Wednesday, November 18, 2009

It's the Random Dozen!

Welcome, once again, to the weekly Random Dozen meme. I feel like I should write more of an intro than that, but, like last Thursday, Pilates kicked my patootie. Why does that make my brain tired? I have no idea. Ok, I'll shut up now.

1. If you could master one sport, what would it be?

I'm a non-athlete. At this point, I'd like to be able to balance my body in a V like everybody else in my Pilates class. It's not looking good.

2. When you make a major purchase, do you go with your gut instinct, or do you do research to make an informed decision?

I research, ask opinions, and research some more. Then I add my gut instinct, which I think is nothing more than the sum of my experience, and buy a thing. The one appliance I did not research (but really couldn't, because it was too new) was the Maytag Neptune front-load washing machine. Worst $1000 I ever spent and I'm still suffering with it.

3. There is an old kids' game that says you can find out what your movie star name would be by using your middle name as your first name and the name of the street you grew up on as your last. What is your movie star name?

Lynne Burnt Tavern. How glamorous.

4. Would you rather give up your favorite music or your favorite food?

Definitely my favorite food. You can always find a substitute for a food but not for music.

5. There are two types of banana preferences. One is pristine yellow, almost to the point of being green; the other is spotty and more ripe. Which is your preference?

If it doesn't still have a little green around the stem end, I'm not eating it. Once the green is gone, they're ready for banana bread. Mostly I think I can't stand the soft texture of ripe bananas, but I love green ones.

6. Your favorite tree is?

A pink dogwood. But I learned last year that the "blossoms" are not really blossoms, but new leaves. Dogwoods don't have flowers.

7. On a scale of 1-10, how tech savvy are you?

Oh my word, maybe a 2, but only because I took a class last year that covered Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Anything else and I have to ask one of my kids. I take pictures with my phone because it's easier to get them on the computer than with my camera. Isn't that sad?

8. Has H1N1 touched your family?

No. We are a bunch of hand-washing Nazis. And we don't get flu shots since the last one almost killed my husband. I'm pretty pedantic about staying away from people in public who are coughing and sneezing, but I really think hand washing is the best defense.

9. Are you an analytical person, or do you just accept things the way they are without questioning or scrutinizing?

I am an analylzer from the word Go. At times that's a problem and causes me undue stress, like when I try to figure out people's motives when they do stupid things. I really need to learn to just let it go.

10. Is your personality more like that of a dog, cat, or Koala?

Well I would hope I'm not like a cat (sorry cat fans), and Koala's don't seem to have much personality at all, so I'd have to say a dog. But hopefully not like Pete the Terrible, because he's the most annoying life form in the county.

11. Do you keep in touch with friends you made years ago?

A little. Most people are too busy, but facebook is nice for keeping in touch in brief spurts. You can use it when you want to and walk away when you don't.

12. You are checking out at a grocery store. In the express lane, there are more people than the regular lanes, but of course, their load is less than those in the regular lanes. Which lane do you choose (assuming you qualify for the express lane) and why?

First I look at the checkers. You can usually tell inside of ten seconds whether the checker is a fast mover or not. That's the decision maker. But I also look at the ages of the people in line (Younger people are usually faster, as are those with no children.) And believe it or not, the stuff in their baskets makes a difference. People buying "stuff" will take longer, because they are still enjoying the "shopping feel." Those buying groceries typically just want to get home. It's not like you get any enjoyment out of buying food. 

I told you, I'm an analyzer.

And still brain-dead. Goodnight.

Be thankful ~

Karen (aka Lynne Burnt Tavern)


Catherine said...

#2 -- I did not research our stove purchase, instead assuming that LG stoves would be as good as LG washers and dryers. WRONG. And if I'd done the research on the internet first, I'd have known.

Angie said...

Burnt Tavern made me laugh!

I love how the analyticals really get into answering # 12. You've given me food for thought the next time I lane choosing.

Joyce said...

Oh definitely the checker is key...there were a couple in our store in Maryland that I avoided at all costs...even if their line was empty!

Great answers...I'm glad I'm not the only non-tech. I only take pictures with my camera because I can't figure out how to get them off the phone : ) We'd make a good pair!

Susanne said...

Don't you hate it when you spend that much money and you hate the appliance? I hate my dishwasher, not so much because it doesn't work well but because I hate the racks in it. Wish I would have insisted on researching that out a bit better.

Rebekah Doak said...

Good point about the lane checkers. Some just don't have what it takes, especially in the after-work-need-to-go-home-and-cook-this-stupid-food-man-am-I-tired hours.

Burnt Tavern? Really? Don't think I'll be eating there anytime soon!