tagged me for this AGES ago, just in time for the start of the year long string of total chaos I had between then and now.
Figured it was high time I got around to posting journals again, and this was a good way to start back up.
1) What is your favorite time of day?
Late afternoon, no doubt about it. I'm always at my sharpest and most creative then. I'm a night owl, too; I usually go to bed after 1AM. I wake up early, but I'm not a morning person- I sort of plan my artwork for the day and catnap on the couch until the caffeine kicks in.
2) How do you dress?/What kind of clothes do you wear?
I think of my personal style as "nerd punk".
Typical outfit is a witty black t-shirt (see: things I collect), cargo shorts (preferably camo and well broken in to the point that I've done at least one major patch job on them), calf-high tube socks, and motorcycle boots. My hair naturally does a sort of doc brown/einstein thing (only a nearly black shade of reddish-brown). When I bother to comb it, I wear it either in a half-spiked sidepart or greaser style wave depending on how long its been since my last haircut. I'm very picky about the look of my glasses, too; I always go for 1970's-esque wireframes (think aviators without the tint and you've got the right idea.) If I have to wear a jacket, which isn't often here in Texas, its either one of those hooded jackets they always have the creepy stalker wearing on Law and Order:SVU (which I consider mildly insulting
) or my beloved duster.
3) Are you a fan of or do you play any sports?
Not really. Never was much of an athlete, but played soccer and basketball when I was younger and didn't totally suck, and I'm actually a fairly good bowler.
I don't really like watching sports of any kind (I get bored very easily) so I'm not really an (american) football fan of the watch-games-and-keep-track-of-player-stats variety, but I love the deep strategy that the game has... you could say I'm a fan of it on paper more than of the game itself. For those who don't get the strategic appeal, when you start looking at the options for building a team and designing plays, american football starts to look bizarrely similar to the Warhammer 40k Force Organization Chart and rules for initial deployment.
Seriously! When I have something to keep me invested in the game (like when I was in marching band in high school and knew everybody on the team), as you can probably imagine I get quite into back-seat coaching.
4) Where are your favorite places to go?
Oh, thats a hard one. Zoos and museums of any type are awesome. One of my goals in life is to get to tour the storage areas of the smithsonians, where they keep the stuff that is too strange or fragile to put on public display. I also love ruins and rust; whether its a salvage yard, abandoned megastructure, or a mayan temple, its like crack for my imagination- for example, battleship island is another place on my bucket list. I also love places with a specific "vibe": like San Francisco with its awesome Victorian-Art Deco-Modernist fusion of architecture; the strangely enchanting mix of facade and authenticity, darkness and light, innocence and sin, and life where none should exist that is Las Vegas; the indescribable Carlsbad Caverns; or the breathtaking desolate beauty of the north Texas windmill farms. I have a lot of places left to go on my bucket list, too- the castles of europe, Shibuya Square in Tokyo at night, Venice, the abandoned districts of Detroit, Shanghai, the Minoan Ruins (aka Atlantis), Hong Kong, the Amazon Basin, Central Siberia, the spire-mountains of southern china, the ruins of the Khmer Empire... its a long list.
5) Favorite holiday?
Tie between Christmas and Halloween. Weird pairing that I'm pretty sure says quite a bit about me psychologically.
6) Favorite food?
Theres a lot of possible answers I could give here, but on a three week backpacking trip with my boy scout troop in high school, around the 15th day I found myself fantasizing about a greasy double bacon cheeseburger with jalapenos, lettuce, grilled onions, and mushrooms. First thing I had when we got off the trail. I'm also a massive fan of okra, pretty much any way you can cook it, including pickled, but I'll eat fried okra like popcorn, and I've literally driven half an hour out of my way to get it.
7) What do/did you think about school?
Love-hate relationship. The trouble all gets down to that I was a nightmare for a lot of teachers, but never really realized it until after I graduated. I was that one kid with WTF!? level aptitude scores in pretty much everything they tested us for, who asked endless strings of (actually pertinent) questions, and who was honestly enthused about learning stuff...but also would forget things (like jackets, homework, major projects, shoes...), and didn't quite get that not everybody liked dinosaurs as much as I did. I also get bored very easily, and so when there was somebody in the class that didn't get how long division worked, about five seconds into the third explanation I was two minutes into a doodle of a cyborg dragon fighting a sandworm- and I'd miss it fifteen minutes later when we moved on to learning how to deal with remainders. Some teachers were better than others, but others apparently took it personally and thought I was acting out or something when I would forget yet another piece of homework for the same topic.
So I miss some of the good teachers and the good parts like my daily hour of not-boring GT class, but overall I have to agree with Bill Waterson that anyone who remembers childhood as an idyllic time was clearly never a child themselves.
8) Do you collect anything?
Oh, boy. Snarky/Witty t-shirts, rocks, magic the gathering cards (though its been years since I was an active collector and player, due to finances and lack of opponents), strange gizmos and spare parts, art deco stuff, dinosaur stuff, scifi and fantasy books, reference books, more books, seashells, cool picture calenders, when I was younger comics and trading cards (mostly stopped because of lack of access to them, really, one of the few things I don't like about living in the middle of nowhere- given opportunity I'd probably start again.)
9) Do you stand out in the crowd or blend in?
Well, that's a though one. I definitely am a bit of an odd duck, and aside from the way I dress I'm nearly 6 ft and 250 lbs so I'm kind of hard to overlook... (I'm a little chunky but not as much as you might think- I'm just built like an out of shape blacksmith. You don't want to be next to me on an airplane.
) But I'm also shy and I enjoy peoplewatching, so I've gotten good at actively avoiding drawing attention when I want to, something that is handy when I want to draw people at parties or in a crowded location.
10)Tell us something we don't know about you.
Hmm...well...oh, thats a good one! I'm catoptrophobic- thats the fear of large mirrors. If you've ever heard of the movie "Mirrors", yeah, all of that its what I have nightmares about.
As for tagging others, if you read this consider yourself tagged, but only if you feel like it.
My questions are:
1)Whats your favorite weird animal, and why?
2)What's your favorite song ever? Any story behind it for you?
3)Favorite movie monster?
4)The best book ever is...[fan-ranting encouraged!]
5)If you had to live in the world from a scifi book or movie, where would you want to live?
6)Same question, but for fantasy books or movies.
7)Cursed by a gypsy for traumatizing his prizewinning show poodle, under a full moon you turn into a...[insert something humorously fitting]. (No fair saying your 'sona, fuzzy peeps, you traumatized Mr Snufflebuttons, not saved his life.
8) Best line ever from a movie, book, tv show; any particular reason you like it?
9)When you travel do you enjoy the trip or the destination you go to more, or just as much? Does it make a difference how you're traveling?
10)And favorite artist on dA? (not yourself