11. Home town -- In the descriptions of all of your moving around, you've referred to Owensboro as a hell of sorts. What were the top three things that made you hate Owensboro so much?
One of the things to remember is that a lot of the things I've written about Owensboro were written a very long time ago. The bit on the Bio page of my website
was actually mostly written my freshman year of college, making it nearly ten years old at this point. So some of it is outdated in terms of how I view it.
I don't believe it was Owensboro itself. Honestly, I have mostly fond memories of the place. The issue came that I had lived there for 8 years, over half my life and all my formative years. All my friends were there, and I knew what changing schools meant.
So I learned to like the idea. I saw Chicago as an opportunity rather than a potential problem. And the more I looked at Chicago, the brighter it became, and the darker Owensboro became in contrast. To add to this, the perception I had of Owensboro, from those around me, was of a place where nothing went right, the educational system was horrible, and there was no future.
There was also a marked jump in my GPA when I left Kentucky. I was, actually, happier in Chicago. I made new friends quickly, I got an occasional job, and the women were not only hotter, but with more of them around, they were also attainable (at least, in my mind's eye. . . I still only ever asked one out).
So really, I can't name three things that caused me to hate Owensboro. I'm not sure that it had anything, actually, to do with the city itself: it has much more to do with comparison. I expect, however, that it's an unfair comparison.
(Though now that I think about it, O'boro did contribute to Tina breaking up with me. . . someone broke into my car while I was down there with her and made off with her purse. I don't know if I could explain exactly how that affected our relationship, but I expect it was entirely negative.)12. Physical Appearance -- What point of physical hygiene are you the most fanatical about, and which the most lax?
I'm most fanatical about showering, and least about taking my contacts out in a timely manner (though I still take my contacts out 90% of nights).13. Volunteer Work -- Have you had a volunteer experience that you later regretted, even partially?
I have, in some cases. Either I found out that the effort raised money for something I didn't support, or that something went wrong and I completely had the wool pulled over my eyes. But then, if one person who needed it got help, then I don't think that I would fully regret anything I did.14. Life Goals -- I don't really set very many long-term goals for myself other than general happiness, and you've said similar things. Hypothetically, though, what one goal would you set for yourself if you knew with absolute certainty that you could and would achieve it before you die?
My best goal there would be to walk all the places I want to walk with the person with whom I wish to walk them. But even a normal lifetime doesn't have that sort of span. Instead, I'll settle for at least the AT
and possibly perlgirlju
who also expressed an interest, and a hike to the headwaters of the Ganges with latexpussy
. The Sahara Race, while it sounds like a blast, I'm not sold on yet (but I'm getting there).15. The World -- Assuming that all places are possible, where in the world would you like your physical remains to be put when you die?
Now that I think about it, there's this nifty little cemetary outside of Eris, Ohio, that would be a lot of fun. In that cemetary, there's a funeral marker for a guy named "Dude" that I might like to hang out with. I'm not so sure that I'd be all about having my physical remains interred, though. I might be more interested in cremation and scattering. But I don't think much about what gets done with me after the funeral, to be perfectly honest.