Where do you rest your head? Cedar Rapids, fucking Iowa
How old is your liver? In human years or in beer years? 27, and older'n sin, respectively
What is your gender? My boobies are more shapely than Meatloaf's
How would you define your self? Why the crap would I want to do that? Heh. I've been know to claim the term "neo-hippy" upon occasion, and "dork" and "geek" are often bandied about in my presence.
Significant other? Yup. misenthrope, aka Sean, my fiance
What is your shoe size? 8.5
[ Favorites ]
Color? Purple & grey
Bands? Rush, Beck, Flaming Lips, Meat Puppets, REM, Pink Floyd, Beatles, Arlo Guthrie, System of a Down, Tom Petty
Movies? Neverending Story, Wedding Singer, Usual Suspects, Kung Fu Hustle
Television Programs? That 70s Show, Simpsons, Smallville, Extreme Makeover Home Edition, Rock Star INXS (God help me, I still remember the time Alex Trebek pronounced the band's name "ink-sis"), Boston Legal, Amazing Race (Sean & I want to audition, and try to compete as our honeymoon)
Books? Crime & Punisment (Dostoyevsky), The Plague (Camus), Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test (Wolfe), Cat's Cradle (Vonnegut), Game of Thrones+ (Martin), Wheel of Time series (Jordan), anything by Peter David
Video game? old school arcade XMen vs Streetfighter, Tekken Tag, Mortal Kombat; I like to watch people play the Bond games, but I'm craptastic at them
Cereal? Crispix, Life, Clusters, Basic 4
Instrument? Mandolin, Drums, voice, Clarinet, other Percussion, Guitar
Board game? Lord of the Rings Risk, Encore, Lapis, Mancala, Mastermind, Trivial Pursuit RPM, Trivial Pursuit LOTR
Pet? Cat (although I'm allergic now), Snake (although I've never personally had one), Dog (as long as it's big - ankle-biting yappy dogs make me want to kill)
Song? Hotel California (Eagles), The Boxer (Simon & Garfunkle), Highway in the Wind (Arlo Guthrie)
Quote? "You'll find me down with the REAL fans - ankle-deep in Blood and Beer!" - Lisa Simpson; "When I die I want to be buried face down... so everyone who doesn't like me can kiss my ass!" - Red Forman; "Rational romantic mystic cynical idealist..." - Rush ("You Bet Your Life"); "Listen: Billy Pilgrim has come unstuck in time." - Vonnegut ("Slaughterhouse Five")
Beverage? Guinness (it's good for you), water, Lemonade, Gewurstraminer, Grapefruit Juice
Condiment? Catsup [ In-depth ]
Convince us of your nerdly heritage: When I was born, my mom had to sell her entire comic book collection to pay expenses. I've been making up for that lack of inheritence all my life! She did, however, manage to save a couple of old-ass t-shirts - Hulk and Thor - which I still wear upon occasion. I spent my young childhood being convinced by Anne McCaffery that mental telepathy was possible, and trying to convince my friends that fairies were real.
In my teen years, I could be found spending my time either with the Math League, the Forensics Team, or the D&D Club while at school, soaking in worthy doses of cartoons, if at home, and hanging out playing Magic at a nearby comic shop all other times. Once in college (William & Mary, in VA), I tried my hand at a Physics major, but became dissolusioned after I did a research internship at Georgia Tech the summer before my senior year. I felt I'd reached my peak (studying non-linear optics under the AWESOME Raj Roy), especially since my grades weren't sufficient to get me into Georgia Tech for grad school, so I slacked off and ended up flunking out.
I returned home to New Jersey to become a bona fide stoner and follower of all my friends stoner bands, and to work for a couple of years in an awesome comic book shop. I gave up the chance of a lifetime - buying one of my boss's two stores, after my mom passed away and I inherited her savings plan & shit - to return to W&M, this time to attempt a Math degree. I tried to take 18 credits of upper level math in one semester, and ended up dropping out. Far too chagrined to return home, I stuck it out in VA, managing to meet a string of kickass guys, each dorkier than the last, until I finally fell madly in love with Sean. We had a kid, whom we named Thalia (after the Greek muse of comedy, NOT after Ra's al Ghul's daughter, who doesn't have an "h" in her name), he got kicked out of the Navy, we moved to Iowa.
Once here, I decided to give school another shot (mainly because I am academia's whore... except *I* pay for the privilege), and I enrolled at Coe College to pursue a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance. I'm halfway there. We had another kid, whom we named DC (we like to call him AC/DC), and we're doing our best to raise our kids to follow in our geeky footsteps. Thalia loves watching Star Trek (which she calls "Captain") and making Darth Vader sounds; she's also a HUGE Spiderman fan. DC's room is decorated still with many of my (in package) action figures that I had in there when we used the room as a library. In May, Sean & I will be getting married, incorporating a dragon theme into our wedding. Now, here I am, for your geeking pleasure.
If I could grant you one wish, what would you wish for? Jack Black as my willing and eager sex slave.
What nerdly activities do you partake in? We host a Game Night every Monday evening, at which our friends play ungodly amounds of board games and CCGs. I actually haven't been able to afford to buy comics in a coon's age now, which makes me kinda twitchy, but hopefully that will change soon. I am an avid fan of several different NPR shows. I LOVE to argue, and do so regularly in various cheesy LJ communities. I write poetry and actually read it at local poetry readings. We collect swords & knives. We are marginally involved in the SCA, although two young kids limit severely the time & money we can spend on participating. I have several "nerdy" tattoos, and designs in mind for several more - currently, I have the Auryn from Neverending Story on my left inner forearm, Harley Quinn on my right thigh, and p/g in the font from Rush's Grace Under Pressure album on my right inner wrist. When I get money, I very much want to get a string of Wolverines across my lower back - maybe 4-5: Patch, Logan, Weapon X, blue&yellow Wolvie... I'm not entirely sure.
A Star trek convention is coming to your town do you go? I have a terrible confession to make. We have lived in Iowa for almost 3 years now, and have yet to visit Riverside. *hangs head in shame* Mainly, it's because we don't have the money that we'd like to spend on the festival there. Ideally, all wallets being equal, we wouldn't frickin' WAIT for a convention to come to our town - we'd find one! (we toyed with the idea of going to Vegas to get married on the bridge of the Enterprise, but too many of our loved ones would be unable to afford to attend a wedding in Vegas)
Write an interesting solution to this mathmatical problem : 4+4=? sq.rt 36 + cube.rt 8
You see a cloaked stranger standing in the shadows of an alley. He offers you something,What is it, and how do you reply? It's a map of the underground tunnel system, long thought abandoned, but home to a wealth of treasure to those willing to brave the depths. Two of our company have been lost in there in the past months, and I've been charged with bringing them - or their bodies - back to the surface. The map does not come cheaply, however, and the price he asks of me is higher than we'd originally agreed upon. I crush him against a wall, enjoying the sight of fear and desire warring in his eyes as I press a dagger to his throat. He hesitates, but the moment I lick the trickle of blood I've drawn off of his neck, he hands me the map, and I leave the alley without handing him even a penny.
At a gaming convention, what would you dress up as and why? I probably wouldn't. I would be way too intimidated, as my costume-making skills are atrocious, and I abhor store-bought costumes.
Write a short, creative story about your plot for world conquest: Ye gods. This will be difficult, as I'm a dirty peace lovin' hippy with no particular aspirations for world domination... but, here's trying:
They never saw it coming. No one expected that the quiet housewife from the middle of nowhere would be so devious, but there it was. One moment she was raising children, the next she was grooming world leaders. Even the youngest of her dozen kids, at all of 13, already had a nation bending to his will. The eldest, 35, had just been elected president of the European Union, and was already implementing her new economic policies. There'd been whispers, in the darkest of corners, that there were plans being laid beyond what the world saw... but nothing could be done, as each one had been elected legally and democratically to their post. Now, however, the pieces were falling into place. Soon, she would ascend to her rightful place as World Advisor. Under her tutelage, the world would finally advance - would finally step out of the disharmony that had kept it crippled all these many years.
[ Pictures ]
Please, let us endure your nerdly visage.
My daughter and myself, outside of the Quick Stop (if you need to be told...) in New Jersey.
[ Your thoughts ]
Please provide us with a few of your own thoughts. My ultimate dream in life is to create a store called "Everything Cool". The main floor would be comic books and CCGs, as well as gaming tables and a row of computers for customer use. The 2nd floor would be several rooms of books: SciFi in one, Fantasy in another, Philosophy, Science, Religion, Poetry, and Classics. The basement would be a recording studio/performance space for local bands, with a seperate room for selling used vinyl. Someday, this WILL be my reality. Anyone who votes "yes" for me can have 10% off all purchases for life! ;0)