i_id: (Illogical)
The question:
If you could, would you want to live forever? Why or why not?

My short answer:
An absolute forever? No. It would mean not only outliving my friends and family, but also anyone's memory of them. Eventually, an immortal would outlive their country, see it fall into the ruin of society that we seem inevitably headed for. They would see the mountains they know erode to dust, see the oceans rise and fall as the earth ages. They would hear their language die. They would see stars wink out and the eventual expansion of the sun and obliteration of the earth, and they would still be here.

But if you meant more in the short term, sure, I'd love an extra thousand years or two.
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Leave a comment saying, "IT’S TASTING TIME!" and I will give you five words I associate with you. Then post about what they mean to you, along with this, at your journal.

Pur gave me these five words: Scarves, hats, Hats, grues, OCEAN! So here goes!

Five Prompts. )
i_id: (G is for Grue)
Comment here and I'll ask you five questions. (If I can get to LJ) Then you get to answer them in your journal, and offer to ask other people other questions.

Here's what Abby asked me:
1. What part of living on a boat were you NOT expecting?
I've lived on a boat before, you know. For a bit over a month, right after high school. But that was summer, and this is winter. I suppose what I didn't expect is how completely filthy a boat can get. I mean, we are nowhere -near- dirt. Dirt has to make it down a ramp and across a dock, at the very least, to get to us. And yet tons of it get tracked aboard every day, and so every day, we have to sweep and swab. Ah well.

2. You read a LOT of books last year! Recommend you some to me!
Book recommendations! This year, I've been reading through the Patrick O'Brian series, which are awesome sea stories set in the British Navy in the Napoleonic War. (Surprise, surprise, boats on the brain.) I'm also way fond of the steamy historical fictions by Diana Gabaldon, which take place around fifty years later and have TIME TRAVEL and KILTS and are generally awesome.

3. Oh, on the boat, do you wear period clothing all the time? No civvies on deck? WHAT IS YOUR DAY LIKE?
We do not wear the period stuff (we call it funnies) all the time. Just when we're open to the public, for tours or adventure sails (three hour tours!). Period clothes are not terribly warm.
And... hey, this is two questions, you cheater. Fiiine. Our day starts with reveille at 8, the cook waking us all up to breakfast. (Laura, our cook, is pretty excellent. There's usually fresh, hot bread.) Then muster, which is the morning meeting during which the coming day is discussed, and we get an idea of what we're in for. Then we stand down to chores. Lots of chores. Every day, we clean the entire common space of the boat. Aft, main, and fore-cabins, all three heads, wash down the deck with fire hoses, remove all trash, and polish the brass. All of that before 10. Then we shift to maintenance. Wooden boats require a lot of it, particularly boats with a shoestring budget. We sand and paint and oil and tar, helping the engineer and the bosun with their agendas. I'm in training to be purser, so I spend some of this time in the aft cabin, working on the ship's accounting.
Then we open for tours. 3-5 hours a day, whenever we're in a port, we let the public wander through our home. They tour the deck, mostly, and we set up a little gift shop in the main hold (I usually run this part). After tours, we have an adventure sail, where we take a dozen or so paying passengers out for a three-hour sail, fire off the cannons, generally be entertaining in motion. And after that, usually around 5 or 6, we have dinner and stand down for the evening. And that's a day.

4. You have a cat with my name. How is Abbycat?
Abbycat is, I have on good authority, growing like a fluffy black weed. She's also a holy terror to Gaea, our aging ladycat who hates her, and Matt, our aging mistercat who has taken her under his fuzzy gray wing. She attacks everything that moves and many things that hold still, and her tail is becoming a righteous plume. Here! I have pictures! )
I miss her like crazy.

5. Most inspiring thing that happened this year?
The day I got laid off from the ferries and decided not to buy a boat I'd spent time and energy (and money) falling in love with, I found a kitten and was led to the job here on the Lady Washington. That still feels pretty inspiring to me.

Okay, now you go.

And the answers to Mephron's questions, too. )


Aug. 9th, 2009 02:39 pm
i_id: (Russell)
1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 23.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the sentence in your journal...
5. ...along with these instructions.

"Her concern was that you not be, to use her word, distracted."
~One of you might guess which book this is, so I'll let her try. [livejournal.com profile] skylanth , guess this before I forget.
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Don’t take too long to think about it.
Fifteen books you’ve read that will always stick with you.
First fifteen you can recall in no more than 15 minutes.
Copy the instructions into your own post

Do yours before you read mine. )

Discuss? :D 

i_id: (Puppet abuse)

For this meme, choose one character of yours and one character of mine - and then I will write out how they hook up, settle into a long term relationship and/or marriage, and describe their child/children.

I do not promise promptness. Snape had better show up in this meme somewhere.
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Privilege Meme: borrowed from Bob.
(Bold those that apply)

1. Father went to college (before you turned 18)
2. Father finished college (before you turned 18)
3. Mother went to college (before you turned 18)
4. Mother finished college (before you turned 18)
5. Have any relative who is an attorney, physician, or professor
6. Were the same or higher class than your high school teachers
7. Had more than 50 books in your childhood home
8. Had more than 500 books in your childhood home.
In the thousands, I'm sure. Though at least 400 of them were my mom's collection of Star Trek/Star Wars/Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys.
9. Were read children's books by a parent when you were growing up. Right into high school.
10. Had lessons of any kind when you were growing up
11. Had more than two kinds of lessons when you were growing up
12. The people in the media who dress and talk like me are portrayed positively
13. Had a credit card with your name on it before you turned 18. (I don't think a debit card counts, as I had to earn that money myself.)
14. Your parents (or a trust) paid for the majority of your college costs.
15. Your parents (or a trust) paid for all of your college costs
16. Went to a private high school
17. Went to summer camp
18. Had a private tutor before you turned 18
19. Family vacations involved staying at hotels and motels
20. Your clothing was all bought new before you turned 18
21. Your parents gave you a car that was not a hand-me-down from them (My step-grandfather gave me his late wife's car.)
22. There was original art in your house when you were a child. By Romana Hammerly, a local artist who was a friend of Dad's.
23. You and your family lived in a single family house
24. Your parent(s) owned their own house or apartment before you left home.

25. You had your own room as a child.
26. You had a phone in your room (or your own cell phone) before you turned 18
27. Participated in an SAT/ACT prep course (I'm British.)
28. Had your own TV in your room in High School
29. Owned a mutual fund or IRA in High School or College
30. Flew anywhere on a commercial airline before you turned 16
31. Went on a cruise with your family. (Not a commercial one.)
32. Your parents took you to museums and art galleries as you grew up
33. You were unaware of how much heating bills were for your family. (Children were not to know the finances. I was 19 before I learned that city water wasn't free.)
34. Had a computer at home when you were growing up
35. Had your own computer at home when you were growing up.
36. Been to Europe more than once as a child or teen.
i_id: (OcTODpus)
Train is lonely. And today has been the worst day of the entire trip, a day I shall simply call Drunks on a Train. I am a small, tired, and exhausted Hats.

Please indulge me. I need warm fuzzies, so please let me know your favorite thing about rp-ing with me. You can be anonymous or not, up to you.

Thank you all for being awesome.
i_id: (Rainbow Girl)
Lemminged from Takhys.

1. WITNESS PROTECTION NAME: (mother & father's middle name)
Jo Allen

2. NASCAR NAME: (first name of your mother's dad, father's dad)
Henry James.  Oh yeah.

3. STAR WARS NAME: (the first 3 letters of your last name, first 2 letters of your first name)

4. DETECTIVE NAME: (favorite color, favorite animal)
Blue Raccoon.  Really?

5. SOAP OPERA NAME: (middle name, city where you were born)
Ann Anchorage.  Yaylliteration!

6. SUPERHERO NAME: (2nd fav color, fav drink, add "THE" to the beginning)
The Purple Peartini. 

7. FLY NAME: (first 2 letters of 1st name, last 2 letters of your last name)
Beon.  Fly?

8. GANGSTA NAME: (fav ice cream flavor, fav cookie)
Strawberry Cheesecake Snickerdoodle.  I... think I'd get shot with a name like that.

9. ROCK STAR NAME: (current pet's name last pet's name, current street name)
Mungojerry Euclid McDonald.  ...

10. STRIPPER NAME: (name of your fav perfume/cologne, fav candy)
Poison Toclafane.  YES.

11. PORN NAME: (1st pet, street you grew up on)
Gizmo Elle.  Well, it's 'L', but hey.   Clearly, this is French nerd porn.
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Meme! Borrowed from [livejournal.com profile] takhys and [livejournal.com profile] bogboblin. Guess the songs!

1. Young Jim as a lad, he looked for adventure.

1. Steve, Joanne, the Merge case.

2. They passed me by, in quiet talk... hand in hand, on a summer's walk.

3. With the sting of the whip on my shoulder, with the salt of my sweat on my brow...

4. I can't believe it, it couldn't be happening, pinch me girls, it couldn't be happening.

5. You can always get it right next time, next time.

6. Right! Now! I am an antichrist!

7. Hey there, baby baby!

8. I can dim the lights and sing you songs full of sad things, we can do the tango just for two.

9. Please allow me to introduce myself, I'm a man of wealth, and taste. I've been around for a long long year, stole many men's souls and faith.

10. You take a mortal man, and put in him control. Watch him become a god, watch people's heads a-roll.

11. My lonely doll, she came again.

12. I heard, I heard, the old man say...

13. Don't push that button, oh that look in your eyes...

14. I remember when, I remember I remember when I lost my mind!

15. It started when, a lad of ten, I told my friends, I'll meetcha at Doctor Blood's, which was a gruesome horror feature.

16. I touch the fire and it freezes me, I look into it and it's black.

17. It takes a lot, to get to the top, and a little just to fall off quick. And I think I've seen you here before.

18. Come one, come all! Leave the roots and milking stools, coop the hens and mules. Come one, come all, close the churches and the schools, it's the day for breaking rules!

19. She likes to sleep with the radio on, so she can dream of her favorite song.

20. With a lust for saving water, man gives daughter up for dead!

Okay, I could go on and on, but there's twenty.
i_id: (Default)
*Does the pirate thing and steals meme from everyone and their brother.*

Name a character and I'll tell you three (or more) facts about them from my own personal pseudo-canon.*
i_id: (Default)
These are story starts that have percolated in my head.   The challenge here is for people to choose one, and write a paragraph off it.  Take it any way you want to.  And then after that, another person can write the next, or choose a different start.  Round-Robin sort of thing.  Fanfiction, original, anything.  All of these began with fandom in mind, but I'd love to see what people do with them.

  1. The war ended silently, in a brick house in Dover.
  2. He never wanted to know her.   That seemed almost blasphemous. 
  3. Two hundred years ago, they decided that I should be born.
  4. When I first met him, he was sitting on a log in a wood, gilded by firelight into a phoenix of a man, blazing with his own death.
i_id: (Fool)
So, here's how it works:

1. Open your library (iTunes, Winamp, Media Player, iPod, etc)
2. Put it on shuffle
3. Press play
4. For every question, type the song that's playing
5. When you go to a new question, press the next button. Don't lie and try to pretend you're cool...

1. Childhood:
“What is this Feeling?" Wicked
(Loathing!  Unadulterated loathing!  I was clearly the popular child.)

2. First Crush:
“You're Crazy" Guns N' Roses
(You don't need my love, all you want you want you want is satisfaction!)

3. Getting your superpowers:
“Intruder" Peter Gabriel
(Well, traumatic events.  Some dude broke into my house with nefarious intent and I laid on the smackdown.)

4. Experimenting with the powers:
“Exhuming McCarthy"  R.E.M.
(.... Wow.)

5. Reactions of family & friends:
“Ode to a Superhero” Weird Al
(Well!  They seem to approve!  But fuck all if I'm running around in my pyjamas.)

6. Decision to be hero:
“Sunday” Tick Tick..... Boom!
(I made the decision listening to fools in a blue silver chromium dinner, on the green-purple-yellow-red stools.  In a small SoHo cafe. On an island in two rivers.  On an ordinary sunday.)

7. Public’s reactions:
“Man in the Box" Alice in Chains
(Whups.  They take that 'No vigilantes' rule seriously 'round these parts.)

8. The Villian:
“Wake Me Up Before You Go” WHAM!
(AAHAHAHAHAHAHA.  Sorry.  This song will forever have V for Vendetta connotations for me. (omg click link watch video so funny) My villain is V!  Noooo, I don't want to fight V!)

9. Sidekick:
“The Mary Ellen Carter” Stan Rogers
(My sidekick is bunch of hard-luck sailors?)

10. Your Superhero costume:
“The Burning Heart” Bruno Lazzaretti, from the ST for Hannibal.
(... Other people's skin.  No, that would be Silence of the Lambs.  This is the scene where Hannibal's seducing the Italian cop's wife at the opera.  Damn, my costume is high-class!)

11. Your Superhero Life:
“King of Birds” R.E.M.
(A thumbnail sketch, a jeweler's stone, a mean idea to call my own.  My life is surreal and dreamlike, and lonely.)

12. Falling in Love:
“The Mountie Song” Arrogant Worms
(Aaahahahahaha.  I fall in love with a Mountie!)

13. Lover Finding out about Super-alias:
“Mad World” Donnie Darko (remix)
(I think I break my Mountie's brain.)

14. The Breakup:
“A Little Dental Music” Little Shop of Horrors, expanded ed.
(... sprfle.  Wow.  He breaks up with me in the office of our sadistic dentist.  The sounds of pain are muted by a thousand living strings.)

15. Captured by the Villian:
“The Toddler Song” Sean Morey
("They call me the toddler.  My goal?  To kill myself!  They call me the toddler, I'm a suicidal elf."  V de-ages me!  Oh noes!)

16. The Villian’s Evil Plan:
“Worms Make Dirt" Aquabats
(V apparently has a childish theme, as this one's sung weirdly.  There is a chipmunk in the center of the earth....)

17. Escape:
“Garbage” Supervixen
(Just like in Star Wars!  But with less wookie and hopefully less crushing.)

18. Final Battle:
“Masochism Tango” Various
("I ache for the touch of your lips, dear, but much more for the touch of your whips, dear."  Wow.  A very sensual fight that totally ends with a lot of blood and two winners.)

19. Last Scene & End Credits:
“Suicide is Painless” M*A*S*H
(Apparently, I didn't win the way I wanted to.)

So...  What are my powers?

Also!  BARBARA.  My Grue now speaks in an awful Russian accent in my head and IT'S YOUR FAULT!
i_id: (Oral)
Request a pup, a fandom, a pairing, anything, and I'll write a one-line fic.  My short fiction teacher will be so proud.  Ask for as many as you want, I have SO MUCH TIME.
i_id: (Default)
1. Pick one of my characters, any one (even if you don't know their name). (And lord knows, I have a lot.)
2. I will tell you the origin of his/her name.
3. I will tell you random facts surrounding his/her creation.
4. I will give you a random fact of his/her backstory.
5. I will give you a random fact of his/her forestory.
6. You may ask me up to ten questions about the character.


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