10 Questions: Rumors, ID, Dracula, Zombies & More…

Tossing Salt Presents:
10 Questions
Rumors, ID, Dracula, Zombies & More
March 18, 2020

Life is full of questions and some great ones can be found on Twitter and Facebook. I found ten good ones. Now here are the answers. Let’s do this…

What movie, no matter how many times you’ve seen it, always makes your ‘allergies’ act up?

‘RENT!’ always does this to me. I’ve seen it a thousand times and yet, when (spoiler) Angel dies, I tear up a bit. Also, the final scene in ‘Rebel Without A Cause’ with Plato & Jim, that stirs up the allergies a bit as well.
And the scene in ‘Titanic’ where Rose shoves Leo Decaprio into the frozen water only seconds after declaring forever love and devotion, that makes me chuckle. Never trust a woman… lol.

What’s the craziest rumor you’ve ever heard about yourself?

As of late, it’s been that the ABC Store is closing or has closed. I work there and that’s news for me. But I guess this question is about me and not my job. I heard once that I was straight and getting married. That was a shocker. And I constantly hear stories about my being a ‘nice guy’. Where does this rubbish come from? I’m a Maynard, damn it. We don’t like people, only animals. Well, some people are okay, but… *sighs* – I think that rumor might be true. Just don’t tell anyone.

What is your favorite “sit down” restaurant?

I’m not big on sitting and enjoying a real meal. I’m take-out, drive-through and who has the best coupons? But if I am going to sit and enjoy a meal at a restaurant, preferably in the company of a good friend or two, I think that a Chinese establishment would be my preference. I’ll go with Golden Run here in Laurinburg. The food is good and they have good service and people working there.

Who was the best Dracula? Was it Bela Lugosi, Christopher Lee or someone else?

I have to admit that I’m a big mark for Leslie Neilsen in “Dead And Loving It”, a Dracula spoof that came out a few years ago. And George Hamilton’s portrayal of the Count in “Love At First Bite” was good too. But no one personifies the legacy and character that is Dracula better than the original, Mr. Bela Lugosi.

Should a person need an ID to vote – yes or no?

Yes. If an ID is required to get into a movie, buy alcohol and cigarettes, rent a car, board a plane, buy a bus ticket, get into a courthouse or federal building, cash a check, open an account, get married, get a credit card and countless other things, requiring an ID to vote is not a big deal and should be law.

How worried are you about the Coronavirus?

Not so much about the actual Virus as I’m not in the high-risk groups and am in relatively good health with the exception of being fat and having a totally messed up foot. I’m more worried about the side effects and fallout because everyone is losing their freaking mind and going into crazy-panic mode. Bathroom tissue hoarding, no hand sanitizer, buying up extra water (and alcohol) and in general, acting as if it’s the end of the world. As of last night, no restaurants are allowed to have inside dining and it’s all drive-thru and take-out only. Schools have been canceled and events are postponed and canceled. No church, no social activities, no sports or concerts or gatherings of any time and everyone is told to stay away from everyone else. Normally for me, this would be ideal, but it’s just freaking taking things too far and going stupid. Just use common sense and we’d be okay, but everyone has seemingly lost their minds. That’s what scares me. The virus, not so much.

Who gave better advice? Dear Abby or Ann Landers?

They were twins and both did a good job dishing out advice. Now both columns have been taken over by the daughters of the originals and I guess that they’re okay. I don’t read them anymore. But who was the best? Neither. I would go with “Dottie Primrose” who had an advice column in the old Weekly World News tabloid called ‘Dear Dottie’. Now she called it like it was and gave good, well maybe not always, advice. Forget Abby and Ann. Give me Dottie anytime.

Could you survive a zombie apocalypse?

I have enough common sense, I think, to survive for a while. Hell, I’ve been surviving working with the public and customer service for almost forty years and I’ve still standing so what’s a zombie or ten? I’m ready. Bring them on.

If you were to write a book, what would it be about?

Two topics immediately come to mind. One would be “True Life Stories From Convenient Store Hell” where I tell of my adventures and the stories of others in working retail and dealing with the public. Anyone who has ever worked in a c-store or with the public for any length of time has a story to tell and I’d love to gather them all up into one, or even a series of publications. The other is something that came into my mind recently. One of the greatest women wrestlers of all time was the late Penny Banner. And she was married to another wrestling legend and icon in Johnny Weaver. They were married for over thirty years and both had very successful careers in the world of pro wrestling and I think that telling their story, from meeting to the marriage and then the life that followed, would be an interesting task and make for a good read. I know some of the people who would be able to help and if I can find the time and proper motivation, that’s a project I’d love to undertake.

Do you ever stumble your words?

Absolutely. That’s why I’m a writer and not a public speaker.

And there you go. My thanks for reading. Any comments, thoughts or questions, feel free and drop me a line here at the site, at my e-mail of Doug28352@yahoo.com or on Twitter at @Doug28352. Until the next time, be good and stay safe. I’ll catch you later.



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