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5 Things Meme

via purdypiedad

The rules:
1. Leave me a casual comment of no particular significance, like a lyric to your current favorite song, your favorite kind of sandwich, or maybe your favorite game. Any remark, meaningless or not. Or, you know -- indicate you want the 5 questions. I'll be nice. If you just want to comment without being subject to infectious memeage, I'll let you out of it. So comment at will and let me know if you wish to spread the infection.
2. I will respond by asking you five personal questions so I can get to know you better.
3. Update your LJ with the answers to the questions.
4. Include this explanation and offer to ask someone else questions in your own post.
5. When others respond with a comment, you will ask them five questions.


1. In your profile, you jest about your failed Catholic upbringing. Was there any particular turning point in your life that convinced you to head in a different direction?

I'd have to say there wasn't a particular turning point. Just years of being ignored by parents who adopted me. I always had the impression I was sent to Catholic school because I was the "bad seed." My sister, who was adopted as well, went to public schools. I guess I could ask my parents why they split us up. We weren't ever close, and there wasn't anything bringing us together. But my parents don't like to talk about stuff like this. Which is why I do talk to my kids and wife about how we feel, why we do things. The days where I don't tell my wife and kids that I love them are few and far between (and those times where it does occur are just happenstance and unplanned). The oldest daughter is away at school, so we don't talk to her every day, but we're still in contact several times a week.

My parents and my sister only call when there's bad news they need to pass along. And that's always after the fact, after matters are settled. Eh ... I don't sweat it. Life took me to where I'm at today, and I'm happy. That's what counts. Besides, it makes it easier to write about emotions. :-)

2. Do you have an all time favorite book or all time favorite author? What/who and why?

Probably Stephen King. No surprise there. Though I do have other authors I enjoy reading as much. But he's the once and future king, as they say. As to why and what ... it's a three-way tie. The first "adult" book I read was Salem's Lot. I guess I was always wired with an appreciation for genre fiction. When you're raised Catholic, you're supposed to believe the devil and angels and such exist. So the supernatural pump was primed from the beginning. The result wasn't what they expected, but books were all I had when I was 10 and my best friend moved away from the neighborhood. I read The Shining and The Stand shortly after Salem's Lot, and I was hooked. I read Carrie at that time as well, but I didn't like the narrative breaks. Even then I was starting to read like a writer. :-)

3. How old are your daughters?

19 and 12.

4. What do you like most and least about parenting?

Most? It feels good to love someone. Least? I worry. My imagination gets the best of me.

5. In your opinion, what is the single greatest threat to our country at this time?

Ignorance.

Comments

( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
earthgoat
Jan. 17th, 2008 07:28 pm (UTC)
I'll bite. Ask me some questions!
stevenagy
Jan. 17th, 2008 08:13 pm (UTC)
1) Doc Savage, Doctor Octopus, Doctor Strange or Doctor Who?

2) What's your favorite state other than Michigan?

3) What is your "character" if it isn't SWF, as your bio misleadingly informs?

4) Your thougts on Terminator: The Sarah Connar Chronicles?

5) Favorite Harold Ramis comedy?
crimini
Jan. 17th, 2008 07:31 pm (UTC)
I swear, as a parent, the worst thing I can do is wonder what will happen IF? I have to stamp that voice down hard... it applies to the spouse, too.

I'll answer questions. :)
stevenagy
Jan. 17th, 2008 08:20 pm (UTC)
1) Favorite genre and why?

2) Your bio says "little, brown, goes well with butter," which makes me think Top Chef. If you've seen the show, were you ever inspired to make up a recipe? And if you've never seen the show, what's your favorite food/recipe? (I like the mushroom LJ icon.)

3) The internet is for ___?

4) If perfect is the enemy of good, what do you believe is the enemy of evil?

5) What smells better than a book?
ellameena
Jan. 17th, 2008 09:43 pm (UTC)
OMG, you have an all the way grown up daughter??? Wow! You can ask me some questions if you want.
stevenagy
Jan. 17th, 2008 10:00 pm (UTC)
Yeah. All grown. I'm an old fogey. :-)

1) Favorite author/book and why?

2) Best thing about where you live?

3) If you could change the world you would ___?

4) What's your best/crowning moment? Make up stuff if you want.

5) Chicken or egg?
purdypiedad
Jan. 18th, 2008 03:04 am (UTC)
Regarding #1, I just don't understand parents, even though I am one. But, the fact that you are constantly telling your wife and kids that you love them is invaluable.

Regarding #4, my greatest fear is what my daughter will think of her mother when she's an adult. Will I have jacked her up like my folks did me?

Regarding #5, that or apathy... which leads to ignorance.

Great answers! Thanks!
stevenagy
Jan. 18th, 2008 03:23 am (UTC)
I think when you're open and straightforward you're doing everyone around you a service. It's so easy to retreat. It's part of our instinctive survival mechanism. The other part being fight.

Telling someone you care about them, especially your children, and setting that example, is a different type of fighting. The best kind I think. That's why I geek over the various versions of A Christmas Carol whenever I read/see them. :-)
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