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Do you wish for anything at 11:11? If so, what do you wish for?

I don't understand the significance of 11:11 (feel free to provide info), but I wish for A. As little damage as possible done to the country and the world until we get the US government back. and B. To get settled in and as familiar with DW as I became at LJ, and for all my flisties to follow me here. And C. A pony.

A picture of yourself.

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 First real memory of something: Mom french braiding my hair at 3.

First Best Friend: Gail, whose parents adopted her soon after mine did me.

First real kiss: Raul, who was my bff’s bf’s bff, on furlough from the local military academy, in uniform. Rrarrr!

First Job: Door to door encyclopedia sales

First screen name: My own first name

First self-purchased album: Anybody remember the Columbia Record Club?

First funeral: One I sang at—for the infant sister of one of my friends.

First pets: Blue parakeet, PrettyBoy

First piercing/tattoo: ears

First credit card: a local store card to establish credit

First enemy: My sixth grade teacher, who used me and a notorious class clown student as examples to keep the class in line.

First big trip: California and back from NC by car when I was eight.

First play/musical/performance: Dance recital for a local dance studio

First musician you remember hearing in your house: Perry Como? Or some bluegrass-gospel group. My dad loved the latter.



 Last cigarette: 2004

Last big car ride: How big? We take 2-4 hour drives all the time. Day before yesterday.

Last kiss: Goodnight to the Other Human last night

Last good cry: Sunday, first watch of Moana

Last library book checked out: I can’t remember. The library revoked my card. I didn’t want to give the books back.

Last movie seen: In the theater? I can’t remember—I think it was Civil War. At home? Moana

Last food consumed: Oatsmeal with cranberres and walnuts.

Last phone call made: I don’t make calls. Eventually, everybody calls me. The last  was from OH.

Last TV show watched: Stone House Revival

Last time showered: Yesterday

Last shoes worn: terrain sandals

Last item bought: McFerrin-Yo Yo Ma album, Hush

Last ice cream eaten: Edaleen’s Coconut almond fudge/Tin roof sundae

Last shirt worn: Blue henley

Last website visited: AO3, then DW

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A picture of your handwriting

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Sorry, I've been busy.

23--A letter to someone, anyone.

Dear kid,

Why didn't you say something? Anything.



24. Seven things that cross your mind a lot
People I love who are far away, people I used to be close to with whom I've lost touch, random memories of things I could have handled better, The cats who've lived with me over the years, Other people's dogs I've known. Favorite desserts I have known. Random flashes of sense memory: sunlight through leaves on a specific mountain road, the mountain view from the balcony of the gasthaus where we stayed in in Berchtesgaden, leaving the windows open all winter in our apartment in Firth so we could breathe in the steam heat.

25. Would you rather date someone plain with an amazing personality, or someone beautiful with a plain personality? Anyone with a personality sparkling enough for me to date them is automatically beautiful to me.

26. What are some little things that make you feel warm and fuzzy? The mug of tea OH brings me when I'm chilly. The fleece throw on my lap. Purring kitties. Happy well-written curtain fic. A well-scrubbed bathroom. New sheets on the bed. Thoughtful comments on something I wrote, fic or random post.
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A picture of what you wore today. I don't have a pic of the ensemble, but here're the elements.

black sweatsgrey henley

blue hoodiegrey socks

Inside all day, so sock footies, except for slippers when I stepped out on the porch. Also this

tree thong 2
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Turn ons and offs

Really? Okay. Ons--

Bodies--living breathing bodies: the curve of the nape, the angle of a wrist, the roundness of shoulder, of bicep, of breast. The heavy ripe weight of the buttock, the round fullness of the back of the thigh, the luscious apple-curve of calf, the spread of toes supporting weight. The sweep of eyebrow and the shadow beneath, the wet glint of cornea, the fall of eyelashes, the tender double pleat of philtrum. The human body as a collection of angle and curve, of hollow and fullness, each facet singled out for isolated appreciation. Not as a sexual object, merely living sculpture, studies in light, shadow, perspective, tension and relaxation.

Performance, earned by practice and dedication.

The quality of sunlight in those few days when the earth's axial tilt changes.

The sound of water: surf, running river, waterfalls large or mere trickles, soft rain, and the afterthought drip of eaves.

Offs--Assaults on the senses: too loud, too sudden, too harsh. Light too bright, flavors bitter, too sour, sharp or too highly spiced. Unpleasantly textured cloth: upholstery, clothing, bedding. Personalities too abrasive, too loud, too self-absorbed and unaware of emotional atmosphere.

Cruelty, careless handling, use with no investment or regard.

While each of us is the center of our own universe, that does not mean that we have the right to use up all the quiet, all the beauty, all the resources for mememe, and those who do so are wrong.
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Concerts you have attended

The Music Department was constantly giving concerts--selections from operas, choral, instrumental, either chamber or symphony performances.

Popular commercial artists concerts, the only one was Peter, Paul & Mary. No matter we had nosebleed seats, we were right off Paul's shoulder, stage right. I knew every note of every part of the harmony of every song they'd released. I was in anticipatory heaven. I got hysterical laryngitis in the car on the way to the venue, which didn't go away until I got home. Lost my chance to sing along. No matter. It was a fabulous concert.
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List all the places where you've lived

Winston-Salem, NC, residence
Winston-Salem, UNCSA, NC
Bordentown, NJ
Alexandria, VA
Nurnberg, Germany
Winston-Salem, NC
Bellingham, WA
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Name the tv show you have become addicted to. Supernatural, of course. Was there any doubt?

Also, I think it's a combination of the forward movement while we're taking a drive (as opposed to approaching a destination) plus the Old Folks' music (atmospheric, no lyrics) we tend to listen to. But I had a near-religious experience this afternoon suddenly hearing Yo Yo Ma and Bobby McFerrin dueting on Concerto in D Minor for 2 Mandolins, RV. 532: Andante. Album, Hush, ordered. MINE!
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What do you want to be when you get older?

Alive. Healthy.
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If the world were to end tomorrow, what would you do with your remaining time on earth?

Honestly? I'd probably not do anything different than a normal day. Getting anybody on the phone would be practically impossible, and I'd not want the stress of trying and not succeeding. I have a feeling the roads would be packed, with people trying to get somewhere else before their time was up, so I wouldn't want to try to travel.

I'd have something nice for meals, take some time to enjoy food and drink, read fic, maybe go for a walk, or watch a movie. I don't think I'd watch tv episodes--I'd not be around to see how it ends, so a self-contained movie would be okay. I'd snuggle with OH and send loving thoughts to my beloveds, and hold hands and enjoy the quality of the sunlight as the day moves on, or the rain, and the stars as dark falls (or the rain). Hope for a moon to say farewell to, and then lie down to sleep and try to dream of happy times, or of nothing at all.

If I can't change circumstances, I'd just try to experience everything, and appreciate it to the fullest while I can.
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A photo of someone you fancy at the moment.

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Provide pictures of five celebrity crushes.

Longtime heartthrob, since *before* the Kurgan, Clancy Brown
clancy Ditto, Sam Elliott.

I've loved Graham Greene forever, but he got my motor running as Walter Crow Horse,

in Thunderheart. I've loved Will Yun Lee since I first saw him in Witchblade.
and Eric Schweig,

as Uncas, Pike, and today.

And of course, Karl Urban.
Um, can I have a two-fer, with Michael Ealey? Pretty please, I've been good!

I snuck Karl (and Michael) on there in the sixth spot, because I can't count (sure, we'll go with that) and I canNOT remove any of them. But I really really want to add *her*!

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9. Pet peeves

I hate when things don't work the way they're supposed to. Whether it's something new and I follow the destructions and *it doesn't work!* as promised, or something I do by rote and *suddenly*, inexplicably, *it doesn't work!* My instinct is to *pound it* until it works right. Or, you know, dies.

I hate people touching my stuff without permission. Just *tell* me you want to look at the [thing from the curio cabinet] and it's okay. Grab it without asking and it makes me itch all over, and grabby hands you.

Deceptive advertising. "Miracle cleaner/face cream/car/tooth whitener! FIxes whatever's wrong in your life ...!" Does.Not.Either.  Liar.

10. One food and one beverage for the rest of your life

Seriously, if not for the wheat sensitivity, it would be bread, in all its infinite varieties. And water. I actually love drinking water, and only drink juice or wine or beer (small amounts, the yeast slams my sinuses shut fast) or single malt occasionally. The only soda I drink is clear or club soda, with a splash of ginger ale. So water only would really be no hardship.

11. Favorite quote?

So unfair. My son and I have conducted whole, lengthy conversations solely in tv and movie quotes, to the laughing amazement of friends and relatives. And you ask me for *one*? One that has many uses and connotations would have to be Raylan Givens' "Right 'air's good."
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I missed yesterday, so lucky you, you get two today.

Do you read? What are your favorite books?

I am reading mostly fic these days. I recently read The Captive Prince trilogy, and started The Raven Cycle, though I have yet to finish it.

Favorite books: There's a trilogy I keep re-reading every now and then, by Rosemary Edgehill: Bell, Book, and Murder, plus her Failure of Moonlight, a collection of shorts about the same character. Practically anything by John D. MacDonald, Ray Bradbury, Barbara Kingsolver, Spider Robinson, or Alice Hoffman, though there are later writers, primarily women, whom I enjoy very much as well. I have been trying to dig through my boxes to find my poetry books and memoirs. I refuse to buy additional copies when I already own them. Access is necessary, though.

Three things you want to say to different people.

1. Please learn and use public manners. Don't force unwilling bystanders to share your music, and teach your children that their desire to shriek doesn't trump other people's need to go about their business minus a heart attack. The movie theater is not your living room, nor mine. I can't turn up the volume to mask your running commentary, and I paid to hear the dialog, thanks. (Exception made for the couple behind us during Flash Gordon, whose MSTK-ing enriched the script immeasurably)

2. The hell are you thinking? I didn't raise you that way.

3. If you'd get your head out of your own ass, you'd notice that everybody else is having just as difficult a time as you are--the ones who appear not to be? That's a temporary situation. We've all been there, or will be, or will be again.
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What band or musician is most important to you?

A lot of classical composers: Bach, Beethoven, Copeland, Hayden, Handel, Chopin, nsm Mozart.
Modern contemporary: David Arkenstone, for his incredible image-evoking melodies and themes
John Williams' themes have been an accompaniment to my life, as have Howard Shore's
Instrumentalists, Yo-yo Ma, Nancy Rumbel, James Galway, Itzak Perlman
Inspiration and focus: Peter, Paul, & Mary, and John Denver.

I was at one time a member of the Cousteau Society. I greatly admired and had much affection for Capt. Cousteau and his crew. Denver's 'Ay, Calypso' was the perfect anthem for the ship, the crew, and the exploratory momentum that drove them. I get chills today, when I hear it.
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The meaning behind your Tumblr name.

It's my dad's first name, with an added 's'.

Because that was fast and pretty boring, have Day 5, too: Five places you want to visit.

1. I'd love a week in NC, to see the Blue Ridge again, from Boone, and the Parkway Crafts Center at the Moses Cone House, take in the view from the front porch,
Moses Cone houseview from porch moses conemoses cone pkwy crafts ctr.pkwy crafts ctr. moses cone

and continue on to Asheville. Stop at the Folk Art Center--just bask in the rock/glass/concrete building with its cedar plank ceilings, surrounded by woods. Spend some time in the museum and the galleries.

banner-facfolk art center intr.

folk art ctr. intr. 2

And drive Hwy 221 from Blowing Rock to Linville--the prettiest drive in NC, crossing beneath the Linn Cove Viaduct.

Or a day trip down into the New River Gorge in WVA, in fall, when the leaves are prettiest.
New River Gorge

Hit my favorite metaphysical shop, Eclectic by Nature, in Greensboro. And a night or two in Atlantic Beach, with drives to Emerald Isle, Ten Mile Road to Havelock and Swansboro, and back to Morehead City, with an afternoon in Beaufort.
Watercraft Boat building BeaufortI'm aware this is only one of the five places. Quickly,

2. The Greek Islands (nsm Athens): Delphi, Mikonos, Crete
3. Tuscany
4. Iceland
5. New Zealand

Sorry for the picspam! Click to enlarge smaller pictures.
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Day three -- your day in great detail

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Dishes done and put away, kitchen wiped down, then TV till bedtime. Tonight's lineup: DS9, Stranger Things, Dark Matter, and HtTYDragon: Race to the Edge on Netflix. OH off to bed, and I settled in with the internetz--Tumblr, email, flist, fic, until I was sleepy, around 2AM. Early for me.
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Day 2

10 Likes and Dislikes.


1. Pop culture refs acknowleged among strangers
2. Cats' purring
3. Morning coffee
4. Fleece throws on chilly days
5. Watching birds in an empty sky over the surf line
6. Roadside waterfalls
7. Swans in flight
8. Dogs' smiles
9. When you hold a baby on your lap and rub your philtrum and the tip of your nose over his or her fuzzy head, both the sensation and the incomparable baby smell
10. Tearing, rather than slicing, warm bread. Literally, "breaking bread."


1. Shrieking children in a public place
2. Dogwalkers who don't scoop
3. Bigots of any stripe (racist, misogynist, queerphobic)
4. Writers who eschew the Oxford (serial) comma
5. Strong scents of any sort in a closed space
6. People who forcibly share their music in public
7. People who don't understand the art of conversation, who talk over anyone who attempts to speak
8. People who are inflexible in their habits and preferences
9. People who are rude, whether deliberately or carelessly
10. People who talk at the movies


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