71) You are walking down the street on your way to work. There is a dog drowning in the canal on the side of the street. Your boss has told you if you are late one more time you get fired. What do you do?
I save the dog. Are you freaking kidding me? Who wouldn't save the dog? Then I take this wet animal with me to drop on my boss' desk. I am all about making a scene.
72) You are at the doctor’s office and she has just informed you that you have approximately one month to live. a) Do you tell anyone/everyone you are going to die? b) What do you do with your remaining days? c) Would you be afraid?
I am sure I would be afraid. I don't have many people who would miss my going so I would keep it to myself. No heroic measures. I would probably just travel to the far north to find a nice ice flow to quietly float away.
73) You can only have one of these things; trust or love.
Nice trick question, there is no love without trust.
74) What's a song that always makes you happy when you hear it?
These Are Days by 10,000 Maniacs
75) What are the last four digits in your cell phone number?
Cell phones give you brain and testicular cancer so I don't use one. Of course not having anyone to call makes that easy. I also am saving the bees so it's a win/win.
76) In your opinion, what makes a great relationship?
Tolerance and understanding. Sense of humor (absolutely critical) and a philosophy of life that focuses on building people up rather than breaking them down. Crushing a partner's or student's spirit is too much work for me. Being abusive is too much work for me.
If I support my partner or my students to be the best they can be, that can only have positive effects on my life and there's. I am all about everyone getting a fair shot. I do not tolerate bullying. I loath anyone who uses their power to oppress someone smaller and weaker than themselves. I did not tolerate such attitudes in my classroom or life. It would be great if anyone I was with had a similar militant attitude about these topics.
77) How can I win your heart?
Tell me you think I am cool and back that up with your actions. Support my hobbies and interests. All my presents should add to my toy collection that shows you did some research. My father took his toy buying seriously and so should you. Remember the little things I tell you. Take advantage of the things I am good at. Listen to my advice and on occasion take it just to humor me. Just love me and ask me at least twice a week - "How did you know that?" so I can answer by saying, "Because I am a genius."
78) Can insanity bring on more creativity?
I am living proof of that. There can be no comedy without childhood trauma and no creativity without taking crazy risks. Every failure just teaches you how best to refine your artistic approach. I believe that everyone does their own kind of art in their own way. There is art and beauty in the magic of ordinary things.
79) What is the single best decision you have made in your life so far?
To keep a promise to my father to follow one of my dreams to completion. This blog is part of that process. I have truly never been happier since I stopped teaching full time. I was burned out and needed to make a major change in my life.
80) What size shoes do you wear?
Size ten, when I wear shoes. Do socks or sandals have sizes? On a totally unrelated topic, I pretty much will die if I don't get one of these in the next 48 hrs.
Cal's Canadian Cave of Coolness
I forever stand vigilant to protect this planet from the myriad of forces that are always against us. Be it the octopus, zombies, aliens or the robots my team of human agents, and our feline allies, circle the globe in a never ending struggle for human freedom.
I learn all I can on every subject that interests me. I especially enjoy ancient history because in the past there are valuable lessons to be found. Also, if I ever get my time machine to work properly, it would be good to know a bit about possible destinations and what to expect when I get there.
I greatly appreciate beautiful design. Be it manufactured or found naturally I am fascinated by the process of invention. I am attracted to the unique, the strange, the haunted. I like to share what I find on this blog.
And not let us forget the 'Cephalopod Menace' who, if allowed to, would wrap their tentacles around all that is good and pure in this life and crush it until it remained no more. They are creatures of pure spite. Hate is all they know. Death is all they do. They are our most ruthless and determined enemy.
So we fight. Selena has the celebrity contacts, the cat is ruthless and without pity, Roosevelt's ghost has the experience and I do the wetwork.
Fighting for the future of the planet doesn't have to be a chore, however. We can take the time to appreciate all that is cool in this world even as we cut the octopus into bite sized chunks.
This is the reason there has always been and must forever be, a Cave of Cool. Be sure to wipe your feet before you enter.