San Francisco, California*
You've already heard about Putnam ad nauseam. SF is where TNG lives and I visit him there regularly - and to catch up with old friends as well. (And I'm going back there in a week and a half!)
I'd been hoping to do some traveling abroad in 2006, but that didn't materialize. 2007 is looking good for that, though. Better get started on that passport application.
-Which of the same habits you had as a teenager do you still have?
Coffee. Oy, frackin', vey.
-What notions about "the adult world" that you had as a teenager have you been disabused of, and how did they differ from what you thought?
That when adults (especially teachers or professors) act like they know what they're talking about, they actually know what they're talking about. BWAHAHAHAHA!
-Do you still listen to the same tapes you listened to at 16--not just the same music, but the same tapes? Which ones?
You betcha. I love cassettes. I still have some of the tapes my friend Chuck made for me, including a demo for Leigh Gregory's band (of which Chuck was a member).
-In Googling/Myspace searching your high school crushes (I'm not going to even bother asking whether you have, because of course you have), what have you found out about them?
Nothing. Actually I've very rarely googled my high school crushes because I still have these very juvenile crushes in adult life.
-What have you done as an adult that as a teenager you never thought you'd do?
Hmmm .... that's be a post in itself.
-How do you feel about the fact that the mainstream world views LiveJournal as the province of teenagers, and you're your age and on LJ?
Ummm, this should worry me?
-Do you think there is a certain type of adult that does LJ? If so, what type is that?
No idea. One of the things that's changed is that as a teen I copped an attitude of "I don't care what other people think of me" ... but now as an adult I REALLY AND TRULY DON'T GIVE A FUCK except that I like to have friends, so I focus on the things that matter - people skills, relationship skills, and so on - and forget about the BS.
-Do you have more money or less money than you did as a teenager?
Lots more. But there's this thing called "rent", that I don't recall having to worry about when I was sixteen ....
-Of the things that you didn't like about yourself as a teenager, which ones have changed, and in what way?
I'm a lot more comfortable around people, I find dating much easier, and I just generally feel way better about myself and about life.
-What do you think of today's top 40 music?
-What do you think of 80s top 40 music when you hear it today?
Heh. Love it. Maybe I'm biased, but I really think the songwriting was much better.
You scored a 300 out of 400 on language knowledge.
Outstanding! You've scored higher than even most Anthropology students would. You are probably a Linguistics or Anthropology Professor yourself (or at least a Grad student). You may even speak several languages and are possibly working on a new one. If not, then you just have an endless drive to learn about the different cultures of our world. Regardless, you are one of the gems of any society, always promoting a deeper understanding amongst all people. Unless you cheated of course.
My test tracked 1 variable How you compared to other people your age and gender:
|Link: The World Languages Test written by jeremie096 on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test|
ETA: No, I didn't cheat!
| You scored as The Granola Dyke. Your love for the environment and passion for your beliefs can be a bit overwhelming at times, but your friends and family know you mean well.|
What Type of Lesbian Are You? (Inspired by Curve Mag.)
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Happy Camper - Reverend Horton Heat
Bullet - Reverend Horton Heat
Overture (Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence, Disc 2) - Dream Theater
Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Part One - King Crimson
Red - King Crimson
Overture 1928 - Dream Theater
Beer 30 - Reverend Horton Heat
Stream of Consciousness - Dream Theater
Sleep Walk - Santo and Johnny (as performed by Joe Satriani, true to the original)
17th Century Chicken Pickin' - Impellitteri
Cliffs of Dover - Eric Johnson
Damage Control - John Petrucci
Searching - Joe Satriani
Wipe Out - The Surfaris
Honky Tonk Parts 1&2 - Bill Doggett
America The Beautiful - Black Label Society
Speedball - Black Label Society
Rat Salad - Black Sabbath
Time is Tight - Booker T & the MGs
Green Onions - Booker T & the MGs
Nottingham Lace - Buckethead
Speed Metal Symphony - Cacophony
Classical Gas - Mason Williams
The Horse - Cliff Nobles & Co.
Apache - Cliff Richards & The Shadows
Journey of the Sorcerer - The Eagles
Misirlou - Dick Dale
Erotomania - Dream Theater
Frankenstein - Edgar Winters Group
Fire on High - ELO
Albatross - Fleetwood Mac
Hocus Pocus - Focus
Maggot Brain - George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic
Beck's Bolero - Jeff Beck
Summer Song - Joe Satiani
Rumble - Link Wray
Orion - Metallica
The Call of Ktulu - Metallica
Rebel Rouser - Duane Eddy
Atom Heart Mother - Pink Floyd
YYZ - Rush
La Villa Strangiato - Rush
Satch Boogie - Joe Satriani
Spanish Fire - Impellitteri
Fire Garden Suite - Steve Vai
For the Love of God - Steve Vai
Little Wing - instrumentalized by Stevie Ray Vaughn
Scuttle Buttin' - Stevie Ray Vaughn
Surfing With the Alien - Joe Satriani
Tequila - The Champs
Pipeline - The Ventures
Walk Don't Run - The Ventures
Sparks - The Who
Tommy Overture - The Who
Triad - Tool
Eruption - Van Halen
When the Water Breaks - Liquid Tension Experiment
Evil Eye - Yngwie Malmsteen
Soul Sacrifice - Santana
Or add your own. (Hat tip: Dean Esmay.)
1. Is it a date or just coffee? I'm always getting confused.
2. First serious relationship ACTUALLY led to the use of a U-Haul.
3. Ex-girlfriends = friends for life.
THREE WAYS I AM STEREOTYPICALLY A GAYBOY
1. I love smoothies.
2. Favorite expression: "Faaabulous!"
3. You should see my wardrobe.
THREE WAYS I AM STEREOTYPICALLY A STRAIGHT CHICK
1. Zero aptitude for sports. I was born without a sports gene.
2. 5 bars of scented soap + 3 scented candles + 4 bottles of shampoo (herbal varieties preferred) + assorted hair conditioner, skin conditioner, and hand lotion = current inventory.
3. A secret passion for Lisa Frank stuff.
THREE WAYS I AM STEREOTYPICALLY A STRAIGHT DUDE
1. Rock and roll, dude. The louder the better.
2. I'm really, really good at using maps.
3. Never dated men. My sexuality is not "fluid".
1. What did you do in 2005 that you'd never done before?:
Moved back into a place I'd just moved out of. Traveled to New York by myself, and for myself, and met some blogging VIPs whom I've admired greatly. Discovered that there really is such a thing as an apartment being too big.
2. Did you keep your New Years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Didn't make New Year's resolutions, but I just might this year. Ought to follow indigo_black's example and make dental care a priority.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?:
A lesbian couple at the shul I don't go to had a baby, and they named him (of all things) Asher. [Actually this was in 2004 but I'm counting it. And the poor kid was born on Christmas Eve, which means he'll have to go through life listening to reindeer jokes.]
4. Did anyone close to you die?:
My wealthy uncle passed away this year. Uncle F. was my Mom's brother. They never got along well, but a few years ago Uncle F. won the lottery and apparently it brought out the best in him; he and my Mom buried the hatchet (yeah I know, there may have been some self-interest on my mother's part, but even so) and were on fairly good terms by the time my mother passed away in 2003. Interestingly enough, they both died on the first day of Passover, which means they share a yahrzeit; even more interesting because they didn't come from a Jewish background. (I converted some years ago, but that's another tale.)
5. What countries did you visit?:
Didn't make it out of the USA this year, although I'm hoping to take a trip to the Middle East soon. (My friend Michael Totten is in the Mideast for six months.)
6. What would you like to have in 2006 that you lacked in 2005?:
A dating life would be a start. Steady income would be nice too.
7. What dates from 2005 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?:
January 30 - the Iraqi elections, and my birthday!
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?:
Too early to say for sure, but I think the fact that I'm writing again is a good sign.
9. What was your biggest failure?:
Let's leave my social life out of this, shall we?
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?:
11. What was the best thing you bought?:
Right now what comes to mind is the DVD set "Origins" by Neil deGrasse Tyson (a PBS Nova production). Just bought it yesterday. It's based on the book of the same title (by Tyson and Donald Goldsmith) about the origins of our world. Dramatically narrated by Tyson, with tons of special effects and animation, and lots of solid informational content.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?:
The people of Iraq, and freedom activists throughout the Middle East.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?:
That'd be a personal one, but I'm leaving that stuff behind and moving forward.
14. Where did most of your money go?:
Books, rent, travel, moving, and support for The Next Generation.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?:
The story I'm working on now.
16. What song will always remind you of 2005?:
"Gone Under Sea" by Electrelane. It's not new but it was a major obsession with me this year. A beautiful, beautiful piece of music.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) Happier or sadder?: Happier. Life gets a little better every day.
b) Thinner or fatter?: About the same, but I'm losing now instead of gaining, so I'll soon be thinner.
c) Richer or poorer?: LOTS poorer!!! A long story about a wealthy uncle, property inherited from parents, insurance, death, taxes, etc.
18. What do you wish you'd done more of?:
19. What do you wish you'd done less of?:
20. How will you be spending Christmas?:
22. Did you fall in love in 2005?:
Well, today is only December 28. So there's still time.
23. How many one-night stands?:
24. What was your favorite TV program?:
25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?:
26. What was the best book you read?:
Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
27. What was your greatest musical discovery?:
28. What did you want and get?:
That one-night stand.
29. What did you want and not get?:
A relationship. A friendship.
30. What was your favorite film of this year?:
31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?:
32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?:
See 29. (Once again, indigo_black speaks for me!)
33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2005?:
Fashion? I live in Portland.
34. What kept you sane?:
That's making an awfully big assumption ...
35. What celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?:
Hmmmm. Had quite a crush on Kaylee in Firefly/Serenity. Other than that, most of my crushes are non-celebrities.
36. What political issue stirred you the most?
No response. (For my politics you can go read my political blog.)
37. Who did you miss?:
My sister (1964-1992). My father (1920-2000). My mother (1929-2003). (Yeah, Mom, I even miss you.)
38. Who was the best new person you met?:
To early to tell yet!
39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2005:
Once again quoting IB: "Don't waste your time on people who don't value you or make you happy." And small is beautiful.
Beginnings of the first post of each month:
May 23 - I noticed that I'm still getting a few hits on my regular blog from this LJ site, so I thought I'd drop in and post something.
August 19 - just thought I'd update my LJ, just for fun.
December 2 - The Dragon Dishes. They're dark grey around the edges, shading to a light, greenish-tinted tan in the middle. The rims and highlights are gold leaf. There's a green dragon with batlike wings curling around the sides ...
I saw you on that little coffee shop on the corner of Trinity and Burnside. Or rather, you saw me. I was just minding my own business, going in for a single espresso like I always do, and you called out from the corner, "Hey, blue nail polish with that blouse ... WOW!"
I blushed, but you knew you had me. I sat down next to you - on that fancy couch they have that looks like the "Curious Sofa" from Edward Gorey - and we chatted for a long time. Then you took me for a drive up to Washington Park and we sat under the statue of Sacagawea, looking out over the city.
You put your arm around me, and even though I knew it wasn't going to be "like that", I was excited. Turns out we'd both lived in San Francisco at the same time but never met there. We swapped horror stories of the 38 Geary and the N Judah, and you talked about the time you'd slept at Baker Beach in January.
I asked you why you'd moved to Portland. You said, "Free wi-fi," but I knew there was more to it than that. You kept it to yourself, though ... you always were mysterious.
That was our only time together, but I've never forgotten. I still have the grass stains on my skirt to prove it. Glad you remembered ... I was afraid you'd forgotten me.
For the rest of the story - and to find out what that stain really was - read technodyke.
1. My username is ____ because ____.
2. My journal is titled ____ because ____.
3. My subtitle is ____ because ____.
4. My friends page is called ____ because ____.
5. My default userpic is ____ because ____.
1. Asher is actually my regular, real-life name. It's the Hebrew name I took when I converted (many, many moons ago) and subsequently took as my legal name. Oh, and I don't tell people this very often, but I like it because it suggests the ancient goddess "Asherah". (See "The Red Tent" Anita Diamant.) 63 is, you guessed it, my birth year on the civil calendar.
2. "Translinear Light" is the title of the recent album by Alice Coltrane (John's widow, and a very talented keyboardist). I love the music and I love the sound of the phrase.
3. Still trying to come up with a subtitle.
4. See 2 and 3. Haven't really thought about a separate title for my friends page.
5. This is the avatar I use at the Free Iran forum; had to trim it a bit to get it within the 100 pixel limit. I'm a technical moron, so I'm not very good about creating avatars and stuff. I do have two more saved - one of them actually looks like me! - and will roll them out one of these days. (Found them using the highly sophisticated method of googling "avatars".)