Friday, September 14, 2007

Survey for mature readers

What with all the surveys I've done since I started blogging, it's always been in the back of my mind to actually create my own survey of questions that I'd actually ask someone I was trying to get to know. I don't really care what kind of toothpaste someone uses, what they wear to bed, etc., that you see on a lot of surveys that float around the Net.

So here's my Survey for Educated Grown-Ups - feel free to spread it around.

Three movies everyone should see someday
Citizen Kane, Lord of the Rings, The Shawshank Redemption

Guilty pleasure movie (a movie you shouldn't like, but do)

Most memorable Oscar moment
Anna Paquin's reaction to winning Best Supporting Actress for The Piano - she looked like she was going to pass out from hyperventilating!

Favorite movie to cheer you up
Love Actually

Movies that make you cry
A Beautiful Mind, Return of the King, Ben Hur

Favorite musical

Favorite foreign-language film

Scariest horror movie
Angel Heart

Favorite documentary/docudrama

Most disturbing movie of all time
Muholland Drive

Favorite action movie

Favorite James Bond movie
From Russia with Love

Star Wars or Star Trek?
Star Trek

Favorite Sci-Fi movie

Favorite modern musical artist (still actively performing)
Porcupine Tree

Favorite classic musical artist (deceased)
Jeff Buckley

Vocalist you would actually want to hear sing the national anthem
Freddie Mercury

Which song(s) make you think about someone you love?
Everything by Lifehouse

What was the first album you bought/heard growing up?
Da Doo Run Run by Shaun Cassidy (hey, I'm older than most of you)

Three most-played songs on iTunes/iPod
Prodigal and Lazarus by Porcupine Tree, Day for Night by Spock's Beard

Three albums last played on iTunes/iPod
Ten by Pearl Jam, The Ladder by Yes, Nevermind by Nirvana

Books on your current reading list (read or about to read)
Book of Shadows, Pagan Polyamory, House of M, and Wicca by Scott Cunningham

Favorite Shakespeare piece
Twelfth Night

Favorite comic book or cartoon strip
Sandman by Neil Gaiman

Which book did you love/hate in high school?
Loved Silas Marner by George Eliot, hated The Odyssey by Homer

Favorite fictional character
Sherlock Holmes

Favorite animated character

Favorite visual artist
John Singer Sargent

Museums you have visited
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, American Museum of Natural History, Guggenheim (NY), the Louvre, the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Houston Museum of Fine Art, Houston Museum of Contemporary Arts, Houston Museum of Natural Science, Columbus Museum of Art

If you were a professional artist, what kind of artist would you be?
A glass sculptor

Favorite type of live performance event
Broadway shows

Best concert / play / show that you have actually attended
Linda Eder’s debut run of Jekyll & Hyde in Houston

Favorite clothing brand
Mossimo from Target seems to fit me the best, but for couture I like Dolce & Gabbana

Favorite item of clothing you own
My orange beaded diaphanous dress - never worn it in public though

What colors look best on you?
Black, dark red, dark brown, earth tones, cream

If you could have any animal as a pet, what would it be?
A winged horse

If you had to spend a million dollars without tax implications, what would you buy?
An apartment in Manhattan

Favorite beverage
Diet Mountain Dew

Favorite American president in history
George Washington

Famous person - alive or dead - that you would have lunch with
Kate Winslet

Where do you want to retire to?
Santa Cruz, California

What worries you the most about the future?

Major turning point(s) in your life and how things might have turned out differently
In 1991, I was a finalist for a job at the Sacramento Bee. They flew me out to Sacramento for a week-long tryout, but I didn't get it. If I had, I'd probably be living in California now. Also, the fire in April 2005 was obviously a turning point - if it didn’t happen, I'd probably still be married. Finally, a big turning point was meeting Tara - if I didn't, I'd probably still be in Houston.

Describe the best or worst day of your life so far
The worst day in recent memory was in February 2006 when my first job offer in New York was rescinded two days after it was extended. The best day was Oct. 14, 2005 - the day I met my new family for the first time.

What did you want to grow up to be? Why didn't you become that?
An oceanographer - didn't have the opportunity and lost interest.

Your idea of a perfect day yet to come
Visiting Glastonbury in England, participating in a ceremony at the Chalice Well in the morning, then climbing up to the Tor on a perfectly cool, breezy day, seeing a cricket match in the afternoon and taking a private tour of Stonehenge at dusk.