50 Questions

50 Questions
Sunday September 09, 2001

Here are my answers to the questions. Pass the list on to your friends with your own answers. Who knows what interesting things you could discover about someone you think you really know.

1. What’s one thing you wish you could do but can’t?
Fly above the clouds and mountains or swim to the oceans depths and see just what sunken ships and odd fish are down there. Swimming almost feels like flying.

2. What is your ideal marriage location?
A spring wedding in the forest, a summer wedding in a huge garden with tents for shade, an autumn wedding on the edge of a tall cliff on the ocean with lots of wind, or in winter right downtown with all the Christmas lights, carols and decorations. My wedding was a couple of weeks before Christmas and a few days before my birthday.

3. Which musical instrument do you wish you could play?
The harp or the piano.

4. Favorite fabric?
Cotton and cotton blends.

5. Something you love and hate?
I’m not that flexible with love and hate.

6. What kind of bedding do you use?
Cotton with a good thread count. I had some of those new jersey sheets but they were ruined by my husband’s toenails. I still sleep with the top sheet wrapped around me if its chilly.

7. What kind of soap do you use?
Anti bacteria, seems to keep me zit free (more or less) and not aggravate my sensitive skin or allergies.

8. Do you tell your friends about your sex life?
To a degree.

9. What’s the one language you want to learn?
Computer programming.

10. How do you eat an apple?
After washing it, sometimes in fruit salad.

11. What do you order at a bar?
Regular coffee most of the time. I used to like Long Island Iced Teas. I still like an Irish coffee or a margarita. I’ve also been known to like cherry brandy and vanilla schnapps.

12. Have you ever pierced your body parts?
Ears, twice. Long since closed over.

13. Do you have tattoos?
None.

14. Would you ever admit to having done plastic surgery of any kind if confronted?
I’d probably admit it. But I can’t see myself spending my money on it.

15. What’s one of the “funnest” things you’ve ever done?
Traveling to BC by myself on a shoestring budget.

16. What’s one trait you hate in a person? Belittling other people to make themselves feel bigger.

17. What kind of watch(es) do you wear?
I can’t wear a watch. They always lose time when I wear them but work great for the people I have given them away to.

18. Most frivolous purchase?
Probably my new computer though I really wanted it I could have done just fine with the old one for another year or three.

19. Do you consider yourself materialistic?
No. I seldom buy new clothes and such. My sister is disgusted with how little I care about fashion.

20. What do you cook the best?
Homemade bread, cheesecake or cabbage rolls and lasagna. Not all at the same time.

21. Favorite writing instrument? My computer. My penmanship is awful since I stopped writing longhand.

22. Do you prefer to stand out or blend in?
Some of each.

23. Do you have anything monogrammed?
Nothing.

24. Would you ever go out dressed like the opposite sex?
Sure.

25. What’s one car you will never buy?
One of those low to the ground gas guzzling sports cars. I’d like something you can take anywhere.

26. Have you ever done drugs?
No.

27. What kind of books do you like to read?
Historical fiction (not romance), non-fiction about computers, writing or whatever else catches my interest and mystery novels.

28. If you won the lottery, what would you do first?
Buy lots of land so I can build a small house and garden for myself and have the rest made into a wildlife park.

29. Burial or cremation?
Not cremation but I really haven’t thought much about it. I’ll be dead at the time.

30. How many online journals do you read regularly?
I’d like to read more journals and ezines regularly. I spot check several, I guess 20 to 30 of them.

31. What’s one thing you’re a sore loser at?
I don’t mind to lose now and then but I don’t like losing too many times in a row and I especially get angry when someone tries to make me feel bad about it.

32. If you don’t like a person, how do you show it?
Completely ignore them. If they have made me angry I try to leave before I say anything.

33. How many drinks before you’re tipsy?
One or two, but I don’t drink more than a few times a year.

34. Do you have problems changing clothes in front of friends?
Not really.

35. Do you cry in front of friends?
I have done a couple of times.

36. What kind of first impression do you think you give to people?
Depends on my mood. Sometimes I’m quiet and sometimes I’m outgoing. People have always told me what a nice girl I am.

37. What’s one thing you like to do alone?
Most things. I’m not good at asking for help.

38. What’s the worst thing you ever said to someone?
I really don’t remember but I know it was pretty awful. I was surprised when I said it.

39. Are you a giver or a taker?
Some of each but I have to work to give less.

40. What have you stolen before?
I found money and didn’t give it back. I badly needed it at the time and no one seemed to miss it. Its one of the little mysteries in my life.

41. When’s the right time to go to the bathroom in front of your significant other?
Not something I can see myself doing.

42. Favorite communication method?
Email, you can reach so many more people and its fast and cheap.

43. What is one thing you don’t leave home without?
My purse with an inhaler, notepaper, pens, and whatever book I’m reading.

44. What’s the most painful experience you’ve ever had?
Really believing I was in love for the first time and then finding out it was all a lie, a joke he was playing on me.

45. What are your favourite hobbies or things to collect?
I like to sew, garden when I have the space, browse the Internet when I have the time, create ASCII art and I collect postcards and old Canadian coins.

46. Where would you travel to if you had unlimited money to spend?
I’d sample each continent and spend extra time in Russia, Australia and Britan.

47. Whats your favourite feature?
I like my eyes.

48. Would you kill someone for money?
I might, it would depend on circumstances.

49. Whats your favourite smell?
Vanilla or lemon, not together.

50. Whats your favourite sound?
Kids laughing.

Cheerio: Another Oldie

This was while I was still married, before everything fell apart like a deer in the headlights. This was actually the column I wrote to start the column, it just got posted out of order. I called my column Bewitching Vagabond and I wrote it for a few years at the BackWash site. Nothing of it is left up there now. Someone took it all down though others have been up for ages, never updated.

A Real Live Alien
Sunday August 05, 2001

Have you ever met a real alien? I don’t have green skin, antennae, a ray gun or a flying saucer. I’m a legal alien. Entirely different from the little green men.

I’m actually Canadian. Seems odd to be an alien when I’ve only come from Canada. I was born in Toronto, Ontario not all that many years ago compared to the life span of the Great Lakes or the Canadian Shield. Of course, those are pretty damn old some would say ancient. I’m 36; it just feels pretty damn old. I’m not really sure how I got this old.

I met my husband, the reason I became an alien, when we were 14 and began as penpals. Over the years we wrote on and off, somehow keeping in touch. Eventually, sometime after college and a few years working here and there, we met in his hometown in southern Illinois. Its a pretty small place. Quite a change for a city woman, like myself. I miss public transportation almost as much as my family. It was very nice to take a day and go downtown, see the museum, have a (not too) expensive lunch and walk around the malls, have good coffee and browse in the bookstore then dash back to catch the bus back home.

We went the K1 fiance visa route, with immigration. Its a frustrating process. Makes it very hard to plan a wedding no matter how much your Mother wants you to. We did find a great Yahoo Club for K1’ers. Its called the CanAm Connection. I highly recommend it. I’m still a regular reader even though we are now past the K1 phase and waiting for the big interview, the AOS (adjustment of status). Likely only a select few will know what I’m talking about at this point.

I went to college in the suburbs of Toronto, the Warden Woods campus of Centennial College. The course was two years, Corporate Communications. It involved writing, publishing, copy editing and graphic arts with a general run of courses like philosophy. I did really great in philosophy, surprised myself. I’ve always heard Sagittarius people like philosophy; I guess its true. I was born in the year of the dragon. I’m a wood dragon by the Chinese zodiac.

I’m working my way into freelance writing. Ultimately, my goal is to be a columnist, well known and well paid. Syndication is the key but before that I have to write, a lot. I’m currently reading a book from the Writers Digest series about being a columnist. I can recommend that too.

Wicca is an Earth religion. I tell that to everyone who asks me what it is. I don’t feel I’m a Wiccan, but it does make things easier to just leave it at that. I like the Earth side of things. Some how I don’t like the idea of worshipping anything and I think my “gods” would be the kind who don’t want to be worshipped.

So, now you’ve met an alien. Scary, eh?

Canadian Driver zine

Canadian Driver

I was thinking about road rage today. Some people really are getting out of hand about it. Last night on the news they had a short blab about it. There are two cases from this past year, just in my area (about an hour out of even the extreme edge of anything that can be called Toronto). Both cases have people who are still being treated for injuries in road rage cases, one happened in April and the other July. That’s months ago and police are still handling them, people are still healing from them. That’s crazy.

People who tend to get that angry should not be driving. They should also learn that not everything is about themselves.

“That car cut ME off.” Did they really cut you off? Or did they just goof up and try to get moved over into another lane. Was it really personal? Did they get to know you first and then cut you off. Don’t make it all about you. You just happened to be there.

The only time I get annoyed while driving is when people drive too close behind me. I drive an older car (older than any children alive as children become teenagers at the age of 13, cars just become relics). That car isn’t always happy about being on the road. Sometimes it doesn’t feel all too eager to speed up after the red light, sometimes it is quite happy to drive AT the speed limits. Usually we are both pretty happy about that part, I don’t want a ticket. Anyway, I often get people driving behind me who try to push me to go faster. Go around me people. Don’t try to make me do something I don’t want to do, don’t be a road jerk. You have options other than shining your headlights in my face or trying to read the tag on the back of my shirt. Go around and get lost.

There, all my road rage has been released now. I feel so much better. Luckily I didn’t have to go anywhere today. I didn’t even go out to uncover the car from the snow that avalanched down upon us last night. Poor car, I’m so glad I don’t live outside all year.

Canada and the Rest of the World

I just started reading this in an email.

These questions about Canada were posted on an International Tourism Website and obviously the answers (jokingly) came from a fellow Canuck.
Amazing how nieve/ignorant people can be of different countries/cultures.

Q: I have never seen it warm on TV, so how do the plants grow? (UK)
A: We import all plants fully grown and then just sit around watching them die.

Q: Will I be able to see Polar Bears in the street? (USA)
A: Depends how much you’ve been drinking.

Q: I want to walk from Vancouver to Toronto – can I follow the railroad tracks? (Sweden)
A: Sure, it’s only Four thousand miles, take lots of water.

Q: Is it safe to run around in the bushes in Canada? (Sweden)
A: So its true what they say about Swedes.

Q: Are there any ATMs (cash machines) in Canada? Can you send me a list of them in Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton and Halifax? (UK) A: What did your last slave die of?

Q: Can you give me some information about hippo racing in Canada? (USA)
A: A-fri-ca is the big triangle shaped continent south of Europe. Ca-na-da is that big country to your north … oh forget it. Sure, the hippo racing is every Tuesday night in Calgary. Come naked.

Q: Which direction is north in Canada? (USA)
A: Face south and then turn 180 degrees. Contact us when you get here and
we’ll send the rest of the directions.

Q: Can I bring cutlery into Canada? (UK)
A: Why? Just use your fingers like we do.

Q: Can you send me the Vienna Boys’ Choir schedule? (USA)
A: Aus-tri-a is that quaint little country bordering Ger-man-y, which is..
oh forget it. Sure, the Vienna Boys Choir plays every Tuesday night in
Vancouver and in Calgary, straight after the hippo races. Come naked.

Q: Do you have perfume in Canada? (France)
A: No, WE don’t stink.

Q: I have developed a new product that is the fountain of youth. Can you tell me where I can sell it in Canada? (USA)
A: Anywhere significant numbers of Americans gather.

Q: Are there supermarkets in Toronto and is milk available all year round? (Germany)
A: No, we are a peaceful civilization of vegan hunter gatherers. Milk Is
illegal.

Q: Please send a list of all doctors in Canada who can dispense rattlesnake
serum. (USA)
A: All Canadian rattlesnakes are perfectly harmless, and can be safely
handled and make good pets.

Q: I have a question about a famous animal in Canada, but I forget its name.
It’s a kind of big horse with horns. (USA)
A: It’s called a Moose. They are tall and very violent eating the brains of
anyone walking close to them. You can scare them off by spraying yourself
with human urine before you go out walking.

Q: I was in Canada in 1969 on R+R, and I want to contact the girl I dated
while I was staying in Surrey, BC. Can you help? (USA)
A: Yes, and you will still have to pay her by the hour.

Q: Will I be able to speak English most places I go? (USA)
A: Yes, but you will have to learn it first.

Ontario Home Biz Resources

True, they are geared to me and whatever I’m going to do. Still, where else do you have some poor sap slaving away at a search engine all day just to find the best stuff?! For free, no less.

Nottawasaga Biz Resources – A really great list. Things I had not found just by searching on Google.

Distance Learning Programs They have courses you can take, some are free. But, I’m not sure if you pay to register for the site. It’s confusing and I’m kind of brain tired to focus and figure it out.

Canadian Women Entrepreneurs

Government of Canada: Network for Women Entrepreneurs

Canadian Federation of Independent Business