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Birthday Sunday Stealing

I turned the corner on another year on Thursday and crossed over to 66. I am now eligible for full Social Security benefits! Of course, it's not enough to live on, so I continue to work on. If I make to 70 I'll collect more money. There's a goal for ya!

Today is Joe's birthday - he's 65. Yes - a year and three days younger. He's ready to sign up for Medicare, but as long as I'm working, he only needs Part A, which is free. At least for now, until it gets gutted.

Anyway - here's this week's Sunday Stealing!

1. Have you ever tried to learn (or re-learn) a foreign language as an adult? Which one? What worked for you?

No. I did take four years of French in high school, which came in handy when I went to Paris in 1998. I also picked up a couple of words in Finnish when we went to Finland in 2002.

2. Do you donate blood? Do you know your blood type?

I have donated gallons of blood - I donated for the first time when I was 18. I continued to donate until I was diagnosed with lymphoma, which makes me ineligible. My blood type is A-Negative. It's relatively rare.

3. Have you ever been in a play or musical?

Yes! I was a drama major, after all. I never had a singing role, though, which is not a bad thing.

4. Do you use certain text or ring tones for specific people? Who gets their own? Or do you just use the default on your phone?

I don't have specific rings, but I don't use the default. I use the old-fashioned telephone ring tone. I used to have George Takei saying "Oh, myyyy!", but it didn't transfer when I upgraded my phone.

5. When did you get your first digital camera? Do you still shoot on actual film, or all digital now?

Hmm. I think it was 2001 or 2002. It was a Kodak digital camera. It took good pictures, even though it was only a two megapixel model. I take all my pictures on my phone now.

6. What do you think someone else would say the most daring thing you’ve done is?

Probably running away and joining the circus.

7. Do you talk with your hands?

A bit.

8. Do you have a lucky number? What is it, and what is the story behind it?

Nine is my number, because it's my birth date, reduced to one digit. I also like the fact that it's the number of the Tarot card, The Hermit.

9. What kind of milk did you drink, growing up? And now?

White milk, whole, delivered to our back door by Mr. Stang from Thompson's Honor Dairy. After drinking every other percentage of fat over the years, I have come full circle back to whole milk.

10. What is your favorite kind of pie?

My Gramma's pumpkin pie, the best in the whole entire world.

11. Are you a note taker?


12. Do you have an eclectic mug collection, or is your stuff all matchy matchy?

Very eclectic - from plain colored mugs to two from the Clown College reunion in 2006.

13. Do you have a junk drawer in your house/garage/at work/wherever?

Of course!

14. What is the longest amount of time you’ve worked at one job – and what was/is it?

I worked for a now-defunct software company for 16 years - 21 if you count my first stint of 5 years.

15. How old were you when you took your first commercial flight? To where did you fly?

I was 15 and on my way to France! I went on a school-sponsored study tour. We spent three weeks in Orsay (a Paris suburb) and three weeks in Antibes. We had French class in the morning and tours in the afternoon.