Robert (gurdonark) wrote,
Robert
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Saturday Night's Alright for Polling, get a little action in

I interrupt my regularly scheduled listings of personal mini-achievements and meta-aspirations, ruminations and word-count-wanderings, to ask you to join me in a simple poll. As with all my polls, it will tell you nothing that you don't already know, and yet it is a way to share things about yourself that the typical "ask me anything" or "my sexual history, installment 133" posts never quite reach.

I'm not suggesting that you need sing "Someone saved my life tonight" as you fill it out or anything, but I think it's high time that a quiet Saturday evening got fun. Of course, responses are welcome 8 days a week.

So, please, if I may trouble you, join me for some hypothetical questions and nattering expressions of modest preferences. Then, after a suitable interval, review everyone's answers, and enjoy knowing things that teach you everything--and nothing.



Poll #511220 Hypothetical Questions and Modest Preferences

Imagine you are one a nature hike.You are to see one of the following things on your hike. Which do you prefer to see?

a scarlet tanager bird in a deep wood in deep understory in rural Missouri
15(34.9%)
a dainty small skunk, minding its own business, on the bayshore trail right there on the bay, in Burliingame, California
9(20.9%)
a harmless snake with racing stripes quietly sunning itself in the branches of a blue spruce tree, in historic Weston, Missouri
4(9.3%)
a giant swallowtail butterfly, with huge, fluttering wings, in a riparian wood, in Richardson, Texas
10(23.3%)
A wild squirrel, with an inexplicably missing bushy tail, beside a pinewood forest, on White Oak Lake, Arkansas
5(11.6%)

If you could choose a Bruce Springsteen song to be covered as a barbershop quartet by Pat Boone, Debby Boone, Boone Pickens, and Bono, which Springsteen song would you choose? Not a Springsteen fan? Not to worry. Pick the one that sounds most like you.

"Born to Run"
16(37.2%)
"Racing in the Streets"
5(11.6%)
"Growin' Up"
7(16.3%)
"Candy's Room"
3(7.0%)
"Rosalita"
12(27.9%)

You are to paint the portrait of your own teen years. As if in a hypothetical daydream, you suddenly have the power to paint it well. What medium do you use?

watercolors on a piece of crimson construction paper
10(23.3%)
pastels on a cereal boxtop
3(7.0%)
oils on a water-marked sheet of typing paper
13(30.2%)
crayons on a street sign, reserved legally for your use
6(14.0%)
adhesive dust on blown glass
11(25.6%)

You are a jazz dancer, and your big solo is a take-off on something mundane in your life that you do well but quirkily. What is your big, moderne dance called?

Which of the following passages from a work of childrens' literature resonates most with you?

"I will come by train. I will wear a yellow bonnet. I am plain and tall".
1(2.4%)
"No. There is no sea here. But the land rolls a little like the sea".
5(11.9%)
"The sea is salt. It stretches out as far as you can see. It gleams like the sun on glass. There are waves".
8(19.0%)
"There are always things to miss,", said Maggie, 'no matter where you are".
18(42.9%)
"I will always miss my old home, but the truth of it is that I would miss you more"
10(23.8%)

If you had to pick from among these therapists to help you solve all your essential problems, which woud you pick?

a massage therapist
19(45.2%)
a pet therapist
0(0.0%)
an art therapist
14(33.3%)
a tree doctor
4(9.5%)
a piano tuner
5(11.9%)

Which children's game would you rather play?

Red rover
11(26.2%)
Drop the Handkerchief
2(4.8%)
Jacks
12(28.6%)
Musical chairs
11(26.2%)
Pin the tail on the donkey
6(14.3%)

Name a work of art, a poem or a pop song that speaks to you with the same quiet, comforting voice as if you were whispering your inmost secrets to yourself

If you had to wear an old-fashioned perfume or cologne to a party, one so traditional you might never wear it in real life, but you kinda like it anyway, what would you wear? Assume it's mandatory, that any allergies will subside, and that you smell surprisingly great with it on.

You decide to raise money on eBay to help with African AIDS relief. It turns out there's a premium for shortcomings on auction today. What do you sell first?

your insecurity in social settings
21(50.0%)
your selfishness
6(14.3%)
your anger at a relative
6(14.3%)
your derision for someone who does the best or she can, but not nearly enough
6(14.3%)
your fecklessness
3(7.1%)

After you pass on, the Great Recording Angel pauses, pen in hand, to ask you something biographical that is actually key to your life, but you never expected to be asked. What is the question and the answer?

Which of the following bands would you reunite to help Bob Geldof support the impoverished?

The Beatles
17(41.5%)
Jan and Dean
1(2.4%)
Joy Division
5(12.2%)
The Ink Spots
3(7.3%)
The Carpenters
6(14.6%)
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