That is, this meme has been going around...
Part 1: The Birth of You
Were you a planned baby? I don't know -- my parents had been married almost ten years when
I was born, so I think if it had not been for the Great Depression I might
be even older than I am now..
Were you the first? Yes, older of two.
Were your parents married when you were born? Yes.
What is your birthdate? 4/29/43
Part 2: The Family
How would you describe your family? From my birth family, there's just my brother and me, but we've
got cousins (who are now grandparents and even great-grandparents) plus
I married a woman who is one of ten children, so I have a very large extended
Are your parents married? Mom died in 1989 and Dad in 1992. They had been married fifty-six years
when Mom died..
Siblings or an only child? One baby brother who won't even reach sixty until towards the end
of August. .
What are your siblings names? Charlie -- uh, I mean Charles Edward..
Which parent do you get along with best? Both of them (except, of course, for a couple of teenage years).
What do you fight about? n/a.
Do you have step parents? No.
Part 3: The Friends
Do you have more than one best friend? Yes, but these days I tend to be related (by either blood or marriage)
to my best friends.
What do you like to do when you are together? Depends on the friend.
Do you share the same interests? Enough.
Which friend can you tell anything to? Most of them..
Part 4: Your Personality
How high/low is your self esteem? Usualy fairly high (but rightfully so, of course *grin*)
Do you get depressed about things easily? Not usually.
Are you an extrovert or an introvert? An extrovert most of the time..
Are you happy? Yes.
Do you live life to the fullest? No, but I try..
Part 5: Appearance
Are you comfortable with the way you look? Well, do I have a choice?
Would you change anything about your appearance if you could? Drop twenty pounds. Okay, fifteen. Uh, how about ten?
Do you have any piercings besides your ears? No. (And not my ears, either.)
Describe your hair? Longer than average and getting grayer all the time..
What make-up do you wear? None.
Part 6: The Past
Were you a strange child? I guess so..
What did you use to love that you no longer do? Run a 5k faster than a 7 minute per mile pace..
Do you have the same friends? No, except for my brother .
Was there anything in your past that was traumatizing? No, not beyond reason, just the usual stuff...
Part 7: The Future
What is your dream? To bounce a great great grandchild on my knee. It would be really cool if I could do that while taking a vacation trip
to the Moon or Mars.
Are you scared of growing old? Not afraid of age itself, but of becoming
feeble and senile.
Do you want to get married? We've been married for 27 years....
Part 8: The Outdoors
Do you prefer indoors or outdoors? Depends on the seaon and the weather and what I am doing.
What is your favorite season? I really enjoy all seasons but I especially like mid-spring thru mid-autumn.
(I have been known to go for a run on New Year's Day followed by a swim
in Narragansett Bay, so it's not like I don't know how to have fun it the
winter -- it's just that I don't tie two pieces of wood to my feet and
try to slide down mountains in the winter. You can really trash your knees
doing that and I'd rather stay in one piece so I can walk and run and bike.
Favorite weather? Warm and sunny..
Do you like walking in the rain? Yes, as long as it is because I want to and not because I have to..
Part 9: Food
Are you a vegetarian? No
What is your favorite food? Too many to name..
What food makes you want to gag? Insects and weird survivor and fear-factor stuff like that Oh, and things
like liver and haggis.
What is your favorite restaurant? A bunch of them... Mews Tavern in Wakefield, Sakura Japanese restaurant in Providence, the Bistro at 2nd Story Theatre in Warren, CrazyBurger in Narragansett, etc....I like Chinese and Thai and Italian and Japanese and Indian and Pakistani food, English pub food (i.e., fish & chips), American food, Argentine beef, big salads, soups and stews... and grinders (that's what we call subs/hoagies/poorboys in Rhode Island).. I once ate in a Nepalese restaurant (The Yak and Yeti I believe was its name) in Sydney and liked that food too.
Part 10: Experiences
What was one of your greatest experiences? Becoming a father -- three times -- and a grandfather (just once thus far).
Have you ever done drugs? Uh, is this being recorded? Nothing more than a little smoking many years
Have you ever thought you were going to die? There have been a few scary moments.
Can you blow a bubble? With bubble stuff, yes... with bubble-gum, no.
Can you dance? Not very well, but it is fun and I enjoy it anyway.
Can you do a cart wheel? No..
Can you touch your tongue to your nose? Close but not quite... but, uh, oh, nevermind....
Can you touch your toes? Yes (but it gets more difficult each year)
Can you whistle? Yes.
Can you wiggle your ears? Yes (and I can cross my eyes too)
Did you ever get into a fight in school? A couple, but nothing major
Did you ever eat a pie? An entire pie? Have made significant inroads but don't think I've ever eaten a full-sized
pie at one sitting (no, not even as a kid).
Did you ever run away from home? No. (Well, I think I planned it out once when I was a kid but I was only four
or five, so my plan was to take a blanket to a neighbor's yard... not very
Did you ever want to be a doctor? Not really.
Did you ever want to be a fire fighter? I thought about it..
Did you have a party for your last birthday? Went out to dinner, last real party was for hitting six-oh..
Do you know how to drive? Yes. (Standard transmission)
Do you like Roller coasters? No..
Do you own a bike? Yes, and I rode it today.
Do you think you could handle the stuff they eat on those reality TV shows?
Do you tie your shoes every day? Yes -- I don't own any loafers (although I do sometimes wear moccasins)
-- usually wear running shoes..
Does hair loss run in your family at all? More on my mother's side than my Dad's -- and I do have more forehead than
I used to...
Does your car get good gas mileage? Yes -- Toyota Corrolla..
Does your family have family picnics? Yes.
Has anyone ever given you flowers? Yes.
Have you even been on a plane? Lots of times.. from single engine private planes to 747s and a wide variety
Have you ever been asked out? Yes..
Have you ever asked someone out? Yes..
Have you ever been to the Ocean? I grew up about ninety miles up the Hudson River but I never actually was
in the ocean swimming until I was in college on Long Island and went to
Jones Beach. Now I live in Rhode Island just a few miles from the ocean..
Have you ever gone fishing? Yes, but not since I was a kid.
Have you ever painted your nails? I think once as a joke decades ago..
How many different places have you lived? Nineteen if you count all addresses (including college) but mostly in three
houses -- the one I grew up in, the one Nancy and I owned in Binghamton,
NY, and the one we now live in.
How tall are you? Once upon a time I would have said a bit over five eleven but I think the
best I can do now is maybe five ten.
Last song you listened to? I really don't remember.
Quick how much money do you have on you right now? My wallet is on my desk so that just means what I have stuffed in my pockets
-- probably twenty or thirty dollars. [Okay, just checked and I have a
five and a twenty.].
What did you wear to bed last night? My original answer was "a pair of shorts and a t-shirt" but then
I remembered I took a shower just before bed and it was a warm night so
I have to change the answer to "nothing but a sleepy look.".
What do you fear? Something bad happening to one of my loved ones..
What Radio Station do you listen to? I almost never listen to radio except in a car -- there are four stations
I generally listen to: one AM -- WPRO (talk radio - AM630) and three FM
-- WGBH (public radio from Boston 89.7), WCRI (classical music 95.9), and
WCTK (country music 98.1))
What was the last book you read? I am currently reading an historical novel -- I, Roger Williams by Mary Lee Settle (before that I read a science fiction novel by Elizabeth Bear -- World Wired -- and a fantasy novel by Naomi Kritzer -- Freedom's Gate -- and a couple of other books and I'm really not sure of the precise
order since I sometimes am in the middle of more than one book at a time.)
What was the last restaurant you ate at? The Mews Tavern, Wakefield, last Friday night.
What was the last thing you bought? Groceries.
What was the last thing you had to drink? Coffee.
What friend have you known the longest? My brother.
Who was that last person you IMed? A guy I work with, work related stuff; but I most often have IM chats with my brother
Who was the last person you talked to on the phone? Three people from work in a regularly scheduled Monday (yesterday) afternoon
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