Reader Poll Monday

On Tuesday. Shut up. 😉

This week’s questions:

1. How many languages can you speak, at least at a conversational level?
I’ve chosen to excel at English, which I am sad to say most of this country’s residents treat like a foreign language and have only mastered a third-grade proficiency in it. *twitch* I can do French if I am concentrating on the task, but again, third-grade mastery.

2. Do you believe that bad things happen in threes?
And sevens, just like “Grey’s Anatomy” taught me. (“Superstition,” Episode 21)

3. If you could take away the pain (physical or emotional) of any one person, who would you choose and why?
My mom, both physical and emotional. Life’s really treated her like shit, and she gave up her world to take care of her grandmother, then me, then her mother and now her father. She wouldn’t know happiness if it threw its arms around her and held her forever, but she’d sure know it if it blew up in her face. Being a saint goes highly unrewarded and definitely uncompensated.

4. What is something most people don’t know about you?
You’d think that with snippets of my life splayed on these pages that I give you access to everything about me. But those of us who do blog know that you don’t even glean much more than 10 percent of the wizard behind the curtain. But what can I tell you in response to this question that doesn’t give away anything I don’t want you to know?

Here’s one — my heart breaks very easily. Now, I’m strong and tough and I will not let you know when you’ve gotten through to me. If you ask me a question and look at your watch (and let’s say it’s 5:30), I’m not going to answer you directly and I’m going to be mad at you until 5:30 three years later. But I’ll smile at you and digest what I was planning to say when you asked.

5. If you had the opportunity to learn the salaries of everyone you encountered, would you want to know?
Absolutely not. When I was in management, I had access to that data. And I could never figure out how I could pour my heart and soul into my work and be captive for 16 hours a day, yet I’d watch a lot of others half-ass their efforts and barely put in a six-hour workday and they’d be making equal or three times more. (I’m lookin’ at you, Demure. *kick*)

Look, I believe that we’re all where we’re at in life for a reason and that things will work out in the end, but in the interim? Worldwide salary disclosure would be the cornerstone of civil war.

6. What is one album or song that you think everyone should listen to?
If you’re completely ignorant of all the cool music, go to the “Grey’s Anatomy” website’s music guide and work backward from the link I just gave you. I am proud to say I knew most of these artists, but I’ve sure picked up a few gems that I will treasure till the end of time because hearing them in this show has made me appreciate them all the more.

7. Do you like to go grocery shopping?
I do. Not on a weekend, though. I like to wander the aisles and see what’s new. Like when Ben & Jerry’s came out with these itty-bitty little containers of ice cream (they’re $1.25), I grabbed up a bunch. Because it sure beats downing a whole pint in one sitting — this is actually a single serving. I love finding little treasures like that.

8. For a $1,000 donation to your favorite charity, would you be willing to walk around all day in public with a giant brown stain on the seat of your pants?
I would donate $1,000 to a charity to see its CEO walk around with a shit streak in his pants. (I have the charity in mind. Actually, about four of them.) I wouldn’t feel compelled to give money and make a fool of myself simultaneously. I get that the question has a radio show feel to it, like someone would donate it on my behalf. And my answer remains, “Oh HELL no.”

9. What are your thoughts on artificial sweeteners?
Splenda rawks. Sweet & Low is fine. Don’t inflict Equal on me.

10. Ask me something.
I’d love to know why my trackbacks never work, but I can live without knowing. What I do want to know is everyone else’s answer to No. 4.

2 Responses to Reader Poll Monday

  1. Sabre :

    Oh oh oh, I knew it I knew it!

    About # 4 that is.

    And I guess that’s because I’m the same way. In my case though, I’m not so sure it’s a big secret. My biggest secret lately? I find myself weepy during mushy scenes in movies. Like Corpse Bride. Three hankies, thank you. What the hell is up with that?!

  2. Neil Morse :

    I’m planning to have two cats adopt me.