I started a different post, but I ran out of steam, so I'm grabbing a meme from another blog.
1. Where did you grow up? Where do you consider home?
I grew up in northern Ohio. There's a part of me that still probably sees that as home or at least home-like, just because I know the geography of the people and places better than anywhere else. But my real home is with my wife and child and dog, in Indiana.
2. If you could paint your car any color with no loss in value, what color would it be?
I could care less. I happy with it in gray.
3. What do you think comes after death?
I'm no medical professional, but I'm pretty sure it's rigor mortis. Also--and I know this--your features get kind of blackened because your cells have used up all the oxygen in the blood that's no longer pumping. Long-term, entropy takes over and you decompose.
4. Name a TV show that should NOT be renewed for another season.
Beats me. I like all of the few TV shows that I watch. And although I liked it, Heroes did deserve to be canceled.
5. If you could have a free subscription to any online service, which would you like to have?
The on-line version of The Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians. Close second: Oxford English Dictionary.
6. Where did you think you’d be at the age you are now?
Really, I had only the foggiest idea. Thirty-three seemed awfully far away until I got here. At one point in my life, I thought I'd be a published author. At another, I might have hoped to have been making a living as a composer.
7. What did you want to be when you grew up?
When I was probably 6 or 7, I wanted to be a truck driver, because my dad was. Then, early in elementary school, I wanted to be a school bus driver, because everyone seemed to like the bus driver. Late in elementary school and into high school, I wanted to be a writer. I was going to write fantasy and science fiction. Now, I'd like to be gainfully unemployed when I grow up.
8. If you were to suddenly become famous, and were forced to change names, what would you choose as your stage name?
Because I'd considered being a writer, I've thought about this, but the best I came up with was Nolan Richardson. Then I discovered that a basketball coach already had that name, so I guess that's out. I'm not really sure why I would be "forced" to change names, anyway.
9. What is the first book that you can remember reading by yourself as a child?
I have no idea. There was so much reading going on, first by my parents and my grandmother to me and then eventually by me on my own that there's no way I could say for sure. Really, no idea. I think, though, that it was around the fifth grade that I read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, and that experience marked a turning point in my life, so I'll take the opportunity of this question to mention it.