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Post 74 / Hour 76: An Extremely Important Survey

By Dave Fox
Singapore

100hours-logo2Holy crap, people! What are we doing here?!?! Or to be more specific, what are you doing here? I mean… I know what I’m doing here. I’m being a wigged out freak who has taken on an absurd, self-imposed challenge and is just trying to slog through to the end. But you? What’s your story?

As you may recall from my Hour One video, I had planned to have things under control when this all started. I had planned to have around 50 of my hundred posts written and ready to go so I could still live a quasi-normal life with proper sleep and offline social interactions. But a packed schedule leading up to this debacle left me scampering just to have the very basic back-end web stuff ready in time. As a result, my last 75 hours have been like running in a too-fast treadmill, never quite able to keep up.

I distinctly remember, in hour seven, already feeling overwhelmed and thinking there was no way I was going to last — even till hour 24. I came to my senses two days ago and realized I was going to have to get a good night’s sleep, even if it meant falling behind. So I’ve slept, and I’ve fallen behind.

I woke up this morning, feeling like a giant, purple, fanged kangaroo — and not a nice, friendly one — had come into my bedroom during the night and banged on me with a sledgehammer. Never in my life has writing (and the typing and sitting it requires) caused me so much physical ouchiness. This morning, I could not type. It hurt too much. And I suspect tomorrow morning might be a repeat once I stop moving my fingers and let them seize up again.

All day, I’ve been lagging behind in my posts by a few hours… almost catching up, then realizing if I did not step away from my computer, the aforementioned kangaroo was going to come back, possibly with a chainsaw.

“Why?!” I cried to the heavens. “Why, oh giant, purple, fanged kangaroo, must you be so cruel and heinous?”

At this point, Kattina, my wife, came into my office and suggested that I please go outside for a while.

So I went for a walk, and once I was up and moving, I remembered that going outside from time to time feels a little good.

I wandered down to my neighborhood “hawker centre” — A Singaporean, outdoor food court of sorts. I ordered some food and a kangaroo-sized bottle of beer and reflected on the last three days.

“Why am I doing this?” I wondered.

I came up with several answers. I’m doing it to let people know about my writing and classes. I’m doing it because parties make me happy, and this was intended to be a big online party. I’m doing it because I like meeting people and this seemed like a unique way for that to happen. I’m doing it because I’m weird.

Especially because I’m weird.

But you! What’s your story? Many of you have left comments in these blog posts or sent me e-mails to say hi. And a small majority of people I’ve heard from are people I have never heard of before. That makes me smile. It also makes me squirm because the irony of what I’m doing is that I am in absolutely no shape, physically or mentally, to be flaunting my writing abilities at this point in time. For all I know, I could be typing this in Sanskrit. If I were, I wouldn’t notice.

In any case, before I left the hawker centre, I compiled a little survey — a few questions for you to answer in the comments section below. Or, if you are shy, you may e-mail me your answers. I will compile the results at some point. Maybe even before Hour 100.

So please interpret and answer these questions in whatever way you like. And thanks for hanging out and not giving me a wedgie or anything like that.

And now, here are your questions:

  1. Who the hell do you think you are?
  2. Seriously?
  3. What is the weirdest thing you’ve ever done?
  4. What’s the weirdest thing you wish you had done that you actually still could maybe do?
  5. Please complete this sentence: Humor is __________.
  6. Please complete this sentence: 17 is __________.
  7. What inspires you?
  8. Who inspires you?
  9. What distracts you?
  10. What else do you feel like sharing?

I will share my own answers sometime in the next 17 hours or so.

But for now, I must go rest. I had planned to push through and get a jump on tonight’s posts. Alas, I must instead go battle the kangaroo for just a few hours.


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Published on Tuesday, March 5, 2013

5 Responses to “Post 74 / Hour 76: An Extremely Important Survey”

  1. March 5, 2013 at 4:33 AM

    Who the hell do you think you are? a VERY Groovy Old Lady. However, if I am rounding my age then I am closer to 0 than to 100!

    Seriously? A wife of 30 years, mom, gramma, gregarious friend, Christian, homschooler since 1987, cake decorator, writer, biker (on bicycles, not motorcycles), 4-H leader, singer and bass player, and ground searcher for a local Search & Rescue unit.

    What is the weirdest thing you’ve ever done? Played the part of Satan in a major theater while 4 months pregnant.

    What’s the weirdest thing you wish you had done that you actually still could maybe do? Take up lyrical ballet and dance on stage in front of people who paid money to see me. Wait…why are my husband and daughters screaming and running?

    Please complete this sentence: Humor is a way for me to get into WAY too much trouble. I’m afraid I have been known (on occasion) to laugh at rather inopportune moments…

    Please complete this sentence: 17 is a great year to stuff your son in a crate. If you are wise, you won’t let him out until he’s 25!

    What inspires you? People who have terrific attitudes in spite of their trials.

    Who inspires you? People who have overcome tremendous odds and emerged victorious. You know, like actually squeezing themselves into those skinny jeans and not having the seams rip open before they make the rounds at Walmart.

    What distracts you? Facebook (whine*grumble*complain) and chocolate (*lipsmacking good!*) and online parties (*wink*wink*).

    What else do you feel like sharing? I collect blue phrogs (ala Peter, Paul, and Mary’s song. Wait, should that be Peter’s, Paul’s and Mary’s?) and I consider my dairy goats as my furry children.

    • March 5, 2013 at 5:20 AM

      Groovyoldlady,
      Wanna come over for margaritas?

      • March 5, 2013 at 10:35 PM

        How kind of you, Dana. I’m so glad you posted here because for quite awhile I was THE ONLY ONE. I thought I had misread the instructions and publicly made a fool of myself. Not that I am unfamiliar with THAT feeling…

        In answer to your question: I don’t drink alcohol, but I often cause those around me to wish they did. ;-)

  2. March 5, 2013 at 5:16 AM

    1.Who the hell do you think you are? Sylvia Plath
    2.Seriously? Oh, you’re right. She’s dead. Head in the oven. Not a good way to go.
    3.What is the weirdest thing you’ve ever done? Joined the PTO at the Elementary School. What fresh Hell is that?
    4.What’s the weirdest thing you wish you had done that you actually still could maybe do? *don’t judge* There is this band called “Mini Kiss.” It’s what it sounds like: midgets (little people?) who dress up like the members of the band Kiss and sing like nobody’s business! They’re really good! I want them headlining my birthday party next year. Alas, it’s a serious wad of cash to get Mini Kiss. May have to settle for karaoke.
    5.Please complete this sentence: Humor is _______anything but Andrew Dice Clay___.
    6.Please complete this sentence: 17 is ___remorsefully chaste_______.
    7.What inspires you? Human behavior, both bad and good.
    8.Who inspires you? Mother Teresa *hahahaha kidding, because I don’t like nice people.* My kids, because they are brutally honest.
    9.What distracts you? I am a human magpie, so shiny objects are irresistible.
    10.What else do you feel like sharing?
    Honey, you don’t wanna know.

  3. TLC Nielsen
    March 5, 2013 at 6:04 AM

    Who… am I? Depends on you so that makes me a stranger coming to the party late yet totally enjoying it.

    Seriously? To others I am a spouse, parent, sibling, child, a librarian, music teacher, aspiring writer and soon to be empty nester who just celebrated a first half century.

    Weirdest thing done? Given my coat away in Chicago in the winter.

    Weirdest thing I wish I could still do? Not sharing THAT on the internet, you kidding me! Somebody might actually want me to follow through on it.

    Complete these sentences:
    Humor is simply random acts of crazy truthfulness at the correct moment.

    17 is the point at which you look at your spouse after all those years and really know whether or not you chose well.

    What inspires me? Sunsets and sunrises when I know all things are amazingly new and possible.

    Who inspires me? Less well-know authors, especially my scientific mother who is working on her 4th botanical book. I hope someday to grow up and be a less well-know yet respected author too.

    What distracts me? Definitely surveys, especially online ones.

    More to share? Too much – but I’m in 2 big bands playing jazz trombone and own a home so old that it was simply listed as “Older” when we bought it (which should’ve been our first clue as to its future expensiveness.)

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