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.
#41 really made me laugh! Smothered by money, the horror.
I am a pretty great Michael.
Amen on #25! And #47.
And #67! I thought I was the only one.
And best obit opener ever!
Wow. So many answers and questions to go over, so I will pick two from your list.
#3 – my favorite toys were Big Trak and Whirly Bird. Both provided me with hours and hours of fun.
#40 – I love hanging out in bars, too. I have two favorites here in SLC that know me by name and by drink when I walk in the door.