Thursday, June 7, 2018


More answers and questions! I'm doing this because I love answering questions and my life is an open book.
Just don't ask me anything personal.

I stole these questions from Sunday Stealing

who, in turn, stole them from somebody else.

1. Have you ever had chicken pox?
I had chicken pox when I was in second grade in Glendora, California. It only lasted a week, with no problems.
I got the measles two years later and it was far worse.

2. Have you ever shopped in Home Depot?
Okay, that's probably one of the most stupid questions I've ever been asked. I've not only shopped in Home Depot, I've occasionally shopped Home Depot online. And one time I even peed in a Home Depot restroom. It was an unforgettable experience.

3. Have you ever spied on your neighbors?
I've never had any neighbors worth spying on. Except when I lived in West Texas and my neighbors were drug dealers and prostitutes. They shot at my house a few times (NO, I am not kidding!).

4. Have you ever ridden in a limo?

Numerous times when I lived in Hollywood. And I had sex in a limo one night on a side street off of Melrose Ave. right near the then-notorious Drake Theater (the Drake is no longer in existence).

5. Have you ever had a pet fish?
I occasionally had pet fish as a kid, but they were never exactly my favorites. I also had turtles, hamsters, and guinea pigs.

6. Have you ever lied about your age?
Lied about my age???
Hell, I've been lying about my age since I was thirty.
The problem is - the older you get, the more years you have to shave off, until finally even if you shave off a decade - you're still old.....

One negative aspect of not revealing your age is that often people will think you're older than you really are. This has happened here on my blog. I'm actually younger than most of the people who regularly read my blog - but a lot of them (for some strange reason) think I'm older.

7. Have you ever fired a gun?
Yes, I've fired a gun, I own a gun, and I'll damn well use it if you illegally invade my space.
I might look innocent, but I'm armed.

8. Have you ever been ice skating?
Ice skating?? Heck, I have enough trouble walking around in shoes on a dry, sunny day.
I fell on the ice three years ago and completely DESTROYED my back. You'll never catch me trying to skate.

9. Have you ever played golf?
During my senior year in high school we were forced to golf, go bowling, and play tennis in P.E. (physical education). To say I was the worst golfer in history would be a gross understatement. I tore up more turf than an angry Serengeti elephant.

10. Have you ever hidden on Halloween because you had no candy for trick or treaters?
Are you kidding? I have NEVER answered the door on Halloween to give candy to those little bast....oops, I mean beggars.

Thank goodness I now live in the wilderness where my abode is inaccessible.

11. Have you ever made a prank call?
Many, many years ago when telephones were landline and had party lines, I've made a few prank calls.

12. Have you ever gotten a tattoo?
Yea, I've had Semper Fidelis tattooed on my ass.
But seriously - I've been tempted to get tattoos, but never indulged.

13. Have you ever had a massage?
Do you mean a legal one...or an illegal one?? I have some stories to tell. But, no - I have never paid for a massage.

14. Have you ever locked your keys in the car?
I had a pickup truck when I lived in Texas that had doors which would automatically lock when they were shut.

One day I was on the parking lot at Walmart. I started up the engine, but had to get out to check something in the back of the truck. It was an extremely windy day and the door slammed shut - with my keys in the ignition and the motor running!

I had to walk miles to get home, and then I discovered that I'd left my house key in the truck. I had to climb in through a window....and fortunately found an extra set of keys for my truck. I walked back to Walmart in a gale-force wind. Thank Gawd my truck was still there - with the motor running.

15. Have you ever ridden a horse?
Yes, and I still have the saddle sores to prove it.

I (reluctantly) recommend  reading my old post Wild Ride

16. Have you ever been to the circus?
Who needs a circus? All you have to do is go to Walmart.

17. Have you ever been to Europe?
I'm probably the only one in my family who hasn't. Hell, I have enough trouble trying to figure out the good ol' U.S.A.

Have you ever built a fire?
I have admittedly started a few fires in my time.

19. Have you ever been skydiving?
Are you kidding? I'm the type person who gets a panic attack when I go to the library.

I have a female cousin (Karyn) who sky dived frequently. I used to accompany her on these missions when she was in California (but I stayed on level ground while she jumped).

20. Have you ever bought something at a garage sale?
When I was 13 or 14 I bought a pair of antique portraits from a neighbor who had a yard sale. That's the first and last time I've ever been to one.

21. Have you ever walked in on someone having sex?
I not only walked in on someone having sex, I joined them! They invited me.

that was long ago during my wild, uninhibited days.

22. Have you ever faked an injury to get out of something?
I used to try to fake illnesses to get out of going to school - but my mother was very wise to my ploys, so I never got away with it.

23. Have you ever been to a nude beach?
Yes, but only once. At Black's Beach in San Diego (I think that beach is still alive and well).

24. Have you ever received a speeding ticket?
Several. In California and Texas. The one in Texas was in San Angelo, which is NOTORIOUS for speed traps. I was going 36 MPH and the cop said I was speeding. I enthusiastically voiced my outrage.

25. Have you ever run a marathon?
A marathon?? Hell, no. I can hardly run to the bathroom.


  1. Oh, I love, love, love these answers. I could read this kind of post from you all the time. Not only informative, but entertaining as hell. (You DO have a way with words, cowboy.) Oh... I rather enjoyed responding to the "troubled soul" who left a comment right before yours on my blog. Needless to say, I chose NOT to visit his blog. :)

  2. Thanks, Susan!
    I just read your comment to Anonymous and it is GREAT! I admire you for being so nice. I would have gotten nasty (which would only make me look bad).
    I think he chose your blog because you have a lot of readers...and he wanted to advertise his blog.

    1. I looked at his blog yesterday - only out of curiosity. It offers nothing more than the same crap he wrote on your blog. He's an American supposedly living in Hong Kong. Hopefully he'll stay there.

  3. I do love reading these. I have to say that since you won't reveal your age, you know so much about old Hollywood and history, and because you keep saying you're old...well, you can't blame readers for thinking you must be older than you look--LOL! ;)

    1. I do spend (waste) a lot of time lamenting about my age. It's mostly just for fun - but I'm sure I over-do it.
      I've read an ENORMOUS amount about Hollywood history and have published articles about it which required a lot of research. Also I learned a lot when I lived there. It has always fascinated me.

      I'll admit to being way over 50.....

    2. I did a search for the Drake Theater. If I got the correct Drake theater, it changed to the name "Moulin Rouge" in 1953; that's the name I remember, because when we moved to the city and got our first TV, my mother would be watching "Queen For a Day" when I got home from school, crying her heart out. Queen for a Day was broadcast from the Moulin Rouge.

      By the way, I've always known you were far younger than I am. Because most people are.

    3. Donna, the only place where I found information about the Drake Theater was at this link (I hope it works)

      The Drake that I'm referring to was located on 7566 Melrose Ave. in Hollywood. It started out as a "straight" adult theater and later turned into a gay theater with live nude dancing (this was around the mid-1970's). From what I heard, it closed permanently in 2008.

      I actually don'r know how old I am, because I stopped counting when I hit 40....

    4. By the way - I was in the Drake Theater one night when it was raided by the police. Fortunately I wasn't arrested - because I was merely an innocent bystander, not engaged in any illegal activities (at the moment, anyway....)

  4. I don't normally participate, but love these Q-and-A's … at least your refreshing take! It sounds crazy today, but in the early 50's parents would send their little ones over to play with an 'infected' friend … hoping their child(ren) would be infected and get those ailments out of the way. Being an obedient sort, I acquired the mumps and measles but grew so ill/delirious with the chicken pox that the doctor had to make a home visit. What a time!

  5. Strangely enough, I never got the mumps. I only had a very mild case of the chicken pox and hardly missed any school. But I was extremely sick with the measles for well over two weeks - I remember having to stay in a darkened room.
    Wow, these childhood memories now seem so far away...and strange...

  6. I have missed you and am grossly behind in blog reading...but loved coming back to this post! I loved your answers and would have to say yes myself to many of these. Home Depot is where I usually get my supply of men!

    And the "Have you ever been to the circus?" Most will tell you I AM THE circus.

    1. It's good to have you back - - and it's also good to know that Home Depot has a special purpose....

  7. I read some interesting things about you that I hadn't read before.
    Bet you would be surprised to learn this old country Texas girl has ridden in a limo twice. One time was fun and one time wasn't.

    1. Actually I'm not surprised. When I lived in San Angelo there was a big pink limo that used to drive around town all the time. I have no idea who owned it.

  8. I always have a lot of fun answering these things.

  9. That was more fun than most Q & As I read! I think you were mighty lucky to live within walking distance of that Walmart and not 50 miles away. But maybe nobody would drive 50 miles to go to a walmart....

  10. It's a horrifying feeling when the vehicle door locks and the keys are inside with the engine running. It's always best to carry an extra key, instead of having to go through the ordeal that I did.

    I presently live so far from town that I could never walk. It would take months...

  11. You get my nod for the line of the week, "Have you ever been to the circus?
    Who needs a circus? All you have to do is go to Walmart."

    1. That was the very first thing that came to my mind. I made myself laugh with that one...

  12. Jon, I just wanted to say hello. I miss you big time.

    1. Hey, Dylan - I've been thinking about you. I visited your blog this morning and was delighted to find Dwight Yoakam singing "Suspicious Minds". I used to have a slight crush on him.

      Thanks for stopping by - it means a lot.

  13. #5 addresses a guilty secret in my life, Jon. When the kids were little, we had a goldfish they named Christopher. Every now and then Christopher would go belly up in his bowl. I'd covertly replace him with a new Christopher and the kids never caught on. That was over 40 years ago and I still haven't told them.

    1. That is hilarious, Geo! A secret like that should never be revealed to your kids. Even though it's over 40 years later, it could still destroy their faith in you.

  14. Jon,
    Great questions and answers! We have more in common, almost all of your answers are identical too mine. I think the only question where we differ is that I never sat or rode a horse, although I've always waned to. Maybe I'll try that next time I'm in California. Great post!

    1. I just read your latest post and enjoyed all the answers. It's fun to do these Q and A things.
      I haven't gone horseback riding in a long time. At this point in my life, it's too much of a risk...

  15. Ron,

    I did copy your questions to my Blog and answer them.



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