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But I really think that's because of how I define "love". I do think it's possible to meet someone and instantly like them - or find them physically attractive - but I wouldn't call that "love", I'd call it a crush or an attraction or even just plain old charisma. Friendship and love, I believe, come with time spent together. So while someone you meet and instantly like can become someone you love, with time, I wouldn't say it was "love at first sight".
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"Wit is educated insolence." - Aristotle
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Love Actually, of course!!! Although there are a lot of family classics for me, this is hands-down my first choice. :D
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Ignatius was the first name to come to mind. IDK, it has gravitas, I think.

Or, borrowing shamelessly, Stood Well Back When The Gravitas Was Handed Out. :D
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Consequence, by The Notwist

Not because it's my favorite song - it's not, although I love it - but because it has a good beat, simple lyrics, and it blends into itself - it's great background music for almost any mood.
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I absolutely want to be cremated. That's not a religious thing, I just think rotting things are gross. I can feed daisies just fine in ash form, thank you very much.

Wow, this prompt has me feeling very morbid.

Anyway, yeah. I do think that gravestones are... nice. Good as a physical marker, a way to remember loved ones, to leave behind something solid and real when our bodies are gone. But I don't want to be buried under one, if that makes sense.

I'm not sure how I feel about the whole "give your body to science" deal. I respect the hell out of it, don't get me wrong, but I'm not sure it's something I could do myself. I'm kind of hoping to be in one piece for the funeral, you know? At least visually. I suppose organs and things won't be missed so much at that point. Not by me, obviously, but I'm thinking of being, you know, presentable. Although I personally can't stand looking at the dead bodies of people I knew, and that whole practice at funerals kinda creeps me out, I understand that some people need that for closure. I guess.

OK, this is definitely the weirdest writer's block prompt I've ever answered. I maybe shouldn't have done this right before bed...
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My favorite English word is awkward, because it sounds like what it is and I just think the way my mouth is shaped to make it is hilarious.

My favorite German word is tötetet, because it sounds awesome, the slight variation of vowels between the t's popping off the tongue. :D It's a conjugation of the verb "to kill".
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Depends on whether either of them are venemous. If not, then the snakes would be worse, imho, because spiders are easier to squish and snakes have bigger teeth. Not that spiders have teeth. So to speak.
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THUNDERSTORMS.

I really, really love a good blustery day, as Pooh would say. :D I love the cloudy-gray overcast sky, the brisk wind and the cool crisp clean air, the sound of rain coming down, the tension of electricity in the air before the lightning starts and the crack and grumble as it goes.
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so. i started this post with the honest intent to answer the prompt.

and then i got to thinking what lyric i wanted to choose, and.... couldn't. choose.

have a cross-section?

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...wait for the year to drown/ spring forward, fall back down... - Left and Leaving, by The Weakerthans

...we who grew up tall and proud/ in the shadow of the mushroom cloud... - Hammer to Fall, by Queen

just 'cause i'm small/ i can't hurt you at all/ i'm only a girl/ oh what to do... - Lullaby, by Mandah

here we are for the hundredth time/ hand grenade pins in every line/ throw 'em up and let something shine/ going out of my fucking mind... - Bleed It Out, by Linkin Park

...tell me, am i right to think that there could be nothing better/ than making you my bride and slowly growing old together... - Nothing Better, by The Postal Service

...you hold me without touch/ you keep me without chains... - Gravity, by Sara Bareilles

...clouds start forming, i can't complain/ because i think we might be in need of some rain/ when it starts pouring don't hide away without me/ i've got an umbrella big enough for two/ but it feels pretty empty under here without you/ i'm dry as a bone but i'm still alone/ i'm so gray... - Wishful Thinking, by The Ditty Bops

there is something that i see/ in the way you look at me/ there's a smile, there's a truth/ in your eyes... - It Is You I Have Loved, by Dana Glover

...i, i feel like/ i wouldn't like me/ if i met me... - You Wouldn't Like Me, by Tegan and Sara

...for billions of years since the outset of time/ every single one of your ancestors survived/ every single person on your mum and dad's side/ successfully looked after and passed on to you life/ what are the chances of that like...? - The Edge of a Cliff, by The Streets
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Ooooh, um. I think I would have to say "Under Pressure", but I'm also very partial to "Hammer To Fall" and "Don't Stop Me Now".

So much love for Queen.

<3
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"The primroses were over." - Watership Down, by Richard Adams

And because a) that was something of a let-down, and b) it feels lke a betrayal to do otherwise, I will include the first lines from the other books on my short stack.

"It was almost December, and Jonas was beginning to be frightened." - The Giver, by Lois Lowry

"It was little more than three miles from the Wall to the Old Kingdom, but that was enough." - Sabriel, by Garth Nix

"It was a dumb thing to do but it wasn't that dumb." - Sunshine, by Robin McKinley

ETA: I would have Good Omens in here too, but someone stole my book and I can't remember the line off the top of my head. Looking at you, Lauren...

ETA2: Shoot, I forgot Tuck Everlasting too. Don't have a copy of that one either... I should fix this. It is clearly a problem.
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Hell no! I would not ever set a zoo animal free. Because they most likely have been bred in captivity and wouldn't know what to do with a wide open field if they found themselves in one.

Seriously, you (yes, YOU!) have been protected from the elements and strangers who want to hurt you, you have been fed and watered and cared for all your life - how would you fare if someone decided you should be FREE! and they dumped you in your "natural habitat" without any of those support structures in place - no house, no kitchen knives, no refrigerator, no means of protecting yourself. Wouldn't that suck?

(To anyone who has not led a life of full safety and healthy well-being, I apologise for the above statement. My intention is to promote empathy and understanding, not to offend.)
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Good timing! I always tease my husband that his superpower is to always have perfect timing, but it's actually damn useful.

For example - you get to the bus stop right when your bus pulls up to the curb. You get to the store just in time to grab the last of your favorite muffins. You get to the bar right when happy hour starts. You call a friend when they were just about to call you. You get home just when dinner comes out of the oven. You buy a new game or movie just because it looks interesting, and then your friends call because they're planning a get-together at their place tonight, and could you bring something new to play? You get three days vacation that just happen to fall on your birthday... etc, etc.

Isn't good timing awesome? :D
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Shopping, reading, cleaning, packing to go to the beach tomorrow, and kid-sitting. Apparently.

(End of the world? Really? Granted, I accept that such a thing will happen some day. I scoff at any human claiming the ability to predict the day.)
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If I found a magical stone that could keep one person young forever, I wouldn't give it to anyone OR keep it for myself. I would hide it away where no one could ever find it or use it.

Think about it - being young forever, in our society? Not all it's cracked up to be, especially if you're the only one. If you were young forever, you could never fall in love, have a family, have a career, anything. No life insurance, that would be interesting.

Just think: you have a magical stone that keeps you young forever and, I presume, keeps you from dying from various diseases, accidents or attacks, fatal wounds, etc. But in our society you had better keep such a thing a secret, or it wouldn't be yours for long. And I'd assume that if you lose the magical stone after, say, a thousand years - you would just turn to dust, as you should have been all along. So you'd better not lose it unless you plan on dying.

And you can't do any of the things that make living worth-while. Fall in love? Even if you tell your beloved about the magic stone, and they're okay with that, they will grow old and die while you stay forever young. Your children will look older than you, die before you. Your grandchildren? Also going to grow old and die and leave you behind to mourn. You can't have a career - because eventually people start to notice when you've been with the company for thirty years and you don't look a day over twenty-five, or whatever. People will eventually start to ask questions, and that brings you right back to losing your magical stone to someone else. Even if you hop from one place to another, the government (and your life insurance company) will eventually figure out that you've been a citizen for over a hundred years, got your centennial birthday letter from the president, and you're still going mountain-climbing or whatever. Kinda weird.

You would have to constantly be changing your name, changing where you live, creating a new identity and a new life for yourself every few years, or hiding out, either somewhere that doesn't ask any questions about weird stuff like immortal youth, or somewhere that has a transient population that wouldn't notice.

So all the cool things about being young? In a society where one person being young forever is NOT the accepted norm, you wouldn't be able to enjoy it. For a while, maybe, but after a few decades it would only be torture. I wouldn't wish such a thing on my worst enemy, let alone my dearest friend or myself.

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For fictitious reference, see Jack Harkness from Torchwood or, as [livejournal.com profile] anhtho has reminded me, the Tuck family from Tuck Everlasting.
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Lol, this one has always been a fun topic of conversation!! I have been living in Houston, TX the past five years, and it's hilarious to see the whole city shut down when the temperature drops below freezing. I used to live in Dresden, Germany, which climate-wise is about equivalent to the mid-west USA; most of my current neighbors don't know what real snow looks like.

Of course, after five years my body has adapted to my current climate, and when it gets below 60F I pull out my jeans and a light jacket from the closet. That doesn't mean 59F is "too cold" - it just means I can't comfortably walk around in a short skirt and a tank top in that weather. My personal opinion is that people don't know how to dress to their environment anymore. All this HVAC has spoiled us so that we dress like it's always a balmy 70F and then complain when the actual weather doesn't oblige us by staying there. If it's cold outside, grab a coat, for crying out loud.

So really, I would say that 'too cold' is whatever temperature is so cold that it will cut through my clothes no matter what I wear. I've personally never reached that point. Anyone else?
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Ooh, that's a tough question. I feel really strongly both yes and no. (For reference, I am a believer in abstinence and always have been, but also a believer in informed consent and people being able to make their own decisions for themselves.)

The part of me that feels "yes" remembers how awkward it was to have "The Talk" with my parents. It's a very personal subject and I realise, in retrospect, that my parents were pretty biased about what they told me. (I say 'parents'; really it was just my mom.) In a similar vein, I would guess that some parents either don't care about educating their children, or they do a poor job of it for whatever reason, and then their children might make uninformed judgments and decisions about sex. I remember one girl I knew in high school who had already had one baby, and after taking the school's sex ed program she said she would be living a completely different life if she had known even half of that information before. I think schools should definitely provide sex education because: a) parents may for whatever reason give an incomplete or biased picture, b) the awkwardness of a parental "Talk" is mostly avoided, and c) school-sponsored sex education has the weight of an institution behind it, which to impressionable children might be more socially driving.

On the flip side, school-mandated sex education has a lot of deficiencies, so a part of me really wants to say "no" to it as well. One of my main reasons is that I really don't think it's the place of the school to be the primary material resource on something so important to a person's future life choices. Parents should be taking an active role in the lives of their kids, not depending on the school to take care of and nurture them. Another thing: it's just as possible to have bias in a school program, except that's worse because then it's affecting every kid in the class, not just one or two. Another plague of the school-run program is giving too much or too little information, regardless of what the kids involved are ready for. I personally feel that my school-run sex ed program came about six years too late - I was a precocious kid - but my younger sister's program was a bit earlier and a LOT more graphic. Basically, the reasons here are the opposite of the reasons I gave above. Schools shouldn't be the sole provider of sex education because: a) a school program can't personalize the information it gives to each student's level, b) the school program is often impersonal and scary, and c)institutions shouldn't be responsible for the social well-being of someone's children.

My opinion: there should be both.
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There have been a few events in my life that I would really call "life-changing", some good and some bad. And I am definitely part of the school that says "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger." To a point.

For example - I got seriously lost three times as a small child, twice in foreign countries, one of which I didn't speak the local language for - and I'm now really good at navigating. I tell people that I have an internal mental map, and it's really true. The trauma of being lost like that as a small child impacted me in a big way: I never wanted that to happen again, so I got very good at knowing where I am and how to get where I want to be. (I use 'trauma' loosely - nothing criminal or medically dangerous happened to me - but emotionally and mentally it was pretty traumatic and being lost is still one of those phobias that I wake up from nightmares about.) There are a couple other things I could mention, but this isn't about airing dirty laundry.

However, I do think that there is a point where things are unacceptable. I don't think, for instance, that beating a small child is okay because it will supposedly make him tougher, or letting someone suffer pain from an injury when they could be helped is alright simply because they should be able to get through it. I don't think it's cool to be rude to someone, or purposefully emotionally disturb someone, simply because they're "a sissy" or "a wimp" or because their comfort zone is different from yours and you like to see them squirm.

That being said, my answer is: no, I wouldn't go back and change things. A lot of my maturity came from the things that took away my innocence - at the basic level, that's how it works, right? - and I would rather be a little jaded and cynical, a little world-weary, than blissfully ignorant. In fact I need that exposure, I think, more than most people. I'm a very gullible person, and very trusting, so it's hard sometimes for me to believe badly of other people. (The totally heinous mess going on in Cleveland, TX right now completely blows my mind, just for reference.) I don't regret the things I've learned from the situations I've been in. Those situations did actually make me a stronger, more mature, more responsible person, and I appreciate that. I wouldn't be the person I am today without those events.

There will always be a part of me that thinks everyone should be required to work a year in the service/hospitality industry before they're allowed to go shopping or eat out in a restaurant. Unappreciative customers suck.

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