Friday Five 01/31

Courtesy of comes The Friday Five!

1. As a child, who was your favorite superhero/heroine? Why?
Definitely Batman. My grandparents had given me a huge Batman Anthology book as a kid, it was a giant purple one with pictures of all the comic covers and the actual comics inside. I’d read it from front to back and then start again for years. I liked Batman specifically because he wasn’t full of superpowers with the ability to fly or anything like that, he was simply a guy that was in really good shape and, therefore, seemed more human to me. I absolutely abhorred Robin, though. Batman’s very existence was based around being a creature of the night with the ability to silently creep upon the baddies, and suddenly Neon Boy is following him around. That REALLY got on my nerves.

2. What was one thing you always wanted as a child but never got?
Probably a Commodore 64, I guess. I’d wanted a computer for so long because I used to get to play games with Kip and Rob, who both had one. LOAD”$”,8,1 Oh yeah, baby. But my family never saw fit to bring one into the house, although I did have somebody’s old Vic 20 at one point, complete with games on audio cassette and Adventureland:

You are in front of a lake, what would you like to do?
You can’t swim, you’re fully dressed.
You can’t take off clothes, you have a backpack on.
I do not understand this request.
Your backpack is removed. You are in front of a lake, what would you like to do?

3. What’s the furthest from home you’ve been?
New Zealand.

4. What’s one thing you’ve always wanted to learn but haven’t yet?

5. What are your plans for the weekend?
Clean the house and watch anything to do with the NHL All-Stars.


Friday Five 02.11.01

Well, obviously the snow has melted. That didn’t take long. I wish I’d thought to go build a quick snowman and dump it on my buddy’s lawn across the street. He probably had no idea it snowed, and since it wouldn’t have likely melted by the time he got home, that would be completely surreal. I always wanted to get a chest freezer, make a snowman, and then lay it inside until July. Then put it out on someone’s lawn and REALLY confuse them. One day I will do this.

Now, Friday Five time. WARNING: religious opinion ahead. I don’t write the questions, I just write the answers. If you don’t like it, don’t read it. If you do like it, comment. I’m all about the free exchange of opinion but I don’t want to see any bashing going back and forth or I WILL make use of my delete option for the first time. Play nice.

1. Were you raised in a particular religious faith?
As a really young child I only remember going to the Salvation Army. After my parents divorced I continued there with my Mom and went to an Evangelical church with my Dad. Although I always held close religious beliefs, I stopped attending church from about the age of 15 or 16 until about 23 or so.

2. Do you still practice that faith? Why or why not?
I still attend church (almost) weekly. If I can’t make it in person I’ll always catch Hour of Power on one of it’s many replays. My wife is a devout Catholic, and I’ll often join her at her Church, but my personal affiliation is still with the Salvation Army. I usually attend with my grandparents. Why? It’s a strange thing, but after going through a very tough period of my life between 1990 and 1998 I began attending to spend time with my grandparents. However, the more I went the more it felt right. It’s something that’s hard to explain to someone who hasn’t experienced it themselves, but personally, it’s a good place to be. That said, organized religion is a big bone of contention with me. Because of the close relationship between God and religion, too many people are getting them confused. God does not cause war. There is no war over God. Anyone that kills in the name of God does not know God, end of story.

3. What do you think happens after death?
I believe in Heaven and Hell, for sure. Although I don’t subscribe entirely to the teachings of any given Church, I’ve begun to believe in the Catholic idea of purgatory a bit more, only because it makes sense to me. I, like many, have always had difficulty with the concept of bad people going to Heaven simply for asking forgiveness. The idea that they must pay these debts prior to acceptance in to Heaven just makes more sense to me.

4. What is your favorite religious ritual (participating in or just observing)?
Christmas, without a doubt. I may be a bit left of centre in a lot of things I say or do, but effective today, my favourite season is in full swing. The Charlie Brown Christmas CD and DVD came out of storage this morning. :) For a more strict ritual, I actually enjoy the idea of giving up meat on Good Friday, a practice that has become almost void for all the wrong reasons.

5. Do you believe people are basically good?
There is good in everyone, but the World has become such a cesspool of evil and corruption that I think the good in people is being constantly tested. There is no more responsiblity for actions or concept of denying oneself for the greater good. I think far too often people are so busy making excuses for their actions, in some vain attempt to justify it to themselves, that they don’t realize that before long the bad is pushing the good aside. It’s one rule that people tend to find difficult to follow, and it would make all the difference – treat others as you would like to be treated. The ability is in all of us, most of us just don’t want to bother.


Friday 50!

It’s Friday night, which must mean Rick is drunk on mint tea and unable to form coherent sentences, thereby relying on canned quizzes to satisfy his hordes of adoring fans and readers. Your unsatiable lust is cured with this set of 50 questions, all answered in plain text, that should allow you but a brief glance in to my mundane existence. I forget who I ripped this off of but you can bet your (|) it’s somebody in that link list on your left – go visit a few of them, they’re nice folks.

1. Your name spelled backwards. kciR, or drahciR when my Mom’s mad at me.
2. Where were your parents born? Toronto, I think.
3. What is the last thing you downloaded onto your computer? Man, I’m downloading all day, who knows?
4. What’s your Favourite restaurant? Probably Bennigan’s, because I never get to eat there.
5. Last time you swam in a pool? Las Vegas, a few weeks back.
6. Have you ever been in a school play? MC of the Kingergarten Xmas Concert.
7. How many kids do you want? 2.
8. Type of music you dislike most? “New Country”
9. Are you registered to vote? Yes.
10. Do you have cable? Yes, digital and Internet.
11. Have you ever ridden on a moped? Yes, in Bermuda.
12. Ever prank call anybody? Yes, when I was younger.
13. Ever get a parking ticket? Yes.
14. Would you go bungee jumping or sky diving? Both. I have no preference.
15. Furthest place you ever traveled. New Zealand.
16. Do you have a garden? Yes, fruits, veggies, flowers, and lots of cactuses.
17. What’s your Favourite comic strip? Peanuts.
18. Do you really know all the words to your national anthem? Yes, in French and English.
19. Bath or Shower, morning or night? Shower, whenever I can fit it in. As a sidenote, what’s the point of a bath? Wash off the filth and then lie in it? Whatever.
20. Best movie you’ve seen in the past month? Singles. Best NEW movie I’ve seen is probably Monsters, Inc.
21. Favourite pizza topping? Cheese. It ain’t pizza without the cheese.
22. Chips or popcorn? Neither. If I must, chips.
23. What color lipstick do you usually wear? What?!?
24. Have you ever smoked peanut shells? This is common enough practice to warrant its own question? Umm.. no.
25. Have you ever been in a beauty pageant? Have you ever seen my webcam? :)
26. Orange Juice or apple? Both. Orange juice is more predictable, though.
27. Who was the last person you went out to dinner with and where did you dine? Mar and I had McChicken’s at McDonald’s. That’s nasty.
28. Favourite type of chocolate bar? Single favourite? Snickers I guess.
29. When was the last time you voted at the polls? That would probably be last year’s municipal elections.
30. Last time you ate a homegrown tomato? I don’t eat tomatoes.
31. Have you ever won a trophy? Yes, a bunch for sports and crud.
32. Are you a good cook? I’m getting there.
33. Do you know how to pump your own gas? Because it’s so hard to figure out? Who can’t?
34. Ever order an article from an infomercial? No.
35. Sprite or 7-up? Neither.
36. Have you ever had to wear a uniform to work? Yes.
37. Last thing you bought at a pharmacy? Chocolate Velamints.
38. Ever throw up in public? Yes.
39. Would you prefer being a millionaire or find true love? Already found the true love, so pass over the money, yo.
40. Do you believe in love at first sight? Nope. Love at first sight is more commonly known as lust.
41. Ever call a 1-900 number? No.
42. Can ex’s be friends? Yes.
43. Who was the last person you visited in a hospital? Uncle Phil.
44. Did you have a lot of hair when you were a baby? No.
45. What message is on your answering machine? A nice corporate one for the business.
46. What’s your all time Favourite Saturday Night Live Character? The Rock’s Nicotrel. (“You don’t TALK to Nicotrel like that!”) hehe..
47. What was the name of your first pet? 
48. What is in your purse? You mean my European Carry-All, no? My backpack has a notepad, mints, an MP3 player, and some pens.
49. Favourite thing to do before bedtime? Get into bed.
50. What is one thing you are grateful for today? Family, friends, health, and home.


Fri… er.. Tuesday Five!

I’m bored and I want to do a Friday Five – so travel with me, back in time – four days…

1. If you could only choose 1 cd to ever listen to again, what would it be?
This question sucks. If I can listen to only one, it’s III Sides To Every Story by Extreme. The third side of the album, an 80-piece orchestral piece, is (in my opinion) the greatest thing ever put on a CD in history. Honorable mention to Straightaways by Son Volt and August and Everything After by Counting Crows.

2. If you could only choose 2 movies to watch ever again, what would they be?
The Goonies and Singles.

3. If you could only choose 3 books to read ever again, what would they be?
The Bible, Scrubs on Skates, and The Giving Tree.

4. If you could only choose 4 things to eat or drink ever again, what would they be?
Vanilla Coke, Iced Tazo Chai, Kraft Dinner, and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Blizzards.

5. If you could only choose 5 people to ever be/talk/associate/whatever with ever again, who would they be?
My wife, my Mom, my Dad, my sister, and Robert Schuller.


PS.. thanks Michelle.

Monday Mission

It’s that time again, yo. Rick’s Monday Mission is below. Before I get to that, however, please note the new Recipes link to your left. Since I’m delving further into cooking, to the point of beginning chef school a week Thursday, I’ve decided to start archiving the things I actually do well. I hope some of you get a chance to try them and let me know how they went. Now on wit it, y’all, courtesy of Laura:

1. What’s the most embarassing thing that’s ever happened to you on a date?
Wow.. I haven’t dated a lot in my life, I’ve basically gone from one elongated relationship to another. That said, I can’t think of anything embarassing. I remember going to see Sliver with two girls and found a few scenes to be embarassing. :)

2. Do you eat your veggies?
Actually, I do. It took about 28 years for me to get there, but I do.

3. Most people are comfortable going to the bathroom in front of at least one person. Has anyone ever used the restroom in front of you that you wish wouldn’t have? What happened and how bad was it?
Believe it or not, no. I’m a private guy, even in marriage, and my bathroom is for me and me only. It’s decorated the way I like, it holds all my stuff, and best of all, it comes with locks. :)

4. Have you ever had a bad online transaction? You know, the item wasn’t what you thought it would be, you got totally ripped-off, no refunds, it just plain sucked? What’s the story there?
I was an early adopter of e-commerce making my first online purchase, a CD, in 1996. I even taught e-commerce at a College in 1996 so you’d think I’d have my share of stories. However, only one – a stiff on eBay on a CD I really, really wanted that I paid $50CDN for and never got. I don’t blame the seller, they shipped it September 10th last year from NYC. ’nuff said. They generously refunded half my money.

5. Ever have a current love find any old love letters (or similar item) you kept that probably should have been thrown away? How did that turn out?
I told Mar before we got together that I was a packrat and kept everything, including old pictures, letters, gifts, etc.. So although she’s come across a few pictures or letters here and there, no harm done.

6. Was there ever a time when you did something totally outrageous because you knew no one would know who you were, or maybe didn’t care even if they did?