Friday, March 10, 2006

Question 27

1. If you were part of a traveling circus, what would your role be in the show? Clown, trapeze artist, lion tamer, etc ...

2. If you could be in any band (past or current), in what band would you want to be? And which member would you be? Singer, drummer, guitarist, tambourinist, back up singer, groupie, etc.

3. Did you have a stay at home Mom growing up? How did her staying home or not staying home or not being present affect you?


At 12:28 PM , Blogger Tamara said...

1) In the circus... I would be the completely-behind-the-scenes marketing/graphic design person. :)

2) *blinking* What questions today! Um... I would be... Could I be Johannes Sebastian Bach? Or maybe Beethoven, so I could shoot the mynah bird! *snork!*

3) I've had it both ways and with different moms, and, from my point of view, it sucks to be a latch-key kid. Coming home to an empty house every day blows chunks. But, LOVE is the most important thing. If Mom had walked in the door offering hugs and a chat, that would not have blown nearly so many chunks.

At 1:43 PM , Blogger MrFisher said...

1) As a kid I always wanted to be a trapeze artist dressed as a clown.

2) Oh, so many. First! Old- The Doors- Me,Jim Morrison (hell, even I think he's hot), then Zepplin- me, Robert Plant, The Who- me, Keith Moon, NEW- Pearl Jam - me, Eddie Vedder, Cake - me, Gabe Nelson (new Bass player), jeez I could go on all day here........NEXT!

3) My mother was/is a reading teacher. She took off work to stay home to raise my younger sister and I until we reached school age, which gave us a head start in the reading/writing fundamentals. So, that was positive. I only have one bad memory and it was one day when I was mad at her (who knows why) and threatened to run away. She said fine. So, I wrote on my big chalkboard, "I am mad, and I am running away. But before I go, could you fix me a grilled cheese?"
I never did even make it out the door. ;-)

also, sorry about the chunks Tamara. (hug)

At 2:21 PM , Blogger Mad Scientist said...

1) Elephant lady - umm I mean I would ride on the elephants

2) I would like to play Sax with any of the great Jazz musicians past and present

3) My mom stayed at home when we were young. In fact she babysat the entire neighborhood while other moms worked. Once all the neighborhood kids were in school she started to work part time and then full time. Fortunately my father worked the night shift so he was always home when we got home from school even if mom wasn't. I think having her around in the young days and all the neighbor kids was a real bonus. I fondly remember trips to the library and conspiring with the boys to find ways to injure/destroy each other. Ahh good times. I can't say that I minded her working when she did and I am sure had she not been working our family would not have been able to make the ranks of middle class.

At 2:43 PM , Anonymous kingw said...

1) Selling peanuts. I could still watch the show.

2) The band Flatt and Scruggs. Either one, I want to play the banjo, I don't know any sad banjo songs.

3) Mom was a teacher. When I was young she always had someone there taking care of my younger sisters. Later she would get home from work before we got home from school. I don't know how much I was influenced by her being around. Dad was career military having him deployed elsewhere was a bigger influence. He did two tours in Vietnam, two years in Indonesia, 4 years in Germany(not allowed to bring the family) and various assignments in the US. By age sisteen when he retired I had lived with him for only a couple of years. Made things difficult. Things are much better now.

At 3:33 PM , Blogger Kafaleni said...

1. Either a trapeze artist (love the outfits) or one of the small animal trainers. Or possibly a lion tamer. They're just big pussycats, right?

2. Billie Holliday.. just without the drugs & alcohol. which kinda begs the question, would she have been as amazing as she was without all the pain and the things she poured onto it to attempt to make it better? Either way, she was an amazingly talented performer and a beautiful (if very broken) person.

3. Mum had lots of part time jobs that didn't usually interfere with her raising her own children. As a child, I had no concept of how much she did. She sold Tupperware, Avon, at various times worked evening shifts (when Dad was home) at McDonalds and KFC, sold stuff door-to-door and/or party-plan while we were in school, got a part-time job at a paint & decorating shop.. the first time I remember her being away while we were there, I was about 12, when the shop job continued during school holidays and Nana came over M - F to look after us. When I was 14, she got a job that went from 4pm-8pm, and I looked after my brother and sister from the time she left for work till Dad got home, and I started to learn how to cook dinner (The first month or so was .. ummm... interesting to say the least!). That job didn't last long (less than a year), but I did notice the real absence of a mother at the time.
I think this showed me several things.
1. My mum was devoted to her family
2. She never lost her work ethic
3. Mums still need to be someone outside of their families.
4. Just because they're not home doesn't mean that Mum doesn't love you and isn't doing the best she knows how to make life better for you.

At 5:53 PM , Anonymous Sallyacious said...

1) I'd be the tiger.

2) I'd be a gropie, er, groupie for several bands,including but not limited to Van Halen (the original), Led Zeppelin, AC/DC and Metallica (mmmmm... James Hetfield... mmmm...)

3) I had a stay-at-home mom. She was pretty active in various church-related activities, so she did have the chance to play with other grownups. But it was important to her to be home with us. She always hated it when school started because she missed us all day. I felt loved and cherished and secure, knowing she was there.

(And that is not to say that working mothers didn't/don't love their children. I am not condemning others' choices or circumstances, only reporting on my own.)

The best part? Some days, she'd decide it was too nice a day for us to be in school and she'd call in sick for us and we'd spend the day collecting falling leaves and making art with them or studying clouds and weather or visiting the local historical society and then designing our own Idaho history costumes. I discovered an awful lot outside of school that I never would have learned in the classroom.

At 5:56 PM , Anonymous boo augustus said...

1. Ring Master, of course. I get to tell people where to look and tell people what to do. Generaly the bossy job. Besides, I look really ot and sexy in the bright red tails and shiny black satin tophat. Trust me, I do.

2. I would play the Yoko Ono role. But I'm not really sure what group I'd join, i.e. want to sleep with a member and cause friction with the bandmates.

3. Mom stayed at home until my sisters were in kindergarden. She started substitute teaching. By the time I was in 4th or 5th grade, it was fill time. By all outward appearances, my sisters and I are successful well-adjusted professionals. However, I may suffer from separation anxiety arising from my dad being deployed (also a military brat), my mom entering the workforce, being sent to live with my grandparents for 2 - 3 months while my parents handled a move and possibly from being forced into pre-school prematurely. However, in my two sessions with a therapist, we only touched on the topic. Figured if it is true, I seem to cope well enough.

At 6:18 PM , Blogger Leetie said...

1. The fat lady, of course!!!! What a job! Actually, I'd probably like to be a tumbler or a trapeze artist.

2. Tough one... I'll go with The Pretenders, me as Chrissy Hynde. If I were a guy, I'd be Ron Wood.

3. My mom stayed home. I think I'd be MUCH more comfortable socially if I grew up around more kids.

At 6:21 PM , Blogger Leetie said...

I meant to add in #2 that I'd also like to be the bass player, and in #3 that I'm a social zero.

And I'm just about at my wit's end with this puppy. *sigh*

At 7:33 PM , Blogger punky said...

1. I would be the lion tamer, the bear wrangler or the elephant rider. And every once in a while, I'd do a quick little trapeze set, cause I'm multi-talented like that.

2. I'd be Bonnie Raitt or Emmylou Harris ... they both worked with some amazing people, are extremely talented and kick ass. If I was a boy, I'd be Robert Plant ... he had a hell of a life as a rock and roll star ... hoo baby. Runner up would be Neil Young ... because he's Neil. And my third choice would be John Henry "Bonzo" Bonham, drummer for Zeppelin. He was crazy ... only I'd skip the whole dying part.

3. My Mom stayed home until I was four. Then she was forced to get a job when my dad fled the country and ran to Canada to avoid a huge gambling debt. Good times. Anyhoo ... he came back eventually, but my Mom kept working ... I don't remember much of her being home ... but apparently we were very close ... that is until she stuck that thermometer up my butt. When I was a little older and in elementary school, I recall being left alone more times than I care to remember. I used to sit on the couch staring out the window, crying, hoping someone would come home soon ... I was so scared of being alone. :( I also used to sing Debbie Boone's "You Light Up My Life" when I was sitting by the window to try and distract myself from how scared I was.

At 8:19 PM , Blogger eurobikermcdog said...

Hi Punky. Maybe you remember me from Dave Barry's blog. I assume you're the same Punky; if not, sorry. Occasionally I still post there as King Wingbipeekaboo. Anyway. I just found your blog and I like it. I'm adding you to my favorites and will try to remember to check in often. Bye now. --Doug

At 9:51 PM , Blogger punky said...

doug! of course I remember you. glad you found your way. come back again soon ... send Mel too.

At 6:43 PM , Blogger Slyeyes said...


Glad you're back from Rio.

1. Clown

2. The Go-Go's so I could walk like an Egyptian

3. Both. Mom was a stay-at-home mom until I was in third grade; then she went back to teaching. So, she was always home when we were, so it was like having a stay at home mom anyway. I had a good upbringing, but I don't think Mom's working or not had anything to do with it. My parents are good people. They made mistakes as parents, but all in all, they made good decisions and other than NOT LETTING ME WEAR GO-GO BOOTS IN SEVENTH GRADE BECAUSE THEY WOULD RUIN MY FEET WHICH WERE SHOD IN CORRECTIVE FREAKING SHOES, they did a good job.


Maybe that's another reason why I want to be one of the Go-Gos.

At 7:55 AM , Blogger Leetie said...

Sly, it was the Bangles who walked like Egyptians. The Go-Go's lips were sealed.

At 8:52 AM , Blogger Slyeyes said...

I realized that it was the Bangles last night at a party. Maybe that explains the bracelet ban in the 8th grade.

At 3:34 PM , Blogger Higgy said...

1. I'd be a roadie - tearing the things down, packing them up and setting up the new place. If I had to be a performer too, I'd sell the beer.
2. I'd be in the BareNaked Ladies, as a bongo player. They have such a good time on stage, it's impossible to not have fun at a concert.
3. Yes, and my mum is a registered nurse. It meant that we never got away with faking an illness, and as soon as we were healthy enough, we were sent back to school. Her being home made me want to have a wife that stayed at home with our children (nurse or not) - I think it's really valuable to have that presence there.

At 4:16 PM , Anonymous Jeff Meyerson said...

1. In the circus I'd definitely be the guy behind the scenes. Maybe putting up and taking down the show, or the guy people come to talk to when they have a problem. One of the drivers pulling the circus from town to town.

Definitely not a front of the house performer.

2. Too obvious to say Jimmy Buffett's Coral Reefer Band? Or maybe Bob Seger's Silver Bullet Band, who always looked to be having fun.

Again, I'd definitely have been a behind the scenes kind of guy. Maybe a roadie.

3. My mother started working part time when I was 8 or 9 but was home when we came home from school. When I was 10 my first sister was born, then 13 when my second sister came along. By the time she went back to work full time I was pretty much out of the house.

How did it affect me? Well, that's just the way things were in those days so I don't think I ever thought twice about it.

At 4:22 PM , Anonymous Jeff Meyerson said...

Punky gave an answer I should have thought of too: Bonnie Raitt is another band I'd love to work for.


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