- What might you put in a small, pretty glass bottle as a romantic gift to someone?
I’ve done something like this twice, both for the same recipient who was away from home for a few years. One was sand and ocean water from her favorite beach. I don’t live on a very big island, but the beaches have different qualities of sand and ocean water. Another was rain. I cheated a little on the rain, putting a small funnel in the mouth of the bottle, but I did stand out there in the rain until it was full.
- Someone you care very much for is leaving for a long time but will be back. What small object (not a photo) might you give him or her to remember you by?
I think a lock of my long hair would be pretty funny. Or one of my guitar picks, maybe with a hole drilled into it so she could put it on a chain.
- If you were to leave a small mark in your current residence, as lasting evidence that you lived there, what would you leave, and where would you leave it?
I think I could get away with my initials in black Sharpie, in my under-the-stairs closet. I might actually do this.
- What would you like to toss into the fires of Mount Doom?
I have a bunch of old electronics I have difficulty getting to a recycling drive. I can see myself trudging up to Mount Doom and casting it into the fires. Old PCs in various stages of repair and disrepair. Old CRT monitors and a couple of flat-panel monitors. Batteries.
- Those adopt-a-star things are gimmicky rip-offs, but if they weren’t, and someone gave you one as a gift, what would you name it?
Whenever one of my friends is expecting a child, I suggest Van Halen as a first name. I think Van Halen does with just about any last name, and you could name either a boy or a girl Van Halen, and it would be one of the coolest first names in the history of first names. A kid named Van Halen is already the baddest, coolest, possibly nicest kid in the classroom. And since no friend has ever taken my suggestion, I might as well give it to a star.