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Tue, May. 18th, 2004, 12:08 pm
Meme from Abby

For those bored by memes,

1. Who did you last get angry with?
My sister, over the whole thesis debacle. But only a little bit. I rarely blow my stack.
2. What is your weapon of choice?
Realistically? Words. Theoretically? My flying fists of fury. (Hey, I take Tae Kwon Do!) In an ideal world? Swords are cool.
3. Would you hit a member of the opposite sex?
I would only hit someone if I felt that I or another person were in danger. My philosophy is this: don't hit someone unless you're prepared for the fight to end with serious injury on one or both sides. If you aren't willing to hurt someone or be hurt yourself, you cannot win a fight, and I don't ever want to be in another fight that I don't win. I'm not willing to hurt or be hurt for frivolous reasons, and so the only-if-a-person-is-in-danger clause came to be.
4. How about of the same sex?
See above, except that I could probably successfully beat up most women if it became necessary. I'm small, massive, well-muscled and very, very determined.
5. Who was the last person who got really angry at you?
I'm not sure. If it was you, tell me, okay? Otherwise, I'd have to go with my parents who are constantly low-grade pissed at me.
6. What is your pet peeve?
Noisy eaters. God, they drive me crazy.
7. Do you keep grudges, or can you let them go easily?
I think that there are two kinds of grudges: grudges that are worth keeping, because they illuminate the other person's character, and grudges that only illuminate your own. If someone is cruel, for example, that's something I won't forget about them for a long time. If someone just does something to piss me off, but it doesn't make them a bad person for doing it, though, there's no reason to keep a grudge. Of course, I'm not always as successful at letting go of my feelings as I might like, but at least I try.

1. What is one thing you're supposed to do daily that you haven't done in a long time?
I can't think of anything. Maybe flossing, but I've actually been trying to do that once or twice a week . . . .
2. What is the latest you've ever woken up?
3 PM . . . the following day. (Hey, I averaged two or three hours of sleep a night through much of highschool. It's a shock I didn't do brain damage to myself.)
3. Name a person you've been meaning to contact, but haven't.
Only one? Um . . . how about my college roommate Kathy? There are a lot of people in that category. Oops.
4. What is the last lame excuse you made?
Unfortunately, all my lame excuses recently have been true. This is only bad because they all involve my intense nausea and vomiting. On the bright side, I'm feeling better today!
5. Have you ever watched an infomercial all the way through (one of the long ones...)?
What's an infomercial?
6. When was the last time you got a good workout?
Yesterday morning. (Go me!)
7. How many times did you hit the snooze button on your alarm clock today?
I didn't - and that was the problem. I just turned the damn thing off and went back to sleep. Fortunately, I got a phone call about ten minutes later . . . .

1. What is your overpriced yuppie beverage of choice?
I don't really drink overpriced yuppie beverages, unless Dr. Brown's Diet Black Cherry counts. I guess I've had the occasional Vanilla Creme thingy from Starbucks, and they're good - I just don't have them often because they're really bad for you and way ovepriced.
2. Meat eaters: white meat or dark meat?
White meat, totally. Except in soups, where dark meat gives you better flavor.
3. What is the greatest amount of alcohol you've had in one sitting/outing/event?
I'm not sure, but I think it would have to be the drinking contest I got into with someone at the HRSFA fall party my sophomore year. (This was the party of me thinking everyone was kniedzw. I was smashed.) I'd have to say I did ten to twelve shots of vodka . . . and you all know my tolerance for alcohol. It wasn't pretty.
4. Have you ever used a professional diet company?
Technically? Yes - but I don't consider Weight Watchers a diet company. They're helping me make some necessary and permanent lifestyle changes. Can I call them a lifestyle-remodeling company?
5. Do you have an issue with your weight?
Well, yes, but rightfully so. I need to lose another thirty pounds to be healthy, and I might still have to lose beyond that - I'm not sure. On the bright side, I've brought my waist size down more than a full inch. Another couple of inches and I reduce my risk for diabetes by, oh, 70% or so. Hurrah!
6. Do you prefer sweets, salty foods, or spicy food?
I don't like sweets, with a few exceptions like Duncan Hines brownies and the aforementioned Vanilla Creme. I think I'd have to go for salty, especially when it comes to cheese, but spicy runs a close second.
7. Have you ever looked at a small house pet or child and thought, "LUNCH!"?
This is a stupid question. No.

1. How many people have you seen naked (not counting movies/family)?
I don't know . . . many. A lot more than I've had any sexual relationship with. I used to go to an all-women's gym where people would just hang out naked in the locker room - plus there was the Finnish sauna episode.
2. How many people have seen YOU naked?
See above. Plenty - though that doesn't stop me from being self-conscious about my body.
3. Have you ever caught yourself staring at the chest/crotch of a member of your gender of choice during a normal conversation?
No, not really. I'm not very turned on by visual stimuli. Now, if you asked me whether something they said sent me off into an erotic reverie, you'd be much more likely to get a positive response.
4. Have you "done it"?
I'm twenty-seven. What do you think?
5. What is your favorite body part on a person of your gender of choice?
On a man? Hands, arms and chest, no question, in that order.
6. Have you ever been propositioned by a prostitute?
No, but it would be interesting if it happened.
7. Have you ever had to get tested for an STD or pregnancy?
Had to? No. Been incredibly paranoid and gotten tested even when there was no real cause? Yes.

1. How many credit cards do you own?
One. Two, technically, because my bank card has a debit account, but I haven't activated it. I think I should get a second card in order to build my credit history, though.
2. What's your guilty pleasure store?
Any good bookstore. My first choices: Pandemonium, Wordsworth, and the Harvard Bookstore in Cambridge, in no particular order.
3. If you had $1 million, what would you do with it?
I'd invest a chunk, move into a nicer apartment, buy a lot of books, and give the rest away (at least 10% to charity, at least 10% to my friends).
4. Would you rather be rich, or famous?
Famous, absolutely.
5. Would you accept a boring job if it meant you would make megabucks?
That depends on the kind of boring. Boring-and-no-mental-effort, sure, I could put up with that for a while. Boring-and-hugely-demanding, like investment banking or something? No bloody way. No BLOODY way.
6. Have you ever stolen anything?
I used to sneak downstairs in the middle of the night and hide the good snacks from my sisters so that they couldn't take all the good ones while I was making lunch for us. Does that count?
7. How many MP3s are on your hard drive?
A whole lot, but the majority of them are actually from CDs I own. Not all, I admit, but most.

1. What one thing have you done that you're most proud of?
Saved a friend's life, when she tried to kill herself. After she overdosed on sleeping pills, I called 911. Then I kept her awake and on the phone with me until the ambulance arrived. (Not what you were expecting, huh?)
2. What one thing have you done that your parents are most proud of?
You know, I'm really not sure what they're most proud of, but I think that my novel has got to be up there.
3. What thing would you like to accomplish in your life?
Understand interactive storytelling - and figure out how to make damn good, compelling interactive stories that appeal to everyone.
4. Do you get annoyed by coming in second place?
That depends on why I lost, and who I lost to. Ironically, I have a harder time losing to people who I know are smarter than me, because I have fewer alternative ways of defining my value to console myself with. I also get pissed if I lost because I did something dumb. I do better when I know I've done my best, even if I didn't succeed.
5. Have you ever entered a contest of skill, knowing you were of much higher skill than all the other competitors?
Not that I can think of. My particular skill-set doesn't really lend itself to contests.
6. Have you ever cheated on something to get a higher score?
Not exactly. I cheated on a math test in eighth grade, but that was more to see whether I could cheat successfully or not. (I was curious!) I actually did worse than I would have if I'd taken the test on my own, because I deliberately included errors. -g-
7. What did you do today that you're proud of?
Wrote two more pages of the play for the Fringe Festival.

1. What item (or person) of your friend's would you most want to have for your own?
I want Rachel's social skills, Willard's written eloquence, Grimm's togetherness and general intellectual determination, Rob's optimism and Chris's emotional sensitivity. At least that's a start. I have some problems with envy. There's at least one quality that I am a little jealous of in everyone that I'm friends with. (Actually, I think it's kind of a good thing: it means that there are concrete things I respect and admire about my friends, besides just enjoying spending time with them.)
2. Who would you want to go on "Trading Spaces"?
I have no idea what that means. What's "Trading Spaces"?
3. If you could be anyone else in the world, who would you be?
Grimm. He leaves me in the intellectual dust, and is also a great person so you can't even hate him for it.
4. Have you ever been cheated on?
Yup. My very first boyfriend had another girlfriend. I wasn't pleased.
5. Have you ever wished you had a physical feature different from your own?
I've wished to be thinner and not to have back problems. Beyond that, I like my body as is.
6. What inborn trait do you see in others that you wish you had for yourself?
Charisma and determination. I'm too shy and too lazy for my own good.
7. Do you wish you'd come up with this survey?
Not particularly, but it's a pretty clever one.

8. Finally, what is your favorite deadly sin?
Favorite as in the one I enjoy the most? Probably lust. Envy's the one that's with me the most, though, I think.