Sunday, April 29, 2007

Just A Thought

You know those Thank-you for taking care of my loved one ads, newspapers publish on the Obituary Page?

The doctors thanked in those ads might be doctors to avoid.

Wedded Bliss

Two words that don’t seem to go together, like Domestic Terrorism.

April 20th, I’ve been married 33 years. It should go without saying that I was a mere fetus when I wed.

This anniversary, we spent considerable time trying to discover what was the correct 33rd anniversary present. You know, that list stationary stores, etiquette mavens and new brides keep track of.

25 is silver. 50 is gold.

What could 33 be?


Turns out, at our house, the 33rd Anniversary present goes like this. I’ll get what I want and pretend it comes from you and you do likewise.

He got a welding helmet.* I got a dress and two books. And we went out to dinner and talked about what we thought when we first got married and laughed and laughed.

We were going to live in a geodesic dome house and drive a CJ5.**

Now, since looking stuff up is one of the things I do best, I found the list.

Published by the Chicago Public Library, divided into traditional and modern classifications, the list reaches to a staggering 100 years. Can we imagine being married 100 years?***

Turns out there is no traditional gift for the 33rd anniversary. I believe this is because, traditionally, people did not live long enough to be married 33 years.

The modern gift is an amethyst.****

32nd is a conveyance. I didn’t get one of those either.

41st is land. Improved real estate is the gift for the 42nd anniversary. I guess, first you get the land, then the house.

43rd is travel, but 44 is groceries. It must suck to be married 44 years.

47 is books. Guess I’m ahead of myself there.

The big prize at 100 is a ten carat diamond. Ought to be a parade.

In fact, I think, couples should get a parade, every year they stay married. It would keep marching bands in practice.

*Aren’t I a clever gift-giver?
**We didn’t.
****I think I was gypped.

Word To The Wise

If you load David Alan Coe music on your iPod, be careful singing along in public.

Listen Up, Sports Fans

I’m back.

My #1 Fan* has been nagging me to put up a new blog. I’ve been busy, I whined.

But, at last, class is complete.

The tests are over.**

I passed.***

And now, I return you to our regularly scheduled program.

*Okay, only fan.
**thank God.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Another Neverending Meme and a Pix

I've been busy studying for a licensing test and can't seem to get anything else done.

One of these days, I will get back to blogging about screenwriting, but 'til then, just so you know I haven't been abducted by aliens, once again I turn here for inspiration.

Once Upon A Time

1. What are you reading right now?

First Responder

2. What is your favorite genre of book to read and why?

Suspense. I don't know why.

3. Do you have a library card?

Yes. I went to the library last week.

4. Are there any books that people have recommended to you that you just can't get into?

Still trying to finish that Esterhaus tome. Even with nasty old Joe glaring at me from the cover, it's been slow going.

5. What would you title your memoir?

A Story In Search Of A Plot

Postscript --

Is it me, or are there fewer interesting books out lately?

Every time I cruise the New Releases at my bookseller, seems like every book's about serial killers or dysfunctional FBI agents.

I’ve left a few times with nothing new to read. In fact, this week, I’m rereading In the Electric Mist with the Confederate Dead by James Lee Burke.

On the other hand, there is a new Robert Crais novel out.

Elvis is King.

Monday, April 09, 2007

Monday Meme

1. If you were given a blank canvas and watercolors, what would you paint?

A picture that looks like it should be taped to the refrigerator door.

Actually, I've been painting landscapes of Mars, yeah, Mars, that's what they look like.

2. Are you more likely to be someone's partner in crime or their conscience?

Conscience. I am no fun.

3. Have you ever been to see a fortune teller or card reader? Were any of their predictions accurate?

Yes and yes. Creepy, no?

4. What's your favorite youtube video?

Thankfully, I am too old for that particular fad.

Sunday, April 08, 2007

In Case I Mysteriously Disappear Some Day

You have a 44% chance of being abducted

You have a fairly good chance of being abducted. You may be somewhat skeptical about the existence of aliens, but you know that they could exist… somewhere.

Take this quiz at

Monday, April 02, 2007

Monday Meme

From Monday Madness

1. What kind of automobile do you drive?

Dull ol' Chevy.

2. What kind of automobile do you WISH you drove?

Yellow Porsche. Or maybe silver.

3. When is the last time you bought a vehicle (new or used)?

Three or four years ago, I don't remember.

4. What is your color of choice as far as vehicles go?

Last time I got to pick the color, I chose BLACK with GOLD trim.

5. Do you regularly have your oil changed?

Excuse me? Actually, I'm married to a mechanic, so my oil's changed whenever I want.

6. How long do you generally keep a vehicle before thinking about buying a new one?

Until the damn thing absolutely, will not run, anymore. And, being married to a mechanic, Sweeties, that is usually a very long time.

7. What kind of automobile will you buy next?

I can't even imagine.