Happy Halloween [links]!


Truly terrifying pumpkins.

Halloween 2017.

Zoo animals celebrate Halloween.

It’s hard to argue with perfection.

All-purpose costumes.


Rural Halloween.

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I missed a few IGs last night.

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How about some IG? It has been weeks.

I still have a few left over from the Kavanaugh debacle.

I don’t even remember what these were prompted by.


Some  point out the idiocy and hypocritical nature of our president and his followers.


There are always ones about women v. The Patriarchy.


A couple about the hypocrisy of the so-called Christian right.


Happily, there are many about how voting is the best way to change things.


Miscellaneous ones that I liked.

A moment of optimism…


… and just to show that it is not all politics all the time in my head…

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More IG of various sorts.

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IG. Non-political.

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Update on W00t!



When will my Jeopardy! episode air?
I don’t know. It will depend on how many games the winner(s) before me win(s); that will determine how many contestants are needed and when. The Jeopardy Teen Tournament will be running the week I tape plus the following week, so my episode cannot air before Monday, November 19.

How do you study for this? 
The woman from Jeopardy! told me to get some books about appearing on the show. I have requested all that are available in my library system and still need to check Amazon for others.  I remember that back in 1999 the first time I qualified to be in the contestant pool I read several books on the subject. What I remember most from those is that more than one contestant — and even champion — tried out multiple times, even as many as five like me. As I said back in August when I auditioned, Fifth time’s the charm!

She also told me to watch the show every day between now and the taping. Well, that probably ain’t gonna happen. We are at the very edge of being able to get reception from the NBC affiliate in the Twin Cities, and we cannot get their shows at all until the leaves fall off the trees. Yes, city dwellers, we out here in The Sticks have obstacles you never dreamed of.

Also, there are certain categories that often come up and which lend themselves to pre-game study: state and world capitals; US presidents, vice-presidents, and cabinet members; world leaders; and Shakespeare’s plays. I am in the midst of making flashcards for those categories — state and world capitals are done and I am halfway through Shakespeare. Smokey will drill me on them. I never studied Shakespeare in college, so that is a category I really need to brush up on. Those flashcards will have the name of the play on one side and major characters, location, and a one-line plot summary will be on the other.

Another aspect of preparation is that I have an eye appointment on Monday. The question board is about 30 feet away, and I have been saying for a couple months that I need new glasses. I was going to take care of that after the election when I will have the time to drive to the Twin Cities, but I am doing it now. Having 20-20 distance vision is essential to reading the question quickly and being confident enough to ring in.

Will you wear something hand-knit?
Well, duh. Southern California is not necessarily conducive to wooly wonders, but at a minimum there will be hand-knit socks. And, like all dedicated knitters, I am already planning my take-along project — something portable and mindless, probably a shawlette/scarf.

A friend posted this on my timeline today:

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If you are my friend on Facebook or follow me on Instagram, this is not news. For the rest of you…


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As I said on FB, Sorry to be shouting but I am just that excited!

I got The Call late Monday afternoon while I was staffing the desk at our county party campaign office.

Hi, this is Laurie [something] and I work for a TV show called Jeopardy.

When my heart sank back to its usual location I managed to croak, Really!?!?

She went on to tell me all about the taping — when (November 7), where (Sony studios in Culver City, CA), where I should stay (a couple nearby hotels that offer the Sony corporate discount and a free shuttle to the studio on taping day), what I should wear (avoid white or busy prints*), how many guests I could bring to the taping (six), and a bunch of other stuff that you don’t need to know.


Sorry, I just needed to say that. Again.

The phone call went on for nearly ten minutes. I just wanted it to be over so I could tell someone.

I called Smokey.

I just got a call from Culver City, California. Can you guess who it was from? (He guessed his friend John who lives in CA. Nope.)

It was from someone at Sony Picture Studios. (No guess.)

What is that tv program we like to watch at 4:30 in the afternoon? (He got it.)

Then I messaged both sons. Younger Son immediately messaged back, WHAT? and CONGRATULATIONS!

Elder Son called later that evening to congratulate me. He also commented on my FB post: Congratulations! I think that you’ve been watching that show so long that I used to call it “Jeopardy-dee-dee” because I was just learning to talk. (Actually, it was Jeopar-dee-bee, but who’s counting…)

In case you didn’t know it, November 7 is the day after The Election, so we will have to vote early (but not often) because we will be on a plane to LAX on Election Day. Gotta say that I breathed a sigh of relief when she said the date of the taping; had it been sooner I would have been leaving my county party — of which I am co-chair and head volunteer — in the lurch. Not that I wouldn’t have done it, but it is better all around if I miss only the very last day.

So now I am renewing my efforts to make flash cards of subjects that are easily reviewed that way — Shakespeare’s plays, US presidents/vice presidents/cabinet members, state/world capital cities. Smokey doesn’t know it yet, but he will be testing me with these every night. And I just searched my library system’s online catalog to request books about Jeopardy.

Once I find out when my episode(s) will air, you can be sure I will shout it here and everywhere.


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Instagram Sunday: another political edition.


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Instagram Sunday: the bigot edition.

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IG. Two days worth.


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