Archive: Anything That Gets You Through the Night Album Review

Archive: originally posted 10/12/2010 at czedwards.com

I have been an EBM fan for a long time now, so I’m always looking for something fresh, both from new artists and past favorites. I found Edge of Dawn a couple years ago, when they only had one album, Enjoy the Fall, out. That effort is exceptional, not just as music to be danced to and listened to, but as a meditation on one of the hardest psychological illnesses to endure, both for those suffering from it and those who have to live around it. Enjoy the Fall represents Borderline Personality Disorder the way only someone who has lived it can, and yet… doesn’t fall into despair.

So to say I have some affection for Edge of Dawn is a bit of an understatement. Thus, I was hoping that their second album would be as good, and that would make me happy. Second albums often suffer — artists who have had their entire life to make their first album perfect have only a year or two to craft the second one.

I’ve never been so happy to be wrong. This album, called Anything that Gets You Through The Night, seems to come from the same well as Enjoy the Fall, but from a step beyond, as if time and age and experience have given perspective. This album has the feel of a meditation on love, loss, longing and desire, and explores both the lightest of the light and the darkest of the dark sides of those intrinsic human qualities.

It opens with Beyond the Gate, which sounds like it wants to start typically poppy, except the lyrics don’t want to go there. There are elements of post-Bauhaus Peter Murphy and VNV Nation’s recent, simpler pieces in the composition, but Edge of Dawn has always been lyrically complex and thought-provoking.

Denial broods, as it should. It’s a meditation on grief, loss and survivor’s guilt. It channels a little bit of Eminem in his more bleak, melodic moods.

Lucid Dreams brightens the album with a crunchy, poppy esthetic that belies the lyrical intensity. It’s great for dancing.

Valid World is one of the more experimental pieces on the album, with verses almost shouted juxtaposed against a gorgeous, despairing, melodic chorus. The chorus could be an anthem for so many of us — I grow strong, I grow tall, I’m a living wall. I not frail, I can’t fail in my valid world. I am strong, I am tall, and I’m sick of it all. And I’m tired, so tired. This especially speaks to me as a feminist — we’re encouraged to be Buffy and Gloria Steinem and our own hero… but that’s exhausting and sometimes, the struggle to be strong seems not worth the effort.

Siren’s Call speaks of the conflict between desires — truth or pretty lies, love and lust, the physical and the spiritual — and how dark those conflicts can be.

All the Time is one of my favorites on this album. It appeals to the darker side of my soul, the one that wants dominance and control. The driving rhythm breathes itself into your ears like a lover in the middle of a long, sweaty night.

Stage Fright continues the beat with a poem as evocative and eclectic as e.e. cummings, but far more relevant to 2010. I have a feeling this might end up being the club number off this album. One aspect of Edge of Dawn’s music that has always intrigued me: as sexual and frustrated and raw as their lyrics can be, they never lose respect for the women they portray. Their female characters may be in dicey situations, there may be pain and sorrow, but their women are not fragile.

Capture is virtually instrumental, save for some brief German lyrics (and since I don’t speak German, the words mean nothing to me, though the translation looks interesting.) It has the feel of a piece of modern classical, perhaps from a game or film score, and is a welcome pause from the intensity that has gone before and is yet to come. It will be a wonderful piece to use when writing battle scenes.

And that respite is necessary, because In Your Sleep takes the listener to the darkest of the dark places. It’s the song you want that awful ex to have to hear in your voice. It also appeals to that darkly dominant side most of us have, but never share. Though it begins quite delicately, it builds upon itself into a crunchy piece of true rock.

Save My Soul is, like Pray for Love on Enjoy the Fall, one of the more romantic pieces on this album. Edge of Dawn tends towards spoken verses interleaved with hauntingly melodic choruses, and Save My Soul follows that pattern.

But Falling is the most unabashedly romantic piece on the album, as well as the most danceable and — dare I call it this? I do! — bouncy! With an almost Latin feel, it’s got a sense that there’s a Tango somewhere in its lineage. It is also one of the more unabashedly sensual and sexual pieces on the album.

Capsized doesn’t let the sweet side dominate through the end of the album, however. One of the harder, complex and darkest pieces on the album, it returns to the darkness of love, loss, pain and grief. And ending on that note could be depressing, but that’s the point of this exercise. It’s what gets you through the night.

The digital download comes with a digital booklet (I assume the CD has one similar) that tells a fairly common, slightly sordid tale. The images, beautifully shot and composed, are harsh and emotionally brutal, but all too familiar from the emotional space of the nights that are hard to endure. If you’re a downloader of music, this is a time to buy the whole album, not a few songs, because the book is a work of art all on its own.

The album is available at iTunes, Amazon, and better retailers. Go get it…. What are you waiting for?

 

Archive: 48 Things

Archive: Originally posted 10/10/2010 on Facebook.

 

Thursday, May 7, 2009 at 8:09pm

1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE?

*Somebody my mother went to High school with (I think) and an ancestress

 

2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED?

*When I had to write a death scene.

 

3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING?

*Depends on the pen. Usually, yes.

 

4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT?

*Shaved Virginia ham

 

5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS?

*If I do, I misplaced 40 weeks of my life…. No.

 

6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON, WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU?

*I think so.

 

7. DO YOU USE SARCASM?

*Are you kidding me?

 

8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS?

*Two, present and accounted for.

 

9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP?

*No, because a lot of jumpers are potheads in their spare time — and I don’t have a problem with the intoxication, I just don’t want to have to go get an epi-shot when I start wheezing.

 

10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL?

*Healthy one — Mini-wheats (not frosted) or a couple of different granolas

Sugar shocker — golden grahams.

 

11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF?

*Depends on the shoe. The ones with buckles, no.

 

13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM?

*Glacier Ice Cream’s Death by Chocolate (It’s literally Black, it’s such dark chocolate) mixed with their Mocha Almond fudge.

 

14. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE?

*Eyes

 

15. RED OR PINK?

*Red, but it has to have a blue base.

 

16. WHAT IS YOUR LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF?

*Weirdly distractible.

 

17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST?

*A. D. K.

 

18. DO YOU WANT EVERYONE TO COMPLETE THIS LIST?

*No, there are some things I don’t want to know about people. Mystery’s great.

 

19. WHAT COLOR PANTS AND SHOES ARE YOU WEARING RIGHT NOW?

*Washed denim and black shoes. (Jeans and Docs.)

 

21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?

*Specifically, Legion (Janus) – VNV Nation. Generally, my 90% music playlist. (It has the audiobooks, spoken word and podcasts pulled out because I was taking the iPod Shuffle thingy and didn’t turn off the randomizer when I was done.)

 

22. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE?

*Pomegranate (if that’s a color now…)

 

23. FAVORITE SMELLS?

*clover fields, lilac bushes in bloom (not lilac oil), vervain, benzoin, amber, Colorado mountain streams during spring melt up away from the exhaust fumes, vetiver, basil, carnation, geranium, ylang ylang… I’m an amateur perfumer. The better question is what don’t I like?

 

24. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE?

*Erin.

 

25. DO YOU LIKE THE PERSON WHO SENT THIS TO YOU?

*Nobody sent it to me. I kyped it off Erin’s notes to see if I could get through it before Miranda got done with her restore.

 

26. FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH?

*Baseball, tent-pegging.

 

27. HAIR COLOR?

*This week? Red.

 

28. EYE COLOR?

*Grey-blue

 

29. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS?

*Nope. Glasses all the way. And none of that funny Laser surgery… I’m okay with being myopic and I don’t want to trade it for presbyteroptic in 10-20 years.

 

30. FAVORITE FOODS?

*Thai Spring Rolls, a specific salad I make, spicy hummus and snickerdoodles. (This week. Try me next week and it’ll be different. Omnivore here.)

 

31. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS?

*This is an either/or question?

 

32. LAST MOVIE YOU SAW IN THEATERS?

*Xmen Origins: Wolverine. It wasn’t a waste of my time. Fun.

 

33. DELETED FOR REDUNDANCY?

*Nope.

 

34. SUMMER OR WINTER?

*Spring and Fall.

 

35. HUGS OR KISSES?

*Depends who. From a slobbery toddler, Go HUGS! From others….

 

37. MOST LIKELY TO RESPOND?

*Shrugs.

 

38. LEAST LIKELY TO RESPOND?

*and above.

 

39. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW?

*Opportunistic — reading for research. Vienna in 1814, Regency Design, Following the Drum, The Duchess and about a hundred others.

 

40. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD?

*Macbook. No mousepad.

 

41. WHAT DID YOU WATCH ON TV LAST NIGHT?

*Don’t watch it. I didn’t watch anything last night, but I have Dollhouse, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dr Who, the West Wing and Rome on my laptop, and Angel, BTVS, Firefly, Rome (Different seasons), Veronica Mars, Big Love, Robin Hood and Torchwood on DVD right now. I hate commercials and won’t pay for broadcast television that makes me suffer through commercials. I’ll rent/buy it.

 

42. FAVORITE SOUND(S)?

*Too many. With my eyes going south, my ears are starting to pick up slack.

 

43. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES?

*I like covers of Beatles tunes better than covers of Rolling Stones tunes, but I don’t like either.

 

44. WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME?

*Where’s home?

 

45. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT?

*I write. I make perfume. I can tell you why a flu epidemic is a MUCH greater threat to the world than HIV, and why missing smallpox is a SCARY, SCARY thing. (Historical demography is such fun…) Oh… and what vampires have to do with corn.

 

46. WHERE WERE YOU BORN?

*St Joseph’s Hospital

 

47. WHOSE ANSWERS ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO GETTING BACK?

*People who took the time to do it.

 

48. HOW DID YOU MEET YOUR SPOUSE/SIGNIFICANT OTHER?

*We went to this meeting — no, not that type of meeting. His ex wife and my ex-SO were both convinced they were polyamorous and C and I both being tolerant, open-minded, fair creatures that we are, accompanied them, though we were both pretty sure going in that we were more monogamous than not. (Actually, it may just be that we’re lazy and not the type to discuss feelings for a gazillion years. We’re both much more meditative and ‘don’t just do something, sit there’ types of people. Polyamory is a lot of work.) The exes hit it off explosively, then fell out explosively while C and I became really good friends first. When the SOs went ballistic, they didn’t want C and I to be friends anymore so both partnerships broke. Some time later, C and I decided to give each other a shot. We’ve been together since 2000, married since 2001. And still monogamous. The weird thing was even though I was happy with my SO when C and I met, there was a gear that ticked over in my head about five minutes after I met him. I knew I was not going to marry my ex SO. I was going to marry C. It was really weird because I’ve got a hard and fast rule — I don’t mess with the married.

Archive: Buncha Questions, No Title

Archive: originally posted 10/10/2010 on Facebook.

 

Your ex calls wanting to hangout, what do you say?

Some get a come on over. Some, I don’t answer the phone. Some, I ask how the hell they found me.

 

What do you think about sex before marriage?

You’re kidding, right? Maybe not sex right before the wedding (you don’t want to be late — caterers can be testy) but… This is even still a question?

 

Remember the first time you kissed the last person you kissed?

Yes

 

Did your last kiss take place on a bed?

No — I was working and C was leaving for work.

 

Do you think the last person you kissed cares for you?

Without a doubt. (And why would anyone kiss someone zie doesn’t care about and who doesn’t care for zer? Not only do kisses put your health at risk, there’s trust issues up the yinyang … putting lips and tongue that close to teeth… )

 

Could you go for the rest of your life without drinking alcohol?

I’d miss it maybe from time to time, but there’d be more time for tea and coffee.

 

You think anyone’s thinking about you right now?

Honestly, I hope not. We’ve all got $#!+ to get done. Quality time’s fine with me.

 

What are some things that you have to have everywhere you go?

Vaporizer, sunglasses, lip sunscreen, regular sunscreen, keys, cards, phone

 

Is it usually easy for someone to make you smile?

Situational. Totally.

 

Is your room ever clean?

Define clean. No piles up to my hips? Check. No paths through the clutter? Check. Stuff has a place? Check. 95% visible floor? Check. Surgical sterility? *snort* I have cats. Never gonna happen.

 

How often do you give out second chances?

I give lots, until I stop cold. When that happens, you’re done.

 

Is there anyone you wish you could be spending time with right now?

Yes and no. I like what I’m working on (other than this) so I don’t mind working alone, but I’d not object to specific people.

 

If you could change your eye color would you?

I’m used to this one. Maybe less blue sometimes.

 

Would you ever get your nipples pierced?

EEEP. Runs away. OWWW!

 

Did you sleep alone last night?

I haven’t been to bed. No, I don’t usually sleep alone, but I sometimes pull all nighters. Insomniac, here.

 

Has a boy/girl ever called you babe/baby?

Yes, they get to do it once before they get the don’t infantilize me lecture. There are other terms of endearment I prefer.

 

What would you say if you found out your last ex was in a relationship?

Publicly, Go, him. Privately, Poor girl. Unvoiced? Sweetie, get out now.

 

Was your last kiss with the opposite or same gender?

Opposite.

 

What do you need?

New optic nerves, new anterior cruciate ligaments, oxygen, water. Everything else is pretty much optional, but wants…

 

Will you cry at your wedding?

uh. I’m never getting married again. (With caveats, including death of current spouse, legalization of all marriages regardless of gender, and finding somebody else I’d be willing to be married to and who would put up with me… I think lightning striking me six times in the next six seconds is more likely…) (One…. Two…. Three…. Four…. Five…. Six. Yeah, still here.)

I didn’t cry when we did get married.

 

Do you think relationships are even worth it?

Yes (And the whole married thing.)

 

Have you ever fallen asleep with the last person you kissed?

Frequently. However, the cats usually wake us up.

 

Six months ago, did you like someone?

Yes. I like lots of people. Or do you mean liiiike? Yeah, I’m married. (That’s not a given, but in our case it is.)

 

Is tomorrow going to be a good day?

Can’t see any reason why not. Do you know something I don’t?

 

Last movie you saw in theaters?

Uh… I’m afraid it was Wolverine, but… I’m planning to see Half-blood prince Real Soon Now.

 

Ever dated a blond-haired, blue-eyed person?

Yeah. See above question about ex now dating again.

 

Are you afraid of roller coasters?

Only right after they have disasters and when the operator has more home-brew tattoos than teeth or fingers.

 

How’s your best friend?

In the midst of a complicated life, but aren’t we all?

(Stolen from Lorien. A very good answer.)

 

Are you currently wanting any piercings or tattoos?

Nope. Got one hole in each ear, no ink at all. I’m ready to stop.

 

What was the last thing you hid?

Like I’m gonna tell you… It’s none of your business where all those Balinese dancer gold ingots went.

 

If you could spend more time with someone you used to be very close with, would you?

Depends on the person. Sometimes people move out of each other’s lives for good reasons. Are there people I miss? Yes, but there are also people whom I miss because we grew in different directions and I’ll never be able to know the person who once was my friend because zie’s different now.

 

Is there someone you will never forget?

Yes, unless my brain turns to mush. And then there are those I’d really LIKE to forget…

 

Are you good at making new friends?

No. Acquaintances, sure. Friends are tough.

 

What’s on your mind?

Overriding? Why I’m trying to figure that out, when what’s on my mind is answering this question, except… that becomes circular really fast… How to break 350K words into two book length chunks and why I write 15% more words than I need to write…

 

Do you know anyone that smokes weed?

Maybe. I’m so violently allergic to the stuff that if I were allergic to bee stings the same way, I’d have an epi-pen. But one who is allergic to an illegal substance should never come in contact with it, so… and I’m really upfront about being allergic to it, so if I do know somebody who does, zie is careful about not ever doing it around me or being around me after the fact. (We’re talking anaphylactic shock and quick death… Hemp fabric gives me hives — that’s how allergic I am.) Nevertheless, I’m a big fan of legalization. If you want to do a drug that makes you hungry, paranoid, touchy and smell funny in the privacy of your own home, I have no problems. It can’t be worse than what comes with alcohol.

 

Are you mad at anyone?

I don’t think I’ve gotten over Dick Cheney yet… that’s gonna take a while.

 

Who was the last person to text you before you went to bed?

No texting yesterday and see the part about not going to bed.

 

What does your last text say?

Mind your own business. (That’s not what it said. That’s my reply.)

 

Do you love that person?

Yeah and more of the MYOB.

 

Are you listening to anything?

Just changed from Peter Murphy to VNV Nation Beloved. (“Working” playlist — 3 days of music, on random.)

 

Would you ever take someone back if they cheated on you?

Depends on the circumstances. If I know in advance, it’s not cheating. If I learn immediately after the fact and we discuss it, I may not object, I may encourage it (circumstantial thing). If there’s deception involved, that’s the key. It’s not the Tab A in Slot B that bothers me. It’s the lying.

 

Do you hate it when you go over to someone’s house and do absolutely nothing?

No. Action for the sake of action is highly overrated.

 

Do you know what it’s like to be truly happy?

Yes, and I even still have my soul.

 

Do you have trust issues?

yeah — who doesn’t?

 

Does anyone disgust you?

A few politicians. I’m sure their mothers love them… Again, behavior and honesty dictate a lot.

 

Has anything happened to you within the past month that has made you really angry?

I don’t get angry very easily, so no.

 

Have you ever slow danced with someone?

Yes, but… not in a long time. I married a non-dancer. Sad, that.

 

When was the last time you laughed really hard?

Reading Sydney Padua’s 2D goggles Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage (fight crime) online comic.

 

Do your parents force you to go to church?

I was taken to church. There was not much coercion involved… it was far more subtle than that.

 

Do you get along with girls?

I get along with people. I don’t go checking their genitals or their ID cards first. Some people I get along with have XX chromosomes. Some have XY. I don’t get along with some XX or XYs, too. Dumbassity or not has nothing to do with gender or chromosomal makeup. (and yes, those are different.)

 

How long do you have until your birthday?

Just under six months.

 

Who did you last talk to in person?

C. This morning.

 

Do you want your tongue pierced?

No! See the above about piercings.

 

Are there any bruises on your body?

Yup. Always. Hard looks bruise me sometimes.

 

How late did you stay up last night and why?

I’m still up. Working.

 

Are you alright?

I’m all right, but the above spelling’s going to cause the author a world of hurt.

 

Has anybody ever told you that you have pretty eyes?

Yes

 

When’s the next time you’ll see one of your closest friend?

The one I married? No later than 6:30 tonight. The one that doesn’t share a mortgage with me? Saturday at the latest.

 

What are you doing tomorrow?

Editing. Printing. Groceries.

 

What are you doing after this?

Editing. Exercising. (Episode of Angel, I think.) Shower. Edit. Nap. Edit. Call for curry. Edit. Sleep. Ah, the glamorous, exciting life of a professional writer.

 

Do you like winter?

Objectively, winter’s okay. I prefer autumn and spring. Subjectively, I do like winter because it symbolizes the fact that I never, ever, ever !!! have to endure another Phoenix summer. I will gladly take some cold weather if I never need live in the endless sauna that is the Mohave Desert now.

 

What’s something you can’t wait for?

September, when my phone contract expires. My current phone is dying, but I’ll get it to limp through, dammit!

 

When is the next time you will kiss someone?

Between 4:30 and 6:30 tonight.

 

(I love Lorien’s answer “prolly when I scoop up the kitten…” and I considered swiping it, but I looked over at the cat, and guess what she was bathing? So… no.)

 

You’re thinking about someone, aren’t you?

Usually, yes. But yeah. A few people.

 

Have you ever been in love?

Yes. (And again with the married. Okay, so not necessary, but it sure does help.)

Archive: My Threes

Archive: originally posted 10/10/2010 on Facebook.

Three Names I have been called

1. The Nickname That Shall Not Be Uttered by Anyone Under 90 If Said Person Wishes a Response and To Keep Zer Kneecaps Attached.

2. Suzanna

3. Darling

 

Three Jobs I have had*

1. Shrink

2. Web Developer

3. Tech Writer

*Because I really did block out the ones before that. I can’t recall them AT ALL.

 

Three Places I have lived

1. Mexico, IN (Just north of Peru… and Chile. Seriously.)

2. Thousand Oaks, CA (Not that I ever personally counted.)

3. Port Charlotte, FL (Which sounds like a dessert.)

 

Three TV Shows that I watch**

1. Buffy the Vampire Slayer

2. Dr Who

3. Rome

** We don’t actually have television. I only watch what’s available on DVD or iTunes.

 

Three places I have been

1. Pike’s Peak, CO

2. Golden Gate

3. Provo, Utah (Don’t ask.)

 

Three of my favorite foods

1. Hatch chiles

2. green chile tamales

3. Lamb saag with extra spice (I think I see a theme here…)

 

Three friends I think will respond

1. Erin

2. Mark

3. Jae

 

Three things I am looking forward to in the near future.

1. Figuring out why my cat yowls at 11:23 every morning like demons are ripping her lungs out through her nose. (The question didn’t say I had to have an expectation of success, just anticipation.) (And yes, she’s fine. Neurotic as hell, but fine.)

2.Seeing The Time Traveler’s Wife (I loved the book, but IMDB says there’s not so much punk on the soundtrack… Coldplay… no. Lifehouse? Really no. Joy Division… sorta. Probaby a marketing decision, so they wouldn’t scare off the straights. Am taking bets about the Capitalist Mindfuck game…).

3. Dancing.

 

Three things I want to do that have yet to be done.

1. See Angkor Wat with my own personal eyeballs.

2. Restore the farmhouse (see above, re: the expectations of success)

3. Sell this fershlugginer book.

Archive: Inside the Actor’s Studio

Archive: Originally posted 10/10/2010 on Facebook.

Waiting for CDs to burn (because despite the ubiquity of iPods and other personal media players, no rental car company or manufacturer has thought to include AUX jacks in the car stereos…) because radio makes me homicidal, so…

 

Inside the Actor’s Studio.

 

RULES: Once you’ve been tagged, you are supposed to answer the ten (10) questions. At the end, choose people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you. If I tagged you, it’s because I want to know more about you.

 

To do this, go to “notes” under tabs on your profile page, paste these instructions in the body of the note, type your answers to the ten (10) questions, tag twenty-five (25) people (in the right hand corner) then click “publish.”

 

These ten (10) questions originally came from a French series, “Bouillon de Culture” hosted by Bernard Pivot. They’re better known as the questions that James Lipton asks every guest at the end of “Inside the Actor’s Studio.”

 

1. What is your favorite word?

probity

2. What is your least favorite word?

That, and, had, [to be] = [gerund]… or at least those are my personal bugaboos.

3. What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?

Words. Words. Words.

4. What turns you off?

Viciousness, unkindness, callousness, bigotry…

5. What is your favorite curse word?

All of them.

6. What sound or noise do you love?

Bond’s Hymn (linked here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vExp3P6m06U ) VNV Nation’s Legion Anachron ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDGMqBRBxmw ) my partner’s voice, my cats’ purrs, quiet (yes, it has a sound)

7. What sound or noise do you hate (dislike)?

Traffic. Anything too loud. Muzak

 

8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?

Neurology or neurosurgery

9. What profession would you not like to do?

Anything dealing with the general public… done my time in hell, thanks.

10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?

Library’s to the left. All the answers are there. Oh, and no worries, we don’t expect worship.

Archive: 50 Things

Archive: originally posted to Facebook, 10/10/2010

(I don’t Facebook anymore.)

1. What is the color of your toothbrush?

White & grey — it’s an electric and keeps my dentist far happier, which makes me happier since novacaine hates redheads.

2. Name one person who made you smile today?

It was one of THOSE days. (This isn’t a question, by the way. It’s an imperative statement, and should have a period, not a question mark.)

3. What were you doing at 8 am this morning?

Staring through a window.

4. What were you doing 45 minutes ago?

Multi-tasking.

5. What is your favorite candy bar?

I don’t think they make it — it would be dark chocolate Mars bar (or Almond Snickers) topped with salt crystals. I’ve imagined it a million times. Dark toblerone or dark-chocolate covered pretzels…

6. Have you ever been to a strip club?

Yes, if burlesque counts. Oh, wait — yes. (Obviously, not memorable.)

7. What is the last thing you said aloud?

C and I were talking about cyberpunk, bionic eyes, my glaucoma and pending blindness, maintaining my independence, having to move to an actual city rather than suburbistan (for the public transit) and which of us would be more miserable — me, dependent and blind in the middle of nowhere, or even suburbistan, or him, stuck in a city. (Long conversation; I don’t recall exactly what the last phrase was.) (I said, it was one of THOSE days.)

8. What is your favorite ice cream?

Glacier Death by Chocolate. (It’s so dark chocolate, it’s black.)

9. What was the last thing you had to drink?

Coke Zero.

10. Do you like your wallet?

I own one. It works. I don’t have a value judgment on it at the moment…

11. What was the last thing you ate?

Veggie pita thingy, grapes and tabbouleh (not gyros; I can’t make those.)

12. Have you bought any new clothing items this week?

No. I try not to buy, and I make most of my clothing because according to clothing manufacturers, I’m too short to have these measurements and I only wear four (creeping towards a 5th) colors.

13. The last sporting event you watched?

Baseball, a year ago. I like live baseball, but haven’t gone this year since C (and all of my local friends) hate baseball.

14. What is your favorite flavor of popcorn?

I really hate the stuff, all flavors, all kinds. I don’t mind toffee corn once every year or so, but toffee corn is hard to find.

15. Who is the last person you sent a text message to?

Erin.

16. Ever go camping?

Lots. Girl Scout, and we still do it sometimes.

17. Do you take vitamins daily?

Nope. Lotsa veggies and fruit instead.

18. Do you go to church every Sunday?

*chortles*

*snickers*

*busts a gut*

 

No.

19. Do you have a tan?

Ever seen Buffy the Vampire Slayer? Know how vampires in that ficton/’verse go poof when sunlight hits ’em? I’m not *quite* that bad…. so no.

20. Do you prefer Chinese food over pizza?

I’ll take bad Chinese over bad pizza (it’s hard to make lo mein inedible, but that’s not true of pizza), but I’d rather have extremely well done pizza over good Chinese.

I’d rather have Indian, Thai or Vietnamese than either.

21. Do you drink your soda with a straw?

Nope — I like sodas from bottles. Everything else but hot tea and milk, yes. I like both straws and my camelbak nalgene bottles.

22. What did your last text message say?

I knew it!! This is really from the NSA — asking about my religion, if I smile — you’re trying to make me out to be a humorless liberal terrorist, aren’t you?? Well, buddy, if you want to know about my texting habits, you can damn well subpoena my phone records and I’ll see you in court!

23. What are you doing tomorrow?

Same thing I do every day, Pinky. Try to take over the world.

24. Look to your left, what do you see?

Printer. Map of Galantier. Map of the Porsirian Continent. 2 pictures. Map of Watable paele. Post-it Easel pad for REALLY BIG sticky notes.

25. How many e-mail accounts do you have?

one that I check regularly; two that I use as spam dumps.

26. What color is your watch?

Black and gunmetal.

27. What do you think of when you hear Australia?

the three hours Baz Luhrmann owes me.

28. Do you go in a fast food place or go through drive through?

Drive through if it’s late or I’m alone. Don’t do much FF though. Something of a food snob.

29. Have you ever done any drugs other than marijuana?

Haven’t done pot. (Being allergic and all.) I’ve had fun with a few of my legit prescriptions (Staying awake on Ambien is fun…) but I know what complex molecules do to my brain. It doesn’t need help being weird…

30. What is your favorite number?

People have favorite numbers? Am I supposed to? Why didn’t I get this memo?

31. Who’s the last person you talked to on the phone?

Put that in the subpoena, too, buddy.

32. Any plans today?

Edit. Grocery store. Edit.

33. How many states have you lived in?

5. Indiana, Florida, Arizona, California, Colorado.

34. Biggest annoyance right now?

My optic nerves. My anterior cruciate ligaments (or lack thereof). Hypergraphia. And, the, then, of, that, [to be] + gerund constructions.

35. Last song listened to?

Eclipse (Dimension D Remix) by Apoptygma Berzerk is on. Dirt, by Assemblage 23, just finished. (Gotta love Industrial Blues.)

36. Can you say the alphabet backwards?

If pressed. I rarely reverse-alphabetize. Is there a pressing need for this bit of arcana?

37. Do you have a maid service clean your house?

As long as I’m capable of doing something, I will keep doing it before I’ll pay someone to do it for me. Knowing someday I will have to hire out the mopping and dusting and stuff is depressing, not something to look forward to. (Not that this makes me a good housekeeper, mind you…thus do I have a vacuuming robot.)

38. Favorite pair of shoes you wear all the time?

Wing-tip Mary Jane 2.5″ heels, a pair of very old-fashioned (think 20s) laced pumps, 3 hole Doc Martens, black plaid keds. (Also, not a question again. Statement.)

39. Are you jealous of anyone?

Another memo I didn’t get.

40. Is anyone jealous of you?

If anyone is, zie needs to get a life.

41. Do you love anyone?

Yes.

42. Do any of your friends have children?

Yes, some. Most don’t. Lots of acquaintances do, and remind me regularly why I don’t.

43. What do you usually do during the day?

Stuff. Just like you.

44. Do you hate anyone that you know right now?

I have a lot of contempt for certain individuals, but hate just takes energy I have better uses for. Better to ignore the ones I’m forced to deal with (by genetic chance or long association) than waste my precious mental cycles on something that only saps me and does nothing to them.

Now the day my hate actually affects someone other than me… *Very Evil Grin*

45. Do you use the word ‘hello’ daily.

Not really. Was that a question? Who is your proof-reader?

46. What color is your car?

*sigh* Gold. I wanted a different color, but that was the one that had the (lack of) “features*” we wanted that was on the lot on the day we went shopping. (Since we didn’t own a car at all at the time, we didn’t want to order one and wait.)

*AKA things that break and cost us a lot to fix…

47. Are you thinking about someone right now?

Not of a person… more hoping that my car manufacturer comes out with a boxy little efficient ScionB/Element/Soul type vehicle soon so I can trade in my gold thing and get the loyalty reward on top of the trade in value…

48. Where was the last place you went for vacation?

What is this word of which you speak? Most of the time, when I have to travel, it’s not optional. I don’t get much writing done when I’m not at home. I did spend three days by myself in Chicago decompressing recently…

49. Have you ever been to Six Flags?

Nope. None of them.

50. How did you get your worst scar?

Well, there was this — oh, you mean physical. Four inches on L wrist from surgery to repair it — failed (turns out, my tendons are really soft…) It’s much older, so less obvious. Three inches on R knee from ACL repair… thinking that one may need more work here soon.

The psychic ones are far more interesting, but this isn’t group therapy and that NSA guy sitting in his basement isn’t entitled to those.