Thursday, May 24, 2007

Q und A

ParlancheQ tagged me for a Questions and Answers meme. Among many other things, she writes about products that people with too much time on their hands have come up with, such as the The Vibrating Invisible Man and Canine Testicle Perfume.

1. What time is it?
It's always happy hour somewhere in the world.

2. What was the last thing you had to eat?
Chicken afritada. This is chicken with potatoes, green/red pepper, carrots, chick peas and green peas in tomato sauce. Probably not so good for people with high uric acid levels. But yummy nevertheless.

3. What is your favorite television program?

I don't watch much TV anymore, but I like the CSIs and Jeopardy!

4. You can travel anywhere in the world; one destination per day from Friday through Monday. Where do you go?
This is assuming there's a wormhole I can pass through, thereby avoiding wasting significant hours on planes, trains, or other forms of conventional transportation.

Friday: Spain
Saturday: Italy
Sunday: France
Monday: Japan

5. Who is your favorite character from a cartoon or comic strip?

6. What would you like for breakfast?
Something called Longsilog or Tosilog. Local sausage or cured pork (lots of trans fat stuff, I know, but so yummy!) with eggs sunnyside up and garlic rice. The dishes' names are broken down thus: longsilog (long for longganisa, the sausage; si for sinangag, the garlic fried rice; log for itlog, or egg) or tosilog (to for tocino, cured pork--the rest is the same). Also, strong, hot coffee.

7. Who is the first public figure that comes to mind that you think is attractive?
Ohhh, Johnny! Well, he's a public figure. Isn't he? "Attractive" sure is an understatement, though. Because he's sizzling, enthralling, enigmatic, and plain good-looking.

8. Who, outside of your family and "God", has had the greatest impact on your life?

Certain friends, without whom I'd be choking eye-deep in an abysmal, soul-sucking hell of my own making.

9. You retrieve a bottle floating in the water. What does the message say that you find inside?
There's no genie here, smartass. Now, stop daydreaming and get back to work!

10. What movies do you select {limit of six} for a one-day film festival?
Try to guess what these films have in common:

Shakespeare in Love
As Good As It Gets
Stranger Than Fiction
Wonder Boys

11. Do you have a hobby? If so, what is it? If not, what do you think would be of interest to you?
Self-amusement. Kidding! Like ParlancheQ, I'd have to say blogging (which is also a form of self-amusement).

12. Given the opportunity to travel back in time, when would your destination be?
This question is an agonizing one for a history buff like me. I'll narrow my answers down to three:
-The time when Egypt was ruled ostensibly by Thutmosis II but in reality by his wife, Queen Hatshepsut
-Early feudal Japan, the so-called "Golden Age" of the samurai
-The Renaissance in Europe

13. Vietnam gave us China Beach. M*A*S*H came from the Korean War. What will the name of the television series be that results from our current state of military affairs?
Well, I'm obviously not an American so I'll go local with my answer. I respect the Philippine Armed Forces but there are many changes and improvements needed. The title that comes to mind, Pimp My Armed Forces, is reminiscent of an MTV show.

14. What is the last book you read?
The last book I read that I hadn't read before is The Science of Getting Rich, by Wallace D. Wattles. The last book I re-read is The King's Pleasure, by Norah Lofts. I know, I know, not high-brow reading. Sue me. (Please don't; I was just kidding)

15. What five people do you MEET in Heaven?
Does this imply that I'll be going to heaven? Hmmm. Well, I don't really know who ends up in heaven. But let's go with the fun stuff and apply this to my blog buddies.
-The Dragon
-Maryanne Moll
-Mimi Lenox

16. What five people do you VISIT in Hell?
Going with the blog buddy theme again:
-Nunu's Mum. We'd have our own coffeeshop/bar.
-Matt-man. I'd love to see him roast the evangelists.
-Turnbaby. All that smooching and groping was bound to have repercussions.
-Nursemyra. I can NOT imagine anyone not having sinful fun with the Good Nurse.
-H. Left-brain and right-brain H get her into trouble sometimes. I want in on the action. She enthralls my grey matter.

As to where I'll be making my permanent abode, who the hell knows? ;-)

17. What's the first thing that comes to mind when you see the word pleasure?
Three things come to mind, actually. But I'll try to stay wholesomely decadent (or decadently wholesome) and just go with chocolate and beer.

18. Eliminating price and availability as considerations, what six things do you put on your list when you go grocery shopping?
I'm hoping that this is the grandmother of all grocery stores, carrying anything and everything under the sun. The six things on my shopping list would be:

-Airline tickets (first class, please?) to all the places I want to visit
-Educational packages for my children
-All the books I could possibly want to own
-All the Belgian chocolate I could want to eat while reading my new books
-The best personal trainer there is to help me get rid of the effects of all that chocolate
-A container of kindness and compassion for everyone. But those can't be bought. I guess the super grocery doesn't carry everything after all.

19. What is your favorite non-blog related link?
Some rather shameless self-promotion here: Expat Interviews. But my business partner, mentor, friend, and all-around smartass is currently incapacitated and scheduled to undergo some knifework. :-( Wishing him lots of cheerful thoughts and the speediest recovery possible.

20. What will the title of your life story be?
Dum Spiro Spero, or perhaps Living and Loving in 3-D--Without the Silly Glasses

21. What three people alive today would you like to have join you for dinner?
Aside from family and friends? JD Fortune, lead singer of INXS (because he's such delectable eye candy and it would be nice to have someone sing a song or two before and after dinner); a Holocaust survivor (for first-hand information on the effects of having the world screw up big time, and for inspiration); Eddie Izzard (for comic relief).

22. Which candle scent do you find most pleasing?
I'm not too fond of scented candles, but jasmine is nice.

23. What question would you suggest I include the next time we play this game?
I wouldn't dare.

I'm not tagging anyone today. Thank your lucky stars.

But don't go yet! Michael, of The Wonderful World of Nothing Worthwhile is hosting this Friday's edition of Carnival of the Mundane. If you want to participate, write a mundane (banal, commonplace, prosaic) post for Friday and send the link to it to Michael at "Mundane" is kind of a grey area; what's mundane to one might be profound to another. It's all in the perspective and the presentation. Just ask Michael for more info if celebrating the mundane appeals to you (it does to me). Don't be alarmed, he doesn't bite.


houseband00 said...

Why is it the people you wish to meet in Heaven don't have a witty side comment?


Well, you can "go to Hell!" =)

I'm kidding! =)

Maryanne Moll said...

I loooove Johnny Depp. I think he's the most stylish macho man in the world. James Bond can just shove it.

kyels said...

#6 looks really, really yummy!


Travis said...

Eddie Izzard is brilliant!

mist1 said...

Love Wonder Boys. Love. Almost as much as I love Johnny.

Daddy Papersurfer said...

I know you have many friends round the world and lists like this are very difficult to do without offending anyone. YOU DON'T WANT TO VISIT ENGLAND OR PORTUGAL ON YOUR WHIRLWIND TOUR. HUH.[one of my sculptures is called Eddie Izzard]

H said...

Okayyyy, I'm completely with you on Shakespeare in Love and Quill. Fantastic films. super fantastic. I think Joaquin Phoenix is a super hottie.

And that little issue there about Hell...ummm, I must say stumbling upon my future address like this had a very scary sphincter tightening effect on me. Damn. I didn't think I'd be going to Hell.

iz said...

ooooh Johnny Deppite. I'm sorry. I can think anymore. Johnnnyyyy

lizza said...

HB: I dare not blaspheme. :-D

Maryanne: James who? :-D

Kyels: Oh, it is. Try it next time you visit.

Travis: I quite agree!

mist1: It's been a long time since I watched that movie, I want to watch it again. Johnny is such a good ambassador for world peace. He unites women everywhere.

DaddyP: I do want to visit England and Portugal, I do! I've wanted to since I was a teenager. Even more so now that my younger brother is in your part of the world and making me salivate with the pictures he sends.

H: Haha! Ohhh, I'm so sorry, dear sis. I'll move your name to the top later.

Iz: I'm swooning right along with you.

nursemyra said...

like DaddyP I am appalled that australia did not feature on your whirlwind tour.

but we were next right? before england and portugal? right?

Matt-Man said...

Well I guess I will have to adopt the saying that "I would rather rule in Hell, than serve in Heaven" I would force every crooked tele-vangelist to eat food prepared and served by a naked Rachel Ray. Cheers Lizza!!

Odat said...

hmmm...I'm thinking I could use a Longsilog right about now ;-)
Seriously, that was a great post.
Thanks for sharing!!

Witness Street said...

Canine Testicle Perfume? Oh my goodness.

For number ten, though, I'd like As Good As It Gets, Stranger Than Fiction, and Wonder Boys...screened twice.

Turnbaby said...

But it ws worth every second *giggling*


Come visit Matty and me--we'll be throwing one long ass party ;-)

Alagad ng dilim/Nunu's mum said...

Inday, pano ka naman nakasisigurong wala sa impyerno si HB? Baka nga maunahan pa tayong 2 non eh!

And to my dahling H, it's ok - would u rather be in heaven with HB, or in Hell with me in my coffeeshop? Hmmmmm....???
Besides, I think you'd be bored stiff in heaven . =I

Kiyotoe said...

Me? in Heaven?

whew, that's good to know. I was worried for a minute there. ;)

We'll have a ball getting kicked out!

Bond said...

what a list of questions and answers...kind of glad I was not in the hell group.

Photo Cache said...

i love/enjoy when you do the memes; somehow, your memes are hilariously fantastic, whether intentional or not. happy weekend.

Maryanne Moll said...

I'm still thinking about Johnny Depp. Even as a filthy ghost pirate, I still want to do things to him. Hehe. :P

Debo Blue said...

I'm w/Photo-you make your memes little booklets of humour.

I've never seen those movies listed and I was hopeing someone would tell me in their comments. What do they have in common?

Lizza said...

Nursemyra: Yes, but don't tell DaddyP and Penfold.

Matt: I just know you'd make it such a fun place to be. Cheers!

Odat: Try it, you might like it. :-)

Migs: I'd watch along with you.

Turnbaby: I wouldn't miss it for the world!

NM: May point ka diyan. Baka siya pa ang sumalubong sa atin. We'll let H visit na lang, but she won't be a permanent resident. :-D

Kiyotoe: Haha! Oh dear, the image of heaven being painted red is disturbing.

Bond: Haha! But I bet you can think of some TV people you'd like to place in that category -- and you'd mean it!

Photo: Thanks! Most of them are fun to do. Have a great weekend!

Maryanne: You said it. Save me a place in the I-wanna-do-things-to-Johnny-Depp line, okay? :-D

Debo: You are one observant cookie! You're the only one who noticed the question. They all have something to do with writers and writing. :-)

Sanni said...

Let´s meet in Italy, have some Longsilog, meet Johnny thereafter. Maybe we should meet him BEFORE breakfast. Kissing after garlic fried rice is not too yummy. But I guess I´d join Matt and Turn in hell after licking Johnny´s lips anyway... uhm... well... where IS Johnny???
Have to stop daydreaming now, work is clling - not the bottle told me, but my calendar. My bottle said: Don´t pee into me like 1000s did before. Glad I didn´t lick the message.

Lizza said...

Haha! Kissing Johnny on an empty stomach? We might faint dead away, Sanni. And congrats on resisting the urge to lick strange things. :-D