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At the rate I'm doing these posts, it hardly seems like a meme, lol, but whatever.

Today's question was from [personal profile] stormwreath: The guy with the time machine is going to send you back in time for one full year. You choose the date, but it must be before you were born. He'll immunise you and fix you up medically first so you don't die of any health complications (like bubonic plague), and give you a pill that will allow you to speak the local language when you arrive. You can also pack one bag before you leave.

Where and when do you ask him to send you?


So, before I was born means it has to be at least prior to 1984. This is a REALLY tough question for me to answer because I have two conflicting instincts. On the one hand, I kinda feel like the further back, the better? Because if you're going to have the experience, you might as well get the most out of it, and the further back you go, the more different it will be from my life right now and the less we know about it, so there'd be more to learn.

On the other hand, I'm not the type of person who romanticizes history. I never have that, "Oh, life was so much better then," feeling, because I'm always thinking of all the stuff you'd be giving up and thinking, is it really worth it? Every era has its pros and cons, but most of the pros are "I'd get to experience cool historical stuff" and most of the cons REALLY SUCK.

I mean, when I was younger, I wanted to be Laura Ingalls, so that'd be the American West, mid to late 1800s. But when I think about all the horrific shit they went through (fire/drought/tornado destroying their crops, wild animal attacks, plague of locusts), I kind of wonder why I ever wanted that life? We are talking a literal plague of locusts here. Fuck that shit.

So, I don't know. I guess I could just go a few decades back. It'd be fun to see the Beatles perform live or something, and at least they had indoor plumbing in the 60s. I'm not sure I could manage for a year without indoor plumbing. I mean, I don't know if "fix you up medically" includes "curing you of chronic illnesses you already have," but the Crohn's experience has, if nothing else, certainly proven the value of such modern inventions.

But then I come back to "but anything post-WWII is such a safe choice" and feeling like it ought to be a more dramatically different era. IDK, maybe if I pack my one bag full of toilet paper? Then I couldn't bring anything else, but it might be worth it...

Where and when would you go?
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I haven't done a 100 Things in aaaaages. I suck at blogging commitments, lol. So, courtesy of [personal profile] ever_neutral: What is your animagus?

I'd totally be a cat. IT'S SCIENCE!

(Also, there is NOTHING to do in work and I am extremely bored. And because I was on vacation last week, it's making this feel like the longest week EVER in the history of ever. Entertain me with meme questions!)
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Today's question comes from [personal profile] stormwreath: Somebody gives you a time machine, set for a single journey into the past and back, and a gun with one bullet. Who do you kill?

Well, the go-to answer to this one is obviously Hitler, but that seems too easy, because everybody says Hitler, so it doesn't require any thought. Well, I suppose it requires a little thought:



Then again, people usually pick Hitler for good reason. And people will totally judge you if you don't:



But... there are other people who might be better to eliminate, if it's strictly a numbers game. If we're trying to maximize the lives saved, shouldn't we consider all the options?

Of course, chances are, the question is moot because there are a lot of ways that, despite my best efforts, it could go horribly wrong. Like this:



(Why, yes, I did just avoid answering the question in order to spam you with time traveling Hitler assassinations. What of it, Internets?)
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Today's question comes from [personal profile] snickfic: If you were a superhero, what would your superhero name and special power be? What would you costume look like?

Well, the superpower question is easy: teleportation. Do you know how much time, money, and aggravation I would save myself by not having to commute to work every day? And think how much I could travel. It'd be like, boom! Instant vacation, whenever I want! You could just pop into a place without using the door, thereby avoiding security guards, admission prices, and other annoying barriers to fun times. And there is simply no underestimating the value of being able to quickly extract yourself from awkward or embarrassing social situations.

(Alternatively, this.)

I have given significantly less thought to the name and the costume, perhaps because I don't actually want to be a superhero, I just want the cool powers. Being a superhero has all that responsibility and crap. And Responsibility-Free Teleporting Girl doesn't have quite the right ring to it...

Also, let's be honest, don't most superhero costumes look ridiculous? No wonder they all need secret identities - would YOU want to be known as the weirdo who walked around in spandex and leather all the time? And 99% of the women end up looking more like strippers than superheroes anyway. Holy impractical outfits, Batman! That said, if I had to have a costume, it'd probably look more like this than anything, lol.
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Random prompt: How would you rate your self-image?

Oh lord, how long do you have? lol

It's not actually a long post, but for some reason a cut makes me feel better about it )

Moral of the story: Please, guys, ask me questions, so I don't have to fill such maudlin prompts! :-P
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I haven't done a 100 Things post in aaaages, and if I don't get a move on, it will take me years to finish. Remember - you can ask me questions! It can be personal (within reason), fannish, hypothetical, political, philosophical, silly, whatever.

(Questions I still have to answer: "Name a book or film or show or play (or whatever) that made you question your most deeply held beliefs." from [personal profile] fuelforflight - OMG HARD! Still thinking. Also "If you were a superhero, what would your superhero name and special power be? What would you costume look like?" from [personal profile] snickfic. I haven't forgotten!)

Today I'm going to go to the prompt generator: Between the ages of 5 and 10, what was your favorite activity?

I was an extremely active child, lol. During that time span, I took dance classes (ages 4-6) and piano lessons (started at age 6), and I think I started basketball around age 9? But my favorite thing to do was to read. I was that kid who would sneak a book into bed so that I could stay up way past my bedtime reading. (Come to think of it, maybe my terrible eyesight comes from all that reading in the dark?) I remember that my school used to have a book sale thing every year, and I'd exasperate my mother because she'd let me choose three, but I wanted ALL THE BOOKS and kept saying, "Please, Mommy? Pleeeeeeeeeeease?"

Some of my favorites were the Little House series, the Narnia series, Bunnicula (which was also a series, as I recall), Tuck Everlasting, Bridge to Terabithia, and Island of the Blue Dolphins. I am fuzzy on which age I read what, but I was always a pretty advanced reader for my age. I do recall that I was reading Lord of the Rings and Les Miserables by middle school, so...

What were your favorite books as a child? And what was your favorite childhood activity?
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Topic for today comes from [personal profile] mcmegan: Who was your favorite concert you've seen/who is your ultimate concert bucket lister?

Oooooh, favorite concert is a toss-up between (don't judge me) Hootie and the Blowfish and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

I must have been around 12 years old or so when I saw Hootie. And it was completely unexpected, too. We were on a family vacation in Charleston, which is where they're from, and I happened to spot a flyer for a concert that just happened to be on our last night there. And I begged and pleaded with my parents to see if we could get tickets, and we did, and I was SO EXCITED OMG because they were one of my favorite bands ever when I was twelve whatever they still are. In fact, I still have the T-shirt I bought at that concert, even though it surely doesn't fit me anymore.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra was when I was in college, maybe? Or a little after, I'm not totally sure. Anyway, they do a tour every year during the Christmas season, and it just so happened that one of my dad's friends worked at the Wachovia Center (or whatever they're calling it these days) so we were able to get VIP tickets with an employee discount. If you've never seen them in concert, I totally recommend it, because they put on a spectacular show.

As for a bucket list... hmmmm, I'm not sure I really have one? I've never been a big concert person. In fact, most of the concerts I've been to, I stumbled upon without much planning, lol. So, you tell me - who MUST I see live? Who are you dying to see? And what was your favorite concert?
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Question for today comes from [personal profile] lutamira: In an AU version of your life, what is your career/occupation?

Well, in an AU where I have more talent, I'd be a theater actress. :) It's basically my fantasy career - and of course, in this fantasy, I am paid well enough that I don't need a side job waiting tables or anything, lol. Y'all know about my passion for musical theater, and weirdly, despite being an introvert who hates being the center of attention, I actually enjoy performing? I dunno, it's a thing. I've been doing it in various ways since I was 4, so I've had plenty of time to deal with stage fright. And acting especially feels comfortable because I'm not me. I'm playing a role, which means I can be the center of attention but with some degree of anonymity. Primarily, though, I just love the feeling I get from being an audience member, and I cannot imagine how incredible it would be to know that you evoke that feeling in other people, to know that you are creating something beautiful and moving every day.

Unfortunately, in this universe, since my mother never let me take voice lessons, I've ended up advocating for artists and performers instead of being one. It kinda fits, though, since most of politics is just theater anyway. :)

I also sometimes wonder what my life would be like if I'd stayed a chemistry major in college. Not that I have any regrets (well, except a little bit when I get my piddly paycheck and think about how much money I'd be making in pharmaceuticals), but just thinking about the "what if", you know?

What's your AU career? (And remember to leave me your questions!)
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Another question from [personal profile] fuelforflight (seriously, people! Ask me things!): If you had the time and resources to take a Grand Tour, what countries and cities would you choose to visit?

Ohhhh man. First, a disclaimer: this would be the longest trip EVER. I have an extensive list, and I'd want to spend at least a month in each country, and probably some cities would get a month all to themselves. That said...

epic itinerary is epic )
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Random prompt: Write a haiku about what you see out the window.

Traffic rushes by
Like leaves flow downstream (and up)
Wonder where they go

~inspired by the interstate highway that goes past my building

Today also happens to be the day on which [personal profile] mcmegan first graced the world with her presence, so I have written her a birthday haiku:

Happy birthday, Meg
Hope there's lots of cake and fun
Have a drink for me
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First, I must point you in the direction of [personal profile] tamsin's Elena Gilbert rec post. All the Elena-stanning you could possibly want!

Now, onto today's question from [personal profile] fuelforflight: Is there a particular town or city, besides your own, in which you would love to live? And explain why.

LONDON! I mean, there is a reason it has its own tag. I suppose the fact that I've already lived there for a brief time makes me biased, but I just loved it SO MUCH. And if my entire family and friends and career weren't here, I'd have seriously considered going back to London for grad school or a job.

London also basically spoiled me for vacations anywhere else. It's why I think the best way to see a place is to stay there for some length of time. Because then you really get to experience it, rather feeling like you need to cram in as much touristy stuff as possible into your week's vacation. You have time to do normal, everyday stuff, and to get the authentic experience of a place. And I think what made me love London so much is that, after only a few months there, I was able to feel like I belonged there, even though I was in a foreign city where so many things were different.

(Also, living in a major tourist destination seriously lowers your tourist tolerance. Even now, I have an extremely low threshold for getting annoyed at slow-moving crowds of people who don't know where they're going. Seriously, try to take the Metro in DC in the summer and see how many times you have to suppress homicidal urges. So now I hate seeming like a tourist in other places, because I'm aware of how much the locals hate me, lol.)

Where would YOU want to live?
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{Take the 100 Things challenge!}


I have finally made a decision on the 100 Things project! I am doing it! However, because I am lame lazy open-minded, I'm going to let YOU pick what I talk about.

Basically, I will answer 100 questions - personal, fannish, political, hypothetical, whatever. Ask 'em in this post or on any 100 things post. If I don't have a question for the day, I'll grab a topic from this prompt generator, but I'd much rather answer yours!

Question for today: 10 reasons you would (or wouldn't) want to be famous.

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