As you may remember, I am on record as predicting that the concept of going to eleven, as ably explained by Nigel Tufnel, will outlive everyone involved in This Is Spinal Tap. (Especially, you know, Tap drummers.) This isn't about that, thought: instead, it's eleven questions from Roger (actually, eleven questions from Lisa relayed by Roger), answered by yours truly in High Meme Style.

1. What is your dream vacation spot and why?
I'm a road-trip kind of guy, so "spot" is probably irrelevant. One of these summers, though, I want to drive up to Juneau, Alaska — mostly because you can't, since it's on an island with no actual bridges. So I'll take the ferry and take a couple of selfies by my car at the first "Welcome to Juneau" sign I see, just to annoy the first person who comes up with "Pics or it didn't happen." Besides, Juneau is one of only four state capitals with no Interstate access, and, well, I've been to the other three.

2. Where did you come up with the name of your blog?
It's explained here. Short version: it's simultaneously grimy and upscale.

3. How do you define blogging success?
Once upon a time, a local newspaper reporter spotted me at a local cupcake shop — and recognized me. This is far more fame than I can possibly deserve, but somehow it exists.

4. What is your favorite type of "going out" entertainment?
Dinner followed by theatre. I think I've actually pulled this off twice in 60 years; this is because I hate to go alone, and I'm almost always alone.

5. How many states (name them) have you lived in?
Just seven: in ZIP code order, Massachusetts, Maryland, South Carolina, Illinois, Oklahoma, Texas, California. (I spent four months in Missouri at the behest of Uncle Sam — which, incidentally, was the same reason I was in Massachusetts — but I figure four months should not count, though my twenty months in New England should.)

6. What is your favorite holiday and why?
Labor Day. Not only do I not labor, but it's the farthest from Valentine's Day.

7. What's your favorite number and why?
Forty-two. See anything by Douglas Adams — or Twilight Sparkle's starry flank, with 42 points.

8. What would be your dream vehicle to own?
Assuming "dream" = "price is no object," I'd like to have the new Rolls-Royce Wraith, the middle of the line (above the Ghost, below the Phantom), fitted with the Starlight Headliner, which, as an option, costs about as much as a Nissan Versa Note.

9. What is your favorite hobby?
You're looking at it.

10. How do you try and keep your blog fresh?
Once I gave up the idea of having a consistent theme and/or subject matter, it was easy. This also contributes to "blogging success," supra, because the readership has learned that almost no topic is off-topic. (Not unlike Roger's place, in fact.)

11. Where do you do your best thinking?
Flat on my back, with the lights off and an appropriate white-noise generator whirring away in the background. I think my writing actually improves if I'm not next to a keyboard.

And thank you, Roger, and you too, Lisa. My "best thinking" this week provided me a lot of ideas, but no actual topic for this Vent.

The Vent

#852
  10 January 2014

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