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Welcome one and all to this very special answers-edition of my blog, where I try to answer all the questions posed to me during Ask Me Anything Sunday (and Monday).  Read on for the questions and answers, below:

What is the answer to life? from Budd

If the Answer to Life, The Universe, and Everything is 42, then the Answer to Life is 42/3 = 14 (assuming Everything, The Universe, and Life are all equally weighted).

If Santa could bring you any present you wanted but it would only happen once in your lifetime, what would it be? from Sean & Stefan

How about 10 million dollars?  That'd last me a while! :-)  I'd also be happy with an official Red Ryder carbine action two-hundred shot range model air rifle with a compass in the stock and this thing that tells time.

Do you ever get really really angry? If so, how do you deal with it? from Little Odd Me

Excellent question, and one that requires a lot of thought on my part to answer.  I very rarely get angry, and it's once in a blue moon that I get really really angry.  It's NEVER directed at my kids, and even if I am angry or fed up with them, I make it clear that I'm not angry at them specifically, but at their actions at the moment.  The few times in my life that I've been really REALLY angry are usually directed at people who have tried to harm to me or my family.  The few times I've felt that kind of white-hot heat I've been too angry to lash out in anger (either physically or verbally), so luckily I've never had any major issues with anger.  I know SOMEWHERE in my head that things will be better if I wait until I can think clearly, and somehow restrain myself until I can act after thinking.  The times I'm actually more dangerous are when I'm only slightly angry – my voice gets a little louder and there's a chance I'll say something that, in cooler times, I would phrase more tactfully.  I've been working hardest on these times, lately, to make sure that anything I say to others (either on the phone, in emails, or in person) is something I'd want someone to say to me in the same tone of voice and phrasing – if it isn't, I try to bite it back, as much as it might gall me to do so.

What is the best present you've ever received? (and why) from LeendaDLL

I'm not a big gift person, either giving or receiving.  Although I can think back to various gifts I've received, I'm not sure any stand out as a clear favorite as "best" present I've ever received.  However, any present where the giver has spent time, energy, or thought on me immediately makes me feel good.  The cost of the gift is not important, nor its usefulness.  My wife has bought me some wonderful gifts over the years, including some really cool coffee mugs, a Garmin Forerunner (GPS running watch), and a very special framed photo of my kids.  All of these are special to me in their own ways, and I treasure them all.

If you could take back something about what we do at christmas time what would it be? from Faye

Since I'm Jewish and don't really celebrate Christmas or any of the things it stands for, I don't really have anything to say here about what I wish we could "take back" specifically about Christmas-time celebrations.  However, I'm of the opinion that trying to fight against how people celebrate a holiday is about as worthwhile as trying to keep water from flowing downhill.  The important thing is to personally celebrate holidays with the traditions and values that you hold dear to you personally, and let all else do what they wish.  Get people that feel the same way you do to celebrate with you, and just leave the folks that don't out of it.  Less stress for everyone, and more happiness – which is all this world

What is your favorite memory? from LeendaDLL

It's very hard to call out any one memory as standing a head above the rest.  There are certain memories from my wedding that seem to fit the bill (like the special dance we performed that we had choreographed with an instructor after taking ballroom dancing lessons), and then there are times the experiences I'm growing through with my daughters that seem to take precedence (reading books with my daughters sitting on my lap, watching them learn and grow into little people of their own, etc).  I remember my childhood and many times I spent with my family very fondly (such as our cross-country road trips and family get-togethers).  I try to reminisce on the best of these here on this blog occasionally.  I hate to say "I love them all", but it's true, so I will.

What is the one childhood memory (ages 1 – 14) that is the most prominent in your mind? from Sean & Stefan

As per the last question, there's not one that is most prominent.  However, I'll list a couple that definitely stand out over those years:

  • Age 14 – Being a freshman in high school and yet being best friends with some Seniors because I lettered on the Varsity teams for Cross Country, Indoor Track, and Outdoor Track.
  • Age 13 – Living in California, running Cross Country and Track in an organized sport format for the first time ever
  • Age 12 – Breaking my leg while playing baseball, having to play the violin in the orchestra from the 2nd story balcony while I had my leg in a cast up to my hip
  • Age 11 – Getting in trouble at middle school for playing poker at lunchtime
  • Age 9 – The girl who beat me by a shoe
  • Age 7 – My neighbor made me cry when she found out my 2nd grade teacher was going to be Mrs. Fowler – she told me that she was a mean old lady and punished kids who gave the wrong answers in class.  Turns out she was wrong on all counts.
  • Age 6 – Playing "doctor" with a girl at her house in her bedroom – nearly getting caught by her mother when she came to check on us, but managed to finish getting dressed in her closet before her mother noticed.
  • Age 5 – Playing the "Donkey Kong" video game in the lobby of my kindergarten building FOR FREE.  I could make it all the way through the first level and usually through the second, but always had trouble after that.

Of course, there are many many many other memories that stand out, this is just a small selection of the ones that came to mind when typing this answer.

And now for some questions from my Vox neighbors who wished to remain anonymous in their question-asking:

Boxers or briefs?

How about option C?  Boxer-briefs, anyone?

What is your favorite trait about yourself?  Your least favorite?

My most favorite is probably my insatiable curiosity and drive to learn.  It definitely keeps my life interesting and always gives me something new to look forward to.  As for least favorite trait – I think sometimes I can be a little too cold and rational, and not empathetic enough for the people I'm trying to relate to.  I'm working on this, but it's hard to find a good balance – I like my rationality and impartiality in many cases, but I have to work on determining WHEN to have it and when not to have it to better manage how I deal with others.

What's the biggest secret you've ever had?

If I told you, it wouldn't be a secret, now, would it?  Nice try, though.

What is your favorite sport?

Favorite to participate in – either running or soccer.  Favorite spectator sport? People watching, soccer, or baseball.  Runners-up: Gymnastics, diving, and martial-arts.

How many licks does it take to get to the center of a tootsie roll pop?

The world may never know.  Alternate answer: 3.

There are two train stations: A and B, 240 miles apart. First train leaves A and travels towards B at 50 miles per hour. At the same instant, second train leaves B and travels towards A at 10 miles per hour.  There is a fly sitting on the train 1. The moment the train leaves, the fly takes off and flies towards train 2 at 25 miles per hour. As soon as the fly reaches train 2, it makes a U-turn and flies back towards train 1. It reaches train 1, makes a U-turn, and flies towards train 2, etc. etc., until the trains collide and the fly gets squashed.  What's the total distance the fly has traveled?

Ok, smartass – now I know why you wanted this question to be anonymous!  Assuming you are actually putting the two trains on the same track on a head-on collision, and the fly makes an instantaneous U-turn when it bounces between the two trains, it'll fly for 4 hours * 25 miles per hour = 100 miles.  Ask me something more personal, next time, will you?  I promise we'll both enjoy the answer more!

[NaBloPoMo 2008 – #28/30]

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As promised, here's the answers (in red) to yesterday's trivia questions. Categories highlighted in blue are the ones my team answered correctly.

Oh, and Cranky and Grrrace?  Anytime you want to come join us for trivia, feel free.  As you can see, we really could have used your help on this one!

Round 1
1. Category: History.  The Ancon was the first ship to travel through something, in 1914.  What did it travel through? Panama Canal
2. Category: Football.  Which NFL team was the first to win the Vince Lombardi trophy five times? The 49ers
3. Category: Hobbies.  What hobby do enthusiasts spend more money on than any other hobby?  (No sports, so golf, auto racing, etc are not right) Gardening
4. Category: Space.  Name the 7th planet from our sun. Uranus
5. Category: Advertising. Name the full name of the sauce marketed as "The Burger Booster" (generic answers like "ketchup" are not right, it needs to be like "Heinz Ketchup" (although that's not the answer)). Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce

Round 2
6. Category: Music.  Kenny Alphin and John Rich are a duo better known by what name? Big and Rich
7. Category: Technology.  President Jimmy Carter was the first president to have these installed on the roof of the White House.  What did he have installed? solar panels
8. Category: Beatles.  Provide Paul McCartney's FULL name. Sir James Paul McCartney
9. Category: Beer.  This beer manufacturer makes "Triple Boch", the world's most potent beer, coming in at 17% alcohol by volume.  Name the manufacturer. Samuel Adams
10. Category: US Geography.  Name the U.S. state that is bordered by 8 (eight) other states.  For 8 bonus points, name all 8 surrounding states. Tennessee

Halftime Bonus Question
B1. Scooby Doo, Where Are You (the original cartoon) premiered on television in what year?

  • A. 1968
  • B. 1969
  • C. 1970
  • D. 1971

B. 1969

Round 3
11. Category: Politics.  This organization elects the 15 judges of the World Court.  Name the organization. The United Nations
12. Category: Religion.  This Pope was named an honorary member of the Harlem Globetrotters in 1990.  Name the full name of the pope. Pope John Paul II
13. Category: Celebrity Deaths.  Ben Affleck starred as this individual in the movie about his mysterious death, Hollywoodland. For 2 bonus points, name the role that made this mystery actor famous. George Reeves, Superman
14. Category: Male Solo Artists.  This artist has released albums such as "Dare to Be Stupid", "Running with Scissors", and "Straight out of Lynwood". Name the artist. Weird Al Yankovic
15. Category: Weddings. This actress divorced Tommy Lee of Motley Crue fame to marry the lead guitarist of Bon Jovi. Name the actress. Heather Locklear

Round 4
16. Category: Measurements.  What is the more common name for a cubic decimeter? A liter
17. Category: US History.  On March 4th, 1789, this replaced the Articles of Confederation.  Name the replacement document. The Constitution
18. Category: Television.  Name the popular hang-out spot (on the show) for the characters  the show Beverly Hills, 90210. The Peach Pit
19. Category: Comedians.  Terry Jones, John Cleese, and Eric Idle are three of the six comedians that originally made up which comedy group? Monty Python's Flying Circus
20. Category: Game Shows.  Which game show has a possible 61 answers? Jeopardy

Final Bonus Question
B2. Which of the following was the first to provide a credit card in 1950?

  • A. Sears and Roebuck
  • B. Avon
  • C. Pan Am
  • D. Diners Club

D. Diners Club

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Trivia Results – Episode 1

Posted: 2008-06-20 in General
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As promised, here's the answers (in red) to yesterday's trivia questions. Categories highlighted in blue are the ones my team answered correctly.

Round 1
1. Category: Military History.  What major historical event happened on June 6th? For bonus points, name the year. D-Day (1944)
2. Category: Science.  Louis Pasteur invented the pasteurization process in 1862.  This process was used for milk, along with what else? Wine
3. Category: World Events.  What event will take place August 8th through the 24th of this year? Summer Olympics
4. Category: Space.  Dwarf planets like Pluto are no longer called "planets" by the IAU.  What is the new term for these astronomical bodies? Plutoids
5. Category: Organizations. Joseph "Piney" Armone and Sammy "The Bull" Gravano belonged to this "organization". What was its name? The Mafia

Round 2
6. Category: Musicians.  This musician was responsible for such tunes as "Beyond the Sea", "Splish Splash", and "Mack the Knife". (Name the musician) Bobby Darin
7. Category: Literature.  Name the author whose works include Tender is the Night, The Beautiful and the Damned, This Side of Paradise, and most famously, The Great Gatsby. F. Scott Fitzgerald
8. Category: Human Anatomy.  Name the two locations on the human body where you'd find phalanges. Hands and Feet
9. Category: Bugs.  The "Rocky Mountain Wood" and "Groundhog" are two nicknames for this critter.  Name the bug. Tick
10. Category: Math.  Reduce 7/8 * 6/7 to its smallest form. 3/4

Halftime Bonus Question
B1. Which of the following two telecommunications companies announced last week that they will merge before the end of the year?

  • A. Sprint and AT&T
  • B. Verizon and US Cellular
  • C. T-Mobile and Alltel
  • D. Verizon and Alltel

D. Verizon and Alltel

Round 3
11. Category: Music Groups.  The Bee Gees were made up of three brothers.  Two of the brothers were Maurice and Barry.  Name the third brother. Robin
12. Category: Sports.  Since 1993, Gary Bettman has been the commissioner of this professional sports league.  Name the league. NHL
13. Category: Lakes and Rivers.  The Seneca and Cayuga lakes are part of the group known as the Finger Lakes in what US State? New York
14. Category: World Capitals.  Suva is the capital of what island nation? Fiji
15. Category: Chemistry.  What is the periodic table symbol for the element Titanium? Ti

Round 4
16. Category: Movies.  This actress played Princess Vespa in Spaceballs, and also starred on Melrose Place.  Name the actress. Daphne Zuniga
17. Category: U.S. Constitution.  The 15th amendment was ratified in 1870.  What was the purpose of this amendment?  Equal right to vote (no restrictions based on race, color, or previous condition of servitude)
18. Category: Native Americans.  The Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek, and Seminole indian tribes were known by what name to U.S. Settlers? The Five Civilized Tribes
19. Category: TV.  Sean Astin and Mackenzie Astin were the children of Patty Duke and television actor John Astin, who appeared on what 1960s TV series?  Bonus points – name the character he played on the show. The Addams Family (Gomez)
20. Category: Cartoons.  The Refreshments play the theme song for which prime-time television cartoon? King of the Hill

Final Bonus Question
B2. Which U.S. President said, "It is our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world…."

  • A. George Washington
  • B. Harry S. Truman
  • C. Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • D. Thomas Jefferson

A. George Washington

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Ok, it's not actually a game, but the website definitely gets my pick as most addictive site of the year, and possibly most addictive site, ever.

Like many other question/answer sites, people post questions for anyone/everyone to answer.  There's a digg-like voting system, where you can rate up/down both the questions and people's answers.  You can accumulate points by having people rate up your questions or answers, and gain levels by getting enough points.  New questions are posted by users all the time, and you can also search the archives if you're actually just looking for a decent answer, and not interested in "playing the game".

As of right now, I'm a level 4 user with 57 points needed to hit level 5.  The higher a level you are, the more points you can bestow on a question or answer. Answers get more points than questions, so two good ways to earn points are either throw out a bunch of good questions, or just answer a few questions with good answers.

So, if you're in the mood to dole out some advice, ask some questions, or just try to "level up", check out Answerbag.  If I see it, maybe I'll answer your question!

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Mission Possible – Redeux

Posted: 2007-08-13 in General
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Ok, I promised I'd let you know the answers to that True/False quiz I posted last Friday, so here they are:

1. My elementary school teachers nicknamed (and called) me "Motormouth".

True.  I think it was well-deserved too.  I recall the only time I ever shut up was during lunch (and sometimes, not even then!)

2. I cried in high school when I got a grade of 'B' in Phys. Ed.

False.  I didn't quite cry, but I was very upset.  It seems that those who couldn't do ALL the tumbling moves (I couldn't do a back handspring) got a B that quarter.  I had a perfect 4.0 going for my first two years of high school and wasn't about to let some weaselly little P.E. teacher ruin it.  Luckily, only the semester grades were applied towards your GPA, so I managed to boost it back up to an 'A' to keep my streak going…(yeah, I was a nerd in high school, I know, I know).

3. I once nearly severed my middle finger when I fell while carrying firewood while wearing roller-skates.

Fortunately, this one is False.  Unfortunately, that's because it happened to my brother.  The same one who got his teeth broken by a sailboat boom on the 4th of July.  He seems to have all the "serious" injuries from when we were kids.

Sadly, I cannot say that I would NEVER have had this happen to me…I just happened to not be wearing roller skates at the time, or else I might be telling you a different story.

4. My brother's best friend once hit me in the head with a heavy steel chain.

True.  Long story short – he was, for some odd reason, "dribbling" a basketball by whipping it with this big bike-chain.  When the ball went awry, I reached out to grab it and toss it back his way…unfortunately, he decided if he swung the chain extra-far, he'd be able to hook the ball back without any problems…when chain hit head, it left a scar that is still present today, but only visible when I shave my head.

5. When I was in elementary school, a girl told me I "sung like a frog" and it scarred me to the point of choosing to refrain from singing until halfway through high school.

All too True.  I avoided school musicals and choirs like the plague until high school, and then I found out what fun I was missing.  I ended up having a passing-good voice, too, so I grimace a little that one little girl caused such a hiccup in my vocal development.

6. I once won a mini-triathlon at a summer camp where the prize was a chance to eat McDonald's with the hot female camp counselor.

True.  And the Big Mac was DELICIOUS!  (As was the company.)

7. I wore bright red pants to my middle-school graduation.  Nobody probably would have noticed, except I was Valedictorian and had to give a speech.

Sad to say, but True.  I have to blame this one on my Grandmother though – she was always buying me crazy clothes and I had no better sense but then to wear them.  She bought me bright yellow shorts the next year – I stopped wearing them after someone asked if they came with batteries or if I had to buy them and hook them up myself.  (The following year, I got over the frog comment (#5 above) and realized I didn't care if I was teased, and started wearing them again).

8. My two best friends in high school were a Taiwanese boy nicknamed "Grasshopper" and a Somalian boy nicknamed "Jackrabbit".

False.  Or, at least the jackrabbit part of it was.  We were the top 3 runners on the cross-country squad, and were really close.  The kid from Taiwan really was nicknamed "Grasshopper" though – he was about 5'8" but had a vertical that could rival a lot of college basketball superstars.

9. I once hit someone upside the head with a copy of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein.

True. (As Budd said, haven't we all?)  I had my nose in a book about half the time in middle school, and one day when I was sitting at lunch, reading The Hobbit, I started to get teased by one of the school bullies in my grade.  I was pretty tired of it, and just closed the book, reached up, and *whapped* him with it.  He was too shocked to fight back.

I got sent to the principal's office – she thought it was pretty funny that the book was mightier than the sword.  She told me that she couldn't very well take books away from me, but didn't want to see me hitting anyone with them again.

10. I once got a ticket from a police officer while riding my bike home from the neighborhood swimming pool.

True.  I had biked down this road with some friends of mine a few days before, and decided to go down it again by myself on the way home, as it was a bit of a shortcut over the regular route.  An unmarked police car "pulled me over" and explained that I was trespassing on a private property road.  He wrote me a "warning ticket" and I was in tears as I turned around and pedaled the half-mile back the way I had come.  I hid the ticket in my closet and worried over it for about 3 days before I decided to come clean with my parents.  At the time, I had no idea what a "warning ticket" was (being ~11) and wasn't sure if I was going to go to jail if my parents didn't pay a fine or take care of it somehow.

Needless to say, my parents were greatly amused and figured I had learned my lesson between the policeman incident and the self-imposed guilt trip I had been suffering from for the previous 3 days.

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