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30 September, 2008

Yay! Meme time!

A quick questionnaire discovered via Calephetos:

1. The phone rings; who do you want it to be?
At work, I rather hope it doesn't ring at all!
At home: H, of course.

2. When shopping at the grocery store, do you return your cart?
Of course: I need to reclaim the £1 deposit.

3. In a social setting, are you more of a talker or a listener?
Definitely a listener.

4. Do you take compliments well?
Graciously? I doubt it; compliments make me uncomfortable, and I don't quite know how I'm expected to respond.

5. Do you play Sudoku?
I tried once, but gave up after about three minutes, repelled by the utter pointlessness of it. Life's too short for mere time-fillers.

6. If abandoned alone in the wilderness, would you survive?
I like to think I'd manage on common-sense and resilience, but would struggle with anything requiring specific knowledge, such as discriminating between the nutritious snails and the toxic ones.

7. Do you like to ride horses?
Possibly. I learned to ride in my very early teens, but the circumstances weren't great, and I never really recovered my confidence after falling from a bolting horse. I'd be willing to have another go, on a more compliant horse, but I like the fact that a bike doesn't get the deciding vote in any dispute about direction or speed.

8. Did you ever go to camp as a kid?
Strangely enough, I've never been tempted to go camping in the guise of a young goat.
Yes, I attended scout camp a couple of times as a child. Loathed it. Really loathed it.
That's to 'camp', with the associated 'people-I-wouldn't-otherwise-know' and organised activities; camping, in attractive locations with friends, is amongst my favourite activities.

9. What was your favourite game as a kid?
Butting other goats and chewing thistles?
I don't recall my favourite childhood game; probably something embarrassingly militaristic.

10. If a sexy person was pursuing you, but you knew he/she was married, would you go for it?
Nope. Out of the question.

11. Could you date someone with different religious beliefs than you?
I have absolutely no problem tolerating the religious beliefs of acquaintances, even of friends, but I can't deny I secretly think less of them for it. I think it'd be too much of a barrier to an intimate relationship.

12. Do any songs make you cry?
Some. Peter Gabriel's 'I Grieve' and Marillion's 'Memory Of Water' are two.

13. Are you continuing your education?
In the trite sense that life is always a learning experience, yes.
More formally, there's not much further to continue than a PhD, and I don't have the remotest interest in gaining qualifications more directly related to my job.

14. Do you know how to shoot a gun?
I think so; I only tried once. No-one died.

15. If your house was on fire, what would be the first thing you grabbed?
My computer, I think, or at least backup discs.

16. How often do you read books?
Rarely more than twice.

17. Do you think more about the past, present or future?
I don't think I dwell on any one more than the others.

18. What is your favourite children's book?
Possibly 'Futuretrack 5', by Robert Westall.

19. What colour are your eyes?
Brown. <yawn>

20. How tall are you?
1.85 m.

21. Where is your dream house located?
I don't dream of houses.

22. Do you have a secret fetish?
Who doesn't?

23. Have you tried sushi?
Of course. S'okay. I don't have a fetish for it.

24. Have you ever taken pictures in a photo booth?
Er... yes, I do have a passport.

25. When was the last time you were at Olive Garden?
Never heard of it.

26. When was the last time you were at church?
I visited Lancaster Cathedral, High Street Chapel and Thurnham catholic Church as part of the national Heritage Open Days a couple of weekends ago, but remember: I'm atheist. They're interesting buildings, but just buildings. I havent been 'at church' in decades.

27. Where was the furthest place you travelled today?
Just to work and back.
Oh, and to the sorting office to collect a package which had been too large for my letterbox. And the rucksack I happened to have with me today, unfortunately.

28. What was your favourite job?
Maybe some of the fieldwork I did during my PhD, on projects other than my own. Steering a Zodiac (inflatable boat) above 'dry' stone walls in the deeply flooded Ribble Valley was memorable.

29. Do you like mustard?
In moderation.

30. Do you prefer to sleep or eat?
Sleep. I don't get enough of either.

31. Do you look like your mum or dad?
I have my father's eyes, nose and crooked smile, but the overall configuration is recognisibly my mother's. Apart from the beard.

32. How long does it take you in the shower?
Five minutes or so? I've never timed myself (I don't have a waterproof clock).

33. Can you do the splits?
No. Not even in the shower.

34. What movie do you want to see right now?
I've been getting an urge to revisit 'Avalon', but I need to watch and return the rented DVD of 'Twelve Angry Men' first, in order to get and watch another before 3 October.

35. If you could fast forward your life, would you?
**** no! Rewind would be good, but never, ever fast-forward!

36. What did you do for New Year's?
I was at my sister's in Barnstaple, so we went out to watch drunk people in minimal clothing the fireworks.

37. Do you think The Grudge was scary?
I might watch 'Ju-on' some time, but the idea of an American remake really doesn't appeal.

38. Could you relate to a character in Mean Girls?
I forget.

39. Do you own a camera phone?
Nope. I have a phone, and I have a camera.

40. Do you have an "ex box" with pics and letters from past lovers?
Er. No.

41. Was your mum a cheerleader?
Maybe cheerleading is a core aspect of American culture, but in the UK that's a particularly random question.
No. Of course not.

42. What's the last letter of your middle name?

43. Do you like your middle name?
S'better than my first.

44. How many hours of sleep do you get a night?

45. Do you like care bears?
I haven't knowingly encountered one.

46. What do you buy at the movies?
A ticket. Cinema-going is about the film: just the film. Not carbonated sugar, nor vegetable fat.

47. Do you know how to play poker?

48. Do you wear your seatbelt?
It's rather compusory in the UK.

49. What do you wear to sleep?
Like Calephetos, a full-length taffeta ballgown and knee-high latex boots. Isn't that a coincidence?
<sigh> Pajama shorts.

50. Anything big ever happen in your home town?
The Welsh name translates as 'Village of the Pigs'. There has to be a story in there somewhere.

51. How many meals do you eat a day?
On a weekday, three, but on a weekend day, two or fewer.

52. Is your tongue pierced?
I'll check.

53. Do you like funny or serious people better?
Hmm. If I have to choose: serious.

54. Ever been to L.A.?
Ew. No.

55. Did you eat a cookie today?
No. Nor a biscuit.

56. Do you steal or pay for your music downloads?
I'm pretty rabid about music theft, so on the rare occasions I download it's always from authorised sources.

57. Do you hate chocolate?
I don't hate. Except taxi drivers and spammers (and illegal downloaders, since you ask), perhaps. Chocolate's okay.

58. What do you and your parents fight about the most?
I don't engage in arguments with my parents any more.

59. Are you a gullible person?
So people tell me.

60. Do you need a boyfriend/girlfriend to be happy?
I don't think so. I was unhappy when I was alone in the 90s, but not because I was alone. I certainly don't need constant company – it's great to know she's at the end of a phone, but you know H. lives ~2,000km from me, right?

61. If you could have any job what would it be?
Writer/photographer/sculptor, if this uncharacteristically career-minded dream came with the requisite skills.

62. Are you easy to get along with?
Heh. Only for brief intervals.

63. What is your favourite time of day?
Sounds pretentious, but probably around midnight, when the day's weariness somehow vanishes and I'm at maximum alertness. Whether I want to go to bed or not....

There's also a set of 25 'what the hell' questions, but I really can't be bothered with fantasies of celebrity-orientated consumerism.

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