Here are the week’s questions from Curious As A Cat. Check out this link and have fun coming up with your own answers. Here are mine for Week #201:
1) Do you know any professional athletes?
Know? If I ran into one, I wouldn’t recognize who they were. The term “sports illiterate” doesn’t begin to describe my ignorance in this area. I didn’t know who OJ Simpson was until he went on trial.
2) What one thing frightens you the most about growing old?
Becoming invisible. I slid into old age quite rapidly, when I became seriously ill a few years ago. At my workplace, I was respected for my problem solving abilities. Colleagues frequently asked for my opinion. One day I was working in this environment. Less than 24 hours later, I was lying on an ICU bed. Health professionals stood next to it, discussing me as if I wasn’t there. Questions and explanations were directed to my daughter. I had become invisible. Many people translate my physical frailties to mental ones. They may be kind, but it’s obvious that they don’t take me seriously.
3) Have you ever harvested fruits or vegetables?
Just today I harvested a crop of jelly beans from my Superpoke Pet garden. Oh yeah, they’re not fruits or vegetables. It’s been a lot of years, but when I lived in NY, I had a garden every year. Generally the crops turned out well. Corn was an exception. It grew well, but squirrels would climb the stalks and steal it, just before it was ready to be eaten.
4) Show and Tell. What comes to mind first when you see this picture? Or, tell a story if it reminds you of one.
I smell and taste citrus fruit. When I was growing up, fresh produce could become very scare in winter months. What was available, was generally of poor quality. The highlight of the winter was receiving a crate of oranges and grapefruit from relatives who wintered in Florida. My mouth is watering now. Guess I’ll be having grapefruit for breakfast.
We have always loved our pets. Never turned away from an animal in need. But we went a bit over the edge yesterday. Yeah, I’m blushing as I relate this silly story.
Have you ever heard of SuperPoke Pets? It’s a nifty little web application that let’s you adopt a virtual pet, name it and care for it. You are awarded coins for various activities, such as caring for other folks pets in addition to your own. Then you can use these coins at the Pet Shop and buy all sorts of extravagant things for your pet. Various rooms and settings for them to “live” in, furniture, toys and clothes. You can adopt one pet per email address. Needless to say, if you have multiple email addresses, you can acquire a sizable family of pets.
We adopted several pets and had a lot of fun with them. But caring for them proved to be quite a time consumer. In the midst of moving last summer, there just wasn’t enough time to care for all of them. So several accounts were removed and the virtual pet family achieved a more reasonable size. We got busy packing and moved on.
Recently we made a startling discovery. Although the pets had been disassociated from our email addresses, they were not gone. Instead they continued to live on in cyberland. Standing in the middle of a field – hungry, dirty, dejected, abandoned. My heart broke each time I saw one.
Yesterday, my daughter figured out how to retrieve the abandoned pets. We cleaned and cared for these poor little guys. Our current pets checked their storage areas for spare rooms, clothes and furnishings and donated them to the cause. Rooms were setup and decorated. Not much else got done yesterday, but by evening those sweet little guys were out of the fields and living in relative splendor.
They aren’t real? Yeah, I knew that.