Saturday, March 22, 2008

somewhere in my wicked, miserable past there must have been a moment of truth

Memes and the like. I'm rarely tagged and stuff, but I have been of late. So first, I must thank the wonderful JohnK who gave me the You Make My Day award. Because, you know, really? Because of gov docs? I mean, that makes MY day.

Second, that bitch Amber is making me do the seven weird things about me thingy, and no, I haven't actually been tagged for it before, so you're now forced to sit through it. And I'm not sure what exactly I'm going to say here.

1. While I'm a movie buff and tend to watch anything, I would rather watch movies with happy endings, even if they're really bad and cheesy. I can watch these kinds of movies over and over again, even the same exact movie, even multiple times in one day. I can spend an entire weekend watching a single movie from start to finish, nonstop, from Friday night until Monday morning, over and over and over again, and never get bored. I did this a month ago with a new Masterpiece Theater version of Jane Eyre I have on DVD.

2. On average, I read about one book a day. The books vary, but in general the rules follow as with movies. If the book is part of a series, I absolutely positively must read them in order, even if it means waiting two months to get the first book of the series on back order. About halfway through the first chapter of every book, I read the last half of the last chapter. Of every book I read, even mysteries. I don't know why, but I do. It doesn't spoil anything for me. Usually the mysteries aren't revealed that late in the book, so I don't find out anything about the plot, only whether there's a happy ending. If there isn't a happy or satisfying ending, I put the book down and won't finish it.

3. It doesn't matter whether I see a movie of a book adaptation prior to my reading the book - it doesn't spoil things for me. I can separate books from movies. However, I get really annoyed if a well-loved book is made into a movie and then the movie is really, terribly bad AND has strayed incredibly far from the book (e.g., "Ella Enchanted" - I don't recall the book having a scene where Ella sings Queen's "Somebody to Love"). I would prefer in those cases that the movie had been given a different title, rather than be connected with the book in any way, so that there's hope that a true(r) adaptation of the book could be made in the future.

4. I have no clue how much yarn I have. I have forgotten more yarn that I own than I remember. I have an odd obsession with sock yarn, which I then am reluctant to knit up, for fear that it will no longer exist - this has happened to me too often in the past. To avoid this lately, I've knit more socks with non-sock yarn than with sock yarn.

5. I've had a zillion odd jobs in the past, because I have a lot of different interests. I once partially supported myself through singing and musical theater, and would and could have done it as a career if I really felt like I needed to sing and/or act and/or dance to the exclusion of everything else, but since I had so many other interests, I was able to let go of the poor starving artist life.

6. If I had learned what an engineer was before I graduated from college, I would have been one. I was meant to be a mechanical engineer. I came from a humanities background, where math and science wasn't emphasized (although every member of my family has always been naturally incredibly good at math and science, everyone has gone into a career in the humanities). Had a single member of my family been in math or science, I would have seen a different career path, but I never knew what engineering was, nor had I had anyone encouraging me toward that area until after college, when it was deemed "too late" for me.

7. I detest political labels, because they either don't accurately wholly describe a political belief or they box one into a belief without looking at individual issues. But I was once a fairly active Maoist Socialist, and I carried The Little Red Book around with me. I now consider myself to be a Liberal Republican. My political beliefs have not changed at all, not even one tiny iota, from my Maoist period to my Liberal Republican period (about a twenty year stretch of time). I believe both labels were and are completely accurate in describing my political beliefs.


Blogger Melissa said...

Some extended family didn't get those incredibly good Math and Science skills. Max must have inherited them from you somehow because I suck at both and he loves them.

10:58 AM  
Blogger Mouse said...

I agree with you about the somewhat cheesy movies with happy endings.. which must explain my love of Bollywood romance movies.

8:24 PM  
Blogger PICAdrienne said...

A sick kid, and crummy weather can lead to a weekend of back to back viewings of Ella Enchanted. Very scary. And, although she has read the book (has the book) she doesn't mind the changes. (Twisted child!)

The back to back viewings of a movie may be a bit odd, but I don't see anything else on that list really making me think weird....

5:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was so pissed about Ella Enchanted! That movie was terrible!! Curses, Ann Hathaway!
and the book was so good..

9:48 AM  

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