Friday 5: Hold The Line

That’s an old Toto song, by the way…LOL

Today’s Friday 5 is about lines. Here we go!

  1. What’s the longest line you’ve ever stood in?

  2. Hmmmmm. I try to avoid lines whenever possible. But I think this would be the line to get into Pearl Harbor, during my 2005 Hawaii trip. And to think, our bus was early.

  3. When did you have the most fun waiting in line?

  4. Definitely the line at Capital Jazz Fest. Those of us who get there early are in line together for about 4 hours until the gates open. Inevitably there’s talk of NFL Rivalries, past jazz fests, and heckling of Meriweather Pavilion employees if the gates don’t open right at 10:00am.

  5. What line, no matter how long or short it is, always drives you crazy?

  6. Lines at the NCDMV. I still haven’t changed my vehicle registration to my married name, because I just can’t with the line.

  7. When did you last behave in a manner that was over the line?

  8. I’m pretty much good at holding the line. I know some habitual line steppers, though. LOL!

  9. What are some lines of poetry you can recite from memory?
  10. I used to have some of the lines from “Ego Trippin’ (Nikki Giovanni) memorized. I might be able to remember one or two now.

Sunday 7: The Boob Tube

It’s time again for the Sunday 7! Today’s list is 7 of your favorite tv shows as a child. Those could be pretty interesting, depending on when you grew up. I personally think the 80s were the greatest, but I could be a smidge biased.

7 FAVORITE TV SHOWS FROM MY CHILDHOOD

  1. You Can’t Do That On Television

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    I loved this show. I think Christine, aka Moose, was my favorite character. If this was on after school, I was guaranteed to be in front of the tv. Just waiting for someone to say “I don’t know,” and get slimed. It was so not an expensive show, no special effects, or anything like that. Just simple, silly TV for kids.

  2. DangerMouse

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    The exasperated way in which Danger Mouse always said, “oh, PENFOLD!” always put me in stitches. Nickelodeon had a great group of shows on in the afternoons, and this was one of them. I’ve always been a cartoon-head. Shoot, I will watch them now (Spongebob, anyone?).

  3. 3-2-1 Contact

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    3! 2! 1! CONTACT! This show appealed to my nerdy side. They found a way to explain science and how things worked, that was appealing to kids. PBS really had a lot of winners back in the day. Not to mention the show within the show, The Bloodhound Gang. “Wherever there’s trouble…we’re there on the double…we’re the bloodhound gang…” Some episodes I honestly just tuned in to see what The Bloodhound Gang was up to. LOL!

  4. Degrassi/Degrassi High

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    Nah, not the Wheelchair Jimmy Degrassi that we know today – the ORIGINAL show with Lucy, Caitlin, Joey, Spike, Snake, and Wheels. Tame, compared to today’s Degrassi, but for our time they tackled some tough subjects, like when Spike got pregnant with Emma…yep, Emma from The Next Generation. It was 80s cheesy, and I was absolutely there for it all. Absolutely. Even the token black kids. Anyway… <– in my Nene/RHOA voice

  5. The Cosby Show

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    I don’t even think this needs an explanation. Classic 80s TV. Classic. I was about Vanessa’s age, so I identified with her a lot. I learned definitely not to stay out past curfew. My parents were not The Huxtables, and it wouldn’t have been that nice. LOL! They had two parents in the household, at a time when a lot of my friends only had one parent. I loved watching their family.

  6. Looney Tunes

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    As a kid, I was not an early riser. Thus, I slept through a lot of the early morning cartoons. Looney Tunes/The Bugs Bunny Road Runner Show was the last cartoon to come on ABC, at 11:00am. I could absolutely be there for that. “Duck Amok” is my favorite cartoon. It’s the one where Daffy Duck is trying to act, and the scenery behind him keeps changing. Still greatly amused, even now.

  7. Fraggle Rock

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    Red, Wembley, the Doozers, Uncle Traveling Matt, Sprocket the dog! I always thought Red was spunky. She was my favorite. You’re not an 80s baby if you didn’t watch Fraggle Rock.

Of course, I watched a lot more than this. Shows meant for grown ups, like The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, Dallas, Knot’s Landing, and a plethora of other shows. I pretty much grew up in front of the TV.

What were 7 of your favorite shows from your childhood?

Friday 5 – Dim All The Lights

It’s time for the Friday 5! Ready?

Where’s a good place to check out some pretty lights?
Hmmmm. I’m not sure where to check out lights when it’s not Christmas, but there’s a small town here called McAdenville, right off of I-85, and they always have lights for Christmas. Most of the neighbors decorate their houses and folks will sit in line for hours to drive through. I’ve seen it once.

How well do you sleep with the lights on?
If I’m tired, I can conk out anywhere. I won’t sleep with the lights on, but frequently fall asleep with the TV on. Thank goodness for 4 hour power save.

What’s your favorite song with the word “light” or “lights” in the title?
Of course, my mind goes blank. The first thing that came to mind was “Dim All The Lights” by Donna Summer. However when Kanye put out “Flashing Lights” that used to be our jam at the skating rink. *having a flashback* LOL

What “light” version of some food or drink is as good as (or better than) its regular version?
I tend not to go for light versions. If you’re gonna be a monkey, be a gorilla. I don’t drink soda much, and not much beer. I don’t have anything for this one.

Which light in your house seems to need changing the most frequently, and which the least?
Man, that stupid light over the stove top goes out all the time. We’ve blown through a pack of 4 bulbs in no time. Least, I’d say the energy saver bulbs in my bedroom lamps. They’ve been in there since Duke Energy sent me the free bulbs when I lived in my apartment.

Friday 5: Criticism

Want to play along? Check out Friday 5 for links every Friday. This week’s theme is Criticism.

  1. How well do you receive criticism?

    I think it depends on what the criticism is related to, and who is giving it. Like, I can receive constructive criticism well at work. For the most part, I already know what I need to be working on, and usually that criticism is just a confirmation. In my personal life, I probably don’t receive it as well. It can feel like an attack, even when it’s not meant to be.

  2. When did someone else’s criticism of you result in growth?

    I think I’ve learned to do a better job with communication in my marriage, based on past criticism. Some was constructive, some was not. But all of it caused me to look inward, which is a good thing.

  3. What do you think of film critics?

    What’s that Hall & Oates song? “Out of Touch?” LOL! I rarely agree with the film critics when they bomb a movie. There have been movies that have receives critical acclaim and I’ve just been like, “eh.” I know they have a trained eye, and are looking more deeply and at more aspects than I entertain, but for the most part I go with my own gut when it comes to films. Especially films with predominantly black casts. I don’t even read the reviews.

  4. What’s something you’d like to make a critical statement about right now?

    Former San Diego mayor Maureen O’Connor and her embezzlement of charity money for gambling. How do you get that far into it, and nobody knows you’re doing this? I appreciate they want to help her get treatment for her addiction, but her punishment appears to be a slap on the wrist. No bueno.

  5. Who’s the most critical person you know?
  6. Hmmm. Good question. I honestly don’t have an answer. I don’t think I have many overly-critical people in my life, so it’s hard to say.

And that’s my Friday 5!

Friday 5: Celebrations

It’s time for Friday5!

CELEBRATIONS

When did you last blow up a balloon?
Hmmmmm. It’s been a long time. Probably the last time one of my nieces or nephews had a birthday party? I have no clue. I just get balloons from Party City. LOL!

Whose house is especially well-designed for parties, and why?
I haven’t been to a house party in a minute, but I have two friends who live outside of Charlotte (in the same neighborhood, actually), and the set up of their houses lends itself well to parties. Open floor plans with large family rooms.

If the party starts at seven, what time are you there?
Well, *I* would be there pretty close to 7:00. If HH is coming with me, that’s going to involve me saying that we have to be there at 6:30, and us still being late, regardless. LOL! Bless his heart, but we almost never get where we need to be at the time I want us there. Thank goodness we didn’t have any issues on our wedding day.

Who brought the best thing to your last potluck?
We had a potluck at work, and a co-worker brought some crock pot chili. It had corn in it. It was really good. Matter of fact, I need to get that recipe from her.

Now that the holidays are over, what (besides a birthday) might be the next thing you celebrate in the company of others?
We have some family reunions and class reunions coming up this summer. And my sisters and I always head to Capital Jazz Fest in June now, to celebrate our sisterhood. I can’t wait to see what the line up will be this year.