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21 May, 2008

Excuses and prompts to ramble

**** me – Sal's completed a meme questionnaire.  That's unexpected.

I suppose I'd better partake, though I don't have the time, disposable intellectual capacity or, well, writing ability to match Sal's efforts.

1. Last film you saw in a cinema?
Annoyingly, I don't recall. The last I remember seeing at The Dukes was 'There Will Be Blood' at the end of March. It was okay, but J. had overinflated my expectations.

2. What book are you [re]reading?
I mentioned 'The Brothel in Rosenstrasse' a few (er, twenty) days ago, but opportunities to read have been scarcer than anticipated, and it's not the sort of book one can appreciate in grabbed moments before bed, so I'm still only 30-40 pages in.

3. Favourite board game?
I don't think I ever especially liked board games. It's probably an association with circumstances: when I was a child, games only came out in times of extreme boredom or excruciatingly polite family gatherings. Plus my sister tended to be a bad loser.

4. Favourite magazine?
None offline, and I cherrypick online articles rather than frequenting particular websites.

5. Favourite smells?
Tarmac springs to mind.

6. Favourite sounds?
Er... H's laugh?
The silence of open moorland, which is never quite silent.

7. Worst feeling in the world?
Dunno, and to be honest, I'm already feeling slightly stressed/emotionally fragile today so don't want to give it great thought.

8. What is the first thing you think of when you wake up?
What do I need to accomplish today, and why didn't I manage it yesterday, or the day before, or the...?

9. Favourite fast food place?
Hodgson's fish & chip shop, I suppose, though that's almost as much for its proximity to my house (~2 mins by bike) as the food; I prefer Arnside Chippy, but that's something like an hour away.

10. Future child’s name?
I don't plan to have children, but I could imagine naming a girl 'Rhiannon'.

11. Finish this statement. “If I had lot of money I’d….?
Buy a new house. Travel. Perhaps buy a car. Beyond those I don't aspire to own things.
If we're talking about serious money, I'd cheerfully leave my job, but I recoil from the idea of a 'life of leisure' .

12. Do you sleep with a stuffed animal?
My childhood teddy sits on a chest of drawers across the room.

13. Storms - cool or scary?
Very, very cool (and Sal inadvertently & tangentially stumbled upon one reason why I say that).

14. Favourite drink?
Tea (just 'tea', with a little milk & sugar; no need for named varieties), Coke (specifically Coca-Cola, never any other brand) or orange juice.
I don't drink alcohol.

15. Finish this statement, “If I had the time I would….”?
Finish this stateme....

16. Do you eat the stems on broccoli?
Now you mention it, no. I've no idea why. Must try harder.

17. If you could dye your hair any color, what would be your choice?
Nah; only in my most pretentious daydreams.

18. Name all the different cities/towns you’ve lived in?
Including villages but not places I stayed for less than a month at a time, that'd be Northop Hall, Tananger, Stavanger, Aberystwyth, Galgate and Lancaster.

19. Favourite sports to watch?
My stock flippant response is "women's beach volleyball" (bounce, bounce... ahem) but slightly more seriously: none, as I have no interest in sports.
I cycle, but that's for commuting and visiting beautiful countryside, not for the exercise, and I don't feel inclined to watch races.

20. One nice thing about the person who sent this to you?
He didn't exactly 'send' this to me, but Sal can write.

21. What’s under your bed?
A bed (a spare single mattress). And under that bed... dust.

22. Would you like to be born as yourself again?
How would that work? If I was reborn now, it'd have to be to different parents and therefore with different genes, and every formative of my life would be different. I couldn't be the same 'me'.
Born again to the same parents in the same hospital on the same date, i.e. would I like to repeat my life? Do I get foreknowledge of life events? If so, no, I don't think so. There are decisions I'd make differently, but the big obstacle is my tendency to prevaricate about boring essentials: if I knew I'd be alive and healthy past the age of 33, there'd be less impetus to make the most of the foregoing years.
I can't find the blog entry in which I mentioned it, but when I was young, my mother told me I'd die at the age of 33: I presume she'd read some crappy 'calculate your death date' article. That may seem childish now but I was a child, and took it to heart: it really was a motivator to stay physically & mentally active, to keep pushing and make the most of my time. Thankfully, I haven't quite shaken off that attitude by the age of 36, though it does mean I have an inability to relax for long.

23. Morning person, or night owl?
My normal answer would be 'night owl', and during my PhD, with no formalised working hours, I did shift to a near-nocturnal lifestyle. Nowadays, with an office job and advancing age, I've had to force myself to go to bed earlier (though insomnia renders that academic).
However, in recent weeks, I've been going to bed tired at 01:00 and slept, and woken naturally at 07:30. It's quite a novelty.

24. Over easy, or sunny side up?
I don't eat eggs as eggs, only as ingredients in cakes, etc.

25. Favourite place to relax?
I love my bed.

26. Favourite pie?
What? Who cares?
Steak & kidney can be tasty if high-quality ingredients are used. Unfortunately, that's uncommon.

27. Favourite ice cream flavour?
<Yawn>. This is the sort of vacuousness which gives meme questionnaires a bad reputation.
Okay, okay: mint choc-chip, though I'm fairly indifferent to ice cream.

28. Of all the people you tagged this to, who’s most likely to respond first?
Not relevant.


#15: like that one ;)

#20: reaction: somewhere b/w "shucks", "really?", "(half mocking) 'oh, well, i KNEW that' ", "chuffed", "...really?"
coming from you, sir, that means a lot.

#13. "Storms - cool or scary?
Very, very cool (and Sal inadvertently & tangentially stumbled upon one reason why I say that)."

tangentially? intrigued...

Posted by Saltation at May 26, 2008 01:03 AM
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