Friday December 12, 2003

Third Week of December

As I expected, the Friday 5 for this week concerns the holiday season currently upon us. None of the questions intersect with mine from last week, however. Add your own comments here or at the Friday 5 site.

  1. Do you enjoy the cold weather and snow for the holidays?
  2. What is your ideal holiday celebration? How, where, with whom would you celebrate to make things perfect?
  3. Do you do have any holiday traditions?
  4. Do you do anything to help the needy?
  5. What one gift would you like for yourself?

  1. Do you enjoy the cold weather and snow for the holidays?
    Not anymore (now that we live in the San Francisco area). I grew up in Pennsylvania and always loved snow, though as I got older I understood the downsides — shoveling and traveling being two biggies.

  2. What is your ideal holiday celebration? How, where, with whom would you celebrate to make things perfect?
    At home, with spouse and cats, a nice mug of eggnog, a few twinkly lights, and a DVD we haven't seen yet.

  3. Do you do have any holiday traditions?
    Not really...

  4. Do you do anything to help the needy?
    We contributed to a toy drive this year. We generally do our Food Bank contributions around Thanksgiving.

  5. What one gift would you like for yourself?
    I don't think a job will fit in my stocking! How about a winning Sweepstakes ticket?
    We don't do much with gifts anymore... I'll take the "spouse & cats, mug of eggnog, and DVD".

Third Week of December - posted by Vicki at Fri, 12 Dec, 15:17 Pacific | Comments (1)

Friday November 28, 2003

Shop till you drop

When the going gets tough, the tough go shopping. Or, so goes the quote. The Day After Thanksgiving is traditionally the busiest shopping day of the year.

The Friday 5 for this week focuses on shopping.

  1. Do you like to shop? Why or why not?
  2. What was the last thing you purchased?
  3. Do you prefer shopping online or at an actual store? Why?
  4. Did you get an allowance as a child? How much was it?
  5. What was the last thing you regret purchasing?

  1. Do you like to shop? Why or why not?
    Not really. Stores are crowded; shopping takes too much time; I have to wait in line; it costs money :-) Shopping has never been a hobby for me. It's often more of a necessity. This is not to say I don't enjoy buying things; I do :-) I simply don't enjoy shopping.

  2. What was the last thing you purchased?
    Probably a DVD at half.com. Or a book ;-)

  3. Do you prefer shopping online or at an actual store? Why?
    I prefer shopping online for most things because it's easier and very quick. Also, there are so many different sorts of stores online, many more than I could reach (or discover) in person! I can look online and find things that I could never get nearby. (An acquaintance commented that I should "support my community" by "buying locally". I said the Internet is my community!) I prefer to go to a physical store for things I want to touch, consider, inspect. I do all of my food shopping in a store; I do about 2/3 or my book buying in an actual store (if I know I want the book, I'll buy it online, but I like to browse the books in a bookstore).

  4. Did you get an allowance as a child? How much was it?
    Nope; we didn't get an allowance. If we wanted something, we asked. If our Mom thought it was worthwhile, she'd buy it. or maybe it would appear at Christmas or a birthday.

  5. What was the last thing you regret purchasing?
    It's been a while... ah. I bought a belt watch online. When it arrived it was bigger and heavier than I'd expected and wouldn't do for a key fob as I'd hoped. I sent it back and got a refund. Generally, if I get an attack of buyer's remorse I return the item, but I don't do this all that often.

Shop till you drop - posted by Vicki at Fri, 28 Nov, 14:24 Pacific | Comments (0)

Wednesday November 26, 2003

List Five Things...

The Friday 5 for the week of Nov. 21 was tough. It took me a long time to think of answers, and once again, I considered not doing it, but decided to post anyway. These are an excellent thought excercise.

  1. List five things you'd like to accomplish by the end of the year.
  2. List five people you've lost contact with that you'd like to hear from again.
  3. List five things you'd like to learn how to do.
  4. List five things you'd do if you won the lottery (no limit).
  5. List five things you do that help you relax.

  1. List five things you'd like to accomplish by the end of the year.
    1. Lose (more) weight. This has started with the Lo-carb eating. I plan/hope to continue the positive trend.
    2. Get a job. Even another short-term job.
    3. Exercise :-(
    4. Read more books :-)
    5. Get the storage locker emptied, the sunroom cleared of old books, the workroom straightened...

  2. List five people you've lost contact with that you'd like to hear from again.
    This one was handled back in July by a previous Friday Five list about friends. I can't think of anyone I wish I was in touch with that I'm not in touch with.

  3. List five things you'd like to learn how to do.
    1. I'd like to learn how to do better time management :(
    2. I'd like to learn how to stay calmer, react less to other people sometimes ...
    3. I would still love to be fluent in American Sign Language.
    4. I'd like to improve my skills with Object-oriented Perl, Perl data structures, maybe mod_perl if I get a chance
    5. I'd like to learn how to do whatever it is that will get me a job I enjoy and want to keep!

  4. List five things you'd do if you won the lottery (no limit).
    1. Pay off the house!
    2. Replace the "beater car" with a newer model (it's a great car but small, old, and has body rot :(
    3. Pay off all the credit cards, credit lines, and various loans!
    4. Buy some nice things for friends and family members
    5. Re-do the dining room floor, build the back deck, upgrade the rest of our windows, — do all sorts of projects around the house we can't afford to start or finish.

  5. List five things you do that help you relax.
    1. Spend time with the cats
    2. Spend time at home
    3. Soak in the hot tub
    4. Take a nap
    5. Read

List Five Things... - posted by Vicki at Wed, 26 Nov, 12:38 Pacific | Comments (0)

Saturday November 15, 2003

Adjectively speaking

adjective n. Abbr. a. or adj.
The part of speech that modifies a noun or other substantive by limiting, qualifying, or specifying and distinguished in English morphologically by one of several suffixes, such as -able, -ous, -er, and -est, or syntactically by position directly preceding a noun or nominal phrase.

The Friday 5 for this week asks for 5 descriptions, using only adjectives. Kinda fun, this one.

  1. Using one adjective, describe your current living space.
  2. Using two adjectives, describe your current employer.
  3. Using three adjectives, describe your favorite hobby/pasttime.
  4. Using four adjectives, describe your typical day.
  5. Using five adjectives, describe your ideal life.

  1. Using one adjective, describe your current living space.
    home adj. Of or relating to a home, especially to one's household or house.

  2. Using two adjectives, describe your current employer.
    past adj. No longer current; gone by; over.
    nonexistent adj. Not having existence or being or actuality.

  3. Using three adjectives, describe your favorite hobby/pasttime.
    technological adj. 1. Relating to or involving technology, especially scientific technology. 2. Affected by or resulting from scientific and industrial progress.
    interesting adj. Engaging the attention; exciting, or adapted to excite, interest, curiosity, or emotion.
    readable adj. Pleasurable or interesting to read.

  4. Using four adjectives, describe your typical day.
    technological adj. Relating to or involving technology, especially scientific technology.
    busy adj. Engaged in activity, as work; occupied.
    friendly adj. Favorably disposed; not antagonistic.
    furry adj. 1. Covered with, wearing, or trimmed with fur. 2. Having a furlike quality.

  5. Using five adjectives, describe your ideal life.
    peaceful adj. Undisturbed by strife, turmoil, or disagreement.
    technological adj. Relating to or involving technology, especially scientific technology.
    comfortable adj. 1) Providing physical comfort. 2) Free from stress or anxiety; at ease. 3) Producing feelings of ease or security. 4) Sufficient to provide financial security.
    content adj. Desiring no more than what one has; satisfied.
    feline adj. Suggestive of a cat.

Adjectively speaking - posted by Vicki at Sat, 15 Nov, 15:14 Pacific | Comments (0)

Sunday November 09, 2003

Love it or hate it

The Friday 5 for this week addresses various likes and dislikes.

  1. What food do you like that most people hate?
  2. What food do you hate that most people love?
  3. What famous person, whom many people may find attractive, is most unappealing to you?
  4. What famous person, whom many people may find unappealing, do you find attractive?
  5. What popular trend baffles you?

  1. What food do you like that most people hate?
    I love scrapple; most people don't hate it, because how can you hate something you've never tried? But unless they come from Pennsylvania, I don't think that most people would understand it :-) I can't get scrapple in California; I guess scrapple is Pennsylvania soul food ;-) I love lamb; a lot of people (including my spouse) don't. I like liver (beef as well as chicken). I like brussels sprouts quite a lot. I greatly prefer bittersweet chocolate to milk chocolate.

  2. What food do you hate that most people love?
    Mushrooms, I guess. Squid. A lot of people must like mushrooms; they're so prevalent. And I know calamari is popular (I think it tastes like rubber bands). I don't care for carrots. I think "white bread" is a waste of time and ingredients. I just can't get 'into" liking yoghurt; it's sour. I don't care for most wines.

  3. What famous person, whom many people may find attractive, is most unappealing to you?
    I don't particularly think Tom Cruise is attractive or appealing... attractive is more than "pretty" and I think he smirks a lot these days.

  4. What famous person, whom many people may find unappealing, do you find attractive?
    I couldn't begin to guess... I don't pay much attention to what "most people" think.

  5. What popular trend baffles you?
    Is rap "music" still popular? That has baffed me since it began. Flash mobs baffle me. These "reality" shows, especially Survivor. Just what is it about Survivor?! Men's suits and ties, especially ties... even more especially when women wear either or both! It's the 21st century and men and women still cling to uncomfortable "fashion" and business" clothing. Many-times-over-sized pants (is this some way to get back at the suits? It's the wrong way). Cell phones everywhere — do these people need so badly to be connected? Piercing. Piercing baffles me a lot.

Love it or hate it - posted by Vicki at Sun, 09 Nov, 14:12 Pacific | Comments (1)

Friday October 31, 2003

Boo!

The Friday 5 for this week concerns Halloween

  1. What was your first Halloween costume?
  2. What was your best costume and why?
  3. Did you ever play a trick on someone who didn't give you a treat?
  4. Do you have any Halloween traditions? (ie: Family pumpkin carving, special dinner before trick or treating, etc.)
  5. Share your favorite scary story...real or legend!

  1. What was your first Halloween costume?
    If I recall correctly my sister and I were both bunny rabbits.

  2. What was your best costume and why?
    One year I dressed as Frankenstein's monster. The monster's head was made from a KFC bucket, covered in white paper and colored green, with eyes and hair made from construction paper (and ears that stuck out!) I held a crosspiece of 2x2 wood and the monster's shirt was on this (with stuffed arms). I wore a pair of my Dad's pants and shoes. The monster's arms (sleeves) were stuffed and he had gloves and held the trick-or-treat bag. My eyes were just above his belt and he was much taller than me. I looked down past the hem of the shirt to walk! My aunt thought is was my Dad dressed up. (My sister dressed as Igor that year; we tended to coordinate our costumes).

  3. Did you ever play a trick on someone who didn't give you a treat?
    No

  4. Do you have any Halloween traditions? (ie: Family pumpkin carving, special dinner before trick or treating, etc.)
    When I was growing up we carved pumpkins. We watched the Charlie Brown Halloween special. We went downtown and watched the town Halloween parade. When I was in High School I was in the marching band (in the parade). These days our only tradition is to turn out the lights :) And I always wear black on Halloween.

  5. Share your favorite scary story...real or legend!
    The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (Disney animation). Rent it.

Boo! - posted by Vicki at Fri, 31 Oct, 12:42 Pacific | Comments (1)

Sunday October 19, 2003

Name 5 things

I recall a George Carlin routine from many years ago:
Honey? What's this?
I don't know... what does it look like?
Um... could be meat... could be cake... Looks like meatcake?!
Put it back. Someone might want it!

The Friday 5 for this week is like that ;-)

  1. Name five things in your refrigerator.
  2. Name five things in your freezer.
  3. Name five things under your kitchen sink.
  4. Name five things around your computer.
  5. Name five things in your medicine cabinet.

  1. Name five things in your refrigerator.
    Milk, eggs, cheese, celery, peanut butter...

  2. Name five things in your freezer.
    ice :-), ice cream, frozen berries, freezer packs, cookies (cookies keep almost forever if frozen)...

  3. Name five things under your kitchen sink.
    dishwasher detergent, dishpans, cans for storing fat from cooking, metal brush for the charcoal grill, spare sink scrubbies...

  4. Name five things around your computer.
    pens & papers, stuffy toys, digital camera, hot sync / recharge cradle for my Handspring Visor, one or more cats...

  5. Name five things in your medicine cabinet.

    Excedrin, Tylenol Sinus medicine, Actifed, Titrilac (antacid), toothpaste...

That was fun, I guess. What have you got?
Name 5 things - posted by Vicki at Sun, 19 Oct, 15:10 Pacific | Comments (1)

Friday October 10, 2003

Not even the Splendid Bowl

The Friday 5 for this week asks about sports...

  1. Do you watch sports? If so, which ones?
  2. What/who are your favorite sports teams and/or favorite athletes?
  3. Are there any sports you hate?
  4. Have you ever been to a sports event?
  5. Do/did you play any sports (in school or other)? How long did you play?

  1. Do you watch sports? If so, which ones?
    Not intentionally :-)

  2. What/who are your favorite sports teams and/or favorite athletes?
    Not applicable.

  3. Are there any sports you hate?
    I hate cock fighting. I don't see the point of boxing.

  4. Have you ever been to a sports event?
    Oh yes, many times. I was in the High School Marching Band. I went to every HS football game for three years.

  5. Do/did you play any sports (in school or other)? How long did you play?
    I was on the Penn State Archery team for three and a half years (I didn't find it till midway through my first year).

Not even the Splendid Bowl - posted by Vicki at Fri, 10 Oct, 16:04 Pacific | Comments (0)

Friday October 03, 2003

Drivin' in my car

The Friday 5 for this week concerns cars... That's cool. I like cars.

  1. What vehicle do you drive?
  2. How long have you had it?
  3. What is the coolest feature on your vehicle?
  4. What is the most annoying thing about your vehicle?
  5. If money were no object, what vehicle would you be driving right now?

  1. What vehicle do you drive?
    We have a 1989 Toyota Corolla and a 1994 Toyota Camry. We generally drive the Camry, especially for road trips. We mostly use the Corolla to drive into The City (it's smaller, parks better, and is our "beater car" :-) We try to drive the Corolla whenever parking could be an issue.

  2. How long have you had it?
    We got the Corolla in January 1991, used, with 25,000 miles on it. It now has 210,500 and runs perfectly. Aside from a little rust at the bottom of the passenger side front door and some fading paint, it's in great condition. We got the Camry in January 1999, also used, with 48,000 miles on the meter. It's now reached 117,000 and also runs beautifully. I'd recommend a used Toyota to anyone who asks (and also to people who don't ask).

  3. What is the coolest feature on your vehicle?
    In the Corolla, the coolest feature is the "bozo button" (I wish we had one on the Camry!). When we bought the Corolla, it had a disabled car alarm. It still had the horn and the LED but the wires had been cut. Rich reconnected the alarm horn to a button on the dash panel. So, if a bicyclist or a dog runs too close to the car, we can push the button and the car goes "Whoop whoop".

    In the Camry, the coolest feature is the automatic shutoff for the headlights. If the lights are on and the ignition is off, the headlights turn off automatically when the driver's door opens. They turn back on when the ignition is turned back on. This surprised us when we got the car; I was expecting a "ding-dong" alert, but it's actually a really cool (and better) feature.

  4. What is the most annoying thing about your vehicle?
    When we first got the Corolla, I was annoyed because it didn't have a "ding-dong" alert to notify the driver that the lights were left on! My brilliant and electrically apt sweetie installed an alarm from Radio Shack. Our Corolla is now even better because it has a different sound for "lights are on" vs "left your key in the ignition". These days, the only annoying thing about the Corolla is that it's smaller than the Camry and doesn't have as nice a road feel.

    The only thing that annoys me abut the Camry is it doesn't have power windows and door locks. We bought a used car and it didn't have those. It didn't have factory air conditioning either, but we had that installed when we bought the car.

  5. If money were no object, what vehicle would you be driving right now?
    Probably a newer model Camry :-) Maybe a Toyota Sienna (wow) but I really like the sedan model (and having a trunk). if money were no object, it would be nice to have three cars; a Camry for driving most places, a Corolla for hard-to-park situations, and a Sienna for when we have guests or cargo to transport.

Drivin' in my car - posted by Vicki at Fri, 03 Oct, 16:00 Pacific | Comments (2)

Friday September 19, 2003

Five questions about Music

The Friday 5 is 2 years old this week. This week the questions re about music.

  1. Who is your favorite singer/musician? Why?
  2. What one singer/musician can you not stand? Why?
  3. If your favorite singer wasn't in the music business, do you think you would still like him/her as a person?
  4. Have you been to any concerts? If yes, who put on the best show?
  5. What are your thoughts on downloading free music online vs. purchasing albums? Do you feel the RIAA is right in its pursuit to stop people from dowloading free music?

  1. Who is your favorite singer/musician? Why?
    When I was in H.S. and College, it was Neil Diamond. Also, when I was in College, there were two local bands I was very interested in and went to hear whenever possible. These days, my favorite singer is Enya.
    Why? Because I like the way the music feels.

  2. What one singer/musician can you not stand? Why?
    ANY rap performer or rap "music". Yuch. Nasty, ugly stuff, for the most part.

  3. If your favorite singer wasn't in the music business, do you think you would still like him/her as a person?
    Except for one of the members of one of those College-period bands, I have never known any singers/musicians in person. I have no basis for answering this question.

  4. Have you been to any concerts? If yes, who put on the best show?
    My sister and I went to a Neil Diamond concert in 1983; it was great. Live concerts have electricity in the air.

  5. What are your thoughts on downloading free music online vs. purchasing albums? Do you feel the RIAA is right in its pursuit to stop people from dowloading free music?
    The RIAA has a point about taking for free what is supposed to be sold. That said, some artists think the RIAA is making money off of them (the record label company often gets more money than the artist). It's a difficult and touchy political issue but it needs to be worked out. I think it's time to re-think the "music industry".
    Have a look at these two articles by Janis Ian: The Internet Debacle, An Alternative View, and Fallout - a follow-up to The Internet Debacle.

Five questions about Music - posted by Vicki at Fri, 19 Sep, 09:35 Pacific | Comments (0)

Friday September 12, 2003

By Any Other Name

The Friday 5 for this week... Names

  1. Is the name you have now the same name that's on your birth certificate? If not, what's changed?
  2. If you could change your name (first, middle and/or last), what would it be?
  3. Why were you named what you were? (Is there a story behind it? Who specifically was responsible for naming you?)
  4. Are there any names you really hate or love? What are they and why?
  5. Is the analysis of your name at kabalarians.com /triggur.org /astroexpert accurate? How is or how isn't it?

  1. Is the name you have now the same name that's on your birth certificate? If not, what's changed?
    It's the same.

  2. If you could change your name (first, middle and/or last), what would it be?
    I've often thought of changing my middle name (sorry Mom). But, as I can't think of anything to change it too I simply use my middle initial.

  3. Why were you named what you were? (Is there a story behind it? Who specifically was responsible for naming you?)
    If I recall correctly, Mom always told me she "liked Vicki" so she named me Vicki. But she figured I should have a longer, more formal, name for things like job applications, signing checks, etc., so she lengthened Vicki to Victoria. So in my case, Vicki is not "short for Victoria". Instead, Victoria "is long for Vicki".

  4. Are there any names you really hate or love? What are they and why?
    I've never been fond of the "made up names" that no one else can spell or pronounce correctly. I've always felt sorry for people stuck with names that sound like a great parental joke (Candy Barr, King Lear, Bob White, Ima Hogg...). I'm not personally fond of the idea of saddling kids with "Jr." either... it doesn't take that much creativity to give a kid his own name. But, none of that's really my business and at least my parents didn't pull any tricks on me.

  5. Is the analysis of your name at kabalarians.com /triggur.org /astroexpert accurate? How is or how isn't it?
    No.
    Surely you're joking.

By Any Other Name - posted by Vicki at Fri, 12 Sep, 11:41 Pacific | Comments (0)

Thursday September 04, 2003

Good Housekeeping

The Friday 5 for this week...

  1. What housekeeping chore(s) do you hate doing the most?
  2. Are there any that you like or don't mind doing?
  3. Do you have a routine throughout the week or just clean as it's needed?
  4. Do you have any odd cleaning/housekeeping quirks or rules?
  5. What was the last thing you cleaned?

  1. What housekeeping chore(s) do you hate doing the most?
    Vacuuming. Followed by straightening up and "putting away" (reducing clutter). I also never much liked doing dishes... so I don't, much. That's what dishwashers are for.

  2. Are there any that you like or don't mind doing?
    I honestly don't mind cleaning the cat box; it's necessary and important. I don't really mind wiping down the kitchen counters. I can't say I like any housekeeping chores, however.

  3. Do you have a routine throughout the week or just clean as it's needed?
    As needed. We've found that we do best if we try to maintain on a continuing basis. We try to wipe down the kitchen counters after using them, get the dishes into the dish washer almost immediately, wash up any pans that can't go in the dish washer asap...

  4. Do you have any odd cleaning/housekeeping quirks or rules?
    Such as...? No, I don't think so. I had a flatmate in grad school who thought vacuuming should be done every Saturday morning (and she was up by 8 am). I didn't mind that nearly so much as the fact that she also thought we should trade off weeks. This was a flat with 3 adult occupants and no pets. It didn't need vacuuming. My comment was that since I owned the vacuum cleaner, she was welcome to use it any Saturday she liked (When I moved out, I sold her the vacuum :)

  5. What was the last thing you cleaned?

    That would be either the kitchen counters or the cat box...

Good Housekeeping - posted by Vicki at Thu, 04 Sep, 21:55 Pacific | Comments (0)

Friday August 29, 2003

School Daze

The Friday 5 for this week concerns... school.

Given that Tuesday will be the First Day of School for many kids across the country; this seems like an appropriate topic.

  1. Are you going to school this year?
  2. If yes, where are you going (high school, college, etc.)? If no, when did you graduate?
  3. What are/were your favorite school subjects?
  4. What are/were your least favorite school subjects?
  5. Have you ever had a favorite teacher? Why was he/she a favorite?

  1. Are you going to school this year?
    No :-)

  2. If no, when did you graduate?
    1984 with a Masters Degree in Science. I've taken a few American Sign Language classes since then at the local community college but nothing towards a degree program. I have no intention of ever "going back to school".

  3. What were your favorite school subjects?
    Science. I took every science class I could, including the year that Bio lab ran 4th & 5th double period once a week (and I had Physics 6th period) -- my mother had to write a note giving permission for me to not have a lunch period that day!

  4. What were your least favorite school subjects?
    Phys Ed. (Yuck; ptooie!) and Social Studies (booooring). Prior to 8th grade, I hated Math; in 8th grade it finally clicked.

  5. Have you ever had a favorite teacher? Why was he/she a favorite?
    Miss Reilly, 9th grade English; she was simply wonderful. Mr. Shope, 7th grade science; he let me take home the planaria at the end of the year. I loved my 2nd and 3rd grade teachers (Miss Zoomas and Mrs. Ingersoll) and kept in touch with Mrs Hale, my 5th grade teacher, for a year or so after she moved to North Dakota.

    In college I became friends with my Med. Micro TA (Susan McMahon) and we still correspond.

I liked school OK when I was there but I never liked tests or homework and would not want to go back.
School Daze - posted by Vicki at Fri, 29 Aug, 22:14 Pacific | Comments (1)

Saturday August 23, 2003

The last time you...

The Friday 5 for this week is really lame. I haven't decided yet if I'll bother to answer. Feel free to provide your own answers in the comments.

  1. When was the last time you laughed?
  2. Who was the last person you had an argument with?
  3. Who was the last person you emailed?
  4. When was the last time you bathed?
  5. What was the last thing you ate?
The last time you... - posted by Vicki at Sat, 23 Aug, 12:11 Pacific | Comments (2)

Friday August 15, 2003

Home Sweet Home Page

The Friday 5 for this week is about the Internet

  1. How much time do you spend online each day?
  2. What is your browser homepage set to?
  3. Do you use any instant messaging programs? If so, which one(s)?
  4. Where was your first webpage located?
  5. How long have you had your current website?

  1. How much time do you spend online each day?
    A lot. It depends on the day. We've got an always on connection, so if I'm at the computer I'm online. I read email, look something up on the web, send a chat message, go back to email. I'm a programmer and a webweaver. I'm on the computer a lot. I do other things too, though - eat, sleep, read, converse, play with kitties, go for walks.

  2. What is your browser homepage set to?
    My personal home page (www.cfcl.com/vlb); but when the windows start up they come up blank. If I click the home icon I go to my home page.

  3. Do you use any instant messaging programs? If so, which one(s)?
    We use iChat (over Rendezvous) at home a lot (my office is downstairs; Rich's office is upstairs; it beats yelling :-). I use Yahoo IM with my Dad and several friends outside. Occasionally I use iChat (AIM) with friends who have AIM (or iChat) but not Yahoo.

  4. Where was your first webpage located?
    Same place it is now (www.cfcl.com/vlb).

  5. How long have you had your current website?
    I wish I could remember; it would be fun to know when I started it but I didn't really pay attention at the time. I have to have started it sometime between mid 1994 and early 1995. My oldest records are for 1995. I'm sure it was prior to April 1995, and probably no earlier than April 1994.

Home Sweet Home Page - posted by Vicki at Fri, 15 Aug, 16:31 Pacific | Comments (0)

Saturday August 09, 2003

Where did you go? Out.

What did you do? Nothing.

The Friday 5 for this week concerns travel:

  1. What's the last place you traveled to, outside your own home state/country?
  2. What's the most bizarre/unusual thing that's ever happened to you while traveling?
  3. If you could take off to anywhere, money and time being no object, where would you go?
  4. Do you prefer traveling by plane, train or car?
  5. What's the next place on your list to visit?

  1. What's the last place you traveled to, outside your own home state/country?
    Outside my home state, I guess the last place I traveled would be Pennsylvania, some years ago when I visited my parents. Outside my home country, we visited Ireland, Wales, and England in 1987.

  2. What's the most bizarre/unusual thing that's ever happened to you while traveling?
    When we moved from Maryland to California, we moved ourselves, driving across the country in a 25' rental truck with a VW bus attached to the back. We convoyed with a friend (19' truck and 2-door sedan on the back) who was going to Denver, CO. On the trip, our trailer hitch kept collapsing; the bearings in the VW's wheels seized when we were still in Maryland; our convoy buddy took us all on an "off road" expedition down a small Pennsylvania farm road; the emergency brake on the truck gave out somewhere in Nebraska; and the Highway Dept was doing road work on I80 through Utah, so the road through Salt Lake City was basically "paved" with golfball- to baseball-sized rocks.

  3. If you could take off to anywhere, money and time being no object, where would you go?
    I wouldn't go anywhere. Money and time being no object, I'd take off from work and stay home!

  4. Do you prefer traveling by plane, train or car?
    By car first, by train second. I loathe and detest air travel. I hated it well before Sept. 11. I would put train travel ahead of car travel simply because I don't have to drive, but train travel in the US is notoriously slow, late. and probably doesn't run where you want to go (or if so, infrequently). Worse, AmTrak doesn't care about any of these problems and the US Government doesn't care about AmTrak. Sigh. Train travel in Europe and the UK was wonderful.

  5. What's the next place on your list to visit?
    Trinidad, CA in Sept. 2003 for the Storytelling Festival by the Sea where we will get to hear Willy Claflin and Maynard Moose!

Where did you go? Out. - posted by Vicki at Sat, 09 Aug, 11:24 Pacific | Comments (0)

Friday August 01, 2003

Time to Get Up

This week's Friday Five; pretty much a no-brainer this week. :-)

  1. What time do you wake up on weekday mornings?
  2. Do you sleep in on the weekends? How late?
  3. Aside from waking up, what is the first thing you do in the morning?
  4. How long does it take to get ready for your day?
  5. When possible, what is your favorite place to go for breakfast?

  1. What time do you wake up on weekday mornings?
    When I'm employed outside of the house, 7:00 or 7:30.
    If I'm working at home, between 8:00 and 9:00.
    When I'm not employed, whenever, but generally by 10:00.

  2. Do you sleep in on the weekends? How late?
    I don't intentionally sleep in but I don't set an alarm either. I'm generally up by 10.
    I do try to get in an afternoon nap, however.

  3. Aside from waking up, what is the first thing you do in the morning?
    Visit the necessary, brush teeth, wash up...
    Get dressed.
    Feed the cats; clean the litter box.

  4. How long does it take to get ready for your day?
    30 - 40 minutes

  5. When possible, what is your favorite place to go for breakfast?
    Big Joe's Number 8, San Bruno. Our local diner. Eggs Florentine; poached eggs; sour dough french toast; oatmeal; omelettes; fresh fruit bowl... their food is awesome!
Time to Get Up - posted by Vicki at Fri, 01 Aug, 10:08 Pacific | Comments (0)

Saturday July 26, 2003

My Life, The Movie

The Friday 5 for this week is weird. Once again, I wasn't sure I'd even bother, but I guess it's an exercise in creativity. A lot of the other folks who do this regularly seemed to find this to be a fun one; it takes all kinds to make a world, I guess. YMMV.

  1. If your life were a movie, what would the title be?
  2. What songs would be on the soundtrack?
  3. Would it be a live-action film or animated? Why?
  4. Casting: who would play you, members of your family, friends, etc?
  5. Describe the movie preview/trailer.

  1. If your life were a movie, what would the title be?
    Probably, "My Life, The Movie" :-)

  2. What songs would be on the soundtrack?
    Whatever is stuck in my head at the time? :-)
    If we're going for favorites: Enya, Pachelbel's Canon in D, The Canadian Brass, Wynton Marsalis, Handel, Beethoven's Piano Concerto No.5 , Albioni's Adagio

  3. Would it be a live-action film or animated? Why?
    Oh, animated for sure. Why? You have to ask? So I can get Pixar to do it, of course!

  4. Casting: who would play you, members of your family, friends, etc?
    Well, it's animated, so of course, I would play me (or, that is, an animated me would play me).

  5. Describe the movie preview/trailer.
    Like most preview/trailers. Choppy, lots of scenes. Funny. All the good stuff in one 2 minute bit. Preferably viewers will say "Let's go!" instead of "Well! I think I've seen enough of that one!".
My Life, The Movie - posted by Vicki at Sat, 26 Jul, 00:41 Pacific | Comments (0)

Friday July 18, 2003

Lie, Cheat, and Steal?

The Friday 5 for this week is kinda nasty. I guess for some folks it can invoke deep soul-searching thought... I wasn't sure if I'd bother to answer, but I decided it's better if no one thinks I have something to hide :|.

  1. When was the last time you cheated?
  2. When was the last time you stole?
  3. When was the last time you lied?
  4. When was the last time you broke or vandalized another's property?
  5. When was the last time you hurt a loved one?

  1. When was the last time you cheated?
    Does reading the answers to the exercises in a technical book count? Or peeking at the answer for part of a crossword puzzle? How about reading the last chapter of a book to see who comes out alive? (yes, I do finish the book and read all of the middle).

  2. When was the last time you stole?
    Probably when I was less than 5.... I even provide my own pens when I'm working in an office.

  3. When was the last time you lied?
    Lies of omission? Lies of commission? The general societal "white lies", e.g. "Whatever you want to do is fine with me?" I don't lie much; if I've done so recently (any of the above types) I don't recall the circumstances.

  4. When was the last time you broke or vandalized another's property?
    Broke? Unintentionally, occasionally; I can't remember when...I accidentally dinged Rich's car about 10 years back. Never intentionally (I'm very careful of property) and certainly never vandalism.

  5. When was the last time you hurt a loved one?
    Verbally? - occasionally, during an argument. I'm sorry.
    Physically? - rarely and by accident; occasionally I trip over a cat, or step on his little foamrubber foot. I don't hit...
    Intentionally? - very rarely; sometimes an argument gets out of hand. I try hard not to let that happen. The Three-fold law applies for arguments.
Lie, Cheat, and Steal? - posted by Vicki at Fri, 18 Jul, 14:56 Pacific | Comments (0)

Friday July 11, 2003

Friends

The Friday 5 for July 11, 2003
  1. Do you remember your first best friend? Who was it?
  2. Are you still in touch with this person?
  3. Do you have a current close friend?
  4. How did you become friends with this person?
  5. Is there a friend from your past that you wish you were still in contact with? Why?

  1. Do you remember your first best friend? Who was it?
    My first best frined was Kip; Kip was a Collie/German Shepherd mix. He was 6 months old when I was born and lived to be 11 years old. My second best friend (second friend but never second-best) was Poppy, the cat I got when I was 9. She lived to be 13.

  2. Are you still in touch with this person?
    Humans? I guess my first human best friend was Emily; she moved to Ohio in 3rd or 4th grade and we lost touch a year or so later.

  3. Do you have a current close friend?
    My spouse, Richard, is my best non-feline friend. My other 4 closest friends are the kitty kids.

  4. How did you become friends with this person?
    Rich and I met at an Animation Festival viewing, saw each other at some other events, got to know each other. How does anyone become friends? We shared similar likes and dislikes; one of the most important being that we liked each other. We still do :-)

  5. Is there a friend from your past that you wish you were still in contact with? Why?
    Most of the people I want to be in contact with I am in contact with. However, as I was answering this question, I realized that there are two friends from my college days that I've been out of touch with for many years. I took this set of questions as my opportunity to write to them. I have an email address for one... the other I had to find first. It turned out that in this, as in many things, Google is your friend. I love the web.
Friends - posted by Vicki at Fri, 11 Jul, 14:48 Pacific | Comments (0)

Wednesday July 09, 2003

Growing up reading

The Friday 5 for July 4, 2003
  1. What were your favorite childhood stories?
  2. What books from your childhood would you like to share with [your] children?
  3. Have you re-read any of those childhood stories and been surprised by anything?
  4. How old were you when you first learned to read?
  5. Do you remember the first 'grown-up' book you read? How old were you?
  1. What were your favorite childhood stories?
    Goodness! Anything and everything.

  2. What books from your childhood would you like to share with [your] children?
    "My Father's Dragon", Winnie The Pooh, "The Diamond in the Window" (and sequels), Edward Eager, Susan Cooper, Madeline L'Engle, Elizabeth Enright, Eleanor Estes (The Moffat Family)...

  3. Have you re-read any of those childhood stories and been surprised by anything?
    Re-read... yes; some several times. Surprised? ... no...

  4. How old were you when you first learned to read?
    4? I was too young to remember.

  5. Do you remember the first 'grown-up' book you read? How old were you? Probably 9 or 10? I just worked my way through all of the books in the downstairs (juveniles) section of the library and then started going upstairs. But I also read Readers' Digest Condensed books at home. What's a "'grown-up' book" anyway? What's a "kid's book". The important question is... is it a good book?
Growing up reading - posted by Vicki at Wed, 09 Jul, 09:55 Pacific | Comments (0)

Sunday June 29, 2003

The Second Five - How I'll Spend my Summer

The Friday 5 for June 27, 2003
  1. How are you planning to spend the summer [winter]?
  2. What was your first summer job?
  3. If you could go anywhere this summer [winter], where would you go?
  4. What was your worst vacation ever?
  5. What was your best vacation ever?

  1. How are you planning to spend the summer?
    Pretty much the same way I ever do: we'll stay home, read, go for walks, work, play with the cats, work, read, sleep...

  2. What was your first summer job?
    I worked at the local swimming pool, selling memberships, selling day passes, taking photos and laminating membership badges, talking to the kids who came to swim.

  3. If you could go anywhere this summer, where would you go?
    I'd stay here. I prefer home; I'm not a traveler.

  4. What was your worst vacation ever?
    I don't recall having one. I've had some short overnight and weekend trips that didn't work out, where it rained thewhole time or things didn't go as planned. I've pretty much managed to forget those.

  5. What was your best vacation ever?
    From the age of 5 to 18, for 13 years in a row, my family went up to the Adirondacks and spent some time in a cabin on the Great Sacandaga Lake. Often for two weeks, once or twice shorter because someone had less time. Those trips were wonderful.
The Second Five - How I'll Spend my Summer - posted by Vicki at Sun, 29 Jun, 15:29 Pacific | Comments (0)

Friday June 27, 2003

Discovering the Friday Five

(Actually, I discovered this site on Wednesday whilst surfing during downtime in the WWDC Exhibit Hall. But I didn't get around to posting the article for a few days, and then it sat as a draft. What can I say?... Pretend.)

The Friday Five for June 20, 2003

  1. Is your hair naturally curly, wavy, or straight? Long or short?
  2. How has your hair changed over your lifetime?
  3. How do your normally wear your hair?
  4. If you could change your hair this minute, what would it look like?
  5. Ever had a hair disaster? What happened?

  1. Is your hair naturally curly, wavy, or straight? Long or short?
    My hair is red, wavy, thick and hits below my shoulder blades when wet, about 2 inches higher when dry. It's got a lot more spring when it dries; It never gets much longer than it is now, just bushier (and I trim it myself). It was actually a lot less curly when it was short. My cats and I compete for who sheds the most, and our vacuum cleaner needs to be carefully taken apart on a regular basis to remove the choking strands.

  2. How has your hair changed over your lifetime?
    I never grew it out till my junior year in high school (I wanted it long for the senior photo) - before that I always had it cut short every June, then it grew through the school year. Except for trimming the ends and the sides, it's been constant since I graduated from H.S.

  3. How do your normally wear your hair?
    Front sides trimmed at an angle, bangs on the forehead. I pull the outer thirds back from the sides and fasten with a Scünci. On hot days I put it up (one braid, twisted under and in).

  4. If you could change your hair this minute, what would it look like?
    It would look exactly the way it does now (just because I could doesn't mean I would). My hair will most likeely stay the way it is until I decide I'm "too old", probably when I'm into my 90's.

  5. Ever had a hair disaster? What happened?
    I grew up in Pennsylvania where the humidity did weird things to my hair... I remember waiting for class one day, listening to two girls groaning about how they had used the curling iron for an hour and the humidity had taken all the curl ut of their hair. Meanwhile, there I was and couldn't even get a comb through mine. I'm not sure this qualifies as a disaster but it's the closest I can recall. The weather where I now live is perfect for my hair.
Discovering the Friday Five - posted by Vicki at Fri, 27 Jun, 14:07 Pacific | Comments (0)