I've lived in fear of this day. It was bound to happen. Everyone gets cut down eventually. But I'm still so young!
I've been tagged. By name yet. According to Blogger Law, I must now answer the following questions.
(Let me preface this by saying, if I have any real problem with these type things it's that they so often ask for "favorites." As I elucidated in an article a while back, I don't really have favorites. I may have several things within a category I give preference too, but in most things I don't have a single favorite.)
If you could build a house anywhere, where would it be?
My favorite place in the world was Santa Barbara County, especially up by the Solvang area. I wanted to make Neverland Ranch look like a lean-to. I tried moving up there, like, four times, but something always went wrong and it never happened. (In startling contrast, when I moved here, it was like the path was greased, everything fell into place -- money came pouring in, I secured a house my first day in town, etc.)
I'd still like to have the huge spread in Santa Barbara County, but I'd also like to have houses in St. Augustine, FL (one of those hundred year old numbers in the old section), and someplace up in Vegas (maybe one of those highrise condos, but the ideal would be to own a casino and live in the penthouse).
What's your favorite article of clothing?
I don't really have one right now. For years I had a vest I absolutely loved (I'm wearing it in the picture on my sidebar -- oh heck, here's another copy), but I washed it one day and it simply fell apart. I guess the only thing holding it together was the dirt.
I bought that for only $1 at a thrift store in Solvang. That was one of the best buys I ever made. Since then, I don't really have a favorite. Well, I did have a really cool purple shirt... women would come up and rub it. Yeah, I loved that... um... that shirt. But that's dead now, too.
Favorite physical feature of the opposite sex?
I don't have one. I'm an equal opportunity luster. Some guys are leg men, some guys are boob men, some guys are butt men, I say why limit yourself?
What is the last CD you bought?
Holy crap, I have no idea. Maybe that box set of Garth Brooks' first six albums. If there is something more recent, it's not coming to mind.
Where is your favorite place to be?
I could think of a figurative place that would be my favorite were it available to me, but since it's not....
Literal location? See my "Where would you build a house" list. I like tourist places. I like the pulse and the energy.
Where's your least favorite place to be?
Anywhere anyone on my "Die, F---er, Die!" list is.
Where's your favorite place to be massaged?
We don't want to have to mark this adult content, do we?
Strong in mind or strong in body?
The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak, so strong in mind.
What time do you wake up in the morning?
Wake up? Don't you mean what time to I go to sleep in the morning?
I have a life-long sleep problem related to my chronic illness, that only in the last few years have I found a way to relatively manage. But even at that, I have no set time for either sleeping or waking up.
What is your favorite kitchen appliance?
I don't have a favorite. I make the best use I can of whatever I have available.
What makes you really angry?
Myself, usually. I had an acting professor once who pointed out, "Gene is very hard on himself." Very true, very perceptive, but why did he have to say it in front of the whole class? Grrr.
If you could play any instrument what would it be?
I've never had any problem learning to play any instrument I've been interested in, however I would like to be able to play really well. I'm not a very good musician on any instrument. My dyslexia gets the better of me at some point and my mind panics and thinks it's doing the wrong thing, focuses on what I'm doing, and screws it all up. To be a really good musician you have to turn off your mind and just let your body do its thing.
Which do you prefer sports car or SUV?
Sports car, SUVs should be banned.
Do you believe in an afterlife?
More importantly, does an afterlife believe in me?
But, yes, I believe there is an afterlife, though I frequently wish there wasn't. Going on for eternity is not something that particularly appeals to me.
Favorite Children's book?
I don't know. I always loved The Little Engine That Could. When I was a kid I had a book about koalas whose eucalyptus preserve was wiped out by locusts. I think at the end all you see is one little koala hanging on a tree with one little leave on it, the hope for a new tomorrow. (And if not, I'd sure like to know how it ended!) I don't know what that book was, but I'd love to see it again. Throw on the Dr. Seuss standards like Green Eggs and Ham (I sometimes think about being in pre-k and kindergarten and how the teachers would take us out to the kitchen and actually make green eggs and ham -- that was fun) and Horton Hears a Who and that should do it.
What's your favorite season?
It always reminds me of going back to school -- a long ago life. I wrote a nostalgia-soaked song once called "Autumn Morning." Good song. That's one of those songs I sing and am like, "Wow, I wrote that? Good job." You know how sometimes you get that, "Boy I wish I wrote that!" feeling? This time I actually did write that!
What's your least favorite household chore?
Having to ring the bell every time I need the maid to do something. Really, why don't these people come in "Psychic"?
I don't know. Sometimes I get really tired of cooking.
If you could have one superpower what would it be?
The ability to stop time.
If you have a tattoo what is it?
I don't have any tattoos, but I did seriously consider the Superman shield on the bicep. Fortunately I came to my senses. I also have a cool symbol for my name I almost decided would be more appropriate than the Superman shield. Once again, came to my senses.
I hate needles anyway, so it's all for the best.
Can you juggle?
The one person from your past that you wish you could go back and talk to?
What's your favorite day?
I don't have a favorite, but in general I'm not found of weekends or holidays. So, anything else is open.
(Although now that I reread this, I suppose that question could be interpreted as "What one day from your past life is your favorite day of all time." Wow, that one... hmmm... maybe the one I've been writing about that was my last day of elementary school and the day of my first date. It was probably, all around, almost a perfect day.)
(I could also tell you what the worst day of my life was, in fact I immortalized it in a song called *drum roll* "The Worst Day of My Life." Original, huh? How do I come up with them?!)
What's in the trunk of your car?
A decomposing hitchhiker.
No, actually, there's a bunch of stuff I never bothered unpacking after I moved here three years ago, plus the usual car care things, and a shredded tire where my spare should be. It came apart on me on a Las Vegas freeway earlier the same week my appendix went kablooey 2 years ago.
I was just kidding about the hitchhiker. I bury them under the shed.
Which do you prefer sushi or a hamburger?
Okay, if those are my only choices, hamburger.
Though Locamama tagged me, I refuse to tag anyone else. It's like passing on eCooties, or something. If you want to answer these questions for yourself, go do it on her blog.