Thursday, May 08, 2008

but enough about you, let's talk about me

Now that's dedicated blogging.

Recently Bloody Awful Poetry came down with a nasty case of Dengue fever that landed her in the hospital. So what's one of the first things she does when she re-enters the land of the living? She sends out a tag of course.

And who am I to refuse a tag from someone who might very well have been using her last moments on this plane to learn more about me?

These be the instructions what came along with it:

Remove one question from below, and add in your personal question, make it a total of 20 questions, then tag 8 people in your list. List them out at the end of this post. Notify them in their chat box that he/she has been tagged. Whoever does the tag will have blessings from all.

(Okay, I'm going to halt things right here for a second to assure you that there is no way on god's green earth that I am tagging 8 people. I don't have a death wish, after all. I will follow BAP's example on this and tag the much more palatable number of 3 fine bloggers. I'm still expecting blessings from all, mind.)

1. Who is your all-time inspiration?
I am inspired by many different people, for many different reasons. But the person who most embodies all that I hold sacred and who truly inspires me to be true to myself, is Eric Cartman.

2. Have you given your first kiss away?

Do you mean as opposed to charging money for it? I don't recall any money changing hands, so I must have given it away. So, yes! The answer is yes!

3. If you were stranded on a deserted island, who are the three blog buddies you'd take with you and why?
Only three? That is indeed cruel, and causes me a great deal of anguish, thinking of all the great blog buddies I will be leaving behind.
But I am nothing if not compliant, so I will bring along:
1) Michelle -who has an encyclopedic knowledge of every known ailment.
2) Allison - who has built a house in the tropics before, and who never fails to make me laugh.
3) Bubs - who has a background in law enforcement and narcozoology, as well as plenty of hands on experience in mixology. There are bound to be some coconuts on that island that are just crying out for a little cocktail umbrella.

4. Where is the place you want to go to the most?
The bathroom

5. If you could have one dream come true, what would it be?
The one where I ran into Thom Yorke in the hallway of the high school after Radiohead played an impromptu concert for our class. Except I would change the part of the dream where he told me that he was quitting music and that was Radiohead's last ever concert. And I'd also change it so that after he finished weeping we would go for a nice cup of tea together.

6. Do you believe in seeing a rainbow after the rain?
Sure, if the conditions are right. Rainbows only occur, though, when there is sun or moon illuminating the raindrops. Also if the sun is too high in the sky (higher than 42 degrees altitude), you won't see a rainbow. ... Oh, do you mean metaphorically? No, not necessarily; sometimes after rain, there is just more rain.

7. What are you most afraid of losing right now?
My eyesight. That's always been my biggest fear.

8. If you win one million dollars what would you do?
Quit my job, build that cottage, publish a magazine, run a music promotion business, open a wildly popular all-ages concert venue (with an attached coffeeshop/bookstore) to showcase local talent and attract all my favourite bands to the city. And I guess I will have run out of money by then.

9. If/when you meet somebody that you love, would you confess it to him/her?
It would depend whether or not my husband was present.

10. List out three good points of the person who tagged you.
I don't really know Bloody Awful Poetry all that well yet, but she does:
1) have one of the best blog names out there (to paraphrase Michael Scott: "that's what Morrissey said!")
2) demonstrate impeccable taste in menfolk
3) sometimes make me snort coffee out my nose with her pithy remarks

11. Three weird facts about yourself
You would think that with all the me me me memes I have done over the years, there would not be any weird facts left to divulge, but no, there's more:
1) I developed a squid allergy a few years ago. It took me three bouts of cramps and vomiting after eating squid before I figured it out
2) I can drive a tractor, including loading and unloading it off a flatbed trailer
3) I have never been able to do a cartwheel.

12. Which type of person do you hate the most?
People who don't take responsibility for their own actions. Also whiners.

13. If you have faults, would you rather the people around you point it out to you or would you rather they keep quiet?

It should be "If you have faults, would you rather the people around you point it them out to you". See, that's one of my faults, I correct people's grammar. And yet, strangely, I don't want to know about my own faults. I would rather believe that people find me perfect. So don't break my bubble!

14. What do you think is most important in life?
Self acceptance

15. Are you a shopaholic?

No no no no no, I'm strictly a focussed shopper. Shopping is a necessary evil. Well except for cds. And books. And maybe chocolate.

16. State one of your desires.
Travel. Having recently scratched the scab off a long-buried travel bug, I feel the lure of these places- Scotland, Scandinavia, Iceland, Bermuda, Brazil, and the east coast of Canada.

17. Which part of your character would you like to change?
The OCD part that says I might as well do this myself, because nobody else can do it just right. That part only makes extra work for me (and makes me a pain in the ass).

18. What have you been putting off doing lately?

What haven't I been putting off doing? I slacked off at work the other day to look up concert reviews, I still haven't finished decrapping the basement which I wanted to get done before spring, and I really really need to caulk around the shower before the wall rots out.

19. 2+2 =?

The first part of the title of a really good Radiohead song. [2+2=5 (The Lukewarm) - track one of Hail to the Thief, 2003, length - 3:19]

20. Describe yourself in three words.

Sociable, detail-oriented, pragmatic

And now it's your go, my preciouses. I close my eyes, point my mouse at my blog roll and spin three times. When it has stopped scrolling each time, I see it is pointing to Moxie, Toccata, and Dguzman. Have at it, lovelies!
Bonus points if you can pick which question I added (without first checking BAP's blog, of course - you cheaters).


Allison said...

I'm chuffed you'd want to be stuck with me on a deserted island! The feeling is mutual. I knew someday my jester hat and toolbelt would be good for something!

I've never been able to do a cartwheel either. Hell, somersaults are dangerous enough. I always used to roll on a slant. Sometimes I wonder how I passed gym at school.

I'm leaning towards number 5, or the rainbow one as your question...hmmm.

I think I might have to steal this tag, twas fun to read!

Allison said...

It took me far too long to cross reference and figure out which question was yours. Good question!

Karen said...

You are hilarious. And you've inspired me...



Man, I've been laying around sick all day waiting for a new post. I almost sent out a neighbourhood search party.

Now I've got to digest all the interesting and inspiring information you printed. My brain is overloaded with Intimate Barb Facts.

I'm guessing number 19 was the question you changed only because you mention Radiohead. In fact I'm surprised Radiohead didn't get mentioned in every question. ;)

But that's only because I'm cranky and sick.

And a little whiny and actually I never wrote any of the above it was EPP.

Joe said...

HEY! Thank you for giving me my most flattering moment of the day! I will be happy to visit the island, shoot anything that needs shooting and mix up some good drinks too.

I am too tired and lazy to figure out which question was yours.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

A jester hat and a tool belt is a deadly combination, Al. Everybody wants to be your friend when you are sporting those.
I wonder if anybody has ever not graduated because of failing gym? Because there would be a few of us in danger of being in that position.
And nope, it's neither #5 nor #6 - good guesses though.
And I just realized that I cannot count, as Bloody Awful Poetry actually tagged 4 people, not 3. So consider yourself tagged! I'd love to read your version

Moi? Thanks, Karen. I hope this means we can see a version of the meme over on your blog!

How rude of me, not to keep you entertained while you were ill and stuck in the burbs, Urban Blonde! I do hope you are recuperating, as this overload of zombie information may well cause a setback.
And nope, it was not #19, although that is a damn good guess. I did manage to tell you about my Thom Yorke dream and I am pretty proud I sneaked that in.
Tell EPP to settle down and get mommy a glass of wine.

You are excused from the question guessing,Bubs,providing you are thinking up some dandy cocktails you will be mixing up for your fellow island castaways.

Gifted Typist said...

There is just so much to like about you Zombie.

your question: 19

bloody awful poetry said...

Your question was the three words about to describe yourself thing. Yep. And I'm glad to see you stuck with the 2+2 one! Honoured, really.
And I'm even more honoured to discover that I make you snort your coffee out your nose. In a good way, I hope.

Anonymous said...

Dengue Fever? Holy crap, you've gotta be kidding me?!?!? Ohhh, big huge rapid recovery vibes to Bloody Awful Poetry. That's some uncomfortable healing there.

I'm honored to share the first name of someone you'd want to spend time with on a deserted island! oooh, I just shuddered at the thought of experiencing the experiences of every other "Michelle" on the planet right now. I think I just... oh, never mind.

What does that mean to give your first kiss away? I'm kinda confused about that question, but I love your answer!

Losing my eyesight & hearing would damn near devastate me. Life without either would be so empty... if I were born that way I wouldn't know any different. To lose it now? The worst karmic hell.

Can I submit my application to be your lead barista at your groundbreaking world-famous book/coffee shop? I promise to not play any Deftones on shift.

When it comes to sharing and/or pointing out faults, I'm always reminded of my 1st husband's mom... her favorite phrase to people she didn't want to hear the truth from (hahah) was, "thank you for caring, fuck you for sharing." Man, I still love that, 20 yrs later.

People actually shop FOR FUN?

EXCELLENT, My MemeQueen.

Moxie said...

I am honored to be tagged...crap, that reminds me, I still owe Beckeye a meme. Well, on that one I can plagiarize myself for a lot of it. Whew. It may take me a while, but I will eventually get to it.

Oh, and I love the word "decrapping". Will have to share that one with Momcat.

BeckEye said...

Damn, your tractor is sexy, Barbara.

Beth said...

Losing my eyesight is my biggest fear, too. You'd think it would be my hearing, though ........

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Nope, not #19, Gifted, although one would think so, wouldn't one?

Snorting coffee out my nose in the best possible way, Bloody Awful! And yes - ding ding ding - you have identified the zombie question correctly. Prize will be forthcoming.

Your ex-mil certainly has a way with words, Michelle! That's a lovely sentiment.
Of course, you would be head barista at the all-ages venue and on the deserted island as well, where I would build you a very nice coffee yurt.
Yeah I was bamboozled by that first kiss question too, but one can have fun with it.

Decrapping is a fun word to use, Moxie, but in reality, much harder to do. I look forward to your answers!

Apparently so, Beckeye, and I understand Borat has been asking about me.

You'd sure think so, Beth, but if you are like me, the sheer isolation and dependancy would be the killers.

Sean Wraight said...

I gotta admit Barb this meme stuff is compelling stuff... Kinda like peeling back the blogger personality onion.

For the record I can not do a cart wheel either. Damn "gymnastorientedblogger" bastards that can. Ah well, I bet they can't name every single Morrissey has ever released since 1991 either...

Good stuff.


John Mutford said...

More details about the tractor please!

justacoolcat said...

Ok, this is my second read and there's no way I'm going to try and guess which are fake.

Instead, I'll give you a gold star. I could give you a real gold star if you used Twitter.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Well exactly, Sean, some people can stand on their heads and that's fine, if that's what they like. The rest of us would rather swap minutia about music. And I will never ask you to do a cartwheel.

I had a bunch of summer jobs putting out research plots across the prairies, John, which involved hauling a tractor across the prairies. It was pretty great!

Oh I am too much of a twit to use Twitter, JustA,but I am loving the fake gold star. My question was #20, dear.

dguzman said...

finally getting over here to find out what you've tagged me with. I'll get it up (snicker) ASAP!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I look forward to reading your no doubt fascinating revelations, Dguzman.

Will said...

Now, I admit to shedding a few tears (or maybe an ocean) upon realization that I would not be invited to said desert island. That being said, I have a cat and a significant other to take care of, so I'll just have to wait for your letters. That being said, I hope you do get that million dollars because the magazine sounds delightful, and the all-ages venue/coffee shop sounds - dare I say it - da bomb.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Oh Will, you know that you and all your loved ones would be welcome on the island. But you would have to bring rum and tivo.