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13 June 2008 @ 09:01 pm
Catching Up on The Comments I Owe People...  
Gacked from tulliolus:

1. Leave me a comment saying anything random, like your favourite lyric to your current favourite song. Or your favourite kind of sandwich. Something random. Whatever you like.

2. I respond by asking you five personal questions so I can get to know you better.

3. You WILL update your LJ with the answers to the questions.

4. You will include this explanation and offer to ask someone else in the post.

5. When others comment asking to be asked, you will ask them five questions.

1. What makes you tick?

Hmm... I'm not sure I'm all that complex. I am driven by a profound wish to give back to the world somehow, to help people or the condition of the Earth. I value my family and friends over all else. I am spiritual, but not religious. I am politically active, always learning, and never satisfied with ignorance. I prize my ability to learn and to retain knowledge. I wish I could live long enough to learn every language on Earth. Basically, the things that drive me the most are love, knowledge, and tikkun olam.

2. Are you a cat person, a dog person or a bunny person? I am a definite cat person. The cats I have owned, in order, are Pyewacket (Mom named her), Kansas City (Mom named her), Demelza (I named her), Chelsea (I don't know who named her; she was my brother's cat), Scullybaby, Kahless (he is about as Klingon as a bunny slipper but there you go), and Buster (named by his original owner). We owned two dogs in my entire life: Holly, a Shetland sheepdog who was brilliant and herded Kansas City inside when she wouldn't come in, and Sprocket, a half-Siberian Husky and half-Malamute who became too much for our small home before six months were up.

3. Do you like to dance? Any particular style?

I'm not a big dancer. I usually do it at weddings. The style I traditionally dance in is apparently called "White Girl Assimilates Muppet Movements in Most Embarrassing Way".

4. What do you fear?

When I was younger I feared being poisoned and werewolves. Now I only fear something horrible happening to someone I love, particularly my niece or nephew. It is amazing how the fear for the welfare of the children in one's life overtakes all other fears.

5. What do you believe that you cannot prove?

I believe that most people are redeemable, that good will eventually win out over evil, and that there are as many ways to experience God or The Creator as there are people on Earth and that all of them are valid.

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seftiri: Em/JJ Handsseftiri on June 14th, 2008 04:26 pm (UTC)
1. What is your favorite thing about where you live?

2. Would you live in another historical period other than this one, given the chance? If yes, which one and why?

3. What do you consider to be your best work to date?

4. Have you ever visited a psychic/divinatory practitioner? If yes, was he/she correct in his/her predictions/observations?

5. What was the best meal you have ever eaten?
eclecticfan: ash/scribbseclecticfan on June 14th, 2008 02:03 am (UTC)
my adage about beer:

If you can see through it, it ain't beer...

(hope that was random enough...)

Edited at 2008-06-14 02:05 am (UTC)
seftiri: Democratsseftiri on June 14th, 2008 04:43 pm (UTC)
1. Who was your first crush? (TV/Movie personalities do count.)

2. What was the worst part about your recent move? The best?

3. What was the best photo you've ever taken, in your own opinion?

4. What was the most unusual restaurant you've ever eaten in?

5. Do you believe in reincarnation? Why/why not?
froggumz: lizzycutefroggumz on June 14th, 2008 03:01 am (UTC)
Meme goodness.... We'll go with a lyric

"Every time it rains I listen to the sky
I wonder what’s so great about sunshine
Everybody lives and everybody dies
And noone’s gonna love you like I do
I misunderstand
And been misunderstood
Love me cause you can and
Not because you should"
- Charlotte Martin (Everytime It Rains)
seftiri: B7 Noteseftiri on June 14th, 2008 04:46 pm (UTC)
Lovely lyrics!

1. If you could live anywhere on Earth, where would it be?

2. Would you ever consider running for public office?

3. What accomplishment are you proudest of for yourself? For Cheffy?

4. How many first cousins do you have?

5. Who is your oldest friend and what has kept you and he/she together all these years?
froggumz: Limefroggumz on June 16th, 2008 03:43 pm (UTC)
Happy to hear you like them. I love her work, but it can be a bit tricky to find.

Here you go. It's a bit of a cluster to read, but it's there! XD
seftiri: Blackberryseftiri on June 16th, 2008 05:07 pm (UTC)
Cheffy rocks! :D And Laketown is beautiful!

Tiff and I -- we have a five year plan that includes a communal farm somewhere here abouts... We think that sustainable living is going to be where it's at in the next 10 years and that we'd better get on the ball. We have some friends lined up to join us. We have a vision of a sustainable homestead (think commune without LSD - LOL). We're already growing our own herbs and veggies on our balcony. We'd love to take it bigger, though.

I have 33 first cousins just on one side of the family and I have no idea how many 2nd cousins. We just lump them all together in the "cousin" category.

And Yay for Cherie! Who cares if you ever have that conversation with her? She obviously cares about you both. That's what's most important.
froggumz: OMG Donnafroggumz on June 16th, 2008 05:20 pm (UTC)
I have to agree, Cheffy does rock! ^-^ My fathers family actually settled Laketown & he grew up there. I spent many a summer and fall running wild through those mountains & on the beach.

That really is a fantastic idea. Do you plan on staying in NC or moving elsewhere? Haha, when I first read that I thought you said without the LDS, which also tends to work....

We just lump them all together in the "cousin" category.
We do the same thing, which is why I've always had it stuck in my head that we have 30+ for some reason. Those were the ones I spent all my time with growing up, so they are just part of the group. I don't even want to try & really add in everyone period. Mormons, they make babies so fast that even the rabbits sit back & say "Whoa".
seftiriseftiri on June 16th, 2008 06:40 pm (UTC)
That really is a fantastic idea. Do you plan on staying in NC or moving elsewhere?

Somewhere here in NC, probably. You really can grow almost anything here, plus my family is here too.

Mormons, they make babies so fast that even the rabbits sit back & say "Whoa".

LOL Catholics too. LOL
froggumz: hehe boscofroggumz on June 16th, 2008 09:30 pm (UTC)
I noticed the growing seasons when I would fly back to see Cheffy & for work. It is something I'm really not used to due to this lovely "OMFG SNOW! (wait 10 seconds) OMFG it's 90!" state of mine.

Ahhh, nothing says "Let us spawn!" like The Lord and his cronies. I never really understood this, but rock on Mormons & Catholics, rock on.
Ariestessariestess on June 14th, 2008 03:15 am (UTC)
Oooooers! can I play?
seftiri: iDoryseftiri on June 14th, 2008 04:55 pm (UTC)

1. Is there a particular historical figure you feel bound to in some way? Who is it and why?

2. If you could learn anything that you don't already know, what would it be?

3. Have you ever dreamed something while sleeping that later came true?

4. Where is your favorite geographical location on Earth and why?

5. When was the last time you felt you could accomplish anything? What triggered that feeling?
Ariestessariestess on June 19th, 2008 03:50 pm (UTC)
Answers are over here...
tulliolustulliolus on June 14th, 2008 10:24 am (UTC)
Well, now I know, and knowing is half the battle.

I think you'll find many Klingons have bunny slippers in a corner of their closets. And Ugg boots. As for the Muppet Movements, they will be assimilated. Resistance is futile.

There, now everyone knows I'm an enormous geek, if they didn't before.
seftiri: Gonzo Coolseftiri on June 14th, 2008 05:05 pm (UTC)
Gonzo and I already knew you were a geek. ;)

1. What is it about America that attracts you so (knowing that you'd like to live here)? What does America have that the UK doesn't, in your opinion?

2. When you are at your happiest/most content, what are you usually doing?

3. Did you receive a standardized "birds and bees" talk from a family member or did you learn about sex some other way?

4. What is your favorite alcoholic drink (if you drink)? If you don't, what is your favorite beverage?

5. Has there ever been a time in your life where you had to switch to Plan B? If yes, how do you feel about that event now? Was there a Plan C? Do you wish you had switched to it instead?
tulliolus: flatirontulliolus on June 14th, 2008 08:31 pm (UTC)

It's under the lj-cut, so I'm just letting you know in case you hadn't seen it, not fishing for comments at all. Comment's aren't my anti-drug; I can quit any time I like.
tulliolus: saussuretulliolus on June 14th, 2008 08:33 pm (UTC)
Argh! I misused an apostrophe! On the bright side, I haven't spontaneously combusted or been beaten to death by a roving band of pedants, so there's that.
seftiri: C/O Yayseftiri on June 21st, 2008 02:09 am (UTC)
Mary Magdalene? Fabulous!

I'm very attached to Elizabeth I and Gandhi. And really, there couldn't be two more different people, could there? LOL
Shut up and smile: TV // Firefly // RiverGogglesmorningafter2 on June 14th, 2008 03:22 pm (UTC)
I offer a quote from Firefly that, while slightly nonsensical, is also at least somewhat profound:

"They weren't cows inside. They were waiting to be, but they forgot. Now they see the sky and they remember what they are." - River Tam
seftiri: Kataraseftiri on June 14th, 2008 05:13 pm (UTC)
1. Do you like growing things/gardening?

2. What absolutely baffles you about the Human condition?

3. If the opportunity arose, would you volunteer to colonize a new planet?

4. What family vacation has your family taken that was the most fun, the most memorable (in a good way), the most strengthening for your familial ties?

5. Your favorite flavor of pie?
Shut up and smile: TV // Avatar // Toph is not amusedmorningafter2 on June 14th, 2008 05:37 pm (UTC)
Fantastic. I'll be answering these right away!
fewthistle: italygold..gorgeous creation of _printemfewthistle on June 14th, 2008 06:09 pm (UTC)
Considering that I haven't played in ages, here goes:

"And would it have been worth it, after all,
After the cups, the marmalade, the tea,
Among the porcelain, among some talk of you and me,
Would it have been worth while,
To have bitten off the matter with a smile,
To have squeezed the universe into a ball
To roll it towards some overwhelming question,
To say: "I am Lazarus, come from the dead,
Come back to tell you all, I shall tell you all"--
If one, settling a pillow by her head
Should say: "That is not what I meant at all;
That is not it, at all."

Edited at 2008-06-14 06:09 pm (UTC)
tulliolus: saussuretulliolus on June 14th, 2008 08:27 pm (UTC)
In the room the women come and go
Talking of Michelangelo
seftiri: Blackberryseftiri on June 15th, 2008 03:21 am (UTC)
1. What is your favorite Smithsonian exhibit and why?

2. Who is your favorite Disney character and why?

3. The smell of musty books always reminds me of the partially finished basement of my paternal grandmother's home in Toms River, NJ where we kids were exiled to during the day when we visited there. There were dozens and dozens of old children's books that she had gotten from the local library or somewhere and I remember sitting in an old chair with my leg over the arm, my head resting on the tacky paneling behind me, lost in whatever world the pages held. I still remember three of the books I read down there and one of them is still among my favorite stories. What does the smell of musty books remind you of?

4. If you could have witnessed any biblical event, which one would it be and why?

5. What is your most treasured memory?
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seftiri: Billie Smilesseftiri on July 20th, 2008 06:15 pm (UTC)
Re: I thought that was *my* dance
No problem! :)

1. Whether you live in the US or not, what is your take on the current political situation...in 20 words or less?

2. Recall for me any memory you have that involves one or more bees...

3. We've all done it at one time or another--chosen names for future children--do you remember any of your choices? What were they (one boy, one girl is sufficient, if you remember)?

4. Name a historical event you would have liked to have been present for. Why?

5. Name six things you can see from the nearest window.