1. Were you raised by two parents? If so who did you get along with better?
Yes. I got along better with my mother, who was often my sole parent as my father was in the military and occasionally gone to far away places for as much as a year at a time. I have spent many hours imagining a better relationship with my father.
2. How did you get your way when they wouldn't let you do/have/see what you wanted?
Sneak it later, if possible. Often just waited them out - they forgot a lot - or gave in.
3. When did you leave home?
For a year of college right after high school, then back home till I was 20. I then joined the Marines and left for Parris Island, SC on March 14, 1984.
4. If you could go on a road trip today, where would you go?
Criss-crossing the US by motor home with my wife and sons. We would see hundreds of places none of us have ever seen, and I would visit every place I've ever lived growing up: Lousiana, Florida, Idaho, other parts of North Carolina, etc. This would become the basis for my sons' education.
5. What did you want to be when you grew up? If you are "grown up" now did that dream come true?
Accepted, maybe even popular. I was desperate for these things for so long as a child. I never had a clue as to a career, still don't. My folks used to tell me, "You are smart enough that you can do anything you choose to do." But that wasn't enough guidance. I ask my guys all the time about their futures to keep them thinking about it.
I guess I am accepted now, maybe even popular, at work. I have had co-workers tell me they like to work with me because I "make it fun." My goal at work has become to be competent, reliable, and to act like a total idiot whenever I can get away with it.
6. Do you make your bed every day?
No. Rarely, even. Wifey makes it sometimes.
7. When did you start doing your own laundry?
The year after high school that I attended college, then when I joined the Marines, until I got married (whew!) Now rarely.
8. When did you stop sucking your thumb?
I don't think I did that. But if I did, I stopped before I was old enough to remember. I used a "Binky"(pacifier).
9. Do you think your nose is too big, too small or just right?
Too big, large pores, greasy. Yuk.
10. When you smile do you show your teeth?
Usually, I have a decent smile with pretty straight teeth.
11. Don't you find you spend more time waiting in lines than it actually takes to buy something or see someone? (like doctor's office or supermarket)
Not usually. Being a guy, I naturally avoid congested shopping and having a weekend job allows me to go places in the middle of the week when others are at work. If I am going to have any wait at all, I bring a book or magazine (something I learned from my sister, who carries a backpack FULL of stuff nearly everywhere she goes!)
12. Do you believe in invisible protectors like gaurdian angels?
I believe in angels sent by God to intercede for us at times, yes.
13. If you could read people's thoughts, would you and who would you listen to first?
Absolutely! I would be a thought reading junkie, I'm sure. My wife, my sons, my sister, my father - in that order. Although, I'm fairly skeptical as to whether this would give me any advantage or insight whatsoever.
14. If I started making amulets out of sterling silver and gemstones, would that be of any interest to you?
Not much. Not a big jewelry wearer and wife prefers gold.
15. What do you think someone should write about?
Me! (ha!) If I could answer this, I would be writing my first book right now.
16. What is the most unfair thing you have ever seen happen to another person?
Children abused by adults, especially their own parents. The worst crime imagineable to me because they are innocents and too young to comprehend, understand, or to defend themselves. I frequently tell friends and family in conversation that I could have a job where I "dispatched" people who harm children and I would sleep well.
17. Have you ever cheated on an exam?
Yep, but not any really important ones. ;-)
18. Would you rather freeze or boil to death?
Freeze, definitely. Less pain, though slower. I used to work in a Burn Unit so I am more familiar than most with the intense pain of burns.
19. Why would life be more fear provoking than death?
Life is not inevitable like death is. You have to force yourself to find ways to live life. Otherwise, you arrive at death not having fulfilled any purpose, not having a feeling of accomplishment. Not having lived after all.
20. What is your biggest regret?
The list is so long and detailed I could never get through it. I am definitely one of those people who would do it all again if I could retain the knowledge of what Idid wrong the first time. I would sky dive before I had children or got married, because now I can't justify it. If I died or was permanently injured, how could I be so selfish? I would punch the hell out of Junior H. I would also punch the hell out of every bully that ever intimidated me. That alone would have changed the course of my life for the better, I think.
21. If you could change your name, what would you choose?
Bond, James Bo... Oh, I don't know, but it wouldn't be very hard to beat the one I have. Okay, so I came back to this so I could expose myself to the world, and you could read the horror: Bruce George Fails III. You can't make this stuff up, folks.
22. If you could be any age, what age would that be?
Early 20's, probably about 23, what I consider my "golden year" for some reason. Ah! Probably because I married Allie, "and that has made all the difference."
23. If you got a letter in the mail who would it most likely be from?
A real letter from a real person? Maybe one of my childhood friends from Louisiana, though they would be more likely to e-mail these days. Perhaps from one of the adults from back then, who would be old enough now to not be of the "computer age" and be more accustomed to writing a letter on paper and mailing it. Jeez, why does that sound so archaic?
24. Don't you just hate Spam?
Yes! But thanks to the free progam from www.mailwasher.net I can delete spam on the server before I download those horrible farm girls to my hard drive! And I don't have to read about getting my breasts enlarged (or other things) anymore either.
25. Do you think public schools should have their students wear uniforms?
I think public schools should be privatized, first of all. I think uniforms are an aid to educators because they strip most of the commercialism out of the social environment. Children should be taught that individuality comes from within oneself, and by definition cannot be purchased with a Nike Swoosh on it.
26. If money was no object, what kind of car would you get?
Well, I would have several, but only a few, plus a handful of motorcycles. I would have a mint 1963 split window Corvette (my birth year); an SUV by either Lexxus or Mercedes, I think; a "new VW Beetle" convertible, an old VW Thing (from the 70's), and a Mini Cooper! Oh, plus a motor home for traveling.
27. What colour looks worst on you? What colour looks best?
Pink! No, seriously, I don't care about how it looks on me so much as whether I like the color or not. I dislike most yellow/orange/pinkish/melon-y colors.
28. What colour is your toothbrush?
Um, I think it is blue-greenish right now. Should I go check?
29. What shirt is your favourite and why?
I have a short sleeved, button-up shirt that is very loose and casual looking. It is in shades of brown with vertical stripes and I call it my "Rancho" shirt.
30. What would you see as a sign that good luck is about to follow?
If I received some really huge lump sum of cash from somewhere totally by surprise. Well, that is actually good luck in itself. Hmmm. Ooooo! I know! When my bills total significantly less than my income for the next several paychecks! I am easily pleased.