Further obscurity -- 02/17/13

Two weeks ago (or two entries ago would also describe it, since I've been a bit slack in posting lately) I did the first part of a Sunday Stealing meme called "The Basically Obscure meme" -- They had taken the first twenty questions from a much longer set and so I answered them in the entry I called "Basically obscure." And today (a week later than the good folks at Sunday Stealing) I am getting to the next part of that meme, which they called "The Basically Obscure Meme -- Part 2." (Yes, I have faithfully replicated their inconsistent capitalization of the word "meme" in their titles.")

21: Would you swear in front of your parents
My parents passed away years ago, but I do not believe I ever went past a rare hell or damn in front of my mother. I probably used some saltier expressions in front of my father. His speech could certainly carry a few expletives at times, but I do not believe I ever heard him drop an F-bomb even in moments of strong anger.

22: Which continents have you been on?
North America, South America, Europe, Australia. I've never been to Asia nor to Africa.

23: Do you get motion sickness? Any horror stories?
I do not care for spinning carnival rides. No horror stories; I just do not care for feelings of vertigo.

24: Why did you name your blog whatever you named your blog?
My site is called jimsjournal -- well, my name is Jim and at the time I started it (before the word blog had been invented) websites that were mostly a series of personal essays were usually called online journals -- hence, jimsjournal.

25: Would you wear a rainbow jacket? A neon yellow sweater? Checkered pants?
Without some good reason? No. No. No.

26: What was your favorite cartoon growing up? Post a picture if you can.
There were not any real cartoon shows for kids when we got our first television. Shows for kids tended to be either puppet shows (Howdy Doody, Beany & Cecil, or Kukla, Fran, and Ollie) or some genial host (perhaps also with puppets) who introduced endlessly recycled clips from old movies and old theatrical cartoons (both often from silent days). When we first got our TV there were some dreadful semi-cartoons, a series of drawings with voice-over, that made Hanna-Barbara look like Pixar. Anyway, to attempt to answer the question, I would say whatever Walt Disney would show when he featured cartoons on the Wonderful World of Disney. (If we are talking about feature length cartoons, I was and still am especially fond of Cinderella and Song of the South.)

27: In a past life I must have been a...
I haven't a clue...

28: If you had to look at one city skyline for the rest of your life, which would it be?
I'm not much of one for living in a big city... but I do think the view of downtown Providence from College Hill (the neighborhood where Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design are located) is very attractive (and there are some very nice Victorian houses there that I wish I could afford).

29: Longest plane ride you've ever been on?
To Sydney, Australia. The full flight was from Providence to Chicago, to Los Angeles, to Sydney. The full flight was probably about 24 hours (including changing planes, etc.) and the Los Angeles to Syndey leg was around 14 hours (the return leg from Syndey to L.A. was shorter, closer to 12 and a half.

30: The longest you've ever slept?
I don't know, probably 10 or 11 hours? I know that during my freshman year of college I was likely to do all-nighters and then zone out. Usually I think of 6 1/2 to 7 hours as being a really full night's sleep for me.

31: Would you buy a sweater covered in kitten pictures? Would you wear it if someone gave it you for free?
No. No.

32: Do you pluck your eyebrows?
No. (My barber has trimmed a particularly run-away eyebrow a few times.)

33: Favorite kind of bean? Kidney? Black? Pinto?
Whatever. I can't think of any particular favorite. Whatever the recipe calls for.

34: How far can you throw a baseball?
I have no idea. I don't know if I've ever thrown a baseball. If you are asking about a softball, I still don't know. I've not played on a softball team in over thirty years... and it's probably almost ten years since the last time I tossed a softball for a child.

35: If you had to move to another country, where would you move?
I do like both Canada and Australia. I prefer the climate in Sydney over Toronto -- I do think Sydney is like Toronto with a California climate -- but it is so far away (see my response to #29).

36: Have you ever eaten Ethiopian food? Vietnamese? Korean? Nepalese? How was it?
I can't recall ever eating Ethiopian food. I have had Vietnamese and Korean and Nepalese food. In each case, I enjoyed it. (The Nepalese food was in a small restaurant in Sydney called the Yak and Yeti and it was delightful.)

37: How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
Oh, probably two or three cords.

Today they completed the series by posting questions 38 thru 50 -- and I'll probably get around to them in a few days. (Yes, that really means "eventually but who know when.")

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