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December 17, 2005

The Things I Do for Rob

The Things I Do for Rob

by Susan, Caving 'Cuz it's Christmastime

Okay, I normally wouldn't do this, but I can't say "no" to Rob Gregory Browne a second time.  He is one determined guy, and I figure this'll be my Christmas gift to him:  answering his tag.  So here goes, and I promise I'm not tagging anyone else.  But these were kinda fun questions anyway, and I'm giving them a shot:

Seven Things to Do Before I Die:

  1. Take my mother to Vegas and give her a wad to blow on the slot machines
  2. Get a house with some property so I have can friends visit comfortably and so I can rescue stray critters and keep 'em in a renovated barn
  3. Write all the books I have in my head and not leave any story untold
  4. Enjoy every minute I can with the people I love most and ignore those who don't matter at all
  5. Read the oodles of books in my library that I haven't had time to crack open
  6. Have enough moola to do things for my family and friends, whenever and wherever
  7. Stay as happy as I am right now

Seven Things I Cannot Do:

  1. Eat cucumbers, mushrooms, or jalapeno peppers
  2. Deal with people who lie and blame others for their problems
  3. Watch movies where animals get hurt 
  4. Sing on key
  5. Skydive or bungee jump
  6. Play headgames
  7. "Crank out" a book

Seven Things That Attract Me to My Guy:

  1. His brain
  2. His sense of humor, which is a lot like mine
  3. How he gets what I do for a living and thinks it's great
  4. His eyes
  5. His smile
  6. How happy he is and how much he enjoys life
  7. The way he makes me feel when I'm with him

Seven Things I Say (or Write) Most Often:

  1. Actually
  2. No way!
  3. Hey
  4. Yipes
  5. Cheers
  6. Dude
  7. Yes (when I should say "no")

Seven Books I Love:

  1. LYING AWAKE by Mark Salzman
  2. EVA MOVES THE FURNITURE by Margo Livesey
  3. SHADOW BABY by Alison McGhee
  4. ON WRITING by Stephen King
  5. REBECCA by Daphne du Maurier
  6. GONE WITH THE WIND by Margaret Mitchell
  7. SHUTTER ISLAND by Dennis Lehane

Seven Movies I Would Watch Over and Over Again:

  1. The Sixth Sense
  2. Gone With the Wind
  3. Last of the Mohicans
  4. Any Harry Potter film
  5. Rebecca
  6. A Christmas Story
  7. It's A Wonderful Life

So there you go!  Merry Christmas, Rob...and Happy Holidays to everyone else.  Have y'all got all your shopping done???  (If so, come to St. Louis and finish mine, please.)




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Great list, Susan! And I promise, no more tags -- I've sworn off answering these things myself.

Hey, I know you're probably thinking "No way!" But, yes, I actually mean it. So the next time you see this dude coming your way, I don't want to hear the word yipes coming out of your mouth.



P.S. Who thought about using your words all in one sentence, but didn't have the energy.

Susan - Great lists. I loved Stephen King's On Writing too. And I'm always up for Sixth Sense and Last of the Mohicans. I especially enjoy the chasing scenes in LotM. WOOHOO!! What ever happened to loinclothes? :)

Hey, Rob, great job, dude! Actually, I'd love to see you fit all those words in one sentence, because there's no way you can do it without making me go, "Yipes!"


P.S. Lisa, I think the Cult of TLC should actively crusade to bring back loincloths, especially if Daniel Day Lewis is wearing them.

Please excuse the above lameness. It was early and I'm off my game.

Ah, but, Rob, your lameness is way more entertaining than some people at the top of their game. So no apologies required. I give you extra points for the "early" thing, too, since my brain generally doesn't operate at full capacity until late afternoon.

Hey, I can post again, woo-hoo! Awesome post Susan, and chalk up another vote for loincloths!

Susan, you really rang my bell with "crank." I have never cranked out a book, never will and feel like screaming when people use that word. I despise it (and I despise very few things in life) because it's demeaning and stupid. And...okay, it's Christmas, so I'll stop the rant before I really get rolling.

I'm for loincloths too. I was going to suggest restricting them to Daniel Day-Lewis, and D.D-L lookalikes, but that feels too elitist (and even Daniel Day-Lewis probably isn't Daniel Day-Lewis anymore in the loincloth dept.) So now I say, bring 'em on. Lawyers, postal clerks, construction guys. Loincloths: not just for sumo wrestlers anymore.

I loved this blog. Good job, Susan. I am sure that you all get tired of doing questions and answers like that but this was the first time I have seen one. You think the rest of the tarts could do one? LOLOL I know I know just kidding ( sort of) The one thing that made my eyes shoot wide open was The Christmas Story. I actually hated that movie. My husband and youngest son Love It! They can watch it every year the way I watched The Wizard Of Oz. Now can anyone guess what my husband wants every year for Christmas?? No? Clue: What sits in a window, lights up for one and all to see, and is without any class at all!!!! Yes, you got it! He wants a leg lamp to put in my front window!!! I swear!! Nancie, you know his sense of humor, but can you believe this one??? If he does find one to buy himself, I am offering a reward for someone to remove it. No, you cant send a ransom note. I wont pay it!!! This subject to be continued.....

Uhm SusanCo, sounds like your hubby needs a little assistance in the taste department, no hit intended. OK, well maybe hit intended ...

Speaking of loincloths, don't forget Mr. Lewis's ever incredibly handsome companion who had two words in the whole dang movie but man could he glower at the camera. WOOF!

I think I need a shower or something.

Actually, my husband has great taste Lisa, he married me 30 years ago! He is a wonderful man, with a great sense of humor. He is my best friend and someone I can count on to make me feel good about myself. So Hit away. Good luck with that loincloth thing.


Your hubby isnt the only one that wants one of those leg lamps..... My dad has been looking for one for years....

Cucumbers are the food of the devil. And not one of the interesting ones either- the kind of devil who invented bad freeway interchanges and infomercials.

I do like mushrooms, though. But not cilantro.

1. I heartily endorse The Last of the Mohicans as our official movie. Nathaniel's (Daniel Day Lewis)half-brother, Uncas, was played by a Native American actor named Eric Schweig (sp?) who was also in a couple of other movies requiring loin clothes. Yowzaa. Haley and others are right - even those two probably wouldn't look as good today - and there's something about the long hair that's key...

and Lisa is right - if that escape scene doesn't get your blood flowing, you need to have some testing done.

2. The Leg Lamp can be found in various catalogs and their online counterparts, including, I believe, The Lighter Side, which has a bunch of novelty gifts.

Here in Pittsburgh, we are rejuvinated by the Kansas City loss yesterday (sorry, Chiefs fans) and are gearing up for the Vikings.


Nancy, I know! I hate when I hear any writer say he/she "cranks out" a book. I find myself thinking, "Well, I won't be reading any of his/her work, thank you very much." Can you imagine Van Gogh saying, "Just cranked out a canvas with some sunflowers on it." Ugh. Just shows that any creative business has a healthy share of hacks. And I know you loved EVA, too! I saw that on your list awhile back. Read it twice myself...it's just wonderful.

I am still in favor of loincloths, even if Daniel Day Lewis and his fellow Mohicans are past their loincloth prime. We'll just have to recruit others, as Harley noted.

Yes, that damned lamp from A CHRISTMAS STORY is in catalogues I've gotten in the mail! Can you imagine anyone orders them? But I guess they do, 'cuz I see 'em every year! My family knew we didn't like my grandmother's beau (this was years ago) when we were all watching A CHRISTMAS STORY and laughing our heads off at the I've-fallen-over-in-my-snowsuit-and-can't-get-up-scene when Bernie turned to her and said loudly, "Is this supposed to be funny?" (Well, I guess SusanCo wonders that, too!) I love it! I believe TBS runs it all-day on Christmas Day...or at least they have in the past.

I love mushrooms, but my dogs like cucumbers way more than I do. I'm with you on the jalapenos, all the way. Yuckity-yuck.

I liked your answers lots better than mine (Carla tagged me) Except when our answers were identical, that is.

For reasons I needn't go into here, it's bizarre just using the words "my Mom" and "Vegas" in the same sentence.

I'm more a kilt fancier than a loincloth fancier, but either one will do in just about any context I can think of.

Margaret, we did have a few answers the same didn't we? (And on nearly all of our various lists!) Great minds think alike, right? Your photographs are beautiful by the way! Love the one of the icy-looking moon!

Speaking of skimpy menswear, may I suggest George if the Jungle as our Alternate Loincloth Movie? (Mmm, Brendan Frazier.)

Honorable mention to any Tarzan movie, except for the made-for-TV one with the guy from Starship Troopers.

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