To keep Friday posts fun, I'm going to try to find interesting surveys and questionnaires to answer. Today's questionnaire comes from an interesting personal ad on craigslist by a young lady. Did I answer her ad? No. She's 12 years younger than I am. That's a whole FDR Administration. Anyhow...enjoy!
a. book you read -- "Between Worlds" by Bill Richardson
b. movie you saw that stuck in your mind for days -- "Southland Tales" because, well, it's weird. Director Richard Kelly throws a lot of ideas at the viewer to make sense of, which ultimately, you can't, because it's...well...weird!
c. live music you went to -- The Taylor Hicks concert in May. It was more expensive than it should've been for an American Idol alumni, but it was awesome.
2. If you had to choose a historical/literary/movie character:
a. to be your best friend -- Samwise Gamgee from "The Lord of the Rings"
b. is most like you -- Michael J. Fox's character in "Casualties of War" is the most like me that I've ever come across in any movie or book I've seen or read.
c. to trade places with -- I'd say Sal Paradise in "On the Road", but my life has been a lot like any character in a Kerouac novel. In a word...I AM a Kerouac character come to life!
3. You have to get a tattoo. What is it and where? If I had to get one, it would probably go on my upper left arm near the shoulder and would be a personal symbol I had designed myself as a young man: a candle with a flame that wears sunglasses and smiles. Why that's my personal symbol? You figure it out.
4. Stupidest thing you've ever done. Too many to count, so I go with more recent. Accepting my current job when I had a place requesting an interview the following week. They paid more but I figured a job in hand beat two in a bush. Worst freaking mistake of my life!
5. Greatest decision ever. When I decided to take part in the Washington Seminar my last semester of college instead of in my Junior year. True, I would've met a different group of interns, but I believe I hit the goldmine with my friendships with Matt, Janell, Jantzen, Mandy, and Brooklyn.
6. Which movie genre: Bollywood epic, Spaghetti Western, or Post Apocalyptic?
Bollywood epic by far. I love the music, even if the formula is pretty standard (you've seen one, you've basically seen them all)
7. What do you want...
a. to drink after a crappy day at work? Chai latte always works for me. It's simply "bliss in a cup"!
b. for dinner? Chicken pesto pasta was a favourite dish of mine when I lived in Atlanta.
c. in general (life, relationships, etc)? I want many things: a job that pays the wages I deserve (equal to my age times a thousand); for my novel to sell for a nice amount with more money to write at least 5 more novels in two year increments; for a Democrat to win the presidency in every election for the rest of my life; for people to stop yelling at each other; to always be able to travel on four trips a year (one international one and three within the U.S./Canada); a Golden Retriever; a loft condo in the Pearl District; and a French or Hispanic wife who wants at least four children.
8. What are you looking forward to? The day when I can walk out of my job and not look back because I finally landed my dream job with the salary I more than deserve after a decade and a half of low wage jobs. I've paid my dues to society, now it's time to reap my financial reward! I also look forward to the end of the Bush era of disasterous incompetence and willful ignorance.
9. Art questions (because it is Portland).
a. Are you an artist? I did enjoy art when I was younger, but I prefer to write, which is a form of art, I suppose.
b. Who is your favourite artist? Paul Gauguin. He had good tastes: Tahiti! Plus an interesting artistic style. He captured the Polynesians well, I think.
a. mixed tape -- The one Nathan gave me in 1999. It was full of songs that were huge hits in Australia in the 1980s which I never heard of. Now, every time I listen to it, it reminds me of my 1999 visit to the Pacific Northwest when he gave it to me and I listened to it as I drove around Vancouver BC, Seattle, and Portland...which was when I realized that this was the region of the country I'd settle in someday.
b. line up for a music festival -- Maroon 5, Midnight Oil, Youssou N'Dour, Angelique Kidjo, Madonna, Gwen Stefani, Eric Clapton, Peter Gabriel, Taylor Hicks, Tina Turner, Johnny Clegg, and headliner U2.
c. date -- already been done...when Jenet and I attended a Gore campaign victory party for Super Tuesday; and then the White House Garden Tour for a follow-up. How on earth do I top that?!?
d. job -- I would love to be the personal aide to a politician I admire and serve for a full term, then see my novel sell to a publisher and have a good run of about ten novels, then devote the rest of my life to human rights activism around the world. That is essentially the vision I have for my future. If I'm still stuck in my current job a year from now...someone please put me out of my misery! I'm not doing the world any good working in a position far beneath my skill level, making unacceptably low wages, and being subjected to a screaming co-worker with major anger issues. I deserve better than that.