Elaborate on your default icon.
It's a storyteller doll.
What's your current relationship status?
Having the world's longest running brief meaningless fling.
Ever have a near-death experience?
No, but I've had "so this is it, we're all going to die" moments, involving muddy roads and Landrovers.
Name an obvious quality you have.
What's the name of the song that's stuck in your head right now?
"How to Save a Life" since that was playing at the bar we went to after work.
Any celeb you would marry?
If only Theo Epstein (General Manager of the Red Sox) were 20 years older ...
Has anyone ever said you look like a celebrity?
Not that I can think of.
Do you wear a watch? What kind?
I mostly wear the cheapest analog watches I can find, but do have several very good (mechanical) watches that I wear on special occasions.
Do you have anything pierced?
No. I might have gotten my ears pierced back when a lot of my friends did, but I had just read Eight Cousins by Louisa May Alcott and the association with pierced noses creeped me out.
Do you have any tattoos?
Do you like pain?
No, but I can tolerate it well in a good cause.
Do you like to shop?
It depends on what I'm shopping for. I love bookstores and the sort of record / CD stores where you can listen to anything in the shop before buying. Clothes shopping is iffier. I'm not usually actually buying anything at them, but third world markets can be tremendous fun.
What was the last thing you paid for with cash?
I think it was that beer after work.
What was the last thing you paid for with your credit card?
A book I ordered for a friend, whose address I then screwed up on the order.
What is the background on your cell phone?
Um, I think it is solid off-white.
Do you like redheads?
I tend to favor salt and pepper hair on men, but I've been known to dye my own hair red at times.
Do you know any twins?
Do you have any weird relatives?
It would be better to ask if I have any un-weird relatives.
Is there such a thing as love at first sight, or it is more likely to be "lust at first sight"?
I've certainly felt both instant lust and instant rapport and I suppose you could call the combination love at first sight.
When was the last time you visited the street where you first lived?
Probably when we moved away, which was when I was about 3. I'd be scared to go to that neighborhood now.
Do you read your horoscope?
From time to time, but I don't really pay attention to it.
Who's your favorite of the seven dwarfs?
When was the last time you Googled your own name?
Probably a couple of weeks ago.
What was your favorite subject at school?
High school: Chemistry
College: Control Systems
What was your least favorite subject at school?
High School: English
College: Linear Algebra
Do you like having your photograph taken?
It depends on by whom.
What time were you born?
At 6:00 a.m., starting a tradition of keeping my parents up all night.
Ever seriously questioned your sanity?
How many phone numbers do you have memorized and can say off the top of your head?
Not very many. Maybe a dozen?
Can you Limbo?
Have you ever killed your own dinner?
Not that I can think of.
How long have you been living at your current residence?
About 6 months.
What phobias do you have?
I am terrified of heights.
What's your ideal breakfast?
Fresh pineapple, an omelet with salsa and cheese, home fried potatoes with onions and peppers, very lightly buttered whole wheat English muffin, coffee made from freshly ground Sulawesi beans.
Where are you right now?
Home, in my study nook.
What book or movie title best summarizes your personality?
She's All That
If you could suddenly get the skill to play any single musical instrument, which would you choose?
I'm torn between double reeds (oboe / bassoon) and Uillean pipes (Irish bellows blown bagpipes).
Why do you blog?
It's an outlet for my opinions (and, alas, complaints).
Do you have any prejudices you're willing to acknowledge?
It takes some effort for me to take young people seriously.
What would you call your autobiography?
Meandering Through the World and Life.
What's the longest time you've stayed out of the country/where?
About 7 1/2 months. Ten years ago, I took a leave of absence and spent 5 months traveling overland through Eastern and Southern Africa, followed by a month on a mail ship and 6 weeks in the U.K..
Do you use ICQ, AOL Buddy list etc..?
Do you have nightmares frequently?
No, except under the influence of mefloquine (antimalarial drug).