Strange Brouhaha

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Props (sort of) to homies, part two

Mrs. D. McP. sent along this questionnaire, some sort of Internet chain letter kind of thing. After thinking about it, I'm not really inclined to actually email it--but I am inclined to share my answers. (I've removed some of the questions.) If you feel like adding a response, leave a comment or send me email at strange dot brouhaha at gmail dot com, or whatever other email address I have that you know.


  1. WHAT TIME DID YOU GET UP THIS MORNING? Hmm...I woke up at 7:00 but I didn't get out of bed until 8:00.

  2. DIAMONDS OR PEARLS? I'd rather have the cash, but if I *had* to choose one of those two, I'd take diamonds.

  3. WHAT WAS THE LAST FILM YOU SAW AT THE CINEMA? "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire"

  4. FAVORITE TV SHOW? Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Project Runway 2

  5. WHAT DID YOU HAVE FOR BREAKFAST? Cheerios

  6. FAVORITE CUISINE? Chinese

  7. WHAT FOODS DO YOU DISLIKE? food from a can or a box

  8. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CHIP FLAVOR? Absolute favorite is Pringles Cheez-ums, but in general I like a good Sour Cream & Onion

  9. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CD AT THE MOMENT? Rob B and Thumper: Assorted Singles, John Coltrane Live at Birdland

  10. WHAT KIND OF CAR DO YOU DRIVE? Ford Escort

  11. FAVORITE SANDWICH? My absolute specific favorite is a chicken salad on Honey Wheat with cheddar cheese and tomatoes from the late Urban Market here in Madison, my general favorite sandwich is a roast beef sub with tomatoes, mayo, swiss cheese and jalapenos.

  12. WHAT CHARACTERISTIC DO YOU DESPISE? stupidity and dishonesty

  13. WHAT CHARACTERISTIC DO YOU LOVE MOST? intelligence and kindness

  14. FAVORITE ITEM OF CLOTHING? The extremely comfortable zip-out liner-that-doubles-as-a-sweater from my winter coat.

  15. IF YOU COULD GO ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD ON VACATION, WHERE WOULD YOU GO? This is a really good question; it all depends on who's paying for it! If I'm paying for it, I'd say South Dakota (we went there on our honeymoon and it's unaccountably fascinating). If someone else is paying for it, I'd want to spend a six-month vacation in as remote a place in Ireland as it's possible to get, with a really good guitar, studying music. With no computer.

  16. WHAT COLOR IS YOUR BATHROOM? The upstairs one is predominantly cream with red and blue details, the downstairs one is dark blue and white.

  17. FAVORITE BRAND OF CLOTHING? Whatever fits.

  18. TO WHERE WOULD YOU RETIRE? This is another one that depends on various factors. Madison is nice. Hawaii. England.

  19. WHAT WAS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE BIRTHDAY? I don't do birthdays.

  20. FAVORITE SPORT TO WATCH? Volleyball

  21. ARE YOU A MORNING PERSON OR A NIGHT PERSON? Both, laying in bed for an hour this morning notwithstanding.

  22. WHAT IS YOUR SHOE SIZE? 13

  23. PETS: the late, mostly unlamented Dennis, a red betta.

  24. ANY NEW AND EXCITING NEWS YOU'D LIKE TO SHARE WITH US? We're going to Chicago at the end of March to see the American Ballet Theater.

  25. WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU WERE LITTLE? An astronaut or a secret agent like James Bond

  26. HOW ARE YOU TODAY? Pretty well. It's evening now, and I always perk up around this time. We just shipped our latest product at work, so it was a light day today anyway.

  27. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CANDY? Sesame candy

  28. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FLOWER? Hibiscus, I guess

  29. WHAT DATE ON THE CALENDAR YOU ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO? Sadly enough, I really don't have anything to look forward to. The ballet is more exciting for Savannah and Kulani than it is for me. This Friday is Lani's school music program, so I'll say that.

  30. 35. WHERE IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE EVER BEEN FROM HOME? Depends on the home, but probably New York City.

  31. A SMALL THING YOU REALLY ENJOY? Rewiring my home A/V setup (seriously). Rewiring my office A/V setup (seriously). Looking up at the sky and recognizing constellations. Looking at pictures from Spirit and Opportunity. Fresh mozzarella from the specialty foods store down the block (the owner makes it himself and it's excellent). Sitting in my easy chair and reading in absolute silence.

7 Comments:

  • WHAT WAS THE LAST FILM YOU SAW AT THE CINEMA? The new Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - one of the three times we've gone somewhere without the baby.
    FAVORITE TV SHOW? The Office
    WHAT DID YOU HAVE FOR BREAKFAST? Oatmeal Crisp Almond
    FAVORITE CUISINE? Indian
    WHAT FOODS DO YOU DISLIKE? creamy glop (velveeta, mayo, etc.)
    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CHIP FLAVOR? Kettle
    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CD AT THE MOMENT? "Got This Feeling" - Riddle Of Steel
    FAVORITE SANDWICH? A meatball parm, done well - which you can't get in Minnesota
    IF YOU COULD GO ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD ON VACATION, WHERE WOULD YOU GO? New Zealand
    TO WHERE WOULD YOU RETIRE? Twin Cities. Or Melbourne or Sydney.
    WHAT WAS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE BIRTHDAY? 31. My band at the time had a show.
    FAVORITE SPORT TO WATCH? Pro football
    ARE YOU A MORNING PERSON OR A NIGHT PERSON? Night
    PETS: Bud and Count Chocula, felus domesticus.
    ANY NEW AND EXCITING NEWS YOU'D LIKE TO SHARE WITH US? I'll be overseeing all legal and judging issues at the 42nd Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest in Orlando, FL three weeks from today.
    WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU WERE LITTLE? A forest ranger
    HOW ARE YOU TODAY? Also well.
    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CANDY? Licorice. I don't need to say "black" because technically, that other shit ain't licorice.
    WHAT DATE ON THE CALENDAR YOU ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO? May 6th - family trip to Toronto
    WHERE IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE EVER BEEN FROM HOME? No matter which home, Australia. I couldn't say which exact place was furthest away.
    A SMALL THING YOU REALLY ENJOY? Figuring out computer stuff on my own. Which rarely happens.

    By Anonymous Josh, at 7:46 PM  

  • # WHAT TIME DID YOU GET UP THIS MORNING? Out of bed by 8

    # WHAT WAS THE LAST FILM YOU SAW AT THE CINEMA? I forget, I think the Jodie Foster flick where she loses her kid on the airplane.

    # FAVORITE TV SHOW? CSI Miami

    # WHAT DID YOU HAVE FOR BREAKFAST? Papaya, Raisin Bran Crunch

    # FAVORITE CUISINE? American

    # WHAT FOODS DO YOU DISLIKE? Anything greasy

    # WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CHIP FLAVOR? Sour Cream and Cheddar Cheese or any plain Kettle Chips.

    # WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CD AT THE MOMENT? Marianne McPartland and Dave Brubeck, from her radio show in 1995. The music is good, as well as the banter between them. The best part is when Dave says, "You have beautiful inner voices", as Marian plays a riff.

    # WHAT KIND OF CAR DO YOU DRIVE? Volvo (the last car we will buy)

    # FAVORITE SANDWICH? Several. Tomatoes and mayo on white. Tuna and tomatoes on anything. Roast beef and swiss cheese on a roll.

    # WHAT CHARACTERISTIC DO YOU DESPISE? brashness, any loudmouth

    # WHAT CHARACTERISTIC DO YOU LOVE MOST? humility

    # FAVORITE ITEM OF CLOTHING? Any old t-shirt

    # IF YOU COULD GO ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD ON VACATION, WHERE WOULD YOU GO? I saw Crete on the Travel Channel, looks neat. Not Japan or China.

    # TO WHERE WOULD YOU RETIRE? I am, Hawaii.

    # WHAT WAS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE BIRTHDAY? The last one, it's the only one I can remember.

    # FAVORITE SPORT TO WATCH? Curling. No, I guess college football on tv, or pro ice hockey live.

    # ARE YOU A MORNING PERSON OR A NIGHT PERSON? Neither

    # WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU WERE LITTLE? A truck driver or a cowboy.

    # HOW ARE YOU TODAY? Great.

    # WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CANDY? I don't do candy.

    # WHAT DATE ON THE CALENDAR YOU ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO? Trip to Madison in May (I hope), and cruise to Alaska in August, and new grandchild to be born in August.

    # A SMALL THING YOU REALLY ENJOY? A quiet breakfast while reading the morning paper. Being with my grandchildren.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:54 PM  

  • dpb: Robert? Savannah? Are you expecting?

    WHAT WAS THE LAST FILM YOU SAW AT THE CINEMA? Brokeback Mountain
    FAVORITE TV SHOW? Sports
    WHAT DID YOU HAVE FOR BREAKFAST? Omlette
    FAVORITE CUISINE? Thai/Laotian
    WHAT FOODS DO YOU DISLIKE? bland
    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CHIP FLAVOR? Sea Salt and Vinegar
    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CD AT THE MOMENT? Tone Poets-Various artists playing the same F5 Mandolin and 0M-45.
    FAVORITE SANDWICH? Brie on bagette with mayo, mustard, lettuce, tomato
    IF YOU COULD GO ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD ON VACATION, WHERE WOULD YOU GO? New Zealand
    TO WHERE WOULD YOU RETIRE? Anywhere with Mountains
    WHAT WAS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE BIRTHDAY? 40. Why? because it was just last week.
    FAVORITE SPORT TO WATCH? Pro Squash
    ARE YOU A MORNING PERSON OR A NIGHT PERSON? Morning
    PETS: Sushi and Polenta, DSH cats
    ANY NEW AND EXCITING NEWS YOU'D LIKE TO SHARE WITH US? Nearly finished with my book on the Treo SmartPhone.
    WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU WERE LITTLE? Fire Fighter, though we called them FireMen at the time.
    HOW ARE YOU TODAY? A little creaky, but moving
    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CANDY? Those little hot cinnomon discs
    WHAT DATE ON THE CALENDAR YOU ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO? March 22-Going to D.C. to visit my wife
    WHERE IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE EVER BEEN FROM HOME? Airolo, Switzerland
    A SMALL THING YOU REALLY ENJOY? Making music

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:25 AM  

  • (Matt)

    WHAT TIME DID YOU GET UP THIS MORNING? I've basically been up since 2:30, although I snoozed a little between 5:00-6:00. The wife started having contractions last night, but she sent me off to work -- like I can concentrate on work right now...

    DIAMONDS OR PEARLS? Diamonds are forever

    WHAT WAS THE LAST FILM YOU SAW AT THE CINEMA? "King King"

    FAVORITE TV SHOW? LOST

    WHAT DID YOU HAVE FOR BREAKFAST? large Kona Extreme Blend coffee

    FAVORITE CUISINE? Italian

    WHAT FOODS DO YOU DISLIKE? canned meat

    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CHIP FLAVOR? I'm really eating too many T.G.I. Friday's Mozzarella snack sticks this year.

    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CD AT THE MOMENT? What's a CD? I've been listening to a lot of 80's stuff since I got my MP3 player.

    WHAT KIND OF CAR DO YOU DRIVE? Toyota Tacoma

    FAVORITE SANDWICH? A reuben made the right way with really thin sliced corned beef and dark rye. Whoever thought up 'marbeled' rye should be shot.

    WHAT CHARACTERISTIC DO YOU DESPISE? stupidity and hypocracy

    WHAT CHARACTERISTIC DO YOU LOVE MOST? intelligence and humility

    FAVORITE ITEM OF CLOTHING? sweats

    IF YOU COULD GO ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD ON VACATION, WHERE WOULD YOU GO? Ever since seeing Lord of the Rings 3 years ago, I've wanted to visit New Zealand.

    WHAT COLOR IS YOUR BATHROOM? cream

    FAVORITE BRAND OF CLOTHING? Sonoma (Kohl's)

    TO WHERE WOULD YOU RETIRE? I would like to build a cabin by the pond on my parent's land in Sauk county.

    WHAT WAS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE BIRTHDAY? 18

    FAVORITE SPORT TO WATCH? por football

    ARE YOU A MORNING PERSON OR A NIGHT PERSON? evening

    WHAT IS YOUR SHOE SIZE? 10 1/2

    PETS: Jasper (cat)

    ANY NEW AND EXCITING NEWS YOU'D LIKE TO SHARE WITH US? see answer to question #1

    WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU WERE LITTLE? an astronaut or palentologist

    HOW ARE YOU TODAY? sleepy but happy

    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CANDY? dark chocolate

    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FLOWER? Marygolds

    WHAT DATE ON THE CALENDAR YOU ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO? March 10th (the official due date)

    WHERE IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE EVER BEEN FROM HOME? France

    A SMALL THING YOU REALLY ENJOY? Watching movies in my home theather (especially when I have the house to myself and I can really crank up the bass).

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:46 AM  

  • dpb--We're not the ones expecting. My sister-in-law and her husband are.

    WHAT TIME DID YOU GET UP THIS MORNING? Six.
    DIAMONDS OR PEARLS? Pearls are luminous and have depth. Diamonds are cold. Give me pearls!
    WHAT WAS THE LAST FILM YOU SAW AT THE CINEMA? "Casanova," which was hideously underrated. Everyone should get it on DVD.
    FAVORITE TV SHOW? Project Runway 2
    WHAT DID YOU HAVE FOR BREAKFAST? An English muffin
    FAVORITE CUISINE? Italian
    WHAT FOODS DO YOU DISLIKE? A lot. I'm picky.
    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CHIP FLAVOR? Regular.
    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CD AT THE MOMENT? The old classic Pyromania, and Closer by Josh Groban.
    WHAT KIND OF CAR DO YOU DRIVE? Ford Escort.
    FAVORITE SANDWICH? The roast beef asiago from Panera.
    WHAT CHARACTERISTIC DO YOU DESPISE? Malice.
    WHAT CHARACTERISTIC DO YOU LOVE MOST? Just like Rob, intelligence and kindness.
    FAVORITE ITEM OF CLOTHING? My old sweatpants.
    IF YOU COULD GO ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD ON VACATION, WHERE WOULD YOU GO? I don't think I actually want to go anywhere. I'm in a very hermetic place right now. If I had a vacation, I'd spend it getting work done.
    WHAT COLOR IS YOUR BATHROOM? The upstairs one is predominantly cream with red and blue details, the downstairs one is dark blue and white.
    FAVORITE BRAND OF CLOTHING? Isaac Mizrahi, who is a god to me. Sorry, Flying Spaghetti Monster. I have thrown you over for Isaac Mizrahi.
    TO WHERE WOULD YOU RETIRE? Right here where I live.
    WHAT WAS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE BIRTHDAY? I think there was one where Rob had to be away, so I made myself a chocolate cake and some braised short ribs.
    FAVORITE SPORT TO WATCH? Figure skating.
    ARE YOU A MORNING PERSON OR A NIGHT PERSON? Morning.
    WHAT IS YOUR SHOE SIZE? Seven and a half.
    PETS: Nope.
    ANY NEW AND EXCITING NEWS YOU'D LIKE TO SHARE WITH US? We're going to Chicago at the end of March to see the American Ballet Theater.
    WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU WERE LITTLE? A nurse.
    HOW ARE YOU TODAY? Stressed.
    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CANDY? Chocolate-covered caramels from See's.
    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FLOWER? Queen Anne's lace.
    WHAT DATE ON THE CALENDAR YOU ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO? Many in small ways, but none overwhelmingly.
    35. WHERE IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE EVER BEEN FROM HOME? Hawaii's probably the farthest I've ever been from any of my homes.
    A SMALL THING YOU REALLY ENJOY? Perfume. My favorite is Bulgari White Tea.

    By Blogger Savannah, at 10:07 AM  

  • Oh and Josh--thanks for letting us know that you will be The Man for the Pillsbury contest! I want a full report.

    By Blogger Savannah, at 10:49 AM  

  • Certainly. Maybe I'll have to start my own blog.

    After that, I'll start planning the Strange Brouhaha trip to New Zealand. I'll spare you the complicated and uninteresting story, but Penny and I have a bunch of frequent flyer miles on Qantas already...

    By Anonymous Josh, at 11:06 PM  

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