October 14, 2007

Yahoo Email as Time Capsule: (I still really hate these things)
by docsmartypants

I was searching for something totally unrelated in my Yahoo email and found this survey I filled out back in October 2004. It’s one of those obnoxious “What song are you listening to right now?” type things, but I found it sort of fascinating in a time-capsule kind of way, so I thought I’d share. Clearly I was working on the President’s Council meeting and the Red Sox had just won.

Date: Thu, 21 Oct 2004 20:08:54
Subject: Have I mentioned how much I hate these things?

The REAL question of course is: “Why do I help this cruel cycle of time-abuse continue?”

1. WHAT IS YOUR FULL NAME?

XXXXX L. XXXXX* (The “L” stands for “Tarzan” if you were curious) *edited for online privacy

2. WHAT COLOUR PANTS ARE YOU WEARING?

Black

3. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?

Simon & Garfunkle’s Greatest Hits. Oh, and the bass from whatever the person who lives below me is listening to.

4. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE?

Seasonal sliced fruit, chocolate covered strawberries and assorted Viennese dessert pastry things. And a coffee. (I was at a dessert reception.)

5. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOUR WOULD YOU BE?

Cerulean. (Or in the OLD Crayola set: yellow-green, but not green-yellow.)

6. HOW IS THE WEATHER RIGHT NOW?

Not bad. It’s definitely cooled off and it looks like it could rain.

7. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE?

Actually, that would be the Audio Visual coordinator at the Westin Copley Hotel in Boston. Forgot her name.

8. THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT THE OPPOSITE SEX?

I notice whatever is most striking about them. If they have amazing eyes I notice that. If they have a cool laugh or an excellent nose (because I like the larger noses) then that’s what I notice first. If you were hoping for, “Oh, I, like, totally check out their ASS first, y’know?” then you came to the wrong lady.

9. DO YOU LIKE THE PERSON WHO SENT YOU THIS?

This is the stupidest question yet! Duh! Of COURSE I don’t like her! 😉

10. HOW ARE YOU TODAY?

We’ll just say “stressed” and leave it at that.

11. FAVOURITE DRINK?

Dr Pepper because it makes the world taste better. And I like juice, too.

12. FAVOURITE ALCOHOLIC DRINK?

I like fuzzy navels, white Russians or strawberry margaritas.

13. FAVOURITE SPORT?

Does figure skating count? Otherwise I’ll say baseball, but only if it is the Red Sox.

14.HAIR COLOUR?

Mine? Sort of a reddish-brownish-blondish.

15.EYES?

Hazel green

16. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS?

No.

17. SIBLINGS?

No thanks. Oh…you meant…Yeah, I have a brother who is 30-something and lives in Georgia and routinely forgets my birthday. Other than that he’s a good guy I think.

18. FAVOURITE MONTH?

Oh for the love of…favourite MONTH?! Who wrote this?! I’ll say March or October. Don’t make me pick and don’t ask why.

19. FAVOURITE FOOD?

The portobello pizza at Figs. I’m also fond of pudding.

20. LAST FILM YOU WATCHED?

King Kong vs. Godzilla.

22. ARE YOU TOO SHY TO ASK SOMEONE OUT?

I’m too shy to even answer that question.

23. SUMMER OR WINTER?

In Boston? NEITHER PLEASE!

24. HUGS OR KISSES?

Hugs from Grandma, kisses from Johnny Depp.

25. RELATIONSHIPS OR ONE NIGHT STANDS?

Christ you’re nosey!!! I’m gonna’ go with
relationships on this one.

26. CHOCOLATE OR VANILLA?

Chocolate. Are we almost through here?

27. DO YOU WANT YOUR FRIENDS TO WRITE BACK

I want a lot of things. I want a bigger bathroom, world peace, to have Madonna’s body…

28. WHO IS MOST LIKELY TO RESPOND?

Whoever can get away with filling this out at work.

30. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING?

The Shipping News

31. WHAT DID YOU DO LAST NIGHT?

Watched King Kong vs. Godzilla over at my friend Lefty’s and then watched the Sox game over at The Kinsale, which was cool except for these bits:
a. When some drunk guy started rubbing my arm. Sox fans are full of love…
b. When we won and someone sprayed champagne all over my wool coat.
c. When Larry’s manager (who was also there) was squeezing my hand and jumping up and down screaming and she almost broke my hand I swear to god.

32. LAST PLACE YOU WENT ON VACATION?

Well, we went to Brooklyn to visit friends for the weekend. Long trip: We drove to Colorado and got to see the WORLD’S LARGEST BALL OF TWINE in Kansas.

33. FAVOURITE SMELLS?

Rain, snow, new CD, Pacific Northwest forest.

34. WHO/WHAT INSPIRES YOU?

Jon Stewart inspires me (I’m dead serious) because he’s funny but he’s also incredibly intelligent and aware of what’s going on in the world. And people listen to him because he isn’t full of shit. Also, Red Sox fans inspire me because you have to love the blind devotion. Even when the Sox suck their fans stay true. It’s silly but also kind of cute.

35. BUTTERED, PLAIN, OR SALTED POPCORN?

Buttered and salted and in one of those festive movie theater bags/tubs (the old ones with stripes or cheesy movie themes, not the new ones with ads all over them).

36. FAVOURITE CAR?

Minis and anything pre-1940. But I don’t drive anymore, so what the hell do I care?

37. FAVOURITE FLOWER?

Pansies. And unlike Susanna (who is obviously
mentally ill) it is NOT because I think they “look like little old men.” I like pansies because they are friendly and come in almost any color. When I was younger I was also especially fascinated by black tulips—still kinda’ am.

38. HOW MANY KEYS ON YOUR KEY RING?

If someone out there actually cares, e-mail me and I’ll get up off my ass and go count the keys on my keyring.

39. CAN YOU JUGGLE?

Yes. For about .057 seconds.

40. RED OR WHITE WINE?

I like those pink ones best.

41. WHAT DID YOU DO FOR YOUR LAST BIRTHDAY?

Larry and I went to a topiary garden. Obviously it was my 80th birthday.

42. DO YOU OWN A DONOR CARD?

Hell yeah!

43. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING U DO WHEN U WAKE UP IN THE MORNING?

Look at the alarm clock and say, “Dammit, Larry! You turned off my alarm again!!!”

44. EVER BEEN IN LOVE?

Shut up.

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