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3 June, 2007

Forty (38) assorted questions

A quick 40-question, er, questionnaire discovered, as nearly-always, via Neil.  So quick, in fact, that there are only 38 questions.

1. When you're home alone, do you still close the door when you go to the bathroom?
Not fully.

2. If you have to go grocery shopping, would you rather go alone or with someone?
Going to the supermarket with someone who has a car is useful, but I prefer to doing the actual shopping alone. I tend to concentrate rather intensely, and shop very quickly – I don't need assistance with purchasing decisions.

3. It's your best friend's birthday, do you buy them a gift even though they didn't buy you one for yours?
Definitely. It's a gift, not a reciprocal debt.

4. You win the lottery. Lump sum or small payments over a period of time?
Whichever has greater financial efficiency (bank interest vs. tax). Lump sum, I suppose, though I'd simply put it in my own bank account and draw an income. I certainly wouldn't spend it all at once, if that's what's meant.

5. Do you like your music loud or at a reasonable level?
Reasonable. At home, I like to listen to the music, to appreciate it, not merely experience the sensation. Intellectual over (literally) visceral. That said, loud music is great in a concert setting, so long as it isn't distorted.

6. Are you a beach person or a snowy mountain person?
Mountain. I don't have the ability to lounge on a beach, but love to explore mountains with my camera.

7. When do you brush your teeth?
Morning and night.

8. Can you watch scary movies alone?
Yes, though I don't deliberately seek 'scary' films. I don't derive pleasure from being scared.

9. Soft bed or firm?
No question: firm.

10. Would you rather stay home all day, or be out and about with some friends?
Out with friends, though don't mind the alternative.

11. What's one of your worst memories?
I'd rather not dwell on the negative; I do too much of that instinctively.

12. Do you like to keep the peace or be confrontational?
The former, but I have absolutely no qualms about saying one thing to avoid pointless conflict then doing something entirely different. I feel no urge to display dominance within a group, as I don't seek to be a group member.

13. Are you more likely to be with a large group of people or a few close friends?
The latter. A small number of people genuinely matter to me, but I struggle to sustain interest in acquaintances.

14. What are your plans for October?
I'm not sure. That's the start of the academic year, so I'll have work and College expectations to address, though I'm rather inclined to take some leave before the weather breaks.

15. If money were not a problem, where would you like to live?
Lancaster and Warszawa and SW Norway and Manchester, though if I'm dreaming of a house in a metropolitan centre with access to arts events, I suppose London would make more sense than Manchester.

16. Are you close to your Mum and Dad?
Not really. I get on fairly well with my mother whilst we're together, but she's not foremost in my thoughts whilst we're apart and she frequently annoys me. I get on with my father but I haven't seen him since 2002 and we don't speak more than 2-3 times each year, so there's a strange intimacy between people who don't really know one another. I think I see a lot of myself in him, but it could be projection.

17. What is one fear that you can't seem to overcome?
I can't think of any; it'd have to be something abstract like 'failure'. Maybe loss of dignity.

18. Are you good at maths?
Not remotely. If presented with anything more than very basic arithmetic, I have a tendency to freeze and not even try to work out the answer.
I was going to say I remember next to nothing of geometry or algebra, but I used both in cartography. Similarly, I've used statistics a lot in the context of geographical research. I suppose I'm not too bad at formulating problems for a calculator or computer – just don't expect me to do it in my head.

19. Do you kiss on a first date?
Heh. It's been a l-o-n-g time since I experienced a first date. Hypothetically, I doubt it.

20. Is there anyone that you regret ever meeting?
Yes. My PhD supervisors.

21. Rate your life on a scale from 1 to 10.
Seven? Ask that at an emotionally-naked, insomniac 03:00, and I might have a different opinion.

22. Would you rather have roommates or live alone?
Definitely, without equivocation or hesitation, alone.

23. Do you like any of your friends a little more than just a friend?
Hmm. Do I love any of my friends? Yes. Do I find any of my friends sexually attractive? Yes. Would I wish to have a non-platonic relationship with any of them? No. They're my friends. It'd be wrong.

24. Do you like to drive?
No. I can drive, but I don't enjoy it at all.

25. Do you hate anyone at the moment?

26. Do you give money to homeless people when they ask?
Very rarely.

27. A weekend in Las Vegas or Miami?
Ew. Neither.

28. When you go to the store, do you have a list or just buy random things?
Somewhere between the two. I don't have a written or even planned list, but I know when I reach a particular aisle or shelf whether I need the contents. I don't browse, and I rarely buy on a whim.

29. What do you wear to sleep in?
Shorts, if anything.

30. You have 3 months left to live, what do you do?
Verify the prognosis. Travel.

31. You're having a bad day, what's one thing can make your day better?
A cup of tea tends to help.

32. Tanning beds?
Eh? What about them? They have no relevance to my life. Does that answer the question, whatever it was?

33. Is there anything you would change about your body if you could?
I'd like greater upper-body strength, without having to specifically exercise in order to achieve and maintain it.

34. You wake up in an unfamiliar place, what is your first reaction?
Depends on the context. So long as I feel safe, I don't have a problem waking in a hotel or a friend's house.

35. Is there anything that you should be doing right now?

36. If there was a way to know when and how you're going to die, would you want that information?
Not when. It'd affect the rest of my life. If my death was a long way away, I'd prevaricate now and regret it later. If my death was imminent, whatever was left would be wasted in panic and despair.
If knowledge of how I'd die could allow me to avoid it, I'd want to know.

37. What is your favourite breakfast food?
A full British cooked breakfast (without the egg) is good occasionally, but I couldn't eat one every day, never mind prepare one every day.

38. It's 4am, and your phone is ringing, who would it be?
Not sure, but it'd be an emergency, so I'd definitely answer. I don't know anyone who'd ring to casually pass the time of day (er, night) nor anyone foolish enough to use a phone whilst drunk.

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