January 12, 2008

Meme: Questions, Questions, Questions...Some Answers

My buddy JD over at "The Uneasy Supplicant" tagged me with this meme, a "confessional" where I answer a series of questions about what Ii like and where I was, and what I am doing, etc. It was fun to answer, and after reading my response, I think you still won't know a whole lot about me. Anyway, here's JD's meme:

1.Name one person who made you laugh last night?
A friend of ours at the restaurant we dined in last night.

2. What were you doing at 0800?
At 8:00 am I was home putting my son on the school bus and at 8:00pm I was out to dinner with my wife and other couples.

3. What were you doing 30 minutes ago?
I was reading JD’s blog “The Uneasy Supplicant.

4. What happened to you in 2006?
I took my family to Disney World in June, then shortly afterwards in August my mother died after a long battle with Systemic Lupus and colon cancer and my friend Steven died that December.

5. What was the last thing you said out loud?
“Good night” to my wife.

6. How many beverages did you have today?
I drank lots of water (don’t ask how much), three cups of coffee, one cup of tea, and two glasses of diet soda; and I spent a considerable amount of time running to the restroom at work.

7. What color is your hairbrush?
My hairbrush is silver, and I don’t want my wife or my daughter to forget that.

8. What was the last thing you paid for?
I tipped the parking valet at the restaurant where we ate dinner...after we divided the enormous bill.

9. Where were you last night?
At a nice Italian restaurant. Good food, a bit cramped, and wine bottles everywhere…I mean they have a huge collection of wine.

10. What color is your front door?
My soon to be replaced front door is white.

11. Where do you keep your change?
I dump all of my change into a bucket behind my armoire. And cash it in once a year. I’ve had as much as $1,300.00. I also toss in singles and five dollar bills with the change, it takes about two hours to roll the coins, and the tellers at my bank hate me.

12. What’s the weather like today?
It rained like Hell.

13. What’s the best ice-cream flavor?
Mint Chocolate Chip.

14. What excites you?
My family and baseball…in particular, the New York Yankees.

15. Do you want to cut your hair?
I want a haircut, but I don’t want to cut it myself if that’s what you’re asking.

16. Are you over the age of 25?
I am forty-four years old and I act the same as I did when I was eighteen. At least I think I do until I observe actual eighteen year olds in action and become disgusted. So that’s what being middle-aged is all about?

17. Do you talk a lot?
I talk all the time. Constantly. Every minute that I am awake. Non-stop.

18. Do you watch the O.C.?
I take pride in never having watched a single episode of the OC. I am only sorry that I’ve been subjected to the insipid commercials advertising that pathetic excuse for a TV show. Every time I see the actor who plays the main OC guy, with that semi-dazed, “I can’t act to save my life,” strained, and constipated look on his face, especially when he’s looking at a girl, I want to slap him. I wouldn't watch that show for cash incentives.

19. Do you know anyone named Steven?
Let’s see, my older brother, my brother in law, my friend, and my wife’s best friend’s husband who’s kind of a friend, my friend who passed away in 2006. There’s also a guy working at the place where I work who’s name is Steve. Oh wait, sorry. His name is Ed…I think.

20. Do you make up your own words?
Yes, always. I do it to tease my kids but they are on to me now. I'll ask my son to get me a screwdriver and “frontabulator” just to see him slink off to the garage and emerge ten minutes later all confused and reluctant to admit that he doesn’t know what a "frontabulator" is. I also make up terms and items that don’t exist to torment those who give me a hard time. I’m willing to bet there are a few people out there checking for a “clogged delete valve” on their computers every time it freezes up because Mike in IT told them that it happens every once in a while. Just pick up the computer case, give it a good shake, and all of those words, characters, and photos and stuff you delete on your computer gets jarred free and you can go back to sending funny, inter office e-mails again to the person sitting at the desk next to you.

21. Are you a jealous person?
I was once a very jealous person until it finally sank in that my wife not only loves me, and only me and she’d never leave me because she loves torturing me too much.

22. Name a friend whose name starts with the letter ‘A’.
I don’t have any friends whose names begin with the letter “A.” I know a guy at work who really does have a name beginning with “A,” and there are also one or two folks who work with me whom I refer to by a particular name of a part of the human anatomy which begins with “A.”

23. Name a friend whose name starts with the letter ‘K’.
Okay, why don’t we just run through the entire alphabet?

24. Who’s the first person on your received call list?
Huh? On my cell phone? Hey, look. It’s a friggin’ phone. You know my number, you want to speak to me, punch in the digits, wait for the ring, and if I answer, you’re one lucky person. I don’t know anything about lists and stuff like that. 99% of the calls I get on my cell are from my wife telling me to get something from the store anyway. I hate talking on the phone.

25. What does the last text message you received say?
Text messaging? I have a PHONE. I use it to TALK to people. Text messaging is like buying a car and installing pedals. I don’t get it. Send me an e-mail if it’s that un-important to actually discuss using spoken words.

26. Do you chew on your straw?
I’m an adult who likes to drink from a “big boy” glass.

27. Do you have curly hair?
I have a full head of straight, blond hair. It’s a bit darker than when I was younger, though. But, I have all of my hair, unlike my two, unfortunate brothers.

28. Where’s the next place you’re going to?
To Bed.

29. Who’s the rudest person in your life?
There was one guy at my job but I settled that very quickly.

30. What was the last thing you ate?

31. Will you get married in the future?
I’ve been happily married for sixteen years, and been in a monogamous relationship with her for twenty years, and I would never, ever get married again, God forbid I was free to do so.

32. What’s the best movie you’ve seen in the past 2 weeks?
HMMmmmmmm…”Fight Club.”

33. Is there anyone you like right now?
Let’s just skip right over this one, okay?

34. When was the last time you did the dishes?
Most nights. My wife cooks, I do the dishes.

35. Are you currently depressed?
Nope. Things are going well. I still haven’t won the lottery, but that could change too, right?

36. Did you cry today?
Come on, me? I’m Mr. Tough Guy. Get outta here.

37. Why did you answer and post this?
My buddy JD over at “The Uneasy Supplicant” tagged me with this meme. He’s a regular guy and I like what he writes. So, here’s all my answers, for what they’re worth.

38. Name five people that should be brought into confessional to respond to these questions.
Like all of the memes I am tagged with, I wait a while before tagging others. I don’t know why, but that’s what I do.

That's all I have for this one. Hey JD, this was a good one. Sorry I couldn't do the last meme you tagged me with, but you know happened then. When I think of someone who might get a kick out of this, I'll tag them, but good. Thanks for the tag, JD.

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Bob Johnson said...

Awesome stuff Mike, you put a lot into this post, thanks for sharing, by the way I make up tons of words as well,lol.

Anonymous said...

Hey Mike, great stuff! I needed this. Made me laugh quite a few times. As for the Meme's you know my thoughts on that.
BTW I'll have a follow email in a few days. Believe it or not but I'm sick. Need time to recover. I just finished another MEME and posted it. I think you were tagged this one as well from someone else.
Take care of yourself.

Anna said...

Just visiting from Bob's blog, as I promised him - he has been great blogger friend, and I better not dissapoint him, lol. Mr. Grudge, you have interesting blog, and I am glad that I stumble on this meme post, so I don't have to start to read your blog from the beginning of time, lol. I wonder what is so special about Steven name - oh I forgot everyone in my family has some shape of form of this name, and I always tought that my family did not have imagination - but then the don't, because Anna, John, and Andrew repeats itself many many times, lol. Great blog again, Anna :)

The Red Stone by Craig Smith said...

Some good answers there! I like your choice of ice-cream! :)

Mr. Grudge said...

Hi Bob,
I'm glad I met someone else with the same penchant for making up words. I get it from my father when he used to tease us as kids. Hehe. Thanks for the comment, Bob. -Mike.

Mr. Grudge said...

Hi JD,
Take all the time you need to recover, and save your nickels and dimes and invest in a snowblower. Either that, or move to Florida. Feel better, buddy. Thanks again for the tag. -Mike.

Mr. Grudge said...

Hi Anna,
Thanks for the compliment, I appreciate it. With all of the Steves I know, when I read the question, I could only think of Steve Austin, the Six Million Dollar Man. How funny is that? Bob has a great blog, doesn't he? It's a pleasure to meet you, thanks for the comment. -Mike.

Mr. Grudge said...

Hi Craig,
It was either that or Rocky Road. But, the Mint Chocolate Chip won out. Thanks for the comment and for stopping by. -Mike.

Anna said...

Mike, thanks for commenting back, yes Bob is great. You have cool blog yourself, and pleasure to meet you to. Anna :)

Mike French said...


You know when you get your film back from the developers. (Well before digital then)and you get a load of rubbish shots like people with their feet chopped off or a thumb over the lens? But you get one or two great shots?

Well that is what this meme was like!

Some rubbish, but some great shots.

Liked the made up words bit and when you get going you are very funny!

Now perhaps you should edit the meme to only include the great stuff! You are a writer after all!

Mr. Grudge said...

Hi Mike,
That was a brilliant analogy, the roll of film. I read your comment somewhere around 6:30 am when my son was still asleep and I almost woke him up when I laughed aloud. You're a funny guy too when you get going.
A comedian here in America who's name escapes me at the moment had a funny joke about cameras and film. He said his mother in law took so few pictures, that she recently took her film to be developed and the were shots of his wife's communion, her High school graduation, and their wedding all on the same roll. It's funner when you tell it in person.
I'm glad you laughed at this one. I don't believe I was trying to get anyone to chuckle at this one. When I intentionally attempt to get laughs, I usually bomb. Thanks for making me chuckle. -Mike.

Mike French said...

LOL Mike

Fun all this isn't it!

Jack Payne said...

I don't get it. Is this Meme stuff really supposed to tell you something? Not exactly like the ink blot test, to gage whether or not you are a psycho loony, is it?

Mr. Grudge said...

Hi Jack,
Meme's are a fun way to interact with other bloggers. The idea is to communicate with a thought, or "meme" and send it to other's whom you feel may do a good job of it. Truthfullness may not be the paradigm, but for entertainment value, creativity counts. Also, you may pick up a reader or two who may never have heard of your blog if they weren't led there by a meme. Thanks for the comment, Jack. -Mike.