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getting-to-know-you meme

There are a lot of people on my flist that I don't know so well (and even those of you I do know pretty well should do this *g*), and this seemed like a good way to get to know everyone a little bit better. Meme stolen fro snickfic.

I know very little about some of the people on my friends list. Some people I know relatively well. But here's a thought: why not take this opportunity to tell me a little something about yourself. Any old thing at all. Just so the next time I see your name I can say: "Ah, there's Parker ...she likes money and cereal." I'd love it if everyone who's friended me did this. (Yes, even you people who I know really well.) Then post this in your own journal [only if you feel inclined]. In return, ask me anything you'd like to know about me and I'll give you an answer*.

*Providing it's answerable/suitable for public posting.


I got purple extensions in my hair last summer! They looked really cool! Alas, I never got around to putting pictures up, and it feels like a little late now. :P

What's a thing that surprised you when you came to Washington?
Oooh, fun colors in hair, are awesome! I used to have blue in mine.

Something that surprised me about WA, hmmm....

I was surprised by how many days it was actually sunny/not raining, tbh. I was prepared for much worse weather. The rain surprised me too, because at home when it rains it RAINS, and it doesn't rain like that here very often.
Ha ha, yes. I lived in SC for a while for school, and when it rained there, it rained. Torrential downpours, for hours. Which is nothing like rain I've seen anywhere out west.
Running out of interesting facts about myself... um...

Okay. I have a PhD (yeah, yeah, this is not about that), and while researching for it I spent a whole three months or more reading up on 1920s moral panics and banned literature. Which included having to sit at the special Dirty Books desk at the British Library to read the last copy of a pulped novel, and also reading (at 9.30 am, which made it weirder) a pornographic letter sent to an Eton schoolboy in 1927 by an Argentine diplomat. This was by far the best phase of the whole doctoral thing.

You... Is there an opportunity that you've turned down that you think in retrospect you should have taken up? Or alternatively, something you reluctantly turned down and are now so pleased you did?
That research sounds like fun! And really amused that there's a Dirty Books desk :D

I had an opportunity to do a summer program at Cambridge a few years ago, and I ended up turning it down, because of a different academic summer program, that was much closer to home and much cheaper. So I don't regret making that choice from a fiscal standpoint, I do regret that I wasn't able to attend the Cambridge program though, because it seemed really interesting and more in line with my interests.
I love watching old series that I haven't seen yet. Last year I caught up on Brothers and Sisters and Veronica Mars. Right now I'm in the middle of Lost. Are there any shows you've watched for the first time after they were over or that you want to?
Veronica Mars is so wonderful!

I've watched a lot of shows after they were over! Buffy, Angel, Twin Peaks, and Arrested Development, off the top of my head.
I think the scariest fictional villain ever created are the Borg from Star Trek because they have no personality or individuality, so you can't argue with them (you couldn't even beg for mercy because they wouldn't understand the concept) and they will stop at nothing to turn you into one of them.

If you could visit the set of any currently airing TV show and meet the actors and watch them film an episode, which set would you visit and why?
I haven't watched enough Star Trek to be familiar with the Borgs, but that sounds awful. The scariest villains are always the ones that are completely and totally removed from humanity. *shudders*

I'd probably visit the set of Psych. I love the show, and everybody seems to be really friendly, and getting along really well, and having a blast with the show. They film in Vancouver, so I might swing by the SPN set too ;).

Let's road trip there, I'll even let you introduce me as your associate "sabrinakin pumpernickle"

Deal. But only because you said I could introduce you as Sabrinakin pumpernickle. *G*
The way you describe the Psych set makes me want to watch it even more. I'm finding with SPN that TV shows are even more fulfilling to me than normal when I know the cast gets along and actually enjoy what they do (two things that the BtVS cast always seemed to lack, although that was in the time before social media; I wonder how the cast's engagement with each other and with fans would be different if the show were made today). I've seen and enjoyed a few episodes of Psych, and it's on my list of Someday Shows.
The cast of Psych makes me so happy. Not only do they all seem to get along well, but the creator is so open to the cast members being really involved at a creative level, and they WANT to be involved on that creative level, and it's fantastic. Also, the actors who make up the (likely) endgame ship are together IRL, and met through show, and apparently spent the first two seasons trying really hard to be professional and not date, and then they were really nervous about what the producers and everyone would say. And the producers were like, "yeah, you two are awful at pretending your not into each other. No one is even sort of surprised." So. RL otp. ALSO DULE HILL CAN TAP DANCE LIKE A FUCKING CHAMP.
I really like skulls. Aesthetically, I mean. I have skull prints on my make up bag, pencil case, a backpack I carry sometimes, several shirts and some jewelry. I have a medical quality replica of a human skull that sits on my desk, a real bobcat skull, and a real cow skull (that is currently wearing a broken pair of headphones). I'm not really a goth or a vampire or a pirate or a serial killer or anything. I just think they're neat.

You: what is something you do that you personally think is fun/cool/interesting, but which other people might think is freakishly weird? :)
Skulls are very cool!

This might be a somewhat lame answer, but all the time and energy I devote towards fandom activities (writing fic, making graphics, participating in discussions) is something that probably would seem freakishly weird to other people. It isn't something I think of as being weird, but that's because I'm in a fandom community where it's not weird. To people who haven't had that experience, I'm sure it seems weird to be so invested in fictional characters and worlds.
I am a scientist! Well, a grad student, but since I get paid to do science, it still counts. Anyway, I study lakes in the Midwest of the US, so I get to spend a lot of time wandering around bodies of water in row boats collecting water samples.
Oh cool! That sounds like it would be fun.
um...interesting fact... lets see....
Before I was married I had 5 names. Is that interesting?

If you could own any exotic animal what would it be and why?
that is... quite a lot of names. And it is indeed interesting!

If I could own any exotic animal, I would probably own an otter. I think they're adorable, and they're so playful, and they seem like they'd make really fun pets?
Hai! *waves*

I'm so very late to this meme, I don't even know if it's still appropriate for me to comment. But I feel sad at the idea of creeping out again, so here I am :)

I'm Eléonore. I'm from France and I am very in love with Antonin Artaud (see icon). I've been terribly bad at livejournal lately because real life has been a brat and also I fail at multitasking. But I hope that now that I seem to have it under control again, we'll get to know each other better!

Can I call you Cate? :D
Hi back!

There is no such thing as being too late to comment. *g*

I am not from France. But I took five years of French, at school, and retained very little of it. I can occasionally puzzle out the gist of things that are written in French, and I can count to 100. Not that either of those things comes up all that often....

I hope that now that I seem to have it under control again, we'll get to know each other better!

I hope so too! I've also been fairly LJ negligent recently, but I'm trying to stay on top of things, so hopefully I will.

You can absolutely call me Cate!
I can occasionally puzzle out the gist of things that are written in French, and I can count to 100.
Counting is always of importance /nods
And I'd say that is excellent news, as I tend to have the abnoxious habit of quoting French things everywhere! :)
And I'd say that is excellent news, as I tend to have the abnoxious habit of quoting French things everywhere! :)


Oh! Something that has amused me for years, that will probably also amuse you: There is a gated community near where I grew up, and it's also near some horse farms. The name of the suburb is on the gate, along with a brass horse head. So I'm pretty sure they intended to name the suburb something to do with horses, and decided to fancy it up by making it French. But I guess Cheval wasn't fancy enough so they went with Chevaux. Except no one double checked the spelling and what they actually ended up with was a gated community named Cheveux.
XDDD That is too cute/ridiculous omg! I immediately rushed to tell the story to my sister and she thought it was hilarious too ;) I love it!