20 Questions Tuesday: 98 - Family

Here it is Tuesday again, so 20 Questions Tuesday: 98 – Family is coming at you.

Thanks this week go to JA Coppinger, Capt. McArmypants, Lsig, Belsum, Allrileyedup, and JW.

Peefer, Wifey and is on a kick to whip something up to use with your questions for next week, so don’t think I forgot you there. Heck, I am not even sure you read this blog anymore.

Anyway, on to the questions:

1. Do parents ever see their kids as older than 12? Will you be able to see yours as adults?
Some parents really do, but they are rare. I hope that as Little Man and Q grow up and mature that Wifey and I will grow up and mature as parents as well.

2. Siblings – how do people raised at the same time, in the same place, by the same people, turn out SOOOO different?
I. Have. No. Idea. It truly is amazing.

3. When was the first time you realized the way your family did things was not the only way – or even necessarily “normal”?
I think I was in college at the time.

4. What does “family values” even mean?
That the frozen meal is supposedly big enough for a family to eat it, you glutton.

5. Who has more cause to be more resentful/jealous of their sibling? Zan of Jana or Tito of Jermaine or LaToya of Michael or Cain of Abel.
LaToya of Michael. They are both crazy, but he is crazy with crazy money, which makes him able to shrug off the legal issues..

6. Why does no one love the middle child? WHYYYYY!?!?!?!?!?
Because they are rather whiney.

7. In many cultures, large extended families live together under the same roof Grandparents to grandchildren. Everybody takes care of each other and the elderly are not marginalized to 2 hour visits at the "home" once a month. How dumb is that!?!?

8. Describe your family in one word.
Anachronistically-Denial-Ridden... is that one word?

9. How many siblings do you have? How many does Wifey have?
I have one older brother and Wifey has no “full-siblings”, but a menagerie of “half-siblings.”

10. On a scale of 1 to 10, how crazy is your family (consider mine about a 9)?
For this question, I am considering “Family” to include my parents, brother, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and their spouses and children. I am not including Wifey’s fam because she has a blog, damn it!

This is an interesting question because from the outside my family seems fairly innocuous. No arrest records, no psyche ward trips, etc… So from the outside I would say probably about a 4 or 5. They seem “no crazier than most.” As you delve in deeper and realize how many people aren’t looking at the same blue sky or think opening a llama farm is the key to their yet-to-be- success, that number goes up to a 7 or 8.

11. I find that distance makes the heart grow fonder when it comes to some members of the family. Do you agree?
I agree that you find that distance makes the heart grow fonder when it comes to some members of your family.

12. I’m leaving on Friday for a week long family reunion at a beach house in NC. Does this make you shudder or are you jealous? (Incidentally, only 43 of us are coming this time but I can not wait to see everyone!)
I believe I shudder, but not from jealousy. Yep, definitely shudder.

13. Do you have separate birthday parties for the Little Man: one for his/your friends and one for family?
We have had, and seem to continue to have multiple parties for Little Man. Some are no more than “play dates” but it makes this month a birthday extravaganza.

14. Should family secrets be let out or should they stay hidden? Why?
I am a big proponent that family secrets should be open-aired somewhat. You don’t want to hurt anyone, so maybe it is not a good idea to create and advertise a web-site associated with your family secrets, but I also think that secrets should be less secret so that people will realize the craziness of their family is really pretty normal.

15. What is the etymology of the word “family?” What should it be?
I was going to act like I knew this, but here is the link to where “Family” comes from. As far as etymological roots are concerned, this is fine. I think that in practicality, family can mean any group of people that you feel most comfortable around.

16. One of Jack Handey's deep thoughts are "it's a shame when families are torn apart by something as simple as wild dogs." any thoughts on this?
Depends on the family being torn apart.

17. Do yetis have families? Care to elaborate on the hippo family unit?
Yetis have a system very similar to bears. Cubs stay with mother’s until they hit adulthood and then strike it on their own. Fathers are solitary beasts that occasionally have conjugal relations. Hippos are weird. There does not seem to be any especially strong bonds except between mothers and daughters and mothers and young males. No one really knows why they congregate into pods.

18. What is Little Man's response if you ask him who his family is?
Mama, Papa, Little Man, and Q

19. Why did people think “All in the Family” was funny?
I have often wondered that. I also wondered why the local TV station had this show on immediately after cartoons on the weekday afternoons. GAH, just thinking of the theme song sends shivers up my spine.

20. Do you think the annoying family members actually know they are annoying and relish in it, or do you think they are blissfully unaware of the fact that they get on everyone's flippin' nerves?
I think that, like most people, family members are blissfully unaware of their annoyingness.

To recap:
Orange Rice for dinner tonight
Well, Little Man is having Orange Rice
I will find something else to eat
I am a bit tired of the Orange Rice
Still concepting something for Digital Thursday
I might see if I can get some hi-res inked stuff and color it up
Or I might see if I already have something of that ilk hanging about
Hanging about digitally, of course
Man, do I need some sleep
Listening to March of Death by Zach de la Rocha and DJ Shadow
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