I kind of hate the #AtoZChallenge.
No, though. I mean, I love reading others’ blogs, meeting new writers. Seeing new people and people I used to know among commenters. I hate what a reader I become during the #AtoZChallenge, is what I hate.
I’m a shitty one, no bones about it.
And that’s kind of the point of blogging. The interaction. I’m grappling with those times, like tonight, at 10:06 p.m., of whether I should be writing or reading. To keep up, I choose to write, but it sure does feel shitty.
I vow to catch up and read two #AtoZChallenge blogs every day when this is over until next year.
That’ll mean reading them all. If you’re here again and I’ve been a bastard about getting back to your place, well, I’m sorry. And thank you for coming anyway. I’ll see you soon. Promise. For now, here are a few more questions my girls asked.
1. How many of the Beatles are still alive?
We’re down to two. Paul McCartney (age 75) and Ringo Starr (77) are still with us. A mentally disturbed gunman killed John Lennon in 1980. I was 9, and remember it.
Uncle Frank gave me his copy of Double Fantasy, Lennon’s final album. Starting Over is my favorite track from it.
George Harrison died of lung cancer at age 58 in 2001. He survived a stabbing during a home invasion 2 years earlier. They scattered his ashes in the rivers Ganges and Yamuna by Hindi tradition.
Starr is the oldest Beatle, and he was 23 when the arrived in America from England. He’s still on tour!
My dad was a huge Beatles fan. He told of wanting boots like the Beatles wore when he was a teenager. Their paisley-lined interior set them apart. My grandma sewed him a pair just like them.
2. Have you ever stolen anything?
I always aim for honesty here.
Yes, I’ve stolen stuff. The one thing prominent I swipe is stuff from restaurants. Cups, glasses, the like. Your mom got so mad, Hayden, that I let you swipe a glass once from a barbecue joint. She kept it hidden for years as a punishment.
Road signs are another. If I find one down, it’s mine. I’m not alone in this. That doesn’t make it right. But those few, and the cups? They feel like my collection of misfit stuff.
Sometimes I get help, like when Mitch shoved a mini iron skillet into my to-go box.
I stole a toy car from my cousin when I was little. Guilt ate at me so I tried to return it when he came over next. He told his mom on me for trying to give him a car he already had at home.
3. Can they do a green screen with blue?
In chroma key photography, anything in green (or blue) can be replaced for broadcast. That’s how Connie Coldfront stands over the Mississippi Delta to deliver her forecast.
Blue and green are the opposite of normal skin tone, so they’re ideal hues.
There must be a contrast to blue or green from the meteorologist’s clothing, though. Green is a more natural mix, but blue can work, too. More meteorologists like to wear blue than green. #science
Larry Butler first used a blue screen in the film The Thief of Baghdad in 1940. (No, I wasn’t alive then.)
The Green Goblin needed a blue screen for the green screen. So would the Hulk or Kermit the frog. Anything yellow or white would be problematic. So Big Bird or Tom Brady would be out.
E is for End-of-your-career awards
F is for Frank, my uncle
H is for ✊🏻 haiku (my quarantine journal)
L is for learn
P is for purify your mindset
Q is for quarterback