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Doing a meme - sheepishly

1. Leave me a casual comment of no particular significance, like a lyric to your current favorite song, your favorite kind of sandwich, or maybe your favorite game. Any remark, meaningless or not.

2. I will respond by asking you five personal questions so I can get to know you better.

3. Update your LJ with the answers to the questions.

4. Include this explanation and offer to ask someone else in your own post.

5. When others respond with a desultory comment, you will ask them five questions.

scarlettina asks:

1) What book have you enjoyed the most during the last 12 months?
While it is most unfair to the several excellent new books I've read, the winner is Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold. I loved it when it came out, but rereading it years later was even better.

2) What three current events are you following most closely and why?
1) The ongoing battle between Japanese owned corporation Glacier Northwest and a stinging swarm of environmentalists, NIMBYs, concerned residents, legislators and lawyers who don't want them to reopen and then greatly expand the gravel mining operation they own on Maury Island. While I am interested in the outcome of the struggle, my real fascination is with the arguments made pro and con, and some of the bizarre leaps of logic necessary to understand why what's legal may not be what's reasonable, and that both sides have validity.

2) The blizzards hitting the Midwest and East Coast. I've lived there most of my life, and now I'm in a place that so rarely sees snow that they don't even have any plows (not that plows would help on these hills...).

3) I can't help but keep a weather eye on the USA Presidential race. Part dismay, part entertainment, all worrisome - but I don't plan to do any more than cast my own vote when the time comes.

3) Of which local landmark are you most fond and why?
I really like the giant boulder about 200 feet from my driveway. I don't know if that counts as a landmark - but it's a marvelous moss covered rock.

4) Pick an important first in your life and tell us about it.
My first science fiction convention was Windycon 3 in 1976. A whole crowd of high school students were led there by one member of our Science Fiction Club, who got us booked into a hotel room, registered at the convention, and then vanished, no doubt knowing that many of us would have followed him around like lost ducklings. At the convention I met a great number of the people who would inspire many of the decisions I've made with my life.

5) If you could step into a film and play any part, which would it be?
This one stumped me - I got hung up between imagining *being* a character and imagining being an actor playing a character. So I asked my kidling. He swiftly replied "the short guy pirate from Pirates of the Carribean". With that fine example and more thought, I'll go with the hyperactive girl student in Real Genius (except, of course, that I'm far too old).

Thank you, scarlettina, for your inspiring post.


Feb. 3rd, 2008 05:14 pm (UTC)
>>The poem you quote is from Galway Kinnell. There's a nice (short) write up at http://www.opus40.org/tadrichards/kinnell.html<<

WOW! amazing! Thanks for digging this up. I had no idea Google could do that.

1) When did you first become cognizant of your connection with crows?

Who knows? I've always been attracted to the bigger birds. I guess when I moved to the north shore of Chicago I discovered that I could get them to come to me and take peanuts from me (not my hand--I had to throw them on the ground and walk away) and that pretty much hooked me. Eventually they would follow my car, pacing me at eye level, looking in at me and yelling "Where's the peanut?"

This was before the crow plague of 2001 that wiped out all my old friends. I've made new friends, and some of the winter migrants remember me. But I grieved a long time over the dead.

2) Are there specific plants that you are looking forward to starting in the spring?

Crocuses! Snowdrops. Daffs &c., tulips. Those are planted already. I love seeing the Star of Bethlehem and chives bloom at the same time, around my anniversary, too. And, well, everything.

3) What is your favorite novel or novel series?

Oh, please. What's yours? I guess I reread these the oftenest: PG Wodehouse (everything), Pratchett (Discworld), Georgette Heyer (the regencies and then the mysteries, in that order), Jennifer Crusie (selected titles), Rex Stout, Daniel Pinkwater, Douglas Adams (the main trilogy)Barry Hughart, Carl Hiaasen, Janet Evanovich (Plum only). Dear god, woman, you know what you're asking?

4) What do you most like about where you live now?

Short buildings and tall trees.

5) How have the recent weather conditions affected you?

Well, I got a parking ticket for $100 for being on the wrong street during a "snow emergency" last night. >Bad word!< Something I bet never happens on your island.
Feb. 6th, 2008 12:10 am (UTC)
"you know what you're asking?"
Why yes, yes I do.

I love the big, old trees where you are, but having lived over here for a while, I no longer think of them as tall.

You guys need to come out and visit!
Feb. 6th, 2008 02:28 am (UTC)
>>You guys need to come out and visit!

Big ten four, good buddy. Years ago I promised the spousal unit a trip by train across country to the west coast. We should do it someday, darnit. I want to see your place.


after all
Alice Bentley

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