Friday, June 18, 2010

Friday Leftovers (June 18)

My weekly Friday Leftover post here for ya...

Word Association

1. Offense :: Defense
2. Bench :: Park
3. Kissing :: Slowly
4. Timely :: Strike
5. Yellow :: Card
6. Get up and go :: Sit down and stop
7. Beer :: Chela
8. Calories :: Counting
9. Blast :: Gun
10. Window :: Shopping

Explanations: Beer... the Spanish word for beer is cerveza, of course, but a short way of saying that is chela, kinda like a slang word I guess.

Five Question Friday

Here is the latest Five Question Friday. Yay!

1. What is your favorite thing about summertime?

Disneyland. Well, it didn't really work out last year because the girls had a lot of swim lessons and this year school starts on Aug. 11, so we have six weeks of summer vacation, but I am looking forward to going to Disneyland before the park opens and spending a few hopefully lightly crowded hours at the park before the crowd hits and we make a run for the exit.

I think too that it's the freedom of being able to do things like go to Disneyland that makes the summer so appealing.

2. What is your ideal retirement location (if money didn't matter)?

I always thought some part of Mexico would be nice to retire to, some ex-pat community or a place along a beach somewhere but after having visited Costa Rica last year, I'm thinking Costa Rica would be totally ideal. The weather is fantastic; the views are remarkable everywhere and there is so much tasty fruit and food there, it'd be perfect.

I mean, come on. How could you turn that down?

3. Do you live in the same town you grew up in?

I do not live in the town where I grew up. I live about 40 miles away. I don't have any connection to my hometown as it has changed tremendously. When I grew up there, it was a small town. I mean, there were about 13,000 people there as opposed to the 60-70,000 there are now. We had one movie theater for several years before they put in another. We used to do our grocery shopping about 20 minutes away because there weren't any real grocery stores there.

I grew up in a trailer and was pretty much poor. Didn't have a phone until eighth grade. Never had my own room - I seriously used to fantasize about having my own room. We used to sleep five of us to one room.

My brother and I went to visit our old trailer once, about 10 years ago. It wasn't there of course but the open field we used to play in was, and it was strange being there. That whole place was a shell of what it used to be like. Now, a bunch of houses sit there as development has sprung up all over there.

4. What nervous habit did you have as a child that you kicked to the curb before becoming an adult?

I used to bite my nails a lot, and my fingers too. I would make myself bleed a lot when I was in elementary school because I would bite my nails down so far. Sometimes I'll slip back into that, usually when I'm stuck in traffic, but for the most part my fingers and hands are in better shape now.

5. What is the most embarrassing thing that happened to you while on the job?

I've thought a lot about this one but nothing's coming to mind. I think one embarrassing thing that happened a long time ago that still lingers was that someone butchered my name. A fax came in for me and the person had put "Lous Beno" and everyone got a laugh out of it. Ha ha. My wife still calls me by that name. Lous Bee-no. Grr...


Rana said...

There are a lot of nail biters in this group. I could never bite my nails. My mom always bit her nails and when hers were gone she would bite mine. Kinda gross! Hope you have a great weekend!

Katie A. said...

I was a nail biter, too! Now I gag if my fingers go in my mouth for anything! Hahaha!
Ah, Disneyland - so jealous you are so close. I think I might have to make a trip down there this summer - can't go too long without my Disney fix!
Enjoy the weekend and Happy Father's Day!

Jephy's Mom said...

Your childhood experiences must give you an interesting perspective. It would be interesting to know how many other children who start out so poor in life, go on to do as well as you have. I suspect quality parenting has a lot to do with it.

Mama M. said...

Oh my word. Can I change my answer...'cuz I totally wanna retire to Costa Rica now! That photo is gorgeous!!!

Kerrie T. said...

I pick my nails. In traffic, at a dog show, if I'm nervous, bored. It drives Mr. T crazy.

Excited about your Disney posts this summer. :)

5thsister said...

LOL...Beeno! Heeheehee. Yeah, that's pretty good. I'll do you one better: When I was in junior high the standardized testing people misspelled my last name and put "P" down as the 1st letter. (the "i" in my maiden name is pronounced as a long "e") My last name rhymed with a part of the male anatomy that makes a male, well, a male. Now there it was with a "P". I went through the rest of jr. high and high school being called that "P" name. Yikes!

Whitney said...

I just have to say that I would also LOVE to live in Costa Rica. Love, love, love, love, LOVE!!!

Susan said...

Hi, I'm Susan, and I am a nail biter!
it is bittersweet to see where you grow up change so much...I think it happens to most of us, and once you get even older like me (just turned 50) it really is different.

Just enjoy the time you have with your girls, and don't forget to enjoy yourself and your wife...cause when the girls grow up, it will be back to just the 2 of you. It is very important to keep feeding that relationship also, not just the parental one.