- Murder on a Native American reservation. Stark scenery in winter enhance this mystery tale.
  • Atomic Blonde -- Based on a graphic novel with a kick-ass female spy working for the Brits at the end of the Cold War just before the Berlin Wall comes down. The requisite comic book action is raised to an artform and the plot twists elevate this from just an average story to one that keeps you guessing. I want a sequel.
  • Logan Lucky -- Fun heist caper with humor and heart.
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi -- Everything I hoped for and more. Not quite the formulaic movie Star Wars movies often are, this had a nice mix of realistic emotions, doubts and fears as well as hope. I can't wait for the next one.



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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Anonymous


Comment spam from Anonymous can be most entertaining. A couple of quickie reviews on my comic book blog has been getting a lot of anonymous comments. I have moderation turned on for comments, so none get published, but they're so flattering, if totally off-topic, which is difficult given the generalities. Here's one I particularly liked:
"A motivating discussion is worth comment. I do believe that you need to publish more about this subject matter,
it may not be a taboo subject but typically people don't speak about these subjects."
Literally, ninety per cent of what's posted in that blog is on the same subject matter and many, many of us blog about comics. In this case, flattery gets you nowhere.

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Happy Halloween


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Fashion Doll and Friends


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Sunday, October 08, 2017

Oooo A Questionnaire


I found this one on Facebook. It used to be I cribbed from other blogs. Now, it's from FB.

1. Italian or Chinese? Both
2. Camping or Hotel? Hotel
3. Favorite Pizza? Just plain old cheese, though bacon pizza is amazing. So is meatball pizza done right. And I used to go to a place that made ziti pizza, which was fantastic.
4. Beach or swimming pool? Beach. I can't swim, so beaches offer more options for fun.
5. Favorite Flower? Tulips
6. Do you still have your tonsils? No
7. Would you bungee jump? Absolutely not
8. Did you go to college? Yes
9. Untie your shoes when taking them off? Yes, the ones that have laces. ;)
10. Roller coaster? No
11. Favorite ice cream? Chocolate, duh
12. Favorite drink? Chocolate malteds, though I don't know they're really beverages. More like meals unto themselves
13. Shorts or jeans? Jeans
14. What are you listening to right now? Classic rock radio station
15. Favorite color? Blue, black
16. Tattoos? No
17. Color of hair? Dark brown with silvery white
18. Color of eyes? Dark brown
19. Favorite thing to eat? Chocolate. Really, does anyone reading this blog need to ask? ;)
20. Scary or happy endings? I'm not sure what a scary ending is. Usually, the option is happy or SAD. Or open-ended. I prefer endings that suit the story being told.
21. Android or iPhone? Android
22. Car or truck? Don't drive, don't care.
24. Beer? I don't drink, but when I did, I liked ale or beer
25. Night owl or morning person? I'm a sun-loving night person
26. Favorite day of the week? None
27. Do you have a nickname? Yes. Over the years, I've had a few. I use my main nickname here.

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Because I Needed Something to Post


A questionnaire. Found it on Facebook.

1. Where is your mobile phone? On a table.
2. Your hair? On my head. ;) It's really dark brown, with silvery white.
3. Your dad? In his house. This is an odd question. Just asking about my father? Not my mother? I wonder if it's supposed to be something else, if it's a typo or something.
4. Your favorite food? Chocolate, duh.
5. Favorite color? Blue, black
6. Favorite drink? Chocolate malted
7. Fears? Creepy crawlies, being incapacitated
8. Favorite shoes? None at the moment. I used to love my Havana Joes, but they got too tight. I'm really excited about the pair of Panama Jack shoes I got from a store in the UK that sells online. Panama Jack is the name of the shoe company, based in Spain. I don't know why the shoes were called Panama Joe when they were sold in the US.
9. Favorite way to relax? Reading, watching TV, playing online
10. Your mood? End of summer blahs as the days grow shorter
11. Favorite Place? I just love walking around NYC
12.Where were you last night? Home, watching the Mets lose to the Cubs
13. Something that you aren't? Wealthy
14. Muffins? Chocolate, thanks
15. Vacation spot? San Francisco, Hawaii
16. Where you grew up? NYC
17. Last thing you did? Ate breakfast, found this meme, then pasted the questions into this post.
18. What are you wearing now? Clothes. Specifically, a tee-shirt and sweatpants
19. Your TV? Uh, the brand is Samsung, if that's what's being asked.
20. Life? Yes, thanks. I like being alive. (Some of the questions here are really weird.)
21. Your pets? None
22. Regrets? I've had a few, too few to mention. Well, more than a few, but life's like that. Still not worth mentioning. They're personal.
23. Missing someone? My mother, always
24. Occupation? Librarian, retired
25. Dreams for the future? Staying alive.

And, as a reward for reading this, or for skipping down to the end, here's a link to an article about Ruby Chocolate.

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