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Oct. 13th, 2018 @ 08:10 am Interview meme
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• A meme:
→ Comment with “Come at me, bro”
→ I’ll respond by asking you five questions, so I can get to know you better.
→ Update your journal with the answers to the questions.
→ Include this explanation in the post and offer to ask other people questions.

These questions are from ashmedai:
1. If you do grow a garden one day, what would be some must-haves, crops you’d absolutely want to grow yourself?
Carrots. Both the small snack-size ones (because they make good snacks) and the chunky ones that go well in stews and Japanese curry. And every working day, I have diced tomatoes and cucumber with my salad, so it would be good to grow those too.
I’m not sure how hard it would be to grow sweet potatoes, but we use those in the curry too, and it would be good to grow those too.

2. You love RPG and gaming, but I have NO clue about it. What got you into it, and what are some of the things you love about it?
I got introduced to RPGs when I was 14 by a classmate who insisted I would like it. He was going to run a game at his house (at the other end of the city) for some friends (some of which I knew, some of which I didn’t know) and I was invited too. It was about 45 minutes by bicycle to get there, and the first day my mom brought me by car. The rest of the week, I cycled there to play in the game, because he was totally right: I did like RPGs.
We played Rolemaster, and I got to play a Hobbit Thief, because that’s an easy role to fulfil within the party with few special rules. We played through a published scenario, “Adventure at Minas Anghen”, from the module “Haunted Ruins of the Dunlendings”, which is set in Middle-Earth. Fifteen minutes in, I experienced my first character death!
All of the people in that group were a member of the Eindhovense Rollenspel Groep, and I joined that too. I got to play a lot with them.

What I love about RPGs is the unbounded nature of the game. With computer games, you can never step out of the boundaries set for you, but in an RPG, moderated by a human Game Master, you can! Thinking up a character in a particular setting, getting to experience an adventure, making choices about the world and your character that matter (in that world, at least), that’s what I like about it. And the communal story-telling and social aspects (with the right group…) make playing an RPG a very special experience.

3. You list tea – what are your favorite kinds or brands, and what makes them so good?
My go-to tea is the Keemun Congou from Simon Levelt, a Dutch tea and coffee trading company. It’s our “house tea”, and I just never get bored of it. It has a rich, deep taste, but it doesn’t have a lot of tannin nor caffeine, so it’s easy on the stomach and can be drunk throughout the day. It’s just the best.

4. You have beautiful cats. How and where did you meet them?
Our previous cat was a black cat that was deaf, which we got from a shelter when it was around nine. It was really my partner’s cat: it was always hanging out with her, and while it seemed to like me enough, it was her that he loved. All the same, I was pretty heart-broken when we had to let him go: his kidneys were failing and he clearly was done with life like that. Force-feeding him was a traumatic experience for me.
Then only a couple of weeks after, I realised that I missed having a cat around the house. We talked it over, and we reached the conclusion that it would be best to have two cats: back then, we were on the road a lot, so our new cats would have company while we were gone. We also agreed that we would get cats from a shelter: there’s enough cats being found and/or abandoned. We looked at the adoption site of the humane society and found a few sets of cats that belonged together at a shelter that was reasonably close.
We went to visit there, and I didn’t want to bring our cat carrier with us, because I was afraid that we would act on impulse and return home with cats without being really prepared. The first set we visited hung out in a room with a lot of other cats, and there was a volunteer in that room there. She was there to take pictures of the cats to put up on the adoption site, and she pointed out the cats on our list to us. Klik insists that it was because I still had some liverwurst from lunch on my fingers, but I’m not sure — but I easily gained the trust of this first pair, and before long I was giving them both head scritches. When I stopped, they mewed at me to continue — something that hadn’t happened before with these two.
We looked at other pairs on our list, but the decision had already been made. In the car back, I regretted the decision to not bring the carrier with us, but we got the house in order and collected them from the shelter a few days later.

5. I think we all have moments in our lives we’d like to re-live over and over again. What are some of yours?
As cliche as it is, I think I’m going to go with our wedding day. It was a whole day that was totally about us, and everybody had a good time. The weather was fine, the locations were good, we had good food… It was wonderful.

Thanks for the questions!

Crossposted from my blog. Comment here or at the original post.
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From:strider7901
Date:October 13th, 2018 11:53 am (UTC)
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Wow! Very cool answers :-)

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From:fub
Date:October 14th, 2018 06:18 pm (UTC)
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I'm glad you approve! :)
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From:borchmadsen
Date:October 13th, 2018 12:48 pm (UTC)
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Home grown carrots are really good! My sister had some in her garden this summer and they were grand. I think they were snack carrots..

Wedding day, nice choice! Definitely a day worth choosing :)
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From:fub
Date:October 14th, 2018 06:19 pm (UTC)
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I don't think there's a thing like having too many carrots.
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From:ashmedai
Date:October 13th, 2018 01:40 pm (UTC)
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Great answers! :)

Home-grown carrots are the best! I think out of all the crops I grew, I noticed the better taste and quality most markedly in tomatoes and carrots. Sweet potatoes aren't that difficult to grow, provided your climate is warm enough, but I read it's best to grow them in raised beds or a greenhouse if your summers aren't super warm. I haven't grown them yet, but I might next year. They don't store well though, so that made me hesitate a little.

As a writer (though I haven't written in ages), I can imagine what makes RPG so attractive. I'd never find the time in a bazillion years though, else I might give it a try.

Your mention of Keemun made me smile. If I had to pick just one type of black tea to drink for the rest of my life, it'd be Keemun, hands-down.

All the same, I was pretty heart-broken when we had to let him go: his kidneys were failing and he clearly was done with life like that. Force-feeding him was a traumatic experience for me.

I'm sorry you had to go through that too. I had the same experience with my old cat Smokie. :(

I love the story of how you met your cats! :)

As cliche as it is, I think I’m going to go with our wedding day.

That's sweet. :)
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From:fub
Date:October 15th, 2018 07:20 pm (UTC)
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I can imagine what makes RPG so attractive. I'd never find the time in a bazillion years though, else I might give it a try.
I do a lot of RPGing from home, through video conferencing. And there are websites that are specialised in managing character sheets and dice rolls, so that's also really easy to set up. So all the time invested is really the time needed to play.

I'm sorry you had to go through that too. I had the same experience with my old cat Smokie. :(
The deal with owners and pets is that the pets give you love, and in return the owner makes sure they are fed and safe and comfortable. With him in such discomfort, I keenly felt that I wasn't honouring my end of the deal.
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From:ashmedai
Date:October 15th, 2018 07:46 pm (UTC)
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So all the time invested is really the time needed to play.

Which I don't have, haha! Literally every minute of my day is booked solid. It's a luxury to find time to watch a movie now and then.

With him in such discomfort, I keenly felt that I wasn't honouring my end of the deal.

I think you were. I think part of our end is also trying our best to make sure they're healthy, and sometimes that involves discomfort (I mean, it does for us too, when we're sick and need medical care). But I think it's also important to recognize when all the care in the world would just prolong suffering, and you did. And then it's time to keep them company and comfort them while they embark on that last journey. You're a good pet owner, and I'm sure all your pets would agree, including those departed. But at the same time, I think I can relate. After a few months of trying to save Smokie, only to realize he was in pain in the end and wouldn't make it, I had horrible guilt after his death. It took me a very long time to make peace with myself again, even (logically) knowing I'd tried my best for him. I think I'd have even worse guilt if I hadn't tried my best and given up before it was certain there was no hope.
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From:changeling72
Date:October 15th, 2018 07:02 am (UTC)
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I keep well away from animal shelters. I would want to take them all home and feel bad about the one's I had to leave behind.
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From:fub
Date:October 15th, 2018 07:21 pm (UTC)
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There was a third sister, but she had already been adopted out. Otherwise I'm pretty sure we'd now have three cats.
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From:changeling72
Date:October 16th, 2018 06:57 am (UTC)
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Pity!
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