Monday, September 29, 2008

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Close but No Cigar

The Asheville area is absolutely gorgeous. The mountains here are incredibly majestic and, as the name suggests, "smokey" (as in clouds & fog). The drive over on I-26 was dizzying in a very cool way. The folks here are pretty friendly, and it's a very artsy and liberal area.

However, it's not Vermont. There's a little too much churchiness (there's a highway named after Billy Graham), and it's actually a little too artsy for me. I prefer the independent, get-off-my-lawn wariness of Vermont. It's where I'm from, and where I belong. The libertarian spirit is much more alive & thriving in the northern climes. Plus, the skiing is better up there.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Date Lab Application

You would think with such interesting questions, the Washington Post would be more successful in setting people up! So far, I've only read one Date Lab where the couple continued dating.

Weird questions meant to teach us something about you
Quick — what's the first thing you do when you get up in the morning?
Say to myself: "Oh crap - is that the alarm already?!?"

What's the last book you read?
E=MC2: A Biography of the World's Most Famous Equation by David Bodanis

What's the last song you couldn't get out of your head?
Soolaimon by Neil Diamond

If you could have any superpower, which one would you want? Why?
Teleportation, so I could go anywhere in the world at any time instantaneously

You took a three-hour tour with some friends, and now you're stranded on this island. Which three foods do you wish you'd remembered to pack?
Kozy Shack pudding
fruit rolls
Carnation Instant Breakfast

Which three DVDs?
The Godfather

Which three people do you wish you had along?
Carl Sagan so we can stargaze together
Ben Franklin so we can talk politics and philosophy
Snoop Dogg to chill and be silly

Imagine your dating history is being turned into a TV show. Pitch it to us.
I have no clue. I don't know how to answer this one!

What's the first drink you'd order in a bar?
Sapphire martini, no too dry, dirty

What are the chances you'd then start talking to the stranger next to you and end up making a new friend?
Pretty unlikely

What's the first thing people notice when they walk into your home?

When are you happiest?
When I'm in the middle of nowhere and the only sounds are the wind, an occasional car passing on a distant road, and insects.

In what ways would you say you are very D.C.?
I work in the government

In what ways aren't you?
How much time do you have?

Think about the last couple of people you dated (and, yes, "only once" counts). How/where did you meet those people?
Through friends or acquaintences, sometimes at parties. That way they come pre-screened for craziness.

C'mon, brag a little: What makes you a good catch?
What you see is what you get. I have no guile and no ulterior motives.

Vaguely embarrassing questions about who you date
So, what's your type? (And don't tell us you don't have one — that's such a cop-out.)
Broad-shouldered, bald, hairy-chested. Likes GUY stuff such as beer, football, fishing. Can fix a car or install a light fixture.

What's his/her theme song? You know, the one set off in your head when you see 'em?
Friends in Low Places

Most singletons say they want to meet someone funny. But what's your idea of funny?
Someone who can laugh to the point of shooting a drink out there nose at fart jokes as well as political humor. Must love Lewis Black and Dave Barry.

Pie-in-the-sky time: In your wildest dreams, whom (or what kind of person) would you like to date? An anthropologist who makes a mean paella? An actress/humanitarian who flies her own plane? Jack from "Lost"? Don't hold back.
A physicist that looks like a lumberjack who can discuss the ins-and-outs of Survivor

Imagine your date writes you that s/he is "equally comfortable in jeans or in formal attire." Your reaction?
Lose the formal attire!

What was your best date ever?
A Valentine's trip to Middleburg for brunch at a B&B

What was your worst?
The one where he introduced me to his mother & sister on the 2nd date.

What hobbies/interests/outlooks/passions would you hope to share with your date?
Love of science, agnosticism, rednecky hobbies like fishing.

In what ways would you hope s/he differs from you?
He has a high energy level and is spontaneous as well as outgoing.

What's the worst reason you've ever broken up with someone? (We're all seriously petty at times.)
Meeting the mother & sister on the second date.

In your world, what features or characteristics would normally rule someone out as a dating possibility?
Metrosexuals & religious dudes need not apply.