-Leave me a casual comment of no particular significance, like a lyric to your current favorite song, or your favorite kind of sandwich, maybe your favorite game. Any remark, meaningless or not.
-I will respond by asking you five personal questions so I can get to know you better.
-Update your LJ with the answers to the questions.
-Include this explanation and offer to ask someone else in your own post.
-When others respond with a desultory comment, you will ask them five questions.
1.) Haijimemashite! Ogenki desu ka?
2.) Favorite microbrew? Describe it.
Peak One Porter, from the Backcountry Brewery in Frisco Colorado. Best drunk at the source, but can be found (sometimes) in Denver (but only in bombers). I seriously doubt you can find it much farther away. It is (of course) a porter, which is a dark (malty) ale, essentially the English version of an Irish stout. Of course, it's a particularly good example of the genre, and my favorite beer made in America. It's smooth and tasty, reasonably strong, and entirely lacking in the nasty bitter department.
3.) Let's say Colorado -- indeed, all the Rocky Mountain states -- are rendered uninhabitable by a hamster plague. What would be your next choice in the United States on where to live? And why?
Pacific Northwest, or Northern California. The weather isn't great, but I like the culture there, and at least summer is bearable. I don't really care one way or the other about the ocean, really, but both are reasonably close to mountains and good scenery.
Honestly, if Colorado got overrun, I think that would be a sign to start hopping countries. I don't think anywhere else could hold me, ultimately... No matter where I go (if I go) for grad school or whatever, my plan would be to eventually end up back here.
4.) On the whole, in balance, is your life getting better and are you getting happier? Be honest. Don't blow it off.
Um. Sort of. Things have kind of plateaued a bit lately, but I'm at a point of great potential, a saddle point, which is to say, things might get much better soon, or it might be a time of unbearable disappointment (there are a lot of things involved). Or anything in between. So, uh, I don't know. The last year has been quite rough, after a couple of better years; nothing as bad as 2003 or so, though.
That's the general trendline, though. Specifically, at this very moment? The last few weeks have been a bit of a slide, but this weekend in Wisconsin here and next week are probably going to cause a couple of discontinuities in THAT curve (at least a bit of that has been due to anxiety -- I'm doing a couple of, er, risky things while I'm in Japan, you might say. Which maybe you'll hear about someday).
5.) You know I'm jealous at you for going to Worldcon this year, right? Will you laugh maniacally at least once while you're there, and raise a glass for the rest of us?
Yup, absolutely. I'll be sure to do the "mwahaha" while wearing the "I [gojira] Tokyo" T-shirt. Any requests for karaoke?