Part Three

Feb. 16th, 2004 10:15 am
lapis_lazuli022: (flower)
Third batch of answers. Interesting questions so far - keep those cards and letters coming! Nothing is off limits, though I reserve the right to answer friends-only if I wanna. If I've answered your question, you can go back and fill in the poll again to ask another one. If I haven't answered your question yet, it will disappear if you do this, so please wait till I get to you the first time around. :)



What's happening in your life lately? I miss you!

I miss you, too!

I think I've answered this one in email, but just for the record... More of the same. Life is mostly good.



Who do you think will win the Presidential election in November?

I like that this question ask who I think will win, not who I want to win.

I think Kerry will take it by a landslide if Nader doesn't run, and by less of a landslide if he does.



What (desire and event / series of events) brought you from Miami to [current workplace]?

I could just cheat and say I was never in Miami... but I won't. ;)

-- moved back from Florida to Virginia for college under the misguided impression that I missed snow
-- found out I didn't miss snow that much, after all.
-- was spectacularly unhappy at school
-- met nifty people in NJ on the internet
-- transferred after 3 years to continue my education in NJ
-- moved to a house with good bus access to NYC
-- decided that NYC was where the job opportunities were
-- started temping in NYC
-- met someone on an NYC goth list who worked at [current workplace], and mentioned that they were hiring
-- interviewed to be an admin assistant, but was offered a higher-paying job in finance, instead. Took it. :)



Why did you get way better questions than me on this? :)

What are you talking about? You got great questions! :)



Who's your favorite poet? Why?

I don't think I have a favorite poet. One of my favorite poems is by e.e. cummings, but I don't like enough of his work to sweepingly declare him as my favorite poet. I like a lot of other poets, including Yevgeny Yevtushenko (in translation) and Sara Teasdale. I also like Frost and Whitman. I like poems that are emotionally evocative. Rhyming is secondary... though I do appreciate a good sonnet.



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Feb. 13th, 2004 08:43 pm
lapis_lazuli022: (eyes)
Second batch of answers. Interesting questions so far - keep those cards and letters coming! Nothing is off limits, though I reserve the right to answer friends-only if I wanna. If I've answered your question, you can go back and fill in the poll again to ask another one. If I haven't answered your question yet, it will disappear if you do this, so please wait till I get to you the first time around. :)



When are you getting your other nipple pierced?

Heh.

When I'm convinced that the first one has fully healed. It's doing well, but I don't want to give my immune system another hit until I'm sure this one's good. I want to do everything I can to keep them from migrating out again - that wasn't fun.



What's your fave children's book?

You know, I see so many of them, and so many of them are sooooo adorable, but I'm still most attached to the books I had when I was a kid. There were the classics - Goodnight Moon, Madeline, Color Kittens, Where the Wild Things Are, Caps for Sale...

And then, there was the Trippy Kitten Book. (Kittens by Art Seiden - link is to the scanned book cover)

This was my favorite book of all time when I was a kid. It's out of print now, and I couldn't even find a photo of it on the web to link to -- I had to scan mine. Here, have two sample pages of trippy kittens. Be warned, the files are kind of large. The colors, though, are true. Blue and green kittens. Trippy.

It's a board book, and I still nearly wore it out. I passed it along to my brother when he was born, and he loved it, too. He destroyed it, but he liked it so much that he cried for it -- my father tore the world apart to find another copy of this obscure, weird book... and found one! So, when my brother outgrew it, I took the trippy kitten book back.



Would you like a sausage?

Um... Thank you, but no. I don't actually like sausage. I think it's the spices. Many sausages are heavy on fennel, and I dislike the whole fennel/anise family of flavors.



So, when can we visit you?

Um... How about the weekend of March 13-14?



If you had to eat a color out of a crayon box, what color would you eat?

I love this question!

Aquamarine.



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Round One

Feb. 11th, 2004 06:30 pm
lapis_lazuli022: (eyes)
First batch of answers. Interesting questions so far - please keep them coming, here! Nothing is off limits, though I reserve the right to answer friends-only if I wanna. If I've answered your question, you can go back and fill in the poll again to ask another one. If I haven't answered your question yet, it will disappear if you do this, so please wait till I get to you the first time around. :)



What is your favorite flower?

I'm partial to tulips (most colors, but especially unusual ones) and roses. I'm not as crazy about red roses, though. I like the pale-colored ones - pink, peach, lavendar, white.



What sexual fantasy have you not put into practice yet that you'd most like to?

I don't even need time to think about this one. I'd like to receive oral sex from someone with a tongue piercing. You'd think with all the goths I know, I'd have gotten this one taken care of by now, but no. Still waiting. You can tell me it's not that different or not that great... and that's okay. I'd still like to find out for myself.



If you could be any mythical/horror/sci-fi/fantasy creature which would it be? and why?

Hrmmmmm.... This one I do need time to think about. Something graceful, with wings, is the first thought to come to mind. I wouldn't mind being one of Tolkien's elves, either.... I'm sure if I think about it more, I'll come up with a better answer. And the field is so broad! I'll give more thought to sci-fi creatures, and fantasy creatures.



Who is your daddy... and what does he do?

My daddy is about 6 feet tall and has brown eyes and short, extremely curly black hair. His nose is a little crooked from where he broke it as a teenager, diving into a swimming pool that was shallower than he thought it was. He was a Captain in the Air Force during Vietnam, stationed domestically. He's a dentist, and a good one. In fact, he's the only dentist I've ever gone to for dental care.

Weirdly, of all the answers here, this is the one I feel most uncomfortable about leaving public. Go figure.



What was the first memorable thing you saw this year?

On New Year's Day, we went for a drive around the old university campus. It was interesting how much had changed in the last few years, and how much had stayed the same. It was interesting being prompted to remember a lot of things I'd forgotten, just by virtue of seeing the places where they'd happened. Even more interesting was how disturbed I was by how much I didn't remember. I had a lot of trouble recalling names of buildings, or remembering having had classes in a building but being unsure which class it had been... I'm usually much better with details than that. And I graduated relatively late, so it hasn't been all that long. But, parts of the campus and the town are very pretty, and there were a lot of things I recognized, and it did bring back a lot of pleasant memories. So, it was a nice drive.



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lapis_lazuli022: (boots)
If you live in the U.S., or possibly even if you don't, you'll have heard about the Do-Not-Call Registry, a national registry of households opting out of telemarketer calls. It opened for registration on Friday; people are so eager to get rid of obnoxious telephone spam that by noon the site was getting 1,000 hits per second.

After October 1st, any telemarketer who disregards the registry will pay a fine of up to $11,000 per call.

But being on the registry will only stop certain kinds of solicitation calls. Among the exemptions are political calls, charities, and surveys, though they do have to honor any requests not to call again.

I, personally, won't be signing up for the service, even though I think it's a great idea in theory. Our number is unlisted, we've had it since October without a single telemarketer finding it (to date), and I don't see the need to fix what isn't broken.

It did, however, lead me on the following chain of thought:

What the government is collecting, here, is essentially a list of 750,000 (and counting!) active phone numbers of american households. And, political calls and charities are exempt from the registry's restrictions.

So... what's to stop the government from very quietly offering the registry list for sale to charities and political candidates? Look for yourself -- nowhere in the fine print do they promise not to.

A request

Jun. 17th, 2003 11:49 am
lapis_lazuli022: (owl)
I'm feeling quiet today, so it's your turn to write here.

Tell me something interesting?
lapis_lazuli022: (boots)
1. Given the choice of living your life as any creature on the earth, would you choose to be human or something else? Why?

If I didn't choose to be human, I'd either like to be a housecat (preferably a loved and cared for cat, like mine) so that my life would consist of playing and receiving affection; or a dolphin in the wild, because their intelligence and behaviour fascinates me.

2. If you were a shoe, what kind of shoe would you be? (I ask this of everyone, but I'm genuinely interested in the answer!)

I would be a woman's black dress shoe with a moderately high heel. Classic, elegant and comfortable to dance in.

3. How comfortable are you in your own skin?

Not very. Physically, I've never been happy with my body, issues of weight completely aside. Part of it is resentment over having to deal with certain health issues, part of it is dissatisfaction with my height, and part of it has to do with the vulnerabilities of the female body. Metaphorically, also, I've never been comfortable with who I am. I've never felt like I fit in anywhere.

4. What's the best meal you ever had, where was it eaten, and in whose company?

When I was 20, I went to a bisexuality conference in D.C. with a whole group of people I didn't know. The first night, we went to an Ethiopian restaurant. We sat on cushions on the floor and were served portions of steaming spiced meats and vegetables, which we ate by breaking off pieces of a big spongy bread the size of the entire table. Someone had noticed in the menu notes that everyone ate off the same bread as a metaphor for members of a community feeding each other, and decided that we should literally feed each other. We did, and it turned a meal into an intimate social experience, and was a lot of fun. I've probably had better food in my life, but that was one of the best meal experiences that I remember.

5. What is your favourite conversational topic, the one you'd choose to seek others' opinions on?

Cultural differences. It fascinates me that we all live on the same planet, even sometimes on the same mass of land, and yet have wildly different experiences of what is normal and everyday. I love traveling, and having visitors from other places, and discovering the differences between places which seem similar on the surface, or the similarities between places which seem very different.


Anyone else?

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