Keith R.A. Decandido posted a list of sixty-one biographical questions–numbered to sixty-two, skipping number eleven.
I took a crack at answering them myself, and added a question, to bring the total number to sixty-two. Read away!
- First name?
- Were you named after anyone?
Allyn Atworth Gardner, my great-grandfather. In 2003 I wrote about this in more detail.
- Do you wish on stars?
No, I don’t wish on stars. What’s the point, really? I have consulted tarot cards and the I Ching at various times, but that’s not wishing.
- When did you last cry?
Christmas Eve. I received a letter at work from one of the store’s young customers, and I was so touched by it that my eyes welled up, and I sat down in the backroom and cried some more.
- Do you like your handwriting?
I’ve long forgotten how to write in cursive–the only thing I can render in cursive now is my signature. I print, and I like my printing. It’s bold, bouncy. It sometimes gets mistaken for a woman’s handwriting. It didn’t used to be that way–ten years ago my writing was very erratic. But I like it now.
- What’s your favorite lunch meat?
- What is your birth date?
- What is your most embarrassing CD?
A CD of Hobbit gangsta rap.
- If you were another person, would you be friends with you?
There are times in my life when I would have answered, “No,” and truly meant it. Today? I probably would.
- Are you political?
I follow politics. I vote. I fall left of center on the political spectrum.
- Are you a daredevil?
I have little call for it in my life today, but yes, I will do things just for the endorphin rush.
- Do looks matter?
I think so.
- How do you release anger?
I break things. I throw things.
- Where is your second home?
I don’t have one.
- Do you trust others easily?
Trust is earned, not given. That’s something I hold to because of work, and I find it applies through life. Ronald Reagan said famously, “Trust, but verify,” and though I don’t hold much with Reagan, I can endorse his sentiment.
- What was your favorite toy as a child?
Broke Blanket. It was a blanket I owned that I wore out, and it had a giant hole in it. Hence, “broke blanket.” Or, there was the book on the history of the Maryland-Pennsylvania Railroad that ran between Baltimore and York–I couldn’t read it, but I loved to sleep with it and wore it out.
- Which class in high school do you think was totally stupid?
World Cultures, the tenth grade social studies class in West Virginia. It was a mix of world history and world geography, but with no focus on anything. Geography and history had both been touched upon in junior high school, so I couldn’t see what made World Cultures different enough to justify them again.
- Do you have a journal?
- Do you use sarcasm a lot?
Yes, to the point where my staff cannot tell at times if I’m serious or not.
- What are your nicknames?
I despise nicknames. I get upset with people who call me anything other than “Allyn.”
- Would you bungee jump?
I would. See the question on daredevils.
- Do you untie your shoes when you take them off?
No, I don’t untie my shoes. I just pull them off. Neither do I untie them when I put them on. I just jam my foot in.
- Do you think that you are strong?
Physically, I can hold my own. Emotionally, I have my up days and my down days.
- What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
Mint chocolate chip.
- Shoe size?
- Red or pink?
- What is your least favorite thing about yourself?
Sometimes I get lost in myself to the point where I tune out the people and things around me. Sometimes I do that a lot.
- Who do you miss most?
As much as I would like to say some of my friends from college, I can’t. I miss them, but I miss some of my friends from high school more, though to quote Martin Blank from Grosse Point Blank, “I don’t know what I have in common with those people anymore.” Still, it’s Shelly I miss the most.
- Do you want everyone to whom you send this to send it back?
It doesn’t matter.
- What color pants and shoes are you wearing?
I’m wearing olive shorts and no shoes.
- What are you listening to right now?
“The Connection,” on NPR. They’re discussing the President’s State of the Union address from last night.
- Last thing you ate?
A handful of Hershey’s Kisses.
- If you were a crayon, what color would you be?
Silver. I don’t know why.
- What is the weather like right now?
Rain, chaning over to snow later in the afternoon.
- Last person you talked to on the phone?
A customer at the store last night.
- The first thing you notice about the opposite sex?
- Do you like the person who sent this to you?
- What is your ethnicity?
- Favorite drink?
- Favorite sport?
- Hair color?
Black, and going grey at the temples.
- Eye color?
My eyes change color from day to day. Today, they’re green.
- Do you wear contacts?
- Are you single?
- Favorite food?
I would love to have a really good hot dog right about now.
- Last movie you watched?
Young Sherlock Holmes, Monday night.
- Favorite day of the year?
Opening day of the baseball season.
- Scary movies or happy endings?
- Summer or winter?
Summer. Though I miss snow….
- Hugs or kisses?
Hugs. I’m a tactile person.
- Do you have any favorite rants and, if so, what are they?
I do. The Star Trek canon rant comes quickly to mind.
- What is your favorite dessert?
- Who is most likely to respond?
I really have no idea.
- Who is most likely not to respond?
See the previous question.
- What books are you reading?
I just finished Peter Tremayne’s Absolution by Murder. I recently finished Nick Hornby’s The Polysyllabic Spree. I’ve also been working on G.W.F. Hegel’s The Philosophy of History and Edgar Vincent’s Nelson: Love & Fame.
- What’s on your mouse pad?
I don’t have a mousepad because I use a trackball.
- What did you watch last night on TV?
I didn’t. The last thing I watched was House on Tuesday. Before that, Arrested Development on Sunday. I don’t turn the television on every day.
- Favorite smells?
Baking cookies. Especially if they have chocolate chips in them.
- Favorite sounds?
The purring of a happy cat.
- Rolling Stones or Beatles?
The Beatles, by a long stretch. I could count the number of Beatles albums I have–it’s well over fifty, counting solo albums by the former Beatles–but I have a single Rolling Stones album, 40 Licks. I do like the Stones, but I don’t go back to them, don’t ponder them, the way I do the Beatles.
- What’s the farthest you’ve been from home?
- Do you have a special talent?
Voice impressions. Particular favorites–John Hurt and Kermit the Frog. Why anyone would want to do an impression of John Hurt I couldn’t tell you, but I can.
My, that was fun, wasn’t it? 😉
Now to fix some coffee….