Dear Readers, if this is the very 1st time you have ever read one of my posts, I am truly sorry to subject you to the following, I would suggest you look into the archives to find something interesting, this will just bore you to tears. If you are someone who has followed me for a bit, you know I write a lot of stories for my granddaughter, to create memories of me for when my end of retirement comes.
For those of us old enough to remember AOL 1.0, that’s when I began my online experience. It has been a wonderful experience to be sure, and over the years I have met and become cyber and real time buddies to a ton of folks. One of the ways folks learned about each other over the years where to send out questionnaires. These questionnaires provided the answers to many commonly asked questions. To be sure the online community has changed significantly since I was 1st online. Sadly many of the changes have not been for the good. But before I get way off topic, hardly a month would go by without a friend or chat room buddy or joke buddy wouldn’t be sending a questionnaire. I think I was one of the rare ones, because every time I got the questionnaire, I completed it and sent it on. At one point I was only sending it back to the person who sent it, and my closer buddies (if the questions were significantly different). What I have decided to do is take one of those questionnaires (from the wayback machine) and answer it again for my granddaughter only this time I will each question two ways, or maybe three. What the answer is now, what it would have been 10 yrs, and what it would be 20 years ago. As you read you will find that the road to hell is paved with good intentions. The questions had definitive answers that the years don’t change. So I am sorry now if that disappoints you.
Already I have changed the ground rules I am using 2 different questionnaires and will be applying the answer as appropriate. This 1st questionnaire is from the late 90’s early 00’s. Just so the record is straight, this is being done on Wednesday July 2, 2014.
This is for your entire Life! X=Yes O=No
(X) Gone on a blind date – several times but all prior to 1973 — Makes me feel old from the very beginning
(X) Skipped school – yes, but not since 1980 (in 1980 I skipped college classes). Yes I am dating myself lost count of the classes I skipped a long time ago.
(O) Watched someone die – and I am thankful I haven’t.
(X) Been to Canada – the 1st time was in the mid 1990’s
(X) Been to Mexico – the 1st time while in Radioman “A” school 1969, have been to several Mexican ports of call since 2006, visits on Cruise Ships ports of call.
(X) Been to Florida – Move to Florida 2002 – had been here dozens of times prior to moving here.
(X) Been on a plane – My very 1st flight was when I left Louisville to go to bootcamp in April 1969
(X) Been lost – more times than I will admit
(X) Been on the opposite side of the country – many times both during the service and as a civilian both working and visiting
(X) Gone to Washington DC – lived and worked in the DC area for almost 30 yrs
(X) Swam in the ocean – yes and have been sunburnt on both coasts
(X) Cried yourself to sleep – I believe we all have or will have at some point
(X) Played cops and robbers and I played cowboys and Indians
(X) Recently colored with crayons – when I originally answered these questions the answer was no but having Cari in my life I can change this to a Yes
(X) Sang Karaoke – at Joe’s in San Antonio, TX 1998 – it wasn’t a pretty sight
(X) Paid for a meal with coins only? – Christmas 1976 for Steph onboard the USS Independence – one of the best meals we ever shared
(X) Done something you told yourself you wouldn’t? – and said many things I wish I could take back
(X) Made prank phone calls – I was making crank calls before there were spam calls
(X) Laughed until some kind of beverage came out of your nose – it wasn’t a pretty sight
(X) Caught a snowflake on your tongue – but this was before I moved to Florida
(O) Danced in the rain – maybe this is something I need to do while I still have a chance.
(X) Written a letter to Santa Claus – yes and I will and have encouraged any child that may have thought I was him to do so
(X) Been kissed under the mistletoe – yes but would have enjoyed more opportunities
(X) Watched the sunrise with someone [and the sunset too.] – Yes
(X) Blown bubbles – Yes Cari and I have done so out on the Lanai
(X) gone ice-skating – yes it was in the early 70’s and my butt is still sore
(X) Been skinny dipping outdoors – I have a swimming pool in a private backyard, and while I may look like I am a whale, I look like a whale enjoying himself
Here is the second set of questions, clearly the going back 10 the 20 years isn’t working out, but as appropriate I will share that information. Now on to a game of 20 or more questions;