Posted by: Jeremiah Graves | May 9, 2009

You Win This Round, Boredom!!

battle continuesWell Faithful Readers…it has been a very long, very quiet, very boring Saturday shift here at the Barker Engineering Library.

As such, I’ve resorted to filling out yet another of these internet survey thingy-mer-bobbers. This one is supposed to be more geared for adults and less for high schoolers (read: fewer questions about my “BFF” or “crush” or “6th period biology”).

Here’s the “official intro” portion that goes around with this chain-letter survey…followed by the question and answer portion.

Enjoy (or at least pretend you did)…



Tired of all of those surveys made up by high school kids? Here’s a list of questions for the people who are a little older…

Copy and paste into your own note, then answer the questions.

Finally, tag your friends (including me, please!).


1. What bill do you hate paying the most?

-Rent, hands down. $600/month (soon to be $612.50/month) is just a lot of money for a tiny apartment. But it’s home and we’re happy there, plus unless we move out into Western Mass or into a hostel we aren’t going to find anything much cheaper. Plus—baring a dire situation—we’re done with the whole roommate thing. Jackie will go down in history as our final roomie…congrats Jackie!!

2. Do you miss being a child?

-I miss things being new and I miss being able to say “I’ve got my whole life to worry about that.”

3. Chore you hate the most?

-Does shaving count as a chore? I really hate shaving…

kfcbucket0014. Where was the last place you had a romantic dinner?

-Well, we took our Oprah coupons out to KFC the other night!! That was pretty classy.

Um…last romantic dinner we had out somewhere?! I guess we had a really nice dinner at the Garden at the Cellar for our anniversary a few months back.

Grace and I are far more likely to have mutual cravings for burgers or fried chicken rather than a fancy-shmancy meal.

5. If you could go back and change one thing what would it be?

-Perhaps I’d convince high school me to invest very heavily in a burgeoning new online entity known as “Google.”

6. Name of your first grade teacher?

-Gotta be honest, I can’t actually remember.

7. What do you really want to be doing right now?

-Well it’s 66 and cloudy right now…call me crazy but those sound like solid conditions for a good game of slow-pitch softball and a case of beers. Yeah…that sounds pleasant!

8. What did you want to be when you grew up?

-This is one of those questions that has haunted me forever…mostly because I’m still unsure of what I want to be when I grow up. Perhaps I’m having a quarter-life crisis or something…but lately this has really been bugging me. Maybe it’s because all of The Boys seem to have it all figured out and are making pretty solid money back home and I’m still doing the same thing I did in college, not making enough money and constantly feel like I should be doing something bigger or better…or maybe I’m just a whiny little douche-bag?!

Anyway, quarter-life crisis notwithstanding…here’s a quick rundown of things I’ve wanted to be when I grow up: professional baseball player, cowboy, police officer, professional wrestler, journalist, teacher, general manager of a major league baseball team, baseball coach, actor, librarian, the dude from Quantum Leap, sports talk radio guy, an author, a spy, Jennifer Aniston’s man-slave, photojournalist, sound mixer, video editor and/or an advertising dude.

9. How many colleges did you attend?

-Just one, Minnesota State University. Go Mavericks!!

10.Why did you choose the shirt that you have on right now?

-It was on top in the drawer.

11. What are your thoughts on gas prices?

-Gotta be honest, I can’t even remember the last time I purchased a tank of gas. I don’t know if it’s $30 per gallon or $1 per gallon anymore.

12. First thought when the alarm went off this morning?


13. Last thought before going to sleep last night?

-I think if I were to have just one power from ”Heroes” I’d probably want to go with the invincibility. Wait, wait…scratch that. I want to be able to fly…wait, wait…no-no…I want to be able to move things with my mind! Yeah, that’s the ticket…when there’s loud, annoying people on the subway, I could just clamp their mouths shut with my mind until I get off at my stop. Yeah, that’d be sweet.jennifer-aniston

14. What famous person would you like to have dinner with?

-Gee, this one is a real toughie…hey, let’s go crazy and say…oh I don’t know, maybe…Jennifer Aniston.

15. Have you ever crashed your vehicle?

-Have I crashed my vehicle, no! Have other people, yes!

16. If you didn’t have to work, would you volunteer?

-I’ve always had an interest in helping to promote baseball in the inner-cities. Baseball is sort of a dying sport in many places because of all the space and equipment required to play. I mean, seriously, for football you need a patch of land and a football. For basketball you need a hoop and a ball. For baseball you need gloves, bats, balls, bases and—for the most part—a legit field to play on. Major League Baseball has a great program called RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) and I’ve always thought it’d be cool to get involved in that…if I had enough money so that I didn’t need to work that is. Until that day, it shall be a pipe-dream…

17. Get up early or sleep in?

-That one is going to vary from day-to-day. I have on-again, off-again, on-again insomnia. So when I can sleep well, a lot of the time I like to take advantage of it and just sleep until I absolutely have to get up. Although I have no problems starting my day early because when I’m awake, I’m awake and that’s all there is to it.

18. What is your favorite cartoon character?

-Hmmmmmm…I guess Brian and Stewie from “Family Guy.” I can’t really think of any other cartoons off the top of my head.

19. Favorite thing to do at night?

-Hang out with Grace on our couch. Chit-chatting, drinking some beers and laughing at “How I Met Your Mother” or “Scrubs.” Yeah, that’s always pretty swell…

20. When did you first start feeling old?

-Physically – I’d say I started feeling old somewhere around junior year of high school. You can only spend so much time dragging your leg around behind you like a dead appendage before it starts to wear on you. Now-a-days I physically feel ancient. I pop and crack and ache at all times and usually it takes me a lengthy time to just get out of bed in the morning. Although going to the gym a lot more recently has helped—and hurt—but helped nonetheless.

-Mentally – I don’t know if I’d say I feel old mentally by any means. I feel “older” than I did when I moved to Boston, but—and you’ll have to take my word on this one—I have grown up a lot since I moved out here. I know, hard to believe, but it’s legit.

21. Favorite lunch meat?

-Is bacon a lunch meat?! Whatevs…it is today. Bacon.

22. What do you get every time you go into Wal-Mart?

-Well to this day, I don’t think I’ve even seen a Wal-Mart on the east coast, let alone entered one. So I’ll have to base this on the last Wal-Mart trip I made when I was back home in early April. I wandered into the Wal-Mart with no real intentions and here’s what I wandered out with: One-a-Day Multivitamins, two pairs of compression shorts, a Full Throttle Energy drink, a knee-brace, Funyuns, a notebook, some auto decals, an air-freshener and some shaving cream.

Things are so much cheaper in the Midwest. I just wanted to buy it all…but realized it would by no means fit into my carry-on. *sigh*

23. Do you think marriage is an outdated ritual?

-Not really. Marriage is still all cool in my book. I just don’t like the idea of everyone assuming that if you’ve been dating someone for six months, you need to propose or break-up. That’s always rubbed me the wrong way. On a quasi-related note: Grace and I celebrated our six and a half year anniversary this past week.

mr300024. Favorite movie you wouldn’t want anyone to find out about?

-What movie do I like that I’d be ashamed to admit?! Hmmmmmm…that’s kind of a tough one. Everyone who has read my blog in the past is well-aware that my favorite movies fall in three categories: action, chick-flick and baseball. There’s not a lot of in-between.

I guess I’m sort of disappointed that I own ”Mr. 3000, but it’s part of my ever-growing baseball movie collection. I’d be a fool not to own it. A damned fool I say!

25. What’s your favorite drink?

-Wait, wait, wait a second here survey…are we talking alcoholic or non-alcoholic?! Soda or non-soda?! This is confusing. Let’s just lay it all out there…

Alcoholic: Beer, Margaritas & Long Island Iced-Teas
Non-Alcoholic: Milk, Water, & Orange Juice
Sodas: Coke, Mt. Dew, & Cherry Coke

26. Who from high school would you like to run in to?

-The Boys and—of course—Tricia.

27. What radio station is your car radio tuned to right now?

-My car has been sitting in a garage at my house since the summer of 2006…so I’d have a hard time trying to remember what the last station I listened to was, but if I had to venture a guess it’d be 107.7 – some fine country music!!

28. Sopranos or Desperate Housewives?

-I’ve never seen more than a few minutes of either one.

29. Happy with the major you chose?

-Ugh…yes, I guess. I enjoyed all of my journalism classes a ton and had a great time working at the college paper and eventually Mankato’s TV station. Although, I wish I’d gotten into creative writing a lot earlier on. I also wish I’d taken a few more history classes, but yeah…in the end I think I’m cool with my major.

30. Do you like the person that sits directly across from you at work?

-Let’s see, I guess that would be The Peter Norman, it’s more “behind me” than “across from me” because of how our cubes are arranged. I guess technically if you go through the wall in front of me it’d be Maria and Cassandra who sit across from me.

…I guess either way you look at it the answer is yes. We’ve got a bunch of good eggs in the ole Barker Library!!

31. Have you ever had to use a fire extinguisher for its intended purposes?

-Not that I recall. I have been beaten with one and sprayed with one. Not that anyone ever needed to know that…

32. Last book you finished reading?

-The last one I finished reading was Chuck Klosterman’s first foray into fiction, ”Downtown Owl.” It was a pretty solid read and I’d highly recommend it to anyone…except for Carrot Top, he shouldn’t ever put his grubby mitts on that book!!

33. Do you have a teddy bear?

-I received one from my stalker about two years ago. I’m pretty sure I’ve since disposed of it. Beyond that, no…I don’t think I have a teddy bear anywhere.

toothbrush34. Strangest place you have ever brushed your teeth?

-Um, is there really a strange place to brush your teeth?! I mean I suppose a funeral or in the middle of a lavish dinner party maybe, but other than that there’s nothing “strange” about good oral hygiene.

As such, I guess my answer would probably be…the bathroom on an airplane circling the snowy skies above Duluth, North Dakota.

35. Do you go to church?

-Not really.

36. How old are you?

-Twenty-five and a half(ish)…

37. What is your best quality?

-I’m awesome. Is that a legit answer?! I think so…

38. What is your worst quality?

-I eat horribly?! Does that count?! These questions are hard. 😦

39. Your place is on fire, what do you save?


40. What do you want right now?

-A beer, a bacon cheeseburger, a bunch of my friends and a bad-ass soundtrack in the background…



  1. Nothing wrong with a survey post every now and then 😉

    #22- There’s Wal-Marts here.. you just have to venture out of the city. The closest one I know of is in Quincy… I frequented it quite a bit back in my college days.

    #23- Congrats!!

    #32- Did you ever read the copy of The Great Gatsby I let you borrow?!


  2. Oh geez. Apparently the grammar part of my brain stops working once it passes 8pm…

    There ARE Wal-Marts here. ARE.

    I’m shaking my head at myself.


    • No worries, in the new world of the “internets” and incessant “LOLing”…I think you can get away with questionable grammar.

      In response to your Gatsby question, I must admit that I still have not made it through. I have started reading it roughly three times since you loaned me your copy…and the last time I made it nearly a quarter of the way through before I tapped out.

      One of my life goals–my “Bucket List” if you will–is to actually get through that book. I don’t know what my problem is…I’ve started it a grand total of eight different times now and never made it more than a quarter of the way through.

      Yet I’ve read “Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs” roughly eleven times…in the last two and a half years.



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