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Gother (and richer) than thou

This article from the Guardian reminds me of the old Rice University cheer: "You can laugh/And have your day/But you'll be working /For us someday!"
Via K-Lo at the Corner.

Jane Galt asks,

I wonder if those who read science fiction in childhood can be divided into those who liked Robert Heinlein better, with his swashbuckling individualism, and those who preferred Isaac Asimov, with his technocratic fantasies. And I wonder if those early preferences semi-reliably map onto the conservative/liberal divide . . .

Makes for an interesting discussion in the comments, with lots of other authors dragged in. Me? Heinlein, by a long shot. Until the execrable Number of the Beast came out I bought and read pretty much everything he wrote, even the lame and sprawling I Will Fear No Evil. Interesting that none of the commenters marked the correlation between his stroke in the early 1970s and the deterioration of his work...I'm of the opinion that the only good book after Glory Road was Time Enough For Love, which despite its length isn't anywhere near as good as Double Star or The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress.

1. Elaborate on your default icon.
It's one of the plush wombats offered by the Kangaroo Connection in Chicago, which is where I got the wombat keyring for phoenixalpha and the enormous plush wombat for my niece Sierra a few years ago.

2. What is your current relationship status?
Divorced and not looking, thankyouverymuch.

3. What exactly are you wearing right now?
A somewhat threadbare blue cotton work shirt from Kaplan's, black Harbor Bay jeans with the left rear pocket blown out, white Hanes low-cut socks, black New Balance sneakers, and y'all don't really need to know about my underwear, okay?

4. What is your current problem?
Whipping out an overdue Culturally Responsive Action Plan by tomorrow at 3:30. Yes, it's Special High Intensity Training time again...

5. What do you love most?
My family, my faith, my country, books and music.

6. What makes you most happy?
Being with my friends, having a good time.

7. Are you musically inclined?
Used to play the trombone in elementary and junior high school but never practiced enough to be really good at it -I usually wound up as third chair, playing all the baritone and bass parts.
These days I can sing, according to everyone but my ex, and apparently sight-read as well.

8. If you could go back in time and change something what would it be?
Nothing. I regret nothing, because even the hideously painful experiences have been instructive.

9. Ever have a near-death experience?

10. Name an obvious quality you have.
Unfortunately, I don't think any of my qualities are immediately obvious.

11. What’s the name of the song that’s stuck in your head right now?
None right now, thank God.

12. Any celeb you would marry?
No. It would never last

13. Name someone with the same birthday as you.
Charles Walgreen, Aimee Semple McPherson, Brian Blessed (!), John Lennon, John Entwistle, Jackson Browne, and Eddie Guerrero. (AKICIW)

14. Do you have a crush on someone?
Ah, they come and they go...

15. Have you ever vandalized someone’s private property?
Yes, thankfully the statute of limitations has expired, and I was a minor at the time besides.

16. Have you ever been in a fight?

17. Have you ever sung in front of a large audience?
Choir in elementary school.

18. What’s the first thing you notice about the OPPOSITE sex?
Their face.

19. What do you usually order from Starbucks?
Whatever the coffee of the day is, assuming it's not too grotendous.

20. Have you ever hurt yourself on purpose?

21. Say something totally random about yourself.

22. Has anyone ever said you look like a celebrity?
Not when they were sober.

23. Do you wear a watch?

24. Do you have anything pierced?
Nope, I'm pretty conservative that way.

25. Do you have any tattoos?
See #24.

26. Do you like pain?
Had enough already, thanks.

27. Do you like to shop?
For books and music, yes; everything else is boring and annoying.

28. What was the last thing you paid for with cash?
Lunch at Taco John's today.

29. What was the last thing you paid for with a credit card?
Gas for the Sportage.

30. Who was the last person you spoke to on the phone?
Some poor fellow in Utah trying to close a brace of AU.

31. What is on your desktop background?
Windows 2k-tan: The Professional.

32. What is the background on your cell phone?
The default background for the Nokia I have.

39. What is your favorite pair of pants that you own?
My tactical pants, because you cannot have too many pockets and because it is in the festive color of my tribe, i.e. black.

40. Do you like to party?
I like to hang out with other folks and socialize, but I can't drink any more and prefer to avoid other recreational chemicals since my liver has enough damn work to do these days.

41. Where do you see yourself in five years?
Winding up a day of teaching and getting ready to drive cross-country for Anime Detour 2011.

Ganked from danae.

And now I must be going, to pick up stuff and laminate...


( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Mar. 22nd, 2006 02:26 pm (UTC)
41. Where do you see yourself in five years?
Winding up a day of teaching and getting ready to drive cross-country for Anime Detour 2011.
Mar. 22nd, 2006 04:36 pm (UTC)
Mar. 23rd, 2006 01:39 am (UTC)
To say a little.. didn't know you planned to teach.
Mar. 23rd, 2006 02:28 am (UTC)
That surprises me...I've made quite a few posts about all the education classes I've been suffering through (poor me) and the credentialing requirements in what I hope will be my future home, the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Mar. 23rd, 2006 04:46 am (UTC)
aah, that. Somehow I got the ideain my head you were saying you'll become a college professor. After teaching myself, I'm beginning to hate it. Especially because it's midterms week and I have a huge stack of answer sheets to grade.
Mar. 23rd, 2006 05:34 am (UTC)
I wouldn't mind teaching in a community college, but given my interests (military history) and my politics (somewhere close to Francisco Franco) my odds of getting tenure in most universities would be pretty much zero. I have about the same tolerance for faculty politics, which would further muck things up. So yeah, high school it is.
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