Questions – Season One
Interesting questions — and since I’m giving my wrist a rest today — or trying to — it’s a good time to answer questions.
What ways are you adopting to save on energy bills?
I’ve been working on this for years. Step one was changing every bulb in the house to an LED, getting a new boiler and replacing the elderly, cranky refrigerator. All of these needed doing whether we were saving energy or not. But we also replaced our washer and dryer to a far less repairable but much lower-cost models. The old ones were cheap to fix, but the dryer used tons of electricity and was inefficient. The new one gets the job done better and faster. The clothing comes out cleaner, too. We only do laundry once a week because the machines are huge.
Are there too many TV channels today offering too much content choice? Do you struggle to find something to watch?
There’s both too much content and too little stuff that’s interesting or unique. We find enough, but I have to admit I’m awfully tired of most superhero series, though Disney’s “Super Pets” was delightful. If they turn it into a series, I’m sure we’ll watch it. Anything about cute pets works for us.
How often do you read, watch or listen to news in an average week?
We watch the weather and we watch the headlines. I get pop-ups from The Washington Post and The New York Times. I probably read an article or two a week from each — depending. Sometimes more, often less. I also get The Smithsonian and National Geographic both of which I read both. And we watch Colbert, which is “news with a chuckle.” It’s hard to get a laugh from the news these days.
What would you say are five important life skills people should know?
1- History and discovering we are part of it, not exempt from it
2 – Basic kitchen skills including meal preparation. Everyone should know how to make a simple meal for themself and maybe a couple of others.
3 – Reading and communication, including writing and speaking and decent speech.
4 – Basic arithmetic and stuff they never teach you in school, like “compound interest.” You’ll need it and you’ll be so glad you understand it when you do.
5 – Basic understanding of technology from “smart” phones to computers. I don’t think you can get along in today’s world without at least the ability to use online services.
When at school how often did you complete your set homework?
In college, pretty much always, though college didn’t offer “daily” homework. It was more papers at the end of a course. I wrote good papers. Even when I had no idea what I was talking about. It really prepped me for technical writing later in life.
What don’t men understand about women and what do women want men to really know about them?
I want men to clean up after themselves. I want men to see dirt and not ignore it because someone else will deal with it. I want men to offer help without being ASKED. Seriously, guys, grow up.
What do people want from life?
I haven’t the slightest idea. I’m not even sure what I want except someone else to come and cook and clean instead of me.
What is your most comfortable pair of shoes and why?
Socks. Otherwise? Uggs (the soft ones) and sandals.
If your favourite colour wasn’t available what would be the next colour you choose to wear on your head?
If I can’t get black, I’ll take navy blue.
What are your Top 3 worst smells or scents?
Skunk, even drifting on the wind. That stale, urine subway stench. Trash that should go OUT already.
If you could spend a whole day in Disneyland with anyone – living or dead who would it be and why?
Garry. But we did that already. I wouldn’t mind doing it again, though.
Are you a Halloweener and if so how and why and if not, why not?
Nah. It wasn’t even my favorite holiday when I was young enough to partake. Now? I love the colors and the season, but that’s all.
What job did you want to have when you were a child growing up and more importantly did it ever appear as an opportunity in any shape once as an adult?
I wanted to be a writer. I grew up and became a writer. I’m still writing. I also wanted to be a photographer. I am. An amateur, but I enjoy it as much. Maybe more. Most professional photography is weddings, babies, and other formal events. Amateur photography is much more creative.