June 22, 2005

Inquiring Minds...Want Answers (Part I)

You asked so here's the first round of answers!

Ms. Q asked...boxers or briefs?

Boxers. Other methods of, well, you know, feel too, uh, invasive? And that's all I have to say about that.

Lori asked...when Beanette gets here, are we going to get to see pictures of her? Or will they be cute little shots of her in which her face will never show? Or will there be no pics of her for us?

Me, pass up the opportunity to take a few pictures? I don't see that happening. And despite the fact that she will be a minor, I don't think pixelating her face is necessary. I mean, how would you then be able to partake of the extreme baby cuteness? Pictures will abound, Lori. You'll actually be begging me to stop.

Lori then asked...Another question, do you and Beth ever discuss your blog readers?

Of course we do. I've often said it - blogging is weird. It's like you have all these friends but you occasionally realize, hey, I've never even met most of these people. There's quite an overlap in readership between our blogs so we have some folks in common. We definitely talk about you guys. But its all good, I swear.

Vicki asked...How's the garden doing? Still haven't seen a picture. I'm always interested in other people's gardens. I have no interest in your underwear.

I'm only slightly offended that you don't care about my underwear. But thanks for asking about the garden! The shots of the garden I've got so far are less than satisfactory (in my humble opinion). But here is the least sucky shot. Boxwood and holly in the back row, juniper up front then the winding, curvy garden framing the whole thing. I planted eight azeleas, tons of ivy as groundcover and a bunch of crap I can't remember the name of.

Stacey asked...Where did the name Rude Cactus come from?

Rude Cactus was the name of my first band. If you want to know what inspired it, you're going to be let down. I have absolutely no recollection how it was spawned but it stuck. Rude Cactus wasn't around that long and we weren't all that good (actually, we sucked), but it was my first band experience. Good times.

Angelia asked (after delivering a compliment that made me blush)...Where does your inspiration come from?

I turn my head to the left, turn it to the right and look straight ahead. There's inspiration everywhere. I mean, not all of it is blogworthy (that hasn't stopped me from writing about it though). A writer I really admire is Nicholson Baker. He wrote a book called The Mezzanine which was astounding in its detail. Yet it was incredibly readable. It took me a little while to realize why it was so readable, then it dawned on me. The detail, the descriptions of the mundane, he was writing about things we've all noticed, experiences we all, to some degree, share. I think that's some of the attraction about blogging. Saying hey, look what happened to me and realizing there are other people out there who know exactly what you're talking about. There's also a certain amount of validation in that I enjoy. In short, there's inspiration everywhere. Sometimes if you try too hard to look for it, it'll pass you by. But if you relax, you an catch it.

Angelia then asked...Have you ever had a dry spell writing?

Everyday. It's rare that I actually have a topic in mind. Sometimes I bank posts. You know, you have five ideas in one day so you just start writing then post them over the next couple days when, inevitably, you find the only topic that comes to mind is the mystery of lint and you realize that, perhaps, you're the only person who cares and even you're not all that interested. Dry spells? Yup. That's one of the reasons I never thought I'd last more than a couple weeks at this. That was two years ago.

Then...whose blog inspired you to blog?

I have no earthly idea. One day I stumbled upon the whole blogging thing and the more I read, the more I enjoyed. I'm insanely gratified that the majority of the bloggers with whom I first started trading email with still stop by and (hopefully) find some of the things I say interesting after two years. I think what really inspired me was the concept of saying hello out there, here I am and seeing what happens.

Finally, Angelina said...we must know if you have a innie or a outie.

Outie. I was born in a foreign country and, for some reason, they didn't value the innie the way we silly Americans do. That's part of the reason at least. Don't laugh but I have this nervous habit of playing with my bellybutton . Not in public or anything. I mean, I don't get nervous during a meeting and whip it out. I'm not sure why I do that but I always have. Its not a tremendous outie or anything. Actually, let me reconsider. Its more flush than anything. Its neither an innie nor an outie. Its just there.

I've possibly shared too much in one shot. I'm spent. I'm going to go hide behind something while you all point and laugh. Tune in tomorrow for more. If you've got more, feel free to ask!

Posted by Chris at June 22, 2005 5:37 PM

oh i love the mezzanine! it made me feel ever so much more sane. or at least that there were other people who had similar thoughts as mine.

Posted by: jodi at June 22, 2005 5:53 PM

I am not really sure how I feel about the whole outie thing.

Just kidding-- that is one of the funnier questions, I think.

Posted by: jen at June 22, 2005 5:54 PM

i have an outtie too, but it looks like an innie cuz my belly is gettin fat, lol!! outtie belly buttons are cool!

Posted by: lizabetty at June 22, 2005 5:56 PM

I have no idea how long I've been coming here (it must be nearly 2 years now), and I never cease enjoy it... for example: The vision of you whipping our your 'outie' in a meeting when your nervous and fiddling it is just, well priceless!!

Posted by: Amber at June 22, 2005 5:59 PM

Sweet baby jeebus...has it really been two years that you've been blogging?

WAY TO MAKE ME FEEL OLD, CHRIS. Or at least, an old fart at blogging.

Posted by: Anne at June 22, 2005 6:12 PM

1. i've never heard whip it out in relation to a belly-button! LOL
2. i had a friend who collected his belly-button lint... i think he was planning on making a sweater. he also made very lifelike tootsie roll animals.
3. do you talk about me? i totally love you guys (in a normal platonic not creepy stalker way) and want to be your adopted child (as long as you accept my son and husband with me, and the cats. oh and the dog. and my carnivorous appetite.)
4. have you tried those boxer briefs? cuz they can be so sexy (i mean that in a normal platonic not creepy stalker way).

Posted by: monique at June 22, 2005 6:32 PM

Love the whole outie thing, and after reading your blog... I can so get a mental picture of you whipping that bad boy out in the middle of a important meeting and saying ladies and genlemen, we here at blah company feel that.......

Posted by: Angelia at June 22, 2005 6:34 PM

i can picture it now...you and beth talking about us readers and fellow bloggers over a nice candle lit dinner. freaky..hehe j/k :)

Posted by: tiffanie at June 22, 2005 8:13 PM

rude cactus is an AWESOME band name. i love it.
or like...offensive cactus...or flaming cactus.
lewd cactus.

Posted by: Pamalamadingdong at June 22, 2005 8:15 PM

Heh. I am relieved to know that I am not the only one with an outtie that's sort of not quite an innie but "just there." I was super skinny scrawny as a kid, it was an outtie then ... *sigh*

Keep on rockin' in the free world, man. :) It's always nice to get to know you better.

Posted by: Chepooka at June 22, 2005 9:16 PM

Good job on the garden. That's an amazing holly. And by next year, when you're too busy to garden, everything will have filled in nicely. Thanks for answering! By the way- you, unfortunately, have been tagged again. C'mon over.

Posted by: vicki at June 22, 2005 9:31 PM

"We definitely talk about you guys. But its all good, I swear."

then you're definitely not discussing me! ;-)

Posted by: patricia at June 22, 2005 10:08 PM

"We definitely talk about you guys. But its all good, I swear."

then you're definitely not discussing me! ;-)

re: banking posts. you know how you're in the store and you see the perfect gift for someone and you think, "gee, that would be perfect for christmas, but it's only february. i'll get it now and save it!" and then, when you next see the person, you say "I got you something!" and you give the present away? yeah, that's totally how i am about banking posts.

Posted by: patricia at June 22, 2005 10:11 PM

ok so the belly button thing is midly interesting, and more than i expected to learn about you it raises a question. Where were you born??

Posted by: colleen at June 23, 2005 3:07 AM

Great questions & answers! I think the Dutch are all about innies too. I never gave it a second thought untill I read Angelina's question. :)

I'm not passing this chance to ask a question :)

- You & Beth seem like cat people (yay for cat people! :), are you ever planning to get a dog or another pet?

- How do you prepair for the inevtable: Beth giving birth to Lima? Are you scared for that event?

Posted by: Sweety at June 23, 2005 3:48 AM

You should try those boxers with the cotton waist band...very highly recommended, um, not by me, but my BF says they're SUPER comfy!!!!

What was your first pet ever?

Posted by: Michelle at June 23, 2005 8:59 AM

Ok...now WE HAVE to see the sorta just there belly button! Photo op please!!! Giggle

Posted by: Gypsy at June 23, 2005 10:10 AM

What foreign country were you born in?

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Posted by: texas holdem at July 5, 2005 2:32 AM

Hi, I just came across this and thought I'd reply because I have a real major thing about outtie bellybuttons, I'm obsessed by them. They are so much more beautiful than innies. Thanks!

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