Last week we were at the Outer Banks in North CarolinaIt is our third year in a row for making the trip to Southern Shores, North Carolina… The outer Banks are lovely. High Cotton’s Brunswick Stew is amazing. Donutz on a Stick’s peanut butter milkshake is divine (I hear that the donuts were glorious, but I cannot have those). The ocean is awesome and powerful. Cheap peel-n-eat shrimp are simply amazing. All of that beings said…. It has been a long time since I seriously noticed people looking and clearly judging our interracial family for its very existence. Y’all… NC’s transgender stance isn’t the only backwards looking issue the state has to deal with.
This week I gave out the clarion call to my Facebook peeps to ask me some questions. So far, Lsig, Scott LeMien have busted out a few questions. So here are their q’s. Hopefully more will come in. Ooh, the wife just brought the heat with some questions and Dr B Dawg finished things out.
On to the Questions!
1. Why don't you have questions yet?
I lazily did not ask for questions earlier this week. I have 2 interviews that are near done, and I was hoping they would have finished up by now.
2. How was vacation?
It was delightful. I outlined a bit about the vacation earlier, but it was delightful even considering the oddness of the looks we were getting on the odd occasion. The food was great. Shrimp and Grits is the real thing.
3. How's the new(ish) gig?
I really enjoy it. It is going well and I have built up some confidence and feel like I have some competence. So that is odd. I was not dreading Monday morning going back to work after the vacation was done… er… yesterday, I mean.
4. What good books have you read lately?
I am currently reading “Storytelling for User Experience” by Whitney Quesenbery for work reasons and “Star Wars: Aftermath” by Chuck Wendig for non-work reasons. I haven’t made much progress on either book.
5. Doing any gaming?
Nope. I play Two Dots and Words with Friends on iOS, but that is about it.
6. How is life with dogs going?
The dogs are great. They are still wee little babbies, but they are loving. Between 7 and 8 at night they tend to pee where they are not supposed to, but otherwise they are pretty good for not having accidents in the house.
7. Where are you ticklish?
After a good amount of time and effort, the bottom of my feet and my underarms.
8. How do porcupines grow back their quills?
Quills are modified hair, so as quills are shed and pulled out, they grow back much like hair.
9. What are some foods that could be combined with potato chips but aren't?
That could be? Not that should be. Hmmm.. Cucumber, cake, pudding, and asparagus
10. When will I feel like an adult?
If having a kid doesn’t make you feel all adultish, I am not sure what will. That being said, I often stare at my kids and wonder when the adult is going to come and help me out. That is usually when my wife comes by and adults things up.
11. If a safe was falling and you were trapped inside it, then opened the door 5 feet from the ground and jumped out, why wouldn't you be fine like in cartoons?
It is all about relativity. You are still traveling at a high rate of speed that your upward inertia cannot overcome.
12. If we can't talk to whales, dolphins, apes and elephants yet, what makes us think we can talk to aliens?
I have often wondered that myself. I think the key will be mathematics. The language of math and physics/chemistry will need to be the common ground that eventually leads to opennng up the rest of the lexicon.
13. Why do you keep going back to the Outer Banks?
My wife has a friend who owns a house there and we get to go to her house before the vacation season really gets going.
14. What is your favorite part of summer?
That is an interesting question, because I have been working full-time for a good long time now. That kind of bites into the separation ofSummer as a significantly distinct part of the year. I would have to say, I enjoy the lack of lunch making in the mornings for the kiddos. I hate when I have to make their lunches during the school year. It is just a continuation of the rest of the year. That being said, mornings aren’t as early and the kids’ bedtimes are significantly later.
15. What’s the most unexpected thing about your new job?
How much of the work I do is actually on my own. It is a team environment and there is a good bit of collaboration, but a significant portion of the day is spent head down just getting chit done.
16. Does your Mother-in-Law still live with you? When’s that going to be over?
She does still live with us in our guest bedroom. She has been here for a good long while, but hopefully that will change in a few weeks. I can honestly say that ithas been great having her here, but 5 people and 2 dogs in the house is a bit much.
17. What’s something your wife loves that you just don’t understand?
Some of the podcasts she listens to. She listens to one that is basically just called “Listen to some relationships that will make you cry” and another called “Love stories that make you weep.” I don’t get it.
18. What is something you love that your wife just doesn’t understand?
Cheesecake… seriously, what’s not to get?
19. Any thoughts on simulation theory?
I think whether or not we are in a simulation is immaterial. The fact that we at least think we have independent thought should motivate us to make our world, simulation or not, a better place.
20. How do Inhumans differ from mutants?
Simple answer. Terrigen Mists as a catalyst for powers versus weird mutations.
I have 2 interviews on the brink of being done
I only have a handful of interviews that never completed
We are trying to figure out if we can squeeze in a third vacation this summer
We had this one to the Outer Banks and then we go to the boonies of North Carolina for my parents’ 50th anniversary
That is an awful long time to be married
If a vacation destination like the Outer Banks is a bit frosty for our interracial marriage, I cannot wait to go to the boonies
50th Anniversary or we would have fought more about the location
Back woods in a socially backwards state… no thank you
Adding a third vaca might be a bridge too far though
That vacation will not be to North Carolina though
Have a great week everyone.