Friday, September 29, 2006


Do you still have tonsils? Indeed. I pretty much have all the parts of my body, except for some insulin producing cells in my pancreas.

Would you bungee jump? Sure would.

If You Could Do Anything In The World For A Living What Would It Be? Write, read to well-behaved children, collect bottle caps.

How many tattoos do you have? Several.

Your favorite fictional animal? Boo-boo

One person that never fails to make you laugh? Bob. I laugh pretty much everyday because Bob's in my life.

Do you consider yourself well organized? Yeah, no.

Any Addictions? Trashy magazines, shoes, TAB cola.

From what news source do you receive the bulk of your news?
Google news,, the NY Times.

Would you rather go to a carnival or circus? Carnival. The rides, the games, that feeling of who knows what will happen next! in the air.

When you were twelve years old, what did you want to be when you grew up? At 12, I think I may still have been on the lawyer/president who had published a novel kick.

Best Movie You've Seen This Year? Spellbound. Seriously. Nothing better than really smart kids in competition and their sometimes freakshow parents.

Favorite alcoholic drink? Blue Hawaii

What is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning? Get up, get showered, get tested.

Siblings? Two brothers - one older, one younger.

What is the best thing about your job? The tangible difference I am making in the lives of people who need our organization.

Have you ever gone to therapy? Yes. I found it to be a distinct waste of my time.

If you could have one super power what would it be? Invisibility or the ability to fly.

Do you own any furniture from Ikea? No, not yet. But Bob and I are headed there this weekend. So, you know, I will.

Have you ever gone camping? Yes. And I like it.

Gas prices! First thought? Conspiracy. Honestly, politicians must think we're complete idiots. How is it that gas prices have dropped a full .60 per galloon - ever so conveniently - just before this mid-term election.

Your favorite cartoon character? The imaginary friends from Fosters - and the Smurfs.

What was your first car? A 1973 VW Bug that became known as Crusty.

Do you think marriage is an outdated ritual? Yes. I do.

The Cosby Show or the Simpsons? The Simpsons. Though, these last few seasons have started to get a little soft - in my opinion.

Do you go to church? I used to go to a UU meeting house - and would like to start doing that again. Those places are brilliant for a free exchange of opinion and ideas - then again, they're not really churches - are they?

What famous person would you like to have dinner with? Vincent D'Onofrio or Al Gore.

What errand/chore do you despise? The dishes or the laundry. I don't like cleaning bunches of dirty things. Gross.

First thought when the alarm went off this morning? Ugh.

Last time you puked from drinking? Awhile ago now. Maybe a year or so.

What is your heritage? Mostly Irish - with some Scotch Irish mixed in. My mother insists there's some native american blood in there - but I've not been able to trace it at all. I'm pretty much a full-out mic.

Favorite flower? Daisies or lilies, please.

Disney or Warner Bros? I don't care at all. Sad.

What is your best childhood memory? The field and Lake Winnapausakee.

Your favorite potato chip? Eh - whatever. I guess if I HAVE to eat chips, I'll take those veggie chips from Whole Foods Market. Those are OK.

What is your favorite candy? Swedish Fish. Yummy.

Do you burn or tan? I don't do either anymore - I don't want wrinkles or leathering looking skin, so I slather on the 45 or avoid the sun altogether. But when I go in the sun sans block, I burn badly.

Astrological sign? Cancer.

Do you own a gun? I don't. But I have no problem with people owning them legally and safely.

What do you think of hot dogs? Yum. Love them. With grilled buns.

Thursday, September 14, 2006


So. I did something dumb. I changed over to the new Blogger Beta - they keep advertising it around when you sign in to Blogger. Damn them!

Now - I can't comment on blogs that don't run in the new Blogger Beta - and I don't think anyone can sign in to comment with their Blogger account on this blog. They can only comment anonymously. Also, someone told me they've been trying to comment and nothing has been showing up at all. This is just irritating. And there is no way to undo the beta-ness.

Of course, Blogger, doesn't tell you any of this as you're going through the process of converting.

So, I, like a feckless guinea pig walked right into their web of inconvenience.

My apologies to those of you who might want to comment and can't - do feel free to comment anonymously. Oh, and be sure to be good and nasty. So I can, in the words of any random idiotic right wing talk show host, "fire back."

Sunday, September 10, 2006


This is Lisa Fenn Gordenstein.

Lisa Fenn Gordenstein was, says a neighbor, "the kind of person who when she saw you in the neighborhood, wouldn't just wave hello - she'd pull her car over to ask how you were."

Her boss, the President of TJX Companies, described her as an excellent businesswoman - but remembered most that she "loved being a mom."

Her husband and her two daughters - David, Carly and Samantha - miss her. Her other family members miss her - her friends miss her.

On this September 11th - the fifth anniversary of that awful day, the day that Lisa Fenn Gordenstein and 2,995 other people lost their lives, I blog in honor of Lisa.

I honor her life - as from all of the descriptions I've read, I think I would have quite liked her had I known her in person. And I honor the impression she made on the lives she touched - the impact that she made.

I hope you'll take a moment today to visit this site: Bloggers Remember - and browse other blog posts dedicated to those who were killed on September 11, 2001. I hope you'll remember the way that many of those killed lived their lives - and that you'll pray/send kind and healing thoughts to the loved ones they left behind.