Monday, August 6, 2012

The Liebster, Reloaded!

In the continued vein of catching up with stuff...

The grooky (groovy + kooky = grooky) ghouls over at Horror Shock Lolipop bestowed this upgraded Liebster Award upon me a few weeks ago. I've received it before, but with different rules (which I nonetheless intend to bend a bit, but still...protocol, you know). Thanks so much for thinking of me, Madame Luciel, Erinia Spooky, Lilia Tombs, and—ahem—Vagina Galore! :-D

The Rules:
  • Post 11 things about yourself
  • Answer the questions the tagger has set for you
  • Create 11 questions for the people you have tagged to answer
  • Choose 11 people and link them in your post
  • Go to their page and tell them
  • No tag backs

I've very recently had to come up with numerous things about myself (twice!) so for Rule Bender #1, I'm just gonna link back to the very first award post in which I had to do this kinda thing.

And here are my answers to Horror Shock Lolipop's questions:

1. What's the best horror-themed or spooky attraction you've been to?
The only one I've been to was in L.A. - I was there on business with a co-worker, and he, myself, and a friend of mine local to the area went to a "haunted house" (this was October 2010). Even with one guy before me and one behind (heh heh) I twitched from the anticipation of being completely freaked out of my mind. (By fright, you dirty birdies.) We reached a smallish room in the house, adorned with framed pictures of clowns. I said to my friends, "God, I really can't stand scary clowns." Right on cue, a clown-faced dude poked his head out from one of the frames and cackled at me. Perfection.

2. If you had to come up with a new type of monster, what would it be and what would you call it?
It would suck all the bubbly energy from those who are relentlessly cheerful first thing in the morning and it would be called DePerk-aTron™.

3. What's the worst film you've ever seen (any genre)?
Years ago, before my sis was born and I was just a little Goth, my parents rented a one-bedroom apartment. I slept on the sofabed in the living room and when my dad stayed up late to watch bad movies, I, perforce, was exposed to them. One night he watched some hideous thing, the name of which I've no idea, that featured a typical four-person American family lost in the woods. They came upon some old manse-type structure and, peeking in through some cellar windows, saw a kind of black mass, led by a priest and attended by nuns, who threw themselves in a cauldron of fire in sacrifice to God only knows what. Blerch.

4. Best book you've read (any genre)?
Oh, Lord, to choose only one! Gah. With apologies for copping out, I just can't do it...

5. If you could create a theme park ride, what would it be?
It would be the Cocktailpalooza, intended solely for parents bringing their kids to the theme park to detox after schlepping their progeny around said park in the hot sun for hours on end.

6. Would you rather have a zombie attack or an alien attack?
Zombie attack, 'cause the rules for dealing with them are clearly laid out in Zombieland and Max Brooks' Zombie Survival Guide.

7. What's the food that scares you the most?
Squid.  ::shudders:: (For which I blame Elizabeth Twist.) :-P

8. What music do you love / hate?
Love alternative rock. Don't much care for country.

9. Would you rather live underground, in the sea, or in space?
Oye, vey. BY the sea would be fab.

10. Spiders: Creepy or cute?
Useful for gobbling up other creepy critters, so I let them live. Plus, it's bad luck to kill 'em.

11. If you could have any "super power" you wanted, what would it be?
Invisibility, so I could be the proverbial fly on the wall...though, not in the presence of spiders, it must be noted.

Now to bend the rest of the rules: I've very recently crafted 11 questions/tagged 11 blogs, and I've just not got it in me right now to attempt it again. So I'll not tag anyone in particular, but instead invite all readers to answer the following question by commenting, below:

Apart from having children and paying taxes, what's the scariest thing that's ever happened to you???  :-)


  1. Your clown story made me laugh!

    I love alternative rock and calamari. I won't try brains or kidneys though.

  2. Congrats on the re-awarding! Always love learning more about you, and I'm with you on the clowns. Creepy -- I know it's not fair to those who truly want just to entertain kids, but I'll forever think of either Stephen King's "It" or John Wayne Gacy when I see a clown.

    Scariest thing? Here's the most recent one: Getting a frantic phone call that my stepdaughter had been in a horrible accident, and racing down there to see a horde of ambulances, firetrucks, and our Explorer crumpled after having been hit and rolled over. My heart was in my throat. (Luckily she only had a few cuts and brusies, but Man! Was I freaked out!)

    1. Ohmigosh, Chris, how truly awful! As a mom I'm often in fear of receiving that kind of news (and pray fervently I never do!). I'm so glad she was ok!

  3. What fun questions and you answered like a pro--pro what I don't know, but they were good.
    I used to be in the business of supplying haunted attractions, but oddly enough only visited one. It too was in the L.A. area--Long Beach. It was on the Queen Mary which is kind of scary even when they don't add the monsters.

    Scariest thing? First thing that comes to mind is a colonoscopy--that was a bit much. Root canals are pretty scary too.

    Tossing It Out

    1. LOL, thanks, Arlee! Hmmm, haunted ship! I wonder if knowing you're on a vessel you can't easily disembark from (I'm guessing) ratchets up the creepy factor?

      I imagine colonoscopies aren't a good time. I've had root canal therapy, which I found more tedious than terrifying. Though I was pretty terrified getting a tooth pulled, many moons ago...until, that is, the oral surgeon hooked me up with some nitrous oxide, which was a very good time indeed. :-)

  4. Worst movie ever: Biodome. lol

    I can't think of the scariest thing that ever happened to me...I've probably blocked it in my mind.

    1. That's probably wise, JoJo. And thanks for the warning - I'll be sure to steer clear of that flick. :-)

  5. I tried commenting on this post the day it went up but had problems. I love your answers, lol. My scariest moment was when my daughter, after a night of side pain, had to be rushed to the hospital via ambulance. She had appendicitis. She was fine but nothing like an emergency operation or 14 hours in the ER with a toddler to take a few years off. :)

    1. YIKES! I'm so sorry! I've had a few emergency room visits with my kid, and I've always wished it were me, and not him, suffering. It really is terrible, seeing your kids in so much pain and feeling helpless to alleviate it. Glad your daughter got the care she needed!


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