20 Questions Tuesday: 60 - Cards, the Deuce

Another 20 Questions Tuesday. This week is the second in a 2 part series concerning cards. Let’s just act like I have written three more sentences about cards and that they were wonderful and all. I did glom together a bunch of the questions that were similar. Thanks this week go to: Themikestand, Dustin, J.A.Coppinger, JW, Nadolny, Allrileyedup, and Tree Monkey.

On to the questions:

1. You have two minutes and fifty words to use the word "card" as many times as possible. Please use complete sentences and attempt to hold a plot and/or theme together. Go.
At first it wasn’t my turn to deal the cards, but then it was. I dealt one card, two cards, three cards, four cards, five cards, six cards, seven cards, eight cards, and nine cards. I lost count, so I had to shuffle the cards and deal the cards again.

No very compelling reading, but it fits the bill.

2. What sports cards, if any, did you collect as a child? What would your most valuable card be if you still had it today? Best baseball card you ever owned?
I collected Hockey cards as a little kid. Sadly, not of the NHL, but of the minor league players since the only team around us was the Birmingham Bulls from the CHL. I imagine many of those cards would be worth something due to the rarity, but not worth anything due to the obscurity. Never collected baseball cards.

3. On alcohol carding: When was the last time you were carded at a bar or liquor store? How old were you the last time you were “carded” at a bar? What are your feelings about the practice of certain stores/events carding everyone, explaining that they do it because they don't want to deal with the repurcussions if they make a mistake. Now I understand it ahs gotten bad and I'm not sure where you draw the line, but I can tell you when I see a 70 year-old blue haired grandma turned down for a beer at the local catholic festival, well, we have just gone way too far. When was the last time you were carded buying alcohol?
Hmmm, I would have to say I was 25, so that would be 8 years ago. I have no qualms about carding everyone. If the blue-haired spinster really needs some alcohol, she needs to bring her ID.

4. How many cardigans do you own? Do they make you feel like Mister Rogers when you wear them? Do you put your cardigan on and change your shoes when you come home like I do? Does that seem a little weird to you too?
I do not own a cardigan, but I never understood why Mr Rogers would hang his coat up, put on a sweater and change shoes only to change back 25 minutes later. He was an odd duck. He talked to a toy trolley for chrissakes!

5. Re Tarot Cards: I just did a "Three Fates" spread on this online tarot site: asking the following question: How will my career path turn out?" My result was as follows:
Past: Five of Wands.
Present: Knight of Wands.
Future: Wheel of Fortune reversed (not Wheel. Of. Fortune! unfortunately).
Basically, pointless struggles in the past, immense conflagration and a lust for change of pace and place (can you say disturbingly accurate?) in the present, and quoting for the future, "an inescapable descent due to Fate or Karma". So, looking good for me, eh? Now you go. Choose a question, report your results. Lather, rinse, repeat. (Could hairdressing be in your future?). Do you believe in fortunes told by Tarot Cards? Do you believe in Tarot Cards? Have you ever had a reading?
My Question: Will this blog make me famous?
Past: Eight of Cups (Indolence), when reversed: The realization that a matter thought to be important was actually of little consequence. Moving on from something in which you had invested great love and devotion. The start of an inner journey to find higher aspects of life. Reflection on what is truly fulfilling in life.
Present: Queen of Pentacles: The essence of earth behaving as water, such as a hot spring: A warm and generous host, providing shelter and comfort for all who would seek it. A person steadfast, practical, and domestic, able to create opulence and stability in any setting. The qualities of maturity and sensibility, coupled with an innate appreciation for nature and the material world.
Future: The Sun: A time of contentment and freedom from restraints. Creative inspiration. Achievement, success, and warmth. Light and love in personal or business matters. Happiness and faithfulness in a relationship.

So, at least I got that going for me. I think that some people can divine the future with and without Tarot, but most people making a living at it are charlatans. So, I somewhat believe in Tarot cards even though I have never had a proper reading.

6. Is it wrong to go “all-in” with a pair of 2’s while playing Texas Hold’em?
It depends on how many people are at the table and if they were pocket 2’s to begin with. If so, I would definitely stay at least to the Turn.

7. Does Little Man know any card games?
There is a, gasp, train board game that is played with cards that he plays over at Grandma D and Grandpa R’s.

8. Is your wife as big a card shark as mine? Why don’t I like blackjack?
My wife has the worst poker face in the world. She wears her heart on her sleeve in card games. You don't like blackjack because you wife is a card shark.

9. In Soccer you can get a yellow card. Are there other colors of card you can get (green…or maybe lavender perhaps?).
Only one that is left is the red. In fencing they have a black card as well.

10. How often do you use your library card?

11. Why is the act of cleaning up wool called carding?
The initial flat comb/brush that was used for this process was called a card for some reason. Other than that… I have no clue.

12. Re: Greeting Cards: Does it matter if you buy cards for your loved ones at Hallmark or k-mart? How many cards to you send out a year on average? (separate xmas cards from the rest) Hallmark, what a gimmick, I think they were founded by P. T. Barnum. Do you invest in their stock? Make up a greeting right now. Preferably one of those sappy ABAB rhyme scheme anniversary poem cards. Have you ever felt you could write better greeting cards than Hallmark? Or at least design better graphics for them?
Yes. 4 with 25 Christmas (I am guessing here, Wifey knows this stuff, not me). Somewhat gimmicky. No.

Who would have thought
That in 10 years
You could still be bought
Just with 12 beers
Happy 10th Anniversary!

Sometimes for both of the last questions

13. Do you keep all the cards Wifey gives you-dating back to the very beginning of your relationship? (I hope your answer doesn’t get you in trouble)

14. If you caught someone cheating during a high stakes card game, and had carte blanche in terms of handling it, how would you most likely do so?
a. Blast him from under the table a la Cowboy/Han Solo-Greedo style
b. Give 'em an Apollo Creed beat down
c. Let them off with a stern warning
3 words: Han Shot First

15. The lovely wife asks "Why are there two Jokers in a deck of cards?"
No she doesn’t.

16. How many library, insurance, credit, bank, grocery, gas, and other cards are unnecessarily bulking up your wallet to the point of almost not fitting in your back pocket?
I count 11.

17. Do you give thank you cards for gifts if you say thank you when u get stuff? I keep seeing people do that and I think it is overboard.
I am not the person to ask about “Thank You Card” etiquette. I would never send them if it were not for Wifey’s insistence.

18. Ever play blackjack or poker in Vegas?
Sidenote: When I went to Vegas, I saw a sign at one of the casinos that said they understood gambling was a problem and therefore, they would not allow anyone to spend more than one million dollars. What the heck is the matter with these people?
I have never been to Vegas.

19. Did you have an emergency credit card in college, and if so, did you use it on pizza?
I sadly did not use it on Pizza, I geekily filled it up with text book purchases. College text books are a racket and a half!

20. Before Little Man, did you get together with your buddies on Friday night to play cards?
I don’t have any friends to play cards with and have never had “poker buddies.”

To recap:
Demo is starting on the sun porch today
My body is cursing the day I got my gym membership
In many different languages
I wish I could get some sleep
I am rather tired
More than that I am tired of looking at databases
I am trying to get some stuff together for Digital Thursday
This process takes some effort.
I will give you this statement as a preview
Robot + Kitten = hilarity?