catching up

Friday Five (07/04/03):
1. What were your favorite childhood stories?
Midnight Moon, Goodnight Moon, Where the Wild Things Are, etc. So many good books.
2. What books from your childhood would you like to share with [your] children?
So so many of them so I’ll just name one – Midnight Moon by Clyde Watson.
3. Have you re-read any of those childhood stories and been surprised by anything?
I was surprised by the clothing-less baby in In the Night Kitchen but I seem to vaguely remember being surprised when I read it as a child as well.
4. How old were you when you first learned to read?
Not sure but I know I was reading and well when I started school at 5.
5. Do you remember the first ‘grown-up’ book you read? How old were you?
I read Anna Karenina, Catcher in the Rye, and Gone with the Wind when I was 12-13. Probably read other “grown up” things before that – but those are the ones most worth mentioning.

Friday Five (06/27/03):
1. How are you planning to spend the summer [winter]?
Working, sadly, and moving into my new house. I miss having a summer “vacation.”
2. What was your first summer job?
I never really had a “summer job.” My first job was at Wonderland – I started when I was 16 and needing money to go to France on a school trip.
3. If you could go anywhere this summer [winter], where would you go?
I would really like to go to London. That’s all.
4. What was your worst vacation ever?
Umm, I don’t know. I almost drowned in Miami when I was 10, so I guess that’s probably it.
5. What was your best vacation ever?
I’ve had several really good vacations. Iowa City was awesome – as was Paris spring break 2000.
I feel silly posting all this stuff after the weekend we had – I would much rather leave the stories of the storm further up, but I wanted to get all this crap out of my inbox. So please skim, then read about the storm. It’s much more interesting.


The Friday Five:
1. Do you like talking on the phone? Why or why not?
I can take it or leave it. I spent so much time on/near the phone at work that I don’t really want to talk much once I get home.
2. Who is the last person you talked to on the phone?
3. About how many telephones do you have at home?
3 – home, my mobile, and Nate’s work mobile
4. Have you encountered anyone who has really bad phone manners? What happened?
Loads of people. I work in customer service, after all. My favorite? “AMCORE Bank, this is Elizabeth.”
“This is 123456789. What’s my balance?”
OR, left in voice mail:
“You have reached the Online Support department at AMCORE Bank. Our normal working hours are 8:30-6. Please leave your name, number, email address, and a description of your problem…”
“It’s 2:30. It is not 6:00. Forget it.”
And then they wonder why we don’t call them back.
5. Would you rather pick up the phone and call someone or write them an e-mail or a letter? Why or why not?
Depends on the situation. If I need an immediate answer, I call. If I need to hear pretty soon – or if it’s just something quick – I’ll email. I heart email. If I just want to write, I’ll write a letter.

Pigface fucking kicked ass. The crush of people. The feel of vinyl against my skin. Curse screaming. Seibold in the suit. Suck at full volume with the floor shaking from the screaming and pounding and jumping up and down. Awesome. We’re going to try to catch them in Chicago on 20 April – I can’t fucking wait.