I’ve been tagged in another 11-question thing!
You know the rules, so I won’t write them out since I break them anyway by not tagging people and leaving it up to you whether or not you participate. If you’re reading this, you’re invited to do so. Just tag or mention me so I know you did it.
Here are the questions that the-beautiful-briny asked:
1. What were you obsessed with as a kid?
Disney. Always. Especially Disneyland. I used to spend afternoons at my grandma’s house (while my mom was at work and I was between dads) just reading through all my grandpa’s old Disney News Magazines over and over again.
2. Favourite place to go when you want to be alone?
Lately I’m spending most of my time in my bedroom. I got up at about 5:30 this morning and went out to the kitchen to get something to eat, came back to my bedroom at 7:30 before my parents got up, and have been in here ever since. Even when I’ve made appearances out there when my parents are home and awake lately, it only lasts for about an hour before I’m back in my room.
Of course, I used to have more exciting places to go when I wanted to be alone. When I was younger I used to walk to the beach (at any time of the day or night) and sit there watching the waves.
3. What’s your weird special talent/body party trick?
I can turn one dime into two quarters. Not recently, of course, because I don’t have a dime (nor the quarters to turn it into). I did it for Jay Leno’s camera crew once when they were looking for people with talents to show in one of those segments, but I was nervous and screwed up and I didn’t make it onto the show. (If this was supposed to be a body talent, I’m really good at eating expired food without dying, and when I played in the Disneyland softball league I was really good at hurting myself at least once per game — but usually not seriously).
4. Favourite ice cream topping? Or froyo if you’re into that kinda thing
When I worked at a TCBY Frozen Yogurt place, my favorite thing to put on my yogurt was granola. I never would have expected that before I worked there. I would have thought gummi bears or M&Ms or something would have been it, but I came to really dig granola.
5. Are you a humanities person or a math/sciences person?
I always did pretty well in math, until we started getting into more advanced things. I switched schools in 6th grade, and the school in Santa Barbara was a lot further ahead than the one I came from, and I was pretty much lost and tuned out and then I went back to my old school and kind of tuned back in but once we got to the quadratic formula I was lost again. I’m still really good at basic math (adding/subtracting/figuring out what things at Disneyland cost when I had a 20% and later a 35% discount, etc), but I’m no wiz.
I can’t diagram a sentence to save my life, I always sucked at history class (do I really even care what exact year all these things happened? Why isn’t it good enough that I just know that it happened?), and I did a little Drama class but I sucked at that, and I took one semester of Spanish (taught by a teacher who we were convinced was a Colombian drug lord because he always wore white suits) but I got in trouble for saying “maldito sea” because my Spanish/English dictionary said that it meant “darn” but he said it meant “goddammit” and I had to stay after class.
I guess I’m a jack of all trades, but a master of none.
6. Your favourite thing about yourself?
Can I come back to this one?
7. Favourite song from a Disney movie?
”A Man Has Dreams" from Mary Poppins. I loved it even before I could relate to it so hard.
"A man has dreams of walking with giants.
To carve his niche in the edifice of time.
Before the mortar of his zeal
has a chance to congeal…
The cup is dashed from his lips.
The flame is snuffed aborning.
He’s brought to wrack and ruin in his prime.
My world was calm, well-ordered, exemplary.
Then came this person with chaos in her wake.
And now my life’s ambitions go, with one fell blow.
It’s quite a bitter pill to take.”
The person that came for me was actually a guy, but yeah…I can trace the end of my Disney dream to one specific person. Then I got a second chance, and lost that because of taking care of my grandma.
And that pill is still a bitter one.
8. What was your first word?
I honestly have no idea. I just really hope it wasn’t “daddy.” That bastard doesn’t deserve it.
9. What gets you really chapped? (I mean angry not like dry skin)
Republicans. I mean, I know there are a few good people who are Republicans. But the party is overrun with extremists who want to take America back about a century as far as equal rights are concerned, and willing to do that violently, and that both pisses me off and scares the hell out of me.
Oh, that and the fact that so many people on tumblr believe everything they read. That’s how Republicans still get votes.
10. What’s on your mind at 3am when you can’t sleep?
I’m generally thinking of every failure I’ve ever had, and all the failures yet to come. I used to daydream about living a better life, but that ship seems to have sailed without me.
Not sure if that’s better or worse than when I was a kid, when I used to think about being involved in some major ride accident at Disneyland (usually the PeopleMover falling off the track inside Space Mountain and getting pinned underneath the PeopleMover car) because then someone would have to pay attention to me.
Yeah, I’ve got issues.
11. What’s your guilty pleasure?
Ouch, that’s a tough one. A couple years ago it would be sitting outside all night with a bottle of booze and a pack of cigarettes, iPod in my ears and PSP in my hands. But it’s been a long time since I’ve been able to do that.
I guess these days it’s when I just take a really long hot bath with a book and/or playing my PSP. Or sometimes a nap. And by “long,” I mean we’re talking sometimes 3-6 hours. I mean, I have to refill the tub every hour and a half to two hours because the water gets cold, but I can be in there for quite a while (and for anyone worried about the naps, don’t be — my tub is small enough that I couldn’t drown in it if I wanted to).
OK, now let me see if I can think of anything for #6 (for those with short memories and an inability to scroll up, that was “Your favourite thing about yourself?”).
[ten minutes literally pass, and crickets figuratively chirp as a tumbleweed rolls by — also figuratively]
I guess I’ve gotta go with my level of passion. Although to be honest I sometimes wish there were times that I could turn it off. But I tend to not really believe things half-way. If I’m not sure then I’ll be up front about that, but at this point I’ve mostly figured out who I am and what I believe in, and I’m willing to take people on when they say/do things that go against my beliefs. At least the important ones (like if you prefer Looney Tunes cartoons to Disney I’m not going to fault you for it because Looney Tunes are awesome and it’s OK to have different favorite opinions when those opinions don’t involve things like trying to keep certain groups of people from having the same rights and opportunities as others).
Now for my 11 questions to you (“you” being anyone who feels up to answering them):
1. Balloons or yo-yos?
2. You can see any band in concert (current or past). Who do you want to see?
3. What are your favorite Olympic events (both Winter and Summer)?
4. Who is your favorite fictional character?
5. When is the last time you laughed so hard that your stomach hurt?
These next six questions can be taken a lot of different ways. Have fun with them.