Geez, two angry rants in a row in this space. I need a quiz to push them down a bit, and here's just the thing! I saw this on Andrew Wheeler's blog. (Bad enough that I keep giving the guy my money -- he's one of the honchos with the SF Book Club -- but now I'm giving him traffic, too!)
What do you think about Ouija boards? Complete nonsense.
Your favorite TV shows? Scrubs, American Idol, Grey's Anatomy, The Office. I'm also enjoying NBC's midseason show Raines, but I'm not holding my breath since the spectacular failure of the last midseason show I liked, Eyes (the Tim Daly private-eye caper show -- did anybody besides me watch that?).
What’s on your mouse pad? My mouse. Duh.
Favorite board game: We just taught The Daughter checkers, so that's probably it right now. Chess will come in a year or two. But I love Chinese checkers. Othello is fun, too. Some day I want to learn Go.
Favorite magazine: Just subscribed to Mental Floss, and that mag is just a ton of fun to read. I wish it came more often. I also still faithfully read WIRED (even though I still find their "Digital good, not-digital BAD" stance annoying at times).
Favorite smells: Cooking garlic and meat. The Chinese restaurant when I walk in. The main food alleys at the Erie County Fair. Maple. Tilled earth. Freshly-cut wood.
Worst feeling in the world: Losing a child.
Best feeling in the world: Ask me again when the Sabres win the Cup! But for now, noticing that The Daughter has learned something new, or getting a smile from a pretty woman. Good thing I married one.
Favorite soundtrack: Star Wars (all six), Lord of the Rings (all three).
What is the first thing you think when you wake in the morning: If I'm getting up for work: Ihatetheworldandeverythinginit. On my days off: Huh. I could sleep a little more. Think I will.
Roller coaster - scary or exciting? Fun, but I don't like the upside-down ones.
How many rings before you answer the phone? Zero. We don't answer the phone, and the ringer is shut off. If it's important, we'll get back to you. (Seriously. Why should I feel any requirement to answer the phone?)
Future daughter’s name:
Future son’s name: (You know, I'm going to avoid these ones for now.)
Favorite foods: See here. Not enough space here.
Chocolate or vanilla? Both! I reject your dichotomy! (But Dark Chocolate over Milk Chocolate; and French Vanilla or Vanilla Bean over regular vanilla.)
Do you like to drive? Yes.
Do you sleep with a stuffed animal? No.
Storms - cool or scary? Thrilling, actually. Except the ones that destroy stuff. Those aren't very much fun at all.
What type was your first car: 1984 Volkswagen Rabbit with a diesel engine.
If you could meet one person dead or alive - who would it be? You know, I think I will now vow to never answer this question in any blog quiz again.
Favorite alcoholic drink: Spum-and-Coke. ("Spum" being "spiced rum", of course. Since Spam is "spiced ham".)
What is your zodiac sign? The Avenging Sword of Dismay and Doom. (I got bored with Libra, so I made up my own.)
Who is your favorite poet? Alfred Lord Tennyson
Do you eat the stems of broccoli? Broccoli is a vile, hateful thing that should be expunged forever from the Universe.
If you could have any job you wanted, what would it be? Keeper of one of the Beacon Fires of Gondor.
If you could dye your hair any color, what would it be? Fiery red that might strike fear into the hearts of my foes.
Have you ever been in love? Are you kidding? My default reaction with stuff is to fall in love with it.
What is on your walls in your room? For the purposes of this quiz, I'll assume "my room" to be my work area at home. I have two maps of the world, one a print of an antique Renaissance map and the other a National Geographic map of the world (both are now partially obscured by bookshelves), a wall sconce bearing a candle, and posters for Casablanca and Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.
Is the glass half empty or half full? The glass is always in flux. But the bottle? Ahhhh, that's too empty. Gotta get to the store this weekend.
What is your favorite Snapple? Oddly, I no longer drink Snapple. No real reason; I just like other stuff now. Like that Vitamin Water stuff. And pomegranate juice, but that crap is expensive. Boy howdy.
Favorite movie(s): Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, My Fair Lady, Casablanca, and so on.
Are you a lefty, righty, or ambidextrous? Right handed.
Do you type with your fingers on the proper keys? No. And I still type at around 70 wpm.
What’s under your bed? The bodies. Oh yes, the bodies....
What is your favorite number? Pi, because it rhymes with pie and I like pie.
Favorite sport to watch: Football and figure skating. (Were the World Championships even televised this year? Did I miss them that completely?) And here's an embarrassing admission for a Buffalonian: I've always had a hard time watching hockey on TV, so much so that I actually liked it when they superimposed that little dot over the puck for a while and did this "streaking laser" thing when the puck was shot.
Say one nice thing about the person who sent this to you: Well, I don't know him personally, but I'll ask a favor that he go a few months without putting books I want into the SFBC flyer, so I can get caught up on some reading and bills? Please?
[Two questions from this quiz's original e-mail circulation genesis removed]
Favorite quote: Too many to list, but I'll note one thing I once read in a book of funny quotes. Apparently there was once a photo in a sports magazine of the officials with the stop watches in a track-and-field event, which was captioned thusly: "These are the souls that time men's tries". I love that.