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Somethin' Somethin'

Another little survey I got from Sheila.

1. Is your second toe longer than your first?

Yes. And now I feel weird about it.

2. Do you have a favorite type of pen?

I do actually. I like Bic ball points. I still write long hand, and when I teach I take tons and tons of notes. Bics seem to be my friend. They like me. I like them. We have a relationship.

3. Look at your planner for March 14, what are you doing

I don’t have a planner. Which is why I’m constantly confused.

4. What color are your toenails usually?

I paint them clear. I’m a bit long in the tooth to be wearing colors, so I just like them to look less sloth-like.

5. What was the last thing you highlighted?

My script for “Drood”. And then…I lost it.

6. What color are your bedroom curtains?

I hate curtains. I don’t like things covering up the windows. I’m a window treatment gal, myself. We have forest green window fabric that hangs above our windows in each room. I just think it’s prettier. It also makes me feel less like a crack addict trying to keep the sun out. Old habits.

7. What color are the seats in your car?

Grey. Geez…that’s depressing. Maybe I should buy a leopard print or something.

8. Have you ever had a black and white cat?

No. But when Chrisanne and I got married she had one all black cat and one all white cat. When they stood next to each other, they were black and white. Does that count?

9. What is the last thing you put a stamp on?

A letter to the Department of motor vehicles. Don’t ask.

10. Do you know anyone who lives in Wyoming?


11. Why did you withdraw cash from the ATM the last time?

Oh boy, this is sad……for cigarettes. This really has to stop.

12. Whose is the last baby that you held?

My friend Julie’s….when he actually WAS a baby.

13. Unlucky #?

I don’t believe anything is unlucky.

14. Do you like Cinnamon toothpaste?

Never had it. I like cinnamon, so maybe I would. ‘Course now that I only have 3 teeth that are actually mine, I guess I’d have to go for Cinnamon Polygrip.

15. What kind of car were you driving 2 years ago?

The same one I am now: a black Ford Escort. Don’t judge me.

16. Pick one: Miami Hurricanes or Florida Gators?

I don’t want to see either.

17. Last time you went to Six Flags?

I like Sheila’s answer.

"I wonder if Alex, Shannon and I going on the scariest roller coaster ever built in Las Vegas counts. I remember Alex clutching my hand as we climbed up vertically - I remember her shouting, and sobbing as we climbed, "I'M SO SCARED, I'M SO SCARED, I'M SO SCARED." Most fun I've ever had."

And she’s right, I was literally laughing and crying at the same time. It was one of the best frights I’d ever had.

18. Do you have any wallpaper in your house?

I’m not a fan of the Wallpaper. I like paint.

19. Closest thing to you that is yellow?

A large writing tablet of paper that’s littered with character notes for “Drood”. I’ve decided I write like a serial killer.

20. Last person to give you a business card?

A clothes designer on the set of “Nurses” this last summer.

21. Who is the last person you wrote a check to?

Eric, my web guy (and gorgeous, good friend).

22. Closest framed picture to you?

A picture of Chrisanne’s Grandfather (Papal) holding his grandson (and our nephew) Jacob. The look on his face is priceless. He was such a happy, happy man. Always joyous, always kind, and the picture of him holding that baby is the epitome of who he was. I really miss him.

23. Last time you had someone cook for you?

Last night. Chrisanne cooked a steak that was out of this world. On the grill, smothered in some kind of gran marnier/chocolate, spicy mix she concocted. This is a woman on a mission.

24. Have you ever applied for welfare?

The first time I went into the hospital, I had been diagnosed with AIDS for about 4 years. They couldn’t find out what was happening, but I was short of breath, and had fevers of over 103 degrees. I was very close to death. I remember my doctor coming in and sitting Chrisanne and I down and saying:

“Well….we really think it might be time to make some arrangements.”

Chrisanne called my family and hers, and let them know that I probably wasn’t going to make it.
That night, I awoke to the sounds of screaming and yelling. It reverberated down the hall. Some boy was crying for his life. “No! No! I don’t want it! I want to die! Let me die!” he kept saying. Over and over and over. I pictured him writhing and twisting in his bed, drenched and exhausted. I knew that feeling.

…and something clicked.

Something inside me went off. Like a switch. I didn’t want to be that guy. I didn’t want to leave. I didn’t want to die. And I certainly didn’t want help in making it happen.

The next day, I woke up and my fever was gone. I was cool. For the first time in weeks I could actually see, hear things, and not have to have Chrisanne pummel me with wet cloths. She felt my head, and screamed for Dr Slotten. When he came in, he couldn’t believe what had happened. To this day, I still can’t explain it, but I don’t really try to. Some things are meant to be secrets.

However, we certainly didn’t have the money for the lengthy hospital stay at the time, and we applied for welfare. We were on it for almost 2 years. It saved our lives.

25. How many emails do you have?

I’m not sure I know what this means. But I do have over 154 unread e mails sitting in my account. It’s not that I’m that important, it’s that I’m that irresponsible.

26. Last time you received flowers?

Closing night of “Midsummer Night’s Dream”. The cast chipped in and bought both Chrisanne and I a dozen pink roses.

27. Do you think the sanctity of marriage is meant for only a man & woman?

Absolutely. One man, one woman. That’s it. How can two people of the same sex love each other enough to want to spend the rest of their lives together? Ridiculous. Makes no sense. Insanity, I tell you! Pretty soon those pesky Blacks will want to vote.

28. Do you play air guitar?

I play the air harmonica. I’m not kidding.

29. Has anyone ever proposed to you?

Twice. The first was a man, and the second was a woman. I really have it all going on, don’t I?

30. Do you take anything in your coffee?

Gobs of cream and gobs of sugar. I pretty much drink chocolate milk with caffeine.

31. Do you have any Willow Tree figurines?

Yes. I keep it right next to my 8 hobbit figurines.

32. What is/was your high school's rival mascot?

I have no idea. I was too busy trying to get a lead in our school plays in High School to pay attention to other teenagers running around in fuzzy animal suits.

33. Last person you spoke to from high school?

Murph. Actually, HE spoke to ME. I was in Chicago for the summer, and he called me twice and I completely ignored him. I have some major sucking up to do.

34. Last time you used hand sanitizer?

These hand sanitizers make me very nervous. I don’t understand them. I don’t understand how they work. Don’t you have to have water to activate the Clean Factor? I mean, if you could just rub jell on your hands and they’d be instantaneously sanitized, wouldn’t we be taking showers in jello? I don’t want this hand sanitizer thing. I’m fine with soap and water.

35. Would you like to learn to play the drums?

I always wanted to be Karen Carpenter.

36. What color are the blinds in your living room?

Off-white. But……I always keep them open. Always.

38. Last thing you read in the newspaper?

Bush’s self congratulatory speech about slowly pulling out the troops from Iraq. He’s such a dear.

39. What was the last pageant you attended?

Miss Continental, 2004.

40. What is the last place you bought pizza from?


41. Have you ever worn a crown?

Many, actually. I was a Miss Gay Illinois, Miss Gay Wisconsin Miss Gay New York, Miss Gay Chicago, and the first girl from Illinois to win the Miss Florida pageant. I wore crowns for all those titles. Unfortunately, when I left that part of showbiz behind me, I threw away all my tiaras. I’ll never forgive myself for doing that.
However, about a year or so ago, when I met gorgeous, brilliant Susan in one of my classes, I told her of my idiotic Tiara dilemma, and she gave me one of her very own crowns from her very own collection. She’ll never know what that meant to me.

42. What is the last thing you stapled?

I think that might have been in Jr. High School.

43. Did you ever drink clear Pepsi?

I didn’t even know there was such a thing as clear Pepsi.

44. Are you ticklish?

My feet. Don’t touch my feet. I’m warning you. Just don’t.

45. Last time you saw fireworks?

Ummm…….last night.

46. Last time you had a Krispy Kreme doughnut?

There’s a donut shop down the street from our house here in Northern Iowa. It’s not exactly Krispy Kreme, but it’s darn close. So, I have to say, 3 weekends ago.

47. Who is the last person that left you a message & you actually returned it?

Honey West. My best friend.

48. Last time you parked under a carport?

Yesterday afternoon.

49. Do you have a black dog?

I had a black and white spotted dog once. I was a terrible dog owner. I still have pangs of guilt over the way I ignored that poor little thing. Luckily, my good friend Barb took him from me, and gave him to a grateful ranch owner, where hopefully he lives out his days chasing chickens and sleeping in the sun.

50 . Have you had your mid life crisis yet?

I think so. I know I’m contemplating botox on a semi regular basis.

51. Are you an aunt or uncle?

In order for that to happen, I would actually have to know where the heck my brother is. And I’ve given up on that ever happening.

52. Who has the prettiest eyes that you know of?

Chrisanne. And it’s not just me. I’ve been with her when people have literally stopped talking to her in mid sentence, and commented on her eyes.

53. What kind of soap or body wash do you use?


54. Do you remember Ugly Kid Joe?

I think I may have dated him.

55. Do you have a little black dress?

Too many. They remind me of the 80’s and when AIDS took everyone away from me. I keep the one I wore at Ginger’s funeral, and the one I wore at my mother’s. But, I need to release those. Send them off. Let them go. I need some more color in my closet.


( 5 comments — Leave a comment )
Sep. 18th, 2007 08:25 am (UTC)
Vewy Interestink
#27 Sanctity of marriage? Good answer. We must nip those things in the bud before they ruin society.
#34 Hand sanitizer is good Alex, if you're in the desert or the mall or the car, if you're fond of drive throughs.
#52 Who has the prettiest eyes that you know of?...people have literally stopped talking to her in mid sentence, and commented on her eyes.
It's so true. I did that in the park. Remember.


Sep. 19th, 2007 01:35 pm (UTC)
Re: Vewy Interestink
I remember! It always is a little weird for me. But very sweet of YOU to remember.
Sep. 18th, 2007 04:07 pm (UTC)
Sep. 18th, 2007 08:45 pm (UTC)
I remember you telling me that story about your fever breaking in the hospital, and Chrisanne being there and everything. Always gives me a lump in my throat.

-- sheila
Sep. 19th, 2007 01:36 pm (UTC)
Next to my marriage day, quite possibly the best day of my life when my wife walked out of that hospital
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