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After going months without copying someone else's idea, I'm going for two in one week. This is a little different since Amanda at MouseWords hoped her Confessions post would start a meme (which, for you non-blogging normal people out there, is an idea that you take from another blog and put your own - from the French for I can't think of a single thing to write today). I learned of it from eRobin over at the award-winning Fact-esque.

The whole idea of answering these questions is to "de-snob." Now take a look at the words under my title banner. Go ahead, I'll wait. There's no way I'm going to de-snob, it's my bread and butter. But I will answer these questions to prove that, while I remain better than you, I'm not a total jerk.

CD I have in my car that I roll up the windows to listen to

While I don't have a CD player in the truck, there is one in the Kia minivan. If you're not embarrassed being seen driving around in a Kia minivan, then you aren't going to be embarrassed by listening to any kind of music. Never mind that, as the missus will tell you, it's a miracle any time the window-up button on the Kia actually works. Right now the power locks keep trying to trick us into locking our keys in the van. No lie, the van hates us more than we hate it - and that's a lot.

Anyway, I have a very low tolerance for bad music but I will say that I'll leave 10cc's "I'm Not in Love" on (and sing along to it - loudly) if WXPN plays it.

Book I read flat so no one could see the title

Some of the books I read last year had some real touchy-feely titles, even thought their content wasn't. I admit I tried to hide the cover of Anna Quindlen's Blessings while on the train.

Crappiest song ever sung at karaoke

I've only ever sung one song on karaoke, on the system that we got our seven-year-old for Christmas. Of the three crappy songs that came with the system I chose Say My Name by Destiny's Child. As a joke. Honest.

Bad movie I watch repeatedly

Robby Benson's One On One. It plays on CMT every once in a while. And if it were on TV more I probably wouldn't turn off Benson's Ice Castles either. This is what happens when you grow up with five older sisters controling the remote.

Article of clothing I love though I know it's wrong

Without a doubt my running tights. The two-year-old even laughs at me for wearing them. Coming in a close second would be my High Performance Underware. That's right, High Performance.

What I order at the bar when no one is listening

Manhattan. If people are around I'll just get a 7 & 7 so I don't look so pretentious. If I'm ordering beer, it will always be something pretentious.

Fast food item I adore

I don't even know if Roy Rogers still makes them (since the only surviving RR in South Jersey is at a turnpike rest stop), but they used to make Strawberry Shortcakes with a warm biscuit at the bottom. Mmmm-mmm. And I miss their Double-R Bar burgers, too.

A TV show that is a good example of the downfall of civilization that I love anyway

Around the Horn on ESPN. Four sportswriters yelling and insulting each other. Makes Crossfire look civil, I can't stand anyone on it, and yet I can't stop watching.

eRobin added two of her own questions to the list:

Advice I Give My Kids Even Though It Makes Baby Jesus Cry

Both boys have been raised knowing this: We don't hate anyone... except the Yankees. (It used to be "...except the Yankees and the French," but then all the war-mongers started hating the French and since they were one of the few countries who dared question Dubya I'm pretty cool with them now.)

Good Cause I Just Can't Support

I used to boycott oil companies that screwed people over, but that's getting harder and harder to do. First it was Shell, for profiting off of apartheid and civil wars, than it was Exxon for telling us they were done cleaning up the Valdez mess long before the cleanup was anywhere near done. But now Shell's got some weird partnership going with Texaco (which is now merged with Chevron) stations and Exxon merged with Mobil. I guess I could just go to the Hess, but I'm sure if they haven't already done something evil they will soon. And, frankly, the world's fascination with their toy trucks scares me. For the time being I go to Texaco, since I can't figure out exactly what their agreement with Shell Oil is. Plus the guys at my station are pretty cool.


At 9:56 AM, Blogger Donna said...

Not to be superior or anything, but my van is so well behaved that I have to ask that you don't park your Kia near it. Till you learn to control it. I won't let my van hang out with "that type".

And I'd have paid to see the karaoke bit. But only if you aren't wearing your running tights at the time.

At 10:05 AM, Blogger Mark said...

So you want me singing karaoke in just my High Performance Underware?

At 10:38 AM, Blogger Donna said...

oh great, now THERE'S a visual I could have done without.

At 11:04 AM, Blogger eRobin said...

My goodness - you're like my de-snobbing twin except I love my 92 Voyager to an unhealthy degree. When I picked Cutting Edge for bad movie I like to watch, I thought that I should put Ice Castles because I love that movie. But I don't have it on DVD and I do have Cutting Edge so I went with that. I also used to "hate" France before BushCo made it his thing. And I did the oil company thing too for a while and had to give up. Now I'm at Lukoil. Everytime I get gas, the attendant and I joke about the money going to Putin, whom we both despise, and the Russian mafia.

At 1:19 PM, Blogger Dee said...

Stop lying to all these people.... you LIKED that Destiny's Child song. You sang it with zest! Does everyone have to see your underwear!?

At 1:26 PM, Blogger Mark said...

High Performance is as High Performance does, Baby.

(I have no idea what that means)

I did like that Destiny's Child song "Waterfalls" but the chick with the condom on her glasses always freaked me out.

At 8:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did we have a remote for the TV?What house did you grow up in? Ice Castle was a great movie with a great theme song.

At 12:56 PM, Blogger Donna said...

I remember a remote control in the later years. It was like SO early 80s. Probably the size of a keyboard, still pretty amazing.


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