Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Twenty Questions and a Bonus

I've twenty questions that I plan on answering in this post. They're actually two memes in this one post. I was tagged to do one set; the other one I found interesting. I thought they were both actually kind of fun to explore so I went ahead and answered them. So here we go.

The first set of ten questions was posed by the lovely and enchanting Scarlet Blue. Scarlet asks:

1. Do you prefer asking questions or answering them?

What a fascinating question. I don't mind answering a few questions. In fact, I kind of like giving presentations and speeches and answering questions.

But I have to say that I do enjoy asking questions, because I like learning new things and finding out more about people. You learn the most fascinating things about people. Everyone's got a story. You just have to listen to them tell it.

2. What is your favorite joke? [Or favorite one liner?]

I can't recall ever having a favorite joke--as I like all of them. Mostly the dirty ones crack me up the most. I have a very wicked sense of humor. My fave one liner I thought upon accidentally, when I was put on the spot by during a lecture by the drug addiction counselor. I was sitting in the front and for some reason, he singled me out and asked me point blank, "Do you drink?"

And I replied,"Only when I'm thirsty."

The discombobulated look on his face was too funny! He wasn't expecting that! The class couldn't suppress the snickers and giggles.

3. Have you ever fantasized about being on Big Brother [the well known TV show... I'm not alluding to incest]?

Nope. I never want to be on reality tv. I value my privacy. There's a freedom that comes with anonymity. You can go wherever you want and do whatever you want to do without anyone all up in your business. Forget Fame; I'd rather have Fortune.

4. Have you ever wanted to enter a talent show?

I've actually been in a few talent shows growing up. In high school, I was a member of a few singing and dance groups and we actually won a few awards. I don't think I'd want to enter one now, only because I like my privacy.

5. Is Simon Cowell really necessary?

Only if there's a Paula Abdul. Simon needs someone opposite of him to balance him out. He was the Ying on American Idol and Paula was the Yang. Together, they created harmony. Apart, they're just painful to watch.

6. Tea or coffee?

I like iced tea (and where I come from, that means sweet tea. I was shocked to find out that there are places that served iced tea unsweetened! Who in their right mind drinks unsweetened iced tea? Bleh!). Hot tea is good for dipping stuff, like buttered toast and buttered crackers.

7. What is your favorite perfume? Or smell?

This is easy. Gardenias, the lovely, sweet scent of gardenias is my favorite scent in the world. It's a magical scent that takes me back to a time long ago, when I was just a small child, lying on bed watching the moon and stars through the open window, dreaming about all the wonders of the big world out there, while a gentle breeze blew in the sweet, serene scent of gardenias blooming in the front yard. To this day, I find the sweet, scintillating scent of gardenias to be relaxing and pleasing and ethereal.

8. What is the quickest route to Wales from where you live?

An airplane across the Atlantic, assuming the Icelandic volcano isn't acting up. Otherwise, it'll have to be by ship--one with lots of life boats and life vests and no icebergs in sight. And more importantly, one that's not carrying Celine Dion on board. The last time she sang on a ship, it struck an iceberg and sank!

9. What does the word 'Wales' conjure to your mind?

Dr Who and Torchwood! I luv those shows!

Would you like to play with my screwdriver?

10. Are you dreading dreaming up ten questions to ask six bloggers?

Nope. Not really. I'd probably ask silly questions like favorite color, favorite food, favorite cartoon, and favorite adventure. But I won't make up ten questions to ask people to answer. These ones that I just answered are fascinating enough on their own.

The second set of ten questions was posed by the well traveled and adventurous XL. He wasn't tagging anyone, but his questions caught my interest. XL asks:

1. Coke or Pepsi?

Ah, yes. I haven't drank soda in years. But back when I was drinking soda, my fave was Mountain Dew--for the sweet taste and energy jolt. I used to live in Atlanta, home of CNN and Coca Cola!

But I admit that I didn't like Coke that much. For one thing, Coke was kind of harsh tasting for me, a little too strong, acidic. Pepsi had much more flavor, and it wasn't as gassy as Coke. I always felt like I was drinking more bubbles than liquid in a Coke. I preferred Pepsi with meals, but Coke is my choice when making a marinade for ham or bbq chicken! Coke adds delicious flavor! Not to mention Coke is great for removing rust.

I luv your hot dog! It's so plump and juicy and fills me up just right!

2. Do you play a musical instrument?

When I was younger, I used to play the harmonica and learned the flute one year. But as I grew older, I discovered that my lips were better put to use on other more fun things. I would like to learn how to play the ukulele though. It's small enough to carry on the plane and it's perfect for beach parties and camping!

3. If you could go back in time, would you make a different decision in your life?

This is a very good question. There are often times when I think about the mistakes I've made in my life, sometimes wishing that I'd done something differently. But when it all comes down to it, I don't think I'd change a thing. Those experiences, even the painful ones, helped me be the person that I am today. I'd like to think those experiences made me wiser and more aware of who I am and where I'm going.

4. Which sport do you consider to be "football?"

The one where they play for the championship in the Super Bowl! The game where they kick a round ball into a net goal is called soccer! And rugby is the fun game where they run around passing a football in a different, exciting way.

5. Do you like to travel?

Yes! It's one of my passions in life! It's one of my favorite things to do, explore new places and experience local life and different cultures. It's a big world, and I want to see it all!

6. Do you like Piña Coladas and getting caught in the rain?

Yes and yes! I like walking in the rain--heck I've gone running during the rain. I enjoy playing in the rain. And Piña Coladas taste great. I like the rain. I find it relaxing and refreshing. I think that rain is romantic.

7. Surely you like cats, right?

I sure do. But I don't have any pets right now. There are a few strays who like to hang around my porch though. I feed 'em from time to time, and I leave a bowl of water for them to drink. It's getting hotter now, so they need all the water they can get.

8. Beatles or Stones?

They're both good in their own way. I like Hey Jude from the Beatles. And Satisfaction is a great song from the Rolling Stones. I can't really decide. Okay, it's the Kinks for me!

9. Which foreign languages can you speak (regardless of fluency)?

Other than my tourist Greek phrases from my trip to Greece--Yia sas!, I'm trying to learn to speak Spanish fluently, and not just the tourist stuff.

10. What special meal would you prepare for me?

I'd make you my favorite--Fried chicken; potato salad; some pineapple grilled chicken; pineapple grilled pork chops; corn on the cob; sweet cornbread; rice; salad; iced tea; and some pineapple pie or peach cobbler with vanilla ice cream for dessert. Then some screwdrivers to wash it all down.

And finally, a surprise. I thought I only had twenty questions to answer, but that all changed. I was in the middle of answering these questions when I happened to take a break and surf the internet. Guess what I found? IDV has also given us ten questions to answer. And though he didn't tag anyone, the questions were interesting. That is the bonus! And so here we go, the bonus ten questions that the talented and timeless IDV posed. IDV asks:

1. What's your earliest memory?

My father and mother, taking turns rocking me to sleep when I was a baby, I was probably two or three. It was late at night. I was sick, feeling terrible, but having them hold me, rocking me, comforting me made me feel a bit better and helped me fall asleep. It was a very comforting feeling, and I felt safe and loved.

2. What was the last thing you ate?

Egg salad sandwich--just bread, hard boiled eggs seasoned with salt & pepper then mixed with mayo.

3. Would you support a comeback by Steps?

I have no idea who these people are. At first, I thought it was a question relating to Alcoholics Anonymous, in which case, I support their 12 Step program for recovering alcoholics.

4. What is your dream car?

Does a flying carpet count? It would seem much more practical and I wouldn't have to worry about parking. The one from Disney's Aladdin seems pretty cool. I'd want one of those for sure.

I've never really imagined myself with a dream car. But I have answered this question before over at XL:

If I could have any fantasy car, it'd be that Aston Martin v12 Vanquish from the James Bond movie, Die Another Day--and I want it complete with the rockets, the guns, the optic camouflage, and the ejector seat! A car like that would be handy during rush hour traffic or in case I have to do some espionage work for the shadow gov't.

I've also imagined myself going on wild safaris in a Toyota Land Cruiser!

And I'd definitely like a smart car like Herbie!

5. How tall are you?

Tall enough to enjoy the rides designed for adult fun!

6. Margaret Thatcher vs Queen Elizabeth II: Who would win and why/how?

My money would be on Liz! It's always the quiet ones you gotta look out for. You don't marry Phil and keep those troublesome kids in check unless you've got a high pain tolerance and incredible strength to keep it all together.

7. Mama Cass died choking on a sandwich. What sandwich filling would you happily choke on?

Egg salad--I just had one.

8. Has a pick-up line ever worked for you? If so, what was it? If not, what was the worst reaction?

I'm pretty bad at picking up signs that someone's trying to pick me up, unless they come right out and say it, which has happened a few times. The first time it happened, I was 19, out with a friend to enjoy a night in the big city of Atlanta. It was my first time in the big city, and my friend was an independent, free spirited woman in her early 20s who was showing me the night life in the big city. We were standing outside in line, waiting to get into a club, laughing ourselves silly.

We were still feeling the buzz from the shots we had earlier, when this statuesque redhead with a pixie cut, hoop earrings, and a black catsuit strutted up to me, and said, "I think you're sexy. I want to take you home and f*ck all night long."

My cool, suave response was, "Um, I'm with her," nodding to my friend. I was freaked out! This was crazy!

The redhead turned and looked at my friend up and down slowly. Then she said, "She can come, too."

I luv the big city life!

9. You find yourself inexplicably cloned. You would, wouldn't you?! Just out of curiosity, or maybe for some other reason?

I'm not sure about being cloned. But if I do, by chance, I'd probably have my clones try out all the things I've been curious to do, just so we could compare notes and see how it was.

Or we could hook up with Alice and her clones and start planning how to build our army and defend ourselves from the Zombies and other entities bent on taking over the world.

And when we're done saving the world, we'll start repopulating it!

10. How did you find this blog? Go on, indulge me!

I think from Snicks blog via MJ. I was looking for Stevie Nicks music online when I came across Snicks blog. Snicks led me to Maidink, who led me to MJ. From MJ, it was over to you.

And there you have it. Twenty Questions and a Bonus Ten more all answered. I had fun doing some of these. And a few of them really made me think a bit. But overall, I enjoyed it. You don't have to answer any of these questions. But if you do decide to go ahead and answer some of them, please let me know so that I can come on over and read your answers.


  1. as I have people asking me questions all day , I am somewhat adverse to answering them in my blogging time , however , well done Mr E for having the fortitude to answer this nosey lot :-)

  2. Erm... that's a controversial answer to the football question. Luckily, I don't care enough.
    Anyhow, do really dunk buttered toast in your tea???

  3. *Do you dunk... id rtjrtb... it's all going wrong this week!

  4. Thanks for all the credits!

    I am stunned at your third #8! You are my new hero! I would melt at such an offer!

    No one ever tried to pick me up, well aside from guys in Southern California cruising the bus stops in their Corvettes trying to pick up sailors!

  5. * note to self: must obtain Corvette *

    Great answers, Eros! I'm glad I only had 10 to answer.
    I gather from your answer to the third 3, that Steps didn't make it in the USA, then. Poor Steps.
    And the third 9 had some subtext - perhaps I was too subtle? I'll rephrase the question for anyone else who wants to take part.

  6. Thanks for the very informative post Eros, I'm yet to do mine, have a lot on my plale at present but will make an effort over the next day or so. Things are a bit hectic at th palais...

  7. I will probably do this meme sometime this week.

    A cruise without iceburgs and Celine would be the ideal trip. I actually watched an entire episode of Futurama last night and instead of having a ship in the ocean, they were sailing it through space, and instead of iceburgs, they crashed into a meteor and then the ship broke apart and sunk into a black hole. :D

  8. IDV: Corvette convertible, top down. Really. Good luck!

  9. Beast, Thanks. I try not to ask personal questions at work. There's way too much office gossip--but that doesn't mean I don't listen in when people talk. Sometimes, you learn the most interesting things.

    Scarlet B, I sure do dunk buttered toast into a hot cup of tea. I like it when the toast and butter start to go soft from absorbing the hot tea. The melding of flavors is delicious!

    Eh, don't worry about the typos--I get what you're saying. And I've done typos too in comments--no biggie.

    XL, You're welcome. Yeah, that first time getting picked up had me all discombobulated! I was like, uh, what do I do? I panicked! Atlanta was such a big learning experience for me. And the ratio of women to men was like 2 to 1! And those women knew what they wanted!

    That's funny about getting picked up by men in Corvettes. I've actually had a few fellas hit on me. Most times, I don't even realize they're doing it. But it's the ones that come out and say they're trying to pick me up that stand out in my mind and gives me a chuckle. Because never in my mind did it occur to me that this kind of stuff happens! And I admit that I was flattered. A compliment is a compliment!

  10. IDV, Ha! See note from XL below. San Diego and San Francisco are probably the best places to see sailors in their natural port habitats. Happy hunting!

    Unfortunately, I've never heard of Steps until you mentioned them. But who knows? Maybe they'll make a comeback and the world will know them.

    I wasn't too sure about 9, so I tried to answer as best I could. But I'd be interested in how other people answer it.

    Princess, Thank you. I do hope things calm down for you soon. Take your time answering the questions. I know I took over a week to get my thoughts together and find the time to answer them. But it gave me a good reason to post something interesting.

    Tara, Cool. I saw that Futurama episode! It's hilarious! I luv watching Futurama.

    XL, Ha! Now, every time I see a Corvette convertible with the top down, I'll be looking around to see if there are any sailors out and about!

  11. I love memes. I do. I just can't help myself.

    1. Playing with the telephone, talking to complete strangers for ages.

    2. Chinese takeaway: bbq ribs, duck with ginger and spring onions, egg fried rice. Last night. Coffee this morning.

    3. No. They were pop crap. Fun at the time, don't need to sit through them a second time around.

    4. BMW M5. Though if you turned up in the Aston Martin, I'd definitely get in.

    5. 5 ft 4 inches. Not exactly towering.

    6. Queen Elizabeth. The lady has class and as you say is used to managing a bunch of idiots that are her family, with grace and dignity.

    7. Bacon.

    8. Nope, as a woman I've never indulged in pick up lines. Nor has anyone ever used them on me. *sigh*

    I did laugh and laugh at your pick up though.

    9. Nope. I wouldn't. I like outside plumbing (cause I knew what IDV was on about).

    10. Blame MJ for that one and I found her through Kaz.

  12. y'all are amazing, sugar! well done on the answers. it's funny about IDV's last question. it was via old kundsen that i found MJ and then so many of all y'all! xoxoxoxo

  13. Roses, That Chinese take aways sounds mighty delicious!

    Looking back, I laugh at myself with that first pick up. It is too funny how it all went down. I just never imagined anything like that ever happening.

    See, I wasn't sure what IDV was asking. Like I said, I'm not too good with subtle signs :)

    Savannah, Thanks. I had fun answering these set of questions from very creative bloggers. MJ runs Infomaniac like a popular bar where you meet all sorts of people! Good company, all of them. Fun and silly people (and quite a few alcoholics!) and interesting characters all gather there for a good time.

  14. Oh I love your earliest memory. How beautiful.

    I love the rain too but mainly summer rain. You can tell you live in the south because right now the rain in Toronto has been bloody cold and miserable. I wish it would snow instead.

  15. Snooze, Thanks. It's probably one of my favorite memories of my parents together.

    You know, it's funny how you mentioned cold rain. I was shocked when I was visiting Chicago one spring, and it started raining, and I was like, 'Cheeze and Crackers! This is some freakin cold rain!'

    I've never experienced cold rain til I was in the Northern states! Most of the rain I'm used to is nice and cool and welcoming in the hot summer or balmy spring. Of course, it sucks when the sun comes out afterwards, because it gets real humid and sticky...blah. And that's when you start taking two to three showers a day.

    Here's to hoping you get lots of nice sunshine and great weather soon.