Basically obscure -- 02/02/13

Sunday Stealing: The Basically Obscure Meme 

1: Do you notice a persons eye color? 
No, I very rarely notice.

2: White, milk, or dark chocolate mocha? 

This question had me baffled until I looked up what some other people had answered. Now that I know you are talking about coffee (but why couldn't you have said so in the first place), my answer is none-of-the-above. I drink coffee black, no sugar. I will, once in a while, order a cappuccino. This happens extremely rarely; otherwise, I want my coffee strong (rich, not bitter) and nothing added, no milk, no sugar, no spices, just good black coffee.

3: If you could get a  tattoo free, would you do it? what would it be 

No. The cost has nothing to do with me being tattoo free. There was a time when I briefly considered it, but I decided that I had no reason to do it. (Note: both of my sons have tattoos, but nothing conspicuous.)

4: Did you grow up in a small or big town? Did you like it? 

Small city. Kingston, NY -- population was about 27 thousand (now down to slightly under 24,000). Yes, I enjoyed my childhood there, but it remains a decaying and declining place -- despite a few spots of gentrification -- and you couldn't pay me to live there.

5: Your favorite adult as a child? (and not your parents, if they were your favorite) 

When I was really little, Aunt Ida -- my father's aunt -- who lived with us. She died before I reached school age. As an older child, I'd pick my Aunt Alice, my mother's older sister. She was a very sweet woman. Her daughters are our god mothers -- that is, my cousin Jackie is my god mother and cousin Carol is my brother's god mother.

6: What kind of smoothie sounds really good right now? 

I don't know. I don't recall ever having a smoothie -- although I might have on a trip to California four or five years ago -- something from Jamba Juice -- does that count as a smoothie? (I enjoy Del's Lemonade but that is closer to an Italian ice.)

7: Most embarrassing moment from your elementary school years?

No desire to answer. The same for questions 8 and 9.

8: Most embarrassing moment from your middle school years?

9: Most embarrassing moment from your high school years? 

10: Have you ever fired anyone?

Well, no, not in the sense of a manager firing an employee. I have "fired" businesses whose work displeased me in one way or another; that is, I took my business elsewhere. (For example, a couple of dental offices, a medical office, an automobile insurance company, a few restaurants, etc.)

11: Have you ever climbed a tree more than twenty feet off the ground? 

Yes -- but not in recent decades.

12: Did you like swinging as a child? Do you still get excited when you see a swing set?

Loved it. I've enjoyed taking my kids on swings and taking my grandsons on swings. Yeah, swings are still lots of fun.

13: If you could have any pet in the world, illegal or not, what would you get? 

None. (My daughter has a cat. We enjoy him but he is definitely her pet -- or, as we put it, she is his people.)

14: What's your favorite place to relax? 

At home.

15: What's your most favorite part of your personality? 

Uh, mmmmm, probably sense of humor.

16: Madonna or Lady Gaga? Neither? Both? Who cares? 

I suppose somebody cares, but not me. I do, however, like the Beatle's song Lady Madonna.

17: Have you ever watched the Superbowl all the way through? 

Probably not. Never watched it at all until we moved to Rhode Island and my wife became a Patriot's fan. I would watch parts of it. The Patriots aren't in it this year so she is going to be off studying with her study group and I can't think of any reason to watch. Not watching has the added advantage of missing the half-time show. I have no idea who is performing this year, but I am fairly sure it will be as annoying as previous years. Actually, I also do not know what teams are playing (but I have been unable to avoid learning that their coaches are brothers).

18: Have you ever watched any major sporting event live? 

Major as in major league as opposed to minor league? I've seen four or five Yankee vs. Red Sox games in Yankee stadium. I've seen the Islanders play hockey. And I've seen the Celtics play in Boston (when they still played in the Boston Garden). I've been to Wimbledon (for the 1979 Open). I've seen New York Liberty (WNBA) play. And almost every year I run in the CVS 5K run in Providence -- well, it is the USA 5K Championship run. I'm not an elite runner but I do get to see the event from the inside.

19: What's the most delicious food you've ever eaten in your life? 

I have eaten too many delicious meals to narrow it down to just one.

20: Margarine or butter? Which did you grow up with?  

Margarine. (I should say oleomargarine -- I was born in 1943.) When my father got home from the war, one day he bought some butter -- and I didn't like it. I had never tasted it and it was definitely not like the "oleo" I was accustomed to. When I was very young, it was white and you had to break open a capsule of yellow coloring and mix it up. I believe that was due to laws that had been pushed through by dairy lobbyists (certainly the way government works has not changed -- pay off the right politicians and they will make certain that you don't have to worry about your completion being on a level playing field) but soon public pressure (which probably means "campaign contributions" from the margarine companies) led to the legalization of margarine pre-colored to look like butter.

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