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09 July 2007 @ 08:25 pm
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The Basics

Name: Elfstar or Alana

Age range (13-15, 16-19, 20-24, 25+): 25+ (+5 to be precise, which is to say, maybe too old for this?)

Favorite character:

Luna. I like outlandish clothing, and I was pretty horribly unpopular in my school days complete with stolen things and name calling. Plus, I have blond hair. I relate.

Least favorite character:

Ginny Weasley. She is J.K. Rowling’s Mary Sue.

Favorite Non-Harry Potter related fandom:

The Fantastic Four in any incarnation except the movie-verse. A friend asked me in an ‘interview’ meme the old “which super hero would you be if you could be a super hero?” question, and here is my answer, which does a fair job of explaining my fascination –

I'd be the Ultimate Invisible Woman. (modern day Susan Storm, not Richards.) I choose the ultimate universe because I want to 'do', not to 'have done', and the flagship title has a lot of years under its belt. (Also because Ultimate Sue hasn't been through the godawful Malice storyline or any of the really misogynistic early stuff.)
I pick Sue because I'd want to be in the Fantastic Four. I think they're neat. I think they're the best. In Civil War: Confessions, Tony Stark says something like "The Avengers avenge, the X-Men defend, The Fantastic Four explore... but we all fight." I'd want to be in the group of explorers. I also like the 'family' aspect of the FF. I think the most interesting and important thing in life is relating to other people, so the balancing of hero life with family life is a conflict that I would enjoy.
Also, her powers are pretty awesome. Like, ridiculously so. And while Reed's power is lame, geeks are hot.

Also, I like seeing a big orange guy punch things.

What is your pet peeve?:

People who answer the question “How are you?” negatively day after day really wear on my nerves. I think that we have a choice in our own happiness, and that while a genuine bad day is certainly understandable, most people can find something positive to focus on, regardless of their health, relationship status, and/or financial situation. Kittens are cute, ice cream tastes good, and chances are better than average that someone in the world really cares about you. Rain smells nice. 80s music is fun to dance to. Find some bliss and stop acting like life is a burden.

Er… yeah. I apologize, please excuse the random lecture.

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?

A nice thing about being 30 is that even if you aren’t very well off, $5000 isn’t an impossible sum of money. I would empty my savings account and find someone (likely family) to borrow the remaining cash from. By living frugally, I could pay off the borrowed money in about 18 months.

Your house is burning down - all people and pets are out safely. You are able to save one item. What is it and why?

In a situation like that, I'd likely come out holding something really inane - my toothbrush maybe, or the sandwich I had been eating. I don't know if I could suddenly zero in on which item in my house held the most personal value in a stressful situation like that. And given that my boyfriend and my giant, lovable cat were safe, I don't know that there's anything I'd risk my life to retrieve. After the fact though, I would regret deeply the loss of my journals (I've been keeping them since the 3rd grade), my sketchbooks, and my photographs.

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?

I would give it back regardless of whether I knew the owner. Losing that kind of money would be devastating to most people. I couldn’t keep someone else’s money. What if it was 1/5th of their ‘single pill to cure their terminal illness’ 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?

I would buy new cars for my sister, my brothers, my father, my mother, my stepfather, and myself. In cash and without haggling to keep it under the one hour limit. I’d imagine that that would eat it up nicely.

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?

I am a bit culterally illeterate when it comes to modern celebrities, but if was someone I recognized, I'd go talk to them (unless they were putting off strong "leave me alone" vibes). If it were someone I really admired, of course, that would be wonderful, but even if it were someone I recongized but didn't have a personal connection to, I would want to talk to them.

I know this for a fact because I met Melissa Joan Hart at a Joan Jett concert one year. The girl I'd become friends with by virtue of the fact that we were both carefully guarding our pressed-to-the-chainlink spaces at the front even though the show was an hour from starting said, "The girl who was Sabrina the Teenaged Witch is here! Wanna go talk to her?" And surprisingly, I did want to very much. (She was very gracious.) It turns out that meeting celebrities is exciting and fun.

You come upon a wishing well and toss a coin in to make a wish. Your wish is granted. What did you wish for?

Cue the drama: I had a brain tumor. It was non-cancerous, and they were able to take it all out, but it left me with a few minor disabilities (deaf in one ear, can’t taste on one side of my tongue, some loss of motion in one arm, etc…). I’d have wished to have my pre-surgery body back.

Well, minus the tumor, naturally.

You're 70 years old and writing your autobiography. What is the title and why would people read it?

"It was all very beautiful." People will want to read it because I write in a charming an engaging fashion, and because my thoughts are worth reading, and because my life really was beautiful. (Although, if we're talking about my life in the past tense, I'm going to amend the question and insist that the story be written when I am 90.)

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?

Regardless of who was standing in front of me, I’d grab the nearest broomstick and enchant it to fly. I’d take a few wide and high circles in the air by myself, but if there were other people present I’d invite them up with me eventually. It might actually be a good tactic as far as the ‘worst enemy’ goes. I don’t actually have one, but I’d imagine that this fictional person and I would have a difficult time focusing on our differences if we were soaring around in the air.

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?

Everything that has happened in my life made me what I am today. I really like what I am today as it turns out, so I would change nothing.

(This is a big fat lie. I would choose to never have been sick. I would feel weak for doing it, but I wouldn't let the opportunity pass.)

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. Would anyone actually describe themselves as illogical? It may not make sense to you, but I think there is perfect logic behind my actions, even if that logic goes something like, “Why am I driving to the store? I’d rather have ice cream.” And results in my turning around mid drive and going back home.
Emotional: Oh Yes.
Intelligent: I don’t like to say that I am intelligent because I think that what I do not know far outweighs what I do know, but I do think that I am intelligent.
Fair: No. Life isn’t fair, why should I be? I give preferential treatment to the people and things that I love. That doesn’t mean that I don’t try to treat everyone decently, just that I am not going to give of myself to a random stranger the way I would, say, my best friend.
Witty: To people who find 80s cartoon references hilarious, Yes.
Creative: Yes. I do needlework and write ridiculously elaborate characters for RPGs.
Cunning: No. Or, probably not anyway. I tend towards straightforwardness and taking things at face value.
Ambitious: No. I am too lazy to be characterized as ambitious.
Brave: Yes. I don’t really believe that there’s anything I can’t do, so foolhardy might be more accurate.
Loyal: Define Loyal. I would never betray someone I loved or felt honorably towards, but I wouldn’t stick with a cause or a person out of friendly or familial ties if I felt that they were wrong, or even if I just didn’t like them.
Honest: Yes.
Trustworthy: I hope so.
Impulsive: Incredibly.
Mean: No? I hope not. Snarky humor is fun, but I try to keep it at the expense of people/things who won’t actually be hurt by it (such as celebrities or bad movies).
Cruel: No.
Dishonest: No.
Observant: Yes.
Stubborn: Not particularly.
Friendly: I try to be.
Kind: I try to be.
Compassionate: I try to be.
Hard-working: Only by necessity.
Lazy: Witness the extent to which I am filling out this application instead of doing the dinner dishes.
Outgoing: Yes.

And finally, how did you find us? My friendly neighborhood kibarika
What about aliens?: gryffindorender839 on July 10th, 2007 02:19 am (UTC)
I see one place more than any others for you: Ravenclaw (though Gryffindor was a surprisingly close second). You're quite well-spoken and logical, and I greatly appreciate the irony of misspelling "culturally illiterate." :D

PS - You're never too old for obsessions. :)
Groupie: Sorted_Slytherinhackergroupie on July 10th, 2007 05:23 pm (UTC)

And I agree, never too old for fandom love, err, obsessions.
Peppermintspoonpeppermintspoon on July 10th, 2007 07:25 pm (UTC)
graylorgraylor on July 10th, 2007 09:30 pm (UTC)
I see a lot of Slytherin in your answer to "fairness" and sort of an undercurrent elsewhere... but you lack traditional Slytherin traits. So, come join me in Ravenclaw. There we can discuss whether Snape is based on Gargamel from the Smurfs. ;)
Nuchtchas (Nutty, NIMLAS, however you know me): Huffelpuffnuchtchas on July 11th, 2007 04:49 pm (UTC)
I am thinking Ravenclaw too
Juppy: Gambit Nightcrawler by: megiove_dea on July 11th, 2007 06:31 pm (UTC)
'Claw! As it's been said...you can never be too old for fandoms...specially of the comic book variety!
club_mods on July 19th, 2007 05:10 pm (UTC)
You've been sorted into Ravenclaw! Congratulations! :) Don't forget to join clubhogwarts if you haven't already.

You can also 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!