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Song Lyric Sunday – Think

The Crystalettes were Tina, Patty, and Diana Dispoto. They originally started as the Dispoto Sisters.

I love the harmonies in this song.

I couldn’t find the lyrics anywhere. That’s what I get for picking an obscure song.

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Fowc with Fandango – Contract

Ever since I updated my iPad, I can’t do pingbacks the way I used to. I don’t know how to do it any other way. Same with the phone. Oh well.So, the word is contract. I guess people read contracts all the way through. I don’t. One time, I was on a game show and the contract was about 25 pages long. I was sequestered – surrounded by a 4 x 4 black curtain – in what I thought was a bunker, but I think it was really a basement in a tv and movie studio in Burbank. It was so eerie. There were about 20 of us and we were all separated by those black curtains. We weren’t allowed to see or speak to each other. We got herded in separately to our curtain room and given a contract.I read the first page. Initial each line and sign the bottom. All I remember is: If there are technical difficulties during filming and you somehow hear or receive answers or clues, you must inform us. You can’t be on another game show for a year.You can’t write a book, or blog about your experience for 3 years.If you know someone from the staff, or any of the other contestants you must report it. You will pay all taxes on winnings.That’s all I remember. About 20-25 pages of this kind of stuff. Who’s going to remember all that? Not me. I didn’t even read most of it. I just initialed and signed. I scanned some of it. One of the other contestants and I kept getting in trouble for talking when we weren’t supposed to. Finally, this big lesbian production lady with a headset screamed at us. STOP FUCKING TALKING! We shut up. Anyway, I guess I must have followed all of the rules because I never got sued or anything. Plus, I was a 3 time champion and got all my money, so I guess I did everything right.
When I posted this all the paragraphs ran together. Wtf

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Yesterday, I attended my Uncle Jim’s memorial service. He had been a very successful businessman. He had been the Vice President of a big company and the President when it became international. He was one of those people that could relate and talk to anyone. He was the youngest of my mom’s 3 siblings, and the one that had been cherished by my grandparents the most.

At the service there were 4 speakers. His best friend since the 8th grade, Mackie, a judge. He was followed by 2 men I didn’t know that had worked with him for decades. The last speaker was his son in law, Peter. There was a guy who played guitar and sang. The last song played was Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die. Jim had planned he entire service ahead of time.

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I was always horrible at strategic games. Checkers, chess, monopoly, Risk. One time I got beat by a monkey, who made random moves, on a video chess game. It was level zero. Level one was a 5 year old. I can’t think more than 2 moves ahead. I’ve learned a few opening moves from books, but that’s about it.

Other stuff I’m really good at. A natural, if there is such a thing.

But not strategy. I will probably forever be the guy who gets captured first. The first one out in hide and seek. Always it in tag. Maybe, I’ll have one house in the slums of Monopoly.

I’m not really a competitor. If I’m last, I’m last. If people think I suck, I suck.

But, if I’m really interested in something and truly love it, I’m all over it.

If it’s Rubik’s cube, I’m out. If it’s memorization, I’m in. If it’s Sudoku, I’m out. If it’s Crossword puzzles, I’m in.

I’m great in Geometry, awful in Algebra. I’m written a Symphony, but still get confused with right and left. Forget about directions. If people say, “Go North on Elm street”, I look up. I don’t know where north is. Or south, east, and west.

I’m good with concepts and figuring out people’s convoluted discussions. I can usually figure out the difference between fact and bullshit.

But yeah, if we play chess, I’m gonna lose that queen in about 5 moves.

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Kudos to my piece of shit phone. Kudos to the battery being completely drained after 5 minutes. Kudos to the blisters and blood on my fingers from me having to jam the cord in and hold so that I can charge it for an increase of maybe 2 percent. Kudos to technology that kaputs after 3 years. Kudos to making the stupid thing a lifeline. Kudos to satellites. Kudos to phone towers. Kudos to people driving while texting and killing themselves and other people. Kudos to people ambling like zombies while inserting smiley face emojis. Kudos to convenience. Kudos to the 21st century. Kudos, kudos, kudos.

Oh yeah, did I mention that I hate my fucking phone and am going to have to walk around with a big ass iPad just to receive texts from people until I get a new one.

Yeah, I know that it’s not that big of a deal. I’m alive, I have a roof over my head, I can walk, I can see, I have money for food, I’m not homeless. I’m just pissed. I’m sure I’ll get over it. Probably about 5 minutes after I post this and think, “What a big crybaby”.

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So, the guy from Mr. Sparky came and fixed the ceiling fan that fell out the ceiling last night. It wasn’t even running. I already did a post about it so I’m not gonna rehash. My sister came home on her lunch break to meet the guy and, idk, explain it from the woman’s side or something. He saw her military shadow box and awards, so they talked about that. She always gets thanked for her service. She’s even gotten out of speeding tickets because of the veteran bumper sticker.

Anyway, she was here for about 30 minutes and went back to work. The guy explained to me all about what he was going to do and then went up in the creepy attic to put in some new thing and blah blah blah. I had to resist every urge I had to want to help. I do that even when I have no clue what’s going on. I always want to make people’s jobs easier.

The attic is super hot, so he was like, “Do you mind if I take my shirt off”? No, seriously, go ahead. I had one of those erotic fix-it guy fantasies for about 2 seconds, then told myself to grow up.

He was a talker. He worked quick, but talked the whole time. I didn’t mind. Normally, I do. Oh yeah, he also fixed the smoke alarm which, for some odd reason, wasn’t connected correctly. I blame that on the same ghost that made the ceiling fan just magically fall out of the ceiling.

I signed everything that I was supposed to sign. It was all covered in a warranty. No cost.

It was all quick and painless. Since I always imagine he WORST scenario, I just knew that it would be some super-complicated thing that would take weeks or even months. I tell myself to stop doing that, but the second I do, it really will be a super-complicated thing that takes forever.

This post has nothing to do with temper. Tempter maybe, because of the shirt thing. Idk. 😐

Oh yeah, my house burned down and I lost everything on August 8, 1988. That’s 8/8/88. It was an electrical issue. So, when I saw that phone number I was like, “umm, gee, I don’t know about this”.

and then somebody rebuilt on that lot, and 4 years ago a tornado came through the town and killed 5 people. Two were in that house. So yeah, it’s a voodoo lot.

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Questions about food

1. Do you enjoy food from countries that are not your own?

I like Mexican and Italian. Japanese, if it’s just chicken and rice.

2. When you prepare salad for yourself, do you rip your greens (lettuce, spinach, &c…), or do you cut them?

Salad? What’s that. No seriously, I rip it. Why dirty up a knife.

3. There’s a saying that goes: “Life is short, eat dessert first.”  What do you think of that advice?

I do it in buffets.

4. Have you ever thrown spaghetti against the wall to test for doneness? — If it sticks, it’s done (so they say) — What other such kitchen habits might you have?

I’ve done the spaghetti thing. And then the novelty wore off. Now, I just set a timer for 10 minutes.

5. How often do you eat fish?

Never. I don’t like fish. Except tuna with mayonnaise and relish.

6. When purchasing food for yourself, do you check the nutritional label? If so, what are you checking for?

Occasionally, but it’s not a habit.

7. How often do you eat salad as a meal?

If I see myself in a picture and go, “omg, I’m fat”, then I might eat a salad. Then I’m like, ” okay, I guess I’m skinny now”.

8. Do you have any food quirks? For example: do you arrange a particular food in a certain way before eating? Or eat certain foods in a particular way every time? (i.e.: bite the heads off of gummy bears)

I can’t use condiments that are the same color as the food. E.g. Mustard on cheese, ketchup on hot dogs, mayonnaise on white bread.

9. When boiling water for pasta or whatnot, what are your “tricks” for keeping the water from boiling over?

I jus make sure I have a big pot.

10. Are there any recipes that have been passed down through the generations in your family? Have you passed them to anyone outside of your family? or are they a closely guarded secret?


11. In general, how do you feel about “diet” foods? Meaning: foods with artificial sweeteners or alternative fats in them. For example: Diet soda or low fat muffins.

I liked Coke Zero until they changed it to Coke Zero Sugar. They said it was the same, but they’re big fat liars. Now, I drink diet 7up. It has the least amount of aftertaste.

12. Have you purchased food online? What do you think about that idea?

No. I lied. Cookies

13. When cooking for you and yours, what kinds of experiments have you tried?

I throw crap in the microwave. That’s tricky enough.

14. Do you now, or have you ever, grown or raised any of the food you eat?


15. Are you a vegetarian? If not, has the idea of becoming one ever crossed your mind?


16. When arranging the food on your plate, does everything have to be separated, or is it okay for your food to touch?

I mush it all together.

17. When eating out, what foods on the menu might push you out of your comfort zone? (for example: pineapple on pizza makes some people twitch)

Anything from the ocean, or water.

18. Do you have a sweet tooth? If so, what kinds of foods generally satisfy the craving?

Yes. Cake and donuts

19. What foods (if any) do you like to mix that other people might find strange?

I’ll dip a tuna sandwich in ketchup.

20. When eating out, at what kind of restaurant do you prefer to dine?


21. In general, how do you feel about organic food?

I have no thoughts on it

22. What foods (if any) do you eat when you are happy or unhappy?

Skittles and gummy bears