Sunday, March 22, 2020

Quarantine Quiz Shows

Historic Sunset Drive - In Theater
San Luis Obispo, California

This one from my friend Steven

Something people hate to find on their windshield?
A wet leaf (when I'm inside the car & can't whisk it off)

Something a man might buy before going on a date?
Movie ticket

Something you cook in the microwave?

An item found in an old man’s wallet?
Library card

Something always stocked in the refrigerator?

An item found in grandma’s purse?
A clean hankie

A fruit that isn’t round?

Favorite number?

Something you put on a Christmas tree?
Twinkle lights

Something you find in car glove box?
The instruction manual

This one from my brother Bruce & my friend Brigit:

Favorite pie?
Chocolate Pecan

Steak or Seafood?
Salmon, Scallops

Italian or Chinese?

Pepsi or Coke?
Diet Dr. Pepper (or Diet Coke)

Chocolate or Vanilla?
Chocolate & Peanut Butter

How many tattoos?

Ever hit a deer?
No -- once a possum, once a chipmunk.
Very Sad.

Rode in a ambulance?

Netflix or Hulu?

Favorite season?

Broken Bones?
None so far

Favorite color?

Sunrise or Sunset?

Ocean or Mountain?

Dogs or cats?

This one from my niece Anna:
(X = Yes)

Shot a gun?
X (long ago, BBs as a child)

Gone on a blind date?
X (with Uncle Ron's brother!)

Skipped school
X (only in order to do homework)

Watched someone die?
X (pets, not humans)

Visited Canada?
Not yet.

Visited Hawaii?
Not yet.

Visited Europe?

Visited South America?
X Colombia

Visited Las Vegas?

Visited Central America?
Not yet.

Visited Florida?

Seen the Grand Canyon in person?
Not yet.

Flown in a plane?

Served on a jury?

Been lost?

Traveled to the opposite side of the country?

Visited Washington, DC?

Swam in the Ocean?
X (waded)

Cried yourself to sleep?

Played cops and robbers?

Played cowboys and Indians?
X (and pioneers!)

Recently colored with crayons?
X (colored pencils)

Sang karaoke, a solo or duet in church?
X (I believe my mom forced me to play the clarinet a few times -- ugh!)

Paid for a meal with coins only?
X (One time when I took Sam & his friend through the McDonald's drive-thru for milkshakes & then realized that I had only brought my keys & drivers license, no purse or billfold -- so we had to use our emergency toll coins, plus the McD's window cashier gave us size large but only charged us for size small, when she realized that we had barely enough $. Wasn't that the sweetest?!)

Made prank phone calls?
X (maybe once or twice in junior high)

Laughed until some beverage came out of your nose?
Not my style.

Caught a snowflake on your tongue?

Had children?

Had a pet?

Been skinny-dipping?

Been fishing?

Been boating?

Been downhill skiing?
Not for me.

Been water skiing?
Not for me.

Been camping in a trailer / RV?
X (not for me but did it anyway)

Been camping in a tent?
X (not for me but did it anyway)

Driven a motorcycle?
Probably never.

Been bungee-jumping (ripcord jumping)?
Definitely never!

Gone to a drive-in movie?
X (the good old days! ~ see above!)

I would like to go back in time
and tell this young woman to wise up!

Done something that could have killed you?
X (Pre cell - phone era, I accepted help from a very creepy guy to fix my car when I was stalled on the side of the road in Indiana. I look back and cannot believe that I said "okay" when he said, "Now we need to take your car for a test drive." In the end, he patched my radiator hose and handed me a Christian pamphlet, and I drove off untouched & unharmed. So maybe he was just a good Samaritan. But still, poor judgment on my part, and gives me tremors in my stomach to think that I could have never been seen again.)

Done something that you will regret for the rest of your life?

Rode an elephant?
Not yet.

Rode a camel?
Not yet.

Eaten just cookies, ice cream or cake for dinner X
Been on TV?
Not my dream.

Stolen any traffic signs?
Just a plastic milk crate from the grocery store

Been in a car accident?

Been in the Hospital in past 24 months?
Not as a patient.

Donated blood?
X (used to be a regular)

Gotten a speeding -or any type of ticket- in the past 12 mo.
I am a very slow driver.

Gotten a piercing?
X (just the standard one per ear; Auntie Marion took me to the jeweler in Neu Ulm, Germany, for my 27th birthday)

Driven a four door vehicle?
X (not only 4 - door, but also standard shift!)

Ever owned your dream car?

Been Married

Paid for a stranger's meal?
Now's the time!

Driven over 100 mph?
I wouldn't dare!

Written a published book / poem?

Eaten snails?

Been scuba diving?
Too scary for me!

Earlier in the month, in honor of James Lipton
(September 19, 1926 – March 2, 2020)
Steven asked us all to answer the sacred ten questions:

What is your favorite word?

What is your least favorite word?

What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
The poems of Edna St. Vincent Millay & Walt Whitman

What turns you off?
Litter, cigarettes (esp. when the 2 are combined in the form
of litterers dropping their used filter tips -- oh so gross)

What is your favorite curse word?
Oh for f--k's sake!
Other favorites are "Gosh darn it"! "Dag nab it!" & "Golly dang!" -- all
the innocent things that I wasn't allowed to say as a kid, not even "Gee"!

What sound or noise do you love?
Anne Murray, Alan Parsons, any guitar solo by John Denver

What sound or noise do you hate?
A sad barking neighbor dog

What profession other than your own would you like to have tried?
Accounting (Go figure!)

What profession would you not like to do?
Anything dental

If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? "Now shall you know even as also you are known." (I assume they all speak King James' English in Heaven, right?)

Additional quizzes . . .Possible ~ Plausible ~ Improbable

[Quarantine Quiz Shows]

Class of '75

Challenges: Special K & Ten Favs

"Christmas Quiz"

"You're Out Walking"

"Take This Quiz!"

"Monday: Pop Quiz"

"Talk to Me"

From my brother Bruce & his daughter Anna


  1. SONGS:

  2. An old one from my brother Bruce:

    16 Random Things About Me
    Rules: Once you’ve been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 16 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose 16 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you. If I tagged you, it’s because I want to know more about you.

    1. I love the St. Louis Cardinals; always have, always will. And if I only have to win one game, today, and nothing else matters - and I can have any pitcher who ever lived - give me Bob Gibson.

    2. Going back to seminary when I was 20+ years older than most of my classmates gave me a bunch of younger friends, who help me keep my life and my faith in perspective.

    3. I really hope God's plan for my life includes pastoring a church again someday.

    4. I LOVE CHRISTMAS! (Well, except for the mob mentality at the stores, and insatiable American desire for more and more extraneous stuff.) I love the food, the music, the movies, the food, the parties, the friends and family gatherings, did I mention the food? I love midnight mass and the Nativity narrative read from the KJV of Luke's Gospel (it's just not Christmas if the shepherd's aren't 'sore afraid'), and the idea of the Incarnation. When you're a kid, Santa is magic, and the baby in the manger is a nice story. When you're older, Santa is a nice story, and God lying in the manger is INCREDIBLE. The best thing about that transition in perspectives? Christmas never, ever loses its wonder.

    5. I really love my siblings. There were six of us, so life at our house may have been lots of things, and not all of them good. But it was never, ever dull. And as I grow older and our relationships mature, I love and appreciate them more than ever. I think it's that thing about them being the only ones who share my history. But, I don't tell them enough, so... Dave, Peg, Kit, Di, A...I really, really love you guys!

    6. I never knew what unconditional love was...never knew without a doubt that I would absolutely trade my life for someone else's... until Anna and Sara were born.

    7. The older I get, the more I love and appreciate my parents.

    8. The older I there a theme here...the more I value reconnecting with my college and high school friends. I think it's that shared history thing again.

    9. I play guitar and sing with a bunch of other guys about my age. I'd love to take a year off from life, go on the road, and play for free for anyone who cared to listen. We'd call ourselves "Old Farts Living the Dream".

    10. I've reached the point in life where I care far less about how much I invest in my retirement account, than I care about how much I invest in my friends and family.

    11. I reject the American mantra, "He who dies with the most toys win." I prefer Thoreau, instead, and have tried to live accordingly: "I have made myself rich by making my needs few."

    12. I'm a socialist. For those of you who doubt your ability to reach this Nirvana of political thought, take heart. I was Republican until my early forties.

    13. My sister-in-law makes the best Serbian bean soup in the world...hands down!

    14. I wish I still owned my 1979 Z-28 Camaro. There's something special about your first car. (No, Kit...the college Dart doesn't count.)

    15. I love the Appalachian Mountains, especially the Smokeys, the Blue Ridge, and the Alleghenies.

    16. I need to get off this computer because I'm preparing dinner for 20 South American college kids tonight and I really ought to be in the kitchen.

  3. And Anna:

  4. Songs:
    * Something to wear - She Wore Blue Velvet
    * A Place - Somewhere Over the Rainbow
    * Animal - A Bright Elusive Butterfly of Love
    * A Number - Three Coins in the Fountain
    * A color - Scarlet Ribbons
    * A Boy’s Name - Daniel is Traveling Tonight on a Plane
    *A Girls Name - Delta Dawn
    * Profession - The Old Lamplighter
    *Day of the week - Tuesday Afternoon

  5. Food: