Ben Cantrick (mackys) wrote,
Ben Cantrick

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Looking to kill a few minutes - let's meme!

Stolen from enishi2000:

> 1. Your name spelled backwards.

Neb Kcirtnac. ("Warning, Will Robinson! Kcirtnacs are approaching! Warning! Warning!")

> 2. Where were your parents born?

Dad was born in Mt. Vernon, Iowa and mom I believe in Dallas.

> 3. What is the last thing you downloaded onto your computer?

Aside from the 30 megs of hot-t-t (lipstick and thus not actual) lesbian pr0n movies earlier this morning, you mean? ;]

Jedi Academy. Took forever too. Right back to the bad old days of 9600 baud modem BBSing. :P

> 4. What's your favorite restaurant?

Sushi Tora. Best sushi in Boulder. (Good f'ing luck getting a table any weekend night though.)

> 5. Last time you swam in a pool?

Last summer - I think. It's been a year or two. I enjoy swimming, but it's mostly a leisure activity. I haven't had much leisure time in the recent past.

> 6. Have you ever been in a school play?

Last time was when I was lighting monkey for the school play in 6th grade at Bear Creek elementary in south Boulder. My job was to stand aside the stage, out of sight, and flip the three switches on the wall plate that controlled the lights over the stage at appropriate times. During the rock and roll number, I slammed them around like a wild monkey for a cool light show. Everyone was surprised at how good it looked - including me.

Heh, Bear Creek - that reminds me. I was at work at Radio Shack about two weeks ago, and some 50-some guy, maybe 5'9", walked in and bought an antenna. He used his credit card to pay, and I saw his name was "John Feree". I took a harder look at him and did a double-take. I was about two feet shorter the last time I saw him, but never the less, this was none other than Mr. Feree - the Principal of Bear Creek school while I was there. I had a very Snake Plissken moment: "Gee Mr. Feree, I thought you were taller..."

> 7. How many kids do you want?

Two or three. I'm not going to make the mistake my dad did - thinking one son and two daughters wasn't enough, trying again, ending up having twins, and thus having five mouths to feed.

Love your daughters. They are just as much of a blessing as your sons.

> 8. Type of music you dislike most?

That's a tough one, as I don't really dislike all of even the kinds of music that I do dislike. For instance, I don't like country much, but I'll listen to Garth Brooks. (Though it's better live...) Most rap is pretty worthless, but I like Public Enemy.

> 9. Are you registered to vote?

Not even. The last time I voted in any election was a long, long time ago. When Paul Danish was running. He's the only politician I've ever actively liked. (Unfortunately it appears Paul has taken a turn for the worse in recent years.)

However, I will be voting in the upcoming election - so I'll REALLY have a reason to complain if Bush II wins again. (I can't believe how stupid we'd have to be as a people to re-elect the moron. But hell, we elected Reagan twice didn't we? The American people really need to be shot in the head...)

> 10. Do you have cable?

Haven't watched TV in a long time, either. Ever seen that t-shirt: "There's A Reason They Call It "Programming""? TV is the opiate of the masses, and I don't like being drugged and foggy. If you're not outraged, you're not paying attention. TV is a great way to not pay attention.

I've also avoided a lot of... typical... social conditioning by not watching TV. This is good and bad. It's good in that I enjoy being the enfant terrible, and I can be somewhat more objective about social mores and whether they're a good thing or not. It's bad because I seem to have no chance of keeping a girlfriend because I don't know what women expect in relationships - or I think it's stupid and refuse to play the expected games.

> 11. Have you ever ridden on a moped?

Though I'm probably going to be riding motorcycles until I physically cannot do so any more, I can't remember ever having ridden a moped. Weird.

> 12. Ever prank call anybody?

Yeah, a couple of times when I was like 14. "Is your refrigerator running", etc.

> 13. Ever get a parking ticket?

Have I ever!! Boulder is infamous for the things, and the University here is even worse. You get a casual disregard for the things living here. I now call them "the parking tax." Park almost anywhere in or around University of Colorado and you have about 80% odds of having to pay the parking tax. Park downtown most any day but Sunday, and you have even odds. I no longer worry about them. I don't go downtown or into CU enough for them to be financially significant, and I've long since gotten past the "you're a bad, bad, EVIL, BAD PERSON if you ever get any kind of ticket, EVAR!!" metality.

My favorite recent ticket was when I went to see Gigantic: A Story of Two Johns. The movie didn't even start until 9:15pm. I parked in a medium sized lot that was dead empty but for one other car. Came back at 11pm and sure enough, there was the $25 parking tax on my windshield! ;] Think about this for a minute - someone went to the trouble of being an on-duty meter maid between 9:15 and 11pm, AND found my particular car among the thousands of acres of parking lot and hundreds of parked cars on CU campus. The "parking nazis" on CU campus just never stop working...

> 14. Would you go bungee jumping or sky diving?

Already gone sky diving. Should not have drunken heavily the night before. They say that you only get queasy when you're clipped to someone else and the parachute is harnessed to them. (Some kind of pendulum effect thing.) More the reason to allow static-line jumps for the first jump, sez I. But the dropzone I went to won't do that...

I'd actively like to go bungee jumping too, but just like skydiving it's an expensive way to get a thirty second thrill. Just don't have the money to do it right now.

> 16. Do you have a garden?

Are you kidding? I don't even own house plants! It's not so much a lack of ability as a lack of motivation. I simply don't care to have plants around. This attitude bleeds over to pets, as well - just not worth it. I'll get a dog and a cat when I move into my own house and feel like I have space and time to take care of them properly. Until then, I don't feel like I'm missing a lot. Lots of my friends have cats for me to pet, and I enjoy my parents' dogs when I'm visiting them.

I think this trait of mine, not feeling the strong need for living things around me, explains a lot about my social life - or lack thereof. Some people "need" people. I'm not like that. Though ironically, I do think I'm a nurturer to some extent. But while I enjoy helping people, and try to do it when I can, I don't seem to have the deep-seated need to do it, or feel that it's some moral imperative.

I think I agree with Stephen Crane about that kind of thing.

> 17. What's your favorite comic strip?

That's tough...

See, I love Megatokyo's artwork. I seriously do read that comic purely for the pretty pictures. I'm just constantly floored by Fred Gallager's artistic abilities. I didn't flinch for a second when he and his girlfriend both quit their full-time jobs to do MT. If anyone on the planet deserves to be able to live comfortably off their art, he's it. And if it he's going to occasionally pander to his own fanboy-ism and draw ungodly detailed pictures of sad girls in snow, fine. I'm just glad he gives his art away for free. I think I probably would pay to buy MT if it only came out in print format. And there's only one other comic in the world I can say that about, which is Transmetropolitan.

But I'm really more of a one-shot comic person. I just find it more amusing, and I like the huge variety it frees you to do. So I think, on the whole (though decobleu will hate me for it) ultimately I like Penny Arcade the best of all the comics I read. It's not always funny, and sometimes it fails to be funny at all. But it's unapologetically nerdy, occasionally offensive, and generally just fun. I also like Sinfest for the same reason I like Chris Rock - it hits you where it hurts, and there's humor in that too.

(I quit reading User Friendly a while back due to "actual humor : filler" ratio. And I'm starting to feel the same way about Sluggy now too...)

> 18. Do you really know all the words to your national anthem?

Not all the words, just the first verse. Been to a couple baseball games in my time. (Hey, it was an excuse to drink and lie in the sun on the company clock. Can't beat that with a stick!)

> 19. Bath or Shower, morning or night?

Shower in the morning. Occasionally at night too if I did physical work during the day. I sweat.

> 20. Best movie you've seen in the past month?

Best movie I've seen recently was Underworld. But that wasn't in the last month. So it has to be Gigantic: The Story of Two Johns. Have not seen Kill Bill yet. Looking forward to seeing that, and Matrix Revolutions.

> 21. Favorite pizza topping?

Tomato and black olive. Strange combination, I know. I like the tomato because it's slightly sweet and chock full of vitamin C. The olive I can't explain except to say that I've always loved mediterranian food. (A dietician would probably tell me that olive is relatively high in fat, which explains why I like that as well as avacado...)

> 22. Chips or popcorn?

Chips. Perferably tortilla chips with good salsa.

> 23. What color lipstick do you usually wear?

Why would I wear lipstick? Do you think this hairy body would look good in a dress? ;]

> 24. Have you ever smoked peanut shells?

Nope. Never tried banana peels either. ;]

Do you know what the queers are doing to the soil? ;]

> 25. Have you ever been in a beauty pageant?

Is this another question about me being in a dress?? Who do you think I am, janscottfrazier?? ;] (No offense to JSF natch, he's one of the cooler people you're likely to meet at an anime con.)

> 26. Orange Juice or apple?

Orange. Vitamin C and sugar. Good, good, good. GIMMIE! I'd probably LIVE on fresh-squeezed orange juice if I could afford it.

> 27. Who was the last person you went out to dinner with and where did you dine?

I'm sure there's been someone since my last "date" with Christine... but I can't remember. So it was steak at the Chop House with Christine this spring, when I told her it was over.

(No, wait, on first edit I remember... it was $3 tacos with j_b about two weeks ago.)

> 28. Favorite type of chocolate bar?

Strangely enough, Nestle Crunch. I don't know why, the texture is just good. I love Rice Crispy treats too.

> 29. When was the last time you voted at the polls?

See question 9.

> 30. Last time you ate a homegrown tomato?

Just a couple of months ago. Our neighbors brought us some. They were excellent.

> 31. Have you ever won a trophy?

I was a National Merit Scholar semi-finalist in high school, but they only gave me a certificate. Feh.

> 32. Are you a good cook?

I doubt it. I can boil water, that's about it. I could probably learn to cook pretty well if I put my mind to it, but I'd rather do other things with my free time.

> 33. Do you know how to pump your own gas?

This ain't Oregon - everyone pumps their own gas in Colorado!

> 34. Ever order an article from an infomercial?

Nope. Can't even recall ever being tempted, even a little bit. Infomercials are hilariously entertaining though.

> 35. Sprite or 7-up?

Mountain Dew - the "water of life" for programmers!

> 36. Have you ever had to wear a uniform to work? how about school?

I presently have to for work. I tolerate it, but I'm right back in jeans and a t-shirt a minute after I step in the door at home. But even worse than the clothing is the shoes. Why do business style shoes have to be so goddamn uncomfortable?

> 37. Last thing you bought at a pharmacy?

I don't recall ever buying anything at any pharmacy ever. Condoms I buy from the grocery store, and I've never needed any pill stronger than asprin.

> 38. Ever throw up in public?

Not yet. Though I wouldn't rule out it happening in the future by any means. But thus far I've been lucky enough to always have a toilet nearby to yak into. (Only puked 3 times from alcohol so far in my life, twice at home and once at j_b's old place. I really hate puking...)

> 39. Would you prefer being a millionaire or find true love?

Depends, are the two mutually exclusive in this case? In other words, if I pick true love, does that mean I have to be poor my whole life? Or conversely, if I pick to get rich, does that mean I'm doomed never to find true love?

I'm not interested in either bargain. I think I'd tell a genie who gave me these choices to go get stuffed, I'll go about finding my own riches and love.

(Incidentally, I'm not sure I believe in "true love" in the popular sense. Too much of it is popular myth and silly romantic wish-fufilment fabrication.)

> 40. Do you believe in love at first sight?

Nope. Maybe it's just because I'm a guy, but love always takes time to develop. I've never been hit by a lightning bolt or cupid's arrow. It always takes a couple of weeks at least. The apparent popular belief in things like "instant love" is exactly why I'm not sure I buy the prevalant socially constructed notions of love and romance...

> 41. Ever call a 1-900 number?

No, and I'm not sure why. I'm certainly not ashamed of doing so. I guess I just feel like it's very impersonal, and so it wouldn't turn me on.

> 42. Can ex's be friends?

Almost never. In general, one would need to be an almost complete emotional masochist to be around your ex just after a breakup. Maybe much later you might be casual acquantances again. But it seems like one (or both!) party usually wants to get back together. Which, if you broke up for good reasons, is just a one-way ticket to emotional hell again...

> 43. Who was the last person you visited in a hospital?

Not sure I've ever visited anyone in the hospital. I've been lucky so far in that all of my friends and relatives have been surprisingly healthy.

> 44. Did you have a lot of hair when you were a baby?

I've never seen a picture of myself when I was less than about 5 years old, so I don't know.

> 45. What did you eat today?

Cereal for breakfast about 10. (Ah, my retail hell "weekend" - so nice.) Nothing since then. I'm kinda hungry now, come to think of it...

> 46. What's your all time favorite Saturday Night Live Character?

"<knock, knock> Candygram..."

> 47. What was the name of your first pet?

Stony. He was my mom's dog, a collie. He died of some nasty intestinal torsion thing that only big dogs can get. My memories of him are very vague - I was very, very young then.

> 48. What is in your purse?

My wallet is currently bulging with tons and tons of credit card receipts. It's been a real long time since I cleaned it out, but still think I need to use my card less.

> 49. Favorite PG rated thing to do before bedtime?

I'm a freak for body contact. Arms around each other snuggling.

> 50. What is one thing you are grateful for today?

I'm greatful I have the day off, that the weather is sunny, and that I have time to take care of some things I need to do. The timing of my "weekend" this week was pretty good.

But I still wish my life was going better in general. I'm alive and not starving, but it still pretty much sucks to be me right now.

Alright, off to move at least enough for an overnight stay into my new apartment...
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