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Open Mic Wednesday 6/13/12

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

It’s Open Mic Wednesday. What’s on your mind?

  1. Tuesday, June 12, 2012 10:02 pm

    How is it possible that it’s already Wednesday again???

  2. Tuesday, June 12, 2012 10:03 pm

    Do you consider yourself good with computers? How old were you when you got your first computer?

    • Tuesday, June 12, 2012 10:11 pm

      Compared to my dad, who’s built computers from the mother-board up and who teaches computer science, I’m intermediate. Compared to most other folks, I’m pretty advanced. We got our first computer—a Radio Shack color computer that ran off of a cassette-tape drive—in 1980 when I was nine years old. I learned how to program in BASIC that first year.

    • Wednesday, June 13, 2012 12:16 am

      Know enough to be dangerous.
      I was given a computer sometime in 2003 to help with my 2nd job (of 3 at the time), and my husband bought me a new one in 2005. I didn’t use a computer to type my school papers until college (’95)–the same year my speech teacher had us research and present a symposium on the “Information Super Highway” as she “had a feeling it was going to be big.”

      I tried to buy a computer once in college. I called the number on the ad in the school lab, but I had no idea what I was doing. The rep asked what I was looking for and I told him the kind we used in the lab. He laughed me off the phone. I’ve used PC’s ever since.

    • ausjenny permalink
      Wednesday, June 13, 2012 12:32 am

      I know enough to know what I am doing. can find my way around it well. I think I got my first one around 1990 it was really old. then the next one would have been around 2000.

    • Amanda Stephan permalink
      Wednesday, June 13, 2012 6:45 am

      I’d have to say I’m intermediate. Further along than some in some areas, and dreadfully lacking in others. That should be about middle, right? ;) I went to college for computers but that information is so obsolete now that it’s rather embarrassing.

    • Wednesday, June 13, 2012 10:24 am

      This is such a dating question. It was in 1992 or so and I was in my early twenties. I’d been writing my first novel long hand, then got a type writer to make a clean draft, then got a computer and had to type it all AGAIN into that. Seriously, the Dark Ages.

    • Wednesday, June 13, 2012 2:00 pm

      Computers have been in our house my entire life. Papa was part of the first medical study to use computers to tabulate the data and he got hooked. He still builds desktops and is constantly upgrading his for games.

      Learning how to type was part of school. We had a bunch of educational DOS and Windows 3.1 computer games that we still have fond memories of. Our favorites were the Super Solver series and Carmen Sandiego. My very first attempts at writing fiction were in a student word processor program Papa bought when I was 10. When I lost my first thing on a disk I cried. Now I have a 500 GB hard drive in my laptop and built in wire-less.

      I graduated to my own computer at work when I was about 17, and then after the office closed it was my computer here at home. Then in 2005 I bought my first laptop with my own money. I’ll never forget it was 2005 because I was really wishing I had it already during Rita because our cable and Internet was out for two more weeks after the power came back on.

      It makes me feel old when I realize my bottom-of-the-barrel Android smartphone has a hundred times more computing power than my dad’s first laptop in the early 90’s.

      • Wednesday, June 13, 2012 2:08 pm

        And I’m fairly proficient, almost advanced. But my dad and brothers make me look dumb.

  3. Tuesday, June 12, 2012 10:03 pm

    Have you ever ridden on a motorcycle?

    • Tuesday, June 12, 2012 10:12 pm

      If I have, I was too young to remember it. Since being old enough to remember, I’ve never wanted to ride on one—they’re far too dangerous.

    • Wednesday, June 13, 2012 12:18 am

      Neighbor gave some of us kids a ride when I was young.
      I was surprised to learn my mother owned one in college because she never seemed the type. :-)

    • ausjenny permalink
      Wednesday, June 13, 2012 12:36 am

      Yes. I learnt to ride an automatic on in high school on a farm it wasn’t a big one but it was fun till I fell of. I knew I was going to hit the fence (barbed wire at that) and I did the only injury was a sore thumb where it connected with the barb wire. I also learnt to ride a manual one in High school on another friends farm. I have been a passenger before when needing a ride home a friends brother gave me a ride.
      JM i was the same when I heard how mum rode as a passenger through the city of Melbourne during the war with a guy.

    • Amanda Stephan permalink
      Wednesday, June 13, 2012 6:47 am

      Yes. Hubster won’t buy me one (he’s a smart man) but we ride together all the time. Sometimes it’s not so nice, though. Our road is terribly bumpy and it makes me nervous.

    • Jenn permalink
      Friday, June 15, 2012 6:38 am

      yes, but I got rear ended, smooshing the bike in half. Haven’t replaced it yet

  4. Tuesday, June 12, 2012 10:04 pm

    Swimming or sunbathing?

    • Tuesday, June 12, 2012 10:14 pm

      Swimming, most definitely. I hate sunbathing—especially now that I take a med that makes me super-sensitive to sun exposure (thirty minutes in the sun makes me feel like I have a sunburn, even though I don’t). I was put into the swimming pool at my grandparents’ house when I was only a few weeks old, and I’ve loved swimming ever since. In fact, it’s the only form of exercise I actually enjoy.

    • Wednesday, June 13, 2012 12:19 am

      Neither. I will swim, but I prefer to just put my feet in the water for a bit then stick to the shade.

    • ausjenny permalink
      Wednesday, June 13, 2012 12:38 am

      Swimming. I dont sunbath.

    • Amanda Stephan permalink
      Wednesday, June 13, 2012 6:50 am

      Neither. Whenever I get sunburned I break out into nasty rashes that make me look like I’m auditioning for some freaky movie. And I’d be the zombie or whatever. Rather humiliating. I’ve actually called in ugly for it once.

  5. Tuesday, June 12, 2012 10:04 pm

    Do you dance when no one’s looking?

    • Tuesday, June 12, 2012 10:16 pm

      Yes. When I’m doing stuff around the house, I’m either being Footloose and Flashdance-y with my ’80s station on Pandora, or I’m swaying and sashaying to my favorite crooners on my Standards station (you know—Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, and crew). But in front of others? No way! I’m far too self-conscious.

    • Wednesday, June 13, 2012 12:19 am


    • ausjenny permalink
      Wednesday, June 13, 2012 12:39 am

      that would be a yes.

    • Amanda Stephan permalink
      Wednesday, June 13, 2012 6:51 am

      Hahaha, no way! I’m so bad I embarrass myself!

  6. Tuesday, June 12, 2012 10:05 pm

    What’s your favorite computer game?

    • Tuesday, June 12, 2012 10:17 pm

      Right now, it’s a toss-up between Bejeweled and Fruit Ninja.

    • Wednesday, June 13, 2012 12:20 am

      Spider Solitaire
      Though I do like to play Command and Conquer skirmishes.

    • ausjenny permalink
      Wednesday, June 13, 2012 5:02 am

      It varries I do like spider solitare but do like Bejeweled and puzzle type games.

    • Amanda Stephan permalink
      Wednesday, June 13, 2012 6:52 am

      I don’t really have one. I know. Lame.

  7. Tuesday, June 12, 2012 10:06 pm

    Do you snow ski? If so, do you go downhill or cross-country? Have you ever snowboarded?

    • Tuesday, June 12, 2012 10:19 pm

      I learned how to ski when I learned how to walk—we lived in Alaska at the time. Then, when I was four, we moved to New Mexico and we had a couple of the best ski areas in the West only a couple of hours’ drive from us—Cloudcroft and Ruidoso. Almost every winter when we lived in NM, we would go to Cloudcroft for some cross-country skiing and some down-hill innertubing.

      • Amanda Stephan permalink
        Wednesday, June 13, 2012 6:52 am

        I’m jealous. Alaska? Very awesome.

    • Wednesday, June 13, 2012 12:22 am

      I’m guessing NordicTrack doesn’t count, right? Have never been on skis-snow or water.

    • ausjenny permalink
      Wednesday, June 13, 2012 12:40 am

      would love to try but I have never seen fresh snow. the only snow I got to see was old and it was ice. I have water skied before but that was a major disaster.

    • Amanda Stephan permalink
      Wednesday, June 13, 2012 6:54 am

      Cross-country. The most downhilly thing I’ve done would be a large hill during the cross-country trekk we were on. I laughed like a lunatic the entire way down. Yep. I’ll never be an Olympic downhill skiier.

    • Wednesday, June 13, 2012 1:46 pm

      i love cross country skiing; but hate downhill because i HATE heights :)

  8. Tuesday, June 12, 2012 10:06 pm

    Do you water-ski? Have you ever been surfing?

    • Tuesday, June 12, 2012 10:20 pm

      I tried water-skiing once, when I was a teenager. I don’t have the upper-body strength to do it, apparently, because I never could keep myself from being pulled up and right over onto my face in the water (plus I don’t like being in water that has stuff living in it). Have never been and will never go surfing. Aside from the danger factor, see previous statement about water with stuff living in it.

      • Wednesday, June 13, 2012 12:24 am

        Same here. A lake was fine when I was little but now it’s like Ewww. Don’t quite feel the same way about the ocean, although I’d still prefer to swim where I can see everything in the water (pool).

    • ausjenny permalink
      Wednesday, June 13, 2012 12:41 am

      I tried it once but never got up.

    • Amanda Stephan permalink
      Wednesday, June 13, 2012 6:55 am

      YES! Water skiing I can do. Water-boarding (isn’t that a torture?) not so much.

  9. Tuesday, June 12, 2012 10:07 pm

    What is your dream car?

    • Tuesday, June 12, 2012 10:23 pm

      At this point, my dream car is something that gets better than 20 miles per gallon in city driving. And which doesn’t have a stereo that’s possessed by the ghost of a teenager which constantly changes the radio station, skips around on the CDs, or randomly turns the volume up when I have my MP3 plugged in. Other than that, I pretty much like the car I have.

    • Wednesday, June 13, 2012 12:26 am

      I always liked the style of the early 90’s Mustang GT.
      Now I’d also have to say a Mercedes McLaren.

    • ausjenny permalink
      Wednesday, June 13, 2012 12:43 am

      I dont know how to drive but my dream car would be a red ferrari

    • Amanda Stephan permalink
      Wednesday, June 13, 2012 7:02 am

      Oh my goodness, you’ve made my day. I’m a car freak. Not a gear-head, mind you, but I love cars. I’d probably go on the lighter side and say I’d want a Nissan GTR so I could have an Audi TT Coupe. Then, for playing in the mud, I’d either want a 1972 Ford Bronco (modified with all the extras) or a 1972 International Scout 2.

  10. Tuesday, June 12, 2012 10:08 pm

    Have you ever ridden an elephant or a camel?

    • Tuesday, June 12, 2012 10:25 pm

      I have ridden elephants twice—once at the Baton Rouge zoo as a child and once at the San Diego zoo as a teenager. Have never ridden a camel.

    • Wednesday, June 13, 2012 12:27 am

      Elephant – yes. I don’t think you ever forget the swaying.
      Camel – no.

    • ausjenny permalink
      Wednesday, June 13, 2012 12:44 am

      Not an elephant but have ridden a camel. its an interesting feeling especially if they run.

    • Amanda Stephan permalink
      Wednesday, June 13, 2012 7:03 am

      I haven’t ridden either, but I did get to feed a giraffe once.

    • Wednesday, June 13, 2012 2:02 pm

      An elephant once. At the Pensacola zoo. Her name was Ellie.

  11. Tuesday, June 12, 2012 10:08 pm

    Who’s seen Snow White and the Huntsman? What did you think? (If you haven’t seen it, don’t read because spoilers are okay to post!)

    • Tuesday, June 12, 2012 10:27 pm

      Here’s the comment I left on Ruth’s detailed review of the movie:

      I enjoyed it mainly because I found it quite amusing in portions—sometimes because of the absurdity of the “Oh, of course” moments (like the open sewer grate–twice–the horse just sitting there waiting for her, the leather pants and rugged boots under the fashionable gown she was wearing in prison, etc.) as well as the humor brought to it by the actors themselves (the dwarfs and Chris Hemsworth, primarily).

      When they first announced Kristin Stewart was attached to this film, I was leery. And I was right to be. She brings all the charisma of Bella Swan to the role—which means she can pout and brood and sit around moping, but not much else. Though, I do have to admit, she does seem quite athletic, because she did look good in all of her action scenes.

      In this incarnation of the story, with these actors in the roles, I definitely want Snow to end up with William, not Chris (I hate that they never even gave him a real name).

      • Ruth permalink
        Wednesday, June 13, 2012 9:31 am

        Thanks for the link! :)

    • Amanda Stephan permalink
      Wednesday, June 13, 2012 7:04 am

      NOooo! My daughter and I are going next week…

    • Wednesday, June 13, 2012 10:27 am

      I’ve seen it twice. I liked it. I wanted to like it more. I still want to like it more. But, you know, Chris Hemsworth makes it all okay.

    • Friday, June 15, 2012 11:16 pm

      Finally saw it tonight, picked it apart with my husband and am now paranoid that I’m too hypercritical to enjoy anything anymore–although Avengers puts the lie to that.
      I have to wonder if my level of “enjoyment” was due to 1)shopping for dishwashers today (hate shopping) and/or 2)the teen audience that talked through the beginning of the movie. I finally told the guy next to me to shut up during the horse scene. Or maybe I’m just a cranky, old woman. Ah well.

  12. Tuesday, June 12, 2012 10:09 pm

    Anyone want to chat about The Avengers?

    • Tuesday, June 12, 2012 10:28 pm

      Now, while I’d never cheat on darling Thor, I kind of have a mad fangirl crush on Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner.

      • Amanda Stephan permalink
        Wednesday, June 13, 2012 7:05 am

        Yes, Thor was pretty awesome, but I hated they didn’t bring in Jane. Ah well. I suppose it’ll come with Thor 2?

        • Wednesday, June 13, 2012 8:59 am

          I was quite happy that Jane was missing. I personally can’t stand Natalie Portman. I kept thinking he deserved better than her in the first movie. Now, if they recast with a different actress—one I like or one I don’t know but grow to like—then maybe I can get behind the Thor–Jane romance.

      • Wednesday, June 13, 2012 8:10 am

        bruce banner is the best!!!

    • Wednesday, June 13, 2012 12:38 am

      - Such an awesome movie. It also encouraged me to try shwarma (and a lot of other people, too, per our waiter).
      – When he grew his hair out for Thor, Chris became the template for one of my characters (who had been very difficult to picture).
      – I wonder how the person/people who wrote the original script feel(s)? Apparently it was crap and Joss Whedon got the job to direct and write the script due to a 3-page treatise on his vision and what he thought the Avengers meant.
      – I’m not sure any movies this summer will top it for me. :-)

      • Wednesday, June 13, 2012 7:02 am

        As a fan of many of JW’s works, I could see his handiwork—and his sense of humor—all through this movie. Like you, it will be hard for me to find another movie to top it this summer. I was going to say this year, but The Hobbit comes out in December.

    • Amanda Stephan permalink
      Wednesday, June 13, 2012 7:10 am

      I only have three things to say about The Avengers:
      1. Tom Hiddleston
      2. Jeremy Renner
      3. Robert Downey, Jr.
      Um, yes please. With a bit of Thor on the side…

      • Wednesday, June 13, 2012 9:02 am

        I am SO READY for the Hawkeye–Black Widow story that I hope, hope, hope they have in the works. How could they not do that movie after the success of The Avengers? I just hope Joss Whedon gets to help write and direct that one—he’s so good with stories featuring strong female characters. And I can totally see Hawkeye as a reincarnation of Malcolm Reynolds (Nathan Fillion’s role in Firefly/Serenity).

        • Amanda Stephan permalink
          Wednesday, June 13, 2012 10:33 am

          Absolutely agree about Hawkeye-Black Widow!

          As to the Natalie Portman issue above – she’s not my favorite either; I like her just a tad better than Kristen Stewart. (not. a. fan.) I’m just such a romantic that I wanted closure. Yet, like I said, that would be something that would draw people back for the next Thor.

    • Wednesday, June 13, 2012 10:37 am

      I’ve seen that twice now as well. I went because I’d seen Thor and Captain America on DVD and enjoyed both of those so much more than I’d expected, not being a superheroes fan. I was particularly taken with Chris Hemsworth as Thor. I’m totally won over to the Avengers universe now. If they make another Avengers I hope Whedon writes it too.

      And now it sounds like Chris H will be in a Regency Period movie, In The Heart of the Sea. I sure hope so. I’ve wanted to see him in a Master & Commander type of flick, though this one sounds like it has its gruesome aspects. Still it might come close to what I’ve been hoping to see. He plays the rugged warrior hero SO well, I’d really like to see him do a bunch of historical films. But then he played George Kirk wonderfully too so I guess it’s all good. Except for that horror flick he did which I’ll no’ be seeing.

      I cast him as my villain in my debut novel, because he so perfectly fit the type, but he’s likely to turn up again as a hero in a future book.

    • Wednesday, June 13, 2012 2:07 pm

      LOVED IT!!!!!! It was so amazing. I’m very partial to Captain America and how Chris Evans plays him so perfectly. Such a 40’s gentleman. And I for one loved his God line.

      I’ve never been a fan of the Hulk. In fact, I outright hate him because I think he’s the dumbest superhero ever. But Mark Rufalo was tolerable.

      The only down side of the whole thing is RDJ is only willing to be Iron Man one more time and he’s leaning toward Iron Man 3 over Avengers 2. I’d love to see a Black Widow-Hawkeye movie.

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