I am one of those people who incessantly fill out, and forward, those "getting to know you" emails that fill your inbox. Probably because I was the one who forwarded it on to you.
I'm not sure why I relish filling out personal information so much, but maybe it's because I think the more you know about someone the stronger your relationship is with that person.
Well, I hit the mother load...
The longest and best getting to know you survey around ABOUT YOU What's your name?: Jeanne Ever used any other names?: Jeannie Do you have any nicknames?: Jeannie, Jelibeanne Where were you born?: In a hospital Where do you live now?: In a house When were you born?: On a Friday morning What is your sign?: Stolen What is your Chinese zodiac sign?: Tiger, tiger burning bright Are you married/single/divorced/widowed/taken?: Taken? As in abducted? How awful! But no, married Do you have any children?: Five 4-legged ones What are your parents names?: Legally? I think Joseph and Elizabeth, but they went by Pat and Betty Do you have any siblings?: After me, there was no way they could top perfection Are you closer to your Mom or Dad?: was always close to both of them. More protective of Mom though Are your parents still together?: Uhm... they're in the same plot. Does that count? What kind of home do you live in?: 3-bedroom Ranch What are your living arrangements?: Me, my husband, our five 4-legged children Do you have any pets?: No. They own me Do you collect anything?: Do books and magazines count? What do you do for a living?: The more I think about it, the more philosophical the question actually is... How much money do you make in a year?: No, no... will not fall into that trap. Then people want to borrow money What kind of vehicle do you drive?: A tiny silver Toyota What color is your bedroom flooring?: Uhm... wood color? How big is your bed?: Not big enough for two humans and five 4-legged children Do you sleep with any one/thing in the bed with you?: With my husband to the right and kitties all around Do you like thunderstorms?: I sleep so much better through them, but when awake it's the lightening that fascinates me Do you know how to swim?: Like a fish Do you know CPR?: Not as well as I should Would you rather fly, take a bus, take a train, or drive on a trip?: Flying through a cloud bank is almost a religious experience, but there's nothing like seeing the USA in your Chevrolet! When did you graduate from high school?: Yes What high school did you graduate from?: Lindbergh High Do you sing in the shower?: No often, but I can belt out a mean Janis Joplin Do you read on the toilet?: It's a family tradition started by my grandfather YOUR FAVORITES Color?: Green Food?: Not picky, but salmon Restaurant?: Amigo's Cantina in Kirkwood Season?: Fall Holiday?: Not a holiday person Animal?: Dogs Clothing item?: Hoodie from the Biltmore Estate Scent?: The ocean Shampoo?: Whatever is on sale and doesn't test on animals Non-alcoholic beverage?: Sweet tea Alcoholic beverage?: Don't drink much, but amaretto sours bring back fond memories Store to shop in?: Ikea, Target and HomeGoods Author?: Too many to choose Actor/actress?: Benicio del Toro Movie?: Again, too many to choose Book?: White Palace Director?: Kevin Smith Musical artist or group?: Inxs or Nine Inch Nails Song?: "Need You Tonight" since it was sung to me in concert Music genre?: Rock Ideal vehicle?: '68 Chevy Impala Sport to watch?: Football Sports team?: St. Louis Rams and St. Louis Cardinals Sport to play?: Don't often play sports, so we'll keep it low-key... catch TV show?: House or Bones Card game?: Solitare Board game?: Scrabble HAVE YOU EVER... Been arrested?: No Been in jail?: I've visited historical ones... Stolen anything?: Hearts Cheated on someone?: Yes Lied to a friend?: Yes Lied to a relative?: Yes Lied to someone you were in a relationship with?: Yes Killed anything?: Yes. I worked at an animal shelter Hit an animal with your vehicle?: Yes. Called out of work for no reason?: Yes, but that was forever ago Skipped school?: No. Too afraid of getting caught Gone bungeee jumping?: No Gotten a tattoo?: Many times Gotten a piercing?: Many times Been in a fight?: It's been a long time Lost a fight?: I don't think anybody won Done any gambling?: Slot machines Cheated at a game you were playing?: Does cheating at Solitare count? Pretended something was worse than it was for sympathy?: I am an only child. Of course! Made a prank phone call?: At a fifth grade slumber party Been drunk?: Yes Been drunk enough to puke?: Yes Puked on someone?: I don't think so Peed your pants since being an adult?: I don't think so Fainted or passed out?: Passed out but could still hear everything when I needed to get my reconstructive plastic surgery on my face Seen a dead body?: Yes Seen someone die?: No Been in love?: Yes Been married?: Yes Loved someone you couldn't tell?: Yes Fallen for a friend?: Yes Had sex with someone you were not in a relationship with?: Yes Been the person someone cheated on someone else with?: Yes Dumped someone?: Yes Been dumped?: Yes Lost someone you loved?: Yes Cried because your heart was broken?: Yes Loved someone so much it made you cry?: Yes Done something illegal or immoral?: Yes Been high?: Yes Bought drugs?: No Sold drugs?: No Broken something when you were angry?: Maybe accidentally Punched an inanimate object in anger?: I tried it. Not me. Lied about yor age?: Yes Had your license suspended or revoked?: No Been in a car accident?: Yes Gotten a ticket?: No Given a gift "just because"?: Yes Forgotten someone's birthday or your own anniversary?: Maybe? Bounced a check?: Yes Had an overdrawn bank account?: Yes Kissed someone of the same sex?: Yes ABOUT YOUR PERFECT SIGNIFICANT OTHER Age range?: 5 years younger to 10 years older Height?: My height or taller Build?: Average to thick Hair color?: Matters not Hair style?: Long Eye color?: Matters not MORE ABOUT YOU Religious preference?: Technically Catholic, but have become very disillusioned and right now consider myself more spiritual than religious Political affiliation?: Liberal Ever worn glasses, contacts, or braces?: Yes, yes and yes Describe yourself in 4 words:: Funny, quirky, passionate, giving Describe your perfect mate in 4 words:: Funny, smart, passionate, strong Name 4 places you have lived:: My parents' house, college dorm, my apartment, my parents' which is now my house Name four occupations you have had:: Cashier, PR & Marketing Assistant, Spa Coordinator, Executive Assistant If you could have 3 wishes, what would they be?: This is undoubtedly going to set me up for failure, so I pass Do you miss someone right now?: Absolutely Do you have a crush on someone right now?: Why not? What shoes did you wear today?: Barefoot so far What are you wearing right now?: Jammies What time is it right now?: 10am IF you could vacation any 2 places in the world, where would they be?: I want to go to Poynton, England and see the Anasazi Indian ruins in Durango, CO Name 4 things you'd rather be doing right now?: Sitting on a beach, sitting in a hot tub, horseback riding, getting a facial When was the last time you wrote someone a letter and who was it?: Not a letter writer via longhand. Hurts my wrists too much Who was the last person to write you a letter?: I get a lot of credit card offers... Who was the last person you got an email from?: Kimmy Who was the last person you sent an email to?: Barry Who was the last person you talked to on the phone?: Kimmy Who was the last person you kissed?: Barry Who was the last person you hugged?: Barry Who was the last person you said "I Love You" to?: Barry Name 4 places you have been on vacation:: Charleston, SC; Asheville, NC; Portland, OR; Chicago, IL Name your 5 best friends:: I refuse to hurt the feelings of the 6th person by excluding them THIS OR THAT Coke or Pepsi?: Pepsi Mickey D's or BK?: Wendy's Chinese or Mexican?: Mexican Cats or Dogs?: Both Fish or Birds?: Neither Reptiles or Amphibians?: Neither Early Bird or Night Owl?: Early Bird Winter or Summer?: Winter Spring Break or Christmas Vacation?: Christmas Vacation Hambuger or Cheeseburger?: Bacon Cheeseburger Chocolate or Vanilla?: Chocolate A LITTLE MORE ABOUT YOURSELF What are you afraid of?: Landing. Hard. What is your mood right now?: Bored Name 4 things you like to do for fun:: Read, write, try new restaurants, watching movies Ever been skinny dipping?: No, but Do you smoke?: No Do you drink?: No Do you believe in love at first sight?: No, but within an hour of meeting someone I believe you can know if you have a future with them Would you rather have 10 aquaintances or 2 close friends?: 2 close friends If you had a child today, what would you name it?: Jill or Asher Do you know the words to The Star Spangled Banner?: Yes Do you like fire?: Uhm... yes? Are you afraid to die?: I'm afraid of dying in pain Do you believe in Heaven and Hell?: Mostly Do you own a cell phone?: Yes Name 4 websites you visit every time you get on a computer:: CNN.com, IMDB.com, KSDK.com, Google.com Where is your computer?: Family room What are you listening to right now?: Today show What is the last CD you got?: Ledbelly and Robert Johnson What is the last gift someone gave you?: I got an Easter basket What is the nicest thing anyone has ever done for you?: Aw crap... So many people have done wonderful things for me. The most obvious answer is that my Mom defied her doctors after her stroke and lived to take care of me. How would your friends describe you?: Twisted but lovable When was the last time you cried?: I cry a lot. I think a day or two ago when I read/watched the news What was the last thing you ate?: Chips and cheese Do you prefer mini blinds, shades, or drapes?: Shades and drapes Do you have any pets?: I know I answered this earlier When was the last time you moved?: I moved home in 2001 Do you get along with your neighbors?: Mostly Are you friends with any of your exes?: Not any more Do you get along better with guys or girls?: Guys How do you want to die?: Doesn't everyone say "In my sleep"? Do you bathe daily?: Mostly Do you prefer baths or showers?: Showers What is your favorite sleeping position?: On my right side Would you prefer to sleep in a warm room or a cold room?: Cold room with lots of blankets Who was the last person who drove you somewhere?: Barry Where was the last palce you drove to?: I drove to Target last night When was the last time you took a "road trip"?: August 2006 to Chicago How many DVDs do you own?: Over 300 How many CDs do you own?: Less than 50... MP3s now What is your favorite radio station?: 106.5 What is your favorite cologne or perfume on someone else?: Drakkar, Cool Water, Axe body spray What is your favorite cologne or perfume?: Aveda's chakra scent, Bliss What is your least favorite smell?: Cat boxes ABOUT DATING Is it okay for a girl to ask a guy out or should the guy always ask?: Of course a girl can ask a guy out! Do you think the guy should always pay on the first date?: I think whoever asks the other out needs to pay on the first date Where would you go on an ideal date with someone?: City Museum Do you like public displays of affection?: No Would you rahter go to a theater or cuddle on the couch and watch a DVD?: I love seeing a flick in the theater, but hate everyone else in there Do you know what the "door lock" test is?: Haven't a clue When was the last time someone hit on you?: This question depresses me Are you a flirt?: Oh yes... MISCELLANEOUS QUESTIONS What was the last thing you bought?: Clothing When was the last time you stayed awake for over 24 hours?: Since an hour of sleep here and there doesn't count, it's been a very long time What is the last movie you watched?: Beowulf and Grendel What is the last movie you saw in a theater?: I Am Legend Did you get anything in the mail today?: Mail hasn't run yet Do you have myspace?: No What was the last comment you got on your myspace?: N/A What was the last comment you put on someone's myspace?: N/A If you could have any job in the world what would it be?: Romance novelist If yo could only have one food for the rest of your life what would it be?: Reese's peanut butter eggs What would you do with a million dollars?: Get out of debt, then invest Have you ever been in the hospital?: Yes What is your least favorite food?: Sausage Tell me something I may not know about you?: I would be a vegetarian if it wasn't so expensive. In the last week, has anyone told you a secret?: No Are you straight, gay, or bi?: Mostly straight, but I can appreciate an attractive woman Have you ever dyed your hair?: Excessively What were you doing for a living 9 years ago?: Working retail Who were you with 9 years ago?: Two guys... Steven and Brian Have you gained or lost weight since high school?: Both What was your favorite subject in high school?: Creative writing Were you in any clubs/sports/activities in high school?: Drama club, but hated it What is your favorite number?: 7 Do you have any lucky charms?: Not that I recall Are you superstitious?: Sort of, but not really Do you believe in ghosts?: I believe they could exist What do you think of psychics?: Generally frauds, but some real ones are out there Are you picky about grammar or spelling?: Yes How many keys on your key chain?: Too many. Need to thin the herd How many rings until you answer the phone?: I try for no more than three What is your favorite ice cream flavor?: Chocolate/Peanut butter When did you lose your virginity?: 19 Who was the last relative you talked to?: My Aunt Fran Have you ever aced an exam?: Not as often as I like, but yes What is your most used catch phrase?: "No worries" and "Pretty" What's the best pick-up line you've ever heard?: Never really got pick-up lines. Either dated friends or it was a mutal decision What is the best compliment you have ever heard or received?: Any compliment is the best compliment Do you think you are attractive?: Usually Would you rather take a picture or be in a picture?: Take Number of things in your past that you regret:: I try to live my life without regrets, but those I have aren't on a list What is the craziest thing you have ever done?: In a whole list of crazy things, how can I claim one as the craziest? Do you have any bad habits?: I'm sure Do you have any psychological impairments?: Not officially, but my friends could tell you about some Are you taking any prescription medications?: Not right now How long did it take you to complete this survey?: Too long Take this survey | Find more surveys
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Wednesday, April 30, 2008
I am one of those people who incessantly fill out, and forward, those "getting to know you" emails that fill your inbox. Probably because I was the one who forwarded it on to you.
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
I am dying for some adventure. Sitting around the house, applying for jobs, waiting to hear back, puttering, cleaning, watching TV… well, it ain’t me babe. There was a time in my not-so-recent past where being a lady of leisure would have held a certain appeal. I think it was because I worked at a spa booking appointments for ladies of leisure and I would feel a pang of jealousy that they could get a massage at 2:15 in the afternoon on a Tuesday and Thursday.
But they obviously had the means as well as the time to receive such services. I do not.
Which is not to say that I’m in any financial straights, but I’m not going to spend any more money than I have to when I’m not pulling any in. So I sit. And wait. And hope.
I want to work!
So in the meantime, I surf the Internet and dream wistfully of local places to visit that aren’t in any guidebooks. I mean, c’mon! If you aren’t supposed to go there, isn’t it all the more appealing?
Or maybe it’s just me…
For those of you not in the know, St. Louis is filled with local tales of hauntings and spooky tales. The Lemp Mansion is the number one example of local ghost stories. But the book The Exorcist, and subsequent movies, were based on the sad events that brought a little boy and his family to St. Louis. However, there are plenty of other attractions in the metropolitan area.
My itch to explore local 'paranomal' lore, for lack of a better word, isn't new. I can't say that it started when Tom took me to explore the Miles Mausoleum, but it did rocket from there. While it’s completely legit to visit, the tales involved in the desecration of the mausoleum make it sad to visit, but I felt no sense of spookiness. It was a rush to poke around the cemetery, but it's also quite a popular place to visit, so the illicit factor is quite low.
Recently, I happened across reference on the town of Moselle in Franklin County. A posting from the Underground Ozarks forum says (sic): "park in the church parking lot then there is a field behing it and foll ow the field back to the tree line you'll find a creek cross it and there will be an old worn road just in dirt follow that up a ways and youll see a whole old ass town up there watch out for mountian lions because they are up there - and if you remember the "yetti" sightings in missouri forever agoe this is also that place- it would be a very good place for a real the hills have eyes sort of thing so be caryful up there people around there are very wierd maby bring a gun of two" I don’t know if it would be worth the drive, but you don’t know until you go, right?
On Friday, I was jonesing to go out to Bee Tree Park down in Oakville, with it’s abandoned castle. It’s the castle that appeals to me, obviously. I know it’s fenced off and, supposedly, inaccessible, but such a thing of beauty should not be tucked away from public viewing. I’ve never seen it, so I don’t really know what I’m talking about, but needless to say, my curiosity has been piqued.
I also came across unverified information that there are two cemeteries in August A Busch Memorial Wildlife Park. Formerly an old Army training site, there are plenty of old munitions bunkers left over from WWII. Have explored some of the bunkers years ago and it's high time I go back out there. For a multitude of reasons it seems. Maybe when the leaves turn… I’m sure it’ll be GORGEOUS out there.
But over the weekend, my mind went from Bee Tree Park to another intriguing area south of where I live. Once I started doing some research, I decided that I really want to explore the grounds of the old Robert Koch Hospital. I know it would be considered trespassing. I know it would be wrong. But it saddens me that so many people died there and have been abandoned from our collective memory. My exploration would be self-serving, but it was also be an acknowledgment of people who weren’t even acknowledged with individual graves.
So maybe once I’m working, I’ll feel apt to drive to these places and explore. Once I have less time on my hands.
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Monday, April 28, 2008
A friend of mine, M., recently sent me a link of movies that are being REMADE. Movies. Not T.V. shows that are being revamped for the big screen. But previously made films that are perfectly good, generally beloved, films that have already been released into the wild. She was very upset that 'Near Dark' was on the list, a movie that I have never seen and somehow feel my life is lacking for it considering how outraged M. was. She then asked which listing ticked me off the most.
This was my response:
"Alright. I want you to know that this list has disturbed me greatly. And I keep bouncing between outrage over Footloose (What?!? Who could do it better than Kevin Bacon and John Lithgow? I mean really. Love me some John Hughes flicks, but this is the essential 80's flick for me. Call it celluloid comfort food, if you will), Escape From New York (Because it's freakin' Escape from New York! Despite it's flaws, I don't think it gets much better than Kurt Russell and filming in parts of St. Louis. A cult classic for a reason...) and The Evil Dead (Not my favorite film by far, but it's such a part of the American horror film lexicon. The idea of remaking this, even by it's own director, should cause rioting in the streets -- it's such an icon as well as cult classic.)
So thank you M., for causing angst inside this head of mine. Of course, if you didn't share, I wouldn't know to start petition drives to nip these ideas in the bud."
M. was completely tickled by the 'celluloid comfort food' comment. But it's true! Films become such a representation of our lives. We watch movies to escape from our lives. We love certain films for how they reflect our lives. Either we relate to the film or we want our lives to be like that on the screen. I tend to like films that are happy. Either they are funny or they are inspiring. But I generally like to leave a film feeling good about myself.
One notable exception in the movie 'No Country For Old Men.' I am glad I didn't drive when I left the theater because I might have driven my car into a wall. But the movie totally, totally blew me away. Despite being the antithesis of "feel good movie of the year."
But there are movies that you watch over and over again for certain qualities in them. And those certain qualities make you happy, whether the film is a happy one or not. My friend Tom and I recite lines from 'Heathers' as a part of our regular conversations. He talks about his "watt-ah-melon-ous" -- or his heat -- that came from watching 'The Birdcage.' I regularly chase my cat around the house, saying "Kitty!" a la Boo from 'Monsters, Inc" and my husband and I frequently advise each other to "Have fun storming the castle," taken from 'The Princess Bride.'
And these movies aren't always on your list of favorite films. But they are the ones you pop into the DVD players while you're wrapped up in a blanket on the couch eating soup when you feel kinda crappy. Others might call them guilty pleasures, but that has an implied air of embarrassment about it. Me, I have no shame...
2) The Princess Bride
3) The Birdcage
4) Monsters, Inc (Noticing a trend here?)
5) Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
6) A League of Their Own
8) The Blues Brothers
9) The Sound of Music
These movies make me feel good. Some of them I would consider favorites, most I would not. I think it's due to their quotability factor. Why quote a movie you don't like and if it's not quotable, then maybe it's not worthy of multiple viewings.
But notice that none of them are on the list of remakes. Not all the movies on the list make me happy, nor have I seen all of them. But I do know that nearly all of them are indelibly marked in the cinematic history as being classics or, more aptly, cult classics. And there's a reason for that.
And apparently the very reasons that make them the classics they are, are the same reasons to remake them. Or so people who make a lot more money than I'll even see have decided.
If any from my list were to be remade, I must say that the world would be a little less bright. A little less happy.
And yes, I love 'Footloose.' It just isn't on my Top 10 List because it's not the most quotable film I've watched. But it is my youth. And had one of the best movie soundtracks next to 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off' (which was never released as far as I can tell). And was simple and wholesome and reminds me off days when you tried to "beat the man" rather than just trying to tread water in the real world. And a remake will make me wonder, what's next? A relaunching of 'The Electric Company?'
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Short. Sweet. Hopefully to the point. Everyone seems to blog these days and I figure that it was my turn to jump into the abyss, even though I'm several years late to the party. Can't promise that my musings will be amusing -- or even coherent -- but I thank you all the same for stopping by. I plan to archive my adventures, as well as misadventures, as I navigate the waters of life. That sounded my profound than I wanted, but it's true. I feel that everyone has a booked trapped inside them, waiting to be written. Although I heard... read... somewhere that not everyone should publish. I think that's what this is -- my attempt to see if what I write is worth the effort for other people to read. So, welcome to my experiment. Fasten your seatbelts and hold on. I don't have a map and my sense of direction, while pretty intuitive, is sometimes on a field trip with my sanity. Read more! Read more!