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Hunter was officially closed at 12:00 PM today, which means that I actually had a bunch of time to get ahead on schoolwork, for once...and now I can do something I haven't been able to do for awhile: ask a bunch of unrelated questions to everybody here! :D

[Poll #1524037]

Thanks for taking! I've missed casual polls. My poll-making time had been a bit taken over by [ profile] thenightswatch last month.

Date: 2010-02-11 04:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
My favorite Mario character is Dr. Mario!

Date: 2010-02-11 01:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh, I don't know him, what game is he from?

Date: 2010-02-11 02:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Well, he's got his own game which I've never played. I believe it's a puzzle game. But I've seen him in Super Smash Brothers and I don't know how to explain how hilarious I find the idea of Mario in a doctor outfit throwing pills at people.
Edited Date: 2010-02-11 02:14 pm (UTC)

Date: 2010-02-11 07:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You've explained it perfectly just now! For me, anyway. :D

Date: 2010-02-11 05:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yay, I've missed your polls! The ones with no comm-wide ramifications that don't require too much thought, that is :P I've been getting plenty of the other kind.

Snow day -- I've never actually had one :( I think I would like them, though. Except I'm probably overlooking the real implications like having to arrange childcare or having to dig out the car and shovel snow and stuff. My only encounters with snow were when I was a kid -- it was tons of fun then.

Emotional of physical cheating -- I think what's worse is what your partner considers worse.

I've never gambled/played for money/bought lotto tickets myself or made bets involving money. But my friend used to buy me lottery tickets occasionally, and I have to admit it was kind of fun.

I put lines through my 7's, too, but that's pretty common in Europe/Russia, which is where I learned to write.

Date: 2010-02-11 10:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I put lines through my 7's, too, but that's pretty common in Europe/Russia, which is where I learned to write.

Yep. I also put lines through my z, but I think I got that one from my dad (it makes in easier to see the difference between the 2 and the z in formulas).

Date: 2010-02-12 07:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh yeah, I do that too, with the Z's, at least sometimes -- almost always if it's in a formula, and when the mood strikes me in just plain writing, too. Unless I'm in a hurry, and then my z's just become this double-looped squiggle.

Date: 2010-02-11 01:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Haha, yes, it's nice to read these poll results for their own sake, knowing that I have no responsibility to actually do anything about them. XD

No snow days? :(

If you do encounter one, maybe you'd be able to take off from work, if you know it's coming ahead of time. Then you can spend time doing stuff like sledding with the rodents or sitting around drinking hot chocolate. Mmm.

That's an interesting point.

Oh, I didn't mean just gambling for money, I meant casual bets, like Anders and I betting when someone will be out of a Survivor season, and the winner getting a back massage or something. Stuff like that, too.

Yeah, I think I've heard that. I don't really know why or how I picked that habit up, but I kind of prefer it that way.

Date: 2010-02-12 07:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I would totally do all that if we were to suddenly experience a freak blizzard in SF!

Hmm, I can't remember whether I've ever gambled for something material other than money, either. I don't think so... I make bets with B (or used to -- I think he's learned by now that I don't bet unless it's a sure thing), but it was purely for bragging rights. Which is a motivation not to be underestimated for a Tyrell! :P

Date: 2010-02-11 06:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I've missed these polls too! Also I saw you wrote "The Swan" as a reality show that was terrible. I totally forgot about it, but it was so exploitative of womens' insecurities and sent an awful message. It was also very creepy.

Date: 2010-02-11 07:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Aww, good to know. :) About you missing polls, not about anything related to that show, which was indeed, extremely creepy. As far as I could tell from the commercials, anyway.

Date: 2010-02-11 10:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Done and done!

Woohoo, I've missed my' Kim polls'.


Just finished watching Survivor: China. Damn, Todd's so awesome. He blew me away especially during the final tribal council. XD

And Courtney was hilarious. Hahaha.

Date: 2010-02-11 07:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Aww, yay!

And, awesome!

Todd is definitely one of the best players, yes! Anders always gets irritated when Todd and Brian (of Thailand) are not showcased by Jeff Probst as some of the "best". But Probst has a clear preference for manly strong men, and that's not Todd. XD

Oh, and Courtney is one of my favorites, for sure. She's going to be on Team Villain on Heroes vs. Villains, which I find amusing, as her "villainy" is not anything more than being witty in an occasionally mean way. It'd be awesome if I could meet her sometime, since she's here.

Date: 2010-02-12 09:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Huh? Who, in Jeff's opinion, are the best? 0_o I noticed he liked Boston Rob and Rob C. He seemed to think highly of Yul and Ozzie too. Heck, Todd's definitely one of the best. He might not be the most athletic guy on the block but he made up for it by brilliant strategic thinking!

The way Heroes vs. Villains contestants are categorized was kinda random. Candace made me want to chuck something at the screen every time she showed up and threw herself at Adam and she ended up as a flippin' hero.

Date: 2010-02-12 01:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Jeff's favorite winner ever is Tom Westman from Palau, and some of his favorite other contestants are Andrew Savage, Terry Dietz, and the James Clement. Sooo, you see. XD He definitely has said nice things about Yul, but when asked why they didn't try to get Yul for Heroes vs. Villains, he said something about Yul being great, but not having the same sort of charisma as Colby. Whatever, Jeff! :P

And yeah, some of the categories are really random. Candice and Danielle especially. Though I watched some pre-season videos and Candice actually seems very smart right now. As long as there's no Adam to distract her this time around, I think she could do pretty well!

Date: 2010-02-12 01:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yul is like...a thousand times better than Colby. 0_o He would totally kick Colby's ass in challenges and outsmart him all the time!

A smarter Candice sounds good. I was okay with her before she went all emo tragic lover girl. Haha.

Date: 2010-02-11 01:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh man, I've got so many tales of Ausländerhass - the real hate-on that the German population has for foreigners. A friend of mine from the USA had saved money from her job in her hometown to live off while working as an Aupair here. The civil servant issuing visas in Siegburg couldn't believe she had saved a few thousand dollars, and bluntly asked her if she was a prostitute. She was so upset by that, she cried and refused to go back unless my German girlfriend and I went with her.

I myself have been given the run-around by civil servants, been forced to jump through (COMPLETELY UNNECESSARY) hoops, been outright lied to about visa info.. it's infuriating and sick. I also hate listen to my bosses rant about foreigners and how they should all be rounded up and kicked out. Apparently I don't count, since I'm of (mostly) European descent.
I've had good experiences, too, but the bad ones tend to stick out in my mind more than the good. I wouldn't be here if the good didn't outweigh the bad.

Date: 2010-02-11 07:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That sounds horrible. :( My geography professor mentioned that this attitude was prevalent in Austria (so much so that they need to have laws protecting non-Austrians specifically), but he didn't mention Germany, as well.

Date: 2010-02-11 08:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I really would have thought, especially after the second world war, that Germans would have mellowed in their attitude. Many of them have, don't get me wrong - especially the youth, they love English and they love American culture. The older generation really just wants everyone to go away. Don't get them started on the Jewish, either. Apparently it's worse in Bavaria and southern Germany than here, but I haven't been, and I don't know anyone who lived there, either. I'm lucky I am a Canadian, though - many of my friends are Russian, and the Germans dislike the Russians almost as much as they dislike the Turkish. It boggles my Canadian mind. I could list the stereotyping I hear all day, but at least the most I ever get is "You're from Canada? I have a cousin/friend/in-law/etc who lives there!"

Uh, really. Not everyone is like this. Just it seems that the vast majority of people I meet are spiteful, hateful people. The awesome people are truly, deeply awesome, though.

Date: 2010-02-11 06:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Explanation for some of my own responses:

-My reaction to the snow day depends on my mood, I was luckily in a good mood for it yesterday, even though it meant making less $.

-I can relate to all of the people in my school program pretty well, and most are in their mid to late twenties, but I'm definitely behind these people in certain areas of life (like hi, supporting myself :/)

-I am not sure if the people who said "no" to the existence of emotional cheating have been in monogamous relationships or not, but...yeah, imagine your SO telling all his/her problems, fears and dreams to someone else instead of you, having someone else they call/email first when major events occur, etc. That's what I imagine emotional cheating would be, specifically not confiding in your partner, but instead confiding in someone else, about major things.

-I don't even know who Toadsworth is, but I love all Toad-related characters like crazy. Too adorable.

-With regard to the type of discrimination I was talking about, I'd also like to mention guys in the street telling me how to act. For example, yesterday I was walking through the snowstorm, keeping my head a bit lowered cause I did not want snow in my eyes, and some jerk told me that I should walk with my head up straight. And guys have stopped me when I was just walking along a like normal person, to tell me that a "pretty girl like me should be smiling". I smile when I'm happy about something, not to please random dudes outside, wtf. I don't understand why guys think they have the right to tell women how to act when just walking around, minding their own business.

Date: 2010-02-11 08:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
to tell me that a "pretty girl like me should be smiling".
Ugh, I got that line once. "You should smile! You look like your father just died." Yeah, wrong line to use on me - my father hadn't been dead a year when I got it. I don't recall my reaction, but it was not kind.

Date: 2010-02-11 11:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Have you played Bowser's Inside Story where all the Toad-people get "the blorbs"? It's ridiculously cute/funny/ridiculous.

Date: 2010-03-06 05:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Not yet, but once I'm done with the current two games I've borrowed from Anders, that is definitely near the top of my list!

Date: 2010-02-11 11:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Is it sad that I knew who all those Mario characters were?

Gambling: I will occasionally by scratch lottery tickets, because they amuse me, but usually more than a couple times a year, because I hate wasting money.

Discrimination/prejudice: The usual. Heterosexism, ageism (especially at work), assuming that I should look a certain way (body ideology FTL), that I'm a bad driver because I'm a woman (Evan used to say shit like that all the time... I'm actually a very good driver), etc, etc.

Date: 2010-02-12 04:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I love snow days for the excuse to play in the snow (and because it means we *have* the snow) and less because it gets me out of other responsibilities. It's a yay, but not for a reason I can vote on :P

I rock as Wario at Mario Kart. OH YES.

I buy lottery tickets at my father's urging :P That's really about it.

I've always wanted to go to North Africa, particularly Morocco, but I'd take any of the French-speaking countries, or Egypt. So much to enjoy!

I am sorry to vote all facebook, but it is complicated. I've very, very rarely felt overt discrimination (disability, gender, and a slight dash of sexual orientation are my major trio), but subtle discrimination? Oh yeah.

Maybe ironically, I've experienced the most overt discrimination over my gender and sex, although because I don't generally use an assistive device and because I don't ping anyone's gaydar ever (I don't like "bisexual", but I use it to save time), I pass like nobody's business on those fronts. A lot of the discrimination from those corners has been more ingrained, in the ways I wasn't sure if it was safe to kiss the woman I was dating in public, or the way strangers think it's okay to stare at me or grab my wheelchair without asking (even if it's to be helpful; seriously, that's like picking me up and carrying me without consent). I've had teachers refuse to grant accommodations, or grant the accommodations that *they* felt were appropriate. I'm also entirely closeted (on both fronts) in the workplace, which is actually problematic on the disability front! I need to learn the vocabulary to start talking about that more openly.

Writing all of this out, maybe the overt discrimination hasn't all been gender either; I'm citing some pretty open stuff over disability. If I had a more 'queer' look I'd probably face that too. Writing about the interaction of my disabilities and society is sort of a complex issue that's hard to capture, though if you're interested, I'd be willing to give it a try.

Memorably story over sex (and to a less extent, gender) discrimination: there were that trio of boys who refused to pay any attention to me when I was trying to teach them in a martial arts class. Gee thanks kiddos, why don't you snap to attention harder for my brother.

Date: 2010-03-06 05:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Strangers grabbing a wheelchair? Not only do I find that rude, I had no idea that sort of thing even happened. I guess it's all being from New York, maybe.

I'd definitely be interested in hearing about the issues that arise from your disabilities in terms of social interaction. I'm sure I'll have students with disabilities and I want to be able to be supportive in the best way possible, after all.

Gee thanks kiddos, why don't you snap to attention harder for my brother.

Ugh. I'm really glad to be part of a martial arts center that is only for targeted groups (women, gay men, transgender folks of all kinds, etc.). I feel like that kind of environment would be uncomfortable when trying to achieve the goals of any martial arts class.

Date: 2010-03-23 03:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Whenever I look like I'm struggling getting up a hill or ramp, getting over a bump, or when I'm dealing with too-heavy carpeting (anything but dense-pile is tough going and I'll take hardwood, marble, or anything solid any day of the week), people tend to get handsy. I'm hesitant to call them on it, because I'm usually glad for the help. I just wish that people would ask first.

I'm always so happy to hear teachers express interest! The best thing you can do for students with disabilities is to listen to them, their parents, and any attendants or helpers they may have. The worst teachers to deal with are the ones who think that they know better than you and your support circle do. It sounds like you've already learned that lesson; the rest of it is just knowing that you will make mistakes, but that if you're putting in a good faith effort, it's likely the other person will too.

You know, I'm down on those three boys, but incidents like them were actually few and far between (though I don't doubt that there are obnoxiously sexist clubs out there!) Our Sifu never ever set a double standard and I doubt he tolerated anything he caught.


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