Yup, it’s time to steal another quiz from Roger! Huzzah!
1. Who was the last attractive person you saw?
The Wife, obviously! As if there’d be any other answer!
2. Do you have a tattoo? If not, are you going to get one?
I do not, and I have no current plans to get one, though I don’t rule it out completely, either. It’s not really a “bucket list” item, though I have occasionally thought that having a dodecahedron figure somewhere, maybe an arm or shoulder, would be cool given that shape’s prominence in my Forgotten Stars books. It would have to be visible to be any use, though, and I never go sleeveless.
3. Have you smoked a cigarette in the last 24 hours?
I have never smoked a cigarette at all, full stop. My only smoking experiences are the crappy cigars two or three guys gave out years ago when they found out they were baby-daddies.
4. Do you believe everyone deserves a second chance?
I’d like to believe this, but I’m not sure. (It also depends on what we’re talking about here…does a man who cheats on his wife deserve a second chance? Does the guy who is currently in the criminal justice system in Buffalo for shooting up a grocery store deserve one? I will say that I do not believe in the death penalty.
5. What is your favorite number?
No idea. I’m honestly kind of confused by the idea of a favorite number. Nine, maybe? I dunno.
6. What time did you go to sleep last night?
I’m not sure; the bedroom’s clock is on The Wife’s side of the bed, so I have to lift my head to see what time it is, and I didn’t bother last night at sleep time. But I’m sure it was later than I would have liked, because Guy Gavriel Kay’s new novel came out last week and I’m now reading it.
7. Are you one of those people that always answer their phones?
Absolutely not. I’ll answer The Wife and The Daughter, and my parents and sister, if they call, but I have long long LONG since rejected the idea that a ringing phone is something that automatically gets my immediate attention. This sometimes gets me the stinkeye at work, but really, when did we decide that we MUST answer a ringing phone? People say with great indignance, “You didn’t answer my call!” My general response is something along the lines of “I was not in a position to answer a phone call,” for whatever reason. (This is often true.)
But when some push the idea–and there are folks out there who cannot comprehend the notion of not answering a ringing phone at all–I will sometimes say something along the lines of, “What makes you think that the fact that you are in possession of a phone gives you the right to appoint yourself as my highest priority at any time you wish?” This usually results in sputtering indignance, but when you insist that someone is required to answer the phone when you call, that is exactly what you are saying: “I expect you to drop whatever you are doing, no matter what it is, to talk to me when I decide that I need to talk to you.”
8. If you died today would your life be complete?
Sheesh, talk about whiplash: from answering the phone to “If you died right now….”! I’d guess, no? My books aren’t done and I want a lot more years with The Wife than the 25 I’ve already had. I’m selfish.
9. If you are being extremely quiet, what does that mean?
Most likely I’m into what I’m writing or reading. Also, check my ears: I may have my earbuds in and am cheerfully listening away to something.
10. Do you know what high school your dad went to?
Huh. I do not! It’s in Pittsburgh.
11. Last time you had butterflies in your stomach?
Probably my last doctor appointment, because I’m at the stage in life where some numbers like to go up, up, up. Luckily, mine are either holding steady where they’re supposed to or they’re going down, like they’re supposed to. Yay, my numbers!
12. Where is your cell phone?
Right here on this table, next to my computer. I’m using it to listen to music, and it’s also doing its wifi-hotspot thing for my current laptop, which for some reason simply does not get along well with our house’s wifi router. (I actually don’t like this computer all that much and am constantly trying to decide how much longer I have to go until I can feel like replacing it wouldn’t just be a luxury purchase.)
By the way, overalls-wearers of the world, if you carry your phones in your bib pocket, how do you do that? I mean, not how, because it’s obvious, but I try it once in a while and that’s just a big hunk of plastic-and-metal to be weighing down the bib. Drives me crazy!
13. What is the nearest purple thing to you?
That is a surprisingly tough one to answer right now! I’m sitting on my deck and there’s nothing blatantly purple in my line of sight. Huh! I’m sure there’s something in the kitchen or in the laundry room that’s purple.
14. When did you last step outside? What were you doing?
To come out here! I’m sitting on the deck! First writing session outdoors in 2022! Huzzah!!
15. What is the last thing you watched on TV?
Actually on a teevee? Probably an episode of Jeopardy! that was on when we hung out with my parents one night last week. All of our “teevee watching” happens on my laptop, via streaming. We have a bed desk that I bought when The Wife has laid up after a procedure last year, and that’s what we use for the computer while we watch things. The last thing we watched at all was a movie called Self/less, which we watched just last night. (It’s a sci-fi thriller starring Ryan Reynolds and others. Not a bad movie, with one of the more satisfying “Bad guy gets his in the end” moments I’ve seen of late.)
I guess that’s it. Time to write in the novel, I guess.