1. Name something you wouldn’t want to run into in a dark forest or in an abandoned building. I tend to not go into either, but I wouldn’t want to run into anything that would try to eat me. 🙂 And if they did want to eat me, I hope they kill me first. I don’t want to be eaten alive.
2. Share the creepiest thing that’s ever happened while you were alone. So I’ve shared this before, but I’ll share again. In our house in New Mexico we had this half-wall behind the TV that had these posts that went from the wall to the ceiling — I forget what they’re called. Anyway there were books in between the posts, and just behind the TV there was one book leaning against the post. One night while Doug was out, that book just decided to… stand up. For no particular reason. Now, it was a soft hardback, so it shouldn’t have been able to stand up on its own, but damn if it didn’t. When it stood up I was all, “Okay, that’s strange.” and kept a wary eye on it. After about five minutes, the book just… fell off of the wall. Just, plop, onto the floor behind the television. There was no reason at all for it to fall. If anything, it should have fallen back the way it was, but nope, it was pushed — somehow. Off of the wall. And I was all, “Yep, that’s kinda creepy.”
3. What would you like your last words to be? “Good night. I love you. See you in the morning.”
4. Do you believe in any ‘mythical’ monsters like chupacabras or shadow people? I am, as always, agnostic about these things. I don’t believe in them, nor do I disbelieve in them. Until there is definitive proof that they do or do not exist, then there is the possibility that they exist, and that’s good enough for me.
5. How long do you think you would last in a horror movie? Well, if it’s a movie… as long as the script wants me to last. However, if you mean if my life became a horror movie, well, that depends I suppose on which type of horror movie. I’m old and fat though, so if a psycho killer were killing everyone in sight (they usually don’t) then I don’t really stand a chance. Most killers have a preference though, and in horror movies, that means stupid teenagers, of which I’m not. I think… I don’t watch horror movies really, so I’m going off of stereotypes. If it’s a zombie/monster movie, well I guess I’m zombie/monster food.
According to this quiz I’m:
The One Who Escapes
Congratulations, you are likely slightly attractive but not too much so, the perfect unexpected survivor for the movie’s plot. You are smartly aware of your surroundings and not too quick to dismiss a spooky event. You keep your cool for the most part, which helps you make smart decisions that keep you just on the right side of death while you watch your friends being picked off one by one. Sorry about all the funerals you have to attend.
6. Are you afraid of or find clowns creepy? I am neither afraid of, nor do I find clowns creepy. I had a friend who was a clown and he was a pretty nice guy. I mean, most clowns are people behind the makeup, just as most actors are pretty normal people behind the personae they put on in front of the cameras. A lot of people forget that the people they see on television aren’t the people the actors truly are. Same with clowns. Take off the makeup and it’s just a person.
7. In the zombie apocalypse, what would be your weapon of choice? Of course, having never been in a zombie apocalypse, I can’t say for certain… but my first thought is: Death by poison. I don’t know why people would want to survive in a world filled with zombies where they have to fight and struggle to survive every day of their lives. I know I wouldn’t want to. Having said that, I also know that I’m pretty tenacious when it comes to staying alive, so… maybe not. I can say with all honesty though that wouldn’t have a weapon of choice. I’m not a fighter. I’d probably survive by hiding. Not everyone is a warrior. Some people do pretty well for themselves just by staying out of the way.
8. Have you ever had your tarot cards read? Yes. I have, and I’ve read the cards for other people too. I still have a tarot deck around here somewhere. I used to have four or five… I was pretty good from someone who didn’t do it for a living. I could read playing cards too (they’re basically tarot cards without the Major Arcana). I used to read palms too — mostly for fun and charity. It’s been so long though that I’ve forgotten much of what I knew back then.
9. Anyone know the reason behind putting candles in jack-o-lanterns? If I remember correctly, jack-o-lanterns were used to frighten off evil spirits during All Hallow’s Eve, when it was believed that the veil between this world and the next was thin and the spirits of the dead walked the Earth. Faces were carved into turnips and or gourds and candles inserted to give them a frightening aspect then they were placed in the windows and on the doorsteps to scare spirits away from the person’s home. It’s been awhile since I looked this up though, so I might have some facts wrong.
10. Do you think putting special emphasis on certain holidays – like Halloween is ‘spooky’ for example — is a good idea or just more mindless entertainment for the masses? Well, since Halloween is traditionally a holiday when the dead were believed to come back from the grave to visit the living, I can understand why it’s considered “spooky”. I don’t think it’s mindless at all. It never has been. The seasons were celebrated according to the harvest and crops. In the fall, everything that could be harvested was most likely already harvested and it heralds the death and decay of the year — by winter (Dec 21) everything will be dead or dormant. People are either afraid of death or they accept it as a part of life. In Western tradition, we tend to be afraid of it — hence “spooky” — it’s our way of trying to laugh off the impending winter months.
11. Share a positive thought or message or something that’s inspired you this week.
Yeah yeah, not all old people are Republicans, and not all Republicans are old people, and not everyone who didn’t vote would have voted against our glorious leader. However — way too many people don’t vote, and they should. It’s our right as Americans to vote, and too many people don’t use it. I also liked this one:
There were a few more, but I liked these two.