Saturday, March 28, 2015

My life from A-Z

One of those dumb personal quizzes circulating the net. I'm admitting things here even my shrink doesn't know. Of course, he doesn't care.

• A-Available/Single? Not according to my wife
• B-Best Friend? My partner. I'd be a lot poorer emotionally and financially without him.
• C-Cake or Pie? I'll have to go with Elvis and say cake.
• D-Drink Of Choice? Makers & ginger ale but only after 7 a.m.
• E-Essential Item You Use Everyday? My Pocket Fisherman.
• F-Favorite Color? Green. They asked me this for the Dewar's ad, too.
• G-Gummy Bears Or Worms? Whichever one is not banned from commercial flights.
• H-Hometown? Los Angeles
• I-Indulgence? Irene Jacob movies even though I can't understand them.• J-January Or February? February. Pitchers and catchers report.
• K-Kids & Their Names? Matt, Annie, and maybe some in Bakersfield.
• L-Life Is Incomplete Without? Laughter.
• M-Marriage Date? July 8. Same date that crime boss Soapy Smith was shot to death in 1898.
• N-Number Of Siblings? 1
• O-Oranges Or Apples? Apple, if we're talking pies or computers. Orange if we're talking women's prisons.
• P-Phobias/Fears? Mimes.
• Q-Favorite Quote? Enough is as good as a feast to an idiot.
• R-Reason to Smile? Linda Eder singing
• S-Season? Bob Gaudio
• T-Tag Three or Four People? I don't know four people.
• U-Unknown Fact About Me? I touched Jackie Kennedy's knee.
• V-Vegetable you don't like? Pat Robertson
• W-Worst Habit? Sweating the small stuff
• X-X-rays You've Had? Teeth, chest, and what kind of stupid question is that?
• Y-Your Favorite Food? Lobster...but must not still be alive.
• Z-Zodiac Sign? Aquarius man.


emily said...


Johnny Walker said...

"Enough is as good as a feast to an idiot" -- never heard that before. I like it!

Oat Willie said...

Show respect to the authors of the quiz. They got through the whole alphabet all by themselves and didn't once refer to Hot Pockets, Doritos, or Mad Gamer Skillz.

BruceB said...

Afraid of mimes? I'm a mime and no one has ever been afraid of me. Years ago, when I worked as a strolling entertainer at a casino, small children would chase me, giggling. They were much scarier than I ever was. And I couldn't call for help, 'cuz MIME, right? Plus, I run and run and don't get anywhere. You need a better fear.

MikeK.Pa. said...

What I like best about this blog, Ken, is that many of your readers have equally quick wits. A mime, screaming silently as he's running in place. Still laughing at the image.

Canda said...

Soapy Smith? That was the name of Chip Hilton's sidekick in the Young Adult Clair Bee stories from the 1950s. A limited few will remember these. They were great!

Joseph Scarbrough said...

Favorite food is lobster? Ah, so you're not a Kosher Jew then? Oh well, can't blame you, if I was Jewish, I don't think I could be Kosher either - lobster's good stuff!

lafftrack said...

I've been rewatching some old shows (currently on MASH) and there is this one recurring laugh. It's the most unnatural laugh and it repeats in each episode over and over. Can't tell if man or woman and it goes "hoo hoo hoo ha". I've read up and the only info i can find is that it was part of the Charley Douglass laugh track machine. The thing is it's so strange and it's so out of place that even the dimmest person could figure out it's a recording.
If I recall, this laugh was also used in the Brady Bunch series. Have you ever heard/remember this laugh? It's so frustrating to hear because it is so damned odd and obvious. Does anyone have any idea who made this laugh?

Breadbaker said...

@Canda: Thanks for reminding me of that. I remember when I first heard of the "real" Soapy Smith, from the Klondike, "that's the name that Chip Hilton's friend had".

Hamid said...

That little dickens!

Oat Willie said...

Hamid, you're still being hacked by a porn site.

Hamid said...

Yeah, I saw, Oat. It's not a hack as such, the moron posts under my name and puts porn sites in the url box. I hope Ken deletes it and there's another one still up in the Thursday thread that links to a porn site. Thanks to Ken for removing the other ones and I can only apologize again for provoking this inadequate moron, though in my own defence he was already trolling every day anonymously. I hope there's a way to block him.

LouOCNY said...

Wasn't Soapy Smith the guy in vaudeville who got hit in the face with sponges full of dishsoap?

Dixon Steele said...

Irene Jacob in still my heart. And that film is a masterpiece.

Joseph Scarbrough said...

@ lafftrack Is there a video online that you could link that has an example of the laugh you're speaking of? I think I may know which one you're talking about, but I need to actually hear it in order to identify it.

The think about laugh tracks back then is they came out of what's known as a Laff Box, which was essentially a combination of a typewriter and a tape recorder - it had tape loops inside of various different types of laughter, ranging from titters to explosive, so since the loops repeated themselves, that explains why you hear certain laughs over and over again (and in the same order too).

Eric J said...

@lafftrack. I know exactly the laugh you're talking about. It used to take me right out of a story each time I heard it. Not in the industry so no idea where it might have come from. It's like seeing a repeating pattern in tilework. Once you connect to it, you can't ignore it. Annoying as hell.

empathynotempathy said...

That formatting made me think that the interviewer was stuttering. and now i feel like he's nervous, and i feel bad about the fact that i was amused when you were being sarcastic to him. don't be mean to him, it's his first interview.

Dixon Steele said...

Not to mention that over-the-top laugh you'll often here in the MTM-produced shows.

Reportedly it's James Brooks...

hamidverified said...

Two evil twins?!? I really must talk to Mother more often.

Unknown said...

Best answers ever:
• U-Unknown Fact About Me? I touched Jackie Kennedy's knee.
• V-Vegetable you don't like? Pat Robertson

And what is the knee story??