Community Choice – My Initial Thoughts

I apologize for being MIA the last few days. I’ve been dealing with disappointment and sadness. With that said, I’m so thankful that this little community provides me daily encouragement, laughs and needed distraction from life’s ups and down. Your prayers are certainly welcome, if you are so inclined.

Like I always say: “When life hands you lemons…add vodka.”

Moving on.

I love when I toss a question out there to the collective group of green beaners and you guys deliver. Thanks to everyone who took the time to Tweet, Facebook, email, Skype, call, text, stop me in the middle of church, Chick-Fil-A and the parking lot to comment on what they’d like for me to write about in the coming weeks. It’s been so much fun sifting through the possibilities!

Some of the questions are easily answered, so I decided to create a quick list. Others will need more time, dedication and a phone call to my mother to dig up incriminating photos. Apparently, my childhood is as funny to y’all as it was to me. Good times!

Until then, let’s get the easy stuff out of the way:

1. Will you ever write non-Bachelor related reality show recaps?

Dear Bri, Linda, Saggleo, Old Fan, Judy, SirkkaJ, Jeannine, Lisa, Jenn, Lindsay, Renee, Shannon, Janis, Meagan, Tracie and Heather:

Thank you so much for suggesting I recap Dancing with the Stars, the Real Housewives of Fill-In-The-Blank, Jersey Shore and other reality television shows. I’m flattered. But the idea of tuning in to see what anyone other than Our Host Chris Harrison is doing could quite possibly give me hives. Just thinking about it makes my stomach rumble, my left eye twitch and my throat thick.

I apologize if this makes you sad. Fear not. The Bachelorette is just around the corner. We’ll all be okay in May.

2. From Franziska: “If you had to choose between the bang braid or Ashley’s choice of tops, which would you rather?

Excellent question Franziska. Since I am not a person who normally shops at Build-A-Bear as Ashley is obviously inclined to do, I would probably rock the bang braid. Especially if I’m in a position in which I have lots and lots of time to kill. Behold…

3. From Eric: “What are the numerous benefits of wearing boxers and bib overalls?”

I would assume there’s one glaring benefit Eric. And that’s freedom. Of course, if you ditch the boxers, there’s even more freedom. I’m just saying.

4. From Tara: “Tank tops with scarves: yea or nay?”

Personally Tara, I think it looks silly. How can your neck be cold, but your arms not require covering? Clearly, the ubiquitous spring-colored scarf is more of an accessory in today’s society than functional piece of clothing. I put it in the same category as riding in a convertible with the windows rolled up.

5. Benson: “When fishing for catfish, is it better to use Catawba worms or chicken livers for bait?”

Benson. Naturally you would see me as an avid fisher woman. I admire that about you. The worms I purchase are called “night crawlers” and are sold on the shelf under the milk at the Chevron on the corner of Highways 450 and 80.  When I’m too lazy to drive the 10 miles into town, I’ll use a cricket. I’ve never used chicken livers but I have used what is called “blood bait.” It smells exactly like you would imagine. With a worm, you must cast and tease the fish. With blood bait, you remove the cork and just let it sit there until you feel the tug. And then this happens:

6. From Alison: “My husband just had a coughing fit and went and leaned on the railing above our basement stairs. Rather than sympathy, I could only think MESNICK!!!”

Ah yes. The old “Mesnick” that we all love to loathe. For those of you who didn’t follow the MOST DRAMATIC season in Bachelor history, Jason Mesnick had a thing for crying on balconies.

Which was later adopted and slightly modified by Jake “the D-Bag” Pavelka:

I’m quite positive Hotter Than Crap Brad either succeeded or came extremely close to “pulling a Mesnick.” After a quick Google search, I couldn’t help but posting this:

This has nothing to do with pulling a Mesnick.  It’s just a wicked, sweet tat. And thanks Alison for digging up an oldie but a goody IHGB catch phrase. Here’s hoping your husband is still not forced to give himself the Heimlich as you laugh and point while he chokes on his own phlegm.

7. From Paula K: “What blogs do you have to read?”

Wow Paula! I love your enthusiasm. There are so many blogs that I follow, I’ll just narrow it down to a few that I HAVE to read. That makes this process so much easier.

Some Guy in Austin
Go Fug Yourself
Suri’s Burn Book

8. From Jamie: “Where are the best places to drink Dr Pepper? By the pool? On an airplane? Rio?”

I’m glad you asked this question Jamie. The truth of the matter is that Dr Pepper tastes amazing wherever you drink it. Who can resist those 23 flavors of glorious goodness? Not me. Here’s the catch. You can’t get Dr Pepper just anywhere. I KNOW! IT’S APPALLING. For instance, rarely do airplanes have Dr Pepper. If you ask for it, make sure to witness the attendant pouring from the can. Airplane people will try to sneak you a Mr. Pibb in a heartbeat. Don’t be one of those casualties Jamie. My beloved Disney World does not serve Dr Pepper either. They have a contract with Coca-Cola and only provide those products at the parks. Most major arenas are the same way. I KNOW! IT’S INCONCEIVABLE. And don’t even get me started on how you can’t score a can anywhere north of the Mason Dixon line. Pepsi? Please.

So there you have it. This is just a little taste to what will be coming in the days ahead. I have a long list of other suggestions from readers. If you check back, I’m sure you will see yours come up!

Thanks for reading and sharing.  It truly blesses me to come here every day.

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March 29, 2012 4:19 pm

Wait a minute! We have Dr Pepper in cans north of the Mason/Dixon line!

But otherwise it’s ALL good… Rock on, Lincee!

March 29, 2012 4:42 pm

Hilarious Lin-C! I’ve gotten DP on an airplane about twice… I hate the crap mr pibb switch too!

*prayers for you my friend!*

March 29, 2012 6:30 pm

Hope you’re doing ok Lincee. My prayers go out to you.

I’m super excited to see what you will come up with after all the great ideas! Anxiously awaiting….

March 29, 2012 6:53 pm

Suri’s Burn Book is pretty much one of my favorite things ever!

March 29, 2012 9:22 pm

Make sure you try the Dublin DP at Torchy’s Tacos. Last time I was there the drink stand still had it. I thought it wasnt made anymore, but maybe Torchy’s hoards.

March 30, 2012 9:19 am

“I put it in the same category as riding in a convertible with the windows rolled up.”
I want to say that I am a proud owner of a 2004 mazda miata and I do this ALL THE TIME. As well as ride with the heat on in the winter.

March 30, 2012 9:33 am

Lincee…tats do NOT compare to abs.

I think your blog we need a new blog about abs. I seem to recall one in the past…we need an update!

Abs. Or maybe shirtless awesomeness.

Please. Pretty please. I am thinking William Levy for starters…!

March 30, 2012 9:34 am

Ok just thinking about all things Ab-tastic and I lost the ability to type coherently.

But I think you know what I meant… 🙂

March 30, 2012 9:46 am

I’m sure you’ve heard/read this somewhere, but I think it is worth repeating…

customer:”I’d like Dr. Pepper, please”
server: “is Mr. Pibb ok?
customer: “is monopoly money ok?”

ps. just said a little prayer of peace/comfort for you.

SGT Cole
SGT Cole
March 30, 2012 11:11 am

Lincee, weren’t we in health class together? I remember snickering at the back of class like Beavis and Butthead during reproduction.

So lets bust out the high school stories and photos. Give people a feel for H-Town and HISD.

March 30, 2012 2:34 pm

For the record, Mr. Pibb gives me a headache; wherease Dr Pepper does not.

Also, those of us who went to Baylor (Sic ’em Lincee) had access to Dr Pepper at all times, and were able to enjoy the famed Dr Pepper hour where something akin to Sonic’s blended float was served.

This would probably be special interest-but I’d love to hear about your Baylor days-sororities, fraternities, All University Sing, Packard Physics, and what it feels like to finally enter the promised land after walking in the wilderness which was Baylor Athletics for all of those years.

Love, love, love this blog. Thanks for sharing yourself with all of us!

Jamie Willow
March 30, 2012 2:42 pm

ha. so glad you answered my question…I was laughing through your answer. It is also a pet peeve of mine when someone offers Mr. Pibb or some other random dark soda in place of Dr. Pepper…really? no.

@AmyA above, I am totally going to use that monopoly money comment the next time someone offers me a Dr. Pepper replacement. lol good one.

SGT Cole
SGT Cole
March 30, 2012 3:39 pm

How could I forget to weigh in on the Dr.Pepper convo?!!

I have ordered a Dr. Pepper up north and the waiter always says “we have root beer.”

ROOT BEER?!! seriously?!! Nothing against root beer, but who in the world thinks that it makes a proper substitute for Dr.Pepper.

I used to set them straight and let them know how blasphemous it is to suggest anything other than condolences when a patron is denied access to DP. Then I had an epiphany: never travel to any state so barbaric that they don’t have DP.

old fan
old fan
March 30, 2012 7:59 pm

so sorry you’re sad and disappointed …. sending good thoughts your way

March 30, 2012 9:14 pm

Sending prayers and hugs your way Lincee!

I cracked up at your reality show recapping response! It’s probably a good thing you don’t as I fear hives maybe what has started to appear on my forehead as of late. LOL. SAVE YOURSELF!!!

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