33 Questions Meme

[It’s been a long week. I’m tired. I’m sure you know what this means… or should I say memes…]

Snarfed from deedeebythebay:

  1. Can you cook? Yup. I have a number of signature dishes, including a pretty good honey mustard chicken.
  2. What was your dream growing up? Probably to be a veterinarian. Then I discovered computers…
  3. What talent do you wish you had? I’m torn between singing decently and playing a musical instrument.
  4. Favorite place? I could say “whereever my family is”, but if you mean solely geographically, the central coast of California, between Santa Barbara and Monterey.
  5. Favorite vegetable? Asparagus or Spinach.
  6. The last book you read? I’m embarrassed to admit this, but “The DaVinci Code”.
  7. What zodiac sign are you? Aquarius/Capricorn cusp.
  8. Any Tattoos and / or Piercings? None.
  9. Worst Habit? Biting my nails.
  10. Do we know each other outside of Livejournal? Define “we”, and I’ll answer this. Let’s just say I’ve met quite a few of my LJ friends, turning them from strangers on the Internet to really-neat people. I’d love to meet more of them. Come to So Cal Games Day tomorrow in Tujunga, if you can, and introduce yourself.
  11. What is your favourite sport? I don’t really play sports, or watch sports. If you mean something competitive, how about Drum Corps.
  12. Negative or Optimistic attitude? Usually optimistic.
  13. What would you do if you were stuck in an elevator with me? With you? Probably have a really interesting conversation about a myriad of subjects.
  14. Worst thing to ever happen to you? The death of my brother, when I was 10.
  15. Tell me one weird fact about you: I like to eat all sorts of weird things on cottage cheese, such as cream of chicken soup or spaghetti sauce.
  16. Do you have any pets? Not currently.
  17. Do you know how to do the Macarena? No, but if you hum a few bars…
  18. What time is it where you are now? 5:48 PM PST.
  19. Do you think clowns are cute or scary? Clowns remind me of my father.
  20. If you could change one thing about how you look, what would it be? I’d lose about 30 lbs; I’ve acquired a bit of a beer belly without drinking the beer.
  21. Would you be my crime partner or my conscience? The latter, and then the former.
  22. What colour eyes do you have? Brouwn.
  23. Ever been arrested? I think I once stole a gumball when I was 6, but I wasn’t charged.
  24. Bottle or Draft? Draft sasparilla, please.
  25. If you won $10,000 dollars today, what would you do with it? This may shock folks, but $10K isn’t all that much. Probably just add it to my investments. If it were more (in the $100K range), it would go to paying down the mortgage.
  26. What kind of bubble gum do you prefer to chew? Juiceyfruit.
  27. Which is your favourite bar to hang at? I don’t hang at bars, it hurts my shoulder joints.
  28. Do you believe in ghosts? No.
  29. Favourite thing to do in your spare time? Probably play board games, visit with people (either in person, or via LJ)
  30. Do you swear a lot? Hell no. Fuck yes. Damn, bet you expected that.
  31. Biggest pet peeve? People who don’t realize that I’m right, and insist on arguing with me 🙂 Can you tell it has been one of those weeks?
  32. In one word, how would you describe yourself? Moderate.
  33. Will you repost this so I can fill it out and do the same for you? Sure.

(meme) End of the Year Meme

Around this time of year, one tends to reflect back on the year about to end. With LJ, the way to do that is to take the first sentences from the posts from the beginning of each month and construct something not necessarily coherent:

First and foremost, happy new year to you and those you care about. This morning when I checked my email, I had a message from Conrad Deisler of the Austin Lounge Lizards. Well, I’ve now coordinated tonight: I’ll be seeing Jon and ‘Von and family in Mountain View. This afternoon, we went to Cabrillo Music Theatre in Thousand Oaks where we went to see Forever Plaid. What can I say? Forever Plaid, is, ummmm, Plaid. I’ve made it to Colorado Springs safely. I’m at the Sheraton, with wireless internet that requires a bridge to work because the signal strength otherwise is piss-poor. I’m yet again convinced that wireless is not all that it is cracked up to be. Ahhh. Air conditioning ducts (except for the laundry room) are all reconnected. I just prepped the text for v16n1 of Mail.Liberal-Judaism, which is the start of the 16th year of publication. I’ve been having some e-discussions with bdot, and we’re thinking about coordinating a dinner outing for Wed, Aug 16. The Los Angeles Times is reporting about an unknown artist who has been adding bogus freeway signs. I’ve wasted some time spent some time while waking up going through my old LiveJournal entries, regularilizing tags to get around the 100 limit (i.e., following a tag they say you can only go back 100 items). A while back I wrote how the Savings Bond servicing company at work had never received my change of address, and sent approx. $600 of Series EE bonds to our old address. Yup, it’s that time again. Email announcements will be going out to folks over the weekend, but LJ is a bit easier to get out.

Well, I guess it wasn’t that coherent after all. But it does reflect much of the year: seeing theatre, futzing around on LJ, commenting on the news, gaming, visiting friends, and the occasional business trip. All in all, a pretty good year.

P.S.: For those in the LA area on my friends list, this is a reminder that we’re doing board gaming on New Years Eve. If you’re in LA, and not on my friends list and want more info, drop me a note c/o Livejournal.


Six Weird Things

I was tagged to do this a while back by venedotia. I answered in her journal, but I should likely do so here as well.

Sixweird things about myself:

  1. I’m into fountain pens, so much so that I carry a pocket protector loaded with fountain pens. This started back in college.
  2. I’m a cleaner. I’m typically the one who cleans the house and does the laundry. I’m the one that does the dishes. I’ll fold the laundry in a pinch. I’ll dust. I don’t do windows, though. Related to this is a concern about the house: my family will tell you I’m at the ready with the spackle whenever I see a crack in the wall.
  3. Although I’m a guy, I have absolutely no interest in sports. None. Zero. Zip. Nada.
  4. I tend to be a control freak. I get annoyed if an expected time-table doesn’t pan out, or when unscheduled things tend to happen. As a result, I’m not very spontaneous — that takes a lot of concscious effort. I also constantly reedit and fine tune my posts to fix spelling and formatting nits.
  5. I have odd food sensitivities: mushrooms, bell peppers, coconut. Usually, these just cause massive indigestion.
  6. I’m distantly related to both Milton Berle and the Sid Graumann familes, through marriage.

Now I get to tag some folks to do this… let’s see… how about ixixlix (who has permission to answer in the comments), pradagirl, zarchasmpgmr, kyliebeth, usqueba and elasticity. That should cover some different groups.