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A Sunday multi-part meme.

Written By: Gary on March 14, 2005 No Comment
1) Have you ever swam in the ocean? If so, which ones?
Atlantic (from both sides, although technically I might have been in the english channel?) and Pacific at varying degrees of latitude.
2) Have you ever been snorkeling or scuba diving?
Never, although I think I’d like to learn.
3) Do you like traveling by boat and have you ever?
Yes. I did a small cruise up the coast of Alaska. I think I might like one warmer though…
4) Do you believe that Atlantis existed?
I’d like to think so, to believe other wise seems as if it would put some restraints on the imagination.
5) If you could live on the coast of any of the oceans, which ocean and which coast?
Pacific Ocean, west coast, south probably near Costa Rica. Although if someone was handing out villas I could probably deal with anywhere.

From Sunday Brunch.

Written By: Gary on March 13, 2005 No Comment
1) Did you go to college?
Yes! Four of them (only graduated from three of them).
2) Did you live in a dorm or an apartment?
I lived in the dorm for four years and I loved it! I only moved out because I needed more space (I would have stayed if I could have gotten the “apartment” that was in my building).
3) Who was your favorite roommate?
I’ve never had any in the dorm. In an apartment it was probably Wayne and Cheryl, we lived together for about three years (we had such opposite schedules most of my friends didn’t even believe I had roommates).
4) What is your favorite college sport?
Didn’t really do much with sports (watching or playing).
5) Who was your favorite professor and class?
Professor McClure, he taught the impossibly (for me) hard calculus classes I was required to take. I wouldn’t say those were my favorite classes though.

From Sunday Brunch.

Written By: Gary on February 27, 2005 No Comment

Orson Welles said that or at least according to Sunday Brunch he did.

1) Do you take your lunch hour at work?
Yes, I need that time to get out for a few…
2) What is your favorite place to eat lunch at?
I usually just rotate through the fast food resturants. I probably go to Arby’s or Wendy’s the most.
3) What do you usually eat for lunch?
Generally just a Coca-Cola and a sandwich.
4) Do you have anyone that you eat lunch with on a regular basis?
On a random-semi-irregular basis I get lunch with Sarah (who works in my building) or Kelly (who works in a different building) somewhere. Most of the time I’ll get lunch when I need to go between buildings (I work in a school district).
5) If not eating, what do you usually do on your lunch hour?
I always eat but I’ll usually read a book (sometimes a magazine) while I’m eating.
Written By: Gary on July 6, 2004 No Comment

1. Looking back on the past week, what was your favorite moment? I had a really nice day Friday, I took the day off because the weekend was supposed to be yucky (and it ended up being nice most of the time). Blading, happy hour, errands (crossed a lot off my list) Fireworks at The Henry Ford with Kelly, Liz and Thomas.
2. Tell us about funny moment that had you and others laughing ’til it hurt. My buddy Mark was moving and we we lifting some stuff of the edge of the patio (it was about 6 feet off the ground and very long, the door from the living room and bedroom open to it). Heather and I were pushing the mattress up and no one was there so I yelled for help. Mark comes running out, into the closed glass door (and I swear the glass bowed out a few inches) knocked himself silly and instead of opening the door and coming out, he ran around inside and came out the other door. Every time I saw him for the next few days (weeks) I just burst out laughing.
3. What is one of your favorite childhood memories?
4. Tell us about a time when you were traveling when things just didn’t work out as planned. Costa Rica – driving through the mountains to get to Mount Arenal (the world’s most active volcano). Driving around trying to find a hotel or food while avoiding the HUGE wacos (pot holes) by the time we found the place we had blown a tire and the hotel was all but closed. We convinced the guy at the desk who didn’t speak any english to get us some food because we we starving so bad (he didn’t even charge us). He chopped up mangos and fruit and all sorts of stuff for us what a crazy night.
5. Have you ever been in the middle major storm (blizzard/tornado/hurricane/earthquake)? If yes, tell us about it. Yes. Last minute I flew down to visit Christine (West Virgina) over New Year’s (about 5 years ago), I had flight issues (not weather related) just getting there and the day I went to leave there was a huge blizzard there and in Michigan. I’m pretty patient so I checked into a hotel and went to the mall (I figured movie, food, shopping, etc.). During the movie (Step Mom) they close the mall, but no one tells us, so now they have a bunch of emotional people trapped in the mall. All the restaurants are closed, everything is iced over. I took me three hours to get a cab to take me back to the hotel. The hotel had no indoor pool, no gift shop, just basic TV, even the airport which I went to a half dozen times didn’t even have anything. I had actually read all they books they had already (except for the romance novels). It was a disaster when I got back to Detroit, people were basically living in the airport, it was like something out a war movie with all the refugees, I’m not kidding that’s how I felt. When I went down to get my luggage there was luggage from the past few days there stacked 5 feet high. They conveyers were three pieces of luggage deep, when people grabbed luggage they couldn’t dislodge it and got dragged along. It was the only snow day they had the few years I worked at that school district and I missed it…

From Sunday Brunch on Tuesday

Written By: Gary on June 20, 2004 No Comment
1. Do you prefer the beach or a pool?
Beach! Ocean!
2. What kind of tan are you most likely to get during the summer… a beautiful, bronze, laying out in the sun for hours tan; a gradual, few minutes a day tan; a “farmer tan” from working outdoors; or do you just get as red as a lobster and peel the next day?
I usually burn once per per year, the first time out and then I peal a little and then I’m fine after that.
3. Which summertime water activity are you more likely to enjoy the most… boating, jet skiing, waterskiing, swimming or floating down a lazy river on a tube?
Floating down the river. But I’d probably enjoy just sitting by the river and listen to the water rushing by…
4. What is your favorite picnic food?
Brats on the grill. And Coke.
5. Do you know how to cook on a barbeque grill?
You bet! I usually cook my non-breakfast meals on a grill.

From Sunday Brunch.

Written By: Gary on June 13, 2004 One Comment
1. When is your birthday?
September 11th.
2. As a child, how did you celebrate your birthday? How do you celebrate it now?
I’d have to say totally different every year. Some times a big deal, sometimes not.
3. Do you dread your b-day or do you still love having them?
They’re okay, don’t like them so much when I’m single.
4. What was your best birthday?
I’m not at liberty to reveal that in a public forum. But I do recall a birthday party with all the kids in the neighborhood when I was little (probably about five or six).
5. Did you ever get a gift that you didn’t like?
Sure, usually when people are over-compensating. I’m pretty happy with the little things. I just want to have a nice time.

From The Weekly Bit

Sunday Brunch is about birthday’s too, how odd…

Written By: Gary on June 6, 2004 No Comment
1. Who taught you how to drive?
My step-father taught me how to drive a motorcycle when I was younger (8?) that with I suppose with watching and sitting on someone’s lap when I was little, it was pretty simple to learn to drive. I took driver’s education classes but pretty much had it figured out before then. But all the extra stuff like merging politely and parking were from the class.
2. How old were you when you got your driver’s license?
Sixteen and a half.
3. What kind of vehicle(s) do you own?
Sebring convertible. I love it! I don’t ever want to have to own a non-convertible car again.
4. Is it an automatic or stick shift?
Automatic. Stick is way more fun, but it’s only fun when you’re not stuck in trtaffic…
5. Do you keep the inside of your vehicle sparkly clean, fairly clean or pretty much messy?
Mostly messy. In the summer I keep it a little cleaner for two reasons: Stuff tends to blow out (self-cleaning car) and if I keep it clean I know what’s in it so I can leave the roof down when I run into a store (etc.).

From Sunday Brunch

Written By: Gary on May 30, 2004 No Comment
1. What time do you normally wake up?
On Weekdays the alarm starts going off at 6:30, I get up (hopefully) by 7:00. Weekends, you never know, 10am, Noon, 4PM.. It just depends how out of sync I am with the timestream.
2. Do you wake with or without an alarm clock?
With!! And it has 2 alarms.
3. Name the one thing you must have immediately to start your day.
A shower and breakfast.
4. How long after you wake up do you turn on your computer?
Depends, it I was checking my mail before (in) bed, it might only be minutes.
5. Breakfast is considered the most important meal of the day. Do you eat breakfast every day?
Every day! Egg, (Turkey) Bacon, Cantaloup and Orange Juice.

From Sunday Brunch

Written By: Gary on May 23, 2004 No Comment
1. What is your favorite color?
Hmm.. I usually work with beige’s and browns not ’cause I like them but because they are easier to match… MY favorite color lately has probably been orange. I’ve got a few short-sleeve shirts, but my favorite is the bright orange sweat shirt that looks like it belonged to a cone on the side of the highway.
2. What is your favorite piece of clothing?
I llike my docker-like pants with all the pockets. Places for my keys, phone, camera, money and other things that I don’t have a place to put them since I don’t have a purse.
3. Where is your favorite place to eat out?
There are two chinese places in Lansing that I like Charlie Kangs (Beef Broccoli or Sweet and sour Shrimp) and J.P. Express (Pineapple Chicken). Locally I’ve been liking Friday’s (see below) and the bar around the corner from my place, Bamboozle’s.
4. What is your favorite meal?
I’d have to say one of the few listed above and I’ve really been liking Friday’s for some of the Jack Daniel’s meals at Friday’s. The best is the Sesame Jack Chicken Strips.
5. What is your favorite sport or recreational game?
No. I’m more of a Dominoes (or recently Scene It? the DVD game) kind of guy. Oh wait, can I count rollerblading?

From Sunday Brunch

Written By: Gary on April 25, 2004 No Comment
  1. Fix a flat tire. No problem. I’m even faster than calling the auto club. (Unless it’s raining and my trunk is full of stuff).
  2. Fix a tear or make alterations to clothing. Not a chance.
  3. Unclog a severely plugged up sink or toilet. Semi-severely no problem. Anying worse I’d probably have to call out, but haven’t had to yet (knock on porcelain).
  4. Change the oil in your car. No problem. BUT it’s so much easier to just take it in.
  5. Put together an unassembled toy or piece of furniture out of the box. I’ll take furniture over the toy any day, but I’m sure I can do the toy too!

From Sunday Brunch

Written By: Gary on April 18, 2004 No Comment
  1. Which television series do you think had the best final episode? Hmm… Have I ever been happy with a final episode…? Maybe Roswell, it tied up a lot of loose ends and left some options for the future (books).
  2. Do you own something that you really should throw away but can’t part with? Thousands of things: old computers, comics and other collectables from years ago, and …
  3. Would you be willing to spend a night alone in a house that is supposedly haunted? Sure. Especially if there were a prize or even better if it were truly haunted.
  4. Go back to your childhood … What did you want to be when you grew up? Mailman, Magician, Policeman. Astronaut (the only reason I didn’t follow this was that I thought I could do it as a passenger). The best was a Magician first and then a Policeman so I could use the magic to catch the criminals. As an older child I considered Chef and Photographer before finally orbiting around computers and training and video “stuff”.
  5. What do you need to make your favorite pizza?
From Sunday Brunch.
Written By: Gary on April 11, 2004 One Comment
  • How often do you go grocery shopping? Once a week, maybe every other but it still requires a quick stop somewhere for the perishables (cantelope, eggs, milk, etc.)
  • What is the last thing you bought for yourself? Some wire and mounting stuff for my speakers, I’m rearranging the living room and want thinks set up differently. Oops, item 4 made me remember this. I forgot I bought the Guide to Mastering Regular Expressions. I’ll actually use this as long as I don’t forget where I put it.
  • What do you like shopping for most often? Electronic Gizmos.
  • Are you an impulse shopper? Sometimes. Usually not for the expensive toys. Impulse on book purchases on offbeat topics that I might never use.
  • What is the last item you purchased? Easter Napkins and an Easter Tablecloth.
    From Sunday Brunch.

  • Written By: Gary on March 28, 2004 No Comment

    1. Are you organized or disorganized? Hmm… I keep my life more organized than my office(s) and my computer desktop. I usually have a plan as a move through life although people don’t think so.
    2. How well can you swim? I can tread water long enough (that’s long enough for any reason that I’eve ever had to or expect to).
    3. How often do you fill your gas tank? About once a week. It pleases me to fill it up and reset my little mileage counter. It’s like crossing an item off a list. I never pass up gas if it’s a really good deal (and then I brag about it!).
    4. Where is your favorite vacation spot? Jaco, on the west coast of Costa Rica. It’s nice and out of the way and it’s beautiful and warm. I like to stay at the Balcon Del Mar, it’s right by the water and all the rooms have a view of the ocean.
    5. What is you favorite animal to have as a pet? Fish. They’re quiet, peaceful and you get the nice gurgling and humming sounds from the aquarium :)

    From Sunday Brunch.

    Written By: Gary on March 21, 2004 No Comment

    The calendar says it’s officially spring –

    1. Do you get a spring break? No. But most of the teachers and staff leave so it’s a nice time at work to get things done.
    2. Some of us are pretty casual about spring cleaning. Others go to it with a lot of gusto. Which are you? I’m due. My house is the absolute worst it’s every been! (It’s messy not dirty)
    3. Is planting flowers or a vegetable garden on the agenda? I’ll hang some on the railing of my condo (maybe). They better not need any water!
    4. Do you suffer from allergies and do they get worse in the spring? Yes I do. They generally do, but the seasons in Michigan haven’t been very cut and dry lately which doesn’t help any.
    5. How will you celebrate Easter this year? The family will get together most likely, generally a smaller gathering but many will be there. Maybe kidnap some kids to color some eggs and do the regular “stuff”.

    These questions are from Sunday Brunch.

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