1: Grab the book nearest to you, turn to page 18, find line 4. Write down what it says:
"But by doing less skilled - though no less difficult - work as nannies, maids and care-service workers, they can earn $200 a month in Singapore, $410 a month in Hog Kong, $700 a month in Italy, or $1400 a month in Los Angeles." (From Global Woman
, edited by Barbara Ehrenreich and Arlie Russell Hochschild.)
2: Where is question two?
I have no idea.
3: What is the last thing you watched on TV?
Ummm . . . I watched a movie last night, which was technically on the TV screen. If we're talking TV-TV, it was probably Queer Eye about six months ago.
4: WITHOUT LOOKING, guess what time it is:
5: Now look at the clock, what is the actual time?
12:28. I swear I didn't cheat.
6: With the exception of the computer, what can you hear?
Kitties playing (leaping, chirping, meowing). The low hum of the industrial fan next door. The boy drumming his fingers on the laptop case as he thinks about a difficult problem.
7: When did you last step outside? what were you doing?
I just got back from the gym.
8: Before you came to this website, what did you look at?
9: What are you wearing?
Stinky, stinky gym clothes. I'm procrastinating on going to shower.
10: Did you dream last night? Vividly.
I can't remember many details, other than that it was the Berkshires trip from hell and Rob betrayed me in some horrible way.
11: When did you last laugh?
Probably last night - I may have laughed pre-gym, but I was too half-asleep to remember.
12: What is on the walls of the room you are in?
Pale blue paint, a big hanging ivy plant, an antique map of the world, me as "Justice" done by rscott
, some corkboards with various mementos and reminder notes, a dark blue Guatemalan weaving my parents gave me, and a whole crapload of bookshelves.
13: Seen anything weird lately?
A CD of techno remixes of Cesaria Evora songs
. That's pretty weird.
14: What do you think of this quiz?
I hate self-referential questions.
15: What is the last film you saw?
Thirteen, last night, which made me never, ever, ever want to have kids. Never.
16: If you became a multi-millionaire overnight, what would you buy first?
A trip to Rome for the entire Gloria Mundi crew. Because, you know, if you become a multi-millionare overnight you have to do something extravagant and silly.
17: Tell me something about you that I don't know:
I cheated on a math test when I was in eighth grade, and I got caught doing it - but I was able to talk my way out of it. Why? Because I had deliberately answered one of the questions incorrectly (even though the girl next to me had gotten it correct, and I actually knew the answer as well), and I did it specifically in order to be able to "prove" that I hadn't been looking over her shoulder.
18: If you could change one thing about the world, regardless of guilt or politics, what would you do?
Wow . . . there are so many that I'd like to change. In the short term, ending world hunger would be the best, but that's only a short-term fix because of overpopulation. So I might actually go for giving human beings the kind of natural population-control measures that other species have: make it harder to concieve when you spend your life around lots of other human beings, easier to concieve when and where populations are low. I'd also like to zap my magic wand and make it so that men are assumed to be the ones who have to deal with housework, family, community, children and take care of the women in their lives, and to have to do it all without complaint, pay or thanks because, you know, that's a man's job.
19: Do you like to dance?
I enjoy certain kinds of dancing: I'm not a bad folk dancer, and I rather enjoy various ballroom stuff, but I don't particularly enjoy club-style dancing.
20: George Bush:
Can't stand the stupid, self-righteous fucker.
21a: Imagine your first child is a girl, what do you call her?
I don't know, but I'd give her the middle name Helen, after my grandmother who I loved very much, and who has been a major role model and inspiration for me.
21b: Imagine your first child is a boy, what do you call him?
I don't. I have no interest in raising sons: men get enough privileges in this world without my being complicit in it. I'd rather raise smart, passionate, committed girls and let the boys take care of themselves. And did you know that mothers of sons tend to have shorter lives than mothers of daughters?
22: Would you ever consider living abroad?
Hell yes, in about point one seconds. I would love to live abroad again, but I'd strongly prefer Western Europe or the Middle East to anywhere else. Though now that my Spanish is better, I might also like to live somewhere in South America.