ALL the rules:
1) You have to post ALL the rules
2) Answer 12 questions you have been asked then create some 12 questions for people you tagged
3) Choose 12 people
4) Legitimately tag these people
5) Tag backs are ALLOWED! (Why do I feel like I'm going to regret this one?)
There’s a first time for everything. I have never done one of these before, so here goes:1) What is love?
It's the ability that helps people to forgive one another, to respect one another, and to serve one another, day in and day out. There is no relationship that won’t have some arguments or disagreements, so this forgiveness is necessary for real love, and is separate from the fawning baloney that some people seem to think love is. It’s a beauty on a different level than appearance, beyond faithfulness, and a strength that continues despite the weakness of one’s own body or spirit.2) What music do you listen to nowadays?
I am all over the place. Classical, rock, electro-swing (yeah, someone got me hooked on that, not that it was a far leap for me), etc., etc. At any time I could be listening to ‘40’s music, movie/musical tunes, gospel, metal, folk, video game tunes, country, and western. (Whoever can’t appreciate the last verse of “You Never Even Called Me by My Name” by David Allan Coe just has no sense of humor.)3) What's something everyone enjoys but you hate?
Gift cards. I feel like I have to use them up quickly before they start losing their value (some of the worst ones actually take money off after a period of time until they have no value left). And I really don’t need to get more things. Except when I do, and the gift card is almost never with a store/site that has the thing I need to get. Now cash - that I can always use.4) What’s something everyone hates but you enjoy?
Hiking boots. I have a great pair of heavy-duty hiking boots that are really comfortable to wear. Granted, they don’t work on the basketball court, nor do they help much when I’m hitting the clutch driving my car which has a 5-speed manual transmission (‘cause they are big). But for normal walking, biking, and hiking, they are great.5) If you had to make up a fake story behind how your username came to be, what would you say?
I’d probably cheat and use the story
made up about my name. I was talking about a wolf coming down a path towards me one time while hiking. (Turned out to be a wolf-hybrid owned by someone further down the path, but I didn’t know that when it was approaching.) Tim added to the story saying that it nommed on my abs, forever giving me the name…
6) Imperial system or metric system and why?
Being used to it, I tend to think in Imperial, but try to convert to metric when I can. My car has a mix of both, so I have two sets of tools (conversion doesn’t work there, though). I like the air temperature at 20°C (68°F). But I so much more familiar with acres, miles, and pints (plus they seem to work better in speech and writing), it’s hard to write in hectares, kilometers, and half-liters. (Walking a kilometer in someone else's shoes just doesn't have the same feel to it any more than ordering a half-liter at a pub.)
7) Do you prefer your narrators sarcastic, or dead serious?
It really depends on the piece and the setting, but generally, I don’t believe a sarcastic narrator to tell the story truthfully. It has to be very well executed and fit the part. If that’s the case, then I may suspend my suspicions about what they’re trying to tell me in the story.8) Who's the character you have the most trouble writing/ drawing? (Personality, description, way of speaking, etc, something just makes them difficult.)
Probably Sarah/Preto. She has a dual personality for one, extremely afraid of letting her jaguar self out while training extensively to ensure she maintains control. But at the same time, when she is in her jaguar form she has much more self-confidence. She really wants to understand the whole transformation thing that’s going on, and has let that rule a good portion of her life for the better part of five years. She’s travelled a lot, much of it related to her ability and trying to uncover records in places that one would never expect to find them. She’s taken chances to gain that knowledge, and still is doing so. There are aspects of her that may never come out in the story, and it’s hard to keep that buried down while she takes care of the here and now while still reflecting what makes up her. With her becoming a tutor, something she didn’t expect to happen, at least for a very long time, she’s finding that maybe the here and now needs to be looked after as well, since she feels really responsible for someone other than herself for the first time in years. 9) When you type, do you accidentally type, "teh," instead of "the," or are you precise in your typing skillz?
All the time! I’m a terrible typist and I think I’m getting worse instead of better.10) Least favorite book of all time? Like, the one that you would pay money to throw into a fire and watch gleefully as it turned to ash?
“The Worm Ouroboros” by Eric Rücker Eddison. Everything pointed to this being a book I should’ve liked. High fantasy. An entire world of its own. Hippogriffs. Tolkien even praised it. I couldn’t bring myself to even finish reading it, which is rare. Written in in sixteenth-century English, I found it difficult and boring. With the name, I expected at least one dragon to appear. That wasn’t the purpose of the title. If it’s your thing, well ok then, you are probably more sophisticated than me. (Oh, I probably wouldn't really burn it, but I'd be hard pressed to find someone who I thought would actually want a copy of it to give it to.)11) Do you have any trophies that you display in your room? If so, which are you most proud of?
Not any more – got rid of most of them. What’s left is no longer in my room or visible to most visitors.12) Any childish things proudly displayed in the rooms of 'responsible adults?'
Um, a Mickey Mouse telephone on the night table that we received as a wedding gift. Also a little ceramic dragon (in the dining room) I found in San Francisco that is standing with its hands on its hips (or where its hips should be) and smiling a very happy-looking smile at whoever looks at it because it knows something. It caught my eye in Chinatown years ago and I had to get it. Any other childish things are not actually displayed by said ‘responsible adults.’New Questions! Let’s see…
1) How many countries have you visited (these can be for work, school, or holiday/vacation. Airport only visits don’t count! And you must have eaten at least one meal there in that country (outside of the airport) for the visit to count.) If you’ve never been out of your country, how many states have you visited (same rules apply). (Never been out of your state? How many towns, cities, or counties have you visited?) Most importantly, what did you like the most out of your visit(s), and what did you like the least?
2) Volunteers! What cause(s) have you volunteered your time or talents for, what did you do for that, and why?
3) Safety: April is smoke detector month! Do you regularly check or help check the smoke alarms/CO monitors in your house? Why or why not?
4) Oldest self-propelled vehicle you’ve ever ridden/flown/drove in. Other than the age, what made it memorable for you? (If you’ve been in old planes, trains, and automobiles, tell about ‘em all!)
5) Don’t ask how (or where it is), but you’ve just won the lottery! After taxes, you net a cool $200 million US dollars, or the equivalent in your local currency. How do you handle it? Do you keep your job/continue with school? What are some of the things you want to do with that cash, and what troubles do you see it causing you?
6) What’s the most interesting thing that you have repaired or helped to repair or build, and what made it interesting?
7) Do you believe and/or have faith in a higher power/God? Why or why not?
8) Pets: dogs, cats, both, neither, or something else, and why?
9) You’ve been granted the opportunity to transform into something else, for as long or short a time as you want, when you want, but only one thing and only once (no changing into a shapeshifter like a Ditto or a changeling like Odo.) You also have the option of choosing the length of time before or after you transform, but once it’s done, it’s done and you’re back to you, and you keep your memories throughout. What form do you choose to change into, why that, and how long do you stay that way?
10) What is the most dangerous thing you’ve ever done on purpose, what made it dangerous, and why did you do it?
11) Have you ever had a premonition or some strong feeling of something that you later determined was a premonition you could not explain in a logical, scientific way?
12) Winter in the North or Summer in the South (obviously I’m thinking North America here, but reverse it if you are in the Southern Hemisphere and adapt if you’re in Europe or somewhere else – we’re talking -40° winter weather not even counting the wind chill, and 113°F/45°C + high-humidity summer weather with serious rays), and why is that your preference?.
Hey, I actually managed to do this without a tag back, so there you go,
I choose you!
So you lot have 24 questions to choose 12 from. If you’re too busy, that’s ok. You do you. (I used up my writing time for this. Please don’t judge.)