everything old is new again

Fifty Questions

October 18, 2002
Fifty Questions

Found via Brian over at Random Ravings. I changed one or two of the questions, to be more relevant.

Fifty Questions

1. Your name spelled backward.


2. Where were your parents born?

Pittsburgh, PA, for both of them.

3. What is the last thing you downloaded onto your computer?

The Freedom Force editor.

4. What’s your favorite restaurant?

The Silver Swan, in Manhattan. Great German food and beer!

5. Last time you swam in a pool?

Our honeymoon, in Aruba, back in 1999.

6. Have you ever been in a school play?

Many. I started in 1st Grade, when I was Tweedle Dee in Alice in Wonderland. When I hit Junior High, it turned mostly to musicals: The Music Man (twice), South Pacific, Anything Goes, Kiss Me Kate, Hello Dolly, Annie Get Your Gun, Carousel, West Side Story (I was Riff, leader of the Jets), and some dramas I can’t recall at the moment.

7. How many kids do you want?

Two would be nice.

8. Type of music you dislike most?

Rap, with Christian music not far behind.

9. Are you registered to vote?


10. Do you have cable?

Yes, in three rooms.

11. Have you ever ridden on a moped?

Sure have; I always wanted one when I was younger.

12. Ever prank call anybody?

Who hasn’t? The typical “Prince Albert in a can” and “Is your refrigerator running?” pranks when I was a kid.

13. Ever get a parking ticket?

Yup, sure have.

14. Would you go bungee jumping or sky diving?

Sky diving has a certain appeal, I must admit.

15. Furthest place you ever traveled.

Mazatlan, Mexico

16. Do you have a garden?

Yup! This year was our first real garden. Here’s the tale of the Happy Tomatoes.

17. What’s your favorite comic strip?

Get Fuzzy. Bucky is just too funny for words.

18. Do you really know all the words to your national anthem?

Yes, I do, and I’m proud of that fact. Those people who think we should change the anthem to God Bless America most likely don’t know the words and/or history of the anthem. It’s perfect.

19. Bath or Shower, morning or night?

Shower in the morning.

20. Best movie you’ve seen in the past month?

That would be In The Bedroom. Truly an amazing film.

21. Favorite pizza topping?

Cheese, and only cheese. If the Gods had meant for pizza to be more than a regular slice, they would have created it that way from the beginning.

22. Chips or popcorn?


23. What’s your favorite color?

Blue, I’d have to say.

24. Have you ever smoked peanut shells?

I can’t say that I have.

25. Have you ever been in a beauty pageant?

Nope, not me.

26. Orange or Apple juice?

Orange with the pulpy bits.

27. Favorite musical artist?


28. Favorite type chocolate bar?

Honestly, I love Cadbury Milk Chocolate, as well as Nestle’s Chocolate bars.

29. When was the last time you voted at the polls?

2000. I voted for the real winner, not the one selected by the Supreme Court.

30. Last time you ate a homegrown tomato?

Last month! See the Happy Tomatoes post above.

31. Have you ever won a trophy?

Yeah, for a bowling league (!) I was in back in the late 80’s. The team name was Dilligaf, which stood for Does It Look Like I Give A Fuck. We used it as an excuse to get drunk, and believe it or not, we won the league. The more drunk we were, the better we rolled. In fact, the only 200+ game I’ve ever rolled happened then, when I was three sheets to the wind.

32. Are you a good cook?

Well, I make the absolute best hamburgers in the world, and my ribs are great. But otherwise, I pretty much suck. Kim’s the great cook in the family.

33. Do you know how to pump your own gas?

Even though I haven’t owned a car in a decade, of course I know how to do this.

34. Ever order an article from an infomercial?

Umm. Err. Yes. Kim and I are notorious for this. It got to the point where we had to impose some rules in the house — no watching infomercials after midnight on Saturday, or at all on Sunday. We have the great Ron Popeil rotisserie, that Solid Gold Hits of the 70’s CD collection (it rocks!), and some other stuff . . .

35. Sprite or 7-Up?


36. Have you ever had to wear a uniform to work?

Nope, fortunately.

37. Last thing you bought at a pharmacy?

Some cold medicine a couple of weeks ago.

38. Ever throw up in public?

Yes, I have. It wasn’t a pretty sight; I was at a New Britain Red Sox game back in the 80’s (Double-A farm team, if I recall, of the BoSox), got very drunk and made a fool out of myself.

39. Would you prefer being a millionaire or find true love?

Well, I’ve found true love, so that means at this point, I’ll settle for the millionaire — I’ll have the best of both worlds, thank you very much!

40. Do you believe in love at first sight?

Yes. It happened with me and Kim.

41. Ever call a 1-900 number?

I don’t believe I have — I might have used one of those numbers that call you to wake you up, back when I lived alone, but it’s been a long time.

42. Can exes be friends?

In my experience, no.

43. Who was the last person you visited in a hospital?

Kim’s grandmother, several years ago.

44. Did you have a lot of hair when you were a baby?

Not so much, if I recall from the pictures I’ve seen.

45. What message is on your answering machine?

Kim saying something like, “We can’t get to the phone right now, so please leave your name and number and we’ll get back to you.”

46. What’s your all time favorite Saturday Night Live character?

Hmm. That’s hard. There’s Belushi’s Samurai, Ackroyd’s toy company owner, Murray’s lounge singer (“Star Wars, nothing but Star Wars!”), Murphy’s Mr. Robinson, “Da Bears!” guys (“If Ditka were playing against God, who would win? Ditka!”), the cheerleaders, the Culps, the Delicious Dish women. I can’t pick one in particular.

47. What was the name of your first pet?

Lucky, the Collie.

48. What is in your purse?

In my backpack is some junk, a CD or two, and the Tom Robbins novel, “Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates.”

49. Favorite thing to do before bedtime?

Read a little.

50. What is one thing you are grateful for today?

My family, especially my wife, given the events of the past few days.

One Response to Fifty Questions