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Wednesday Open Thread, And ’80s Trivia Answers Too

Wednesday is drawing to a close, I can almost smell the weekend on the horizon.  You can laugh if you want to, but I’m off to watch American Idol on the DVR.  For all you Idol haters out there, I give you this and ask you to reconsider.


Oh, and here are the answers from last night’s ’80s trivia extravaganza :

1.  Our Lips are Sealed, by The Go Go’s

2.  Just Like Heaven, by The Cure

3.  Livin’ on a Prayer, by Bon Jovi

4.  Pour Some Sugar on Me, by Def Leppard

5.  When Doves Cry, by Prince

6.  Sweet Child O Mine, by Guns N Roses

7.  Time After Time, by Cyndi Lauper

8.  Come on Eileen, by Dexy’s Midnight Runners

9.  Need You Tonight, by INXS

10.  You Shook Me All Night Long, by AC/DC

OK, American Idol can suck it.  I’m watchin’ AC/DC videos tonight


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29 replies on “Wednesday Open Thread, And ’80s Trivia Answers Too”

Hi y’all. Just wanting to put a little public service announcement out there. I don’t even know how to begin to explain it, so I’m just going to re-post what my friends are posting on Facebook:

ATTENTION!!!: There’s a site called that’s a new online USA phone book w/personal info of you: from pics you’ve posted on FB or web, your approx credit score, home value, income, age, etc. Remove yourself by searching for yourself on their site, copying the URL of your page, then go to the bottom of the homepage and click on “Privacy” button to remove yourself.

Seriously? Isn’t that misleading if they say that you can remove your name from searches if it doesn’t actually work? And how have I never heard of this creepy site?

Fortunately for me, I suspect most of my “public” information is via facebook, and I never put anything serious or accurate on there. Case in point: spokeo thinks I’m male and in a civil union. Heh.

For those of you not continually glued to news stations all day like I am, another earthquake has hit N.E. Japan. Tsunami waves of up to 1 meter expected. Sounds like it’s relatively small stuff compared to what they just experienced, but obviously the concern is still with the Fukushima Nuclear plant…

I have one job offer and am waiting to hear about another – and the sun is shining and I have just had a crisp sandwich.

On the downside, my friend who I was planning to move in with when I got a job just told me she’s moving in with her boyfriend and then working abroad from next year. Boo. Now who to live with?

But hey! Crisp sandwich! My favourite flavour is salt and vinegar, you?

Morning everyone! What is UP with this weather? April, in my part of the world, is supposed to be cool and rainy – instead, it’s 75 degrees and humid. We have a saying that you should never wear summer clothes before June 10, but I don’t care, I’m wearing short sleeves to work today!

After years and years of hating my pale skin, I have finally made my peace with the fact that I will NEVER get a tan. But you’d be surprised how many people feel entitled to comment on my skin! From mid-April to mid-September, I hear that I should “go out and get some sun”, or “do something about that paleness” roughly twice a day. It makes me want to go “Yes, I’ll do that as soon as you manage to will yourself into growing two inches!”

My husband is gifted with naturally tan skin, and comes from a country where everyone is more or less the same color. I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I’ve explained to him that no matter how much time I spend outdoors, that I will always be this white and there ain’t nothing his sweet little brown butt can do to change that!

After 5 years together, I think it’s finally beginning to register.

‘Luckily’ I have some freckles to keep me one step away from Morticia Adams, but yes, some people (strangely enough, a majority of those are tanning-bed addicts) ‘advise’ me on ways to get a tan. I’m pale, freckled and a redhead. Can you even imagining how wrong I would look with a deep orange/brown tan?
Sadly, the can’t. Luckily, I can.

yup. One side of my family are what used to be called “black Irish” i.e.: black hair, blue/green eyes, and sallow skin and they abhor my blue-white skin and freckles. My grandmother tells me I’m the colour of the radiator quite frequently.
Fake tan is not flattering, so I’ll just stay pale enough to glow in the dark…

Apropos of nothing, my parents each took it upon themselves to sit me down tonight and tell me all the reasons why it’s a bad idea for me to go off and do the SWAP program after graduation- what it boils down to is that they feel I need to get a steady job and launch myself, that I can travel on my own time later, that now it’s time to get settled. My dad especially feels that it’s an ‘immature’ thing to do, that I’m too old for it now, at 22, that this is what people do at 19 when they have no ties to anything.

I worry that if I don’t go now, I never will. But I don’t want to hurt them and I know that going isn’t going to help me move forward in any kind of career- still, I can’t shake the feeling that I’ve never accomplished anything and have never had to depend on myself and that this is my One Big Chance.

I just needed to get that out there.

Well MarthaMyDear, 22 is an odd age. Whatever your parents say, you’re still pretty young, but you are old enough to pull the “I’m an adult, I can make my own decisions” card.

If you have the chance to travel now, I say do it. Unfortunately, once you join the workforce traveling for fun becomes pretty difficult. You can always tell your parents that spending time overseas looks good on a resume if you spin it right.

If you don’t end up going, don’t worry about missing your One Big Chance. ‘One Big Chance’ is a myth in my opinion. You have a lot of time ahead of you for big chances.

I think it’s a great opportunity, and that you should go for it. It will also set you apart when you’re looking for a job–employers are always interested in a candidate who can offer a different perspective.
Traveling is an incredible experience that no one can take from you once you’ve done it. I am sure your parents want the best for you, and that usually translates to stability in parent-speak. But you’re only 22, and it’s only a yearlong trip… there will be plenty of time for settling down once you come home. Twenty bucks you won’t regret it if you go.

you’re only 22! This is the time to do things like this! Fuck ’em. You have to make your own decisions.

“Dear mom and dad,thank you for your advice and I appreciate the love and care that’s behind it, but I’ll be going anyway”

Actual lines from the paper I’m currently writing:

“The Second Coming would win in a fight against Leda and the Swan and Dover Beach (though not at the same time – that’d be a different story). That’s my thesis.”

This is for a class I hate, am over-qualified for, and so there you have it. Part me hopes I fail so that I can rail against the establishment. The other part knows that I’m a good enough writer that in spite of the above thesis, I can probably still get an A.

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