On a more upbeat note, today I talked music with Jeremiah, a guy in my class. We have very similar tastes in music, with just enough differences to make the talk worth it. I mean, seriously, he knows about Milla Jovovich's first album - how much more obscure can you get? On the other hand, I did manage to introduce him to the wonders of post-rock and Calexico, whereas he got me into the Cinematic Orchestra and Nina Simone. Still don't like Neutral Milk Hotel, Nick Cave, or Leonard Cohen, though.
This evening I went to Borders, where I got a Nina Simone best of album and Mirrormask. Both were on sale. I was debating Y tu mama tambien, Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga by Spoon, and a best of album by Steely Dan, but I needed to set a limit somewhere. Obviously you should never set me loose in a bookstore. Christ.
Tagged by cebus_albifrons
Rules of the game:
A) People who have been tagged must write their answers on their blogs and replace any question that they dislike with a new question formulated by themselves.
B) Tag eight people to do this quiz and those who are tagged cannot refuse. These people must state who they were tagged by and cannot tag the person whom they were tagged by. Continue this game by sending it to other people.
1. How has LJ changed your life?
I've made a number of online AND offline friends via LJ. It acted as a sort of facebook for a bunch of us, way back before Facebook ever existed. I've been able to document my life over the last seven years, and if I really want to, I can go see what I thought about back when I was 14. (I don't.) It's helped me become a better writer in some ways, and worse in others. It's helped me think through my problems via writing, which is always a good thing.
2. What do you do before bedtime?
I brush my teeth, wash my face, and lay down in bed with a book/my laptop.
3. What will your dream wedding be like?
I'll go ahead and steal my answer from cebus_albifrons: eloping. I hate, hate, hate the idea of a big wedding of any kind. Spending thousands of dollars on one day which will probably result in divorce and hatred is one of the most ridiculous things I've ever heard.
4. What is the city of your dreams and why?
I don't really have a city of my dreams... but goddamn it, I'd love to visit Irkutsk (Russia) and pretty much any city in Eastern Europe.
5. Are you an introvert or extrovert?
Very introverted, but I can deal with other people. When I'm comfortable with the people I'm around I can be more outgoing...
6. Which is more blessed, loving someone or being loved by someone?
Well, I love my parents, and they love me. That's about the extent of my experience with love...
7. Do you trust easily?
No. I'm a fairly open person, but I don't really trust anyone, really.
8. If the person you secretly like is already attached, what would you do?
I suck it up and get over it.
9. Is there anything that has made you unhappy these days?
I'm a little unhappy with my lack of running/eating habits. Probably I'm going to kill myself before long. Also: I never fucking write! Christ. Also: being so introverted that I can't meet new people offline.
10. What is your best quality?
I'm creative, stubborn, and willing to experience new things. I'm also an excellent liar/bullshit artist. While the latter may not exactly be good, it is something that I'm very good at.
11. Is being tagged fun?
Yes, it is. :)
12. How do you see yourself?
I think I'm fat, zit-covered, stupid, overwhelmingly shy, pretentious, an asshole, and the list goes on. Well. On my bad days.
13. Who are currently the most important people to you?
My parents. My college friends are fantastic - Russian Club (Curly Amanda, Red Amanda, Kara, Erin, Christopher, Hannah, Stephanie) and Caitlin. I'm probably forgetting people.
14. What kind of person do you think the person who tagged you is?
Admittedly, I don't really know cebus_albifrons very well, but I think she's intelligent and I find her journal fascinating.
15. Would you rather be single and rich or married but poor?
I would rather be in a middle class, long-term (but still unmarried) relationship. How's them apples?
16. How many children do you want to have, if any?
At least three. I've always wanted a big family. If I don't have a partner, well, I'll just go ahead and do it myself. All of this via surrogacy/adoption, of course. (Note to all female readers: if you would be willing to spare a couple eggs and/or a uterus, that's be pretty sweet.)
17. What's better, to give or to receive?
I believe that giving is morally better, but receiving is more rewarding. Ultimately, I think I have to go with what I say around the holidays: you don't get me anything and I won't give you anything. That way it's fair, and neither of us will have wasted money on random shit that doesn't mean anything.
18. If you fall in love with two people simultaneously, who would you pick?
I really don't know. I think this is one of those questions that you have to experience to be able to answer.
19. Would you have 100% safe sex with a stranger for $10,000,000?
Sure, why not.
20. What were your parents going to name you if you'd been born the opposite sex?
My parents never decided on a girl's name, although they mentioned that they at least briefly thought about Heather. On the other hand, they decided on the name Adam before they even got married. They also liked Matthew.
I tag: everyone who reads this.