This is the welcome to summertime post from Thursday Thinks from the beginning of summer, but that’s largely irrelevant. I wonder if the site is defunct?
1. What’s your favorite part of winter?
The first measurable snow. Eventually, I tire of it, but early on, I like to walk in it, and don’t even mind shoveling it.
2. What was your worst summer vacation ever?
My father always took us camping. This is camping with a tent and Coleman stove and lantern, not in some fancy RV. One particular place had a bathroom that was so infested with flies that I literally killed seven with one blow with a rolled-up newspaper.
3. Tell us about the best job that you ever had.
Excluding the current job, it’s a toss-up between working at the Schenectady Arts Council (1978-79), where I ostensibly did the books, but got to be the partner for the choreographer when she needed a partner to teach the school kids disco, plus go sing at old folks’ homes with the secretary; and FantaCo (1980-88), where I got to write and do lots of different other things. SAC had the advantage of me never burning out because it ended too quickly when the funding ran out, whereas FantaCo was better for a much longer time, even though I needed to leave by the end.
4. Who is probably talking a load of crap about you right now?
Some guy who visits another of my blogs.
5. An alien appears and offers you the opportunity to repeat one year of your life. You will still know everything that you know now. He explains that no matter what you do differently when you are returned to the present nothing will have changed. What year would you pick and why?
Well, it’d be 1978, because it was a really fun year (SAC, among other things), after the VERY not great 1977. But what’s the point if I don’t get to change anything?
6. Name three things you have on you at all times. Explain why.
Bus pass, wedding ring, keys. Because.
7. When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone on paper and mailed it?
Wow. Probably to one of my sisters a couple of years after our father died in 2000 to clarify some issues.
8. If you could have everyone in the blogosphere read just one of your posts, which post would you pick and why?
I’m fond of my ABC Wednesday posts. How about E is for English language?
9. I recently read that the music industry continues to decline at an alarming rate. In the last year, it said the sales of Michael Jackson’s and The Beatles’ music are the only artists whose sales continue to climb. The article stated that the two are holding up the industry. Have you bought a CD or mp3 of either artist recently?
Actually, I bought a Michael Jackson greatest hits CD last year, and my wife got me the Beatles mono box for Christmas 2009.
10. What radio ad right now do you find so annoying that you’d rather have a tooth drilled than hear it again?
The great thing about not listening to the radio very often is that I have no answer. Though I must say that the Alan Chartock pledge drives on WAMC, one of our public radio stations around here, I find particularly unlistenable (sorry, Alan).
11. Berleen walks into a bar on a hot Minnesota day. At the bar sits a priest, a rabbi, and a minister. A ten-foot duck walks into the bar right after Berleen. What drink do you think Berleen orders?
A White Russian. I’ve read that ducks like milk, and having a drink named for a part of the former Soviet Union may signal detente amongst the clergy.
12. There is a knock on your door. It can be anyone in the world. Who would you want it to be?
There are about a half dozen people I’ve known, from college or later, but who I have totally lost track of.
13. What would be the worst entertainment or sporting that you could be forced to watch?
Extreme wrestling. I don’t care that other people watch it, but for me, no thanks.