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29 July, 2006


Here we go again.  This one's via Neil, though he omitted one question which I found via Dave.


What is your salad dressing of choice?
Er, vinaigrette? Whatever.

What is your favourite fast food restaurant?
No national or multinational chains. Hodgsons' fish & chips are pretty good.

What is your favourite sit down restaurant?
Probably the Sultan of Lancaster. There have been other restaurants I've liked more, but they keep closing.

On average, what size tip do you leave at a restaurant?
Roughly 10%.

What food could you eat every day for two weeks and not get sick of?
Crunchy nut corn flakes (and I do).

Name three foods you detest above all others.
Eggs (boiled, fried, scrambled, etc.), Norwegian fiskepudding, blancmange. It's the textures.

What is your favourite dish to order in a Chinese restaurant?
Sweet & sour chicken, I suppose. My mother and I are the only people I know who like Chinese food, so I rarely get to visit such restaurants.

What are your pizza toppings of choice?
Ham & pineapple? I'm not especially bothered.

What do you like to put on your toast?
Don't like toast.

What is your favourite type of gum?
No thanks.


Number of contacts in your mobile phone?
Four, though there's a mobile and a landline number for each of those.

Number of contacts in your email address book?
Twenty-one. I only store those I use regularly. Does anyone really use an e-mail address book nowadays?

What is your wallpaper on your computer?
None: plain black.

What is your screensaver on your computer?

Are there naked pictures saved on your computer?
Yes, but artistic, not pr0n. Honest.

How many land line phones do you have in your house?
Two, but one is inaccessible behind furniture. It's only there so that I can hear it ring if I'm downstairs, and I answer the upstairs extension.

How many televisions are in your house?
Two, since you mention it, but one is in storage. My new PC has a TV card, apparently, but I haven't bothered to try it.

What kitchen appliance do you use the least?
For some reason I bought a pizza cutter two years ago, but haven't eaten a pizza at home for at least five years.

What is the format of the radio station you listen to the most?
I don't listen to the radio.

How many sex toys do you own that require batteries?
None that require batteries....


What do you consider to be your best physical attribute?
Define 'best'. I have above-average strength in my legs and good aerobic fitness. I couldn't comment on my most attractive physical attribute.

Are you right handed or left handed?
Sinister, though dextrous with scissors.

Do you like your smile?
Not much.

Have you ever had anything removed from your body?
Only teeth. I've had metal inserted (dental and orthopedic).

Would you like to?
What? Only if it was medically necessary.

Do you prefer to read when you go to the bathroom?

Which of your five senses do you think is keenest?
Possibly hearing or, with the assistance of glasses, sight.

When was the last time you had a cavity?
Twenty-four hours ago, almost to the minute! I visited my dentist today.

What is the heaviest item you lift regularly?
Helen weighs about 60 kg. ;)

Have you ever been knocked unconscious?
I don't think so. Perhaps when very young. I have a scar in my hairline, but no idea how it was caused.


If it were possible, would you want to know the day you were going to die?
No. Without being morbid, I try to live as if I don't have much time left. If I knew my death date, I'd lose an essential sense of urgency and waste time.

If you could change your first name, what would you change it to?
There's a blog post in that subject, but in short, I feel a disconnection between me, the essential entity, and my name, the external signifier. In practice it means I don't think of myself as having a name, and that it's merely a convenience for others. I don't like or use it myself, but wouldn't want a different one.
That mightn't make sense to others; I've obviously thought about it a lot (too much?) but not to the point of articulating it.

How do you express your artistic side?
I'm a graphic designer and sculptor.

What color do you think you look best in?
Black. Of course.

How long do you think you could last in a medium security prison?
Milliseconds. That's a scary thought.

Have you ever swallowed a non-food item by mistake?
Probably, but I don't remember a specific occasion.

If we weren’t bound by society’s conventions, do you have a relative you would make a pass at?
I have no contact with relatives beyond my parents and sister, so that's a 'no'.

How often do you go to church?
You have to be ****ing joking.
Actually, I do visit churches in foreign cities, for their architectural/cultural significance. They have absolutely no religious meaning to me.

Have you ever saved someone’s life?
Not knowingly, but everything's interconnected (man).

Has someone ever saved yours?


Would you walk naked for a half mile down a public street for $100,000?
Depends on the street. Not in the UK.

Would you kiss a member of the same sex for $100? Just a kiss?
I don't see why not.

Would you have sex with a member of the same sex for $10,000?
If Helen would be okay with that, and solely for the money.

Would you allow one of your little fingers to be cut off for $200,000?
No way.

Would you never blog again for $50,000?
How would you know? I'd close this blog for $50,000, but would simply open another under a different name. I certainly wouldn't feel bound by any promises!

Would you pose naked in a magazine for $250,000?
If I couldn't be identified.

Would you drink an entire bottle of hot sauce for $1000?
That's the second consecutive meme to mention 'hot sauce'. What is it? Is there a specific substance with that specific name, or do you just mean any spicy liquid accompaniment to food?
To answer the question: yes, but I'd take the money then deliberately vomit.

Would you, without fear of punishment, take a human life for $1,000,000?
Hypothetically, yes.

Would you shave your head and get your entire body waxed for $5,000?
Body, yes, but head, no. I'm particularly attached to my head hair, and it didn't get this long overnight. Perhaps for more money.

Would you give up watching television for a year for $25,000?
Yes, cheerfully, though I'd want to watch DVDs and videos, and wouldn't hesitate to have friends/family record the few TV programmes I do watch ordinarily.

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