Wednesday, April 1, 2009

You Had a Question - I Have an Answer!

In yesterday's post, You've Got a Question - I've Got an Answer, I invited readers to ask myself or Amanda a question or two and promised to give the answers in today's post. What a great way to get out of trying to come up with something to write, eh?!? Actually, what it did was give me lots of time to go down to New London and take way too many pictures - some of which I am sure you will be seeing before too long! In the meantime, here are the answers to yesterday's questions -

From Ivana of From Ohio With Love -
Am I the first? That's a lot of pressure :o)
Linda: Would you ever get married again if you met the right guy?
The right guy, huh? For the most part, I have given up thinking that the right guy even exists or, if he does, that he isn't already attached to someone else! However, if the right guy showed up then yes, I would get married again. I'm not against marriage at all - just marriage to the wrong person - which I managed to pull off quite nicely twice in my life and would have no desire to do again for a third time!
Bulldog, aka my friend Bucky from work, asks -
What got you into dispatching when you left the Air Force?
Believe it or not, an ad in the Stockton Record. I was working at Sears in their Automotive Department installing tires and batteries and thinking it wasn't something that I would or could want to do for the rest of my life when I saw the posting for Telecommunicators for the City of Stockton Police Department. I took the written test, managed to score number one out of the several hundred other applicants, took the practical exam and figured I had messed it up entirely, but was offered the job which completely and totally terrified me at first. Turns out I had a knack for it, though, and so here I am - all these years later - still telling people where to go and what to do when they get there!
From Sandee and Comedy Plus -
Are you really coming to Stockton this May?
Yes, ma'am, I am! I will be leaving Las Vegas (gee, that sounds like the title of a movie!) on the 2nd of May and will be flying back home on the 7th. I'm hoping that we can all get together on Sunday, the 3rd, if you & Zane and Katherine & The Teamster are free.
Jamie of Duward Discussion -
What is on your list of places to go while in California?
You mean other than my favorite Mexican restaurant and the closest Jack in the Box?! Actually, Cyndi and I are kicking around a day trip to Yosemite National Park one day and a jaunt down to the coast for another. Santa Cruz has been mentioned a time or two. Unfortunately there won't be time to do everything but I'm going to fit in what I can while I'm there. Lord knows when I will ever get to the West Coast again.
Princess Patti of Late Bloomer Boomer has questions for both Amanda and myself -
Money no object, where would you like to travel outside of the United States?
And for Amanda: Have your bedroom walls made you even the teensiest bit dizzy yet?
If money was no object, I would love to tour England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales. My mother's mother came over from Oldham when she was just a young girl and I get the distinct feeling I still have relatives over there somewhere whose doors I would love to go knock on. Plus I would love to see all of the history and castles and maybe find my own Mr. Darcy in the Lakes Region! I suppose while I was that close, I'd want to pop over to Paris to see the Eiffel Tower, too!

As for Amanda: Nope, the stripes have not made her dizzy - she adds her own dizziness!
From space, the final frontier, Jean Luc of Captain Picard's Journal wants to know -
Linda, what got you interested in photography?
Way back in the late-1970's, my first husband bought me an SLR camera and I played around with it a bit but then got away from photography. Recently I've taken it up again and have found that I really enjoy trying to take pictures - especially nightshots though I haven't had much success with them lately. Of course, that could also be because it's been too cold to go out and take many! Photography is something that I can do by myself, which is good as I have a propensity to be alone, and then share with others. It's gratifying when someone else sees what I did in a picture or finds a whole new take on it that I can then look at and say "oh yeah, ...!"
Claire, that delightful red-headed cheeky Brit who writes A Little Piece of Me, has asked -
Will you come to England before I come over to visit you again?
Is Amanda prepared to give up her room for me next time I visit?
It would be my utmost pleasure to come over and visit you though I'm not quite sure when that may be. Finances being what they are, it may be a year or two before I could seriously entertain the thought of flying over; ideally I would love to take a TransAtlantic cruise but ideally I would need to win the lottery to do that! Besides, Frank really wants you to come back over here to visit! As for Amanda, she would graciously give up her room to you while you were visiting and if not, I'll send her over to stay with friends!
Lisa, whose amazing photography you can see at All Things Work for Good also had questions for both Amanda and myself -
Amanda - what do you think the secret of life is?
Linda - What do you want your children to remember most about you after you're gone?
Amanda says that the secret of life is 42; which she thinks is extremely clever even though she has yet to read The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy!
I would like my children to remember that I always tried to be fair and to treat them as unique individuals rather than just as kids. Granted, I would have failed miserably in the role of Soccer Mom but I believe I have supported them and given them a solid foundation on which to build their lives. Of course what they will probably remember is my sarcastic, dry sense of humor and fear of clowns!
A musical question from Carrie of Asara's Mental Meanderings -
If you had a million dollars (if you had a million dollars), would you buy Amanda a monkey? (Hasn't she always wanted a monkey?)
Easy answer on this one - NO and NO! Especially considering that Connecticut recently had a problem with a primate that went crazy. Honestly, though, I don't particularly like monkeys ... I never have! Besides, Amanda already has a lizard and a snake, both of which I find much more tolerable than a monkey!
HalfCrazy who is on an Ardent Cosmic Journey wants to know -
Would you ever marry or date your colleagues?
Most of my colleagues are way younger than I am and those that aren't are already married so based on the current group of guys I work with, I'd have to say 'no'. That isn't to say that the right guy couldn't be hired, though!
Surprisingly, Empress Bee of the High Seas wants to know -
Do you want to make me a cake?
I would love to but you'd have to travel Connecticut to eat it and that would put you smack in the middle of damn Yankee territory! Being a genteel Southern woman, you might find that a bit uncomfortable!
Carol of A Letter to Me has also asked -
Are you really coming to Stockton in May???
Can I pick you up at the airport?
Yes, I am, Carol, and even if you can't pick me up at the airport, perhaps we can plan some sort of get-together while I'm out there; after all, you aren't far from Stockton at all! Too bad we couldn't talk Jamie into taking a jaunt south!
Finally, even though she didn't ask it of me in yesterday's post, Katherine of Wading Through My Stream of Consciousness asked me in my post on Sunday -
How many bloggers have you met out in the world?
That question is the one that gave me the idea for this post! To date, I have met Ms. Maggie Moo (several times!), Morgen of It's a Blog Eat Blog World (several times!), Carrie of Asara's Mental Meanderings, Mimi our own beloved Queen of Memes, the wonderful Patti of the Late Bloomer Boomer and her husband Ralph of Airhead 55 (again several times!), Sandee of Comedy Plus, Callie Ann of Scrappin' ... With Life, Claire of A Little Piece of Me, Kai of Just Me ... (who has been on hiatus), and, of course, Katherine herself and The Teamster, who is Katherine's beau. I also work or have worked with the following bloggers - Erik of The Fire Insider, Rob of In Times & Out Goals, and Jen of The Flower Pot.
Looking at it, I guess that's a pretty good list though I would love to meet more of you if the opportunity ever presented itself. As a matter of fact, Lois of Lowdown From Lois may very well be in Massachusetts within visiting distance before the summer is out and you can bet we'll plan a get-together while she's here!

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have 261 photographs from yesterday to either delete or edit as I see fit before I go into work this afternoon as well as some curtains to hang. Everyone have a great day (I hope you remembered to say rabbits, rabbits, rabbits first thing this morning to bring good luck to your month!) and thanks for the great questions! Maybe we'll do this again sometime!


  1. Your first husband is pretty sweet for giving you that camera!

    That's too bad that none of your colleagues can be your Mr.Darcy LOL.

  2. Anonymous7:24 AM EDT

    Our meeting mat end up being sooner than later... I'll know more next week!

  3. 1) I'm afraid of clowns too.

    2) We also say "Rabbit" on the first day of the month to bring us good luck. My Connecticut Yankee grandmother taught me that. ;-)

  4. Anonymous8:15 AM EDT

    That was fun post! I'd love to plan a get together when I go up this year!

  5. That was fun :)
    I might do something like this on my own blog one of these days.

    And really? Not even a sock monkey? ;)

  6. We have a connection of sorts. In a collection or ancestor's photos, there are portraits taken at a studio in Oldham, England. My mother's parents came over in the 1800s, worked in factories and eventually bought a farm in Somers.We passed our old albums on to a cousin still living on athat farm or I would have more info.

  7. What a very great read!

    My last boyfriend gave me my first digital SLR, so we have something like that in common. lol.

  8. Very Interesting... Never ever heard this chant of 3 times Rabbit, Rabbit, Rabbit.... It must not be moving west very fast... So many differences between this Nation..

  9. I have to incorporate that "rabbit" chant from now on. Never heard of it before :o)

  10. Never heard of the rabbit thingy...
    Sorry I missed the question bit - even though I love your answers - I would have tried to come up with something embarrassing to ask, I'm sure!

  11. I so enjoyed reading your answers to all those questions, I learned even more things about you:-) How wonderful that you've met so many blogging friends in real life already, I've only met 2 but hope to meet many more one day!! xoxo

  12. no no no no no, you see i was thinking you could come HERE where it is sunny and warm and oh so lovely right now and make me a cake! get it? ha ha ha

    smiles, bee

  13. you are very clever to take a little question and parlay it into such a great post!

    I am looking forward to seeing you again...but The Teamster will be on the road for his Five-O tour.

    Early May is a perfect time for Yosemite...the falls will be at their fullest. And it would be great if you and Cyndi could make it out to the coast. wearing my tour guide hat

    these are great answers...I learned a great deal about my friend Linda!

  14. What a great post idea Linda. Yes, I'm there for Mexican food on Sunday. I'm so there.

    Have a terrific day. Big hug. :)

  15. Well, some good news did appear in the Stockton News that day...though no one would know it for years! If not for that ad, we wouldn't have one of the nicest dispatchers I know, and I wouldn't have gotten to know a really cool friend! Oh, and btw: speaking of cake, yes I know I still owe you home-made confectionaries w/coffee in the "Bubble", but time is kinda tight - maybe in a couple of weeks?

  16. Super answers, Linda. Thanks for the one to mine.

  17. WOW you got a lot of questions and gave great answers Linda. I hope when you do finally come to England we will get to meet. :)

  18. Bee, maybe she could get down to Podunk/Mayberry, since it is closer to her than FL. How 'bout it, Linda??? Lois and Hank could join us! Great post...


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