From Julie (that she says she cribbed from another site):
The CIA used music to torture people. What music would you consider torture?
I listen to classical music all day, and I’ve grown to dislike music from the baroque era with screechy violins. If they are playing instruments with catgut strings, it sounds as if the cats were still attached to them. It sets my teeth on edge.
Apropos of this story from Saturday:
Can you drive a stick shift? If so, who taught you?
Was it anything like what these kids went through?
Via commenter Julie:
In honor of Halloween: What is the scariest book you’ve read or movie you’ve seen?
Me: Darby O’Gill and the Little People. Freaked me out in 1959 and still does, but not for the same reason as it did when I was seven. (Sean Connery singing!?)
We all need a good one now and then.
When was the last time you really laughed out loud?
For me, last Sunday watching a re-run of Modern Family. I’d never seen the show before.
Julie says I have never asked this one:
What’s your favorite song?
For me there are so many that it’s tough to choose, but if pressed, I’d say Nether Lands by Dan Fogelberg. At least that’s the one that popped into my mind when Julie suggested the question.
Are you watching the World Cup?
Miami, being the cultural melting pot of people from places where soccer is a national obsession and team spirit is strong, is awash with people wearing team colors and cars with national flags flying from antennas in support of their team. Everywhere you go — restaurants, barber shops, any place with cable TV — the games are on, so it’s unavoidable. But I’m not going out of my way to watch it.
Haven’t done this for a while, and with the summer driving season upon us, I’d be interested to know what gas is going for in your part of the world.
This morning I paid $3.59 at the Marathon on the corner of SW 168th Street and Old Cutler Road in suburban Miami. On the way in to the office I saw it going for $3.69 at a station on US 1, and yesterday morning a Chevron in South Miami had regular for $3.95. That station seems to be the highest priced place in town; it is always forty to fifty cents higher than every other station in the vicinity. But there are always cars at the pumps, so it must not bother either the buyer or the seller.
Speaking of driving, I might as well turn this into a Question of the Day, too:
What are you currently driving… if you drive?
Me: a 2007 Mustang convertible, and a 1988 Pontiac 6000 LE Safari station wagon on weekends or to car shows.
I think I’ve asked this before, but it’s been a very long time.
How did you find Bark Bark Woof Woof?
Also, if you’re a lurker — someone who reads the blog but never leaves a comment — please feel free to say hi.
HT to Melissa.
C’mon, you can tell us.
What’s the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you?
Would you like a typewritten list?
HT to Julie.
I think I’ve done this one before but it’s good for a revival.
What’s your home page on your computer?
Gee, take a wild guess.
Check out your the closet…
What is the oldest piece of clothing you own that you still wear?
I have a wool overshirt that I got on my NOLS backpacking expedition in 1974. It still fits, and when it gets chilly here in Florida, it’s nice to wear.
Are you a restless or immobile sleeper? When you get up in the morning, does your bed look like a tornado hit it or barely slept in?
Mostly immobile here. Or so I’m told…
HT to Julie.
Never too early to think about lunch or dinner. Via Julie:
What are your favorite pizza toppings?
Bonus: Thick or thin crust?
From the Faithful Correspondent:
Where do you read?
I do a lot of it here at the computer, but second place is the chair in the living room where I read the Sunday paper and magazines. Third is in bed, but I can only read a page or two before Morpheus takes over. After that is the patio when the weather is nice and the sun isn’t too brutal.
With the Academy Awards coming up…
What film did you love when you first saw it but has since lost its appeal when you see it again?
TCM showed The Paper Chase from 1973 last weekend. It starred Timothy Bottoms, Lindsay Wagner, and John Houseman in his Oscar-winning role as Professor Kingsfield. I remember being enamored of its great writing and cinematography, but now it seems thin, trite, riddled with plot holes, and other than Mr. Houseman, the acting was phoned in. I don’t think it’s just me being 41 years older; a lot of films from that era hold up really well.
PS [Spoiler Alert]: What the hell is Susan Fields (Lindsay Wagner) doing driving a Chevrolet Vega wagon? The daughter of a Harvard professor would have a Volvo.
What would you rather be doing now?
Aside from reading this blog, of course.
Via Julie after seeing a photo of my grandmother posted on my Facebook page to honor her 111th birthdate:
What is the oldest photograph you have?
I don’t have the original, but I think the oldest one I have a copy of is of my great-grandmother on my father’s side.
I have no idea when it was taken, but it had to be sometime in the 1870’s.
Courtesy of the Faithful Correspondent:
How do you start your day?
If we’re talking breakfast — and I think we are — it’s a glass of grapefruit juice and a cup of coffee at home while I blog. When I get to work, the building’s cafeteria is next door and the prices are really low: I can get a full breakfast of bacon, eggs, and toast for $2.50, and a bowl of oatmeal for under a buck. Sometimes I splurge and get pancakes and sausage.
An anonymous Southern Republican congressman on GOP resistance to immigration reform:
Part of it, I think — and I hate to say this, because these are my people — but I hate to say it, but it’s racial. If you go to town halls people say things like, “These people have different cultural customs than we do.” And that’s code for race.
Gee, ya think?