Blog Challenge #40: Getting to know you

It’s coming up on the two year anniversary of this little set of challenges I’ve been writing with Z and Cinder, and now they want to get to know me, the guy behind the blog, better.

To do that, they’ve provided a set of what is being called “Comfy Questions” that have apparently been floating around Twitter and asked us to answer them. So without futher ado, the QUESTIONS! comfy_questions

How do you drink your tea?

Ice cold and sweet. I’m from Texas, that’s how it’s done.

Favorite dessert?

There’s this Italian restaurant in Lubbock, Texas called Orlando’s. Absolutely amazing food, but they used to have this dessert that was a mash up of a tiramisu and cheesecake. It was absolutely the greatest thing I have ever tasted. It was also apparently a limited time item, which makes me sad. Other places have tried to do it (I recently had Cheesecake Factory’s version of it, for example), but nothing has ever come close to that.

Favorite season and why?

At one point it was summer because I loved going swimming and visiting waterparks, but lately? It’s got to be fall or winter. I would much rather be cold than hot, and I’ve developed an aversion to crowds at themeparks.

What cheers you up?

Oh, a ton of things. My wife, in general. My kids when they’re being cute. An ice cold Dr Pepper. A good book. I really could go on, there’s seriously loads of things in this world that make me happy.

Dogs or Cats?

As it turns out, I’m allergic to both. I’ve always known I’m allergic to cats, but my dog allergy was discovered only recently when we tried to adopt a new furry family member. Sadly it ended up not working out, my allergy was too severe that even medication wasn’t helping.  That being sad, I do still love playing with other people’s pets, but I think I have to give the win to dogs.

What’s your dream holiday?

I’m going to assume this is the European version of the word “holiday” which means “vacation”. I would love to take my wife to Hawaii some day, just me and her.

How many kids do you want?

You mean besides the two we already have? Honestly, we’re good, we’re pretty sure our family is complete as it is.

Favorite weather (THERE IS NO “U” IN THAT WORD)

I’m so friggin tired of the sun, can it please be winter already? This has seriously been the most ridiculous unrelenting summer and I’m sick of it. I get ridiculously happy when a thunderstorm crops up because it means relief from it. I love rain!

What would your last meal be?

Wait, this is called “comfy questions” and you’re asking what my last meal would be before I’m executed? That seems wrong!

I have no idea, probably a very well cooked (read: rare) steak, some garlic bread, shells and cheese, garlic mashed potatoes, and some cheesecake for dessert.

You can spend 24 hours anywhere, any year. What would you choose?

Practical answer: Jump ahead 10 years from now and see what companies are huge, then come back and invest a bunch of money in them.
Sentimental answer: Go back to just before my mom died and spend the full day with her.

If you were a ghost, who and where would you haunt?

This is yet another rather macabre question. You’re essentially asking me “Hey if you were cursed to have no eternal rest after your life was over, where would you like yourself to be cursed?” Honestly, I would hate to be a ghost, but if it somehow happened, I’d probably just be somewhere where I could randomly jump scare my friends and then laugh about it.

What is your family ancestry? 

It was never really a big thing in my family, so I honestly have no idea. I know my grandfather’s name is Scottish, but that’s about it. I’ve thought about doing one of those services that can tell you what it is, but right now I don’t particularly care what my ancestry is, so I don’t want to spend the money on it. It doesn’t mean anything to me.

What scares you?

Something happening to my children. I can’t watch episodes of TV shows where kids are harmed anymore, it gives me too many nightmares. The worst situation I can think of is one of them being alone or taken by someone, and they’re crying out for me or their mom, and I can’t get to them.

SERIOUSLY THESE QUESTIONS ARE NOT COMFY WHAT THE HELL.

What are you most grateful for?

My family, especially my wife. She’s amazing and I could never have gotten through all this past several years without here.

Dream job?

Hell, if I could support my family playing and writing about video games? I’d be on cloud 9. Sadly that will probably never pay as well as I’m getting now, but I guess that’s why they call it a dream.

Do you believe in aliens?

I have to imagine that somewhere in an infinite universe full of innumerable galaxies, SOMEWHERE there’s a planet that has developed conditions for life to evolve. The odds of there not being one are far too large for me to give them any credence.

Favorite sport?

I honestly don’t care about physical sports at all. I know it’s practically a crime in America to not be a football fan, but I just don’t care. Basketball, baseball, hockey, none of it holds any interest to me. It’s probably a combination of not being either very athletic or competitive and growing up in a family of rabid Dallas Cowboys fans. I tend to be very irreverent and will pretend to cheer for the opponents of the home team of wherever I am just to get a reaction. That started with the Cowboys at any family gathering.

I have become a pretty big fan of the Overwatch League for some reason. I think I just got swept up in the hype whenever it got started. My wife and I picked a team based on the team colors, and we chose the Houston Outlaws. The fact that they seem to be genuinely nice human beings probably doesn’t hurt.

How do you relax after a long day?

Usually my main method of unwinding is spending time with my wife, either gaming or watching TV. Sometimes my kids are fun to play with and help me relax, but sometimes they’re misbehaving and I have to deal with that.

If you could meet one historical figure, who would you choose and why?

I don’t really have an answer to this question. Sure there’s plenty of people throughout history that I might admire something they did, but it doesn’t necessarily mean I want to meet them or talk with them. The fact that I’m an introvert and don’t really like meeting a lot of people NOW probably is coloring that response a bit.

Describe your perfect day

Someone else is watching my kids and letting me and my wife do whatever we want to do. That might sound like I don’t love my children, I do, but you don’t get many breaks from parenting, so I’ll take one where I can.

Describe yourself in a sentence

You can’t do this. You can’t take one sentence to describe anyone that isn’t a newborn and expect that it will cover even a small percentage of who they are. You’ll miss a ton of things about that person. So, no thanks. Can’t do it, not gonna try, and I will call “LIAR” on anyone who thinks they can.

What makes you laugh the most?

In no particular order: Horrible puns. Irreverent humor. Moments where the hero reveals just how badly they have undone the villain’s plans. My kids being absolutely silly. Memes.

What superpower would you choose?

Give me the Jean Grey suite of powers, please. Telepathy plus telekinesis? Now that’s what I like to call “overpowered”. If I had to pick one, I’d go with telepathy. The ability to read minds is far too useful.

Favorite animal?

I love white tigers. I don’t know why, I just always have. After that it’s probably snakes and macaws.

Biggest accomplishment?

Hey, having two kids and somehow keeping them happy and fed has been a pretty crazy accomplishment if you ask me. I know there’s not a lot of people able to support a family right now, so I’m just thrilled I can.

All righty, I hope you learned something interesting about me! Look forward to reading the responses of the other contributors and I’ll see you guys in the next post!

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