Lisa Gallagher

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Some Random Quirky Things About Me. How About You?

When I was young my mother used to tell my brother and I that we could go out into the woods behind my grandmother's home and dig a hole to China. We believed her and dug until our hands were hurting. I remember asking my brother, "If we can do this, do you think the Chinese people will be upside down?" "How will we be able to talk to them since we don't speak Chinese?" My brother said, "They probably speak our language too, so it won't be hard." The joke was on us, we spent 2 hours digging big holes while my mom and grandmother had time to chat without interruption, pretty creative idea mom! 


I learned to use the internet in the 1990's. How many of you began using Windows 3.1? I barely remember those days. The first thing my husband showed me after learning how to log on was mIRC chat.  You would log on and find a server to connect to. This was back when there was only a dial up connection. They had many chat rooms with different categories. I can't believe I actually found this form of chat fun. I met a few people and they didn't live far from me. I was asked to help with a Golf Tournament for Penn State University and I agreed. I brought my daughter and we were put up in a hotel for 2 nights. All I had to do was stand at the 17th hole and measure the distance of the golf ball from the hole. After the tournament I met (and I NOW embarrassed to admit this), Jerry Sandusky and Joe Paterno.  The experience was quite fun actually. I'm curious, did anyone else use mIRC? I couldn't use it now, I'm sure I'd find it quite boring. 


                                    I'm not sure why I get a kick out of taking pictures of random things? 


I love to sing even though I can't hold a tune. I used to grab a hair brush when I was with my friends and pretend it was my mic, then bust out singing. I still sing all the time and I love to dance too. I dance in the evening after my husband goes to bed- no, I do not dance for him ;-)  And, when I'm really bored I take pictures of people on my TV screen and add funny things to their heads. Meet Carter Page, I think he's sleepy? 


I enjoy going out to eat alone on occasion. I have some control issues and one of those issues is that I always need to be the driver. I have a very hard time being a passenger. The last trip we took to Colorado, I drove from Colorado to Toledo Ohio before handing over the steering wheel and gas pedal to my husband. We did not drive straight through to Toledo. Oh my gosh, my arse and foot were very happy to be the passenger by that point in time. My husband didn't mind because he was able to get a lot of work done remotely while I drove. 

Last, I love old trivia. I saw this on TV tonight and thought I'd share it. This video reminded me of my first experience with the internet. It's funny if you can relate back to the 90's. Bryant Gumble and Katie Couric discussing the @ sign, it's meaning and more.  Let's just say, they were totally clueless about the internet back then! Hopefully, they know how to use it now. 

Okay, I know I shared just a few random things but I'd love it for others to share some random quirky stuff about yourselves. We all have our quirky sides and it's a fun way to get to know each other even more! I promise to share more in the comments if others do too. 

Ready, set........ GO!

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Randall Burns

4 years ago #36

That's all good Lisa \ud83d\udc1d Gallagher We're all very busy. ;-)

Lisa Gallagher

4 years ago #35

Thats a great story Randall Burns! Wieners in a thermos, sounds like your mom was really creative and you were able to enjoy a hot & tasty lunch while most kids were pulling out cold sandwiches lol. Sorry I missed your comment!

Randall Burns

4 years ago #34

HaHa! Lisa \ud83d\udc1d Gallagher, fun post, great video, I remember those days, "What's the internet?", we had an Apple desktop, early 90's. Years before that while going to primary school i was the envy of the other other kids when we would have lunch and everyone would pull their thermos' out of their lunch box, open them and pour soup into the cup. I would open my thermos and pull out 2 steaming wieners put them on 2 sesame seed buns, dress them with mustard and relish and enjoy hot dogs for my lunch. ;-) (compliments of my mother).

Lisa Gallagher

4 years ago #33

I would have went with pencil and paper over the dinosaur download too LOL. I remember the name Oric. Wow, we sure have come a long way!

Lisa Gallagher

4 years ago #32

Our first computer sure looked like the Commodore and could have been! Oh I remember the crackling, the dialing sound and even the long beep......... I also remember feeling frustrated because you would get so much lag time and it disconnected all the time. I never heard of the show you posted but it appears it was before it's time. I may have to check it out, thanks CityVP \ud83d\udc1d Manjit

Zacharias 🐝 Voulgaris

4 years ago #31

When I got into computing, the best machine I could get access to was an Oric and all its programs were in cassette tapes (these magnetic tape plastic thingies that used to store music mainly). Back then, if you didn't know at least some programming, you couldn't even load your favorite program, plus you would have to be very patient as loading a program would take up to half an hour! No wonder that my preferred system to program on was pencil and paper! :-)

CityVP Manjit

4 years ago #30

We started out with the Commodore in the 90's so never mind Windows! The internet when it became "the thing" at the end of the 90's was therefore a scary thing for us because we thought the Commodore was the bees-knees when it first came out. The whole idea of this "Internet" thing was mind-blowing in comparison, but that is what happens when one's world view is shaped by a machine with green letters :-) I remember the crackling sound of my first modem in 1998 and when I realized what the Internet was, I have never looked back since. I did not pay attention to the operating system we were using at the time, but it must have been Windows. Back in the day I was first gobsmacked by the Commodore (which seems ridiculous now) and then by the introduction of Netscape Browser. No wonder I eat up all the episodes that were made of Halt and Catch Fire between 2014 and 2017.

Claire L Cardwell

4 years ago #29

Paul \ - not to mention getting snarled up in shipping lanes or nibbled on by a shark!

Lisa Gallagher

4 years ago #28

Heading over now Salma Rodriguez, can't wait to read your response! Thanks :)

Lisa Gallagher

4 years ago #27

, if there was a laughter button, I would have hit it. I could not stop laughing when I read of your dream about the marshmallow then you woke up and your pillow was gone... you did not eat your pillow, right? haha!! As for the napkins, I hear you, I swear I always have a ton more than everyone around me, I'm also a messy eater but I do love to eat. I used to love the song, "Stayin Alive," by the BeeGees (well I still do). Loved it more when we'd go out dancing. You sure can strike high chords! I can do a pretty good Bruno Mars, only his love songs though. Ok, so are we meeting in China for lunch or MD? I haven't had GOOD Chinese food in ages!

Lisa Gallagher

4 years ago #26

Ha, yes Franci\ud83d\udc1dEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador, her post is below, you two sound like you had similar interests growing up and ENERGY, she loved taking things apart too. Imaginary friends were a necessary part of life back then because we did have time that we had to play quietly in our rooms... I had 3 sisters so I don't think I dreamed up any imaginary friends ;-) Fun but great memories, thanks for sharing them Franci!

Salma Rodriguez

4 years ago #25

I reached the limit of 2000 characters while writing so, publishing as a separate article: Thanks for sharing!

David B. Grinberg

4 years ago #24

Wow, that "digging to China" really struck a chord, Lisa. So should we meet there for lunch? If not, there's always takeout. I also like singing, in the shower and otherwise. Moreover, I can strike a high note like the Bee Gees in the song "Staying Alive" and others. I also like ice coffee all year-round. I use straws a lot and over indulge on napkins (sloppy eater). One time I had a dream that I ate the world's biggest marshmallow...then I woke up and my pillow was gone!

David B. Grinberg

4 years ago #23

Wow, that "digging to China" really struck a chord, Lisa. So should we meet there for lunch? If not, there's always takeout. I also like singing, in the shower and otherwise. Moreover, I can strike a high note like the Bee Gees in the song "Staying Alive" and others. I also like ice coffee all year-round. I use straws a lot and over indulge on napkins (sloppy eater). One time I had a dream that I ate the world's biggest marshmallow...than I woke up and my pillow was gone!
My parents tried the digging to China story on me too. Geeez, maybe this trick was in a parenting 101 book back then. I was a tree climber and used to swing on the branches, which drove my parents crazy. They were so afraid I would get hurt, which I was lucky I didn't. I rode my bike everywhere and had a few crashes but nothing serious. I was a hyper child and liked everything to move fast. I also took my transistor radios apart and put them back together, and believe it or not they still worked. Oh, and I had lots of imaginary friends. Yep, they were cool and we used to dance, Lisa \ud83d\udc1d Gallagher. Ah, the theatre, the theatre...

Debasish Majumder

4 years ago #21

lovely buzz Lisa \ud83d\udc1d Gallagher! enjoyed read and shared. thank you for the buzz mam.

Lisa Gallagher

4 years ago #20

Thanks for sharing my silly night buzz Paul \

Lisa Gallagher

4 years ago #19

It's that time of the year again Paul \, maybe some photo 'chopping' is in order... digging our way to China? I wish I knew how to do it. You always give us a good belly laugh with your 'photo shoots.'

Lisa Gallagher

4 years ago #18

Brook Massey, well if Bugs Bunny confirmed digging a hole to China to be true, it had to be! That's funny about the shoes. I never hated shoes until the past 5 years or so. I remember when I was a kid, I would have much rather ran around w/out shoes as often as I could get away with it. My mom didn't seem to mind but my grandmother would say to my mom, "Oh, they need their shoes on or they are going to catch a cold." My mom would appease her. Hey I don't see anything wrong with taking your shoes off during breaks, they can become a bit cumbersome when your on your feet all day, let those feet roam ;-) Thanks for sharing!

Brook Massey

4 years ago #17

Lisa \ud83d\udc1d Gallagher, My parents would tell me the same thing about digging a hole to China. Bugs Bunny confirmed to me that it was true, though. One of my major quirks is my hatred of shoes. I would go barefoot all of the time if it were warm and appropriate. I guess it harkens back to growing up on a farm in rural Kentucky. As a kid, in the summer, I only wore shoes to church. Now, I am not quite so gauche. If you enter my personal office during lunch or if there is break between patients, I will be in sock feet, though. Inside my home, I can be myself and let my toes roam free!

Lisa Gallagher

4 years ago #16

So, your saying Javier would end up on land Paul \ while the rest of us were treading water in the Ocean? Well... not sure if we would have been treading water or on the verge of drowning?

Lisa Gallagher

4 years ago #15

Claire L Cardwell, it sounds like you were one busy little girl! At least your dad honed in on what you loved doing and found a way to keep you busy w/out getting hurt ;-) The poem he made up for you, priceless! Sounds like you were fearless. Now laying in a tree on a canopy reading a book, that sounds relaxing! Surprised he didn't call you his 'little monkey.'

Lisa Gallagher

4 years ago #14

haha you pulled the dig your way to China on your kids too? How did I forget that stunt when my kids were growing up? I'm still laughing when I picture the Chinese boss swearing after your little heads pop down. Kids would be like, Uh hi? I had a visual of all these Chinese woman yelling at us for peeking down at them after we broke our way through to China. Ok, I clicked on the link... I would have ended up in the Indian Ocean off the Coast of Australia too! I would have drown too since I couldn't swim good at that point in my life LOL! You know, I think I actually began on DOS too, that's when I played solitaire. I think that's basically all I did with that. I used to think computers were stupid. Now, look at us!

Lisa Gallagher

4 years ago #13

That IS funny! I think I might have been wincing, while wondering if little dwarfs were suddenly going to appear under my palm. That would take some time too, digging with your little finger. Ah, the the things are elders used to tell us in order to keep us busy :)

Claire L Cardwell

4 years ago #12

Lisa \ud83d\udc1d Gallagher - when I was young my Dad once told me the moon was always full in India. He also made up a poem for me 'Girl with pliers, electric wires, blue flashes, girl ashes...' yes I was one of those kids who was always taking things apart and putting them back together to see how they worked. In the end Dad just used to encourage me to hang out in the garage and make stuff out of wood. I wasn't allowed anywhere near the power tools, but had hours of fun sanding and banging nails (once I figured out how to keep my thumb out of the way!). I also used to love climbing trees and would spend many a happy hour in the canopy with a good book...

Claire L Cardwell

4 years ago #11

Paul \ I also ended up in the middle of the ocean.... Lucky I know how to swim!

Mohammed Abdul Jawad

4 years ago #10

Lisa \ud83d\udc1d Gallagher I remember, my maternal aunt used to say that if we dig soil, with our baby finger, to the depth of palm size, then dwarfs, measuring finger size, will appear. Though we were, at many ambitious, but never made an attempt. That’s funny, isn’t it?
It is a nice buzz to share Lisa \ud83d\udc1d Gallagher. The idea of the buzz and its call for sharing quirky ideas are truly enjoyable and worthy..

Lisa Gallagher

4 years ago #8

Thank you for sharing my goofy buzz Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee :)

Lisa Gallagher

4 years ago #7

I meant building Pyramids, thats hysterical! Why did I type PC below? Dont answer, it was a rhetorical question haha

Lisa Gallagher

4 years ago #6

Ken Boddie, hey Digging our way to Brisbane might have been more fun because we would have been looking forward to seeing our first kangaroo and koala bear! Your a silly willy too with the PC!

Ken Boddie

4 years ago #5

Lisa Fraser! Sometimes I think you are such a Silly Billy. Everyone knows that, if you dig a hole behind your grandma's place, you'll end up here in Brisbane, Queensland. As for those new fangled computa-thingamy-jigs, I still have my slide rule, seven figure log tables, and a working version of my abacus, which my kids think I used to help build the pyramids. 🤗

Lisa Gallagher

4 years ago #4

lol Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee, I cant picture you doing that but it sounds like something a bored young boy would do. Once during my history class while a movie was playing on the projector, my teacher was asleep and one of the boys through marbles on the floor. When the teacher stood up and saw them, he said, "looks like someone lost their marbles, " With his Richard Nixon voice and a chuckle. Oh I bet your dad wasnt happy, but that is funny!

Lisa Gallagher

4 years ago #3

Oh how true , I used to think I could go down the rabbit hole like Alice in Wonderland, but I dreamed it was just for a fun tea party with nice characters. What was one of your favorite fables?
Funny buzz Lisa \ud83d\udc1d Gallagher this is. Your playful spirit produced this lovely buzz. What a great and light reading for Sunday! You could write a book on quirky habits. I had a teacher who was very charming when I was ten years old. I used to drive her mad by throwing coins on the floor and start searching for them. That distracted her from continuing her boring class. My classmates encouraged me to do that. Till my father found out and you may guess why I stopped this habit since then.

Mohammed Abdul Jawad

4 years ago #1

Ah, childhood memories when recalled give us a hearty chuckle, but in those times, our acts sounded real with all playfulness, and then there was a lot more gazing towards the expansive skies, meandering the surroundings to have a glimpse of delightful Nature. As children, we believed fables, and when someone said something, we took things to our heart.

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