ironymaiden: (taciturn man)
via [community profile] thefridayfive

1) Do you want to get married?
no. i am already married. i would not like to change that.

did i want to get married? not for the sake of "being married", no. but certainly at the time i thought it was the natural thing to do to express our commitment and it continues to have financial and legal advantages that i consider very important. (it was also useful to get our families to treat us like full adults.) i know people who have been shut out of making medical decisions for their partner and that set of rights is very important to me.

2) Where would you like to get married?
if i could do it again, i'm kind of obsessed with this place, which remains mysterious but seems like it should be a private club. since i probably don't have the connections for that dreamy view, The Ruins would be nice. (it's hard to tell from the website, but that swanky eccentric inside is nested inside what looks like a rotting warehouse with trees growing through the broken roof.) or maybe i would make everyone go out to Kalaloch or Doe Bay. My one regret about my actual wedding and reception was that we didn’t have a pig roast.*

3) If you were getting married in a week, who would be in your wedding party?
is that a logistical question? there were no attendants when we got married, because to be honest neither of us had wedding-party-worthy friends living nearby. [personal profile] mimerki and [personal profile] scarlettina, I guess?

...I've never been in a wedding party. There's only one person I wish had asked me and we're no longer friends.

4) What would your wedding colours be?
at the actual event i had red roses, green ivy, and heather in my bouquet; my dress and my hair were trimmed with ribbon roses in a variety of colors. nothing matched. i suppose if i had to make things match they would be green.

5) Does marriage mean to you 'til death do us part?'
well, it's working out that way so far and i hope that it continues so, but i'd be lying if i said that i never had times of doubt. i feel lucky that we've been able to work that out.

so no, i don't think it can be "til death", at least not legally or religiously. i think everyone who gets married for love thinks that it's going to last. but i think that people grow and change over their lifetimes and maybe you were really perfect together in the moment, but you don't grow in complementary ways. when that happens, you should be able to go. unhappy marriage is the worst.

*in PA there was this dude who would bring the equipment to your house. He had a rotisserie smoker he towed behind his truck and he would cook, carve, and serve a whole hog.
ironymaiden: (arty)
Via [community profile] thefridayfive

1. If you could, would you be a movie star or a rock star?
movie star. I was a better actor than musician.

2. Have you ever been in the media (TV, Radio, Papers)?
yes, I received newspaper coverage for plays I acted in and directed. I was featured in my college alumni magazine. I was recognizable in a concert crowd picture in Rolling Stone.

3. Do you know anyone who's been on a reality TV show?
No, thank goodness.

4. Have you ever met anyone famous?
Sure, but they're niche famous (game designers, genre writers, software industry). Mainstream famous, one time i had lunch with George RR Martin. I've worked with a bunch of actors who might look familiar but you wouldn't know by name - my Bacon number is 3.

5. Who would play you in a movie?
Hmm. That means I'm supposed to choose someone younger than me? Jennifer Lawrence.
ironymaiden: (joe metro)
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1. What is your current main mode of transportation? e.g. car, bike, subway, walking etc.
I'm car-free and multi-modal. Toss up between bus and walking.

2. Are you satisfied with your current main mode of transportation (answer to question 1)? Why?
Yes. I like reading and knitting, I don't like stop and go driving or hunting for parking.

3. Do you think you'll change your means of transit soon? e.g. buy a car, get rid of your car, walk more etc.? If so why?
No.

4. If time distance and money were not factors how do you prefer to get from point A to point B?
train. (we have talked about moving to light rail.)

5. What was your worst transit experience?
depending on a taxi that never arrived.
ironymaiden: (DW friends)
1. How did you name your pets?
There was some research done on dog names that suggested that they best understand two syllables with a vowel sound at the end. So we start there. Then no duplication with friends, family, or their pets. Must be spelled such that a vet office or stranger reading the collar tag can pronounce it.
after that, it's what is pleasant to say and/or meaningful to us. I've written a longer bit about naming our current dog previously, I'll try to link it. Leela (Sevateem, not Turanga) is just right.

2. Poirot or Miss Marpel?
Brother Cadfael.

3. Do you have a FB account too?
yeah. Facebook is a wretched hive of scum and villainy. I don’t browse it anymore. My friends have instructions to earburn me if they want me to see a thing.

4. Books - hardcover or paperback
books! Paperback or ebook; hardcovers are inappropriate for my lifestyle. I like hardcover for reference and game books.

5. Mobile(cell phone): Windows/Android or Apple?
The question is poorly formatted, Windows Phone and Android are separate operating systems. /pedant
Android. I had an iPhone but then they got too big to fit in my pocket.

Questions from [community profile] thefridayfive
ironymaiden: (music)
Round two: I've seen nine of these ten artists live, which one is the lie?

REM
The Blind Boys of Alabama
Live
Weezer
Blues Traveler
They Might Be Giants
Sarah McLachlan
Loreena Mckennitt
Devotchka
Gogol Bordello

and an easy bonus: which one have I seen on the east coast and the west
coast?
ironymaiden: (music)
ten artists, i have seen nine of them live. which one is the lie?

Weird Al Yankovic
The Police
Violent Femmes
Concrete Blonde
Leonard Cohen
Paul Simon
Tori Amos
Melissa Etheridge
Peter Gabriel
Florence+the Machine

bonus round: who have I seen twice?
ironymaiden: (Gir/piggy)
via [livejournal.com profile] buhrger, who lifted it from fb.

What was the last thing you put in your mouth?
the sippy thing on my water bottle.

Where was your profile picture taken?
LOL. very few of my eljay pics include me. the ones that do include me were taken in Seattle; my house, the zoo, Pioneer Square. (my fb pic isn't a photo either.)

Do you play Pokemon Go?
not very often anymore. i lost interest as i got over level 20 and progressing further was going to take endless grinding, endless spending, or both. (and i loathe game design that encourages you to pay money in order to play the game less. that means there's something very wrong.) supposedly there are new pokeymans and events that i should pay more attention to. i did enjoy it a great deal when it was consistently rewarding to play.

Name someone who made you laugh today?
[livejournal.com profile] mimerki

How late did you stay up last night?
dunno. C and i are both sick, so we got into bed before 10, but then i was reading and the problem with the kindle i can turn off the lights and keep reading until i'm done reading so really who knows.

If you could move somewhere else, where would it be?
what an odd choice of words, "could". i love where i am. but my housing dream would be to own a small apartment building in Seattle, that i could fill with my friends.

Ever been kissed under fireworks?
probably? i say that because C and i are casually affectionate. i love watching fireworks, so making out instead of paying attention is Right Out.

Which of your Facebook friends lives closest?
fb and eljay, C is my "friend". he doesn't use either much but he does live with me.

How do you feel about Dr. Pepper?
it was my favorite for many years. now i don't drink soda much.

When was the last time you cried?
this morning, a bit in my book grabbed me.

Who took your profile pic?
of the ones that have me in them: a pro photographer, myself, and [livejournal.com profile] scarlettina.

Was today better than yesterday?
i had a nice day yesterday. today is TBD.

Who was the last person you took a picture of?
C

Can you live a day without TV?
yup.

If you could have any career, what would you choose?
these days what i would most like is to be retired and not have to stick to any one thing.

Are you a bad influence?
i'm told that i am. mostly i give people permission to be themselves.

Could you go a day without going on Facebook?
i have gone weeks without it.

The last time you had an alcoholic beverage?
lunch

Last thing you watched on TV?
watched on a television, or watched broadcast on a tv channel? on a television, Star Wars Rebels. on a tv channel, probably the dog show on Thanksgiving? was MLS Cup after Thanksgiving? if so, that.

Last person you talked on the phone with?
[livejournal.com profile] scarlettina

Last time you showered/bathed?
this morning

Can you tag 6 friends who you know will do this:
i can, but i won't. repeat at will, or do not.
ironymaiden: (red)

my thread

hopefully this isn't all busted on the mobile client.

hi.
ironymaiden: (boid)
[livejournal.com profile] scarlettina asked me five questions. the answers are below. if you would like five questions (and to perpetuate the best meme), let me know in comments. if you have comments about my answers, let me know in comments. in general, commenting is encouraged all around.


  1. You were without a dog for about a year before Leela joined the household. What's the hardest thing about not having a dog?

  2. ...i really choked on this one. maybe the answer is "having had a dog". we clearly survived somehow before. but we gained a great deal that we didn't entirely know we were missing. mental health stuff mostly. dog *is dog* and makes you feel good just by being around. dog makes you exercise. dog makes you put on pants and talk to your neighbors. dog provides an external focus for anxiety.

  3. You and C haven't taken a big trip in a while. If you could go anywhere and money were no object, where would you go?

  4. space. the ISS would be good enough. (IIRC the Russians aren't doing this anymore.)

    my other powerball fantasy is a cruise around the world. i collected some huge brochures for it about ten years ago. this actually exists, including a trip through the Panama canal. it takes a year. you can bring your dog.

  5. As a knitter, what's your favorite wool to work with and why? Is that a question it's even possible to answer?

  6. favorite wool is more of a spinner question, i think. but my answer is similar - i like wool that is more bouncy and elastic than drapey. i don't have a firm answer yet; i like wool that is related to Downs or Merino (this covers a lot of sheep breeds) better than something like Wendsleydale or Icelandic. (that said, i have a bunch of breed-specific samples to try. i could be wrong. i like exploring this stuff.)

  7. For so many of us, the life we have isn't the life we expected or planned for. If you were living that life, what would it look like?

  8. which one? there have been several. the husband and dog and city of moderate size were always in the plan. the expected life for a very long time included having children. the planned for life (the aspirational life, let's be clear) would be approximately Kurt Beattie - artistic director at a respected regional theatre of moderate size.

  9. Two part question: Is there a Star Trek character you admire most and if so why? If you were a Star Trek character, which would you be? Would they be the same one?

  10. no. "admire" is a word that i only apply to real-life people. i can say that of the Star Trek actors i most admire Patrick Stewart, both for his body of work (Royal Shakespeare Company did several teaching videos that i studied in college) and his charitable causes which include domestic violence and PTSD. honorary mention to Wil Wheaton, who i loathed on the show, but figured out how to create a life on his own terms and a steady income (all while dealing with anxiety and being open about that).
    i'd be Bones - influential and trusted, in charge of his own domain, but not interested in being in charge of all the things. he's brave when needed, occasionally quippy, and can't help saying what he's thinking or at least showing it on his face.
ironymaiden: (red)
[livejournal.com profile] buhrger asked me five questions. if you would like me to ask you five questions, request them in a comment, then post with the same offer so that the best meme may roll on.

1.if ten-years-ago you saw your current level of engagement with Sounders FC/MLS, how surprised would she have been? (asking because ten-years-ago me would have been a little surprised.)

i think she would be more shocked that i could afford to be a season ticket holder than anything else. but perhaps sad that i couldn't escape sports - in 2005 i didn't have to know anything or pretend to care about any sports. the only time i saw any game of any kind was [livejournal.com profile] southplains's annual Super Bowl party.

but there's also a certain inevitablilty. my family has always watched sports. while i never was thoroughly passionate about any of them, i always liked the in-stadium experience of football and basketball (and to a lesser extent, baseball).* my brothers played football when they were in highschool (and i was a charming toddler). my family had Penn State football tickets. i was in marching band, which meant that i was at all the football games when i was in high school. i always loved the crowd dynamic and anything involving singing or call and response.

there is part of me that is hardwired to love night games in crisp cool weather. the boiling hot summer day games? 2015 me is still surprised that i can stand that.


2.do you have a memory of first realizing that you are a dog person? or has it always been part of you?

no. there have always been dogs, or an aching hole where the dog should be.

i have no memory of learning to love dogs. (my father had a well-trained black Lab when he married mom. so when i was born, Buck was already there.) i have memories of being told to be more careful, that not every strange dog is my friend. i also remember a time when mom suggested that i give the dog some of the cookie i was eating: i held it out and let the dog take a bite, then i finished it. no dog ever bit me (other than puppy nips) or chased me or gave me a bad experience (other than dying in my presence). in this i'm pretty lucky since i accidentally mostly did things right - i only really started researching the science of dog body language and behavior when we were ramping up to adopting Molly.

3.if, for reasons of notional security, you were required to move out of ballard to some place on the east side (the horrors!) where would you go? money is no object. notional security, yunno.

security? like, i'm building a fortress? The Snoqualmie Tunnel as a starter tunnel for my hollow mountain fortress. it has two defensible access points and a lovely view. (hey, we should do that hike some August.)

4.regarding star wars the force awakens, where do you fall on the spectrum from "SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY" to "it better not suck"? (to, i suppose, "i'm not even going to bother")

i fall solidly in "i've been hurt before". C and i occasionally say "hey, we should buy tickets for that sometime" and then we fail to go order them. i have avoided most spoiler chatter and i suppose i will need to see it before Christmas if i want to visit the internet. Pirates A and E are passionate about it and we *are* playing the Star Wars RPG right now, so it's more of a social obligation than an actual desire at this point. i don't need more Star Wars at all, but it would be nice for it to be good.

5.while we both read charlie stross, we seem to prefer different books of his. which are your favourites, and which are your least favourites?

favorites are the Laundry books, but i think they're most successful as shorter stories. so i love The Atrocity Archives, and the short about working over Christmas, and the short with the unicorns.

i adored the start of the Merchant books, but for me they fell off the rails when <redacted /> died and i think i gave it one book after that and then walked away.

i liked Singularity Sky.

thought the ones with the crime in the MMORPG were already dated when they were published and terribly twee. "Web 3.14" *rolls eyes*

loathed Accelerando. the reviews were so good, and then it turned out to be a collection of short stories that i didn't like when i read them the first time in their magazine publication. (i was really into reading short fiction magazines at the right time.)



*hockey was something i watched on tv sometimes. i think Penn State had an ice rink? i know i tried ice skating indoors approximately once somewhere and my ankles were too weak to function. i actually had an Edmonton sweatshirt at one point - it was in a bargain bin and i loved the colors. i had a passing interest in the Pittsburgh Penguins, who were very very good when i was in high school - i loved the mouth-feel of saying Jaromir Jagr (for the uninitiated, it sounds like yommer yagger. yommer yagger yommer yagger yommer yagger!)
ironymaiden: (internet!)
[livejournal.com profile] mimerki posted a meme wherein they were asked to write about six of their userpics. If you comment "Meme Me" I will pick six of your userpics that you can then write about, thus maintaining meme balance in the LJ-verse. Feel free to propagate or not, ask people to ask you for six userpics, as you like.

knitting, yarncore

this is my knitting/yarn icon. knitting has always been a part of my life: my mother's primary hobbies are knitting and playing the piano. i learned to knit as a teen, got bored, and didn't get hooked again until i needed something soothing to do while dad was being treated for cancer. i do it because it is boring. i do it because i am always jittering. i do it because i need to always be making things and knitting is infinitely portable and forgiving of mistakes.

the icon itself came from some Diesel Sweeties swag that is long discontinued (alas, before i was knitting again) but i never forgot the design. i love the color and the lines, and the design actually was called "yarncore".

emo, h8

i don't think i've used this one much, but only because i found it after i had done most of my being emo on LJ. but hey, remember when people were miserable on LJ? i have it because there are times when i have to be emo on LJ. but i am often fully aware that i'm being emo on LJ and need to poke at myself and comment on it. (hence angry loser Anakin.) these days i tend to check myself before i write some screed of misery; i'm not sure that dwelling helps. OTOH, if that's what it takes to keep me posting, i should dwell more.

midas conflict

this was my icon for former Pirate A's Saga Edition Star Wars game, The Midas Conflict. sometimes i still use it when i'm talking about Star Wars, or when Leia feels appropriate for some reason. that was a fun game. (one of our famous stories was using destiny points in succession to obliterate an NPC who was designed to be a recurring villain. we also brought down a star destroyer.) as i think about it, that was really the first run of my Friday night gaming group. i think LJ is telling me we've been together for about 8 years. it so happens we're playing the current version of Star Wars rules right now. i should write about that; i was turned off by the specialty dice when the game first showed up at PAX, but the system has really grown on me. (i'm looking forward to a one-off extra-long all-Jedi all-combat session on Black Friday.) so much life stuff has happened in that time: jobs, school, marriages, divorce...

bust

i love the Fruity Oaty Bar commercial. it could be my favorite thing from Serenity. the idea that eating them could make you "bust out of your blouse" delights my inner 12-year-old. sometimes this icon is about surprise or absurdity. sometimes, it's about bewbs.

crappytown

this was a thing for a while, doing fandom mashups. this one tickled me to no end. the words are a reference to the Firefly episode Jaynestown, where Jayne is surprised to discover he is a folk hero with a statue in his name. it so happens that was also a thing in a Doctor Who serial, The Face of Evil. sometimes this is my "no shit, there i was" icon. sometimes it just amuses me. sometimes i want to use my Doctor and my favorite companion.

reader boys

original comic. this is my "talking about books" icon, which also encapsulates my love for readers and my disdain for people who don't read. i understand going through spates of not-reading. but if you say "i don't read" you're going to have to work pretty hard to convince me you shouldn't be ground up for food.
ironymaiden: (internet!)
some days, i feel like doing an embroidery project:


but for those days when i don't (most days) there is totally a meme generator based on the Bayeux tapestry.

* * *
this world cup season brought me r/footballhotties.* there's a lot of the Secretary of Defense on the front page right now.

* * *
in honor of the release of more Girls und Panzer, i give you the full-length anglerfish dance:


*still not as awesome as beardsgonecuddly.
ironymaiden: (AB)
a wild meme appeared!

Bold the ones you have and use at least once a year, italicize the ones you have and don’t use, strike through the ones you have had but got rid of.

pasta machines, breadmakers, juicers, blenders, deep fat fryers, egg boilers, melon ballers, sandwich makers, pastry brushes, cheese knives, electric woks, miniature salad spinners, griddle pans, jam funnels, meat thermometers, filleting knives, egg poachers, cake stands, garlic crushers, martini glasses, tea strainers, bamboo steamers, pizza stones, coffee grinders, milk frothers, piping bags, banana stands, fluted pastry wheels, tagine dishes, conical strainers, rice cookers, steam cookers, pressure cookers, slow cookers, spaetzle makers, cookie presses, gravy strainers, double boilers (bains marie), sukiyaki stoves, food processors, ice cream makers, takoyaki makers, and fondue sets

***

by "sandwich makers", i mean the George Foreman grill. because that stupid thing is remarkably handy for grilling meat quickly with no fuss.

i do have a reamer, but i'm pretty sure "juicer" means a machine.

i kind of miss the fondue set, but not enough to store it.

i don't like actual martinis, and when i make myself a cocktail it's at least rocks-sized.

***
Alton Brown says that you shouldn't keep a kitchen implement if you don't use it once every six months. that doesn't mean you should go get rid of those tools necessarily, it just means that you should try to use them more often. (and there are some things that just aren't going away. i have a fish-shaped gelatin mold. i am never giving it up.) he also has a thing about kitchen implements that are "unitaskers". i think you need unitaskers sometimes; and fancy appliances - i love my kitchenaid stand mixer and its attachments.

the rest of the time i could get by with a 10" chef's knife and a cast iron skillet.
ironymaiden: (rich zoe)
2. Your earliest memory of reading or being read to

there was no time before being read to. when i was small there were six people in the household and five of them could read. i always had someone who was willing to pick me up and read to me. if it wasn't a picture book, it was whatever they happened to be reading at the time. i still love the sound of being read to, regardless of content.

probably the first picture book i can remember being read to me is Dr. Seuss' ABC. (my siblings can still recite sections of it.) i remember the book, anyway. who was holding me and reading is unclear.

another one that sticks is my brother reading me a story from Night Shift when i was inappropriately small - five, maybe? i think i was way into green army men at the time...and i was all fascination and zero horror.

30 questions
ironymaiden: (PA)
1. A fictional character you identify with and why

my strong associations here are all from my tween and teen years, and they're all about the girl who doesn't fit in and then finds a place where she belongs. (it's interesting to me that i don't have a character that i identify with "now". i don't read books that feature happily married ladies in their thirties...or maybe i'm too inflexible now to identify with someone who isn't closer to my age/gender presentation, etc.)

i had turned down an offer to skip 5th grade. it was in the fall of my 6th grade year that i found myself taking reading class all alone and slowly realizing that i might have made a mistake. i read Dragonsong that fall, and there was Menolly.

  • youngest child

  • father: well-respected, taciturn

  • mother: trying to enforce social norms "for her own good"

  • older sister: little in common

  • older brother: good relationship, but busy having a life

  • tall and tomboyish

  • talented

  • living in a rural community where she doesn't fit in and her talent has low value

  • being herself in spite of the consequences


  • the magic of the story wasn't that she found a bunch of fire lizards, but that she discovered that the rest of the world was not like the place she was born. at the time i had no confirmation that was true, but i started to dream.

    30 questions
ironymaiden: (penguin)
five questions from [livejournal.com profile] buhrger. if you didn't ask these of me, ask and you shall receive five from me, whereupon you post your answers with these instructions and perpetuate ad infinitem.

these are mostly off the top of my head:
  • if you were to pick one pro sports team to cheer for other than the obvious one, which would it be, and why?
  • what was the best thing about living in west seattle?
  • what was the best thing about not having the 360?
  • how many linuces have you played with now? what are the niftiest things about them?
  • have you gotten around to reading the city and the city yet? if so, what did you think of it? if not, why not?

answers )
ironymaiden: (Default)
five questions from [livejournal.com profile] buhrger. if you didn't ask these of me, ask and you shall receive five from me, whereupon you post your answers with these instructions and perpetuate ad infinitem.

these are mostly off the top of my head:
  • if you were to pick one pro sports team to cheer for other than the obvious one, which would it be, and why?
  • what was the best thing about living in west seattle?
  • what was the best thing about not having the 360?
  • how many linuces have you played with now? what are the niftiest things about them?
  • have you gotten around to reading the city and the city yet? if so, what did you think of it? if not, why not?

answers )

five words

Jun. 19th, 2009 02:46 pm
ironymaiden: (boid)
Reply to this meme by yelling "Words!" and I will give you five words that remind me of you. Then post them in your LJ and explain what they mean to you.

from [livejournal.com profile] mimerki

olive - green, my favorite shade of my favorite color. (i don't care much for the food.) i like to wear it; it brings out my eyes. (there was a while where this led to a penchant for military surplus.) i think perhaps also that it, like orange, doesn't get enough love from the world at large.

match - is that a game, or my complement, or a source of fire? i enjoy them all. equal or complement is the best - those are the sort of people who bring me great joy.

soccer - came with C, who started playing at age four. (i was pretty much incapable of sports other than swimming until adulthood, although i liked watching the back and forth ones like hockey and basketball.) i didn't get too interested until we watched the 1999 Women's World Cup, which was just freaking incredible. i was watching to support women's sports (which inevitably cause me to burst into happy tears at some point) but in the process got a bit interested in the game itself.

fast forward to 2007, when i got C the Best Giftmas Present Ever. i got two season tickets, because going to $sportingevent alone is sad, assuming that i would keep him company until he found a more enthusiastic soccer buddy. turns out that's me.

i'm bemused when i think on it. perhaps i enjoy it because it was unknown during my childhood and it's kind of a fringe thing in the States but big in the rest of the world. anyway, attending the games is huge fun - an electric atmosphere where most of the stadium stands the entire game. and i've gotten to the point where i know names and numbers and style of play. 29,000 people, yet it's still intimate enough that the players circuit the stadium at the end of the game to thank the fans. on Wednesday i found out that you can totally hear our section chanting "Allez Le Toux!" from the field, since he came right over and gave us a thumbs up. squee.

my younger self hates me a little for it. (while youngest self is all "i belong!") but i also feel like i have a window into the wider world of sports fandom and a better understanding of others' enthusiasm for their spectator sport of choice.

movies - movies were a big part of my life as a kid. there wasn't much tv to speak of since we got three and a half stations (one was intermittent) and cable would not arrive until just before my senior year. it was a 25 mile drive to the nearest theater, and my brothers went weekly. (tickets were $2. they could afford to go a lot). i got towed along more often than i probably deserved. once home video hit, we tried renting movies, but that was also 25 miles away, so we ended up joining Columbia House and building a library of about a thousand films on the old CED VideoDiscs. (i can still tell you the exact moment when it's time to flip over Raiders of the Lost Ark.)

anyway movies, my window into a larger world. these days i engage more in the SIFF binge than in a steady diet.

dessert - my favorite! i used to just love sugaaaaar, now i love a really well-made confection with an interesting combination of flavor and texture. doesn't need to be very large, or very sweet, but it is the proper end to a meal.

five words

Jun. 19th, 2009 02:46 pm
ironymaiden: (Default)
Reply to this meme by yelling "Words!" and I will give you five words that remind me of you. Then post them in your LJ and explain what they mean to you.

from [livejournal.com profile] mimerki

olive - green, my favorite shade of my favorite color. (i don't care much for the food.) i like to wear it; it brings out my eyes. (there was a while where this led to a penchant for military surplus.) i think perhaps also that it, like orange, doesn't get enough love from the world at large.

match - is that a game, or my complement, or a source of fire? i enjoy them all. equal or complement is the best - those are the sort of people who bring me great joy.

soccer - came with C, who started playing at age four. (i was pretty much incapable of sports other than swimming until adulthood, although i liked watching the back and forth ones like hockey and basketball.) i didn't get too interested until we watched the 1999 Women's World Cup, which was just freaking incredible. i was watching to support women's sports (which inevitably cause me to burst into happy tears at some point) but in the process got a bit interested in the game itself.

fast forward to 2007, when i got C the Best Giftmas Present Ever. i got two season tickets, because going to $sportingevent alone is sad, assuming that i would keep him company until he found a more enthusiastic soccer buddy. turns out that's me.

i'm bemused when i think on it. perhaps i enjoy it because it was unknown during my childhood and it's kind of a fringe thing in the States but big in the rest of the world. anyway, attending the games is huge fun - an electric atmosphere where most of the stadium stands the entire game. and i've gotten to the point where i know names and numbers and style of play. 29,000 people, yet it's still intimate enough that the players circuit the stadium at the end of the game to thank the fans. on Wednesday i found out that you can totally hear our section chanting "Allez Le Toux!" from the field, since he came right over and gave us a thumbs up. squee.

my younger self hates me a little for it. (while youngest self is all "i belong!") but i also feel like i have a window into the wider world of sports fandom and a better understanding of others' enthusiasm for their spectator sport of choice.

movies - movies were a big part of my life as a kid. there wasn't much tv to speak of since we got three and a half stations (one was intermittent) and cable would not arrive until just before my senior year. it was a 25 mile drive to the nearest theater, and my brothers went weekly. (tickets were $2. they could afford to go a lot). i got towed along more often than i probably deserved. once home video hit, we tried renting movies, but that was also 25 miles away, so we ended up joining Columbia House and building a library of about a thousand films on the old CED VideoDiscs. (i can still tell you the exact moment when it's time to flip over Raiders of the Lost Ark.)

anyway movies, my window into a larger world. these days i engage more in the SIFF binge than in a steady diet.

dessert - my favorite! i used to just love sugaaaaar, now i love a really well-made confection with an interesting combination of flavor and texture. doesn't need to be very large, or very sweet, but it is the proper end to a meal.

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