November 2, 2010

Wednesday Wickedness: Dolly Parton

Hi and welcome to Wednesday Wickedness!

We are like other memes in that we will ask you ten questions each and every Wednesday. But our little "twist" is that each week we will pick a famous person and pick ten of their quotes.

Each of our questions will be based on the quotes. The quotes are in bold.

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Today we picked Dolly Parton.  Here's Wednesday Wickedness!

1. "I hated school. Even to this day, when I see a school bus it's just depressing to me.  The poor little kids."

What was your worst year in school?  Why?

Probably the 8th grade.  My family moved from the old neighborhood I’d lived since I was two and I had to leave all my old friends behind to go to a new school.  We’d moved to a ‘nicer’ city and it was the first time I encountered snotty ‘rich kids’ and their materialistic values.  (The kids weren’t really ‘rich’ but their families were more well-off than my own)

Since I didn’t wear designer clothes or $100 tennis shoes, most of the kids looked down their noses at me.  Luckily, by the 10th grade I had found friends with similar interests (and similar distain of the ‘rich kids’) and school wasn’t so bad anymore.

2. "I still close my eyes and go home - I can always draw from that."

Tell us about YOUR home.

(Yawn!)  I’m the oldest of three kids.  I have a younger brother (39) and a baby sister (37).  My parents are still married.  We went on family vacations every summer.  There were siblings squabbles, usually between the youngest two.  We’d go see our grandparents on holidays, etc, etc... pretty basic stuff.

But, as I’ve gotten older, I have come to realize just how many people did NOT grow up with a stable family like mine, including many of those snotty rich kids, and just how lucky I was (and still am!)

3. "I'm not going to limit myself just because people won't accept the fact that I can do something else."

What have you been told that you couldn’t do, but proved them wrong?

Nothing comes to mind.  I’ve rarely been told I couldn’t do something, and then usually it was Mom or Dad telling me I couldn’t parachute off the garage roof or something foolish like that.  (Otherwise, they were always encouraging)

4. "I'm old enough and cranky enough now that if someone tried to tell me what to do, I'd tell them where to put it."

What was the last incident where you were told what to do and were insulted?

Pretty much every week at work. My boss thinks I’m an idiot for not being able to read his mind.  (I wish I had Dolly’s money, so I’d feel more free to tell people ‘where to put it’ whenever I felt like it!)

5. "If you don't like the road you're walking, start paving another one."

Have you ever re-invented yourself? How?

Oh sure!  I re-invent myself every day, just like Madonna or Lady GaGa!  (LOL!)

I suppose people who depend upon public interest for their livelihoods need to keep people interested by keeping them guessing.  I’m much more stable than that.  But that’s not to say I haven’t changed over the years.  (Confucius said, “Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change.” )

6. "If you talk bad about country music, it's like saying bad things about my momma: Them’s fightin' words!"

Is there a type of music that you hate?

I’m not a big rap fan.  I mostly dislike the prevalent subject matters (materialism, drugs, gang violence, bitches ‘n hoes, etc.)

I appreciate rhyming skills as much as the next person (even more so, being poetically-inclined), but it’s a musically void art form trying to pass itself off as music.

If they were really hard-core, they’d skip the extraneous noise and just lay down the rhymes.  (Kinda like the ‘rap battles’ that Eminem did in “8 Mile” but without the obligatory drum beat)

7. "It's a good thing I was born a girl, otherwise I'd be a drag queen."

Have you ever crossed-dressed for Halloween, or just for the hell of it?

No.  My Halloween costumes tend to lean towards the scary stuff.
(I don’t think I’d make a very pretty woman)

8. "My weaknesses have always been food and men - in that order."

What are your weaknesses?

Intermittent uncertainty, occasional impulsiveness, and a rare frustrated fit.

But there are also plenty of strong qualities about me - too many to list, in fact! (Because I’m AWESOME!) 

If I had to pick just one of my terrific traits, I’d have to say that my best one is my great humility.  I’m the most humble person EVER!  Nobody has ever been as humble as me!  Gandhi was a braggart compared to me!  The Dalai Lama is a big show-off next to my great humbleness!  I’m #1 in humble!

9. "The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain."

Tell us about something that you did that required patience, but was worth it.

Carving my Halloween Jack O’ Lanterns.

The last few years I’ve started using small saws and X-Acto knives to peel away the skin.  I'm actually CARVING the pumpkins rather than just cutting holes, to get more intricate details.  It takes a LONG time to finish one.

My pumpkin this year took me about four hours, and that was a relatively simple design. I also installed a light bulb this time (a first for me) and I think the results were worth it.

You can see it HERE!

10. "We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails."

When was the last time you made a major change in your life?

Major change?  Hmmm... I don’t know that I’ve made any major changes in my life since my son was born back in 1996.  Like I said before, I’m a fairly stable guy.  (Just another reason why I’m so darned AWESOME!)

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  1. Bubba always fun reading your answers. I admire your family a functional family that cares about and supports each other. Quite a concept. : ) I agree, rap can be bad, but the rhymes are pretty cool sometimes. I am one of the few women on the planet that likes Eminem. I had a boss like yours once. Glad that's over. lol Have a great hump day!

  2. It's all about getting the right knife (jack o lanterns)

    Have a great day!

  3. I do really like these weds meme things you come up with! Ah Ha, you do have a child for inspiration- tho still very young...
    Great pumpkin art! Wish I had time to do stuff this year-


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