This Is Funtertainment

by Lance Ekum on · 72 comments


“A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.” ~  Maya Angelou

What a fun day indeed!  I am honored to share with you an interview with Jannie Funster, the “princess of fun”.  Jannie is an amazing, funtastic, smiling, and real friend here at the “Jungle of Life”, and someone whom it gives me great pleasure to share with you today!  When not answering my probing questions (see below!) – Jannie spends her days writing and singing music, being an awesome mother and wife, authoring her very entertaining blog, and just generally having fun with life!

NOTE: We’re having our first ever give away here today!  For the price of a comment, one lucky winner will be chosen to receive a copy of Jannie’s recently released debut CD, “I Need A Man”.  Winner will be chosen at random, from all received comments – on Friday May 29th.

And with that, please help me in welcoming Jannie here today!

I ask her some challenging questions, and Jannie answers them with poise, grace, and humor…

1. Tell us a little bit about who “you” are (family, career, any special life experiences you’d like to share, etc.)

Well, Lance, funny you should ask!  I was just telling my new clog-dancing buddies yesterday that I’m an Eastern Canadian farm-raised gal from a long long line of  “Twinkle Shooting” Irish ancestors.  Back in the Motherland I entered (and often won,) every carrot-peeling contest I could find before going off to college, then taught junior high French for a couple of years until I ran off happily here to Texas with my landlord-love-of-my life, Jim.  Been here in the “Live Music Capital Of  The World” almost 19 years!

Lance’s Commentary: Carrot-peeling contest!  Were I to enter something like that I’d surely lose a finger…

2. How long have you been blogging, and what led you to start writing?

It was a foggy morning at  6:41 May 22nd, 2006 when I started my old blog as an “added feature” of the templated website I created to promote our band “The Funsters. ”  But that blog never had (nor never would have, boo hoo,) the options of comments.   Imagine my thrill when I finally came to my senses last September and switched to a WordPress blog WITH COMMENTS!
As to writing in general, I was 4 or 5 when I scratched “I love you,” on a scrap of paper to my Aunt Tillie — which she still has!  And have kept writing, with no signs or desire of ever stopping.  And you?

Lance’s Commentary: Comments add so much to the conversation!  And if you’ve never visited Jannie’s site, get over there and check it out.  It’s loads of fun!

What’s the deal here – you sending the questions right back at me?  Well…writing isn’t something that’s always been with me – at least not at the same level as it has been for you.  Or maybe more appropriately – it’s not something I’ve always done.  I think a part of it is that writing feels permanent – and that held me back – the idea of a recorded copy of my thoughts.  Is that insecurity on my part?  It’s taken time to be “ok” with writing.  For me, it all started just over a year ago -when the “Jungle of Life” was born.  It’s been a fantastic journey through my mind, and with the help of so many others to make it all possible.

3. Tell us about your singing / songwriting, and how long you’ve been doing that.

I was probably born singing.  Used to drive my friends crazy by singing instead of talking to communicate. (But they still hung around me – go figure!)
Dreamed of being a singer as a child, but my path veered elsewhere.   I look now at those interim years as song research!
Then, at 30, when I picked up a guitar at my neighbor Leigh’s house and she taught me a couple of chords, I wrote a song immediately.  And following a rather circuitous, yet steady route of voice, guitar, songwriting and performance classes, here I am —  just a regular gal with a penchant for flinging lyrics into melodies and sharing them via guitar.

I still can’t believe I’ve just released my debut CD called “I Need A Man”, as in “I need a man with a chainsaw, I need a man with an axe – a guy who’s good in the garden, who’ll give my weeds a whack…”   (Did I mention half those songs won awards? ? ) And that the CD can be purchased off my site, only $10.00 each, with low S&H.  Packed to anywhere in the world with aromatic moonbeams and a special Jannie love incantation.  Oh, I didn’t mention that?  How totally remiss of me.  😉
The CD also contains a precious song Kelly wrote and sang in one take when she was 5 years old.

Lance’s Commentary: I think this is so cool – you’ve released your first CD!!  I love the whole thing, and the last song, with Kelly singing, is very sweet.  The world is a better place because you picked up that guitar and followed your dreams!  And one more thing, Jannie – I have a chainsaw I like to play with…

On a side note, Milwaukee has a large summer music festival, Summerfest, in late June/early July.  I think this would be an awesome place for you to showcase your talents (and hey, I’ll have a place for you to stay the whole time)!

4. Jannie, when I think of you – I think music (and maybe bra-flinging).  Besides music, what else makes your spirit soar, your heart skip a beat?

Ah, Lance,  I love the explosion of springtime, a perfect glazed donut, my husband’s (landlord ?) sweet whistle, my daughter’s laugh, my mother’s hugs, my dad’s grin, my brothers’ spontaneous accordion and harmonica  hoe-downs, my sister’s twinkle-shooting eyes.  The wind on my face.   The sun on my roses.  The scent of  the pines everywhere as soon as I step off the plane at home.  My morning coffee –  light and a bit sweet.   My new “Mountain Mist” scented brand of laundry soap.

Lance’s Commentary: What great things in life, all of these that you’re deeply connected to (the laundry soap t00?).  Someday, we shall meet for coffee – my treat!  You can bring the donuts…

5. What do you see as the real purpose of your blog (in other words, why do you write)?

Lance, the real purpose of my blog is to take over the world (but don’t tell anyone, okay?)  To get and give a little fun and love and funsterment.  But mainly to be heard.  How ‘bout you?

Lance’s Commentary: Your secret’s good with me!  Jannie, when I think fun and love all wrapped together – you’re it!  Keep sharing your voice, in all the ways you do.

More questions for me??  So, what’s the purpose of my blog?  I write to get things out that I have in my head and in my heart.  And in that process, or journey really – it helps me to better understand myself, and to really live the life I want.  There’s something about writing it down for me that makes it all more real.  So, that’s why I started to write.  I also find that I write as a way to connect with others.  Like with you!  And everyone who visits these pages…you all add so much!

6. Tell us one unexpected thing that has happened to you in the last year.

You mean besides finding  that wonderful box of assorted but practically brand new mis-matched socks at a yardsale?   Yes, the one-same yardsale where I scored the (over) half a tube of super glue that was just the ticket to mend my cow-milking trophy that crashed from the shelf the night the fandango party got a little wilder than usual!  Well… my hubby surprised me with a beautiful new white kitchen sink for Mothers Day.  Installed!
And the joy and love I’ve grown to feel for all my blogging buds – that was pretty unexpected, and welcome, indeed.

Lance’s Commentary: This is what’s so great about you, Jannie.  And to everyone reading here – this IS Jannie!  In an off-the-wall sort of way, she is able to write something light-hearted and deeply meaningful in the same paragraph.  Jannie, I love it!  Especially the socks!!

And the connections with others in the blogging world – I’ll agree that’s a pretty sweet gift indeed!  Have fun with your new sink (although Jim is making me look bad!)…

7. If you had to pick one thing as your greatest achievement, what would it be (and why)?

Finally getting to be a mom, after years of heartbreaking infertility and miscarriages. Hopefully raising a nice little human to bring more sunshine than rain to this (and all other,) planets.

Lance’s Commentary: Jannie, I can’t even begin to imagine how difficult those years must have been.  You have someone very special in your life now, and from everything I’ve witnessed, she’s a true offshoot of you.  That’s testament to the great job you’re doing as a mother!   Our galaxy has a bunch more sunshine!

8. A fun day with your family – tell me what that might consist of.

Oh, a dream fun day would be waking up in a great little hotel in Paris with a fabulous view, having café /croissant on the terrace, then enjoying the Orangerie museum, where Kelly and I could explore to our heart’s content after Jim settled into a nice hammock beside the museum deck.  (Kelly and I can tire him out!)  He’d be kept well there with lemonade and tranquility at an even temperature of  75 beneath a shady tree.  Then we’d all three have a leisurely lunch on the Champs Elysees and  stroll merrily through the Tuileries, up to the Louvre. But not actually go in the Louvre,  but head over to Pere LaChaise to look for Jim Morrison.  And that evening attend a party at the Ritz, Place Vendome — with every one of our friends and family, who’d been flown in and put up courtesy of some secret-admiring philanthropist.  And my hair would curl just right for the occasion.

Lance’s Commentary: Wow!  I hope I’m on the “friends” list (and it’s not just to get a free trip to Paris).  Jannie, I love your imagination, it fits the whole “Funster” name so well!

9. Deep-down, Jannie, what makes you, “you”?

Well, Lance, you’d really have to ask the Great Almighty what he used for ingredients in me.  But I’m guessing poetry, pansies and pastry were in the mix!  Maybe a hint of two of mischief.  And a flash of  pinkish-blue.

Lance’s Commentary: The “Great Almighty” did one fantastic job with you!

Closing Thoughts: Jannie, it’s been awesome having you here today!  Your thoughts – whether on your blog, your comments here, or in the music you sing – they all are uplifting and just plain fun!  I love how you’ve went out after something you believe deeply in – your music.  And this is proof for all of us here, that taking some risks with ourselves and really listening to what our heart is saying – can lead to some pretty amazing things happening!

Jannie, thank you for being here today, and for sharing “you” with all of us!  You are sunshine to our planet, and to all the planets we know about, and even to those that haven’t yet been discovered!

Lance writes stories from his heart, aiming to inspire and motivate, as you align more fully with YOUR true peak. When he's not here, you can find him hanging out with his family, riding a bike, or just generally acting goofy.   Sign up for the Thoughts from the Treehouse newsletter and get additional inspiration in your email inbox!
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The Commenter Formerly Known As Jannie Funster May 26, 2009 at 7:33 am

Wait, I can’t be First on my own guest post, can I?? Is that up to Jungle code? (Or maybe another of your myriad fans is out there furiously typing.)

Lance, when I come to Summerfest and play I’ll be sure to give you lots of carrot-peeling lessons on the side, the trick to the speed is all in the pinky. You can even learn to juggle chainsaws while peeling carrots — that’s really catching on here in Texas.

And of course – you’re on the Paris list, as are all my blog buddies! And what a party it’ll be!

Sunshine is as sunshine does, Lance! Thanks for getting all those things out of your head and your heart and onto this blog.

We all love you!

The Commenter Formerly Known As Jannie Funster´s last blog post..“Sugar Lady” Video


Jeanne May 26, 2009 at 7:39 am

I love all that you share

Jeanne´s last blog post..Today my husband returns home


brandi May 26, 2009 at 7:59 am

jannie-I loved, loved, loved learning more about you!! I am so glad we’ve already connected and if we hadn’t, you can bet this interview would have me racing over to your blog!!!

lance-thanks for sharing Jannie with us. What a fabulous breath of fresh air!

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Jewel/Pink Ink May 26, 2009 at 8:06 am

Loved getting to know Jannie more. And she brings out your wacky side, too, Lance.

Jannie – I didn’t know you were clog-dancing nowadays. Is that with a group called the Plumbers?? Ha ha.

I didn’t know you started at 30. That is fantatastic!!

Jewel/Pink Ink´s last blog post..More To Life Than Writing


Jewel/Pink Ink May 26, 2009 at 8:07 am


Not just fantastic, mind you 😉

Jewel/Pink Ink´s last blog post..More To Life Than Writing


Dot May 26, 2009 at 8:46 am

Hi Lance and Jannie, Thanks, Lance, for this penetrating, in-depth interview with the Queen of Typos. Not only does it showcase her personality, but your warmth and generosity come shining through as well. I’m so happy to learn a bit more about my blogger friend Jannie and her family. I’ve already got a copy of her very cool CD and I recommend it highly! Jannie’s fun with words comes through in her songwriting, too, and the music is great. Kind of folk/country to my ears, with a touch of rock. Since I’ve been reading your blog in a reader, I haven’t seen your site redesign until now, Lance. It’s beautiful!

Dot´s last blog post..The Joys of Alcohol and Other Fallacies


Writer Dad May 26, 2009 at 8:58 am

Great getting to know you. I love your dream day. It filled me with a sigh.

Yes, having WordPress and comments makes all the difference in the world. It renders an echo chamber into a community.


Tess The Bold Life May 26, 2009 at 9:39 am

Just when we think we know all about Jannie we find out we know nothing. This was so great! I’m sitting in the game room (free wi-fi) at the Tybrisa Inn on Tybee Island Georgia. My husband is watching tv waiting for me to finish blogging so he can begin another day of the big job hunt.

I was silently laughing and smiling the entire time and when I got to the line “My hair curled just right for the occasion” I couldn’t contain it anymore and began laughing out loud. Roger starts, “What, what, what’s so funny?”

How can I begin to tell him about you and your sense of humor? It’s undescribable. So I’m signing him up for your blog so he can join in the laughter. I swear if you are as funny in person as your blogging you could get rich doing stand up comedy and sing at the same time.

Thanks for the laughs once again. I swear you should charge for this!

Tess The Bold Life´s last blog post..Mondays = 1/7 of Your Life


Talon May 26, 2009 at 10:07 am

I’m a huge fanster of the Funster! Thanks, Lance, for your great interview.

Jannie, you deserve all the hair-curling-just-right days a gal can get!

Talon´s last blog post..You never know who’s watching…


Positively Present May 26, 2009 at 10:11 am

Wonderful interview!! I really enjoyed reading it and I, of course, love the picture with the dog in it. Adorable! 🙂


wade May 26, 2009 at 11:13 am

You two work very well together ! If we get one of you a cigar we could have you do old Burns & Allen routines. Of course Jannie would have to change her name to Gracie, unless she decided to be the one with the cigar.


Vered - MomGrind May 26, 2009 at 11:41 am

It’s great to learn more about Jannie!

I LOVED this line:

“when I think of you – I think music (and maybe bra-flinging)”

Hehehe I think Jannie should consider this as a compliment.

I love glazed donuts too. 🙂

Vered – MomGrind´s last blog post..A Rose Garden


Laurie May 26, 2009 at 11:48 am

Mis-matched socks at a yard sale? Darn it all- I was wanting to get those! You are a hoot!

Lance, thanks for the post. It was refreshing. Have a super day!


Betsy Wuebker May 26, 2009 at 11:50 am

What’s not to love about our Jannie? Thanks, Lance, for containing this sprite long enough for her to sprinkle her fairy dust around!

Betsy Wuebker´s last blog post..THE SECRET OF FREEDOM IS COURAGE


Nadia - Happy Lotus May 26, 2009 at 12:29 pm

What a great interview. I think people who sing and write music are amazing because to create music is such a wonderful gift to the world. To create is so God-like because you are taking nothing and making it something.

I also think Jannie’s story is so inspiring because as someone who does not believe in aging, I think it is awesome that she learned chords at the age of 30. Goes to show you it is never too late to do anything! 🙂

Thank you, Lance, for such a great interview and for letting me discover another person who believes in fun! 🙂

Nadia – Happy Lotus´s last blog post..My Perfection Myth


Brenda May 26, 2009 at 12:30 pm

Hi Jannie

No wonder your voice sounds familiar. You live in Austin, home of street-lined bejeweled guitars and signs that read “Keep Austin Weird.” I spent ten glorious years there and still miss it. I laughed when Lance asked you why do you blog and you said mainly to be heard. Is there any other answer! Thanks for sharing your incredible lightness of being with all of us. 🙂

Brenda´s last blog post..Trees


Robin Easton May 26, 2009 at 3:03 pm

What a delight person and delightful interview. I found this simply thrilling because I LOVE fun. I see so many adults who have lost all touch with fun. And fun for NO reason. And simple fun. That’s the beauty about fun it doesn’t have to be complex or expensive, anyone can have fun anywhere. I am blessed in that my sweetie and I always seek out fun in our interactions and everything we do. Given even two minutes and we will find a way to laugh and create fun. I always feel so happy and free around others who LOVE to have fun. I’m like a dog quivering all over waggin my tail. LOL!! Thank you both Jannie and Lance. I appauld you both and jump with joy. Good for you!! Hugs all around! LOL! Robin.

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Erin Prais-Hintz May 26, 2009 at 3:45 pm

What fun! Jannie sounds like a clever ray of sunshine in a cynical world and you Lance are the perfect foil for her folly! Thanks for sharing such a wonderfully wacky and inspiring interview. And when she comes to Summerfest, let me know because I will not only buy you both coffee but I will bring you donuts as well!
Enjoy the day!

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Patricia May 26, 2009 at 4:33 pm

See Jannie patience in the remodeling project is worth it – a lovely new white sink is YOURS and then a delight in the daughter, glazed donuts, mismatched socks which are practically new, a CD and now an interview in the Jungle.
The Paris day is coming right up..Jim in the hammock at 75 degrees of relax .and always the muse

You are heard as you take over the world…how lucky am I – ’cause you got comments?

Patricia´s last blog post..Hesitation


Liara Covert May 26, 2009 at 4:38 pm

I love everything about Jannie. Her writing is off the wall. She sings and composes music straight form the heart, and no matter where she roams, she never forgets her Maritime roots. Thanks for sharing this candid and spontaneous interview. It touches hearts and souls near and far. Interconnectedness is growing steadily.

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Sami - Life, Laughs & Lemmings May 26, 2009 at 4:55 pm

I think the world could do with a little “fun takeover” so you go for it. I promise I won’t tell the authorities. I loved “poetry, pansies and pastry”. I’m thinking my ingredients would be swearing, gerberas and cake (or maybe chocolate).
Thanks Jannie and Lance. A great, fun and funny read!

Sami – Life, Laughs & Lemmings´s last blog post..How I Built a Daisy List & Why – Part 1


suzen May 26, 2009 at 5:30 pm

What a whacky and wonderful spirit – I LOVE THIS GIRL! If you two get together for coffee I MUST be there too! I’ll bring the pastries Jannie – I know we will laugh and talk off any calories! And thanks for visiting my blog too – what a fun surprise!

suzen´s last blog post..Living with Passion and Without Money


suzen May 26, 2009 at 5:32 pm

oh and p.s. – the quote under the picture Lance is the one on my profile! It fits Jannie better since she is a songster.

suzen´s last blog post..Living with Passion and Without Money


kingofnewyorkhacks May 26, 2009 at 6:14 pm

Exactly what I would have asked to find out more of the mysterious Jannie should she ever wind up in my NYC taxi. Great job Lance !! …and Jannie, you know YOU ROCK !!

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Audra Krell May 26, 2009 at 6:47 pm

This is a super fun post! What a gift you have Jannie. A beautiful sense of humor isn’t very common, I’m so grateful you shared yourself with us today. Thank you Lance for hosting Jannie on your site, it seems that like attracts like! I hope you both get to have that coffee one day, the world seems to be getting smaller and smaller, I think it has a great chance of happening!

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The Commenter Formerly Known As Jannie Funster May 26, 2009 at 8:26 pm

Okay, guys, I’m honing on in here to take over. Okay, Lance? (Can I do this?)

I’ve got about 7 donuts, 4 cups of coffee and a couple Godiva dark chocolate raspberry bars in me. So here goes!

Wow, I am so humbled and amazed by everyone’s outpouring of beautiful sentiments — which I know is a direct result of the kind of person Lance is – everybody’s great guy and a true shining unique light in the blogosphere. Truly! He’s one-of- a-kind, in the very best way, spreading something that the world can never have enough of — goodness, light, inspiration, humor, friendship and compassion.

Jeanne: I feel truly truly blessed to be here in all of your fine company. Thanks so much. I’m totally verklempt.

Brandi: You already know I’m loving your blog and getting to know you, you Joy Rebel!

Jewel: Lance is a real hoot, his e-mails crack me up. Actually our clog dancing group is called “The Clueful Clunkds.” Yes, I only picked up a guitar at 30 (and I’m 117 now, so I made up for the lost time, heh, heh.) No, I’m 45.

Dot: You are so sweet, thanks! You know I’m your friend for life.

Writer Dad: And you will have unlimited food and drink at the Ritz! And the finest suite.

Tess: Well I will for sure do my best to keep the funstering up, but with all these amazing vibes, I think it’s about all I’ll be able to do. And I can’t let Roger down!

Talon: My Talon, luring you over to my blog didn’t end up being too bad, eh? I know yours is a constant blessing to me.

Positively Present: And you were so sweet to hop on over to Funstertown – another new friendship begininng I do believe!

Wade: I could certainly be a Gracie, God rest her lovely soul. And George’s. His song I Wish I Were 18 Again? I know the songwriter! Sonny Throckmorton.

Vered: Just when you thought you knew all you could about me I throw you a few curves, eh….

Laurie: Please come on down to Austin and take your pick of the socks. Heck, bring all your mismatched ones and maybe we’ll get us a bunch of pairs!

Betsy: Shucks, I didn’t know you cared so much. Thanks!! Thanks so much. You are too sweet.

Nadia: Ageing- schmageing. (and SPF 45, 24 /7 doesn’t hurt either.) And exactly — it is never too late to start something you really want to – it’s really only the limitations we put on ourselves that hold us back. Boy-howdy – yes.

Brenda: I gotta get on over to your blog, Austin insider! I actually have photos of Kelly standing beside about 10 of those guitars. We ran all around downtown one day when she was 5 taking shots of them. Glorious! I’ll post them on my blog some time.

Robin: Fun is a very very good thing indeed. And sounds like you are taking Lance’s Sunday Thought for last week to heart – with all that tail waggin’!

Erin: Yes, on the cofee and donuts! And thanks again for popping on over to my blog. I’ll be over to yours, for sure.

Liara: I love everything about you too! I really think it is my Maritime roots that make me who I am, along with the pastry and pansies and such. The Maritimes are a place onto themselves. And thanks for letting me stalk your blog, I don’t mean to stalk — it’s just that I hang on your every word over there.

Patricia: Yes, the sink was for sure a turning point in our now 15 years of remodelling. YOU are a doll and a deep dee inspiration of mine and I’m going to be sending you something in the mail soon. Hopweyou’ll like it.

Sami: YESSS! a fun “takeover” That WILL be my sole mission from this point forward! Good thinking. And now you’ll have me Googling “gerberas” after I post this. Wait, those daisies, right?

Suzen: Ah, what lovely words, thank you. More! More! I’ll eat them up like the finest donuts in the land. Quote? Oh I just saw Maya Angelou quote now. Tears in my eyes – so beautiful. (Hey, maybe I ought go go back and read this whole post eh? 🙂

King?? The King is here? Wow, he’s one of my heroes, guys. I actually cannot wait to get to NY to meet him and sail in his cab and see the bull’s um, his, um, his “undersides.” (very famous statue! In the financial district.)

Audra: Well thank you. So much. I do seem to be able to let my mind flow with words some times, tapping into it more and more. And you all are soooo very inspiring.

Okay, let me post this really quick, in case Lance is up there typing furiously to beat me to this punch.


Lance, I don’t want to make you puke by going on and on and on, but this has been a wonderful wonderful experience for me to share. Thank you.

The Commenter Formerly Known As Jannie Funster´s last blog post..Bord on a wire, 9 & 10 1/2


The Commenter Formerly Known As Jannie Funster May 26, 2009 at 8:28 pm

Yay, beat Lance here! Heh, heh.

The Commenter Formerly Known As Jannie Funster´s last blog post..Bord on a wire, 9 & 10 1/2


Lance May 26, 2009 at 10:06 pm

Someone Once Known as Jannie – Can you take over here? You have! I tried to stop it, but my blog wouldn’t let me – it kept telling me that you rule! (I think my blog and I have to have a little heart to heart).


Lance May 26, 2009 at 10:07 pm

@Jannie – Welcome to the top spot – which you so deserve today Jannie!! I’m getting scared. Maybe I haven’t told you – I can’t juggle either. Can I get a stunt double? Or maybe we could juggle something other than chainsaws…maybe the carrots, while we peel them? (can you tell I’m trying desperately to get out of this whole predicament I put myself into with the chainsaw comment). So, we’ll party at Summerfest, and then party in Paris! Sounds like loads and loads of sunshine. And…in case you haven’t figured it out – we all love you too!

@Jeanne – Thanks for stopping by!

@Brandi – Hi Brandi. Jannie is tons of fresh air, and a whole bunch of goofiness!

@Jewel – Fantatastic — what a great word for Jannie! So…she brings out my “wacky” side! I’m loving it!! Thanks for being here today!

@Dot – Hi Dot! Jannie is a blogger friend to many. I’m lucky to be in her circle – it’s a great place, isn’t it Dot! I have her CD as well, and it is excellent. And thanks much about the site re-design. I’ve been playing with the header and sidebars a bit, working on the “right” feel.

@Writer Dad – Hi Sean. Doesn’t Paris sound so so sweet – especially as described by Jannie. I’m there! And comments…it’s what makes these posts really come to life! Great having you here today, my friend…

@Tess – Ha! So, you’re making Roger both wait, and then wonder what you’re up to! Jannie IS indescribable – and what a wonderful compliment to just who she is!

@Talon – The Funster is way awesome (but you being a fanster…you know this don’t you!).


Lance May 26, 2009 at 10:08 pm

@Positively Present – Hi Dani. The dog is a real cutie. Oh, and Jannie – in case you’re reading – so are YOU – you brighten up the place around here an awful lot!

@Wade – Jannie, do you smoke cigars? It’s been years for me since I’ve had one. It’s been great working with Jannie on this – she’s been the best – and it all was tons of fun! Pretty fitting, I think…

@Vered – Hi Vered. “when I think of you – I think music (and maybe bra-flinging)” — yes, most definitely a compliment for Jannie! Jannie? You know I think you’re all sorts of awesomeness, don’t you? You are!

@Laurie – Jannie is refreshing like a summer rain shower, and the rainbow that follows. She showers us with her “fun”, and leaves us with all sorts of color in what she does! Refreshing – what a great word for her!

@Betsy – Hi Betsy! Yep, I rounded up Jannie and was able to get some of that fairy dust of hers sprinkled here! I’m so lucky to have her grace this site – she sure adds so much here doesn’t she!

@Nadia – Hi Nadia. I think Jannie lives fun 24/7! And what a gift she shares with her voice and the sweet music she makes! I too think that’s pretty cool – learning guitar at 30 (gives me hope that I can do the same thing at near 40). You’re most welcome Nadia – it’s really an honor for me to have Jannie gracing these pages here…

@Brenda – Hi Brenda. “Keep Austin Weird” – Jannie fits right in! And Jannie, I mean this is such a positive way – “Keep Jannie Weird” – keep being “you”! You are a breath of fresh air, and just the kind of weirdness we need more of in this world. Planets all over are noticing (I just hope they don’t come and secretly take you away!).

@Robin Easton – Hi Robin! I know how much you love fun, and I’m reminded of that often when I see you (like rolling down a hill!). You’re all about fun1 Jannie’s all about fun! What a great couple of people for me to know! Like Doublemint gum – it’s double the pleasure and double the fun! Woohoo! This is great!!


Lance May 26, 2009 at 10:08 pm

@Erin – Hi Erin! Jannie is a wonderful ray of sunshine! It’s been a blast working with her on this. Wacky. Inspiring. True to Jannie’s core! Okay – I’ll have to work on getting Jannie into Summerfest (I wonder how difficult that is?) – it could end up being one great big blog party – with Jannie on guitar! And all of us enjoying some great coffee and donuts. Mmmmm…..

@Patricia – Did Jannie’s secret get out? World domination (you didn’t hear it here!). It’s been great having our friend Jannie here today. I think I’ve said it up above, but it’s worth saying again – I’m one very lucky guy!

@Liara – I love everything about Jannie too! The wacky, the weird, the fun, the somber, the serious, and all of it real – all so Jannie, and all so lovable. Thank you Liara – yes, Jannie touches hearts and souls like none other…

@Sami – Hi Sami. I’m not doing a very good job of keep Jannie’s secret plans a secret, am I?? And Sami, send some of that chocolate my way!

@Suzen – Hi Suzen. So we’ll have coffee, donuts, and lots of other pastries…I’m loving the idea of this party! One big wacky time will be had by all, I’m sure of it! And the quote – it’s a great one for Jannie (I think). And I also think it fits you too – we all have a song within us (even if it’s not literally sung)…

@Kingofnewyorkhacks – I certainly know that Jannie ROCKS!

@Audra – Hi Audra! Yes, Jannie is blessed with a gift of fun within her – and what a wonderful gift this is for her to share with the world! And thank you, Audra – this means much to me, what you’re saying. There are so many wonderful people I hope to someday meet – like Jannie! And like you! Until that day…it always always great having you here!


Lance May 26, 2009 at 10:32 pm

@TCFKA Jannie Funster – Hey, I could go for some of that dark chocolate!

Jannie, Jannie, Jannie – you’re awfully kind to me! THANK YOU!

And, I think I may have said it up above – you have been a joy to have here! You shine your light in such wonderfully awesome ways! Jannie, I’m so lucky to know you. As you can see by these wonderful comments, I’m not alone in my thoughts about just what a great human being you truly are!

I’m just back from puking (okay, I lied). I’m just back from doing a great big ol’ happy dance! You sure do know how to make someone feel special!

And yes, you beat me here. My blog wouldn’t let me comment until you were here. Something about “Jannie rules and you drool”. My blog and I…we really do have to sit down and have that talk…


SheSleepsWithSeaGlass May 26, 2009 at 10:36 pm

Lance ~

Great interview with Jannie!
Thanks for sharing with us.

Off to peek at her sight again!



The Commenter Formerly Known As Jannie Funster May 26, 2009 at 11:28 pm

Now I’m the one puking! With delight, tho. A wonderful barf of happiness.

Oh boy. I better get me to bed, asap. My brain is ready to drift off into Jannieland dreams, which would provide a whole other guest interview. Another whole set of questions about the secret sleeping realm of Jannie-dom.

And the chainsaws, Lance, they are not actually on during the juggling. But maybe yes, you could start with juggling carrots first. Or beets. Or kernals of corn, the latter which really develops the olde hand-eye coordination.

The Commenter Formerly Known As Jannie Funster´s last blog post..Bord on a wire, 9 & 10 1/2


Daphne May 27, 2009 at 12:00 am

Gosh this was really a funterview, not interview! My favourite line was the same as Vered’s – when Lance said that music and bra-flinging came to mind. Jannie brings out the fun side of Lance too!

Lance, your interviews are full of life and easy to follow, as if I were listening to a conversation in person. You did a marvellous job.

Jannie, you rock! The world needs more people like you with a sense of fun and humour. And thanks for sharing so much of yourself here. I feel I know you better.

Daphne´s last blog post..20 Ways to Ruin A Relationship


Davina May 27, 2009 at 1:28 am

Hi Lance… and Funster! 🙂
Good to get a look into more of Jannie here. I love her playful spirit… especially those typo posts! A cow-milking trophy? Lol, I remember those days, with the cats hovering nearby in the peaceful stable, breathing the aroma of hay and listening the cows munching. I’m anxiously awaiting Jannie’s CD to arrive and even more now that I’ve read some of these comments.

Davina´s last blog post..Positively Breathing — Affirmation 4


Lance May 27, 2009 at 7:12 am

@SheSleepsWithSeaGlass – Hi Bella! Jannie shines, doesn’t she! Enjoy your time in Funster-land…

@TCFKA Jannie Funster – Jannieland dreams – sounds like a place we could all get lost in! Juggling kernels of corn – whoa! picking up those kernels will work my hand-eye coordination. I’m thinking if I can get this down – juggling corn kernels and peeling carrots – I could take the show on the road! Hmmm…

@Daphne – Hi Daphne! Ha! Yes, Jannie has that effect of people!! Thanks much, this really was a fun interview – and that’s because Jannie made it so. Jannie rocks!!

@Davina – Hi Davina! Playful, what a great word for Jannie! I know you’ll enjoy the CD, it’s true Jannie and it’s awesome!!


Stacey / Create a Balance May 27, 2009 at 8:40 am

I really enjoyed the laughter that you brought to this interview Jannie. I’m hilarious in real life (really) but have not yet figured out how to channel my humor into my online writing. Jannie – you are truly a fun inspiration to hang out with online.

Stacey / Create a Balance´s last blog post..Authentic Happiness Series – Part Five (Design Your Life)


SheSleepsWithSeaGlass May 27, 2009 at 10:26 am

@ Lance ~ Yes, she does shine
just as you do!


Jennifer May 27, 2009 at 10:29 am

Lance, thank you for sharing Lance with us. That WAS fun!! I’d love to meet Jannie. I love how she is true to herself and I love the uniqueness that she lets shine through. It truly has been fun to learn more about her. I’m reminded to have more fun just by reading this. Thanks again!

Jannie, you have real talent. Keep letting it shine and brighten the planets!

Jennifer´s last blog post..Who Do You Want to Be?


Heather Happymaker May 27, 2009 at 11:22 am

Yay! I loves me some Jannie Funster.

My family loves her as well. I guess the kid in her attracts them like bees to honey!

Heather Happymaker´s last blog post..Comments Permanently Awaiting Moderation


Lance May 27, 2009 at 12:22 pm

@Stacey/Create A Balance – Hi Stacey. Jannie lives fun! And so much of what she write is a bit “whacky” – and in a very great way! She has a real knack for humor! we can all learn a thing or two about expressing humor in writing from the Funster!

@SheSleepsWithSeaGlass – Bella, thank you!!

@Jennifer – Hi Jennifer. Jannie is a riot! Me too – I’d love to meet her as well. I think she can be coaxed with coffee (that’s what I’m trying anyway)! She surely brightens my world (and you do too Jennifer)…

@Heather – If you need a smile, Jannie’s place is it! The kid in her – YES!! That’s Jannie alright – and I guess that makes me a bee – cause she’s as sweet as honey…


Barbara Swafford May 27, 2009 at 12:23 pm

Hi Lance and Jannie,

Oh what a fun interview. It’s always great to learn more about our blogging buddies. I love Jannie’s sense of humor, but more than that, her authenticity and beautiful voice.

I’m so thrilled for Jannie and the release of her first CD. When she’s up on that big stage, we can all say, “we knew her when…”. 🙂

Barbara Swafford´s last blog post..Teaching The Art Of Persuasion


Tom Volkar / Delightful Work May 27, 2009 at 1:25 pm

I’m up for that world takeover as well. Things would definitely be cheerier with the two of you in charge. Thanks for the laughs and the very pleasant distraction.

Tom Volkar / Delightful Work´s last blog post..Is Your Inner Child Still Running Your Life?


Chris Edgar | Purpose Power Coaching May 27, 2009 at 2:00 pm

Okay, Funs, someone had to ask — what does your bandmate on stage do with what appears to be a roll of either paper towels or toilet paper? I know I’m going to regret asking this.


Chris May 27, 2009 at 2:04 pm

That was great! Nice of both you to provide such a thorough, insightful and FUN interview! *clapping*

Chris´s last blog post..Stubbed Toe


SnaggleTooth May 28, 2009 at 4:18 am

Great post idea Lance!
I so feel like a Jannie Groupie now!
N the Enquirer really missed out on this exclusive!

SnaggleTooth´s last blog post..Mem Wknd


Megan "JoyGirl!" Bord May 28, 2009 at 6:12 am

What a fun, uplifting interview and may I just say “thank you!” for introducing me to Ms. Funster?! I enjoy your blog and have been reveling in the great-feeling connectivity there seems to be between a handful of you. Keep on keeping on!

Megan “JoyGirl!” Bord´s last blog post..Homemade Gatorade


Robin May 28, 2009 at 7:30 am

Oh Lance and Jannie – what a lovely interview! I’m glad you are thinking of all the other planets as well, Jannie – is that in the whole universe? – R

Robin´s last blog post..Wanting To Look Young


Lance May 28, 2009 at 8:16 am

@Barbara – Hi Barbara. Jannie’s a blast! And the CD release, that is pretty awesome isn’t it! She’s the superstar in our midst!!

@Tom – Hi Tom. Jannie’s secret is spreading way too fast – I’m in trouble now! Although, with you out there helping to take over the world – all’s good! This was fun wasn’t it – Jannie is so wacky (I mean that in a very good way Jannie!) it’s all so much fun!

@Chris Edgar – Hi Chris. Hmmm…I hadn’t noticed that until you pointed it out. Now…I’m wondering too! Jannie, are you out there somewhere? Inquiring minds want to know… Jannie??

@Chris – I’m clapping with you – Jannie earned it with such fun answers! Thanks much for stopping by!

@SnaggleTooth – A Jannie groupie – hey there’s a thought! Me too – I’m a groupie as well! Too bad, National Enquirer – the exclusive on Jannie is right here – and the truth is way better than fiction!!

@Megan – Hi Megan. Ms. Funster is an amazing lady! So, you’re very welcome, and have some fun getting to know her even better – her site is packed with more of her wonderful wackiness (there’s that word again Jannie – and all good!)! Thanks for stopping by, you’re always welcome here!

@Robin – Hi Robin. Isn’t Jannie wonderful! I had so much fun with this (and I think she did too!). With Jannie, I think it has to be in the whole universe – and even beyond what we know – to planets near and far!


Diane C. May 28, 2009 at 8:38 am

Hi Jannie, It’s refreshing to meet someone else who can get excited about “ordinary” things like yard sale socks , scented laundry soap or a kitchen sink.

Lance, Interesting what you said about writing, how it feels permanent and could hold someone back. I can relate to that. It can be that way with art too. Guess we need to lighten up and not take things so seriously, like Jannie does.

Diane C.´s last blog post..Cactus Monday – More Bloomin’ Saguaros


Mama Zen May 28, 2009 at 9:14 am

Now, Jannie! You know that Jim is not really there!


Jannie Funster May 28, 2009 at 1:19 pm

Holy cow! I’m away from here for just a little over a day and there are 52 comments?? Wow, will I ever be as popular as me on my OWN blog? What? Oh right — the Lance Factor. Yes, the olde Lance Factor does keep people coming back here, doesn’t it?? Actually, how can we resist is bubbly personality and charming wit?

Sea Glass Bella: I was my great pleasure to find your blog last week. And I do look forward to returning.

Daphne: The world needs more of YOU and your wonderfulness. (I know my ego is awfully find of your comment.)

Davina! So glad you finally got your CD. And barn cats playing at the feet of the cattle? Whilst happy spiders catch the flies? Oh and the smell of pig slop, the kind from a bag you mix with water, can’t forget that.

Hi Lance! How are you??

Stacey: I’m as boring as a wolmonized plank in “real life,” but you guys all bring out the humor in me! I swear.

Sea Glass: Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, thanks.

Jennifer: How lovely! Boy, do I have a bunch of wonderful new blog buddies here! Or what?!?

Hey Heather: How sweet of you to come by. Love you more than ever now!

Hi Lance: Funny meeting you here.

Barbara: Hey, I’ll be bringing you all up on the big stage WITH me! You’re all at my side every step of the way. Each and everyone of you.

Hey Tom; Maybe Lance and I should start a Blog Duo World Funsterment Takeover. Ya think?? 😉

Hey Chris Edgar: Mardi Funster was performing her song “I Love A List.” (she never gets her knickers in a twist.) Should see if I can dig up an MP3 or a video of that from somewhere.

Chris of the “Stubbed Toe” post fame: Thank you! it was (is) such a blast on this funterview. I likes me thse vibes muchly.

Snag! My buddy! How sweet to see you here. Well, the Enquirer was only offering me $100,000 and I’m used to $150,000 for these kinds of interviews. And hey, can you be a groupie of your OWN groupie?? I’M the groupie .

Megan “JoyGirl!” Bord: Okay another new BFF I’m sure!! Cool. (And the name Bord has a very special significance over on my blog. 🙂 How serindipitious, or owever that is actually spelled.)

Robin: Hello Sweetie. Maybe Kelly will visit other planets in her lifetime. Maybe live on them. Who knows, eh?

Lance: Were have you been???

Diane C: I do have my serious moments, (see my poetry.) But overall life is good. NO – Life is GREAT. And I’ve carved out a pleasant one for myself by saying yes to good things.

Mama Z: Speaking og Jim, he was wondering about all the “x” es and “o” s in my emails to Lance, until I reminded him I “x” and “o” ALL my buds in emails. I guess that Lance spirit just shines through like Silverlight everywhere!

Whoo-oo!! That’s Fun-Ter-Tain-Ment… For Sure.

Jannie Funster´s last blog post..Bord on a wire, 9 & 10 1/2


Jannie Funster May 28, 2009 at 1:23 pm

Geez, could I make any MORE typos than I did up there??

Jannie Funster´s last blog post..Bord on a wire, 9 & 10 1/2


Liara Covert May 28, 2009 at 4:13 pm

Jannie has a special knack for creating endearing melodies. She has excerpts on her site worth listening to to gain insight into her unique, musical style. I feel privileged she created a piece that I use as the original score on my new Self-Disclosure: Changes from Within book site. I invite you to check it out:
(you will be invited to download Microsoft Silverlight software if you do not already have it)

Liara Covert´s last blog post..How does an NDE change you?


Lynn May 28, 2009 at 5:12 pm

Well – if anyone had to take over the world, it should be our Jannie. She rocks! Thank you for the great interview Lance! I enjoyed visiting and will be back.

Lynn´s last blog post..Bella, dinner at home and peaches are in


Patricia May 28, 2009 at 5:22 pm

Your music on Liara’s site is just beautiful – what talent lies within to share with all – you gift

Patricia´s last blog post..Blogger Dad – Blame Tara Meme


Mark Salinas May 28, 2009 at 6:06 pm

Always awesome Lance!
Jannie, Thank you for sharing…wonderful!


Lance May 29, 2009 at 5:21 am

@Diane C. – Hi Diane. Jannie’s all-right, isn’t she! And yes – we can take a page from Jannie’s book – and just have fun with it all! Here’s to doing that, for both you and I!

@Mama Zen – Thanks much for stopping by!

@Jannie – Hey there, friend!

@Jannie – Hay again!

@Liara – Wow, thanks for sharing this Liara! Jannie – wonderful music over at Liara’s site, fantastic once again!

@Lynn – Hi Lynn. With Jannie in charge, the world would be a really great place wouldn’t it!

@Patricia – Pretty cool, isn’t it!

@Mark Salinas – Hi Mark! Jannie IS wonderful, and this was so much fun having her here!


Lance May 29, 2009 at 5:23 am

** Winner of the “I Need A Man” CD **

Mama Zen



Jannie Funster May 29, 2009 at 6:08 am

Liara: I am most flattered that you would choose my song to play on your wonderful site. Thank you!

Lynn: I’d really like YOU to join me in that great world take-over. And Lance, Lynn’s blog is right up your alley, always full of nothing but Good Things.

Patricia: The thought crossed my mind to make a CD of instrumetnals, since melodies come so easily to me. Maybe someday I shall do that.

Lance: Yay!! Mama Zen won, how cool is that?! You know she is singer herself? And has one funny blog. And thanks for this opportunity again. You rock on this and many other planets.

Jannie Funster´s last blog post..Bord on a wire, 9 & 10 1/2


Hilary May 29, 2009 at 3:13 pm

Hi Jannie and Lance .. that ‘interview’ was lovely .. sounded more like an exchange of thoughts over a lingering cup of coffee .. great minds meet .. and share lingering thoughts.

The comments come from like-minded souls – I think it’s great, I think you’re great and I think they’re all great ..

Excellent .. have great!! days .. in the funster of life jungle ..
Hilary Melton-Butcher
Positive Letters

Hilary´s last blog post..The Speaker, the start of Parliament … and free speech – part 1/2


Sara May 30, 2009 at 7:34 am

Jannie and Lance — This was better than a comedy routine! It was also one of the funest (is that a word?) interviews I’ve read. It was like one of those “tag…you’re it” things, but NOT.

Jannie — I loved learning more about you (and some about Lance). You’re like a bright ray of sunshine on a rainy day…and where I am it IS a rainy day! I smiled through the whole interview. Thanks to both you and Lance:~)

Sara´s last blog post..You Can Reach Beyond Your Fear


The Commenter Formerly Known As Jannie Funster May 30, 2009 at 9:43 am

Lance: You, as we all know, rock supremely!!

Hillary: Yes, we are all soooo great. I’m great, you’re great!!” The funster life of jungle! lol. Quick, Lance, let’s grab that URL!

Sara: How sweet. So glad we could make you smile. Smiling’s what keeps this a great great world to be in. And stay tuned for plenty more smiles on our blogs.

The Commenter Formerly Known As Jannie Funster´s last blog post..Jannie CD Give-Away (whoo-hoo!)


Sami - Life, Laughs & Lemmings May 31, 2009 at 6:11 pm

Hey Lance, the chocolate is in the mail 😉

Jannie, I think gerberas are from the daisy family (as opposed to the rodent family) but aren’t actually daisies (I’m no green thumb so don’t quote me on that).

Sami – Life, Laughs & Lemmings´s last blog post..Friday Question – True Generosity


Lance May 31, 2009 at 9:08 pm

@Jannie – I didn’t know Mama Zen was a singer too – how cool! And…any planet with YOU on is a planet that shines!

@Hilary – Hi Hilary. It was so great going back and forth with Jannie on this. She is one special lady! And everyone who has commented here (and that most definitely include you) – add so much to this whole Jannie-crazed world!

@Sara – Hi Sara. It was all Jannie, adding her always-wonderful, often-sillycrazywierdfunstrange answers to my questions. I’d say Jannie’s the rainbow on that rainy day – making awesome life colors for all to see!

@Jannie – Hi again!! Did you see that up above – I’ve determined we live in a Jannie-crazed world! And I want to be a groupie too!

@Sami – Mmm…chocolate – I’ll be sleeping by the mailbox. Just ask Jannie – I’ve claimed to have done this before!


Cricket June 1, 2009 at 1:41 pm

Hey Jannie and hey Lance. What a combo!

Jannie…Jannie…Jannie…I have discovered that by you sharing your writing with me you have greatly accelerated my inner writing process. Every time I read your blog I come away inspired and happy!

There is a quote that I find describes you to a “T”…

“Writing is nothing more than a guided dream.”- Jorge Luis Borges

and I am glad you shared your dreams with us.

Love to you both,


Cricket´s last blog post..A Ride on Big Bertha…The Unexpected Journey


Lance June 4, 2009 at 3:47 am

Hi Tammy,
This was so much fun, “interviewing” Jannie! She makes me look at things from a bit different angle – and that’s a very good thing. As you do too, Tammy. Thanks much for stopping by, it’s always wonderful to have you here…


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