August 05, 2004

35 Questions

Everything you never cared to know about me one way or the other:

1) WHAT COLOR ARE YOUR BEDROOM WALLS?

Purple. (My wife picked it.)

2) WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW?

The Pillars of Hercules by Paul Theroux.

3) WHAT’S ON YOUR MOUSE PAD?

Eric Cartman.

4) FAVORITE BOARD GAME?

Chess. Otherwise you might as well just play one of those “games” on the back of the Froot Loops box.

5) FAVORITE MAGAZINE?

The Atlantic Monthly.

6) FAVORITE SMELL?

What?

7) FAVORITE COLOR?

Blue. I guess.

8) LEAST FAVORITE COLOR?

Brown.

9) HOW MANY RINGS BEFORE YOUR ANSWERING MACHINE PICKS UP?

Three. I should make it one instead.

10) MOST IMPORTANT MATERIAL THING IN MY LIFE?

My 110-year old house.

11) FAVORITE FLAVOR OF ICE CREAM?

Chocolate. Are there other flavors?

12) DO YOU BREAK THE SPEED LIMIT DAILY?

Yeah, and I get busted for it every six months.

13) DO YOU HAVE A STUFFED ANIMAL IN YOUR ROOM SOMEWHERE?

Hell no.

14) STORMS - COOL OR SCARY?

Cool. Awesome, even. Especially when they’re scary.

15) FAVORITE DRINK?

Red wine. Merlot or cab. Occasionally a nice Chianti. (Hold the fava beans.)

16) WHEN IS YOUR BIRTHDAY?

Just before the leaves turn orange.

17) FAVORITE VEGETABLES?

Vegetables are boring, but if I have to eat one I guess I’ll take a carrot.

18) IF YOU COULD HAVE ANY JOB, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

Travel writer.

19) IF YOU COULD HAVE ANY COLOR HAIR, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

If I could have any color hair I would just dye it, now wouldn’t I?

20) HAVE YOU EVER BEEN IN LOVE?

I’m married so, yeah, I’d say so.

21) TOP THREE FAVORITE MOVIES (IN ORDER)?

Kenneth Branagh’s Henry V, Blade Runner, and Gattaca

22) DO YOU TYPE WITH YOUR FINGERS ON THE RIGHT KEYS?

Yep.

23) WHAT’S UNDER YOUR BED?

Nothing. Not even air. My bed sits directly on the floor.

24) WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE NUMBER?

i.

25) FAVORITE SPORT TO WATCH ON TV & IN PERSON?

Baseball.

26) WHAT IS YOUR SINGLE BIGGEST FEAR?

Next question…

27) FAVORITE CD OF ALL TIME & RIGHT NOW?

I have no idea what my favorite CD of all time would be. But if I had to pick what my favorite CD is right now it would have to be something by Nick Cave, Dead Can Dance, or Sixteen Horsepower.

28) FAVORITE TV SHOW OF ALL TIME & RIGHT NOW?

Homicide: Life on the Street.

29) HAMBURGERS OR HOT DOGS?

Definitely not hot dogs except at baseball games and campgrounds.

30) THE COOLEST PLACES YOU’VE EVER BEEN?

Chile. The jungles of Central America. The Sahara.

31) WHAT WALLPAPER AND/OR SCREENSAVER IS ON YOUR COMPUTER RIGHT NOW?

SETI@home.

32) DOES MCDONALD’S SKIMP ON YOUR FRIES & DO YOU CARE?

I only like their breakfast sandwiches.

33) FAVORITE CHAIN RESTAURANT?

Does Starbucks count as a restaurant?

34) IF YOU HAVE A BOY (OR HAVE ANOTHER BOY) WHAT WOULD YOU NAME HIM?

N/A

35) IF YOU COULD LEARN TO PLAY ONE INSTRUMENT OVERNIGHT, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

The kazoo!


All questions stolen from Mike Silverman.

Posted by Michael J. Totten at August 5, 2004 09:32 PM
Comments

There's a great book at www.yoel.info that you can download for free and read.

Posted by: Mark James at August 5, 2004 10:30 PM

I have a mere 12 DVDs in my collection, and it includes Blade Runner and Gattaca. Good flicks.

Posted by: David at August 5, 2004 10:33 PM

Mark, are you spamming my comments or what?

Posted by: Michael J. Totten at August 5, 2004 10:43 PM

Mark,

let me guess; you authored that "great book."

Posted by: David at August 5, 2004 11:01 PM

Funny name for a kid. How do you pronounce "N/A"?

Semper Fi

Posted by: RickM at August 6, 2004 03:47 AM

Do you watch The Shield? I highly recommend checking it out; the first two seasons are available on DVD.

Posted by: pdf at August 6, 2004 06:30 AM

The Wire makes Homicide look like TJ Hooker

Posted by: Eric Deamer at August 6, 2004 06:33 AM

The most pertinent question that one must ponder is do your purple walls lean toward the red or blue end of the spectrum?

Posted by: d-rod at August 6, 2004 07:37 AM

I was president of my school chess club, but I pretty much abandoned the game when I discovered the Japanese game of Go, and have never looked back. Great game, if anyone's looking to pick up a new obsession.

Posted by: double-plus-ungood at August 6, 2004 08:24 AM

double,

what could "Go" possibly have over chess.

Posted by: David at August 6, 2004 09:01 AM

what could "Go" possibly have over chess.

Let's see ... simpler rules, but far more complex strategy. No ranking of pieces, and so an extremely good form of handicapping is possible that allows entertaining games between skilled and unskilled players. And while computers can play very high-level chess, go is so complex that the very best computer players can be beaten by rank beginners.

Plus you get to use cool-sounding Japanese words when playing. And because the game is visually appealling and not well known, in my single days a game of go on the beach was an incredible babe magnet.

Posted by: double-plus-ungood at August 6, 2004 09:25 AM

Starbucks? That makes me wonder... Are you more partial to Starbucks or Coffee People? I always try to grab a cup of Coffee People when I'm back in Oregon. I was very disappointed when they left Eugene when I was in college. We had a great little network of food exchanges going on in the neighborhoods around campus that was centered around our pizza place and the Coffee People on 13th.

Posted by: Nathan Hamm at August 6, 2004 09:28 AM

Nick Cave? Dead Can Dance? Are you a recovering Goth, like myself?

J

Posted by: J at August 6, 2004 09:36 AM

By the way, Wikipedia has an excellent article on Go here.

Posted by: double-plus-ungood at August 6, 2004 12:54 PM

Mousepad? My friend, it's time to splurge and get yourself an optical mouse. Preferably, a wireless optical mouse. Logitech sells one for $60. You'll never go back.

Posted by: Independent George at August 6, 2004 02:04 PM

I figured you might be a CartMan.

Posted by: Steve Smith at August 7, 2004 06:01 PM

What about that little stuffed giraffe? Does this mean it can go?

Posted by: shelly at August 8, 2004 01:18 AM

Blogging for Dolts, Chap 59: If really tired, trot out list of made-up questions. Do not repeat twice in one week.

Posted by: jeff at August 8, 2004 08:40 PM

Favorite Smell!!! Aromas! You know... like freshly ground coffee beans or hashbrowns with black pepper frying on the grill!

Posted by: Doug Purdie at August 11, 2004 02:16 PM
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