Have you ever been a participant in a parade? What did you do?
In 1992 and 1993, Garry and I were the honorary “King and Queen” of the Shriner’s Rodeo. I loved it. Wish we could do it again. We got to ride out at a gallop, then ride around the arena. The hardest part was controlling the horse and not falling off.
It was what got Garry interested in riding and for the next several years, we took lessons and went riding every chance we got.
If you were handed free opera tickets, would you go or sell them? Why?
I’m not fond of opera, though I like operetta, especially Gilbert & Sullivan. I wouldn’t sell the tickets. I’d give them to someone who likes opera. Ballet I would go to see. I originally planned to be a ballerina, but it didn’t work out.
Why did you start your blog?
Like so many others, as a place to show off my thousands of pictures … and maybe do some writing that someone other than family members and friends might read it. It turned to be a lot more than I expected.
What is your favorite tradition? (family tradition, church tradition, whatever)
Pretty much all our personal traditions revolve around movies and shopping.
We watch “The Quiet Man” on St. Patrick’s Day. It reminds us of our honeymoon in Ireland, when we hunted down the locations where John Ford shot the movie. We watch the fireworks at the Boston Hatch Shell on the 4th of July (these days on television, in the old days from our balcony in Boston), then watch “Yankee Doodle Dandy.”
From Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day, we watch our favorites holiday movies including “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “A Christmas Story,” and “Miracle on 34th Street.” Our own private film festival until we run out of holiday-themed movies.
When Christmas is over, we go shopping. Got to love those post-Christmas sales. We get what we want at half price or less. It’s fun, something we can do together.
We also try to get into Boston at least once during December to see the Boston Pops concert and I can take some night shots of the city.
Speaking of traditions, we like to shop together at seasonal sales. Like we did yesterday for the big “end of summer” sales. Maybe you didn’t know summer is over, but in retail, it’s already autumn.
We didn’t buy much, but got stuff we like. We will enjoy using it especially because we paid 75% less than regular price. Garry and I were brought up to believe only fools pay full price. W exalt in our bargains.
AND NOW, IT’S TIME FOR A FUNNY STORY
Herb’s buddy George comes up to him after work and says “Hey, Herb! Have I got a deal for you!”
“What’s the deal?” Herb asks.
“I can get you an elephant for $100!”
Herb looks baffled. “George, buddy, I have no idea what in the world I would do with an elephant. What, ride him to work? Let him graze in the back yard? Don’t be ridiculous.”
And George says: “I can get you two elephants for $150!”
“NOW you’re talking,” says Herb.