Monday, April 30, 2012


This is another one of those posts that are more for honour's sake than anything else. Otherwise April 2012 would be an unrecorded blank. Two deaths, one funeral and sundry other factors have made it a quite ridiculously busy month - though not so much that I couldn't get 15,000 words of the WIP wrote.

So for something to do, here's one of those quizzes that were all the rage a few years ago. You hardly see them nowadays because probably everyone's gone over to Facebook. Without further ado, pinched from far too many places on the internet to attribute the source:


1. What is your salad dressing of choice?
Fresh air

2. What is your favourite sit-down restaurant?

3. What food could you eat every day for two weeks and not get sick of?
Cold roast chicken

4. What are your pizza toppings of choice?
Ham, pepperoni, mushrooms

5. What do you like to put on your toast?


1. How many televisions are in your house?

2. What colour cell phone do you have?
Black, and we call them mobiles over here.

3. How many computers are in your house?
Two desktops, one very old laptop

4. Have any idea how many Megahertz your computer has?
Not a clue


1. Are you right-handed or left-handed?

2. Have you ever had anything removed from your body?
My adenoids. They adenoid me.

3. What is the last heavy item you lifted?
A suitcase

4. Have you ever been knocked unconscious?


1. If it were possible, would you want to know the day you were going to die?
As little warning as possible, thanks. Though plenty of warning to fellow road users or anyone else who might be around at the time would be nice.

2. If you could change your name, what would you change it to?
If it ain't broke, don't fix it. I would however like to be able to communicate the correct spelling of my surname by some form of telepathy whenever I say it out loud.

3. Would you drink an entire bottle of hot sauce for $1000?
Depends how badly I needed $1000 (right now the answer is not very).


1. How many pairs of flip flops do you own?

2. Last time you had a run-in with the cops?
More like they had a run-in with me - the time about 10 years ago when a drunk guy got into my car at some traffic lights late at night, plastered enough to be extremely polite but unable to remember where he lived and under the impression I was a taxi. Took him to Abingdon nick, which was deserted and locked; a phone at the door put me through to Wantage, where the work experience temp (I presume, from the quality of her advice) advised me just to turn him out again so he could get into someone else's car, or possibly cause a fatal accident. Not impressed.

3. Last person you talked to?
The senior technical sales executive

4. Last person you hugged?


1. Season?
Depends on the country.

2. Holiday?
USA, September 2002

3. Day of the week?

4. Month?
They all have their plusses.


1. Missing someone?

2. Mood?
Tranquilly post prandial

3. What are you listening to?
Nothing much

4. Watching?
My monitor, would you believe?


1. First place you went this morning?

2. What's the last movie you saw?
The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn

3. Do you smile often?


1. Do you always answer your phone?
At work, yes. At home, rarely if I don't recognise the number, never if the number starts 016something because it will be someone trying to persuade me I was mis-sold PPI. And if I answer anyway and it's one of those calls where I've been autodialled and I have to wait five seconds before someone with a foreign accent notices and hesitantly asks to speak to Mr Jipis, I wait for that slight indrawn breath prior to their speaking and hang up.

2. Its four in the morning and you get a text message, who is it?
I'll let you know when I wake up at a sensible hour and read it.

3. If you could change your eye colour what would it be?
If it ain't broke ...

4. What flavour do you add to your drink at Sonic?
What/where is Sonic?

5. Do you own a digital camera?

6. Have you ever had a pet fish?
Yes - I think I got through a few goldfish when I was younger

7. Favourite Christmas song(s):
Sans Day Carol

8. What's on your wish list for your birthday?
Peace on Earth and gender parity for convention panels.

9. Can you do push ups?
Not well

10. Can you do a chin up?
Never tried, not starting.

11. Does the future make you more nervous or excited?
Oh, excited

12. Do you have any saved texts?
I saved the one Bonusbarn sent the morning after our wedding ... until the phone died.

13. Ever been in a car wreck?
Crash, yes. Wreck, no.

14. Do you have an accent?

15. What is the last song to make you cry?
In the name of the Father

16. Plans tonight?
PCC, then sleep. Ideally this will be consecutive but I can't promise.

17. Have you ever felt like you hit rock bottom?

18. Name 3 things you bought yesterday?

19. Have you ever been given roses?

20. Current worry?
Will the WIP be a success?

21. Current hate right now?
The usual. Spammers. Mediocrity. Fundamentalists. Etc.

22. Met someone who changed your life?

23. How will you bring in the New Year?
I expect by waking up and remembering it's the New year.

24. What song represents you?
QE2 by Mike Oldfield.

25. Name three people who might complete this?
No way.

26. Would you go back in time if you were given the chance?
As long as I could blend in and get back again

27. Have you ever dated someone longer than a year?

28. Does anyone love you?

29. Ever had someone sing to you?

30. When did you last cry?
That is far too raw a question.

31. Do you like to cuddle?

32. Have you held hands with anyone today?
Not yet

33. Are most of the friends in your life new or old?
Age is relative.

34. Do you like pulpy orange juice?

35. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
In my dreams, the author of enough successful series that I can go full-time ...