99 Questions (nobody ever asks?) … and (my) “answers” (/responses)

So, seems to be making the rounds, presently as “99 Questions nobody ever asks”, among other variations.

I did a bit of searching, thought I’d try to find the earliest “original” set of (essentially) same set of questions I could find.  Looks like it goes back to around 2001 or 2000 … possibly earlier, but I can at least (easily) find it back to 2001 or a bit earlier.

Anyway, taking “that” as “earliest” “original” set of questions for that particular set I can find, and placing that here (along with some slight editing corrections), with my “answers”/responses – for your information or reading pleasure or “entertainment” or whatever:

  1. Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed?  Let me put it this way.  I typically wouldn’t make any adjustments to the state or position of any closet doors on account of my going to sleep or sleeping.  So closet door(s) would likely remain wherever and however they were – closed, open, or cracked or ajar or whatever – state not at all dependent upon or related to my sleeping.  So, are you presuming I have closet(s) and/or they have doors?
  2. Do you take the shampoos and conditioner bottles from hotel?  Yes, typically, the “free”/complimentary ones provided with the room.  And yes I use them, sometimes even reuse/refill the little bottles for convenient travel use.  I don’t stay in hotels or the like very often, so I don’t exactly have an oversupply.  If I had more of those available to me than I could reasonably use or give away, I probably wouldn’t take them, but thus far that’s not the case.
  3. Do you sleep with your sheets tucked in or out?  Varies, but typically with sheets they may or would be tucked, or loosely, tucked in … but they typically don’t end up that way – I tend to kick ’em out – unless perhaps it’s rather to quite cool/cold in the room, then more likely they’ll remain tucked in.
  4. Have you ever stolen a street sign before?  Never.
  5. Do you like to use post-it notes?  Eh, whatever.  I use ’em when fitting, convenient, and well suited, etc.  I don’t use them as general matter of habbit or practice.  They’re very handy for some uses – but for many other uses, just some ordinary small bit of paper will do just fine.
  6. Do you cut out coupons but then never use them?  Fairly rare I cut or clip out coupons, though I do fairly commonly retain them until they’re past expired – or I happen to actually use them – in which case I might cut/tear/trim/pull them out.
  7. Would you rather be attacked by a big bear or a swarm of a bees?  I suppose that might quite depend.  I guess maybe I’d pick the bear, … but how large a swarm of bees?
  8. Do you have freckles?  None that I’m aware of.
  9. Do you always smile for pictures? No.  Typically yes, but certainly not always.
  10. What is your biggest pet peeve?  Egad, too many to name.  Select off-the-top-of-my-head sample of some towards the “top” (or “bottom”?) of that list of biggest/bigger pet peeves:  Mean, nasty, inconsiderate people; waste; stubborn ignorance; cruelty; those damn near impossible to open ecologically horrible heavy plastic retail packagings (you know the ones I’m talking about, y’all hate ’em too, and we know it!); etc., etc.
  11. Do you ever count your steps when you walk?  Sometimes, but more commonly stairs.  E.g. some sets of stairs I’d take quite regularly I’d know hat 101 and 104 steps in them, and yes, I’d count them … not frequently, but at least semi-regularly – bit more than “occasionally”, anyway.  Oh, does pedometer count? … I mean figuratively, not literally.
  12. Have you ever peed in the woods?  Not sure, but probably have.
  13. What about pooped in the woods?  Not sure, but most likely not.
  14. Do you ever dance even if there’s no music playing?  Yes, but probably only quite to exceptionally rarely.  But taping/moving foot, hand, leg, finger(s), arm, whatever, more commonly.
  15. Do you chew your pens and pencils?  Nope, don’t think I ever did really – certainly at least not regularly, anyway.
  16. How many people have you slept with this week?  Zero.  Oh wait, I forgot to count myself.  One.  Oh, wait, do you mean sleeping with?  None of your damn business.
  17. What size is your bed?  Bigger than a breadbox.  Smaller than a bedroom.  Uh, it’s a futon.  Also have a bed, but doesn’t fit as well where I am presently.  Want the size of that bed?  Who cares, whatever, I think it’s twin sized.
  18. What is your Song of the week?  Don’t have a “song of the week”.  Latest song in my head – at least as of this (well, Tuesday as I was first writing this) morning: Sting: “Russians”, specific bit from the lyrics: “the Russians love their children too”.  Been wanting to hear that all day – just queued it up and started it playing.  And how’d that song get in my head?  Happened to be thinking about the TV series The Americans this morning.  Anyway, was a different time, cold war was very much there – song, highly fitting to the time – the lyrics, and even quite the whole feel to it, just so aptly fitting.  So yeah, it jumped to mind and … stuck.  And as I listen to it and think of it again, it occurs to me in many ways, elements of that song sound quite similar to fair bit of Koyaanisqatsi – a movie I very much like – definitely my favorite “art” movie – also from around that same time period.  I can certainly imagine quite an interplay and transition between the two tracks in my head.
  19. Is it okay for guys to wear pink?  Absolutely.
  20. Do you still watch cartoons?  Yes, but typically quite rarely.  I quite like the Pink Panther – always thought the Pink Panther to be a quite cool character.  Also quite like Family Guy, especially the character Lois Griffin, and notably the interplay among … well, pretty much all the “main” characters, but particularly if Lois, Brian, or Stewie are involved in the interplay … rather/quite like the politics to.  “Good”, certainly entertaining – but alas, time, priorities – exceedingly rarely watch any cartoons these days.
  21. Whats your least favorite movie?  Egad, Spawn, the director’s cut edition.  If anyone ever brings that movie anywhere close to you, run!
  22. Where would you bury hidden treasure if you had some?  Now, wouldn’t be much use if I told you, eh?  On the other hand, if I make a map and also separately bury that
  23. If you’re a girl, bra size? If you’re a guy, pants size?  Not sure precisely.  Uhm, no, I’m a guy, not a girl, that I’m quite sure of.  Pants size – haven’t been properly “sized” in a long time, but still fit my 30 30 pants, though they’re on the snug side.  My pants are mostly Levi’s 501 original blue denim shrink-to-fit … 32 36 … but that’s before shrinkage.  And yes they all still fit – and always have … to varying degrees of snugness over the years, … but presently (and for some years now) I don’t think any of ’em are uncomfortably or “too” snug.  Weight has varied a fair bit over the years – mostly not at all quickly, but rather slowly over time … down a significant bit from “peak” weight … though the highest weight wasn’t all that high or much higher than at least approximately around where I’ve been most of my adult life.  Uhm, … and who cares, really?  And sure you can tell me if you want – but I don’t need to know your bra size.  Geez.
  24. What do you dip a chicken nugget in?  Ew, as in McDonald’s?  Yuck.  Don’t think I’ve consumed one of those since … probably sometime in 1985.  Egad, if I had to eat one of those dipped in one of McDonald’s sauces? I guess BBQ, but not really sure what sauces they have now, and that’s the only one I remember off-the-top-of-my-head.
  25. What is your favorite food?  Far too many to name.  A partial sampling off-the-top-of-my-head: my favorite pizza from my favorite Italian restaurant.  It’s damn good.  I could tell you, but then I’d have to kill you.  Okay, not that secret, but they’re busy enough – I don’t want to have to wait longer or pay more for that fine pizza (it’s not cheap as it is).  Some particular items some in my life do or have made.  I quite like the Szechuan eggplant that I make (okay, many restaurants make it rather to quite well too, but that’s a bit hit-and-miss).  Oven roasted turkey – hard to go wrong with that.  Some particularly excellent Mexican fish tacos (including also some I’ve occasionally made myself).  My own BBQ, notably stuff made and prepared exactly as I like: cheeseburger with all the top quality bits, fixin’s and toasted bun done just right, fire roasted red bell peppers, excellent fresh corn on the cob roasted in the husk – once I did that there’s no goin’ back, even in the kitchen, toss it whole, in husk, in oven – 10 to 20 minutes, flip it over, another 10 to 20, it’s done (and on the BBQ, much faster, but more flippin’ to avoid overcooking/burning); my own homemade pasta and pasta sauce – yum!; best damn pasta I ever had at an Italian restaurant – a particular pasta at a particular restaurant; much etc.
  26. What movies could you watch over and over and still love?  There are probably at least a few, to perhaps several or more; how frequently would likely be a significant factor.  One of them would certainly be 2001: A Space Odyssey.  Probably several others, but I’m not really sure.  Likely Pulp Fiction.  Seems there are other excellent ones that would, for me, well qualify too, but that just aren’t jumping to mind.  Ah, there’s The Wall, and Kill Bill (vols. 1 & 2).  Whole other category, but there are excellent films I’m damn glad I saw, but would probably prefer to never see again, e.g.: Standard Operating Procedure.
  27. Last person you kissed/kissed you?  Yes, I quite certainly know, and no, I’m not gonna say.  (And yeah, I also don’t “kiss and tell”, but that’s not exactly the most relevant point).
  28. Were you ever a boy/girl scout?  No.  Even as a young kid, I quite didn’t like that saluting “progression” on finger count from 2 to 3 to 4 finger salute in military draft off to Vietnam to get ordered to kill people and get one’s brains blown out – no, I pretty much avoided any of those flavors of “service”.
  29. Would you ever strip or pose nude in a magazine?  Improbable.  What’s the “reason”/scenario?
  30. When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone on paper?  Not sure, but I think it’s been a fair while – probably about 1.5 years ago; if you count writing on card (purchased or made), and more than essentially just greeting(s)/salutation(s), a sign-off and signature, then I could count at least one or two (do “notes” on paper count?) within the last 30 days, and if we include postcards, probably add another 1 to 4 to the count within the past year’s worth of time.
  31. Can you change the oil on a car?  Yes, and have done so.
  32. Ever gotten a speeding ticket?  No.  I rarely speed.  I have gone 58.3 MPH on bicycle, though, … in a 50 MPH zone … when the national speed limit was 55 MPH.
  33. Ever ran out of gas?  A) Yes, B) vehicle gas guage wasn’t working, C) had gas can in vehicle with gas in it just particularly on account of that guage situation; pulled over & poured that in, drove off, D) only ever ran out of gas that one time, been licensed driver well over 34 years now (zero moving violations, zero at-fault accidents).
  34. Favorite kind of sandwich?  When I was a kid it was grilled cheese.  Not sure exactly now – don’t do sandwiches all that regularly … perhaps ruben, or fresh oven roasted turkey (not that processed gunk) on some multi-grain wheat with onion, lettuce, tomato, alfalfa sprouts, cranberry sauce, and some Dijon mustard.
  35. Best thing to eat for breakfast?  That’s a different question than favorite.  “Best” … at least that I have done or would do regularly … oatmeal, with a bit of low-fat or non-fat milk, and optionally, for variety add, e.g.: raisins, sliced banana, other fruit or fruit bits or dried fruit(s) or cut bits thereof, cinnamon and bit of sugar or some honey (or honey without the cinnamon); and probably with that some fruit juice – e.g. apricot, cranberry, grape, apple, …
  36. What is your usual bedtime?  Uhm, bedtime, … usual?  <cough, cough>
  37. Are you lazy?  No, definitely not.  But some things might appear as lazy, while not really being so.  E.g. efficient.  Though certainly not 100% consistent on that, I don’t like to waste – and that often includes time/effort.  So, e.g., something that takes 20 to 120 minutes to do oh, say each of 4 to 20 times a month, I may take that task, write a program and turn it instead into something that takes 5 minutes or less per occurrence.  Some might call that lazy; I’d call it efficient.  I then use the freed time for things more appropriate for and “requiring” of human, than things which can be done (mostly) by computer alone.  And sometimes I get frustrated, or discouraged or demotivated or whatever.  That might look like “lazy”, but upon closer examination, it’s not lazy at all.  And mowing the lawn – I’ll use the push mower, thanks – don’t need no motor fuel or electricity to mow a lawn, geez.  Naw, not lazy.  I do a lot of hard work – sometimes even go quite out of my way to do so.  But generally that’s to get something done/accomplished (e.g. exercise and fresh air along with some needed R&R, change of pace, and actually getting some useful stuff done all at the same time; ah, could use with getting about 50 lbs. of groceries … from that store 2 or more miles away, sure, I’ll pack and haul/carry that – on bicycle or me … don’t need no motor vehicle or public transportation for that; exercise is good, good when exercise also does something useful besides just the exercise itself (and health benefits thereof)).
  38. When you were a kid, what did you dress up as for Halloween?  Oh, various things, but a few I remember, some kind of … robot or alien or … Martian?, some Speed Racer character, Frankenstein, a mummy (college, dorms, starving student budget, “unlimited” supply of complimentary toilet paper, add some tape and instant costume … yeah, at least 3 of us independently came up with and had that exact same idea and costume and showed up at same Halloween event), something crudely approximating a lumberjack.
  39. What is your Chinese astrological sign?  I don’t know and I’ve no interest to bother to look.
  40. Are you horny?  None of your damn business (unless of course it is?).
  41. Do you have any magazine subscriptions?  Yes, sort of.  At present they’re only either A) complimentary (in many cases with qualifying subscription criteria or event attendance or the like), or B) complimentary as part of some type of membership.  These days, a whole helluva lot of what I read is online/electronic or available as such – even many of the publications that I used to regularly read in print are typically available on-line (free, or paid, and in most cases as alternative or in some cases replacement, for print).  But thus far still quite nice to have at least some things in hand in print; but for many, electronic is more convenient (and much more ecological!).
  42. Which are better Legos or Lincoln Logs?  Legos, but Lincoln Logs are cool too.  I think Legos were more cool when there was more creativity/imagination, and a whole lot less of so many specialized and custom pieces and kits and the like.  Used to be there were a much smaller variety of “bricks” and pieces one would use with Legos … and a lot of imagination and creativity … and great things got built.  Tinker Toys are cool too – but I think they were even more cool when most or all the pieces were wood – a lot of the plastic Tinker Toy pieces are … well, … crap.
  43. Are you stubborn?  Sort’a.  It’s really a matter of what.  E.g. principles, I tend not to compromise or budge on such matters of importance.  That could be regarded as “stubborn”.  I can be (doggedly?) persistent – some might regard that as “stubborn”.  But otherwise, generally stubborn?  No.  I’m generally always willing to reconsider my opinion, and possibly change my mind, approach, or direction, etc., and do so more than occasionally.
  44. Who is better…Leno or Letterman?  Letterman.  Not only is Letterman funnier, but, flaws and all, he’s always struck me as the “better” person as a human being.  But neither are as classy as Carson was – will be damn hard to top that as an excellent example of top notch talk show host and good, classy comedian.
  45. Ever watch soap operas?  Dang near never.  Does Soap count?  (probably not exactly, but it was good, and more so parody of soaps than soap itself).  I think when I was a kid sick at home, too sick to go to school, not sick enough to just sleep it all off – I probably watched some soap operas, among other things.  But I think you gotta make me pretty sick before I’ll watch ’em.  I think that’s probably the last time I watched me.  Don’t think I particularly ever cared for ’em or would likely ever watch them again.  Drama can be good, but … at least for me, soaps, … way too long, slow, drawn-out.  That’s one of the reasons I quite liked Soap.  What the typical soap opera would take months or more to do in weekdaily hour or longer episodes, Soap would do, to farcical extreme, all in one, or perhaps two, half-hour episodes.
  46. Are you afraid of heights?  No, not at all, but I can get bit of vertigo from rapid ascension in height in the range of about 10′ (3m) to 30′ (10m) relative height, or so.  But that’s it, not otherwise fazed in the least.
  47. Do you sing in the car?  Depends – what music source(s) available, my mood, who I’m with and their mood, etc.
  48. Do you sing in the shower?  Nope.
  49. Do you dance in the car?  No.  May tap/move foot, fingers, hand, arm, leg, … but dance?  No.
  50. Ever used a gun?  Yes: squirt gun, BB gun, soldering gun.  Firearm?  Never.
  51. Last time you got a portrait taken by a photographer?  “Got a portrait taken” is a bit ambiguous – had it taken, or one was taken of me?  Regardless, probably high school photos, or after that, possibly some relatively rare event (wedding of a family member, or some reunion, or something of that nature).
  52. Do you think musicals are cheesy?  Generally, no, some, yes.
  53. Is Christmas stressful?  Yes.  Way too damn much commercialism, etc.
  54. Ever eat a pierogi?  No, but pyrogy, definitely.
  55. Favorite type of fruit pie?  Lots.  :-)  Really loved the lemon meringue pies my grandmother made, and the rhubarb pies she made too (uh, rhubarb … not exactly a … fruit? … eat your veggies!  ;-)).  I quite like strawberry pie, fresh strawberry tarts, blueberry, raspberry – most any kind of berry pie.  Apricot, peach, pear, apple, etc.  Chocolate isn’t a fruit is it?  Drats.
  56. Occupations you wanted to be when you were a kid?  Commercial airline pilot.  Not sure about before that.  Later – into teens, Electrical Engineer.
  57. Do you believe in ghosts?  No.  Bring me cold hard reproducible testable examinable proof, and I’ll reconsider, but not until nor short of that.
  58. Ever have a Deja-vu feeling?  “Feeling”, yes, “believe in”, no, no “premonition” or “6th sense”.  However human mind is very capable – it can often very well – even much of it subconsciously, estimate and “predict” based on available data, experiences, history, memory and recollections, and many observations that may be taken in and perhaps only “noticed”/processed on a sub-conscious level.  So, I think what often feels like “Deja-vu”, it’s mind relatively accurately estimating, planning, guessing, imagining, and forecasting – sometimes “so well”, that one quite feels like one’s been there before – but one never has at all, and has never even seen the place before nor heard/read detailed description prior.  And another odd thing, human memory is far from perfect.  Not uncommon, after one visits a place or sees it or something for the first time, to subsequently feel that it wasn’t the first time.  My guess there is brain does some memory mapping, and correlates it to similar past memories/experiences – so it may feel more familiar and as if it wasn’t the first, with passage of a bit more time, even if one only saw the place exactly once.
  59. Take a vitamin daily?  No, don’t take vitamins.  Generally better to eat healthy and not take vitamins.
  60. Wear slippers?  Not typically.
  61. Wear a bath robe?  Sometimes, but not commonly.
  62. What do you wear to bed?  None of your damn business.
  63. First concert?  First I recall wasn’t much of an event at all, it was free as part of volunteering at some event, and it was telecast on some big screen in some concert hall – if one can much call that a “concert”.  I was mostly on the starving student budget earlier, so really didn’t go to any concerts.
  64. Wal-Mart, Target or Kmart?  Not a huge fan of any of ’em, but if I had to pick I’d pick Kmart, as possibly being “okay” … but … some years back, Kmart and Sears merged, and I hate Sears.  So, … if Sears dragged Kmart down to their level, well, then maybe it would be … Wal-Mart?  I dunno, I quite dislike Target also – had really poor experience there.  There’s a whole helluva lot to “hate” about Wal-Mart too, but I guess I don’t hate them … yet … haven’t yet been personally screwed over by Wal-Mart … yet … at least that I’m aware of.
  65. Nike or Adidas?  Don’t care.
  66. Cheetos Or Fritos?  Fritos.  Hey, as a kid used to love the old (and quite politically incorrect) Frito Bandito character/commercials – whether or not I had any interest in the product itself.  But as an adult, I quite like Fritos – most notably I like the quite plain simple ingredients: corn, corn oil, and salt.  That’s it, nothing more.  Taste good, simple ingredients, but … too much salt … but, ah, they’ve got FRITOS® Lightly Salted Corn Chips (whole corn, corn oil, and salt) … I should give those a try!  :-) … bit less than half the salt … well, could be a lot less, but it’s a step in the right direction (how ’bout slight dusting of powdered salt – a whole lot of salt “kick”/flavor, without nearly so much salt!).
  67. Peanuts or Sunflower seeds?  Peanuts, fresh, hot roasted, unstalted, in shell – yum!
  68. Ever hear of the group Tres Bien?  Don’t think I have or don’t recall.
  69. Ever take dance lessons?  Uh, compulsory counts, right?  (e.g. compulsory school education, physical education classes required, one of ’em included a segment of dance – and yes, ‘lessons’).
  70. Is there a profession you picture your future spouse doing?  Uhm, doesn’t that first require a future spouse?  Anyway, generally speaking, no.
  71. Can you curl your tongue?  Yes, and I can tongue whistle too (whistle through rolled up tongue like that).  And if I recall correctly from what I was taught in my 9th grade junior high biology class in 1976–1977, that tongue rolling capability is genetic, and (about?) 70% of the population can roll their tongue like that (cylindrically up around front-back axis), whereas only about one in one thousand can roll their tongue the other way (cylindrically down about front-back axis).
  72. Ever won a spelling bee?  No.  My spelling isn’t that great.  It (very) slowly improves over time, though.  I figure by the time I’m 387 years old, I should be a rather to quite excellent speller, … well, except the language evolves and changes – including words and spellings, so, more likely, my spelling proficiency will level off at “pretty good” to “fairly good” by the time I’m about 273 years old … if I make it there with continued good use of my brain cells, or good suitable replacements.
  73. Have you ever cried because you were so happy?  Yes, rather rarely, but more commonly from being intensely amused at something … funny enough and I’ll laugh so hard I cry, … and it hurts – but I won’t be crying from the hurt.
  74. Own any record albums?  Own, technically yes, posses, no, they were stolen from me – super sucks – my entire audio collection was stolen from me at that time – wasn’t a huge whole helluva lot, but it was all I had in that regard – even audio recordings of family members from decades ago, some of that family long since dead – all stolen – along with a whole lot of other personal possessions at that time.  The majority of it worthless to just about anyone but me, but that didn’t stop ’em or slow ’em down.
  75. Own a record player?  Same answer as above – except I might possibly still posses one.
  76. Regularly burn incense?  No.  I don’t like burning/burnt incense – but I do often like unburnt incense.  Interestingly, I also like the smell of unbunrnt tobacco – but otherwise hate tobacco and tobacco products.
  77. Ever been in love?  Oh yes, most definitely.
  78. Who would you like to see in concert?  Queen – with Freddie Mercury well and as they were; The Beatles – all well alive and together, … okay, probably some others too … probably Linkin Park, among others.
  79. What was the last concert you saw?  Probably some San Francisco Symphony concert sometime within the last, … oh, … 3 to 7 years or so?
  80. Hot tea or cold tea?  Either.  Quite depends on circumstances/conditions, etc.  I also sometimes make my own iced tea super concentrate (looks about as dark or darker that coffee) and keep that in the refrigerator and use it to make myself up some “iced” tea conveniently on demand (and economically, and without taking a whole lot of refrigerator space).
  81. Tea or coffee?  Tea.  I never cared for coffee – don’t like the taste.
  82. Sugar or snickerdoodles?  Snikerdoodles.  Sugar is my 2nd favorite drug, but between cookies and sugar, sure, I’d typically go for the cookies.
  83. Can you swim well?  Swim, yes, well?  Debatable.  Enough to fairly effectively at least generally not drown, anyway, … but well?  More like “okay” or okayish.
  84. Can you hold your breath without holding your nose?  Yes, certainly.
  85. Are you patient?  Yes, and generally rather to highly so (perhaps even to a fault?).
  86. DJ or band, at a wedding?  DJ.
  87. Ever won a contest?  Yes, sure, some.  Nothin’ all that exciting, though.  (Yeah, sometimes within the top 1% to 0.2% or less, but … whatever).
  88. Ever have plastic surgery?  No.
  89. Which are better black or green olives?  Either.  And to complicate the question, green can be cured/processed much like black, in which case they also taste very much like typical black olives.
  90. Can you knit or crochet?  Knit, no, crochet?  Technically, if you count that very first one basic stitch that makes an endless chain, yes – I can do that.
  91. Best room for a fireplace?  Living room, … but bedroom can be quite nice too (not so sure about practical – but possibly so).
  92. Do you want to get married?  Yes, … conditionally of course – right person, time, circumstances ‘n all that.
  93. If married, how long have you been married? N/A
  94. Who was your HS crush?  I presume one means “high school”.  Yeah, I think I more-or-less had one, no, not gonna name the individual.
  95. Do you cry and throw a fit until you get your own way?  Hell no.
  96. Do you have kids?  No.
  97. Do you want kids?  I don’t wanna and won’t be creating ’em anyway.  Planet is kind’a (like way) crowded relative to human population and rate of resource consumption vs. sustainable rate of resource consumption.
  98. What’s your favorite color?  Blue
  99. Do you miss anyone right now?  Yes, absolutely.  And not gonna name name(s) here.

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