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Thursday, July 01, 2004


I got a little caught up in the      questions on extremes for yesterday (and I LOVE cheese!), so here goes:

1.    What was the best thing that happened to you this week?    The worst?

A.   Talking to an old friend on the phone, just like old times, and feeling the connection that always binds us, no matter how much time passes between conversations.    The worst is probably spending hours making the house "showcase-perfect" to have the realtor call at the last minute to cancel out on the showing.

2.    What's the best thing someone's done for you (recently or not so recently)?    What's the worst thing someone's done to you (again, recently or not so recently)?

A.   The best was I received a wonderful e-mail from someone who reads one of my columns, who was very lavish in her praise of my honor and presentation of the true South, and Southern Belles in general.    The worst was I received a "personal" attack (online) by a "so-called friend" who blasted my Southern heritage, my Southern Belle persona, and my lifestyle in general in a very public forum, and not thinly-veiled at all.

3.    What's the best thing about your job?    Worst?

A.   The best thing is working in my jammies, if I choose to.    The worst thing is, being self-employed, I'm dependent upon myself for my livelihood.

4.    What's the best new website you've found?    Worst?

A.   I'm really diggin' on StumbleUpon for the fun of it.    As for worst, I've "stumbled-upon" more than a few really BAD sites using StumbleUpon, that its hard to narrow it down to just one.

5.    What's the best book you've read?    Worst?

A.   I read so much (and am such a bibliophile that our home libraries could rival most small town public libraries) that narrowing it down to just one is practically impossible.    I'll say the most-recent best book I've read is "We're Just Like You, Only Prettier - Confessions of a Tarnished Southern Belle," by Celia Rivenbark.    Probably one of the worst books I ever read was "Floaters" by Joseph Wambaugh - it definitely DID NOT meet his usual standards of excellence in writing, with a very flat ending.

6.    What's the best movie you've seen?    Worst?

A.   Again, as a die-hard videophile (or is that dvd-phile, now?), movies are a large part of my world, and narrowing it down to the best movie ever would be an impossible task, as so many have their merits on so many different levels.    For entertainment, and sentimentality, I would have to go with Casablanca.    It has been a favorite for many years.    As for worst, again, there have been many - I would probably have to say Waterworld was right up there with many others, but that one was a real stink-bomb (imo).

7.    What's the best meal you've had?    Worst?

A.   I've been to some very fine dining establishments across the U.S., in the islands, and on many cruise ships but, I guess I would have to say that, one that stands out in my mind is a dining experience at Charlie Gittos on the Hill in St. Louis.    Tommy Lasorda has his own private room there, and I had the chance to see him there one night while dining.    The food and drink, from appetizer to dessert, is exquisite!    As for worst, it had to have been a highly-recommended, overly-priced seafood restaurant near Sanibel Island, Florida that had no idea how to cook or serve seafood - a Red Lobster chain restaurant could have done a better job!

8.    What's the best holiday?    Worst?

A.   The best holiday has to be Thanksgiving because of all the wonderful food, especially turkey and dressing (not stuffing!).    My mom makes the best cornbread dressing ever!    And, I love having turkey sandwiches, leftover dressing, deviled eggs, and whatever else I can hide away after dinner for the next several days.    The worst holiday has to be Christmas - I know! - I sound like a Scrooge or something, don't I?    But, the reason is, on my s.o.'s side of the family, they ask for a wish-list at Thanksgiving so that everyone can buy from the list for Christmas.    I include items that range from $2.00 to probably $30.00 on the list every year.    And, every year for the last ten years, I've never gotten anything from my list.    They just get me whatever they want to, whether it is anything I might like or not.    I know Christmas is more than just about the gifts - and I help out with charities at Christmas, and celebrate the holiday for its true meaning - but, I dread the actual day when we open up the presents and I have to "act" like I like something when I don't.

9.    What's the best thing in your future?    Worst?

A.   The best thing is that, soon, I'll be moving back South, closer to my parents, family and friends.    The worst thing is the waiting, the not knowing when, or where, or the specifics of the business venture that will ultimately take us back home.    It's difficult to be in the dark on the major things that impact your life!

10.    What's the best quote you know?    Worst?

A.   The best quote is my company's trademarked slogan - "Darlin', don't ever take a Southern woman for granted!"    And, probably the worst quote is one that has been uttered by thousands of people in thousands of situations . . . "...because I said so."    ARGHHHHHH!    That's NOT a reason; give us more reason than that!

[late addition]

11.    What's your best word? Worst word? (and yes, this is open to some interpretation)

A.   Best would have to be a toss-up between Serendipity and Love.    Worst would have to be Hate.

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