David Brider (davidbrider) wrote,
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Notting Hill</b>.


Elvis or Madonna?
Neither particularly, but I used to be quite fond of Madonna, so I'll say her.

Green or red?
Red was always my favourite colour. When I was young enough to bother having a favourite colour.

Sci-fi thriller or trashy romance?
Depends. I could be happy with either.

Martial arts or yoga?

Lollipop or Hershey's Kiss?
Don't know what a Hershey's Kiss is, so I'll go for a lollipop.

When you sleep, bedroom door open or closed?
Open. Unless we have visitors.

Jacket or sweatshirt?
No preference, but I'm more likely to be wearing a sweatshirt.

Radio or CDs?
iPod, for preference. In the car I tend to alternate between radio and CDs in about equal measure.

Recliner chair or cushion on the floor?
Erm. Chair's probably more comfy.

Bunk bed: top or bottom?
Top. :-)

Handwriting or typing?

Chicken Soup: the book or the food?
I've never read the book, and I can't stand chicken soup (despite liking chicken), so...neither.

Ballet or jazz?
No preference, unless we're talking music (as opposed to dancing), in which case yeah, I like listening to jazz.


1. If babies could talk at birth, what do you think would be the first thing they say?
If they're Stephen Fry, "I'm not going up one of those again!"

2. If you could read minds, would you enjoy knowing what people were thinking, or would breaching their privacy bother you? Would you consider it a burden to know everyone's innermost thoughts?
I don't know. For my own sanity as much as anything else, I think I'd probably refrain from prying.

3. Do you think you could survive in the Middle Ages?
I doubt it!

4. If you knew as a little kid what you know now, what one situation would you choose to do differently?
Mmm. Something.

5. If you were given the choice to know exactly when, how, and where you would die, would you choose to know? And if you did choose to know, would you try and cheat death?
Don't know. I think I'd choose to know, if only so I could be well-prepared for the moment when it came. And well-dressed.

6. If you got pregnant (guys, just play along) before you were ready, what would you do? Would you ask your parents for help, or keep it from them?
I'd hope I could be a good dad.

7. Do you think you would enjoy being the opposite sex for the rest of your life? What would be so enjoyable/hellish about it?
Don't know. I'm kind of used to being me, so I don't think I'd want to change.

8. If someone came up with an elixir that made you immortal, would you take it? If you would, what would you do with all the extra time? If you wouldn't, well, why not?
Yeah, I think I'd take it. If only because I've always thought it'd be interesting to know what'll happen in the future - will we ever develop the technology to go outside the solar system, to colonise other planets, etc?

9. Does the thought of being a vampire appeal to or disgust you?
It doesn't disgust me, but I don't think I'd relish it either.

10.If you were given magical powers to do just one thing, what would you do (besides giving yourself unlimited magical powers)?
Time travel.

11. If you could go back into history and change one thing only, what would you change? What do you think the repercussions of the change will be?
I'd take a video machine and compatible equipment, record all the missing Doctor Who episodes when they first went out, and then bring them back to the present day. And share them with all of fandom, of course.


Did you think this survey was truly original?
Yes, but it appears to be only half way through.


Have you ever been so happy it's depressing?
No, although sometimes I'm chipper enough to annoy other people.

Do you own a mood ring?
I don't even know what one is.

Have you ever run into a screen door?
No, although I walked into a tree once because I wasn't looking where I was going.

What do you get high off of?
Well, not drugs or drink. ! Being with friends, particularly geeky friends, and just generally geeking out, is a good way of being.

How are you feeling?
Mostly chilled out at the moment, but my left knee is giving me a bit of gip.

Who's the last person you took a picture with?
Can't remember, but most likely Sarah.

When's the last time you brushed your hair?
That'd be this morning, after I washed it.

What's a letter that appeals to you?
They're all pretty much the same.

Name something you dig that starts with that letter:
Mm. See above answer.

Which friend's parents do you like the best?
In many cases, I don't even *know* my friends parents! But I'm particularly fond of Sarah's mum and late dad, mainly because without them, I wouldn't have such a wonderful person as Sarah in my life.

Have you gotten held back in any grade?

What's something that you think is pretty?
Sarah. Obv.

Have you, or are you planning to finish high school?
Done that a wee while back.

Do you miss your mum or your dad?
No, we're in fairly regular contact.

Do you have a second mum and dad?
Well, my mum is married to my stepdad, and my dad left my mum and remarried (but I've never really thought of her as my stepmum, probably 'cos we didn't grow up together).

What's the last thing you saw that was on the news or in the paper?
I don't remember, but a few minutes ago one of my work colleagues announced that Number 10 is 100% behind Jeremy Hunt, and there was much laughter at the fact that this means his days are numbered...

Do you believe everything happens for a reason?
Everything? No. Some things? Yes. Possibly. Maybe.

Are you reading a good book?
The Understudy, by David Nicholls. I'm enjoying it.

What's the last homecooked meal you had?
I tend to live mainly off Tesco Fish Pies these days, but over the weekend I made myself some mackerel potato salad (which, as the name suggests, consists of mackerel - grilled; potatoes - mashed; salad cream; and also peas. All mixed up together in a gloopy mess. Yummy.)

What's the last fast food you had?
A bag of crisps.

Do you think Justin Timberlake sings like a girl?
I've no idea.

Do you have any bad habits?
None whatsoever. *watches nose grow a bit longer* Well, okay...

Do you feel more brave or uneasy ATM?
At the moment, chilled.

What would you do if you got your mobile phone taken away right now?
I'd ask for it back.

Have you ever overheard your parents fighting?
Not fighting per se, but certainly they've been known to argue and row a bit. Well, that's mum and stepdad.

Would you rather eat black licorice or red licorice?
Neither, I *hate* licorice. And that's not the UK spelling, is it?

Have you ever thought you were going to drown?
No. I'm a fairly competent swimmer, although I don't do it often, and I wouldn't be dumb enough to go somewhere where I was out of my depth or felt I was taking risks.

When's the last time you took sleeping pills?
Never, that I can recall.

What's the last movie you saw in cinemas?
Titanic 3D.

What's one good part in the movie?
The beginning, the end, and pretty much everything in the middle. (Biased? Me?)

Would you rather live in the Caribbean or Ireland?
Either would suit me fine. Ireland would probably be better as I suspect the Caribbean would be a bit sweltering. Of course, if I lived in Ireland, I'd have to do something involving taking a fridge round the country.

Are you good at hopscotch?
I can't remember. It's been a while.

Do they have hurricanes where you live?
Not regularly.

What would you think if you met a person named Scrambled Eggs?
I'd wonder why his parents were so cruel.

What's an animal that you've never seen but want to see?
Dolphins. I don't *think* I've ever seen them. But I'd love to go swimming with them.


What's your worst personality flaw?
Low self esteem.

Have you ever gone to therapy?

Would you ever parachute off of a plane?
I don't know. I doubt it, as I'm very scared of heights. And yes, I'm aware that the thing with parachutes is that it involves having increasingly *less* height, but even so... I think I'd be too scared of what could go wrong.

Have you ever ridden an elephant?
Yes, when Sarah and I were in Thailand.

Are you Irish in any way?
Not to the best of my knowledge.

Have you ever ridden in a U-Haul?
I do not even know what that is.

Do you like to play Scrabble?
Yeah, but it's not my favourite way of killing time.

Have you ever been to a nude beach?
No. If I did, I've probably be incredibly self conscious and stay fully clothed so as not to draw attention to myself, despite the fact that that probably *would* draw attention to me...

Have you ever had Sex on the Beach (drink)?
No. As a teetotaller, I'm unlikely to.

What are you saving your money up for right now?
They say money talks, but all it ever seems to say to me is "goodbye." Seriously, I'd love to just get out of my overdraft.

What was the last gift card you received?
None, I'm not really a gift card person.

Does the number of people a person's slept with affect your opinion of them?
It's not really something I'd go prying into.

Have you ever gone to a party where you were the only sober person?
Probably, but it's not really something I think about.

Do you chew on your straws?

Do you forget how to do really simple things?

Do you like the sound of your computer's keyboard typing?

What time is it right now?

Do you ever watch movies with the subtitles on just for fun?
No, but I'll often watch Doctor Who DVDs with the production notes on, I have a couple of anime DVDs that I'm debating whether or not to watch dubbed or subbed, and at some point I mean to get round to watching The Killing, Borgen, and The Bridge. But that's really subtitles as necessity. There have been a few occasions when I've felt a DVD I've been watching has been a bit too quiet and I've bunged the subs on to help make out what they're saying, but again...that's necessity.


Truthfully, is there someone you used to date that you miss?

Have you ever gotten burnt by a cigarette?

Have you ever been so bored that you started drooling on yourself?
Yes, actually. It's not a pleasant experience. Although it's better than having my landlady's cats drool on me (this happened when I was at university...)

If you found out that you were going to be a parent, what would you do?
I'd hope I could be a good dad.

Do you brush your teeth right away when you wake up?
I hardly ever do it, but if I'm going to, it'd be after a meal, not before. I don't want my food tasting weird and minty.

Do you have someone of the opposite sex you can tell everything to?
Yes. At least two (my mum and Sarah).

Want to get smashed tonight?
No thanks.

Are you a clumsy person?
Not normally.

How old do you think you will be when you finally have kids?
I don't know. If it happens, it probably won't be for another year or two, by which time I'll be about 44.

What time are you getting up tomorrow?
6:00am. Then going straight back to sleep again until 8:00am ish.

Are you happy with the choices you've made?
Most of them.

Think back to last June, were you single?
No - happily married.

What about August?

How did you feel when you woke up today?
Not bad. I actually toyed with staying awake, but ended up going back to sleep.

Have you ever made someone laugh when they were crying?
I can't remember. Might have done.

Do you tend to make things complicated?
Not intentionally, but I think I do sometimes.

Do you smile a lot?
I wish.

Describe how you feel right now.

Do you remember who you liked on New Years?
Who I liked? Is this a euphemism? A typo? Enquiring minds...

Can you name every single person you have kissed?

Are you excited about anything?
Nothing major right now, although the prospect of seeing the Avengers on Saturday with a friend is rather pleasant. Mid term, there's the HitchHiker's Live stage show and the Eleventh Hour Doctor Who convention, and longer term, we've another holiday in Spain to look forward to. And at some point, new Doctor Who. *g*

Would you date someone three years older than you?
At the moment, I'm happily married and not in the dating game, but if my circumstances were different, then...who knows. It's about the person, not the age.

Is the last person you kissed mad at you?
I hope not.

The person you have feelings for shows up at your house. What do you say?
"Hi, hun - good day at work?"

You're stuck in an elevator with your last ex. What happens?
Don't know. I'd like to find out how she is. I'd also like to rub it in that, despite her attempts to bring me down, I'm now happily married...

Does it matter if your boyfriend/girlfriend smokes?
Yes - I can't *stand* the smell of smoking.

Where do you go if you're locked out of your house?
I'm pretty sure how neighbours now have a set of keys for our house.

Do you prefer to shower at night or in the morning?
The morning.

Who did you last go out to eat with?
A family meal - mum, stepdad, my sister and her husband and their two kids, and Sarah - to celebrate my sister's 40th birthday.

What color is your iPod?
It's a classic model, black front, silver case.

What was the main subject of your last telephone conversation?
I can't remember. Oh, actually, I think I can - it was with Sarah and involved taking care of my diabetes.

What's the sweetest thing that anyone has said to you?
Anyone who tells me they love me has my undying gratitude.

Is the last person that you had a conversation with a male or a female?
Female (it was the work colleague sitting opposite me who told me about Jeremy Hunt).

How long do you have until your birthday?
About eight months.

Is it easy to make you cry?
Not so much nowadays. In the words of Alison Moyet, I'm all cried out since Jane left me.

Once a cheater, always a cheater?
I don't know.

Are you okay with the life you live?
Yes. There could be improvements, but overall I'm pretty happy.

At the beginning of 2010, who were you in a relationship with?
Sarah and I had been married for about 3 months.

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