Thursday, October 09, 2008

Dear Law With Grace Readers,

I've been meaning to take advantage of your anonymous knowledge for some time. Here's the deal. There are things I need to know. There are things I'd like to know. There are things I'm just curious about. I KNOW some of you know the answers. So TELL ME! Obviously, you don't have to answer all of the questions. But at least answer one. Lurkers, this includes you. consider it charity.

***Oh. And as an added incentive, if you answer one of my questions, I'll answer one of yours. Doesn't matter the topic. If I don't know the answer, I'll find out.

1. Is there a way of measuring dry pasta so that you have exactly one bowl full? I always make too much or too little.

2. Is it true that muscle weighs more than fat? But like, how much more could it POSSIBLY weigh?

3. What's wrong with Kelly Ripa?

4. If you used to date me, was I really bad? Did I have any redeeming qualities?

5. Is it true that it's impossible to sneeze with your eyes open?

6. Are Converse All Stars really really way too early 90's?

7. Where is a good place to go on a vacation alone? Just for 5 days or so. It's gotta be somewhere warm. In mid January.

8. Does anyone have a copy of the American version of Nobody's Side, from the musical, "Chess"?

9. How did you find out about my blog? And why do you continue reading?

10. If you are the person who always leaves the comment "someone should take a dump on your chest" why do you think so? That's a little gross. Why do you say it?

11. I think my blog needs a makeover. Does anyone want to redesign my blog? I don't know how to do that stuff.

12. People say that if you tuck your thumb into your fist when you punch something, you will break your thumb. Does ANYONE know anyone who that has happened to? Because I don't think that happens.

13. Did you go to undergrad with me?

14. Was the bailout a good idea or a bad idea?

15. Why do crazy people always talk to me?

16. Dress boots with a skirt suit- Courtroom appropriate or no? I think no, but there's been some office debate.

17. Do people still get perms? I obviously don't, but does anyone?

OK. That's all. Go. THANK YOU. And I welcome your questions as well.

Sincerely,

Grace
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36 comments:

nicolle said...

i don't have anything useful for most of them, but i've got a few stabs...

7. i was going to say NYC, but then i saw the "somewhere warm." that, i don't know...since i'm a cold weather fiend. but, i took a one-week vacation to NYC alone last year, and it was amazing exploring the city without anyone pulling me away from where my fancy was drawing me. if you don't want to do that in the winter, that's fine...but seriously. go to NYC alone at least once.

9. i found your blog because you commented on mine last week. i keep reading it because it's fun.

12. i've punched many a thing with my thumb tucked into my fist, just to test that theory. maybe i'm an idiot, but i've never broken my thumb.

13. not that i know of...

14. a bad idea. i don't like the idea of bailing out these businesses, because it teaches them that if they go overboard and do something colossally dumb again, they'll get bailed out again.

17. i often see an old lady or two getting a perm when i'm in getting my hair cut. perms are so old-school...i haven't had one since elementary school. i do, however, still love the smell of that caustic perm solution. it reminds me of being a carefree kid.

Legally Fabulous said...

1. I would think that certainly there is, but I've never found it. I always make WAY too much.

2. It's a lie. A lie that I do not believe, because I can see two things: the number on the scale, and my ass.

3. NOTHING! Love her.

4. I doubt it.

5. How would anyone really know? Who is going to pay to sponsor a study where people sneeze while their eyes are being held open?

6. YES.

7. I would get lonely/bored, so I say no. But if you're going to go somewhere alone, I say anywhere you can rent a condo on the beach to be totally by yourself.

8. Huh?

9. Not sure. Maybe my Google Reader suggested it? I read because I am currently a student at an overpriced Chicago law school, and find you entertaining. Oh, and your conversations with your dog absolutely crack my shit up.

10. I'm not. Ew.

11. Nope. Me either.

12. I have heard that too. Maybe if you have osteoporosis or something. Otherwise, I doubt it.

13. Don't think so.

14. Good idea, but only because something needed to be done.

15. I don't know. Why do the Greenpeace hippies on Michigan Ave. always try to talk to me? What part of my 500 dollar boots and 1200 dollar tote bag screams "wants to save the environment!!!"??? Yeah I mean I have some yuppie guilt, but that's why I volunteer.

16. Depends on material and heel. For example I just got a pair. If we're talking patent leather with a 5 inch heel, no. A nice leather with a kitten heel? Sure. However, my general rule is always - if you have to ask if it's a good idea, IT ISN'T.

17. God I sure hope not.

Anonymous said...

Lurker here...

1. Depends on how much YOU eat. But about half a cup to 3/4 cup should do it.

7. Costa Rica is very warm and bright and sunny in January. There are lots of beaches, waterfalls, volcanoes, etc. Peaceful if alone, fun if with a friend.

9. I happened to click on "Daisy's" blog link one time, eventually moseyed on over to yours, and liked your matter-of-fact approach to life. Though sometimes it seams your "toughness" is a front for all the sweet mush you have inside. But hey, i don't really know you so it might be a false impression.

11. PYZAM.com has some pretty cool blogger templates, and the makeover is very easy to do, and the website shows you how to do it. The only thing you would have to redo all over again would be add all of your links.

QUESTION FOR YOU:

are you Artful's "Isabell"?

Butterflyfish said...

3. What is NOT wrong with Kelly Ripa?

9. I think I found your blog through Namby. I read because you're funny, and your dog is an asshole.

14. Socialized banking = bad.

15. Crazy loves me too -- you probably have one of those welcoming faces. The kind that says 'this person can exorcise my demons.'

16. Boot & suit NO for ocurt.

17. I haven't had a perm since about 1987 -- the year I was big enough to fight back against my mother

QUESTION FOR YOU:
I posted five questions on my blog yesterday, requiring kneejerk reactions -- awesome or awful. Drop by.

ArmyGirl said...

3. Kelly Ripa comes across as a little airy without my substance. I find her obnoxious.

4. I would not say we've dated but you've been gracious enough to be my friend date several times. I know exactly why I invite you. Most people require some level of maintenance at a big event where they don't know many people but you don't. As long as you are fed and liquored up, I think you're happy. I'll keep the other redeeming qualities to myself.

7. Sedona, Arizona

9. When you first started. I keep reading because it tells me stuff we don't always have time to talk about on the phone.

12. It is true you can break your thumb if you tuck it in. The force of the other fingers smashing into another object causes the thumb bone to be pushed in an awkward, unnatural direction.

13. No

14. Horrible idea -- I asked one of the people that wrote it to tell me five things it does for the average American and they didn't know.

15. You are WAY too fucking nice.

16. I think it's inappropriate.

17. Yes. Perms have different effects of varying races and types of hair. I had a bad perm once...

Dunc said...

1. Is there a way of measuring dry pasta so that you have exactly one bowl full? I always make too much or too little..well, I know that a serving size is 2 ounces, but that usually doesn't cut it for me. How about one measuring cup of dry pasta?

2. Is it true that muscle weighs more than fat? But like, how much more could it POSSIBLY weigh? I have no idea, but I hope I have a LOT of muscle, given my current weight.

3. What's wrong with Kelly Ripa? She's not human.

4. If you used to date me, was I really bad? Did I have any redeeming qualities? N/A.....I think.

5. Is it true that it's impossible to sneeze with your eyes open? Yes, although apparently Dwight Schrute would disagree.

6. Are Converse All Stars really really way too early 90's? no.

7. Where is a good place to go on a vacation alone? Just for 5 days or so. It's gotta be somewhere warm. In mid January. Hmm...I was going to say the Outer Banks, but I don't think they're very warm in January.

8. Does anyone have a copy of the American version of Nobody's Side, from the musical, "Chess"? ...

9. How did you find out about my blog? And why do you continue reading? I think I found it through Namby Pamby, which was a suggested blog on my google reader. You're hilarious.

10. If you are the person who always leaves the comment "someone should take a dump on your chest" why do you think so? That's a little gross. Why do you say it? Uh, N/A...and more than a little gross.

11. I think my blog needs a makeover. Does anyone want to redesign my blog? I don't know how to do that stuff. I could barely create a banner for my blog, so I am certainly not the one to ask!

12. People say that if you tuck your thumb into your fist when you punch something, you will break your thumb. Does ANYONE know anyone who that has happened to? Because I don't think that happens. I have no effing idea.

13. Did you go to undergrad with me? No, unless you went to school in Nebraska...then likely yes.

14. Was the bailout a good idea or a bad idea? good...ish.

15. Why do crazy people always talk to me? For the same reason homeless people solicit me for sex and tell me they want to "savor my juices." ICK.

16. Dress boots with a skirt suit- Courtroom appropriate or no? I think no, but there's been some office debate. No.

17. Do people still get perms? I obviously don't, but does anyone? I lives in Nebraska, so the answer is a resounding yes.....(but not from personal experience)

You're Out of Your Element, Bethie said...

1. They make some sort of "serving measure" thing for pasta which is just a piece of plastic with holes in it...
2. I think it's true, but no idea how much more.
3. So, so much.
4. n/a
5. As far as I know.
6. Hell no. I want a pair. I envy everyone I see wearing them these days.
7. I would choose San Diego.
8. Sorry no.
9. I found you and Daisy and Namby Pamby through that one blog that's defunct now, the lawbitches. (there's no competition in law school) I keep coming back b/c you're all amusing and relatable.
10. That's extremely gross. Who does that??
11. no idea
12. no idea
13. if i did, i didn't know you. i went to school in VA.
14. i don't know what the alternative was. i guess we'll see.
15. this is a common problem among intelligent young women i think. perhaps we all carry an innate look of sympathy.
16. i think probably not.
17. one secretary at my office does. it looks...well, like a perm.

Anonymous said...

5. Yes. I have sneezed with my eyes open. And no, your eyeballs don't fly out of your head. A sneeze might have enough force to send your eyeballs flying, but it's in your sinuses, not your eye cavities.

Melanie said...

1. I suppose it depends on how big your bowl is, doesn't it? That said, I use a food scale to measure one serving of dry pasta (56 grams) and then cook it (I live alone and do Weight Watchers, which is why I have a food scale to begin with). It fits perfectly in my bowl.

2. Muscle does not weigh more than fat. Think about it: a pound of muscle weighs the same as a pound of fat. The reason people think this is because muscle is more dense than fat, so more than a pound of muscle fits into the same space than a pound of fat.

5. I've done it; it's especially useful while driving.

9. I have lots of legal blogs on my Google Reader, and yours came up under the "other blogs you might like" heading.

13. No. Except how would I really know?

16. I have to go with no one this one. Office, yes. Court, no.

17. I haven't had a perm since 1994, so I couldn't say. Oddly enough, my hair just stayed curly.

April said...

1. No idea, but I’m going to look into the plastic thing with holes in it that was mentioned by Bethie.

2. Yes, it is true. You’d think after 5 A&P classes, and a cadaver that I would know how much, but alas, I don’t.

3. *hangs head* I kinda like her. I hate annoying ditz in real life, but I seem to enjoy them when they’re not within punching distance.

4. I never dated you, and while I doubt my husband would have too many objections, I just don’t think it’s the right time to start now.

5. I was going to try and sneeze with my eyes open, but my head already hurts, so no dice. But, I would imagine it is possible.

6. Now see, I was making an argument about them being late 90s yesterday.

7. I went to Tennessee alone. It wasn’t in January. But I think it’s normally nice and doesn’t get the weather that we northerners do.

8. Really? This was a question? I didn’t even read it the first time through. I went from vacation to reading your blog. Huh. But no. There’s a musical “Chess”? Odd.

9. I was blog-jumping from law students and lawyers and landed on yours. I keep coming back because I like what I read...and was bummed when you went on hiatus, but opted not to go crazy white female stalker on you.

10. While I’m not the person who says it, I’ve heard that some people have erotic fantasies consisting of that. Maybe it’s suppose to be a compliment.

11. I have no idea how to do that either, with the exception of the themes that others create.

12. I don’t think that your thumbs would break, but the person you’re punching may think you’re a sissy. I would anyway.

13. No idea. Likely no though.

14. Bad idea. I don’t think that we should be responsible for bailing other people out. Their incompetence, mistake or irresponsibleness doesn’t make us accountable for them. They’ll just do it all over again, but now with an expectation that they will be felt sorry for and we will make it right for them. Nothing is free and we shouldn’t be supporting what they did. Instead of a bailout, they should have had to come up with a plan to fix the problems on their own. And be required to actually follow through.

15. Seriously, I missed this question on the first read too. Apparently I have selective reading. Crazy people talk to me. I think it’s God’s way of playing a practical joke on me, or his attempt at “for shits & giggles”.

16. Not appropriate. Should you really look like a dressed up hooker when going to court. Okay, I’m not saying it’s a bad look. I like the look, if I wasn’t so short, I’d probably try to pull it off, but I think it’s too casual for court. I love my Uggs, but I wouldn’t wear them to court.

17. I am growing my hair out so I can get a perm. Even though I will probably look like a poodle. Again.

Daisy Duke said...

Sometimes I *smell* people getting perms, but seeing as how I actually am blessed (snort) with curly hair, I'm not really that informed.

Kelly's bellybutton is mis-formed, thus allowing air bubbles to enter her blood stream & slowly cause brain death.

YOU try sneezing with your eyes open.

January, vacation = Boca. Enjoy.

last call at the bar said...

1. Pour it dry in the bowl til its 2/3 full? That's a guess.

2. muscle are fibers that can be more densely packed than fat cells and fat cells hold water...shit, I don't know, I thought I could reason through BS to figure it out.

3. Alien. Or too many uppers.

5. I don't know. Did you watch the Office last night?

6. Yes. Unless you're a kid <16. Then it's cute.

7. Somewhere with a water view in the Kihei/Wailea area of Maui. Or the Four Seasons there if you have the $$ It felt very intimate and private, like you would be tended to (with drinks, sunscreen, etc) but also be left alone.

9. I'm an aficiando of great procrastination material who went to law school, likes to drink and misses drinking with my classmates. You are way wittier than they were. I still need to procrastinate. Right now I should be working.

13. I don't know. A lot of people went to my undergad university and I didn't get to know too many.

14. Bad idea. Why reward unethical investments by greedy financial institutions? Also, people need to suffer in order to be forced to think for themselves. Maybe then they will actually educate themselves about what someone's "tax plan" means for them instead just believing that it means a tax break. I'm talking to you, gung-ho republicans making less than $250K. Your party is screwing you. (Oops, sorry for the rant)

15. Because they stopped talking to me and moved to Chicago. Some still frequently sit next to me, though.

16. No. I don't know why. Just seems S&M in an arena of hierarchy and power. A couple of times I've worn boots (leather midrise with a kitten heel)with a suit skirt to work. I got some borderline creepy "nice boots" comments complete with eyebrow raise from a few men and at least one from a woman. Hers was definitely of the "hitting on" variety.

17. Aaack! Flashback! I can smell it...ew.

a random lurker paying my dues for the amusement I get from your blog said...

1. try filling your bowl and then taking out half or so.

5. How far are you willing to go and what do you like to do?

First choice Austin - hike the green belt, tour Hill Country wineries, people watch on 6th street and if you go at the right time hit a SoCo first thursday

Costa Rica yes, but leave San Jose

A less visited Island: Roatan, Honduras or try Belize, it's english speaking.

9. through obsquatch. because you're hilarious. did you ever hear back from that girl in Nigeria?

13. extremely unlikely

14. not good. something I was reading in the NYTimes mentioned immunity from prosecution for the creators. it creeps me out.

17. No one I know. Even my mom has given that up.

Brian Cavner said...

1. This might not help you find the right amount, but it will help you get consistently the right amount once you find it: make a circle with your pointer finger and thumb (like an okay sign), and slide your pointer finger down your thumb (shrinking the "okay" circle. You can use notches and joints in your thumb as a measurement device. For instance, I've found that with my finger pressed into the first joint in my thumb makes a perfect single serving for me. At the middle joint makes a perfect 2 servings. Bowl size, hunger, and finger length are all factors, of course, but once you find the right notch, you're set every time.

9. I can't remember if I found Fannie's Room from you or if I found you from Fannie's Room, but I started reading both at the same time. As a gay law student, I loved the musings of gay law students. So... yeah, that. Could've been Google... could've been an aggregator like queerfilter... I don't remember.

Vernacular said...

1.Actually, we call that 5oz. on the MyWeigh i5000. (My spouse is more than a little into Foodery.)
2. I like to think so. Let me ask my legs…they’re undecided.
3. Ripa belongs in Ripa’s Believe It or Not. I think that perhaps she has a disabling and delirium-inducing Need To Be Liked.
4. I am positive that you were not REALLY bad. Although I’ve never lived with you…living with people is a whole other waxball or ballgame.
5. At the tender age of seven, I read this “factoid” on a Cabbage Patch Kids fact-a-day calendar. This is why I am convinced that it is actually Urban Legend.
6. Nah…they’re 50’s Basketball, too!
7.Jamaica, baby, Jamaica!
8. Would now like to see the musical “Chess”.
9. You, dear Grace, were my first blogspot read. You had me at hello with your sassy antics. And with your Mavericky Straight Talk. Except only with the first thing I said, and not the second.
10. That’s a lot gross!! Has your dog figured out the manual techniques of internet commenting?!
11. I would if I could but I don’t and I won’t. Also, SmartPerson, when you finish with Grace’s blog, will you come by my blog? (My version of Word is so old that it gives red-spelling-error underlines for the word “blog”.)
12. That would never happen to Houdini. I actually think that this would protect the thumb more than the thumb-out position. ‘Cause, you know, I’m an expert in Anatomy.
13. Nope. I just love you anonymously. And, well, with my comments via keystrokes.
14. Short answer: It was a horrific freak-show of stupidity.
15. If you find out the answer to this, please do tell. This happens to me ALL the TIME. And there are days that I’m just not up for Schizophrenic Dialogue or Monologue or whatever.
16. I am not always the queen of appropriate.
17. I have naturally-curly hair, and only old ladies tell me that it’s so pretty. Youngsters have said that I look like Shirley Temple. Not hip, my friend, not hip. So, I think that that is a “No. Nobody does perms now.”

Vernacular said...

Also, Grace, can I save up my question-asking Powers for the future when I have thought of really insightful questions? (And that shouldn't count as my first question, okay? ((And that was not my second.)))

Mr. Saddle Shoes said...

Grace,

1 – Dry pasta should be made a whole package at a time; that’s how much I eat.

2 – It does weigh more … when I started lifting weights, I lost weight for a while, and then started gaining as I became even thinner.

3 – Kelly Ripa suffers from ADHD; no other way she could do as much as she does without taking massive amounts of amphetamines

4 – Did not date you; you’re just taller than me, which is a turnoff for me.

5 – The physiological blink response can be overcome with massive amounts of training, as has been demonstrated using time-lapse photography on UFC fighters who have trained themselves not to blink when being punched in the face, but such training is a major undertaking.

6 – Converse All-Stars date back almost 90 years, and can’t properly be tied to any period in history; they are tied to various fashion movements, but there are so many that I will not take the time to catalogue them now.

7 – Prague

8 – I’m sure it’s available on iTunes.

9 – You told me over IM. I continue reading because it is a more reliable source of information regarding your life than trying to speak to you on a regular basis.

10 – Not me.

11 – Don’t mess with perfection.

12 – While I have never met someone who broke their thumb that way, they did teach me that technique in Tae Kwon Do.

13 – No.

14 – The bailout was a bad idea; we either need full regulation or true free market. This middle approach creates bad results.

15 - You have kind eyes.

16 – Very hot; given the crap I seep people wear to court, I can’t say it’s inappropriate because a skirt suit is ideal for court, and I don’t think that the boots undermine that.

17 – People do; city dwellers do not.

Squid filet with a side of mashed squid said...

1. a serving is 1/4 of a pound, which is 1/4 of a full box. just eye it, you'll do great.
2. who cares
3. she is bubbly and has a great life, that's what's wrong. oh, she also gets to bang mark consuelos.
4. so self-deprecating. nobody's that bad.
5. i thought it was, so i'm surprised to hear the others say they've done it. i've tried, to no avail.
6. no way! totally classic and chic.
7. mexico. it's close, warm, and totally chill.
8. as if.
9. you, and you.
10. it's funny that everyone commented, "ew, gross." i mean, it's obviously gross.
11. sorry.
12. it happens if you punch hard enough.
13. no.
14. good. desperate times, desperate measures.
15. don't flatter yourself. crazy people talk to everyone, because they're crazy, and don't really care if they have a captive audience.
16. no.
17. yes.

Molly said...

6.) I don't think so. I wear Converse All Stars...

9.) I think I searched 'law blogs' because I'm interested in going to law school. I clicked on one sight, clicked on another and somewhere along the way I found this blog. I thought it was funny so I kept reading it.

13.) Nope.

15.) Crazy people talk to me too, they just come up to me and start conversations. My friends say I have an 'approachable' face, whatever that means.

17.) I think so.

Fannie said...

4. No. And, you had a remarkable ability to sneak us into stranger's house parties as though we were invited guests and score us free booze.

5. I've sneezed with my eyes open and my eyes didn't pop out. But I think I did make the ugliest face possible in the process.

6. Yes. Unless the grungy Samantha Ronson look is what you're going for.

11. I agree. There is a preponderance of pink girlie law student/lawyer blogs out there and you need to differentiate your blog.

15. I think that crazy people are naturally drawn to people who are incapable of ignoring them or telling them to fuck off.

16. I am way too lesbian to pretend that I can give you fashion advice.

3L Wannabe said...

2. Muscle does weigh more than fat, yes, but does it matter when you are a) looking at the number on the scale through your tears or b) contemplating the size of your ass in every mirror, window reflection and shiny object? My guess is, no.

3. She never should have left All My Children - playing someone else suits her much more than being herself.

9. Lily Graypure. Cuz you rock!

13. Don't think so.

14. Don't care - is that bad?

15. You smile at them.

16. Being yourself suits you much more than giving a flying f*** what is appropriate. I say go for the boots and wear them with style.

17. Yes. I know two people who still get the "spiral" perm. Yep. That's all I got.

davidallenjd said...

1. Can you measure a bowl's worth of pasta? In the old days, pasta companies used to have a circle on their boxes that allowed you measure how much a bowl was. You would put the dry pasta up against the circle, and that would tell you how much was just right. But in this day of gluttonous eating, how dare the pasta company try to tell you how much is enough? "Don't judge me!!! Who are you to judge me if I want to eat the whole box???"

So, no. There's no way to measure it.

davidallenjd said...

2. Does a pound of muscle weigh more than a pound of fat?

No. A pound is a pound is a pound.

http://www.weightwatchers.com/util/art/index_art.aspx?tabnum=1&art_id=8311

davidallenjd said...

3. What's wrong with Kelly Ripa?

No offense Grace, but what does this question mean? So, since no one else is asking you any questions (the pussies), let me start the ball rolling. My first question to you Grace is, what do you mean by this question? Do you think that she's stupid? Ugly? A dork?

davidallenjd said...

5. Can you sneeze with your eyes open?

Some people can, some can't. Sneezing is a reflex.

http://library.thinkquest.org/J0112390/sneezing.htm

davidallenjd said...

4. If I used to date you, did you have ANY redeeming qualities?

Does our interaction on the CTA Red Line count as a "date"? Haha.

But based on that exchange, you were sweet. You were proud of your accomplishments. You were polite. You had an amazing smile, and a great handshake.

Maybe that's why the crazy people talk to you.

davidallenjd said...

6. Are Converse All Stars too 1990's?

You can get them at Target? Res ipsa loquitar.

http://www.target.com/b/602-5282275-6041405?node=401336011&ref=tgt_adv_XSHA3331&AFID=googlestr&CPNG=mensconverse&LNM=converse_all_stars&LID=

davidallenjd said...

9. How did I find out about your blog? And why do I continue to read it?

We were both home on a Friday night, and I asked you what you were doing, and you said you were blogging. I was unaware of this concept and its popularity until you introduced it to me, and sent me your link.

Why do I keep reading your blog? Because your writing makes me laugh out loud. Your recent entries about Ron Huberman or the Dog from Hell are classics. "Metra is my boo." "I thought you died, bitch." Hysterical.

But you have also caught me off guard, made me fight back the tears, or not be able to, and just cry. After a few lame entries (sorry Grace, but there have been some), you suddenly came roaring back with "My Dating History and IKEA art." That one touched me, dear Grace. And the entries to your dear dead junkie.

I continue to read because I heart you, Grace. And think you're one of the best writers I've ever met.

Mr. Saddle Shoes said...

To Davidallenjd,

2 things.

1 - everyone else managed to answer multiple questions in the same posting. Do you have a reason why you can't?

2 - Your answer to #6 contained an error; those are not converse all-stars, they are converse one-stars, the new "value" line from converse made especially for Target. They are particularly uncool, as they remove the patch and add a big star that makes it obvious that you are wearing the bargain version.

From a legal standpoint, the trademark on these is different. The trademark on an all-stars is the patch on the inner ankle; the trademark on the one-stars is a cutout star on the outer edge. One is subtle and classic, the other is a trademark for the sake of a trademark.

It's kinda like the Levi's jeans you can get at target ... they don't have the red tab or the pocket stitching, so even though they are from the same company, they're not the real thing because the trademark is different.

This is actually a good example of the value of a trademark; a Converse shoe with the proper trademark costs $15 more than a converse shoe without the traditional trademark. An identical shoe from Payless (Airwalk sells a near-perfect balck chuck without a patch) is $20 less than the trademarked converse.

But I digress ...

davidallenjd said...

Thanks Mr. Saddle Shoes. I didn't have time to answer every question in one sitting. I need not address why I didn't, or why you did. It's just the way it is. I didn't see it in Grace's rules that she required us to pretend like taking the bar exam again, and do it in one sitting.

Let's ask Grace: Grace, do you care if we answer all your questions at once, or not?

Continuing in answering her questions.

13. Did you go to undergrad with me? No.

14. Was the bailout a good idea or a bad idea? I don't know. I guess we'll see. I sure hope so. Much as I "love" my job, I don't want to be doing it the rest of my life.

The Artful Blogger said...

Whew! Quite the quiz. Here goes:

1. Is there a way of measuring dry pasta so that you have exactly one bowl full? I usually take the bowl that I am going to use and fill it 2/3 cup dry. I then add THAT amount to the hot water with a little olive oil to prevent stickage. That way, it comes out to a full bowl once the pasta is cooked

2. Is it true that muscle weighs more than fat? Muscle is more dense than fat. That is a more accurate statement. Muscle consists of alternate fibers of actin and myosin tied together into fiber bundles. Fat is just a collection of lipid molecules loosely held together by some hydrogen bonds.

3. What's wrong with Kelly Ripa? She wants to out-Kathie Lee Kathie Lee (remember her?

4. If you used to date me, was I really bad? I have no idea.

5. Is it true that it's impossible to sneeze with your eyes open? I have never been able to accomplish this. It does sound like an automatic response by your body (like salivating a lot before you vomit so that your throat will be protected against the digestive juices that flow up with vomit). However, I do not know why the body would have the eye closing response.

6. Are Converse All Stars really really way too early 90's? For me, I think they are too mid-eighties, when Chucks were available in every single color and design (aping Vanns, which were just coming off popularity at the time). Everything is cyclical, I suppose.

7. Where is a good place to go on a vacation alone? Just for 5 days or so. It's gotta be somewhere warm. In mid January. Aruba. Next.

8. Does anyone have a copy of the American version of Nobody's Side, from the musical, "Chess"? Yup.

9. How did you find out about my blog? And why do you continue reading? I linked over from my friend Daisy's soon after she started blogging. You are an excellent and engaging writer. Your stories alternatively make me happy and sad, and I get a really good sense of who you are from them.

10. If you are the person who always leaves the comment "someone should take a dump on your chest" why do you think so? That's a little gross. Why do you say it? Not me.

11. I think my blog needs a makeover. Does anyone want to redesign my blog? I don't know how to do that stuff. I can help, but I am in the same boat as you. I can give critiques of possible designs.

12. People say that if you tuck your thumb into your fist when you punch something, you will break your thumb. Does ANYONE know anyone who that has happened to? Because I don't think that happens. I think that your fingers would automatically loosen. It depends on the speed of the strike and the "give" of the striking surface. The faster you punch and the harder the surface, the more likely you are to break your thumb because the fingers will not have enough time to "pull away" from the tucked thumb.

13. Did you go to undergrad with me? Nope

14. Was the bailout a good idea or a bad idea? adding a $700 BILLION dollar (11 zeroes) to the national debt is a really bad idea. It does not seem to be doing the job either, as the market is still in "sell" mentality for no really good reason. I think it would be a good idea if the companies being bailed out had special higher taxes levied on them over the next 20 years so that they can pay back the debt (maybe tied to their gross profits).

15. Why do crazy people always talk to me? I don't know.

16. Dress boots with a skirt suit- Courtroom appropriate or no? I think no, but there's been some office debate. I don't know.

17. Do people still get perms? I obviously don't, but does anyone? People still get perms or semi-perms. Once again, I think that these things are cyclical, but the chemicals that are being used are still incredibly bad for your hair. You are burning protein every single time, and that can't be a good thing.

Anne said...

3. What isn't?
6. No, and I don't believe they'll ever go out of style.
7. I'm going to Cozumel alone in January, so I think that is a good place to go.
9. I think I heard about your blog through Daisy's, but I can't remember who linked me over to hers.
12. I don't think you will break it, but you can damage your joint and/or ligaments and stuff.
16. Depends on the length of the skirt and height of the boots and heels. However, I agree with whoever up there that said something like if you have to ask then the answer is no.
17. I think you have to be eligible for Medicare in order to get a perm these days, but some people really do still get them.

five tomatoes said...

5. Yes. I try all the time. You blink momentarily when you do it.

6. No, they are always appropriate. Crap, even J.Crew sells them.

9. I can't remember - you were a link on a lot of different blogs I read.

14. Bad.

15. Crazy people talk to everyone. That's why they are crazy.

16. I think it depends on the boot, the suit, and the person wearing them. I did it a few times as a clerk because my pantsuits were all at the cleaners and it was cold.

17. Yes, they are the same people who think Obama is a terrorist.

Anonymous said...

About the pasta: How about you have multiple bowls to chose from so you can always have exactly one bowl full. Kind of takes the guesswork out of it. Oh, and stop eating when you get full, in case you had to use your big bowl.

rem said...

1. Is there a way of measuring dry pasta so that you have exactly one bowl full? I always make too much or too little.

2. Is it true that muscle weighs more than fat? But like, how much more could it POSSIBLY weigh?

3. What's wrong with Kelly Ripa?

4. If you used to date me, was I really bad? Did I have any redeeming qualities?

5. Is it true that it's impossible to sneeze with your eyes open?

6. Are Converse All Stars really really way too early 90's?

7. Where is a good place to go on a vacation alone? Just for 5 days or so. It's gotta be somewhere warm. In mid January.

8. Does anyone have a copy of the American version of Nobody's Side, from the musical, "Chess"?

9. How did you find out about my blog? And why do you continue reading?

10. If you are the person who always leaves the comment "someone should take a dump on your chest" why do you think so? That's a little gross. Why do you say it?

11. I think my blog needs a makeover. Does anyone want to redesign my blog? I don't know how to do that stuff.

12. People say that if you tuck your thumb into your fist when you punch something, you will break your thumb. Does ANYONE know anyone who that has happened to? Because I don't think that happens.

13. Did you go to undergrad with me?

14. Was the bailout a good idea or a bad idea?

15. Why do crazy people always talk to me?

16. Dress boots with a skirt suit- Courtroom appropriate or no? I think no, but there's been some office debate.

17. Do people still get perms? I obviously don't, but does anyone?

rem said...

so, you wanna delete the one before this where i sent it without actually answering any? your call. ok, way after the post but the last week of school means one thing: do ANYTHING but my papers...which includes blog combing. And i will now try to tackle this...on accounta i was accidentally bad-mouthed somewhere aove this by someone whom i'm sure is quite lovely, and i have now earned being able to put in MY two cents...here goes...

1. Is there a way of measuring dry pasta so that you have exactly one bowl full? I always make too much or too little.
--NO. THERE ISN'T.


2. Is it true that muscle weighs more than fat? But like, how much more could it POSSIBLY weigh?
--I GOT BORED

3. What's wrong with Kelly Ripa?
--ONE OF HER PARENTS IS AN OOMPA LOOMPA. THAT'S WHY SHE'S THAT COLOR. NO FOR REAL. THAT'S A FACT.

4. If you used to date me, was I really bad? Did I have any redeeming qualities?
--OH. WAIT. WHAT WAS THE QUESTION?

5. Is it true that it's impossible to sneeze with your eyes open?
--YES

6. Are Converse All Stars really really way too early 90's?
--WHAT'S "WAY TOO" EARLY 90S?

7. Where is a good place to go on a vacation alone? Just for 5 days or so. It's gotta be somewhere warm. In mid January.
--BAJA. IT'S CHEAP AND YOU MIGHT RUN INTO DYLAN MCKAY

8. Does anyone have a copy of the American version of Nobody's Side, from the musical, "Chess"?
--I ALMOST HATED YOU JUST NOW.

9. How did you find out about my blog? And why do you continue reading?
--BECAUSE YOU TOLD ME ABOUT IT. AND I THINK YOU'RE FUNNY...IN A MEAN WAY...WHICH IS FUNNY.

10. If you are the person who always leaves the comment "someone should take a dump on your chest" why do you think so? That's a little gross. Why do you say it?
--N/A...MAAAAYBEEEEE...

11. I think my blog needs a makeover. Does anyone want to redesign my blog? I don't know how to do that stuff.
--N/A

12. People say that if you tuck your thumb into your fist when you punch something, you will break your thumb. Does ANYONE know anyone who that has happened to? Because I don't think that happens.
--IT DOES HAPPEN. I'VE SEEN IT HAPPEN MORE THAN ONCE. I THINK I GET TO BE THE WINNER ON THIS ONE SINCE I'M THE ONE WITH THE BLACK BELTS...P.S. WATCHING LITTLE KIDS BREAK THEIR THUMBS IS HILARIOUS.

13. Did you go to undergrad with me?
--NO.

14. Was the bailout a good idea or a bad idea?
--I DON'T PAY ATTENTION TO THAT SORTA THING. I JUST AUTOMATICALLY ASSUME MY GOVERNMENT IS DOING THE RIGHT THING. I MEAN, THIS IS AMERICA, RIGHT?

15. Why do crazy people always talk to me?
--UM...CAUSE IT TAKES ONE TO KNOW ONE??? ACTUALLY I THINK IT'S CAUSE YOU'RE TOO NICE TO PEOPLE WHO DON'T REALLY KNOW YOU THAT WELL.

16. Dress boots with a skirt suit- Courtroom appropriate or no? I think no, but there's been some office debate.
--I'M GOING YES.

17. Do people still get perms? I obviously don't, but does anyone?
--THERE'S A SHOW ON THAT CHANNEL THAT LOVES TO HAVE SHOWS ABOUT MIDGETS AND PEOPLE WITH TOO MANY KIDS WHERE THE FAMILY WITH 17 KIDS AND ONE ON THE WAY (THEY'RE HOME SCHOOLED...BIG SURPRISE) HAS THE GIRLS GIVE EACH OTHER HOME PERMS. NO. FOR REAL.