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21 September, 2007

'Can you believe it?'

Meme time.  It's been a while.  This questionnaire is via Proggrl:

What is the story behind your couch?
A nasty crack in the wall, which I try not to think about. It wasn't there when I bought the place, unless the vendor had simply papered over it. I suspect I might need to do the same.

What do you use your kitchen table for most?
Accumulating card and paper for recycling. I also tend to keep a 24-can box of Coke there, too.

Do you make your bed?
No. I only have an undersheet, duvet and pillow, so there isn't much to tidy, but a while ago I read that a bed retaining one's body heat and moisture offers optimum conditions for mites, etc., so I deliberately throw back the duvet until I return from work.

How did you spend Sunday night?
I don't remember. I may have watched a film.

Beer? Wine? Liquor? What's your poison?
I don't drink alcohol. I favour tea, Coke or orange juice instead.

What happened to your first love?
First childhood crush? Dunno. I think my mother told me B. has lost both her parents (they lived a couple of streets from my mother).
First 'real' love? She's in Warszawa.

How do you get your laundry done?
Slowly. I have an annoying habit of forgetting to remove clean clothes from the washing machine for several days, before drying them on a rack in the bedroom (I don't have a dryer, nor a washing line).

Coffee... want or need?
Neither. I don't especially like coffee, and I used to be mildly allergic to it. Tea's great.

Are you over ramen noodles?
I'm not entirely sure what they are. If they're what I think, I suppose I am.

What is your guilty pleasure movie?
I can't think of one.

How do you justify using your credit cards?
Purchase protection means a credit card can be a good idea sometimes.
I don't have to justify purchases to myself, if that's what the question means. I don't feel a need for guilty indulgences.

How do you feel about Harry Potter?
Like Proggrl, I don't.

What do you look for in 'the one'?
Trustworthiness, I suppose.

What newspaper do you read?
I haven't bought a newspaper for years (not counting expensive DVD packaging which I discarded unread), but I do read the local free paper each week and cherrypick articles from the Guardian website each weekday. I tend to avoid political commentary and opinion pieces, though; I certainly wouldn't class myself as a natural 'Guardian reader', with the middle-class 'socialism-lite' complacency the label implies.

What is the mantra you use to get through the rough days?
I was going to say I don't do 'mantras', but I suppose I remind myself that "this too will pass".

How do you "pick up" at bars?
I'd find that excruciatingly embarrassing.

How many one-night stands have you had?
No comment. Okay: low single figures.

Do you remember your dreams?
Some. Whilst dreaming them, too: the dreams I remember tend to be lucid.

Do you want kids?
No, I'm not really drawn to goats.

When do you want to get married?
I don't. Thankfully, H. agrees that we have nothing to prove to society.

What is your magic number?
Six, and numbers containing six, particularly 16. Seriously. A disproportionate number of life events, good and bad, have occurred on days containing that number, even including the death of my maternal grandfather on the sixteenth, exactly six months before I was born at 06:30 on the sixteenth.

Where is that special someone right now?
Right now is 22:21, Warszawa time, so it's likely H. is out with friends.

Do you have a will?
Um. No. Well reminded.

What was the best day of your life?
I'm hoping it's ahead of me!

Is it harder to be rejected or to reject someone else?
[Pause for careful thought.]
Depends.
I don't mean to be evasive – it's a good question – but it does depend.

Who's your favorite person?
Too reductive! I'd need to know the context.

What are you listening to?
Porcupine Tree: 'Nil Recurring'. I'll post a longer review soon, but in short, it's mostly excellent. I'm unsure about one track of the four.

What's the last thing you drank?
A decent cup of tea.

Have you been on a date in the past week?
Not in the past week.

Where are you going on your next vacation?
Not sure. Maybe Norway, to visit my father.

Have you ever thrown up from working out?
No.

Are most of the friends in your life new or old?
Fairly old; I've known most of them for over a decade.

Have you ever gotten so wasted you didn't know what was going on?
'Fraid so. Not since my mid-twenties, and not often; even less frequently as a result of alcohol.

Do you like pulpy orange juice?
It's okay. It tends not to have as intense a flavour as, er, non-pulpy, which I prefer.

Are you touchy-feely?
Very much not, though I sometimes wish I was more casually intimate with close friends.

Do you prefer the tanning bed or the sun?
Nether, really, as I have no wish for tanned skin. For the sake of argument, I'll choose 'the sun', as that means being out in the open air, doing things (never sunbathing – appalling waste of time).

What are your biggest pet peeves?
Read the blog!
Fundamentally, it probably all amounts to collectivist invasion of privacy.

Do you consider yourself bi-polar?
What? That's a serious psychiatric condition, not a fad to opt into by self-diagnosis!
No, I haven't been diagnosed as bipolar by a qualified professional. Like most people, I experience periods of productivity and cheerfulness, balanced by (sub-clinical, nowadays) depression.

What's something your friends make fun of you for?
You'd have to ask them.

What's your worst personality flaw?
Prevarication?

Would you ever parachute off of a plane?
In English that's "out of a plane", and probably not. I doubt I could muster absolute trust that the equipment would work.

Have you ever ridden an elephant?
Only plastic or glassfibre ones on children's rides.

Are you Irish in any way?
Not knowingly.

Have you ever been to a nude beach?
No.

Have you ever drank Jack Daniels?
I don't think so.

What are you saving your money up for right now?
I'm not. Well, I suppose I am saving to make overpayments on my mortgage, but not actively. Generally, I'm in the fortunate position of not wanting items beyond my immediate means.

What was the last gift card you received?
Gift card? Do you mean a gift token i.e. a prepaid voucher to be used with a particular retailer? I don't remember; it must have been at least a decade ago.
If you mean greetings cards, it may have been from my mother, on the occasion of my last birthday. She's pretty much the only person I know who cannot grasp the fact that shiny folded cardboard is meaningless to me.

Does the number of people a person's slept with affect your opinion?
Depends on the circumstances. Promiscuity might, as I find the concept slightly alien, but one of my best friends has had a fairly large number of medium-term relationships over the years, and I think no less (or more) of her for that.

Have you ever gone to a party where you were the only sober person?
Er... I don't drink, remember?

What do you do when you spot a bug in your house?
Spiders are welcome to stay (except large ones in my bedroom!). Beetles are gently evicted, as are bees and individual ants. Flies are evicted if they'll go readily, but I don't risk them corrupting food or laying eggs in the plant pots, so I've killed a few. Wasps die – no hesitation.

Where's your cellphone?
Probably in my bedside table, turned off until next time I specifically need it.

Who are you talking to?
I'm not. I'm typing this, obviously.

Who are you crushing on?
Sorry? I've never encountered that form of words – sounds like a rather specialist fetish.
I presume I know what you mean, though, and the answer is that I don't think I have a crush on anyone at present.

Ever had sex in a graveyard?
Yes.
Next question!

Ever had sex in a church?
No. That sounds like breaking a 'taboo' merely for effect. Churches are not holy to me (an atheist) but nor do I feel a need to make some sort of protest. Therefore, there'd be no particular frisson in it.

Ever tried the 'Bloody Mary' trick in the bathroom?
Never heard of it.

Ever played strip poker?
Ooh; a very long time ago. I can't have been more than 14 or 15.

Ever played video games?
Occasionally.

Ever played pool?
Very badly. Not even amusingly badly.

Do you love weapons?
Whoa. No.

Ever killed someone?
[Backing away carefully.] No.

Ever been arrested?
Briefly. It was resolved very quickly, and there were no formal consequences.

Do you watch 'Jackass'?
I once watched about a minute, whilst bewilderment turned to horror then distaste. Not my thing.

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