Monday mugging? -- 01/28/13

So here's the rest of my answers to the Sunday Stealing questions... so I thought maybe I should call it "Monday mugging."

11. If you find an outfit you love, but the size on the label is larger than you want, do you buy the outfit? Why or why not?
If I like it and it fits and the price is right, why not? Who cares what the label says?

12. Even the biggest slackers are anal-retentive about something? What are you anal-retentive about?
Cleanliness. No, not neatness (one look at my desk could tell you that)... I am big on washing hands. When I am fixing food, I am constantly washing my hands. I've also picked up on sometimes wearing latex gloves just like food prep workers (a habit I picked up from my son the chef.)

13. Out of all the books you read as a child, which one had the biggest influence on how you are today?
I'm not sure I can answer that with just a moment's thought, so let me just say that a few weeks ago I did talk about some books I read when I was around seven.

14. Which Golden Girl would you want to spend a night on the town with?
None of them. They were funny to watch on TV but they all would have been far too annoying to want to spend any time with in reality.

15. What is the one product you would never buy in its generic form even if the generic is half the price?
I like Bev's answer - mayonnaise. (We both buy the same mayo, but she is west of the Rockiets. and I am east of the Rockies.) I feel the same way about catsup and peanut butter and paper towels and tissues and toilet paper. (There are other things where I will buy what is on sale, but not those items I just listed... although what I do is stock up on them when they are on sale.)

16. How old were you when you stopped believing in Santa?
Probably five. I think for a while I pretended a belief to keep my parents happy and also because my brother was three years younger.

17. What is the one smell that turns your stomach without fail?
My real complaint is not about any particular one of a number of bad odors -- it's that I can continue to smell something long after it is no longer around. It's like after a bright light, you can see after images for a while. After certain particularly strong odors, I can still "smell" that odor even if I am now far away from it.

18. If someone holds out a carton of milk to you and asks you to sniff it to see if its spoiled, do you?
No. If someone thinks that something (such as milk) may have gone bad, I would just get rid of whatever it might be.

19. You have a completely free day and $2000.00, What are you doing?
A free day? Maybe go for a run (or go to the Y for a workout). Depending upon the season of the year, maybe do some gardening. Read a book. Do some writing of my own. Oh, the $2k... well, I'd save that for things that Nancy and I might want to do together -- go out for dinner, see a play, have a two or three day mini-vacation, go down to New York and see our grandsons. Things like that.

20. What is the most used item in your home?
Probably the coffee pot. Well, it's certainly vital... but I suppose I really should say the router on our wireless LAN. That is being used all the time (three people, seven computers* -- my daughter is into those multiplayer online games -- and I am always online when working -- and I do lots of web surfing and stuff like that -- and my wife is a full-time student and some of her textbooks have online extras -- and we use a Roku box to watching streaming shows/movies via Netflix and Amazon Prime on our television. Actually, here we are on January 27th, and the only things we've seen on "regular" television (that is, not streamed) are the current season shows of Downton Abbey on PBS, channel 10 Providence morning news (about fifteen minutes or so on three or four mornings), an hour or so of HGTV, and parts of the Australian Open (although Nancy watched some of that via her laptop)

*UPS today brought me a new computer for work purposes -- so temporarily that would mean eight computers -- but as soon as I have all the needed software installed and various data files moved over to the new machine, I will be shipping back the two older machines I had been using for work and we will be down to being a mere six computer household...

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