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Meme-tasticness [Apr. 29th, 2009|09:42 am]
I have a long day of dull computer stuffs ahead of me, so I'll join in on the fun going around LJ.

A meme, stolen from catvalente, theferrett, aiela, bec76, and just about everyone else out there:

One question.

One chance.

One honest answer.

That's all you get.

You get to ask me one question.

Any question, anything, no matter how crazy, dirty, or wrong it is.

I'm not going to screen questions or answers, but anonymous questions are allowed. Screening is a pain in the butt and, really, reading the questions and answers has been fascinating. If it's something you don't want in public, post the comment and the delete it so that I'll get it in my email but it won't be visible, or just email me.

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[User Picture]From: atdt1991
2009-04-29 02:03 pm (UTC)
Every time I see this meme, this song pops in my head:

"You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow
This opportunity comes once in a lifetime yo"
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-04-29 02:13 pm (UTC)
I am moved to it by staggering boredom. Probably not what Mr. Mathers had in mind when he wrote those words.
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[User Picture]From: bart_calendar
2009-04-29 02:30 pm (UTC)
If you could go back in time and rewrite the scripts which would you eliminate:

1. Ewoks
2. Jar-Jar
3. The padme/anakin romantic scenes

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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-04-29 02:38 pm (UTC)
Wow, I only get one? My first impulse is Jar-Jar, because he is the single most annoying of them. But if eliminating the romance scenes would mean that, in the end, Darth Vader wouldn't be such a whiny-ass bitch, then by all means those would go.

In *my* version of the origin story, Padme is infatuated with ObiWan, who gently turns her down, so she seduces Anakin, who knocks her up but realizes she doesn't love him and is driven by jealousy and rejects them both.
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[User Picture]From: greybeta
2009-04-29 02:33 pm (UTC)
What was the first meal you cooked for The Ferrett?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-04-29 02:41 pm (UTC)
Wow, that's a tough one. The first few times we met, we were eating out. I think I cooked pork chops in his apartment in Ann Arbor because that's what was in the fridge.
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[User Picture]From: cryduchat
2009-04-29 03:27 pm (UTC)
What drove you to become a lawyer?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-04-29 03:45 pm (UTC)
Mostly a teal Ford Escort.

Okay, more serious answer: I dated Hubby 1.0 through his law school years without having much interest in the law. Then when we moved to Alaska I started doing volunteer work for the Sierra Club. At the time, they were fighting a scheme to build a pipeline across the Alaska Peninsula because it would mean creating off-loading and on-loading facilities in pristine wilderness along very sensitive shorelines that were highly subject to fierce storms, and a pipeline bisecting a major migration path for caribou. The Club's main argument was that a portion of the pipeline would cross national park land and was therefore in violation of its permits. The oil companies insisted that they had a clear right of way. All of this was out in a huge chunk of uncharted wilderness that had been allocated but was essentially virgin forest.

I spent several weeks of my first summer in Alaska going through dusty old plat maps, literally tracing the ownership of every square mile of the land along the pipeline corridor, and low and behold was able to document that there were several of those chunks of land did in fact belong to the National Park Service. That research provided the evidence that got the project stopped.

It was my V-8 moment: "Wow, I could have gone to law school!" But there is no law school in Alaska.

Fast forward 15 years and two kids. I got a chance to go to work as a paralegal, despite having no training. I really liked it. When an opportunity came to relocate to Ohio, a good friend suggested that it was an opportunity to go to law school. And here I am.
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[User Picture]From: tormentedartist
2009-04-29 03:33 pm (UTC)
How did the sex talk with your children go? I'm honestly wondering because I can't ever see it being a totally cool thing. But I could be wrong. And if someone could make it a comfortable experience it would be you.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-04-29 03:51 pm (UTC)
I never made it into "the sex talk." The basic mechanics were explained by the time they were four or five years old, and done like most of their learning: based on curiosity. When there were questions, generally triggered by moms of friends being pregnant, we talked about how babies got made, starting in pretty simple terms and then getting more specific when they had more questions. When they reached the age when sex was a possibility, the talk was less about mechanics - because these were already understood - and more about precautions, making smart decisions, and self-respect.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-04-29 03:54 pm (UTC)
Yes. I am proud of myself for finishing law school, while working fulltime. Finals times were never fun, but I was good about keeping up on studies throughout the semester so they weren't too deadly.
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[User Picture]From: blergeatkitty
2009-04-29 04:35 pm (UTC)
Who's your favorite Supreme Court justice, and why?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-04-29 05:25 pm (UTC)
My favorite judge has to be Learned Hand - the man was brilliant and, though some of his views are now dated, stood for freedom and justice. Even though he never became a Supreme Court Justice, he is probably the most quoted member of the judiciary ever.

Even though my libertarian friends will have conniptions, my favorite Justice is William O. Douglas. He was the ultimate judicial activist when it came to personal liberties and environmental protection, both causes dear to my heart. Yes, he helped the Warren court ride roughshod over state's rights in order to end segregation, advance religious freedom, and protect our natural resources. Yes, he was a reinterpreter extraordinaire when it came to the Constitution. Yes, he was part of a lot of "legislating from the bench." I don't care. I still love him.
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[User Picture]From: merle_
2009-04-29 04:46 pm (UTC)
You know, if you allow anonymous questions, it defeats the "one question" limit. ;-)

Why "Zoethe"? (that could actually be your real name; I have no idea)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-04-29 05:27 pm (UTC)
I guess I have to trust that people don't actually find me THAT fascinating!

"Zoethe" (pronounced ZO-eth, soft "th") was the name of the first character I ever created for roleplaying - something I never did before Ferrett and I got married. It was, when I started this blog, a name that was unique and relatively anonymous. And I liked the character - she was very bad-ass. ;-)
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[User Picture]From: kagomeshuko
2009-04-29 06:19 pm (UTC)
If you had to wear a label on your forehead to describe yourself, what would it say?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-04-29 06:29 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: kmg_365
2009-04-29 07:43 pm (UTC)
Which is the superior soundtrack:

1. A New Hope
2. The Empire Strikes Back
3. Return of the Jedi

For item number three, I will accept a custom compilation which include Lapti Nek and Yub Yub.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-04-29 08:04 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: coyotegoth
2009-04-29 08:48 pm (UTC)
What aspect of Ferret's behavior makes you the angriest- not minor "Goddamnit, why doesn't he...?" irritation, but real anger?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-04-29 09:01 pm (UTC)
At this point in our relationship, I seldom if ever get actually angry with him. When he is in the depths of depression I get angry at him for being so hard on himself.

Other than that, he occasionally irks me by bickering with Amy in exactly the way he yells at her not to bicker.
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[User Picture]From: forestmaster
2009-04-29 08:57 pm (UTC)
Can I ask more than one? (this is not my question... answer all or one if I am thus limited. as you so choose)

1. Alternate reality... for whatever reason, you and Ferrett switch rolls. What would life be like for you as a writer, tech guru and online comic author?

2. You're sent back in time to the Pillars of the Earth world. What would your occupation be?

3. You switch bodies with one of your children for an unspecified amount of time. What would you most like to re-live in a Freaky Friday/13 Going on 30/Big/etc. sort of scenario?

4. You and Ferrett (or other person of choice) get free tickets to a bellydance show this Sunday in Toledo. Would you go?

5. Do you speak any foreign languages? If so, what? If not, what would you like to learn, if any?

6. You are presented with 51 live chickens as a belated birthday gift. What would you do with them?

7. UPS or Fed Ex?

8. It's the end of the world as we know it. What would you like for your last dinner?

9. You have an office full of paperwork and less than a week to box everything up to get new carpeting. You still have your day job. When does everything get boxed up/sorted?

10. What do you miss most about not working in a "regular" office?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-04-29 09:32 pm (UTC)
1. I can't imagine being a tech guru, and I lack his writing discipline. I'd probably be unemployed.

2. Midwife

3. Our houseboat trip on Lake Powell because it was a billion kinds of awesome.

4. No; I'll be at Penguicon, and he'll be at a bellydance show in Columbus!

5. I speak a few words of Spanish. If I could choose a superpower, it would be to speak and read all sentient languages.

6. Scream? Then take them to a local farm and trade for veggies and eggs.

7. FedEx, because their location is more convenient.

8. Thai curry with a sushi appetizer. And a can of chocolate frosting for dessert.

9. I'm a demon for projects like that. It would be done in between things and completed in plenty of time.

10. Wow, not much. Water cooler conversation is about it.
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[User Picture]From: autographedcat
2009-04-29 09:04 pm (UTC)
Well, since you asked:

What was the moment when you looked at aiela and thought to yourself "Yeah, I want me some of that."?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-04-29 09:12 pm (UTC)
It wasn't so much looking as cuddling. Last year at PenguiCon there was much puppy-piling, and we had just barely met and briefly talked by Friday evening. Then on Saturday we were in R and S's room and A and I ended up cuddled up on the bed, trying to take a nap. The cuddling sort of started as an extension of the puppy piling that had been going on, but as things quieted down a bit and she and I were snuggled up together, I was, like, "mmmm, soft and yummy...."

And that was kind of the end of it. I mentioned it once to her in a "tell me a secret" post and she didn't respond at all, so I thought maybe I'd creeped her out. Then she and Ferrett started corresponding more and more. Which made me very happy.
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[User Picture]From: kagomeshuko
2009-04-29 09:45 pm (UTC)

Okay, something a little less tame . . .

Have you ever had the urge to kiss somebody of the same sex based solely on the fact that her lips looked kissable and nothing else?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-04-29 10:11 pm (UTC)

Re: Okay, something a little less tame . . .

Yes, but I have not acted upon that urge. Alas.
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[User Picture]From: reynai
2009-04-29 11:00 pm (UTC)
My question isn't particular feisty I suppose, but I'm curious all the same (Specially since I'm not on that filter on your f-list, given that I'm not even on your flist): What are your religious beliefs?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-04-29 11:49 pm (UTC)
I'm a witch. I believe that there is a creative force that is beyond gender, beyond our ability to comprehend it, and we relate to it through religion. For me, a female godhead is what I can relate to. I also believe that there are forces at work that we don't yet understand - quantum mechanics shows us that - but that they can be affected by us personally. Call it the power of prayer, spells, angels, whatever, it's something that will probably be explained by science someday, but for now is still in the realm of "mystical" and has to be accessed with something other than our conscious mind. I believe in the survival of the spirit, and in reincarnation.

I believe that all these things can be expressed in this cold and analytical way, but I also believe in poetry and beauty, and in my practice I am happier if I approach them through the power of myth and icon. So I practice with a coven and am part of a goddess temple, and light candles and worship.

Hope that is a satisfying answer.
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