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Hello! If you are reading this, conglaturation, a winner is you! You have been selected to participate in an exciting series of COMPLETELY RANDOM AND MEANINGLESS QUESTIONS. The nature of these questions spans the gamut from totally inane to deadly serious, in an unrelated and completely hodgepodge assortment. The nature of this is to foster communication and understanding between posters, as well as opening up discussion and broadening horizons. JayBlueJay promises never to ask a question he himself (or one of the voices he shares his head with) will not answer. Questions may come at any time, and they will, so keep a sharp eye!
 

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Are these questions specifically coming from JayBlueJay?

Bed's question is actually making me wonder a lot about identical twins. I should consider going down the twin research rabbit hole tomorrow when I'm more lucid.

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Wow, Bed. That was intense! Kudos on such a deep and profound question. Stuff like this makes me wonder about whether Star Trek style transporters are really such a good idea, because would it really be me beaming down to Riza, or would I die as my particle mass is deconstructed, only to have my copy enjoy all the sexy alien action... and then I remember that I think transporters are awesome, and promptly forget to worry. And then I remember I'm married, and my wife would probably be mad if I went to Riza in the first place, and start worrying again...

Even though Shattered called it, it's totally okay that you hijacked it, for a wizbang of a thought like that. I was speaking of winning in a metaphorical sense. See, this is really just the latest incarnation of something I've done on and off for almost ten years now. I suppose I should fill in the backstory, to clear all this up so we can really get started...

[cue magic flashback ripple]

A handful of years ago, I lived about twenty minutes away from my job, walking time. I greatly enjoyed my morning walks to work, as it gave me time to wake up with some fresh air, and stretch my legs in the morning. However, I was often left alone in thought during these brief jaunts. I don't mind, to be honest. I like time to talk with myself; the conversations are interesting, anyway. But one day I decided to try something different.

See, I had a number of contacts on my still-newish phone that I wanted to talk to more often, but I constantly found myself at a loss when it came time to communicate with said individuals. I was always stressing about it. What I would say, if I had anything interesting to share, commonality I could discuss. In reality, it was less of a problem than I felt it was at the time, but that was where I had found myself. And I'm glad I did.

So, there I am, on my way to work one morning, piddling around with my little flip phone, when inspiration strikes! A way to get people to talk to me!

First, I created a group out of people whom I knew would appreciate what I was about to do. Then I sent a message, telling everyone they had been selected for my daily question text. Everyone responded, so I set to work from there. Thus began a sacred morning tradition.

Every morning, on my way to work, I would shoot the group a new question. Some days they were pretty simple questions (favorite color?), other times they were serious (how would you handle death of x person?) and sometimes they were downright odd (favorite pants you ever wore?). I wanted to get them thinking about things to respond, to get them talking to me, to bridge the communications gap, and to learn a little about the people I cared about. It was also fun trying to come up with questions, and starting conversations after they answered.

[cue magic unflashback ripple]

It worked pretty well, until that phone died, and I lost some of the numbers, and life happened. I've done it again twice since. So, realizing I don't know many of the people here on the forum, and that I want to get more involved in its movements and conversations, I thought I'd start a few of my own, using similar methods. I created this topic thread to do that, hoping that, by asking questions, I'd get the people talking. And talking to people is one of my favorite things.So, here we are, in the Question Corner! And now that that's done... IT'QUESTIOTIME!

Coming up with questions used to be a daily morning ritual for me, and some days I really miss it. What is something you used to do every day, that you no longer do, and how does it make you feel?

Keep flying, everybody!

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What is something you used to do every day, that you no longer do, and how does it make you feel?

Drink.

Not drinking feels pretty good. Kinda. My body and wallet definitely thank me for it but I really do miss beer. Definitely not the sort of answer you was expecting I guess, but there you go.

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Oh, so it was a hijack. Damn. I'll revert time and undo the past in a moment.

Regarding the question,

I use to not have to go to work everyday except weekends of course. I no longer am able to not have to go to work.  

I feel very indifferent with maybe a speck of sadness. But there's some piece of mind to it. Yes, the thought that there are people in worse places, unspeakable situations is something to consider, but there's always people in worse or better places... I just gotta see if I can do something before I die. 

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I used to go to class every day (except weekends). Now that I'm not in school any more, I feel almost at loose ends, or not really "living up to my potential" since I'm currently in a dead-end waiting job. It's not super fun to think about. I miss learning.

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On 10/2/2016 at 8:20 PM, Sinical said:

Definitely not the sort of answer you was expecting I guess, but there you go.

Actually, that's a great answer. Thanks for the honesty. It can be hard to fight something like that; it never really goes away. Bettering your life is definitely worth it.

On 10/3/2016 at 1:20 AM, Bed said:

Oh, so it was a hijack. Damn. I'll revert time and undo the past in a moment.

Aw, you didn't have to go and undo your beautiful thoughts. That's okay. I liked 'em!

On 10/25/2016 at 4:40 PM, Trajectory said:

I miss learning.

You mean, in a formal classroom where that was all that was expected of you? Because I've found that real learning after schooling is actually easy. The thing that's hard about it is dedicating time. It's so easy to get wrapped up in the day-to-day. You have to be the one to invest in yourself now; school isn't going to do it anymore.

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Thanks for the answers, guys! I won't always have a response to you, but I will try to make those connections when and where I can.

Today is, of course, Halloween, and the festivities have given me another question for you!

Good, bad, and ugly, there have been a lot of films produced in the "horror" genre over the years. Technology, tastes and time-honored traditions have changed over the years, but the fact remains that some people just want to be scared. What's your favorite horror film, and does it scare you anymore? Did it ever?

I don't really dig gory slasher flicks or torture porn. Hate driving down elm street, Not a fan of chainsaw massacres or hills with eyes. The first Saw movie was good, but it was just an intense thriller with some bits of dismemberment thrown in to help sell the story. I Like thrillers more than anything, the ones that screw with your head. There's always one movie that perfectly destroys my brain with fear, though.

"Alien", no question. The movie is a perfectly performed incision into the terror centers of the human psyche. Just, everything about it is so good. And it holds up so well, too. The rest of the franchise descends into action-intensity, and that's fine, but the first film will always be my go to horror pick.

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I like all kinds of horror movies. So, for me it depends on my mood. 

Right now I would say...

The Strangers. It's one that I always kind of forget about and once I watch it again, I remember why I like it so much. It is loosely based on real events and it's one where you don't learn why the events unfold. Well, not really. There is a sort of a creepy explanation at one point. The ambience is great and it's just kind of bleak the whole time 

28 Weeks Later. While, I love the first one (28 Days Later,) I seem to enjoy this one more. Part of it might be because I was able to see this movie in the theaters. The opening sequence is stellar and is something I always think about when pondering zombie apocalypse movies. Plus, it has a cast that I love. And the main musical theme is fantastic as well. 

I happen to be a huge fan of all (what I call) the classics. Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween, Child's Play. I was frightened to death by the movies as a child, but now they bring me joy. 

Also, I love the Scream franchise. Scream might be my favorite, if I had to pick. I will always remember the first time I saw Scream. It introduced the whole concept of meta films. Or meta anything, really. And it was one of the first horror films that I really fell in love with. I was in middle school when it came out and it allowed me to really enjoy the genre. 

Couple other ones... The Descent, The Conjuring 2, The Ring... I could keep going for a long while. I'll stop here.

I love horror movies. 

Edited by lion wiggles

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The only horror that has truly affected me is me watching my life unfold infront of me.

 

But more seriously, I don't really have an answer for this one. Horror films terrified me until about the age of 13 where they instead became hilarious. I've never had any film hold any suspense since. Some games manage to at least, but they're pretty rare to.

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