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Old 08-10-2006, 11:03 PM   #21
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1. What creation or accomplishment makes you proud of mankind, womankind, humankind, animalkind? (Note: has to have been in your lifetime, doesn't have to be earthshattering, but made you stop and take notice.)

Definitely the evolution of the PC and internet. DNA/genetic sequencing.

2. Favorite Grimms fairy tale (or other dark children's story)

Cinderella

3. What quality associated with the opposite sex do you most envy? Or what freedom?

Wash-and-go hair.

4. What singers do you think have the most compelling or haunting voices and what effect do they have on you? (As always, Bono excluded)

Eddie Vedder, Peter Gabriel, David Bowie, Freddie Mercury, Robert Plant, John Lennon, Roy Orbison, Elvis

5. What dream(s) do you regret not having pursued?

I could have gone to a US university on a tennis scholarship.

6. What about you would surprise everyone on this forum?

It would surprise me if anyone knows me well enough to be surprised by anything I might reveal. Except maybe the previous answer for people here I know fairly well in person (who don't come to FYM really).

7. On a whole, do you practice what you preach in your day to day life? What do you preach (in a nontheological sense)?

I don't think I will ever live up to my own expectations. But for the most part yes, I walk the talk.

8. What truism did you once believe, but no longer do?

For a long time I stopped believing "good things come to those who wait". I've changed my mind again on that though - it's true after all.

9. What's your pet(s)' name(s) and what was your absolute favorite pet?

Jake (yes, I know, the John Smith of dog names lol). Can't pick a favourite, I've loved all my cats and dogs...it's like asking a parent to pick a favourite child.

10. Do you cry easily?

Long distance telephone commercials in the Christmas season get me every time. I cried watching a rerun of Grey's Anaotomy earlier.

11. Do you find you are more intrigued by an artist's work if you are intrigued by the artist?

Very much so. The more I am intrigued by an artist the more I want to understand what their art tells me about them.

12. Are you a collector? If so, what do you collect?

Not at all. I only keep things that have sentimental value so there's no one type of thing or category for my stuff that fits being called a collection.[/QUOTE]
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3. What quality associated with the opposite sex do you
most envy? Or what freedom?

Seriously, peeing standing up.
yeah but who wants to walk around with those things

I think my answer to 1 would be all accomplishments of women in my lifetime, because they inspire me and make me feel better about myself as a woman.

I can't think of anything I care to say that anyone would be surprised about, I just wonder and speculate about what impression people here have of me, and don't think it's probably much of one at all. So that alone makes it tough to answer that one.Who knows, and I probably really don't want to know In general the "humanness" and fun, more personally interactive side of FYM doesn't really exist anymore.

7. I "preach" humility, kindness/basic human decency, empathy and compassion. I do my best to practice all of those, of course I'm only human and I fail often.
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1. What creation or accomplishment makes you proud of mankind, womankind, humankind, animalkind? (Note: has to have been in your lifetime, doesn't have to be earthshattering, but made you stop and take notice.)
Hmm. I think the fall of the Berlin Wall comes to mind.

2. Favorite Grimms fairy tale (or other dark children's story)
The original story of the Little Mermaid. I remember being quite traumatized by her being turned into sea foam at the end.

3. What quality associated with the opposite sex do you most envy? Or what freedom?
In general, I’m quite happy to be a woman. But as Angela pointed out, I really do envy men their ability to pee anywhere. I'm not kidding! After so much traveling in rough conditions (Indonesia and Africa) where toilets do not exist and you might get 2 minutes of time before the bus leaves and all the privacy you are afforded are some grass and scrubby trees, you really do envy the men turning their backs, getting the job done in a few seconds and then climbing back on the damn bus.

4. What singers do you think have the most compelling or haunting voices and what effect do they have on you? (As always, Bono excluded)
Jonsi from Sigur Ros, Jeff Buckley, Salif Keita, Rokia Traore, and Luciano Pavarotti when he sings Nessun Dorma. I get chills down my spine and am sometimes moved to tears even if I don’t fully understand what is being sung (most of those singers do their work in other languages).

5. What dream(s) do you regret not having pursued?
Becoming a concert pianist. I can truthfully say that I have (or had) a lot of natural talent but due to many circumstances (being raised in Indonesia with no access to teachers and real pianos and my stubbornness to listen to my mom’s direction when she did try to teach me what she knew) I never pursued it. I always took my ability for granted and didn’t take the time nor the patience to be trained and now I regret it. I always wonder what might have been if I had.

6. What about you would surprise everyone on this forum?
I voted for Bush in the 2000 elections.

In my defense I had not yet reached that point in my life where I started questioning the assumptions that had been fed to me as “truth” all my life. Thankfully, it wasn’t long afterwards when some painful circumstances in my personal life forced me to take a hard look at reality and start thinking for myself. I’m much happier today and feel like the cognitive dissonance I lived with for so long (professing a belief in a Jesus who championed the poor and defenseless but espousing political ideas that had everything to do with exploitation and marginalization of those very people) has been resolved.

7. On a whole, do you practice what you preach in your day to day life? What do you preach (in a nontheological sense)?
I like to think that I do, but I’m quite sure that I fail in my respects. I want to be open to the “other”, to respect all people and their beliefs, to reject violence in all forms and to protect the environment. In reality I struggle to respect those who hold views that I find narrow-minded, I have a temper, and I am sometimes too lazy to bring my trash to the recycling center. But as we say in Bambara “Dooni, dooni ji be don ko la” (Little by little the water gets into the river).

8. What truism did you once believe, but no longer do?
“God has a plan for your life.”

The concept of a God who knows and predestines all things was a MAJOR stumbling block for me because such a being would be responsible for evil. I studied a lot of theological texts which led me to the conclusion that although God knows all that can be known at any given time, he/she has given humans and nature (animals, the environment, etc.) the ability to make choices, and those free choices, by definition, cannot be definitively known. I believe in a God that knows all the possibilities but interacts with us in a true relationship.

9. What's your pet(s)' name(s) and what was your absolute favorite pet?
I don’t have any pets at the moment. We had many cats when I was growing up and my favorite was a mellow, chilled out cuddler named Tuffy II.

10. Do you cry easily?
Yes actually. I hate it because my mind can be completely logical but my emotions will force me to tears at the most inopportune moments. Ugh!

11. Do you find you are more intrigued by an artist's work if you are intrigued by the artist?
Definitely. In fact it was learning more about the members of U2 that made their music come alive to me and become even more fascinating.

12. Are you a collector? If so, what do you collect?
No not really. I used to collect U2 memorabilia, but since I travel so much and uproot my life so frequently, I’ve found that collecting is not practical. I don’t have the room in my suitcase, and I don’t have the money for storage space.
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1. Accomplishment:

Moon landing, space travel.
Afleet Alex stumbling then winning the Preakness.

2. Grimms: Rumpelstiltskin

3. Opposite sex: freedom to walk around with a sense of more
physical safety than I can.

4. Singers: Neil Young, Stephen Stills, Eddie Vedder, young
Denny Doherty, Sinead O'Connor, Chris Isaak, Stevie
Ray Vaughan.

I am either drawn to voices with simple beauty and
heartbreaking clarity or I'm drawn to unusual voices,
raw or vulnerable (or both). Voices that can take me to
another place or can get behind whatever wall I've built.
(And I like guitars that remind me of voices--Stevie Ray
Vaughan and Santana)

5. I don't know if it's a specific dream I regret. I would have
pursued a more bohemian lifestyle.

6. Surprise: I write pretty good, pretty graphic erotica (for
my eyes only )

7. I don't preach too much (I used to, lol) but I've set my
own ethical code and I try to follow that as closely as I
can--I try to be honest with myself whether it is comfortable
or not, I try to step in when I see somebody weaker being
bullied. I'm not always kind but I am almost always fair.
I monitor my own hypocrisies. I try to listen and look at the
other person's point of view. I will fight dirty when I think I
have to, but I try to limit those occasions.

8. Truism I no longer believe: Things happen for a reason.

9. My cat's name is Clare. She was abandoned as a tiny kitten
and we had to bottlefeed her for her to survive. The family
has a German Shepherd (Shadow) and a shih-tzu (Hugs).
I've loved all my pets, but my favorite was an orange Tom
named Arthur (who used to suck on my ear until he got
embarassed by it). Arthur was an absolute juvenile
delinquent. He and I would be arriving at home at 4 am
together. He was a great mouser, rabbiter, squirreler, birder
and other animals I don't want to think abouter. Never
bonded with an animal like that in my life. He was hit by a
car before he was two the day after Christmas (we did spend
all day Christmas playing together). Broke my heart. I haven't
been able to give that much of my heart to an animal since,
but I've gotten close.

10. I can cry when I'm drawn into a story or a piece of music.
Something outside of my real life. Eight Below was brutal.
In real life, I don't cry very often, whatever the circumstance.
I don't show much emotion.

11. I am definitely more intrigued by an artist's work if I am
intrigued by the artist. Almost a necessity for me.

12. I'm a serial collector. Collect, then get rid of the collection.
I can be ruthless when I lose interest. Then a few years later,
I am scrambling to recreate the collection, lol. But it's good
for the soul to toss things out now and again. The things
I've stayed collecting over the years are 1986 Mets team
autographs, Neil Young stuff, Henry VIII stuff, books on
late sixties, early seventies pop culture, Philip Roth books
and currently stuff on thoroughbreds. Most of the things I
collect or own have emotional importance to me. The rest
of my belongings I'm pretty indifferent to.
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Old 08-12-2006, 07:11 AM   #25
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6. What about you would surprise everyone on this forum?

I have no hands, it doesn't actually have to be true does it?
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lol, no it doesn't have to be true.

I take great delight in reading everyone's answers.
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3. Opposite sex: freedom to walk around with a sense of more
physical safety than I can.
Yes indeed, so true. When I went for my nightly walk last night this car was stopped on the street across from me then drove past me and it sort of freaked me out. A guy just doesn't have to react to that the way a woman does.

You told all of FYM about the erotica
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I couldn't actually ask everybody to come clean if I didn't. I thought long and hard about it, lol. (Perhaps that wasn't the best choice of expression)
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I thought long and hard about it, lol. (Perhaps that wasn't the best choice of expression)
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I don't see that it's anything to be ashamed of. If I was any kind of a writer, I'd try my hand at it.
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^awesome

I don't think it's anything to be ashamed of either, especially if you're good at it. Anyone can write cheap porn, quality stuff that's really erotic is a different thing altogether. She's a very good writer and a very creative and smart person, so I bet it's good stuff. We could possibly have a dare type thread in which she'd have to post it , but in all likelihood it would violate the FAQ
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It might violate FAQ and possibly some other law. I was checking guidelines for some erotica publishers and I even violated their guidelines.
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It's always the quiet ones...
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It's always the quiet ones...
I married a quiet one
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Re: Break from whatever, Part whatever

1) Nanotechnology. It's the new plastic.

2) Don't have one.

3) I don't want this to sound sexist, but I can't really think of anything.

4) Mark Hollis (Talk Talk) is quite haunting in "Spirit of Eden" and "Laughing Stock." Jónsi of Sigur Rós is, of course, haunting, as well. I can't say anything real earth-shattering here, but they just make for some great, emotive albums.

5) Some days I wish I went to art school. Other days, I think I'd be in poverty if I had.

6) That I'm more conservative than my stereotype.

7) Adding to #6, I can't answer this question in a completely non-theological sense. Romans 13:8-10 is how I live my life and what I use to advise others who ask me (although I'll phrase it in a non-theological sense ).

8) I no longer believe that the opposite of love is hate. It's ambivalence.

9) A dog that looks a lot like this:



10) No.

11) Sometimes, yes. It's an odd part of human nature.

12) No.

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1. Internet, I really do think it can be a powerful tool in education and bringing people togeher.

2. I had a great illistrated version of Sleeping Beaty when I was a kid that I loved.

3. That they can wear their hearts and sexuality on their sleeves.

4. There are so many, here are a few:

Jeff Buckley, Sinead O Connor, Ryan Adams, Johnny Cash, Eddie Vedder, Damien Rice, Grant Lee Phillips...

5. Music at a much younger age...

6. I'm very non-confrontational in person. Also I came really close to going into the ministry.

7. I think most in here see what I "preach", and yes I practice what I preach...

8. Nice guys finish last.

9. When I buy my house, I will have a dog with a spiked collar named Elvis, he'll be my favorite...

10. Yes

11. I would have to say for the most part yes...

12. I'll like to be able to collect guitars, but can't afford it, I only have 4 right now. My collection is small but I like to collect artists models and antique mannequin pieces(although I had to sell most when I moved to Chicago )

For those of you who don't know what I'm talking about stuff like this:



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I´ll answer number 4...

For me, the most compelling voice that truly evokes the emotions he is singing about is Frank Sinatra´s. He always said that the reason behind his credibility as a singer was because he´d been there and back and had lived all the things he was singing about. Somehow, a voice that understands that very feeling he sings about is simply all the understanding you need at certain moments.
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