For the first three people who reply to me and re-post this challenge, I will send you something. It might be something I've made, or something cool from my hidden stash, it might be a mix CD - or a rubber duck, a book I think you will enjoy, or something else that is awesome. Whatever it is, I promise that I will get it to you in 365 days or less.
The only thing you need to do in order to participate is to be one of the first three to reply to this, AND post this very same thing on YOUR live journal - 'cause its fun to give people stuff. God knows you have enough crap anyway.
2. What was the amount of your last electric bill? $281.34
3. Do you have life insurance? Yes.
4. How many hours per week do you work? A pretty standard work week - 40 hours.
5. Have you ever attended a Toastmasters event? No.
6. Favorite place to attend Happy Hour? Out back by our pool.
7. How many miles is your commute to work each day (one way) About 10 miles.
8. What time do you get up every morning for work? Varies a lot, but on average I'm out the door by 9am.
9. What is your definition of sleeping in late? NOON!
10. Do you check your cholesterol on a yearly basis? Yes. Complete blood chemistry every year (probably more often).
11. How large was your first cell phone? I resisted cell phones until 1998 - so mine was pretty small.
12. Does your employer provide good health insurance? I think so.
13. Did you use the internet to write a research paper? No.
14. Have you attended a HS reunion? Yes. Left within 10 minutes. Didn't know a soul...
15. How many jobs have you held in your professional career? 5 as a programmer. The longest for Datapoint: 23 year.
16. Have you ever been fired or laid off from a job? Yes. Twice. By the same company. But both times they terribly regretted it and changed their minds. I still work for that company, and I fear that the third time will be different.
17. What is your favorite drink? Beer: don't care what kind, as long as it's not root beer. Mixed: the ones with 12 different kinds of alcohol. Soda: eeuw. Other: Iced tea, water, wine, wixy, .....
18. What is the most expensive bottle of wine that you have in your residence? $6.99
19. Have you been divorced? No.
20. How old were you when you stopped getting ID'd for Alcohol? I STILL get ID'd for alcohol every now and then... but that's just cassiers flirting with me ...
21. Favorite casino? They're all pretty much the same... as long as they have that 'smoke' thing under control, have a poker room, and keep those free drinks coming .. I don't care too much.
22. Are you happier now than you were in high school? Yes. I was BORED back then ...
23 Did you ever have Hypercolor shirts? No.
24. Do you remember when Michael Jackson was black and was attracted to older people? Not really, but not because I would have been too young for that.
25. Do you remember when MTV actually played music videos? What's MTV? Never watched it.
26. Have you had a will made? Yes.
27. What music was in your cd / cassette player when you were 16? When I was 16 there were no cd / cassette players. But I would listen to my blues records.
28. Favorite fancy / upscale restaurant? Meson in San Antonio, Texas. The chicken marsala is TO DIE FOR. Yums. (The Margarita's there, however, are to die OF.. *shudders*).
29. How long has it been since you attended a kegger? A WHAT?
30. Where were you when you found out about 9-11? At work. Fairly early on. We had a TV in the break room and we all watched TV the rest of the day.
31. Do you have any children yet? No. (yet??? How old do you think I am? Jeepers.. Gimme a break.. I mean.. JEESH)
1. Have you slowed down any since your little scare?
a. Girl, if I slow down any more, I'd be dead! ;-). Truthfully, sofar I have changed nothing to my life style. But I WILL be joining a gym real soon! And I'm seeing a doctor again, who's working on getting my medication up to par.
2. You've seen a lot of the world, what is your favourite spot?
a. Tough one! One very special occasion was my visit to a Himba tribe village in northern Namibia. But then, I wouldn't want to live there after I retire. I think I would prefer to retire and live on a nice Greek Island! I've been to quite a few, and time simply flows slower there... everything is about taking it easy and relaxing.
3. You have been working with computers for a long time. When you first started, could you imagine that they would eventually rule the world like they do?
a. I think I've always been pretty aware of the enormous impact of computers in general. However, in no way did I foresee the incredible impact of "The Internet" .. not even in the early days (years even) when my job made me take part in helping developing it!
4. What is the most unusual thing you've ever eaten?
a. I guess most (north?) American people would shudder when I said 'horse meat', but then, to me, that was not unusual at all. We had it a lot. So I would have to say: As a young kid, in the winter, I had a coat which had some kind of furr on its collar. In church, during sermons, I would get SOOO bored that I ate that furr off of my coat's collar.
5. Are you going to retire soon?
a. I wish, but I don't think so. I could be jobless soon, but I couldn't afford to retire: Suze KEEPS buying the wrong lottery tickets!
1: What did you miss experiencing because you picked the wrong door that morning? (I've tried to figure it out, but I couldn't).
Answer: As a commentor on my blog (http://claessen.com/blog) correctly guessed: "the ultra-violent chemical reaction of liquid oxygen and something called RP-1"
2: Are most Dutch as fiercely pro-intellect, pro-atheism, and anti-supernatural as you are? (In my experience, this is true, but my experience is limited to about 4 dutch men, which is hardly a large sample).
Answer: I think you're indeed facing a sample issue. While I think the Dutch, or more generally, Northern European people, are, on average, less 'anti-science', less 'religious' and more level-headed regarding the supernatural (than the US), I don't think 'most' are as fierce in these matters as I am. But that's probably because I'm UNUSUALLY fierce in these matters. A more general attitude towards these issues in the Netherlands is "who cares?". Quite frankly, an attitude I had myself when I still lived there.
3: How is your health these days?
Answer: Blood pressure and cholesterol through the roof, diabetes out of control, fitness non-existant, weight not ideal ... but I feel absolutely great!
4: Why "dutchdoc"? Or I suppose more specifically, why "...doc"?
Answer: Right, "Dutch' is obvious .. the standard answer to the remaining question is: "Dopey and Grumpy were already taken".
5: What was the first hobby you took up with any seriousness, but have since put aside? Is there any likelihood that you will return to it one day?
Answer: I don't think I've ever been very serious about ANY of my hobbies and if I had, I probably wouldn't have put them aside. Since it has to be something I have done, but put aside, I would say, dabbling in electronics as a teener, you know .. building superheterodynes and stuff. I seriously doubt I will ever pick it up again. I became a software guy instead! ;-)
1. If someone would offer you an all-expenses paid 10-day trip to the International Space Station .. would you go?
2. You and your wife travel a lot. You have mentioned a few times that you need some time to 're-adjust' to eachother when you are 're-united'. Can you explain that? (I'm sure you're not talking about that 'put-the-toilet-seat-down' thing). When Suze and I are re-united after either one of us has been travelling, it always immediately feels as if we've never been gone.
3. Jobwise, would you prefer to remain 'technical' or would you rather grow into a managerial or executive function?
Bonus request: Please answer two more unasked questions.