As a portion of my introduction I'd like to allow the internet to ask 50 questions, to which I will respond. I picked up a set of questions that weren't too deep but should help give a little more depth behind this guy and his keyboard. You can find the questions here so that you can see I didn't alter them. I think it's just a bit more genuine this way.
Lets get this rolling.
1. What was your favorite food when you were a child?
I was a lot more picky as a child when it came to food. I ate a ton of chicken soft tacos from Taco Bell with guacamole to dip them in. Pretty much any fast food was a huge success for me (and still is). My mother didn't (and still doesn't) cook well, so eating out was always preferred.
2. What’s the #1 most played song on your iPod?
The last song I played on a device that isn't an iPod was "Slow Hole to China" - Clutch.
3. What is one of your favorite quotes?
I'm not one for direct quotes any more. I enjoy the occasional movie or TV quote, but I feel like in our culture today it's entirely overdone. I would pull a quote from life, my own personal experience. Unfortunately this wouldn't allow you to get any kind of sense of similarity between us since it's something independent of my existence. I have this friend whom I would always give advice with to our third friend. Our tertiary friend would always butcher the advice then blame us for giving him poor advice. This is when, without fail, he would always say "I should have listened to you guys", while asking for more advice. It seems insignificant now but then it almost seemed comedic. It always stuck with me.
4. What’s your favorite indoor/outdoor activity?
Videogames - indoor / Wishing I was indoors - outdoors. Really though, I play games for more time then I probably should each day, while watching movies or shows at the same time. I just absorb as much media as I possibly can all at once. Have to multitask. As for outdoors, I don't really like being in the heat, and I hate bugs buzzing around me, and pretty much anything else I can't control with modern technology like temperature. I like nature well enough, and appreciate a nice landscape, but I'm a sucker for modern conveniences.
5. What chore do you absolutely hate doing?
The Dishes. Fffffffffffffffffffffffffuck the dishes. I don't think it'd be too bad if the place I live had a dish washer... because you know, modern convenience...But it doesn't, so dishes suck.
6. What is your favorite form of exercise?
7. What is your favorite time of day/day of the week/month of the year?
Evening time or early morning. Whenever there aren't many people on the road or bustling around. Any time during the Fall is my preferred time of the year - Cold but not too cold, lots of colors in the environments, and pollen and allergies are on the way out - not in. Plus Halloween? Yeah, definitely around then.
8. What’s your least favorite mode of transportation?
Least favorite would probably be running. I hate running. Does that count? As far as getting long distances, I'd have to say maybe airplanes are bad now. I always seems to get stuck by a crying baby, or the arm-hung-over-your-section guy, or someone who has headphones on watching a movie that inevitably is the most hilarious thing in the world and just keeps cackling uncontrollably. I remember planes being larger as a child and I don't just mean that because I was but a wee-lad, but because it seems like everything has been compacted so much closer together so the airlines can jam more sacks of meat into their seats.
9. What is your favorite body part?
Mouth. How could I spit hot fire without it?
10. What sound do you love?
11. If you could throw any kind of party, what would it be like and what would it be for?
I don't really party any more, but if I was to it'd be some kind of low key get together. Doesn't matter the occasion really. I don't like being crowded so it's not really my thing.
12. If you could paint a picture of any scenery you've seen before, what would you paint?
The ruins of Castle Blarney and the surrounding green rolling hills in Ireland. It was gorgeous there.
13. If you could choose to stay a certain age forever, what age would it be?
Having not experienced all ages yet it's hard to say. I hear 30's are supposed to be the best years of your life? Almost, but not quite there yet. I'm still a poor twenty-something.
14. If you knew the world was ending in 2012, what would you do differently?
I'd laugh...because we're still here. There's always some kind of "end of the world" scare happening these days. People need to calm down with all that noise. If it happens, it happens. Why worry about the inevitable?
15. If you could choose anyone, who would you pick as your mentor?
Dave Grohl maybe? Not particularly a huge fan of his music per-se but I think he'd be a great person to learn how to be a person from.
16. If you could witness any event past, present or future, what would it be?
I'd like to see when the world is gonna end so I could tell everyone from question 14 that they're wasting their time worrying about the end of the world up until that point. Then I could be considered the crazy cook for launching a prediction for the end of the world however long down the road with simply "I traveled to the future and saw it for myself" as a frame of reference.
17. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
I would like to learn how to self motivate better. I feel like I could accomplish a whole lot more if I had more drive to do so.
18. If you had to work on only one project for the next year, what would it be?
The online game community called Game Recluse! Project in progress - more info on that will follow as it develops.
19. If you were immortal for a day, what would you do?
All the dangerous shit I wouldn't be able to do otherwise. I'd skydive out of a plane out in the middle of the ocean (with a GPS tracker of some sort so people could find me), then use the momentum from my free-fall without a parachute to plunge to the bottom of the ocean. Where I would then proceed to explore the bottom of the deepest point - granted I could wink there and swim back up in a day. I would also like to try my hand at some world records for longest motorcycle jump, or most helicopters jumped in a car, or whatever kind of indestructible stuff I could get into. I'd want it all filmed. Definitely.
20. If you had to change your first name, what would you change it to?
Maybe something Russian like Vladimir? They have cool names.
21. If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet?
First pick Jesus - Confirming of denying his existence once and for all. I think I could solve some of life's great mysteries with that pick. Secondarily maybe i'd take a swing at Nikolai Tesla granted I had a translator.
22. If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?
Tell my retail bosses to go eat a big fat hairy dick and quit on the spot.
23. If you were reincarnated as an animal/drink/ice cream flavor, what would it be?
Animal would be house cat. You see how cute they are? Talk about some easy livin...shiiiiit.
Drink? Uh... Something alcoholic I suppose. An old vintage whiskey, or classy desert wine.
Ice cream flavor? Rocky Road - because ain't no road to the end of the line is smooth.
24. If you could know the answer to any question, besides “What is the meaning of life?”, what would it be?
How do I change humanity for the better in order to accomplish worldly togetherness? Or, how do I become successful to the point of being filthy, stinking rich? Kind of polar points as far as questions are concerned, but it's not about that. I could use both of those answers to do some real good.
25. If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose?
Doctor Doom. Sure he may be disfigured.. but he runs his own country, has an army of well armed robots, is a multibillionaire, and later gained mystical powers. Sure he doesn't beat the Fantastic Four, or at least not permanently, but Doom has the whole villain package on lock down. If I took over his story I'd give up being a villain and just run out the rest of my years doing my own thing.
26. Which celebrity do you get mistaken for?
Mistaken for, nobody. I've said similar to the likes of Jack Black... I haven't figured out if it's a compliment or an insult yet, but it's happened a couple of times now. I guess there are worse people to be compared to, right? Build a career on dick and fart jokes then ride it to the top!
27. What do you want to be when you grow up?
Content and Successful.
28. When you have 30 minutes of free-time, how do you pass the time?
Depends on where I am. 30 mins of free time - Videogames. Maybe a quick nap if I need one.
29. What would you name the autobiography of your life?
My Name: Journey of the Mundane
30. What songs are included on the soundtrack to your life?
With a Little Help From My Friends- The Beatles.
Nugget - Cake
Papa's Got a Brand New Bag - James Brown
Crystal Skull - Mastodon
Just - Streetlight Manifesto (Ska cover of a Radiohead song)
Full Speed Ahead - Pain
Antipop - Primus
B.O.B - Outkast
Bang for the Buck - Ugly Duckling
Strange Ways - Madvillain
Nickel Dime - Clutch
I could go on and on and on...You want me to just list my whole music library? How do you even gauge what songs to play and when? This question is a bit to non-specific to answer wholeheartedly I think.
31. Have you ever had something happen to you that you thought was bad but it turned out to be for the best?
Not that I can think off offhand. There wasn't any instances where it was like "Don't hang out with that Johnny kid, he's a bad egg", to find out that little Johnny became some kinda criminal later and got into a bunch of trouble or whatever. I was an easy kid who didn't get into trouble. Boring, eh?
32. What was one of the best parties you've ever been to?
I don't really do parties.
33. What was the last movie, TV show or book that made you cry or tear up?
Wall-E - Heartfelt warm and fuzzies causing tears: Check
34. What’s the hardest thing you've ever done?
Giving shits is something I'm forced to do daily which I consider difficult. I finished watching the show Dexter... which became painful to do after season 1. It took all of the mental fortitude I could muster to sit through that flaming doo-doo pile of a finale too. Though I admit John Lithgow's season was badass, it wasn't enough saving grace to save the show. First world problems, right?
35. What was the last experience that made you a stronger person?
Moving out of a really piss poor situation really helped jump start me on a new path. I was essentially living at a drug house. My roommate sold weed and did a lot of drugs, so we always had potheads knockin on the door and interrupting whatever was going on. The life I was living there was very far from the life i'm living now (which is great I might add). I'm not knocking people who take drugs, not in the least. I am however knocking people who push their addiction's needs into other's paths and make it a problem for those around them. Sometimes you just have to remove yourself from bad situations in order to grow. The whole circle of people tied to that place and anyone associated with them is entirely removed from my life now. I make it sound like I was a crack addict or something.. which it totally wasn't like. It was just real depressing surrounded by the drug lifestyle and the situation that follows it around.
36. What did you do growing up that got you into trouble?
Talked back to authority figures talking down to me. I don't enjoy that and i'm the first person let a quick tongue loose when I feel i'm being talked down to. Sometimes i'll go overly passive aggressive as well, but usually talking shit is my primary defense.
37. When was the last time you had an amazing meal?
Earlier today - Blazin Chicken Sandwich from Jack N Da Box. Ghost Pepper sauce anyone? Yeah, too good.
38. What’s the best/worst gift you’ve ever given/received?
The best gift i'd ever given was probably to some of my siblings upon returning from a trip to Japan. I had gotten these really simple masks of Oni and a Kitsune which I gave to my eldest brother and sister. The best gift I'd say was in that same vein, which was an airline ticket from my Grandpa Jim which allowed me to stay 3 months with my bio-Dad. We hadn't spoken in a long long time, and it allowed me to reconnect with that side of my family in a place entirely unlike anywhere else i'd been in my travels. To say that trip was amazing doesn't do it any justice. I was able to put some inner demons to rest and regain a relationship with family that had been lost to me. It was a beautiful experience and the best gift i'd ever received.
39. What do you miss most about being a kid?
The lack of responsibility. Kids, if you're reading this, enjoy it while you can. When the bills come it's all over and you become a slave to the wage.
40. What is your first memory of being really excited?
Sega Genesis bundle at Christmas time. The young me just couldn't wait to strap in and game for days on end. I had a neighbor with a Genesis and he turned me to jelly every time he'd invite me over to play it. I couldn't wait to have a console of my own.
41. What was the first thing you bought with your own money?
I don't remember the "first" thing. The first thing I bought for a significant amount of money which I really appreciated however, was my first custom computer. I spent too much time researching and cross referencing pieces and parts to get exactly what I wanted. Drove home with a trunk full of pieces, unloaded, and settled in for a very slow and meticulous first build. I entirely too worried about botching something, or scratching something, or letting static from my hands fry something, or really anything that I thought could go wrong at the time. A couple hours later it fired up first try, flawlessly. I spent another couple hours updating everything and getting the essentials loaded up. Then it was an endless night of gaming on Star Wars Galaxies.
42. When was the last time you were nervous?
I was checking the anchor points for our fly system's rigging in the theatre that I work for a couple weeks back. It requires taking a 50ft lift which bobs and wobbles and shakes every moment of escalation, idle time, and deescalation. I'm not scared of heights and I didn't fear for my life, but I will admit it was a bit unsettling.
43. What is something you learned in the last week?
I learned about this website player.me not but a week ago. Helps consolidate some of the streaming and game related content i'm looking to put out there into one area. I also learned how to manage network connectivity between websites and linking up. Seems kind of trivial, but I didn't really dick around with social media up until this point so it was just something new, albeit nothing too fancy.
44. What story does your family always tell about you?
Depends on the side of my family. I when I get to see the different facets of family it's only usually just us hanging out so we regale about times of old. Usually I would guess if someone was walking to me I wouldn't be around, so they would be trying to paint a picture of who I am with a story - much like I'm doing for you right now. From my Mother's side, she's probably talk about how I was in the video game industry being successful or whatever. My Stepfather would probably talk about something related to living overseas or traveling. My bioDad would probably explain that we'd been out of touch for a while and the aforementioned re connection story from question 38. No real common story between them that I know of, so it's hard to say.
45. At what age did you become an adult?
Fifteen Years Old. I always thought myself to be more mature then people my age, but then again who doesn't think that these days? I could say I had the humor of an immature prick, but the responsibilities of an adult at 15. I had a full time job, was paying rent, and lived with roommates at the end of my 15th year on this Earth.
46. Is a picture worth a thousand words? Elaborate.
Depends on the picture. If the picture is a duck face there is only one word needed to describe it - Stupid. If there is some kind of elaborate scene, or some kind of deep artistic introspection going on, or some kind of raw emotion being portrayed I guess you could argue it's worth a thousand words. That would be cliche and I'm not artistic enough. There are only 3 words that need to describe pictures here on the internet, and they are as follows : Too Many Selfies
47. Where’s Waldo?
Stuck in the 90's.
48. The best part of waking up is?
Coffee. I know it's not exclusive to waking up, but it definitely makes it more tolerable. I tend to also enjoy a nice morning snuggle and/or luxuriate in bed.
49. How now brown cow?
In the context of "What to do now" I suppose I'll double check these questions for issues, and then post. (Kinda redundant if it's posted now and being read by you - or me in the check through).
Seriously... That's the 50th question? I was just asked what's next, and now i'm being asked what's up? Nothing has changed in the 1.5 minutes it's taken to get to where I am now from where I was then. I guess what's up now is that i'm going to go get myself a drink and then post this questionnaire to the internet. The redundancy amazes me though. Really quite baffling.