Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Thirty Questions

Time for another fun list! I stole this blog post subject from my friend Jon of Long Wolf Concerto. 

Here we go!

1. Are you filled with joy today?

Yes, in spite of every day problems like an aged aching body and household repairs, I am joyous ("happy" would be a better description) because I have Bill and Pat, a good part-time job, a nice home and always something to look forward to (my quarterly trips with Pat)

2. Has it been a rough week?

Yes, this week has been rough. Another big bill for a home repair. This one a leak in our basement wall. Seems every time we get one problem fixed, another one pops up. Whack a mole.

3.  If given the opportunity would you like to star in a musical?

Are you kidding? I am that rare gay man who DOESN'T like Broadway musicals. Oh sure, during my youth I enjoyed those Fifties movies like "Singing in the Rain" and "White Christmas" but Broadway musicals?  No way, they bore me, just a lot of caterwauling to my ears. No offense to my gay friends (and straight) who love those musicals. 

4.  Name the person you'd take a bullet for. 

Bill, Pat. Would rather not though, you know?

5.  Did you trip over anything today?

Not today but I often trip.  Both of my big toes are black from tripping on a curb last month during my visit to Philadelphia.  I don't pick up my feet. About the time my toes get back to normal, I trip again. I live in fear these days of falling and breaking something.  Last time I fell (2015) I tore my quadricep muscle in my left leg which put me out of commission for months. Still hasn't completely healed.

6.  Is your favorite color yellow?

I like yellow. My favorite color is purple but that color is hard to get. My second favorite color is blue. I have a lot of blue but I get my most favorable comments for dress when I wear purple. When I do see an item of clothing in purple it's for "women only."  Oh well.

7.  Were you born in a hospital? Do you know the name of the person who delivered you?

Yes, I was born in a hospital.  Sunday, November 9, 1941 at 9:30 a.m.  My Mother told me that the woman in the bed next to her in the room where I was born was dying of cancer. She was moaning in pain the whole time my Mother was in the hospital.  Don't know the name of the doctor who delivered me. 

8. Have you ever had a friend or relative that's incarcerated?

Unfortunately yes, a cousin on my Mother's side of the family.  Her half sister's son (her mother was of Hungarian ancestry so maybe that accounts for it) was jailed in Graterford Prison in Philadelphia for planting terrorist bombs in people's mailboxes when he was a young man. I don't knew where he is now, I think he's still in prison. Got twenty years for his stupidity. Again, he wasn't of my total English ancestry on both sides of my family. That Hungarian branch (sorry Jon).

9.  Do you enjoy romantic movies, even if they're cliche?

Oh sure!  "The Notebook" was one of the best movies I've ever seen. All depends on who the actors are in those movies. For instance I couldn't stand to watch Jennifer Lopez or Mariah Carey in a movie because they're such divas and phonies. But Jennifer Lawrence or Lady Gaga I could.

10.  Have you ever been to Rhode Island?

I think I have. Back in 1974 my friend Bob McCamley and I drove up to Provincetown, Massachusetts for the first time. 

 We drove through Rhode Island. Does that count?

11.  Can you read music?

Sure can! I used to read music when I played a Sousaphone in my high school band. Easy.  I'm always amazed when I hear that some famous singers (Sinatra) couldn't read music.

12.  Are flowers a nice gift to give someone?

Absolutely! I've often given flowers to people I've liked. Once I even got flowers. It was three years ago when I injured my leg. A person who used to comment on my blogs sent me flowers. Straight guy too. Haven't heard from him since. Nice gesture. First time in my life I ever had anyone send me flowers. He wished me a speedy recovery. Nice.

13.  Do you wear any jewelry?

Yes, two diamond rings. One on each hand. I only wear them now when I go to work or when I'm on one of my quarterly holidays with Pat. All other times I only wear an Apple watch.

14.  Have you every laid in a field of flowers?

No, I haven't. I thought about it but I have too much respect to crush those flowers that my body would lay on.

15.  Do you like tea?

Eh, okay I guess. I've had hot tea when I'm sick. I used to love iced tea when I was a young boy.  However the only good old fashion iced tea I only enjoyed was from my friend Lar's grandmother Mrs. Brown and my Aunt Mabel. Restaurant ice tea is tasteless and I gave up drinking it a few years ago. I only drink water with my restaurant meals now.  Another reason I don't drink tea now is because my urologist told me drinking tea helps to contribute to kidney stones and I don't want to be in that movie again.

16.  What word do you have trouble saying?

"President Trump" - that's actually two words but I just cannot say "President" followed by Trump whose real name is actually "Drumpf"

17.  Favorite fairytale.


18.  Do you sleep with stuffed animals?

No.  I actually never have liked sleeping with anybody since I had to sleep with my two younger brothers in the same bed until I was fourteen years old. I sleep alone with one exception the past five years. Regular readers of my blog can figure out my "exception".

19.  Do you prefer the city or the country?

I like both. I've lived in both. This time of my life I split my time between both. In three weeks I'll be living in Los Angeles and Palm Springs. Twice a year I live in Philadelphia for a week at a time. And once a year I lived in Toronto now Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. I like the mix.

20.  Are you a big fan of makeup?

No. Au naturale here.

21.  Favorite drink?

Fancy, expensive, flavored martinis.  Yum! 

22.  What's the longest time you stayed awake?

About twenty-six hours,  it was when I worked at the National Security Agency during the Cuban Missile Crises.  Another time I stayed up all night after going to a gay bar. I had to go to work the next day without any sleep. Also when I was very young. I could never do something like that today. I need a daily one to two hour nap every afternoon.

23.  Do you like spring?

Yes! The first pop up of spring flowers bring smiles to my face and warms my heart. I prefer living where there is a change of seasons.

24.  Lipstick or gloss?

Not applicable here.

25.  Are aliens real?

I think so. I think it makes logical sense that the earth was populated by aliens thousands of years ago.  That is the explanation why there are different races.  Makes sense to me. I also think there is life on other planets. Maybe many thousands of years away from us but I find it very illogical to think we are the only forms of life in the universe.

26.  Does your zodiac sign fit your personality?

I don't think so. But then maybe I'm in denial because I don't like the bad aspects which I won't repeat here. 

27.  Favorite sea animal?


28.  Are you a nice person?

You bet! First time I saw myself in a video I thought "That's someone I would like to know." I was rather surprised at my reaction to seeing myself on video. But that's honestly what I thought. After living the early part of my life being brainwashed by my father that I was a loser, seeing myself as a normal, likable person came as a pleasant surprise.

29.  Night or day?

Both but I probably prefer the light of day. Sunshine makes me happy.

30.  What would make you happy right now?

Easy answer. Trump out of office and in prison. 

Me and my little Horace 1982


Jon said...

I enjoyed reading your answers, Ron. I'm not surprised that your distant Hungarian relative was incarcerated. Almost all of my Hungarian relatives were crazy (it's something in the blood....)

As a tea addict, I'm appalled to hear that tea can cause kidney stones.I had them once and (as you know) once is definitely enough. I'll have to cut down on my tea consumption.

Ron said...

I put that Hungarian link in for you (smile). Seriously though, his grandmother was Hungarian. She was my grandfather's third wife, my step grandmother. She scared me to death. She had a gravely voice and wore big clumpy shoes. To me she was the perfect example of the Wicked Grandmother in Cinderella. She never did anything to me but I stayed clear of her just in case.She was cruel to her daughter though, who is still alive.
I was surprised too that tea contributes to kidney stones. I've been drinking iced tea for years. I stopped immediately when I received that information from my urologist. Anything to stop the reproduction of kidney stones!

"Tommy" said...

As always, your blog is one the the best daily reads I keep up with.

Ur-spo said...

drink more tea