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20 March 2012 @ 05:55 pm
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Name: judith

Birthday: 8/24

Place of Birth: north west suburbs of chicago, just outside elgin

Marital Status: mmph.

Occupation: huh.

Star sign: virgo sun, leo rising, pisces moon, venus retrograde. tangentially related, i've actually had astrologers look at all the oppositions in my natal chart and say "oh, god, i'm sorry."

Hair: brown, now with more gray than ever

Eyes: whatever they want i try not to bug them about it too much

Height: 5'11"

Weight: you gonna want my SSN next, cowboy?

Q: Do you have a nickname?
A: i seem to get called 'miss judy' a lot

Q: How long have you kept a weblog?
but this, man: this is just a trip. i was even alive back then?

Q: Where do you live?
A: baltimore, the city that never sleeps because the next door neighbor who doesn't believe in closed windows, subtle lighting or curtains has now also figured out how to use skype and is cheerfully shouting the most inane and vaguely offensive conversation you can imagine into his goddamn computer until 4AM and by the way the jackhammering out front woke me up at eight, thanks hon.

Q: But were you born there? If not, then where?
A: IN A RING OF HELLFIRE! i was actually almost born in the back seat of a plymouth.

Q: Tell us about your family
A: belligerent and numerous.

Q: Describe your looks?
A: 'cos telling you my height weight eye color and hair color just didn't cut it for you? suck it.

Q: Tell us about your partner (or ideal partner if you haven't got one)?
A: little from column a, little from column b, excepting that whole "mmph" issue. we determined the other night that as part of the portfolio development process he needs to register the domain "bensbutt.org," just to give resume screeners something to think about.

Q: For a day out would you prefer, a theme park, a football game or spend the day in a bar?
A: rollercoasters are pretty fucking fantastic but right now i just want jeni to have her baby and me to get my paycheck so we can go to cape henlopen and find some nice dead stuff on the beach

Q: Who would you sound like if I called you on the phone?
A: like the voice that says "the customer you are trying to reach is not available."
always email me to tell me you are going to call first. i need time to prepare.

Q: Religion - do you do it? If so what?
A: your beeswax = none

Q: Politics - right, left or centre?
A: your beeswax = none. but i've been crying a lot.

Q: Do you like it hot or cold?
A: weather = overcast with a slight chill
beverages = hot if it's supposed to be hot, cold if it's supposed to be cold.
i don't like ice cubes except when absolutely necessary.
iced coffee is just nasty.
what is wrong with you people.

Q: What book are you reading at the moment?
A: crap, about sixteen things i've started at three in the morning and promptly forgot. ben keeps finding my copy of lover's discourse and entertaining me with humorous pronunciations of "barthes." i read a lot of stuff in stapled booklet format, too.

Q: What was the last song on your Ipod?
A: i'm listening to the gray field recordings album i just got right now! and it was totally on my "stoner college radio station" playlist which i have and you don't!

Q: Describe your music collection.
A: intended to baffle and disorient.
also got some madonna.

Q: SPORT - Yes or no?
A: we go for walks

Q: Do you have a website/homepage? (leave link please)
A: seven or eight livejournals, wordpress or two, blogger, blogspot, facebook, last.fm, twitter, a tumblr nobody knows about, i... think this quiz was invented before the whole social networking craze blasted off and everyone has like 78 profiles on 60 different venues that are all being followed by the same 15 people you met in an IRC chat room 18 years ago.

Q: Do you have a celebrity crush?
A: craig thompson (guy who made habibi and blankets). i kept thinking, "oh my god, OH MY GOD THIS MAN I LOVE THIS MAN IT'S MEANT TO BE I WILL RUN TO BE WITH HIM IN SEATTLE" but then i realized he's got a thing for tiny little blonde women. goddamnit, tall dark handsome men always pick the tiny little blonde women.)

Q: Do you have a celebrity hate?
A: why waste perfectly good hate on someone i'll never meet?

Q: Beer or wine?
A: pinot noir or woodchuck 802.

Q: Home or abroad?
A: a broad.

Q: Toothbrush - are you electric or manual?
A: manual. would you like to know the date of my LMP?

Q: Type of the property you live in?
A: someone else's rowhouse

Q: What were your best subjects at school?
A: i mean, i got out of there without killing anyone or burning anything down and that's really all you need to know about it.

Q: Spender or saver?
A: i suck with money. good thing god won't let me have any.

Q: What newspaper do you buy?
A: you make it sound like that's something people do.

Q: One of life's regrets is...
A: that i don't recover from failed relationships faster, or, you know, ever.

Q: Coronation St or Eastenders?
A: *nod* one of those.

Q: Do you like questionnaires?
A: what is WRONG with me

Q: Where do you buy your clothes?
A: gramicci and museum shops.

Q: Cat, dog or goldfish?
A: kitties, please. a reasonable abundance of kitties, yes.

Q: Rare, medium or well done?

Q: Do you drive?
A: from one side of the street to the other, once or twice a week, at least 'til my car runs out of gas, when i will be fucked. welcome to the employment crisis!

Q: Have you ever been in trouble with the law?
A: once the RA caught me burning incense in my dorm room. :-(

Q: Is there an afterlife?
A: obviously there is life after death. it just may not be your life after your death.

Q: Tell me something that scares you.
A: i'm terrified that i'm still going to be in this situation a year from now.

Q: How would you describe your personality?
A: so what part of that elephant are you touching?

Q: Tell us about some jobs you've had that you've loved.
A: nude model, occult bookshop manager, radio producer, shiftless mooch.

Q: Name some places you've lived.
A: northwest suburbs of chicago, iowa city, the city where skype never sleeps, etc.

Q: What kind of things do you enjoy on TV?
A: community! and cooltv shows eighties videos for an hour at eight on weekdays that sometimes aren't hair ballads. also, i don't know if you know this, but many PBS affiliates get seriously weird between the hours of 1 and 5AM.
crimson_vita: blossfelt fragmentcrimson_vita on March 21st, 2012 04:50 pm (UTC)
I'm fairly certain I've said this before, but I love that picture of you.
selva oscuraanonymousblack on March 21st, 2012 06:00 pm (UTC)
it's the internet debut of that picture! i took it with mr. webcam just the other day.

you can't see it in the shot, but i'm wearing an awesome new hairstick that i just got that day! it is already broken. :-(
Nevarranevarra on March 21st, 2012 09:15 pm (UTC)
How the hell do you get those things to stay in? Even with nearly waist length hair I couldn't manage it.
selva oscuraanonymousblack on March 21st, 2012 09:45 pm (UTC)
actually, the longer my hair was, the harder it was to use hairsticks. ideal length for me was always around the shoulders.

however, there's apparently a million tutorials on youtube, and this one almost makes me wish i had the super long hair again:

selva oscura: omanonymousblack on March 21st, 2012 09:58 pm (UTC)
for my current hair length (like the icon): i pull it back like i'm going to make a ponytail, then twist it upwards like the start of a french twist.

i press the twist into my head with the stationary hand and with my freehand i shove the ends in behind the body of the twist.

once the ends are concealed, i pick up the hairstick with my freehand. getting the stick to stay in place means you've got to catch it around multiple strands of hair, so what i'll usually do is angle the stick so it's coming in at the back of my skull with the point at a slight upward angle. i kind of weave it as i dig in to the twist, so i'm catching a lot of strands to lock it in. to place it, i reverse the angle so the point is down and, again, weave it slightly to help lock it in place.

why do i feel like i need a cigarette, now?

the resulting knot should feel firm, but not make your eyes water. if the knot is too tight, it will give you a nasty headache fast. if it's too loose, it'll fall out the first time you nod.

always remind yourself you have a stick in your head before reclining. (you'd think that'd be second nature even after years of wearing them, but it isn't.)
Nevarranevarra on March 22nd, 2012 04:45 pm (UTC)
Ok that one looks super cool and easy. I've tried it the way you say you do it but I always end up with this like, big part/gap thing where I change directions. I suppose if my hair wasn't as straight I could smush a curl over it and cover it up. More practice!!!!

I have seen some crazy wicked buns with really long hair that make me wish my hair was long still. Like the Celtic Knot bun or the Artemis bun with hairsticks.
crimson_vitacrimson_vita on March 23rd, 2012 01:18 pm (UTC)
Ha-ha. Why am I thinking I've seen it before? Well it's an awesome picture. And clearly now there are at least two awesome pictures of you.

All web-cam pictures sort of run into one, in a Waiting For Godot sort of way, for me. Apparently.

Edited at 2012-03-23 05:19 pm (UTC)
sothesothe on March 22nd, 2012 11:27 am (UTC)
I like this picture of you as well dear lady... and I think the little skull peeking out over your shoulder is adorable! :)
selva oscuraanonymousblack on March 22nd, 2012 02:45 pm (UTC)
heh, oh yes, the skull. ben's uncle got that for us! it's actually a little box that separates at the jaw... and there's this HUGE GREEN POT LEAF engraved on the bottom. we don't think uncle dean realized that, though perhaps there's a chance the proclivity is genetic...

the thing next to the skull is the mongoose statue ben made, inspired by The One Thing We Would Steal From The Walters If We Were The Sort Of People Who'd Ever Steal Things From Museums.
Kateariadnelives on March 22nd, 2012 01:20 pm (UTC)
"seven or eight livejournals, wordpress or two, blogger, blogspot, facebook, last.fm, twitter, a tumblr nobody knows about, i... think this quiz was invented before the whole social networking craze blasted off and everyone has like 78 profiles on 60 different venues that are all being followed by the same 15 people you met in an IRC chat room 18 years ago."

Ha! So true.
selva oscuraanonymousblack on March 22nd, 2012 02:46 pm (UTC)
yup. actually, most of my long-ago internet friends never really joined me at livejournal, but that's okay, they all caught up with me at facebook.