Posted on Thursday, February 21st, 2008
Today I knocked off work early so I could run into Wenatchee and buy stuff to put in my care package for AnySoldier.com (I've written about this wonderful organization here). While shopping at Target for magazines and snacks, I was reminded that when you do good things, good things come back to you.
Because, OMG... HELLO KITTY GUMMIES!!
They taste totally awesome, even though I didn't get a pink My Melody Bunny in my bag (I would have preferred Kuromi anyway), and all my blue Kitty Bows were a nasty vomit-green color. The good news though? They go great with Little Debbie Chocolate Chip Snack Cakes, and would no doubt perfectly compliment Hello Kitty Pop-Tarts...
Awww, isn't that sweet?!?
UPDATE: Boy was I wrong... Hello Kitty Gummies, as manufactured by Kelloggs, contains DISGUSTING GELATIN as an ingredient. Why the hell they feel the need to put such unnecessary shit in their product is a mystery to me when alternatives like citrus pectin are available. Shame! SHAME ON KELLOGGS! And shame on me for trusting them and not reading the ingredients.
A meme bopping through the internets anew is the SIX QUIRKY THINGS ABOUT YOU meme. You're supposed to post rules and tag everybody and stuff, but I never really play by the rules and loathe tagging people. So I'm just going to post my quirks and be done with it...
- I don't drink coffee. Given my proximity to Seattle, many people think this is the quirkiest thing about me.
- I hate train whistles to the point of insanity. I live in a small town that has a train running right through the middle. Since there are two road crossings, one at each end of town, there is no place in the city that you can't hear the f#@%ing train whistle every time they blow through town. I have to listen to train whistles all day at work and all night at home and it drives me nuts. Even when I am riding a train, every time the whistle blows I want to beat something with a hammer.
- I'll go anywhere on earth at a moment's notice if the mood strikes me. As an example, I once flew to Denmark just to attend a friend's 30th birthday party. Two full days of travel for just 9 hours in Copenhagen that I booked the day before I left. This seems perfectly natural to me, but I can see how people might think this kind of thing is "quirky" behavior.
- I watch The View. Well, to be more accurate, I fast-forward through The View each night. It all started when Bill O'Reilly was on while Rosie O'Donnell was still hosting and I was compelled to watch. It's been stuck on my TiVo ever since. But the reason I still watch it is because these bitches are crazy. Barbara Walters and Sheri Shepherd are particularly bat-ass insane, which has high entertainment value. Whoopi is always smart entertainment whenever she plays herself. Joy Behar represents the Liberal end of the spectrum with insightful commentary that communicates her opinions with humor and wit. Unfortunately her counterpart, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, woefully under-represents The Right by doing nothing more than regurgitating popular Conservative propaganda which she passes off as "opinion." If only they would fire her ass and hire a smart Conservative (that leaves Ann Coulter out) with actual opinions, The View might be a good forum for political debate. As it is, however, the show is just a train wreck I can't seem to give up.
- I am afraid of clowns. People always think that I'm joking when I say this, but it's no exaggeration... clowns positively terrify me. If I'm taken by surprise by a clown, I will freak out. It would be cool if I could tie my coulrophobia to something interesting, like a Stephen King novel, but I hated clowns from long before I learned how to read. If I had the power to eradicate Ronald McDonald from the face of the earth for the benefit of all humanity, I would do it in a heartbeat.
- I'm obsessed with Hello Kitty, for heavens sake. That pretty much says it all.
Eh, that's not so quirky. We'll have to save that for later.
Posted on Friday, January 21st, 2011
Kill me. Kill me now.
I am dealing with a raging migraine headache just now, and that's no fun to blog about. Instead I think I'll just steal The Stupid Evil Bastard Meme I just saw over at Erik's blog.
- What time did you get up this morning? 5:15am.
- How do you like your steak? Absent. As a vegetarian, I don't eat steak.
- What was the last film you saw at the cinema? Black Swan... I was not impressed.
- What is your favorite TV show? Raising Hope... I haven't liked a show this much since Veronica Mars and Wonderfalls, which is saying quite a lot.
- If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? Edinburgh, Scotland.
- What did you have for breakfast? Two slices of sourdough toast with seedless strawberry jam. Like this.
- What is your favorite cuisine? Italian. And call me a snobby, elitist bastard, but I mean real Italian... from Italy... and not the typical Americanized Italian we usually get over here.
- What foods do you dislike? Other than meat, which I don't eat, I'm allergic to mushrooms in anything but small quantities and don't care much for broccoli or cauliflower.
- Favorite place to Eat? Ristorante Alfredo alla Scrofa in Rome, Italy. I have traveled to Rome just so I can eat there.
- Favorite salad dressing? Italian if I'm eating Italian, Thousand Island if I'm eating Mexican, Ranch if it's a good Ranch, otherwise French.
- What kind of vehicle do you drive? A 1999 Saturn SC-2. I bought it because I wanted to support the American auto industry after my previous car was totaled by the railroad. It was purchased sight-unseen over the internet and have hated it since the day I took ownership. I would have gladly returned the piece of shit during the 30-day no-penalty return period, but I was too busy traveling at the time, and lived three hours away from the dealership. It turns wider than a semi truck. It has a gap between sun visors. The mirror adjusters are STUPID. It's uncomfortable for both drivers and passengers. No Saturn dealership could ever fix it properly either in or out of warranty. I could go on and on and on.
- What are your favorite clothes? Jeans and a Hard Rock Cafe T-shirt.
- Where would you visit if you had the chance? In order... India. Australia. Peru. Cambodia. Antarctica.
- Cup 1/2 empty or 1/2 full? 1966-1982: half-full. 1983-1987: half-empty. 1988-2011: half-full. Though, to be honest, it has been very, very hard to be a "half-full" guy over the past decade or so given the horrible political climate in this fucked-up country I live in.
- Where would you want to retire? Right now? Maui.
- Favorite time of day? Sunset.
- Where were you born? Doctor's Hospital in San Diego, California. And no, that's not a set on a soap opera.
- What is your favorite sport to watch? Hockey. Specifically, Chicago Blackhawks or Milwaukee Admirals hockey.
- Who do you think will never call you again? Anybody with the patience to suffer through this meme.
- Person you expect to call you next? My sister.
- Who are you most curious about their responses to stealing? Stealing what? Actually, Bad Robert is who I am most curious about their response to anything. The guy is insane. I mean really insane.
- Bird watcher? Not really. Though I have seen some really cool birds in various zoos I've visited around the world.
- Are you a morning person or a night person? Absolutely a night person.
- Do you have any pets? No. I'd like to have a pet but, given how much I travel, that would be pretty irresponsible.
- Any new and exciting news you'd like to share? Yes. Unfortunately, I can't share it right now.
- What did you want to be when you were little? At one time or another during childhood I wanted to be a fireman, airline pilot, doctor, and a chef. I ended up being a graphic designer, so I guess none of my career dreams came true. Now I want to be an astronaut when I grow up.
- What is your best childhood memory? I had a pretty idyllic childhood, so it would be difficult to pick just one. Probably a Christmas morning or a dinner at my grandparents house or something like that.
- Are you a cat or dog person? I like both, actually. I would love to have either if I was around long enough to care for one.
- Are you married? Nope. I came very, very close once. Given the kind of person she ended up, I am thankful every single day it never happened.
- Always wear your seat belt? Yes. It's the law, and I don't want to pay a $101 fine.
- Been in a car accident? Yes. I was stopped at a stoplight, so obviously it wasn't my fault.
- Any pet peeves? People who clip their fingernails in public and people who smack their gum. My greatest nightmare is to be eating at a restaurant and have somebody at a neighboring table smacking gum while clipping their fingernails as I try to eat. =shudder=
- Favorite Pizza Toppings? Cheese!
- Favorite Flower? California Poppy or Crocuses.
- Favorite ice cream? Chocolate-Almond. Though I'd rather have Straciatella gelato more than any ice cream on earth.
- Favorite fast food restaurant? Johnny Rockets.
- How many times did you fail your driver's test? Once.
- Who did you get your last email from? A friend from Wisconsin.
- Which store would you choose to max out your credit card? Orbitz. Online stores count, don't they?
- Do anything spontaneous lately? An upcoming trip to Vegas for my sister's birthday was pretty spontaneous. We knew we wanted to do something, but Vegas kind of came out of nowhere.
- Like your job? Yes. Though there are things around my job that I don't particularly care for.
- Broccoli? Not really.
- What was your favorite vacation? I have been to so many amazing places that it's almost impossible to choose. My standard answer for this is usually "The last one I took." In this case, it would be a cruise around the Mediterranean that started in Barcelona, Spain.
- Last person you went out to dinner with? Ummm... Christmas dinner at grandma's, perhaps? I don't go out to eat much when I'm home.
- What are you listening to right now? I have no idea. The television is on for background noise... it looks like a movie with Dick Van Dyke.
- What is your favorite color? Periwinkle Blue.
- How many tattoos do you have? Zero. That will hopefully change one day.
- How many times have you tagged someone to do a meme? I'd like to say ZERO, but I'm sure I tagged one or two people in my early blogging days... before I realized it's pure evil to do so.
- What time did you finish this meme? 9:00pm on the dot.
- Coffee Drinker? GACK! No. I have tried many time to try and drink coffee. I just can't do it. I like the smell of it, but can't stand the taste.
Oddly enough, this "Stupid Evil Bastard Meme" seems to have evolved from another meme that I did six years ago. Some of the questions are the same. Many are different. I guess over the years people just changed a question here or there that they didn't like, and this is where we are now. I wonder what it will look like six years from now when it makes the rounds again?
Posted on Saturday, May 14th, 2011
It's at times like this when I have absolutely nothing to write about that I regret having a blog. Guess it must be time for a meme...
- ONE OF YOUR SCARS, HOW DID YOU GET IT? I have a scar on my left thumb. I got frostbite as a kid, so my hands don't register pain properly all the time. One day I was using a hack-saw and noticed the blade was turning red... turns out I was sawing into my thumb and didn't know it.
- WHAT IS ON THE WALLS IN YOUR BEDROOM? Posters for Strange Days and Pulp Fiction.
- WHAT DOES YOUR MOBILE PHONE LOOK LIKE? An iPhone 4.
- WHAT MUSIC DO YOU LISTEN TO? Mostly 80's pop, but there's a bunch of new stuff I like too.
- DO YOU KNOW WHAT TIME YOU WERE BORN? Not off-hand, no.
- WHAT DO YOU WANT MORE THAN ANYTHING RIGHT NOW? To be somewhere else.
- WHO DO YOU MISS? I just got done watching Dr. Who, so I miss my best friend Howard, who was a Dr. Who fanatic.
- IS ANYONE IN LOVE WITH YOU OR HAS A CRUSH ON YOU? Probably. Poor soul.
- WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU KISSED? An old friend.
- WHAT'S YOUR MIDDLE NAME? Lewis
- THE BEST TV SHOW EVER CREATED? Jeremy Piven's Cupid
- THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO? My mom.
- DO YOU GET SCARED IN THE DARK? No.
- THE LAST PERSON TO MAKE YOU CRY? Ooh... I don't cry very often. If I had to guess, I'd say two people I don't even know.
- WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE COLOGNE / PERFUME? I don't wear the stuff, but there is a scent that the ladies wear that drives me crazy... I'm just not sure what it's called. It's kind of powdery and fresh with a light floral edge to it. When worn in "barely there" moderation, it's killer.
- WHAT KIND OF HAIR/EYE COLOUR DO YOU LIKE ON THE OPPOSITE SEX? Dark hair and dark eyes.
- WOULD YOU RATHER BE SMART OR FUNNY? Smart.
- COFFEE OR ENERGY DRINKS? Neither. Though I do like Jäger Bombs, which are dropped in Red Bull, so I guess energy drinks?
- WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE PIZZA TOPPING? Cheese.
- IF YOU CAN EAT ANYTHING RIGHT NOW, WHAT WOULD IT BE? Puka Dog!
- WHO IS THE LAST PERSON WHO MADE YOU MAD? Sean Hannity. What a hypocritical piece of shit.
- DO YOU SPEAK ANOTHER LANGUAGE? Not any more.
- WHAT WAS THE FIRST GIFT SOMEONE EVER GAVE YOU? Probably a stuffed animal when I was a baby. I had a lot of them.
- DO YOU LIKE SOMEONE? More than I could ever say.
- ARE YOU DOUBLE JOINTED? No.
- FAVOURITE CLOTHING BRAND? Donna Karan New York. I'm not into clothes even a little bit... but if I could afford it, everything I own would be Donna Karan.
- WHAT'S YOUR DREAM CAR? One that flies.
- WHAT COLOUR IS IT? Silver.
- WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE KIND OF EXERCISE? Walking.
- WOULD YOU FALL IN LOVE KNOWING THAT THE PERSON IS LEAVING? Been there. Done that.
- WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO TELL SOMEONE HOW MUCH THEY MEAN TO YOU? I wouldn't know.
- WRITE A NUMBER FROM ONE TO A HUNDRED? 24.
- BLONDES OR BRUNETTES? Either.
- WHAT IS THE ONE NUMBER YOU CALL OFTEN? Work.
- WHAT ANNOYS YOU MOST? Ignorance.
- HAVE YOU BEEN OUT OF YOUR COUNTRY? WHERE DID YOU GO? WHAT PLACE DID YOU LIKE BEST? Yes. Lots of places. Edinburgh, Scotland.
- YOUR WEAKNESSES? Apple products.
- FRIES/CHIPS, RICE, OR BEANS? Fries (PATATJES MET!).
- FIRST JOB? Picking fruit in an orchard.
- EVER PRANK CALLED SOMEONE? Yes.
- WHAT WERE YOU DOING BEFORE YOU FILLED OUT THIS? Catching up on television with my DVR.
- IF YOU COULD GET PLASTIC SURGERY WHAT WOULD IT BE? Uhhh... I dunno. Might be nice to get my broken nose straightened out?
- WHY DID YOU FILL OUT THIS MEME? I had nothing better to blog about.
- WHAT DO YOU GET COMPLIMENTED ABOUT MOST? My work.
- WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF ALCOHOL BECAME ILLEGAL? Take frequent vacations to where it was legal.
- WHAT DO YOU WANT FOR YOUR BIRTHDAY? My birthday is a year away... so I guess surviving long enough to reach it would be good.
- HOW MANY KIDS DO YOU WANT? Now? Probably none.
- WHERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? My father.
- DO YOU WISH ON STARS? No.
- WHICH FINGER[S] IS YOUR FAVOURITE? Index finger. It's just so bloody useful.
- WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE? A vegetarian tamale with rice.
- DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? It's okay. But most everyting is typed into a computer, so I don't really care.
- WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE LUNCH MEAT? Not a great question for a vegetarian.
- ANY BAD HABITS? Yes.
- WHAT IS YOUR MOST EMBARRASSING CD ON THE SHELF? I don't have CDs anymore, they've all been ripped into iTunes. I'm not really embarrassed by any of it.
- IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON, WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU? Sure. I'm awesome!
- HAVE YOU EVER TOLD A SECRET YOU SWORE NOT TO TELL? Not that I can think of.
- DO LOOKS MATTER? Not as much to me as they seem to matter to most people.
- HOW DO YOU RELEASE YOUR ANGER? Rant on my blog.
- WHERE IS YOUR SECOND HOME? My sister's house. I love being there.
- DO YOU TRUST OTHERS EASILY? No.
- WHAT WAS YOUR FAVOURITE TOY AS A CHILD? Unquestionably LEGO.
- HOW MANY NUMBERS ARE IN YOUR MOBILE PHONE? 412.
- DO YOU USE SARCASM? No. Not at all. (sarcasm)
- DO YOU KNOW ANYONE FAMOUS? Yes.
- HAVE YOU EVER BEEN IN A MOSH PIT? Yes. But that was a while ago.
- WHAT DO YOU LOOK FOR IN A PLACE TO LIVE? Proximity to Maui.
- WHAT ARE YOUR NICKNAMES? Dave2, Blogography, Duke.
- HOW MANY HATS DO YOU OWN? WHAT'S YOUR HAT SIZE? Dozens of baseball caps, a cowboy hat, a fedora, and a crown. I think they're all "one-size-fits-all" kind of things.
- DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF? No.
- WERE YOU UPSET ABOUT STEVE IRWIN DYING? Upset for his family.
- WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE ICE CREAM FLAVOR? Chocolate.
- ARE YOU LAZY? When working? No. In my free time? Yes.
- WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE SONGS AT THE MOMENT? I start most every day with Matt & Kim's Block After Block, but there's lots of other songs I'm loving too.
- WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE BAND? Depeche Mode.
- HOW MANY WISDOM TEETH DO YOU HAVE? Zero. They were all yanked when I got my braces.
- DO YOU WANT TO GO ANYWHERE SPECIAL THIS YEAR? Yes. But I want to go someplace special every year.
- WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW? Mackintosh Braun. If you don't know who they are, you are seriously missing out.
- LAST THING YOU ATE? A vegetarian tamale with rice.
- LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE? A good friend.
- WHATS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT YOURSELF IN THE MORNING? In the mirror? That would be how messed up my hair is.
- FAVOURITE THOUGHT PROVOKING SONG? Mercy In You by Depeche Mode.
- FAVOURITE TWO THINGS TO HATE? FOX News and Microsoft Windows.
- FAVOURITE DRINK? Coke with Lime. But since they don't make it anymore, I guess Pineapple-Orange-Guava Juice (POG).
- FAVOURITE ZODIAC SIGN? Aries.
- SPORTS YOU LIKE TO WATCH? Hockey. Baseball.
- WHAT IS YOUR HAIR COLOUR? Black with gray moving in.
- EYE COLOUR? Dark Brown.
- DO YOU WEAR GLASSES? Only when I'm not wearing contacts. Or it's bright out and I'm wearing sunglasses.
- SIBLINGS? Yes!
- FAVOURITE MONTH(s)? March.
- DO YOU LIKE SUSHI? Not since I became a vegetarian.
- LAST THING YOU WATCHED? The Neil Gaiman episode of Dr. Who.
- FAVOURITE DAY OF THE YEAR? The First Day of Spring.
- ARE YOU TOO SHY TO ASK SOMEONE OUT? Hell yes.
- SUMMER OR WINTER? Summer. Unless it's Winter in Hawaii.
- KISSES OR HUGS? Depends on the person, but probably hugs.
- RELATIONSHIPS OR ONE-NIGHT STANDS? They both have their place.
- WHO IS YOUR FAVOURITE CELEBRITY? Betty White or Ryan Reynolds.
- WHO IS THE LEAST LIKELY TO ASK YOU ON A DATE? The person I most want to.
- BOOKS YOU'D LIKE TO SEE TURNED INTO A FILM? The Authority.
There! Are you happy now, internets?
Posted on Friday, July 29th, 2011
I had a nice long rant written, but decided to scrap it. I just don't need the aggravation.
This left me with nothing to write about tonight, so I went to FridayFive for a meme. Since this felt like kind of a cop-out, I decided to do all ten weeks that were displayed on their home page, which actually makes this a FridayFifty. I'm a total glutton for punishment like that...
Friday 5 for July 29: Public Options
- When did you last use a public restroom? That would be at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport two weeks ago on July 17th.
- When did you last ride public transportation? That would be MARTA on July 12th in Atlanta.
- How far away from your home is the nearest public housing? To my knowledge, there's only one public housing development in our small city... it's about 1-1/2 to 2 miles away.
- Which of your public utilities is the least reliable? I couldn't say, as our public utilities are all pretty darn reliable.
- What did you last view on public television or listen to on public radio? Hmmm... it would probably have been an episode of NOVA on PBS, but I have no idea how long ago. At least six months.
Friday 5 for July 22: Similes, Part 2
- What’s your best advice for someone who’s as drunk as a skunk? If they're doing okay and not bothering anybody, I'd say "Have fun! If they're sloppy drunk or causing trouble, I'd say "You need to take a time out."
- What’s your best advice for someone who’s as busy as a bee? Don't forget to smell the roses.
- What’s your best advice for someone who’s as nutty as a fruitcake? Don't use your wacky nature as an excuse to be stupid.
- What’s your best advice for someone who’s as sick as a dog? See a doctor.
- What’s your best advice for someone who’s as ugly as sin? Be as beautiful as you can on the inside where it counts.
Friday 5 for July 15: Long Journeys
- What is the longest distance you’ve traveled (in one trip) by foot? I honestly don't know. I love walkable large cities like London and Venice, and have undoubtedly racked up several miles exploring them.
- What is the longest trip you’ve taken by car? I've taken several long road trips with family and friends... but the longest I've taken on my own would probably be a 1500-mile Hard Rock Cafe run from Memphis to Nashville to Gatlinburg to Myrtle Beach to Atlanta to Memphis I took in 2000.
- What is the longest trip you’ve taken by plane? I'm guessing Seattle to Hong Kong, which is 12 hours.
- What is the longest trip you’ve taken on some kind of water craft? Undoubtedly one of the cruises I've been on. Probably the Eastern Mediterranean one I took back in 2007.
- What is the longest trip you’ve taken aboard a bus or train? I don't ride the bus very often, but I've taken some long trips by train in Europe and Japan. The longest I can think of is a round-trip from Amsterdam to Berlin to Copenhagen to Amsterdam, which is about 1200 miles.
Friday 5 for July 8: Rock Star Treatment
- What instructions do you have for your chauffeur this weekend? We'll be driving to Portland. Be sure you use the restroom before we go.
- What instructions do you have for your personal chef this weekend? Call Alfredo's Alla Scrofa in Rome for their recipe and cook me their Fettuccine Alfredo for dinner.
- What instructions do you have for your errand-boy (or errand-girl) this weekend? Go to David's Pizza in Spokane and get me a large Da Vinci pizza for dessert after my fettuccine.
- What instructions do you have for your maid this weekend? Be sure you have plenty of Lysol on hand to clean up all the vomit that's sure to occur after I eat my weight in fettuccine and pizza.
- You don’t have a personal handyman, so I’m lending you mine. What three tasks would you like him to tackle this weekend? Hopefully he has carpentry skills. Build me a new entertainment center. Then book shelves. Then re-surface my dining room table.
Friday 5 for July 1: Five for 5′s Fifth
- Of the five weekdays, which is the easiest to get through? Wednesday.
- Which of the five little piggies is the most bizarrely characterized? The first one who went to market. Kids probably think that he's going to go shopping... but he's a pig. Which means he's going to market to be sold and slaughtered. That's more messed up than the piggy eating roast beef, hands-down.
- Of fire, earth, metal, water, and wood, from which do you draw your power? Metal.
- Haribo Gummy Bears come in five flavors: pineapple (white), strawberry (green), raspberry (red), lemon (yellow) and orange (orange). Which is your favorite? Orange.
- Which of the five basic tastes (sweetness, sourness, bitterness, saltiness, and savoriness) best describes your personality? Savory, baby, savory all the way.
Friday 5 for June 24: Summer Blockbusters
- What transformation do you undergo on summer Fridays at midnight? Now-a-days? I transform into bed. Even though I won't sleep much.
- What super power do the kids in your neighborhood seem to have? Black Canary's sonic screaming power.
- Who (or what!) is your nemesis in these warm summer days? The heat.
- What is your trustiest weapon against the evil heat monster? Air conditioning... though my new Chilly Pad is a terrific ally too.
- What seems to be invading your life lately, and how will you fend it off? Incompetence. If anybody knows how to fend off THAT (legally), let me know.
Friday 5 for June 17: Around the House
- Of the products you use just to keep yourself clean and presentable, what seems to be the most overpriced? The most expensive is Philosophy's "Hope in a Jar" which runs $40 for 2 ounces... but it's not overpriced. It's worth every damn cent, so I guess I'd say my shampoo.
- Where in your house is a reliable place to get a few quarters? My bedroom desk.
- A rare yes-or-no question on Friday 5: Have you ever dropped your cell phone onto your face? Uh... no.
- What did you last take out of your freezer? A frozen veggie corn dog for dinner tonight.
- How many rolls of wrapping paper do you have in your house? There's probably a few knocking around somewhere.
Friday 5 for June 10: What Goes In
- What goes into your coffee or tea? I don't drink coffee. As for tea? Sometimes honey or lemon. Sometimes milk. Mostly plain with a bit of sugar.
- What goes into a good omelet? Cheese.
- What goes into your ears on a good morning? Matt & Kim on my car stereo to get me pumped for the day.
- What goes into a healthy but yummy lunch? Screw healthy... PIZZA AND CHOCOLATE PUDDING go into a yummy lunch.
- What goes into a productive evening? My laptop, because I can't be productive without it in my line of work.
Friday 5 for June 3: Summer!
- What was your best summer vacation like? Probably when I was in school it was just goofing off and doing nothing.
- What was your worst summer vacation like? I don't get summers off any more, so working.
- What food or drink reminds you of a particular summer? A good beer reminds me of many good summer days.
- What summer-only activity do you now look most forward to every year? I rarely get activities outside of work in summer, so none, I guess.
- What summer movie or summer reading are you most looking forward to this year? I haven't seen Captain America or Cowboys & Aliens yet, and I want to see both quite badly.
Friday 5 for May 27: In the Mood
- What puts you in a creative mood? Music I love.
- What puts you in a silly mood? Alcohol.
- What puts you in a contemplative mood? Death.
- What puts you in a competitive mood? Work.
- If you’d call yourself a talkative person, what puts you in a quiet mood? If you’d call yourself a quiet person, what puts you in a talkative mood? I'm usually quiet, but alcohol and friends will get me talking.
Posted on Saturday, January 21st, 2012
Last night as my cold was ending and my sinuses were draining out, I was aching too much to sleep. Instead I wrote today's blog post. This morning I went to read it and couldn't understand what in the heck I was talking about. At first I was going to try and edit it into something cohesive, but decided to delete it instead.
Luckily Kim came along with a meme to blog about this fine Saturday (which Marty also did). It's ELEVEN RANDOM THINGS ABOUT YOU!
- I don't drink coffee. I've tried it maybe two or three times and really, really don't like it.
- Even though I don't have any kids, I am very protective of them. Any time I spot a kid in trouble it's pretty much guaranteed I'll do whatever I can to help. This is the sole motivating factor in my loathing of Rick "Piece of Shit" Santorum as a presidential candidate. His hate-filled rhetoric about homosexuals creates an environment where gay kids are ruthlessly persecuted for something they can't do anything about. The fact that this sometimes leads to them getting killed or causes them to commit suicide has me convinced that Santorum (and people like him) are an accessory to murder.
UPDATE: Today there's another tragic victim of the society that monsters like Rick "Piece of Shit" Santorum are building. This is what their perverted vision of God wants for His people?
- When I was a kid, I had to take allergy shots three times a week. I was allergic to all kinds of odd things including dirt, wet cement, and my own body. Luckily, I outgrew my allergies... unluckily they were replaced with something much worse.
- I am a fan of watching Magic: The Gathering tournaments. Not only did I attend local tournaments from time to time, but I used to watch the televised championships on ESPN back in the day. As if that weren't enough, I still watch Magic tournament videos on YouTube every once in a while. The odd part? I have never played a single game myself. Back when it was popular, I couldn't afford the good cards. Now-a-days, nobody I know plays it.
- Because of my Magic: The Gathering addiction, I'm a fan of Jon Finkel, who is one of the greatest players of the game ever and a World Champion. Back on August 29th of last year, a woman went on a date with the guy and wrote an article ridiculing him once she found who he is. I didn't read the story until a friend told me about it three days later on September 1st. It upset me so badly that this woman could be such a heartless bitch to somebody I admire that it put me in very bad mood. Indeed, it kind of explains the tone of my blog entry the next day.
- I can't stand the Harry Potter books or movies. Because so many of my friends like them, I have attempted to read/watch them many times without success. Sorry, but they just suck. This has not, I might add, deterred me from wanting to visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Florida... nor has it deterred me from playing the LEGO Harry Potter video games (which I love).
- I still own a VHS videotape player. There's a few shows I own on videocassette that I can't find on any modern format... I may want to watch them one day.
- I dislike talking on the telephone so much that I'll often go to great lengths to avoid it. On more than one occasion I've driven for hours to see somebody in person rather than to have to talk to them on the phone.
- I used to love cooking and regularly made much of the stuff I eat from scratch. Sometime over the last ten years that all changed and now I can't stand the idea of cooking anything. Yeah, I'll fry up a veggie burger or make a sandwich, but anything more ambitious than that only happens once or twice a month. I really need to start eating healthier, so hopefully this will change.
- I own nearly a hundred travel books, many of which were bought after I visited the place they were written for. I find travel books to be a great souvenir for revisiting where you've been... especially the DK Eyewitness Guides with all those nifty photos.
- I am growing increasingly obsessed with the idea of visiting Antarctica. Along with India, it's one of those places I mean to see before I die. Every time I read a new story of how the ice covering on the continent is breaking apart, I worry that it will be destroyed before I can make it there.
And now I'm answering Kim's Eleven questions...
- What is your dream job? Travel reviewer.
- What is the farthest (furthest?) you have traveled from home? I'm guessing that would be Uluru, Australia.
- Do you think you can you have more than one best friend? Sure.
- What is your favorite cuisine? Italian
- Who is the first person you want to share news with? Depends on what kind of news it is?
- What are people likely to ask you to help them with? To design something, probably.
- What are you likely to ask someone to help you with? Ironing.
- Why do you read blogs? To keep up with interesting people and make new friends.
- Who knows you the best? My sister.
- Do you believe in karma? Yes. Yes I do.
- What's something you are really interested in, that most people don't know about? (that you are interested in it, not the thing itself) Woodworking.
I think I'm supposed to ask eleven questions of my own now, but I'm wiped out. Kim has good questions... answer hers!
Posted on Tuesday, June 5th, 2012
I am way, way too tired to be blogging.
Even worse, I have absolutely nothing to blog about. Well, except this meme I ran across...
From SoBadSoGood, here's "30 questions that will change the way you think about the world."
- How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are? 32. Maybe 34.
- Which is worse, failing or never trying? Never trying.
- When it’s all said and done, will you have said more than you’ve done? I'd like to think not, as I usually follow-through and walk my talk. That being said, I do talk a lot...
- What is the one thing you’d most like to change about the world? People's complete lack of compassion and understanding towards those who are different from them.
- Are you doing what you believe in, or are you settling for what you are doing? A little of both. I got tired of settling for what I'm doing, so I now make it a point to make time to do what I believe in.
- To what degree have you actually controlled the course your life has taken? To a pretty high degree. But, like everybody else, I can't control everything.
- Are you more worried about doing things right, or doing the right things? I am equally obsessed with both, so ultimately I'd have to answer "doing the right thing right."
- If you could offer a newborn child only one piece of advice, what would it be? Don't be controlled by your fear.
- Would you break the law to save a loved one? Probably.
- Have you ever seen insanity where you later saw creativity? A couple times, but I try really, really hard to not judge people in those terms.
- What’s something you know you do differently than most people? See.
- How come the things that make you happy don’t make everyone happy? Different strokes and all that. It's more important to know that if you rely on other people to make you happy, you'll never truly be happy. Find your own bliss and follow that.
- What one thing have you not done that you really want to do? Visit Antarctica. What’s holding you back? Time and money.
- Do you push the elevator button more than once? Sure! Do you really believe it makes the elevator faster? No. But it gives me something to do while I wait, and having an activity makes the time go by faster.
- Why are you, you? Because only I have my brain.
- Have you been the kind of friend you want as a friend? As often as I can be.
- Would you rather lose all of your old memories, or never be able to make new ones? I'm equally horrified at both prospects, but I think I'd rather live in the future than the past if forced to choose.
- Is it possible to know the truth without challenging it first? No. Even if you rely on others to challenge it for you, you'll never know for sure until you've found your own answers. If there's one thing history has shown us, it's that people are wrong an alarming amount of the time.
- Has your greatest fear ever come true? Not yet. And since I do everything I can to not let my life be ruled by fear, I don't worry about it.
- At what time in your recent past have you felt most passionate and alive? Any time I'm traveling to someplace I haven't been before.
- If not now, then when? Tomorrow.
- If you haven’t achieved it yet, what do you have to lose? Just about everything I hold dear.
- Have you ever been with someone, said nothing, and walked away feeling like you just had the best conversation ever? No.
- When was the last time you marched into the dark with only the soft glow of an idea you strongly believed in? Every time I start laying out a new issue of Thrice Fiction!
- If you knew that everyone you know was going to die tomorrow, who would you visit today? My family.
- Would you be willing to reduce your life expectancy by 10 years to become extremely attractive or famous? Not this late in the game.
- What is the difference between being alive and truly living? finding your own path.
- What would you do differently if you knew nobody would judge you? Drive whatever speed I felt like.
- When was the last time you noticed the sound of your own breathing? While diving the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.
- Decisions are being made right now. The question is: Are you making them for yourself, or are you letting others make them for you? I'm making them for myself every chance I get.
Posted on Thursday, January 3rd, 2013
Way back in the early days of this blog (as in, eighteen months into this blog) I did one of those "Fifty Things To Do Before You Die" that was published by the BBC. This morning I got an email from a friend who stumbled across it and wrote to tell me that a couple things on that list that I wanted to do I actually did.
I thought that was pretty cool, so I went back and pulled those items where the status had changed to see how many I had left that I wanted to do (here's a link to the rest of the original list, if you're interested)...
THINGS I DONE DID...
• Scuba dive on Great Barrier Reef, Australia (Wanna do it! Done it!)... I would want to re-up my certification first (it's been a while), but I would absolutely do this. Finally made it to Australia in September 2011, and diving the Great Barrier Reef was on my must-do list. Unfortunately, thanks to massive Cyclone Yasi that struck in February 2011, much of the beautiful corals were wiped out, and environmental factors mean they probably ain't coming back. Such a shame. But it was still a terrific experience.
• Walk the Great Wall of China (Wanna do it! Done it!)... Absolutely want to do this one. And I absolutely did do this one when I went to China the year after I completed this list!
• Catch sunset over Uluru (Ayers Rock) , Northern Territories, Australia (Wanna do it! Done it!)... And, again, when I finally get to Australia I probably will. Went to Australia, and absolutely fulfilled a promise to myself to do this. Truly an amazing experience.
• Hike up a glacier (Done it! Really done it!)... My home state of Washington has glaciers as well. Nothing like Glacier Bay in Alaska, but still. When I said "nothing like Alaska," I didn't realize how true that was until I actually went there, then took a helicopter to the top of a glacier and hiked around. Epic!
CHANGED MY MIND...
• Climb Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney, Australia (Wanna do it! Probably not!)... And when I finally end up making it to Australia, I probably will (despite my fear of heights!). Ummm... yeah... after seeing the climbers actually climbing the thing as I was walking over the Sydney Harbour Bridge, I don't think there's any way I would want to do this.
• Explore Antarctica (Probably not! Wanna do it!)... Uh, why? I might consider it if they built an authentic Hard Rock Cafe but otherwise no. I have no idea what I was thinking. This somehow went from something I didn't want to do... to something I obsess about. I spend a lot of my time trying to figure out how to make this happen.
• Explore the Galapagos Islands (Probably not! Wanna do it!)... This is a preserved area, and only scientists, researchers and such are given permission to visit. Boy do I feel stupid. It's absolutely possible for ordinary citizens to visit the Galapagos Islands, it's just really expensive. Of course I want to go there.
• Ride a camel to the Pyramids, Egypt (Wanna do it! Probably not!)... Absolutely something on my list to do. Uhhh... yeah... went to see the pyramids in 2007 and felt absolutely no need to ride a camel there (I've ridden one before). Instead went inside The Great Pyramid of Giza, which was awesome.
STILL WANT TO DO...
• Walk the Inca trail to Machu Picchu, Peru, South America (Wanna do it!)... My brother and I were going to do this, but he decided to get in an accident and nearly blow his face off instead. Oh well, maybe one day.
• See elephants in the wild (Wanna do it!)... Since I'm sure the elephants at Disney's Animal Kingdom don't count, I do think it would be cool to go to Africa or India and do this one.
• Fly over a volcano (Wanna do it!)... While on the Big Island of Hawaii, I walked over a volcano, which seems much more impressive, doesn't it?
• Gallop a horse along a beach (Wanna do it!)... My riding skills are crap though.
• Watch mountain gorillas (Wanna do it!)... Who wouldn't?
• See tigers in the wild (Wanna do it!)... But don't tigers EAT you in the wild?
• Do the Cresta Run, Switzerland (Wanna do it!)... Heck yeah I would do this! Probably die while trying, but what a way to go!
• See orang-utans in Borneo (Wanna do it!)... Why not? Boy, sure a lot of wild animal watching on this list!
• Go polar bear watching (Wanna do it!)... Why not? Boy, sure a lot of wild animal watching on this list!
So that's like... eleven things from the list I still want to do. Half of them, I probably have a shot at. That's not so bad.
If only I have the time and money to get started...
Posted on Sunday, January 6th, 2013
Pretty tough to write a Bullet Sunday when hardly anything has happened all week.
But there's a blog questionnaire that somebody tagged me for a couple months ago, so don't you fear... because Bullet Sunday starts now...
What eye color do you find sexiest? Brown.
White, milk, or dark chocolate mocha? I don't drink coffee. But, if I did, milk chocolate.
If you could get a Sharpie tattoo on your back, what would it be? A pirate ship full of monkeys.
Did you grow up in a small or big town? Did you like it? Small town. It was okay.
Your favorite adult as a child? (and not your parents, if they were your favorite) Captain Kangaroo.
What kind of smoothie sounds really good right now? Pineapple-Orange-Guava
Most embarrassing moment from your elementary school years? Any time I had to perform in a school play.
Most embarrassing moment from your middle school years? Having a false start at a track meet and not realizing it.
Most embarrassing moment from your high school years? Pretty much every moment of every day.
Pirates or ninjas? Why? Pirates. Because they're pirates.
Have you ever climbed a tree more than twenty feet off the ground? Yes.
Did you like swinging as a child? Do you still get excited when you see a swing set? There were no video games back then, so I guess so. Now-a-days? Not so much, no.
If you could have any pet in the world, illegal or not, what would you get? German Shepherd puppy.
What's your most favorite part of your body? My brain.
What's your most favorite part of your personality? My sense of humor.
Madonna or Lady Gaga? Neither? Both? Who cares? Seriously, who cares. But, yeah, Madonna all the way.
Have you ever watched the Superbowl all the way through? No.
Have you ever watched any major sporting event drunk?
That's about the only way I've watched them.
What's the most delicious food you've ever eaten in your life? Fettucini Alfredo at Ristorante Alfredo alla Scrofa in Rome.
Margarine or butter? Which did you grow up with? I prefer butter, but mostly eat margarine (which I was raised on).
Whole, skim, 1%, or 2% milk? (Did you know they make 1 1/2% milk?) I don't drink much milk any more, but when I do it's skim.
Which continents have you been on? Africa, Europe, Asia, North America, South America, Australia. All I've got left is Antarctica.
Do you get motion sickness? Any horror stories? No. Not really.
Backpacks or satchels? Backpack.
Would you wear a rainbow jacket? A neon yellow sweater? Checkered pants? None of those.
What was your favorite cartoon growing up? Top Cat.
If you had to have a cow or a pig, which would you take? Why? I'd rather have the cow, but a pig is probably cheaper to feed, so I'd take the pig.
If you had to look at one city skyline for the rest of your life, which would it be? Seattle.
Longest plane ride you've ever been on? 15 hours... Los Angeles to Sydney.
The latest you've ever slept? Around noon, I'd imagine.
Would you buy a sweater covered in kitten pictures? Would you wear it if someone gave it you for free? No. Probably if I had nothing else clean to wear.
Do you pick at scabs? Not that I'm aware.
Favorite kind of bean? Kidney? Black? Pinto? Black.
How far can you throw a baseball? About as far as a ten-year-old girl.
If you had to move to another country, where would you move? Edinburgh, Scotland.
Have you ever eaten Ethiopian food? Vietnamese? Korean? Nepalese? How was it? I've eaten all of those. They were all fine, but I'd loathe to eat them on a regular basis. Since I'm a vegetarian, my options are usually limited.
Small, liberal arts school or public university? Why?
It wouldn't really matter. Wherever I needed to go to learn what I wanted to learn.
A relationship with love or one with sex? A little of both would be nice... but sexual relationships are usually less complicated, so if forced to choose...
Do you eat enough vegetables? Not even.
Do you like horror movies? How about thrillers? I like most any kind of movie except musicals.
Would you scratch a crotch itch in public? If I had to.
Do you swear in front of your parents? Fuck yeah. They're old enough to take it.
Coolest thing you've ever been for Halloween? Hologram Rimmer.
If you could change your natural hair color, would you? To what? Back to Black.
Do you want to get married? Have kids? Not any more.
Do you use a reusable water bottle? If not, you should. I have a reusable cup that I use at work's water fountain. I have reusable glassware I use with my Brita water filter at home. No bottle except when I travel, and then it's not reusable because I wouldn't know where to fill it half the time, and don't really need something else to carry.
City or nature person? City. Mostly.
Have you ever used something other than "makeup" as makeup? (Like paint? Markers?) No.
Can you walk well in high heels? Even if you're a guy? I've never tried. I'd imagine I could.
Post 5 awesome things about yourself. BRAG AWAY! 1) I can draw a monkey. 2) I still blog every day even though blogging is dead. 3) I can drive a manual transmission. 4) . 5) I have a skull tattoo.
And... that's too many bullets. See you next week.
Posted on Thursday, January 10th, 2013
Last Sunday I did a blog questionnaire meme somebody had given me that I have been putting off forever. After posting it, I was told that if I was really ambitious about killing a blog meme, I should answer this Hundred Questions Meme.
And since it was a different hundred questions than I had answered before, here it is...
The totally awesome Mobile Exploration Lab from Question #3.
- Are you young at heart, or an old soul? Uhhh... why can't I be both? I'd say both.
- What makes someone a best friend? They don't want you to change into somebody you are not.
- What Christmas (or Hanukkah) present do you remember the most? Micronauts Mobile Exploration Lab. No joke. This thing was incredible because it was so frickin' unique. And I liked the Time Traveler guy I got with it.
- Tell me about a movie/song/TV show/play/book that has changed your life. The book Illusions by Richard Bach changed my life in that it forced me to start looking at the world (and life) in an entirely different way.
- Name one physical feature that you like about yourself, and one you dislike. I like my height. I dislike my eyesight.
- Would you like to reconnect with any friends you've lost contact with? There are a few, yes. And one in particular.
- What's more important in a relationship: physical attraction or emotional connection? Emotional connection.
- Name a movie that you knew would be terrible just from reading the title. The most current would be Battleship.
- What holiday do you most look forward to? Independence Day. Not necessarily because it's such a great holiday for me... but because I've had some really wonderful Independence Day celebrations in the past.
- How is the relationship between you and your parents? Excellent, I think. Probably because I didn't end up being a serial killer.
- You've got the TV on, but you're not really watching. What channel is the TV on? Hallmark Channel.
- Name a song that never fails to make you happy. Oh hell... most anything by The Beach Boys. I'm not even a huge fan of the band, but songs like Wouldn’t It Be Nice or God Only Knows or Don’t Worry Baby or even Kokomo... the band excels at feelgood music.
- You know at least one person named Michael. Tell me about him. I know at least a dozen people named Michael. Believe it or not, they're all really nice guys... I don't know a single bad Michael.
- Have you ever read the "Missed Connections" on Craigslist? Have you ever posted one, or wanted to? I've read them for entertainment on occasion. I have never posted one, but there was one time I really, really should have. She was in the Denver International Airport back in 2009 and I remember her like it was yesterday.
- If you could pick anywhere to live the rest of your life, where would it be? Edinburgh is my favorite city on earth... but I really want to say Maui for some reason. What an awesome place to grow old.
- Can money buy happiness? Without question. It's just that some times it's harder than others.
- Do you drink? Smoke? Do drugs? Why, or why not? I drink socially because I enjoy it and deserve it. I smoked for about nine months years ago when I was going through a very bad time, but gave it up because I was sick of the smell and all my food tasting bad. I don't do drugs because I question the health risks and my addictive personality.
- Is there anyone close to you that you know you can't trust? You don't have to give names. Unfortunately, yes. If I had a choice, they would not be close to me... but I really don't have a choice. Yet.
- Where was your favorite place to go when you were a little kid? The library. The place was absolute magic to me. Or maybe my grandma and grandpa's house.
- Have you ever spent a night in the hospital? I could swear I once had to when I had an infection while having my adenoids removed, but my mother says I haven't.
- Do you enjoy being with only one or two friends, or with a large group of people? Depends on the friends. Usually I like a larger group, but there are some friends I like so much that I don't need more friends when they're around... and wouldn't want to share them if there was.
- Do you like the type of music your parents listen to? Do your parents like the type of music you listen to? Not with my dad, both ways. A little bit with my Mom, both ways.
- Have you ever been bullied? Have you ever bullied anyone else? Not really... at least not to the extreme that people think of "bullying" now. I have never really "bullied" somebody either, but there have been things I've said which probably hurt people and I regret having said them.
- If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be? Cheese pizza.
- If your partner wanted to wait until marriage before having sex, would you stay in that relationship? This will probably get me some hate-mail, but no. Sorry, but sex is a very important part of a relationship, and I think it's just being responsible to make sure you are sexually compatible with somebody before committing to spend the rest of your life with them.
- Do you believe in a god? Yes. But probably not in the same way most people do. Without getting into a long conversation about it, I believe in something "more than us." I choose to call this "God," but don't think of it as an all-powerful being filled with petty human failings like rage and jealousy.
- Of all the social networks in the world, why use Twitter? I honestly have no idea. Except there are some famous people using it that I like keeping up with.
- What's your favorite hashtag to track? #IDon'tGiveAShitAboutHashtags.
- Would you call yourself/your family "middle class?" Probably.
- Name a TV series you didn't enjoy until after it ended. Hmmm... that's a toughie. Perhaps Six Feet Under? That was one of the best endings to a show ever.
- Have you ever bought a product from an infomercial? No. But that's not to say I haven't wanted to.
- If you could give up your car and never have to drive again, would you? MY car? In a hot minute because it's a piece of shit. If I had a nicer car? Probably not. I like driving and the area I live in kind of requires it.
- If you go back to one point in time to give advice to yourself, when would you go and what would you say? Back in the pre-Return-of-Steve-Jobs era of 1997. "Don't buy all that useless crap! Buy Apple stock with your money!"
- What's your "quirkiest" habit? Not tying my shoelaces.
- What is "normal?" Are you normal? I don't really know how to define normal, but it's probably not me.
- Someone close to you is dying. You have the choice to let this person live for 10 more years, but if you do, you cause the death of 10 strangers. You don't have to see them die. Do you take the offer? No. As tempting as that would be, I can't interrupt the natural process of somebody dying to kill ten people.
- What is one thing you could never forgive? People who cause mental or physical harm to children or animals.
- Would you rather be in a relationship after the honeymoon period ends, or be single? A part of me has experienced so much pain in a relationship that I don't mind the idea of being single for the rest of my life. But, if the right person comes along, I would change my mind, I'm sure.
- Is it possible for guys and girls to be just friends? Yes.
- Where do you and your friends go to hang out? I like bars. Bars that have darts are best.
- Write the first sentence of your obituary. Internationally beloved billionaire playboy David Simmer II passed away today on his 100th birthday when a pile of his money fell over, smothering him.
- What is the best TV theme song ever? I am guessing Human by The Pretenders, which was the theme song for Jeremy Piven's Cupid. But probably because it's my favorite show of all time. If I were being honest, it would probably be either the theme from Mission: Impossible or Perry Mason.
- When you were young, what would you dream you would be when you grew up? At one time or another during childhood I wanted to be a fireman, airline pilot, doctor, and a chef. I ended up being a graphic designer, so I guess none of my career dreams came true. Now I want to be an astronaut when I grow up.
- When you're alone in your own home, do you walk around naked? No.
- What gets you out of bed in the morning? My job.
- Do you want to have more friends than you have right now? I wouldn't refuse a new friendship. Can you really have too many friends?
- What part of the past year sticks out in your mind? Getting a tattoo. Seriously, I love it more than I ever thought possible, and can't wait to get another one.
- You win a scratch-off lottery game that gives you $2000 a week (after taxes) for the rest of your life. Do you keep your job? No. I would be traveling non-stop. But I would probably help out remotely if they needed me.
- Could you be in a long-distance relationship? If you're in one, what makes yours work? As in serious relationship? I've tried it. It didn't really work out.
- What's the best route to your heart? Acceptance.
- Have you ever met someone through the internet, then met them in real life? Absolutely. Several times. It's the best part of the internet.
- What is your favorite sport? Hockey.
- What has been troubling you lately? So many things.
- Did you enjoy your high school prom? If you haven't gotten there yet, do you look forward to it? If you didn't go, why not? It didn't suck as much as it could have. But... not really.
- What do you use more often: your intuition or logical reasoning? Logical reasoning.
- Do you know what makes you happy? I really don't. My friends and family, certainly... but I can't think of any overreaching "thing" that will ultimately make me happy.
- Tell me about the last book you read. I haven't had the time to read a book in ages. It was probably either Operation Mincemeat: How a Dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured an Allied Victory or Agent Zigzag: A True Story of Nazi Espionage, Love, and Betrayal both amazing books by Ben Macintyre that prove truth is stranger than fiction.
- What is the nicest compliment you've ever been given? That I'm kind-hearted.
- Who was your first crush? Linda Carter's Wonder Woman.
- Do you believe that there is life on other planets? Yes.
- Predict what your life will look like a year from now. Probably much the same. That wouldn't be a terrible thing.
- Often, people will ask how your last relationship ended. I want to know how it began. She said "yes."
- Where is your favorite place to go out and eat? Ristorante Alfredo alla Scrofa in Rome. More realistically? Johnny Rockets.
- What is something you want to change about your current situation? Lack of personal time.
- Early bird or night owl? Night owl.
- Are there any childhood possessions you still hold on to? My LEGO.
- Give me an unpopular opinion you have. I don't like Adele's music. At all.
- What was the last song that was stuck in your head? Hate You by 2NE1.
- Where do you live? Be as general or specific as you want. I live in my home.
- Do you believe in giving kids medals and trophies for participation? I am incredibly torn about this. On one hand, I think it's absurd that everybody has to be a "winner" because then nobody really is. On the other hand, too many things are a competition that really shouldn't be.
- What was the longest car ride you've ever taken? I took a very lengthy trip where I drove to all the Hard Rock Cafes in the American Southeast.
- Have you ever taken part in a protest? Yes. But not a physical one with signs and chanting and stuff. The ones I've joined have been online protests against stupid shit like ACTA.
- Would you ever use an online dating service? Never say never. But probably not.
- What is your ethnic heritage? I think it's probably something like Dutch and German with a hint of English and Scottish.
- Describe a person that inspires you. Somebody who works hard for all that they have.
- If you earn minimum wage doing what you love, would you? If I could survive on it, sure.
- Do you believe in luck? Not really. But I consider myself "lucky" nevertheless.
- Describe the last time you were very angry at someone. They were unapologetically ignorant about a subject, but professed to know everything about it anyway. Nothing makes me quicker to anger than ignorance.
- Do you want to live until you're 100? If I have any semblance of a quality life, then yes. If not? Absolutely not.
- Do people change? If so, how do you keep a relationship together when both of you start to change? Of course people change. But that's not to say you can't change to appreciate their growth.
- Have you ever risked a friendship by telling someone you liked them? No. And that's a regret I probably won't get over.
- Would you rather be alone doing something you enjoy, or doing something you don't like with your best friends? While being with a best friend is always a treasure, I think it's always more fun to be doing something you love.
- Do you practice what you preach? Not always. But boy do I ever try.
- If you take precautions to stay safe, do you ultimately act more recklessly? No. If I am taking such precautions (usually while traveling) there is good reason for it, and I take it seriously.
- What do you value more in a significant other: Attractiveness or intelligence? Intelligence.
- Are you hard-headed? Some might say that I am, but I really try not to be.
- Have you ever laughed uncontrollably when it was socially inappropriate? Yes. That's alcohol for you.
- When have you felt most alive? Skydiving. You never feel more alive than when you're doing something that could result in your death.
- Would you prefer to live? A city? The suburbs? The countryside? The mountains? The city... if it was the right city.
- Do you often skip breakfast? Mostly, yes.
- How do you know what true love is? You use the love formula. "Add up the number of times that you think about the lady each day. Subtract from the total the number of times you think about yourself each day. If the remainder is more lady, and less yourself, then it's love." I learned that from Peter O'Toole in one of my most favorite movies, Creator.
- Would you want to know the exact date and time you were going to die? No.
- Where is "home" for you? I'm here right now.
- What song best describes your life right now? Work Hard by Depeche Mode.
- Do you want to be perfect? Nah! What fun would that be?
- What have you never tried, but would really like to someday? What's holding you back? Visiting Antarctica. Time and money.
- How do you express your creativity? In just about everything I do... my work... my hobbies... this blog.
- Describe your neighborhood. Residential. Quiet.
- Name something you only liked because it was popular. The Macarena.
- Give me the story of your life in six words. Listening. Learning. Trying. Traveling. Doing. Growing.
Posted on Monday, November 18th, 2013
The "Things You Don't Know About Me" meme is going around yet again, and so here's my list.
Hopefully I didn't repeat stuff from the old lists I've made, but there's been so many of them that I make no promises
- I trained to become a certified skydiver. A long time ago when we were bored, a friend and I decided to go tandem-skydiving (where a professional is hooked to you for the ride down). My family was pretty freaked out, so I didn't tell them when I went back to take classes so I could become a licensed skydiver... but I did. I went through all the classroom training, did my static-line jumps, then completed my first solo freefall skydive... then decided I was done. I toy with the idea of jumping again from time to time, but never have. Travel is my adventure now.
- I have a complete set of INFOCOM "grey box" packaging for every one of their text adventure games. If you don't think this is a big deal, you weren't a computer geek in the 1980's. You also don't know how expensive these games were for a kid in high school.
- When I was a kid trying to earn summer spending money, one of my many jobs was mowing the lawn of an elderly couple in town. For the three years I did his yard work, the guy would pay me to accompany him on occasional trips up to the mountains so I could help him collect water for making pickles. He was convinced that you couldn't make pickles with tap water, which was great for me because it was easy money. A couple years after he died, I read of a drowning that took place where we used to go for water. When I mentioned it to somebody at work, they told me that people die or get hurt there all the time because there are undercurrents in the swift water that suck people under when they fall in. If ever there was a shining example of money not being everything, here it is. Lesson learned, and all that.
- There are a lot of things that I want to learn to do before I die. Learning how to blow glass is at the top of my list. Learning to create stained glass is a close second. I'm mesmerized whenever I visit a church with beautiful stained glass in it.
- I have spent years researching world religions because I find the best way to understand the people I meet around the world is to understand what they believe when it comes to matters of faith. This has led to numerous awkward conversations when it turns out that I am more knowledgeable about somebody's religion than they are. With this in mind I can state with complete confidence that the people who know the least about their religion are the people who are most likely to use it as a tool of bigotry or hate. They may be familiar with the words but the true meaning and historical context of those words are missing.
- I have designed graphics for many, many, many things over the years. The one thing missing from my resume that I most want to design is a map for a theme park or museum.
- I can add "professional musician" to my resume even though I can't sing worth a crap, can barely read or write music without a computer, and have long-since forgotten how to play an instrument. Despite all that, I compose music for video projects and have been in a band (where I "sang" backup vocals and played keyboard... which I do by smashing on all the keys until I figure out which notes sound closest to what I'm supposed to be playing, then memorize which keys to hit). In my heart, I think I probably have a talent for music... but any hope of making use of it was crushed years ago.
- In high school band I wanted to play the saxophone. Bad. But my band teacher said he really needed talented people in the clarinet section, and promised that I could move to saxophone after a year once he got the arrangements figured out. I hated the clarinet, but wanted to be a good student, so I agreed. After a year of clarinet where I was in first-chair more often than not, the band teacher said I was too good in clarinet to give it up, and he'd really appreciate it if I stuck it out one more year. I wasn't going to agree, but he promised that he would spend extra time with me after class to get me caught up with the saxophone the next year. Encouraged, I finished year two on the clarinet, then rented a saxophone and practiced all summer. On the first day of year three, I sat in the saxophone section... only to have the band teacher say "I notice you're in the saxophone section, David... I need you to move back to the clarinet section!" I was going to argue the point, hold him to his promise, and refuse to move... but ultimately decided that I didn't want to spend one more minute in a class run by a lying piece of shit. So I packed up my sax, said "No. I quit" then walked out the door. It is possibly the most angry I have been in my entire life, and yet I'm really proud of myself for handling it so well, which was not typical at the time. The hard lesson I learned about how some people keep their promises was more valuable to me than my desire to learn to play saxophone ever was, and I am really grateful I learned it before I graduated and entered "The Real World." So thank you very much, Mr. Johnson, you lying asshole.
- Over the years I have become a much less angry and vengeful person thanks to my study of Buddhism. Sure, I still have my moments (seriously, don't do something to really piss me off), but I can honestly say I am a completely different person than I was fifteen years ago. Looking back, however, I think I was on the path towards Buddhism long before I even knew what it was.
- Back in the mid-to-late-80's I volunteered to teach adult computer literacy classes for people in danger of losing their jobs (or unable to get a job) because their work was being computerized. Many of the people I trained had used typewriters and filing cabinets for years, and had never even turned on a computer before. It was a job requiring a great deal of patience and calm because PCs were nowhere near as friendly back then as they are today. Unfortunately for me, I had neither patience or calm, and it was a horrible struggle to endure two hours without screaming at people for being idiots. All that changed when an older woman approached me after class and thanked me for my efforts, but said she was going to have to quit because she felt stupid that everything was going over her head. Without even thinking about it, I said "That's not your fault, it's my fault... please come back for a few more classes and I'll see if I can do a better job, because you're not stupid." She agreed, and I congratulated myself on being so clever. Until I was driving home and suddenly realized what I had said... and how every word was absolutely true. It was my fault. My class wasn't filled with idiots... they were people so desperate to keep their jobs or find work that they were giving up their free time and trying their best to learn something new and challenging. I needed to figure out a different approach to teaching the material that actually worked, and so I did. This was a defining moment in my life, and accepting the truth of it all has paid off again and again... both professionally and personally.
Now, granted, that's probably all stuff you didn't know about me that you didn't want to know about me... but you'll have to blame the people who keep reviving this meme for that!
Posted on Saturday, February 15th, 2014
I am running out of things to reveal in these "Ten Things You Don't Know About Me" memes, but that doesn't stop people from tagging me!
One of my previous stabs at it can be found here.
And, without further delay, here's the latest...
- Despite all the wonderful opportunities I have to travel and all the amazing jobs I am lucky enough to work on and all the cool stuff I've been fortunate enough to see and do... I still think that everybody else has more interesting lives than I do, and often feel like I'm missing out.
- I loathe both grapefruit and coffee, but wish I didn't because it seems like it would make for the perfect vegetarian breakfast.
- Laziness bothers me and I have a hard time respecting people who don't work hard at something in their life... and it doesn't necessarily have to be a job.
- I have a near-pathological hatred of Jonah Hill as an actor, which upsets me because everything I read about him and every interview I've seen paints him as a cool guy that I'd totally like to hang out with.
- I have hundreds of Hard Rock Cafe T-shirts I've collected of the years which are piled in plastic storage tubs and have never been worn.
- I was once slapped in the face on a date... not because I said or did anything inappropriate, but because she was drunk and I took her car keys. I drove her home while she screamed at me the entire way, returned her keys as she screamed at me some more, and volunteered to drive her to her car in the morning as she continued screaming. Not surprisingly, we ended up going on a second date... because I just never learn.
- I've been to Disney World so many times for work-related projects that I thought surely I was sick of the place and didn't care if I ever went back. But, much to my surprise, when my annual trip was cancelled last year, I found myself genuinely upset. I guess Disney is an addiction you can't ever truly shake.
- I have the first season of Three's Company on DVD. I have no idea why. Sometimes I buy things just to have them, and this is a flaw I desperately wish I could correct. Games I've never played. Books I've never read. Movies I've never watched. Comic books I've never looked at. Stuff like this drives me nuts. And yet... it still happens from time to time.
- I wish I embarrassed more easily and cared more about what people think of me. Alas, I don't embarrass easily and honestly don't give a flying fuck what people think about me. Not even a little bit. Which means I'll sometimes say or do things which, in retrospect, I shouldn't have. And probably wouldn't have... if I worried about how others would perceive me for it.
- A lot of great songs have good stories behind them, but I'm kind of obsessed with the tale behind Robbie William's brilliant song, She's Madonna. Apparently the lyrics are based on Guy Ritchie's ex-girlfriend telling him how Guy broke up with her by saying "Look, you know I really love you, but she's Madonna." The first line of the song, "I don't miss you, just who you used to be." is printed out and posted to my wall as a reminder of the Buddhist precept that everything changes. And also to remind me that even a person you consider a close friend can become somebody you don't recognize given enough time.
I was also tagged in a "Ten Things You Don't Know About Me" meme having to do with books, television, and movies, which I didn't quite understand... but here is my attempt anyway...
- Now that Veronica Mars has been given a new lease on life with a movie and some novels, I am obsessed with the idea of getting to see more Wonderfalls, a shamefully underrated and wholly amazing television show that I re-watch twice a year.
- And when it comes to movie sequels I pine over most, Strange Days is at the top of my list. The universe that Kathryn Bigelow and James Cameron created is begging to be explored.
- My "stranded on a desert island" books would be Jonathan Livingston Seagull and Illusions by Richard Bach, Noble House by James Clavell, Dune by Frank Herbert, Lightning by Dean Koontz, Curious George Goes to the Hospital by Margret and H. A. Rey, Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, and as many Edgar Rice Burroughs books as I could get my hands on. Most of these I have read several times and never get tired of revisiting.
- While I love the original Star Trek television series, I hated every Trek TV show that followed, including Star Trek: The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and Enterprise. This bothers a lot of Star Trek fans I'm friends with.
- I will never forgive 20th Century Fox for canceling The Finder. Not just because it was an incredible TV show, but because it deprived the world of seeing more Michael Clarke Duncan before he died.
- I have been disappointed by a lot of television shows... but Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is the biggest by far. I hate the show. This kills me because I positively love the Marvel movies, and think that Clark Gregg and Ming Na Wen are brilliant actors.
- I have read Catcher in the Rye twice in an attempt to appreciate it for the literary genius everybody says it is. Didn't work. I still hate the book, though rarely admit it because people chide me with the old "You didn't like it because you didn't understand the symbolism that makes it so powerful!" bullshit. Nope! I just think it's a crappy book. And don't get me started on Steinbeck.
- I always put movies on while I work because it masks the outside world. I always choose movies I've seen before so they won't distract me from getting things done. The three movies I play above all others are 1) Marvel's The Avengers, 2) Undercover Blues, and 3) Wimbledon... which I finally bought on iTunes because I got tired of having to load the DVD over and over. I have no idea why these titles win out over others. I guess it's because I never tire of them.
- If I had to pick the book I most want to see made into a movie or television series? Isaac Asimov's Foundation. The book I least want to see made into a movie or television series? Isaac Asimov's Foundation. The story has so much potential to be adapted... but my gut tells me it's just not going to be possible. Especially when the latest rumors have Roland Emmerich at the helm, which has to be one of the worst choices possible.
- I have seen every feature film Samuel L. Jackson has ever appeared in (of which there are over a hundred!) except his first two... Together for Days and The Displaced Person. Needless to say, I want quite badly to find them so I can finish off my checklist. There have been more than a couple movies I have watched only because Mr. Jackson has appeared in them. And I don't care how bad the film, he is great in all of them, and one of the most versatile and talented actors the world has ever known. Picking my favorite Samuel L. Jackson role is near impossible but, if forced to choose, I'd have to go with Mitch from The Long Kiss Goodnight. Not because it was some kind of Oscar-worthy performance, but because nobody else could have played that role. Period. Nobody.
And... I'm all memed out. Have a great weekend!
Posted on Tuesday, April 1st, 2014
I really hate having to leave the Netherlands.
Almost as much as I hate stupid "April Fools Day" pranks that get unleashed everywhere. And since there's always somebody who believes people's outrageous shit, the fools-pranking will never end.
At least Google puts some effort into their pranks each year...
The really cool thing about this year's gag is that this is something that will probably actually happen one day. It's only a matter of time before augmented reality games are this good.
The Virgin America & Nest prank was pretty funny too...
And since YouTube is where most of the pranks live, they decided to get in on the act themselves...
But my favorite? SelfieBot!
And now I guess it's time to climb in a metal tube for ten hours. Then drive in a car for two-and-a-half hours. Then go to the clinic for my smashed ribs for an hour.
Ha! April Fools! You can never get out of the walk-in clinic in under five hours!
See you across the pond.
Posted on Wednesday, May 14th, 2014
Blerrrrgh! I feel like crap.
It was a crazy day but none of it is really blogable, so I guess I'll finally answer this list of "Fifty Original Questions For You" that a reader sent to me... which they found at Liz From The Internet.
And here we go...
- When you have a container of Neapolitan ice cream, what flavor do you leave for last? Strawberry. Not because I don't like it, but because I don't like it blended with my vanilla and chocolate.
- Would you rather be caught in a thunderstorm without an umbrella or a snowstorm without boots? Thunderstorm without an umbrella... I actually enjoy that. The last time it happened was when I was in Vietnam. I got very, very wet from head to toe. But had a great deal of fun taking photos.
- Let's say you have access to a time machine, but it can only go either backward or forward. One or the other. Which do you choose and where do you go? Forward. I can only hope that this world eventually develops into something better than it has been throughout human history, and I'd really like to visit Tokyo hundreds of years from now.
- If you could choose to have any superpower ever, what would you pick? Flight.
- Tomorrow morning, you wake up in the body of a celebrity, like in a '90s body-swap movie. Who is it? Chris Evans... aka Captain America. How do they react to your life? He would be incredibly bored by my life, I'm sure. What do you do when you're "them"? What do I do when I'm young, good-looking, rich, and talented? With women falling at my feet everywhere I go? Where I can afford to do anything I want? Wow... let me think on that for a while. Would you choose to switch back? Hell no.
- Any allergies? When I was younger, I had a myriad of allergies, but outgrew them. Now I only seem to have problems when the seasons change. As we move into summer from Spring, I'm feeling a bit allergetic right now.
- What would you be more embarrassed to buy: sex toys or adult diapers? I wouldn't be embarrassed by either. I've been the caregiver for an elderly person and didn't even think twice about having to pick up their adult diapers. And of course I've bought sex toys (alas, mostly as gifts) with no embarrassment... it's not like you're shopping for them at Wal-Mart.
- Did you get enough sleep last night? Lord, no. I never do. Such is the life of a chronic insomniac.
- You're the sole witness to a Mafia murder. Witness protection has to set you up with a whole new life in a totally new country. You have to leave everything behind, but you can pick where you move to. Where do you go? Edinburgh, Scotland.
- If you could star in a biopic about any famous person ever, who would it be? Sir Nicholas Winston. Not because I think I'd do the job justice, but because his story is screaming to be told. He should be famous, but oddly isn't for some reason.
- What's the biggest animal you've ever killed? Bugs count. I've never killed anything but bugs. And don't even do that any more if I can avoid it.
- Would you rather have millions of dollars but always feel nauseous when you go outside, or be dirt poor forever but never get sick again in your life? This is confusing. Would I be nauseous if I were in a plane? In a car? Or is it any time I left my house? If it's the latter, what good is money if you can't use it? I'd take the health, please.
- A wizard offers you immortality in exchange for your two front teeth. Do you take it? Hell yeah. Having two fake front teeth in trade for immortality?
- Could you win the Hunger Games? No. In fact, I would undoubtedly be killed immediately.
- What was your favorite Halloween costume as a kid? How about as a teen/adult? As a kid? Batman. As an adult? Batman.
- Do you bite your nails? I couldn't if I wanted to. They are way too tough.
- What was the first movie you remember seeing in the theater? Either Pete's Dragon, Blackbeard's Ghost, The Cat from Outer Space or Herbie the Love Bug... it's hard to tell because Disney re-issued movies all the time back before there were VCRs.
- Do you prefer music with male or female vocalists? Male.
- You and the love of your life are having a baby, and you get to choose the name! There's only one catch: your partner INSISTS that it be the name of a place, real or fictional. What do you name your baby? Lucia for a girl (after St. Lucia) and Ellis for a boy (after Ellis Island).
- If you could reboot or remake any movie, what would it be and who would you cast? That would be John Carter... based on the amazing Martian books by Edgar Rice Burroughs. It was completely and totally fucked up by Hollywood and made into one of the worst films ever. As for who I would cast... I honestly don't know. Preferably somebody who can actually act after holding auditions. Hopefully unknowns.
- If you could automatically know how to speak any language or play any instrument, which would you choose? Japanese (language) and piano/keyboard (instrument). I actually learned Japanese and played keyboard in the distant past, but have forgotten most everything about them. Use it or lose it.
- For you, would getting amnesia be a good thing? Probably not. But I wouldn't be upset at starting over.
- If you curse loudly and then realize that there are children nearby, what is your reaction? To not make a big deal out of it so they wouldn't make a big deal of it.
- Of what animal are you most afraid? I'm not really afraid of any animals. More bugs than anything else.
- Pizza or oral sex? Since eating pizza while having oral sex would be like... the best thing ever... I'm not going to choose between them.
- Without looking them up, can you explain the rules of football? The fundamentals, sure. How about Quidditch? Not even a little bit, as I can't stand any of the Harry Potter crap. What do you think that says about you? That I probably shouldn't play football or Quidditch.
- You're in the car, switching channels on the radio when you hear a song that makes you go "OH SHIT, THAT'S MY JAM!" What song is it? Wow. People are People by Depeche Mode? I dunno. Probably something by Depeche Mode or The Pet Shop Boys.
- Have you ever paid to see a Step Up movie? If not, how much would someone have to pay YOU to see a Step Up movie? No. I don't even know what that is. But I'd probably see any movie if somebody paid me $500.
- If you were being executed tonight, what would you choose for your last meal? Fettuccine Alfredo, but ONLY from Alfredo alla Scrofa.
- Have you ever bought an item of clothing because it reminded you of something a fictional character would wear? No?
- If you were invisible for a day, what would you do? Go to Washington D.C. and get incriminating evidence on as many shitbag politicians as I could so a scandal could erupt and they could be replaced by more shitbag politicians.
- Have you ever been punched in the face? Kinda. I was hit in the face while in a tussle... but it wasn't like somebody teed off and punched me square in the face.
- How do you take your ramen noodles? With veggie broth and some peas and carrots.
- Do you ever rehearse or plan conversations before you actually have them? Not really conversations... but if I'm doing some public speaking I'll absolutely plan out what I'm talking about.
- How much black do you wear on a regular basis (not counting funerals)? Not much at all. I'm too pale to pull it off.
- Do you have any tattoos? Yes. Five in three places. Do you want any? Any more? Gawd yes. I love my tattoos and need more.
- If someone offered you a free pet snake, would you take it? It's not dangerous or really big or anything. They're just moving to a place that doesn't allow pets. If it meant saving the poor thing from being put to death, then sure. But I have no real desire to own a snake. Not that I don't like them, I would just hope for a more interactive pet.
- Do you know how to pronounce the word "pinochle"? The card game? Yes. PEE-KNUCKLE.
- Can you think of anything more boring than birdwatching? I've been in many meetings that would make birdwatching seem like an action movie.
- Are you better with numbers or words? Earlier in my life, I'd absolutely say numbers. Now? Definitely words.
- At the movies, do you stay for the credits? Only if I know there's going to be something "extra" there... like in the Marvel films.
- Is morality universal or relative? Relative.
- Let's say you're getting married to someone you absolutely adore. The only catch is that you met them through a Craigslist hookup ad that was supposed to be just for one night of casual sex. Would you tell your friends how you and your fiancé met? Absolutely. I think that's an awesome story of how you met your spouse.
- What's the worst name you've ever been called? "Faggot." Not because I was offended at being mistaken for being gay... but because that's a hateful, awful word designed to torment somebody because of their sexuality, which is repugnant.
- Would you eat human flesh if it had been harvested and prepared humanely? (Say, from someone brain-dead who had marked him or herself down as an organ donor - same difference, right?) I'm a vegetarian, so no. But I'd like to think I'd make an exception for some fucking asshole like Pat Robertson or Rush Limbaugh... assuming the flesh was collected as inhumanely as possible.
- At what age did you stop believing in Santa? No clue. But I was young. 1st grade maybe? Alternately, if you never believed in Santa, did you ever ruin Santa for anyone else? Not that I know of.
- Do you get along better with old people or little kids? I get along equally well with both.
- If you had to choose, would you rather become a nun/monk or a drug dealer? Monk.
- What's your best bodily feature, objectively speaking? Height?
- Who is your favorite late night talk show host? I'd like to appear smart and say Craig Ferguson (who I do like and will miss when Joel McHale replaces him)... but it's Jimmy Fallon. He's clearly just having fun night after night, and that's what I need to wipe away my day.
Posted on Saturday, May 24th, 2014
And here's another one of those meme things.
They really dried up for a while, but now they keep getting sent to me. Lucky break, I guess, considering the only thing I did on this fine Saturday was work.
- Who was the last person you held hands with? Grandma.
- Are you outgoing or shy? Outgoing, I guess.
- Who are you looking forward to seeing? So many people! Next up... Cher... Nis... Becky.
- Are you easy to get along with? I think so.
- If you were drunk would the person you like take care of you? I'd like to think so.
- What kind of people are you attracted to? Exotic.
- Do you think you’ll be in a relationship two months from now? Doubtful.
- Who from the opposite gender is on your mind? Mila Kunis.
- Does talking about sex make you uncomfortable? No.
- Who was the last person you had a deep conversation with? Naomi.
- What does the most recent text that you sent say? "Well that sucks."
- What are your 5 favorite songs right now? Hmmm... Hey Jane by Low Millions, Old 45's by Chromeo, Elevate by St. Lucia, Never Give In by Mackintosh Braun, Don't Look Down by Holy Ghost!
- Do you like it when people play with your hair? No.
- Do you believe in luck and miracles? No. But... I'm pretty lucky and miracles happen every day.
- What good thing happened this summer? I lived to see it.
- Would you kiss the last person you kissed again? Yes.
- Do you think there is life on other planets? Yes.
- Do you still talk to your first crush? Nope.
- Do you like bubble baths? No.
- Do you like your neighbors? I ignore them whenever possible, but don't hate them.
- What are you bad habits? Anger.
- Where would you like to travel? Antarctica, India, Peru.
- Do you have trust issues? Yes.
- Favorite part of your daily routine? Dinner.
- What part of your body are you most uncomfortable with? Pretty much all parts.
- What do you do when you wake up? Check my email.
- Do you wish your skin was lighter or darker? Darker. I'm beyond white and boring.
- Who are you most comfortable around? Anybody, really.
- Have any of your ex’s told you they regret breaking up? Not directly.
- Do you ever want to get married? Not any more.
- If your hair long enough for a pony tail? Not even a little bit.
- Which celebrities would you have a threesome with? Elizabeth Hurley. Mila Kunis. Danai Gurira. Oh... wait... I need to be in there too.
- Spell your name with your chin. edaqFVE3.
- Do you play sports? What sports? Nope.
- Would you rather live without TV or music? TV.
- Have you ever liked someone and never told them? Oh yes.
- What do you say during awkward silences? As little as possible.
- Describe your dream girl/guy? Elizabeth Hurley. Mila Kunis. Danai Gurira.
- What are your favorite stores to shop in? I loathe shopping. If forced to choose... The Apple Store.
- What do you want to do after high school? Become an astronaut. Oops.
- Do you believe everyone deserves a second chance? No.
- If your being extremely quiet what does it mean? I'm working. Or thinking.
- Do you smile at strangers? When I think of it.
- Trip to outer space or bottom of the ocean? I wanna do both equally.
- What makes you get out of bed in the morning? The alarm clock.
- What are you paranoid about? Politicians. And with good reason.
- Have you ever been high? Yes.
- Have you ever been drunk? BWAH HA HA HA HAAAAA!
- Have you done anything recently that you hope nobody finds out about? Not that I can think of.
- What was the colour of the last hoodie you wore? Red.
- Ever wished you were someone else? Just about every day.
- One thing you wish you could change about yourself? Negativity.
- Favourite makeup brand? Covergirl.
- Favourite store? The Apple Store. Or Costco.
- Favourite blog? People still have blogs?
- Favourite colour? Blue.
- Favourite food? Pizza.
- Last thing you ate? Cheese and potato chip sandwich with mayo.
- First thing you ate this morning? Toast with butter.
- Ever won a competition? Yes For what? Speaking.
- Been suspended/expelled? For what? Nope.
- Been arrested? For what? Nope.
- Ever been in love? Unfortunately.
- Tell us the story of your first kiss? I wanted a piece of chocolate.
- Are you hungry right now? Not really.
- Do you like your tumblr friends more than your real friends? I have so few, so no.
- Facebook or Twitter? Facebook.
- Twitter or Tumblr? Tumblr.
- Are you watching tv right now? No.
- Names of your bestfriends? They're in the Witness Protection Program, so I can't.
- Craving something? What? Pizza.
- What colour are your towels? Steel Blue.
- How many pillows do you sleep with? Three.
- Do you sleep with stuffed animals? No.
- How many stuffed animals do you think you have? Two (Sully from Monsters Inc. and CatBus from My Neighbor Totoro).
- Favourite animal? Monkey.
- What colour is your underwear? Grey.
- Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate.
- Favourite ice cream flavour? Ice cream? Chocolate-Almond. Gelato? Stracciatella.
- What colour shirt are you wearing? Grey.
- What colour pants? Denim.
- Favourite TV show? Current? The Blacklist. Of all time? Either Veronica Mars or Jeremy Piven's Cupid... followed closely by Wonderfalls.
- Favourite movie? Field of Dreams.
- Mean Girls or Mean Girls 2? There was a second one?
- Mean Girls or 21 Jump Street? I guess Mean Girls since it doesn't have Jonah Hill in it. Unless you're talking about the original television series, in which case it would be Jump Street.
- Favourite character from Mean Girls? Ms. Norbury.
- Favourite character from Finding Nemo? Wow. That is a surprisingly difficult question. It's probably between Peach and Dory.
- First person you talked to today? Mark.
- Last person you talked to today? Sarah.
- Name a person you hate? Rush.
- Name a person you love? Marie.
- Is there anyone you want to punch in the face right now? There's always somebody needing a punch in the face.
- In a fight with someone? Not that I know of, but probably.
- How many sweatpants do you have? One.
- How many sweaters/hoodies do you have? Seven?
- Last movie you watched? That would be The Avengers for the millionth time.
- Favourite actress? Elizabeth Hurley.
- Favourite actor? James Earl Jones.
- Do you tan a lot? I don't tan at all.
- Have any pets? A Bengal Tiger named Felix.
- How are you feeling? Okay.
- Do you type fast? Yes. But I make mistakes.
- Do you regret anything from your past? I try not to... but doesn't everybody?
- Can you spell well? Well enough, but still like having spellcheck onboard.
- Do you miss anyone from your past? Very much so.
- Ever been to a bonfire party? Yes.
- Ever broken someone’s heart? Unfortunately.
- Have you ever been on a horse? Yes.
- What should you be doing? Work.
- Is something irritating you right now? Something is always irritating me.
- Have you ever liked someone so much it hurt? Once.
- Do you have trust issues? Again, yes.
- Who was the last person you cried in front of? Mary.
- What was your childhood nickname? Davy.
- Have you ever been out of your province/state? Many, many times.
- Do you play the Wii? Not very often, but yeah.
- Are you listening to music right now? Yes.
- Do you like chicken noodle soup? Not if it has chicken in it.
- Do you like Chinese food? If it's vegetarian. And I'm in China.
- Favourite book? Richard Bach's Jonathan Livingston Seagull.
- Are you afraid of the dark? No.
- Are you mean? When I have to be.
- Is cheating ever okay? Yes. But it's a lot more complicated than that.
- Can you keep white shoes clean? (looks at shoes) Apparently not.
- Do you believe in love at first sight? Absolutely.
- Do you believe in true love? Sure. But probably not for me.
- Are you currently bored? I'm always a little bored.
- What makes you happy? Travel to new places.
- Would you change your name? And have to go through all that paperwork to change everything? Not really.
- What your zodiac sign? Aries.
- Do you like subway? The transportation? Very much. The restaurant? Not at all.
- Your bestfriend of the opposite sex likes you, what do you do? Not risk it.
- Who’s the last person you had a deep conversation with? Still Naomi.
- Favourite lyrics right now? Low Millions' Hey Jane.
- Can you count to one million? I'm sure I could... why would I want to?
- Dumbest lie you ever told? "I love you."
- Do you sleep with your doors open or closed? Open.
- How tall are you? 6' 2" tall.
- Curly or Straight hair? My hair? Straight.
- Brunette or Blonde? Brunette. Or blonde.
- Summer or Winter? Summer.
- Night or Day? Day.
- Favourite month? March.
- Are you a vegetarian? Yes.
- Dark, milk or white chocolate? Milk Chocolate.
- Tea or Coffee? Tea.
- Was today a good day? Every day above ground is a good one.
- Mars or Snickers? Mars.
- What’s your favourite quote? "No matter where you go, there you are.".
- Do you believe in ghosts? I believe in something.
- Get the closest book next to you, open it to page 42, what’s the first line on that page? "Is that true, Sasha?" asked the general, obviously still trying to catch Rex in a lie.
Posted on Saturday, November 15th, 2014
Back in the olden days there was an activity called blogging. This was where people wanting to share their experiences, knowledge, and observations would create a website and, using a content management system, would post such experiences, knowledge, and observations for all the world to see.
Blogging was not always easy. Especially if you were a blogger that blogged every day. Because, unless you're an astronaut or Hugh Hefner, eventually you run out of blog-worthy things to blog about.
In order to generate ideas for blog content, bloggers started developing quizzes, challenges, questionnaires, and all kinds of other idea-generating material to blog about. Not everybody appreciated memes... many people downright abhorred them... but when it's 11:55pm and you're desperate for something to blog about, memes could be your best friend.
One of the most popular meme generators on the internet back in the day was The Friday 5. Every Friday they would post five questions for you to answer in a blog post, which was an easy way to get it over with and move on to your weekend. Unfortunately The Friday Five was eventually discontinued, and there were many sad pandas across the blogosphere.
And so I decided to do something about it.
I created a new Friday meme generator and called it FridayQ.
It ran a little over a year from June 4th, 2004 until I got tired of doing it and shut it down on July 22, 2005.
For years after it died, the FridayQ lived on as hand-coded pages here at Blogography. I never deleted them because I had a lot of blog posts that referenced FridayQ and I didn't want to go back and have to change 52+ entries. Alas, when I converted my blog to WordPress back in February all the FridayQ pages were lost and, for reasons unknown, were never backed up. After 8 years, 6 months, and 22 days, the FridayQ was finally dead for good.
Yesterday I was updating the web code for my blog stats and noticed that somebody was trying to reach FridayQ. This got me curious as to how many other searches it was getting, so I checked. Turns out there were dozens of them throughout the year. Mostly from my own blog, but there were other surviving blogs out there still linking to the site as well.
Maybe I should look into restoring FridayQ then?
And so this morning I did just that.
I visited the Internet Archive Wayback Machine to see what I could recover. None of the graphics were there, but all of the pages had been saved. Sure, the archives were out of date by a few months, but that was an easy fix. All I had to do was go through my Blogography archives and copy the original questions. Easy.
But what about the missing graphics?
Time to pull all my old hard drives out of storage.
Surprisingly, every drive I tried actually worked. And I found a backup of the FridayQ images on my fifth drive...
Good thing I'm a packrat who doesn't throw old tech away, huh?
I uploaded the pages to Blogography, updated all the links, and voilà... FridayQ is served!
You can visit them for yourself by clicking here.
If you want to read all my crazy answers, you can check out my "meme" archive for 2004 and 2005. They're solid gold, people. Solid gold.
And now I just need to decide what to do with this box of old hard drives. They're probably not going to stay working forever. Hell, half of them require a FireWire port which doesn't even exist anymore (thankfully I have a FireWire to Thunderbolt converter!). Two of them are SCSI drives that would require pulling one of my old Macs with a SCSI interface out of storage to read. Hmmm... perhaps I should back them up to the cloud or transfer them to modern hard drives or something? They're all ridiculously small by today's storage standards... I could probably fit all of them on a single terabyte external drive no problem.
Blergh. One more thing added to my list that I don't have time for.
Like blogging every day. =sigh=
Posted on Thursday, December 18th, 2014
Ooh! Thursday is Memesday!
This particular set of questions is running through Tumblr, so I thought I'd steal it for my blog since there's not much going on with me today.
- If you could have chosen your own birth name, what would it be? My favorite name for a boy is Ellis. But "Ellis Simmer" runs together oddly, so I'd probably go with Jake.
- Do you have a piece of jewelry you wear every single day? My MIA/POW bracelet.
- Do you collect anything? If so, what? If not, what would you collect if you had the money/resources? I used to collect comic books and still have them despite buying all new comics digitally for the past three years... so I guess I'd have to say "comic books." If I had the money to collect exotic sports cars, that would be my jam.
- What's your favorite video game console and your favorite game for that console? Wii. And my favorite game for it would be just about any LEGO game... but probably LEGO Batman 2, if forced to choose.
- Yogurt or pudding? Pudding. Duh.
- If you could get one tattoo without any pain for free, would you? What would you get and where on your body? Depends on who was doing the tattooing. If it was a good artists, then I'd absolutely get something new and piratey on my left arm. Though I never seem to feel pain when getting tattooed, so that's not a big deal.
- Do you still talk to the friends you had when you were a child? Not really.
- If you could take over a country, what country would it be? Either my beloved Scotland... or Friesland, since I'm the rightful heir to that country anyway.
- Do you prefer your Ramen as a pasta with less broth, or more like a soup with more broth? Less broth. And only if it's vegetarian.
- Do you have an accent? If so, what kind? To more easily communicate with people whose native language is not English in my work, I speak with as little accent as possible and enunciate my words as clearly as possible. I'm told that this makes me sound like I have some kind of European accent, but I don't hear it.
- How do you pronounce pecan? Peh-Khan.
- Did you have a blankie or stuffed animal you carried everywhere as a toddler? Both. The blanket was an old raggedy mint-green thing. The stuffed animal varied. I remembered having a duck and a frog, among others.
- Sunrise or sunset? Sunset.
- Are you good at card games? Better than some, not as good as most.
- Favorite kind of Poptarts? Strawberry.
- Rainy weather, snowy weather, or sunny weather? Mostly sunny. Sometimes rainy. Never snowy.
- Are/were you in any after school activities in school? If so, what one(s)? 4-H for a while.
- At what age did you develop your first crush? Share a story about it if you wish. I have no idea. I was pretty young when I remember having a serious crush on Lynda Carter (Wonder Woman). A little older when I had a serious crush on Lindsay Wagner (The Bionic Woman). And a little older still when I had a serious crush on Erin Gray (Wilma Deering from Buck Rogers).
- McDonalds or Burger King? McDonalds. I positively loathe Burger King. Though, being a vegetarian, I'm probably not the best to judge.
- White chocolate, milk chocolate, or dark chocolate? MILK CHOCOLATE IS THE ONLY TRUE CHOCOLATE.
- Coffee or tea and what kind? English Breakfast Tea (black tea) with milk and sugar. I despise coffee.
- Favorite memory from a sleepover with your best friend? While I know I had sleepovers with friends, I have no memory of it.
- Favorite brand of chips? (i.e. Doritos, Lays, Tostidos). Bugles. Followed by Chili-Cheese Fritos.
- Favorite scented candle fragrance? Vanilla.
- What's your favorite place to eat out at? Johnny Rockets.
- When you go to the mall, where's the first place you always seem to go to? Uhhhh... I avoid the mall whenever possible, but I'm guessing it would be an art supply store of some kind? Maybe a candy store or a game store? Probably a Johnny Rockets.
- Do you enjoy mosh pits? I did at one time. Can't fathom enjoying one of them now.
- Favorite sound track from any video game or movie? Probably the movie soundtrack for About a Boy.
- Do you prefer to drink out of plastic or glass cups? GLASS! OH HOW I HATE DRINKING FROM PLASTIC!!!
- Do you prefer minty gum or fruity gum? What's your favorite brand? Fruity gum. I like Juicy Fruit best... good flavor without being overpowering.
And... I'm spent.
Posted on Saturday, January 10th, 2015
When Blogography broke down (again) on Monday, I was half-way tempted to just leave it broken.
This was just the excuse I needed to hang up blogging once and for all, as lately it seems more like a chore I have to do rather than an activity I want to do. But I've gone through rough patches like this before and have always cone around, so I thought it best to get things running again. If I'm going to quit, it should be a decision I make instead of a decision I'm forced into.
So here I am.
Guess there's no better reason to do a meme than that...
- There's something about you. What is it? A sense of adventure.
- You know the way you do that thing? What is it? It's all in the wrist.
- What grey areas of your life scare you the most? None of them. I accepted long ago that things are rarely black & white, and am perfectly content with that.
- What is something that you wish you knew the answer to, but would never try to find out? What it feels like to free-solo climb Half Dome in Yosemite.
- Everyone has that 'thing'. Their 'it'. What is yours? Not being afraid to step outside my comfort zone.
- What is that one thing you just can't seem to put your finger on? How people can hate something so vehemently that they have made no effort to understand.
- If you could leave this world discovering one thing, what would it be? Extraterrestrial intelligence.
- Why do you love them? They earned it.
- Why do they love you? I earned it.
- This time of the year makes you... Bored.
- The way to your heart is... which way? By showing kindness to others.
- It gets under your skin when...? People behave badly or stupidly or rudely in public. By clipping your toenails in a restaurant or letting your kids run ape-shit in a grocery store or talking on your phone during a movie or whatever... you're infringing on other people's peace and making it hard for everybody to just get along.
- Why did you leave? It wasn't my choice. I was forced out.
- What is something you stopped believing in? American justice.
- What is something you'll never give up on? Humanity's ability to eventually sort itself out... as unlikely as that may seem.
- You forgot what they said, you forgot what they did, but what feelings do you remember? Rage.
- Open up. About anything. I have no desire...none whatsoever... to be in another romantic relationship. Ever. I have been so much happier since I've stopped trying. Friends, family, and occasional kindness of strangers are all I need to feel complete.
- Whenever you smell it, what does it remind you of? Maui.
- Close your eyes and smile. What memory did you think of? Africa.
- You'll never understand why... There are people who have absolutely no regard for others. And usually they are politicians who are supposed to be doing exactly that.
- What was the moment when 'it' hit you? Bangkok, Thailand, 1998.
- What's keeping you from moving on? Responsibilities.
- No one likes to dwell, but if you could go back, what would you change? I would not have wasted my precious time on those who ended up undeserving of it.
- If you could predict your future, you'd want it to look like...? Like Back to the Future II... THE FUTURE IS NOW, BITCHES!
- If the eyes are the windows to the soul, if I looked in yours, I'd see...? Hope.
See you tomorrow, I guess.