Here are the ones newroticgirl asked me:
1) What did you love the most about where you grew up?
How it felt like I could ride my bike absolutely anywhere. Looking back, there were lots of places that I couldn't get to by bike -- the library, the mall, Anderson's bookstore -- but I just remember how great it was to feel like I could hop on my bike and just head out, deciding where I wanted to go once I was already a few blocks away. I'd go to friends' houses, or the pool, or White Hen Pantry (think 7-11), or a playground, or the school, or the awesomely named Dragon Lake Forest Preserve. The last inspired quite a bit of bad poetry on my part, and wasn't nearly as beautiful as the places I go to be outdoors here in the northwest -- but it was a great place for feeling like you were truly getting away from it all.
2) Who was your first TV/movie/music crush?
Donny Osmond. In fact, here I am in my oh-so-sparkly-glittery Donny Osmond t-shirt! I also had a huge think for Jimmy Carter, and for KISS.
3) What inspires you?
Awesome trees. Babies. Mountains. Stars. Bluegrass music. My friends. Thunder. The awesome squiggly feeling I get in my the pit of my stomach when I've leapt off a scary cliff for something I really want in my life.
4) What is the most unusual/interesting/weird job you've ever had?
Squatting over the bomber bay of an airplane, and dropping biscuits with a rabies vaccine in them down to coyotes and foxes across Texas. I've had a lot of jobs that have *seemed* weird or interesting to me, but this one seems odd to just about everyone.
5) (Stealing this from the questions I got!) Tell me something that your internet friends probably don't know about you but you've always wanted to share.
Probably that I am virtually never offended by curious questions, but I do get irritated sometimes when people make assumptions about me, or my life, or my beliefs.
Also, that I am currently sitting under my skylight during a thunderstorm, and it is freaky, loud, and awesome. :D
And in fact, not only am I that kind of nerd, I am even super-nerdier than that, and I have a giant ribbon to prove it! :p I am going as Dabbler Girl, and my super power is that I Can Do Anything Once, and my costume will have BADGES for all those things that I have done once. So if I use my walking-through-walls powers to save a kitten from drowning in a toilet, I will have a badge for that. If I use my super-xray-vision powers to tattle on election officials in Florida for vote tampering, I will have a badge for that.
The question is, of course, what badges should I have, and what should they look like? For reference, the badges will be circles about 1" in diameter, with a ring around them, somewhat like the Girl Scout junior badges as exemplified by this puberty badge.
I frequently have leftover drugs that I need to get rid of, especially because I never use as much pain meds as my docs want me to. It kills fishes and such if you flush them down the toilet, and just tossing them in the trash makes for a theft risk. It used to be that pharmacies would accept leftover meds for disposal, but they will no longer accept any "controlled" meds -- which are exactly the ones you don't want to toss in the trash, duh.
The new recommendation for pain med disposal that I am getting from official websites and from pharmacies?
Mix them in with the used cat litter waste, and then put in the trash.
There are a number of reasons this sounds like a bad idea, but a split open bag of cat litter waste on my sidewalk next to the trash can tops the list. I should have taken a picture.
requested pic: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dietcoke/3
These lists are for media that would commonly be used/watched by 10-14 year-olds -- so, both stuff intended for that age group, plus stuff aimed at older teens or adults but which a good chunk of 10-14 year-olds would still use/watch. I'm not trying to be comprehensive here -- we don't need every title for each category, just enough so that if a kid is watching a new show or playing a new game, he can look at this list and easily get a good sense of which category it belongs in.
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