September 02, 2003

Some people...

This-or-That is gone forever:

This-or-That is gone least from my servers!

Thanks to all who played, and were appreciative of my work.

The reason it is gone for good is that I was pushed too far by people who took the meme TOO DAMNED SERIOUSLY. I have always considered this to be a hobby, and when it stopped being fun, I would stop doing it. That day has come. It's not fun when people get up my ass about not liking the questions, or when am I gonna put the site back up? Yes, the brunt of it all has fallen upon ME. And I am SICK of it. Literally.

It's sad. It was fun, and I know lots of people enjoyed it, but really, was it necessary to hound the creator, because you didn't like the questions she posted? or because the site was on hiatus, because she needed a break? Good lord! Do what I did! Make up your own damned questions! Skip a week! Read a book! Jump in a lake! Anything. But no, you had to ruin a good, fun thing.


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August 26, 2003

Squid-or-Squat 2003 08 26

This-or-That is still on hiatus, so...
1. Down pillow or synthetic
2. Waterbed or traditional
3. Window open or closed at night
4. Night light or darkness
5. "natural sounds" tape or quiet
6. King Size bed or Queen Size
7. Left side or Right side
8. Comforter or blankets
9. Night cap or hot chocolate
10. Alarm clock or wake naturally

My answers are below:

  1. Down pillow or synthetic - Synthetic, baby. Can't have a bunch of ducks running around naked, just so I can have a nice pillow.
  2. Waterbed or traditional - I had a waterbed for many years. Too much of a pain, and not as comfortable as waterbed fans claim. No, I prefer traditional, thanks.
  3. Window open or closed at night - Open. A bit of fresh air helps me sleep better. Even if it's -30C outside.
  4. Night light or darkness - Shut off that damn light, will you? I'm tryin' t'sleep here!
  5. "natural sounds" tape or quiet - Good lord, why would I want to sleep in the jungle? There be lions out there!
  6. King Size bed or Queen Size - Currently a Queen Size, but we want a King. With just us, it's ok... barely. But when our three year old climbs in, and our cat...
  7. Left side or Right side - I sleep on the left, my wife on the right. And our son, *all* of the bed. And our cat? on top of one or other of us.
  8. Comforter or blankets - Depends on the weather. Cold of winter, a comforter. Spring or Fall, blankets. Summer? as little as possible.
  9. Night cap or hot chocolate - Neither. Coffee or a SlurpeeĀ®, most likely.
  10. Alarm clock or wake naturally - Alarm clock during the week, wake naturally (read: when our son wakes) on weekends.

August 19, 2003

Squid-or-Squat 2003 08 19

Ok, I'm sorry. I can't wait for This or That to return from hiatus. So... I'm doing my own.

You can play along if you like. Or not.

  1. Lasagna or Bologna sandwich?

  2. Coke or Pepsi

  3. Coffee or Tea

  4. Apples or Oranges

  5. White or Wholewheat

  6. Foreign or Domestic wine1

  7. Chopsticks or cutlery

  8. Whole milk or skim

  9. Mango or Kiwi

  10. Automatic or manual transmission

1Note what country is "domestic" for you.

[my answers below]

  1. Lasagna or Bologna sandwich? - Lasagna, baby. Me and Garfield, we like our lasagna. Yum
  2. Coke or Pepsi - you dare mention the 'P' word around me?! Actually, I'll drink both, but I prefer the stuff from that Atlanta company.
  3. Coffee or Tea - Coffee. Although just about anything with caffeine will do in a pinch. Coffee.
  4. Apples or Oranges - Apples. Or maybe oranges. Who could choose?
  5. White or Wholewheat - wholewheat, of course. Why would I buy something that has had all the nutrition removed, and then a few vitamins and minerals added back to make it not-quite-so-useless?
  6. Foreign or Domestic wine1 - Canadian wine has come a long way. There are some excellent vintages out there. Ask your local wine merchant/pusher
  7. Chopsticks or cutlery - Yes.
  8. Whole milk or skim - We drink mostly 2%, but 1% or whole will do in a pinch. Skim is right out. Ick.
  9. Mango or Kiwi - Mango, baby! Mango! Mango mango mango.
  10. Automatic or manual transmission - Manual.

July 30, 2003

This-or-That on hiatus

This-or-That is on hiatus. Tuesdays just won't be Tuesdays without Shake-n-Ba.. er, uh... I mean, without This-or-That!

July 22, 2003

July 15, 2003

This-or-That 2003 07 15

This-or-That for today:

1. Bugs Bunny or Daffy Duck? - Bugs of course. Daffy's just a dolt.
2. Tom or Jerry? - Mighty mouse kicks both their asses!
3. Mickey Mouse or Donald Duck? - Donald, of course. Mickey's voice can kill flies at 1000 paces!
4. Rocky & Bullwinkle or Boris & Natasha? - R&B, baby!
5. Road Runner or Wile E. Coyote? - Wile E. Coyote, of course. He's single-handedly made me a fortune on my Acme shares!
6. Sylvester or Tweety? - Sylvester. Sufferin' Succotash!
7. Popeye or Bluto? - who? Just kidding. Popeye.
8. South Park or The Simpsons? - The Simpsons.
9. Jetsons or Flintstones? - Flintstones. How can you not like a show with so many geological puns?
10. And finally, the eternal question asked by all good Scooby-Doo fans: Velma or Daphne? - You're kidding, right? Please tell me you're kidding, and you're not some lame-ass toonophile...

July 07, 2003

July 02, 2003

This or That 2003 07 01

What?! It's July now? *mutter* *mutter*

This-or-that for July 1, 2003 (a day late? pah!)

1. Lemonade or Ice Cold Beer? - Lemonade. We've still got beer in the fridge from when my brother was here last July.
2. Swimming pool or beach? - yes. Swimming! Yay!
3. Long weekends here & there, or a 2-week vacation? - 2-week vacation! Long weekends help, but they aren't enough...
4. Destination: Acapulco or Hawaii? - Australia, thanks.
5. Destination: Mountains or Beach? - Mountains. Rockies. Canadian Rockies.
6. Hotel/motel/B&B or camping? - I think it's been at least 20 years since I last went camping...
7. Carefully planned vacation, or play it by ear? - I like to play it by ear.
8. Sneakers or sandals? - most of the year, runners (sneakers? wuzzat?). Sandals in -30C/-22F is just a bit, umm... silly? (yes, one of my brothers does wear sandals all year round. Wierdo.
9. Air-conditioning or fans? - at +30F/+86F I want A/C, baby!
10. Concerts in the park or baseball games? - I gotta choose?

June 24, 2003

This or That 2003 06 24

This-or-That for today:

1. Surf sites at random, or have a set list of regular reads? - set list, and rattle along to others from them.
2. Do you visit mostly blogs, or news or other sites? - blog and news
3. Do you go online every day, or just a couple of days a week? - pretty much every day.
4. Do you allow comments on your blog, or not? - of course I do. Not that I get many, but if you wanna comment, please do so! :)
5. Do you shop online at all, or at regular stores? - online only if it's something a local merchant cannot get for me.
6. Have you ever done online bill-paying/banking, or not? - always.
7. Which news site do you prefer... or Or do you prefer some other one? -, or, or, or... you get the idea. :)
8. Live chat rooms, or message boards? - "Live chat rooms"? uhhh... I'm old school. IRC, please.
9. Instant messaging or e-mail? - Yes. Depends what I want say, and how urgent and time-sensitive it is.
10. Yes or no: have you ever met, or at least talked on the phone with, another blogger? If not, would you want to? Why or why not? - well, I'm married to a blogger. Does that count? Of course, we know many bloggers, and would meet with others. It's just one more "initial contact" method.

June 10, 2003

This-or-that 2003 06 10

This-or-That for today:

1. "The Munsters" or "The Addams Family"? - "The Munsters", of course.
2. "The Sopranos" or the "Godfather" movies? - I've tried to watch "The Sopranos", but just haven't been able to get into it. I dunno. "The Godfather" was a great movie. The sequels? Not so much.
3. "The Jetsons" or "Lost in Space"? - "Lost in Space", no contest.
4. "Superman" or "Batman" (TV shows or movies)? - "Nanananananana! BAT MAN!"
5. "Sex & The City" or "Friends"? - "Friends". The other is an over-rated piece of [expletive deleted].
6. "The Wizard of Oz" or the "Harry Potter" movies? - Unfair to make us choose. Apples to oranges.
7. "The Simpsons" or "King of the Hill"? - "The Simpsons". d'oh!
8. "Grease" or "Saturday Night Fever"? - "Grease"
9. Old prime-time soaps: "Dallas" or "Dynasty"? - Neither. Ick.
10. Not very thought-provoking this you prefer TV shows or movies? - Yes. No. Maybe. Ok, the real answer is: Movies. I think.

Ok, kids. Tune in next time, same bat time, same bat channel, for the continuing saga of This-or-That Tuesday...

March 25, 2003

This or That 2003 03 25

Today's This-or-That:

1. Poetry or prose? - Prose, baby. I like some poetry - and no, it doesn't start with "There was a..."
2. Funky modern art or the older, "classic" variety? - I guess the "classic" variety. I mean, if a dog barfing on newspaper can be called "modern" art, I don't think I really care for it...
3. Sculptures or paintings? - I like them both. In moderation.
4. Theatre: exuberant musical or serious drama? - yes. More likely the "serious drama", but both have their place.
5. Ballet or modern dance? - ew!! Ew ew ew ew ew! No, I'm not a fan of dance of either variety, even though my wife has danced both.
6. Movies: major studio or indie? - want effects? go with Major Studio. Want it to be interesting, try indie.
7. Authors: Shakespeare or Dr. Seuss? - Yes.
8. TV: PBS or A&E? - PBS. A&E has some good stuff, but a whole lot of crap, too...
9. Music: Beethoven or Beatles? - Yes.
10. Thought-provoking question of the week: You are a contributing member of your favorite art museum, and visit on a regular basis. They announce a new, temporary special exhibit by an artist surrounded by controversy...this person's work and/or political views offend you. Do you stop supporting the museum, or just stay away during the time the exhibit is there? - Oh, please... if I had money to give to an art museum, that would not give me the right to tell them what is or is not art. I'm a geek. What do I know from art? (although I might have a word with the curator, if they display newspapers with dog barf on them...)

March 18, 2003

This-or-That 2003 03 18

Today's This-or-That:

1. Cold frosty ski slopes or warm sandy beach? - Yes. I have to choose?
2. Chevy or Ford? - Eww! American Autos! (My Toyota has been faithful for almost 9 years now...)
3. Mac or PC? - PC. Mac is wonderful, but Apple lost the war many years ago...
4. Dial-up or high speed internet access? - High Speed. I couldn't go back to dial-up now. No way...
5. Small *family-only* wedding or large 200+ guest wedding? - family-only, and a few good friends.
6. Would you rather be the bridesmaid or the bride? (if you are a guy, substitute best man or groom) - Well, I'm married, so... groom isn't available. I *am* available for the Best Man position, tho'...
7. AC/DC or ABBA? - AC/DC?!? I wanna keep my braincells, thanks. ABBA! For sure.
8. Roses or daisies? - Roses, of course. Daisies are boring. (Actually, I don't really care. A flower is a flower...)
9. Trashy romance novels or classic literature? - Trashy romance novels are ok when you've got a bad case of insomnia. Cures it in no time! Otherwise, give me a good classic, any day!
10. NEW! Thought-provoking question of the week...If you had to choose one...would you rather be blind or deaf? Why? - Deaf. While I'd miss being able to hear, it would be much easier to adapt to the world of silence than to the world of darkness. I'm a very visual person, so losing my sight would be devastating.

March 11, 2003

This-or-That 2003 03 11

Today's This-or-That:

1. Married or single? - Married, since September 1998
2. Knit or crochet? - I knitted a "thing" about 3 feet long when I was about 14, just to show I could do it. Then I undid it, rolled up the yarn again and gave it back to my mother.
3. Homebody or world traveller? - World Traveller until I was 23. Since then - nada.
4. "Star Search" or "American Idol"? - Are you MENTAL?!? I don't want my brain to melt...
5. Dancing or karaoke? - I can't sing, so definitely not Karaoke. Unfortunately, I can't dance, either...
6. Elvis Presley or Elvis Costello? - Mr. Costello, of course. Mr. Presley has left the building.
7. Bus or train? - train's much more comfortable. And a train ride through the rockies, or any other large spectacular mountain range, is amazing!
8. Batman or Superman? - Batman has a cool Batsignal, sure, but Superman is the Man of Steel!
9. Chocolate or vanilla? - Chocolate, of course. From the Church of Bernard, of course.
10. Which came first...the chicken or the egg? - the egg, of course. The bird that laid the egg wasn't quite a chicken.

March 04, 2003

This-or-That 2003 03 04

Today's This-or-That:

1. Soup or salad? - what? I have to choose? Can't I have both? Well, if I must choose, then salad.
2. Hot or cold sandwiches? - cold. Hot are good, but only now and then.
3. White or whole wheat bread (or rye, etc)? - multigrain. Dempster's Multigrain Flax is delicious, and good for you, too!
4. Pack a lunch for work/school, or buy it? - I prefer to pack it, but... all too often, I buy. Tsk.
5. If you eat chain, or mom & pop type place? - fast-food chain. Usually.
6. Tuna or chicken salad? - yecch to both! heavens!
7. Cheese: Swiss or cheddar (or American, etc)? - Swiss or cheddar. And what the heck is "American" cheese?
8. Mustard or mayo? - yes.
9. Sandwiches: wrap/pita pocket, or regular bread/roll? - regular bread.
10. Sweet stuff: cookie/cake or fresh fruit? - fresh fruit, baby!

Note: not much in th way of personal entries here lately, because I just really haven't felt up to it. If something changes significantly - for better or for worse - I shall document it, but... the status quo still sucketh.

February 25, 2003

This-or-that 2003 02 25

My This-or-that for today:

1. Holland or Netherlands? - Netherlands.
2. Emu or Ostrich? - Emu. No particular reason.
3. Biff or Happy? - Happy.
4. Quincy or Braintree? - Quincy.
5. Cassius Clay or Muhammad Ali? - Muhammad Ali
6. Instanbul or Constantinople? - Istanbul.
7. Pig or Swine? - depends: has he been despicable? or merely disgusting?
8. Barf or Puke? - puke.
9. Potatoes or Spuds? - mostly potatoes.
10. Squeeze Box or Accordion? - accordion... but not where I can hear it, please...

February 19, 2003

This or That Tuesday (a day late) 2003 02 18

Here's my newest This-or-That, a day late:

1. Black or white? - yes
2. Plaid or stripes? - stripes
3. Paperback or hardcover books? - hardcover
4. Color or B&W printer? - color
5. Golden oldies or the newest tunes? Moldy Oldies
6. Ice cream: in a cone or a dish? - in a cone
7. Bath or shower? - shower. Don't remember the last time I had an actual bath
8. Are you outgoing or shy? - outgoing
9. Answer the phone when it rings, or screen calls? - screen. Don't talk to telemarketers.
10. VCR or TiVO? - VCR

February 11, 2003

This or That Tuesday 2003 02 11

My This or That for this week

1. Bacon or sausage? - sausage
2. Eggs: scrambled or not? - scrambled for the family, sunny side up if we eat out.
3. French toast or regular toast? - regular toast.
4. Pancakes or waffles? - pancakes.
5. Muffins or bagels? - bagels, toasted with a bit of butter.
6. Coffee or tea? - definitely **coffee**. Tea is for later in the day.
7. Juice: orange or grapefruit? - orange juice.
8. Hot or cold cereal? - usually oatmeal. Hot.
9. To put in cereal: bananas or strawberries (or some other fruit)? - I put raisins in the oatmeal, does that count?
10. Eat breakfast at home or at a restaurant? - at home. Remember last week? We don't eat out...:)

February 04, 2003

This or That Tuesday...

This is my first crack at a This or That Tuesday... here goes...

1. Morning or night person? - no question. Night Owl since as long as I can remember.
2. Heavy or light sleeper? - as a child, incredibly heavy sleeper. Now? Moderate-to-light, I think.
3. Remember your dreams or not? - as a kid, usually. Now, not often.
4. Do you need a lot of sleep, or just a little? - I function quite nicely on 5 hours a night - with an occasional 12 hour sleep to reset my clock.
5. Do you need something like a nightlight or TV to sleep, or do you prefer complete darkness? - the darker the better, thanks.
6. Flannel sheets or some other kind? - whatever is on the bed, thanks.
7. One pillow, or more? - one relatively thick pillow, or 2 thin pillows.
8. Bedroom door opened or closed at night? - door open, thanks... the better to hear our three-year-old. Not to mention that the cat would scratch the @#%$@$#$ out of the door if we were to close it! :)
9. Wrap yourself into blankets like a cocoon, or just cover yourself with them? - depends on how cold the room is.
10. Alarm clock: wake to music or buzzer? - music & buzzer, repeatedly. I'm a Night Owl, remember?