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Whining + Survey = one of the most boring LJ posts in the history of ever
I've been really, really sick this weekend. It's "just" a cold, by which I mean I haven't been nauseous or spurting blood or anything, but it's been one hell of a cold. I've had just about enough energy to blink (between naps) and occasionally turn pages or hit the scroll button.

There was stuff I wanted to get done this weekend. Rather a lot of it, really, all lost to the snot-monster.

But I am feeling a little better today (after getting up at 11:00, followed by a three-hour nap -- why yes, it is 7:00 now; I think I'll go back to bed soon). Indeed, I have just enough energy to complete that survey that's been going around. I shall steal my copy from epi_lj, and brutally adapt it to actually fit my life.

1. Are you dating the person you text most?

Yes. Unless the robot that sends me little notes from the company ("You need to renew soon!" "Here, have a free something-or-other!") counts as a person, because it may actually be winning the total-text-messages-sent competition; I hardly ever use that feature.

2 seems to be missing. I actually went back through my friendslist a couple of days to see if I could spot a version that still had it. Then I thought "Aha, Google will help me." And it did.

2. What do you want?

Not to be sick. And to have all this financial stuff organized in such a way that I could never think about it ever again. (Actually, I am not all that far off, for fairly short values of "ever", but that's the main thing that has been derailed by disease.)

3. Do you talk to yourself?

Yep. It usually means I'm overtired (a word here and there, or short phrases; especially if I'm naming things or colors that happen to pass by), really badly undersocialized (rare; the only state that reliably produces whole sentences), or focusing on something confusing (tending towards trailing-off statements like "Okay, so why does that..." "What if I..." or "...under the spider?").

4. Do you drink milk straight from the carton?

Only if it's one of those little containers like you get with school lunches. Or very occasionally, if whatever I've just used the milk for has left just a swallow, I'll finish it off before recycling the container. Drinking it is better than pouring it down the sink, and there's no point putting it back in the fridge if it's not enough for a cup of tea.

5. Who knows a dark secret or two about you?

Me. That is what makes them secrets.

6. How long is your hair?

Just about to the belt line.

7. Do you like Batman?

As superheroes go, he's not bad, but I'm not particularly fond of him. Good villains. Nice variety of interpretations over the years in various mediums.

8. Who did you last hug?


9. When was the last time you saw the person you liked?

"The" person (singular) I "liked" (past tense)? I feel very sad for the survey-writer now. :(

(This morning, when he left for work.)

10. When was the last time you cried?

I'm not really sure. My eyes have been watering a lot this weekend, because my sinuses are so full they are squeezing all the other water out of my head, but that's not quite the same thing. Maybe a month or so ago, after the bank called? (Did I mention I've been meaning to tidy up some financial stuff? Yeah. Nothing bad, but basically they called to remind me that those accounts suck and I ought to close them. Which was... useful, I suppose? But very strange.)

11 is missing, but I'm lazy now.

12. What instant messaging service do you use?

AIM and ICQ. Every so often I will sign on to the gmail chat interface, but only very briefly.

13. Last thing you cooked today?

I haven't cooked today. I had an apple with peanut butter on it. And some cheese. And then a three-hour nap -- I'd probably have eaten something more substantial if that hadn't happened. But dinner should be here any minute.

14. Did you have a nap today?

Why yes! It was awful! I fell asleep in the chair and then had a long dream about not being able to move while people snuck around behind me and stole most of the rest of the furniture.

16. What are you currently listening to?

The next-door neighbor, at 20- to 30-minute intervals, has been going "Woo-hoo!" real loud for the last four days.

Also, wind in the trees, the rats rustling around in their nice new tube (This was part of their Christmas present from my sibling. They like it a lot, and have filled it with shredded paper.), the occasional bit of traffic noise, and my own typing.

17. Do you like green beans?

I really like the Szechuan Green Beans recipe from my vegetarian cookbook. Plain green beans, or green beans in mixed vegetables, are tasty but not a favorite.

18. Do you swear a lot?

Like a motherfucking fuckpirate. But not usually when I'm typing.

19. Where did you get the shirt you're wearing?

The New Mexico Museum of Natural History, it says. I've been there, but I don't think I bought it at that time. It was probably a gift.

20. Have any regrets?

Little ones.

21. Do you use an alarm clock?


23. Whats the first thing you notice on the opposite sex?

Body language.

24. Is cheating ever okay?

"Cheating" means breaking agreed-upon (or reasonably-assumed) rules. No, it's not okay.

25. Do you want someone you can't have?


27. What radio station(s) do you listen to?

Dunno. In the car, I hit "scan" until I find a station that's not talking, then repeat each time the blasted DJs come back. At work I listen to my iPod; at home I usually listen to my Pandora stations.

28. Are you afraid of the dark?

No. I don't like having closet doors open when I'm sleeping, though.

29. Do you miss someone today?

A bit, but I have got plans to see them all.

30. Last person to text you?

I believe that was the aforementioned robot.

31. What is the first thing you thought this morning?

First I finished having the dream about lions and the Middle East and my parents and sibling and wardreamers and brushing my teeth. Then I thought "Hey, I feel less awful."

32. Is the person you like/love older or younger than you?

I love my parents, who are older, and I love my sibling, who is younger, and I love various people in the middle of that range, and I like people whose ages extend well beyond it in either direction.

33. What did you do last night?

Moped, in an ill and irritable sort of way. Actually, no, I think we watched a movie (on DVD). What was it? Did I stay awake? (later) I have now checked with my auxiliary memory, who informs me that the movie was Saturday, and we did nothing at all of any interest last night. I read Pride of Baghdad just before going to sleep, which explains the lions-and-Middle-East part of the dream.

34. What do you hope to do this weekend?

This upcoming weekend, I hope to do all the stuff I was planning to do this weekend.

35. Also missing.

36. What song are you listening to?

Nothing at the moment.

37. How's your heart lately?

Pretty good.

38. What were you doing this morning at 7 am?


39 begins a really quite dramatic increase in the number of missing questions.

40. Who was the last person to see you cry?

brooksmoses, assuming I haven't done it since the bank called.

41. and 42. are both missing.

43. How did you meet the 2nd person on your top friends friends list?

We went to school together. Or Girl Scouts; Girl Scouts might have been first, actually.

44. is also missing.

45. Have you ever driven without a license?

Only with my learner's permit.

46. Who are you texting?

Nobody regularly. Ever so often I'll use that feature to send andres_s_p_b or brooksmoses a note, but it's so much slower than real typing that even sound-disliking I generally prefer to use voice.

47. Have you ever been betrayed by someone you trusted?

Not in any important way. Or I've repressed it.

49. Is there anything that you are craving right now?

I could go for some chocolate maybe.

50. Where did your last hug take place?

Here at home.

51. Do you drink tea?

Strong black tea with milk, please.

52 and 53 are also missing.

54. Do you wet the toothbrush before the toothpaste?

After, usually.

55 and 56, likewise with the vanishment.

57. Do you watch the news daily?

I've largely avoided news for the last seven years or so. This is sad, but my mental health is a lot better this way.

58. Have you ever had a crush on a fictional cartoon character?


59. Do you clean when you're upset?

Not as a rule, but it happens sometimes. It usually helps unless what I'm upset about is someone else not cleaning when they're supposed to, in which case it is anti-helpful.

60. Where do you want to did you get married?

We had the wedding in a whorehouse, as it turns out. It wasn't a whorehouse at the time, of course, but my mom later found a book about the history of vice in Beaumont that explained that the building we rented a hall in had been quite notorious back in the day. Also it was the only one of the possible locations that Mom scouted that wasn't badly damaged by Hurricane Rita (which was well after we used it, but we were pleased we'd picked a nice tough building anyway).

We got married in a Justice of the Peace's office in Pittsburgh, but that's much less interesting.

61 is missing!

62. Where do you want to did you get engaged?

I got engaged in Massachusetts. andres_s_p_b got engaged in California. Different days, too, because of the time zones. Telephony FTW!

63. Would you ever dye your hair blonde?

Only as a prelude to adding green, or possibly blue or purple. Unless there were acting involved; I could maybe see going blonde for some kind of theater project.

64. Also missing.

65. What's the closest pink thing to you?

The middle pages of this pad of rainbow notepaper.

1. Is it cute when a boy calls you babe?

No, although exceptions may be granted for particularly clever movie quotes or 1920s gangster impersonations.

2. What was the last thing you put in your mouth?

Cake. (Dinner arrived while I was filling this out.)

3. What does your last incoming text message say?

Something about having successfully added the smallest possible unit of money to my pay-as-you-go account.

4. What was the last song you listened to?

Juno Reactor, "Giant". I have been going through all my songs, trying to fill out my "Soothing" playlist and add ratings for things I haven't rated yet.

5 and 6 are missing. What happened to all these questions? Where did they go?

7. What are you excited for?

Our trip in February will be neat. I have some art I'm excited about finishing. Starting would help get me to finishing; I should do that.

8. Pick a scar on your body, how'd you get it?

I'm not sure I have any scars. Hmmm. There's a mark on my knee where I had a wart removed in high school. This is very dull, I know. But I tend towards a constant rotating supply of small, mysterious bruises, scratches, and papercuts rather than major injuries which might scar.

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I hadn't caught all the other missing items in the list.

The next-door neighbor, at 20- to 30-minute intervals, has been going "Woo-hoo!" real loud for the last four days.

That's really bizarre.

There are more missing than I noticed; I assume someone went through and did "just the interesting ones" at some point, and then it went on from there.

We think the "woo-hoo"s are from video gaming; when we're in the bedroom we can also hear "nooooooo"s, a lot of cursing, and enough one-sided conversation to make us think he's probably playing something with a headset.

That was my impression too, followed closely by "I wonder how long the levels in Guitar Hero take?"
The numbering also restarts, for whatever reason. I can only conclude you had a nap mid-survey and just started at 1. ;)

Re: from video gaming

I don't think it's Guitar Hero; I think it's some kind of first-person shooter or MMORPG. I base this on the type of cursing, which is mostly person-directed (e.g. "You son of a bitch"), and on the fact that the few non-cursing audible words tend to be things like "kill".

I'm aware of the restart, but it's not my doing; it dates from when someone-or-other took two surveys at once. Actually, I think everything after question 30 or so was also originally from a different survey, but that one (or more) did get renumbered, so it's probably a different, earlier event (or several).

If I had a longer attention span, or some kind of funding, I would track these things through the wild and observe their various mutations and changes over time. (I actually find it really perplexing that they change as little as they do -- even clearly inappropriate things like the "top friends" things don't generally change when the list hops from one environment to another.)

"or focusing on something confusing (tending towards trailing-off statements like "Okay, so why does that..." "What if I..." or "...under the spider?")."

This strongly made me want more levels in Portal.

Addict. :)

You will probably get your wish eventually -- that game seems really popular among people I know, and extra levels seem like the kind of thing that could be produced fairly easily. Of course, "people I know" are not so much a representative sample of the market.

It actually got a lot of critical acclaim as well. Given that it's primarily available as an extra tacked on to the Half Life 2 compendium, I would think that there would be an opportunity to market it as a much larger standalone product. I'd certainly buy it, even if it reprised the same plot but just added a bunch more interim levels.

Sorry to hear about the sick. I got hit this weekend too. I expect Kleenex Kimberly-Clark stock price to rise sharply as a direct result of my consumption. Zzzzzzzzzz...

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