Posted by: malia | December 14, 2014

sunday stealing: have you ever

The Have You Ever Meme

1) Have you ever gotten lost in a maze?
well, i was in a maze before, but i had a map, because i know i would be the type to get lost and then panic about it.

2) Have you ever been attacked by a wild animal?
no, although there was a loose dog once that came charging toward me and my son once when we were walking to my mom’s house. it was a big dog–bigger than my son was, at the time–with its leash still around its neck, dragging behind it, but no other human in sight that was chasing after it. it was barking and running toward us, and i just told my son to stop, even though i wanted desperately to run, but knew that there was no way i could outrun the dog. after a few tense seconds of the dog circling us and barking, it suddenly ran off, and then my son and i quickly went in the opposite direction. that was scary, as i’d have no idea what i’d have done if it decided to attack us.

3) Have you ever ridden a camel?
no. i’m afraid of riding any animal. i’d probably break them.

4) Have you ever pet a rat?
yes, i have. a friend of mine had a pet rat. when we were younger, we also had pet mice.

5) Have you ever been a member of a gym?
no, although i wanted to join curves because i know i need to exercise, but i need someone to hold me accountable to that, so i was looking into curves, since we had one in the neighborhood. however, when i saw the fee, i knew i couldn’t afford that. and now we don’t have curves any more, so the nearest gym would be about three towns over. they do always send me flyers in the mail, though. like, what are you trying to say, huh? 😛

6) Have you ever been in a helicopter?
yes, i have. my at-the-time fiancé and i had gone on an island-hopping trip to celebrate his graduation from college, and on one of the islands, we took a helicopter tour that took us in and out of the valleys of kaua’i, including the famous valley where they filmed jurassic park. gosh, i was so scared to take that tour because all i could imagine was crashing into a the mountain, or the helicopter falling over as we boarded it, but the scenery was just sooooo beautiful. it was just breathtaking. i don’t think i could ever do it again, though!

7) Have you ever cheated at a test?
i don’t think so…i’m trying to think of a time i did, but nothing is coming up.

8) Have you ever ridden a tractor?
no. i think i climbed aboard one, but never while it was going. i did ride in the cart behind the tractor, though. or is that not a tractor? hmm.

9) Have you ever passed wind/gas in an embarrassing situation?
oh gosh, yes. in elementary, we had to do sit-ups where one person had to hold down your feet while you did your sit-ups and during one sit-up, one escaped, rather loudly. everyone around me laughed, and my friend who was holding my feet announced loudly, “oh oh, here comes the smell.” i was mortified. ever since then, whenever we had p.e., i refused to eat any food that day prior to p.e. to avoid that happening again.

10) Have you ever played the bongos?
not the real ones…but i played the donkey kong bongos that came with the video game jungle beat. that was a fun game. i still have those bongos, in fact, with the rest of my video game stuff.

11) Have you ever handled a snake?
no, and i don’t know that i’d want to. luckily, there’s no snakes here.

12) Have you ever assembled furniture by yourself?
i do that all the time. no one else to do some furniture-assembling for me. 😛

13) Have you ever been scuba diving?
no. we were, on that island-hopping trip, on a different island, but the boats couldn’t go out that day due to choppy waves, i think…something was wrong, and they had to cancel it. i was so grateful for that. 😛

14) Have you ever had a disastrous interview?
yes, my first interview for a position after i had graduated with my masters. because i had graduated in december, but most jobs in my field don’t hire until june/july, i was called in the meantime for a temporary position for a person who was going on maternity leave. i thought, great, i could get my feet wet and get some experience in before i get a real position in june/july, and i’d be able to earn some income. well. first of all, i got lost. this was before the time of gps and cell phones…even before google maps. so i had looked at the map in the phone book before leaving and tried to memorize how to get there. well, this is a confusing area of roads and houses, so i got lost, and i was 10 minutes late to the interview. big bad first-impression. so the interviewer was already pretty irritated with me. then, as we went forward with the interview, he found out what my college degree was in, and man, he ripped me to shreds about it. how do you even expect to do this job with that degree? do you even know how to speak english? he kept asking (my bachelor’s was in a foreign language, although my master’s *was* in the correct field). i was like…? yes? english is my first language? but he wouldn’t believe that i would know how to speak english, or be able to work there because of my bachelor’s, and he was just giving it to me about how i could never be successful with that degree and what was i even thinking, going into something like that, and i was just sitting there, speechless. he belittled me for something that i was so interested in, and i felt like crap for it. i know he was probably very irritated with me coming in late, so he already knew he wasn’t hiring me, but geez. it made me angry, too, which is why i’m probably even more hyper-sensitive towards anyone critical of that language or what i do (the field i did go into does make use of both my degrees). i just felt like i was attacked for liking and studying what i did, and then there was also the fact that i was late, and i was all flustered for coming in late, that… ugh. it was a disaster. i ended up not even trying for another job until june, when i got called for a real position, and luckily, the first one i did hired me on the spot. phew.

15) Have you ever sold your services?
no, i tend to do just do things for free, even though people offer to pay. i never know what to ask for, pricewise. that’s hard to put a price on your time, especially when you don’t feel worthy enough.

16) Have you ever raised money for charity?
yes, we do fundraisers every year. do we count as charity? heehee. 😀 we also do the jump rope for heart, which raises money for american heart association, and the walk for the cure of breast cancer, which people pledge money for you to complete.

17) Have you ever won a giant sized cuddly toy from a fair?
no, although i would have *loved* that. and it’s not that i never tried, either. oh, i’ve tried. :S

18) Have you ever milked a cow?
yes, but it was like only a couple of squirts, before it was the next child’s turn. poor cow must’ve been so irritated.

19) Have you ever used the phrase “back in my time” to someone younger than you?
ALL THE TIME. because i’m the old one now. we were just talking on friday about actual floppy disks, not the 3 1/2″ ones, but the 5 1/4″ that were actually floppy. the people i work with have never ever seen one of those. :/ they were just familiar with the 3 1/2″ disks, and were feeling old about *that*. then i had to break out the story of when i was in 7th grade, our computers actually used *cassette tapes* as their data source, because floppy disks weren’t even invented yet! the looks i got! talk about feeling old!!

20) Have you ever invented a fairly unique meal or drink?
hm, no. i invent meals all the time, but it’s pretty standard meat-and-vegetable type of thing. nothing too unique about it.

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Responses

  1. I still have some 5 1/4 disks here, I think. And that interview does sound disastrous. What an awful person to treat you like that.

  2. Great answers!

  3. No snakes at all? I need to move there!

  4. Your interview was pretty terrible! Frankly, I think the guy just unloaded on you, all his own Angst, and the excuse was waiting ten minutes for you. I’m glad that you got the next job in June without facing another jerk like that.

    I can remember, and had, a little 40k computer. It was almost a laptop but heavier than the dickens because of a built in rechargeable battery. 40k memory. Imagine??

  5. a place where there are no snakes….imagine!

  6. I hate stupid dog owners who let stuff like that happen. I’m glad you and your son were okay


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