Tuesday, November 25, 2008

A Meme - Better Late Than Never

I saw this meme over on Fusion's blog and told him I'd post my answers this past weekend. Well okay I didn't quite make the weekend, but here it is, better late than never.

Do you watch college football?
Why yes, yes I do, and that is a rather recent phenomenon.

Where was the last place you went shopping?
Meijer. I love that store since they opened one close to where I live. It totally rocks, has wide aisles, is very clean, and the prices are good. Given how much I like it I will probably soon find out they pay their employees in rocks and get their goods from slave labor in third world countries.

Do you wish you were someplace else right now?

Do you have any expensive jewelry?
Depends on what you mean by expensive. My watch cost maybe $250 and my wedding set (not sure what I’ll do with them now except leave them in my jewelry box) cost about $1,000 I think. Those are the most expensive pieces I have.

How many hours on average do you work a week?
Forty. I’m an 8:30 to 5:30 girl.

Do you watch The Olympics?
Yes, although I probably watched less the last time they were on than I have in the past.

What is the last restaurant you went to?
Monical’s Pizza, with N as a treat this past week. I kicked myself afterwards because there’s $25 that could’ve been better spent.

Last time you did volunteer work or made any donations?
The very last time? I guess it would be donating cupcakes to the PTA fall festival. Either that or my offering at church.

What do you spend the majority of your money on?
Mortgage payment (including property tax and insurance escrow), 64% of my net income every month, which totally sucks and must change soon, and will as I spent much time yesterday afternoon working on the refinancing. The new payment will be a little less than 40% of my net income every month, and that will be a blessing.

Where does your family live?
Midwest and South USA

Are you an only child or do you have siblings?
One younger brother, FU, who could fall off the face of the earth for all I care.

Ever been called a bitch?
Oh yeah.

Do you have any wealthy friends?
Acquaintances yes, real friends no.

Ever met anyone famous before?
Not really, none that I can think of at the moment.

Ever had to take a sobriety test?

Do you have all your wisdom teeth?
No, two out when I was 19 and the other two ten years later.

Last piece of mail? Not personal, junk, or bill.
Okay, please tell me what kind of mail would not fall into at least one of those three categories?

What is the best city of the state you live in?
Goodness, well I have been partial to Chambana all my life having been enthralled by the great big University there with all of its architectural marvels. Plus it’s big enough to have most everything you need but not so big as to be intimidating. I like that in a city.

What do you think about before you go to bed?
The sudokus that I work to quiet my mind enough to fall asleep.

What would the world be like if everything was in neon colors?

Have you ever made out in a bathroom?
Just a little more than a week ago as a matter of fact.

Are you afraid of spiders?
Not as long as they leave me alone.

Do you like Chinese food?
Yes, as long as it isn’t overly oily.

What is the last movie you saw in theatres?
Madagascar 2. Not nearly as good as the original, but N loved it. The popcorn was good though so I was happy enough to be there.

Is there anyone you wish was still in your life?
Several, but the reason they aren’t is that they died so it would be hard to change that.

Do you get distracted easily?
Hmm? What was the question again?

Would you live with someone without marrying them?
Not only would I, but I have.

Do you have any friends you have known for more than 10 years?
Friends. . . now there’s a concept. No, most people can’t tolerate me that long.

Does the number of people a person sleeps with affect your view of them?
Only if there are a number of people they’re sleeping with at the same time they’re sleeping with me.

Are you a good tipper?
Yes, if the service deserves it. When I sit down at the table the waitperson starts at 15% and as the experience progresses I add to and subtract from that amount for good and bad things that happen. I’ve tipped as much as 25% for truly exceptional service although that’s been rare. Even rarer have been the times when I’ve left a penny tip for truly awful service that didn’t improve no matter what.

Have you ever had a crush on a teacher?

Do you walk around the house naked?
Yes, as long as it isn’t too cold.

If you were an animal, what would it be?
A sloth.

What do you do as soon as you walk in the house after work?
Hang my keys and ID badge on the rack in the utility room.

Do you like horror or comedy?

If you weren't straight what person of the same sex would you do?
Paula Poundstone. I have had a mad crush on her for years.

Have you ever gone fishing and caught a fish?
Gone fishing yes, caught a fish no.

Who is a person your age you can count on most?
Just me.

Where do you want to live when you retire?
Even though I’d love to live somewhere warm, I really would like to live in Chambana so I could keep my season football and basketball tickets. Plus they have an awesome public transportation system and some great retirement communities. Not to mention it is my ideal to live somewhere with an intellectual atmosphere.


Fusion said...

Thought you forgot True ;)

Thanks for doing it! Good answers.

Desmond Jones said...

Meijer's originated here in MI, and only in the last decade or so has it begun to expand into 'neighboring' states like yours.

I love it, too - it's like a comfortable old friend, in these parts.

And a prime target of the predations of Wal-Mart. Which, as far as I'm concerned, is just one more reason to hate Wal-Mart. . .

Meijer workers are unionized, and, as far as I've ever been told by folks I know who work for them, decently well taken care of. . .

Trueself said...

Fuse - Don't ever give up on me, 'kay?

Des - You've made me feel loads better. I was afraid I was going to find out Meijer's was just like Wal-Mart, and then I'd have to avoid them just like I do Wal-Mart. Whew!

Sailor said...

Nice meme, always fun to get to know people this way.

Bunny said...

As Desmond mentioned, Meijer started in Michigan; in the town I lived in, as a matter of fact. They pioneered the superstore concept L-O-N-G before Wal-Mart. I have friends who have made a career at Meijer (not executives, but working the store floor) so they apparently pay well enough to support a family working there. Though it used to be that Meijer cashiers made VERY good money. It was a skilled position before UPCS and automatic scanners came into vogue. Cashiers saw their pay cut in half, because it was no longer considered a skilled position. :(

My only complaint about Meijer is those little short paper bags of theirs with no handles. They annoyed me to no end. I prefer paper bags (hard to find in the south!) and those little short paper bags just seemed worthless. I do miss Meijer. The farthest south they go is northern Kentucky. :(

Bunny said...

One more Meijer thing: When I was a kid it was called Meijer Thrifty Acres. They had a Dutch boy stretching a dollar as their logo. Most people called it Thrifty's. Those folks had a hard time calling it Meijer when they dropped the Thrifty Acres. You still hear older people in Holland (MI) call it Thrifty's. The Meijer family has done a lot of good things with their money. Google "Meijer Gardens" to see the botanical and sculpture gardens they founded in GR. A world-class destination.

Trueself said...

Sailor - Yes, it does tell you things about someone that they might not ever think to mention if they weren't asked the question.

Bunny - Wow! Aren't you the fount of Meijer knowledge? LOL I will Google Meijer Gardens soon. Thanks for the tip.