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Writer's Block: Pet central

Some animal rights activists are fighting to replace the term 'owner' with 'guardian' to convey a more balanced relationship between a person and her or his pet. Do you agree or disagree with the importance of this mission?

Sorry, as much as I love my cat and rats, I am an "owner" until they go out, get jobs, and earn their own money. Then, and only then, will I consider changing the term to "guardian".

Writer's Block: Too scary!!

Was there something you were afraid of as a child that just seems silly to you now?

Car washes. Honest to Dog.

Writer's Block: Collector's piece

Do you collect anything? If so, describe your favorite collection (past or present).

Books, mostly. I have over 600 books and I'm constantly running out of places to keep them. I also have a smallish keychain collection, and a bunch of wolf-themed items. I know, the last collection seem horribly lame to some, but I don't really care.

Mar. 27th, 2010

Went to the Fukui "Suicide Cliffs" today, which are basalt rock structures along the Sea of Japan. And yes, people really have offed themselves by jumping into the ocean. Nice place, despite the reputation, and I got my first real look at the ocean. Also went to a fish market along the coast, and ate an early dinner of what had been caught that morning.
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Writer's Block: Secret song

What's the most embarrassing CD or track in your music library? How often do you listen to it? Do you share it with your friends or keep it to yourself?

*Mumble* "The Bad Touch" *blush* and I pretty much have it have it because it's catchy as hell. I think a couple people know I have it, but it's still an embarrassment.
Other songs I've hated myself for liking include "Dragostea din tei" (yes, that song) and "Disturbia", as well as some of the songs that have featured in Disney films.
*hangs head in shame*

Writer's Block: Best book ever!

Is there any book you can read over and over again without ever getting sick of it? Do you discover something new every time you read it?

When I was a kid/teen, I used to re-read the first few books in the Redwall series over and over again. It was escapism at its best, and those books got me through some really rough times in my life. I've also read Watership Down, Tailchaser's Song, The Clan of the Cave Bear, The Hobbit, Coyote Blue, The Last Herald-Mage trilogy, A Clockwork Orange, and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest at least two times each. I've also had to read Night and The Odyssey twice for high school and college.
Even though I just read it, I'd like to read Lolita again, but as part of a book club, so I could discuss it, as I think I'd get more out if it. And the next time I read it, I'll actually get up off my lazy ass and look up translations for the French words and phrases that are used all too often by Humbert.
I'm taking Tad William's Otherland novels to Japan with me, as re-reading all four will take about three months.
Geez, in less than 36 hours I'll be on a plane to Tokyo, and the next time that I post will probably be from Brychan's apartment. I'm getting pretty nervous, this is quite the trip, as I've never even traveled extensively out of Michigan.

Writer's Block: Between the slices

What's your favorite sandwich? Do you make it yourself or go somewhere special to buy it? What's in it?!

I nearly drown in my own saliva if a Reuben is mentioned. Corned beef, sauerkraut, swiss cheese, and rye bread, I'm sure it's a love-it-or-hate-it sammich for a lot of people, but I happen to absolutely love it. No thousand island dressing for me, though, and if you put coleslaw on it instead of sauerkraut and try to pass it off as a Reuben, I might come and kick your butt around for a bit. Nonetheless, the best Reubens in my area are served at The Bread Basket delis: http://www.breadbasketdelis.com/
Had lunch at a Slow's BAR B Q (which had been featured on Man vs. Food) in the Corktown district of Detroit. http://slowsbarbq.com/index.php
Went there for a late lunch/early dinner, and even at three in the afternoon, the place was packed, we waited about 45 minutes for a table, but the service was quick and friendly. Had the baby-back ribs, which were prepared in a dry rub style, with a nice coating of spices on the meat. They were delicious, although maybe a bit dry. Each entree comes with two sides, and the sides are pretty big as compared to most side dishes in other restaurants. I had the coleslaw and the mac and cheese, which were good, although both sides were seasoned with a lot of pepper. Slow's also has an interesting assortment of sauces, the apple BBQ sauce in particular was unique, and quite tasty, although the flavor of the NC (I assume NC means North Carolina) BBQ reminded me of some of the vinegar-based chili sauces found in various Asian cuisines. Like a lot of BBQ restaurants, Slow's is not especially vegetarian-friendly, but they do have a vegetarian "chicken" sandwich, as well as a few different fish sandwiches and entrees. The bar stocks a lot of Michigan-made beers, such as Bell's and Dragonmead products.
All in all, a very good restaurant, but I love barbecue and I'm a sucker for any meat preparation that one can eat off the bone (I'm sure my poor demi-veggie parents wonder how they raised such a carnivore). I'm definitely looking forward to returning to try the chicken. For food that good, I don't even mind the long wait.

Writer's Block: Fuzzy friend

If you could have any fictional creature from a book, film, or TV show as your pet, which one would you choose, and why?

Although they're not pets, I would very much like to have a daemon (His Dark Materials trilogy). Having a companion who is literally a part of one's soul sounds comforting. I'd like to think that mine would either have the form of a red squirrel or a bull terrier type mutt. No way in hell would I ever get more than a few feet away from my daemon, though. That sort of physical/emotional/spiritual pain would probably kill me.
Having a Shin'a'in bred battle-steed (Heralds of Valdemar series) would also be cool, for the sheer bad-assery of it. Having a hertasi to clean up after me would also be nice, though that's a very selfish thought.
I'm also tempted to say Totetsu (Petshop of Horrors manga series), but having to keep large amounts of raw meat (human meat, if he so demands!) on hand and having to deal with the dear tiger-goat thing's unpredictable temper is quite a downside.
A beautiful image of T-Chan:
Oh! One more, another "not so much a pet as a friend", type creature. Temeraire, his coloring makes him look sinister, but he's pretty much Neutral Good.

Writer's Block: Single pride day

Given that we're less than a week out from Valentines, how do you feel about the approaching holiday? Will you participate or abstain? If you're not in a relationship, how will you celebrate your single status?

I'm sort of excited this year, not so much for the schmaltzy cards and poor quality chocolate, but due to the fact that I'm going to be traveling to Japan and visiting Brychan for a couple months, starting in early March. Since I'm going to be flying in to Narita airport, Bry and I will spend a day or two in Tokyo, and he's excited about visiting the section of the city known as Akihabara ("Electric Town") and I'll probably buy him a Valentine's/belated X-mas gift or two for him there and buy him dinner.
And for those wondering, my mom will be caring for my rats while I'm gone. She absolutely adores Scoff and Diva, so I have no worries about leaving them in her care.

And now for something completely different...

Heh, biology humor. Video found via http://fuckingdelicious.tumblr.com/

Writer's Block: R/evolutionary war

If humanity were to become extinct, do you think another animal species would evolve to take our place? What lessons do you think they'd learn from our successes and failures?

I'd like to think either rats, cockroaches, or octopi would take humanity's place, mostly because rats and cockroaches are damn near indestructible, and octopi are incredibly smart (demonstrating impressive problem-solving skills) and have specialized evolutionary adaptations such as camouflage.
I'm not sure if another species would evolve to the point where it could study humanity's remains and actively learn from them, but I'd think that any animal that involves to be the "dominant" species on Earth would have to have ways to naturally or artificially protect themselves from the toxins and chemicals left by plastics and other artificial polymers and by nuclear waste, or any other man made product that biodegrades slowly or not at all. Maybe this species would evolve super-efficient livers or a layer of skin that would selectively filter out harmful substances. I'd also think that this species would also be relatively small (megafauna has sooo been done...) physically, in order to make better use of scarce natural resources. If and if these resources were in very high demand, these animals would also be omnivores, or even evolve a sort of photosynthesis. And like Japanese crows who have learned how to make nests with wire coat hangers, these animals would also use mankind's garbage to their maximum benefit, maybe making large colonies on the sites of former dumps.
But that's just speculation on my part.