Do you like having your picture taken?
Not especially. I don't shy away, but I hate looking at photos of myself, because the reality does not match my mental image of myself, and not in a good way.
If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go and why?
Alaska, I suppose. I was supposed to do a cruise with Rick and Chris and some of the others a couple of years ago, but I bought a house instead.
Have you ever done crossword puzzles?
I've become a snob over the years, I only do the cryptics in Games and the Sunday NY Times puzzle. I do enjoy them.
Pick up the closest book and write a sentence at random from it.
"Breath is the least appreciated gift of the gods. None sing hymns to it, praising the good air, breathed by king and beggar, master and dog alike. But, oh to be without it!" - Roger Zelazny, Lord of Light
Do the same with a lyric from either a CD or the radio:
"I don't want a pickle, I'd rather ride on my motorcycle." - Arlo Guthrie, "The Motorcycle Song"
Have you ever tried to analyze your own dreams?
Can you sing?
Yes. Not great, but I can carry a tune.
Do you ever sing to yourself while doing everyday tasks?
Sometimes. More likely while I'm driving.
What's your favorite color of Post-It Note?
Classic yellow. (Strange question...)
Have you ever lied to get off the phone or out of talking to someone online?
Is your VCR flashing 12:00 all the time?
Nope. Too much of a geek to allow it.
Do you read your horoscope?
Would you rather chew gum or use mouthwash and why?
Huh? Gum, I suppose.
How many times a year about are you sick?
This year? A lot. Usually two or three colds a year.
Ever been in an airplane?
My dad was a navigator and my mom was a stewardess. My dad also had a private pilots license, so I've been in everything from a Cessna 150 (even got to fly it some) to a DC-10. My favorite was the Lockheed Constellation, an absolutely beautiful airplane.
What radio station do you listen to most?
WFAN in New York, generally only at lunch.
Do you know how to play dominoes?
Yup. Anytime my friends get together, we usually wind up playing. It's fun.
What color are your eyes?
Blue with a hazel ring around the pupil.
How many surveys have you filled out this lifetime?
Too many. Who cares what I think?
Name one person your life is made better by.
Either of my parents.
Can you do math with ease?
Yes. I'm pretty good, although I ran into a frelling brick wall when I took differential equations.
Are you a vegetarian?
Not a chance. Carnivore.
How about an aspiring actor/actress?
When we were in grammar school, my brothers and Adrian (my honorary brother) and I would occasionally put on shows. I did a magic act. Does that count?
Which movie can you watch and say the lines along with the actors?
The Producers, The Princess Bride, Cannery Row, Ghostbusters. There are more...
And because Teppy reminded me, Bull Durham.
Name some of your passions in life.
Biking, baseball and softball, being a geek.
What's your least favorite time of day?
Middle of the night.
What color is the inside of your head when you close your eyes?
Black, occasionally brown with swirls.
Ever listen to classical music?
Occasionally. I like some things by Copland, Beethoven, Shubert, Grieg, Mozart, and Bach, but I'm not a connoisseur.
Have you ever said 'lol' in real life without thinking about it?
Nope, but I don't say it online, either.
What is the best present you've ever given someone else?
Any present that makes the recipient happy. This year I gave one friend a customized action figure that she liked a whole lot, I gave another friend an old book that was just gathering dust in my attic that she seemed to like a lot, too, so as far as I'm concerned they were both the best presents.
What is the best present someone else has ever given to you?
A very good friend once gave me an old book that was gathering dust in his attic, a copy of The Dodger Way to Play Baseball, written by Al Campanis, and autographed by several Brooklyn Dodgers, including Jackie Robinson.
Do you wear a watch?
All the time...
Write one sentence stating what you want people to say about you after you've passed on.
"Hey, he's not dead yet!"
Describe the ideal superpower and what you would do if you had it.
Elemental conversion. Turn a lot of scrap iron into gold. All chemists are alchemists at heart...
Name something you've done in the last 24 hours no matter how big or small.
Rode twelve miles on my bike.
Do you wear necklaces, bracelets, anklets, earrings, rings?
Nope. I wore a wedding ring for a little over six years. I still have it.
What's on your computer desk?
A computer system, camera, bills, books, CDs, software, glasses, remotes, pens, junk mail...
When you're talking do you ever use your hands to do quotation marks in the air when saying certain words?
Do you think you're pretty?
Not the least little bit.
What's in your fridge right now?
Milk, beer, yogurt, chicken, minute steaks, carrots, romaine, assorted condiments...
How many people do you live with?
Me, myself, and I.
What is the strangest thing you've ever done?
Drove from New Jersey to Columbia, MD to eat at what was at the time the southernmost and westernmost Friendly's restaurant in the world.
Name an instrument you've never played but would like to.
Have you ever been on TV or the radio?
Did college radio shows with Alex at Stevens Tech and at the Hall. I was interviewed a couple of times on TV when I was president of the Grad Student Association at URI during the faculty strike.
What is the worst thing anyone could ever do to you?
Are you a fast typer?
I do all right.
Describe how you sleep.
Not that well lately.
Have you ever read a book and not understood it? If so which one?
Yup, see earlier note about differential equations, and the accompanying text book.
Do people pick up your slang language more than you pick up theirs?
Nope, I steal people's lines all the time.
Have you ever bought anything just because it was a fad?
I had a hula hoop when I was little, but I didn't pay for it.
What would you like to do with your life?
I'd love to be happy. I don't see it happening.
Do you bite your nails?
Tell me about your dream last night.
Don't remember it. I rarely do.
Are people's perceptions of you usually correct?
I have no idea, because I'm generally clueless about what people think of me.
When they start sending rockets to the moon for us civilians, will you be on the list to go?
Have you ever written anything on your skin?
On occasion, if there's nothing else available.
What color are most of your clothes?
Assorted. Lots of black and gray lately.
Are things as bad as they seem?
Yeah, they always are. Leaves lots of room for pleasant surprises.
Do you like to look people in the eye?
Sure, why not?