June 23, 2005

Inquiring Minds...Want Answers (Part II)

Well, you kept asking so I'll keep answering. Here's the latest round of answers. And if you don't see your question answered yet, I'm getting there!


My lovely wife asked...what are you going to name the baby?

Gee, I was hoping you'd thought of something! Just so the rest of you know, we're really not holding out on you. We have a short list...that keeps getting longer, then drastically shorter, then much longer again. But we just don't know yet.


Amy asked...where did you get your flair for photography?

Wow, I'm clueless this morning. First I don't have an answer about the Bean's name and now I have no idea where my flair comes from! I really didn't have much of an interest in photography. I've always enjoyed a good photograph but never saw myself actually taking them. I still think they're just about average. Only occasionally will I come up with something I really like. Perhaps I'm a little hard on myself. Regardless, I snap lots of pictures and occasionally come up with something I think looks decent. I think that's the key - take lots of pictures. Oh, and have some good editing software. Special shout out to Jodi in that department.


Minnow asked...if you have cracks in your walls, whats the best method to cover them over so potential house buyers dont see them?

Have you considered wallpaper? If that's not an option, remember spackle is your best friend. Grab some spackle, a putty knife and some sandpaper and go to town. If you're trying to get rid of the place, chances are it'll hold until you're long gone. Fail that, paint a pentagram on the floor, fill the room with candles and get a sacrificial alter. Prospective buyers will never notice the cracks in the walls. Granted, they might run screaming but still...


Rockchild came up with a bunch of questions. First...does your feet smell, or wifes? Who’s feet smells the worst?

Yes. Our feet both smell like roses wafting on a warm summer breeze after a cool rain.

If you had three wishes, but couldn’t ask for money, couldn’t ask for a house or car, move somewhere else, or stop someone’s feet from smelling, what would you ask for?

Well, first you missed the wish-for-a-wish loophole. So I'd ask for a few more wishes. Next wish? Tolerance. When you think about it, most of the world's problems stem from a startling lack of tolerance. Whether its religion, race or politics, we've all got a lot to learn. I wish my daughter was coming into a world that was just a tad more tolerant. The third wish, similar to the second, would be the sudden dissappearance of poverty. We are a rich nation and there's absolutely no excuse for people living in the streets, no reason for working mothers to live below the poverty line, and no reason we shouldn't help not only the less fortunate in our own country but those around the world as well.

Was you ever told a secret that you was suppose to keep secret, but you couldn’t keep a secret, so you told someone this secret so it was not secret anymore?

Of course. Hasn't everyone done that? Or am I the only lame secret-teller in the crowd?

What was the secret?

Well, I can't tell everybody but I'll give you a hint. Jimmy Hoffa? Not so much a mystery. To me, at least. Nor is the appeal of Jerry Lewis to the French.

Did you ever get hit by a car and lived to tell about it?

Yes! I have indeed been hit by a car. I used to be a cyclist. I was pretty serious about it for a while, building my own bikes and stuff. I'd ride 20 miles a day during the height of this craze and, on three separate occasions, I got hit by cars. Luckily, none of them were too serious but I still don't exactly recommend it. Cars? Bigger than bikes. Humans? Softer than cars.

Which one of these Superhero’s would you like to be and why? Wonder Woman, Cat Woman, Spiderman, the Hulk, or Kama Sutra?

Kama Sutra. I wasn't aware that was a superhero. I can only guess as to his or her superpowers. I'll automatically rule out the female superheroes. I'd rather be a superhero who can pee standing up. Of the remaining ones, I'll go with Spidey. The Hulk always freaked me out and I don't think I'd look good in green.

Did you ever tell a joke that was not funny which made your big brother give you a hard newgy to your head?

No. No big brother. Sorry.

Are your teeth white, yellow, brown, or gone?

White. Despite years of smoking (which are now behind me) and an addiction to coffee, they're white.

What does petulant succulent mean?

Loosely translated - rude cactus.


Amanda asked...is Rude Cactus your first blog/journal/etc.?

Yes! This is the first and only (aside from The Bean's site). Can you believe it's been two years? Sheesh!


Romy asked...have you ever had feelings (romantic or platonic) for a fictional character?

Hmmmm. I mean, I've certainly had a certain amount of sympathy or empathy for fictional characters. But I don't think I've ever really gotten into a fictional character like that.


Alfredsmom asked...how did you get a job that makes living so easy for you and Beth?

To be fair, both Beth and I have pretty good jobs and we do alright for ourselves. Its not like I'm the only one bringing in the bling. There's a trade-off though. Neither of our jobs are all that easy. Both demand a lot of time and generate a lot of stress. We're comfortable though. We pay the bills, we don't really need anything and, more importantly, we have a wonderful family and a great support system. And that's really the most you can hope for.


Michelle, after inquiring about the garden which I posted a picture of last night, asked...if you were a woodchuck, how much wood would and could you chuck?

If I were a well-off woodchuck, I think I'd farm my chucking duties out. But, if that wasn't an option, I've estimated that I'd be able to comfortably chuck approximately 7.11 cubic feet of wood per day resulting in 1 cord of wood every 18 days.


Don't worry...I'll keep the answers coming. In the mean time, have a wonderful Thursday. Getting closer to Friday, everyone!

Posted by Chris at June 23, 2005 08:24 AM
Comments

I would definately go into the wood chucking business with that type of outcome, i mean, how much can a woodchuck cost? plus those things are always beside the road (probably why you see them dead most of the time), but i'm sure it wouldn't be too hard to catch one! sounds like a good business investment to me, that is, if you ever decide to move to a highly wooded area....

Posted by: Michelle at June 23, 2005 09:06 AM

Now are you EVER going to take me serious and start writing YOUR OWN BOOK and use YOUR photos?! I want to see your name in writing up on the best sellers list of the NY Times! Oh, but I "really" won't know it is you unless there is a pic cause in blogland there are no last names...gah...but still I want a book out of you!!! And maybe you can give up your high stress job and stay at home with the bean and Mrs. Fish?! : )

Posted by: Gypsy at June 23, 2005 10:18 AM

I have some advice on baby naming. I would suggest that the child's first name(even if it is not the named they will be called by) should be 'doctor', that if they grow up with self esteem issues, their name will command respect. It would be fun in school too.

Teacher: "Does anyone know the answer to what 6x6 is?"
Teacher: "Yes Doctor Cactus."
Doctor Cactus: "36?"
Teacher "Yes Docotr Cactus, that's very good."

Posted by: j.tonic at June 23, 2005 12:25 PM

if you could meet anyone off of your blogroll, and only one who would it be? And the bean doesn't count cause you'll meet her soon enough :)

Posted by: skurdycat at June 23, 2005 12:45 PM

I like potatoes.

I can't believe I have nothing more intelligent to say than that.

Posted by: Kymmie at June 23, 2005 12:53 PM

Happy Thursday to you as well...good answers today! Keep going, I haven't seen mine yet :)

Posted by: Kate at June 23, 2005 12:55 PM

Is there any topic that you regard as "off limits" on your blog? Anything or anyone that you refuse to talk about?

Posted by: Jason at June 23, 2005 01:39 PM

I give your wife props for still working! But you'll be the bread winner soon enough when she gets her maternity leave.

You'll chant:

"must feed wife and baby, must feed wife and baby"

Posted by: mrsmogul at June 23, 2005 02:05 PM

are we still asking questions? (that wasn't mine)
when you and beth got married - did she take your last name or did you take hers or keep the same ones or what? (i've been reading about this stuff and decided to ask a Real Live Married Person)

Posted by: kate at June 23, 2005 02:33 PM

I'm quite sure you're not the only lame secret-teller around,... quite, quite sure.

Posted by: Heather at June 23, 2005 02:58 PM

I, for one, have gotten better at the whole secrets thing. But I'm sure I'll blow it every once in awhile.

I've been wondering about the Bean's real name - it's good to know you're not holding out on us!

and if we're still doing questions - is there any music you DON'T like and buy CDs of in vast quantities?

Posted by: samantha at June 23, 2005 03:02 PM

Clearly, I need to get on the question train. So, how many kids after Bean do you think you and Beth will have?

Follow-up, what is the one thing you don't want your child to do, not because you're opposed to it, but because you know that you can't do it and don't want to admit it to your child? (Like, if you're freakishly scared of heights and your kid wanted to build a treehouse way up that skinny ol' tree in the yard, or something.)

Posted by: Bond Girl at June 23, 2005 06:24 PM

You know, I think I saw this in "The Lazy Blogger's Manual". Not to worry though, it's great :D I always find that big secrets are harder to keep, especially those that involve issues that tear you up inside to the point where you feel you *really* need to talk to someone.

Posted by: Heather at June 23, 2005 07:45 PM

We didn't decide on our daughter's name until she was born, and then I changed it in the morning anyways. You've got plenty of time! When is Beth due again?

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