Thursday, April 12, 2007

Sort of a meme about me

I found this at Create A Connection, from Tammy at Mimmsical Creations.

It's an open invitation to answer some questions from a book called The Conversation Piece by Paul Lowrie and Bret Nicholaus. I like doing surveys and quizzes, so I thought I'd have a go.

1. question #255 - If you had to change your first name, what would you choose as your new name?

Nooo! I really like my first name! It's unusual and sounds nice, although it's a bit too long to be practical. Mind you, now that Evangeline Lilly is being all selfish and appearing on Lost telling the WORLD about this awesome name, there will probably be a veritable deluge of Evangelines in a few years and I will hate them all.

Last year I got all mad with someone when she told me her friend wanted to name her daughter Evangeline. Because: A) I don't like sharing, B) her friend has had three other kids who are all snotty brats, so I don't see why this one would be different*, and C) the kid will probably end up looking like the father. Gah.

It's OK, I'll get over it eventually.

I should just change my name to Bibbo. No one's going to steal that one.

Oh wait, OK, I don't really want to be called Bibbo. That's not my answer, Miss!

I suppose I would choose Faith, because she was on Buffy and she rocks. That's my answer. Wasn't it fun getting there?

2. question #158 - What is your favorite saying, quote, or expression?

"It's not the world's fault you want to be an artist . . . now get back to work." - Elizabeth Gilbert

Please read this page if you feel like you're slowly dying inside and you need to free your creative spirit. I love the anecdote about Werner Herzog.

3. question #49 - If you could buy any rare collection in the world, which would you choose? Why?

At the moment I'm feeling very encumbered by possessions. I looked around my living/study room last night and thought, "There's so much stuff! Why is there so much stuff! I do not need all this . . . STUFF!" It wasn't all my stuff, but it still felt a little crowded.

Moving house five times in one year really gives you perspective.

When I ended a nine year relationship, and the last thing I wanted to do was move back in with my parents (who thought I was mad and kept in contact with my ex without me knowing), I briefly stayed in someone's spare room, in an unfinished house on a bare concrete floor.

I had a single suitcase and two boxes, one full of shoes, the other full of books. My bed was a borrowed air mattress on the floor, and I had a fan and a reading lamp. That was all. Everything I had fit into my car.

It was incredibly liberating and I felt surprisingly light and fancy-free.

(Oh, OK, I had a bit more stuff stored at my parents', but I didn't need it, and I didn't see it for three months. Whee!)

So, I wouldn't buy any rare collection in the world.

I don't want to haul it around when I move house. I don't want to lose sleep at night wondering if I've insured it for enough or if someone will covet it and steal it. ONE item from of a collection of something rare and beautiful would be more than enough for me. (And I'd probably lose a little sleep over it anyway, because I am a worrywart.)

You can't take it with you when you when you leave this world, folks.

But if I had to have one beautiful thing, I would like an old, perfectly made violin, with wood that looked like amber and dark smooth honey.

Of course I'd be too ashamed to play it. So I'd end up using the money I saved on beginner's lessons from the best teachers, and painfully scrape away on my $200 Made in China number for a few years before attempting to play the good one.

4. question #1 - If you could fly in a hot-air balloon over any city in the world, what city would you choose? Why that city? Have you visited there before?

I love hot air balloons. I was in Canberra a couple of years ago during a hot-air balloon festival and it was such an awesome sight to see them all in the sky. I love that they don't need fuel or fancy electronics to take you up into magic.

Update (13/4/2007): I was talking to MFC about hot-air balloons and he pointed out that they did need fuel, to keep the air in the balloon hot. And yes indeedy, I had forgotten that little point. But it's still a drop in the bucket compared to planes and helicopters! Now there's energy efficiency for you.

Any city with centuries of history. Floating high above and seeing the old world side by side with the new would be so fascinating.

Rome, London, Paris, Petra, Cairo, don't make me choose!

5. question #221 - What is an item you own that has a minimal monetary value but has such sentimental value that you would not sell it for $5,000?

I have few such items. What comes to mind immediately is a stuffed dog named Heen that MFC gave me when we were in Tokyo last year.

Diana Wynne Jones is one of my favourite authors and I was very keen to see Miyazaki's film adaptation of her book. I found the movie a little disappointing, but fell deeply, unflinchingly, in love with a grouchy carpet of a dog named Heen. I decided I wanted a Heen of my own, and when we got to Japan I kept an eye out for it in every store we went to.

MFC and I were in a large store in Tokyo. Akihabara, I think. The store had five storeys of anime stuff. Geek paradise. We were doing the browsing thing, sometimes wandering off on our own, sometimes meeting up to laugh at or admire something.

MFC was a little ahead of me, and would "finish" a floor and move on up the escalator, while I lingered below, savouring the novelty of everything. I knew I wouldn't lose him. Worst case, we'd meet up right at the top. And I could speak a little Japanese, so I had the upper hand and could say to the security guard, "If you see a tall gaikokujin with a ponytail, stop him because I saw him lift some porn!"

Except my Japanese is rather limited, so it would probably come out as: "Alien tail! Stop! PurpleMonkeyDishwasher Porn!"

I found a shelf full of Miyazaki merchandise and was gazing at it dolefully, when MFC came up behind me.

: (Sad) Still no Heen. They must be really popular.
MFC: (Sympathetic) Aw, that's too bad . . .
an9ie & MFC: (Quiet mournful pause)
MFC: Oh, wait. Do you mean this? (Pulls out a Heen in a white plastic bag from behind his back.)
an9ie: SQUEEE!

Heehee, that was fun.

If you guys feel like doing this meme, full speed ahead with my blessing! Leave your input in the comments, or send me a link to your own blog, go on!

* And before you say I'm being selfish, seriously, dudes, would you put your name to shoddy merchandise? Hmm?


Tammy said...

I had so much fun reading your answers!! :)

I love the Elizabeth Gilbert quote! I read Eat Pray Love a few months back, but am feeling like I should re-read! Great stuff!!

Anonymous said...

I used to hate my name when I was a kid because I had the hardest time remembering the order of all the letters. I love it now and get quite annnoyed when someone else has it.

At the moment I'm feeling very encumbered by possessions. I looked around my living/study room last night and thought, "There's so much stuff! Why is there so much stuff! I do not need all this . . . STUFF!" It wasn't all my stuff, but it still felt a little crowded.

Uhm, why are we living parallel lives? Every night I go through my stuff finding more shit to take to the thrift store. I don't even want a reciept for money back on taxes; I just want it out of my house!

girl and dog said...

Wow, thanks for the Gilbert link! Totally inspirational!

an9ie said...

tammy - Love the photo :) I am waiting for a copy of Eat, Pray, Love to come from the library and practically salivating in excitement!

Genevieve - There's nothing like that feeling when you give away bags of stuff and look at the extra space you have when they're gone, in both your living space and your mind. I think a lot of people are feeling the same thing at this time.

girl - You're welcome! It's good stuff. Last night I was kind of fishing for compliments/support from someone and disappointed when I didn't get it. Then I thought, "It's not the world's responsibility to be your cheerleader, now snap out of it and get back to work."