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Quiz [Aug. 28th, 2007|01:03 pm]
Stephan
Hi!

Devotion to my comic is starting to hurt my social life, as I've been neglecting my online friends.

DHLawrence has shown courage in posting a personal quiz.  I'm probably asking for trouble, but I'll give this a go myself.  Post me some questions on any or all of the following topics.

No promises though as to how candid I'll be in my replies.

1. Friends
2. Family
3. Food
3. Travel
4. Politics (I'm probably going to regret including this)
5. Movies/TV
6. Love
7. Life/Career
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[User Picture]From: deckardcanine
2007-08-28 03:33 pm (UTC)
1. How's Peri-Dorcas these days? Or does she forbid you to say?
2. What was your situation growing up? Did you live with both parents, one, neither?
3(a). Which culture's food do you like best?
3(b). Where's the farthest you've traveled from home?
4. Do your usual news sources seem biased for or against Bush? Or neither? Do you mix it up?
5. I know you have a low opinion of Australian film comedies, but what about other Australian films? Do you have a fave among them?
6. I know you don't want offspring, but have you ruled out romance? Marriage?
7. Do you consider your current job good, bad, or simply acceptable?
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2007-08-28 09:57 pm (UTC)
1) How's Peri-Dorcas these days? Or does she forbid you to say?

Haha! She's fine. We're supposed to be meeting up some time in the next few weeks. She's been spending a lot of time in the city lately, which has made it difficult for me to keep track of her.

Perri used to visit me once in a while and stay overnight, using my sofa bed (it's a long journey back to Leura). That's no longer possible because I was forced to throw the damaged sofa away. :(

Perri doesn't mind me talking about her; it's just that we hardly have a chance to catch up these days.

2) What was your situation growing up? Did you live with both parents, one, neither?

Intially both parents, but my father was a physically violent individual and we all tried to avoid him. My mother could be violent on occasion too, unpredictable and manipulative. Thankfully fate cut me a break for a change, when during the late 1980's my father was assigned to work in Sydney while we were still living in Newcastle. We usually only had him on weekends, and I'd spend as much time as possible out of the house, walking through the nature reserve - that's where a lot of my kangaroo persona came from (the foxaroo aspect didn't arrive until 10 years later). I left home at the age of 22, very glad to be out of there.

3(a). Which culture's food do you like best?

Hmmm... being a herbivore makes that a difficult question because there isn't a specific vegetarian culture that I'm aware of. I'm fond of vegetarian Asian cooking because it's healthy as well as tasty, and I dislike food with strong spices because my mouth and stomach can't handle them. Unlike Florence Ambrose I can eat tomatoes, so I enjoy Italian vegetarian cuisine as well.

(b). Where's the farthest you've traveled from home?

Adelaide. I travelled there in 2000 to get away from the chaos during the olypics. A pretty little city, but not a major attraction and the people there are like overgrown children. I went coach class on the Indian Pacific, which I will never do again if I can help it because it was more like cattle truck class. Prior to leaving home I also travelled with my family to Brisbane at the age of 7, and saw the sugar plantations & mills. I've been to the state of Victoria twice, most recently in 1987. Melbourne is a magnificently beautiful city. We also travelled all the way to the southern edge and saw the "12 apostles" - giant sandstone formations created by the eroding ocean waves. About 4-5 of them have collapsed though, so it's the 7 apostles now.

Ponycon 3 WOULD have been my first overseas trip.

4) Do your usual news sources seem biased for or against Bush? Or neither? Do you mix it up?

Hmmm... I would have to say that the major news organisations avoid leaning either way with Bush and simply try to report the basic facts. Our Federal government is in bed with the USA government, out of fear that we couldn't defend ourselves alone if an attack came. That's why our troops have been sent to fight, and die, in Vietnam, The Gulf, Afganistan and Iraq.

The lesser media organisations are very much AGAINST Bush, AND our Prime Minister. They frequently refer to Prime Minister John Howard as "Bush's lackey."

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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2007-08-28 09:57 pm (UTC)
5) I know you have a low opinion of Australian film comedies, but what about other Australian films? Do you have a fave among them?

Aussies generally make lousy comedy but fantastic drama. "Day of the Roses" (see my more recent Livejournal post) I consider to be one of the most brilliant, and superbly performed pieces of Aussie drama ever. "The Man from Snowy River" which also starred Kirk Douglas in a dual role as two brothers is another film I favour, and can probably be found available overseas. "The Dish" I enjoyed, though more for the history than the comedy angle. There's also an obscure comedy film "Let's get Skase" which you would only understand by learning about fugitive tycoon Christopher Skase who allegedly stole 700 million in assets before fleeing to Spain. Four enterprising bounty-hunters hatched a plan to abduct him back to Australia.

6) I know you don't want offspring, but have you ruled out romance? Marriage?

Absolutely I want to get married. As soon as I find a woman close to my age who has the right personality and can tolerate a crazy furtoonist. I've had two gilfriends. The first one I was courting during my last year of college, and she was blind. She also turned out to be a damned scheming liar, someone following the instructions of Mr Slander, and I hope they both rot somewhere. My 2nd girlfriend I still care very much about. We met at a Doctor Who convention and the chemestry was nearly perfect. Unfortunately she turned out to have a lot of emotional problems, for which I tried to help her, but she wouldn't let me close. She was a kleptomaniac, a promise-breaker and had a tendency to tell fibs of her own, but largely out of insecurity. I discovered that she'd had a string of similar relationships before the problems inevitably came to the surface, and since she wouldn't allow her boyfriends to console her she'd ultimately break up and move on. I still think about her from time to time and hope that she's OK.

7) Do you consider your current job good, bad, or simply acceptable?

It's a very difficult job, but pays fairly well and above all I'm being treated fairly and not targeted for unfair treatment or undue attention. If I get fired from this job it will be because I'm simply not smart enough to perform the work. I no longer need to put up with a raving lunatic for a Manager, or the bimbos, klutzes and sociopaths he hired to work alongside me. Now if I could only find somewhere more affordable to live...
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[User Picture]From: dhlawrence
2007-08-28 09:27 pm (UTC)
1. Friends: Don't know what to ask for this one XD

2. Family: Do you wish you were on better terms with your family?

3. Food: Don't know what to ask here either.

4. Travel: Besides Canada, what countries would you like to visit?

5. Politics: Would you describe yourself as left, right, or centre?

6. Movies/TV: What companion from Doctor Who pre-1989 would you like to see appear in Doctor Who post-2005?

7. Love: Think it will happen in the near future?

8. Life/Career: What would you rather have as a full-time career (not counting professional cartoonist :P)
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2007-08-28 11:44 pm (UTC)
1) Friends: Don't know what to ask for this one XD
The answer is, yes I have friends :P Not many my own age though; they’re usually a little younger or a lot older.

2. Family: Do you wish you were on better terms with your family?
No, as I strongly suspect there’s not a genuine genetic connection. I don’t look or behave anything like them, although I bear a slight resemblance to my brother which suggests that we may have one common parent.

They’re selfish parasites who have each managed to cause me a great deal of trouble, financial trouble in the case of my brother and physical injury in the case of my sister. I’ve spent most of my life trying to help animals and other people.

3. Food: Don't know what to ask here either.
I’m a herbivore. Food is sustenance to me. I enjoy tasty meals, but I don’t go out of my way to sample gourmet.

4. Travel: Besides Canada, what countries would you like to visit?
Switzerland, Scotland and New Zealand. All cold places and the first two have far-reaching history.

5. Politics: Would you describe yourself as left, right, or centre?
I’ve spent most of my life asking myself that question. Probably right on the fence. I believe that the wealth should be more evenly distributed, but not that we should turn control of the economy over to the laymen. Above all, I think that vital essential services should be either free or provided at low cost, especially education, medicine and transport. Luxury items should be taxed at a higher rate. I don’t see why my fever infested body should be squeezed into a railway sardine tin, watching Porches & BMWs zipping across the bridge on my way to the only job that my 3rd rate tertiary education qualifies for.

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[User Picture]From: dhlawrence
2007-08-29 02:02 am (UTC)
Should find out who made that mysterious genetic donation. Maybe his family will turn out to be halfway decent!

I'd like to see K9 return regularly as well, as it seems he's been eliminated from Liz Sladden's show. I'm two stories away from seeing K9 and Romana II leave (Adric just arrived this week). Hopefully they'll cycle through the Peter Davison and Colin Baker years quickly and go back to Tom Baker soon--BBC Kids only shows some Tom Bakers and I don't think any McCoys. Since they show four episodes per day twice a week, it should go by rather quickly, even if Trial of a Time Lord is included.
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2007-08-29 02:50 am (UTC)
>Should find out who made that mysterious genetic donation. Maybe his family will turn out to be halfway decent!

I can't imagine ANY parent admitting to something like that, and getting information out of my family is worse than getting blood from a stone (an apt phrase given that I'm after information about bloodlines from these stonehearts). Both my parents grew up in little country towns, but somehow they were living in Sydney around the time they were married, so there are no obvious clues.

>I'd like to see K9 return regularly as well, as it seems he's been eliminated from Liz Sladden's show. I'm two stories away from seeing K9 and Romana II leave

I actually cried in my pillow the night after episode 4 of "Warrior's gate" but in fairness it was a very good departure for K9. He fared better than Adric anyway.

I hope you do get to see all the 1970's stories, including Jon Pertwee as the Doctor. They had great imagination back then (well, MOST of the stories anyhow. Skip "Carnival of Monsters" and there were a few that had good ideas but needed a tighter script).
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2007-08-28 11:44 pm (UTC)
6. Movies/TV: What companion from Doctor Who pre-1989 would you like to see appear in Doctor Who post-2005?
Who else but K9? :P

The problem with the Doctor Who companions is that they were all young at the time, and would have aged terribly. Sarah Jane would have been my #3 choice, but even she looks too old to be a travelling companion. If look-alikes could be found I’d like to see (after K9) 1, Romana I, 2, Leela, 3 Sarah, 4 Jamie, 5 Liz Shaw, 6 Nyssa, 7 Seargent Benton, 8 The Brigadeer, 9 Joe Grant, 10 Zoe Herriot, 11 Harry Sullivan, 12 Romana II, 13 Adric, 14 Ace, 15 Perri

I reserve the right to change this list at any time.

7. Love: Think it will happen in the near future?
Sadly no, I’m rapidly losing my looks.

8. Life/Career: What would you rather have as a full-time career (not counting professional cartoonist :P)
Professional Cartoonist is what I wish I’d pursued if I’d only known I was dyslexic.

Computer Programming is what I set out to do, but these days it’s mostly outsourced to Bangladesh.

I’ve also considered applying to become a train driver. I’d especially enjoy driving freighters, or the XPT if it were still around by the time I graduated.

At the moment it would be especially difficult to make a career transition given the state of my finances; I wouldn’t be able to support myself while studying. There’s an 18 month training period to become a Train Driver, due to the technical knowledge and safety standards.
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