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28 December, 2005

Meme time

Here's another meme questionnaire, which seems to avoid most of the usual questions.  I'm afraid I don't recall where I found it, at least a month ago.

Unique
1. Nervous habits
I probably clean my glasses and tighten their arms more than necessary. Displacement activity.
2. Are you double jointed
As a child I used to be able to bend each thumb back to touch its corresponding forearm.
3. Can you roll your tongue
Into the usual 'u'.
4. Can you raise one eyebrow at a time
I do that routinely with my left eyebrow, but the right requires conscious effort.
5. Can you blow spit bubbles
I don't think so, and I'm not about to try!
6. Can you cross your eyes
Yes. Usually as an expression of derision.
7. Tattoos
No; don't like the idea.
8. Piercing
No, though as I've mentioned before, I like some other people's, especially multiple piercings of the same ear.
9. Do you make your bed daily
I use a mattress cover, pillow and duvet, so there's not much to make! I read somewhere that it's best to leave the duvet thrown back during the day, to avoid storing body heat in it and the mattress, which favours dust mites.

Clothes
10. Which shoe goes on first
I don't know.
11. Speaking of shoes, have you ever thrown one at anyone?
That'd be out-of-character.
12. On the average, how much money do you carry
Up to £20 in notes, £5 in coins, and a debit card.
13. What jewelry do you wear 24/7
None. I don't wear a watch, either.
14. Favourite piece of clothing
Helen has a black l... oh, my clothing, you mean? I suppose it'd have to be my boots.

Food
15. Do you twirl your spaghetti or cut it
Twirl.
16. Have you ever eaten Spam
Not that I recall.
17. Do you use extra salt on your food
Never at home, but occasionally at my mother's and occasionally on a baked potato at work.
18. How many cereals in your cabinet
One: Crunchy Nut Corn Flakes. I buy 750g boxes, so they don't fit in a cupboard.
19. What's your favourite beverage
Tea (a little milk, one sugar, thanks) or Coke (specifically Coca-Cola, never any other brand).
20. What's your favourite fast food restaurant
None of the national/multinational franchises. I buy fish & chips every fortnight or so, and my local is deservedly a multiple award-winner. Incidentally, a notice on the wall there claims that there are eight fish & chip shops for every McDonalds in the UK.
21. Do you cook
A little; nothing ambitious. I don't buy pre-prepared meals, if that's what's meant, though I do use curry pastes to supplement fresh ingredients.

Grooming
22. How often do you brush your teeth
Twice daily, more if I feel the need.
23. Hair drying method
Towel and air-dry.
24. Have you ever coloured/highlighted your hair
I was persuaded to experiment once, and once by accident.

Manners
25. Do you swear
**** yes! Probably less than most, and only in certain company.
26. Do you ever spit
Never. I find spitting disgusting and utterly incomprehensible.

Favourite
27. Animal
Wolves interest me. More pragmatically: the domestic cat.
28. Food
Giant prawns, lightly cooked in garlic. Good ones are very rare in the UK.
29. Month
Not easy to answer. Perhaps May, when the weather is reliably good and the countryside is pretty.
30. Day
Saturday – not a working day (well, paid employment, I mean – it's certainly not some mythical 'day of rest', which I'd consider a waste).
31. Cartoon
I suspect this means TV series; in which case: none.
32. Shoe brand
Whichever semi-anonymous company makes boots for the German armed forces! I also like the look of New Rocks, though I'd be unlikely to wear them myself.
33. Subject in school
Er, that was over half my life ago! Geography, I suppose.
34. Colour
Black, of course, followed by jade green then purple/blue.
35. Sport
None. I have no interest whatsoever in team games, and feel no urge to compete against others in individual sports. I swim and cycle, if they count as 'sports'.
36. TV shows
'ER'. 'Lost' is pretty good, though I can imagine it becoming stale.
37. Thing to do in the spring
Cycling, photography, international travel.
38. Thing to do in the summer
The same as in Spring, though with slightly different locations/subjects!
39. Thing to do in the autumn
As above.
40. Thing to do in the winter
And again. I don't think I do anything specifically seasonal.

In and Around
41. In the CD player
'How Strange, Innocence' (Explosions In The Sky, 2000 (reissued 2005)). S'okay, but not as good as the subsequent 'real' albums.
42. Person you talk most on the phone with
Helen. And 'person with whom you talk on the phone most frequently' would be slightly better.
43. Reading
'The Confusion' (Neal Stephenson, 2005). As with 'Quicksilver', the first of the 'Baroque Cycle', the dense historical references aren't entirely holding my attention. I still strongly prefer his earlier, overtly cyberpunk novels.
44. Do you regularly check yourself out in store windows/mirrors
Nope.
45. What color is your bedroom
Er, I don't know, and I'm currently a hundred miles away from home. Pale blue?
46. Do you use an alarm clock
Yes, though I tend to wake at about the same time every day anyway (including typical weekends – that's my time, and I'm not going to waste it in bed!).
47. Window seat or aisle
Window, especially in planes. On trains, I'm less bothered, as I tend to read.

Dumb
48. What's your sleeping position
On my side, I think.
49. Even in hot weather do you use a blanket
This autumn/winter, I've used a second (single) duvet over my normal (double) one, but I kick it off in all but the coldest weather.
50. Do you snore
I'm told I have been known to, though not routinely.
51. Do you sleepwalk
I have a vague (second-hand) memory of having done so once, when a child.
52. Do you talk in your sleep
Apparently not.
53. Do you sleep with stuffed animals
Not in the bed, though I do happen to have my childhood teddy watching from across the room.
54. How about with the light on
I rarely use lights around the house when I'm up (nor at work, for that matter), so definitely not whilst sleeping! Oddly enough, I did insist on a nightlight when I was a child, until well into my teens.
55. Do you fall asleep with the TV or radio on
My TV is downstairs; I have fallen asleep in front of it one or twice. I don't listen to the radio, at all.
56. Last interesting person you met
Define 'met'. I shared conversations with two people this month, both of whom I already knew well enough to say "hello", but got to know them a little better for the first time.

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