1. My favorite pizza topping is…Green peppers.  My writing partner says he hates them.  How can somebody hate green peppers?

2. My most despised celebrity is…Donald Trump.

3. Because…He’s petty, small, vindictive, and completely humorless.

4. The best book I last read…was The Postmortal by Drew Magary.  Clever, engaging, thought-provoking.

5. The worst book I last read…was Bait by J. Kent Messum.  Ridiculous.

6. My hidden useless talent is…my ability to instantly give you the numerical equivalent of any letter in the alphabet (A to B, 1 to 26).

7. The weirdest thing I ever ate was…shirako – cod sperm – in Japan, of course.

8. My favorite crappy chocolate is…Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

9. If I could live through any Stargate episode, it would be…Rising I and II.

10. If I could have anyone’s job, it would be…Broadcast programmer.  I would revolutionize the industry by basing my selection on solid writing over catchy hooks or “who’s attached?”, resulting in a slate of shows people actually watch.

11. My favorite household chore is…loading the dishwasher.  It’s an art form.

12. The last thing I dressed up as was as…a nerd.  My accessories included books from personal library including The Dungeon Master’s Guide and Player’s Handbook.

13. The worst customer service moment of the past month was…just the other day.  The waitress was serving Akemi her salad when three accompanying pickles fell off the plate and onto the table.  She quickly picked them up with her fingers, put them back on the plate, and informed us: “They’re just for show anyway.”

14. The last thing I saw on t.v. that made me go WTF? was…guest judge Jason Bentley (Music Director of KCRW Radio) on Top Chef Masters complaining that mussels were “too much work”.  Seriously, Jason, does your mom chew your food for you too?

15. My biggest pet peeve is…lazy writing.

16. My last recipe disaster was the time I tried to make…stuffed squid.  Gummy.

17. If I could afford it, I’d have a second home in…Tokyo.  Of course.

18. I really regret that time I…got into that last relationship.

19. The last movie I walked out on was…Six Degrees of Separation.  I actually walked out about a half dozen times, pacing the halls before returning to join my date. Unbearably pretentious.

20. It may shock you to know about…that new super secret project I’m in discussions on.  Alas, no, not a new/returning Stargate television series or movie.  But when you find out…

Keep YOUR answers coming!

33 thoughts on “November 2, 2013: Getting to know me…getting to know all about meeeeee…Okay, maybe not all!

  1. Getting to know all about Trader Joes Macarons
    They now have a new offering.
    Package of 12 – salted caramel, pistachio, apricot, fig, lemon, coconut.
    and only $5.00. These are not big…bout the size of a US quarter or Half dollar/ Canadian toonie….and quite good. I was surprised at how good they are. Needless to say, they did not last long…yummmm

  2. Donald Trump and Rosie O’Donnell’s little tiff helped wake me up to the distraction of the left/right paradigm. The commentary on it planted the seed of doubt in my mind that either side of the paradigm was the “good guy”. And if you’re confused what their tiff has to do with politics, that’s a very healthy reaction.

    1. “Donald Trump and Rosie O’Donnell’s little tiff helped wake me up to the distraction of the left/right paradigm. The commentary on it planted the seed of doubt in my mind that either side of the paradigm was the “good guy”. And if you’re confused what their tiff has to do with politics, that’s a very healthy reaction.”

      Actually, my disdain for Trump has nothing to do with his politics. Although, now that you mention it, his tiff with O’Donnell was what first made me note his petty immaturity, name-calling and criticizing her for being overweight rather than coming back with any sort of intelligent comeback.

  3. 1. “How can somebody hate green peppers?”

    I have my issues with green peppers. They have to be in the right thing, otherwise they overpower. I do like them on pizza, and fried up with onions in homefries, and – of course – as peppers and onions on a cheesesteak…back when I ate cheesesteaks. But in other things they can be a bit overwhelming, and so in salads and such I prefer red (bell) peppers, which tend to be a bit milder in flavor and much sweeter.

    2. “My most despised celebrity is…Donald Trump.”

    Oh yeah, him too.

    3. “Because…He’s petty, small, vindictive, and completely humorless.”

    Don’t forget self-righteous. And his hair gives me the creeps.

    4. “The best book I last read…was The Postmortal by Drew Magary. Clever, engaging, thought-provoking.”

    5. “The worst book I last read…was Bait by J. Kent Messum. Ridiculous.”

    Alas, I have read neither. Wait…is that right? I haven’t read either. Whatever. 😛

    6. “My hidden useless talent is…my ability to instantly give you the numerical equivalent of any letter in the alphabet (A to B, 1 to 26).”

    You mean A to Z, right? ‘Cause even I could manage A to B. 😉

    7. “The weirdest thing I ever ate was…shirako – cod sperm – in Japan, of course.”

    And yet, you went back for seconds, didn’t you? 😉

    8. “My favorite crappy chocolate is…Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

    Oh, yes…I keep some of those on hand, but the dark chocolate ones. I like both, however – it’s one of the few milk chocolate treats I actually like.

    9. “If I could live through any Stargate episode, it would be…Rising I and II.

    That’s a good one, too. There are many I would love to live through, but mostly Vegas because you know I would somehow manage to change the ending by releasing Todd and saving Spike. 😀

    10. “If I could have anyone’s job, it would be…Broadcast programmer. I would revolutionize the industry by basing my selection on solid writing over catchy hooks or “who’s attached?”, resulting in a slate of shows people actually watch.”

    Serious answer for me here would be an archaeologist. I love finding things in the dirt. Which reminds me…I better get my housework done. 😛

    11. “My favorite household chore is…loading the dishwasher. It’s an art form.”

    Of course, loading the dishwasher is just about the easier chore there is. 😉 For me, my favorite chore is probably decorating/straightening/organizing stuff. Making everything look neat and tidy.

    12. “The last thing I dressed up as was as…a nerd. My accessories included books from personal library including The Dungeon Master’s Guide and Player’s Handbook.”

    Sooo…your regular duds, then? 😉

    13. ‘The worst customer service moment of the past month was…just the other day. The waitress was serving Akemi her salad when three accompanying pickles fell off the plate and onto the table. She quickly picked them up with her fingers, put them back on the plate, and informed us: ‘They’re just for show anyway.'”

    Oh! EWWW! UGH!!! Yeah, that’s pretty bad. Makes you wonder what happens when something falls off the plate back in the kitchen (kitchen floors are…well…ew. )

    14. “The last thing I saw on t.v. that made me go WTF? was…guest judge Jason Bentley (Music Director of KCRW Radio) on Top Chef Masters complaining that mussels were “too much work”. Seriously, Jason, does your mom chew your food for you too?”

    You know what’s too much work? Pomegranates. But they’re yummy so it’s worth it. 🙂

    15. “My biggest pet peeve is…lazy writing.”

    Ah, but what if I’m a person is in the mood for lazy reading? 😉

    16. “My last recipe disaster was the time I tried to make…stuffed squid. Gummy.”

    Huh. That’s interesting. So was my recipe disaster. 😉

    17. “If I could afford it, I’d have a second home in…Tokyo. Of course.”

    Lovely city (from your visits), but far too cramped for me. Scotland or New Zealand would be my two serious choices.

    18. “I really regret that time I…got into that last relationship.”

    You do know that Carl reads this blog, right? 😉

    19. “The last movie I walked out on was…Six Degrees of Separation.”

    Never saw it. Whew.

    20. “It may shock you to know about…that new super secret project I’m in discussions on. Alas, no, not a new/returning Stargate television series or movie. But when you find out…”

    Does it have pale dudes in it??!

    das

  4. “Alas, I have read neither. Wait…is that right? I haven’t read either. Whatever.”

    Definition of neither – pron: neither one: not the one and not the other (neither of the two). conj: 1: Not either ( neither good nor bad). 2: Nor (nor did I). adj: not either (neither hand).
    😀

  5. 1. My favorite pizza topping is…
    i suppose i have to go with the standard peperoni. tied with with (non-spicy) sausage.

    2. My most despised celebrity is…
    i’m not sure i “despise” any. most are annoying though. but i don’t get why stuff happens these “entertainment news” programs go ask trump his opinion.

    3. Because…
    those “entertainment news” programs (which i rarely even look at any more) talk about them constantly.

    4. The best book I last read…
    sisters of fortune: america’s caton sisters at home and abroad by jehanne wake. about the granddaughters of the last-surviving signer of the US declaration of independence.

    5. The worst book I last read…
    blood royal by harold robbins. the less i think about it, the better.

    6. My hidden useless talent is…
    recognizing random actors in movies/tv series. i don’t always know their names, but i know where they’re from. like: “that’s the guy form {tv show}.”
    if i had a dollar for every time i’ve been called to the tv to identify someone, i could afford #17.

    7. The weirdest thing I ever ate was…
    a seafood mix with squid, octopus, shrimp & some other fish. my brother & i were both allergic to something in it. not very, but enough to be worrying.

    8. My favorite crappy chocolate is…
    if by “crappy” you mean “cheap,” then reese’s peanut butter cups or kit kat.

    9. If I could live through any Stargate episode, it would be…
    i don’t think i would. the threat of a goa’uld or ori attack wouldn’t be enough to justify spending time with daniel and/or jack.

    10. If I could have anyone’s job, it would be…
    archeologist or librarian. maybe the femal version of indiana jones or daniel jackson, but with less hair-raising adventures.

    11. My favorite household chore is…
    none of them.

    12. The last thing I dressed up as was as…
    a responsible adult.

    13. The worst customer service moment of the past month was…
    i guess it was a restaurant no longer having a milkshake flavor but still having it listed on the menu.

    14. The last thing I saw on t.v. that made me go WTF? was…
    that miley cyrus on MTV awards thing.

    15. My biggest pet peeve is…
    people who leave carts all of the parking lot when there are several “corrals” to put them in.

    16. My last recipe disaster was the time I tried to make…
    i guess the biscuits from scratch that we made too thin.

    17. If I could afford it, I’d have a second home in…
    rome (or near there). ancient rome is one of my favorite time periods (i would check out the ruins & whatever museums there are) & i figure that’s a good base in order to explore the rest of europe.

    18. I really regret that time I…
    so many things really.

    19. The last movie I walked out on was…
    i never did. quit a few on netflex streaming though.

    20. It may shock you to know that…
    i’m basically plain in most every way.

  6. I wish you luck in that broadcast programmer job because that’s what I’d like, too. And I agree with #15. My roommate’s dirty dishes are still number one, but if I could pick a TV pet peeve – lazy writing would definitely be it.

  7. @ Ponytail – Now I’m even more confused. 😛

    RE: Your mad HTML coding skills: They are quite impressive. 😉

    das

  8. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O7Em1OPSJYE

    This may have been mentioned here already, and my bad for not keeping up, sorry if this is repeating. Isn’t this a little too Stargate to NOT be an infringement??? OR did anyone from the franchise have anything to do with it??? I thought when I first saw this for about a fraction of a second Stargate was coming back.

  9. Hmm, hadn’t thought of Donald Trump. May have to change my answer to that. Then again, “He’s petty, small, vindictive, and completely humorless.” still kind of describes Dane Cook.

    That pickle incident is disgusting. Would she have done the same thing if they fell on the floor, out of your sight? So, what did you say back to her?

    I hope this (possible) deal you’re working on lives up to the pre-excitement!

    1. “Whoa. Who set your bed on fire?”

      I was up early in solidarity with Akemi who woke up at 6:00 a.m. to make slow-roasted porchetta.

  10. I forgot about Donald but it’s hard to pick just one!

    Ponytail: You Go Girl!

    Long night at the Stadium for my son’s band comp. They did great!

    Loved your answers. The pickle thing….that is awful!

    Have a great Sunday all!!!! I’m planning on a nap.

  11. @das: Your comments on Joe’s answers were as much fun (or more) than the answers themselves. And, as to your grammar question, I think both versions are perfectly acceptable, the object (one or book) being assumed in both.

    @sylvia: What the heck!!!??? I’ve got to make a Trader Joe’s run today! I heard they have the pumpkin ones for the season, too!

  12. @ Das – Next time, just say “I haven’t read those books”, and you’ll be fine. 😉

    I find it hard to pick on Donald Trump when he has hair that looks like that. I know he combs it that way on purpose, but I can’t help but think he is the butt of a lot of jokes because of it.

    Joe you’re up kinda early? You going to Toyko today? If so, have a good flight. “See” ya there…

  13. I have to change my most recent cooking disaster to last night’s scorched smores made with Anna’s Ginger thins and Lindts 90 percent Dark Chocolate per cookie. They were still tasty, in a charcoal briquette kind of way.

  14. Getting to know me…

    1. My favorite pizza topping is… Green peppers and barbecue chicken. Or a plain Margherita.

    2. My most despised celebrity is… Gwyneth Paltrow, at this moment in time.

    3. Because… Who does she think she is? Really?

    4. The best book I last read…was A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini.

    5. The worst book I last read…was 50 Shades of Grey. I should point out it was not by choice, but as part of my screenwriters’ course… and it’s a pile of crap. Not just the content, but the way it’s (allegedly!) structured, the characters, everything… it’s crap.

    6. My hidden useless talent is… Being able to weave song lyrics into any conversation I have. I don’t even realize I do it anymore. I don’t even know if it’s a talent. Probably not.

    7. The weirdest thing I ever ate was… some sort of Mexican cheese. It tasted like solidified puke.

    8. My favorite crappy chocolate is… Wispa.

    9. If I could live through any Stargate episode, it would be… Lost City, or Window of Opportunity.

    10. If I could have anyone’s job, it would be… Joe Mallozzi’s. I’d give anything to spend some time writing for a television show! It’s the dream! 🙂

    11. My favorite household chore is… the laundry. You just bung the clothes in the machine, along with some powder/detergent and that’s it. It beats doing the ironing any day.

    12. The last thing I dressed up as was as… Osiris (the Stargate version!). It was a great Halloween costume, even if most people didn’t know who I was supposed to be.

    13. The worst customer service moment of the past month was… dealing with a public transport company. They decided to carry out loud maintenance work outside my home between 2am and 4am, then when I complained the next day, they said it was my fault, not theirs, that I had lost sleep over it?!

    14. The last thing I saw on t.v. that made me go WTF? Miley Cyrus’ MTV performance.

    15. My biggest pet peeve is… drivers who don’t use their indicators. Seriously, they aren’t just there for decoration!

    16. My last recipe disaster was the time I tried to make… Christmas cake. Apparently there is such a thing as using too much booze when baking.

    17. If I could afford it, I’d have a second home in… Vancouver.

    18. I really regret that time I… didn’t stand up to the bullies sooner.

    19. The last movie I walked out on was… Abigail’s Party. On my mother’s suggestion that it was “a great movie”, I agreed to watch it with her, but by the end of the first ten minutes I had to leave – listening to someone running their nails down a blackboard would have been more preferable to the movie.

    20. It may shock you to know about… the Irish. We never actually say ‘Top of the morning to you!’.

  15. I’m avoiding reading the comments for a few days…but green peppers–I like them but they make me burp the taste of them for some reason for awhile after eating them. Not sure why.

  16. While we’re on the fun subject, I would of loved to of seen Mckay in SGU as a regular, preferably from the first episode of Season 3(Had the show been successful among the Nielsens). Have Mckay go through the gate with an answer to the power issue, and have Eli and Mckay work on the drone issue. Awaken everyone from stasis and fly on back into the galaxy 🙂

    Sorry for not answering the questions given, figured I’d add something I would of loved to of personally seen instead.

  17. G’day

    “How can anyone hate green peppers”

    Easy, I detest them and red ones and onions. Yuck!!!!!!!!

  18. Green peppers have an overpowering smell to them. I tolerate them if they’re buried in the food enough. Coming toward my nose on a pizza is too much.

  19. I privately apologized to Deni, but I do want to publicly apologize to her. I did not mean to insult her. I should have been more careful with my wording to convey my message without an attack. There happens to be two red button issues for me. The one is that. The other? Shutting my mouth…..

  20. You walked out of the theatre SIX TIMES while your date was still in there watching the movie?!? I’m guessing there were no more dates after that. I didn’t like Six Degrees either, but if someone I was at a movie with couldn’t stand to sit and bear it for 90 minutes to humor me, and not distract me with their constant comings and goings, and not make me worry about whether they were gone so much because they were having some sort of health emergency, I would be really pissed off.

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