During my A-to-Z Challenge recap on Monday, I allowed for the opportunity to ask questions. There were some really good ones, and here come the answers.
Pickleope was the first to rise to the occasion, and did so with two questions.
1. "If you could have a working lightsaber, would you keep it in your house? (You being a father, it's kind of like having a loaded gun in a drawer.)"
If I had one, I'd want some sort of biometric fail safe on it, so that it would only work in my hands. Possibly some other kind of fail safe similar to the one Blade had on his sword. As for keeping it in the house, it would be on my person at all times, but if kids are around, it gets up high and hidden just in case.2. "If you could choose between a one story three bedroom house with an average sized yard or a TARDIS house with no yard but massive acreage inside, which would you go for?"
Have I taught you nothing? The TARDIS wins hands down. Several reasons including indoor pool room, massive amounts of storage so I'm assuming one of those rooms is a library, plenty of room for all sorts of imaginable things, and with the TARDIS, the world is your backyard—plural worlds really, so plenty of room and options to stop for a play in the park, or a play in a park in Versailles, or freeing the human race from the robot overlords of Chiron Beta Prime. Considering it's a time machine, you could do all that and still make it to work on time.Scope always asks the greatest questions.
1. "Do you follow the sports teams of your youth, or the ones in your new city?"
GO CUBS! They are, and will always be, the only team I follow religiously. I've never been a big fan of football, but I do like the Bears because they are who I grew up watching. In general, I'm not a sports nut, but I like hockey no matter who is playing, tennis, and soccer. No specific teams or players, though.2. "If it were allowed, would you telecommute 1 day a week? 2 days? 5 days? Or do you need the human interaction?"
If offered any of those options, I would take them. I do not require the face-to-face, in-the-same-building human interaction to function. To be honest, I get more done for work when I stay home sick or with a sick child because even while taking care of myself of the sick one in the house, there are infinitely less interruptions.3. "If it saved you 10% on every purchase, would you make every purchase (even vending machines) with a credit card that posted details of all your purchase to the internet? 25%? 50%?"
I don't know where you come up with these, but this is great. Maybe not 10%, but I would do it for 25%. Nothing scandalous or embarrassing to be purchased, so I wouldn't be worried about it at all.4. "On your walk around the neighborhood, you see a pinata hanging from a tree in the parkway. Upon a closer look, it's the spitting image of Paris Hilton. Nobody's looking, do you give it a whack!"
Miss Vic wanted to know what the folders were. At the time, I said there were 12. Since then, one of the folders was removed.
Don't ask what folder you're in. I won't tell you.
Daydreamer asked a music question that I can honestly say I've never been asked before.
"What decade of music since the '50s would be your preferred listening choice?"
You know, it's a lot tougher question to answer than I first thought. I'm not a going to concerts kind of person. I enjoy music by myself, and not in a huge concert venue or bar. That said, I've been to a few, just not in the last several years. What I thought I would do is go through each decade since and highlight a few of my favorites.
1950's : Ray Charles with "I Got a Woman," Chuck Berry with "Johnny B. Goode," and Johnny Cash with "Walk the Line." Round it out with some Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Holly, Big Bopper, Ritchie Valens, Drifters, and Billy Haley & His Comets.
1960's : Temptations with "Ain't Too Proud to Beg," Otis Redding with "Sitting on the Dock of the Bay," and Sam Cooke with "A Change is Gonna Come." Add some Creedence, Percy Sledge, Steppenwolf, and keep Ray Charles around.
1970's : Bog Seger with "Night Moves," Temptations make another appearance with "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone," Elton John with "Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters," Billy Joel with "Piano Man," Blue Oyster Cult with "(Don't Fear) The Reaper," and Aerosmith with "Dream On." What decade would be complete without some Sex Pistols, The Knack, The Clash, and The Police?
1980's : Guns 'N Roses with "Sweet Child of Mine," Huey Lewis & The News with "The Power of Love," Queen, Starship, Poison, Twisted Sister, Foreigner, Bon Jovi, Styx, David Lee Roth, Whitesnake, Journey, Asia, REO, the Elton John catalog...I could go on and on...
1990's : Radiohead with "Paranoid Android," Warren G (feat. Nate Dogg) with "Regulate," The Verve with "Bittersweet Symphony," The Verve Pipe with "Freshman," Dave Matthews Band with "Crash Into Me," Beastie Boys with "Sabotage," Counting Crows with the entire "August and Everything After" album. Let us also not forget Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Cranberries, Alanis Morissette, Third Eye Blind, Barenaked Ladies, and the Goo Goo Dolls. Too many more to name!
2000's : Counting Crows cover of "Big Yellow Taxi," The Killers with "Mr. Brightside," RHCP with "Snow," and Weird Al with my theme song "White and Nerdy."
My taste is whatever I think is good. That said, I'm sure you can tell from the lists that the 70's, 80's, and 90's really get me. The 60's, too, for that matter. Not so much the 00's, though. Cutting off at the 50's was a good idea, but it left out my all-time favorite song "I Don't Want to Set the World on Fire" by The Ink Spots from 1941, as well as similar sounds from the 1930's and 1940's.
Last Word: This will be the last one of these I do for a while. I didn't intended to do two so close together, but I thought it would be nice for the new followers from the A-to-Z. If a question comes up that you would like me to answer, feel free to submit it in a comment or email it to me, and we'll see what I can do.
Have great weekends, all.
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