Sunday, June 19, 2016

Crazy time part 7

(Found here)
started 6/18 evening

601. Do you have a lust for life?
I've never really understood that phrase. I like live--it's unbelievably variable and interesting. Sometimes it also sucks. That's where any lust for it I might have disappears.

602. Do you want to get more out of life?
More than what? I am getting my share of life out of life just fine.

603. Would you want to learn to:
Convert to Buddhism?
Would I want to learn to convert? No. Would I want to convert? No. Would I want to find out more about Buddhism? Sure.
Cure a hangover?
I pretty much know that only time and sleep and rehydrating will "cure" one. Or you could just not get one in the first place, yo.
Lie persuasively?
Already do that very well, thanks. ;-)

604. What character from a movie is most like you?
What if my answer were Veronica in Heathers? Would that be bad?

605. Are you comfortable with the idea of your own death?
Yup. Hopefully not soon.

606. How do you feel about arranged marriages?
I'm not a fan, in general. But I also know that love can grow in even the weirdest, rockiest soil.

607. What do you hate that everyone else seems to like?
Well, Drumpf comes to mind rather quickly, though I'm aware not everyone likes him. Thank God. I just can't see a reason for anyone to find him appealing. And I don't really hate him; I just think he shouldn't be elected to ANY office whatsoever.

608. What do you like that others seem to hate?
I like Kanye West's music. I know, again, that not everyone hates it--and I don't particularly care for his public persona--but his last album is really quite good.

609. If you had to be named after a month, which month would you pick?
It would be really weird to be named after the last 4 months. I could live with July or Jan.

610. Is time more like a highway or a meadow to you?
Hmm. That's an interesting question. I've never really thought of time as a meadow, but there's something to that. Life seems to me to be more episodic than the average highway, so how about a two-lane back road that meanders through towns every few miles?

611. What is your favorite movie?
Heathers

612. Which would you choose to be back in the day: a warrior, an alchemist, a minstrel, a bard, an oracle, a peasant, or a merchant?
Do I get to be a man, then? Because yeah, women didn't do this shit back then, not very often. If I were a man, I'd undoubtedly have been a peasant--most people were.

613. What is your favorite song lyric?
"Put it in the pantry with your cupcakes" -- I don't know why.

614. What will you never run out of?
Questions.

615. If you could force someone to fall madly in love with you, (anyone you choose) would you do it?
Nope. That would be terminally boring, in a bad way. I can't even control my own self; why would I want to have to control someone else's life?!

616. Have you ever seen the Disney movie The Black Cauldron?
Nope. Though I was at least around when it was in theaters.

617. Have you ever read The Black Cauldron by Alexander Lloyd (or any of his other books in the "Prydain Chronicles")?
I think I tried them when I was a kid, but just couldn't get into them. And I still haven't.

618. Have you ever written a paper the night before it was due?
This was a fairly common occurrence in college. One time, it was a typewritten--on a manual typewriter--15-page paper in Spanish. I had to hand-write all the accents and tildes.
How about the day it was due?
If you count the early hours of the morning of the day, then yes.

619. Is there a movie you have watched so many times that you can quote it line for line?
Many Bill Murray movies fall into this category, specifically "Caddyshack", "Groundhog Day" and a few others.

620. What is your favorite season?
Autumn.

621. Do you mind being described as cute?
Depends on who is describing me thus. Beast can get away with it. People I don't know--I might have to kill you.

622. What is the tackiest object in your home?
I got tacky everywhere, I suppose, depending on your sense of propriety. There's a candle made of seashells around here somewhere. However, if I find it really hideous, it doesn't really hang around where I have to look at it. I mean, life's too short. Unless it has a backstory that is full of awesome.

623. What do you think people are most ignorant towards?
Each other?

624. What is it that makes you an interesting person?
I'm a fount of trivial, semi-useless information.

625. What makes other people interesting to you?
Their sense of humor, their stories, their questions.

626. How open to suggestion are you?
I'll listen to suggestions. That doesn't mean I'll follow them. However, I'm far more suggestible than I'd like to be.

627. Is Michael Jackson black or white?
He's fookin' DEAD! Can we let him be? He was a human being. As are we all.

628. Are you often lonely?
Nope. I love being alone. I'm more lonely when I'm around a bunch of people I can't find any connection with.

629. What’s the most unusual pet you’ve ever had?
Nothing too weird: a parakeet, a couple of dogs, and several guinea pigs. Beast had hermit crabs one year in college.

630. Have you ever threatened an authority figure?
Sort of? I have had some seriously noisy rows with my current boss, though I don't think I've threatened him exactly, not verbally. I suspect he finds the extent of my temper a little threatening however.

631. If you had to choose would you rather make all your decisions henceforth with your head only or with your heart only?
Head. Thinking with your heart is over-rated, a bit like pumping blood with your colon might be.

632. How imaginative are you?
See answer just above. That might be imaginative. I do tend to think in metaphor rather than in strict outline.

633. Do you like the Counting Crows?
Meh.

634. If you took this survey from the diary (5000 Q Survey V2.0) did you note me so I could read it?
No, but seeing as this was posted 8 years ago in what seems to be a defunct LJ, I'm not feeling a great deal of guilt. But thanks for doing all the questions.

635. Are you more tense or laid back?
By nature, I think I skew "laid back" especially in my family of origin, who mostly seem to skew "tense." I can do "tense" but it's not something I enjoy at all.

636. Does your happiness depend on anyone else, or are you happy no matter what any one says or does?
I'm getting better about not tying my happiness, or response, or life, to external events or people. I fail regularly, but I'm better than I was a few years ago at detaching.

637. What do you think of the idea of putting the Bible into the format of a fashion magazine to attract the interest of teenagers?
This makes no sense whatsoever to me. Some things just have to be difficult, because they ARE difficult.

638. How often do you drink to get drunk?
The last drink I had was probably at least 3 months ago. I got slightly tiddly--not too hard, since I obviously have low tolerance these days. So, no. Not anymore.

639. Would you consider yourself to be diplomatic?
HAH! Well, in comparison with several family members, yes. But in the rest of the world, not so much. I'm usually pretty blunt.

640. Do you think that most of the classes you have taken were taught in such a way as to make plain the relevance of the subject matter in your everyday life?
"Most"? No. A few were. Mostly I didn't worry about relevance as much as just cramming more knowledge in my head. I like learning stuff!

641. Do you remember Crystal Pepsi?
I do! What was the deal with that? Blech.

642. When was the last time you spent a night away from home?
On vacation? In April?

643. Some people say that there is no such thing as a stupid question. Is that true?
Nope. I have hear some seriously dumb questions. I've even asked some stupid ones myself.

644. What is the most interesting TV channel?
Honestly, we're getting a little weird here. I mean, what do you like to watch? DIY? Then you'd probably enjoy those channels. Cartoons? Stick with the cartoon channels. Etc. I watch a lot of "SVU" and "Criminal Minds, "and medical reality shows. Gore is good! I mean, I enjoy it.

645. Name one song you could live without hearing ever again:
"Tom Sawyer"--omg Geddy Lee's voice! {{{shudder}}

646. Do your pets understand you when you talk?
Pinto understands the refrigerator door, rustling plastic, and approaching people. Not so much talking, though we do have lengthy squeak-vesations with him. We're probably swearing at him in rodent.

647. What are three things you HAVE NOT done that might surprise people?
I haven't ever read The Catcher in the Rye (nor do I plan to do so). I haven't really ever taken a proper horseback ride. And the one that everyone who knows I grew up in Colorado can't understand: I've never been on a ski slope.

648. Have you ever had a secret admirer?
It was VERY secret. Even I didn't know!

649. Have you been to a museum this year?
Yes. On St. Kitts, I think.

650. Do you ever watch porn?
Nope. Talk about watching sausage be made....

651. Do you think that it would be a good idea if people served in the army, navy or air force for a while before they were allowed to vote?
I think it would be a good idea if everyone had to do a year of public service before they could vote. Not necessarily military service.

652. If you were required to do this to vote, would you?
Sure.

653. Do people often give you weird looks?
Yes. The older I get the less overall looks I get, but the percentage of them that are "weird looks" keeps growing. hah

654. Do like Japanese cooking?
I like cooked Japanese food, yes. That is, I'm not a fan of sushi.

655. Do you care for stray animals?
Well, not as such. We have a fair amount of wildlife in the neighborhood, but I don't go out of my way to care for them. However, in the spring, if birds build nests in our gardens, then can stay till the babies arrive and get their wings figured out.

656. Which animated movies have you seen and what did you think of them:
A Charlie Brown Christmas
I have watched this. I don't remember it very well, but Beast loves it.
A Garfield Halloween
Uhm, no.
The Secret of Nimh
Nope. And shouldn't that be NIMH, since it takes place at the National Institute of Mental Health? I've read the book. OK, I read it 40 years ago, but yeah....
The Last Unicorn
Again, I've read the book, not seen the movie.
The original Lord of the Rings cartoons
There are cartoons?? head-desk

657. Are you ambidextrous (equally good at using both hands)?
My left arm is pretty much only good for carrying large piles of books and being used as a pincushion by phlebotomists and nurses. And of course I can type with both hands. I used to be able to write my name fairly clearly with my left hand, but nowhere near as well as with my right.

658. Do you always say; “bless you” after someone sneezes, or do you hesitate?
I wait to be sure they're done. I work with a lot of multiple-sneezers.

659. If you and your friends could go away for 2 days over Halloween weekend where would you go?
Nowhere near someplace with dress-up parties or, frankly, any kind of parties. Unless we hit Vegas, but I'd rather rent a house in the country and just hang out.

660. Which of these animated movies have you seen and what did you think of them:
Watership Down
I couldn't even make it through the book!
As the Wind Blows
Nope. Not sure I remember hearing about it, either.
Grave of the Fireflies
Sounds vaguely familiar...but no.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
I love the old cartoon. The Jim Carrey version was interesting, but I still prefer the old show.
Spirited Away
No. And I'd like to see it--but it never occurs to me to bring it home from work.

661. Do you feel that society is male dominated, female dominated, or neutral?
Really? REALLY?! Holy fuck...just fuckin' shoot me.

662. What words offend you?
Clearly not the word "fuck" eh? Names we give people we don't like offend me. Use your imagination; I'm not listing them here.

663. They’re just words. Can you get over it?
Words that are used as weapons can hurt as much as, or worse than, sticks and stones.

On that note, it's definitely past my bedtime....
Picked back up 6/19 early afternoon


664. Have you ever looked into different religions?
Not deeply. I mean, I've taken some intro world religion courses, but I'm ok with what I grew up with. I've certainly looked into it rather heavily!

665. Which ones have you looked into?
On the other hand, for about 6 years, I worked in a predominantly Jewish neighborhood. That was very VERY educational in (mostly) positive ways.

666. What do you think of Satanism as a religion?
I think it's a thing, a thing I've no interest in. It's more a reaction than a religion, near as I can tell.

667. Do you like it better when your classes are taught sitting in rows or sitting in a circle?
I don't care, as long as the circle-people have desks on which to take notes. And of course, if there's a chalkboard or designated "front" of the room, circles are going to be problematic for 1/4 of the class.

668. Have you ever read your own tarot cards?
Nope. Probably would be interesting to learn to do this, but I think you're supposed to believe in it for it to work.

669. Which ones do you like better, the three old Star Wars movies or the 2 new ones?
WTF!? OK, yes, this is an old meme. Any second now, a question about Prince, David Bowie, or President Bush....
I've literally no opinion on the first two Star Wars trilogies. I find them immeasurably tiresome but culturally significant.

670. If you scream in outer space does it make a sound?
In space? No. On another planet? Depends on the atmosphere.

671. If you saw The Queen of the Damned did you want to be a vampire/Goth afterwards?
I haven't and I've no interest in being a vampire. There are enough emotional vampires out there that I think the field is pretty covered without my input.

672. If you saw SLC Punk did you want to be punk afterwards?
I haven't--nor have I heard of it, see how cool I'm not?--and I don't have any reason to be a punk. I have no reason to be as angry as most punks were. Are.

673. What is your favorite zombie movie?
Zombieland. Though that's also the only zombie movie I think I've seen.

674. Best kids birthday party: ceramics, chuck-e-cheese, roller rink, bowling, sleep over, movie theater
Well, doesn't this rather depend upon the kid and the parents' budget, not to mention the age of the kid? Wow. Moving on....

675. What were your parties like when you were a kid? I had one. It was a pretty typical kids' birthday party: balloons, silly games, cake, presents. We weren't tragically hip.

676. Best teen (about 15-16) birthday party: ceramics, chuck-e-cheese, roller rink, bowling, sleep over, movie theater, house party, catered in a hall, restaurant, family trip, concert
Still trying to figure out how one generalizes about this. You really have to know the kid and not be stupid about cost.

677. What are/were your 15-16 year old parties like?
My 16th birthday involved going to a movie with a few friends and then coming back to my house for cake/ice cream in the dining room. It sounds like 1947, doesn't it? We talked about one of our classmates having to have his stomach pumped after a big drinking party in junior high. So, maybe not 1947....

678. Best 18th birthday party: ceramics, chuck-e-cheese, roller rink, bowling, sleep over, movie theater, house party, catered in a hall, restaurant, family trip, concert, club, pool hall, college party
OK, I have to say that if you're taking an average teenager to Chuck E Cheese, it's not likely to be a hit. But see above. I can see an ironical use of CEC for someone.

679. If you are 18 what was your party like?
I have zero memory of that year. I was a senior in high school. Nothing comes to mind. I'm sure it was boring as hell.

680. Best 21st birthday party: ceramics, chuck-e-cheese, roller rink, bowling, sleep over, movie theater, house party, catered in a hall, restaurant, family trip, concert, club, pool hall, college party, bar, Atlantic city/Las Vegas trip
See previous answers. Seriously, parents fund a group of kids partying in Vegas?? No one in my world does that!

681. If you saw The Craft were you interested in wicca/paganism/magic afterwards?
I haven't--are we sensing a theme yet?--and therefore no.

682. What are your top 3 priorities?
Food, sleep, safety.

683. If you saw Fight Club did you want to get into a fistfight afterwards?
...sigh....I haven't, and I'm pretty sure that would have meant missing at least part of the point of the movie, no?

684. What is your favorite smell?
"Clean"--and then the scent of summer in the Rockies: pine, sage, dirt, thin air.

685. Give everything below a humor rating (1 = laugh your ass off, 2 = lol, 3 = smile, 4 = lame, 5 = not funny, 6 = offensive):
People falling 2
Rape jokes 6
Sarcastic comments 3-4
Blonde jokes 3-4
Dirty jokes 4
God/religion jokes 4-5
Long-ass jokes 3
Death jokes 3
Pain/sickness jokes 5
Animals doing cute stuff 4
Bodily functions 3
Knock jokes 5
Ethnic jokes 5
Puns 2
Ironic situations 2

685. If you saw Cruel Intentions did you want to have lots of meaningless sex afterwards?
At this point I'm on a roll: no, and ergo no.

686. Do you get at least three hugs per day?
When Beast is around, yes. Otherwise, it depends on whether I have a meeting; if so, then yeah, hugs for/from everyone!

687. What should someone never say to you/call you if they want to remain on your good side?
Talking down to me isn't going to help your cause, calling me "miss" if you're over age 15 will put my teeth on edge, and if you insist on talking shit about ethnic or other demographic groups I will walk away.

688. If you saw Trainspotting did you want to do drugs afterwards?
Woot: nope and nope. But I know what calling someone an anorak means!!

689. Do movies have a great influence on you?
Clearly NOT so much.

690. Do you have a favorite reality TV show?
I used to really love "The Amazing Race" but I haven't watched it in years. And we do watch "Deadliest Catch" faithfully. I do like those guys.

691. Are there certain roles that people are pressured to play in society or can they basically do whatever they want?
OK, here's the plan: you go do whatever you want for a few days. I'll trail behind and see how that works for you. My hunch is that following up on "whatever you want" with entail a deletorious effect on your relationships with others.

692. How does the 2004 Dawn of the Dead remake compare to the original movie?
I'm sure it's not as good. Then again, how does one rate movies like these? I think they're all ridiculous, which is why I appreciated Zombieland so much.

693. Have you ever held a magnifying glass over an insect to burn it?
Nope. I've been present at least once when someone else did. I don't get why setting critters on fire is "fun."

694. Have you ever pulled the wings off a fly, butterfly or any other insect?
See above. No. I don't even touch butterflies since being told brushing anything off their wings damages them!

695. What would you think of a guy (if you're into guys) or a girl (if you're into girls) who wanted to take you to the park to feed the birds and look at the turtles and fish in the water on a date?
If it's a lovely warm sunny day, I'm probably going to think this is the best idea ever! Going for a hike--back when I was in shape--was always a great date.

696. Do you use public pools?
Since I can't swim, that's a no. Now that Sparky's not a kid, I don't have any reason at all to appear at a pool.
OK, yes, I was near the pool on the cruise ship, but I didn't even pack a swimsuit. That was an error, but I still doubt I'd've gotten in the pool. Maybe the hot tub....

697. Do you use public bathrooms?
Yes I do, when necessary.

698. Do you use public showers?
I have done. There aren't a lot of reasons I need to these days, but last fall on our aborted RV trip, that was the only option for being clean.

699. How old will you be in 17 years?
I'll be closing in on 70. ...wonder if that means I'll be retired. At this rate, I may not be allowed to do so until about then.

700. Would it effect [sic] you at all if you knew that a very large meteor was headed towards earth that would impact in 17 years?
Well of course! Not so much for myself, but I'd be in a serious panic about those folks younger than me whom I love.

And DONE! 3:00 6/19

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