Well I haven't shown my face around here for a while, much to my dismay, but here I am and that's something we can all drink to
Ginger ale, that is.
My main conflict at the moment, since I'm sure that's what those reading this are looking forward to hearing about, is what to write. No, I'm not at a complete loss, but it's more on this prompt for the school's Literary Magazine publication coming up soon. The theme is "A Dustland Fairytale", based off a song by The Killers, but listening to the thing, I can't come up with anything to relate to the song. I've racked my brain, but I think I've come to the conclusion that I'll have to try a different approach...
Anyway, I'll have some sort of rough draft up here ready for critique sometime in the near future.
I'd love to see anybody's deviations they've posted in the last two or so months because I probably haven't seen them
My inbox is plugged up like Lake Powell when a ship sinks near the dam and gets slurped into the main drainage hole.
Here's one of those huge question tag things that I'll probably answer because I'm bored. And technically I got tagged <_<
Read only if you dare!
1. ONE OF YOUR SCARS, HOW DID YOU GET IT?
A grammatically poorly constructed question, but I've got all sorts of faint red scars (mostly healed by this point,) all over my legs from biking. I'm proud of them!
2. WHAT IS ON THE WALLS IN YOUR ROOM?
A Zions National Park poster, a "National Parks of the Grand Circle" poster featuring Zions, Arches, Bryce Canyon, Capital Reef, Canyonlands, and Mesa Verde National Parks, a 2010 Big Phat Jam poster, a Capital Reef National Park Poster, a Utah Jazz flag, a National Geographic poster with information on melting ice caps, a watercolor painting of a guy and his dog pheasant hunting, and a map of the world
There's also a little print of a painting of Jesus I've been meaning to hang up, but for the meantime that's on my desk.
3. WHAT DOES YOUR CELL PHONE LOOK LIKE?
It's black and shiny with little bits of white, steel, and orange.
4. WHAT MUSIC DO YOU LIKE TO LISTEN TO?
All sorts, it's kind of too broad of a collection. If you want to find out some specific examples, visit my Grooveshark account at [link]
5. DO YOU KNOW WHAT TIME YOU WERE BORN?
I think it was some time very late or early morning. Not sure
6. WHAT DO YOU WANT MORE THAN ANYTHING RIGHT NOW?
An Apples to Apples deck so I could draw a random red card to put here.
I could never answer a question like that accurately
7. WHAT DO YOU MISS?
8. WHAT IS YOUR MOST PRIZED POSSESSION?
As far as nostalgia goes, I'm not sure. But overall, probably my trombone or my scriptures.
9. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SMELL?
Not counting food smells, (many of which are awesome,) I'm oddly enough partial to the smell of chlorine. It just reminds me of cleanliness! American Fork Canyon when it rains in the late summer/fall is hard to beat, though.
10. DO YOU GET CLAUSTROPHOBIC?
11. DO YOU GET SCARED OF THE DARK?
Only because I know the Weeping Angels could get to me.
12. THE LAST PERSON TO MAKE YOU CRY?
I don't know that a specific person's actions have ever made me cry.
13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE COLOGNE / PERFUME?
I don't wear it. I know somebody who always smells really good because of hers, though
14. WHAT KIND OF HAIR DO YOU LIKE ON SOMEONE YOU ARE ATTRACTED TO?
Lovely hair! As long as it's a natural color. Most styles are good too.
15. WHERE CAN YOU SEE YOURSELF PROPOSING / BEING PROPOSED TO AT?
Whitewater rafting through dangerous cataracts. Of course, the ring would be securely on a necklace around my neck, otherwise it might fall into the river...
But wouldn't that be exciting??
16. COFFEE OR ENERGY DRINKS?
Orange juice for sure!
17. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PIZZA TOPPING?
Onions, bell peppers, olives, parmesan, pepperoni. Mmm...
18. IF YOU COULD EAT ANYTHING RIGHT NOW, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Ridiculously crispy fries and malt vinegar.
19. WHO IS THE LAST PERSON YOU MADE MAD?
A fickle child at my school.
20. DO YOU SPEAK A FOREIGN LANGUAGE?
A good amount a French, and a bit of Welsh. I'm working on the latter currently.
21. WHAT WAS THE FIRST GIFT SOMEONE EVER GAVE YOU (OF THE OPPOSITE SEX):
Heck, I have no idea :d It depends if things like candy, cards, or art count as gifts.
22. DO YOU LIKE SOMEONE?
If this means the "crush" sort of like, then... I guess? Not by the conventional definition, though.
23. ARE YOU DOUBLE JOINTED?
Hardly. In some places I might be considered two-thirds jointed, though.
24. FAVORITE CLOTHING BRAND?
I've always found Adidas to be highly comfortable, durable, and more or less fashionable.
25. WHAT IS YOUR DREAM CAR?
Actually, in my ideal world, I wouldn't drive a car. I'd bike everywhere! But if I had to pick, something I could take off roads that's somewhat fuel efficient.
26. EVER DONE A PRANK CALL?
Do bears like to attend people picnics? Of course!
27. WHAT IS ONE OF YOUR DREAMS?
To visit Scandinavia.
28. WOULD YOU FALL IN LOVE KNOWING THAT THE PERSON IS LEAVING?
Aren't we all leaving at some rate? Plus, I find truth in the saying/proverb "It is better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all."
29. WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO TELL SOMEONE HOW MUCH THEY MEAN TO YOU?
Showing is much better than telling
30. SAY A NUMBER FROM ONE TO A HUNDRED:
SUM(1/x,x,1,100) That's a great number!
31. BLONDES OR BRUNETTES?
I like either dark blonde or dark brunette, but it doesn't make that much of a difference.
32. WHAT IS THE ONE NUMBER YOU CALL MOST OFTEN?
1-888-227-8255 (Hello, you're on Car Talk)
33. WHAT ANNOYS YOU MOST?
In light of recent events, people who either can't seem to stop spewing out their thoughts that nobody really cares to hear about in a captive audience situation.
Especially when, I dunno, everybody else is trying to listen to the teacher, not them <_<
34. HAVE YOU BEEN OUT OF YOUR HOME COUNTRY?
35. YOUR WEAKNESSES?
My heel (and I blame that ruddy Achilles character...)
36. WHERE DO YOU WANT TO LIVE
The Shire, or some place like it.
37. FIRST JOB?
I guess you could say tutoring or trombone teaching.
38. HOW MANY TIMES HAVE YOU BEEN IN LOVE?
As if love were some sort of milkshake bar one stumbles in and out of on the way home from school when feeling hungry, thirsty, or otherwise in need of something sweet
39. WHAT WERE YOU DOING BEFORE YOU FILLED OUT THIS SURVEY?
Practicing the trombone.
40. WHY DID YOU FILL OUT THIS SURVEY?
I saw it in a friend's journal and felt it might be a fun "veg-out" way to spend an hour.
41. IF YOU COULD GET PLASTIC SURGERY WHAT WOULD IT BE?
I've kinda got some plastic surgery going on with a couple of my teeth right now!
But it's temporary.
The whole idea is stupid.
42. WHAT DO YOU GET COMPLIMENTED ABOUT MOST?
Physical characteristics? Probably my voice and height.
43. WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF ALCOHOL BECAME ILLEGAL?
I'd laugh and say "It's a nice thought, guys, but there's a list of reasons that didn't work the first time we tried it."
44. WHAT DO YOU WANT FOR YOUR BIRTHDAY?
Yeah, my mom just asked me the same question and I couldn't think of anything... Cake and ice cream?
45. HOW MANY KIDS DO YOU WANT?
I like to say that's probably not going to be my
decision when I get married. But I'll just say no fewer than one, no more than twelve
Nah, really, four or five sounds good. Although I would probably reconsider that question after the inevitable discovery that one or two is a handful enough.
46. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE?
My middle name is after my great-grandfather, but I don't think my first is after anyone in particular.
47. DO YOU WISH ON STARS?
I wish on entire nebulae, baby.
48. WHICH FINGER[S] IS YOUR FAVORITE?
I've never considered it up until now. My middle finger is certainly strongest, yet the index so dexterous. Oh yes.
49. WHEN DID YOU LAST CRY?
A few weeks ago when I was in a lot of pain from a toothache that ended up being an infection I wanted to cry 'cause I thought that might help, but I couldn't make myself cry
50. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING?
Not at all. I don't even think it has that certain illegible charm to it, because it's plenty legible, there's just not a gram of elegance to it.
51. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT?
It depends, but if we're just talking packaged store-bought lunchmeats, smoked turkey.
52. ANY BAD HABITS?
None that I can think of. If I did, someone else would probably notice them better than I would. I guess I'm pretty bad at making eye contact when talking to people, but I'm getting better at that.
53. WHAT IS YOUR MOST EMBARRASSING CD ON THE SHELF?
I still have a Rascal Flats CD in my CD wallet. I don't know why I haven't chucked that yet...
54. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON, WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU?
That question is kind of a paradox, but yeah, sure.
55. HAVE YOU EVER TOLD A SECRET YOU SWORE NOT TO TELL?
All. The. Time.
56. DO LOOKS MATTER?
No, looks are entirely irrelevant. Never again will I care about the appearance of anything.
57. HOW DO YOU RELEASE ANGER?
Through the "Release Anger Pressure" valve located underneath my tongue. It's pretty cool.
But in all honesty, it's usually from lots of "thinking too precisely of th'event" and coming to the conclusion that it's nothing to be upset about. Anger is a rather silly emotion and tends to wear itself off.
58. WHERE IS YOUR SECOND HOME?
The band room!
59. DO YOU TRUST OTHERS EASILY?
I like to think I can pretty easily discern if someone is trustworthy or not. There are lots of people I'd trust with my life because I know they can, it's not always
something that has to come slowly over some elaborate process. Although, there are people I can trust to do more than I could ever expect of them, and that is through the latter process.
60. WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE TOY AS A CHILD?
Legos and weapons made from sticks.
61. ARE YOU AFRAID OF GROWING UP?
Growing up relative to what? It happens so gradually there will never be a point where I'm like "ohhh I'm suddenly grown up, this is so scary". Every day one gets slightly more mature and experienced and growing up becomes a gradual thing.
When I was 10 I would have been terrified to be 16 - to be driving and going on dates and whatnot - but now that I'm past that it hardly seems like a grownup lifestyle, and I think the same phenomenon will happen when I'm 60 looking back on 55.
62. WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST FEAR?
It's probably a tossup between developing a chronic illness, becoming distant from my best friends, and becoming the sort of person I don't want to be.
63. DO YOU USE SARCASM?
I feel like it would have been really cliché to answer that question sarcastically, but it was certainly tempting.
64. HAVE YOU EVER BEEN IN A MOSH PIT?
Sort of, but EVEN BETTER: I've been in a Harlem Shake
65. WHAT DO YOU LOOK FOR IN A MAN / WOMAN?
Oh the usual: Hair, eyes, cash flow, a good sense of humor, not too smart
66. WHAT ARE YOUR NICKNAMES?
Dating back as far as middle school: Chives, Gustave, THE Gustave, Fabian Campagnollo, The Russian, Merk...
67. WHAT IS THE MOST PAIN YOU HAVE EVER EXPERIENCED?
I dunno, that abscess infection I had under my root canals up until a couple weeks ago hurt pretty bad. That's a unique type of pain.
68. DO YOU UN-TIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF?
Almost always, yes, unless I'm in a hurry.
69. WHO IS YOUR CRUSH?
I'm gonna say I don't have one, 'cause I really... don't. Concerning those who might possibly considered distant candidates, that's for me to know and you not to know
70. WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM FLAVOR?
Cookies and Cream all the way, son!
71. WHEN IS THE LAST TIME YOU WENT ON A DATE?
Last Saturday. I took a good friend of mine out to try out Indian food to celebrate her berfday
72. WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE COLORS?
Overall green, but I like wearing darker colors for the most part.
73. HOW MANY WISDOM TEETH DO YOU HAVE?
I had four up until about two months ago.
74. WHO / WHAT DO YOU MISS MOST RIGHT NOW?
Refer to Question #7
75. DO YOU WANT EVERYONE TO ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS?
Only if they're really at as much of a loss as I am right now for things to do right now as I am. Well I'm not at a loss, I just don't want to do them at this particular point in time. Well there aren't really points in time, it's more like the time when I was in this point in space, but that's an entire other story.
76. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?
Does it count to be listening to a song in my head that I'm not actually listening to? I think I've got it down well enough to be able to do that O_o
77. LAST THING YOU ATE?
The last REAL food I ate: a fist full of corn chips
The last thing I swallowed: those awful heart-shaped valentine candies whose ingredients are questionable if you're looking to classify them as technically "food".
78. LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE?
My home teaching companion.
79. THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT A MAN / WOMAN?
What they do or don't say and how they say it; conversation. I mean that's not the first thing I "notice" but it is the first thing I take into serious consideration.
80. FAVORITE THOUGHT PROVOKING SONG?
Call Me Maybe ~ Carly Rae Jepsen
81. FAVORITE THING TO HATE:
Please don't tell me you're confused or that you feel tricked or violated when I say please refer to question #80
82. FAVORITE DRINK?
I like most fruit juices, my favorite soda is probably ginger ale, and I'm always delighted to try weird small-business sodas or juices mixes that I've never heard of
83. FAVORITE ZODIAC SIGN
Which ever one is most frequently mispronounced. Fufufufuuuu. Sagittarius?
84. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SPORT?
My favorite common team sport is soccer, but I dig mountain biking the mostest.
85. FAVORITE HAIR COLOR?
Has this question not already been asked at least twice?
86. FAVORITE EYE COLOR?
I hope this doesn't sound too weird, but the mom and oldest daughter (she's like 5) of this family I know both have the coolest eyes I've ever seen! I've never seen anything like them. They're like a very silvery blue color and very clear looking. The color isn't as solid as usual. Words don't explain it well enough, though. Bahhhh
87. DO YOU WEAR GLASSES?
A brother the elder, a brother the younger, and a sister the youngest.
89. FAVORITE MONTH?
You can't beat the weather in October, but all the fun stuff always happens in June and July. Hmm...
90. YOU LIKE SUSHI?
I've had it once, and it was... okay. I'm sure I'd like it more if I tried it a few more times, but it was just so different I had a hard time growing attached to it at first try.
91. LAST THING YOU WATCHED?
Doctor Who and a wee bit of Downton Abby
92. FAVORITE DAY OF THE YEAR?
That's not really a consistent date, but I'ma go with St Patrick's Day for now, just for kicks.
93. ARE YOU TOO SHY TO ASK SOMEONE OUT?
Well I'm not exactly comfortable with it, but it's not like deathly afraid of it or anything.
94. SUMMER OR WINTER?
It's hard to say. Winter this year hasn't been as fun as I used to think it was. Maybe it's because I have to deal with having a car in winter for once?
95. KISSES OR HUGS?
96. RELATIONSHIPS OR ONE NIGHT STANDS?
I'm not even sure what "one night stands" is supposed to mean, so I'm going to say neither!
97. WHO IS THE MOST LIKELY TO ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS?
My loyal fans and bandwagon operation managers.
98. WHO IS THE LEAST LIKELY TO ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS?
Somebody... who... doesn't care
99. WHAT BOOKS ARE YOU READING?Imagine
- Jonah LehrerPride and Prejudice
- Jane Austen
I'm about to start The Things They Carried
by Tim O'Brien
100. IS ANYONE IN LOVE WITH YOU?
Refer to Question 38. I mean not to say that no one loves me, but what the heck is that supposed to mean, honestly?
Peace be with thee, readers, and as for the haters, calamities increase upon them.