Funny, sweet, and acerbic Miss Scarlet has memed me with a ten-question virus that I very much enjoy. There is a little award involved, but I will leave it in her care for now.
It goes like this: she made up ten questions for six people, and I in turn will answer those and ask ten of my own to six people. I decided to share the questions with the whole family:
1. Do you prefer asking questions or answering them?
Me: I like answering questions because I'm a huge egomaniac and I like to talk about myself, and I like asking questions because most people are fascinating if you know the right questions to ask.
Sarge: that depends on the question, doesn't it.
Hedgehog: asking. Cause then you learn stuff.
2. What is your favourite joke? [Or favourite one liner?]
Me: "How many feminists does it take to screw in a lightbulb?" "that's not funny!"
alternately, Dorothy Parker's New Yorker review of "The House at Pooh Corner": "Tonstant Weader Fwowed Up"
also Dorothy, "if all the girls who attended the Yale prom were laid end to end, I wouldn't be a bit surprised."
Boy, she was a nasty, funny piece of work, wasn't she? I'm sure I wouldn't want to have known her personally, but I love and adore her famous quips.
Sarge: That's my joke, by the way, thanks a lot! My favorite one-liner? From Mago in the comments section: "There sticks a mole-foot out of the side of your dog's mouth?"
3. Have you ever fantasized about being on Big Brother [the well known TV show... I'm not alluding to incest]?
Me: Despite my egomania, I'm a very private person, and at the end of the day I like to take refuge in my home, close and lock the door, and not be bothered. Thus, Big Brother is not for me. Also, I worry that I would be quickly known as the house kokhleffl (funny Yiddish word for "pot-stirrer" in the non-literal sense).
Hedgehog: What's that?
4. Have you ever wanted to enter a talent show?
Me: Flat out no. My talents lie in very odd areas that wouldn't be usefully displayed on a stage.
Sarge: Actually, yes! Totally.
5. Is Simon Cowell really necessary?
Me: Oddly, I would say yes. I've only seen the show a couple of times, but I love the idea that he doesn't mince words, spare feelings, deliver empty flattery or promises, or hem and haw--all his bald statements support the truth as he sees it, no phoney-baloney. People can learn from him--especially politicians.
Sarge: Nothing on that show is really necessary. Nothing on tv is necessary.
Hedgehog: Well, no because the show itself isn't necessary.
(oh my god, she's her dad's daughter all right, isn't she? She came up with the same answer totally independently)
6. Tea or coffee?
Me: Coffee. Tea usually just makes me shudder, unless brewed properly. Not for me the casually dunked teabag. Iced tea, on the other hand, is delightful.
Sarge: Dr. Pepper
7. What is your favourite perfume? Or smell?
Me: Anick Goutal's "Mandragore." "Memoirs of a Geisha" by Fresh (sadly discontinued, though I have a few bottles stashed in the fridge). Dog paws. Those little pink sweet and peppery roses that come in the spring. Sarge.
Hedgehog: baking cookies.
8. What is the quickest route to Wales from where you live?
Me: My daydreams.
Sarge: transatlantic flight to Cardiff? Is there an airport in Cardiff?
9. What does the word 'Wales' conjure to your mind?
Me: The Welsh Separatist Movement.
Hedgehog: The ancient Welsh sea-god Llyr
10. Are you dreading dreaming up ten questions to ask six bloggers?
Here are my ten questions:
1. What is your least favorite piece of clothing that you own? (from Hedgehog)
2. Gravity or magnetism? (Sarge)
3. Would you rather fantasize, or act it out in real life?
4. What is a name, other than your own, that you think suits you?
5. Tell us about a nice thing a stranger did for you.
6. What was your favorite childhood toy?
7. Do you hold a grudge, or let things go easily?
8. Favorite children's book?
9. Something you're proud of?
10. Which of the following four artworks do you relate to most, on first glance, and why?
Okay, now I tag the following to answer these ten questions, come up with your own ten, and so on...
feel free not to! Although I would enjoy reading your answers:
2. The Unbearable Banishment
3. Hunter (a break from your manuscript?)
Oh crap, that's only three. Oh well, I've petered out. This was much more elaborate then I'd expected, and I'm exhausted. If you've made it this far, you are truly a blog reader to be reckoned with.