Also, there was a guy playing Talamasca in his car. This made me happy all the way to work. ;-)
Have you ever:
22. Watched a meteor shower?
I don’t think so, but I can remember sitting in a hot pool at Harbin Hot Springs in California (home of militant fascist hippies and some weird technique known as watsu, which seems to be a good excuse for a pickup line), with beagl and kimeros, counting satellites and being amazed at how many man made things are up there and that they don’t crash into each other.
23. Gotten drunk on champagne?
No. I’ve been a teetotaller for most of my life, and in my days of trying to be like everyone else and actually drinking alcohol, I tried rum, beer, tequila and gin – all of which have made me heinously ill in their own unique ways from time to time. I have yet to find a form of alcohol that’s palatable, although Rosebud cocktails have potential.
24. Given more than you can afford to charity?
Only in time, never in money. My family was never in a position to be giving to charities when I was growing up, and so I never got into the habit. I find it ‘interesting’ walking to work along Lambton quay on charity collection days, when you’re passing people every hundred metres or so, in what I’m guessing is an attempt to guilt you into giving. I can almost see it as a form of manipulation, and make a point of not giving to street collectors. If I have money to spare for charity, I’ll choose the charity and give through a direct deposit rather than encourage the in–your–face manipulative behaviour.
25. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope?
When I was a kid, my brother and I belonged to a group called Explorers, which was essentially fast–track learning for ‘gifted’ children, to keep us from getting bored and starting an organised crime ring. The Auckland Observatory was one of my favourite places, although I got bored with it when I realised that I’d have to wait to see special things, and that close up, the stars weren’t as pretty as they are from a distance.
26. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment?
Like, when being harangued by the school principal and he’d just used a word that you knew was the wrong one in context and had sexual connotations? During sex? On stage during a live performance of a serious play? When chairing a meeting of industry representatives and someone says “The erection of members is all wrong on this page”??
All of the above.
27. Had a food fight?
A good fight? No. I’ve only been in one real fight in my life, and while at the time it was a release of pent-up emotion, afterwards I felt bad for having lost control of my temper, and for having hurt someone.
[EDIT] Hahaha I totally misread that. It says food fight, doesn't it? No, I've never had one of those. Can someone please explain the appeal?
28. Bet on a winning horse?
Yes. I only bet at the track, where I can see the horses in the flesh and judge them based on my knowledge of horses. I usually come home with about double the $20 I allow myself to bet. The exception is the Melbourne Cup, in which I have a 24 year history of betting, and have never picked a winner.
29. Asked out a stranger?
Only in that ‘Hey, we’ve had this random conversation and I quite like you, wanna go for coffee?’ kind of way. I’m quite socially reserved and have been described as aloof – I tend to not initiate that kind of thing (mostly out of fear of rejection). Yes, I’m probably missing opportunities but, you know, it doesn’t feel like it. How many people does one need in one’s life?
30. Had a snowball fight?
Yes, at every opportunity. My contact with snow is limited enough that it never gets old to chuck snow at people and be chucked back at.
Last night was Juno, which I thoroughly recommend as a feelgood movie with some hilarious one-liners in it. There was also Burger King. I'm in two minds about Burger King - it's not really value for money, and the step up from McDonalds is probably more psychological than real. I haven't had it for over a year. But I do like their fake-icecream shakes, and the patties at least have the texture of meat. I'm pretty sure the tomato was real too.
My uncle and auntie arrived from Australia yesterday. I haven't seen them for 22 years (since I was 15, for those who care about such things). To be honest, I wouldn't know them if I fell over them. Apparently my auntie looks like Mum. We're going for dinner with them on Saturday, and will probably spend some time hanging out during the week. It's... weird.. having relatives. I'm so used to my family being immediate family only, and there only being four of us, that including relative strangers who share the same blood is going to be a new experience for me. When I was 15 doesn't count, since I was your typical off-in-my-own-world teenager at the time, and barely remember it.
How does one go about bonding with one's brand new blood relatives?