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50 Little Things

I am taking the advice of Mer and doing a list today for fun. Might be harder than I think. I am going to attempt to list 50 little things about me. I know many of these may be things already known, but let’s see if I can find some new ones.

  1. I like Yoko Ono.
  2. Today is my husband’s birthday.
  3. I am studying Spanish on the Duolingo app.
  4. I have a banjo.
  5. I own a scooter I am going to ride as soon as it’s fixed.
  6. I know how to solder.
  7. I like Eminem.
  8. I live around the block from my childhood home.
  9. I collect old phones and radios.
  10. I do not like Journey.
  11. I am an amateur radio operator, licensed for 20 years.
  12. I am a Dudeist Priestess able to perform weddings, funerals, etc. 
  13. I love Shakespeare plays.
  14. I love almost all vegetables.
  15. I like to follow Cleveland baseball.
  16. Surprisingly, I like tv shows such as: Wagon Train, The Rifleman, and Gunsmoke.
  17. I am distantly related to Dave Mustaine of Megadeth.
  18. I like Metallica
  19. There is a picture of me wearing a dashiki in my high school year book. I  love colorful clothes.
  20. I used to be on a golf league. I LOVED it. I was a terrible player, but really enjoyed playing. 
  21. I was arrested at 18 for disorderly conduct. The police had to wake me up to arrest me…..
  22. I had my first child when I was 19. He is going to be 34 this year and is a great person. 
  23. My husband says I can’t whistle, but I can.  A little. Badly. For a very short time. hahahaha
  24. I have seen Weird Al in concert almost every year since 1996.
  25. I taught Sunday school in the early 90s.
  26. I like square dancing even though I never do it anymore. Since junior high.
  27. I was a competitive swimmer for 6 years.
  28. OMG How is it not on the top of the list?? I LOVE THE BEATLES! I was in discussion about Yoko today so she was on my mind first. But the BEATLES are IT.
  29. I  LOVE Frank Zappa. He is fantastic. I hadn’t felt love for a musician like this since the Beatles. The Beatles are always first, but then FRANK.
  30. I am a HUGE Harry Potter fan. I have all the clothes to dress up, three wands, of course all the books, regular and large print for when I am older. Anything I can get my hands on Harry Potter makes me happy.
  31. I have three brothers, one a year and a half older than I, one a year and a half younger and one seven years younger.
  32. I stopped smoking 2 years ago this May on my birthday. 
  33. I didn’t care for the movie The Revenant.
  34. I am very afraid of spiders. They can just go to hell. Or away from me. Either one is okay.
  35. I like to fish.
  36. I love to read. Duh
  37. I can change a tire.
  38. I am almost 53 years old and I do not dye my hair. I have a little gray hair but I earned it. I am not going to dye it. It’s short anyway. 
  39. I have been to Alaska.
  40. I do not carry a purse. I haven’t since 1994.
  41. We have a clock in every room, including the bathroom. Do you guys, too?
  42. We use 24 hour time on our digital clocks. 
  43. I do not like bananas.
  44. I love donuts, but don’t eat them because I can’t stop. 
  45. I like to crochet, knit, and cross stitch.
  46. I do not smoke crack.
  47. I watch MeTv with my husband almost every night after he gets home from work.
  48. I like sparkly stuff.
  49. I have the ashes of my last two kitties on my coffee table.
  50. I think this was a fun post for me. Thanks Mer!

Monday Musings

A few musings on things in my life:

  • I once got locked in the White House
  • An attempted murderer stayed overnight at my apartment
  • I was arrested once. The police woke me up and arrested me for disorderly conduct
  • When I went to court I pled no contest, but told the judge I must have been having a hell of a nightmare to be woken up to be arrested…(I was 18)
  • I met Tony Orlando
  • Weird Al sang to me at a concert
  • My first concert was Sonny and Cher in 1972 (my parents took us kids)
  • I co-wrote and performed my first and only play with my classmates in elementary school
  • my friend and I read Jane Eyre in second grade
  • I have been married three times
  • I finally met the right person
  • I love the Beatles
  • I think Frank Zappa is a musical genius
  • I got to shake the hand of President Bill Clinton

Everyone has a story to tell and strange things that have happened to them. These are a few of mine. I’d love to hear yours.


Walking in the Rain

I was supposed to walk a 5k last evening. I say supposed to because when we got to Edgewater Park it was rainy and cold. My friend and I sat in her car and debated what we were going to do.  Did we really want to walk in this weather? Would that really be any fun? I came to have fun.

I am happy to say that my friend was in it for the fun also. We had paid for the event and we decided to pick up our numbers and our T-shirt but we weren’t staying for the walk. I love the shirt. It is fluorescent yellow. Love it.

After the race the organizers grill hamburgers and hot dogs for the runners and walkers. My friend and I walked up to the grillers and asked if we could eat before the race. They told us no, but we cajoled them into letting us “test” the first two burgers. You know, just to be sure they turned out well. They were delicious.

We now had two hours to fill before we went to the theater to see Book of Mormon. What should we do? Hmmm….my friend suggested we park downtown and go to a certain Margarita bar that she likes. Hey! good idea. Let’s go.

Both of us had a change of clothes so we could look a bit more presentable at the play. We left those clothes in the car for the time we were at the bar.  We would change into them later and walk to the theater.

To make a long story short we had a great time at the bar. We joked around with some of the bartenders, drank some grande Margaritas until it was time to go. After having a couple of Margaritas, neither of us felt like walking in the rain back to the car to go change clothes. We went to the play in jeans and long sleeve T-shirt for me; stretch capris and sweatshirt for my friend. We walked twelve blocks, went in and enjoyed the play and went home.  A fun evening all around. Even walking the 12 blocks in the rain.


Political Ad Shennanigans

I just saw a political ad. It shows the normal this-guy-lost-us-a-bunch-of-jobs interview. What struck me was that this commercial was not FOR any candidate. The end of the commercial states: Vote against Ted Strickland. What? Does that mean the other candidate’s record and activity (Rob Portman is the incumbent) doesn’t support voting for him by name? Just the other guy is worse than I am?

Wow. What are these commercials coming to? I’m waiting for one to say, Don’t bother voting unless you’re voting for me!

This commercial struck me as odd the first time I saw it. I thought, Don’t we know who is running against him? Is there more than one person running against Mr. Strickland? Wow, someone wants us to really not like Ted Strickland.

Of course I’ve seen ads that smear one candidate or the other, but usually in the end, the commercial advises the viewer to vote FOR someone. I don’t think I have seen one that just seems not to care who’s running against him, just DON’T vote for Ted Strickland.

Most commercials tell you to order, call or sign up NOW! My mind has a tendency, when watching commercials, to think: Don’t tell me what to do!

Which is what I thought when I saw this ad. Don’t tell me what to do! Or rather Don’t tell me what not to do!

Well, this is just the beginning. I live in Ohio, which is a swing state. We see a whole lot of political ads here. I’m sure I will see worse ads than this one. There is one other commercial that bothers me, but that’s just because I think it’s all lies. I am used to those.

But telling me who NOT to vote for without mentioning whom the ad thinks I SHOULD vote for seemed odd to me.  I guess the ad did get me to watch, although with my mouth gaping.

I guess the games have begun.


Walk This Way

I am going with a friend to see the play “Book of Moron” at the end of August.  We are seeing it at one of the big playhouses downtown. I have heard good things about the play and I love attending the theatre, so it should be a good time.

The friend with whom I am attending is a runner.  She will run anywhere! I am more of a walker. Okay, a really slow walker. I am starting to enjoy walking more now, but am no power walker.

The day we go to see the play there is a Nike Summer Race Series 5k run/walk downtown. Somehow my friend thought it would be a great idea to walk this 5k before we go see the play…..I am not sure this is such a good idea.

I guess I’m not wearing any fancy shoes to the show. Even if I kept a pair in my car for after, I think my feet will be swollen into sausages and won’t fit. I will also be wearing something comfortable and breezy. I don’t want to be sweating in some tighter fitting garment while trying to enjoy “The Book of Mormon”.  I will have some type of wet wipe in my car to “freshen up” before going to the theatre. I picture my poor seat neighbor trying not to notice the sweaty person next to them.

My main concern is finishing in time. I haven’t done a 5k in about 15-20 years. And I was slow then and came in last. I don’t want that to happen again. I have been walking since my friend decided this was a good idea. I hurt my back a few days ago and will be going out for the first time in four days.

My friend is a true runner. Here she is doing a Warrior Dash.

There she is in the middle running over FIRE! Did I mention I am a walker? A slow walker? No fire involved.

It’s okay, she will slow down for me. She isn’t going to push me so that it isn’t fun. There is one steep hill I am not going to think about until I get to it. I know this is going to be a big challenge, but the important thing is having fun.

So, here’s to moving out of my comfort zone. I just hope my feet don’t find the new zone too painful! I’m just glad I will be leaving all the door knocking and mission work to “The Book of Mormon”. I don’t think my feet could take any more steps!


The Republicans are coming, the Republicans are coming!


For a lot of us, summer means orange barrels and construction here and there throughout our cities. For those of us in Cleveland this year it means orange barrels EVERYWHERE.

The Republicans are coming to town. First it was the convention next year. Now it’s the debates this Thursday AND the convention next year.

It seems that every area of the city has decided to spruce itself up. The roads, the airport, the Q (aka Quicken Loans Arena) are all undergoing facelifts. It makes getting around a challenge. Our detours have detours at the moment.

My husband and I just traveled to Florida for a week. We had to get to the airport over two hours before our flight. The construction on the outside of the airport had spilled into the inside and there was now only one security line for everyone.  On our return home we remembered that there is only one exit open to get outside to meet my aunt who picked us up to take us home.

We made it home, of course.  I’m getting very tired of all the construction, however. And all because the Republicans are coming. I will be staying inside while they are loose about the city. I might accidentally run into one. I hope they bring a lot of their money and spend it downtown.

I think the barrels will come down for the few days around the debate. At least that will be nice.

Enjoy Cleveland, Republicans. I know my brother is thrilled you are here.