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Some questions and eh, some answers…

So there’s a “63 questions, 63 answers” meme going around right now. Most of the questions are really ho-hum, but I think I’ll respond to a few that are interesting for me.

1. Name someone with the same birthday as you.
There are a few, but I’ve actually never met anyone who is the same day, month, and year as me. Notable people also born on July 21: Robin Williams; Janet Reno (hehehe.)

2. Where was your first kiss?
Summer camp when I was in junior high. Note: Kissing me when you have just drunk a lot of Pepsi is nasty. :-/

6. What’s the first thing you notice about the preferred sex?
Eyes and smile.

11. Say something totally random about yourself.
I wish more people would understand who I really am.

12. Has anyone ever said you look like a celebrity?
People have told me I act like, or somewhat look like, Kate Botello, who was most famous for co-hosting The Screen Savers with Leo Laporte on TechTV. I didn’t watch much of the show, so I’m not really sure if this has any merit.

14. Did you have braces?
Yes. For 5 years…and my teeth still aren’t perfect. ๐Ÿ™

15. Are you comfortable with your height?
When I was younger, my dad gave me an article about a study that showed that taller women were more likely to succeed than shorter women, and said “I hope you grow up to be at least 5’7″.” (This should give you a lot of clues about my childhood. That, and stuff like the fact that I had a subscription to The Wall Street Journal before most kids even knew what a newspaper was.) I turned out to be 5’5″. I am OK with this; I wouldn’t mind being taller, but I’d probably be even more intimidating to guys if I was… they already don’t know how to react to an outgoing, aggressive, tech-literate and geeky female. ๐Ÿ˜‰

16. What is the most romantic thing someone of the preferred sex has done for you?
Moved to California to be with me. (FG claims the prize!)

17. When do you know it’s love?
When it curls up in your lap, purrs like crazy, and then falls asleep while sighing contentedly. That’s love.

24. What’s something that really annoys you?
Oh boy! Lots of things. Here are my top 2. #1: Blogs with no “About” page. I get to read about what you ate for lunch, but I don’t even know your real name… that’s just weird. #2: People who don’t use turn signals to change lanes… DAD, I KNOW YOU ARE READING THIS, SO USE YOUR TURN SIGNAL!!!

25. What’s something you really like?
The fact that I’ve shaped my entire life to be the way that I want it, without feeling constrained by those who said “You’ll never succeed.”

30. Do you actually read these when other people fill them out?

33. When you’re completely burned out, what’s a good way to recharge (other than sleep)?
Several ways, depending on whether I’m alone or with someone else. Alone: Meditate or astral travel. With someone else: Sex, or help them meditate, or dive into their soul and help them fix things. The happiest time I’ve had recently was last weekend, when I got to really bond with a close friend and help him figure out his life. I was just filled with the pure joy of being immersed in helping someone else and seeing his whole viewpoint of life change. I saw his whole wall system and defensive shield against the bad things in his life crumble, and I saw who he truly was for a few minutes. It was amazing how much depth was there in his soul. I was truly moved.

34. What’s your favourite place that you’ve travelled to?
Santa Barbara. One reason is because it was beautiful. The other reason is because I did it myself, with no one else, and, in fact, skipped work to do it. I needed a vacation and I made it happen. It was great. I called my boss that morning and said “I won’t be in to work today. I’m in Santa Barbara!” Him: “… Oh. Um, okay.” ๐Ÿ˜€

35. What do you want to try that you haven’t yet?
So many things, so little time… but if I had to pick one thing, it would be travelling around the world and meeting amazing and unique people. I really thrive on that.

42. What was your undergraduate major, and was it always that or did you switch?
I started an MIS major and dropped out of school after a year and a half. I could go back someday. Right now it’s not a high priority. I can tell you for sure that if I did go back, I wouldn’t major in MIS. I’d probably do anthropology, psychology, or something else in the science dept. Science was always my favorite subject in school.

50. What’s something other people like that you just can’t get into?
Wine. Really, alcohol in general. I’m not a big fan of how alcohol makes me feel… it makes me kind of crazy at first, then depressed. Yuck. Honestly, I’ve pretty much sworn off alcohol at this point. I think the last time I drank was in August.

52. When your heart breaks, how do you put it back together?
Time, and figuring out who I really am.

53. Should the following be exterminated:
white briefs:

Well, you can wear them, but why? Ew. They’re just not attractive.

flip flops in the office:
Heck no! My employees and I walk around barefoot sometimes. Comfort is key. What’s wrong with that?

61. Are you thrifty?
Well, yes and no. I buy really, really nice stuff. But I’m a hardcore negotiator. I get a lot of stuff used, since I figure I’m going to be using it anyway, and who cares, really? My house looks like it has a lot of expensive stuff in it, but really, most of it is just canvassing craigslist, eBay, and various “closeout” stores like TJ Maxx. I do not (generally) shop at thrift stores; clothes are the one exception to my rule… I don’t like buying them used and I love really nice stuff, but I do generally get it on sale. I always buy “normal” khaki pants, etc. at TJ Maxx, but my really cool shirts/pants might cost $150+ each, and I don’t mind paying that because I know I’m going to be wearing something totally unique.

zee end! Enjoy.

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