Grown-Up Quiz

QuestionI have no shame when it comes to stealing ideas from other people’s blogs. I used to do it all the time on my old blog. Back in the day, I had this crazy idea about blogging every single day. It becomes hard to come up with new things to write about if you’re posting daily. So I would occasionally just post videos from YouTube or post a very short anecdote. But every now and then, a blogger that I was following would post a quiz or a blog challenge and I would happily accept. Anything for some new content, right? I never asked permission. And I’m not asking permission now. But I will give credit where credit is due. This time, the “Grown-Up Quiz” comes from a blog I recently began following: viCARIously speaking. Hopefully Cari won’t mind my stealing these questions, especially since she got them from someone else’s blog. But if you want to find out what blog she got it from, visit her blog yourself. We’re not playing Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon here. But wouldn’t it be cool if this all originated on a blog run by Kevin Bacon? It didn’t… or did it? Anyway, on to the quiz!

  1. What bill do you hate paying the most?  I mean, I don’t love paying any bills. But I guess the one that I dislike the most is the student loan. I’ve been out of college for more than a decade and I’ve never had a job that paid enough to make me feel like I was actually making a dent in those student loans. Not sure if that will ever change, considering the field in which I work. But it sure would be nice to have that extra $200 a month to just have.
  2. Where was the last place you had a romantic dinner?  I don’t date. Well, I have dated, but it’s a very rare occurrence. And when I have dated, it’s usually been the first dates that don’t really go anywhere and rarely lead to a second date. I guess that could be because I don’t put a lot of effort into the first date. But it would be a little bizarre to have a guy show up and be overly romantic on the first date, right? My most recent first dates have generally consisted of dinner at places like the Olive Garden or Macado’s. Although, Macado’s was the site of a pseudo-romantic dinner I had with an old friend once. It was Valentine’s Day during our senior year and she offered to buy me dinner if I helped her pick out a dress to buy to impress her fiance when she got to have a belated Valentine’s Day with him the following weekend. After I was no help picking out a dress (because I’m a dude), she fulfilled her end of the bargain and we went to Macado’s. With it being Valentine’s Day, the lights were dimmed and the tables had candles. When a noisy group of 12-year-old girls sat across from us, their chaperone told them to keep it down because my friend and I were having a romantic dinner. My friend emphatically shouted that she and I were just friends. So I turned on the tears and cried out, “What do you mean we’re just friends?!” I should probably feel a little bad for embarrassing her on such a romantic evening. But I don’t.
  3. What do you really want to be doing right now?  Would it be cliche to say I’d rather be sitting next to the water? I don’t care if that’s on a beach next to the ocean or a dock next to a lake. And I wouldn’t want to be doing anything. I don’t love fishing and I can barely keep my head above water. I would just like to sit there, maybe reading a good book. I’d give just about anything to have a week where I could go away and just relax without having to think about any of my responsibilities for a while.
  4. How many colleges did you attend?  Two, soon to add a third. I graduated with two bachelor’s degrees from Bluefield College. I withdrew after a year and a half from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (long story). And I’m about to begin online courses to earn a teaching certificate in just a couple of weeks.
  5. Why did you choose the shirt you have on right now?  Well, it’s comfortable. And it was on top in the drawer.
  6. What are your thoughts on gas prices?  I think it’s ridiculous that gas costs as much as it does. Not to sound like an old man, but I remember when gas only cost a buck a gallon. A buck!
  7. First thought when the alarm went off this morning?  “I still don’t feel good. I’m not going to work!”
  8. Last thought before going to sleep last night?  I’m actually not sure I did sleep last night. I was pretty sick when I got home and that didn’t change as the night wore on.
  9. Do you miss being a child?  I miss parts of being a child. I miss having no real worries. I miss not having to deal with things like bills or money in general. I miss being excited about finding out new things and being curious the way that only children are able to be. But I wouldn’t want to live it all again. Childhood was fine the first time around. Reliving it would be horrible.
  10. What errand/chore do you despise?  Folding laundry. It’s just the worst.
  11. Get up early or sleep in?  Ugh… I wish I could sleep in. Even on those rare days when I’m able to “sleep in” I’m usually up before 7am. So I guess, by default, my answer is get up early.
  12. Have you found real love yet?  There have probably been a couple of instances in my life when I mistook infatuation for real love. But I can honestly say, at my wise and mature age, I’ve never fallen in love or had the experience of someone loving me in return.
  13. Favorite lunch meat?  Turkey
  14. What do you get every time you go into Walmart?  Anger management issues
  15. Beach or lake?  I refer you to question #3.
  16. Do you think marriage is an outdated ritual?  Absolutely not. In fact, I don’t think people take it as seriously as they should.
  17. Sopranos or Desperate Housewives?  I never had HBO for any extended period of time, so I never got into the Sopranos. And I’ll admit I watched Desperate Housewives for the first few years. But that is solely because I have had a long-standing crush on Teri Hatcher. It’s mostly a Lois Lane thing. Not a big deal. Moving on…
  18. What famous person would you like to have dinner with?  Teri Hatcher… I mean, are you even paying attention here?
  19. Have you ever crashed your vehicle?  Yep. I rear-ended someone in my first car during my junior year of high school. No serious damage to either car. I got rear-ended in my second car about five years ago. Destroyed my bumper. And then, a little over a year ago, I totaled my third car when I skidded on a slick spot going around a curve. I rolled the car two or three times before coming to a rest in a ditch. I walked away without a scratch. Seat belts save lives, kids.Yaris Wreck
  20. Ever use a fire extinguisher for its intended purpose?  Thankfully, no.
  21. Ring tone?  I used to do the thing where I had special ring tones for individual people. But in recent years, I’ve decided I just don’t have time for that stuff. These days my ring tone (when I don’t have it silenced) is the theme song from Community.
  22. Strangest place you have ever brushed your teeth?  That’s a tough one. I have successfully been brushing my teeth on a daily basis for more than 30 years. That’s a lot of brushings. I guess I’ll go with the time I brushed my teeth in the lavatory of an airplane.
  23. Somewhere in California you’ve never been and would like to go?  San Francisco
  24. Do you go to church?  Yes. Yes, I do. In fact, I’m on staff part time as the Children’s Ministry Assistant. Best gig in the world.
  25. At this point in your life would you rather start a new career or a new relationship?  I wouldn’t be opposed to a new relationship if I had the time. But since I know the new career is coming soon, let’s just go with that.
  26. How old are you?  35 and some change.
  27. Do you have a go-to person?  Locally, I can probably say my friend, Katie. But she’s moving away and getting married soon. So she’ll just be on the list of people I can count on from a distance, like my friends from college or my extended family in North Carolina.
  28. Are you where you want to be in life?  Sort of… I’m not unhappy with the way things are. I’m pretty content with things. But I’d be lying if I said I’m 100% where I want to be. I want to be teaching somewhere soon. And I want my own place. But we can’t always get what we want.

And that’s that. These things are fun for me. They used to pop up from time to time on the Facebook, but you just don’t see them as often as you used to.  So I guess that means I’ll have to rely my brain to come up with stuff. I make no guarantees for anything spectacular.


One thought on “Grown-Up Quiz

  1. I feel like such a terd! I’ve been super busy at work and home and have been neglecting my WordPress Reader. As I was cleaning out my inbox this morning, I happened upon your post. You didn’t steal the questions – that’s how the game is played, and you played it well! I really enjoyed reading your responses and “getting to know you”! (BTW, I thought my car wrecks were bad, but that roll-over you experienced takes the cake! Glad you were able to walk away)


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