Stealing from Bev -- 07/10/11

Bev grabbed twenty questions from Sunday Stealing so I figured I would steal them from her...

1. When showering, do you start the water and then get in, or get in then start the water?
Are you kidding? Step into a cold shower? Yeah, we do not have one of those instant heat water heaters in our bathroom, so I need to let the water run a bit so the water at least gets warm.

2. Have you ever showered with someone of the opposite sex?
Yes. (Well, after all, isn't that just good clean fun? And besides, it's Green and good for the planet and helps fight anthropomorphic global warming. Save a polar bear from drowning - share a shower today!)

3. Were you ever been forced to shower with one of your siblings?

4. Have you ever dropped your soap on your foot?
Oh, I hate when that happens! What hurts even more is dropping a full container of shampoo! Ouch!)

5. How old do people say you look?
Usually a bit younger than I actually am. Of course, since I am 68, the numbers they guess are not actually young, but they're usually below 68. (Well, 65 is younger than 68!)

6. How old do you act?
Anywhere from junior high school to old geezer with various stops in between, depending on my mood.

7. What’s the last song you sang?
I sang a lot of them Friday night. We were at a retirement party for one of Nancy's colleagues. Great party with a great local dance band -- The B-Sides -- playing good danceable pop music mostly from the sixties, but some fifties and seventies slipped in there too. So while you're dancing to some of those golden oldies, you can't help but sing along (and with a group of amplified musicians, including guitar and base and drums and sax and trombone, etc., nobody is going to hear you).
(Here's a link to The B-Sides doing Domino -- which is typical of the good times partying and dancing oldies they were playing.)

8. Have you recently become a member of anything?
I joined the local YMCA three or four weeks ago. (It's great, I've been doing a curcuit of 14 or so Nautilus workout stations two or three times a week, followed by a workout on a stair stepper or a treadmill.)

9. What are your plans for next weekend?
Next weekend will bring the 2011 Providence 48 Hour Film competition so, of course, I will be getting together with the They're Using Tools team for my third year in a row.

10. Do you kiss with your eyes open or closed?
It depends... sometimes open and sometimes closed.

11. Whats the sexiest thing about Sarah Palin?
I dunno... she's too young for me. (Really -- she is only four years older than my eldest child. However, I do enjoy watching Palin Derangement Syndrome cause supposedly intelligent and educated people make utter fools of themselves.)

12. Who’s the sexiest famous woman alive?
I was going to say "my wife" but she's not famous.

13. Who’s the sexiest famous man alive?
Oh, okay, so I suppose I don't count just because I'm not famous?

14. Does your family have a crazy uncle?
I have no surviving uncles -- but although they were interesting, none of them were crazy.

15. Have you ever smuggled something into another country?
Not that I can think of offhand, but my brother can tell a story about the time that...

16. Do you live in a city with a good sports team?
I don't live in a city; I live in a small town. Our local high school has always seemed to have pretty good track and cross country teams. URI some years I think is supposed to have good football and basketball teams, but I have little interest in college football and basketball, so I'm not really sure. (Actually, I have about the same lack of interest in professional football and basketball.)

17. What is the most unusual?

18. How do feel about the Goth people?
Am I supposed to have any special feeling about them? They haven't declared war on us or anything, right? I must confess that I have seen some that looked so ridiculous that I had struggle not to laugh at them. but then I often meet non-Goths about whom I have the same struggle. (I was raised to be polite.)

19. Can you fix or your significant other fix your own car?
Define fix. I can change a tire, although I have not done so in many years and since I belong to triple-A, I doubt that I ever will. I can add oil, use jumper cables, that kind of thing, which to me falls into the category of what anybody should be able to do. Anything more? That's why repair shops and mechanics were inventied. Nancy does not do anything more these days, but in her younger days she would get together with her father to work on cars, changing oil and filters and such, and enjoying spending time with him working on her car. My youngest is pretty good at taking cars apart and putting them back together. (Although he is a restaurant manager, he has a degree in automotive body repair from New England Tech.)

20. Would you want to kill Casey Anthony yourself if you were guaranteed to get away with it?
I think whoever made up this question is the kind of person who spends entirely too much time watching tabloid television (by which I include just about anything and everything on CNN, MSNBC, and Fox, as well as significant amounts of what passes for "news" programs on the three major networks). Our system has some basic principles: you are presumed innocent until proven guilty, the prosecuter has to present sufficient evidence to persuade a jury that a defendent is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, and there is no double-jeopardy. I do not watch tabloid television so I cannot claim to have followed the case, but my impression is that the prosecution failed to provide sufficient evidence to prove guilt. Is the mother some kind of wacko who could have done it? Maybe, but our standard is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. It sounds to me as if the jury made the right decision. Haven't we seen enough cases where innocent people have been sent to prison, even sentenced to death. As Blackstone said, "better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer."

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