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sharpiesgal asked me about Long Island, Spongebob, cooking, music, and Babylon 5.
…born and raised. I’ve spent the majority of my life here. I’ve moved away several times but I have always returned. Both of my parents were born and raised here, so was my husband. I love being so close to the ocean, never more than 10 miles away. I love being a short train ride from the city.
One of the things I like the most is the diversity. The island is 118 mile long and 23 miles at its widest point. Moving from west to east you start off in Brooklyn and Queens, two boroughs of New York City then Nassau and Suffolk which are more suburban and rural, respectively. I live in Suffolk on the north shore. The east end of the island on the north shore is mostly farms and wineries. The south shore is mostly old money, a lot of mansions and gated properties, celebrities.
There is never a shortage of things to do. It only takes about 40 minutes to get into Manhattan by train. So going to the museums or shows is no big deal. Plus there are plenty of local events, fairs, theaters (live and movie). There are tons of restaurants, bars, and clubs. Lots of shops, malls, outlet centers for shopping. I really can’t imagine myself living anywhere else.
I love to cook. I learned mostly from my maternal grandmother who grew up on farm in Iowa. From the time I was old enough to understand that hot=burn she would let me help her in the kitchen. I learned a lot watching her. Mostly I cook by taste so the majority of my recipes are in my head. I’ve been slowly working on actually writing things down. I’ve probably got a dozen or so of my most frequently requested recipes typed up now. But almost as soon as I do that I tweak something and have to go back and edit.
…makes me smile. Ever since you mentioned, the last time we did something like this, that you were going to ask me about Spongebob next time, I’ve been trying to come up with a good explanation of just what it is about the little yellow guy that I love so much. I’m not entirely certain I can actually analyze it. The show is silly and funny. It’s childish and intelligent. There are layers to everything and a lot of subtext in the dialog if you pay attention. Its appeal runs the gamut from very young children to seniors and it’s the most watched show worldwide across all demographics. My holiday present wish list actually overlaps with that of my four-year-old nephew in that we both want the new Spongebob first 100 episodes DVD set. When my sister told me that that was what he wanted for Christmas I said, “Me too!”
One of those things that is always there with me. I’m never without my ipod. I have over 7 gigabytes of music on it, roughly 5 days worth without repeating. I like all sorts of music. My itunes genre list includes alternative, blues, classical, country, dance, electronica, folk, jazz, metal, pop, punk, R&B, reggae, rock, soundtrack, and world. I also have a collection of big band music on LP. There was always music playing in our house when I was a kid so I expect that has a lot to do with my obsession. Also, my paternal grandmother was a professional jazz pianist in her heyday so I grew up listening to her play all the old jazz from the 30’s and 40’s. I still love listening to music from that era.
A science fiction universe comparable in level of complexity to Star Wars. It was an epic series created by J. Michael Straczynski. It centered on the Babylon 5 space station, which was the center for inter-planetary diplomacy, sort of United Nations style. Set around 2255, the show incorporated many different alien cultures and won several awards for costumes and special effects but the real draw for me, and many others, was the writing. The show has been described as a novel for television. It had depth of both character and storyline and is still my favorite television show to go back a re-watch. Babylon 5 was written all of the way from beginning to end, all five years, before the show ever went into production. For this reason it is completely consistent and there are no plot holes.