I'm exhausted... woke up around three-thirty in the morning, finally gave up on getting back to sleep and got up around quarter to five, put in a long day on the work computer, trying to finish off a bunch of stuff because I'm taking a vacation next week.... Going on a cruise around the western Caribbean... But right now it is after ten p.m., my brains are scrambled, I feel as if my IQ has sunk below body temperature and is heading towards room temperature (and we don't keep our heat turned up very high at all), and I am very tired... I have a few more things to pack -- I mean I am packed, but now I'm looking to tuck in all those little odds & ends... And we need to leave here before five a.m. to get to the airport and go through all of that security nonsense in order to catch our flight. (Yes, I know, we will just end up sitting in the gate area for an hour or so, drinkiing weak but expensive coffee... but the alternative is to still be in an endless security line waiting your turn while your flight leaves the gate and gets ready to take off. It's never happened to me, but I know people who have had it happen to them.) Ah well, maybe I can get some sleep on the flight to Florida. Uh-huh, in Coach on Delta.
Ah, but the cruise should be relaxing and enjoyable, right? I've never been on a cruise but everyone keeps telling me that I'm going to love it. Anyway, you won't be hearing from me until the end of the month.
In the meanwhile, here are the remaining questions from that list I copied from from Bex that I had started yesterday.
21. Favorite sport to watch? None. Well, I would like to watch track and field events on TV but who can find them when its not the Olympics, and when it is the Olympics, the coverage is so annoyingly bad that I won't watch it. So I guess I'd say tennis. I don't play it at all but Nancy is a big tennis fan and so I watch parts of some of the big matches with her just to keep her company.
[22. Who do you least expect to send this back? & 23. Person you expect to send it back first? -- These are the two questions that seem to indicate that this began once upon a time as an e-mailed list. So, I'm just skipping over them.]
24. What type of detergent do you use? Tide powder for laundry, Dawn for dishes (by hand), and Cascade powder for the dishwasher.
25. Coke or Pepsi? Dr. Pepper. I very rarely drink soda, usually only when getting something to eat when traveling by car. When I do have a soda I get Dr. Pepper with root beer as a second choice.
26. Are you a morning person or night owl? I was always a night owl, from earliest childhood (and my children take after me). I am still a night owl but at some point I have become an early riser as well (because of the need to get the family up and fed and on their way).
27. What size shoe do you wear? 11
30. What did you want to be when you were little? A scientist or engineer. I wanted to work on space ships.
31. Favorite Candy Bar? I don't eat them most of the time except -- Nancy gave me two Cadbury chocolate bars for Valentine's Day so I've been eating them. -- And around Easter time I might munch on a Cadbury Cream Egg or two (and maybe have some Jelly Belly Jelly Beans) -- But to really answer the question (finally) when it is Halloween time I try to buy candy bars that people in this house like: mostly Reece's Peanut Butter Cups and maybe some Butterfingers or some KitKat Bars.
32A. What is your best childhood memory? There are so many that I honestly don't think I can pick one as being the best.
32B. What is your worst childhood memory? When I was in first grade one of my classmates drowned in the Esopus Creek, just a block or so from where I lived.
33. Different jobs you have had in your life? See my January 31st entry, it lists my jobs.
34. What color shirt are you wearing? Blue long-sleeved T-shirt (a race shirt from 1993 Octoberfast race in Endicott, NY) underneath a light gray sweatshirt.
35. Nicknames: Jim. When I was a little kid my father would sometimes call me Jimmy Abe. My first two years of college (C.W.Post College) I was called Bat.
36. Ever been to Africa? No. I thought I was going to South Africa to teach around six or seven years ago but it was cancelled. The closest I've been is swinging out over the Mediterranean while coming in for a landing at Nice airport. Other than here in North America, I've been to Europe many times and Australia once.
Bye! See ya when I get back!