I’m doing a special weekend post, just for fun, in order to break the monotony of my usual postcard postings. This post is based off of my friend, Salazar’s post on her blog, which you can see here. She did this post a few years back and I happened to come across it and thought that it would be fun to “piggyback” off of hers with my own version of it. And like with hers, you all can learn a little about me; some of my passions, some of my irks; you know, the fun stuff. So let’s get to it!
A – Age: 35. Yep, turned 35 less than two months ago. I am officially “middle aged”!
B – Bed Size: Twin. Because of the nature of our apartment, I have to share a room with my brother, who also has a twin bed. Truthfully, I’ve never had any other bed size. I’m not a “big” guy so it’s just the right size.
C – Chore You Hate: Washing dishes. I like everything else and vacuuming is actually my favorite chore, along with dusting and doing laundry. I like doing things that cause me to move. Little movement is involved with washing dishes. So boring…
D – Dogs: Eh… I don’t hate them, but I don’t really love them either. I’ve had some rather… bad experiences with peoples’ stray dogs in the past, so I’m not too fond of them to be truthful. However, if they are well trained, I’m okay with them. I would prefer cats as a pet over dogs.
E – Essential Start To Your Day: A shower, a cup of coffee and breakfast, though this last one is sometimes missed because I’m rushing out the door to catch my bus to get to work.
F – Favorite Color: Black. If you’ve been reading the blog for a while, I make this one pretty evident. Although, I am trying to “lighten” my color palette a little and participating in the SIA challenges has helped me with that somewhat.
G – Gold Or Silver: I really don’t have a preference for either one. Now if we’re talking gemstones, I’d choose emeralds, no question. I LOVE that shade of green!
H – Height: The same as my friend, Salazar; 5 feet 5 inches (about 168 cm for my metric system using readers).
I – Instruments You Play: None, but if I were to choose one, it would be the cello, hands down. I’m a HUGE Vivaldi fan and enjoy his cello sonatas. I love the sound of all string instruments, but the cello is my favorite. You can hear a sample of Vivaldi’s music here.
J – Job Title: Adult Book Shelver, though my job involves many more tasks and chores than just putting books on the shelf in the right order. I “wear many hats” at my job.
K – Kids: Nope. See Salazar’s answer to this question in her post, as I love the answer that she gave for this one.
L – Live: I’ll just say Ohio for this one. The state known for its instant change in weather in a short amount of time.
M – Mother’s Name: Out of respect for my mom’s privacy, I won’t say her name, but will give you the first letter of it; “R”.
N – Nicknames: Most people and friends call me “Mike”, which I like well enough. Some people call me “Michael”, some call me “Micky”, or “Big Mike”, which I don’t really care too much for, but okay. When I was little, most everyone in my family called me “Little Mike” because I share the same name with my dad and that’s how we would know who they were referring to. “Big Mike” was mostly used to refer to my dad.
O – Overnight Hospital Stays: None that I can remember. Though I stayed at the hospital nearly 12 hours earlier this year when my mom had surgery.
P – Pet Peeves: Ah, so many; I don’t even know how to start. Well, I’ll tell you my top annoyances. First off, I absolutely HATE being called “young man” by anyone. Strange as that may sound, I will briefly explain. When I was little, my teachers, or other adults, would often use this to refer to kids in my class (obviously boys) who were being naughty. And I would always hear it used in such a negative way that I really came to hate the sound of it. So to this day, I’ve never liked being called “young man”. I will even go out of my way of using this phrase by either saying “older boy” or if the person is past “boyhood”, I will say “man who is young in age”, or something like that. Anything to avoid saying “young man”.
Another pet peeve of mine is when people abbreviate the word “okay” with either “ok”, “K”, or worst yet, “Kay”. I mean, seriously?! It’s only four freakin’ letters! Just spell it out! I think the reason why I hate this so much is because there are some people who, when I type out a decent size e-mail or text, which requires a decent sized answer, they will reply back with one of these asinine answers, which annoys the heck out of me. It’s like they’re too lazy to even come up with a decent reply and I feel like I’ve wasted my time even writing to them in the first place. 😛 And there are other words they can use to confirm that they got my message if they don’t want to type out a sentence, which I can understand that. But I feel like they can do better than “ok”, “K” and “Kay”.
Q – Quote From A Movie: I’m not really a movie person so I can’t give a proper quote. But I can quote some of my favorite lines from some of my favorite anime shows that I like. Here’s one from the anime, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, where the main character, Kyon, who often has internal monologues with himself, says, “Good grief! We’ve got enough crap here to open up a pawn shop. But we don’t have a towel for her?! What’s up with that?!” [her referring to Mikuru Asahina, one of the other main characters, who gets tossed into a lake; the “crap” that Kyon is referring to is all of the camera equipment he and his group of friends have in order to shoot their movie for their school art festival] I really like Kyon’s character. He is very similar to my own personality. He’s cynical and critical with most everyone in the show, often snarking in his own head, much like I do whenever I’m annoyed with something or someone. I even find myself quoting some lines that he says in my own head because I’ve pretty much memorized the entire series. 😛
I also enjoy the anime, Lucky Star, which also has some great lines, referring to other popular anime shows at the time of its popularity and references to Japanese culture. In fact, my blog’s name is loosely based off of a line that’s spoken by one of the main characters. In episode 14, the main character, Konata, is talking to her friends and discussing what they all did with their old school uniforms. And when asked about hers, Konata casually comes out and says that she kept her uniform for “cosplay purposes” (anime and cosplay being some of her favorite hobbies). I really liked how she just rolled that line out so smoothly and I imagined myself saying something similar that represents my own favorite hobby. It goes something like this: “I kept my (whatever it is) for “postcard purposes”!, as making and collecting postcards is one of my favorite hobbies. I really liked the sound of that and decided to name my blog based on this phrase. So big thanks to both Lucky Star and Konata for helping me come up with the name!
R – Right Or Left-Handed: Right-handed.
S – Siblings: One younger brother.
T – Time You Wake Up: On work days, anywhere between 4:30 and 5 in the morning. On my days off, usually around 7 or 7:30, sometimes 8 or a little after, if I want to sleep in, but never past 8:30.
U – Underwear: See Salazar’s answer. Uh yeah, none of your business.
V – Vegetables I Hate: Celery. It just has a really weird after taste and I don’t like how it’s all “stringy” when you bite into it. Yeah, what’s up with that? By contrast, I love both broccoli and spinach. And yes, I eat my vegetables raw, though I can do cooked as well.
W – What Makes You Run Late: My sad attempt to try and eat breakfast and then run out to my bus stop to catch the bus to work. It takes me approximately 5 minutes to walk from my apartment door to the bus stop (if I power walk, which I often do). Another thing that makes me late is having to wait for the stupid elevator to come up to my floor and then it having to occasionally stop to let other riders on. Also traffic on the road as I’m trying to cross to get to my stop. And slick, icy sidewalks in the winter. Yeah, I just need to leave a bit earlier.
X – X-Rays You’ve Had: Just once a year when I get my 6 month check up and cleaning at my dentist office. I almost had to get an x-ray earlier this year, back in January, when I thought I fractured or sprang my foot. It swelled up like a melon and I literally couldn’t walk on it for days. Right when I was going to go have it x-rayed (after my doctor wrote an order for it), the swelling finally went down and the pain subsided. So no radiation there.
Y – Yummy Food That You Make: I’m really proud of my pancakes. I like to make huge pancakes on the weekends (when I actually have time to eat a proper breakfast). I’m really proud of this because when I first started trying to make them, I failed miserably. But once I got the hang of it, I became a pancake making fiend. Also, I make some pretty good tacos, if I do say so myself. My family loves them!
Z – Zoo Animals: Cheetahs. I’ve always been fascinated with them because they are so fast and I used to love things that moved fast when I was little. Also, probably penguins because they are my favorite animal. Now keep in mind that it’s been years since I’ve been to the zoo, so I’m not even sure that they would have either one there. But I’d like to see them as chances are, I’m never going to see them in the wild.
Well, that was a fun and rare weekend post. Thanks for reading! And be sure to check out Salazar’s post to see her answers!