Monday, January 14, 2013

January "After Hours"

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Here are a few unusual meme questions for this month's "After Hours" post.

1) Would you have one of your fingers surgically removed if it guaranteed immunity from all major diseases?

Now that would make a great story. Yes, I think I would, depending on what diseases it provided immunity for. I'm not crazy about any kind of surgery or medical procedure, but if something like cutting off my finger would insure I never got cancer, then yeah, I'd do it. I could use dictation software to write my stories and have a long healthy life as a writer. But if it just gave immunity to things like the flu, then no (I don't even get flu shots).

2) Which is creepier to see in your kitchen: a mouse or a cockroach?

A cockroach. I hate bugs, which is probably why bugs (in one form or another) are the "monsters" in a lot of my stories. I don't mind mice, though I'm not thrilled about the idea of one running loose in my house contaminating everything it touches. Fortunately, we have cats, so in the seventeen years I've lived in my house, we've only ever had two mice brave enough to try and come inside (and for some reason, maybe because of the cold winters and all the grain that's farmed in this area, mice are a real problem in a lot of households). If I ever found a cockroach, though, I'd probably move.

3) Would you generally be overdressed or underdressed at a party?

Underdressed. My wardrobe staples are t-shirts, hoodies, and jeans, and the most common color in my closet is camouflage.

4) What's the most uncomfortable outfit you’ve ever worn?
Believe it or not, I was once a Realtor and had to wear power suits on a regular basis. I was also one of the youngest Realtors working at the time (if not the youngest), so I was expected to be a bit more trendy and fashion-forward than the older Realtors. It was a nightmare and I'll never do it again.

5) Aliens have arrived and you're giving them a tour in the midst of winter. Describe ice to them.
If they arrived here, they wouldn't need me to describe it. We had freezing rain Thursday night and Friday morning, and a blizzard Friday night. All the roads are covered in ice so smooth and shiny that Hockey Rinkmasters are jealous. What makes it worse is that the city I live in IS NOT adept at maintaining the roads, in spite of the fact that this is not an unusual occurrence in this area. They still hadn't sanded or salted the roads when I picked up my daughter from work at nine p.m. Saturday night (a full 24 hours after the bad weather ended). As you can tell, it's one of my pet peeves about living here--not the bad weather, though that sucks, but having to spend the next three days AFTER bad weather creeping through the city at 25 mph, hoping you don't get into an accident, when a little effort from the city could make it safer.

6) Are you a light sleeper or a heavy sleeper?

I'm a heavy sleeper. If the zombie apocalypse starts in the middle of the night, I'm in real trouble. I'm also one of those "sleep anywhere, anytime" people. I've fallen asleep sitting up, I fall asleep on the piles of rocks lining the shore of our fishing area, and I can't go on a road trip and stay awake (which is why hubby has to do all the driving).

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