1.) Right now the OCA certification guide for Oracle 11g RDBMS is
sort of my life.
2.) I started reading the book "A Game of Thrones" but haven't ever
seen the show. Don't have HBO. I'm not really into the fantasy
genre but I do take a stab at it from time to time.
3.) I like reading histories. I really started getting into "Glock:
The Story of America's Gun." I do not own a Glock; I am more of a
Sig Sauer fanboy/fangirl. But the adventures of everyone's favorite
Austrian plastic gun maker makes for interesting reading.
4.) My big hobby is researching my family history. So there is a
good chance you will see me with a phone book from 1947 trying to
decipher who my great aunt's-husband's-sister's-father's-nieces
(So far I have found that the president I am most closely related
to is William Henry Harrison, who gave one of the longest inaugural
addresses but had the shortest tenure in office.)
1.) I am a science fiction fan. I am an obsessive fan of Doctor Who
and Star Trek.
2.) I am also obsessively awaiting the return of Breaking Bad and
(on Netflix) House of Cards. I was never a fan of The West Wing
because, even as a liberal, I found Aaron Sorkin's politics to be
sappy and stupid.
3.) I am a brony even though I have not seen every episode of My
Little Pony: Friendship is Magic yet.
4.) I woke up at 2 in the morning yesterday to be the first on the
block to see Season 4 of Arrested Development, but unfortunately I
forgot to pack my laptop in my overnight bag. I've made a huge
5.) I do not like watching Fox News. I would rather lobotmize
myself with a ballpoint pen than voluntarily turn on "Fox &
6.) If it's a Sunday in the fall, expect that I will be watching
football. I am a Houston Texans fan!
1.) I listen to the radio a lot. Mostly NPR. My favorite show on
NPR is "Radio Lab" and I also like "Tell Me More" (I usually catch
the first five minutes as I start work at 10 a.m. and, as noted, am
always about five minutes late).
2.) Wait, NPR isn't music. OK, here's a representative sample of
songs I like or that make an impression on me:
* Robert Earl Keen, "Corpus Christi Bay." This is not REK's best
song but is one that reminds me of some of my exploits in
Galveston, where I grew up. Yes I am aware that Galveston is not on
Corpus Christi Bay. Shut up.
* Regina Spektor, "Fidelity." This is just a beautiful song, OK?
And RS does awesome live shows.
* Happy Mondays, "Wrote For Luck." I don't do hard drugs. Everytime
I listen to this long I kinda wish I did.
* Cake, "Short Skirt/Long Jacket." This song best encapsulates what
I am looking for in a girlfriend. And also myself.
* Alanis Morisette, "Ironic." It's been pointed out that nothing in
this song is actually ironic, just tragic. True enough. I like it
* Ronnie James Dio, "Holy Diver." I can sing just like Dio when I'm
drunk, it's pretty amazing.
3.) I am an amateur radio operator so sometimes I'd rather just
listen to static (making out what other people are saying, or
sending in morse code, is really an art).
4.) I don't play any musical instruments (I played the flute in
middle school) and am not in a band, but sometimes I make up my own
songs and post them on YouTube.
5.) Because I love hearing the sound of my own voice,
1.) I like chili but I am not a traditionalist and put things like
beans and corn and other vegetables and god-knows-what-else in it.
I am really not a good Texan.
2.) I don't have any known food allergies, but I really don't like:
anchovies, uncooked seafood generally (although I do eat some basic
kinds of sushi), lutefisk (not because it's been marinated in lye
but because it sounds too much like Ludicris). I will also not eat
testicles or brains.
3.) My favorite vegetable is spinach. Also, onions. I *love*
onions. (I have been advised by counsel not to put "ketchup" in my
list of favorite vegetables.)
4.) My favorite non-vegetable is probably chicken. I also like fish
and would someday like to be an aquaponics entrepreneur. I also
like tofu in certain preparations.
5.) Crawfish boils are a divine experience.
6.) I prefer beer to wine, although I prefer relatively light and
fruity options -- saissons, lagers, lambics, ciders. That isn't to
say I won't try stouts, IPAs, etc. but I often times will have to
kinda choke 'em down.
Movies and Theater
1.) It's very rare that I see a movie I don't like.
2.) Here are movies I like but that a lot of people hated:
* Star Trek: Into Darkness
* Moulin Rouge
* Gladiator (OK, it won an Oscar -- still a lot of critics hated
* Magic Mike
* Snakes on a Plane.
* Pacific Rim (OK, I don't think anyone hated it, but a lot of
people didn't see it, which is shameful).
3.) I don't see theater shows a lot, but I tend to like musicals! I
think the most recent one I saw was "Spamalot."
1.) I want to go painting!
2.) I want to try paddle boarding or kayaking!
3.) I like bicycles and mopeds (I have my moped endorsement!)
5.) 5K *walks*. I don't run. Even if I were in shape, my ankles and
feet are kinda messed up (congenital flat-footedness).
6.) I am not exactly a shopaholic and can even be a little bit of a
penny-pincher, but shopping from time to time.