Mt. Rainier and Lenticular Clouds - Dec. 2008 copyright: JMM

April 7, 2012

Getting to Know You

10 Getting to Know You Questions from the Blogging from A to Z Challenge:

1.  What is the most daring thing you've done:

I don't really think I've done anything all that daring, I'm kind of a chicken.  A few friends said my life changes in 2011 were daring but I call that self-preservation.  I never did get to try ziplining or parasailing.  Some people have told me I was crazy to walk across the Capilano Suspension Bridge in Vancouver, BC.  You tell me.

2.  What is your favourite article of clothing?

Any tie dye shirt and pajama bottoms.

3.  What is your favourite monster?

Bumbles from "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer".  He didn't even scare me when I was little, I thought he was just too squeee to be scary!!!  

4.  If you had to dress up as your favourite literary character, who would it be?

Scout Finch.

5.  What is your favourite fairy tale, urban legend or nursery rhyme:

I had a hard time thinking of one, but then remembered that I do love the urban legend that Humphrey Bogart was the model for the Gerber baby.   I'd heard about that in the 1980s, when my cousin went through her Bogie phase, and at the time I believed it.  Humphrey's mom, a commercial artist, did sketch him as a baby, for Mellin's baby food, according to my research on, but he wasn't the Gerber baby.  

I'd had a debate with my former mother in law in the late 80s about this rumour, which, as I said I believed at that time.  In an effort to convince her I was right, I sent her this "long lost" picture to prove I was right.  At least she got a laugh out of it.  

6.  What is a cause near and dear to your heart?

I am very much against whaling. I love whales and always have, but after seeing Puget Sound Orca L Pod off the coast of Vancouver Island, the thought of anyone slaughtering these beautiful mammals sickens me.

7.  What is the strangest item you've used as a bookmark?

Haven't a clue....I've either dog-eared the pages or used an actual bookmark, unless it was college and then I probably used a highlighter.

8.  Do you have any nicknames? What are they and how did you earn them?

Jo and JoJo for obvious reasons.  An old friend who owned a record store in Hyannis dubbed me 'Nitro' because I have a short temper.  My squeeze called me Shorty and Blondie when we were in high school, and now calls me Baby and Cindy Lou Who (he has other nicknames for me but those are all you are getting).  

9.  Name one habit you want to change in yourself?

My lack of patience.  I've gotten better about it while driving, but in stores like the Evil Empire, I want to just murderize everyone in my way.

10.  Tell us something interesting or shocking about yourself.

I wouldn't say it's interesting or shocking....weird/quirky, yes.  When it comes to music I like, I will buy the CD but rarely do I ever listen to any of the tracks other than the one or two songs for which I bought it.  When music was on vinyl albums, I rarely listened to Side 2 of any of them.  I have record albums that are worn down on Side 1, but Side 2 is as pristine as the day the album was purchased.  Unless the 'hit' was on Side 2.  While I love "Blow at High Dough" by the Tragically Hip, I have yet to listen to the rest of that CD and I've had it since around 2004.  I will listen to the entire album or CD if it's a band I'm obsessed with, like ELO or the Grateful Dead.  


  1. Oooh - these are great questions with some equally awesome answers! I think it might take me a week to come up with answers for this. I will say that I would dress up as Daisy from The Great Gatsby. I love that book and I love the roaring twenties.

  2. Anonymous11:57 AM

    Hey, I have my certificate for crossing the Capilano; I did it during a monsoon too - LOL!

  3. Great answers, JoJo! Very insightful! And to you and to Diane: I'm REALLY inpressed!! You wouldn't catch me on that bridge!

  4. Great questions, it was fun to learn more about you! I would cross that bridge... maybe :)

    Nikki – inspire nordic

  5. Walking across that bridge daring? You bet! I'm with Ruby!

  6. 1. LOL, "...murderize..." :-D

    2. OMG, I do the same thing with CDs!!!!! (Well, I try not to; I preview them on Amazon to see if I like a sufficient number of tracks on a CD before I buy it, but wind up listening to only the 1 or 2 that drew it to me).

    3. "Nitro" is a pretty kewl nickname!

  7. I love that you used this post for us to learn a little more about you, I wish I had thought of that! :)

    The letter G was a tough one, but you came through it with flying colors!

  8. Hmmm...I have to think about a few of these! Great way to get more conversation going!!

  9. You certainly have some guts to cross that bridge, my fear of heights has great respect for you.


  10. Wow, that's a high bridge. I can't believe you don't play all the songs on your CDs!! Shocking! Some of the best songs are the album tracks.

  11. This is a great the questions and your answers are great! I am joining your blog because I just love your writing style and content. So glad that you stopped by my blog and left a comment. I've been trying to be good about hopping to different blogs every day during the challenge but my goodness...there are so many! Can't wait to read more of your work. :)

  12. Very interesting tidbits and several made me smile. Thank you for stopping by to see me. Returning the favor and visiting from the A-Z challenge. :D Hope you have a Happy Easter!!


  13. Yep great answers - am with you re Victorian England - it was a fascinating time for sure

  14. I love this post, JoJo! I have one of those original Gerber baby prints that my mother got eons ago.

  15. I am borrowing this one for a post of my own... thanks for the idea, I will link! (Mine won't have all the cool pics, though.)