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08:47 pm: Answer Me!
firecat asked me to post this (as you see at the bottom of the list) for her to fill out. The rest of you may fill it out if you want.

via serenejournal et al.
in the interest of learning a little more about the people who read here: Copy the questions to a comment here and answer them, or answer whichever ones you're willing to answer. And feel free to copy the empty questions to a post of your own.

1) Are you currently in a serious relationship?
A.

2) What was your dream growing up?
A.

3) What talent do you wish you had?
A.

4) If I bought you a drink what would it be?
A.

5) Favorite vegetable?
A.

6) What was the last book you read?
A.

7) What zodiac sign are you?
A.

8) Any Tattoos and/or Piercings? Explain where.
A.

9) Worst Habit?
A.

10) If you saw me walking down the street would you offer me a ride?
A.

11) What is your favorite sport?
A.

12) Do you have a Negative or Optimistic attitude?
A.

13) What would you do if you were stuck in an elevator with me?
A.

14) Worst thing to ever happen to you?
A.

15) Tell me one weird fact about you.
A.

16) Do you have any pets?
A.

17) What if i showed up at your house unexpectedly?
A.

18) What was your first impression of me? (hmmm...careful!)
A.

19) Do you think clowns are cute or scary?
A.

20) If you could change one thing about how you look, what would it be?
A.

21) Would you be my crime partner or my conscience?
A.

22) What color eyes do you have?
A.

23) Ever been arrested?
A.

24) Bottle or can soda?
A.

25) If you won $10,000 today, what would you do with it?
A.

26) This was left blank in the original. Pick a question you would like to be asked, and answer it.
A.

27) What's your favorite place to hang at?
A.

28) Do you believe in ghosts?
A.

29) Favorite thing to do in your spare time?
A.

30) Do you swear a lot?
A.

31) Biggest pet peeve?
A.

32) In one word, how would you describe yourself?
A.

33) Do you believe/appreciate romance?
A.

26) This was left blank in the original. Pick a question you would like to be asked, and answer it.
A.

35) Do you believe in God?
A.

36) Will you repost this so I can fill it out and do the same for you?
A.

And if you want my answers, let me know in your comment :)

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From:fledgist
Date:January 31st, 2008 01:59 am (UTC)
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1) Are you currently in a serious relationship?
A. I'm married. Does that count?

2) What was your dream growing up?
A. To be a famous writer, believe it or not. I failed. Miserably.

3) What talent do you wish you had?
A. The ability to carry a note. Other than in a bucket.

4) If I bought you a drink what would it be?
A. A martini.

5) Favorite vegetable?
A. Courgettes.

6) What was the last book you read?
A. Nations, States, and Violence by David Laitin

7) What zodiac sign are you?
A. Virgo

8) Any Tattoos and/or Piercings? Explain where.
A. One. A mistake. On my chest.

9) Worst Habit?
A. Too many of them to count.

10) If you saw me walking down the street would you offer me a ride?
A. I do not drive.

11) What is your favorite sport?
A. Reading.

12) Do you have a Negative or Optimistic attitude?
A. It depends on the day of the week.

13) What would you do if you were stuck in an elevator with me?
A. Talk to you.

14) Worst thing to ever happen to you?
A. My second marriage.

15) Tell me one weird fact about you.
A. There are women who have been hugged by both Fidel Castro and myself.

16) Do you have any pets?
A. No.

17) What if i showed up at your house unexpectedly?
A. I'd be surprised.

18) What was your first impression of me? (hmmm...careful!)
A. It hasn't been formed yet.

19) Do you think clowns are cute or scary?
A. Clownish.

20) If you could change one thing about how you look, what would it be?
A. I'd lose half my weight.

21) Would you be my crime partner or my conscience?
A. Both.

22) What color eyes do you have?
A. Brown.

23) Ever been arrested?
A. No.

24) Bottle or can soda?
A. Bottle.

25) If you won $10,000 today, what would you do with it?
A. Pay down my debts.

26) This was left blank in the original. Pick a question you would like to be asked, and answer it.
A. What is a day without writing poetry? A. Pointless.

27) What's your favorite place to hang at?
A. I don't hang out.

28) Do you believe in ghosts?
A. No.

29) Favorite thing to do in your spare time?
A. Read. Play online.

30) Do you swear a lot?
A. Fuck no.

31) Biggest pet peeve?
A. People who say 'nucular' for 'nuclear'.

32) In one word, how would you describe yourself?
A. Fat.

33) Do you believe/appreciate romance?
A. Yes.



35) Do you believe in God?
A. No.

36) Will you repost this so I can fill it out and do the same for you?
A. Yes.
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From:mjlayman
Date:January 31st, 2008 02:10 am (UTC)
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LOL You may not be famous, but you're a good poet!

From:(Anonymous)
Date:January 31st, 2008 04:13 am (UTC)
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1) Are you currently in a serious relationship?
A. yes, married

2) What was your dream growing up?
A. hmmm, I don't remember - obviously nothing grandiose

3) What talent do you wish you had?
A. anything to do with designing jewelry

4) If I bought you a drink what would it be?
A. lime margarita (if I still drank alcohol)

5) Favorite vegetable?
A. artichoke

6) What was the last book you read?
A. The Dark Canyon by Micah S. Hackler

7) What zodiac sign are you?
A. Capricorn - and snake (Chinese)

8) Any Tattoos and/or Piercings? Explain where.
A. no tattoos, 3 holes in earlobes - 1 on left side, 2 on right

9) Worst Habit?
A. procrastination :-)

10) If you saw me walking down the street would you offer me a ride?
A. quite probably

11) What is your favorite sport?
A. to watch - hockey

12) Do you have a Negative or Optimistic attitude?
A. more negative than optimistic but I prefer "informed realist"

13) What would you do if you were stuck in an elevator with me?
A. smile and start up a conversation

14) Worst thing to ever happen to you?
A. my son committing suicide last May

15) Tell me one weird fact about you.
A. I can swear in several languages :-)

16) Do you have any pets?
A. 3 dogs and a bunch of freshwater fish

17) What if i showed up at your house unexpectedly?
A. I'm ready for that - the formal living room is visitor-friendly these days.

18) What was your first impression of me? (hmmm...careful!)
A. intelligent but doesn't suffer fools gladly

19) Do you think clowns are cute or scary?
A. dunno, probably considered them scary as a child

20) If you could change one thing about how you look, what would it be?
A. undereye area

21) Would you be my crime partner or my conscience?
A. depends on the crime

22) What color eyes do you have?
A. green

23) Ever been arrested?
A. nope, I'm well-behaved

24) Bottle or can soda?
A. either one or rather neither. Trying to stay away from empty calories.

25) If you won $10,000 today, what would you do with it?
A. invest some, give some to charity

26) This was left blank in the original. Pick a question you would like to be asked, and answer it.
A.

27) What's your favorite place to hang at?
A. home

28) Do you believe in ghosts?
A. don't think so

29) Favorite thing to do in your spare time?
A. reading, playing solitaire on the computer

30) Do you swear a lot?
A. only when I'm angry or frustrated.

31) Biggest pet peeve?
A. snotty, self-centered people and bad drivers

32) In one word, how would you describe yourself?
A. average? :-)

33) Do you believe/appreciate romance?
A. dunno, I don't think romance is the most important thing in a relationship. It's nice, but guys aren't naturally romantic.

26) This was left blank in the original. Pick a question you would like to be asked, and answer it.
A.

35) Do you believe in God?
A. not in the way any church teaches it

36) Will you repost this so I can fill it out and do the same for you?
A. probably not, but I'd like to see your answers.

Doris - who still hasn't figured out how to do the openID
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From:mjlayman
Date:January 31st, 2008 04:21 am (UTC)
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So how did you learn to swear in several languages?

I just tried clicking on OpenID and I think you put your blog URL in the Identity spot.

Okay:

1) Are you currently in a serious relationship?
A. Nope

2) What was your dream growing up?
A. To be an astronaut, but I found out that you have to have perfect eyesight.

3) What talent do you wish you had?
A. I'd like my voice back.

4) If I bought you a drink what would it be?
A. Iced tea -- unsweetened

5) Favorite vegetable?
A. Green beans with almonds

6) What was the last book you read?
A. Probability Sun - Review here.

7) What zodiac sign are you?
A. Fisss

8) Any Tattoos and/or Piercings? Explain where.
A. I've had my ears pierced once each, three times. The holes closed up during both long hospitalizations and now I need to wear earrings every other day or so to keep the holes open.

9) Worst Habit?
A. Taking over.

10) If you saw me walking down the street would you offer me a ride?
A. Sure.

11) What is your favorite sport?
A. To watch: extreme sports like boarding and biking. To do: play board games.

12) Do you have a Negative or Optimistic attitude?
A. Optimistic

13) What would you do if you were stuck in an elevator with me?
A. Ask if you were familiar with the elevator and should I go ahead and sit down now or wait and see if they got us out before I fell down. Then we'd talk.

14) Worst thing to ever happen to you?
A. Tie: My father, and how sick I am.

15) Tell me one weird fact about you.
A. I can herd cats.

16) Do you have any pets?
A. Three cats. They can be seen here. They're back on the bed now, but not in that particular configuration.

17) What if i showed up at your house unexpectedly?
A. I'd ask you in.

18) What was your first impression of me? (hmmm...careful!)
A. That you were a very serious person.

19) Do you think clowns are cute or scary?
A. Annoying, mostly.

20) If you could change one thing about how you look, what would it be?
A. I'd like the arthritis and gout to go away so my hands look normal again.

21) Would you be my crime partner or my conscience?
A. Conscience, definitely. Unless it's a first amendment kind of thing.

22) What color eyes do you have?
A. Medium brown with a gray ring around them.

23) Ever been arrested?
A. No, just held briefly for first amendment kinds of things.

24) Bottle or can soda?
A. Ick.

25) If you won $10,000 today, what would you do with it?
A. Fix the washing machine, pay off my credit card, put $750 in my checking account so I don't have to pay the minimum balance (I'm getting close to having that extra now), and give the rest to the local charity.

27) What's your favorite place to hang at?
A. Where my friends are.

28) Do you believe in ghosts?
A. Nope.

29) Favorite thing to do in your spare time?
A. What spare time? Handwork, mostly.

30) Do you swear a lot?
A. Never, or blaspheme, not that I believe in gods.

31) Biggest pet peeve?
A. People who assume fat people are stupid and lazy.

32) In one word, how would you describe yourself?
A. Intelligent.

33) Do you believe/appreciate romance?
A. Yeah, but I don't date anymore. I think it would be too hard as sick as I am.

35) Do you believe in God?
A. Nor any of the other supernatural thingies.

36) Will you repost this so I can fill it out and do the same for you?
A. You already have!

Edited at 2008-01-31 04:29 am (UTC)
From:(Anonymous)
Date:January 31st, 2008 10:45 pm (UTC)
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Serious, huh?
And the cats look very comfy. I think my little dog would fit right in there - if the cats would let him.
Doris
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From:mjlayman
Date:January 31st, 2008 11:02 pm (UTC)
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Spirit and Giorgio have never been close enough to a dog to smell one, but Shiva probably has. So they may exile him to the other side of the bed.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:January 31st, 2008 10:50 pm (UTC)
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Sorry, forgot to answer your question: I worked in a translation office when I was young and shared a room with a woman from Czechoslovakia (back when it still was one country) and she taught me some Russian. The Danish woman taught me a few choice words in Danish and the rest is just something I picked up along the way. For some strange reason, the things I don't need to know stick much better than the things I should remember. Spanish verb conjugations are the worst! I'm taking (at least) a semester off.
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From:mjlayman
Date:January 31st, 2008 11:03 pm (UTC)
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Well, I suppose swearing will get you attention in foreign lands!
From:(Anonymous)
Date:February 1st, 2008 04:45 am (UTC)
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It might get attention but I don't actually use any of what I've learned. It was just for the curiosity value - I was quite young when I learned these things. And. like I said, I'm quite well-behaved - especially when there are other people around.
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From:firecat
Date:January 31st, 2008 04:14 am (UTC)
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You saw my answers to the rest but here are the ones that pertain to you.

10) If you saw me walking down the street would you offer me a ride?
A. Yes, assuming I were driving a vehicle with extra passenger capacity.

13) What would you do if you were stuck in an elevator with me?
A. Suggest that you sit down, I don't know any elevators.

17) What if i showed up at your house unexpectedly?
A. Assuming I answered the door, be flabbergasted and invite you in.

18) What was your first impression of me? (hmmm...careful!)
A. You were knowledgeable about plus size clothing!

21) Would you be my crime partner or my conscience?
A. Partner in crime. You strike me as the sort of person who would only be committing a crime for a very good reason.
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From:mjlayman
Date:January 31st, 2008 04:22 am (UTC)
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LOL Thanks! I hope I would only commit crime for a good reason!
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From:davidgoldfarb
Date:January 31st, 2008 12:11 pm (UTC)
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1) Are you currently in a serious relationship?
A. Yes, we're coming up on our 12th anniversary.

2) What was your dream growing up?
A. To work in space, although I didn't really have much idea of what that would entail.

3) What talent do you wish you had?
A. Juggling. I've tried to learn a couple of times but I could never get the knack.

4) If I bought you a drink what would it be?
A. Milk. If you insist on alcohol, either hard cider or a sweet white wine.

5) Favorite vegetable?
A. Corn on the cob.

6) What was the last book you read?
A. Going North, by Pamela Dean. (Getting to say that is a large part of why I'm answering this. :-)

7) What zodiac sign are you?
A. What a silly question. If you insist, Taurus.

8) Any Tattoos and/or Piercings? Explain where.
A. None. My mom used to encourage me to get my ears pierced, but I always found the idea slightly squicky.

9) Worst Habit?
A. Picking my nose.

10) If you saw me walking down the street would you offer me a ride?
A. I likely wouldn't be in a position to. If I were, sure.

11) What is your favorite sport?
A. Baseball.

12) Do you have a Negative or Optimistic attitude?
A. Optimistic.

13) What would you do if you were stuck in an elevator with me?
A. I like Serge's answer, talk to you.

14) Worst thing to ever happen to you?
A. Probably my grandfather's unexpected death.

15) Tell me one weird fact about you.
A. I have an odd obsession with the sound "oo", and will say "There is no Dana, only Zuul" at random times when I'm bored. Similarly, I like luge and arugula.

16) Do you have any pets?
A. No, I don't feel I could give one the care it would deserve.

18) What was your first impression of me? (hmmm...careful!)
A. You were much younger-looking than I expected.

19) Do you think clowns are cute or scary?
A. If I have to pick one or the other, definitely cute. I'm not scared of them in the least.

20) If you could change one thing about how you look, what would it be?
A. Flatten my stomach. If I could give myself some muscle definition in the chest and abdomen while I'm at it, that'd be nice too.

21) Would you be my crime partner or my conscience?
A. Conscience, no question.

22) What color eyes do you have?
A. They're sort of two-tone, actually, with an inner ring that's greenish-gray and an outer part that's more bluish, with the boundary between them rather irregular. When I have to give a one-word answer (e.g. on my driver's license) I say "hazel".

23) Ever been arrested?
A. No.

24) Bottle or can soda?
A. I don't drink much soda; there's some I like that comes in bottles, there's some I like that comes in cans. All other things being equal, probably bottle.

25) If you won $10,000 today, what would you do with it?
A. Stick it in the bank and allow myself more extravagances (e.g., sushi for dinner) for a while.

26) This was left blank in the original. Pick a question you would like to be asked, and answer it.
A. I suck at this kind of thing, so I'm not going to answer.

27) What's your favorite place to hang at?
A. My bedroom.

28) Do you believe in ghosts?
A. No. I'm a pretty strict materialist.

29) Favorite thing to do in your spare time?
A. Board games. There's a neat new one called Race for the Galaxy and I've recently become enamored of Martin Wallace's new Brass.

30) Do you swear a lot?
A. No. I find this gives useful emphasis to the times when I do.

31) Biggest pet peeve?
A. Spelling Spider-Man's name "Spiderman".

35) Do you believe in God?
A. No. See #28.

36) Will you repost this so I can fill it out and do the same for you?
A. No, although if you wanted to answer #18 regarding me, I'd be interested.

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From:mjlayman
Date:January 31st, 2008 10:21 pm (UTC)
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Oh, you've read Going North! You're a good beta reader, I hear. I'm looking forward to it. I'm going to reread the others soon.

You'll be pleased to know that since you pointed out the hyphen in the middle of Spider-man, I've been spelling it properly. You'll be displeased to know that it's hard to find Spidey links on Google with the hyphen in.

As to 18, I thought you had an amazing breadth of information, knowledge, and capabilities. I still do. I think I look younger than I am because of the fat in my face, but I usually tell people it's because I never married or had kids!
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From:davidgoldfarb
Date:February 1st, 2008 10:03 am (UTC)
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I'm pleased to know that others consider me a good beta. I try.

"Spiderman" of course arises because of the great prominence of Superman and Batman; Spider-Man's name has resemblances to both. As to Google, it doesn't seem to distinguish between the two spellings very effectively.

I think your hair is also a factor in making you look younger, since it has little or no gray. (Although for all I know you color it.)
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From:mjlayman
Date:February 1st, 2008 08:44 pm (UTC)
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I don't color it, but people frequently think I do. I'm getting more silver bit by bit, but it's still not obvious. I'd really like a streak. My grandparents both still have dark hair with silver at the sideburns and they're in their 90s. We just don't seem to lose color as much as most people.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:February 2nd, 2008 01:52 am (UTC)
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1) Are you currently in a serious relationship?
A. Never have been.

2) What was your dream growing up?
A. To teach English and write in the summers.

3) What talent do you wish you had?
A.Hmm. Apparently I think I have enough talent.

4) If I bought you a drink what would it be?
A. Coffee.

5) Favorite vegetable?
A. Only one? Asparagus, broccoli, peas, beans, squash, spinach--how to choose?

6) What was the last book you read?
A. Coyote, thanks to you. I'm in the middle of Coyote Rising, now.

7) What zodiac sign are you?
A. Aquarius

8) Any Tattoos and/or Piercings? Explain where.
A. None.

9) Worst Habit?
A. I must have some.

10) If you saw me walking down the street would you offer me a ride?
A. Probably not. I'm always in a hurry to get where I'm going.

11) What is your favorite sport?
A. Horse racing.

12) Do you have a Negative or Optimistic attitude?
A. Relentlessly cheerful.

13) What would you do if you were stuck in an elevator with me?
A. Nothing.

14) Worst thing to ever happen to you?
A. Can't think of one.

15) Tell me one weird fact about you.
A. Since I finished my MLS I have never worked in a library.

16) Do you have any pets?
A. Only one dog at the moment.

17) What if i showed up at your house unexpectedly?
A. I'd invite you in if I were awake enough to hear the door.

18) What was your first impression of me? (hmmm...careful!)
A. Articulate, intelligent, and interesting.

19) Do you think clowns are cute or scary?
A. Boring.

20) If you could change one thing about how you look, what would it be?
A. Nothing.

21) Would you be my crime partner or my conscience?
A. Conscience, in a non-interfering sort of way.

22) What color eyes do you have?
A. Blue.

23) Ever been arrested?
A. No.

24) Bottle or can soda?
A. Nothing fizzy, thank you.

25) If you won $10,000 today, what would you do with it?
A. Pay off my house.

26) This was left blank in the original. Pick a question you would like to be asked, and answer it.
A. Not good at improv.

27) What's your favorite place to hang at?
A. Sadlack's. 600 miles away now, but still my favorite.

28) Do you believe in ghosts?
A. It's complicated.

29) Favorite thing to do in your spare time?
A. Read.

30) Do you swear a lot?
A. It depends on where I am.

31) Biggest pet peeve?
A. Noise I can't escape from.

32) In one word, how would you describe yourself?
A. Hermit.

33) Do you believe/appreciate romance?
A. Yes and no.

26) This was left blank in the original. Pick a question you would like to be asked, and answer it.
A.

35) Do you believe in God?
A. Yes.

36) Will you repost this so I can fill it out and do the same for you?
A. Have nowhere to post it. Too lazy to create one.

From:(Anonymous)
Date:February 2nd, 2008 01:54 am (UTC)
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oops. that was me and my flying fingers.

Mary Anne in Kentucky
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From:mjlayman
Date:February 2nd, 2008 02:10 am (UTC)
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I was guessing reading this, and then read the next email and found out it was you!

How do you like the Coyote books?
From:(Anonymous)
Date:February 3rd, 2008 12:59 am (UTC)
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I finished Coyote Rising this morning so I could take it back to the library when I went to pick up my reserve (Down in New Orleans, about the Katrina aftermath) and get the third one, so I must be enjoying them. I haven't taken time to hunt out your review again, but I remember that something bothered you about them, and was wondering if it was the curious immunity to infrared detection that the colonist settlements have. I'm also bothered by the shifts into present tense, which jolt me out of the narrative (although I can read a whole book by Charles Stross in present tense without noticing it.) (Also I keep wanting to read this book I see across the room, _Alien Steel_ by C. O Yote. My imagination is not quite up to writing it.)

Mary Anne in Kentucky
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From:mjlayman
Date:February 3rd, 2008 08:43 pm (UTC)
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Well, post when you're done and we'll talk about them! LOL about the Alien Steel!
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