It’s Open Mic Wednesday. What’s on your mind?
How hot is it where you are?
It’s “only” supposed to be 93 today—but it’s supposed to be in the low 100s by Saturday. It doesn’t usually get this hot until late July or into August!
Warm and humid as normal. Love the wind from Debby, though.
It’s so dry here that they’ve put a ban on all burning . . . and several counties have banned watering lawns and washing cars.
we have gotten a max of 52 today. its quite chilly outside but the sun is out.
I need to figure out how I can spend June through August in Australia!
Beautiful yesterday. Beautiful today. Low 80s, sunny. But by Saturday… 106. Yuck.
It was nice here yesterday—in the upper 80s, but felt cool in the shade because of the dry air that moved in. I even drove to my lunch appointment with the windows down!
It has been downright chilly and wet for June. Today should be sunny and around 85, which is far nearer to normal.
The temp readout in the car said 101 when I went to the bank. My Accuweather Firefox plugin says 97 and the carport thermometer says 97 too.
Possibility of hitting 100 by the end of the week. If so, it will be the first official 100 degree reading in Lexington since 2007.
Have you ever met anyone famous?
I’ve met many musicians and authors, but my favorite celebrity run-in has to be when I was nineteen years old and Shaquille O’Neal elbowed me in the forehead in the (very crowded) hallway in Allen Hall when we were both students at LSU. He was so sweet, and so apologetic, checking several times to make sure I was okay.
Musicians and authors, too. Mark Hamill at Star Wars Celebration V. He’s awesome.
Ooh–I forgot about getting to meet Alexander Siddig (Dr. Bashir, Deep Space 9, at a Star Trek convention. (Obviously, meeting Shaq was a much bigger deal for me—pun intended).
I have me lots of Cricketers. Kaye I have a similar incident with a West Indian player Curtley Ambrose who is around 6.6 and im about 5.2 and I accidently elbowed him in the thigh trying to avoid hitting another player, he had walked around the other side of me and I hadn’t noticed. not much of a comment said besides my sorry.
I have meet a couple of christian singers and authors, a couple of Tennis players and footballers, a couple of Olympians.
I got to meet the Governor of South Australia when they had an open house about 2 years ago. My friend and I actually got to have a chat with him, I had my friends runaway gingerbread man (like flat stanley but a flat gingerbread man) he was quite interested in the concept.
Something I always get asked when people elsewhere find out I’m from Nashville is how many country music stars I’ve met. I’ve met lots of musicians, but as far as the “stars” go—when they’re home in Nashville, they’re rarely seen out in public except for in their local communities . . . and I don’t live in the right zip code (or even the right county) to run in those circles!
Quite a few theater actors and former TV personalities from working at the regional theater. I started to list them, then realized it was crazy long. I’d have to say one of the most fun moments was working a show with Lawrence Hamilton when I was in high school (he was the vocal coach for New Kids on the Block and at the time, that was just wicked cool) and getting to know him, then turning on the Arsenio Hall Show one night and seeing him. Back in the day, that was the height of cool. He used to tease me, years later, about having one of the New Kids crash my wedding.
We had season tickets to the regional theater at NMSU when I was growing up—lots of named actors came through each year. But most important/impression-making for me was that Mark Medoff (who wrote Children of a Lesser God—the film version of which won Marlee Matlin an Academy Award) was the playwright in residence there.
How do you react when someone is late to meet you somewhere?
Although I’m not as punctual all the time as I used to be, I do have a tendency to get annoyed and/or worried when someone doesn’t meet me somewhere on time without calling to let me know they’re okay and on their way.
Depends how late they are. Generally, I’m the one who is late.
I get annoyed if it’s someone who makes me feel small when I run late.
JM thats one thing I dont do I tend to go with the flow. the irony is my one friend whos always late except the one time I was running late as was the bus and she was there waiting for me.
I am not the most patient person waiting for things. It depends which friend it is if its one particular I know she will be late. Its when they dont turn up or let me know I get frustrated. Normally if they turn up late while I may be frustrated when they come all is forgiven.
Depends on who it is and what we are doing. I have one friend who is PERPETUALLY late, so I expect it. Others I worry. Others I get annoyed. Depends on the day and the activity.
Did you ever skip school/classes?
In high school, I’d skip classes occasionally—especially math or science classes. In college, it was skipping classes that led to my eventually dropping out. When I went back as an adult, though, I always went to class!
Senior year, I skipped 1st and 2nd period a couple of times. 1st was Phys Ed/Health, which I’d had for 3 years at the private school, but the credits didn’t transfer, and 2nd was early enrollment/college so we only had class 3 days a week (I never skipped on those days).
I was a good girl only missed if I was home sick (of course sometimes I wasn’t really sick I was home more because of issues with school mates, mostly bullying)
I skipped classes once in high school. College, I completely skipped out on the exams. Not the smartest thing I’ve ever done, obviously.
Only if my dad knew, which I guess is technically not skipping. His job had him random places all over this neck of the woods, so I had nowhere to hide if I did. He could show up anywhere at any time. So, I’d tell him, he’d say, “Okay, but don’t expect me to lie for you” and that was that. I did skip in college, but who doesn’t?
I skipped a lot during my first semester of college. Probably had something to do with the 1.5 gpa I ended up with that semester. I ended up graduating with a 3.2 gpa though.
What TV reality show would you like to be on?
I’d love to be a guest judge on Top Chef!
Judge on Iron Chef America. That would be an amazing meal.
I agree. Iron Chef judge. But not when they’re doing weird food day. I wanted to be judge on bacon day.
When you were a kid, what was the thing you most looked forward to doing when you got home from school?
I looked forward most to being able to retreat into my own make-believe worlds.
I took mine with me.
Reading. Obviously. Nothing much has changed.
Kicking off my shoes.
When I was real little we got tv when I turned 5 (we also got real electricity so we could have a tv) i was always so tired when I got home of the bus and would sit down and watch Adventure Island (and aussie show for children which used alot of imagination) It went for half an hour. then it was playing outside climbing the trees etc.
Reading. My brother controlled th TV and always insisted on watching the *stupidest* shows, so I would go and immerse myself in books.
Oh please. The one time auto-correct doesn’t work. Sorry for the typo.
Running around the neighborhood with my friends. Later, talking on the phone with my friends.
What was your favorite childhood toy?
My Barbie dolls.
Little stuffed bunny the colors of rainbow sherbert. My brother ripped one ear off when trying to grab it from me once. Mom sewed it back on, but I constantly had to readjust it so it would stand up correctly.
I really am not sure I did like dolls but also loved cars. I spent hours in the sandpit so maybe it was a bucket and spade.
My bike. And the copious amounts of dirt in the fields around our house. And my GI Joes, who often got buried or entrenched in that same dirt.
My light up drawing board, if you can call it a toy. I still have it, and still occasionally use it.
Paperdolls! My sisters and I would cut out people from JC Penney catalog and any others we could find. We would cut out rooms and make their houses. After we got our main family and a church congregation (they wouldn’t have houses; just our main families), we would cut off the heads, arms, and feet of women in the catalog and use the clothes to give our main ladies wardrobes. We’d make them all go to church. Markers would be used to block out the church pews and then we would cram our congretation into the spaces. It was great fun!
What do you like least about your home?
The lack of storage space!
Trying to keep it clean.
No acreage. Although we live in the country, we have very little land and two rambunctious children with one hyper dog. And chickens. Got to mention the chickens…
Tenny tiny master bathroom with no tub. And a shop out back that DESPERATELY needs to be sided. Ah, if I only had $30,000…
Are you good at remembering others’ birthdays and anniversaries?
I am terrible at this!
One of the few things I’m good at (though it seems harder to commit them to memory than it used to be).
I am fairly good at it birthdays more than anniversaries.
This is the bane of my existence. I don’t remember anything which really annoys my mother-in-law. Not good for family harmony.
Well, y’all, I’m going to have to put my nose to the grindstone and get my first draft of An Honest Heart churned out a little faster than I thought . . . I just agreed to teach a section of ENG 1010 starting 8/18 for the program in which I’m an academic advisor—it’s online, but our classes are condensed, only lasting five weeks. Which means I need to get as much of the draft done before then as possible!
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