Friday, August 1, 2008

Friday five: too high to get over it, too low to get under it

Songbird at RevGalBlogPals writes:

For some reason, Blogger declared this blog possible SPAM and locked us down yesterday. This morning, we're free to post again, but there was a fair amount of excitement last night among our contributors, who found a dire notice on their Blogger dashboards threatening that this blog might be deleted in 20 days!

We requested a blog review, and I posted a request at the Blogger Help group, where I found we were not alone. Many other perfectly nourishing and cromulent blogs got the same notice last night.

This turned out to be a very small barricade in our blogging community life, but it seemed appropriate to explore locks and blocks and other barriers this week. Also, I liked the picture of the security team above! Could they be Blogger's Spam Prevention Robots, working overtime?

In honor of their efforts, I bring you the "Lock Me Out, Lock Me In" Friday Five.

1) How do you amuse yourself when road construction blocks your travel?


Sipping on my giant diet Coke, I listen to an audiobook, or play a word game of our own devising with Beloved (if she's along for the ride), and look on with sympathetic amusement as the drivers around me melt down.

Assuming I'm not in a hurry.

If I'm late for something, there's swearing. Lots of swearing. And the drivers nearby look on withsympathetic amusement as I melt down.

2) Have you ever locked yourself out of your house? (And do you keep an extra key somewhere, just in case?)

Nope (though now that I've said it...), but Beloved did. And I was out of town. No extra key, either!

3) Have you ever cleared a hurdle? (And if you haven't flown over a material hurdle, feel free to take this one metaphorically.)

Wow--where to begin? Nope, I'm not a track star, but LOTS of metaphorical experience here. Coming out was a big one (especially since I was in seminary at the time), and a midstream career change was another. Have lost about 20 pounds; hope to lose more! That's the current one. (Envisioning a giant block of chocolate standing in my way...)

4) What's your approach to a mental block?

Sort of birdlike, actually. I'll bonk my head on it pretty hard, once or twice. Then I'll back away and try from another angle. Sometimes talking to someone helps, or just doing something goofy and utterly unrelated to the task at hand!

5) Suggest a caption for the picture above; there will be a prize for the funniest answer!
  • The Village People Present: Hands Across America!
  • 2025: the post-federal-deficit Secret Service
  • Re-choreographing The Safety Dance
  • We will assimilate you. Resistance is futile.
  • The last thing Harry said to Ron and Hermione was, "Does this polyjuice potion taste funny to you?"

5 comments:

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

I like your last caption the best.

Songbird said...

Ah, very creative!

Processing Counselor said...

We're together with the Village People

aka The Swandive said...

*ugh* now its stuck!
We can dance if we want to
We can leave your friends behind
'Cause your friends don't dance and if they don't dance
Well they're no friends of mine

So awesome.

HarpTonya said...

I'll give this one a try.... here in the comments, since I don't blog (just read other very amusing and enlightening blogs like yours):

1) How do you amuse yourself when road construction blocks your travel?

I knit. Seriously. I knit in traffic jams. I knit at long traffic lights. Feel free to honk your horn at me if I take too long when the light changes....just gotta finish this row....

If I'm late for something - which doesn't happen quite as frequently as it used to (I'm a Reformed Tardy Person) - I try to convince myself that it will all work itself out and there's no use getting worked up about it.....(RIGHT).

2) Have you ever locked yourself out of your house? (And do you keep an extra key somewhere, just in case?)

Yes - several times. Once, I hoisted one of my children thru an open window to rescue us. The other time - we actually had to have a friend use a saw to cut thru the motel-style swing-arm lock to get inside before all my groceries melted. (We had sleep-walking toddlers and the lock was supposed to be only used when we were IN the house...oops). Spare key? Nope - but grandma next door has one.

3) Have you ever cleared a hurdle? (And if you haven't flown over a material hurdle, feel free to take this one metaphorically.)

Wow - not physically - I'm just too darn short and have visions of getting hung up half-way over said hurdle. No way Jose.

Other hurdles: oh yes - getting the courage to leave an abusive marriage before losing myself and possibly my life. (Praise God for second chances and His provision of a perfect mate - I should've listened the first time when God said WAIT.)

Other hurdles:

Choosing to give birth to babies #3 and #4 at home despite what the world would say - shouting down the fear in my bones as I was obedient to God's calling in both instances. It was SO COOL.

Fighting my ISTJ and embracing the challenge of working with large groups of people - I can do it, but it still drains me. But I've crossed the hurdle of not wanting to do it at all. This week - I met 175 new people - and enjoyed every minute of it. Whoa.

4) What's your approach to a mental block?

I sit back and think about it, walk away, and then try again very very early the next morning. Very often the solution is there right when I wake up. That's so cool.



5) Suggest a caption for the picture above; there will be a prize for the funniest answer!


"Here we come.....walkiin' down the street........get the funniest looks 'bout...all our conjoined feet....."

Hey, hey we're the ........."

Anyway. We now return you to whatever it was you were doing before you read all my mindless drivel....(Is it really possible to have jetlag from a driving trip one time zone over?).