First of all, how I could’ve forgotten Kerri Strug’s vault into history in my gymnastics questionnaire is beyond me:
That’s another vault that gives me chills.
Now, on with the questionnaire.
1. What is your name?
~ Mousenomia Tadpole, or Mouse for short.
2. How old are you?
~ I am old enough, but not so. I’ll always be a child at heart. Vague enough for you?
3. Are you sure?
~ Uh. Yes?
4. What is your earliest memory?
~ As I’ve said before in answer to this question, there are many vying for the title of ‘earliest;’ it’s hard to pinpoint exactly which is the earliest. One of my favorites is of me running over the neighbor kid’s banana spider with my tricycle, on account of his spider ate my ladybugs. Ah, memories.
5. What is your favorite alcoholic drink?
~ I do not now, nor will I ever, make a habit of drinking alcohol. I don’t touch the stuff. Don’t mean to sound snooty, but don’t ask again.
6. What is your favorite vegetable?
7. Do you remember your first day at school?
~ No, not really. I do remember a lot about kindergarten, though, namely the salt flat of a playground the school had, my best friend Hisako Matsakura, the song “Witch’s Brew,” winning the Mosaic Award for my storybook, my first ever tornado drill, and getting stung by a bee.
8. What is the worst exam result you ever remember getting?
~ Exam result? Gee. I’ve never failed an exam, if that’s what you mean. I remember getting a 40% on an math assignment once, though, which was considered a ‘P’ grade (whatever that meant; probably ‘Poor’). That was the lowest grade of anything I’ve ever received. Even more embarrassing was we had to say our grades out loud in front of the entire class.
9. How tall are you?
~ Five feet, four-and-a-half inches tall.
10. Can you swim?
11. Who is your favorite movie actress?
~ Keira Knightley.
12. Who is your favorite movie actor?
~ Nicolas Cage.
13. Who is your favorite comedian?
~ Gilda Radner.
14. Who is your favorite politician?
~ Don’t have one. Politicians are all blowhards, if you ask me.
15. Who is your favorite historical figure (been dead for at least 100 years)?
~ Hmm….Abraham Lincoln. I know, completely contradicting my answer to 14 above! But he is fascinating, to say the least.
16. Who is your favorite superheroine?
~ I don’t read a lot of comic books, though I’ve seen a lot of comic book movies. I’d have to say movie Rogue from “X-Men.” Way to go, Anna Paquin!
17. Who is your favorite superhero?
~ Batman. Thank you, Dad.
18. Can you name a female scientist other than Madame Curie?
19. Who is your favorite mythological god or goddess?
~ Egad. I didn’t understand mythology at all. Sorry, can’t answer this one.
20. Who is your favorite woman of all time?
~ My mom.
21. Do you agree with “an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth”?
~ Difficult to say. I’m not entirely for the death penalty. If a child is murdered, then yes, the killer should be put to death him/herself. Otherwise, I’m with Delenn when she said, “You would prefer a society in which everyone is blind and toothless.” Something like that. (Obscure “Babylon 5” reference. Talk to your parents, kids.)
22. Do you agree with “Life does not forgive weakness”?
~ No. Otherwise, I’d have……..nah, forget it.
23. Do you agree with “It is the enemy who can truly teach us to practice the virtues of compassion and tolerance”?
~ Not really. Some nice people have tried my patience before.
24. Do you agree with “The state can do what they want to do”?
~ How about “the state should do what it’s supposed to do” first? That should answer that loud and clear.
25. Do you agree with “If I had to choose between betraying my country and betraying my friend, I hope I should have the guts to betray my country”?
~ Eesh. Let’s hope it never comes to that, shall we?
26. Do you agree with “If the path be beautiful, let us not ask where it leads”?
~ No. Sometimes the prettiest path can be the most destructive; deception can be tricky. Or, to quote Nina Storey, “Things that seem too good to be true/They usually do….”
27. Do you agree with “Crime is a product of social excess”?
~ Not entirely.
28. Do you agree with “Do unto others as you would have them do to you”?
29. Do you agree with “And mankind is naught but a single nation”?
~ If that means what I think it means, then yes.
30. Do you agree with “Bulimia is sooo ’87”?
~ If that’s supposed to be a joke, it isn’t funny. Bulimia is a serious condition. I knew a couple girls with bulimia, from my therapy group.
31. What is the worst movie you have ever seen?
~ I’ve seen two at the same sleepover – “Robin Hood: Men in Tights” and “Repossessed.”
32. What is the worst TV show you have ever seen?
~ “Adventures in Wonderland.” Yeah, that’s about it. It was a kids show back in the early 1990s. I agree with the one Youtube user, who commented on how he/she hoped it was a product of his/her digging in his/her parents’ liquor cabinet. It wasn’t – it was real.
33. What is the worst book you have ever read?
~ I have yet to read a worst book, but I was really not keen on Innocence by Jane Mendelsohn. I literally fell asleep reading that book. Shame, too, because I loved I Was Amelia Earhart.
34. What is the worst song you have ever heard?
~ My least favorite song of all time is “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.” I don’t care who does it – that song bites.
35. What is the worst sport you know of?
~ There isn’t a worst sport that I know of.
36. Who is the worst movie “star” ever?
~ Hmm. Worst movie actor, hate to say it, would be Adam Sandler. Worst movie actress – I’m torn between Cameron Diaz (Cameron Ditz) and Jennifer Aniston.
37. Who is the worst comedian ever?
~ I don’t know all the comedians who ever were, so I can’t say with authority who is the worst ever.
38. Who is the worst author ever?
~ There aren’t any worst authors – one reader’s trash is another reader’s treasure, I’ve found. That said, there are overrated authors, of which the 50 Shades of Gray author would be one.
39. Who is the worst musical act ever?
~ Teenybopper crap and boy bands in general. I was never a fan of either genre, even during my formative years.
40. Who is the worst sports “star” you have ever seen?
~ Dennis Rodman was a real idiot.
41. If you could go back in time to witness a historical event in person, what event would you want to see?
42. If you could go anywhere in the world right now, where would you go?
~ New York City. Just to visit.
43. If you could meet anyone in the world, who would you meet?
~ Hmm. There are too many people, both famous and non-famous, who I would want to meet either for the first time or again. Wish I knew if Jim was still alive. (Another story for another time.)
44. If you could become famous for one thing, what would that thing be?
45. If you could buy anything regardless of cost, what would you buy?
~ Peace of mind. Just kidding! Um….I’d buy a Nissan Versa. Yup, just a car.
46. If you could change any one thing about your country, what would it be?
~ I really honestly don’t know, to tell you the truth.
47. If you could change any one thing about international politics, what would it be?
~ No more war!
48. If you could meet any famous person who is dead, who would it be?
~ Sylvia Plath.
49. If you could become dictator of the world, would you?
~ Not in a million years.
50. If you could eat an entire cow in one sitting, would you?
~ No! The poor cow!
51. Have you ever illegally downloaded music/TV shows/movies from the Internet?
52. Have you ever used illegal narcotics (yes, even pot counts if it was illegal at the time)?
53. Have you ever gotten any points on your driving license?
~ Not yet, as I do not yet have a license.
54. Have you even stolen anything from a shop?
55. Have you ever bought alcohol or cigarettes while underage?
56. Have you ever bought alcohol or cigarettes for another person who was underage?
57. Have you ever tried to cheat the taxman/social security/other government agency?
Well, I didn’t expect a sort of Spanish Inquisition!
58. Have you ever ridden on a train or bus without paying?
~ Yes, but there’s a reason for that. It was Freedom Festival week, and riding the bus was free if you had a Freedom Festival button, which I did. So there. The city has always done it that way.
59. Have you ever been arrested?
60. Have you ever been charged with a crime?
61. What’s the furthest you’ve ever been from home?
~ In all four directions: north – Door County, Wisconsin; south – Savannah, Georgia; east – Cologne and Aachen, Germany; west – Denver and Winter Park, Colorado.
62. Where have you visited that you would like to go back to?
~ Europe, and Savannah.
63. Where would you like to visit that you haven’t yet?
~ London. New York City. Las Vegas. Australia.
64. Where is you favorite place in the world?
65. Where have you visited that you hope never to go again?
66. Where would you definitely never go to?
~ The Middle East.
67. Where is your least favorite place in the world?
~ Don’t have one.
68. What is your favorite way to travel?
~ I don’t care how I get there – I just enjoy the ride.
69. What is your least favorite way to travel?
~ Hmm. Depends on the distance involved, I guess. I will say that I’m afraid to fly, but it is sometimes the best option, so I do it.
70. What is the capital of Assyria?
~ Um….A? Another Monty Python joke, yes? In that case, I’d get thrown into the pit, because I don’t know.
71. What was the last movie you saw?
~ With family, “Home.” With Johnny, “Eastern Promises.” In theaters, “Ex Machina.” In the comfort of my own room, “Laggies.”
72. Was it any good?
~ Yes, they were all good.
73. What was the last book you read?
~ Dominique Moceanu’s autobiography Off Balance.
74. Was it any good?
~ Yes, I thought it was a good book. I never took her for a spoiled brat, not even when she was big in gymnastics. I sensed there was something going on under the surface that no one really knew, and this book said so. She seems like someone I could be friends with. Plus, she’s a great writer, so conversational in her tone.
75. What was the last song you listened to?
~ “The Horses” by Rickie Lee Jones.
76. Was it any good?
~ Yes. I like Rickie Lee Jones. I’m the only one of the family who does. Go figure.
77. What was the last computer game you played?
~ That was “Drawn: The Painted Tower” for the umpteenth time.
78. Did you do well?
~ Ehh. There’s one puzzle in particular that always throws me, but I did all right overall.
79. What was the last meal you ate?
~ I had vegetable soup, and I added some rice to it.
80. Was it any good?
81. Do you believe in God/Goddess/Gods/Goddesses?
~ I believe in the one true God.
82. Do you agree with the war in Iraq?
83. Do you believe in aliens?
~ Not entirely. I mean, they might exist, but to quote Bill Watterson, “The surest sign of intelligent life out there is that none of it has tried to contact us.”
84. Do you agree with the theory of evolution?
~ It has its points.
85. Do you believe in reincarnation?
~ Don’t know. I had a ‘conversation’ with a lady recently who swore up and down she knew me from somewhere, but I didn’t know her. So perhaps we had dealings in a previous life? Who knows?
86. Do you agree with the idea of the UN? United Nations (UN)?
~ Uh, I think so?
87. Do you believe in karma?
~ To an extent.
88. Do you agree with the theories of man-induced global warming?
~ Yeah. That gave me nightmares growing up.
89. Do you believe in democracy above all other systems of government?
~ That’s hard to say. That’s also political, so I won’t go into too much detail as to how I feel.
90. Do you agree with Freddie Mercury when he sings “Fat bottomed girls/You make the rockin’ world go ’round”?
~ Hell yes! That song made me feel so much better about myself when I was younger, believe me! Because I was a fat-bottomed girl. And get this:
Sang the hell out of it, too. So, you know, you couldn’t tell!
91. What is your favorite movie?
92. What is your favorite book?
~ The Language of Goldfish by Zibby O’Neal.
93. What is your favorite song?
~ Of all time? I shan’t reveal that yet.
94. What is your favorite city?
~ Wherever I am home.
95. What is your favorite sport?
~ To watch? Hockey, baseball, or old school gymnastics. To play? Volleyball (even though I know I don’t play it right).
96. What is your favorite place in the world?
~ Where I am right now.
97. Are you glad these questions are almost over?
~ I guess.
98. What are you going to do next?
99. Do you anticipate this activity being fun?
~ What, sleeping? I guess. I mean, I’m asleep. Unless I’m dreaming. Dreams can be fun sometimes.
100. Give us a quote to end on….
~ “You have one mouth and two ears for a reason!” Someone at work said his grandmother used to tell him this all the time. He didn’t elaborate, but I think the meaning was clear.