Tag, I’m it
You know the drill, I post the rules and then say that I’m not going to follow all the rules and then I answer the questions I was tagged to answer and then I come up with 11 more questions and I say that anyone can answer, just tag me so I know you did it in case it’s one of those days where I don’t get to go through my whole dash (or mention works too, now that I’ve found out that there’s an email setting to get an email when someone mentions you so I don’t have to worry about missing those anymore) and then nobody answers the questions I write but that’s OK because I didn’t expect it anyway.
Here are the questions that easternalice tagged me in:
1. What is your favorite thing in the world?
Disneyland (a place can be the “thing,” right?).
2. Think of the last thing that made you happy. What was it?
It’s gotta be my last trip to Disneyland this past November. I hadn’t been there in 8½ years, which is the longest I’ve ever been away from the place in my life. It just felt really good to be home, and to meet a few tumblr friends, and to actually feel like I was back where I belonged, even if it was just for a handful of days.
3. What are you best at? What are you worst at?
I’m a really good researcher. If it’s on the internet, I can probably find it. And I’m really good at tearing down right-wing/Republican claims (for those who didn’t follow me in 2012, check my #Mitt Romney tag — I’m looking forward to taking on whoever the Republicans put forward in 2016, unless it’s someone I actually think would be good, but having watched how Republicans have acted for the past five years I’m not holding my breath on that).
And I’m the absolute worst at finding a job. I’m just a couple months shy of four years now since the last company I worked for went out of business. I just don’t have what anybody is looking for. Come to think of it, that goes for love, too. Not just romantic love, although that’s included. I’m just not right for anyone, personally or professionally. I wasn’t even right for my own dad.
4. Favorite Disney character or movie (or both?)
Bert from Mary Poppins. Mary Poppins is usually my favorite movie, although sometimes Bedknobs and Broomsticks takes the top spot. But Bert is pretty much always the top character. A jack of all trades, and instrumental in not only getting Mary to work her magic, but also capable of working magic on his own (because when he convinces those kids that their dad isn’t awful, that’s some work of magic right there).
5. Do you have a favorite game? (Card games, board games, video games… Anything)
This is a tough one. I played a lot of great video games growing up, but I think my favorite game to play was always Mousetrap, the board game. I just loved watching the Rube Goldberg machine do its thing.
The trouble was that my parents used to like getting me board games, but nobody ever wanted to play them with me, so I’d just sit there setting up the components of the trap and then setting it off and just watching it work. I sort of had to do that with a lot of games — I’d play against myself and try to not cheat and favor one “player” over the other since for every game I won, that was also a game that I lost.
I also used to love setting up dominoes and knocking them over, but I never had more than one set so I couldn’t do anything fancy with them.
6. Describe your best friend. Or, if you don’t have one, describe what you think a good friend would be like!
My best real-life (as in not met on tumblr) friend lives 2,000 miles away, and we talk maybe every few months. On tumblr I’ve got some good friends, but they all have their own lives and their own and their own struggles to deal with, so I can’t expect to be a top priority for them.
Often I just really wish there was someone I could call up and say “hey, can you come over?” or “hey, let’s hang out at your place” or something because it’s nice to be able to talk to people online sometimes, but it’s no substitute for actually looking at someone while you talk to them, being able to actually BE with a friend when you need one. I haven’t been able to do that in quite some time (I think it’s almost two years since I hung out with my L.A. friend in person, and since I have zero local friends that’s the last time I’ve hung out with anyone in person that wasn’t a family member).
7. Movies or books?
Books, overall. On rare occasion the movie may live up to the book, but it’s rare. Of course, the movie is also less of a time commitment.
8. What is your favorite food? Do you get to eat it often?
My mom makes this fantastic Enchilada Deep Dish, which is sort of like a lasagna made with Mexican spices (still ground meat and cheese, but seasoned differently), and corn tortillas instead of lasagna noodles. It’s fantastic, but she only makes it two or three times a year.
9. I adore you. You’re the best. I know it’s not a question, I just felt like saying it.
Thanks, Eva. You’re pretty swell yourself.
10. Describe your dream house.
Not living with my parents. I’m not picky about the particulars of the house; just someplace where I can get peace and quiet when I want it, room for guests when I want company, and not falling apart. I’ve been homeless, so as long as I’ve got a roof over my head I’m ahead of where I’ve been.
11. If anything were possible, what would you do?
I would spend every day at Disneyland. Half the day as a cast member (security, custodial, just a random guy with a name tag, whatever, so long as I’m mobile), and the other half as a guest (or just a cast member all day if I can also go on attractions). Maybe move into Walt’s apartment. Or not…that’s too special. Maybe with my own new apartment. I wonder if Wally Boag’s old apartment is still above what is now the Jolly Holiday Bakery? Or if it could get put back there? That would be a cool place to hang out when I’m not in the park itself. Plus it’s easy access to either Main Street or Adventureland depending on which door I take from backstage to get onstage.
Now for my eleven questions for any takers:
1. If you could gain one creative skill (drawing, ventriloquism, dancing, playing an instrument, writing, juggling, or whatever), what would you want to be able to do?
2. What is your favorite Disney attraction (at any Disney park)?
3. What’s the last movie you saw that you didn’t like?
4. When you wake up tomorrow morning, you find $1,000 in your pants pocket. What do you do with it?
5. What is your favorite sport to watch, if any?
6. What language do you wish you spoke that you don’t already speak?
7. You get to bring one of your heroes back from the dead for one week to talk to them, learn from them, have dinner or drinks, or whatever you want to do (they won’t be all decomposed and gross; they’ll be as they were when they were alive). Who do you bring back to spend time with?
8. Who should be the 14th Doctor? If you don’t watch Doctor Who, then who should be the next host of the Tonight Show?
9. When someone sneezes, do you say “bless you” or “gesundheit” or something else or nothing at all?
10. If, after you die, you got to come back as any animal (human included), what would you want to be reincarnated as?
11. You thought I was going to ask more Disney-centric questions, didn’t you?