23 Random Questions

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My night owl hubby and our two pampered rescue fur babies. πŸ’˜πŸ’˜πŸ’˜

 

I saw this on Kathy Boecher’s blog, A Time to be Me, who saw it on the Sweet Aroma blog written by Oneta Hayes, who got it from someone on Facebook. These are “23 random facts about yourself that may surprise your friends.” I had fun reading Kathy and Oneta’s answers. I hope you won’t be too bored reading mine.

Here are my answers to the 23 questions:

1. Do you make your bed every morning?
Yes, if you count smoothing the comforter up on my half of the bed, while my night owl hubby is just getting to sleep on the other half of the bed.

2. What was your first car?
A 1955 Chevy. It was already seventeen years old when I got it. You couldn’t play the radio and have the headlights on at the same time. The worst was when I was driving one night and it started to rain. I turned the windshield wipers on, while the headlights were on. It was impossible to see without both. Within a couple of miles the car died. I was barely able to coast off the highway into the breakdown lane. I never drove that car again! My second car wasn’t much better.

3. What two grocery items do you never run out of?
Dog treats and dog food. No, my husband and I don’t eat the dogs’ food. But in our house, the fur babies come first.

4. At what age did you start doing your laundry?
When I first got married, at age sixteen.

5. If you could, would you go back to high school?
Yes, but only if I could keep my memories of my first high school experience. That way, I would remember to say NO when my friends invited me to join them in holding seances. (There’s a very good reason why the Bible says not to do that…)

6. Can you parallel park in under three moves?
I’m pretty sure I can. But I haven’t needed to parallel park in so many years, I might have to practice a bit, first.

7. A job you had which people would be shocked to know you once had?
My strangest job was proofreading the contract for building a palace for the King of Saudi Arabia. This was in the late 1970s, in the days before spell check. I was one of two proofreaders hired by Big 3 Industries in Houston, Texas. The contract was several volumes thick. I have also been a nanny and (briefly) a Yellow Cab driver, among many other odd jobs. All of those jobs came before I went to nursing school.

8. Do you think aliens are real?
I don’t know. However, I have seen UFOs on a total of three separate occasions. On all three occasions, I was with at least one other person who saw the phenomena, too. One was a recently retired Air Force Captain who had worked in radar. He said he had never seen anything fly like that. I have been to a number of Blue Angels air shows, and I’ve never seen anything fly like that, either. However, I did not see any little green men. Were the UFOs from other planets? Only God knows.

9. Can you drive a stick shift?
Yes, with my eyes closed and with one hand tied behind my back, lol. Seriously, yes I can, but I need both hands and at least one eye open. Shifting a stick with my left hand while driving on the opposite side of the road in England was a bit of a challenge.

10. Guilty TV pleasure?
I almost never watch TV. However, I have been on TV several times. The first time was when I was five years old and I was on a children’s show. I was so hyper that the show’s host, Aunt Norma, nearly lost her mind. The last time was in May 2000, when I was featured in an inspirational Remembering Your Spirit segment on The Oprah Winfrey Show. That experience was life changing, and not in a good way.* Now, I stay far away from TV cameras.

11. Tattoos?
No. However, a few years ago my hubby and I were driving in an isolated area of New Mexico, when we came across a stranded biker. His motorcycle had broken down and the area was so isolated that his cell phone wouldn’t work. We gave him a ride. As it turned out, he made his living as a tattoo artist. He offered to give us both a free tattoo. We briefly considered it but decided not to do it. Sometimes I wish I had.

12. If the world ends do you want to be one of the survivors?
Yes, because I think it would be an amazing growing experience. And as a Christian, and a former nurse, other survivors could probably use my help.

13. Sweet or salty?
Both, please!

14. Do you enjoy soaking in a nice hot bath?
Yes, once in a rare while. Showers are faster and a lot easier.

15. Do you consider yourself a strong person?
Definitely. I couldn’t have survived my traumas if God hadn’t given me the strength!

16. Something people do that drives you nuts?
The first thing that popped into my head when I read this question, is how it irritates me when people mess with their cell phones in church, and at the dinner table. But the thing that bothers me even worse than that, is when people seem to have no empathy for others. Judgemental, condescending, holier-than-thou, know-it-alls — oh! People like that make my skin crawl. (That’s not to say, however, that I have never been guilty of those things, because I shamefully know that I have. But ugh, I hate it. Especially when I see that ugliness in me.)

17. Do you have any birthmarks?
Several. However, they are camouflaged by my freckles.

18. Favorite childhood game?
As a kid I just liked to be outdoors, roaming the woods and climbing trees (which is how I got most of my freckles). I also loved playing with my dolls, and cutting out paper dolls. But if it has to be a game, I did like to play hide and seek.

19. Do you talk to yourself?
. . . I call it talking to the dogs . . . 😁

20. Do you like doing jigsaw puzzles?
Not even a little bit.

21. Tea or coffee?
I used to love both, until I discovered how much calmer I am without caffeine! Now I drink filtered water, and the occasional orange or V8 juice.

22. First thing you remember wanting to be when you grew up?
When I was around four or five, I couldn’t wait to be a mommy. Then, when I was seven, I fell in love with books and wanted to be a writer. I am both, yaay!

23. Favorite game now?
Computer solitaire. It’s boring, but it relaxes me when I need to take a break from my memoir writing.

*My bad experience wasn’t Oprah’s fault, nor anything to do with her producers or the camera crew. The problem was my crazy life, which I am writing about in my memoir.

Now it’s your turn. Copy and paste the following answers to your blog and have fun!

1. Do you make your bed every morning?
2. What was your first car?
3. What two grocery items do you never run out of?
4. At what age did you start doing your laundry?
5. If you could, would you go back to high school?
6. Can you parallel park in under three moves?
7. A job you had which people would be shocked to know you once had?
8. Do you think aliens are real?
9. Can you drive a stick shift?
10. Guilty TV pleasure?
11. Tattoos?
12. If the world ends do you want to be one of the survivors?
13. Sweet or salty?
14. Do you enjoy soaking in a nice hot bath?
15. Do you consider yourself a strong person?
16. Something people do that drives you nuts?
17. Do you have any birthmarks?
18. Favorite childhood game?
19. Do you talk to yourself?
20. Do you like doing jigsaw puzzles?
21. Tea or coffee?
22. First thing you remember wanting to be when you grew up?
23. Favorite game now?

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The Saudi Arabian King’s palace.

 

23 thoughts on “23 Random Questions

  1. simplywendi September 16, 2019 / 5:55 pm

    so much fun reading your answers Linda and very cool getting to know you better. i would love to read more about your experience on Oprah.

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  2. ourlittleredhouseblog September 16, 2019 / 6:25 pm

    I loved hide and seek as well and I also talk to my little rescued cat Alley Cat. Loved your answers.

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  3. The Eclectic Contrarian September 16, 2019 / 7:25 pm

    I can’t remember when I parallel parked last…..

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    • Linda Lee/@LadyQuixote September 16, 2019 / 7:59 pm

      I think my last time was in the 1980s. Not sure, though. Seems like snow was involved. πŸ˜…

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  4. Sue Cass September 16, 2019 / 8:05 pm

    l enjoyed your answers and learning a little more about you and decided to copy and paste to mine just for the fun of it. You might get a kick out of some of my answers. πŸ™‚

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    • Linda Lee/@LadyQuixote September 17, 2019 / 8:18 am

      Getting married at 15 or 16 is way too young, wouldn’t you agree? We don’t even know who we are yet.

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      • Nyssa The Hobbit September 17, 2019 / 5:35 pm

        Yeah, my son is 15, and I can’t imagine him marrying anybody yet! Yet somehow my parents made it work….

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        • Linda Lee/@LadyQuixote September 17, 2019 / 8:38 pm

          Amazing. A great-grandmother of mine married at age 13. They had nine children. She and my great-grandfather seemed happy.

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  5. hawk2017 September 17, 2019 / 10:45 am

    Thank you for sharing a bit of yourself.:)

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  6. seekingdivineperspective September 17, 2019 / 10:57 am

    There’s almost an oxymoron in #16, at least for me. I would sometimes judge people for looking at their cell phones in church, until I realized that they had a Bible app and were following along with the reading. [Still, Small Voice saying “It’s none of your business anyway.” :/ ]
    #5 – Ah, yes, the seances. Ouija boards, levitation… I renounced all that stuff when I got older and realized what an affront to God those “games” were.

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  7. @PreacherBiker September 18, 2019 / 5:04 pm

    I love this

    Sent from my T-Mobile 4G LTE Device

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  8. Phoebe Sparrow Wagner September 21, 2019 / 3:00 pm

    Some of my answers would be amazingly similar. Paper dolls yeah! But I would definitely NOT want to go back to high school…not even with a few changes. I’m 66 going on 67 and I LOVE this time of my life. Great post!

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    • Linda Lee/@LadyQuixote September 21, 2019 / 7:45 pm

      Aww, thank you, Phoebe. πŸ’˜πŸ’˜πŸ’˜

      I saw my MD yesterday for a checkup. She was training an intern. One of his first questions to me was “How old are you?” I replied “I’m 66 going on 12.” 😁

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  9. Alfiano Fong October 12, 2019 / 4:54 pm

    Enjoyed reading!

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