Tuesday, March 3, 2009

ask amie -- the answers (part deaux)

Continuing on...(go here to see the original post and the questions in the comments, and here to see part one)

If someone owns a piece of land, do they own it all the way down to the center of the earth?

I *heart* this question. It is my favorite. I had to look this up because I was genuinely curious. As far as I've been able to find, you own your property all the way down to the core of the earth minus mineral rights. There are parcels of land that do not include whatever is underground beneath that property. If someone else owns the mineral rights to your property, they can dig a gold mine , a silver mine, a coal mine, or drill for oil out from underneath you. 'Course, your lot of land will become increasingly smaller and smaller, as will everyone's, the closer you come to a center point, if you get my drift. Good to know, Rockefeller.

Why do dogs like the smell of other dog's butts?

Oh wait...you said other dogs' butts, not it's own? (seriously, the psychological issues this dog must have!) Gross or not, the aroma they smell from each other's bahookies gives them detailed information about each other. It tells them the other dog's sex, health status, and temperment. Can you imagine if humans were this way? Business meeting, meeting a potential client for the first time, let's get a whiff?

"Mr. Conners, I can tell from your particular scent that you are a strapping male, have a hyperthyroid issue, and are a little bit peeved about an earlier road rage incident..."

Did Noah have woodpeckers on the ark? If so, where did he keep them?

I bet nobody under the age of 30 even knows who this is. The animated woodpecker with the most annoying laugh in existence. Anyway, the answer is, yes. Right next to the termites.

How important do you have to be before you are considered assassinated instead of just murdered?

Those assassinated are usually politically or religiously involved. Anyone who is the head of a government, political movement, or religious movement is a target for assassination. Remind me never to run for public office.

Why are mens shoes and womens shoes different sizes?

Good question indeed! I didn't know, and no one online seems to know either. So I'm just gonna go with this: men's egos need to be padded, so they like the larger number. Women don't like to think they they're ever the same size as men in anything, so they like the smaller number.

Have you always been member of the church or are you a convert? How and when did you meet your husband? When has your testimony been tested the most? What is your life's greatest blessing?

All good ones. Yes, I've always been a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. My parents were members when they married in the temple so I was born under the covenant, as we say. I met my husband through a mutual friend via a group of Singles Ward friends I used to hang out with. We met in August, started dating in October, got engaged in December, and were married in February. =)

As far as my testimony being tested--that's a tough one to discuss. No one likes to admit to weaknesses or failures or times when they doubted or struggled with something. I'll just say that when we had our big car accident in the spring of 2001, and my husband was thrown from the car after rolling it twice, after watching him struggle just to live for the next several days, and then not know in the coming months if he would ever talk, walk, think, or be himself ever again--going through all that was definitely a trial and a test. I had many friends and family with a sure knowledge that Dan would heal and be just as he was before the accident. He'd had blessings from my brother, our Bishop, our home teachers, and others saying he would be healed. For me, I didn't have that faith; I had to rely on other's faith. It was too hard for me being so close to the situation to dare to hope.
I relied most heavily on my mom's prayers and her sure knowledge, as well as my good friend Tammy Patillo's unending faith that we would get through this and all was going to be OK. I didn't have the faith because I was scared that it wouldn't be enough. But I'm so glad I had others' testimonies to lean on while going through it.

And my life's biggest blessing? That's easy. Him. My hubby. And my children. That's a no brainer that needs no explanation. =)

HOW do my baby's socks get so dirty? Seriously, she's three months old, she's completely immobile, and yet...She gets up and runs around when you're not lookin'. Set up a video camera, you might catch it.

What stains can you NOT get out with stain remover?

I don't know about you, but I find car grease pretty darn impossible to get out of clothes. And cranberry juice from the carpet. Anybody have tips about those two?

Why is unsweetened iced tea still bad for you on a diet when it contains no calories--even decaf?

I don't know much about tea (being that I'm a non-drinker; it's actually against our religion to drink it) and I know even less when it comes to tea and dieting. What I can tell you is that tea is generally not great for you because of the caffeine content, regardless if it's sugar-free or not. Caffeine tends to trigger appetites, so it's generally a no-no when you're on a diet. Drinking large quantities of tea is also bad for your kidneys, and make your body more susceptible to kidney stones. In addition, it can be harmful for you if you have any history with acid reflux or hypertension. Some teas are probably better for you than others (i.e. herbal tea). I've heard it can also turn your teeth yellowish too, so be aware of that. Good luck, and consult a doctor on this.

How much information do you have to know about someone to get their phone number?

Well I can take this question a couple different ways. If you're asking, on say, a dating/met-somebody-and-want-to-get-their-digits level...I'd say minimum, to ask for someone's number, there needs to be either a dance shared, a drink bought (diet caffeine-free cola?), or some kind of great spark in addition to having already found out their name. My mother always told me never to call boys, but some of my best and most fun relationships have come from me overcoming my own shyness to come 50/50 in a dating situation and call the boy for crying out loud. Gasp, I know. Sorry, Mom.

Now if you're talking about a telemarketing situation, or how someone out there in the wide world web might get your phone number for example, now that I'm not sure. They'd need your first and last name, minimum, and maybe your city and state as well. If you're listed in the white pages, it's much easier. If you're unlisted, it's a bit more difficult. I wish it was near impossible, myself, but I guess there are times and situations when it's a blessing to be able to track somebody down by using the world wide wonderous web. Proceed with caution. =)

How do you get an unlisted telephone number?

You contact your phone company. For about $2/month, you can get an unlisted number. It won't show up in phone books or in online white page searches.

Supposedly someone made me a My Space account and when I tried to cancel it I couldn't since I didn't make it. So I called the number and asked if they could cancel it and they said NO, since it was a privacy issue. So if it is dealing with me, why is it a privacy issue?

MySpace is retarded. I have an account, yet I've all but cancelled it just on the offchance that somebody wants to contact me and can't find me any other way. I haven't updated it in well over a year, I'm sure. I also refuse to get sucked into FaceBook. I can't get addicted to one more thing!

Anyway, the answer to your question can be found here. You basically contact MySpace and report an Imposter Profile. I hope you can get that taken care of because that is muy mucho frustrating.

What is your favorite time of day and why do you like it best?

I enjoy several. I'm actually a morning person, so unlike most people I don't mind getting up pretty early. I enjoy the quiet of early morning before everyone else is stirring...gives me time to gather my thoughts, start with a prayer, begin my day right. =) I also love bedtime for the boys for the same reason, lol! Actually my very favorite time of day is probably when my head hits the pillow. I'll lay for a few minutes, processing my day (like most), relax my back and then after about 15 minutes, I'll turn over into fetal position, cuddle up with my pillow or hubby, and sleep deep. Ahh...makes me wish for bedtime right now!

Well, that's it! Thanks for humoring me, guys! These were fun, though-provoking, sarcastic, whimsical, and cute. Maybe we'll do it again some time.


Jennifer (jkincolorado) said...

I've learned so much!! Thanks for all your in-depth research!

I do have a question - why can't you drink tea? Can you drink coffee?

Carrie said...

How did you get that picture of my shoes? I've been wearing them 24/7 for the last year or so. *snicker*

soccerboyzmom said...

You did a great job and I love the pictures. I bet you won't ask questions again -- you will remember how much work it is.

Jenna said...

You truly are a woman of many talents and WAY too much time! Just kidding, you're very nice to indulge everyone. :)

Anonymous said...

*sniff, sniff*, I smell bull puckey......
On the question "Why are mens shoes and womens shoes different sizes?" your response was men's egos need to be padded. Sure......because the male gender is the one obsessed with having small feet, small waists, small dress sizes. Is there a men's pants size 0? Noooooooo, but women of course are obsessed with such things and hence dress size zero. I'm not sure why women need to have small feet to feel feminine, but I know plenty that are upset at how big their own foot is and try to squeeze down to the size below for no apparent reason. You say men prefer the larger number, I say, we could care less! Don't even get me started on high heels! How uncomfortable those look and the excuses I've heard, "Them make me taller, they make my legs look better, etc......" Vanity thy name is woman.


Christy said...

Fabulous answers! You should consider a career as an OnStar operator! ;)

Lorie said...

I think you should have called this Encyclopedia Amie! Very impressive!

BrieP said...

I will be 22 this week and I might be one of the rare few that know who woody woodpecker is. It is probably due to the fact I am the baby. and almost ever minute of my summer was spent with my wonderful grandma who is a little older than I am.

I really enjoyed these posts.

jinxi~ aka angi said...

I had some of the same questions. And know the answers now.
Thanks for Q & A and getting to know you more!
You are one smart cookie!