“Come in, and know me better man!”.

So it’s been a slow week. It’s done nothing but rain, which has really added to that lull everyone’s feeling now Christmas and New Years are out the way. “All that build up and it’s over… *clicks fingers* …just like that”. I’ve lost count how many times I’ve heard people say that now. It’s so depressing.

There’s only 6 days to go now till I’m back at Uni, and I bet you anything I’ll be moaning about wanting to go home. I bet you. It’ll be because of all the work I’ll have, and knowing that now is really the last holiday I’ll ever have where I can get away with being fairly relaxed about things. Revision will be taking over Easter, such fun.

So, as the rain is beating against my windows and keeping me from the land of sleep – it’s loud, like someone is actually punching the shit out of my windows with a million tiny hands – and I have had a dreary week getting sodden and depressed, here’s a little quiz for you all. Well, it was a quiz for me, and the answers are for you. But you can quiz yourself, and then tell me the answers. That sounds like fun.

1. What are your nicknames? What do you prefer to be called?
Oh there’s so many. Really, there’s loads. We’ve got Azza, Az, Azerbaijan, Azzy , Mclaren, Foolos, Hallos, Gorilla… There’s more, I just can’t think of them. Azza is the most used, as is Foolos so answering when they’re called is just second nature. I prefer those two.

2. What books on your shelf are begging to be read?
I have a problem. I buy books because I want to read them and then never get round to it. I desperately need to read/finish The Lazarus Effect – a very interesting book about near death experiences, what being dead actually means and the future of medicine and technology in reversing death – and Game of Thrones. They’re an effort and a half they are!

3. How often do you doodle? What do your doodles look like?
I lose focus far too often. I write random words, song lyrics, motivational phrases. I draw lots of squiggles and swirls. Flowers and Pokémon, too.

4. What do you do if you can’t sleep at night? Do you count sheep? Toss and Turn? Try to get up and do something productive?
I just sit and read the news, from all over the world. I’ll stumble upon crazy things going on, funky bits of tech or amazing science. I like looking for new books to read (note: to buy and look at).

5. How many days could you last in solitary confinement? How would you do it?
A week would be a good estimate, maybe more. I like my own company, so I’m sure I could do a week at least.

6. Do you save old greeting cards and letters? Throw them away?
We save birthday cards at home, for the morbid reason that if that person then dies, we have a card from them to put in a memory box – my mother does this, not me.

7. Who is the biggest pack rat you know?
I genuinely don’t even know what this means. Really, what?

8. When making an entrance in to a party, do you make your presence known? Do you slip in and look for someone you know? Do you sneak in quietly and find a safe spot to roost?
I slink in. I’d probably go in with someone I know anyway in which case it’d be fine, it’d be a less discreet slink, but I wouldn’t aim to draw attention to myself.

9. What is your strongest sense? If you had to give one up, which would it be?
My hearing is fairly good, in terms of how strong a sense can be. I would probably give up smell; I couldn’t imagine a world where I couldn’t see, couldn’t feel, couldn’t hear or taste.

10. How many times a day do you look at yourself in the mirror?
5 or 6 (maybe 12?). Don’t have many mirrors around the house save the bathroom and living room. I’m not that vain either but, when you walk past a mirror it’s natural reaction to take a look, isn’t it?

11. What is the strangest thing you believed as a child?
I think believing in Father Christmas is pretty strange. It’s a peculiar set up isn’t it, the whole large mysterious man breaking into your house to reward you for being a good girl or boy. Bit weird.

12. What is one guilty pleasure you enjoy too much to give up?
Crap TV. Real Housewives. JEREMY KYLE. It makes you feel better better about life.

13. Who performs the most random acts of kindness out of everyone you know?
All my friends and family are equally as kind. I’d say my mum, because of the job she does.

14. How often do you read the newspaper? Which paper? Which sections?
Once a week, at work. Once a fortnight, at uni. I’ll flick through The I and The Times when at work, honestly not reading it properly but the uni paper I do actually read. Mainly Gaming though, see how good my journalistic skills look in print.

15. Which animals scare you most? Why?
Homo sapiens. They’re all we really should all be afraid of.

16. Are you more likely to avoid conflict or engage it head-on?
I don’t enjoy conflict, not at all. But sometimes you do have to stand up for yourself and others, so that’s when you go for it. And if you’re phoning a call centre, yoou need to be prepared for a war.

17. What was the most recent compliment you’ve received and savoured?
That my beard looked good! Haha.

18. What is something about yourself that you hope will change, but probably never will?
My discretion, or complete lack-of.

19. Are you a creature of habit? Explain.
Yes. Very much so. I’m very OCD about things and very ‘It’s done this way because I know it works so I’ll carry on like this thank you’.

20. Are you high maintenance? Explain.
Not at all. I’m a simple guy impressed by simple things. I don’t need extravagance or high-end to keep me happy.

21. When was the last time you really pushed yourself to your physical limits?
June, last year. Did the London to Brighton Bike Ride. 54 Miles. Was pretty tough at times, not gonna lie.

22. Do you have a whole lot of acquaintances or just a few very close friends? Why?
I have a few close friends. I think it’s the best way to be. How can you maintain such a large number of good friends? I just can’t. Not to say I don’t value everyone I have in my life who I’d call a friend, of course I do and they all offer me something different, that’s why they’re my friends. But only a few are close.

23. Are you more inclined to “build your own empire” or unleash the potential of others?
Build my own empire. Just very, well, me.

24. What’s a strange occurrence you’ve experienced but have never (or rarely) shared with anyone?
Sleep Paralysis. It doesn’t happen so often now, compared to a few years back, and it’s something I can make myself aware of far more quicker when it’s happening. But man, some of those episodes have been scary as absolute fuck. Your mind is so powerful.

25. What do you think about more than anything else?
What tomorrow’s going to bring.

26. What’s something that amazes you?
Life.

27. Do you prefer that people shoot straight with you or temper their words? Why?
Shoot straight. Let’s cut out the crap, right. I think before I speak, but let’s not cover up the real issues with something else. Just get it out there, and we’ll discuss it like adults.

28. Where’s your favourite place to take an out-of-town guest?
Somewhere that does food. That’s all I can really give you on that; I’m up for food. Always.

29. What’s one thing you’d rather pay someone to do than do yourself? Why?
Empty bins. Man, it’s not a fun job. And dirty. And germ infested.

30. Do you have a catchphrase?
“Are you serious?” is something I say a lot. “Ooooh man” too. Haha, and of course, “Howdy!”.

31. What’s your reaction towards people who are outspoken about their beliefs? What conditions cause you to dislike or, conversely, enjoy talking with them?
I think it’s natural to want to talk about what you believe in, after all, we all want to be heard and to be valued. I think, for me, the time it becomes too much is when 1) It isn’t the time nor place to discuss the views in question or 2) They are spoken and person in question has no respect for others who then wish to challenge or say their piece. That I dislike.

32. How and where do you prefer to study?
In my room, in silence. By reading and making notes, repetitively.

33. What position do you sleep in?
On my sides. Rarely on back, really struggle to sleep when lying on my back.

34. What’s your all-time favourite town or city? Why?
Oh god do people really have an all-time favourite town? Ummm. Despite moaning about it almost constantly, and it really is absolutely awful, my birth town and where I live. I know I’ll miss it when I leave. I know it.

35. What are the top three qualities that draw you to someone new?
Self-confidence. Sense of humour. Intelligence.

36. How has your birth order/characteristics of siblings affected you?
Having a younger brother means I know how to share… Haha. I’m fiercely protective. Probably a little bit more caring. Definitely tougher after all the years of him beating me up!

37. If you could eliminate one weakness or limitation in your life, what would it be?
Humans not being able to fly. And money. Money is limiting a lot of things at the moment. On a serious note, I’d like to eliminate doubt. Self-doubt can destroy a lot of things. It needs to go.

38. If you could restore one broken relationship, which would it be?
One that ended last year. I wish it had been the other way around, where I had the final say. Not you. You absolutely loved that didn’t you, absolutely loved it.

39. If you had to change your first name, what would you change it to?
James

40. Do you believe ignorance is bliss? Why or why not?
I suppose it is, until the ignorance is over. I think for the most part, it’s better to face the reality of a situation than hide behind a facade of everything being fine and dandy.

41. What do you consider unforgivable?
Lying.

42. Have you forgiven yourself for past personal failures? Why or why not?
Yes I have. It’s part of life, making mistakes. Doing stupid, silly little things and monumental cock-ups. You have to forgive yourself. It’s with the forgiveness comes the lesson, and the lesson allows you to leave it and move on. That’s what I think anyway.

43. How difficult is it for you to forgive someone who refuses to apologise?
It’s harder than if they just do it, definitely. It’s just a way of putting a final end to the matter at hand; without the apology it always feels like it’s left open, like a wound without a plaster. As long as it doesn’t keep getting salt rubbed into it, it’ll heal eventually. Just takes a little longer, is all.

44.Do you hold any convictions that you would be willing to die for?
No, I’d be lying if I said I did.

45. To what extent do you trust people? Explain.
Some people I trust with my life; others I wouldn’t trust as far as I can throw them. It all depends on circumstance and time, and who they are and what they mean. For me, trust is built with contact, and strengthened over time and it takes an awful lot to build it tall, but destroyed in an instant with something small. Who knows what about me and who I share things with is decided upon those factors, and so far I’ve done a pretty goon job in my selections.

46. In what area of your life are you immature?
To an outsider, everything I do outside of my education and career. I need time off, I need to balance up that part of my life with something different and as far removed from it as possible. Hence, the things I’m interested in (like Disney films, like Nintendo games) may seem immature to some. I don’t see it like that, I think they’re pretty damn fun, but I can see why others may look upon them differently. And to those, I say: Live a little. Chill out. The world would be a damn funner place to live if every adult remembered to see the world with a childlike joy every once in a while.

47. What was the best news you ever received?
That I’d made it into Uni. The hard work had paid off.

48. How difficult is it for you to be honest, even when your words may be hurtful or unpopular?
Honestly, it can be quite tough. But I know I have to be honest, I could never live with myself if I didn’t say the truth or seize the opportunity to do so. You just have to suck it up and go with it.

49. When did you immediately click with someone you just met? Why? What was the long term result? Conversely, are you close with anyone now that you really disliked at first?
My best friend. First time I met her, she was talking about Marvel. I completely out of character, interjected in her conversation. We both knew instantly we’d found something special. Now, 10 or 11 years later, we’re still going strong. And no, I can’t say I have. I think if I feel strongly against someone, it never usually changes.

50. When do you find yourself singing?
All the bloody time.

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