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1 November, 2006


I found this questionnaire at Zuly's Zu, though I'm not sure how I got there!

1. How old do you wish you were?
Perhaps 25, if I could be that age now i.e. in my current lifestyle. I wouldn't remotely like to relive my actual experience of being 25; that was an awful period in my life.

2. Where were you when 9/11 happened?
At work. I was watching live coverage of the first impact on the WTC, then thought to be a terrible accident, when the second plane hit. It happened right in front of my eyes, thousands of miles away.

3. What do you do when vending machines steal your money?
I don't recall the last time I used a vending machine – they're avoidably expensive. I don't think I've ever lost money to one.

4. Do you consider yourself kind?

5. If you had to get a tattoo, where and what would it be?
I don't want a tattoo myself, though some other people have tattoos I like.

6. If you could be fluent in any other language what would it be?
Probably German.

7. Do you know your neighbours?
Not at all.

8. What do you consider a vacation?
Exploring an interesting foreign city during the day, then 'having an early night' with Helen.

9. Do you follow your horoscope?
Short answer: no.
Longer answer: no.

10. Would you move for the person you loved?
Ha! I haven't yet! (Helen lives in Warszawa.)

11. Are you touchy feely?
Not really. Physical contact makes me uncomfortable unless I know the other person especially well. I sometimes wish I was more relaxed around people; I do appreciate casual intimacy amongst friends.

12. Do you believe that opposites attract?
I believe they can.

13. Dream job?
Whatever supports my lifestyle outside work. I'm not motivated by paid employment.

14. Favorite channels?
I watch little TV and don't have any particular channel preference, but I suppose I watch BBC4, Channel Four and FilmFour most often.

15. Favorite place to go on a weekend?
See Q.8. More routinely, anywhere photogenic within 25 miles (cycling distance) of Lancaster.

16. Showers or bath?
Showers. I only have a bath to relax, and rarely choose to relax!

17. Do you paint your nails?
Not normally....

18. Do you trust people easily?
It would be a gross understatement if I said 'no'.

19. What are your phobias?
Hypodermic needles and lifts (elevators), though I can tolerate both when I absolutely have to. Both at the same time might be a problem, though....

20. Do you want kids?
No, I'm not especially fond of goats.
I have no wish to have human children, either.

21. Do you keep a handwritten journal?
I have a computer. Why handwrite anything?

22. Where would you rather be right now?
Lots of places, though I'm not desperately dissatisfied with my current situation.

23. What makes you feel warm and safe?
Bed, except if I'm awake and worrying at 04:00.

24. Heavy or light sleep?
Light if I'm not secure about my surroundings, but probably heavy otherwise.

25. Are you paranoid?
Who says I am?
I do have a slight tendency, diminishing as I've aged.

26. Are you impatient?
How many more questions are there?
I'm more-than-averagely patient with tasks that interest me or I accept as necessary, but if something isn't important to me, I bore easily.

27. Who can you relate to?
Unhappy people. Not that I'm unhappy now, but I have been. Sorry, but you did ask.

28. How do you feel about interracial couples?
Precisely the same way as single-race couples. Race isn't relevant.

29. Have you been burned by love?

30. What's your life motto?
'Avoid mottos'.

31. What's your main ringtone on your mobile?

32. What were you doing at midnight last night?
Just about to go to bed, I think.

33. Who was your last text message from?
I don't remember, and don't have my phone with me.

34. Whose bed did you sleep in last night?
Mine, all mine.

35. What color shirt are you wearing?
Black. Of course.

36. Most recent movie you watched?
'Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain'. Having watched the associated interview with Jean-Pierre Jeunet (director) I discovered the Anglicised title 'Amélie' is just plain wrong.

37. Name five things you have on you at all times?
Clothes, keys, cash, debit etc. cards, and my phone or bike computer (i.e. something with a clock).

38. What color are your bed sheets?
Blac.... Actually, I only own a black pillowcase (a joke gift, it's snakeskin-textured PVC. Horrible thing). I think my current duvet cover is green.

39. How much cash do you have on you right now?
£15.55 precisely.

40. What is your favorite part of chicken?

41. What's your favorite town / city?
Lancaster. Manchester and Berlin are pretty good, too. Warszawa isn't.

42. I cant wait ‘til...
I don't wish my life away. Now matters.

43. What did you have for dinner last night?
I think it was a handful of peanuts.

44. How tall are you barefoot?
6'1" (1.83 m)

45. Have you ever smoked crack?
Yeah, right.

46. Do you own a gun?
Only a water pistol which totally fails to intimidate the local cats.

47. What do you prefer to drink in the morning?
Orange juice before work, tea later in the day.

48. What is your secret weapon to lure in the opposite sex?
It's so much of a secret that I haven't even told myself.

49. Do you have A.D.D.?
Huh? What was the question again?
I have an ability to sustain focus, though I recoil from obsession.

50. What time did you wake up today?
~07:15 GMT. My body is still on BST.

51. Current worry?
Work-related & boring.

52. Current hate?
Dawdling cyclists oblivious to their surroundings. If you can't ride at the speed of other traffic, get the **** out of the way of cyclists (and indeed other road users) who can.

53. Favorite place to be?
See Q.23.

54. Where would you like to travel?

55. Where do you think you'll be in 10 years?
I don't anticipate major changes.

56. Last thing you ate?
A chicken tortilla-thing. Nothing special.

57. What songs do you sing in the shower?
I don't.

58. Last person that made you laugh?
Oddly enough, me. I was closing comments on August's blog entries (an anti-sp*m measure) and read a few. Though I say it myself, a couple were amusing.

59. Worst injury you've ever had?
I fell ~2 m (vertically) onto my knee, causing temporary exquisite pain and permanent nerve damage.

60. Does someone have a crush on you?
The odds aren't good, but let's face it, the goods are odd.

61. What is your favorite candy?
I'm not a sweets person. Dairy milk chocolate, perhaps.

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