Gayle Madwin (queerbychoice) wrote,
Gayle Madwin

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Survey from Abby

1. What physical feature do you find the most attractive on others? Depends on the person. Doesn't it for most people? The first boy I ever liked was in seventh grade in the 1988-89 school year, and the big fad that year was for everybody to roll their pant legs up really tight halfway up their calves and pin them there tightly with safety pins. I was never a part of this because I wore skirts every day and did not own a single pair of pants; but all the other kids would sit through class after class endlessly re-rolling and re-pinning their pant legs to get them tighter, and the boy I liked was a part of this fad so I watched all the time and became exceedingly familiar with his bare ankles. His ankles are the part of him that I still remember as being the most endearing. Incidentally, he has a website now which enabled me to see pictures of what he looks like as an adult, and it's really disappointing; the whole shape of his face has squared and hardened in a way that makes him look like some hideous mocking parody of his former self. But there weren't any pictures of his ankles on his website, so I shall maintain my fervent hope that they, at least, remain as delicately beautiful and flawless as ever.

2. Would you vote for a woman candidate for president? Depends on which woman. If she's the American equivalent of Margaret Thatcher, then no.

3. Would you marry for money? ::thinks hard:: Perhaps if a multimillionaire came up to me and said, "Hi, if you'll marry me for one or two weeks then I'll sign a legally binding document promising to let you have several million in the divorce settlement a few weeks later and my feelings won't be hurt at all, I totally understand that you're going to want to divorce me in less than a month, and also I'm a very nice person who won't make your few weeks of marriage miserable and I won't give you any STDs or make you pregnant either," then I'd have to at least give it some serious consideration.

4. Have you had braces? Yes, from ages 12 to 14. And I had orthodontic appliances of other types from ages 7 to 21. My teeth are very unnaturally rearranged now.

5. Do you pluck your eyebrows? No; there's nothing wrong with my eyebrows. They're quite perfect as they are, thank you very much.

6. Do you ever cut or hurt yourself? No, and I couldn't ever, because it would hurt. And no matter how miserable I might be, the wiring of my brain responds to pain by DEMANDING that I jerk my hand away from whatever sharp surface I bumped it into, and it demands this in terms which I have no power to refuse even if I wanted to, and it demands this long before the point of any sharp surface actually breaking through my skin at all.

7. When was the last time you had a hickey? Never.

8. Could you live without a computer? It wouldn't be very worthwhile. I'm not sure that "living" would be the right word for it.

9. Do you use ICQ, AOL Buddy list etc...? Just AIM, and only occasionally.

10. If so, how many people are on your list(s)? Oh dear. Somewhere over 200, last time I counted. But that's 200 screen names; several of the individual people involved each possess 10 or more of the screen names involved. Certain people are addicted to getting new screen names every other week.

11. If you could live in any past time period, which would it be? I like my internet, sorry. I have absolutely no desire be dragged back in time any distance at all.

12. Do you drink enough water? Not anywhere near.

13. Do you wear shoes in the house or take them off? Depends on whether my high arches are making my heels hurt lately. If my heels hurt I have to keep my shoes on all the time for arch support until they get better.

14. What is your favorite fruit? Maraschino cherries.

15. Do you eat wheat bread or white? Neither; I only ever buy potato bread.

16. What is your favorite place to visit? I don't like visiting. I like being at home.

17. What is the last movie you saw? The latest Star Trek one, several years ago.

18. Do you kiss on the first date? On the occasions when I haven't, the lack of kiss has caused me to decide that it must not have been a date after all.

19. Are you photogenic? Mostly yes, but my parents can be extraordinarily bad photographers so they occasionally manage to make even me look not really as good as I do in the hands of photographers who have a shred of talent.

20. Do you dream in color or black and white? Color.

21. Are you wearing fingernail polish? No.

22. Is it chipped or fresh? I haven't worn any nail polish since I was ten years old and somebody gave me a bottle of nail polish with the rubber doll-head of a Strawberry Shortcake character attached to the bottlecap. And the polish inside was an ugly brown color that I didn't like so I soon threw it out.

23. Do you have any dimples? Kind of, I guess.

24. Do you remember being born? Um, no. But I understand it was a horrible experience, because I came out all bruised from a long nasty fight with big metal forceps, and then I had to be kept in the hospital with jaundice afterwards.

25. Why do you take surveys? I only take them if they ask a question that makes me think, "Oh, I haven't mentioned that about myself in my journal before." And I almost always rewrite most of the questions. This is actually the first survey I've ever taken, I'm pretty sure, in which I didn't rewrite a single question.

26. Do you drink alcohol? Never ever have.

27. Did you like or do you like high school? I mostly loved my high school. It was by far the school that I loved the most.

28. What is the most beautiful language? Uh, I only speak one and three quarters languages so I'm in no position to pass judgment on that.

29. When you are asleep do you like being kissed awake? It's never happened to me in my life; but I imagine I would like it, though maybe not at 3:00 a.m. on a weeknight if I really need to be getting my sleep.

30. Do you like sunrises or sunsets the most? I don't pay much attention to either of them, to be honest.

31. Do you want to live to be 100? I want to live forever. But I'd rather not be unhealthy during it.

32. Do you think women should be expected to shave their body hair? I don't think people should have to wear clothes, let alone shave their hair off.

33. Do you like salty food or sugary food the most? What I really like best is moist food. Probably because I don't drink anywhere near enough water.

34. Is a flat stomach important to you? On whom? In strict geometrical terms, a "flat" stomach sounds rather disturbing. Mine is the usual average healthy shape, but has curves in it, and I like it very much but if it were fourteen times its current size I suppose I could live with that without extreme stressing over it too. As for other people's stomachs, I really just like whatever they put in front of me. I haven't got any stomach-shape preferences.

35. Do you or have you played with a ouija board? Never have.

36. Are you loyal? Yes. Harm someone I love and I will perform the exact verbal equivalent of slicing your entire body into one-centimeter cubes with an exacto knife and eating them all for dinner. (But I'm nonviolent. If you choose the right words, violence is beside the point.) ::grins evilly::

37. Are you tolerant of other people's beliefs? To the extent of not trying to censor or murder them, absolutely. To the extent of wanting to be good friends with them - no, not really.

38. When you watch movies at home, do you like the lights on or off? I don't ever alter my lighting system for any intentionally mood-altering purpose.

39. Do you believe in magic? No.

40. Do you have nightmares frequently? Hardly ever. For the first ten or so years of my life, 95% of my dreams were nightmares; since then, 95% of them have been pleasant. I think this is very important; happy people have happy dreams and if I ever have a nightmare it usually means something needs to be fixed in my life so I quickly fix it and go back to having only pleasant dreams.

41. Do you like your nose? It's a pretty standard Caucasian nose shape. I have no particular feelings about it. Well . . . ::thinks:: if I were to redesign it, I'd make its outlines a tiny bit less rounded, with sharper edges. But really as noses go, mine is by far on the less rounded, sharper-edged end of the spectrum anyway, so I have nothing much to complain about. It's just that since it has clear tendencies toward an extreme, I'd be inclined to smooth out the small inconsistencies.

42. Do you like abstract art? It's a lot easier to make on a computer screen with most art programs than realistic art is, so for that reason I like it very much.

43. Do you think you can draw well? As well as anybody can. I studied very hard from ages 10 to 14 and since then I've considered my drawing skills fully perfected.

44. Do you listen to music daily? One of the good things about LiveJournal is that filling in the space for "Music" makes me feel a need to put some on. Before I joined LiveJournal I was starting to go for months at a time without listening to music, which I wasn't entirely happy about, but now I've gotten back into the habit of listening to it pretty nearly every day.

45. Do you like to watch cartoons? I don't really like TV, period.

46. At what age did you find out that Santa Claus wasn't real? My mother told me she didn't believe it was ever okay to lie to your kids, and so she wasn't ever going to lie to me and tell me that Santa Claus was real. She told me from the beginning that Santa Claus was really her.

47. How many pairs of shoes do have in your closet? I only ever wear one but I'm not good at throwing the old ones out. I probably have about four in there. Also, they're all men's shoes. I don't wear women's shoes.

48. Do you like to wear the same shoes everyday or do you like a variety? Sometimes I get two pairs and alternate, but mostly I just get one and stick with them.

49. Do you write poetry? I have. Not really anymore, in the recent past. I'm more inclined to think of prose as my medium.

50. Do you snore? Not that I know of. Both of my parents snore very loudly though, so I suppose sometime or other I'm probably doomed. My mother says she often wakes herself up with the sound of her own loud snoring.

51. Do you sleep more on your back, front, or sides? I switch rather a lot. Side is somewhat in the lead, though.

52. Would you rather have a poodle or a rottweiler? I'd much rather have a cat.

53. Do you lick stamps? When I have the lickable kind. But they taste horrid.

54. Do you use an electric can opener? Yes.

55. Have you ridden in a hot air balloon? No.

56. Which hurts the most, physical or emotional pain? Um. At the levels I've experienced them at . . . emotional I suppose. Well, physical can be more excruciating in my experience, but it hasn't ever continued at the truly excruciating level for more than a couple of days. Emotional pain has tended to maintain its own level of excruciatingness for rather more than a couple of days, and therefore ultimately adds up to more pain total than my physical injuries have tended to do.

57. Do you think balding men should shave their heads? If I were balding I'd be much too lazy to keep up with high-maintenance head-shaving. But whatever works for them is fine with me.

58. Do you know anyone who is clinically depressed? The question should be: Do I know anyone who isn't clinically depressed? And the answer is: yes, but they seem to be outnumbered by the clinically depressed ones. Which I don't really understand, since I'm rather a happy-go-lucky type myself and clinical depression is exceedingly difficult for me to comprehend.

59. Do you prefer a piano or a violin? I have a vague understanding of the theoretical concept of how to play a piano. I have not the slightest vague understanding at all of violins. Therefore, if somebody wants to give me either a violin or a piano as a gift, I'd probably stand a better chance of being able to mildly entertain myself with the piano.

60. Are you a sex addict? If I am, then I must be in severe withdrawal after four plus years cold turkey. I guess I must not be.

61. Do you know someone who has cancer? My grandmother has cancer for approximately the 30th time. It's a new kind of cancer this time but as with the first 29 occurrences I think it will get cured.

63. Do you hunt? This is a ridiculous question. I know from school P.E. classes that I consistently had by far the worst aim of anyone in the school. If I tried to shoot a duck I'd undoubtedly end up accidentally killing myself.

64. Do you like fast food joints, or expensive restaurants? I like my food as cheap as possible, which usually means staying home and eating ramen. McDonalds is too expensive for my tastes.

65. Would you rather visit a zoo or an art museum? I refuse to ever again go to an art museum if I am in the company of non-artists. I had one too many experiences already of going to the State Fair with my family and they'd zoom through the art exhibition area reading all the titles of the paintings as fast as they could, and I'd only have finished gazing at three of the paintings by that time, and they'd be trying to drag me away already and I wasn't DONE yet. I need time to look at paintings. Do not torure me by introducing me to a painting if you're just going to drag me away two minutes later before my conversation with it has even begun.

66. Do you have a middle name? Yes, it's Gayle. I also have a first name, which is Cynthia. But online I go by Gayle.

67. Are you basically a happy person? Yes.

68. Are you tired? Lately, yes, quite often. That is undoubtedly due to not bothering to sleep often enough.

69. Did you drink anything with caffeine in it today? No, I never do.

70. Have you ever met anyone off the internet? In college, I got to know some of the other students at my college via an intraschool email list first, before I met them in person. That's the closest I've come.

71. How many phones do you have in your house? Just one.

72. How long is your hair? As long as I can get it to grow.

73. Do you get along with your parents? ::shrug:: They're parents - what can you expect? They don't beat me up or anything; that's good of them.

74. What color of eyes do you prefer? I have a thing for pretty brown eyes.

75. Are you a virgin? I don't identify as such. Depending on your definitions, maybe I am and maybe I'm not, mostly I am by most people's definitions but the word long ago used to mean a lot to me and now it doesn't.

76. What medications do you take? None, and I'm much relieved about that because I hate medications.

77. What does your bedroom look like? Right now? Okay, I likethis question. I live in a studio apartment, so it's sort of all one big room except the end that I'm in right now is sort of a living room and the other end is sort of a bedroom, and in between there's a sort of partial wall thing with a big tan "panelfold" that you can draw out and latch in the middle to separate the rooms but I never separate them. So my view of my bedroom from here is framed by the giant square panelfold doorway, and my bedroom is all dim and shadowy. The walls are white and the carpet is tan and my bed in the corner is the same one I've had since I was three years old and it has little scratches and etchings all over the headstead left by my childhood selves, and the mattress and box-spring are bright yellow but the sheets on it are black and the bedspread is navy blue velvet. The bed is not made (it's never made). Over my bed is a year 2000 David Bowie calendar which I haven't bothered to get rid of because the pictures of David Bowie are pretty. It is currently turned to the month of . . . ::gets up to check:: . . . August. It has a picture of David Bowie with his head semi-bowed, looking very serious in a dark very proper-looking old-fashioned suit, clasping a white hat to his chest, and there's a raven sitting on top of his head.

Next to my bed is a bookcase made out of bricks and boards, with a reading lamp on top. And on the floor right next to my bed there are some books and a towel and other miscellaneous objects scattered around. That's all I can see of my bedroom from here, but there's also my dresser out of sight to the left, and two big tall bookcases that used to belong to my grandmother who killed herself a year and a half ago, and on the wall at the foot of my bed is a big black and white poster of David Bowie.
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