FIRST DRAFT -- RUN SCREAMING TO THE SAFETY OF YOUR HOMES
I'm getting the feeling that if
Rita were a flesh and blood woman she'd be a dominatrix, snapping her
whip and ordering people to their knees. Either that or she's just a
desperate housewife with terrible PMS trying to get her husband to help
with the chores. He must have
calmed her down a bit since she came on land without the ferocity the
weather guys up in the planes kept reporting. Maybe somebody got
her some Xanax and she decided to chill. Of course, tell that to
the New Orleans folks who got flooded again.
I understand how prehistoric people ascribed supernatural powers to
natural events. This all feels very apocalyptic to me.
1. Of the following, which one best describes you at your worst? (You can't select "None of the above!")
a. One who doesn't finish what he/she starts
b. One who talks the talk but doesn't walk the walk
c. One who always finds the worst in a situation
d. One who generally knows what's right but does what's wrong
Don't give me that you can't select NONE OF THE ABOVE stuff. I'll do what I want.
So -- I finish everything I start professionally. But I am such a dud,
personally.There are many things I want to do and can do that I start
and let sit. For instance
-- and this is the tip of the iceberg, I have a baby blanket from
30 years ago that is still half finished over there in the corner.
I am used to talking the talk AND
walking the walk in my life. If I say I can do something, I can do it.
But time has taken its toll on my body and desire. Lately I back off
when it looks like I have to carry the burden of responsibility myself.
Something that never stopped me before. Now, no thanks, I would rather
Bascially, I never used to bite off more than I could chew. Now I have to gum everything.
I always look for the
opportunities, not the problems in a situation. I have no patience with
naysayers. I will shut them down or remove them if they don't get on
board. The first person off my team is the
one who says, "You can't do that." I want the people who see the
impossible and say, "How can we make it happen?"
I do what's right when it comes to
other people. And my children. If I witness a traffic accident I let
the police or the victim know what I saw. I spent four years and was a
witness in two trials for one person against a lying bitch who ran a
red light right past me and slammed into a car full of children broadside. I've also been called three times by insurance
companies for other people who counted on me to help. But I often do
stupid stuff when it comes to my own life. Nothing illegal. Just not
judicious. Whaddya mean, you want details? Not happening, you nosy people.
2. Not counting shows like
Saturday morning cartoons designed specifically for kids, what single
show that you grew up watching religiously is now the one you most hate
to sit through?
Once a week when I was a little kid, I Love Lucy was on. My whole family watched it religiously. This is
the ORIGINAL show that I'm talking about. I loved it. Same
with Jackie Gleason. Now I hate anything with Lucillle Ball. And
I retch when I see the Honeymooners.
3. Have youever been so angry with
a company that you swore you'd never do business with them again?
If so, did you keep that promise?
I swore I'd never fly
American Airlines because of something that happened to a family
member. But I got permission from the person who was treated
badly to fly them again. That was tough. It meant pretty much flying
United only -- all the time. My boycott lasted a year. Now I've
crossed the Hyatt off my list because of how they arranged to have
their guests and employees jump the line ahead of the evacuees in New
Orleans. That one is easier, since there are plenty of hotel
4. Take this quiz: Are you psychic?
I'll be back with the answer.
You Are 70% Psychic
You are pretty psychic.
While you aren't Miss Cleo, you've got a little ESP going on.
And although you're sometimes off on your predictions...
You're more often right than wrong
So go with your instincts - you know more than you think
5. READER'S CHOICE QUESTION #68
from Lily: What's the longest you've talked on the phone in a single
phone call, and who were you talking to?
A guy I knew moved to LA and
we used to be on the phone for as much as three hours at a time, two
and three times a week. I've watched entire football, basketball and
baseball games on the phone with girlfriends in other cities.
Usually I avoid phone dates now. There was a guy I used to call
Telephone Dave. He lived in the next town and couldn't meet me for a
chat in person? After a few long calls, I said Hasta La Bye Bye.
Make plans or make yourself scarce became my motto.
6. READER'S CHOICE QUESTION #69
from Betty: (She recently returned from a trip to Las Vegas!)
How do you feel about gambling?
I feel about gambling the
way I feel about drinking, smoking and using illegal drugs, I don't
need it in my life. Yes, I know that makes me a self-righteous prig.
But who better to carry the banner?
By the way -- I went to Las Vegas for the first time last Christmas. Nice town. There's plenty to do there besides gambling.