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10:51 a.m. - March 06, 2003
A survey to kill time, that's the idea, but what I'd rather kill is the work I'm avoiding doing
A nine-hour assignment truncated to one and a half and I'm paid in full - what a friendly Thursday.

So I'm home and soon to begin writing and decided to expose myself further. That's right, another Get-to-know-me-survey.

(1) What are you wearing right now?

Right now I'm wearing a dark blue denim shirt, black jeans, and blue underwear. No socks or shoes.

(2) What do you do others would consider out of character for you?

I love to play with kids; I let go and act silly, talk in funny voices, run and play.

(3) What do you enjoy most about your job?

Every day is different. For example, yesterday was a workshop on nutrition, today a sexual harrassment policy-writing session, tomorrow will be a Navy missile research installation. I love the variety.

(4) What do you enjoy least about your job?

Because every day is different, so are the people I work with. I crave collegiality and working closely with the same group of people.

(5) Are you well-paid? How much?

Yes, I am.

(6) Who was your girlfriend/buddy growing up?

I didn't really have a buddy until I went to college and met Dan who was in many ways my opposite yet not. He was a virgin and would beg for salacious details about my sexual relationship/s yet he wasn't uptight; he wanted to wait until he was married and would tell me in detail what he wanted to do - and then would ask, Does that feel good? Does it? Does it? and I would tease him mercilessly. He was like a younger brother with convictions I respected. We're still in touch.

(7) When did/will you graduate high school? College?

Graduated high school in 1992, undergraduate in 1997, began M.A. at Berkeley in 1998, entered Stanford 1999. Taking a dual concentration Ph.D. program in Linguistics and Cognitive Science and if I stay at my current level of coursework, I'll complete the degree in 2005, contingent upon the dissertation.

(8) Have you ever had an affair? What do you think of affairs?

My impulse is to say no, I haven't, but I don't know if that's accurate. When I was 15 I lived with a married woman and her husband in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and I had sex with her. But call it an affair? Then more recently, I had a long-term girlfriend when I met Spec and I juggled the two of them (un)successfully for a while; but call that an affair? I'm not so sure.

(9) An if question: If you could never be identified by those who know you, would you star in a pornographic movie?

No, I wouldn't. Sex is too intimate for me to do it with a stranger(s). It's special to me, far more than getting my nut.

(10) Are you a fan of porn?

I'm male.

(11) What would people be shocked to learn about you?

Hmmmm. At the college where I worked/taught I would go through the personnel files for the fun of it, going in there at midnight when I couldn't be caught. I liked the thrill, I guess. One person knows and she always wanted to join me - the cloak and dagger appeal - but we never did. Another thing is my episodic science experiments; currently, there is a bowl that I've left unwashed sitting on my counter for about two weeks now because I want to know what happens to milk when left exposed. It's currently a brownish filmy thing, almost as if it's emulsifying. It's really quite nasty.

(12) Are you ambitious?

Yes, but I sabotage myself.

(13) Prefer crowds or being alone?

I prefer people but am usually solitary.

(14) What's something you own a lot of?

Books. Many, many books. Too many books.

(15) What's something you don't own a lot of?

Is that a trick question? Furniture? Dishes? Tampons? I don't know how to answer this question.

OK, that's enough.

I should do something productive.


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