I apparently hate zoos (a survey)

1.) what is your favorite kind of ice cream?
probably Rori’s, which they don’t sell out here. Of the nationally available varieties, I guess… I don’t remember the name now. It’s two guys. Dave & Greg? That can’t be it 

2.) if people could read your mind, what would they usually find?
 partial lyrics, jokes in progress, sexual thoughts, a strong desire to nap

3.) who do you talk to on the phone most often?
my wife

4.) what’s a song that makes you feel happy?

Billie Eilish - bad guy

5.) what celebrity would you like to meet?
Anne Hathaway 

6.) what’s the best concert you’ve ever been to?
The Dollyrots. It was a very small venue and they stuck around afterwards to chat with fans. I got a sweaty hug and a picture with Kelly (lead singer)

7.) what is your favorite clothing store?

8.) how did you meet your best friend?

9.) do you need money to be happy?
Money buys security, which is a requirement for me to be happy 

10.) what is something you do well?

11.) what’s a good idea you’ve had recently?
writing a surveys ebook

12.) what is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
corned beef hash from Worker Bee in Carpinteria, CA

13.) how far in advance do you prefer to plan?
some things are best winged (wung?) and others need planning. I tend to not enjoy the planned things as much due to all the work that the planning took 

14.) do you like to wear high heels?

15.) how many slices of pizza do you usually eat?
size of the pizza and the slices greatly affects this number

16.) Can you remember life without technology? what was it like?
no. I was born in a modern hospital and grew up in the city. I was never without electricity, save for power outages. even the couple of times I’ve gone camping (which I mostly hated) involved cabins with electric lights or an RV.

17.) what gift would you like to receive?

one million dollars cash 

18.) what’s the last thing you paid for?
probably groceries or maybe delivery, but I didn’t get them the most recent time, so I’m not positive 

19.) what’s the last movie you watched?
Black Adam

20.) do you remember your dreams?
I remember dreams I had as a small child, even

21.) do you play any instruments?
not actively, but I did learn the keyboard in high school - the class was called synthesizer, but we didn’t get to use that functionality  

22.) do you always smile for pictures?

23.) what are you most excited about right now?
nothing, but I am looking forward to the next episode of The Last of Us tonight  

24.) if you had $5 in your pocket what would you spend it on?
I don’t often go places that I would have reason to spend only $5. If I were to go out of my way to spend it, I’d get a bottle of Richards Wild Irish Rose - White, assuming five bucks would cover it

25.) how often do you buy things via the internet?
all the damn time

26.) would you like to live in a different country? if so which one?
in some ways, yes. I’d have to do a lot of research and *shiver* planning first. probably somewhere they speak English as a major language, too.

27.) what animal would you see first if you went to the zoo?
zoos are such a scam. just a bunch of enclosures that allegedly have animals inside. the smell isn’t great, either, but it’s probably the best proof they’re actually keeping animals in there somewhere. 

28.) if you could switch places with someone for a day, who would it be?
Zack Snyder so he could buy the film rights to my zombie book to make a movie from it

29.) do you prefer the aisle, middle, or window seat on a plane?
aisle, mostly so I don’t have to step over anyone 

30.) what’s your favorite song from a movie?
Joy Division’s Love Will Tear Us Apart from 24 Hour Party People

31.) where would you like to volunteer?
food bank. I’m trying to get my work group to do it as a group volunteer event

32.) would you rather go out for dinner or cook at home?
go out, almost every time

33.) who sent the last text message you received?
my wife 

34.) what’s your favorite flower?
I was so happy to see my basil plant flower for the first time

35.) what’s the last song you listened to?

Cassandra Violet - Take My Time

36.) do you like being alone?

37.) what was the last thing you ate?
One Pan New Orleans-Style Bbq Shrimp and Scallops over cheesy grits - it was fine

38.) how do you find new music?

Spotify, YouTube, Pandora

39.) what is your dream travel destination?
I’d love to eat across Tokyo

40.) if you could play any instrument what would it be?
once upon a time I wanted to learn guitar, so maybe that

41.) what’s the last youtube video you watched?
presently watching Velma Pitch Meeting on Pitch Meeting

42.) where are you going on your next trip?
fuck if I know

43.) what are you currently addicted to?

caffeine, probably 

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#1 and #16 and you should definitely take up guitar! You'd be great at it.

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I thought at first you were linking the answers to those to questions to why I should learn guitar and was v confused

I remember at times finding the frets both too far apart and also too close together - on the same guitar, no less! It also hurt my fingertips to play the thinnest strings. I’ve since seen a couple of products designed to help with that in different ways, so at least that wouldn’t necessarily be an issue. But how do I deal with the incredible size-shifting frets?

by DeryckEleven; ; Report

The frets get wider as they go down the neck because the wavelengths between lower pitches are longer. In other words, the tuning wouldn't be accurate if all the frets were the same distance apart.

I would suggest getting a capo (Kyser makes a good spring-loaded one). Find a sweet spot, probably somewhere around the 3rd, 4th, or 5th frets, where the frets feel a good distance apart, and clamp that capo down. If you capo on the 3rd fret, for instance, your 4th fret becomes your new 1st fret. So you can learn songs easier, even though they might be in a different key and sound a little higher or lower pitched.

The other best advice I can offer is to practice ten or fifteen minutes every single day. It's the everyday-ness that breaks in your fingers and keeps them from hurting.

by Malibu; ; Report

You must be a good teacher, based on how clear that advice was. Though to clarify, the frets I was referring to were the same grouping (probably a clearer term for this) and my hand was in the same place from one time to the next. I never progressed far enough to move hand around to other parts of the neck.

by DeryckEleven; ; Report

I think I see what you're saying. Are you learning chords or like a one-note melody line? Like picking the notes to Happy Birthday versus strumming the chords.

by Malibu; ; Report

I did some individual notes for a few days and then my roommate (who played a few instruments) suggested I just try to learn a simple song with just a few chords as he found it a more enjoyable process when he was starting out. So I tried learning Social Distortion’s Story of My Life, which has like 3 or 4 chords. I don’t remember which one, but one of the chords gave me so much trouble and when I went looking to learn a different song I discovered it was in basically every rock song so I got discouraged and later donated the guitar.

by DeryckEleven; ; Report

Sometimes if you try something different for a while, it will limber up your fingers and help you make the chord you found tough. If you ever decide to pick up guitar again, try some scales and some power chords (those two note chords played on the top/bass strings). Hal Leonard has a good book called Guitar Tab Method that has some easy bass riffs and power chords for rock songs.

by Malibu; ; Report

Thanks for the tips!

by DeryckEleven; ; Report