the tao of jaklumen

the path of the sage must become the path of the hero

Alphabet meme.

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First seen at Hannahbanana's– I was going to reply myself, but then canarygirl (Nikki) beat me to the punch.  Their responses are here and hereThen's (she was the original poster– that we know of, as far as the meme appearing on VOX) original post is here

No matter– I have time and inclination to do it now :)  Now formatted (or reformatted– I forget which) for your reading enjoyment.

The Letter A
Are you available?  For what? 

What is your age?  I'm 33 as of this writing.

What annoys you?  When people discuss on of the Top 5 Sensitive Categories (Religion, Politics, Sex, and Money/Finances) aggressively, rudely, with no thought for others save how they'll steamroll them with their opinion.

The Letter B
Do you live in a big house?  Nope.  Just a two-bedroom apartment (flat).

When is your birthday?  August 3rd.

Who is your best friend?  If there had to be a best, it would have to be Cimmy, honestly.  And I mean that sincerely.  
The Letter C
What's your favorite candy? I like a lot of candies, but I guess my favorite really is horehound.  It's not disgustingly sweet– it's a treat I feel I can honestly enjoy.

Who's your crush?  I thought Natalie Portman was stunning in Attack of the Clones.

When was the last time you cried?  I'd rather laugh than cry.
The Letter D
Do you daydream?  Not as much as I used to or would like to.

What's your favorite kind of dog? As long as a dog is small and relatively quiet, a mutt will do just fine.

What day of the week is it?  Saturday.
The Letter E
How do you like your eggs?  Hard/soft boiled or poached.  Scrambled is a close second.

Have you ever been in the emergency room?  Sure.

What's the easiest thing ever to do?  That's a rather subjective question, isn't it?  No idea, and not even for myself.
The Letter F
Have you ever flown in a plane? Yup.

Do you use fly swatters?  Sometimes.

Have you ever used a foghorn?  No.  Tried to imitate one blowing my nose?  Yes.
The Letter G
Do you chew gum?  If I need to clean my teeth, then yes.  Otherwise, I think it's a rather vile and disgusting habit, particularly with the way most people chew gum.  Damnit, I don't actually want to see it in your mouth!

Are you a giver or a taker?  I aspire to graciously give, and graciously receive.

Do you like gummy candies?  Yup, especially the worm-shaped ones.
The Letter H
How are you?  Tired (3 A.M. here) with a headache

What color is your hair?  The hair on my head, my face, or elsewhere?  The hair on my head is a light brown that darkened from a "dishwater blonde".  (It used to sunbleach more to blonde in the summer.)  The small amount of red is more noticeable when I grow a beard, particularly a full one– because the amounts of brown and red in my beard is even more noticeable.
The Letter I
What's your favorite ice cream?  Ben and Jerry's Cherry Garcia, or Cherry Garcia mixed with Fudge Brownie.

Have you ever ice skated?  Yup, but not recently.  The bigger I got, the more I appreciated hockey skates, and the more I detested the toe pick on figure skates.

Do you play an instrument?  I was a music major in college, so I learned to play a variety of instruments.

I learned to play the piano, which became an ubiquitous part of my studies.  You had to have keyboard proficiency.  I also learned organ on my own, and became somewhat familiar with mallet and electronic instruments.

I played brass instruments for most of my time in band– trumpet, baritone horn, and tuba– but I was rather fond of the trombone when I learned a little bit of it.

I learned a little clarinet and alto sax, but didn't particularly care for either.

The cello professor that taught my string methods classes was a real trip– I learned some viola, cello, and double bass.  He said my hands were perfect for cello, although I didn't particularly care to have a bow in my hand.  Plucking the bass felt quite natural, and by this time, I was starting to come into my own as a guitar student; having studied folk style on my own, I was then taking classical guitar lessons.  I continued with it in recent years, but could not afford to continue.  Shame, really– my father told me that my teacher was pushing me hard because I supposedly had talent.

The Letter J
What's your favorite jelly bean brand?  Jelly Belly, naturally.  Although I'm not a programmer, I suppose I fit the geeky stereotype of a fondness for bite-sized foods, and I especially love a mixed assortment of Jelly Belly beans.  Small, easy to have at hand by the keyboard, and a delectable variety of flavors.

Do you wear jewelry?  Aside from my wedding band, no, not really.  If I could find a steel pocket watch that matched twill (including denim) stylings as well as more formal wear, I'd wear that fairly often– otherwise, I'd be dressed to the nines in as many gadgets as I could (well, at least as much as reasonably looked good).

I don't believe in tattooing or piercing the body, myself– but I allow myself to appreciate good ink.  I've also had a few friends that are piercing freaks, and I have some amusing Prince Albert stories  (well, they're amusing to me, OK?)

The Letter K
Who do you want to kill?  What?  It's human nature to privately experience such thoughts from time to time, but the actual deed… no SANE person WANTS to kill.

Do you want kids?  Realize that I am laughing contemplating that the author of this meme is likely young and without kids.  Replace "want" with "love" and I answer yes, particularly if I speak of my two lovely children.  Those that know me know I speak of them fondly.

Where did you go for kindergarten? Kiona-Benton Elementary.  But really, the stories involving kindergarten are far more amusing.  Probably the best of them was giving a young man a ride a small handful of years back– his sporty Trans Am was grounded– and finding out he was the son of my old kindergarten teacher.
The Letter L
Are you laid back? On a good day, when I'm in my element, and comfortable, yes.  When I'm out of my element, stressed, and otherwise pressured, I'm a goddamned anal-retentive control freak.

Do you lie?  What a loaded question!  I have.  Am I proud of such?  No.
The Letter M
What's your favorite movie?  Do I have to pick just one?  All right– The Empire Strikes Back.  I'm an unabashed Star Wars geek.

Do you still watch Disney movies?  Of course I do– although I'm not happy with some of the hijinks that popped up ever since Michael Eisner came and left the CEO chair.  The squeaky-clean image has been tarnished.  Oh, and I watch Don Bluth movies, too, but hey– he's family (he's one of my dad's cousins).

Do you like mangos? The flavor, yes– but the fruit itself is just too messy sometimes.
The Letter N
Do you have a nickname?  Sure– most of the Internet world calls me jak.  Beyond that, you'll have to get to know me far, far better.

What is your real name?  See the last question.  I am a private person, and I decided that I'm only comfortable sharing that with folks that have moved past the "just text" phase as far as a friendship.  Of course, if you want to be a freak and stalk me, well, hey, I already admit freely that I've left a well-paved electronic trail.

What's your favorite number?  Well, aside from 8, how about 69?  *snort*

Do you prefer night over day?  I'm chuckling reading Nikki's answer (I did a lazy copy and paste).  I do, but mostly because things are generally much more subdued and most people are in bed– yes, I'm a bit socially isolated.  But then, most people that wait on me in the wee hours of the morning are much more fun to talk to.  Already, the graveyard pharmacists at my pharmacy know me, and they (incidentally) are the only ones I can rely upon to care care of my med needs and treat me with a proper amount of decency.  (If you detected a hint of a rant, you're right!)
The Letter O
What's your one wish?  To be one with The One.

Are you an only child?  I have three younger sisters.  To a degree, I think it's good to have siblings– you have less excuses to be self-absorbed.  (Cheeky sentiment, but hey… only children CAN be self-absorbed.)
The Letter P

What one fear are you most paranoid about?  Well, speaking of the letter P, don't try to climb into my head unless you're prepared to face the pain within.

What are your pet peeves?  Inconsideration, mostly.  For the most part, it irritates me to no end when people speak without considering other people's feelings and points of view/perspectives/paradigms and generally react poorly when they are informed of such.

What's a personality trait you look for in people?  Empathy.  Everything else tends to follow that.
The Letter Q
What's your favorite quote?

Here's a composite of some of my favorites: "We live for The One– we die for The One.  For there can be only One, until all are one."

Extra brownie points for you if you can separate them out and tell me where they are from.

Cosmic karma points for you if you can ascertain my meaning in putting them together.

Are you quick to judge people?  The Hebrew word translated "jealous" is qannah– meaning "possessing deep and sensitive feelings".  I admit that I hold terrible grudges when I feel I have been deeply wronged– I have not learned to balance the warrior and the priest just yet.
The Letter R
Do you think you're always right?  Life would be pretty dull if I actually was, so no.

Are you one to cry?  I'm confused– where is the R here?  No, I'm not– it was largely shamed out of me.
The Letter S
Do you prefer sun or rain?  I should say my body and mind responds better to sun than rain– but still, I appreciate the joy in a good rainfall.  They are yin and yang in a way– most green things need both, at some time.

Do you like snow? identify 100 things that make me happy (besides money): Snow

What's your favorite season?  I'm chuckling again because my answer again seems to be the polar opposite of canarygirl's.  I am generally fond of winter, provided there is snow.  Autumn runs a close second.  Now, most people respond with "spring" or "summer" and no doubt, more sunshine lifts people's moods.  But… being the huddled introvert I am, I am a bit more fond of the "dark" seasons.
The Letter T
What time is it? 04:32 Pacific Standard Time (-08:00 GMT/UTC)

What time did you wake up? Nunaya.


Nunaya damn business!

When was the last time you slept in a tent? About 2-3 summers ago.
The Letter U
Are you wearing underwear?  Would you really want to know if I wasn't?  Perv!
Underwear or boxers?  No, no, no, no… let's try this again… the question is "boxers or briefs?"  Otherwise, it doesn't work.  By the way… "panties" count as briefs, although the original question is pretty male-centric.

All right… now that's settled, well, ideally– briefs are great, provided one has the body for them.

The Letter V
What's the worst veggie?  Again, what is it with the unabashedly subjective questions?  Well, my personal dislike is raw celery– and that has remained consistent since I was a baby.

Where do you want to go on vacation?  Cimmy hasn't been to the state of Hawaii yet, so I'd like to go back.  I wouldn't mind going back to Oahu, but the big island of Hawai'i would be fun.
The Letter W
What's your worst habit? Please forgive me for poking, but…

"Being annoyed frequently"… Nikki, that's not a habit!  The question is something you do, not something that is done to you.

Now that that's out of the way… well, I'll admit that picking my nose in public needs to end, soon.

Where do you live? I live in the great state of Washington– primarily in the sagebrush steppes of the Columbia Basin.
The Letter X
Have you ever had an x-ray? Aye, and recently, too.

Have you seen the x-games? Somehow I missed Hannah's and Nikki's questions in turn: The "X" in X-Games stands for extreme, as in "extreme sports".  I've caught snippets of it, but not much.  It's supposed to be a sort of mini-Olympics for extreme sports.  I'm not much of a spectator– I find Warren Miller's skiing films more entertaining.

Do you own a xylophone?  Considering grand marimbas alone cost as much as a small car, and trying to imagine how much a xylophone would cost by comparison… no!
The Letter Y
Do you like the color yellow?  And herrre's where the author's creativity started running low.  No!  But let me take an opportunity to ask Nikki this one, since she apparently does: Do you like canary yellow?


What's one thing you yearn for?  Balance.
The Letter Z
Whats your zodiac sign?

Greco-Roman: Leo

Chinese: Tiger– 1974 was a wood element year, which is interesting as the Tiger is a wood-positive sign.

Do you believe in the zodiac? I don't put much stock in astrology on the whole, really.  But just comparing the Leo sign (I don't know the rest of my chart) of the Greco-Roman zodiac with the Wood Tiger sign of the Chinese calendar– well, that DOES give you some insight into my personality, somewhat.

Favorite zoo animal? Please, allow me just a moment to tease Nikki again:

"I don't know, the birds maybe."  How about… canaries


Ok, my favorite animal… at the zoo?  Tigers, I guess.  Golden tabbies and Siberians, I think, are especially beautiful.  Tigers are such magnificent creatures– they love water (most cats, big/great or small, don't), and while they seem to enjoy company, they do not live in large groups as lions do.

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