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Saturday, November 16, 2019

Sunday Stealing: Facebook

November 16, 2019

From Facebook

Hi! I'm your host Bev Sykes of the blog "Funny the World". . Welcome to Sunday Stealing. This feature originated and published on WTIT: The Blog. Here we will steal all types of questions from every corner of the blogosphere. Our promise to you is that we will work hard to find the most interesting and intelligent questions. (Past hosts include: Our first - Judd Corizan, Mr. L, Kwizgiver and
Bud)  Cheers to all of us thieves!

Whew.  That's over.  Let's get back to normal and use "safe" questions that won't offend anybody (I don't think).  Thanks, everyone, for your support.

Stolen from Facebook

1) What is your favorite TV show (currently)? The Good Place was, but I’m a few episodes behind and I’m confused. Not sure what’s going on. American Housewife has taken its place. Always full of laughs.

2) Would you like to be a child again? Hell to the no! I was relentlessly picked on because I was overweight. In today’s realm I have no doubt that I would also be bullied. No thank you.

3) Has anyone ever told you that school times were the best period of his/her life? Would you say that to someone? Why? I can’t say I recall anyone I know saying school was the best time of their life. I certainly wouldn’t say it. My best friend, a sophomore who lived across the street was my best friend. Before I started my Freshman year she told me she couldn’t be friends with any Freshman. We were best friends for literally our entire lives up until that point. Through the rest of high school I made 2 friends. I think that experience is why I have no friends. I find it impossible to make friends at 58. I don’t have a clue where to begin. When I turned 40 I belonged to a social group and had so much fun going out to clubs, house parties, bbq’s, etc. That was until the person I was seeing broke up with me and took ALL the group members. After a few months I found that the 1 who claimed to be my friend was still going to their events on the down low. Now she is my future sister-in-law. Talk about awkward!

4) How's the weather? Cold. Not too cold like a few days ago. Medium cold. Cold enough for a light jacket or hoodie.

5) Do you like camping? Love it! I camped a lot with the one who took all the people in the social group. After that I got my own camping supplies and took my fiancΓ© and kids camping. 

6) Do you believe in paranormal phenomena? I don’t think so. 

7) If you would create a holiday, what would it be called and how would we celebrate it? When would this holiday be? I always thought there needed to be a Federal holiday in between the long stretches with no holidays. Maybe between New Year’s Day and Memorial Day. I had a few bad jobs, not the work, I usually loved the work. It was the employees and the bosses. I would always look forward to any days off so I could breath and not get screamed at. At times when it was really ugly I would pray for a day off. Reporting it to the top just made it worse. These are long stories, but suffice to say I kept to my cubicle, was quiet, did my work well, minded my own business. They were just ugly, ugly people. 

8) What word(s) do you dislike? Can you tell why? Swear words. I use them too often. I need to stop. I’ve been using the alternative swear words from “The Good Place”. Ashhole, bullshirt, fork, wtfork, motherforker. My autocorrect knows them all now. 

9) What color do you dislike? What do you associate with it? Brown. In a high school business class I read that brown doesn’t look professional. I don’t think I have any brown clothing as a result. 

10) Do you believe in otherworldly creatures, eg. ghosts, etc? Kind of. I sometimes sense my beloved dog Maxwell or my cat Sophie at the foot of my bed, rubbing against my feet, or Sophie biting my big toes. The cats I have now never do any of that.

11) Pick two of your favourite fictional characters. Where are they from (what movie, book, etc?) and why are they your favourite? Can’t think of any. I rarely read fiction. I usually read memoirs. I did really enjoy Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren in Orange is the New Black, played by Uzo Adubo.

12) If you could change anything or add anything to your body would you? (this can be interpreted however, but, think, would you like to have fins or extra hands?) I’ve lost so much weight that I have skin hanging all over and skin that is crepe paper looking. I’d like these areas to be toned and normal looking. Just more normal looking would be good.

13) What are some family traditions you have/had growing up? Do you still continue them, if yes, why, if no, why not? When I was a kid we went to Grandma’s house for Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and day, and NYE. My parents passed away when I was in my early twenties. I do prepare the foods we ate like Grandma and my Aunts made for the holidays. My kids look forward to Sfincioni and a tray of veggies and cheeses on Christmas Eve. Seafood on NYE, although due to the expense, it’s never been the extravaganza of seafood like when I was a kid...octopus, calamari, shrimp. Maybe shrimp cocktail and cheeses and veggies.

14) What do you think of tattoos? Do you have any? I don’t have any. I’ve thought I’ve wanted one, but I can’t seem to figure out what I want. It’s permanent you know.

15)  What is the most disgusting habit some people have? Screaming at people because they are different, or because you wrongly think they threaten your job. Continuing to do it relentlessly to try to get the victims to quit. It’s really a form of bullying which is disgusting. I am NO quitter!

16)  If you could bring back one TV show that was cancelled, which would it be? 
with Eric McCormack. 

17) What was the most unsettling film you have ever seen? If it was unsettling, why would I want to think about it again? Ok, this movie always scared the bejeepers out of me. Karen Black was in it. “Trilogy of Terror”. No need for me to Google, it’s permanently imprinted on my brain. The part of the trilogy with the terrifying, ugly little creatures.

18) What book has impacted you the most? Can’t think of any.

19) You're on Death Row and get one final meal: What is that meal and why do you choose it? Seafood boil, or surf and turf. I’ve had seafood boil only once and it was so good.

20) What is the first profession you remember wanting to become as a child? Teacher. Doesn’t everyone want to be a teacher when they were a young child? It’s really the first profession children are exposed to. Second was Accountant, which ended up being my career.

••I don’t know why, but when I Copy these to my blog I end up with excess blank rows that I cannot delete. Sorry for the inconvenience.••

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

You’re kidding, right?

We got a call that the van was done. I am still in shock. The bill was slightly over $1,000 MORE than the estimate. ONE THOUSAND! I’m in shock, I’m angry as all get out, I’m freakin out. I’m actually having an anxiety attack just writing this post. 

We did not deal directly with the shop. Our mechanic dealt with them. Apparently we were not quoted the labor. It would have been nice to have been given an estimate that included labor. We could have then shopped around a little. Go to our previous shop. Go to the shop our older couple friends recommended.

We are putting the van up for sale in the next couple of days. I need to research the asking price. The shop that did the work did give a 12 month/12,000 mile warranty and said he would honor it for the next owner.

This cold spell needs to STOP! It’s freakin cold when you can’t turn on your furnace. We have oil filled space heaters, and they help, but we need sweatpants, hoodies, and blankets too. 

Met our older couple friends for breakfast, which turned into hanging at their house. The husband was explaining a better way to go about prepping to put in the new sump pump, and putting it in. He has back issues, so he can’t do a lot of the work, but he could come over and coach my spouse. My spouse doesn’t want him over because the house is messy. I’m not happy with the mess either, but for heaven’s sake! It’s past time to suck it up buttercup! Go tidy, go do whatever. We need the new sump pump in and to have the furnace looked at. Praying that the furnace will work fine and get us to spring, and maybe beyond. 

It’s not like this is my first rodeo. At my house in the city the boiler went out on NYE and it took over a week to find a company that serviced boilers, get parts, etc.

In other news...
Bubba is doing better. She’s able to jump up on the bed on her own. She even started a cat fight with Irish yesterday. 

Just got off the phone with my daughter. She doesn’t think she exhibited bad behavior this past weekend. Seriously? I told her she wasn’t coming for a home visit and she needs to spend some time thinking about the previous good weekend and figure out how she can model that good behavior on her next visit. She sounded hurt when I told her. I calmly and succinctly explained it all. 

She has issues at the group home. When she called me the police were there. Apparently the troubled housemate was fighting with staff and beating up the staff member. When the police came the staff member said she had to call her boss to answer the question ‘do you want to press charges?’ Why? The housemate hit her repeatedly. Why do you need to ask permission? You got hit repeatedly, not your boss.

Thursday my spouse booked an appointment before mine. Follow-up. Then I have the cyst removed. 

As I was confirming appointments this morning I discovered that I have to schedule my bloodwork and MRI’s for my 15 month checkup. The MRI tech will NOT be doing my IV for the contrast. 

Thinking warm thoughts...
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Monday, November 11, 2019

I need to catch a break...

I could not wait for my daughter to go to bed Sunday. In terms of behavior yesterday was runner up, if not the worst. She’s having frustrations at work and at her group home and basically behaves as though she doesn’t have to follow the rules on home visits which include treating my spouse and I with respect. It’s like those 2 things are out of her control so she when she is on a home visit she takes control by behaving badly. On the one hand I try to get her to comply, but the disrespect and yelling were to much. I’m very angry with myself for not thinking through the consequences that I blurted out. I just could not get her to turn things around. The consequences were really out there. I am always trying to educate my spouse on how the punishment should fit the crime and one can’t make threats that won’t be followed through on because they are inappropriately cruel/severe. The consequences I stated were no more work rides, no home visits, and no holiday visits. Way, way, way over the top and I’m just beyond angry with myself. I don’t know how to turn this around. I think for starters, no home visit this weekend, and a one on one visit just her and I.

The Pilot wouldn’t start yesterday. We charged it and I drove it around for 45 minutes and had the tire store check the tires and properly inflate them. On my tour I noticed a sound that shouldn’t exist. Based on past experiences, I believe it’s the brakes. Gah! And still no word on the van.

As if that isn’t enough, my attempts to modify my mortgage have turned into an over 3 month fiasco. My mortgage got sold to an even worse lender than I had before. They claim not to have received the paperwork 3 times and today I get a letter via Fed Ex that says they didn’t receive a bunch of the required documents, when they were in fact included. I am working with a HUD counselor, but she’s really hard to get ahold of. I am about to lose my mind! Part of me wants to just get a new mortgage/lender, but I’m not sure that’s an option right now.

Thursday I am scheduled to have my cyst removed. It’s on the underside of my upper arm. To me, a very delicate area, so I’m concerned about the pain in addition to having to have a biopsy. 

All the chaos caused by the basement flooding continues. 

I did have one good thing today. My ophthalmologist appointment was good. My eyes are healthy. πŸ‘ This Doctor was not a 2 hour trip like last year and I didn’t feel like part of a herd of cattle. This place ran like it should and adequate time was allotted for patients. Last year’s doctor had 3 waiting rooms full of patients and gave 10 minutes or less of his time while less qualified staff did tests. This practice only does eye health exams so I will still need to see an Optomotrist for an exam to get new eyeglasses. I’m very happy with this new ophthalmologist and with my results. 

I am so stressed and so riddled with anxiety that I can’t think.
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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

And so it goes...

The thing on my arm that I’ve been told for a year was a skin infection either was or became a cyst which has to be removed and biopsied. I’m having it done the 14th. I am freaking out.

My spouse’s elderly cat (Bubba) keeps hanging out with me at night. One night I was giving Irish treats and Bubba was sniffing around so I put some in front of her and she ate them so I gave her wet food. Bubba has been eating about a can of wet food a day and has been eating treats. I feed her morning and after dinner. My spouse says Bubba has been more active, running and jumping on furniture and up the stairs. 

It’s a very small can, but it’s the most she’s eaten under my watch. Irish and Maddux love this stuff. Bubba did to before she became sickly. Bubba has also been drinking water. I know...this could be a brief rally before the end. I’m not overly excited, but I am very happy she seemed to eat and enjoy the treats and food. 

My daughter came for a home visit Friday.-Monday. She wasn’t going to, but I told her about Bubba and suggested she should come for a visit. Monday I had to take her to the laundromat, then back to her place. It was actually a pleasant weekend. Now if everyone could remember this behavior and model it everyday I wouldn’t be so stressed and having awful panic attacks every night. Hah! That’s funny. 

No word on the van yet.

Drummer Boy/aka Metallicahead’s house is going to be demolished. The guy in charge came by Sunday and told us. He gave us his number and told us to call him if there are any issues. So now I’m curious. Is this the builder that has demolished and built 3 all brick houses  on our street and 2 one street over? Will it be a brick McMansion for around $499,000, or will it be a ranch style? I’m betting on the all brick. It will look out of place, but then so do the 3 down our street in the next block.

The Drama Rama that is my in-laws is in fine form since this weekend through Tuesday night. Lawsuit talk is still flying. My brother-in-law has the nerve to threaten to sue my spouse after he totaled her car and never paid her a dime? He is telling their dad and a younger sibling that my spouse borrowed money for the eldest sister and then STOLE THE MONEY. Almost $2,000. First of all my spouse does not steal. Second, how did the eldest sister get her car out of repo if my spouse stole that money? Third, my spouse does not have a need for that kind of money. Fourth, if my spouse stole it, what was it spent on? It just gets more and more ridiculous and I am repeatedly told that the eldest sister doesn’t need to prepare, sign, and have notarized a promissory note. Uh, for this to go away for my spouse yes she does! The eldest borrowed the money and needs to formally take responsibility. She’s behind on her car payments again and could be repo’d any time. Eviction continues to be a possibility as well. My spouse’s eldest sister has an adult child living with her who has special needs and works part time. His specialness is sketchy, but we do know he’s not capable of living on his own. I suggested to my spouse that the eldest sister trade in her car with the sky high payments for something she can afford. I’ve owned beaters before, held parts together with duck tape, with a door that couldn’t be opened. Hello Cutlass Ciera. Hello Mercury Grand Marquis station wagon with the wood on the sides. The fancy newish car will not impress her “ladies who lunch” friends if the car gets repo’d again and she can’t get it back. She’s still not working other than her MLM’s, and Etsy Shop crafty stuff she sells...elaborate journals and nature photography.  She also went to college for photography and is an excellent photographer. She could be making a killing with Christmas Card Photo sessions but when it’s mentioned she’s dismissive and says she just doesn’t want to do that. (She did our wedding, the photos were amazing.) She could easily go back to work at a major jewelry chain where she worked in sales. They’d hire her in a second and it’s the perfect time of year to get back into it. She has too much pride, won’t go back there, and won’t ask her kids for money, 2 of whom make over 6 figures. All this so my spouse can get sued for money she never borrowed and never spent. This entire fiasco really burns my bonnet. I have gone through all kinds of financial uncertainty/insecurity, along with my kid’s illnesses, lack of child support, 3 truly mortifying situations that I think only 2 people on this planet know the entirety of. But everyday I pull up my big girl panties, suck it up, and do whatever I have to do, because that’s what a parent does. Especially the parent of adult special needs children. I believe in God, a higher power, however you choose to refer to who you pray to. It’s all well and good to pray about financial situations like this, but you can’t expect the prayer to help if you, yourself aren’t willing to do something. I believe in prayer and I’m not slamming her for praying, but you can’t just continue on the path that got you to this point again and expect a different outcome. A job isn’t likely to fall into your lap if you’re not even applying for jobs, or the jobs don’t match your level of skills. It’s like praying to win the lottery but never buying a ticket. It’s ok to look poor. It’s ok to be poor. It’s ok to be proud, but if you won’t do what to you is unthinkable to get yourself out of a bind, how can prayer help you? It’s like that saying, if you wish for money in one hand, and crap in the other, which hand will be full first? She does not seem grounded in reality. There! I said it. She has an image to protect with her “ladies who lunch” friends. What kind of image will she be protecting in the next few weeks or next month? Her sitting on the lawn with her dog in front of her former apartment with all her furniture and belongings surrounding her? And she can’t pack up her car with the things most valuable to her and put them in storage if her car is repo’d. Do I sound cynical? Probably. Do I have an answer for everything? Not likely, I HAVE lived parts of this and  I’ve seen it happen to other people. 

There is another Drama Rama. The youngest sibling told my spouse how their dad thinks my spouse is a disappointment and a failure. This coming from someone who was delivering pizzas last night! (It’s  her ONLY job.) I don’t think their dad said those things. I think the youngest is stirring the pot and I find it very cruel. My spouse is having a terrible time with knee pain and now back pain that’s become worse than the knee pain. So there’s the pain, doctors won’t clear her for work, no income. So it’s ok to kick my spouse when she’s down? Out of the 4 siblings the youngest wants to look the best in daddies eyes? Let’s see, I just explained my spouse’s situation, the eldest sister, the youngest sibling, now the brother. He’s a school bus driver and has driven for every bus company in the area multiple, multiple times. He “has words” with co-workers and gets fired. But it’s never HIS fault. So then a different bus company rehires him because they are desperate for drivers. Through all these bus driver jobs he’s managed to sock away a lot of money into retirement accounts. All of it because of mooching off my spouse and their mother who is passed away, myself, and their father because he’s lived with all of us and mooched off of all of us for a place to live and food, at times even when he has a job, other times not looking for work for a year or more. I think the youngest sibling is embellishing quite a bit what their dad said, if indeed he said any of it. The other thing...even if he did say, sadly, he likely won’t remember it. His memory is not good. My spouse wants to confront him. I say let it go. It may not have been said and if it was said he probably won’t remember it. Yes those were horrible things that were said, but what does one hope to accomplish with a confrontation? Everyone’s skin is like rice paper, they all have their situations and none of them are ideal.

My brother-in-law called last night. How do I know? I could hear the yelling from upstairs with the tv on LOUD. OMG! They were loud! He doesn’t understand how it is we are saying he’s mooched off of all of us, and I don’t think he ever will. So he mowed my lawn often (he quit 2 months ago)? Does that equal a year and a half food and lodging to me?

Let’s see what fresh hell Thursday brings...

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Sunday, November 3, 2019

Sunday Stealing: Are We or Aren't We?

I'm feeling a bit of deja vu again this week as Bevhas stolen the questions for Sunday Stealing from the Wednesday Medley, but they are older questions and good ones, so here we go! (Thanks, Bev, for finding time even when you are away for the weekend.)

1. All things pumpkin are everywhere. What is your one very favorite pumpkin flavored food or drink?  I don’t love everything Pumpkin Spice. Some things I like, others like Pumpkin Spice Cheerios. I immediately dumped my bowl of cereal, grabbed the box which I had just opened and threw it in the trash. My new favorite is a Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino made with 1/2 the flavoring syrup. That’s it, half the usual amount. This makes it less sugar, carbs. I find the original full serving of syrup makes it nasty over pumpkined and way too sweet. 1/2 the syrup is perfect.
Do you wish it was available all year or do you only want it in the Fall?  100% of the year Fall.

2. What product would you seriously stockpile if you found out they weren't going to sell it anymore?
  I actually still have a stockpile of Planters Cheez Balls. They were gone for years and came back for a “limited time only”. I just about bought a cart full. Where I live most of the grocery chains stock it all the time now.

3. What is the most interesting thing you have seen online this week?
  I can’t think of anything. I guess everything I saw online bored me. πŸ₯± 

4. Is it better to be a "big fish in a small pond" or a "small fish in a big pond"?
  No desire to be a big fish.

5. Do you play chess?
  I used to. I haven’t played in a long time. My prized chess set that I drove my Mom crazy for one Christmas was a 2007 flood casualty. Are you good at it?  I was ok. Ok, more not ok. My son was in chess club freshman year of high school. I didn’t even know he played. Lol! Must have been a girl he liked in the club (bmi-before mental illness). I think I’m going to get a set over the holidays and we’ll play chess. It’ll be interesting.

6. Tell us something random about your week.
  Had to get the oil filled radiator heaters out of storage and buy a new one. I had 4 from my previous home. (Boiler stopped working one NYE, had to buy them, couldn’t find anyone for days that worked on boilers.) 2 are missing. I know 1 was borrowed out, the other got taken by the 2019 flood. So we have 3. We should be ok until the new sump pump is installed. Still using a utility pump because I can’t do anything anymore and my spouse has been having bad back issues.

7. What is your favorite Frank Sinatra song? 
Gotta be “My Kind of Town”.

8. Has your state approved the sale of medical marijuana?  Yes. In IL there are 2 ways to get a Medical Marijuana Card. The full 1-4 year card where you qualify by having one or more conditions that qualify and your doctor completes forms. Or the 90 day card which is renewable every 90 days and is called The Opioid Bridge Program which you qualify if you are being prescribed opiates, or could be prescribed opiates for a condition you have and your doctor submits and renews it online. Our governor legalized it for recreational 01/01/20. Our community is having its final meeting for public comment before they vote to allow a dispensary, or opt out next week. All I can say is a heck of a lot of people in my community have seen “Reefer Madness” and taken it as an authentic depiction of what smoking marijuana does to people. In a nutshell, what are your thoughts on the subject? Medical Marijuana πŸ‘. Recreational πŸ‘. With what’s been going on with black market vape pens/cartridges and the general risk one takes by purchasing on the black market...purity, adulterated product, product laced with not PCP anymore- - -Fentanyl, people need a safe place to purchase marijuana. There are some people who refuse to get a medical card, or their doctor isn’t onboard, so 01/01/20 recreational goes on sale and they can purchase safe products. 
Products that only contain CBD do NOT make you high. It is the THC that makes you high. Some people buy straight CBD for daytime, and a product with both THC and CBD at night. The THC will help a person with insomnia sleep. All this being said, it depends on the strain of marijuana and what % CBD and what % THC a product has.

9. Einstein’s Theory of Happiness is: “A calm and modest life brings more happiness than the pursuit of success combined with constant restlessness.”   Was Einstein right?  I think so. 

10. Do you enjoy fresh peaches?
  I prefer Nectarines. The shaved peach. Lol.  What is your favorite way to use them in a recipe?  I just eat the fresh fruit. Growing up we were strictly apple pie and pumpkin pie. Now I do low carb so I don’t do cobblers or pies with a crust. I make crustless pumpkin pie.

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Mixed Bag

Where to begin? Not in any particular order...

My spouse’s elderly cat is soon to cross the rainbow bridge. She hadn’t been eating and has lost a lot of weight. I’ve gotten her to eat, but she doesn’t eat much. I take a spoonful of beef baby food and heat it. She seems to eat it only when I serve it. But after the baby food I warm up wet cat food. She eats it. But she’s not eating enough. My spouse is in denial and won’t let me take her to the vet. I think my spouse thinks she won’t be coming home. Sadly I think that’s what would happen. She reminds me of my cat Sophie. This is exactly what happened to her. No pain involved that I could/can tell. 

Because of the cat situation, and increased pain my spouse has been super irritable and yelling more than usual. In your face. F’bombs dropped. Today I had to stand between them. Then a B’bomb was dropped. In an effort to diffuse the situation I announced we were going out to dinner. This meant everyone had to be on their best behavior for about 2 hours. Brilliant. We went in town so there was even the possibility we would run into someone we know. It was so nice. In a way it’s rewarding bad behavior, but had we eaten at home the nastiness would continue. By the time we got home all was calm. My spouse and I cleaned 2 oil filled heaters that were retrieved from storage. It’s getting too cold. 

I showed up at the office of someone who was to be assisting me with a financial situation. She submitted paperwork in August and the recipient refuses to acknowledge receipt. September, submitted again, same story. Did all the paperwork again. Hopefully third time is the charm.

I got pulled over for speeding over the weekend. 37 in a 25. I brought up my proof of insurance super fast. Officer was impressed and said so. He was gone a long while. Came back and apologized, his computer crashed, he was still trying to look me up. He came back said he was going to give me a warning. Seriously! He gave he speeding speech. I have been driving since I was 16. I’m 58. This is the first time I’ve ever gotten a warning. Seriously! Up until then I always got the speeding ticket. Either he was feeling generous, or he gave a disabled person a break. My placard was up. Whatever the case I thanked God! 

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Saturday, October 26, 2019

Sunday Stealing-The Talk

Thanks, as always, to our hostess Bev, for finding and stealing the questions we love to answer week after week. You can join in the fun at the Sunday Stealing site.

Stolen from Free Talk Random Questions 

1. If you were offered a job in another part of the country, would you take it?  If my spouse and I both wanted to move there, yes, otherwise no.

2. If you were in a bank and someone started to hold it up, what would you do? Not make a sound and try to not draw any attention to myself.

3. If you found a suitcase filled with $1,000,000 what woud you do?
  If I found it out in public I think I would just leave it there. Financial freedom, or vacations and a spending spree are not worth the bad karma that would come along with such a find. What are the odds that would be “clean” money that wouldn’t be missed by whoever left it? Now if I found that suitcase in my attic? That’s divine intervention and you know you don’t mess with that! My attic, my suitcase and I would definitely do some good with the money.

4. If you had a 25 hour day what would you do with your extra hour?
 Spend it with my family.

5. If you had the opportunity to be different, what would you change?
  My weight, and definitely my proclivity to stress and worry about things I have no control over.

6. If you received a lottery ticket as a gift and won a lot of money, would you share with the person who gave you the ticket? 
I would. 

7. If you spoke two languages and your spouse spoke only one, would you raise your children as bilingual? No.  

8. If you were candy, which candy would you be? A tootsie roll pop. 

9. If you were a toy, which toy would you be?

10. If you were abducted by aliens, would you tell anyone?
 I don't think so. I think it would go the way of that SNL skit. I would be like Kate McKinnon’s character, Miss Rafferty. All the cool stuff would happen to everyone else and I’d be dropped 1/2 naked, down 7 feet onto the roof of a Long John Silvers with my pants hanging in a pine tree 30 feet away.

11. If you could go to the moon, would you? 
No. Even though it’s weightless up there, no. Who knows what else is there now? 

12. If you had a time machine, where would you go and why?  I’d go back and see my parents. If I could go back and change things I would go back to shortly after my son was born... 

13. If you saw a robbery, would you report it? It would depend on the circumstances. Could the perpetrator and possible accomplices have seen me? Could I do so anonymously? I just feel like today’s criminals don’t value human life, they are stealing to fuel their drug habits, and were they to be arrested they would bond out in hours and may not even face prosecution, let alone face any jail time.

14. If you were to speak to a graduating class, what would you say?
 I don’t think anything I say would be of interest to them. I am not a celebrity or a person of interest and I’m not a public speaker.

15. If given the choice between being given great wisdom or great wealth, which would you choose? I would choose great wealth because I could do more good with the wealth than with the wisdom.

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