I don't know what Meme means, but I know what it means for me. I've been tagged!
1. Respond and rework. Answer the questions on your blog. Replace one question you dislike with a question of your own invention. Add a question of your own.
2. Tag eight other un-tagged people.
WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT OBSESSION?
Funny you should ask. My wife says I am obsessive because I do things to the extreme.
When I worked I practiced my trade, at home on my own time, in classes on the weekends, whenever I could make time.
At one point I was a ham radio operator and taught myself the Morse code in half the time it normally takes simply by working on it all the time.
When I started blogging I began by doing it everyday and kept it up.
I create improv music files on my piano keyboard and do it several times every day.
I am sure she’d prefer that I was as diligent at picking up after myself.
She, on the other hand goes food shopping and has cooked meals most everyday for thirty years, but I don’t accuse her of doing it too often.
In my defense I say if you’re going to do something, do it well; that means working diligently toward that end
DO YOU NAP A LOT?
Sometimes I do and sometimes I don’t. My energy days go up and down like the weather. When I feel like a nap there is no difficulty in doing it.
WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU HUGGED?
Does a kiss on each cheek count? This is Italy. We ran into a friend out in the piazza today and talked twenty or thirty minutes with her. When we greeted each other we all exchanged hugs and kisses on both cheeks.
WHAT'S FOR DINNER?
I’ll have to ask. She may have told me. I probably asked already and don’t remember. She doesn’t like to be bothered in the kitchen so I won’t ask again. I’m sure it’s good. We like the same things and the only surprises are with things I like. I eat anything. We are ninety-nine per cent vegetarians, but here in Italy we learned to do as our Italian vegetarian friend does. We have sliced proscuitto from Parma every once in a while. The first time we saw her eat some we inquired, because she says she doesn’t eat meat either. She explained that it wasn’t meat. It was only proscuitto.
WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU BOUGHT?
a card for twenty euros to recharge my cell phone.
WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?
There was noise from the neighbors at three a.m. when I started this. Then I went back to bed.
Now this morning it is silent, some background traffic, I heard an airplane. Franco and his wife store some of their market goods in the building across from ours. They are in there now getting their things. I heard them. Overall it is quiet. A seagull made a squawk. The river is not too far away.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE WEATHER?
What, is this a trick question? Is this from that umbrella salesman again?
Okay, I like rainy days, but not like a duck or anything. I also like sunny days, and beautiful rolling clouds and starry nights like anyone else. What did you have in mind?
We lived on a boat for ten years in San Franciscisco Bay. I like water and every bit of weather. Varity is also good.
WHAT'S ON YOUR BEDSIDE TABLE?
Don’t have a table. I have an overhead shelf in Rome and a chair in Ohio. I keep a small flashlight on a string and a small portable radio with headphones there. Radioie Due (2) has been with me a long, long time. I like to listen in the middle of the night. Not every night, but now and then.
SAY SOMETHING TO THE PERSON WHO TAGGED YOU:
Hi. Do you have batteries in your radio? What’d you put for question three? Who is grading this test?
IF YOU COULD HAVE A HOUSE TOTALLY PAID FOR, FULLY FURNISHED ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD, WHERE WOULD YOU WANT IT TO BE?
Near my wife’s garden, my piano, computer, art stuff and workshop tools in case I need them. A library is good. It doesn’t matter where you put it. A fabled village with trees growing down the center of main street separating the right lane from the left, all the happy villagers and the sea are all good.
Oh, and a bakery on the corner that smells like donuts when you walk by.
FAVOURITE VACATION SPOT?
Any place John Denver would write a song about. Or Mexico, or Hawaii. Italy has nice spots also.
NAME THE THINGS YOU CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT.
food, air, sleep and sheep.
Just kidding about the sheep. It was a poetry joke.
WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO HAVE IN YOUR HANDS RIGHT NOW?
I should disqualify myself from this question. I have to come back down to planet earth to answer these things. I never learned desire.
Sex, drugs and rock and roll – I was there. If there was something I wanted I worked until I had it in my hands. When he was good he was very, very good, and when he was bad he was horrid.
An Oscar. That just came to mind. Not for the prize, but I would have been doing a lot of film work if I had one. I liked acting. It was fun work. But it’d be better if you just mailed it to me. I’m the kind of guy that would cry from happiness if I had to stand up in front of people and accept it. For being an out front sort of guy I am also a quiet stay at home.
That pretty blonde actress, can’t think of her name right now. I should have said her name and left it at that. (Sharon Stone twenty years ago. I haven’t seen her lately.)
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE TEA FLAVOR?
Regular with sugar. I drink coffee. Regular with sugar. When M. makes it there is non fat milk in it. I like that cause Italian coffees are so small.
WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO GET RID OF?
This question reminds me of a tale that Mark Twain is credited with, although having ideas about writers, it probably originated with Plato or Moses.
It seems an old woman was near death and two ministers met in the hallway of the hospital to discuss the visits they’d made that day. The younger minister asked if the other had seen the old misses and how it went.
The older minister shook his head and explained. “I asked her if she now thought it time to quit drinking and she said she never took a drink of anything stronger than tea her entire life. So I asked if she would quit taking the Lord’s name in vane and she said that she never had and never would so help her. I asked if she would consider giving up smoking and she told me she had never even considered the terrible filthy habit. I wished her well and excused myself and left.
Well, then,” said the younger man. “What do you make of it?”
The older minister sadly shook his head again and told him his conclusion, “It is a clear and classic example of a sinking ship with no freight to throw overboard.”
IF YOU COULD GO ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD FOR THE NEXT HOUR, WHERE WOULD YOU GO?
Does the bathroom count or does it have to be farther away? I don’t think it would take an hour.
I can go anywhere, but it is enough to go back and forth from Italy to Ohio. Staying in one spot would be nice. Haven’t found it.
WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BECOME AS A CHILD?
Let me get this straight. You mean like a child prize fighter or something? I never wanted to become a child anything. I just wanted to play in the woods and the lake and be a kid.
When I was old enough to have an idea about what I’d be as an adult I thought I wanted to be a jet pilot, but I heard you had to have perfect vision in both eyes. I had a weak eye so that day I changed my mind and thought I’d go into entertainment instead. And I did.
I think that 1954 movie with Gene Kelly singing in the rain swayed me. In that rainy night time dance scene there was a black and white ’54 ford Victoria on the street in the background. We had the same kind of car. Maybe that convinced me, I don’t know. It was also because he made it look like so much fun.
WHAT DO YOU MISS?
The fast ball? I swung hard, but too late I guess.
Missing is like desire for me. I am not programmed that way.
Things come and go. I’m used to it.
WHAT ARE YOU READING RIGHT NOW?
In Ohio I read a book every two days. It Italy I read Italian on the computer. No books.
Last year it was cowboy stuff from Louis L’Amour and Larry McMurtry. Michael Connelly, the Santa Barbara detective lady. A lot of the popular current ones I have read and don’t care for.
WHAT DO YOU FEAR THE MOST? (Andrea's question)
Like desire, I am not programmed that way.
When I worked in radio I used to have frustration dreams that the music was not ready or the news was not put together or something like that. I quit having those dreams when I left radio and just worked as a freelance talent.
FAVORITE MOVIE THIS PAST YEAR? (Joanne’s replaced question)
Gran Torino was the best of three I saw. The other two were also Best Picture candidates and not as well rounded. Gran Torino had all the elements. Something for everyone.
FAVORITE BOOK YOU'VE READ THIS YEAR? (Joanne’s question)
I have to think back six months when we left Ohio. The Berrybenders by McMurtry comes to mind. Oh, I read some things on line. Last week it was something by Kafka, and one by
a Russian. I forget.
WHEN DID YOU FIRST KNOW YOU WERE A WRITER?
I don’t know I am a writer. It’s not something I can call myself. Not like Willa Cather, She was a writer.
The question is a good one. The answer eludes me.
(I DIDN’T ADD A QUESTION.)
Wait! I have one. What is you’re bank password?
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(The below I copied from Annie and changed the names.)
Per the rules of the Meme, it is now my responsibility to “tag” up to eight more people. Confession: I’ve always been one to break a chain letter, from the time I was a child, so I’m not very good at this, so I leave it up to you, my regular readers, to respond if you are so inclined.
Answers can be long or short, and I'd love to read yours. I've added one question, and dropped none, so feel free to pick and choose. TOM, Meridith, Sweet Talkin'Andy, Catherine, Tanya, Kim, Khristin, Crafty - Are you up for this? If so, consider yourself tagged!