That 100 truths blogger tag thing
100 truths? What? Whose crazy idea was this? One of the things I didn’t expect when starting a blog was being involved in these things. Thanks to Leigh, everyone’s favourite Dad Geek for tagging me, and my inability to avoid the social obligation to take part, here we go!
Q1: What’s your name?
A – Stuart.
Q2: Any nicknames or aliases?
A – Dad, Daddy, Dada.
Q3: Your gender?
A – Male.
Q4: Your star sign?
A – Taurus.
Q5: How old are you?
A – 37.
Q6: Your relationship status?
A – 100% married.
Q7: Any children?
A – I guess the name gives it away slightly… two boys and a girl. (I wanted to add, ‘that I know of’ at the end but I’d probably sound like a tit)
Q8: Any pets?
A – One dog. We lost our cat of 14 or so years back in August – there’s a post about it somewhere on here.
Q9: Any tattoos or piercings?
A – None of either. Not bothered about piercings and will get bored of tattoos about five seconds after having one.
Q10: What do you like about yourself?
A – I like to think I’m clever and creative, a good dad and reasonable at blagging it as a human being.
Q11: What do you dislike about yourself?
A – Anxiety and nervousness in public places and my tendency to let little things bother me.
Q12: Righty or lefty?
A – Lefty, like all the greats.
Q13: The last thing you drank?
A – Diet Coke. I prefer Pepsi Max but since my wife’s last pregnancy she has gone off it.
Q14: The last thing you ate?
A – One of the kid’s strawberry bonbons. Shhhh.
Q15: Your last phone call?
A – Check-in call with the wife.
Q16: Your last text message?
A – Check-in text with the wife.
Q17: Your last email?
A – Boring work stuff.
Q18: The last song you listened to?
A – Sister Winter by Sufjan Stevens. It’s about as Christmas songs as I get.
Q19: The last book you read?
A – Do kids books at bedtime count? Frankie’s Magic Football and some rubbish about visiting Santa. Sorry Frank Lampard fans but it’s awful.
Q20: The last time you cried?
A – When my cat died.
Q21: The last blog you read?
A – I’ve been really bad with reading the last few weeks and have tended to read blogs as part of linkys, which I guess doesn’t count because I’m obligated to. I think the last one I read completely unprompted was 16-Bit Dad’s ‘Toys Vs Boxes and Why You Shouldn’t Splash Out At A Young Age”.
Q22: The last person you spoke to?
A – NJ, telling him its 9pm and he needs to stop reading Harry Potter.
Q23: The last place you visited?
A – Blackpool Zoo. As it was late November it was pretty quiet and got to get up close to some lions. Unless you mean, literally anywhere, then it was probably Tesco a couple of hours ago.
Q24: Your last holiday abroad?
A – Does Northern Ireland count? We had to go on a plane. Failing that, Morocco about… 7 years ago? Oh dear.
HAVE YOU EVER?
Q25: Have you ever gotten back with an ex?
A – Urgh, no.
Q26: Have you ever been cheated on?
A – Not knowingly.
Q27: Have you ever cheated on someone?
A – Nope
Q28: Have you ever lost someone special to you?
A – Yup.
Q29: Have you ever been so drunk you threw up?
A – I have a phobia of puking and I think my insides can absorb a lot of punishment. I somehow managed to survive Uni throwing up about twice.
Q30: Have you ever fallen out of love with someone?
A – At the time, yes, but looking back it’s an obvious no.
Q31: Have you ever met someone who changed you?
A – Cliche alert: my wife. But to be honest I’ve been changed by friends and colleagues – basically anyone I can learn from.
Q32: Have you ever been in a situation where you found out who your real friends are?
A – Oh yes, and certainly being a parent makes that more obvious.
Q33: Have you ever kissed someone you probably shouldn’t have?
A – Probably more than I can remember.
Q34: Have you ever found out people were talking about you behind your back?
A – The pleasure of working in an office is that this happens more than you like to admit, but unfortunately it happens. Although, it’s not always bad!
Q35: Have you ever broken someone’s heart?
A – Hundreds.
Q36: Have you ever kissed a stranger?
A – See question 33.
Q37: Have you ever had your own heart-broken?
A – My heart was broken when Optimus Prime died in the cartoon Transformers movie.
Q38: Have you ever had sex on the first date?
A – Hang on, I have three kids. What is sex again?
Q39: Have you ever been arrested?
A – Nope. Although I’ve been flashed by a police car and started to pull over until I realised they were after someone else. That put the fear of the law in me.
Q40: Have you ever been attracted to someone who isn’t the gender you usually find attractive?
A – Ryan Gosling’s facial hair. I’m quite ok about it.
Q41: Have you ever done something you regret?
A – Every. Single. Day. I even regret things I shouldn’t regret.
Q42: Have you ever had a threesome?
A – If there’s ever a better time for this gif, I’d like to know about it:
Q43: Have you ever embarrassed yourself in public?
A – Not hugely… I usually just embarrass myself in my head.
Q44: Have you ever misjudged someone?
A – I’ve certainly been disappointed by people. I like to think I’m a good judge of character, and even if I think I’m wrong I’m usually proved right in the end.
YOUR BELIEFS AND OPINIONS
Q45: Do you believe in God?
A – I unofficially believe in the flying spaghetti monster. And Chuck Norris.
Q46: Do you believe in yourself?
A – I believe I exist, yes. Although sometimes I think I am just in a simulation of a really boring video game.
Q47: Do you believe in Santa Claus?
A – I want to believe.
Q48: Do you believe in ghosts?
A – I want to believe.
Q49: Do you believe in aliens?
A – I want to… no, wait, Yes. Although in a universe so vast that has existed for so long, the chances of finding life on another planet at exactly the right time as we are ready to find it makes it feel unlikely. It’s like calling a landline (yes those) for a millisecond in a set 100 year period and expecting someone to answer. Sorry if that doesn’t make sense, I’m no Brian Cox.
Q50: Do you believe in miracles?
A – I think people find meaning in what is essentially a world of randomness.
Q51: Do you believe in the power of positive thinking?
A – Hell yes!!
Q52: Do you believe in love at first sight?
A – I think you can instantly connect with someone and a lot of people call that love.
Q53: Can money make you happy?
A – I’m prepared to participate in an experiment to see if £1million makes me happy. Unfortunately we live in a world where success is measured by the amount of money you have and it’s easy to forgot wealth does not always have a number or pound sign.
Q54: Would you describe yourself as a feminist?
A – Does anyone actually know what that means any more?
Q55: Are you pro-life or pro-choice?
A – Pro-choice.
Q56: Do you have strong political beliefs?
A – I didn’t think I did until the world became decisively more right wing and less humane.
Q57: Do you have strong religious beliefs?
A – I don’t have a religion, don’t see it’s relevance and think it creates more problems than it solves. However, people can believe whatever they want as long as they don’t force it on other people – and this includes not believing in anything. It’s a two-way street, non-believers.
Q58: What do you think the most important thing you can give a child is?
A – Your time and encouragement. And a love of Home Alone.
Q59: Are you eating anything right now?
A – No.
Q60: Are you drinking anything right now?
A – No. I can’t multitask.
Q61: What are you listening to right now?
A – The baby monitor.
Q62: What are you thinking about right now?
A – My eyes hurt and I need a wee.
Q63: What are you waiting for right now?
A – Baby to wake up for the tenth time this evening.
Q64: What are you most excited about right now?
A – Baby not currently awake!
Q65) What’s your pet hate right now?
A – People sharing pictures of their Christmas tree. Seriously. Everyone who cares already has a Christmas tree, they don’t need to see yours. Bah humbug.
Q66: What’s your favourite thing right now?
A – I’m liking Mindhunter and the National’s back catalogue.
Q67: If you weren’t answering these questions, what would you be doing right now?
A – Watching The Walking Dead. Actually, I’m doing both and it makes me feel better that the reason The Walking Dead no longer makes sense is because I’m not really paying attention to it.
Q68: Your first best friend?
A – Michael when I was 11. We then went different schools and never heard from him again. Bastard.
Q69: Your first kiss?
A – Calling it a kiss is a bit of a stretch… more of a rushed bumping of faces after school.
Q70: Your first celebrity crush?
A – Yasmin Bleeth.
Q71: Your first holiday?
A – I have family in Bulgaria so spent a lot of my summer holidays over there as a kid.
Q72: Your first pet?
A – Goldfish called Luke (Skywalker). I must have been about five and I remember when he died my parents flushed him down the loo. Cruel.
Q73: Your first regret?
A – Being depressed in my teens and not getting the help I needed.
Q74: Your first job?
A – Bland data entry in a bland office.
Q75: Your first childhood memory?
A – Being in a hospital bed being wheeled to have a hernia operation. I was three. I don’t know if this is a genuine memory or me just visualising the story I was told at a later date. I guess I’ll never know.
WHICH WOULD YOU CHOOSE?
Q76: Love or money?
A – Love.
Q77: Twitter or Facebook?
A – Twitter.
Q78: Hook up or relationship?
A – Relationship.
Q:79: Dogs or cats?
A – Cats.
Q80: Coffee or tea?
A – Tea
Q81: Beer or wine?
A – Beer.
Q82: Sweet or savoury?
A – Sweet.
Q83: Introvert or extrovert?
A – Introvert who fails to pretend he isn’t.
Q84: Vampires or werewolves?
A – Vampires, I guess, but never been a fan of either.
Q85: Seaside or countryside?
A – Countryside, every time.
Q86: Summer or winter?
A – I like winter because of snow and Christmas, but really I love spring.
Q87: Books or movies?
A – I’ve read more great books than watched great films.
Q88: Horror or comedy?
A – Comedy. I think there’s enough horror in the news nowadays, we could all do with some cheer.
A FEW RANDOM QUESTIONS TO FINISH ON
Q89: Do you wish you could change your past?
A – Some of it, but it reminds me not to screw things up in the future so much.
Q90: What’s your dream job?
A – Writing full time. Something I could fit around school runs and family time.
Q91: What’s your guilty pleasure?
A – The Notebook. Did I mention Ryan Gosling’s facial hair?
Q92: What are you afraid of?
A – Not being there to protect my kids. It’s such a scary, unempathetic world and if the last 18 months have taught me anything is that other kids can turn into dicks at a surprisingly young.
Q93: What was the first thing you wanted to be when you grew up?
A – An astronaut.
Q94: If you could have any super power, what would it be?
A – Ability to fly.
Q95: If you could change anything about your life what would it be?
A – I’d like to figure out what I didn’t want to be a lot sooner so I didn’t have to waste so much time finding out. This, of course, is still a work in progress.
Q96: Would you want immortality?
A – Depends. If I get to choose at which point in my life I stop ageing, then sure. There’s no point living forever as a 90 year old.
Q97: If you could interview anyone alive or dead who would you choose?
A – Bill Murray.
Q98: Would you say you are happy?
A – I have my moments.
Q99: What one piece of advice would you give to yourself at age eighteen?
A – Don’t do that because you’re going to have to explain it to your kids when they’re old enough to understand. You know what I mean.
Q100: Where would you like to be in five years’ time?
A – Surviving.
Well, that’s it. It’s debatable whether there are 100 truths there, but if you’re still reading, you’ve reached the end. Congratulations.
Now it’s time to
burden pass this on… so… here is a semi-random selection of fellow blog folk you I follow: