1. Star Trek or Star Wars?
Star Wars all the way. Star Trek was, in general, boring and not terribly creative. I played more creative D&D games.
And what is cooler than a light sabre? Honestly!
2. What was the worst date you were ever on?
My first. It was terrible. It was with a girl I'd had a crush on for a year, I think. She was smart, sexy, and really cool. But the date is kinda funny.
See, I'd never been on a date before, never danced with a girl, never been to a nice restaurant with a girl, never kissed a girl, never dared to ask a girl out before.
Well, I asked her out, and she said yes. I was (understandably) very happy with this. (She was a cheerleader, too, so I scored big!) Anyway, a couple of days later, she said she'd set up us going out with some friends that night, as fit us going to the dance as "friends". I was speechless.
So the next day (because I couldn't think of anything to say about the "friends" thing that day), I cornered her and clarified that I'd not asked as friends. She said she knew, but she wasn't interested in a relationship. So I accepted that.
So I go to pick her up, and I'd underdressed terribly (this is why I refuse to be out-dressed anymore when I go out). Anyway, I walked in, and she was wearing a beautiful dress and had her hair all down. I hadn't logically thought this out yet (women are prettier with hair down, of course. . . It's simple), but I had expected her just to have her hair back in a ponytail (as she always did at school). So I was kinda shocked when she didn't. At least I hid that shock well (I think) or hopefully it was taken as being in shock of her beauty.
So we go out to eat. I hate seafood, but we went to a seafood restaurant. So I ordered steak. That got me some odd looks. Nothing I could do about it, though.
We get to the place the dance is at, and we have to get pictures. Well, I didn't count on that, so I was short on money. I had to borrow to get the pictures purchased.
Then I tried to dance. Boy, did I suck. I mean it. I was very unfamiliar with the music that was playing, I was uncoordinated, and I was freaking nervous. Didn't help that it was hot in there.
At one point I just had to give up on the dancing (or risk hurting someone), and I was dragged kicking and screaming back onto the dance floor by my date.
Well, I was cool with the slow-dances. For the most part. At one point, we sat out a few, and got some punch (what is it with punch at dances?). Well, she spilled it *down* her dress. I was careful not to find it too funny, though. Fortunately, both the punch and the dress were red.
At the end of the night, I drove her home, and I had no idea what to do, but I took the safe route and hugged her. I still don't know if that was the right choice, but it seems to have worked out.
Well, I had a fun time with her, that's not to be denied. But it was being with her that made it good, despite all the bad stuff that happened.
Despite that, I didn't ask her out again, despite the urging of several friends.
3. If you could eliminate one store (or chain of stores) from the face of the earth what would it be (don't worry about the happless workers)
I've never considered any store to be evil or bad. I think it would be one of the chocolate chains, though. They support slave labour and destroy the economy of the areas around their fields.
4. Did you make a list of the things you wanted to do/be when you were a kid? If so, is there anything on the list you haven't done yet?
No, and I refuse to make such lists now. Of course, there are things I want to do that I havent' done yet, such as hike the AT (I almost managed that one). But I have what I want, and that's what's important.
5. And just to make you think some - Deities - are they real apart from the human consiousness (physically and metaphorically) or a result of the constructs of our minds and collective thoughts (not making a real or just imaginary judgement call here). Sort of a chicken and the egg question (did they help create us or did we help create them) . . .
I believe that the Deities are entirely separate entities from us. I do believe that our worship makes Them more aware that we're here, but I don't think They ever forgot about us. They just pay us more attention when we worship.
And They, of course, created us. I see it pretty simply.