If there’s going to be a War On Christmas, Christmas has already launched a pre-emptive strike via the broadcast media; I’ve been fast-forwarding through “buy-me-crap” ads with snow and Santa Clause since before Halloween. This makes you almost forget that there’s another holiday wedged in there this week. In fact, there are two: Thanksgiving and Hanukkah coincide this year. That means that instead of sweet potatoes, there will be potato latkes (which is fine with me because I despise sweet potatoes).
What are your plans for Thanksgiving?
I went shopping after meeting yesterday. Ahead of me in the checkout line was a guy in a terrible hurry and he didn’t hide his impatience from the clerk, who was doing her best. He finally got his bags and barged his way out to the parking lot. I got there about five minutes later to see him standing next to his car, cursing. He had a flat tire.
What’s your recent moment of karma-witness?
Get the popcorn.
What movie have you seen the most times?
I have lost track of the number of times I’ve seen Casablanca.
This is inspired by a running series at TPM.
Have you tried to buy health insurance on the Obamacare website?
I have not; I have insurance through my job.
The new TV season is upon us and already there are some casualties: ABC’s Lucky 7 turned out not to be, and CBS emasculated We Are Men after two episodes.
Have you found anything good to watch in the new TV season?
I’m giving the new Robin Williams sitcom The Crazy Ones a chance, and I’ve discovered The Black List with James Spader to be pretty intriguing.
I am hosting a car club party in two weeks and I’m already starting to get ready for it, which means I am trying to figure out when I will have to clean the house. Which brings me to…
What is/are your least favorite household chore(s)?
Vacuuming sucks (ha ha), especially in a house with white tile floor everywhere.
Apropos of the video below…
What was your first computer?
The Apple IIc was the first one I owned. The first one I used was the Digital Equipment Corporation PDP 8/S in the basement of St. George’s School in 1967. It ran on FORTRAN and used paper tape and teletypes.
Another of Julie’s good ones:
What book hasn’t been made into a movie or play that you think should be?
Moonshine Light, Moonshine Bright by William Price Fox.
From quizmaster and commenter Julie:
If you could re-design your body, what would you change?
I’d like to have 3D vision.
Nicked from Shakesville:
What is your favorite television show that got canceled before you were ready for it to end?
Me: The Dick Van Dyke Show.
This is a tough one… not.
What are you doing this weekend?
Me: the usual chores and napping.
With E-cigarettes all the rage…
Were/are you a cigarette smoker? If you were, how did you quit?
I was an occasional smoker years ago, but I was never hooked, and I just stopped.
Okay, I think you know where I stand. It’s your turn.
Should we authorize a military mission in Syria?
Make your case.
From Julie, following on yesterday’s wake-up call:
What do you have for an evening or before-bed snack?
I’ve been known to make a peanut butter sandwich.
Reading Eric Loomis’s post at LGM on Traditional American Manly Breakfasts made me hungry.
What’s for breakfast?
After enjoying nice morning meals with my parents, I’m back to my traditional oatmeal and coffee.
A variation on an old favorite:
Expedia has an ad asking “If you could go anywhere in the world but you had to leave right now, where would you go?” So…?
Me: My passport is still on my desk, so I choose Australia.
With school starting up again…
What was your favorite year in school?
It’s perfectly okay to say “None.”