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In celebration of leap year

I bring you a smattering of Survivor + memes new and old.

'Survivor: Episode 4

Oh God, not chickens again. I was so happy when I thought they'd done away with providing the castaways with live animals. What almost seemed like an attempt at a good reason to keep them alive – providing chicken feed, and pointing out that they’d already laid eggs that day – was negated by the additional provision of a rooster, who clearly has no purpose in a 1-month game except as meat. Also, I’ll have you know that all last episode, as painful and embarrassing and disappointing as her antics and attitude and Yau-Man-ousting were, Cirie *still* did not lose my love. Then she laughed about the rooster's pending slaughter. AND MY LOVE DIED IMMEDIATELY AND FOREVERMORE. Bitch.
 
Other than that, loved the reward challenge (coconuts appear to have replaced skulls in the ‘producer fetish’ section), mostly because I got to see Ozzy do his dolphin dives about half a dozen times without even needing to rewind. His diving/swimming skills are glorious. I love the man again, more than I did in his original season, and am even slowly starting to think he looks cute with short hair. Still recoil with horror at the idea of Amanda actually hooking up with him – he’s nice to watch on TV, but in real life? Not so much; kind of an unsavory past – but he’s fast becoming a favorite Favorite. 
 
I couldn’t watch the Exile Island segment without fast-forwarding, though. It is too horribly embarrassing to watch Kathy fangirl over everyone. She seems to be the only Fan who can’t keep her star-struck fawning under control. As for the part I did watch, all I can say is: Ozzy, do you not remember how STUPID Yau looked when he tried to make a fake idol?
 
I loved James scratching his head and yammering about how stupid he & his voting bloc were in their voting choices. At least he recognizes it…albeit only well after the fact.
 
Over on the Fans tribe:
-Erik is getting scruffy, and it’s really gross. He’s also getting some attitude, but I’m firmly convinced it’s the fault of the older people being bad influences on him. Unlike Jason, who seems to have a natural affinity for being a prick.
 
-I think this may be the first episode Natalie has gotten an interview. I hope she doesn’t get many more, because her permanently pinched and sour expression is the most unpleasant thing I have seen.
 
-I hate Weak Wimpy Chet a lot, which means I also hate Tracey a lot for managing to pull this ridiculous hat trick and not only keep him, AND align (if only temporarily) with Joel, but somehow stab Mikey in the back and get rid of him. I liked Mikey! At least as a player. Sure, in his conversations he could be offensive in the manner of James, but he was also highly intelligent about game play, and I bet he would have been very interesting as the game wore on. STOP VOTING OUT AWESOME PEOPLE, PLZ. 

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If I recall correctly, aries11 tagged me with the 7 things meme, so naturally I had to do it. This is becoming such a regular feature, it's like two steps away from getting its own tag on this site. Anyway, thank you for giving me something to do during the latest installment of Miserable Class of Death! 

1. Whenever I swallow a pill, I reflexively gag and stick my tongue out afterwards. 

2. My preferred way to eat spaghetti is in broth, as soup noodles. 

3. I loathe vacuuming. It's noisy, tiring (trying to maneuver it around furniture, or change directions, or switch pieces to get stuff out of corners), and there always seems to be stuff it *should* pick up that it doesn't.

4. I've never lived in or visited someone in an apartment. (on-campus housing notwithstanding)

5. I have no patience for watching video clips (of the YouTube etc. variety). Unless it's something I specifically sought out, I generally refuse to click on any embedded videos, and cannot think of anything more boring than searching random keywords. (I was super-uber-resentful when Spy, claiming solidarity with the writers, substituted a video monologue for written recaps of the last two Numb3rs episodes this season)

6. When I'm barefoot, I tend to walk around on the balls of my feet. I have no idea why.

7. I don’t mind when people post song lyrics on their blog, but I hate when they don’t bother to trim the excess wording. I don’t need to see that the singer repeats “I love you, babe, yeah” five times at the end of the song. If you really think the lyrics are meaningful, then put up the verses, with the chorus once – maybe twice if the structure warrants it. Don’t just hit the copy-paste. 

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New survey, whee!

1. What are the 3 most important things everyone should know about you?
A. Animals are the most important things in the world to me…although TV is a close second.
B. I’m more comfortable writing than talking and never go anywhere without something to write in.
C. I read at least 100 books a year, and I still think the YA section is better than adult stuff.

2. Do you own a car? Describe it.
Nope, no car.

3. What is your most prized mundane possession? Why do you value it so much?
Right at the moment, my digital recorder, because it is all kinds of handy for recording important lectures.  Was totally worth the $65 bullet I had to bite at the bookstore in order to have it at the start of the semester.  It also doubles as an MP3 player (well…maybe more like a slim portable tape player, but better than nothing) and allows me to record my voice on the computer.  Admittedly, I haven’t tested this latter feature yet, but I will someday.

4. What is your biggest goal for this year?
Graduation.  Must – get – degree! 

5. Are you more child-like or childish?
I have no idea.  Teachers/other authority figures have always called me mature for my age, but I can also be terribly bratty and petty around people I know, so I guess that's childish.  But then I'm child-like if you consider my collections of still-displayed My Little Ponies and stuffed animals, and how I don't date or even go out with friends, doing most things with my parents instead...

6. What song are you really into right now?
The most recent addition to the list is by Kansas, “Carry On Wayward Son,” after Amanda made me fall in love with the chorus on American Idol.  It was a bit of a shock to hear the original, and took some adjustment to get used to hearing a guys band sing it after her, but the melody quickly took over and convinced me to love it.  I played it on loop for hours last night.

 

7. Does your life tend to get better or worse or does it just stay the same?
Sounds pessimistic, but worse.  I spend all my time looking backwards and wanting to be younger; I always think that what came before was better.

8. Does time really heal all wounds?
It dulls the pain, yes.  I am not up to elaborating further right now.

9. How do you handle a rainy day?
Enjoy the rain spattering on the windowpane while I leisure at the computer.  Unless of course I have class, in which case I struggle out beneath my little umbrella that never keeps me from getting some part wet, slogging through puddles while desperately trying to avoid the worms all over the pavement.

10. Which is worse: losing your luggage or having to sort out tangled holiday lights?
Is there even a comparison to be made here?  Losing luggage would be absolutely devastating.  Just one more reason not to fly. 

11. How is your relationship with your parents? Will you miss them when they are gone?
Thanks for asking that; you’re lucky I’m in a good mood or I’d be in tears at the mere thought.  My mom is my best friend and my dad is an extremely important fixture in my life; they’re about the only people I have a solid relationship with.  The thought of a world without them is too miserable to imagine.  Think I’ll go jump off a bridge now.  (kidding!  Totally kidding!) 


12. Do you tend to be aware of what is going on around you?
Depends.  I am hyper-aware of my immediate surroundings and extremely observant in classes; I may not talk to people but I file away their conversations and habits and personalities in my head.  In the world at large, though, well…I don’t watch the news or read the paper; I’m only informed through front-page headlines on Hotmail or what my friends blog about, and I’m rather isolated from general happenings on campus.   

13. What is the truest thing that you know?
Can I be pessimistic again?  That the good times in life are never as good as the bad times are bad.

14. What did you want to be when you grew up?
My first career aspiration was either to be a vet or buy a farm with my best friend, where she’d raise horses and I’d raise dogs.  After that it was a writer or maybe an editor, although when we took those stupid career tests in sixth grade, I thought (to my mother’s abject horror) that being a secretary or receptionist sounded pretty fun.  To be perfectly honest...that’s still kind of my post-graduation career objective.

15. Have you ever been given a second chance?
My college let me come back after taking a semester off, despite being leery of my mental health status…does that count?

16. Are you more of a giver or a taker?
Taker.  Nobody ever admits to being a taker, but I totally am.  Very selfish, this girl. 

17. Do you make your decisions with an open heart/mind?
I revel in my close-mindedness.  I make snap decisions often and am generally stubborn.  If I don’t like something at first, why should I attempt to make myself think otherwise?  (...and I think I just solved the child-like vs. childish dilemma there.)

18. Do you have a lot to learn?
So much to learn about the real world.  I’m still almost as ignorant of how things like jobs, savings accounts and apartment rentals work now as I was at 14.


19. If you could learn how to do three things just by wishing and not by working what would they be?
A. How to speak French *fluently*
B. How to make collages, icons, and other image art with Photoshop
C. How to play oboe (I tried to switch from flute in 10th grade, for the sake of the band's instrumentation.  Needless to say, that didn't pan out.)


20. Which do you remember the longest: what other people say, what other people do or how other people make you feel?
What other people say.  I tend to gloss over memories and steadily make them better, but I obsessively file away things people say.  Especially if they’re stupid things.

21. What are the key ingredients to having a good relationship?
Hahahaha!  As if I have any idea beyond the idealizations depicted on TV.  The only belief I really have is that relationships grounded in friendship first are stronger. 

22. What three things would you want to die to avoid doing?

Are we excluding the times I’ve contemplated suicide to avoid finishing school? (joking!  Totally joking!)
A. A variety of lewd acts

B. Going through chemotherapy (this is my conviction and I’m sticking to it unless I discover in the future that cancer-pain is worse than chemo-pain.  That has to be the only reason people go through it, because I can’t see the point of just wanting to stay alive.)
C. Killing a puppy/kitten/etc. in some bloody and/or painful manner.

23. Is there a cause you believe in more than any other cause?
Animal welfare.  Really, I don’t see why we’re all talking about the Iraq war and universal health care and abortion and gay rights when the animal cruelty laws need reform and millions of dogs & cats die in shelters.


24. Which decade do you feel the most special connection to and why?
I’m rather fond of the 50’s, mostly because I think that I would have fit with delight right into the culture of supposed repression & been overjoyed to fulfill the housewife stereotype.

25. What is your favorite oldie song?
How old is old?  I’m rather fond of “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds,” as well as Lesley Gore’s “It’s My Party”

26. If you could say any sentence to the current leader of your country what would it be?
I’d most likely faint from the sheer joy of being able to talk to him.  I’m not going to justify it or pick it apart or figure out why - I just know that when I look at him, I feel love & pride. 

27. What's your favorite TV channel to watch in the middle of the night?
Oh, late-night TV…I miss watching you, now that I have a roommate.  When she’s gone, though, I usually attempt to find a good movie on TNT or TBS.

Also, for more survey fun that helps a grad student, click this:
(My greatest dilemmas while taking it:
A) Oh God, how am I supposed to pick only my top THREE fandoms?
B) ...OH GOD, HOW I AM SUPPOSED TO PICK THE BEST SIX STORIES FROM THE ENTIRE INTERNET?!)

Comments

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muzzy_olorea
Feb. 29th, 2008 08:44 pm (UTC)
Reading through your second Meme I realised that you and I are really rather alike in some respects. Okay now I've probably scared you senseless with that thought. ;-)

Anyway it seems like a fun Meme so I'll probably add that to tomorrow's procrastination schedule. =)
rainbowstevie
Feb. 29th, 2008 11:58 pm (UTC)
Well, what would be the use of being friends if we weren't rather alike in some respects? =D It's not a scary thought at all.
eleigh
Feb. 29th, 2008 10:53 pm (UTC)
4. I've never lived in or visited someone in an apartment.

That is . . . so weirdly random. I would never have considered the possibility that someone had never been in an apartment. Especially a college student. Is it that you've never known anyone who's lived in one or just never had the opportunity to visit while they did so? Or are you prejudiced against apartments?

5. I have no patience for watching video clips (of the YouTube etc. variety)

Genuinely curious, but why? Is it the format? I rarely go search for things on Youtube myself unless I have something specific in mind, but I generally click on all embedded videos (I don't always watch them if they're very long and very boring) and often wonder just what I did before Youtube existed.

C. How to play oboe

My sister can play the oboe. I cannot. In fact, I fail at all woodwind instruments. I really cannot play flute at all. It was always pretty sad.
rainbowstevie
Feb. 29th, 2008 11:46 pm (UTC)
I have honestly never known anyone who lived in an apartment - or at least not anyone with whom I would be close enough to go visit. (even in college, most people either live on campus - where the apartments are really just like oversized dorms - or rent one of the university-owned houses in town) It sounds baffling even to me, but I have never been inside a real apartment building.

As for YouTube, I don't know - it's weird, given all the TV I watch online, but when it comes to random videos I just get bored and twitchy, even if they're less than a minute long. I could be reading things. Or clicking through pictures. I dislike being forced to follow the pace of the clip (and the loading time beforehand doesn't help).
poinsley
Feb. 29th, 2008 11:41 pm (UTC)
C. I read at least 100 books a year, and I still think the YA section is better than adult stuff.

I've rediscovered a lot of YA lit this year since I have access to 3 middle school libraries. YA lit is so much fun!

About a year ago, my mom visited and we spent an evening looking up clips on youtube (sorry) with Lesley Gore and Connie Francis songs. It was a nice bonding experience.
rainbowstevie
Feb. 29th, 2008 11:56 pm (UTC)
Yeah, my thought process for YA lit goes something like "Adults write the books; adults edit & publish the books, write reviews and hand out awards -either way, people significantly older than the target audience read them & take them seriously...so there has to be perfectly worthwhile merit to them." I think the main stigma I've gotten is from collegebound high schoolers/college students who think such literature is beneath them. (which to be fair...a chunk of it is, but it's not like we're talking 75-page chapter books with big text and illustrations, either)

About a year ago, my mom visited and we spent an evening looking up clips on youtube (sorry) with Lesley Gore and Connie Francis songs. It was a nice bonding experience.
Aw, that sounds sweet. Youtube definitely has its uses (my own mom is always trying to get me to watch various clips), and I've been known to waste time there myself. It's just not that high on my list of interests.
poinsley
Mar. 1st, 2008 12:02 am (UTC)
I never knew how much she liked those singers. So for Mother's Day that year I got her a CD from each and she was so excited.
park_ave_pirate
Mar. 1st, 2008 02:31 am (UTC)
I love "Carry On My Wayward Son" by Kansas. I frequently use it in my video montages (especially from my trip down south.)
aries11
Mar. 1st, 2008 02:43 am (UTC)
Yes, I did tag you for the 7-things meme. :) I always tag the newest people on my f'list. Thanks for filling that out, too. I'll more than likely steal that second survey.
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