etumukutenyak: (Gromit puzzled)
You Are a White Tiger
You have a strong individualistic streak. You are unique and outspoken.
You have firm ideas of right and wrong. You will stand up for your unpopular beliefs with pride.

You believe that learning the truth is important. Even if it's ugly, uncomfortable, or awkward.
You give it to people straight, and you expect them to do the same. You can't stand ambiguity of any kind.
etumukutenyak: (Gromit puzzled) the inestimable [ profile] fledgist, who said,

"Five things:

1. Carib beer.
2. Small animals.
3. Parenting.
4. St. Kitts.
5. Puns."

So now I must elaborate on these topics. Anyone who comments will thus be tagged likewise, eventually creating a giant vortex of reciprocity..but I digress.

Carib beer: Anyone who has lived (or even just visited) the Caribbean has seen this brew, which is a light yellow nearly tasteless brew that serves the purpose of sterilizing the water (thus making it safe for consumption). It is not made of Carob, nor is it made of, from, or by the Carib people, as they are generally proclaimed to be extinct. It is produced in plentiful quantities, and when you have a bunch of thirsty veterinary students with at least one who knows how to brew, then you have cases of empties sitting in the back of the "living" room. And if your classmate is really good, you end up with cases of home-brewed product that will knock your socks off and make grown men slide down the walls.

Small animals: This is one of the varieties of veterinary medicine, specializing in dogs, cats, and "caged pets", also known as exotics. When I was in private practice, this was my speciality. Dogs and cats share some anatomical similarities, but have some very different responses to drugs, and the exotic pets are completely unlike either of those. Small animal medicine is a lot of fun, particularly the puppy and kitten wellness, but the clientele in private practice is often frustrating. In my line of work, "small animal" now refers to mice and rats, as these are the smallest species we routinely work with (along with zebrafish), and they make up the majority of our research species.

Parenting: I never thought I would be a parent, until my partner came along. Since she wanted children, I knew I would have to compromise on this. Then her niece clearly demonstrated a lack of ability to parent her son, so we offered to take him. Over the years, we became his moms. It has been an eye-opening experience, to say the least. A week or so after he first came to officially live with us, I realized that I had been an idiot (probably never really stopped..) and I called my parents to apologize. For everything. They laughed.

There is a different way about looking at the familiar world, and you can't comprehend until you are a parental unit. Despite all the angst, I wouldn't miss it. I can hardly wait until he's out of the house, but I also want him to be well-prepared to meet the world and do well.

St. Kitts: Oy. This is the "certain island" where my vet school is located. It was a different world. I arrived in April of 1987, leaving the island April of 1989. Back then, Ross did not have much, so we had to make our own housing arrangements, bring our own surgical equipment and gloves, and so on. Outside the school, it is a majority black island, so once off campus, we were quite visibly a racial minority, and were treated in various ways, some good, some not. I had to pay attention to how I behaved, where I went, what I said and how I said it. When I was not treated nicely, it was infuriating, so I learned a few adaptive behaviors. What worked best for me was making eye contact at the same time as the hand contact (i.e., handing over money) and smiling. It's an almost automatic reflex -- they smiled back. Other than that, I just put my head down and went on. Crap happens, and it happened plenty of times for reasons other than the color of someone's skin.

The nice things I remember about St. Kitts are mainly food related: the bakery in Basseterre that made lovely raisin rolls, the shop that made roti (and "pizza", but we preferred the roti), the local fruits and vegetables that were fresher than fresh, the seafood place whose name escapes me, along the beach in Basseterre that was always busy, the tiny local groceries filled with bread rolls, canned (or tinned) goods mainly from Great Britain, and packets of soup mixes (fish, goat, cock) and the concession at school run by the wonderful Charmie, who befriended everyone. She cooked a mean goat water and her barbecued chicken was juicy. The scenery was awesome too. [If only my classmates could have measured up to the food and the scenery, then vet school wouldn't have been such a misery.] One non-food positive was learning to deal with traffic on the other side of the road; this comes in handy when visiting other UK countries. I adapted so fully to driving on the other side that when I came home and tried to drive the car, on an unmarked road, I automatically went to the other side. (St. Kitts didn't have road markings except near the sharp bends, so my mind learned the rule that an unmarked road = drive over THERE.)

Oh, and then there was the volcano. After the earthquakes of 1989, it was upgraded from "inactive" to "dormant", or so I recall. This may have been mere rumor.

Puns: I grew up in a punning family, where dinner and conversations occurred at high speed, often leaving guests far behind both food- and topic-wise. One of my brother's friends is still known as "Green Bug", from one of those conversations. My parents both love to read, and have quick wits; punning contests could last more than an hour before someone gave up. My partner is the first person outside my family to hold her own against me, and she's just as competitive as I am. Since we tend to drive together every day, we often have mini-contests along the way. Our son is even beginning to join in, now that he's old enough to grasp the concept. (My evil plan is working!) I appreciate good puns whenever I spy them, which sometimes surprises people; I once stopped at a vendor booth at a conference to appreciate the pun. [The concept was a blood chemistry machine that needed only a minute sample of blood. The name was Culex. The rep said I was the only person to get it.]

::sits back to wait for the victims comments::

Meme again

Jan. 28th, 2009 02:00 pm
etumukutenyak: (Gromit puzzled)
Snurched from [ profile] niterobin

The Big Read thinks the average adult has only read six of the top 100 books they've listed below. (Does anyone have a source for this?)

1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you LOVE.

[Yanno, that's just too much work for me. I'm going to strike out every book I haven't read instead, and you all can take it for granted that I love books.]
Here we go )

Meme Time

Jan. 26th, 2009 06:34 pm
etumukutenyak: (Default)
Stolen freely from [ profile] fledgist

These things supposedly aren't around any more-- bold the ones you remember!

1 Blackjack chewing gum
2.Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water
3.Candy cigarettes
4.Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles
5. Coffee shops or diners with tableside juke boxes There's still a local chain with these.
6. Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers
7. Party lines
8. Newsreels before the movie
9. P.F. Flyers
10. Butch wax
11. Telephone numbers with a word prefix LA8-8355, still in the memory banks even forty mumble years later!
12. Peashooters
13. Howdy Doody
14. 45 RPM records
15. S&H greenstamps
16 Hi-fi's
17. Metal ice trays with lever Might still have one or two in the basement...
18. Mimeograph paper Oh, yeah!
19. Blue flashbulbs
20. Packards
21. Roller skate keys
22. Cork popguns
23. Drive-ins Still have these in various locations, depending on the state.
24. Studebakers
25. Wash tub wringers (Mangles, we called those)
26. "Big, little" books.
27. Using hand signals for cars without turn signals.
28. Soldering irons you heat on a gas burner.
29. Pant leg clips for bicycles without chain guards.
30. Real ice boxes.
31. Head lights dimmer switches on the floor The Ford Pinto had this too.
32. Heaters mounted on the inside of the fire wall. ??? Is this supposed to be the fireplace wall?
33. Ignition switches on the dashboard.
etumukutenyak: (skull with nails)
Put the things you've done in bold. (snurched from [ profile] fledgist)
Cut for your F-list )
etumukutenyak: (Gromit puzzled)
Grab the nearest book. Find the 5th sentence on page 23. Append it to the paragraph below. Append your name to the list below of people who have contributed to the paragraph. Post the result to your LJ.
It's getting long )
etumukutenyak: (Nuclear night test)
Found on [ profile] hawkwing_lj's f-list: When you see a Pratchett quote, post another PTerry quote in your LJ, and see how long we can keep it going.

"There was a pregnant pause. It gave birth to a lot of little pauses, each one more deeply embarrassing than its parent."
etumukutenyak: (Default)
I haven't done one in a long time, and this one's more interesting than most.
The Food Meme )
etumukutenyak: (Default)
So, etumukutenyak, your LiveJournal reveals...

You are... 0% unique and 0% herdlike.
When it comes to friends you are popular. In terms of the way you relate to people, you are keen to please.

Your writing style (based on a recent public entry) is overcomplicated.

Your overall weirdness is: 101

(The average level of weirdness is: 27.
You are weirder than 98% of other LJers.)

Find out what your weirdness level is!

etumukutenyak: (Default)
..and [ profile] wordwitch, I'm afraid your secret is out. ;-) :-P

Although I have to admit I have no idea what a "toothless lesbian" is.

If your F-list were all lesbians )
etumukutenyak: (2 pound coin DNA helix)
.. taken up from The Ol' Red Lion [ profile] brashley46:

IF YOU'RE ON MY FRIENDS LIST, I want to know 28 things about you (or however many you can be bothered filling in!) I don't care if we've never talked, never liked each other, or if we already know everything about each other. I really don't. You are obviously on my flist, so let me know with whom I'm friends!

1. Your Middle Name:
2. Age:
3. Single or Taken:
4. Favourite Movie:
5. Favourite Song or Album:
6. Favourite Band/Artist:
7. Dirty or Clean:
8. Tattoos and/or Piercings:
9. Do we know each other outside of LJ?
10. What's your philosophy on life?
11. Is the bottle half-full or half-empty?
12. Would you keep a secret from me if you thought it was in my best interest?
13. What is your favourite memory of us?
14. What is your favourite guilty pleasure?
15. Tell me one odd/interesting fact about you:
16. You can have three wishes (for yourself, so forget all the 'world peace etc' malarky) - what are they?
17. Can we get together and make a cake?
18. Which country is your spiritual home?
19. What is your big weakness?
20. Do you think I'm a good person?
21. What was your best/favourite subject at school?
22. Describe your accent.
23. If you could change anything about me, would you?
24. What do you wear to sleep?
25. Trousers or skirts?
26. Cigarettes or alcohol?
27. If I only had one day to live, what would we do together?
28. Will you repost this so I can fill it out for you?
etumukutenyak: (Fliegende Hollander_by etumukutenyak)
Stealing this from [ profile] beckyzoole: bold for the places you've been. (Derived from Forbes Magazine's article on most-visited places.)

The Popular Travel Meme )

Well. All I can say is, it's a good thing I've lived in a few places, otherwise I'd never have seen some of these things.
etumukutenyak: (Cover Illo IOVS)
"Reply to this post, and I will tell you my favorite icon of yours. Then post this to your own journal using your own favorite icon."

Baa. Baa.

And if anyone's interested in my sheep stories, including the one about the head-butt, speak now and I shall post them.

Sheep. Can't live with them, can't live with them.
etumukutenyak: ("Another cuppa)
The three questions meme: ask me three questions about anything.


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