September 28, 2004

Answers (Part Two)

You kept the questions are the rest of the answers!

Monique came back and asked...
tell us about your most romantic night with the missus AND tell us the most bizarre place you've done it (you know, made the beast with 2 backs, bumped uglies, knocked boots...)
I think the first one is easy - one night early in our relationship, I had Beth over to my new apartment for dinner. I cooked and served dessert and everything. Then we just stayed up talking all night. Really, it was as simple as that. As for that second question, Monique, that's for me to know and you to find out! :-)

Manda asked...
Okay. You've read a zillion and a half books in your life. What are your top five books?
Because I've read a zillion books, that question is VERY difficult. But I'll try. These are not in order.
1. The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell. The description will sound like science fiction but, regardless of your feelings about the genre, I'd really encourage everyone to read this. It is sincerely one of the finest books I've ever read.
2. If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things by Jon McGregor. I've said a lot about this book here. It was probably the best thing I read last year and I still find myself thinking about it a great deal.
3. Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card. There's a reason this book is being used to teach everything from strategy to team work. Its funny - since I read this many years ago, I've read a lot of Card's stuff and I really haven't been all that impressed. If he used up all he had for this book, it was well worth it.
4. The Bridge by Iain Banks. This was my introduction to Banks and it hooked me. Sadly, he's never caught on in the US but if you can find his books, they're well worth buying. The Bridge was a truly unusual yet satisfying novel, one that I wish I'd have written. Its a tough read, at times, and is a head-trip but its such a fantastic novel.
5. This is such a tossup. I mean seriously, I've only got one place left? Can I mention 253 by Geoff Ryman, one of the most creative books ever written? How about Ellis' American Psycho which was the most disturbing thing I've ever read? Last Orders by Graham Swift, maybe? Or Magnus Mill's Restraint of Beasts? I'm going through The Book...the book in which I've written down everything I've read for the last 7 years. And I can't choose just one more!

Also, what's your favorite song? [For me, it's hard to narrow it down to one, so pick a few, if you have to.]
Oh man! These are just too hard! Some (not all or THE) favorites as of today - Aimee Mann's Invisible Ink, Secret World by Peter Gabriel, Hallelujah as performed by Jeff Buckley, Porcupine Tree's Blackest Eyes...oh, I can't take it anymore! :-)

Zenwanderer asked...
What is your favorite "guilty pleasure" movie and band that you might be embarressed to admit to your friends?
That is actually easy. My favorite guilty pleasure band is Genesis. I'm not ashamed to admit it...well...okay, I kinda am. You must realize that before they became the top 40 hit machine they were in the 80's, they were actually an incredibly talented group of musicians making some incredible music. My favorite guilty pleasure movie? Logan's Run. Its so cheesy but I love it. I watched it about a month ago, as a matter of fact.

Jon dropped by again and asked...
Ginger or Mary Ann?
Mary Ann. Ginger seemed awful high-maintenance.

Mary asked...
What kind of camera do you use? I hope to buy a new one soon and I'm looking for suggestions. The pics off my current one are usually crummy. I'm *pretty* sure the problem is that I suck at taking photographs but, hey, couldn't hurt to try a new camera, right?
Nothing wrong with that. Blame the equipment, I say! Seriously, I use two cameras - both are Sony CyberShots and I love them both. You see, some people seem to labor under the misapprehension that I'm A Photographer. Let me set the record straight here and now - I point my camera at stuff and push the little button. Thats about the extent of my talent. I'm glad you like what you see though! Anyway, Mary, try the Sonys. The only downside? Proprietary memory stick. Still? Damn fine camera.

Gypsy asked...
If you could be ANYONE famous or not, who would you be and why?
I'm not entirely sure I'm cut out for fame. I'd honestly rather just be myself.

What is your favorite ritual?
Ritual? Aside from the entirely OCD crap I manage to do, I try not to have any. I do enjoy driving home at the end of a long day. That's always nice.

Which Holiday is your favorite, and how do you celebrate it?
Hmmm...I do enjoy Halloween and we usually spend that giving candy to all the little kids in the neighborhood. I also have to admit I like Christmas. Its all about family and thats who I spend it with.

Will you EVER buy Mrs. Cactus a pet duck for her bathroom?
There's an ever-expanding list of stuff that will have to fight over room in that tub. The duck, of course, is one. Last night while we were watching Finding Nemo, my wife expressed interest in a turtle too. And I believe there's been talk of a dolphin as well. So really, that tub's getting a little crowded.

Lissa asked...
If you had the power to change a moment in your personal life and therefore change the future, what would that moment be and why?
I've watched too many episodes of Star Trek to fall for this one! Seriously, we all fuck up. We all do great things. We all fall on our asses - literally and figuratively - from time to time. But all you can really do is pick yourself up, dust off your literal or figurative ass (or both) and learn from it. Without these experiences - both good and bad - we wouldn't be who we are today.

What does it take to be your valued friend?
Nothing. Maybe that's one of the things that makes me, well, me. I believe the best in people right from the start. And I generally put my trust in everyone until proven otherwise. Yes, this is often unwise. Sure, I pay for it sometimes and get hurt and I manage to get pretty pissed off at myself for letting it happen...again...but I'd honestly rather consider everyone a friend until proven otherwise than the alternative. Close friendship has to be earned, like most things, through time, honesty and trust.

Posted by Chris at September 28, 2004 08:14 AM

a duck for the cute. lots of women want pricey things...i think you should get the duck, skip the turtle...turtles smell.

Posted by: Michelle at September 28, 2004 08:24 AM

Ducks don't smell? Hmmmm.

I loved Ender's Game. You seem to have pretty good taste; I'll be looking into the rest of the books on that list.

Posted by: Fraulein N at September 28, 2004 08:44 AM

OMG!! There were MORE questions??????

Posted by: JustAgirl at September 28, 2004 08:59 AM

*writing down name of your favorite books*

I did read ONE Orson Scott Card book, called Sarah, about the Biblical Sarah, and found it very interesting.

and I vote for Beth having a turtle!

Posted by: samantha at September 28, 2004 09:06 AM

Growing up, my cousin and I thought it was a good joke to put a duck in my aunt's pool (once a duck makes a home for itself, it doesn't want to leave) and the duck made itself nice and comfortable. Then, a few more ducks popped up. And within days, EVERYTHING that was outside, the lawn furniture, the grill, the pool equiptment, EVERYTHING was COVERED in duck poop. As soon as you would clean it up, the next day, it was COVERED again. And because it was our brilliant idea, my cousin and I had to be the ones that cleaned it up. So, I spent every day of my summer vacation waking up early to clean duck poop. So now, I associate ducks with utter misery.

And would ANYONE actually pick Ginger over Marianne?

Posted by: RockStar Mommy at September 28, 2004 10:12 AM

i had a turtle when i was 3... he lived in a coffee can. it was pretty cool... but he didn't do much and he was pretty stinky. i much prefer fish, they move and surprisingly, they have personalities!

Posted by: monique at September 28, 2004 10:14 AM

I have OCD tendencies too! YAY!

Actually it sucks, doesn't it?

Posted by: JuJuBee at September 28, 2004 10:36 AM

I love this question and answer thing... wish people asked me questions...

Posted by: goodsnake at September 28, 2004 10:54 AM

Oh! Turtles are great! My grandma used to have a huge turtle named Charlie. Charlie loved to eat hot dogs! That is all. :)

Posted by: groovebunny at September 28, 2004 11:40 AM

Bear with me, I am playing catch up here since I've not been able to access your blog the past week or so....

My burning questions are these :

1) What, from childhood, do you continue doing in adulthood?

2) Are you a prickly pear or a barrel cactus?

Posted by: Jade at September 28, 2004 12:59 PM

Aww man, now I want to hear about all the OCD crap! I just want to feel like I'm normal too...or at least that other people are abnormal like me.

Posted by: Kerry at September 28, 2004 01:16 PM

Will check out Sony CyberShots -- thanks!

Posted by: Mary at September 30, 2004 11:07 PM