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The Lovers, the Dreamers, and Me

Believe it or not, I had never seen The Muppet Movie until last night. That doesn't mean I wasn't totally Muppetly Illiterate; I did see The Muppets Take Manhattan, and watched The Great Muppet Caper several times. I never watched the TV show, but I just generally didn't watch that much TV as a kid. Anyway, I really liked the movie, but I realize I'm not exactly breaking any new ground by saying that. I know bethje found some of the bad puns groan-worthy, but I have an appreciation for such things. I'm sure you couldn't tell, could you? :P

I think I've fallen out of the mood for working on my latest Oz manuscript. The rough draft is almost finished, so I should probably stick with it until it is, but endings are usually difficult for me anyway. I've heard people say that, if you're interested in writing, you should do it every day, but I've never really been able to work that way. I have bursts of productivity followed by dry spells. Not writer's block per se, just lack of desire to write. Oh, well. It's not like I have delusions of being a professional writer or anything. I mean, I've thought of it before, but while I do enjoy writing, there are many reasons I could never do it for a living. The fact that most of what I write (both fiction and otherwise) is of very narrow interest is part of it, but not even the main part. I would like to be published someday, though. Okay, I do have that one story in Oziana, but it really didn't garner much feedback. In case you haven't noticed, I like feedback, and that's really all the return you can get when doing unpaid writing.

And here's a Friday Five, courtesy (once again) of slfcllednowhere:

1. Did you get an allowance as a kid, and if so, how much was it?
It varied a lot, if I remember correctly, but I think my dad gave me $10 a week for a while. The crazy thing is that he didn't just give us the money (at least at first; I think he eventually switched over to the more traditional system of handing over cash), but kept track of how much money we had, and gave it to us when we wanted to buy something. My sister always spent more than she actually had, but I really didn't buy all that much, aside from the occasional book or video game.

2. How old were you when you had your first job, and what was it?
I was 19, and I worked as an usher at a movie theater. Except it didn't really involve that much ushering (isn't it weird how the noun and verb form of that word are the same?), but mostly consisted of cleaning out the theaters. It really drove home how incredibly sloppy a lot of movie-goers are. I mean, I can see the occasional spill; popcorn is, after all, an inherently messy product. But how careless do you have to be to not even bother throwing away your cups and wrappers? I think too many people have the attitude that someone else will clean it up. Which, you know, is true, but that doesn't mean they're going to enjoy it, or that it doesn't mean taking time out from more relevant work.

3. Which do you do better: save money or spend money?
I think I'm pretty decent at saving money. I often feel kind of guilty buying things, which doesn't mean I don't do it, but I often have to rationalize it somehow. I'd say my biggest spending temptation tends to be food.

4. Are people more likely to borrow money from you, or are you more likely to borrow from them?
The only person I generally ever borrow money from is Beth, and since we're married, that barely counts. But then, people hardly ever borrow from me, either. It's usually just an issue that doesn't come up, but I guess I would say that people borrowing from me is the more likely scenario of the two presented.

5. What's the most expensive thing you've ever bought?
I think that would probably have to be a car, unless college tuition counts. I had help with both of those things, though.
Tags: movies, surveys, writing

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