Thursday, October 27, 2005

Skimming the 5,000: 1 - 49

I stumbled across the 5,000 Question Survey v2.0 thanks to some Clever Person somewhere or other, and I really like it. I love doing quizzes and surveys, and I think it's because I'm so damn interesting.
No but really! I'm seriously interested in myself. We're not supposed to say that, are we, we nice civilized people? But what sort of trouble would we be in if we weren't interested in ourselves? From birth to death, it's all a big Me-fest: looking through our own eyes, talking with our own voices, feeling and moving with our own bodies. We've each got to be a Me, there’s no choice in the matter. Better (far better) if you can find yourself interesting.

Am I trying to convince myself it's okay to post this survey here? Why, yes, yes I am! I don’t know what’s going on. I love reading other people's answers to quizzes like this, but now that I'm thinking of doing the same thing? Queasiness... an attack of the "Ooo, but"s. Am I ashamed of myself? No. Am I happy for you to see my answers? Yes. So what's the problem? Don't know. Bugger it, though. Don't care - doesn't matter - onward!

The plan is to occasionally post questions from the 5,000 Survey, so here, for starters, are five from the first page. I'm going to answer them, and then the theory goes that you will too (in a comment). How's that? Suit you? See what you think:

14. How do you handle a rainy day?
19. What did you want to be when you grew up?
28. If you could learn how to do three things just by wishing and not by working what would they be?
46. If you could meet any person in the world who is dead who would you want it to be?
49. You are going to be stuck alone in an elevator for a week. What do you bring to do?

14. I love rainy days, especially if it's cold enough to wear a jumper and woolly socks, which it hardly ever is here. It usually rains in summer, and we have to sweat all day before the rain gets here, like today. Boo.
19. A teacher (like Laura Ingalls Wilder) or a nurse (like Sue Barton, Visiting Nurse). Sadly I didn't turn into either Ms Wilder or Ms Barton.
28. Playing piano or violin, piloting a plane or glider, getting close to people.
46. Myself in the future, to find out what I should do between now and then.
49. A really long ladder so I can climb out. (Has anyone ever been stuck in a lift for a week?? Nightmare material. I think I'd die.)

Now you. Go on.