I totally stole this from Dave2 at Blogography. Mostly because I have zero creativity for writing as of late. I envy those of you who have the gift of writing something meaningful every day.
So get ready for 100 things that show you a little more about me. As if you didn’t know enough already.
1. Are you young at heart, or an old soul? Do they both taste like chicken? I think I’m a little of both, if that’s possible.
2. What makes someone a best friend? That person accepts my flaws and goofiness and weaknesses and everything else about me that makes me me. At least while I’m around. 😉
3. What Christmas (or Hanukkah) present do you remember the most? Heck if I know. I have a crappy memory for such things.
4. Tell me about a movie/song/TV show/play/book that has changed your life. I don’t think I’ve had one. Is that sad?
5. Name one physical feature that you like about yourself, and one you dislike. My low self-esteem shows here, because I can’t say I have any physical features that I like on my person. The dislike list is long. One of these days maybe I’ll cough up to see a psychologist.
6. Would you like to reconnect with any friends you’ve lost contact with? Yes, but there’s a reason contact was lost to begin with.
7. What’s more important in a relationship: physical attraction or emotional connection? I think you have to have both. It starts with the physical, and over time becomes the emotional. And bounces back and forth between the two.
8. Name a movie that you knew would be terrible just from reading the title. Prometheus. Like the namesake, I hope Zeus sentences Ridley Scott to eternal torment for his transgression.
9. What holiday do you most look forward to? I’m not a fan of most holidays, especially those that happen in autumn and winter. That leaves the ones in spring and summer, most of which I could care less about.
10. How is the relationship between you and your parents? Strained and lacking.
11. You’ve got the TV on, but you’re not really watching. What channel is the TV on? I don’t do that with the TV. The only time I have the TV on is to specifically watch something on it. However, when I’m at the computer, which is a lot of times, there is something playing either from my digital library or streaming from Netflix.
12. Name a song that never fails to make you happy. You’re going to hate me for this, but it’s this one: http://youtu.be/nxvlKp-76io. Yes, you have to go listen to it. I’m evil like that. And every single time I hear it I start grinning like the Cheshire Cat.
13. You know at least one person named Michael. Tell me about him. He’s funny and caring and sensitive and fancy and uppity and puts up with me, and he’s one of my best friends on the planet.
14. Have you ever read the “Missed Connections” on Craigslist? Have you ever posted one, or wanted to? Yes, mostly because they tend to be funny. Especially the ones here in Northwest Arkansas. And yes, I have. Let’s just say alcohol was involved on my part. It was, luckily?, never responded to.
15. If you could pick anywhere to live the rest of your life, where would it be? Somewhere in Australia always comes to mind. But I don’t know why.
16. Can money buy happiness? Yes. That’s why money was invented. I kid. I think.
17. Do you drink? Smoke? Do drugs? Why, or why not? Helllooooo, the blog title is an alcohol reference. I drink because alcohol makes me feel the way I want to feel when I’m not drinking alcohol. I don’t smoke. Not a habit I ever started, or saw the need to start. And the only drugs I do are the ones the doctor prescribed to me when I needed them. I personally think I have an addictive personality, so I wouldn’t want to start down that path.
18. Is there anyone close to you that you know you can’t trust? You don’t have to give names. I think so. Keep your friends close, and your frenemies closer.
19. Where was your favorite place to go when you were a little kid? I remember going to the big library in downtown Orlando. And liking it. I don’t know if it was a “favorite”, but it was a place.
20. Have you ever spent a night in the hospital? Yes, but not as a patient. I was staying with someone who was admitted to the hospital.
21. Do you enjoy being with only one or two friends, or with a large group of people? I don’t like large groups. Usually four to six people is my mental limit. After that, I rely on alcohol.
22. Do you like the type of music your parents listen to? Do your parents like the type of music you listen to? I couldn’t even tell you *what* kind of music my parents even listen to. Nor do I care.
23. Have you ever been bullied? Have you ever bullied anyone else? Yes, and yes. Sins of my youth.
24. If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be? Well, it would have to be something healthy and nutritiousness if it will be the only thing I will ever eat again. So I’d say something like Kelp. Unless, of course, you mean it’s my final meal before I’m to be executed. Then I guess it doesn’t really matter.
25. If your partner wanted to wait until marriage before having sex, would you stay in that relationship? Do any men even actually abide by that? Seriously. I think sex is an essential part of a relationship. Why wait until the relationship is legally “formalized” to discover that you’re not sexually compatible.
26. Do you believe in a god? I’m not naive enough to think we humans are the most advanced or intelligent beings in the universe. And anything significantly more advanced or intelligent will potentially be seen as a “god” to those less advanced or intelligent. So in that sense, yes. But in the magical sky fairy sense? No, I don’t.
27. Of all the social networks in the world, why use Twitter? Back when Twitter first started, I was a fan. But like all social networks, it eventually got away from it’s initial design and purpose for the most part. Which is why I stopped using it for the most part.
28. What’s your favorite hashtag to track? #WhoTheFuckTracksHashtags?
29. Would you call yourself/your family “middle class?” I have no class. I suppose I would say yes, but what exactly defines middle class these days?
30. Name a TV series you didn’t enjoy until after it ended. Most. For the last few years I tend to not watch most TV series until it’s available all in one sitting, without commercials, on the Internet.
31. Have you ever bought a product from an infomercial? Yes, kind of. But I didn’t order it using the 1-800 number. I found it in the store.
32. If you could give up your car and never have to drive again, would you? No. Unless it was because Star Trek’s transporter technology was available. But even then, I like to see the countryside.
33. If you go back to one point in time to give advice to yourself, when would you go and what would you say? Why do I feel like I’ve done this before?
34. What’s your “quirkiest” habit? I have no idea. To me, none of them are quirky.
35. What is “normal?” Are you normal? I have no idea what normal is, but I know usually know what isn’t when I see it. And I’m fairly certain I’ve never been described as “normal”. Or at least I hope not. What a horrible thing to be accused of being!
36. Someone close to you is dying. You have the choice to let this person live for 10 more years, but if you do, you cause the death of 10 strangers. You don’t have to see them die. Do you take the offer? I’m selfish enough to say yes. But at the same time, I’m not dumb enough to know that I could be one of those ten strangers to the next person offered that same deal.
37. What is one thing you could never forgive? Crimes against humanity done in the name of “god”.
38. Would you rather be in a relationship after the honeymoon period ends, or be single? I guess I don’t understand the phrase “honeymoon period”, because I think that always ends. 😉
39. Is it possible for guys and girls to be just friends? Yes. But I’m gay, so does it really matter what I think in that aspect? Because I sure as heck don’t want in their pants.
40. Where do you and your friends go to hang out? Either to a local bar, or to one of our homes.
41. Write the first sentence of your obituary. “Erik spent his whole life working toward this moment.”
42. What is the best TV theme song ever? That’s a tough one. Maybe the theme song to “Gilligan’s Island”?
43. When you were young, what would you dream you would be when you grew up? I always wanted to be an astronaut. But never an adult.
44. When you’re alone in your own home, do you walk around naked? No. Except for maybe once or twice. Ever. I prefer to be clothed.
45. What gets you out of bed in the morning? The need to urinate. Wetting the bed as an adult is frowned upon. At least by the Husbear.
46. Do you want to have more friends than you have right now? Who doesn’t?
47. What part of the past year sticks out in your mind? The death of my friend Tory, and the aftermath of that.
48. You win a scratch-off lottery game that gives you $2000 a week (after taxes) for the rest of your life. Do you keep your job? Totally. It would allow me to be even more choosy about what tattoos I would do though. And travel to get hands-on lessons for some of the tattooers I admire across the globe.
49. Could you be in a long-distance relationship? If you’re in one, what makes yours work? I don’t know. I’ve not had to attempt to have one.
50. What’s the best route to your heart? A bullet? I don’t know if it’s the best, but it would be the fastest. And it sure beats those chest spreader things you see doctors using.
51. Have you ever met someone through the internet, then met them in real life? Yes. Many, many someones. The Husbear is one of those someones. As are several of my blogger buddies!
52. What is your favorite sport? Is drinking a sport?
53. What has been troubling you lately? A hemorrhoid. Hey, you asked. At least I hope it’s a hemorrhoid.
54. Did you enjoy your high school prom? If you haven’t gotten there yet, do you look forward to it? If you didn’t go, why not? We didn’t have proms at my little, private, Christian school. We had a banquet. *meh*
55. What do you use more often: your intuition or logical reasoning? Both, frequently.
56. Do you know what makes you happy? Serotonin, epinephrine, dopamine, and endorphin. And caffeine.
57. Tell me about the last book you read. I really don’t remember the last book I read from cover-to-cover. I think it might have been a graphic novel recommended by cb called Habibi by Craig Thompson. I enjoyed the artwork, but the story was very… boring. To me.
58. What is the nicest compliment you’ve ever been given? That I wasn’t human. 😉
59. Who was your first crush? I don’t recall who my first crush specifically, but I always thought a certain educator of mine in high school was rather dashing. And I still do.
60. Do you believe that there is life on other planets? I pretty much subscribe to the Drake equation, so the short answer would be yes.
61. Predict what your life will look like a year from now. If this year has taught me anything, I think one of the things it’s taught me is you never know *if* there will be another year for you.
62. Often, people will ask how your last relationship ended. I want to know how it began. The Husbear is actually the only long-term relationship I have had. However, I had a friend I was really close to that I guess was the closest thing to a relationship before that. He and I met online via mIRC as I recall.
63. Where is your favorite place to go out and eat? I’m not a food guy. It all tastes about the same to me. I’m more a fan of the atmosphere of a place. So hopefully a lot of oxygen is available.
64. What is something you want to change about your current situation? I think about the only thing would be the difference in hours the Husbear and I work. Or shifts, I should say. But at least we have the same days off together.
65. Early bird or night owl? Night owl. Who ever heard of an early bird tattooer?
66. Are there any childhood possessions you still hold on to? None that I have any longer, but there are some I want to buy again. Then again, I do have all those original Transformers comics sealed in a box somewhere.
67. Give me an unpopular opinion you have. That I believe in the death penalty. I believe “an eye for an eye” does a lot to dissuade people from being… stupid. Especially if they are made public. And not dragged out for decades in the court system. Sure, it doesn’t show us being a “civilized” humanity, but obviously sticking someone’s nose in a corner and making them count to 10 isn’t working.
68. What was the last song that was stuck in your head? One of the movements by Bear McCreary from “Battlestar Galactica”. Usually the only music that gets stuck in my head is of the incidental kind. Usually.
69. Where do you live? Be as general or specific as you want. I pretty much list it on this blog and talk about it. I live in Pea Ridge, Arkansas, USA.
70. Do you believe in giving kids medals and trophies for participation? Only the winners, of actual competitions, which pit person against person. I think this coddling method of parenting so that everyone gets an award is a load of crap.
71. What was the longest car ride you’ve ever taken? In one sitting? Or actual miles? The “actual miles” one would have been the 4,014 mile trip to Vegas and back this November for our daughter’s wedding. The longest in one sitting would have been one of several solo trips I made driving from Arkansas to Florida and back when I was in college.
72. Have you ever taken part in a protest? An online one, yes. Not that I actually think it amounted to anything other than maybe creating a little public awareness. Which is a start.
73. Would you ever use an online dating service? Considering I met the Husbear over 15 years ago on AOL, that’s probably a “yes”. Even though that wasn’t specifically a dating service. Well, as “dating” as an m4m room might have been.
74. What is your ethnic heritage? Beats the hell out of me. I am adopted and have zero idea of my heritage. I just hope I’m not human.
75. Describe a person that inspires you. I can’t think of anyone specifically. I guess I’m not much for being inspired by people these days. I’m getting more cynical the older I get.
76. If you earn minimum wage doing what you love, would you? Yes. I think I have passed the point where I would suffer through something I hate to make more.
77. Do you believe in luck? Luck is made. I believe in chaos theory. Eventually enough chaos will cause “luck” to happen.
78. Describe the last time you were very angry at someone. It’s been a little while, but someone I cared about lied repeatedly and acted like a young child trying to play their parents. It didn’t happen. But I was angry at them.
79. Do you want to live until you’re 100? Only if I can take care of myself and am healthy.
80. Do people change? If so, how do you keep a relationship together when both of you start to change? Change is the only constant. So yes. Sometimes people evolve together, sometimes they evolve apart. That’s part of change.
81. Have you ever risked a friendship by telling someone you liked them? Yes. I learned from that mistake.
82. Would you rather be alone doing something you enjoy, or doing something you don’t like with your best friends? Compared to doing something I don’t like, definitely alone doing something I enjoy!
83. Do you practice what you preach? I hope so. But I try not to preach. I just practice.
84. If you take precautions to stay safe, do you ultimately act more recklessly? I tend to think not.
85. What do you value more in a significant other: Attractiveness or intelligence? A little of both. But more intelligence than anything.
86. Are you hard-headed? Sometimes.
87. Have you ever laughed uncontrollably when it was socially inappropriate? Many times apparently.
88. When have you felt most alive? When I had 110V running through my body after *someone* failed to turn off a breaker. Actually, I didn’t feel so much alive as I did all twitchy.
89. Would you prefer to live? A city? The suburbs? The countryside? The mountains? I’m happy where I am, in what I would consider the hilly countryside. Which isn’t that far from civilization. Well, as civilized as northwest Arkansas can be.
90. Do you often skip breakfast? I don’t have a “breakfast” proper. I do eat a small little something after I wake up. But I do that throughout the day as well. I don’t typically eat the big “three times a day” meals any longer.
91. How do you know what true love is? It’s the love that will wake you up in the middle of the night because it doesn’t feel good and wants you to go to the store to get medicine. And you do.
92. Would you want to know the exact date and time you were going to die? I would be tempted. Who wouldn’t be.
93. Where is “home” for you? I guess here in Pea Ridge is. With the Husbear. In our home.
94. What song best describes your life right now? Gary Jules’ cover of “Mad World“.
95. Do you want to be perfect? No. Because if I was, some fringe group of lunatics would try to worship me and get it all wrong for the future.
96. What have you never tried, but would really like to someday? Apparently I need more goals, because I can’t think of anything.
97. How do you express your creativity? In the long ago, I used to do artwork for myself. Now I suppose I just take photos.
98. Describe your neighborhood. No neighborhood. We live in the country.
99. Name something you only liked because it was popular. I’ve never been much of a person who likes things that are popular. Especially if it’s something I don’t like.
100. Give me the story of your life in six words. All of this has happened before…
Until next time...