GET TO KNOW ME TAG – Guilty Secrets Revealed!

I stole this from Natasha Harmer at Films and Things.

I know it’s hokey, but I’ve been filling out stuff like this since I was old enough to apply pencil to paper. I’m a sucker for silly quizzes in woman’s magazine and questionnaires promising to tell you “what kind of dog is right for you” or “which computer do you need?” I wouldn’t listen to the answers anyhow, but I just love answering the questions. I know it’s dumb. Surely you all do something equally dumb. We all have guilty secrets. I also read the back of cereal boxes. Maybe you have a secret passion for Harlequin romance novels? Someone must read them …


So. Here is my “everything you didn’t think to ask me about me because I’ve probably told you already” questionnaire. Feel free to steal it from me and fill in your own answers just like I stole it from Natasha. I didn’t create it and I’m sure neither did she.

I’m sure no one knows where it originated or why. On the Internet, no one knows you’re a dog.

Are you named after anyone?

My great-aunt Malka. She died right before I was born and in Ashkenazi families, we name kids after recently dead relatives, even if we barely knew them or actively disliked them. Don’t ask me why. I have no idea and neither did my mother.

When was the last time you cried?

When I was writing about dogs the other night. I cry about dogs. And cats. And horses. I cannot watch or read anything about harming animals. But that’s just tearing up. Really seriously cried? Probably when my brother died four years ago.

Do you have kids?

A son. And a granddaughter.

Owen and Garry

Owen and Garry

If you were another person, would you be a friend of yourself?

Yes. But I would have to tell me to shut up a lot.

Do you use sarcasm a lot?

Not so much anymore. Mostly, I grew out of it. When I was younger, I was very sarcastic. As I got older, I discovered many people can’t handle sarcasm; it hurts their feelings. One of these people is my husband. So I dialed myself way back and life is better. I still use a lot of irony though, especially in my writing.

Will you ever bungee jump?

No. Not even if I were a great deal younger and less broken. But I’d still ride the Cyclone. I rode two of the four biggest, baddest roller coasters on the east coast of the US last summer. I’ve been limping ever since.

What’s your favorite cereal?

Rice Crispies, but I don’t really eat them anymore. Not in years. I like the idea, though.

What’s the first thing you notice about people?

Their age. I want to know if they are close enough to my generation to know what I’m talking about without my having to explain everything.

What is your eye color?

Very darkly brown.


Scary movie or happy endings?

Anything with a really good script. Happy endings are preferred but not mandatory.

Favorite smells?

Someone else cooking dinner.

Summer or winter?

Autumn and spring. And if YOU lived in New England, you’d agree.

Mumford River in Autumn

Computer or television?

Computer, if I had to choose one or the other, but I watch TV on television and do everything else on a computer. Or Kindle, which is just another kind of computer anyhow.

What’s the furthest you’ve ever been from home?


Do you have any special talents?

I’m not sure how special they are. I write a lot, what with having this blog and all. I take pictures. I talk pretty well. I used to play the piano almost professionally. Note: There is a monumental difference between “almost professionally” and “professionally.”

Where were you born?

Brooklyn, New York

What are your hobbies?

The aforementioned writing and photography. I can’t play piano anymore. My wrists are gone.

Do you have any pets?

Dogs. Bonnie the Scottie and Nan the Norwich Terrier. Plus a share of Bishop the Australian Shepherd and Amber the dachshund. I used to have cats too. And ferrets. And parrots. Tropical fish too, but I’m not sure if they really count as pets. Right now, we have a lot of ants. If I think of them as pets, maybe I won’t be so freaked out.

Bonnie, Nan & Garry

Favorite movie?

Is that a fair question? There’s someone who has just one favorite movie? How about a favorite genre? Which would be comedy.

Do you have any siblings?

An older brother, deceased. A younger sister, somewhere in Virginia.

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Categories: #Photography, #Writing, Humor, Personal, Pets

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15 replies

  1. I like that tepee! Your house sounds much like ours, except for the ants part. I mean, we have ants, but they aren’t pets. At least not yet…. but if they keep hanging around, they may get their own food bowls.


    • I’ve been spraying like mad, trying to kill ants without harming the dogs. Fortunately, they make better ant sprays than they used to, but I hate poisons. We get ants every year around this time. They come, they go, they return. I hate them and they creep me out, but I have learned not to shriek so loudly that I frighten the whole household; squash anything on my monitor or keyboard, no matter how much I want to.

      I miss my teepee. At least I have the memories and pictures.

      I think households with a lot of pets tend to be rather alike. You either like living that way or not. We aren’t unique, but we also aren’t in the majority. Most people prefer a clean, quiet environment 🙂 Unlike this one!!


  2. Always a fun post. I still love movies with happy endings. I guess my guilty secret — as a guy — is that I have always liked romantic stories, love stories. I always pictured myself as “the other guy” who loves the girl but never gets her. Spencer Tracy played a lot of those roles opposite Clark Gable who ALWAYS got the girl. And, I had a crush on Connie Stevens so I watched a lot of those 50’s and early 60’s WB flicks that starred Troy Donahue just to see Connie Stevens. I last cried — really blubbered — when we had to put one of our furry kids to sleep. I hate any violence — even the movies “pretend” violence, against animals. My favorite food is anything Japanese — especially Sashimi. I still love scouring box scores of baseball games to study all the stats. I’m very happy in the aftermath of a victory by my Boston Red Sox — especially when it’s against the Yankees. I’m unhappy when the Sox lose. But it’s no longer the Shakespearean tragedy of yore. Enough of this, I think.


  3. Nice fun post Marilyn. 🙂


  4. Rice Krispies are my favorite too. Plus they’re the only cereal from my childhood that tastes like I remember it tasting (did they do something to the Trix recipe or were they always that awful and I just didn’t have any taste back then?)


    • Rice Crispies are not a taste. They are a texture. They taste like whatever you put on them which is probably what I like about them. Also, they talk to you. Trix always tasted like that. You’ve just … dare I say it? I dare. YOU’VE GROWN UP! Phew. That was tricky 🙂


      • Well, I guess that grown up thing would explain why cookie crisp taste like cardboard now as well? 😉 You’re spot on about the texture, not taste thing! I had never really considered that before but that is probably why I like them as well!


  5. I have a favorite movie, but it changes from time to time and then changes back. As for sarcasm, I know exactly what you mean and have dialed it down a bit.


    • There are people for whom sarcasm is demeaning. I never intended to hurt anyway and was appalled that I had, so I figured it was time to change my ways. I think it’s a writer thing.


  6. Thanks! It’s great to know a little bit more about a person when you’re reading their posts!
    I think readers subconsciously “create” the blogger in their mind, and then as we read more over the months we are able to shift these “pieces” sideways into reality. If that makes any sense 🙂


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