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11:13 pm: Resistance is futile

rossja had this thing about questions in her journal. Basically, reply to this and ask for some questions. I’ll ask you questions. You can reply to them here or in your own journal. It’s a party game. Everybody play.

Here’s what she asked me:

1. At what point did you realize that you were in love with your wife?

If it wasn’t love at first sight, it was darn close. We met at a party, and wound up stalking each other over the course of the next two or three days. She hacked the umich mail server for me! By the end of the third or fourth day watching the sun rise together – I think we owned up to the fact that we were in love.

The second time it happened was when she beat up a gypsy who tried to rob me in Pisa. That’s just hot.

2. If someone made a movie of your life, what would it be called?

“Often in doubt, Very seldom wrong.”

3. Who would you cast as the main characters?

I’ve been told that there’s an actor who looks a lot like me. I say: “screw that.” I want Pierce Brosnan to play me. Actually, no, I want Hugo Weaving to play me. redmed wants David Bell of District B19 to play me … and she wants to play herself.

4. What appeals to you most about judo?

Good one. Buncha stuff. At core though, I think it’s that it’s difficult, worthwhile, and I’m bad at it. I can see myself working really hard to become competent over the next decade or so. I find that I lack good long term goals right now … so it’s filling that role.

I like the fact that I can go full force. This was the disciple that was invented, in part, to civilize the samurai. A whole caste of men were being made to put down their swords – and they found meaning and structure in judo. I like the raw insanity of having a structured way to pick a fight. I love the single point nature of the matches. One point wins. It can happen 3 seconds in, or in the last seconds of the match. It forces an explicit balance between caution and aggression. You just have to make up your damn mind about how to stand and what to do. For a career compromiser, that’s refreshing.

Fine, I love washing other men’s blood out of my gi. Is that what you wanted?

5. Of all the places you’ve traveled or lived, where is your favorite place & why?

Home is where the cat is. I love my current house, and I hope to live there for a very long time.

Originally published at chris.dwan.org. You can comment here or there.



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