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18 August 2007 @ 08:52 am
Via sfeley:

-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?
In the mood: moodymoody
Kyaa the Catlordkyaathecatlord on August 18th, 2007 01:32 pm (UTC)
Barbie Girl. :P

And I'm Turning Japanese.

And Domo Arigatou Mr. Roboto.

Just cause. :P
Dustybigmog on August 18th, 2007 07:48 pm (UTC)
Although completely unnecessary, I second Barbie Girl.

Do NOT sing that Vapors song tho. I'm pretty sure it's about an orgasm.
asakiyumeasakiyume on August 18th, 2007 11:58 pm (UTC)
turning Japanese
I heard it was about, uh... solitary sex.
Douglas Triggs: bad icondoubt72 on August 21st, 2007 06:34 pm (UTC)
Re: カラオケ
Just to be consistent (because, well, how do you ask questions when you don't know who the person is?), I'm not counting replies to replies for the purposes of the meme -- if you want questions, leave me another one.
Douglas Triggs: cateyesdoubt72 on August 21st, 2007 06:39 pm (UTC)
Okay, let's see...

1) What's the full story behind the origin of your LJ username?

2) What's your favorite thing about working nights? Your least favorite?

3) If suddenly you found yourself on a desert island, and could bring only ten anime DVDs (not sets, DVDs), which ten would you bring?

4) What single thing would you change about your life?

5) What's the worst anime you've ever seen?
Jimmy Hollaman and GUSjimmy_hollaman on August 18th, 2007 09:19 pm (UTC)
please allow me to introduce my self.....
Douglas Triggs: atomsdoubt72 on August 21st, 2007 06:42 pm (UTC)

1) What living person do you admire most?

2) What non-living person (feel free to interpret this liberally) do you admire most?

3) If you had ten million dollars, and had to spend it in the space of a week, what would you spend it on?

4) If you could change one single thing about one other person (not yourself), what would you change?

5) What the best thing about you? Answer in 25 words or more.
asakiyumeasakiyume on August 18th, 2007 11:59 pm (UTC)
I think you should sing the theme to an anime. How about Sailor Moon? Or Evangelion? They both have fun themes.
(Anonymous) on August 19th, 2007 08:25 am (UTC)
Re: karaoke
I can assure you that the Japanese WorldCon members got those covered. We went to karaoke with a few for Doug-san's birthday and they sang anime songs non-stop. Really obscure stuff too. Like 30 year old robot shows.
Douglas Triggs: bad eggdoubt72 on August 21st, 2007 06:52 pm (UTC)
Re: karaoke
Aha, this is a reply, so you get questions!

1) What's your favorite word (choose any language you know). Why?

2) What's the single coolest thing you've ever done?

3) If you couldn't live in the United States (or Japan) for whatever reason, what country would you live in?

4) What do you like best about your life right now?

5) What single thing would you change about the world?
asakiyume: hummingbirdasakiyume on August 21st, 2007 07:53 pm (UTC)
Re: karaoke
Those are *hard*!

Okay I'll try--gotta think, though.
asakiyumeasakiyume on August 22nd, 2007 02:01 pm (UTC)
Re: karaoke
Okay, I had better do these before you vanish into the land of the rising sun.

Because I know you're just *dying* to know!

1. あわれ、meaning, "the sadness of things"--sometimes translated just as "ahh" or "ohh," and representing just a sad sigh. Why? Because I'm really, really sentimental, and even though I really love life a whole lot, I think a lot of things are really sad.

2. :-P This is the really hard one. I don't know! What cool things have I done? Having babies was pretty cool, but ordinary too. But I liked doing it. Eating poisonous mushrooms sure made for a good story. Stalking my Japanese teacher and going on a trip with him--was maybe more sad, pathetic, and dangerous than cool, but, well, it was interesting. Taking my family to meet Lloyd Alexander was cool... and remembering that is a comfort now that he's gone...writing these stories I've been writing... I don't know how cool that is, but it sure makes me happy. Living in Japan was cool, but that's kind of large scale.

3. Maybe England, since that's where my husband's from, but if for some reason we were trying someplace completely new, I'd like to try maybe Italy and maybe Malaysia. Maybe Turkey. Maybe just Canada.

4. I really love my whole life right now, which I know sounds obnoxious and self-satisfied. I love just being in the world and experiencing things. I guess I really like writing again; that's made a big difference. I like LJ a lot and the friends I've made through it. But I really also like doing my foraging, going for walks, joking with family, etc.

5. I think if I tried to change it to improve it, I'd probably make it worse somehow, no matter how well-intentioned I was or how carefully I crafted my suggestion. Well, how about this: I'd like it to be exceptionally easy to learn to speak other languages. Maybe that would encourage people to speak with people from other countries and cultures, and maybe it would help cut down on wars. But maybe not. Who knows? Or, I'd like us to discover intelligent life in outer space--but that's not really changing things in our world. That's more a wish-fulfillment wish.

Doug, if we don't chat before then--have a fantastic journey.
Douglas Triggs: moondoubt72 on August 24th, 2007 01:19 pm (UTC)
Re: karaoke
Oh! I wanna hear more about the mushrooms and the teacher stalking stories.

On (5) that's a good one. Along those lines, I was once chatting with a friend of mine, and thought the world would be a much better place if everybody (in every country) had to live somewhere overseas for a year (maybe when they graduate from college or hit 21 or something), for much the same reasons.
thjazithjazi on September 26th, 2007 10:55 pm (UTC)
Re: karaoke
Yeah, that's a pretty accurate memory. It was a two-fold deal- #1 to gain perspective and empathy and #2 to find out what it's like to be _poor_. Because outside of Appalachia and some rural parts of the deep south, and a few Indian reservations, nobody in this country knows what being poor is. So, basically, I thought they should (at 21 or so) have to live a year _as a local_ in a really poor place. Cote d' Ivoire, etc. Namibia. Congo. Cambodia. Bangladesh. Nepal. Romania. Albania. Slums of Rio. parts of Argentina.
Douglas Triggs: bad icondoubt72 on September 28th, 2007 07:32 pm (UTC)
Re: karaoke
Actually, I wasn't referring to a conversation we had, but to one I had much more recently.

To tell the truth, I don't know we ever had this discussion. It's not a bad idea, although it would be better if no one at all had to experience true poverty (being defined, I suppose, as not having access to decent food, medical care, etc.)
DeeDerangedeederange on August 19th, 2007 05:34 pm (UTC)
See my vest! See my vest! Made of real gorrila chest!

(I was wearing NummyMuffinCoocolButter as slippers the other night and have had that song stuck in my head since.)
Douglas Triggs: grayjaydoubt72 on August 21st, 2007 06:49 pm (UTC)

1) Cats or Dogs? Defend your answer.

2) What's the coolest bird (or bird sighting) you've ever seen?

3) If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be?

4) What country (that you haven't yet been to) would you most want to visit, and why?

5) A hurricane arrives, and literally wipes Florida off the face of the earth (fortunately, while you were on vacation somewhere else). Where do you plan to settle down now that returning to Florida is no longer an option?
redfiermaredfierma on August 20th, 2007 05:00 pm (UTC)
I'm wearing the same pants I've worn for four out of the past seven days, which are torn, dirty, and smelly. And I've worn them at a conference. Ugh.
Douglas Triggsdoubt72 on August 21st, 2007 06:45 pm (UTC)
Questions for you:

1) What's the most fun you've ever had wearing pants?

2) What do you see yourself doing in ten years?

3) Excluding all the places you've lived (including Boulder), where would you most want to live, and why?

4) What single achievement of your life has made you the happiest?

5) What question would you most want to ask me? (Not guaranteeing I'll actually answer, mind you, but I might.)
redfiermaredfierma on August 21st, 2007 07:26 pm (UTC)
I'm going to post here instead of my journal because, well, I'm lame like that.

1) The most fun wearing pants? Oh jeez. That'd probably be the most fun day of my life... and I've been lucky enough to have a whole slew of 'em. But in terms of fun (as opposed to happy or joyful or peaceful times), and recent times, I'd have to say one of the dinners with the CU aikido crowd. I usually find my cheeks hurting after we've gone out because I spend hours upon hours laughing.

2) At this point I have no idea, and I'm thrilled and terrified about that. Ideally I'd have a career and hobbies and family and friends that I adored. However, I recall someone asking me this very question a decade ago, and I never would have predicted how happy I'd be despite only a few of those goals having happened. So yeah, "being happy" is a cop-out and a cheesy answer, but it's the truth. I see myself being happy since that's what I've made up my mind to do. Goddamnit. I'll leave the details to figure out along the way.

3) Ooh, good question. Something at least the size of Boulder, for sure, because I like the variety of stuff to do. Some place sunny and hot and dry, outdoorsy, liberal, and ideally with mountains and water.

I won't let myself say Fort Collins or Denver, because I think that'd be cheating. Perhaps the calmer areas of San Francisco, but I think that'd be too chilly for me. The Caribbean would be nice, but I don't think any particular island would be large enough for me, and the same problem with Hawaii. Perhaps one of the Italian islands or someplace along the southern coast of Europe? That is, if I spoke the necessary language.

4) Happiest? Again, I'll take you literally there. I think I've learned a hell of a lot from the relationship with and break-up with Eric, but I don't think that's made me the happiest. And getting my degrees... eh. I'm happy that I've developed such good teaching skills and gotten the awards, but it's not exactly something I've strived for. Recognition of being polyamorous is another thing I'm happy about, but it's not exactly an achievement.

I think there are two things I'll say. One is overcoming the passive-aggressive behavior I learned from my dad. That took a _hell_ of a lot of hard work and dedication, and I'm such a better person because of it. The other thing is the huge weight loss, which has made me so much more able to do things, and the training for and completing the triathlon. I think it's made me the happiest because it was one of those things I would never have expected I'd be able to do, you know?

5) I keep on meaning to respond to your e-mails from many months ago about relationship stuff (Bad Deanna!), but I'm curious why you chose me, of all people, to ask those questions to. I'm more than happy to answer the questions, of course, but why ask me?


Douglas Triggs: crazy person with signdoubt72 on August 24th, 2007 01:12 pm (UTC)
On (5)... I honestly don't even remember what we were talking about anymore; I'd have to go through my outbox or something. And the answer probably is: because you were there (whatever it is, there's a reasonable chance that you weren't the only person I talked to about it, even if not at that exact time. I do talk a lot, and certain topics tend to rattle around in my head more than others).

...I suppose that means the email will be particularly interesting when I do see it.