Grab the book nearest to you, turn to page 18, and find line 4.
“the pieces are relatively dry, and are light brown”
from Thai Cooking from the Siam Cuisine Restaurant (refers to Dung Choy)
Stretch your left arm out as far as you can, What can you touch?
a stack of medium sized cooking bowls, some clear glass and one steel—boring right now, but often a part of an intensely interesting meal—or containers for kibble…
Before you started this survey, what were you doing?
calling and then still on hold forever while Expedia calls Quality Inns for me, trying to get a receipt so I can get reimbursed
What is the last thing you watched on TV?
Jeopardy Tournament of Teachers
Without looking, guess what time it is
Now look at the clock. What is the actual time?
With the exception of the computer, what can you hear?
Horrible hold music from Expedia, on the speaker phone
When did you last step outside? What were you doing?
came in from overnight trip to take the current monk to a speaking engagement on the coast. My beach house was rented so we stayed in a motel, hence the call and the hold and the music
Did you dream last night?
probably, but no memory
Do you remember your dreams?
if I keep a journal and focus on them
When did you last laugh?
I’m sure since I got home around 2, but don’t really recall
Do you remember why / at what?
probably something my husband said, or else the cat
What is on the walls of the room you are in?
shelves of spices, shelves of dishes some nice tiles, and a small Mucha calendar
Seen anything weird lately?
people staring at the monk and me eating breakfast—he’s wearing the skirt part of his robes with a polo shirt on top
What do you think of this quiz?
Passes the time while I’m on hold!
What is the last film you saw?
I guess it was something back in later winter, but don’t remember now.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
At the beach. Or Berkeley.
If you became a multi-millionaire overnight, what would you buy?
My son’s student loan, and some water in Africa.
Tell me something about you that most people don't know.
People know all about me! I’m far from private.
If you could change one thing about the world, regardless of guilt or politics, what would you do?
yes, end violence, and also end citizens united.
Do you like to dance?
Would you ever consider living abroad?
Does your name make any interesting anagrams?
Not that I can figure
Who made the last incoming call on your phone?
Expedia lady but to no avail
What is the last thing you downloaded onto your computer?
picture of monk from my phone
Last time you swam in a pool?
too long, can’t even remember. Have my mind set on my neighbor’s pool when it gets’ a little warmer, though.
Type of music you like most?
lots. Maybe folky/jazzy/indie
Type of music you dislike most?
Lawrence Welky schmaltz
Are you listening to music right now?
What color is your bedroom carpet?
old hardwood floor
If you could change something about your home, without worry about expense or mess, what would you do?
second full bath and downstairs bedroom and more storage!
What was the last thing you bought?
parmesan and bread
Oh, yeah. Loved my Honda 160.
Would you go bungee jumping or sky diving?
Nothing involving high places
Do you have a garden?
yes, but away too much now to really garden. Maybe I’ll plant something since my son will be here.
Do you really know all the words to your national anthem?
yes—I watch a good bit of baseball
What is the first thing you think of when you wake up in the morning?
how can I cover my face from the cat?
If you could eat lunch with one famous person, who would it be?
George Lakoff. He knows how the power of language works.
Who sent the last text message you received?
“That sounds good.” Re time of taking monk home to person who’s hosting him.
Which store would you choose to max out your credit card?
I am really not going to do that unless it’s a hospital.
What time is bed time?
Have you ever been in a beauty pageant?
Not a chance
How many tattoos do you have?
Wish I had two, but actually none
If you don't have any, have you ever thought of getting one?
Oh, I actually have plans
What did you do for your last birthday?
went to dinner in Quebec City! Heaven, in other words.
Do you carry a donor card?
Who was the last person you ate dinner with?
husband, just now
Is the glass half empty or half full?
this particular is way past half empty, but metaphorically, half full.
What's the farthest-away place you've been?
When's the last time you ate a homegrown tomato?
last summer . Too long.
Have you ever won a trophy?
no. Award, yes.
Are you a good cook?
yes, I like to eat what I cook. But ask my friends…
Do you know how to pump your own gas?
Huh? Is there another way to get it? That’s a question for my mom in 1950, I think.
If you could meet any one person (from history or
currently alive), who would it be?
Sappho. Not for sex, for lyric beauty
Have you ever had to wear a uniform to school?
Do you touch-type?
with many errors, of course
What's under your bed?
trash and junk and shoe storage
Do you believe in love at first sight?
tried not to , but it happens
Think fast, what do you like right now?
summer evenings on my deck, summer mornings at the beach
Where were you on Valentine's day?
here. Nothing special
What time do you get up?
when the cat starts clawing, around 6:30
What was the name of your first pet?
Pansy, a Boston terrier
Who is the second to last person to call you?
Some unknown spam. Last known caller was my yard man, whom apparently I’d butt-dialed.
Is there anything going on this weekend?
Took the monk to his talk and saw some old friends and had good Thai food and fun ride home.
How are you feeling right now?
OK. Finally go to drink wine again after a two-week Flagyl fast (diverticulitis)
What do you think about the most?
death and somebody I used to know
What time do you get up in the morning?
when the cat wakes up
If you had A Big Win in the Lottery, how long would you wait to tell people?
Immediately for the first one, on advice for anyone else
Who would you tell first?
I’d call my lawyer, but should call a shrink since I never buy tickets…
What is the last movie that you saw at the cinema?
Still don’t remember. Maybe the James Baldwin?
Do you sing in the shower?
No but I should.
Which store would you choose to max out your credit card?
another repeat question - this meme need editing
What do you do most when you are bored?
What do you do for a living?
Do you love your job?
What did you want to be when you grew up?
a famous writer, and fame seems so uninteresting now. Weird.
If you could have any job, what would you want to do/be?
retired is good.
Which came first the chicken or the egg?
I think there were eggs before chickens
How many keys on your key ring?
Lots, and don’t even ask about those store discount plastic things
Where would you retire to?
beach, Costa Rica, California, here
What kind of car do you drive?
What are your best physical features?
What are your best characteristics?
Smart (so they say—might be dimming), kind (most of the time), honest (try really hard)
If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation where would you go?
Provence or Japan
What kind of books do you like to read?
Where would you want to retire to?
What is your favorite time of the day?
Where did you grow up?
old suburbs of small southern city
How far away from your birthplace do you live now?
About 90 miles
What are you reading now?
Anything Is Possible by Elizabeth Strout
Are you a morning person or a night owl?
both—don’t need much sleep, but might nap in the afternoon.
Can you touch your nose with your tongue?
Can you close your eyes and raise your eyebrows?
Do you have pets?
She doesn’t like the term, but a cat lives here
How many rings before you answer the phone?
What am I doing and how far to the phone? I’m fine with voice mail.
What is your best childhood memory?
Sitting on a branch of a huge live oak, hanging over a salt water creek
What are some of the different jobs that you have had in your life?
spy for Shoney’s, post office sorter, high school teacher, college dept. chair X 2, admin asst., library clerk, soda fountain worker, baby sitter, volunteer editor, employed editor, college teacher, dept store clerk, nanny
Any new and exciting things that you would like to share?
Back into political resistance, and never glad it’s necessary
What is most important in life?
What Inspires You?