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26 June 2007 @ 10:51 pm
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The Basics

Name: Kiba

Age range (13-15, 16-19, 20-24, 25+): 25+ a little bit.

Favorite character: Tie between Hagrid and Tonks. I love Hagrid because he is so sweet and simple. I love him for the reasons a lot of people don't like him. He loves monsters, and he wants to share that love with other people. It is his driving force. He's guileless but, I think, still three-dimensional. And I love him because he is a better man than I (most men are, since I'm not a man), because if Grawp were my brother I'd punch him in the face. Or at least really want to. Tonks I love because she's so effortlessly remarkable. I identify most heavily with Tonks - she's this 20-something person who was clearly smart in school but never killed herself for it. She relates to the kids more readily than the adults do. She's a little bit punk-rock. And when her hair isn't pink, it's dark. Also, she loves Lupin, and I do, too.

Least favorite character: Percy, because how can you sell your family out like that? Percy is like the anti-Tonks in terms of my feelings about him. Percy's ambition is blinding, but it's not the kind of ambition that makes a person interesting. It is an obedient, obsequious ambition. Percy has a bit of Peter Pettigrew about him, I think.

Favorite Non-Harry Potter related fandom: Buffy. It was my show. It's where I got a lot of my friends. It's how I found Joss Whedon.

What is your pet peeve?: I can't even say, off the top of my head. What do people do that bugs me? There are a lot of things but I don't know that any one of them takes priority over the others.

The Deeper Stuff

Five years from now you are diagnosed with a terminal illness. It can be cured by a single pill that costs $5,000 dollars and is not covered by insurance. How would you go about getting the medication? Borrow money from friends and family. I actually have exactly $5000 to spare right now and probably will have about exactly that 5 years from now, too, but if I spent it on that pill I wouldn't live for long because I'd have no money for groceries or rent. So, I'd go to my parents and grandmother first, and then to other folks if they weren't willing to help me. I'm dull, and I have a good family that would come up with the cash. What more can I say?

Your house is burning down - all people and pets are out safely. You are able to save one item. What is it and why? This is going to sound hokey and unromantic at first, but - my wallet. A lot of important things are in my wallet. Like my driver's license. My bankcard. The $20 Starbucks giftcard I got as a teacher appreciation gift. Also my Social Security Card, and a note my boyfriend gave me over eight years ago. (Same boyfriend now.) I'd want to say my computer but it's a big honkin' desktop, so I'd die just trying to get it out of the house. So, wallet it is.

You find a wallet in a parking lot. It has $1,000 dollars cash in it and a driver's license. You look at the license and realize it belongs to a co-worker you speak to on a daily basis. What do you do? Give it back. I know them. I couldn't look them in the face again if I took their money.

You've been given $100,000 dollars. If you can use it all within one hour you will be given one million dollars. What do you do? First thing? Pay off all my debt. That would knock out about $50,000 right there. Then, I'd pay off all my boyfriend's debt. That'd be another $60,000, taking us over. Overeducated people don't have a hard time spending money. (He's got 3 degrees and I've got 2.)

You see a famous person in the lobby of a busy movie theater and no one else has noticed him/her. What do you do? If it's someone I like a lot, I'd walk close and look at them and if they looked unbusy I'd say, "Excuse me. My name is Kiba and I just want you to know I really love your work." If it's someone I don't care for one way or the other, I'd probably turn to anyone who might be with me, and whisper, "Is that so-and-so?"

You come upon a wishing well and toss a coin in to make a wish. Your wish is granted. What did you wish for? I wished for an abstract: a contented life. This encompasses a lot of things, and is probably cheating a little. Right now what I imagine would make up a contented life would be a job for my boyfriend, a way for us to be in the same geographic locale as he pursues his next degree, and a co-habiting and perhaps even married life together, BEFORE he finishes said degree. Also, myself going to library school (because right now I'm a classroom teacher and it's not quite what I hoped it would be), and then finding employment as a school librarian, and in my spare time becoming a wildly successful young adult novelist. Do you see how that's cheating? But I would wish for contentment, and that's what that means to me right now.

You're 70 years old and writing your autobiography. What is the title and why would people read it? The title is "Tales of A Winged Cow," which I selected the first time I started writing my autobiography (when I was 14). The title comes from a couple roles I played in theatrical productions, an owl and a cow. People would read it for the voice. I would narrate mundane events with a very entertaining voice that made stories about things like feeding my sister dog treats, or handing her empty soda cans and saying "You can have the rest," sound fascinating. I was an evil but loving older sister. Now I'm slightly less evil. But only slightly. (I feel a need to add here that I use the term "evil" rather loosely, to mean, "not perfectly wonderfully delightfully kind, and markedly not never ever mean." I'm also aware that I used a double negative there, but it was an issue of choosing precise language.)

You have been gifted with the chance to actually perform a magical spell. In front of you stands your greatest love, your worst enemy, and a pile of inanimate objects ready to be used in your spell. Which spell do you allow yourself to use and why have you chosen that spell? I'm feeling mostly okay on the greatest love front, so I'd focus on my worst enemy. I consider my worst enemy to be my first college roommate, because her behavior thoroughly eroded my self-esteem. I thought she was stupid. I still think she was stupid, but she might be smarter now. I don't know. But whatever the inanimate objects were, the result of the spell would be that she'd be both smarter and more empathic, because I want her to understand how incredibly miserable she made me. And then I want her to not treat anyone else that way. I want her to have an awareness and say, "Wow. I sure was a jerk." It's two-fold. I don't just want revenge, though I do want her to feel bad. I also want to change her. Because I think just the revenge part would leave me feeling a little hollow.

You find a magic lamp, rub it, and out pops a Genie. You are given the chance to relive and change one experience in your past. What do you change (if any) and why? I think I'd probably change the last time ever that I went to lunch with my first love. It was long after we'd broken up, and we were trying to be friends. It was super awkward and very stilted. I think I would like to say to him, "I'm really sorry for any emotional damage I did to you. I release you from all that you did to me." (It was not a very good relationship. Not physically abusive or anything, but maybe emotionally.) Then I wouldn't feel a need to run and scream every time I accidentally bump into him somewhere. Which is what I do. Or hide. I mostly want to avoid small talk with him. I find small talk really awkward. Which I guess is what "small talk" means? But other people seem to come at it more naturally than I do.

Yes/No Questions
Mark each word with a yes or a no as it applies to you. Feel free to explain each answer (not mandatory)

Logical: Yes - I try to be reason through things.
Emotional: Yes - I'm not cold.
Intelligent: Yes - I probably think too highly of myself on this front. I like mentioning the fact that I was a National Merit Scholar. It makes people go, "Ooooh."
Fair: No - I play favorites. I've got to learn not to do that.
Witty: Yes - Again, I am too proud of this one.
Creative: Yes - I love the arts, especially theatre, music, and literature.
Cunning: No - I'm rather straightforward, which I think eliminates the need to be cunning.
Ambitious: No - Doing what makes me happy is all that matters, and climbing non-literal ladders doesn't make me happy.
Brave: No - I laugh in the face of danger. Then I hide until it goes away.
Loyal: Yes - I feel a need to qualify this one. I'm loyal unconditionally to my family, and conditionally to those who have earned my loyalty. If you break my trust, you lose my loyalty, which isn't given freely in the first place.
Honest: Yes - I think honesty is easier than lying. If you lie, you have to keep up with your lie, make it consistent, make it real, or it falls apart. I have better ways to spend my energy. So I just tell the truth.
Trustworthy: Yes - I come through for people most of the time. I'm a little gossipy, so you might not want to tell me a secret.
Impulsive: No - I make lists in my sleep. I plan everything I do. It's scary and a little wrong.
Mean: Yes - Sometimes. I'm nice, too. But I can be mean.
Cruel: No - Hurting people is not a good end. No reason to do it for it's own sake.
Dishonest: No - See above re: honest. I am diplomatic though.
Observant: No - I'm kind of in my own head, which means I miss a lot. I'll be driving down the road listening to an audiobook, my brain goes somewhere, and all of a sudden it's 3 chapters later and I don't know what happened.
Stubborn: Yes - I much prefer to get my own way, and I hate change.
Friendly: Yes - I'm polite and like making friends, but I'm not usually the one to initiate.
Kind: Yes - Can you be kind and mean? I am.
Compassionate: Yes - I like to think I have a good deal of understanding of other people's feelings, and even when I don't understand, I sometimes care.
Hard-working: Yes - Have to qualify this one, though. I refuse to kill myself to get work done. But I do work hard.
Lazy: No - I know when to take breaks and I won't push myself too hard, but I'm fairly productive.
Outgoing: No - I'm loud but supershy.

And finally, how did you find us? lenabee sent me.
gammarayghost: dumbledore's armyladybast on June 27th, 2007 03:23 am (UTC)
Gryffindor I think, though I saw a bit of hufflepuff.
graylorgraylor on June 27th, 2007 03:36 am (UTC)
I'm going with Ravenclaw (based especially on your yes/no answers).
Lena: maclove: ipod is loveledbylove on June 27th, 2007 05:23 am (UTC)
Ravenclaw, DUH.
Satchels of Gold: ClubHogwarts Gryffindor House Headcattyhunts on June 27th, 2007 06:17 am (UTC)
Peppermintspoonpeppermintspoon on June 27th, 2007 09:45 am (UTC)
Me, myself and I: Slytherin sortedascendingflame on June 27th, 2007 02:07 pm (UTC)
Hufflepuff with a fair amount of Gryffindor.
Groupie: Sorted_Slytherinhackergroupie on July 5th, 2007 05:47 pm (UTC)
arearhaz on July 8th, 2007 07:32 pm (UTC)
Yes. I agree with most; Ravenclaw.
club_mods on July 9th, 2007 10:31 pm (UTC)
You've been Sorted!
You've been sorted into Ravenclaw! Congratulations! :) You can now join the various Club Hogwarts communities - including your club house!

Also, and don't forget, as one of the first Club members - you're far cooler than others!

PS.I met you at the last buffy PBP - Hurrah for Troika love. And especially Btvs! :D (Hackergroupie)