Cog, over at Driving the Flies, tagged me. It’s one of those meme things where you answer a bunch of questions and then you tag a bunch of people and they’re supposed to answer them, too. So, theoretically, in 45.287 days the whole world will have been tagged and everyone will know absolutely everything about all there is to know about anything at all. I think. Maybe. Anyway, this is the very first time I’ve been tagged and I’m giddy as a freshman cheerleader on a date with the varsity quarterback. (That always ends well.)
What are your current obsessions?
Right now, bicycles. A year ago it might have been photography and bicycles, but I haven’t taken very many pictures lately. As it turns out, most of the shutter snapping I’ve done recently has involved a bicycle at the business end of the glass.
What’s for dinner?
Pasta. Probably some frozen veggies to go with it. Red sauce for the grown-ups, white for the little ones who have a better grasp on reality.
What is your greatest fear at the moment?
Death. I’m simply not ready to go, and there’s a lot yet that needs doing.
I worry that the girls will have the same problems I had as a child – picked last, picked on, picked over. So far, they’re showing no signs of such rejection by their peers, but if they turn out to be the popular kids I just hope I can teach them not to be dicks about it.
What are you listening to?
Lots and lots of new grass and some alt country. Abigail Washburn and Crooked Still are always welcome. Pieta Brown is a new favorite. I prefer a woman’s voice. It stirs something primal.
If you were a mythological character, what would you be?
Beowulf. Or maybe Grendel. One of the two. Sure, Grendel gets the pointy end of the stick in that deal, but he has a lot of fun before it’s over.
What are your favorite holiday spots?
Grandfather Mountain, North Carolina. Pine Creek in northern Pennsylvania. I dearly miss canoes and the Gasconade and the Ozarks.
What are you reading right now?
There’s a stack of books on the back of the can that I flip through once a day or so – a couple Linux technical references, 3 issues of Lenswork, Horenstein’s Black and White Photography, and a book about bicycle touring that mostly fluff. I just picked up “The Boy Mechanic”, a collection of hundred-year-old articles from Popular Mechanics. I’ll be digging in shortly.
What is your guilty pleasure?
Hulu. Having too many bicycles and nowhere to put them. (I’m sure my wife would like to put them in a particular place.) I haven’t had a smoke in 5 months, so I guess tobacco is out.
Who or what makes you laugh?
The girls make me laugh. About 99% of what’s in the mainstream media loop does not make me laugh. I used to love stand-up, but the genre isn’t funny anymore. Even the stuff I used to laugh at isn’t funny.
A first ride on a new bike usually elicits a giggle or two.
Wheatfield makes me laugh.
What is your favorite Spring thing to do?
I like opening the windows and letting the wind blow through the house. Evening bike rides without a headlight, since the sun’s up a bit longer, are quite nice.
Where are you planning to travel next?
Grandfather Mountain, NC at the end of the month. Pine Creek for a week this summer, I hope.
What is the best thing you ate or drank lately?
Those crepes at the farmer’s market were heaven on a plate.
When was the last time you were tipsy?
Saturday. Our anniversary.
What is your favorite ever film?
I’ve been rediscovering the 80s lately. Not the leg warmers and bad music, but the stuff I liked when I was a child. Goonies is on the list. And some TV shows – Taxi, Cheers, Night Court.
More recent – Road to Perdition, despite the weak and shallow anti-gun sentiments. I liked that Steve Jackson trilogy about those old books, what was it called?
What is the biggest life lesson you’ve learned from your kids?
That brutal, innocent honesty doesn’t hurt as much as we adults like to pretend.
What book do you know you should read but refuse to?
They keep telling me I need to read Shakespeare, but Hamlet was enough and I’m not going near that crap again.
What is your physical abnormity/abnormal physical ability?
I sweat way more than anyone else I know.
What is your favorite color?
Orange is the fastest color.
Can the people outside your car hear the music playing inside your car?
Not generally. I’m very conscious of this since I despise those nincompoops in the lowered Honda Civics who insist on making me listen to their noise.
My addition: What’s your most recent acquisition?
A 2nd generation Green Machine. I had one, I think, as a child. Like the ones they made back in the late 70s. If it wasn’t mine I had a friend who let me ride his, I guess, because there are some damn fine memories upstairs of getting that thing going down a big hill and trying not to wipe out at the bottom when I jambed the levers and put it into a spin.
The rules of this meme are as follows:
– Respond to and rework the meme.
– Answer the questions on your own blog.
– Replace one question and add one question.
– Tag 8 people.