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Mar. 25th, 2009 01:10 pm
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Courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] malindarose by way of [livejournal.com profile] chelseagirl47

1. What time did you get up this morning?
4:30 AM

2. Diamonds or pearls?
red-plume agate, turquiose and petrified wood, if you please.

3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema/movie theatre?
I have no idea ... probably Quantum of Solace. Hopefully get to see Watchmen this weekend.

4. What is your favorite TV show?
Bones

5. What do you usually have for breakfast?
Four Chocolate Chip Quaker Chewy Granola Bars.

6. What is your middle name?
James

7. What food do you dislike?
cauliflower, brussel sprouts, cabbage, liver ... I have a list.

8. What is your favorite CD at the moment?
"Past Times With Good Company" by Blackmore's Night.

9. What kind of car do you drive?
In decent weather - 2002 Honda VTX-1800C cruiser.
In crappy weather - 2008 Toyota Tundra extended cab pickup.

10. Favorite sandwich?
Arby's Roast Beef Sandwich

11. What characteristic do you despise?
Lying.

12. Favorite item of clothing?
Cowboy hat.

13. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Big Bend Nat'l Park or the Adirondacks.

14 . Favorite brand of clothing?
Brand ??? Levi's.

15. Where would you retire to?
The Limpia Crossing area between McDonald Observatory and Fort Davis, Texas.

16. What was your most recent memorable birthday?
Mmmm, it's been a while ... probably my 50th ???

17. Favorite sport to watch?
Baseball.

20. When is your birthday?
15 November.

21. Are you a morning person or a night person?
Morning.

22. What is your shoe size?
Depends on the boot manufacturer.

23. Pets?
Razor - a dachsund/chihuahua mix.

24. Share some exciting news
I have a grandson !!!

25. What did you want to be when you were little?
An astronomer.

26. How are you today?
Great ... busy but great.

27. What is your favorite candy?
Hershey's Dark Chocolate Kisses.

28. What is your favorite flower?
Chrysanthemums ??

29. What is a day on the calendar you are looking forward to?
Sunday.

31. What are you listening to right now?
"Trip to the Fair" from the Renaissance album, In the Land of the Rising Sun.

32. What was the last thing you ate?
Breakfast (see #5 above).

33. Do you wish on stars?
Occasionally.

34. If you were a crayon, what color would you be?
Dark red.

35. How is the weather right now?
Springtime weather - a bit overcast and cool since the front came through.

36. The first person you spoke to on the phone today?
No one so far.

37. Favorite soft drink?
Mountain Dew.

38. Favorite restaurant?
Was Chili's until they took away the Awesome Blossom. Now it's Outback Steak House (for their Bloomin' Onion.)

39. Real hair color?
Dark blond/light brown.

40. What was your favorite toy as a child?
Model airplanes.

41. Summer or winter?
Winter.

42. Hugs or kisses?
Kisses.

43. Chocolate or Vanilla?
Puh-lease ... chocolate of course.

44. Coffee or tea?
Coffee during the work day. Iced teas after hours and weekends.

45. Do you want your friends to take this survey?
You bet - I love these things.

46 .When was the last time you cried?
A few months before my divorce when it finally struck home that only one of us wanted to work on our marriage.

47. What is under your bed?
A plastic storage bin with extra sheets and blankets.

48. What did you do last night?
Ate dinner - watched People's Court with Annorien and then watched ST:Nemesis on AMC.

49. What are you afraid of?
Anyone making a video recording of me.

50. Salty or sweet?
Sweet.

51. How many keys on your key ring?
Eight.

52. How many years at your current job?
15 years at my current one (after 15 years at the previous.)

53. Favorite day of the week?
Saturday.

54. How many towns have you lived in?
Eight.

55. Do you make friends easily?
Nope - I'm an introvert plus have some residual self-esteem issues.

56. How many people will you tag in this survey?
None. You can't tag in LJ ... can you?

57. How many will respond?
Zero.

Book Meme

Oct. 13th, 2008 03:15 pm
galdrin: (Default)
Book meme stolen from [livejournal.com profile] midnightbex (who stole it from [livejournal.com profile] malindarose)

What was the last book you bought?
Nightlife (Cal Leandros Book #1) by Rob Thurman
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen #2 by Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill

Name a book you have read MORE than once.
There are a great many, but the most often re-read books are:

The General's President by John Dalmas
David's Sling by Marc Steigler
Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein

Has a book ever fundamentally changed the way you see life? If yes, what was it?
The Good Medicine Book by Adolph Hungry Wolf (published by Warner Books back in 1975) has been extremely important to my spiritual well-being thoughout my adult life.

How do you choose a book? eg: by cover design and summary, recommendations or reviews
The cover has to be catchy, as does the front-flap (HC) or back cover (MMPB) synopisis/teaser. However, I will also seek out books based on a friend's recommendation as well as reviews I may find on Amazon.

Do you prefer Fiction or Non-Fiction?
I prefer science fiction, mythic fiction, steampunk, alternate history, some horror (if it's decently written or intriguing enough), and some fantasy (provided it is an extremely unique piece of work - there are just too many 'clones' out there.) I am, however, not above non-fiction books on native American spirituality or the history of the American Revolutionary War.

What’s more important in a novel - beautiful writing or a gripping plot?
The plot has to grab my attention and be pretty unique or one-of-a-kind. Fantasy novels are especially difficult, as they are all variations of the same old thing, done to death. Exceptions would include, George R.R. Martin's "Fire and Ice" series and Patrick Rothfuss' new "The Kingkiller Chronicle" series.

Most loved/memorable character (character/book)?
Alaric Morgan from the "Deryni" series by Katherine Kurtz. More recently, Kvothe from The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, Captain John "Black Jack" Geary from Jack Campbell's "The Lost Fleet" series, and Lt. Commander Nimue Alban a.k.a. Merlin from David Weber's Off Armageddon Reef

Which book or books can be found on your nightstand at the moment?
Moon Called by Patricia Briggs (a re-read for the next two books)
The Battle of the Hammer Worlds by Graham Sharp Paul
Almost a Miracle by John Ferling
Steampunk by Jeff and Ann Vandermeer

What was the last book you’ve read, and when was it?
Just finished Nightlife (Cal Leandros Book #1) by Rob Thurman

Have you ever given up on a book half way in?
Yes - The Years of Rice and Salt by Kim Stanley Robinson
galdrin: (Default)
I filled this out for [livejournal.com profile] midnightbex, in accordance with #36.

If you're on my friends list, I want to know 36 things about you. I don't care if we never talk, or if we already know everything about each other.

Short and sweet is fine. You're on my list, so I want to know you better!


01) Are you currently in a serious relationship?
02) What was your dream growing up?
03) What talent do you wish you had?
04) If I bought you a drink what would it be?
05) Favorite vegetable?
06) What was the last book you read?
07) What zodiac sign are you?
08) Any Tattoos and/or Piercings? Explain where.
09) Worst Habit?
10) If you saw me walking down the street would you offer me a ride?
11) What is your favorite sport?
12) Do you have a Pessimistic or Optimistic attitude?
13) What would you do if you were stuck in an elevator with me?
14) Worst thing to ever happen to you?
15) Tell me one weird fact about you.
16) Do you have any pets?
17) What if I showed up at your house unexpectedly?
18) What was your first impression of me?
19) Do you think clowns are cute or scary?
20) If you could change one thing about how you look, what would it be?
21) Would you be my crime partner or my conscience?
22) What color eyes do you have?
23) Ever been arrested?
24) Bottle or can soda?
25) If you won $10,000 today, what would you do with it?
27) What's your favorite place to hang out at?
28) Do you believe in ghosts?
29) Favorite thing to do in your spare time?
30) Do you swear a lot?
31) Biggest pet peeve?
32) In one word, how would you describe yourself?
33) Do you believe/appreciate romance?
34) Favorite and least favorite food?
35) Do you believe in God?
36) Will you re-post this so I can fill it out and do the same for you?
galdrin: (DaVinciPenn)
Original questions courtesy of Hornswoggler - the Great Antimucker.

What is in the backseat of your car right now?
Nothing. If I'm driving it, instead of the motorcycle, it is usually on Masonic business so it has my Masonic Bible, Monitor, and Lightfoot's Commentaries.

When was the last time you threw up?
That would probably be back in the early '70's, following a particularly long day of beer drinking.

What's your favorite curse word?
Though I rarely use it, that'd be the F word.

Name 3 people who made you smile today.
Mr. Belcher, Ms. Linke, and Ms. Jolly.

What were you doing at 8:00 a.m. today?
Working.

What were you doing 30 minutes ago?
Lunch break - reading City of Saints and Madmen by Jeff Vandermeer.

What will you be doing 3 hours from now?
Cooking dinner for my wife and I.

Have you ever been to a strip club?
A few times, way back when my boss (at the time) had a "thing" for going to those kinds of places. Not really to my tastes.

What is the last thing you said aloud?
I'm on-deck, so I better get back upstairs.

What is the best ice cream flavor?
Bluebell Ice Cream's Chocolate Decadence.

What is the last thing you had to drink.
Java Trading Company's Double Chocolate Coffee.

What are you wearing right now?
The usual - Levi's, shirt, boots.

What was the last thing you ate?
Four(4) Quaker Chewy Granola Bars - Chocolate Chip.

Have you bought any new clothing items this week?
Not me - the wife did, though.

When was the last time you ran?
In this heat? You've got to be kidding!

What is the last sporting event you watched?
Baseball - what other sporting event is there? Boston beat St. Louis in 13 innings.

What happened to the 17th question? Captured by a mad penguin, bent on conquering the Universe.

Who is the last person you emailed?
Work-related.

Ever go camping?
Yes.

Do you have a tan?
Yes - when you ride a motorcycle, you tend to.

OK, now what happened to the 21st, 22nd, and 23rd questions? - Boarded and sunk by Cap'n Dinnie and the crew of The Huzzah Hussy.

Do you drink soda from a straw?
Nope.

What did your last IM say.
Telling my daughter-in-law that I was glad they made it to Canada OK and I had to get back to work.

Are you someone's best friend?
Other than my wife, I couldn't say that anyone has really said I was their best friend.

What are you doing tomorrow?
Working as usual.

Where is your mom right now?
In the great beyond, communing with the gods.

Look to your left, what do you see?
My second computer terminal, pictures of wife and 2 sons, a baseball, a green man plaque, two American Kestrel feathers, and the smaller of my three(3) stuffed penguins.

What color is your watch?
Gold and stainless steel.

What do you think of when you think of Australia?
The Dreamtime.

Would you consider plastic surgery?
Maybe to fix my screwed up nose.

What is your birthstone?
Topaz

Do you go in at fast food joints, or just hit the drive through?
Last time we went in, but usually we drive through (on our way someplace else.)

How many kids do you want?
Two(2) sons were enough for me.

Do you have a dog?
Had a dachshund named Max. When he passed, we got two Chia-pugs, but they really needed a family with kids, so we are currently dogless. I am entertaining getting a German Shepherd from a rescue place in Ennis TX.

The last person you talked to on the phone.
My wife.

Have you met anyone famous?
Yes - Keith Emerson, Greg Lake, Cozy Powell, Roger "Rocket" Clemens (BOS), and Jeff Bagwell (HOU).

Any plans today?
Just get through another work-day in one piece. Taking it easy as after a working weekend.

How many states have you lived in?
Only one - Texas

Ever go to college?
Sul Ross State University - B.S. in Geology, minor in Biology

Where are you right now?
At my desk at work.

Biggest annoyance in your life right now.
I'd like to get enough time off to take the Tali-Mena run on my motorcycle.

Last song listened to:
"Crowning the King" by Blackmore's Night.

Are you allergic to anything?
Goldenrod and ragweed pollen.

Favorite pair of shoes you wear all the time.
You have to ask? Cowboy boots, of course - all the time.

Are you jealous of anyone?
Quite possibly - my middle brother has a 50-acre ranch I wish I had.

Is anyone jealous of you?
Highly unlikely.

What time is it?
14:18 PM CST.

Do any of your friends have children?
Most of them, yes.

Do you eat healthy?
Occasionally.

What do you usually do during the day?
I'm still a working stiff. In my off-time, I'm doing household chores and occasionally out on the bike somewhere.

Do you hate anyone right now?
Without question - there is one person I strongly dislike.

Do you use the word "hello" daily?
Sort of ... this is Texas so it's "Howdy". Yes - I really do say howdy.

How old will you be turning on your next birthday?
Old enough to know better.

Have you ever been to Six Flags?
Yes - the original Six Flags Over Texas.

How did you get one of your scars?
As a child, I was sliding down a slide holding the sides. Someone had pried up the metal at the bottom - sliced open my little finger. Nice permanent scar and killed some of the tissue that grows the fingernail.
galdrin: (Cernunnos)
1. Do you think you can get through it without answering "I don't know"?

Well, let's proceed and find out.

2. Last person you were in a car with?

Annorien

3. Where do you wish you were right now?

In a cabin in DMR, outside Ft. Davis, TX.

4. What should you be doing right now?

Cloning yet another environment.

5. Does sex mean love?

It should, but it doesn't always.

6. What do you believe is the meaning of life?

Life just is. Take it as it comes - the good and the bad - and enjoy the ride.

7. Are you a bad influence?

I don't think so. I suppose that depends on one's point of view. Think of all the money you'd save if hadn't turned you on to reading.

8. Who has had the most influence on you, mom or dad?

Dad.

9. Night out or night in?

Depends on which night. I'm for out unless it conflicts with House, Bones, Dr. Who, Torchwood, or Jericho.

10. Single forever with a great family or no family and your soul mate?

Both. I'm married to my soul mate, and I have a great family, although they live 4 1/2 hours away in Houston.

11. What is your favorite game?

Pente ... or chess.

12. Your favorite book?

_The_Good_Medicine_Book_ by Adolph Hungry Wolf.

13. Do you know how to change a tire?

Of course.

14. What item could you not go without during the day?

My sterling silver 'cloud' bracelet.

15. Would you share a drink with a stranger?

Share as in share the same glass? No.
Join a stranger for a tequila and 7? Sure.

16 .Who was the last person you visited in the hospital?

My mother, spring of last year.

17. In the past week have you gotten kissed?

Oh yeah.

18. Have you ever lied about something important to your boyfriend/girlfriend?

If I did, it was certainly not intentional.

19. Would you rather be in a permanent relationship or play the field?

Definitely permanent.

20. How long ago did you hug someone?

I believe it was last Friday.

21. Do you think its right for straight guys to get their tongue pierced?

Can't see *anyone* piercing anything like that, but hey - whatever floats your boat.

22. Have you ever thrown shoes on a telephone wire?

No.

24. What does the last text message in your inbox say?

There is no texting allowed on my phone. Had that turned off years ago.

25. Need to get something off your chest?

Someday - but in the near future.

26. How do you feel about your life right now?

I have no complaints. I have pretty much everything I need - health, family, friends, a good job.

27. How many times have you been pulled over by the police?

Twice - the last time was almost 15 years ago. The time before that was more the 15 years before that.

28. What kind of car do you drive?

Truck - 2007 Toyota Tundra, double cab, with full sized bed.

29. What characteristic do you despise the most?

Lying.

31. Have you ever been caught doing something you weren't supposed to?

Of course.

32. How's the relationship between you and your ex?

Thank goodness - nonexistent.

33. Do you talk dirty to people?

No

34. Do you think you can make it on a "Moment of Truth?"

Probably not.

35. Anyone upset you lately?

Lately ... not especially. Of course, there is the 15 year long animosity between my Ex and me, but that's that's like - normal - now.

36. Last person you talked to on the phone?

My middle brother calling to tell me that as of 10 PM last night, I'm a grand-uncle again.

37. Can you easily tell if someone's fake?

Sometimes - but I wouldn't bet money on it.

38. If an ex told someone he/she hates you, what would you say?

That's news?

39. Do you think you're dumb?

No. Ignorant about a great many things, but not dumb.

40. What could be done to make things better for you?

I wish I could pay off some bills a little quicker, but don't we all? I wouldn't mind knowing, for certain, that we had a secure old age ahead of us. But that'll come with time.

42. How's your heart?

Great - given freely and without reservation to my wife.

43. Ever kiss someone with a name starting with a C?

Yes.

44. First time you kissed the last person you kissed?

Almost 15 years ago - in a small city park in Houston, Texas.

45. Can you keep a secret?

When communicated to me as such.

46. Are you happy with your living arrangements?

For the most part. We have a nice home in a small, rural town near where I work. It's not my ultimate destination, but it'll do until we're ready for DMR.

47. Do you have trust issues?

I have an EX, so to a certain extent - yes. However, I'm absolutely devoted to my current sweetheart and have no question in my mind about her.

48. Is it easier to forgive or forget?

Forgive

49. Would you live with someone without marrying them?

Been there - done that - twice.

50. Who of the opposite sex can you talk to about stuff?

9 times out of 10, my sweetheart. Other than her, my friend Joan.
galdrin: (Cernunnos)
As promised to, and courtesy of, The [livejournal.com profile] dreadpiratetait

You're on my friends list. I'd like to know 27 things about you. Just copy and hit reply and paste in the comments section with answers. Thanks! You'll be surprised how much you didn't know about your friends after this! Then copy the meme and see if anyone answers you.

1. Do you have a tattoo?

2. How old are you?

3. Are you single or taken?

4. Fish?

5. Do you dream in color?

6. Ever seen a corpse?

7. Hipsters or Hillbillies?

8. How did we meet?

9. What's your philosophy on life and death?

10. If you could do anything with me, and have no one know, what would it be?

11. Do you trust the police?

12. Do you like musicals?

13. What is your fondest memory of me?

14. If you could change anything about yourself what would it be?

15. Would you cheat ?

16. What are you wearing?

17. Have you ever peed in a pool?

18. Would you hide evidence for me if I asked you to?

19. If I only had one day to live, what would we do together?

20. Which do you prefer - short or long hair?

21. What's your favorite day of the week?

22. What's your favorite color?

23. If you could bring back anyone that has passed, who would it be?

24. Tell me one interesting/odd fact about you?

25. What was your first impression of me?

26. Have you ever done drugs?

27. Will you post this so I can fill it out for you?

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