Sissy is a Credit to the Maiden of Finland

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Hi Burgers,

This week’s Featured User hails from the Land of the Midnight Sun! I don’t know if it’s a Finnish flair for healthy living, but Sissy takes the laudable distinction of choosing salad as her favorite food, though putting bits of burger on it might be considered cheating. Either way, bravo Sissy.

We’d love to hear the story behind your username!
It’s simply my own name translated. I’ve used Sissy or Cissy online for years.

How long have you been a member of the Cheezburger community and what made you want to join?
I was probably hopping around from link to link, when I hit the Cheezburger site sometimes in 2007. I prowled through the funny captions on FP (it was possible to go through ALL of them at the time) and got hooked. I made my first lol November 3, 2007 (I’ve kept the email!), but registered as late as July 10, 2008.

What do you look for in a Cheez friend, and what’s the best way to make a new friend?
Quirky, witty things definitely attract my attention: lols that make me smile, chuckle, lol, think, enjoy. Sometimes I send a friend request, sometimes I receive one. Some friends stay, some drop off, some I never hear of again, but that’s how it goes.

What is your favorite site on Cheezburger and why?
I have enjoyed many sites, but Lolcats and I Has A Hotdog are my top faves.

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What is it about Cheezburger that makes you happy?
It’s an open, friendly place with lots of fun. And all the themes and events, like snowblol fites or books (!) often fire up my imagination.

Tell us something super interesting about yourself—an embarrassing story, a quirky habit, something that will make us laugh!
As I wear glasses, I’ve noticed I need them on when I speak on the phone. Then again, I don’t see a thing without my glasses.

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? Cheezburgers?
Cheezburgers are fine and tasty, but I think salads would be the thing. You can put just about everything in a salad so it wouldn’t get boring. Stretching a bit, even bits of a burger…

If you could create a new feature for Cheezburger members to use on our sites what would it be, and why do we need it?
I’ve got a lot of friends. Sometimes I need to search a friend. It’s a bit trying to try and guess which page they are on. It would be great if the Friends section had an alphabetic links thingy (A, B, C,…) or a search box.

What else do you like to do when you’re not on the Internet?
I send a lot of cards and receive about an equal amount. The addresses I do get from the Postcrossing site, though. I read a lot. I like to go for walks, often with my camera.

Here’s one of my pics:
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I’ve made bead and wire jewelry for a few years now and crocheted pull tab accessories, just for fun. It takes a lot of time to prepare the tabs, so I need to priorize a bit how I use my free time. Last summer I had my first raku ceramics class and intend to continue next year. We have a wide variety of evening classes at the local adult education center (kansalaisopisto in Finnish). I’ve joined two classes this autumn, one evening every 2nd week both, accessorizing pull tabs and learning to use Fimo clay. I could go on and on about IT related things like fractal programs and my fave terrain generator.

Here’s a pic I made with Terragen:
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I think I may have too many hobbies…

Where do you often find inspiration for your LOLs?
There’s inspiration everywhere! Sometimes it’s something someone says or does or writes (books! Monty Python!), something on tv, another lol, a dream, a picture…

If you had a million dollars, what would you do with it?
I’d buy a house with a library innit. And lots of ‘pootery things.

Here’s a pic of some of my books:
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Do you have any animal companions, or have you had any in the past? What is special about them?
I don’t have any pets right now. Even my brother’s lil’ poodle went over the Rainbow Bridge some years ago. I used to babysit Pepi often. When I was a teenager, we had two small dogs and a cat: Bella (mama) and Jesse James (bebe boi) and Miki (brother from another mother).

Here they are on their sofa in our kitchen:
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(Bella in the front). Jesse was Bella’s baby even when he grew bigger than her. Jesse and Miki played a lot together, but if Jesse made she slightest whining noise, Bella would jump at Miki.

If we were coming to Finland, where should absolutely go?
I live in Savo (Savonia), in the east of Finland. One place to visit would be the Olavinlinna castle in Savonlinna. Helsinki, our capital is a must, and Lappland with Santa Claus.

Did you know, everything from the ‘waist’ up of Maiden Finland is north? And a place called North East Country (Koillismaa) is south of the North. Eastern Finland is even more to the south… Never thought it confusing till I met non-Finns. XD

For those that don’t know (me), check out the Maiden of Finland:
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I would like to live in the Arm.

What are you reading right now?
Fanfiction about dragons online and once more ‘Witches Abroad’ by Terry Pratchett

Thanks for the great interview Sissy! We’re all coming to visit for Christmas.

Cheers,
Cheezburger

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Farewell Dagmer

Hi Burgers,

Update: Here is the finished Dagmer pumpkin! (If you’re just arriving, scroll down to see the rest of the story).

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You might have seen this on Lolcats this morning, but if not I just wanted to share with everyone. Dagmer is actually the family member of one of Cheezburger’s editorial staff and thus one of our own. Here’s to you Dagmer, I’ve heard the napping conditions on the Bridge are as comfy as one million king sized mattresses with nary a pea to be found.

Artist Commemorates a Lost Feline Family Member with this “Day of the Dead” Pumpkin
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Artist Jennifer Comer Krohn and her family recently saw their 17 year old kitty companion off to the Rainbow Bridge. In honor of the deceased, Jennifer is beautifully painting a pumpkin with Dagmer’s likeness in the style of a Day of the Dead spirit.

Rest in peace Dagmer. We hope you have fun spooking trick or treaters this Halloween!

Cheers,
Cheezburger

 

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These Gif-Togethers are Changing the World

Hi Burgers,

I stand by whatever statement I make in the titles of these posts.

Mornings in formerly Sunny Seattle are officially starting to look like this every day.

I must be a Northwesterner though because I don’t mind at all, I can finally justify staying indoors and watching American Horror Story all weekend. Enjoy the sun southern hemispherians!

What are you all up to?

Darwin Award Candidates

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Napping in the barn loft

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I’ve been up to…. stuff. ¯w¯

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Mom has junior covered

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I’m recovering from Canadian Thanksgiving and celebrating the day after, aka “You’re Welcome Eh,Day”, by reenacting the Hunger Games.

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I am changing the world. No explanation required.

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A bit snozzee…

And a bit

So ai called a doctor, obviously the wrong doctor..

Better play some tunes, quickly!

Sit it thru…

Still. Could bee worse! :D

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And I’m scrolling past ToolBee’s GIFs like:

I like your stories, ToolBee, and I’m gonna let you finish, but I got 99 problems, and the framerate can’t catch up to let me explain them.
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Football News and Fútbol News

Hi Burgers,

This is how the Cheez HQ office, and let’s be honest, around ninety eight percent of the population of Seattle looks this morning.

Alas, the Seahawks let one slip through the uprights this Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys. It’s sunny in Seattle, but not in its citizens’ hearts.

Overly melodramatic? Probably. True none the less? Absolutely!

Though the result was bad for Hawks fans, there was some camaraderie on the field between two of the NFL’s most notorious mouths, wide receiver Dez Bryant and Corner Richard Sherman. Considering all of the awkward negativity surrounding football this year, it’s nice to see some good old fashioned Sports(ball)manship.

Seattle sports suffered another loss this weekend with the Seattle Sounders losing the Cascadia Cup to the Vancouver Whitecaps. We still put up an awesome TIFO on Friday. I was sitting just above the ‘N’.
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The MLS is trying something interesting next year if you happen to be a fan. Season ticket holders for each club will get the chance to have their picture inserted into the numbers on players’ jerseys. This will make us all sound slightly less ridiculous when fans (myself included, of course) say that we can’t believe ‘we’ lost a game that we actually didn’t play in.
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Click the image for the full story.

Did anything happen this weekend in sports that you guys are talking about?

Cheers,
Cheezburger

 

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The Urban Camping Adventures of Katkabob!

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Hi Burgers,

This week’s Featured User hails from the city that never sleeps and is a tried and true Hurricane Sandy Warrior! Katkabob and her kitty Wallaby are experienced indoor campers who firmly believe that setting up a tent indoors is not just for sleepovers.

We’d love to hear the story behind your username!
My user name (Katkabob) was inspired by a Monorail Cat LOL with a lineup of different sized white cat and kittens lined up like a train.

How long have you been a member of the Cheezburger community and what made you want to join?
I’ve been a member since 2008. While standing on a huge line of holiday shoppers at a local book store, I started browsing through a cleverly displayed copy of I CAN HAS CHEEZBURGER? By the time I got to the register, I had to have the book which, led me to the web site and hopeless addiction probably requiring intervention. Where else in cyberspace can you find such a warm, talented & funny group of cat & dog owned people dedicated to the simple joy of making each other laugh?

What do you look for in a Cheez friend, and what’s the best way to make a new friend?
For quite a while, I just viewed the lols and was very shy about making friends. Finally, I got the nerve to actually create an lol and some wonderful friends found me. “I usually put in “friend requests” based on lols I see and love and want to see more of from the person. A feeling that we share a sense of humor being the most significant factor. I love discovering new talent and bringing the genius of their lols to my current cherished friends. Launching themes that encourage others to participate is a major friend finder. Cheez friend “SylviaG” is a master theme coordinator (Team 1KSO) and inspiration. Our sub-culture fantasy creations Kamp Kuppykakes (created by our cheez friend “Allcatsloved” and Kuppykakes Preppy Skool for precocious kittenz & offispring of all non humin species (requested by me because I couldn’t stand the thought of doing without the hilarity of the Kamp during the off season) have both brought a lot of friends to us. ASK AUNT TABBY a Q & A advice column for kittehs of all ages is another and our cheez friend RBJ’s Brave Esplorer Kitten are just a few examples.

Riotuz Readin 4 Loverz ov Kuppykakez (Just click the image!)
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KKPS Skolarz Profile inspired by our friend “betskand.”
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What is your favorite site on Cheezburger and why?
“LOLCATS” is my favorite spot because it speaks to my crazy cat-controlled personality.

What is it about Cheezburger that makes you happy?
I am constantly awed by the totally different ways we all see things. A single photo can inspire so many equally awesome interpretations and this constantly reminds me of the value of exposure to many different perspectives. The ability to share both joys and sorrows with each other is priceless.

When one our beloved furry friends is ill or passes, the rest of us really do “understand” because we’ve been there. The pain can be excruciating but the comfort extended by our cheez friends is real. There is so much shared support to help us all through the tough times. I signed on because of a love for cats and have been delighted to discover that I also love many of the people who are owned by them.

Tell us something super interesting about yourself—an embarrassing story, a quirky habit, something that will make us laugh!
I am not a morning person. I have really rotten sleep habits and am very nearsighted. One of the most embarrassing stories involves a very sleepy me, very early in the morning. I staggered into the bathroom and was preparing to brush my teeth while chatting with my screaming feline who hadn’t eaten since his mid nite snack. About to put the brush in my mouth, I noticed the stuff on it wasn’t toothpaste but rather the cat’s “prevent fur ball medicine” which comes in the same color tubes and at the time was stored on the same shelf. Note to self: WEAR GLASSES Put cat’s meds in another place.

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? Cheezburgers?
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If you could create a new feature for Cheezburger members to use on our sites what would it be, and why do we need it?
Cheezburger members & ICHC would really benefit from a restoration of “YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE” When we “FAVED” an LOL, This feature would pop up suggesting 2 or 3 other LOLs from the ICHC collection on similar or related topics and thus enabled one to surf through the entire collection for hours (well I did) as each time you “FAVED” one of the YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE LOLs you got 2 or 3 more to check out. This allowed totally brilliant work that had been buried and never seen when originally launched to shown again and inspired many friendships and much enthusiasm. We often seek & receive inspiration from each other’s work and this was a wonderful way to keep it all in circulation. (TOFU and BEN will both remember the feature) I know we now need space for ads but with the brilliance of ICHC tech talent, I’m sure there’s a way of getting this feature.

Our very talented cheez friend “FARCLAN”has been designing superb logos for Kamp Kuppykakes & Kuppykakes Preppy Skool. Just a few are in the image below but her whole collection would make a wonderful quilt or poster for sale by ICHC.
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What else do you like to do when you’re not on the Internet?
When I’m not “on the Internet,” I’m giving new meaning to the phrase “amateur photographer.” I will be attempting to photograph Wallaby (aka The Whopper) the feline boss of the household. I love hanging out at the Wildlife Conservation Society/Bronx Zoo and photographing their cats I’m thinking of putting a book together of the results. Possible title “Almost got it: Shots of Cats Tails”

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Where do you often find inspiration for your LOLs?
Inspiration for LOLs comes from Wallaby my cat, cheez friends’ LOLs, advertising campaigns, headlines, everywhere.

Do you have any favorite vacation spots? Is there somewhere you’ve never been that you’d like to go?
I have a defective travel gene. I did spend many wonderful summers in Amagansett on the eastern end of L.I. before it became urbanized.

If you had a million dollars, what would you do with it?
A million dollars? Would my family have to know? I honestly don’t know. I’d probably check in with our cheez friends like “Pusskitty” who support animal rescue & relocation work to get their thoughts. I know of at least 3 or 4 cheez friends here that I’d want to help.

Do you have any animal companions, or have you had any in the past? What is special about them?
Wallaby (aka The Whopper) a gorgeous black 22+lb cat adopted me at our local shelter. I walked in to the play area. He walked over sat on my feet, looked up and mewed at me. We were home in time for lunch. He had been left at the shelter door with another cat in a cardboard box during the night and was within minutes of escaping when thankfully shelter staff arrived early for work the next morning. Clearly he was terrified of being outdoors….even within my carrier bag that staff placed him in for me to take him home. Once we were settled in the back of the car, I put the carrier on my lap and he snuggled right down. …until we got home and we had to exit the car and walk a few steps to the building…once inside he was fine.

Wallaby (aka The Whopper)
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It sounds like you had a quite a Hurricane Sandy experience! Care to share a story about the event?
Wallaby’s new forever home was hit by hurricane Sandy storm surge waters and we were blacked out without heat for 10 freezing days. Due to his above mentioned very recent outdoor pre adoption terrors, evacuation was not an option. Also, I had no where to go and no way to get there.

We both used sleeping bags piled on the bed as tents…snuggling together, emerging for litterbox/bathroom and food. He was a real trooper even enjoyed chasing the flashlight beams. Frankly, I kept believing the incorrect reports that power would be turned on in a day or two. Not realizing that our building’s basement and everyone else’s in the neighborhood had been flooded which meant Con Ed could NOT turn power on until the water was pumped out. I should have put up the tent I have for such no heat times. Now that I finally learned that you put the poles THROUGH THE LOOPS IN THE FABRIC & not to just try to throw the fabric over the poles. I had stored enough cat food & litter but at the last minute realized I had no people storm food. I dashed out and stocked up on Ritz crackers, peanut butter, dried cranberries, sardines which plus the Zone bars got me through.

What is the best skill to have during an indoor camping situation?
Prayer is the very best skill to have during an indoor camping situation. People keep asking me “Well what did you DO all day?” Frankly it was too cold to emerge from under the sleeping bags for anything other than necessities. I prayed a lot. For everyone: YOU NEVER HAVE ENOUGH BATTERIES. Setting tents up indoors is not as stupid as it sounds in cold temps with no heat.

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Thanks for the interview Katkabob, you are a survivor and a champion, and I’m not just saying that because you narrowly avoided brushing your teeth with hairball medicine! Although that is pretty awesome.

Cheers,
Cheezburger

 

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Leo and Sher Khan and Baloo!

Hi Burgers,

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You might have seen this image that just begs for a “Lions and Tigers and Bears” caption in our builder, but have you heard the story behind these three besties?

They have been living at the Noah’s Ark animal sanctuary for 13 years after they were rescued from a drug dealer’s home as cubs. They were all suffering from wounds and malnutrition. Sher Khan, Baloo and Leo were all nursed back to health together and have been inseparable ever since.

You can read the trio’s full story here.

Feel free to harness your feels by clicking either of the above images and creating a caption.

Cheers,
Cheezburger

 

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Let’s Gif-Together, It’s Important Work

Hi Burgers,

I actually do have a track record of dressing up as Indiana Jones for five years in a row. What can I say, it’s a comfortable costume. If you’ve ever dressed up as Peter Pan, you know the value of that.

I was never this devoted to the costume though.

What are you all up to?


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Playing with an invisible toy.

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So there ai wuz, jus beeing on-line…

Mai workstation’s powersupply said *poof!*… :(

So ai noah guy, adn he fixd me up wiff a nu wun (used) (cheap(ish))…

And furst ai swapped ((de)solderd) teh 10 last remaining north-korean-made (SH*T) capacitors on mai mommieboard for “real”japanees wuns he also gave me, fur free! ( :D ).

Exchanged teh burnd-up ps for teh nu wun, while inbetween removing teh black stains adn smut it left from sayin *poof!*.

And, as y’all mai noticed, it wurks fine agin! :)

Well done Toolbee.

I got sucked into something today…rather not talk about it tho.

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Whelp, I’ve been inactive for over a week now. Have a weekly dose of pony to make up for it.

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I meant over a month, whoops.

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Welcome back DBC!

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Check Out Our Halloween Site!

Hi Burgers,

What are you going to be for Halloween? Han Solo again? How many years in a row is that? Better get out there and adopt yourself a mini Chewbacca, known on Earth as a Brussels-Griffon.
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If you want some help thinking of new ways to create friction between you and your fur monster, or just want to check out all things Hallow’s Eve, look no further than our Halloween site!


The site will be up from today until November 5.

And remember, your dog might tolerate the costume, but under no circumstance should you attempt to damage the dignity of your cat.
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Cheers,
Cheezburger

 

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Sports Are Full of Weirdness and Wonder

Hi Burgers,

If you bought a ticket to the NLDS game on Saturday night, you scored two games for the price of one! 18 full innings totaling over six and a half hours of baseball tension might throw fans into an existential crisis wondering if this will be their life now. At least there would be beer.

Eventually Brandon Belt decided he wanted to go home and the Giants won.

Saturday’s game broke history for the longest playoff game. Cricket fans everywhere are unimpressed as the longest battle between bowler and batsman stands at 150 hours. That’s only six days, no big deal.

In other sporting news, I’m still waiting for one week to go by where the NFL doesn’t produce and awkward, embarrassing or offensive bit of media. The wait continues as the Jacksonville Jaguars mascot rode around on a Segway waving this tasteless sign around in a poor attempt to mock the Steeler’s iconic “Terrible Towels”.
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Just come on. So much cringe

Maybe next week NFL.

Cheers,
Cheezburger

 

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The ‘D’ Also Stands for ‘Delightful’

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Hi Burgers,

This week we have a lolmaster that really needs no introduction. You’ve seen her FPs which we can’t get enough of at Cheez HQ (maybe we should put her on payroll), you’ve had a belly laugh at her puntastic wordsmithery and you’ve likely become familiar with the antics of her fur babies. The one and only VioletD! She’s quite the storyteller as well, so I’ll just step aside and let her spin some yarns.

We’d love to hear the story behind your username!
It’s pretty simple really…my favorite color followed by my first initial.

How long have you been a member of the Cheezburger community and what made you want to join?
I joined in the fall of 2008. I have always used humor to deal with tragedy and my Mom had just been given a few months to live. I started by printing out various hilarious animal memes and decorating her hospital room with them. It was a way for us to all laugh when we were together, in spite of the circumstances. Mom passed away Christmas Eve 2008 and Cheezburger kept me going, through that and other seemingly insurmountable things.

I eventually started making my own memes which were really horrible at first. I didn’t know how to do anything that would be considered FP material so I watched the greats, like MallardVHS, MikeBrow, Winnie_Wonka, asked them for help and tried to do what they were doing. I guess that worked.

What do you look for in a Cheez friend, and what’s the best way to make a new friend?
Anyone who can make me laugh from deep inside myself or PML always gets a friend request. Also anyone with similar interests and anyone who asks, as long as they seem safe for grandchildren. The best, and easiest, way to make a new friend is to click ‘Add As Friend’. ;)

What is your favorite site on Cheezburger and why?
Lolcats is my first fave followed by Animalcaps and Hotdogs. I love all animals but I think I gravitate toward Lolcats because I have cats right now.

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What is it about Cheezburger that makes you happy?
I have made some wonderful, warm and caring friends on Cheezburger. That makes me very happy! We weather each other’s tragedies together, whether it be the loss of a pet or a human loved one, and those of us who are a bit older talk a lot about our aches, pains and surgeries and how weird it is that we’re taking care of our parents now. It helps to know you’re not alone. It also makes me happy when I make a meme and my friends start faving it right away or Cheez HQ thinks it’s FP worthy. The thrill just never dies!

Tell us something super interesting about yourself—an embarrassing story, a quirky habit, something that will make us laugh!
I chose a career in Television as a Newscaster/Reporter which was one wonderful ride! Two of my biggest thrills were a report I did on skydiving, where I took the course and jumped out of a perfectly good plane, with a parachute. Such a rush!! The other was meeting and interviewing Burt Reynolds on the set of his movie “Malone”. It wasn’t a great movie but that was a very OSSUM day! Oh and I had FANS!!! Two in particular liked to corral me outside after I got off air and sing me the theme song to the Beverly Hillbillies. To this day I don’t know why but it was nice that they cared.
An embarrassing story? That would be 12 years ago when I decided it was time to ‘wash that grey right out of my hair’. Skip ahead to me with the product in my hair and waiting 20 minutes for it to process. I ran outside to the car…forgot my keys. Back to the house…locked out. So there I am in the dead of winter in a t-shirt, jeans and slippers, no bra and old lady b**bs hanging down to my knees. The only thing that completed the picture was me with a bag on my head and brown color leaking all over the place, frantically searching for an open window. I wasn’t too worried though…at that point my ni**les could have cut glass. Thankfully they didn’t have to. I found a basement window I could pry open but that’s where the story goes downhill fast. I jumped down about 6 feet to the floor and shattered several cervical and lumbar vertebra. That first part sounded like a hoot though eh? Before anyone asks…yes I survived. ;)

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? Cheezburgers?
I LOVE cheezburgers!!! Now slap on some bacon, tomato, lettuce, pickles, onion, ketchup, mustard, and teen sauce (make sure that’s processed cheez and a specially seasoned all beef patty on a sesame seed bun) and you’ve got an A&W Teenburger. That is a _very_ deluxe cheezburger and one of my weaknesses. The other is a nice T-bone steak,just under medium. Mmmm…iz ennybuddy else get’n hungree?

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If you could create a new feature for Cheezburger members to use on our sites what would it be, and why do we need it?
I would LOVE to see a feature that would allow cheezpeep to co-author memes. SO many times I will make a meme and along comes Mamawalker, Catsuberalles, Chris10a, Echeg…too many more to name here, and they leave a brilliant or punny comment that would have been THE purrfect addition to my meme. I also love the thought of bouncing ideas off someone else and coming up with a crisper more polished meme. Sometimes coming up with titles can be a ‘female dog’.

What else do you like to do when you’re not on the Internet?
Other things I do are babysit the grandkidlets, exhausting but fun! I love to do cryptic New York Times crosswords, cryptograms, sudokus, as well as garden, cook, bake and take pictures and videos. I’m a very good gardener/cook and someday I hope to become a much better photographer…maybe get a Canon DSLR camera good enough to take great pictures of animals, and the moon, stars and meteor showers. I think they’re only about elebenty bucks, yes? I am absolutely in love with and in awe of the night sky so that would be a dream come true.

Where do you often find inspiration for your LOLs?
I think my cats provide the best inspiration and when they’re not doin’ something crazy… just looking at pictures, or outside the window or even inside my own head gives me some pretty wacky ideas. I also love to play with words, idioms and songs…make’em my own.

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Do you have any favorite vacation spots? Is there somewhere you’ve never been that you’d like to go?
My favorite childhood memories are of summer vacations at our cabin in the hills, camping, fishing, playing with frogs and salamanders. So if I could go anywhere it would be to a cabin alongside a beautiful lake that is teeming with 2-3 pound rainbow trout. I would sit there fishing all day til the sun set then I would go in and light the lantern and the old wood stove and make some bacon, eggs, hashbrowns, toast and coffee, and curl up with one of those New York Times crosswords and a comfy quilt. That would never get old.

If you had a million dollars, what would you do with it?
I would put well over half into a GIC til I came down off cloud nine, and live off 10 percent of that each future year…buy a larger home with enough room to take in more homeless and unwanted pets and help some special people in my life. Oh! And maybe get that camera!

Do you have any animal companions, or have you had any in the past? What is special about them?
Well it all started when I was knee high to a grasshopper. We had dogs, chickens and cows. Out of those, Rex, our Brittany Spaniel was my best bud for 17 years always offering his paw of friendship whenever I was down. Then there was my chicken Bootsie. I taught her how to ride the swing on the tree out back. No srsly! She only did it when I was there though. It’s not like she got up every morning and went for a swing on her own or anything. As a grown up I would have to say my tuxedo cat Babe was the nicest, sweetest lap cat I have ever had. He crossed the Rainbow Bridge last September after sleeping on my lap for most of his 18 years. Cuddles, our independent tortie is still going strong at 14 years loving the outdoors as much as she can. I sometimes affectionately refer to her as “the killer of all living things”… because she is. Then there’s Bailey our new 5 year old boy who, I swear, watches and waits for someone to walk past the cat tree so he can dive into the carpeted tube and tag their leg. It seems to be his favorite game and he doesn’t miss an opportunity. Ebby, is our stray cat. He’s a great big beautiful black boy, with a tiny white bib, who has been here 3 years now but I think he’s about 10. He won’t come indoors yet but we make him comfy outside. He paws me whenever he wants food or up…sooo cute!! This year we have a squirrel who has been burying walnuts in our lawn in preparation for winter…also in my planters…anywhere there’s dirt, really. When you walk around on the grass you can see the nuts wedged right in there! Adorable with a capital A!

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You’re a gardener and a cook. What’s growing in the garden and what is one of your favorite dishes to prepare?
This year I grew large tomatoes, cherry and black cherry tomatoes, green beans, radishes, carrots, dill, orange peppers, turnips, white onions, celery, rhubarb, strawberries, raspberries, sunflowers, morning glories, petunias, marigolds, pansies and fuschias.

My favorite dish to prepare is stuffed turkey with all the trimmings. The gravy you could drink like soup! Thick, yummy soup. I also love baking pies and have been told I make a very flaky crust. I have also tasted food far more superior to mine… just to put that in purrspective.

If we come to visit British Columbia, where do we absolutely have to go?
You’ve GOT to go to Ainsworth Hotsprings!! They have hot springs, a glacier pool and caves! Take the virtual tour.

Do you have any good fishing tales?
Yes. The scene was Hatheume Lake in B.C. Fish were literally jumping in the boat and that’s no fish tale! We all caught our limits that day.

The only other thing I’d like to say is please spay or neuter your pets. There are SO many adoptable pets, that already need homes. Adding more kittens and puppies to that lessens their chances of adoption. Also if you can, adopt a grown pet or take in a stray and make your part of the world a little bit better. :D

Doing good work as always violetD! Thanks for everything you do.

Cheers,
Cheezburger

 

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