Thieves Guild -- 01/07/13

At one point when my daughter and I were talking about writing a fantasy novel, we got fond of saying "and there's always a Thieves Guild." I picked that as a title today because this meme is from Sunday Stealing -- and Bev and Mary have both already stolen it today... so I could not resist joining their guild of thieves.

1) What side of the heart do you draw first
I'm not sure. My impulse is to say "right" but when I tried it just now it seemed to me that it felt equally natural to do it either way.

2) Can you dive without plugging your nose
I don't think I have ever held my nose when jumping into water (even though you always see people doing that -- I just jump. I never really learned to dive, but I do not believe that holding one's nose is part of diving.

3) What color is your razor
Black, silver, and blue. (Gillette Proglide)

4) What is your blood-type
A positive.

5) Who would you want to be tied to for 24 hours
But I wouldn't want to be tied to anyone for 24 hours.... or even one hour.

6) What is a rumor someone has spread about you
Well, once upon a time, in a small rural town in upstate New York, I began dating a young woman who was a single mom. It seemed as if instantly the local rumor mill decided that I must be the father of her child and that I had moved to town in order to be able to date her. The lack of logic in this did not seem to matter.

7) How do you feel about carrots
I have always enjoyed carrots. I use them in cooking and in salads and think they are fun to just much on as a snack.

8) How many chairs at the dining room table
We have six chairs for it, but for ease of navigation through our dining room, unless we are having six people for dinner, four chairs are at the table and the other two are in corners of the room..

9) Which is the best Spice Girl
I have no idea. Back in the late nineties I was visiting friends in England (when the Spice Girls were just climbing the British charts) and my friends' two sons who were in that pre-teen demographic were just totally enthralled by the Spice Girls -- and that led me to expect they were going to be very big. One of the Spice Girls quit and married some soccer star but other than that I don't know much about them. Are they still around?

10) Do you know what time it is
It's Howdy Doody Time.
It's Howdy Doody Time.
Bob Smith and Howdy too
Say Howdy Do to you.
Let's give a rousing cheer,
Cause Howdy Doody's here,
It's time to start the show,
So kids let's go!

(I was starting 3rd grade -- past the upper edge of the target demographic -- when we got our first television in 1951, but already knew Howdy Doody from seeing it at a friend's house. And, with just three channels, there was not much choice for kid viewing.)

11) Do you know all the words to the Fresh Prince Theme Song
Do you mean the Fresh Prince of Bel Air show that Will Smith was in? I think I saw it two or three times about fifteen or twenty years ago. I am sure it had a theme song, but beyond that I have no idea. (At first I thought this was a question about "The Performer Formerly Known as Prince.")

12) What would you do if you were stuck in an elevator
Push the HELP button.

13) What's your favorite kind of gum
I do not chew gum. I have lots and lots of dental fillings. Have you ever had to replace a filling because it came out while you were chewing gum? I have and I quit chewing gum from then on.

14) All's fair in love and war
That's what they say, but who would want to have anything to do with some creep who actually believed that? There are anti-stalking laws and there are war crimes tribunals.

15) Do you have a crush on anyone
My wife.

16) Do you know how to use some words correctly, but not know the meaning
I usually manage to use words correctly and with some grasp of their meaning. So Inigo Montoya would not say to me "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."

17) Do you like to sleep
I do find sleep to be relaxing (grin) but (unless I am sick) I do not like to sleep too long and hate to oversleep. This is a total change from many years ago when I found it very easy to stay up all night and sleep all day. (Which is why I was very happy when I had night jobs.)

18) Do you know which US states don't use Daylight Savings time
Well, I do know now that I've read Bev's response. I think I was vaguely aware that at some point Arizona did not switch time. It certainly makes sense that Hawaii does not switch because they are sufficiently far south that there can't be that much value in switching.

19) Do you know the words to the song Total Eclipse of the Heart
No, I don't think I know that song at all. When I try to call it up in my memory all I can hear is Piece of My Heart -- which I know about a gazillion people have recorded, but what plays in my head is the version by Big Brother and the Holding Company with Janis Joplin belting out the lead vocals. I think I stopped listening to pop music in the late 1970s and am only aware of it to the limited extent that I might have picked up from my kids (who were very interested in music but not at all into top 20 pop stuff).

20) Do you want a bright yellow 06 mustang?
If you are giving one away, I'll take it. However, I am not in the market for a car; my 1999 Toyota Corolla is still in good shape. If I were to be looking for a new car, my first choices would be Toyota (probably another Corolla) or Honda (probably a Civic). I owned a 1972 Toyota Celica, bought new -- without question my favorite of the cars I've owned. I also had a 1976 Celica, bought used -- actually it was in Nancy's name, but eventually it became my commuter car that I drove until it was falling apart
. If Toyota still made the Celica, that is what I would be driving today. Periodically, pictures of Celica concept cars pop up
on the web, but never seem to make it to production. Hint to Toyota: bring out a Celica that is as sweet as it was forty years ago but with all the benefits of modern technology and I will buy one.

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