I have no interest in having a topic to guide today’s questions, so instead, it is an “Ask me anything” day. Much like redit’s AMA’s… this will amount to nothing, not even a net positive for goodwill.
So without further ado… questions are form Lsig, Bruce, the MiL, Brett, Nadolny, the wife, Some Other Guy, and Maj McArmypants.
Onto the questions!
1. If you had to leave the USA, say for work or to escape a repressive regime, what country would you choose to settle in?
I do love me some Canada, and I have already gotten some notification that some people might be willing to adopt me.
2. Read any good books lately?
Chuck Wendig’s second in the Star Wars: Aftermath series, Life Debt.
3. You are a connoisseur of podcasts. Which do you most highly recommend for a daily 25 minute commute?
Daily 25 minutes are difficult. I do highly recommend a 3 time a week 20-ish minute podcast called “We have concerns.”
4. How is parenting treating you? Do you feel like you're doing a good job? Do you like it?
I feel like I am okay at it, but sometimes good and sometimes bad. I do think I like it.
5. Do you still enjoy the 20-questioning?
I really do, although I enjoy the interviews a bit more than the usual question and answers with me. IT turns out other people are much more interesting than me.
6. If you could go anywhere, where would you like to visit?
I was just chatting about this with someone else for a 20 Questions interview I am doing right now and I think I would like to go to Antarctica.
7. Everyone has "a brush with greatness" story, what's yours?
Hmmm… It depends on who people consider to be “greatness.” Okay in the comedy field I got to hang out with Greg Behrendt a couple times this year. In the soccer community, I very possibly lined up against David Beckham when were were both pre-teens. This I have tried to substantiate to no avail. In comic books, I have chatted up multiple a-list comic book artists. They know who they are.
8. What/who got you into playing RPGs?
The first time I ever played D&D was when I was a kid and my brother and 2 second cousins played a game while my family visited the 2nd cousins. It was a blast and my brother and I decided to find people to play with when we got home. That started my playing with Austin Boyd, Marshal Boyd, Todd Morrow, Edwin Hocutt (sp?), my brother and Marcus… (his last name started with a D, maybe it was Dunlap?) as the DM. Good Times.
9. What first attracted you to your wife?
In all honesty… Her smile and then her eyes. Those were the physical feature that stood out. As far as personality, she is quick to laugh and crazily intelligent.
10. When’s the world gonna end?
It will be consumed by the sun when the sun expands to be a red giant in 5 billion years. I think you meant to ask, when our time on the earth was going to be over. Well, for anyone reading this blog in our around the year 2016, its will all be over for us in around 200 years. Some earlier and some later.
11. How did you woo the lovely wife? I know you used to be funny when you were young, but any other tips for the up and coming would be wooers?
I am not giving anyone else tips on how to woo my wife. The up and coming wooers can go straight to Hell. Bring your a-game, son, ‘cause she doesn’t like people. I barely snuck in under the wire.
12. Best book you have ever read?
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
13. What’s your favorite thing to cook?
I think I actually like cooking meatloaf. It is a chore to do, but everyone likes it so much that there is joy in that.
14. What makes your heart sing?
Getting my wife to laugh so hard she cries. One of those events happened at Thanksgiving this yearand it was joyous.
15. What is one thing that you are “okay” at, but wish you were great at? (don’t say “drawing” you false-modesty self-deprecating jerk)
That is an interesting one. I am “okay” (or at least was at one point) at speaking and understanding French. I wish that were a skill set and knowledgeabase that I still could access.
16. What’s the dumbest thing that gets under your skin?
Hmmm… what just irks me? I feel compelled to say that it bothers the hell out of me when the kids try watching their respective tablets while trying to do something else. It is infuriating to watch my bumbling 13 year old try to empty the dishwasher while holding his tablet in one hand and trying to watch his YouTube vids while carrying one plate at a time to the cupboard. PUT THE DAMN TABLET DOWN AND CARRY PLATES WITH AN “S” TO THE CUPBOARD…. goddamnit it takes him 30 minutes to empty the dishwasher. Sometimes he asks for help because he cannot carry something one handed.
17. What is your favorite Bugs Bunny episode?
“What’s Opera Doc?” is one the best animated works ever. I could have that and “The Rabbit of Seville” running on loop and never get tired of it. I like those so much I bought a CD in the 90’s of the Warner Brother’s cartoon symphonies and would just listen to it. I can sing the whole of the “Rabbit of Seville.”
18. What is the best corporate speak item at the moment?
I really like “Boil all the oceans” as a metaphor for “fruitless task.” I was in a meeting last week where the speaker said “Even if you boiled all the oceans on all the planets around all the stars…” I had to keep myself from laughing.
19. Best Burger in Ohio?
Well, I will stick with the Columbus area. I am going to go with Bareburger. They are pricey as hell. It cost me almost 20 smackers for a lunch there and all I had was a cheeseburger, fries, and a lemonade. They have the absolute best GF buns though, and that made it worth it to at least try.
20. China now has the fastest computer in the world. Glory in humanity or shame as an American?
There will always be someone faster, stronger, and hungrier. The Chinese have the fastest today, but India, South Korea, and even the US are not far behind.
Lin Manuel Miranda and Patrick Rothfuss are in production for a Kingkiller Chronicles series/movie
“What’s your name, man?”
I am currently watching “For the Love of Spock”
Pretty sure the night will be ending with tears
I have four interviews going right now in various stages of production
That makes me happy
I have a hard time believing it is this late in December already
I mean, seriously, where has the year gone
The year has been consequential to say the least
I need to finish this up
I’m going to listen to The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins by Leonard Nimoy and go to bed
Live long and prosper
Live long and prosper
Have a great week everyone