48 questions - Jay Maynard

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Saturday, 26 April 2003


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1112 - 48 questions

These are floating around LJ; I grabbed 'em from tonyfox:




1. What color are your kitchen plates?
Mine are white with blue trim, from Ikea. Paul's are plain white.

2. What book(s) are you reading now?
None, currently; I suspect the next one will be WEB Griffith's Final Justice, from the Badge of Honor series.

3. What's on your mouse pad?
The Warners running away from the water tower. I got it off eBay; it looks like someone printed it up from a stock picture.

4. Favorite Board Game?
Chess. I'm not as good as I used to be, and that was mediocre, but that's it.

5. Favorite Magazine?
American Rifleman, the journal of the NRA.

6. Favorite smell(s)?
Fresh-baked bread.

7. Least favorite smell(s)?
Burnt resistor. There's no smell like it, and once you've smelled it, you'll never forget it.

8. What is the first thing you think of when you wake up in the morning?
How much spam have I gotten overnight?

9. Favourite Colours:
Royal blue.

10. Least favorite colours.
Purple.

11. How many rings before you answer the phone?
One, maybe two if I can't reach it fast enough.

12. Future child's name?
Child? Uhm. When I was thinking in those terms, I'd thought of naming it after myself, but that's not gonna happen.

13. What is most important in life?
Being with the one you love.

14. Of all the possible circles of Hell, which are you most likely to be assigned to?
The one where you spend all your time doing tech support for Windows ME.

15. Chocolate or Vanilla?
Vanilla.

16. Do you like to drive fast?
Sure...but race car drivers are wimps. Let's see 'em run hot in an ambulance.

17. Do you sleep with a stuffed animal?
Not at the moment, though there's been a Dot plushie in my bed before.

18. Storms - cool or scary?
Neither. They're just a nuisance.

19. What was your first car?
1966 Cadillac Calais 2-door. One set of grandparents had 4 Cadillacs, and gave me one when I turned 16.

20. If you could meet one person dead or alive, who would it be?
Fred Brooks, author of The Mythical Man-Month. Brooks was the guy who ran the project to develop OS/360, and that has to have been one of the most interesting experiences ever in computing.

21. Favorite alcoholic drink?
A nice single-malt Scotch.

22. What is your sign and your birthday?
Leo. 27 July 1960.

23. Do you eat the stems of broccoli?
Sure, why not?

24. If you could have any job, what would it be?
The one I just got laid off from: playing with lots of different computers, scattered around the country.

25. If you could have any hair color, what would it be?
The reddish brown I already have.

26. Have you ever been in love?
Yes.

27. Is the glass half-full or half-empty?
Half-full, most of the time...but there are times when refusing to see it as half-empty denies reality.

28. Favorite movie?
Blazing Saddles. ("Excuse me while I...whip this out.")

29. Do you type with your fingers on the right keys?
Hell no. My technique would make a typing teacher blanch. I'll use any finger on any key, and move my hands all over the place, and stare at the keyboard the entire time. Still, I manage to cruise along at a nice clip, mainly because I've been doing this all day every day for 25 years or so.

30. What's under your bed?
Maybe a couple of dust bunnies, but that's it.

31 - What is your favorite number(s)?
5.

32. Favorite sport to watch?
Baseball, though it's a matter of being least lukewarm about it.

33. What is your single biggest fear?
Having to live with a crippling brain injury that would leave me unable to think clearly, or else able to think but unable to communicate.

34. Favorite song?
Dirty Laundry, by Don Henley...not only because it's a biting documentary (or nearly so), but also because the music is compelling: a good balance between different instruments, and a moderate, but relentless, beat.

35. Favorite TV show(s)?
Animaniacs, still. Nobody's come along with anything as good yet.

36. Ketchup or mustard?
Mustard. Ketchup on almost anything but french fries is an abomination.

37. Hamburgers or Hot Dogs?
Hamburgers, unless it's a James Coney Island chili dog.

38. Favorite Soft Drink?
Diet Coke, in any of the 4 varieties.

39. The best places you have ever been?
2000 feet over Houston Hobby Airport about midnight on an absolutely clear Christmas Eve. I was flying home from seeing my family, and the view was incredible.

40. What screen saver is on your computer right now?
The Windows boxes have the textured flag screensaver with a copy of my first Animaniacs cel (which I use as a background on every box but the SGI) as the flag; the SGI has the Life screensaver; and the Macs just go blank.

41. Burger King or McDonalds?
Of the two, Burger King, but it's once again a choice of least unfavorite.

42. Do you know someone right now that you could fall in love with?
You mean besides the one I love?

43. What did you do yesterday?
Saw the doctor, then screwed around on the computer while waiting for a call back from the consulting company I'm trying to get on with.

44. What's your favorite food?
Lindey's Special sirloin, medium. 16 ounces of the best dead cow you'll ever find. If you're ever in the Twin Cities, make a point of going. (They also have a place in Seeley Lake, Montana, but I can't imagine anyone having a reason to be there.)

45. Where do you see yourself in twenty years?
Hopefully, getting ready to retire to a house on my land at Hilltop Lakes, Texas.

46. If you had the choice of any superhero power to possess, what would it be?
Flying.

47. What's the weirdest dream you've ever had?
I can't remember my dreams; they fade after I wake up.

48. Who is your favorite classical composer?
I listen to little enough classical music that there's no real favorite.

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