I was recently nominated for this award, by the wonderful This Made Me Smile Today blog. Check it out! Not only is it awesome, it DID make me smile. Thank you for the nomination, Candice! It took awhile to post this, my apologies.
I shall now answer the 11 questions that This Made Me Smile submitted for me.
When did you start your blog, and why?
2009. I liked the ability to post my thoughts, fancies, etc, and receive feedback. So cool, Love the community.
Where did you grow up?
Winnipeg and Vancouver, Canada
Who, living or dead, would you most like to meet/have met?
Dead: Spike Milligan – big influence, Winston Churchill, Cary Grant, and many many more. Living: Steve Martin, Stephen King, Hayao Miyazaki. The way all their minds work is fascinating. Also, the first person who thought oysters might taste good. The STONES of that individual.
Who was the greatest influence in your life?
My family. And Saturday morning cartoons. Not in that order. Kidding!
If you could go back in time, when, and where would you go?
I know if I say ‘caveman days’, my credibility will go out the window. So, I’ll say late 70’s early 80’s, the intersection of great movies and music, Jaws, punk rock, new wave, blockbusters. Love that time but was too young to fully appreciate.
If you could stay at any age, what would it be?
(thinks) Wonder if anyone says the age they are now? In the interest of answering, I’ll say 22, old enough to be treated like an adult, but still young enough to enjoy the newness of things. I have a couple of kids, on the opposite brackets of adolescence. I observe their lives with loving interest.
What’s your favourite pastime?
Okay, what is this, an interrogation? I love to run and weight train, I have been in (meaning I wore a number) some marathons, and 10K runs. And, surprisingly, I love to draw and paint. Love patting dogs and often will do so, even during a marathon, and still achieve scorching times.
Do you have a pet, or pets?
We now have an awesome hamster, name of Mochi. We feed him greens and non-greens. (yes, processed snacks) In the past, we have alway had dogs (shout out to Harold, Rosie, Laika, wonder if they were reunited with their balls up there. Another mystery.)
What is one highlight of your life?
Ah so many. But you said ‘one’. Getting to live in England in a small village was one. (I have dual citizenship) Having my artwork displayed across Canada in the 90s was two. haha sorry (I was contracted by a sporting goods company to come up with a cartoony character for their apparel.)
What’s your favourite holiday?
(thinks) Does anyone ever say their birthday? (in this narcissistic selfie stick world we live in) What the hell: my birthday! Oh and Christmas. Does anyone ever answer otherwise? Guy Fawkes Night is awesome. Any holiday that ends with huge bonfires is tops in my book.
What’s your dream job?
Easiest question yet: syndicated and in the papers. Or its digital counterpart!
Hey, that was fun. So, here’s some bonus questions. (thanks AV Club)
If you could spend the rest of your life inside one movie or TV show, what would it be and why?
For movie, it would probably be Stand By Me, because that movie most mirrors my early adolescent years, skirting trouble, teasing dogs, breaking school property, walking across train trestles. Lived in the forested environs of North Vancouver, BC and the unforested Prairies. (that is, Manitoba) Almost everything, in fact, except seeing a dead body, a human one anyway. A lot of dead dogs, birds, and a dead cat (my friend’s dad accidentally shot it with an arrow). Hmm, but for LIFE? I love Santa Rosa, the town that Hitchcock’s Shadow of a Doubt was filmed in. In spite of its dark theme, I would love to live in that setting with the eccentric townspeople. And discuss methods of murder with my neighbour.
TV shows I would to spend my life inside? Adventure Time. My young son and I watch that show for hours. (which I suppose I’ll regret on my deathbed but not the time spent with my son) It is so unpredictable/surreal and has a humour and sophistication that appeals to me. I would love to live in such a universe, where nothing is as it seems, idiotic things happen, and what is seemingly normal is rendered absurd. Also, Happy Days. As antiseptic and artificial as they come, who WOULDN’T want to live there? NO ONE eats cereal out of a huge bowl at dinnertime there.
Do you have a favorite swear word or phrase? How often do you use it and in what circumstances?
Yes, I like to use the word ‘defo’ for definitely, most assuredly. ‘Fxckwit’ for someone who is an idiot. Useful when driving. ‘What the blazes’ is a favourite of mine, useful in all situations where there is instability and chaos. It is archaic and somehow satisfying. I feel like Mark Twain wearing a straw hat when I utter a ‘What the blazes is going on here?‘, to my kids. I frequently use the ‘not too shabby’ phrase in answer to the ubiquitous How’s it going?
When my children were younger and easier to command, I would often say the following in response to annoying requests from my kids, Okay, hmmm, what’s the word I’m looking for . . . Oh yeah: NO!
Thanks for reading, everyone back in the pool . . . remember: four long whistle blasts means imminent missile attack.