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Here are the rules - if you want to be interviewed, comment!

Aug. 6th, 2008 | 11:31 pm

Here are the rules:
1. Leave me a comment saying, "Interview me."
2. I will respond by asking you 5 questions of a very personal nature.
3. You will update your LJ with the answers to the questions.
4. You will include this and an offer to interview someone else in the post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them 5 questions.

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Interview - from Erica057

Aug. 6th, 2008 | 10:56 pm

1. If someone simply asked for a "martini", would you assume they wanted vodka or gin? If I didn't ask (or am not allowed to ask) I would assume Vodka, as that currently is the spirit of choice. The proliferation of higher end, flavored vodkas beg to be made into martinis. If you asked me for a martini, how should I make it? I prefer a martini with Stoli (Elit, if possible, if not, then Stoli Gold), shaken, not stirred. Garnish with a lemon or lime peel. You get bonus points (and a bigger tip) if you twist the peel into the glass to coat the glass with the essential oils.

2. If you could have a sports car for free, but it would be the only car you could drive -- even in Minnesota winters -- is there any car that would be worth it? If so, which car(s)? Interesting question, as I do have a sportscar that was driven year round here, by the person I got it from. Having it be the only car makes it a much more difficult choice, so, I would chose a Porsche Targa 4S. Throw some big snow tires on, it's 4 wheel drive, great traction control, that would be the one. The Targa is a giant glass top that retracts for the nice days. Good for track days too!

I don't do too badly with my car now, this was last month, at Gingerman race track, in the pouring rain!


3. Would you rather be with a lady who epitomizes class and charm, or a gal who is saucy and mouthy? I would have to choose Saucy and Mouthy, as I love (for lack of a better term) witty banter, pushing peoples buttons and getting mine pushed, and just going places and seeing what happens. With someone like that, it brings out the extrovert in me and fun things happen.

4. What made you decide to get GBP in general, and the lap band in specific? Are you happy with your decision? I think there are 2 things that pushed me over the edge, the first was getting a picture emailed to me of me accepting an award at a users conference, and i looked at it and just was shocked. The second was having a friend do it at work and saw the great results she had, knew that I could talk to her if i needed to, and finding out our new insurance would cover it if I qualified. I chose the lap band based upon a few factors. Far less invasive, with fewer complications, it is adjustable, so that the weight loss can be better controlled, and according to my surgeon, the 5 year results are the same, even though the band is a slower start.

Before:


Approx 3 months ago


5, What is one of the coolest things you learned in an elementary school science class? I dont remember a lot about elementary school science class, but the thing that sticks out the most is making the science fair volcano using vinegar and baking soda (baking powder?) mixed for the lava. That was fun, and messy too!

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Today's Horoscope.... Makes you wonder

Nov. 20th, 2007 | 09:56 pm
location: Reading The Onion
mood: amusedamused

Taurus APRIL 20 - MAY 20

Like that of human beings, the beauty of snowflakes lies in the fact that no two are exactly alike. Also, a big part of their beauty lies in the fact that every single one of them is white

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Sneak Preview - Top or the World - Moab Utah

Nov. 8th, 2007 | 10:52 pm
location: Motel in Moab
mood: disappointeddisappointed
music: TV in the background

My truck on TOP OF THE WORD, overlooking Moab Utah. Was a long, tough climb to get their, and on the way down, I cut the sidewall of a tire on a very sharp rock. Yes, the tires I put on exactly 1 week ago., So, I am now in the town of Moab, trying to find a new tire while everyone else is off playing on the dessert trails. My friend and I managed to get invited to a Toyota wilderness adventure... 2 lone Land Rovers in a sea of Toyota FJ Cruisers, Land Cruisers, and other assorted off road Toyotas. Lots of fun, but, here i am stuck in a motel in Moab.

On with the picture!




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The best laid plans of mice and men....

Sep. 1st, 2007 | 09:34 pm
location: on the couch
mood: crankycranky
music: throbbing in my head

The plans were all set, leave 7am Friday, destination Nipigon, Ontario, Canada. A bunch of us from the LAnd Rover crew were going to meet up, do some camping, do some wheeling, some awesome waterfalls to photograph, get some fishing in. We were even invited to be in a parade! Thursday, packed up the truck, did the shopping, filled the cooler, all was ready. Had some sniffles Wednesday and Thursday, but not too bad.

Friday, woke up at 6am, my head EXPLODING. Full blown sinus infection. Felt like complete hammered crap. Unfortunately, i know I wouldn't survive the 8 hour drive without my head exploding like in the movies. So, called my friends, apologized, went back to sleep and slept til 4pm. woke up for half an hour, then slept. Was up for another 30 minutes at about 10pm, then slept through until 10:30 Saturday morning. Feeling a bit better, but head is still throbby when i stand for more than 5 minutes.

Damn - Major suckage. I so needed to get away too.

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How to destroy a land rover - or - the quickest way down a mountain

Aug. 18th, 2007 | 11:37 am
location: Home
music: None

Last weekend one of our group inadvertently found the quickest way down a mountain with their Land Rover. The mountain was very steep, very rocky and slippery, with 5 switchbacks to get to the top. Just as they got to the top, the rock gave out under their rear tire, and they rolled 2 times (possibly 3) down the mountain, miraculously landing on the wheels, on the trail, about 4 inches from another steep dropoff. Both occupants are doing fine, with 18 stitches between them, lots of sore muscles, and no permanent injuries, luckily. Someone was looking out for them.

Here are the 'before' pictures





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Last Night

Jul. 6th, 2007 | 08:56 am

WOW!

Perfect evening. Thank you!

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHALI!!!

May. 14th, 2007 | 09:24 pm
location: On the couch
mood: amusedamused
music: Entourage

Everybody wish the awesome chalicerae a very very happy birthday!

I hope it's a great one for you!

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Who saw the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony on TV?

Mar. 13th, 2007 | 10:15 pm

Keith Richards inducted the Ronnettes into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in her acceptance speech, Ronnie Spector rambled, giggled to herself for no reason, backtracked and re-read parts of her speech, and made Keith look succinct, coherent, and downright erudite by comparison! Wow, she was something to behold! She didn't sound half bad during her live performance, but the speech was just crazy.

I looked on Youtube, but didn't find it yet. But, here she is in her hay day!



Also, Patti Smith was inducted, and also performed and I was completely awestruck by the transformation . While Zach de la Rocha was giving his speach inducting her, the cameras showed her backstage, pacing, obviously nervous, almost to the point of tears. When she came out (to a huge standing ovation) She was visibly moved, and her speech was very VERY emotional, talking about all of the people that were in her life that have passed on, and those that supported her and assisted her throughout her carreer. She ended looking up and thanking her late Mother and Father, and Fred 'Sonic' Smith.

Then, she got up on stage with her band, Lenny Kaye on guitar, Jay Dee Daugherty on drums, her son Jackson on second guitar. (I missed the bass players name)

Her first song was the Stones GIMME SHELTER, and her transformation was just jaw dropping. She became this incredibly powerful presence on stage. Amazing. She ended her set with the song Rock and Roll Nigger, unapolagetically, and tore it up.

You can watch the show here (I think this is the whole show, I just found the link) http://spinner.aol.com/rockhall/2007-induction-ceremony

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Surgery 1 week out

Mar. 6th, 2007 | 07:28 pm

Feeling pretty good these days, good enough so that I went back to work Monday and today for half a day each. Was a bit tired, and am getting caught up but it isn't so bad. Tomorrow I have a really full schedule, and probably won't get out of there until 5pm, but if I start to feel crappy, I will bail.

The incisions are a bit itchy, but that is the healing process. (There are 5 of them, 4 had staples that were removed the day after surgery and the 5th still has stitches).

Enough about that though.... just feeling kind of BLAH today, bored a bit, restless, need to get the hell out of the house for a bit.

Starting the 5th and final week of the liquid diet this week. Next week at this time I will be starting on my first semi-solid meal! Wooo Hooo! Probably something like mashed potatoes, or applesauce, just to get used to it agin!

I really miss crunchy things, so I decided what to do. Anyone on my friends list want to sit in front of me and eat potato chips? Really loudly? ;) Its worth $50 to you. $75 if you are topless! (kidding!)

More later, when there is something to report.

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