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Day 286/365: Five Questions meme [20181013|13:21]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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My five questions came from manue7a.

  1. What does Humuhumu mean?
    It’s short for “humuhumunukunukuapua’a, which is the name of the Hawai’ian state fish. It’s a trigger fish. It is very beautiful but also quite aggressive. When I was a child, my dad and I managed to catch one when we were idly fishing at the beach, and we brought it home to put in our aquarium. Eventually we worked out that it was the reason our other, smaller fish were disappearing (duh), so we took it back and released it.

    And now it’s my daughter’s online pseudonym. I hadn’t remembered that story when I chose the pseudonym.

  2. Where are your parents from?
    New Jersey and Manila.

  3. In which European country would you like to live, if any?
    Well, I live in the UK and have become a naturalised Brit. Despite the total idiocy that is Brexit, I still rather like it here. I will contemplate moving if, and only if, things get so terrible that I am actively persecuted as a non-native citizen, and if that persecution extends to my children. I speak sufficient Spanish to get by there, and I do love Spain. I’d probably find it difficult in other non-English-speaking countries as a facility with languages is not, regrettably, amongst my talents. I would put the effort in if it was needed, though.

  4. Do you have a favorite painting?
    Huh, interesting. On reflection, no, I don’t. Magritte was my favourite artist for quite a long time.

  5. What music did you listen to as a teen?
    My favourite bands were The Cure, Nine Inch Nails and...Metallica.

Comment below with, e.g. “Yes please”, and I will ask you five questions.

This entry was originally posted at https://nanila.dreamwidth.org/1200432.html. The titration count is at comment count unavailable.0 pKa.

[User Picture]From: rock_dinosaur
2018-10-13 22:41 (UTC)
Given the Tories' delightful 'hostile environment', I won't be surprised if they decide to eject you at some point. Sadly, it appears that Nazism wasn't exterminated in 1945. However, there's Ireland, which by all accounts, is a lovely, progressive and tolerant country (and they have the sweetest of accents), and hopefully before too long there will also be Scotland, which voted overwhelmingly against 'Breggzit' and is definitely a progressive and welcoming country.
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[User Picture]From: rock_dinosaur
2018-10-13 22:42 (UTC)
P.S. Yes please. Apologies for straining your brain!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2018-10-17 17:00 (UTC)
1. What’s the best non-punk gig you’ve attended?
2. What is your favourite photo or set of photos that you’ve taken?
3. Tell me about your camera gear. Favourite body/lens?
4. Lager or ale? Or indifferent?
5. What would your ideal house look like and where would it be located?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2018-10-17 17:02 (UTC)
*sigh* I really hope it does not get that bad. I do, however, now live in the Midlands, which is about the worst example of the attitudes that voted for this nonsense. So escape plans, however nebulous, need to be considered. Thanks for the suggestions!
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[User Picture]From: rock_dinosaur
2018-10-18 13:59 (UTC)
I fell out with some northern English friends who attempted to justify voting to leave the EU as a way of 'giving the government a kicking'. This made no sense to me, given that it was the likes of Boris Johnson and Liam Fox who were agitating for this whole omnishambles. In general, I don't really understand why there should be such a difference of feeling between working-class England and working-class Scotland, but evidently there is a big difference. Inasmuch as anti-Europeanism and xenophobia exist in Scotland, it's to a much lesser degree.

Mind you, we still don't know what's going to come of all this. It seems that the Brexiteers have somehow blinded themselves to the fact that the EU is under no obligation to comply with their demands. I thought right at the start that it was unlikely that there would be a deal, and it's still looking that way. Who knows what the outcome will be?
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[User Picture]From: becofoz
2018-10-14 00:27 (UTC)
I've wondered where you got your daughter's online name from, thanks. It's very interesting.

If language was a barrier I would have to choose Spain as well, and hope that my few years of Spanish lessons would be sufficient enough to get by.

I'll take some questions!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2018-10-17 17:03 (UTC)
1. You are very well traveled. What are your top three future destinations?
2. Tell me about your cats. When did you get them and how did you choose their names?
3. What’s the best food you’ve tasted that you would never make yourself?
4. How long have you played in an orchestra?
5. Retirement plans: do you have any?
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[User Picture]From: hamsterwoman
2018-10-14 00:48 (UTC)
I recognized "Humuhumu" -- it's always such a treat to spot the fishes while snorkeling, because they're so distinctive! -- but have always been curious how that ended up being your daughter's nickname, and whether it's her nickname IRL or just on LJ/DW -- sounds like the latter?

(I've been using these less now that they're basically adults, but L and O have been tushkanchik (jerboa) and suslik, respectively, since they were born -- mostly IRL, but I do mention it on LJ, too.) And they've got a small collection of their eponymous critters, too, although both are fairly uncommon to show up as stuffies or figurines, definitely much less common than hamsters.

Oh, also, Yes please for questions!

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[User Picture]From: nanila
2018-10-18 07:07 (UTC)
1) What’s the worst holiday you’ve taken?
2) What’s the best gift you’ve been given?
3) What book or series of books do you think cemented your love of reading for pleasure?
4) You give the impression of being extremely organised with your time. Do you procrastinate? If so, how (blogging is exempt, haha)?
5) Have you ever dyed your hair a bright/funky colour? If so, what was it?
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[User Picture]From: lindahoyland
2018-10-14 06:21 (UTC)
I sincerely hope you won't encounter hostility. I do not want Brexit.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2018-10-17 17:06 (UTC)
I hope not too. Brexit is going to be - already has been, but it can only get worse - very damaging to the UK. :/
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[User Picture]From: alice_mccoy
2018-10-15 15:55 (UTC)
Are you ever tempted to shorten it further to "Humu"?
Just curious (and absolutely no need to answer) How did your parents end up in Hawai'i?

Yes please.

Personally I want to go and live on Malin Head in Eire. Tis lovely.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2018-10-17 17:55 (UTC)
Heh, no, "Humu" sounds funny to me.

My parents met in Hawai'i and decided to settle there.

Malin Head is a wonderful spot.

1) What’s the best thing about working with the Brownies?
2) Please post a cat photo?
3) Have you ever had a pet that wasn't a cat; if Yes, what was it?
4) What are your top three holiday destinations?
5) Will you seriously consider leaving the UK if Brexit goes badly?
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[User Picture]From: meathiel
2018-10-16 14:32 (UTC)
I guess for me it'd have to be any English speaking country ... with the UK out for the time being, it'd have to be Ireland then? Not that I'd mind. *lol*
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2018-10-17 18:01 (UTC)
Ireland would not be a bad choice at all, nope.
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