I am in the process of reading through and deleting or transferring all the files on my very old computer (I bought it in 1994) so I can recycle it. (Yeah, I know, I should have recycled it long ago. But it was a good, reliable computer and I wrote my dissertation on it, and it has had sentimental value. But I'm planning to get a laptop, and the really old thing has to go.) Anyway, I found this quiz from 1999, and it made me want to party, and then answer the questions. I've updated answers that were no longer accurate, but if the old answer is still true and/or amusing, I left it.
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF OUIJA BOARDS: They creep me out.
FAVORITE TV SHOW: After Buffy, my favorite show is "The Blank Screen." It's the only show I watch regularly.
WHAT'S ON YOUR MOUSEPAD: a mouse
FAVORITE BOARD GAME: Twister
FAVORITE MAGAZINE: Anything with writing by me inside it.
FAVORITE SMELLS: jasmine, hyacinth, orange blossoms, lilac, bergamot, rosemary, sandalwood, the desert after a thunder storm
WORST FEELING IN THE WORLD: Believing that God hates me, that there is a hell, and that God is going to send me there
BEST FEELING IN THE WORLD: When I first took this quiz, I wrote that I was going through a period of feeling happy a lot of the time, which I defined as "an awareness that I feel healthy, capable and content on a fairly consistent basis." I claimed to like it a lot. I can see why I would enjoy that feeling.
FAVORITE SOUNDTRACK: I love show tunes. I couldn't pick a favorite.
WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU THINK OF WHEN YOU WAKE UP IN THE MORNING? It's almost always one of two things: 1) Must pee, or 2) Why the fuck is my cat yowling like that and how can I get her to stop?
DO YOU GET MOTION SICKNESS: I used to get it on my mission when I was lying absolutely still. It sucked.
ROLLER COASTERS--SCARY OR EXCITING: I'm not particularly fond of roller coasters, but from what I understand, isn't the scare part of the excitement?
PEN OR PENCIL: pens for writing, pencils for underlining in books
HOW MANY RINGS BEFORE YOU ANSWER THE PHONE: however many it takes for me to get to the phone, unless my caller id reveals that it's someone I don't want to talk to.
FAVORITE NAMES FOR ACTUAL OR FUTURE DAUGHTERS: I don't plan on having any daughters, but if I did have one, I would name her Grace. It's my favorite name in the world: it's a beautiful word, just in how it sounds, and it means something beautiful too.
FAVORITE NAMES FOR ACTUAL OR FUTURE SONS: I don't plan on having any sons.
FAVORITE FOODS: Chocolate in just about any form (especially dark chocolate), rum cordials, marzipan, mangos, raspberries, avocado milkshakes (I drink them all the time), fresh squeezed orange juice, a good mocha, hard cheeses, whipped cream, and of course, a red chili burro enchilada style with guacamole and sour cream from El Charro in Safford, Arizona.
DO YOU GET ALONG WITH YOUR PARENTS? At times. These days I find my mother easier to get along with than my father, a reversal of my earlier life.
CHOCOLATE OR VANILLA? chocolate.
FAVORITE ICE CREAM: Ben and Jerry's
DO YOU LIKE TO DRIVE: I'd rather be driven.
DO YOU SLEEP WITH STUFFED ANIMALS? No, just furry mammals who drool all over my pillows and insist on curling up right next to me so that I can't roll over in the night--and when they're not around, I have my cat.
STORMS: COOL OR SCARY? scary storms are cool--that's why there cool--I've always liked the aesthetic of the sublime.
WHAT WAS THE FIRST CAR YOU DROVE? I learned to drive in a 1972 green Chevy pick up that had been owned by our next door neighbor, who was a hog farmer. When he retired, my parents bought it. They still own it. For many years when I went home for Christmas, if I wanted to get around, I still had to drive that truck.
IF YOU COULD MEET ONE PERSON, DEAD OR ALIVE, WHO WOULD IT BE? God
WHAT IS YOUR ZODIAC SIGN? Sag sun, Sag moon, libra rising
WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE POET? Me
DO YOU EAT THE STEMS OF BROCCOLI? No.
GUYS--IF A GIRL ASKED FOR THE SHIRT OFF OF YOUR BACK, WOULD YOU GIVE IT TO HER:
GIRLS--WOULD YOU EVER ASK A GUY FOR HIS SHIRT? I once took my dress off in "the biggest damn bar in the Big 10" so that I could put on a shirt that some guy had offered me because it was too hot and I was sweating too much in the dress I was wearing. It was a very ugly shirt. It had geese and hunters and hunting dogs all over it. I gave it back eventually.
IF YOU COULD HAVE ANY JOB YOU WANTED WHAT WOULD IT BE? On the old quiz, I wrote, "guru, faith healer, or mystic." Today the answer is, "writer."
IF YOU COULD DYE YOUR HAIR ANY COLOR WHAT WOULD IT BE? I can dye my hair any color. I HAVE dyed my hair any color. Duh.
HAVE YOU EVER BEEN IN LOVE? Yeah. I've also had my heart broken.
WHAT IS ON YOUR WALLS IN YOUR ROOM? hats, photos of people I care about and/or am related to, mirrors, needlework by each of my three sisters
IS THE GLASS HALF-EMPTY OR HALF-FULL? Is the question trite or banal?
FAVORITE SNAPPLE? The ones in the bottles
DO YOU TYPE WITH YOUR FINGERS ON THE RIGHT KEYS? Yes, and I do it really quickly and accurately.
IF YOU COULD BE A GARDENING TOOL WHAT WOULD YOU BE? If I could be a gardening tool, I'd have amazing prodigious powers and would elect to be something better than a gardening tool. Nonetheless, I really love a good shovel. I like to dig.
WHAT'S UNDER YOUR BED? Not a damn thing. All the feng shui books say this is very important if you are going to sleep well. For a while I had a couple of bowls of salt under my bed because I read that salt absorbs negative energy and that it was a good way to suck an ex-lover's energy out of your bed, so that you wouldn't continue to dream about them. But now there's nothing.
FAVORITE NUMBER? a lot
WHAT'S YOUR DREAM CAR? anything that gets me where I want to go in ease and comfort, requires little to no maintenance, and uses as little fuel as possible. In other words, I have enough of a personality that I don't need to fantasize about an automobile that would help me express it.
FAVORITE SPORT TO WATCH? The Olympics. When they're on is really the only time I watch sports.
SAY ONE NICE THING ABOUT THE PERSON WHO SENT THIS TO YOU [because when I answered it, it was an email--you can write, "say one nice thing about who ever tagged you"]. Saviour Onassis sent me this--how can I only say ONE nice thing? He's my favorite artist, after myself, and he is who taught me that all artists need to be their own favorite artists. He's a muse and he's amusing. He teaches me things. I love him very much.
I tag everyone who feels like answering these questions.