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A Very Random Dozen

Day 2251

Our Linda has had a hectic week, so this weeks questions have been provided by Linda’s pinch hitter, Linda. That Linda can normally be found here. Many thanks to both Linda’s for providing such an interesting meme on a weekly basis.

Here we go:

1. Do you prefer to read the book or see the movie?

There are very few stories where I’ve both read the book & seen the movie, but I generally prefer the book. It IS interesting to see the directors’ interpretation, but film is often too limiting.

Also – did you know that in the book Jaws, Hooper and the sherrifs wife had a one nighter? THAT wasn’t in the movie.

2. What is your favorite holiday and why?

I can safely declare that Christmas is definitely NOT my favorite. It’s gotten way too commercial and the reason for the season is getting lost in the corporate bottom line. I would then lean towards Memorial Day or the 4th of July because it means big family gatherings, cooking outdoors and catching up with the extended clan.

3. Which do you like better – the mountains or the beach?

Heh – A lakeside beach tucked away in the mountains. Several places in the Adirondacks come to mind . . . (After black fly season has passed, please!)

4. If money were no consideration, what vehicle would you drive?

Can I have two? For day to day commuting I’d like a VW Golf TDI (50+ mpg) or the latest all electric dealie. But for weekends & trips to my favorite home improvement stores, something in a Ford F-250 crew cab would be sweet.

5. What is your favorite cold-weather beverage?

Rohrbach Brewery’s Vanilla Porter.

6. How do you communicate most often with your friends: phone, email, text, face-to-face, or Facebook?

I most thoroughly communicate face-to-face, although I do use all of the other media as well.

7. How do you receive your mail? Mailbox on the porch, at the end of the driveway, down the street, or post office box?

End of the driveway. This can be a challenge in the winter when the snow piles threaten to bury the mail box and the newspaper tube. Ugh. Winter is coming.

8. Of the four basic personality types – sanguine, phlegmatic, melancholic, and choleric – which is your strongest? Which is your least evident? (See definitions below.)

Most – A cross of phlegmatic & melancholic
Least – choleric

9. What do you miss the most about being 20?

My pickle green clothes & Army boots. NOT! Actually, in spite of my smoking at the time, I really miss the boundless energy I had. Ironically, I do not have 2.5+ times the energy now that I am 2.5+ times older. So unfair!

10. How long from the time you get up, does it take you to get ready to walk out the door in the morning?

This morning, 45 minutes, but I shaved & showered at home. If I’m hitting the gym or biking in to work, I’m out the door in less than 15 – including making a pot of coffee for the missus. Mostly because I get everything I’ll need packed up the night before.

11. Who handles the car maintenance and pays the bills in your family?

Lucky me. I do most of the maintenance work and a fair amount of the repairs on our vehicles. Somehow I also seemed to have assumed the bill paying role too – right from day 1 of our marriage all those many years ago. (29 years, 2 months and 6 days, but who’s counting?)

12. For those in the US, how many states have you visited? For those outside the US, how many provinces/other countries have you visited?

I’m going to count ‘visited’ as having at least stayed overnight. That’d be 23.

Also only driven through: Another 6.

I gotta get out more.

Personality type definitions courtesy Wikipedia:


The Sanguine temperament personality is fairly extroverted. People of a sanguine temperament tend to enjoy social gatherings, making new friends and tend to be quite loud. They are usually quite creative and often daydream. However, some alone time is crucial for those of this temperament. Sanguine can also mean very sensitive, compassionate and thoughtful. Sanguine personalities generally struggle with following tasks all the way through, are chronically late, and tend to be forgetful and sometimes a little sarcastic. Often, when pursuing a new hobby, interest is lost quickly when it ceases to be engaging or fun. They are very much people persons. They are talkative and not shy. For some people, these are the ones you want to be friends with and usually they become life long friends.


A person who is choleric is a doer. They have a lot of ambition, energy, and passion, and try to instill it in others. They can dominate people of other temperaments, especially phlegmatic types. Many great charismatic military and political figures were cholerics. They like to be leaders and in charge of everything.


A person who is a thoughtful ponderer has a melancholic disposition. Often very considerate and get rather worried when they could not be on time for events, melancholics can be highly creative in activities such as poetry and art – and can become occupied with the tragedy and cruelty in the world. A melancholic is also often a perfectionist. They are often self-reliant and independent; one negative part of being a melancholic is sometimes they can get so involved in what they are doing they forget to think of others.


Phlegmatics tend to be self-content and kind. They can be very accepting and affectionate. They may be very receptive and shy and often prefer stability to uncertainty and change. They are very consistent, relaxed, rational, curious, and observant, making them good administrators and diplomats.

I guess yesterdays entry wasn’t such a quickie, was it? All in the name of progress I guess.

Bowling tonight. I so excite!! I have a very good mental image of how I should be lined up and what my body positions & movements should be right up through release of the ball. Even better, I have a good idea of just what “swing thought” I need to have to keep all the various variables in line. Bet you never thought heaving a 16 pound ball at a bunch of sitting ducks could get so complicated.

Of course, that could all change the second I set foot in the bowling alley.


One response

  1. Yeah, too bad that whole energy thing doesn’t multiply upwards in proportion to our age.

    My hubs has truck fever. We don’t have a truck and really don’t need a truck but he keeps trying to justify getting one. An F250 is a truck, right? : )

    Enjoy your day!

    October 21, 2010 at 10:25 am

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