1) If you could only watch one TV show for the rest of your life what would it be?
Hmm. I get a lot of enjoyment out of watching reruns of The Simpsons, and there are a lot of recent ones I haven't even seen yet, so I think I could be happy only watching that. Now, if we changed the question slightly so that I could pick a show and new episodes would keep getting written for the rest of my life, I might pick something else. Maybe The West Wing. If this were actually going to happen, I'd probably do a lot of research on this question, since I haven't watched all that much television lately. And, who knows, if I could have them keep making Star Trek: The Next Generation, and bring back Wil Wheaton, maybe I'd do that.
2) Where did you learn to cook?
Pretty much self-taught. I got my taste for things from dishes my parents made growing up, but I really didn't do any cooking growing up (although I did make clam chowder once shortly before leaving home. My mom still talks about it, but all I remember was reading the directions after I had already started cooking it and frantically running around trying to get all the vegetables chopped and all the other ingredients prepared). I first really started cooking when hrafn and I moved in together. I may have picked up a few things from her, but I don't think so (and I don't really remember). The first thing I remember making up was ground beef, chickpeas, and tomato sauce, probably with some herbs. I just threw stuff together that was on hand, found out it was good, and started making it and playing with the recipe. And that's mostly how I cook now. What's in the fridge or in the pantry? What would go good together? Let's throw it together and see what happens. That's how cream of mushroom soup (condensed, without adding more water) and canned tuna (drained) happened. Add a little pepper and a little Tabasco, heat it on the stove, and you've got a quick hot meal.
Somewhere along the way, I developed a disdain for pre-packaged foods. And I've mostly been too poor to do a lot of eating out. Those combined to make it necessary for me to do a lot of cooking, so I've had a lot of trial-and-error (the most memorable error was the first time I tried to make blackened fish (red snapper, in this instance). It was for hrafn's homecoming from Italy, and I ended up filling the house with acrid smoke that burned the nostrils, mouth, and lungs. The pan was too hot, I believe. I've since made some excellent blackened fish).
3) Would you rather be rich and lonely or poor and popular?
This is a really easy question at first. A little reflection, though, and it's interesting that the two ends of the spectrum are "lonely" and "popular". Since hrafn moved out, I've developed a real liking for living alone, but I (mostly) haven't been lonely. I have ample opportunity to spend time with friends, and I think I could probably spend even more time with more people if I didn't have to work (that reminds me: I haven't seen you in a while. We should get together. What's going on Friday night? Email me). But would I say that I'm popular? I'm not sure what that means in the adult world. I mean, I do have a lot of friends, but it's not like school where there are a lot of metrics for popularity contests. I'm losing focus on this question, so I'll wrap it up. I'd rather be poor and popular (for whatever value of "popular"). I'm doing really well with the "poor" part recently, too. There are a lot of free and cheap ways to keep yourself entertained.
4) If you had to move somewhere other than Mass. where would you go and why?
Hmm. I haven't given this a lot of thought previously, since I'm absolutely convinced that I want to remain in the Boston area for the rest of my life. Living somewhere in Europe might be nice, assuming I could work out immigration issues. The UK, France, Italy. Maybe Luxembourg or Iceland. I'm not sure exactly what it is, but I've just generally liked the "feel" of Europe the several times that I've visited. On a more practical side, I would probably still like to be near a big city. Portland (Oregon) might be my number one pick in the US. It was a great place to live while going to school, and I really dig the weather.
5) You have a chance to study one subject from anyone living or dead. What subject and with who? Why?
Hmm. I don't know if there's anything in particular I'd like to study in that way. I'd like to learn more about photography, but I see that more as a self-directed thing. But having a mentor for that might be cool. I don't know too many famous photographers, though. And at some point I'd like to pick French back up, but I don't think I'd particularly care who taught it to me. It would be nice to be able to live in a Francophone country for a while in order to be able to listen to all sorts of native speakers all the time. I also wouldn't mind picking up a few other languages, too. Gaelic, German, Italian.