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Unexpected Topics Meme

Those who wish to participate - say so in the comments, and I will give you three topics, or spheres of interests, which I think you are not interested in, or maybe I will be surprised to learn that you have an affinity with.

I was given my topics by jaelle_n_gilla

Not a clue. They do this down at the community center and it looks like slow motion Karate. That's all I got.

2) 70s TV SHOWS
My childhood. My parents were very anti-TV and we were allowed an hour several times a week. Period. Sesame Street was the first TV show I ever saw. I was mesmerized. And soon had a huge collection of Sesame Street puppets that I took everywhere. Oscar the Grouch was my favourite. My father loved Kung Fu and I developed a childhood crush on Caine, of course. We never missed an episode. Then Little House on the Prairie and The Waltons. At the end of the decade I became obsessed with Ron Perlman and Linda Hamilton in their Beauty & the Beast. Then I didn't watch TV for the next three decades so I was quite shocked when I tuned back in and TV had become slick and glossy and instantaneously gratifying. Not sure which is the superior.

I like birds. A lot. They are NOT US more than most critters. I am of the school that believes they are the descendants of dinosaurs. We only have songbirds here for the spring and then they disappear after raising their young under our roof eaves. What we have are pileated woodpeckers with their many wives and congresses of ravens. We amuse ourselves by feeding the ravens. They are crazy smart and will alert their unkindness within seconds of food going out. 


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Jun. 11th, 2019 02:59 pm (UTC)
That was fun to read - even though I was wrong with 2 out of 3 :-)
Jun. 11th, 2019 03:38 pm (UTC)
It WAS fun - great topics!
Jun. 11th, 2019 03:13 pm (UTC)
Oh tha sounds like an interesting idea, I'd love to join!

And ravens are amazing, we are feeding a pair since this spring and they have struck up an odd sort of kinship with the cats.
Their brood ended up being overly excited and started harassing the cats, my Gram gave the ravens a stern lecture, both parents yelled at the kids too and now they're on model behaviour. The intelligence!
Jun. 11th, 2019 03:39 pm (UTC)
So nice to see your voice!

Yes, ravens are a bit of a mindblower. They are SMART! You ARE supposed to talk to them whenever they open up a conversation!

Okay, let's see...

1. Space Travel
2. dogs vs cats
3. geology
Jun. 11th, 2019 03:24 pm (UTC)
I’m not sure when I’ll have time to write it up, but — sure, hit me! :)

(I’m in San Antonio for another week, visiting John, who is on a Navy assignment here, and I’m unfortunately sick as a dog with bronchitis and an ear infection, but I’m slowly on the mend after an Urgent Care trip on Sunday for a breathing treatment and antibiotics.)

Can I party, or what? *rueful grin*


Jun. 11th, 2019 03:40 pm (UTC)
Oh, A, that's a drag! And on such a special trip. Ugh. Hope you're feeling yourself sooner than later. Glad you got some med help.

Let's see....

1. folk music
2. Peru
3. silver vs. gold
Jun. 12th, 2019 02:24 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I have been sick for SIX DAYS of this trip (not to mention two separate weeks of being sick in the previous 30 days, but those were just weeklong colds, not bronchitis -- my immune system is compromised, but this is SOME NEXT-LEVEL GARBAGE.) I may be going back for another nebulizer treatment today -- been awake coughing since 3:45am.

1. Folk music! Definitely a Not Andi thing in general, but there are certain songs that I love -- and since Lucy and Adrian (and Sabrina) are folk-music fans, some of the songs they've sung for me, like "The Little Black Fox," are now fondly enshrined in memory.

I do love chorale performances (which I shared with my Dad, he was passionate about it), and some Renaissance music, especially hammered dulcimer. I'm not completely sure where the boundaries of "folk" end, but "Greensleeves" powerfully takes me back to reading "The Dark Is Rising" as a child :)

2. Peru! Oh, if only I didn't get altitude sickness -- I would LOVE to visit Machu Picchu, and some of the other archaeological sites there. I've always had an interest in pre-Columbian cultures (especially the Incas, Aztecs, and Mayans), and it would be fantastic to see some of that in person.

There was recently a huge advance in translating some of their records -- they had an elaborate system of record-keeping through knotted cords (quipus/khipus), but the ability to translate them in detail was largely lost after the Spanish conquest. I just read a great article about advances in translation a few months ago:


(Hi, I'm a nerd.)

3. Silver vs. Gold! I am 100% a silver person, unless it's something specifically Egyptian-themed. My skin has yellow undertones, so wearing clothing or jewelry that's yellow-based makes me look kind of jaundiced . . . and I also think gold is overpriced. Golden ARTIFACTS are beautiful, and I've seen lots of really lovely gold jewelry, but it isn't for me.

Silver's ability to develop a patina is part of its appeal for me -- I'll actually intentionally tarnish pieces (there's a quick-and-dirty way to do it with egg yolks, although I eventually want to *very carefully* experiment with the jeweler's technique of using liver of sulfur -- but that stuff REEKS and needs to be handled with exceptional caution, and preferably outside.) The patina of age and wear, with bright spots on the raised parts, gives silver so much character and depth.

I collect mostly silver jewelry -- I have some pewter pieces, some of which are very nifty, but the majority is silver. Love my sp00ky and nature-inspired artist jewelers, like Moon + Serpent, Bloodmilk, Chase & Scout, Omnia Oddities, Arcana Obscura, Theeth, Morgaine Faye, and Nyxturna, as well as Martha Rotten, who makes great pewter pieces (I have a stack of her bone bangles, which are perfection!)

Hope this was fun for you to read, I enjoyed writing it out!

Jun. 11th, 2019 05:48 pm (UTC)
Ooh fun, I'd like to take part!
Jun. 11th, 2019 10:56 pm (UTC)


1. Fast food restaurants

2. Antarctica

3. Vampires vs. werewolves

Jun. 11th, 2019 09:08 pm (UTC)
I'll play!
Jun. 11th, 2019 11:05 pm (UTC)


Let’s do it!

1. Cannabis legalization

2. Hamsters

3. Puritans

Jun. 11th, 2019 10:49 pm (UTC)
I'll play!

Oscar was always my favorite Muppet too.
Jun. 11th, 2019 11:08 pm (UTC)

We are a small but mighty group.

1. Body modification

2. Electric automobiles

3. Astrology

Jun. 11th, 2019 11:23 pm (UTC)
I'll play!

I was already in middle school when Sesame Street first aired, but I got to know it well after college, when I was teaching the appropriate age-group. Oscar's cool, but the Count has always been my favorite Muppet. Can't abide Elmo!
Jun. 12th, 2019 02:30 pm (UTC)

Oh the count!!! Yes! Another fave! That show. Henson was a genius!

Let’s see.....

1. Mars colonization

2. The Sahara desert

3. Rattlesnakes

Jun. 12th, 2019 12:34 am (UTC)
Loved reading your responses to the comments! I've learned so much about ravens. We have crows, not as smart, but they do remember you if you talk to them--so do magpies.

And I'd love to play. (Thought this was the writing group already and I was very excited, but a little worried. This is perfect for right now.)

Edited at 2019-06-12 12:35 am (UTC)
Jun. 12th, 2019 02:33 pm (UTC)

They absolutely know that you’re talking to / with them! I think, like whales and dolphins, they have an intelligence we don’t understand.

I’m not feeling the writing yet, M! We do need to get started before September!!!

Memes are always a fun diversion!


1. Coffee vs. tea

2. 90s TV

3. Jackals

Jun. 15th, 2019 10:28 am (UTC)
I would be interested in this, if you're willing to assign me three topics.

- Erulisse (one L)
Jun. 15th, 2019 03:30 pm (UTC)
Absolutely, hon!


1. bears
2. yurts
3. Mediterranean food
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