Monday, August 05, 2002

Monday Mission

Oh, heck, now that I've started doing the Friday Five, I find that the other days of the week have an irresitable lure for me as well. I blame Deborah Beachboard, because she's always doing these things on her blog, and they always look so interesting! So:

1. Ever considered just deleting your Blog and not doing it anymore? What prompted that and what stopped you? I wouldn't just delete the thing -- I'm far too fond of my own words! -- but it has occured to me once or twice of late that I might be better off if I just quit. I realized the other day that writing in this blog actually does use up creative energies that I might be better off redirecting elsewhere. But, fear not. That might be the voice of my better judgment, but I'm probably not going to listen to it. I've become far too addicted to this thing.

2. How about a quick review of the last movie you saw? Lilo and Stitch. It did feature a certain amount of that Disneyeque Family Values, Moral-of-the-Story sensibility that I've started to find a bit wearing of late, but it was lots of fun, nevertheless. That Lilo kid is a pip.

3. What's your favorite gadget? Are you lusting for any new ones? Will you ever be satisified??? Well, the excitement of actually having a DVD player has yet to wear off. Unforuntately for my pocketbook, because said excitement mainly translates into me buying lots of DVDs. As for lusting after new gadgets... Well, now that I have the DVD player, I keep thinking that I really need a better TV. And a better sound system.

4. What "table game" do you enjoy playing most with other people? Have you played it lately? I enjoy "word games" like Scrabble quite a lot, though it's often hard to find people to play with me, as only one of my friends has similar tastes. I just recently bought Pictionary. I had some fond memories of playing that with my Dad when I was a teenager, and I'm finding that it's still a lot of fun.

5. Have you ever been obsessed with something so much that it was close to causing you physical or mental harm? If not, have you known anyone else who has? Um... Physical harm, no. Mental harm, well, I dunno, it probably depends on your definition. I definitely tend to get obsessed with things like TV shows to the point where I spend more time and energy on them that is probably completely healthy. I know when I'm starting to "overdose," too. There are definite warning signs that I should really shut the TV off/log of the internet/go think about something else before my brain explodes, but I don't always pay attention to them. Still, as obsessions go, I'd say mine are relatively harmless.

6. Did you grow up in a family or community that displayed racist or prejudice attitudes? Did it influence you in any way, either toward or away from those views? How did you manage to avoid it, or did you? Umm... My mother will steadfastly claim that she is not a racist, but I've certainly known her to display attitudes that revealed otherwise. And my stepfather (my mother's second husband, who I lived with as a teenager) was a bit more blunt about it. Nothing violent or terribly overt, even, but it did come to the surface in the occasional off-hand comment or racial epithet. I remember being rather shocked the first time that I realized my family did have some of those attitudes, actually, because Mom had always taught me that racism was wrong. Fortunately, in this one case, I suppose I learned from her words and not from her example.

7. Good grief, I am starving! You got anything to eat around here? Sure. I got frozen food, and I got junk good. Take your pick!

BONUS: What did you tell them? Nothing, I swear! Even when they shone the light in my face and threatened me with the comfy chair, I didn't squeal! They must have gotten that information from someone else!

This week's Comment Question: What browser and version number are you using? Netscape 6.2.

(Addendum: Yes, I know I said to yell at me if I wrote a long blog entry today, because I was supposed to be working on other stuff. But, hey, while I haven't accomplished quite as much today as yesterday, I've actually been pretty productive this weekend overall (keeping in mind that "weekend" for me includes Monday), which makes me generally feel pretty good about life and, I think, totally entitles me to a blog break. So there!)

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