2. Gender? Thanks, but I prefer to go without.
3. Are you married or dating? No marriages ever; no dates since 1997.
4. Do you have any pets? No, but there's a part-manx grey tabby cat (with half a tail) who hangs around and gets fed by various neighbors who sometimes asks to be mine. Sometimes he demands it at the top of his voice, in fact.
5. If so, what are their names? The cat's name is Stalker Kitty, because he can be annoying when he refuses to leave me alone. Also, all three of my parents' current pets were named by me, and they are: Goldie (14-year-old golden retriever, whom I actually named "Goldilocks" but everybody else foolishly shortened it to Goldie), Daisy (13-year-old extremely antisocial orange tabby cat with white underside, no teeth, and deafeningly loud complaining meows if anyone goes anywhere near her), and India (gorgeous beautiful sleek sexy elegant 6-year-old black kitty cat with gigantic ears, whom I adore).
6. Do you know how to swim? Yes. I grew up in a house with a swimming pool in the back yard.
7. Are you left or right handed? Right.
8. Are you double jointed? Not in the least.
9. Can you touch your toes? I can barely even touch an inch below below my knees. The last time a doctor asked me to try to touch my toesI was eleven years old at the timehe stared in disbelief and said that I couldn't possibly really be trying. Believe me, I was, and my inflexibility has only increased since then. But hey, I've also been told that I have unusually long legs for my height, so maybe I can conveniently blame it on that?
10. Do you do any volunteer work? Sort of, but only the kind where I'm my own boss and I make all the decisions.
11. What size shoe do you wear? 9 in men's sizes. If I bought women's it'd be an 11.
12. What is the best freebee you have found on the internet? Completely Free Software is a wonderful website.
13. Have you ever been hospitalized in a psychiatric hospital? No.
14. Do you take medication for depression? No. I've never been depressed.
15. What do you hate most about your life? The necessity of being employed.
16. What do you like most about your life? The fact that I am employed in a place that gives me enough money to support myself in my own apartment without having to share it with anybody else or worry about how to afford basic foodstuffs.
17. If you could have sex with anyone in the world who would it be? You mean I can't? I'm going to pretend I didn't see this question, because I'm not ready to be so cruelly disillusioned.
18. Do you sleep with stuffed animals? No. The only animals I own are two symmetrical six-inch tall white porcelain cats, and porcelain cats aren't very cuddly.
19. Do you have a best friend? I had one from 1982 to 1988 (she ditched me when we entered junior high), and another from 1988 to either 1997 or 1999 (I ditched her in college but promised to come back after sorting some things out in my head, and did come back but we lasted only one month before I ditched her again, this time permanently), and another from 1999 to last November (he ditched me; gory details available in my November LiveJournal entries for those who care to look). Right now: I have friends, and the closest of them is frankepi. But "best friend" is a whole different phenomenon from "closest friend," and frankepi already has a best friend, which tends to discourage me from officially designating him as mine.
20. What is your idea of the perfect romantic partner? Me! The more resemblance a person bears to me, the better. That doesn't necessarily mean their circumstances have to resemble mine, but it does necessarily mean that they have to make the same decisions I'd make if I were to be in their circumstances. If they make decisions that I can't understand or relate to in the least, then I will be disturbed.
21. Would you ever ask someone out? Yes, but I'd hardly ever say "yes" to anyone who asked me out, unless I'd already asked them out first before and was turned down, or else I was on the verge of asking them within seconds and they just happened to get to it before I did. If I decide that I want something, I generally immediately ask if I can have it, the very moment after deciding that I want it at all. If I haven't asked, then I generally haven't yet decided that I want it, and so offering it will generally not accomplish anything. If I have asked and was refused, I generally do not ask again unless a significant change in circumstances has occurred which gives me reason to believe the answer might have changed. This usually applies even if what I've asked for is something I desperately want and spend every second of every day thinking about wanting. My reluctance to ask again has sometimes led to the extremely inaccurate perception that I've lost interest.
22. Do you move fast or slow in a relationship? I have no idea what the going rate is these days. Well, in high school my best friend was quite emphatic about telling me I moved our friendship along into extreme emotional intimacy shockingly fast for her, but maybe she was just atypically stony and standoffish.
23. Have you fought with a friend in the last week? No.
24. Do you like to give hugs? To people I like, yes.
25. Give back rubs? I don't think I've ever given a back rub to anyone in my life.
26. What is on the walls of your room? A whole bunch of pictures of David Bowie.
27. Do you use chapstick? Yes, but my lips are still always severely chapped anyway, so I'm not sure whether it's having the slightest effect.
28. Go to the mall? Occasionally. Not for several months lately.
29. Watched the smurfs? My mother forbade me to, because she said the smurfs were intolerably sexist. I can't volunteer any opinion on that subject, since I was never allowed to watch them to find out.
30. What are you wearing? A pinkish-lavender calf-length full skirt and a shirt of the same color. Also dark purple socks and a dark purple hair band.
31. Last thing you think about before you go to sleep? I think happy thoughts about what wonderful friends I have. I make it a point to always fall asleep thinking happy thoughts.
32. Cursive or print? Either. I use cursive when I'm trying to make it look pretty, and I print when I'm feeling more utilitarian. My cursive is full of elaborate and unusual calligraphic curlicues and serves much better as a decoration than for any practical purpose.
33. Do you like surprises? Depends on whether they're good surprises or bad surprises.
34. Bad habits? I'm a completely incompetent housekeeper.
35. Piercings? No.
36. Drug of choice? Um. I take an occasional ibuprofen once every couple of months. Since I don't do caffeine or alcohol or any of the other usual candidates, I guess that's it.
37. Do you have one of those voices? I have a squeaky shaky voice that never does anything I want it to.
38. Neurotic or psychotic? You tell me.
39. Do you talk to yourself? When I do, I have an extremely odd habit of tacking onto the end of it the narrative phrase, ". . . I said." Also, the most common time that I talk to myself is immediately upon arriving home from work, when I frequently exclaim happily, "I love you!"this sentence being variously directed at my warm and welcoming empty apartment, or at my life-outside-of-work in general, or at various times any number of LiveJournal members whom I am "coming home to" by virtue of coming home to the computer via which I converse with them. And yes, quite often the sentence does come out as: "'I love you!' . . . I said."
40. What feature do you like most about yourself? I like very nearly everything about the fact that I'm me.
41. Pick a song that describes you. Philip Glass's symphonic cover version of David Bowie's instrumental "Abdulmajid."
42. Do you have an accent? I have a generic west-coast-of-the-United-States accent.
43. Do you drink alcohol? Never had a drink of it in my whole life.
44. Do you smoke? Never had a puff of it in my whole life.
45. Do you bite your nails? No.
46. How long can you hold your breath? I don't know exactly, and I really don't have any interest in finding out. I'm sure it's a lot less than ten minutes.
47. What do you do for fun? This.
48. What's your bedtime? In general, midnightish, give or take an hour. But occasionally I suddenly give or take eight or ten hours.
49. First thought in the morning? "It's morning again. I suppose I should get up."
50. What's under your bed? Some papers, I think.
51. Are you an optimist or pessimist? Optimist, but not a risk-taking one who places any bets on the optimism.
52. Do you think men and women can ever just be friends without wanting each other? You know, when I first turned bi, I was a bit concerned about whether this meant there was no longer anybody I could ever just be friends with, and if so, how would I handle that and wouldn't it cause terrible problems or leave dysfunctional gaps in my life. My initial adjustment to that was my relieved recognition that even when people are attractive to me, there are often very good reasons why having a sexual relationship with them would just not fit into their lives and/or mine in a beneficial manner, and so I'll never be in any danger of actually running out of platonic friends. However, I think I must have made an additional adjustment since then, because I can no longer remember exactly why it was so important to me to have platonic friends in the first place, or what it was that they offered me that non-platonic ones supposedly couldn't.
53. Did you ever have a crush on a cartoon character? I had a mild thing for Aeon Flux's body for a while.
54. Do you type with your fingers on the right keys? No.
55. What is the stupidest thing you have ever done? Failed to break up with someone as soon as I should have.
56. What is the smartest thing you have ever done? Turned queer!
57. Do you like dressing up? Yes, but only on my own terms.
58. What movie do you really want to see? I don't really care about movies.
59. Would you ever have cosmetic surgery? It's highly unlikely.
60. Do you read the newspaper? Only the online versions. They're free, and the paper version isn't.
61. Do you have a cell phone if so what kind? Nope. I am the last bastion of cellphonefreeness.
62. Do you have a lava lamp? No.
63. What's on your mouse pad? Purpleness, and the CompUSA logo in white letters in the lower rght corner. But the mouse pad is about five years old by now and the logo is fading a bit.
64. Have you ever been convicted of a crime? No.
65. Most humiliating moment? Why would I wish to relive such a thing by describing it here?
69. What's your favorite flavor of Snapple? I used to have Snapple a lot when I had a boyfriend who always bought it for me. But that was seven years ago and I don't remember any of the flavors. I don't recall there ever being any such a thing as a Snapple flavor that I didn't very much like, but for some reason I've virtually never purchased any Snapple with my own money.
70. Would you rather go to Disneyworld or Disneyland? I've only ever been to Disneyland, but I have no great interest in ever going to either of them in the future. I prefer my amusement parks to have huge roller coasters, like Great America. Disneyland is too tame for me.
71. Glasses or contacts? Glasses! I have purple glasses with black spots.
72. Purple . . . what do you think about it? I love it.
73. Have you ever told a secret you swore not to tell? Not that I recall. I know I've kept at least one that I promised myself not to tell, in spite of the fact that the person whose secret it is did not make me promise him not to tell, and also in spite of the fact that he's evil and does not really deserve any very large amount of consideration for his well-being from me.
74. Do you like sappy love songs? If the sappiness is well sung.
75. Have you ever been on radio or television? Look at me, I'm on the radio!
76. Do you have a journal? I have this one and that one.