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Old 11-21-2010, 12:07 PM   #1
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1. What is your favorite childhood memory?

2. What is your favorite song?

3. Who is/was your role model?

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Old 11-21-2010, 12:15 PM   #2
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1. Who is your Hero?

2. If money were no object, what fancy hotel would you like to spend a week in, enjoying all of it's amenities?

3. Would you ever consider going back to teaching?
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Old 11-21-2010, 05:17 PM   #3
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WooHoo, my turn!

1. What is your favorite childhood memory?
Wow, it is hard to choose! Going places with my mom ranks up at the top of the list (I'm sure my sister was there most of those times too), especially if it meant eating out for lunch. We were fairly poor, so the rare eating out occasions were very special to me. I especially remember going to a little Mexican restaurant with her, and to Oscar's, both in San Diego. Another good one is going jogging with my dad as it was getting dark (I was around 13 or 14 by then), and kicking a can and talking as we jogged and walked.

2. What is your favorite song?
My two current favorites are posted at the bottom. My all-time favorite, since about 3rd grade, is "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" by the Tokens.

3. Who is/was your role model?
My mom was a wonderful role model. She was a great mom, a wonderful cook (My friends always wanted to eat at our house!), my best friend from my 20s on. She was honest, quiet, intelligent, and had a lot of common sense. She was the best manager of money I have ever known. She didn't just speak her faith, she lived it.

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Old 11-21-2010, 05:27 PM   #4
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my usual question. what do you like to read? do you read as much as you would like to? who is your favorite author? are you a fast reader?
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Old 11-21-2010, 05:39 PM   #5
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1. Who is your Hero?
I don't think I really have one hero. I tend to take heroism very seriously, in that I believe real heroes are people who risk their lives or something dear to them to help others. People who go into burning or collapsing buildings to save others come to mind first. People who serve in combat to protect us and our freedom. People who risk their reputations by doing the right thing and telling the truth. I have even seen animals that I would consider heroes--risking their lives to save someone from fire or drowning, etc.

2. If money were no object, what fancy hotel would you like to spend a week in, enjoying all of it's amenities?
This sounds good (And we thought the Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge was expensive!):
7. Four Seasons New York New York, NY
Ty Warner Penthouse, Four Seasons New York
New York City is one of the most expensive cities in the world, so it’s no wonder that it’s home to so many luxury hotels. And it doesn’t get more luxurious than the Four Seasons. Guests who stay in the Ty Warner Penthouse will pay $34,000 a night to enjoy a view from the top of the city as well as a personal trainer, butler, therapist and a private chauffeur. Of course, a chauffeur isn’t much use without a car – so the hotel throws in unlimited use of either a Rolls Royce or Mercedes Maybach.

Read more: Top 10 Luxury Hotels in the United States

3. Would you ever consider going back to teaching?
Yes because I love teaching. However, my certificate expires at the end of this school year and I can't afford to renew it. I would love to teach at the private school affiliated with our church, but they don't have any positions available.

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Old 11-21-2010, 05:50 PM   #6
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my usual question. what do you like to read? do you read as much as you would like to? who is your favorite author? are you a fast reader?

I like to read a wide variety of books, magazines, cereal boxes, anything! I don't read as much as I would like to, and I need to change that. It is my own fault that I don't.

I have a lot of favorite authors. I love M.M. Kaye, Stephen King (mostly his older stuff), John Saul, James Michener, Laura Ingalls Wilder. I have read the Bible in bits and pieces for years, but after reading it through from start to finish I have become even more excited to read it.

I used to be a faster reader than I am now. I don't retain as much as I would like when I read unless I read aloud. I found that out when I was taking Irish History. I read that if you see and hear something at the same time you will retain it longer. The Irish History book was a mile thick and it seemed so boring. Then I started reading it out loud (when I was alone of course), and I found out it was a fascinating book. When I do my private Bible study I also read aloud.


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Old 11-21-2010, 08:07 PM   #7
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Very interesting read, Barbara. And I love love loved the videos you posted. Amazing Grace was so touching and beautifully executed. And the other one was new to me and also beautiful. Thank you

What is your favorite restaurant and what dish is your favorite there?

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Old 11-21-2010, 09:12 PM   #8
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What is your favorite restaurant and what dish is your favorite there?

It depends on what I am in the mood for of course.

For Mexican food (one of my very favorites) I like Mariachis in Lancaster, SC (about 20 miles from us). I always order guacamole along with the free chips and salsa, and I usually order a chimichanga combo.

For Japanese my favorite is Ajimi in Monroe, NC (about 18 miles). I always start with sushi (generally salmon or tuna), miso soup, and then for my meal I get a combination plate that includes Beef Negamaki, Teryaki Beef, spring rolls, broccoli, and fried rice.

There are a few places that serve great steak or prime rib dinners, but I guess my favorite place to get steak and prime rib is Robert's Rib in Chesterfield, SC (about 20 miles). I usually order prime rib, medium-rare, salad with blue cheese dressing, and either baked potato with sour cream and chives or "smashed" potatoes. LOL--I said "usually" as if I go there a lot. I think I've been there twice. We just can't afford to go out.

My favorite fast food place is Taco Bell. I am especially partial to Burrito Supremes, Taco Supremes (crunchy), and their Fiesta Taco Salad.


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Old 11-21-2010, 11:11 PM   #9
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What brings you comfort when you're cranky?
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What brings you comfort when you're cranky?
Snuggling one of the kitties or having Cubbie look up at me with the worried look he has so often, then having him push my arm with his muzzle.

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Old 11-23-2010, 10:39 AM   #11
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What do you feel is your best quality?
Wow, you know how to ask the hard ones! It's not too hard though. I guess my best quality is being able to find the good in most situations (or to at least see how good can come of it later) and to see the good in most people. I learned a long time ago not to judge people--I leave that to God.

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Old 11-24-2010, 02:21 AM   #13
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Oh good, I finally get here and I KNOW what questions to ask!

1. In your travels you have met several DC members. Can you tell us who and a little about the experience.

2. If you could take a second trip (money being no object), where would you like to go and who would you like to meet?

3. How did you and James meet and what first attracted you to him?

4. What's the story behind lasagna and German chocolate cake for your birthday? (I think I got that right).

5. What is the greatest thrill in your life so far?
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Oh good, I finally get here and I KNOW what questions to ask!

1. In your travels you have met several DC members. Can you tell us who and a little about the experience.
Oh yikes, I hope I don't leave anyone out! Some of the people we met are no longer here at DC, and one has passed away, but I will try to remember everyone! The first DC member we met was kitchenelf. In fact the first time we ever saw her was on Thanksgiving at her house. The second we met, we felt like we already knew each other. We got to spend a couple Thanksgivings with her and her family and friends. Then we met with kitchenelf and Dove (Marge), along with some of Marge's friends. We met at the restaurant of a former DC member, Raine. We had a great lunch and talked for a long time. The first person we met on our vacation in 2008 was Dave Hutchins. James, Anna, and I were at Adventureland in Altoona, Iowa, and Dave lived nearby, so we arranged to meet him for lunch. We enjoyed talking with him very much. He gave me a big bottle of his special seasoning. As many of you know, Dave has passed away, so I treasure our meeting even more. After Iowa we went to the Chicago area. It turned out that MicheleMarie lived in the area. We went out to dinner with Michele and her husband and have been friends ever since. Since we were going to be going through Ohio we decided to contact Middie. We got to spend more time with Middie and her son. We went shopping, went out to Lake Erie, and then out to dinner at one of her favorite Italian restaurants. She and I still keep up with each other at Facebook. In fact she and my daughter have become Facebook friends as well. Next we had dinner (he had dessert) with Joe V in Mentor, Ohio. Pacanis (Fred) was next on the list, in Northeast, PA. We had a great lunch with him and went out and saw where he works. Then down to Pittsburgh where we had the most delightful dinner with Luvs and her boyfriend Jake. She is so sweet and so real, and we had such a good time! We turned north then, up to NYC, where we met one of the nicest, most humble, most wonderful men in the world--Buckytom. I honestly cannot say enough good things about BT, and James feels the same way. He is forever in our hearts. He gave us a great personal tour of the CBS studios. I took tons of pictures--he said I am the only one to take pictures of all the equipment, LOL! We also met one of his co-workers, also named Tom (I can't remember his DC name--he doesn't really post). We really enjoyed talking to him as well, and it was great watching him and Buckytom banter back and forth. Next we got to meet GB and his wonderful family! We had lunch with them at a nice Brazilian restaurant. James and GB talked like they had always known each other. We loved them all, and the children were totally delightful! We met a few others in the Boston area. Jennyema met us during her lunch break, and we had a nice chat over lunch. We met Andy M. at a Japanese/Chinese restaurant. The food was good and the conversation was great. We met QSis (Lee) in a marketplace in Boston. We had a great supper and talked for quite awhile. On the way back down south we stopped in the Washington D.C. area. We met Tattrat (and friends) at a great pub for dinner. We had a great time, and then he surprised us by inviting us to his place for dinner a couple nights later. He cooked a fantastic Thai-inspired (his term, LOL) dinner and a delicious dessert. We talked for hours and had such a great time! I am so afraid I might have left someone off the list! If I did, just give me a good kick in the pants!

2. If you could take a second trip (money being no object), where would you like to go and who would you like to meet?
We would make a bee-line for Missoula, Montana. As soon as Princess Fiona and I were able to let go of each other (a hug that would probably make it into the Guiness Book of World Records) and she, Shrek, James, and I had plenty of time to talk, we would head to Alberta, repeating the whole scenario with Alix and Ken and their family, then to BC to repeat again with you, your DH and my boyfriend. Then I would head down to California to see (and of course the whole hugging thing!) kadesma, SierraCook, and jkath. Of course we would also have to stop and meet all the DCers in between all those places! Then we would spend time with my family in the San Diego and Riverside areas, then home (meeting whoever we could between California and here! There are so many DC members that I would love to meet. I love my DC family. You said "money being no object" but time would have to be no object as well, since this trip would take years!!!

3. How did you and James meet and what first attracted you to him?
James and I first talked March 30, 2000 on a little chat site that no longer exists, called Gooey. I was getting ready to go meet a guy that I thought I was in love with, in Kentucky. James said he knew as soon as we started talking that I was "the one." For me, he was just someone to talk to because all I could think of was the KY guy. I went up and met the KY guy (he doesn't deserve to be named, LOL) and he turned out to be a jerk. I didn't realize it right away though and pined away for awhile. Then suddenly I realized that even though I was going on and on about this other guy, and poor poor me, James was there for me. We started talking seriously by the end of April and met in person in December. What first attracted me to him? Hmmmm It is hard to explain! Through our many conversations online and on the phone, I just started seeing what a good fit we were. He is 100% man, but he is also about 50% goofy kid. I know that doesn't work out, but he is a math whiz, so he makes it work. I could see early on that he is one of the most humble, loyal, and loving men I would ever meet.

4. What's the story behind lasagna and German chocolate cake for your birthday? (I think I got that right).
We always got to choose our birthday meal. My mom made the best lasagna, so I always ended up asking for either that or homemade pizza. My mom's German chocolate cake was also the best, and it is my favorite cake. The funny thing is, I found out 3 years ago that I was born the same year the first German chocolate cake recipe was printed.

5. What is the greatest thrill in your life so far?
Being pregnant, and then becoming a mom.

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Great Answers - of course I already knew some of them , but I wanted others to hear them as well. You truly are DC's travelling welcome wagon.

One thing I will clear up for everyone, however is this statement

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then to BC to repeat again with you, your DH and my boyfriend.
Barbara's "boyfriend" is my 85 year old Dad.

Oh, and I want as many hugs and as long a conversation as PrincessFiona and Alix! Oh, and tell James I will have an orange chiffon cake ready for him as well.
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...One thing I will clear up for everyone, however is this statement

Barbara's "boyfriend" is my 85 year old Dad.

Oh, and I want as many hugs and as long a conversation as PrincessFiona and Alix! Oh, and tell James I will have an orange chiffon cake ready for him as well.
So much for my being a woman of mystery!

Knowing that an orange chiffon cake is part of the bargain, James will probably insist that we just take off now, doing odd jobs on the way!

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well... just found it and I'm too curious for not asking a question... ;o)

If you have three wishes, what would that be?
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Old 07-03-2011, 07:58 AM   #19
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Hi Barbara :)

1. What would your ultimate 3 course dinner be?

2. Who would you move mountains for?

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