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Phan Ku Monster Speaks

This is the five questions meme. 


1. Leave a casual comment of no particular significance on this post, like a lyric to your current favorite song, your favorite jelly bean flavor, or maybe your favorite game. Any remark, meaningless or not. Personally, I'd prefer something inane or an in-joke.  Your call.

2. I will respond by asking you five personal questions.  If you don't have a blog, I'll ask them here, and I suppose you'll have to answer here, or you can write them in chalk on the wall outside of your neighborhood Wal-Mart or something.  As you will.

3. Update your blog with the answers to the questions. (Or the wall by your Wal-Mart)

4. Include this explanation and offer to ask someone else in your own post. (Or don't, but Phan Ku will eat you then.  Just saying.)

5. When others respond with a desultory comment, you will ask them five questions.  And doesn't desultory sound somewhat dirty?  Or insulting?  It sounds bad.  Bascially, other people will say stuff and then you have to ask them questions, and this thing just goes on forever in a loop.

Meme Q&A (These come from Miss Mary H) (She is also guilty for all the odd Phan Ku  and Gay Neck references.  It's our personal side affect of having to teach 7th grade LA/reading together for a year.):

1.  Now I get to ask!  What sucked about being the oldest child?

Two words: Built-in babysitter.

I didn't mind that so much as the fact that everything was my fault.  If the little one looked at you, grinned, then stuck their finger DELIBERATELY in the light socket, the adult would come in, say, "What happened," and the little one would point at you, and there was no hope of defense.  You were bigger.  It was your fault.  I was always responsible. 

There's also the thing where everything you tried to do first was ABSOLUTELY NOT and you needed a suit of armor and an armed guard to leave the house, but by the time #4 hit, she could pratically drink and smoke at the kitchen table and they'd offer her a refill and a light.

2.  What is your favorite physical trait about yourself?  Least favorite?
Do you know, it's bad for clothes and knees, but I actually would be lost without my height.  I use it more than I know.  It impresses everybody.  Plus, people literally look up to me.  Not to mention the fact that the blog title would be weird otherwise.

Hate my legs--well, I like having them, but the varicose veins and bizarre tendency towards heinous bruising could go and I would not miss it at all.

3.  Do you think there is a heaven?  If so, explain using complete sentence form.  JK.

Yes.  I think, though, that it's more of a way-station, or home base.  I think if we're going to have individual consciousness and a sense of separation from the One, then we have to break away, and a part of doing that is having a yearning to return, which is what gets us to move.  I think you can do a hell of a lot of exploring on that wavelength, but I think in the end that heaven or a heaven-like place is where we rest and have tea and look up at the big Us in the center and say WOW!!!! and then we want to feed it more stuff, and see what we look like in different clothes, and we either forget how much it hurts, or we decide it's worth it, and we go do it again in different ways and in different places and different dimensions.

4.  What is your favorite young adult lit book?  (Bonus points for Gay Neck)

Absolutely.  Gay-Neck all the way.

Dunno.  I did enjoy the first Princess Diaries book.  Probably I should just stick with Gay-Neck.
5.  If you had the skills/talent to be in any profession (other than a writer), what would it be?

I really wish I were handy, like with wood and pipes and things that break.  Cars, too.  I'm just not.  My brain refuses to process the information beyond simple survival.  But I think it would be so, so cool to MAKE myself a desk or a bookshelf, with the decorative finishes and all.  I love watching The New Yankee Workshop on PBS and pretending I am making the project with them.  Weird, but there you are.



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Jul. 10th, 2008 03:35 am (UTC)
It all started with gramma's glass eye in the butter dish.
Jul. 10th, 2008 01:34 pm (UTC)
I'm having a hard time getting the butter-coated glass eye out of my mind.

1. So what happened to the glass eye, anyway? Or perhaps I should be asking after the butter dish?

2. If you could orchestrate the perfect moment right now, what would it be? Either what's the activity, or what's the emotion/setup? Or both?

3. What is your favorite plant, and why?

4. What is your weirdest phobia--like, the silliest one? Any idea how it came about?

5. What is your favorite place you would most like to visit but know you will never, ever get to, either because it is fictional or inaccessible?
Jul. 14th, 2008 03:22 am (UTC)
OK finally unslothed (which is not like delurking) and answered:

Jul. 10th, 2008 03:42 am (UTC)
I've been typing out people's questionnaire responses all night for my 10-year HS reunion this weekend, and it's actually sort of depressing. How's that for inane? :)
Jul. 10th, 2008 01:40 pm (UTC)
1. So what do you WISH you could put on that questionnaire?

2. What is your favorite thing about living in Iowa? Or should I have phrased that in the negative?

3. Your pick: describe your worst adolescent moment, or the best.

4. You can grab anyone in the world--ANYONE, living, dead, or fictional--and take them into the Holodeck. No one will ever know what happens there, and there will be no repercussions. Who do you take, and what do you do in there?

5. Best story you've ever seen or read or been told: what, and why was it so damn good?
Jul. 10th, 2008 03:54 am (UTC)
It seem as though the wing be smokin'!
Jul. 10th, 2008 02:00 pm (UTC)
1. What is your favorite unexpected turn that your life has presented you with so far?

2. Favorite beverage--like, REALLY, REALLY your favorite.

3. Most poignant moment in your life: could be good or bad.

4. You are handed a check for $30,000; you aren't allowed to spend it on debt. What do you do with that check if you're given it today?

5. What has your attention more than anything else right now in your life? Where is your focus most placed--goal or subject mater?
Jul. 10th, 2008 03:57 pm (UTC)
Heidi, after I did this I realized that since I want you to do my tarot sometime soonish I should wait to answer these questions. I don't want too much information to clog your tarot pores.
Jul. 13th, 2008 12:31 am (UTC)
That's totally okay! It's not necessary for me to go "cold" at your situation, but if you'd prefer it that way, it's totally fine.
Jul. 10th, 2008 04:53 am (UTC)
I never thought I'd grow a hair there.

(Damn, I'm going to be answering a DAMN lot of questions since I have commented on yours, Jeff's, Mary's & Caryle's.)
Jul. 10th, 2008 02:07 pm (UTC)
1. So, be honest. WHY do you think David Tennant is so attractive--I don't just mean to you or to me, but in general. In talking the whole package: the person, the physique, the everything.

2. What is the best movie/fiction monster, and why is it the best one? (You define what best is, btw.)

3. You get a one night stand with no repercussions with one member of the BVTS gang. Who do you take with you into the closet? Or are you holding out for Scully?

4. You are in charge of a U.S. federal agency for one day and you have the full power and money to do ONE thing. You can build a bridge or set up a train or pay off something or fire somebody or reverse a decision. Full power over everything, and it's lasting, but you have ONE shot. What do you do?

5. Best moment from your childhood: the one that makes your heart glow just to think of it. Could be obscure or could be a recurring event.
Jul. 10th, 2008 02:08 pm (UTC)
Oh, sorry, dumb fingers. BTVS. Buffy THE vampire slayer, not Buffy vampire the slayer.

Edited at 2008-07-10 02:09 pm (UTC)
Jul. 10th, 2008 06:41 am (UTC)
"A revolution without dancing is a revolution not worth having."
Jul. 10th, 2008 02:15 pm (UTC)
1. So, bookseller. It seems to me that romance as a genre is really, really shifting, almost careening around on one wheel. But sometimes I think that I'm just projecting because *I* an careening around on one wheel. What is your take on this? Or is it broader than just romance?

2. What is the story you desperately want to be writing but are not yet ready to or can't figure out how? Don't say more than would break the magic--but is it the sort of thing you're writing now, or something deliciously different? What secret writing passion are you just not yet ready to explore?

3. Sell me on Canada. You won't have to work hard, but tell me your favorite things.

4. What is your hands-down favorite thing about yourself? Broad question--it could be a habit, a lifestyle choice, a physical attribute, or even something as simple as where you've chosen to live or work.

5. What makes a person the most attractive to you--and I'm not limiting this to sexual attractiveness, but you can take it however you like to aim it. But what makes you hum, deep down in the places where we're all the same anyway? What about people draws you the most, like a butterfly to nectar sort of thing, a soul-singing sort of draw?
Jul. 18th, 2008 06:06 pm (UTC)
I finally have my answers up!
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Jul. 18th, 2008 06:07 pm (UTC)
Jul. 10th, 2008 06:56 am (UTC)
Just because there is a space wide enough for a car between your landlord's driveway and his hedge does not mean you should put your car there while backing down his super-steep driveway with the wicked curve.

Ah, the joys of living on the flank of a volcano...

Edited at 2008-07-10 06:57 am (UTC)
Jul. 10th, 2008 02:23 pm (UTC)
1. What is the scariest bug you have encountered in Hawaii that you didn't expect--the one that you saw in the drain or by the side of the road and you had to coach yourself not to scream bloody murder? Or, if you're not bug phobic, which would *I* have to not scream at?

2. Best place you've ever lived--but name the reason why (location, people, where you were in your life, etc.).

3. What aspect of life still, no matter how many times you encounter it, manages to surprise you?

4. What do you love most about teaching--like, it really, really makes your heart sing kind of love?

5. What inanimate or non-cognizant force drives you the most crazy, and why, and how do you try to cope (or train yourself to ignore it)?
Jul. 10th, 2008 10:32 am (UTC)
"Hello, hello turn your radio on.Is there anybody out there? Help me sing my song..."
Jul. 10th, 2008 02:27 pm (UTC)
1. So, 19 year-old. What do you want to be most, right now, when you grow up? And while I'm asking, what does "grown up" mean to you right now? When will that happen?

2. Kilts. What are your thoughts?

3. What art medium/concept do you most want to explore and yet are most challenged/frustrated by?

4. What musical artist would you be blissfully happy to never, never hear again? (and beware of the lambs.)

5. Why aren't you blogging, anyway? And why isn't your first post the answer to these questions?
Jul. 10th, 2008 03:33 pm (UTC)
1 - Well 34 year-old, i've managed to get the selection down to these two, and they are in the same field : doing freelancing art and live the slightly stereotypical lifestyle that 60 + lives, and live in a Villa in south-west Spain, whilst doing art, painting, going to exhibits and galleries, and sell some works, and generally keep a low profile, whilst going back to the UK maybe a couple of times per month.

Or, in a more realistic world, i would stay in Dundee, or at least the UK, and become a youthful, decent, very good art teacher, showing my students the tips & tricks of the trade, all the while wearing sweaters and jumpers, in nice colours and aim for a middle-aged fashion style.In this scenario, i would still keep my shoulder hair.

I'm relieved i'm gotten two choices, i didn't know i wanted to do art until i was 17!

2 - They're loooooong.And pretty.And we have our offical tartan, in blue and yellow, and possibly some green.And there's a lot of intricate detail surrounding the Kilt, with all the other attachments, because you want to portray the image as correct as possible.

Not yet worn a kilt though, if you're wondering that.I might've done a couple of years ago, but i didn't get enough time to rent one, or the fact that to rent a kilt is expensive in itself.And even if you're the maturist person this side of saltwater, you just can't help but wonder, if you see a kilt, does the person have any knickers on underneath? And let me tell you, you get some disturbing images with that answer.

3 - I'd love to check out a bit of photography.I didn't really do any in my first year at all, and apprently photography is included in the new course, so i've been wandering around the place going camera crazy, and just going in awe at how good a camera phone can be with precission and detail, and lamenting over the fact that i don't yet have a digital camera.

I'm probably frustrated most be textiles.You remember Junior? That took weeks of planning and operating, and a lot of times finding out about the materials, and it wasn't just that, it was all the stuff surrounding it.Like, you'd look up to 10 different source material's, packaging, themes, motif's, story's, research, inspiration, and at the end of it all you're just shouting at it to go away.

4 - Toughie. Right now, i'm saying Gwen Stefani.She just annoys the shit out of me.Although, the Jacques Lu Cont remix of What You Waiting For is sublime, her second album just went to shit really.I have a predicament though.Can i still like her when she's with No Doubt? Because i like them!

I like the lambs.And the silence.Jodie Foster though......eh (shakes hand evenly).

5 - Well the reason i bothered to get a blog in the first place, was because you said you'd start to filter some posts, and that if i'd sign up, i'd be part of a list that would be able to view them.That sounds more creepy than it intended to be, but it isn't really.I just like being nosey.

Also, if i had gotten onto the course i applied for this year, i actually would've used the thing.Mostly because, i would've been doing a project that involved video camera and film and i would've had to use the blog to keep progress of what's going on, discuss this, and that and so on.I may use it for the future, but i now if i used the blog now, i'd be playing to an audience of one, and that's just not fun.It gets lonely and boring after a while.So instead, i just use the journal on Last.fm instead.Most of my thoughts are music releated ones instead.

I'd consider it an achievement if you could get Shakespear's Sister to be the answer of this post really.I don't really think they had this conversation in mind back in 1991.

But then again, it could be the answer! I could be Siobhan Fahey, asking if anyone could turn the radio on, and you could be the radio, turned on, and i'm broadcasting the thoughts of this convo live over HCDR 2530 AM.

Jul. 10th, 2008 04:07 pm (UTC)
I forgot to say about the grown up thing thing.Well, i sort of view it in two ways :

- I will be grown up in approximately 51 days, which i'll be relieved about, because i soon as i turn 20, i can finally stop acting like a complete dipshit and stop all the acts of randomness and just 'grow up' from a based view of age and fear.

- No-one is completely grown up.Either that they still retain the child in them which gets allowed out on certain occasions, either too much or not enough, and also, people will not be grown up because of certain events in their lifes that will happen to them, and sooner and later we all act childish and completely do the wrong thing, both morally or otherwise.
Jul. 10th, 2008 01:14 pm (UTC)
You can dance. You can jive. Having the time of your life.
Jul. 10th, 2008 02:34 pm (UTC)
1. What is the most wicked, deliciously naughty thing that you are actively not letting yourself do right now?

2. What is the title of the last story (in any form: book, movie, TV, or even oral) that made your heart swell in your chest? And was it a positive or a negative swell? And I mean, REALLY, REALLY transported you?

3. Who is your biggest hero/heroine alive right now--the one so big and so heroic you would almost rather not meet them, lest they become too human in your eyes?

4. What is your favorite non-sexual sensual experience? The one you could very nearly just do for the rest of your life or at least for a long, long, long time if you could get away with it?

5. You are given five hours to spend anywhere in time, anywhere in the world or the universe, in any dimension (fictional or real). You go alone. You take nothing with you. Where do you go, and do you watch or participate?
Jul. 10th, 2008 03:29 pm (UTC)
I would also love to have mechanical and carpentry skills! I wish I could figure out what's wrong with the car when it's not working. I so respect people with those skills.

And it is true-- the youngest can sometimes get away with murder. I think my parents were very tired by the time I came along. I got to do a lot more things than my siblings, and since most of my them were leaving the house as I was growing up, my parents had a lot more money. I had forgotten those things. :)
Jul. 12th, 2008 03:30 am (UTC)
Jul. 13th, 2008 12:40 am (UTC)
1. How SHOULD George Lucas have done the prequels? Or should he have simply left well enough alone?

2. If you could give yourself ONE talent/skill you do not currently possess, what would it be, and why?

3. If I gave you an unlimited budget and free reign to redesign ONE room in my house of your choice, even a room I have already redone myself, which would you choose, and how would you design it?

4. What adventure/risk would you like most to take and yet are not allowing yourself to try, and of course, why aren't you taking it/trying it?

5. Of all the moments we three musketeers have had over the years, the stupid, the serious, the sad, the ridiculous, and the euphorically juvenile, which memory is your favorite--or, what one floats to the top as the most significant/meaningful?
Jul. 12th, 2008 12:56 pm (UTC)
I am changing my name to Mary Ellen, and you will be touched by my rendition of "Friends" by Michael W. Smith.
Jul. 13th, 2008 12:45 am (UTC)
*laughs ass off*

I take it this is your way of asking for questions?

1. What is your favorite aspect about yourself? Is it a physical or a mental feature? Explain.

2. Who wins the celebrity deathmatch: Phan Ku, or the Irish Superman?

3. Did you ever try to actually read Gay-Neck? And did you steal a copy for yourself as well, in addition to my birthday present?

4. Worst present you were ever given?

5. Someone offers you $100,000 to ride Ragbrai. You respond?
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