February 14th, 2004

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Friday Five: Superstitious?

I know the 13th is now over, but...

1. Are you superstitious?

Not too much. The biggest superstition I have and exercise has to do with "jinxing" things by talking about them too soon. Like counting your chickens before they're hatched kind of thing really bothers me. I do it a lot, but I always quickly self-correct or knock on wood or stifled myself from saying something if I can. I try to make my statements more realistic, instead of "This WILL happen" because I don't want to force the universe to act against me. I'd rather be more skeptical and then let the world surprise me with its generosity, rather than bragging about something and then being kicked in the stomach.

2. What extremes have you heard of someone going to in the name of superstition?

As a freshman in college I met a floormate who wouldn't come in my dorm room because I had a ouija board. (Which, I might add, I don't ever / haven't ever used for any sort of seance or other work. I use it as a work surface and tray.) I guess that was more a religious thing but religion is a lot of superstition after all.

Outside of that, the fact that most animal shelters have a high proportion of black cats shows people are dumb. A lot of people won't get a black cat or give them up for being spooky. Personaly, that's the only kind besides a tabby or Maine Coone I'd want.

3. Believer or not, what's your favorite superstition?

Although I've never known anyone who does this, the whole salt over the shoulder thing intrigues me b/c it seems very ancient.

4. Do you believe in luck? If yes, do you have a lucky number/article of clothing/ritual?

I don't believe in luck, but I do believe in the power of intention. I believe we have it within ourselves to influence the world without "doing" anything, but simply by our beings interacting with the world, which is all made up of the same substance, even if it's not all visible. So using "intention" I think luck can happen or be more likely to happen.

I don't think I have any lucky objects or clothes. I have clothes I wear for reactions from people but I don't have lucky undies or socks or something.

5. Do you believe in astrology? Why or why not?

In the main, no. Basically, almost any mainstream astrology stuff, say, printed in a paper, is simply subscribing to human psychological tendencies to draw illogical conclusions and inferences. People, reading astrologies, use the vague words to fit their situation, at the same time tossing out whatever is wrong with a "Well, can't be all right" and ignoring the fact that other signs might have more relevent advice.

One very interesting study I've read about was a teacher giving a class of students astrology readings matching their signs. The students then had to go over the things and say whether they applied to them or not. Most of the students said "Oh, this fits me perfectly!" Well, turns out the teacher had deliberately given the students the wrong readings, so it was only b/c they wanted to believe the readings that they were correct.

On the positive side, I have met a few people who seem to know astrology on a deeper level and have said interesting things ot me about my personality and human relationships based on my sign. My birthday is Aug. 22 so I'm on the cusp but definiltey more a Virgo, I am told. Caleb is an Aries, which I'm told explains a lot, though I don't know if I believe in any of that really.
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The alphabet meme

This one is just random enough I like it.

A - Age: 29
B - Band listening to right now: Einsturzende Neubaten
C - Career in future: Same as now, plus more work as author
D - Dad's name: Dick
E - Easiest person to talk to: Caleb
F - Favorite song at the moment: All the songs on Bowie's Reality
G - Gummy Bears or Gummy Worms: Worms (longer, slimier, mushier)
H - Hometown: Andover, Massachusetts
I - Instruments: piano, flute
J - Job title: Freelance Web Developer
K - Kids: None
L - Longest car ride ever Andover, Mass. to Algoquin Provincial Park, Ontario (about 13 hours)
M - Mom's name: Hannah
N - Number of siblings: 4
O - Oldest sibling: Nancy (Age 44)
P - Phobia[s]: Driving, cars, taking off in planes (though I do that a lot), balconies, falling down stairs... Um, I guess a lot of stuff having to do with moving around and getting hurt somehow.
Q - Quote you like: The best lack all convictions while the worst are filled with passionate intensity.
R - Reason to smile: Got free chocolate TWICE yesterday
S - Song you sang last: Some David Bowie songs
T - Time you wake up: 8:30
U - Unknown fact about me: Put in "special gym" classes for several years, along with mostly retarded kids, because I needed extra help due to extreme clumsiness and lack of coordination
V - Vegetable you hate: None, I love all vegies... Um, wait, forget that, because I think squash is a vegie. If watermelon is a vegie too, I *hate* that.
W - Worst habit: Picking my nose
X - X-rays you've had: hand (time brother mushed finger in door); teeth (zillions of times); chest (severe pneumonia); sinuses (sinus infection). Also have had barium enema (see-through colon!) and CT scan of head.
Y - Yummy food: Chocolates filled with liquor
Z - Zodiac sign: Virgo
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This is a GOOD thing?

So I keep getting spam with the subject "Stay rock hard for 3 days." Like... why would any man want that? Like, doesn't the guy have to walk around, go to work, go shopping. Is he just going to have this tentpole sticking out for DAYS?
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You Might Be a Yankee if

marchenland posted what I thought was a very cute "You're probably from Louisiana if..." thing today, got me searching for some good "You might be a Yankee if..." ones. Of course, I had to be careful, since there are some of them that are written by Southerners to be mean, but I did find this one...

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Clever, clever!

I have to say, I think what they're doing in San Francisco with the marriages is awesome. I mean, imagine they get like 2000 couples married. In my opinion, the opposition is going to look really BAD if they try and go invalidate those marriages or annul them or whatever. Imagine if the campaign went like statewide and every gay couple wanted to get married found some city willing to do it legally -- and then there would be freaking tens of thousands of married same-sex couples -- "and what God has joined, so he shall not strike asunder." He he...
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You might be a guinea pig if...

I made this one up myself :)

You might be a guinea pig if...

  • You are more easily startled than Wendy.
  • The sound of toast popping from the toaster sends you running for your safe paper bag or box.
  • You consider a cardboard box or paper bag as good or better than armor.
  • You think squishing yourself into a box, even with you butt and whiskers sticking out, means you're invisible.
  • You think staying very still makes you invisible.
  • The sound of rustling plastic sends you "wieking" for that yummy green stuff.
  • You strongly disagree with the saying "hay is for horses."
  • Somebody scratching your lower back makes you kind of horny.
  • You can't see your feet.
  • Your owner can't see your feet much either. (This isn't true of flat-haired breeds.)
  • You have a lot of inbred family.
  • You and your roommate fight nightly over possession of the pigloo, only to end up both sleeping together in a ball by morning.
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Reconnecting with the youngins

Got an unexpected phone call tonight, from YouthPride, the queer youth org I was involved with for several years. A couple months back I'd sent a note to the director saying how I might be able to come in a do some kind of talk or workshop related to writing or SF/fantasy book or something, and tonight they decided to take me up on it by inviting me to come do a talk next month.

It'll be on a Friday night for like 2 hours, with youth ranging age 13-24 to hear from "the queer writer and editor" (ha ha, although that's cool with me). I think what I'm going to do is talk a l'il bit about how I was in YP, then how I got into reading VC slash, then the whole Storm/Wraeththu thing and then writing. I want to talk about writing and stuff like getting beta readers, ways to explore ideas, etc. Finally I want to do some book recs, like based on my article I already wrote, plus some other stuff I've been reading since like Ursula Le Guin.

This'll be fun! Oh, and on top of that, I think I'm going to try to get a copy of the new Enchantments and do a drawing. Plus I'll bring printed book links, IP flyers, etc. Yes, I WILL recruit!

And one other thing, the woman I spoke with said they might also like me to come back in April and do a writing workshop. I think I could do that, just need to think about what we can do. But I'm good at leading groups, doing exercises, it shouldn't be a problem.

Anyway, glad to be doing fun volunteer work!
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