In which we are asked to reveal our emotions.
1. Laughter: What makes you laugh?
The usual things: incongruity, surprise, creativity, etc. On the whole, I’m easily amused despite my skeptical nature.
2. Anger: This past week, who or what really pissed you off? What happened?
I guess it was actually the week before last, I was “on vacation” but I kept in touch since there was some important work to be done. However, I got a lot of questions that no one tried even to investigate before they resorted to asking me.
3. Fear: What phobia did you have but overcame?
The closest thing I have to a conventional phobia is fear of heights. It’s not too severe, but I hate being near anyone who is close to a precipice. I don’t like seeing a neighbor up on his roof emptying a rain gutter.
There are things that don’t really cause fear but which I can’t make myself do. One is calling people on the phone and asking them to do something, or give money to someone. You can give me a list, but don’t expect me to actually call.
I haven’t gotten over either of those, but on the whole, I have spent very few seconds paralyzed with fear over the last 40 years or so.
4. Surprise: Recently, what unexpected act or behavior did you experience in your sex life?
I was going to say the the God of Surprise (insert name here) does not often visit the conjugal bed, however, as far as i can tell the classical mythologies don’t feature a god of surprise. The closest I got was DOLOS (or Dolus), the spirit (daimon) of trickery, cunning deception, craftiness, treachery and guile. Fortunately, we don’t share the bed with him.
5. Trust: Many on-going relationships have a certain predictability about them. Does that certainty translate into trust?
Deep question. The short answer is yes, but only to a very limited degree. Plenty of cheaters come home every night for dinner. I think trust is based on a reading of character, and on the person’s preferences and priorities.
6. Excitement: Who do you excite?
Oh, baby, no one ever called me exciting.
Bonus: What intimate activity do you share with your partner, something that is meaningful to your relationship? For example Sunday breakfast in bed, cooking, maintenance spanking, etc.
Maintenance spanking? Seriously? What we share is the couch. She has one end, I have the other.