I found this over at Stay and Watch the Stars, and decided to do it because well, why not? I should warn you, though: there are five answers here that I may have lied about. Whoever can properly determine the five lies will win a special prize. (The prize is a fox.) Now, to the questions:
1. What are you wearing?
Shorts and a t-shirt. (“But Matt, it’s winter and it’s snowing outside as you post this!”) Yeah, but the thing is, 1) I am currently inside, and 2) I am impervious to the cold.
2. Ever Had a Terrible Break-up?
Nope. I’ve had a mutual sort-of breakup, but nothing else.
3. Any tattoos?
Last year I decided to have a drawing of a male genitalia tattooed across my face. I have no regrets.
4) Any Piercings?
Ellie and Riley, from the Last of Us: Left Behind. They may be video game characters, but that doesn’t make their relationship any less touching.
6) Favorite Show?
Well, I think the best show I’ve ever seen is The Wire, particularly season 4. But Orange is the New Black is probably my favorite to watch, followed by Breaking Bad, then Sherlock, then House of Cards, then Game of Thrones, then Doctor Who, then. . . Brooklyn Nine Nine? That last show has somehow snuck up to my favorites list without me even realizing. Captain Holt is the bomb.
I like the fact that Captain Holt is openly gay, and yet is the funniest character on the show due to reasons that have nothing to do with his sexuality. Too often do shows resort to gay stereotypes for humor. (I’m looking at you, Modern Family.)
7. Favorite Bands?
8) Something you miss?
Ninth grade. My first year of High School was easily the best I’ve had so far. I enjoyed the first half more than I probably should have, due to the fact that I thought we were all going to die at the end of the year and wanted to savor each moment before I died. (I knew the whole “The Mayans predicted the end of the world!” thing was bullshit, but a tiny part of my subconscious bought into it.) And the second half was great because of the cool things I discovered about myself. I discovered I liked blogging, and snowboarding, and John Green books, and that I had a sense of humor that other people liked. Not to brag or anything, but I’m pretty sure I was the funniest guy in at least two of my classes.
9) Favorite song?
The Suburbs by Arcade Fire. I didn’t think much of it at first, but it slowly grew on me and four years later I still haven’t gotten tired of it.
I’m not sure what’s going on in this video, but I love it.
10. Zodiac sign?
11. Favorite Quote?
Here’s one from the great Tyrion Lannister:
Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armour yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you.”
12) Favorite actor?
Can I pick an actress? Because if so, I choose Maisie William, mostly because of her amazing vines. Here’s her reaction to a certain Red Wedding. (Warning, some spoilers.)
13. Favorite color?
14) Loud music or soft?
I don’t know about loud or soft, but I prefer MattyBRaps.
15) Where do you go when you’re sad?
There’s no specific place. I usually just watch TV until the feelings go away, which may not be the best coping mechanism, but I have watched a lot of great TV because of it, so all is okay.
16) How long does it take you to shower?
It varies, depending on the water temperature and where I’m taking it. If I’m taking a shower at someone else’s house, it’ll usually take me a while to figure out how to turn the water on. Why do other people have such complicated shower faucets?
17. How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?
Varies, depending on how much time I have. The more rushed I am, the less time I take.
18. Ever been in a physical fight?
Several. I guess you could say I’m a badass. Admittedly, most of these were with my brothers and the others weren’t started due to conflict, but out of boredom. I’ve never been in a fight with a stranger before. However, I think we can all agree that if such a thing were to happen, I would win.
19. The reason you started blogging?
Because writing is fun.
—Finding out (too late) that there are spiders in my socks.
—That A Song of Ice and Fire will never be finished.
—That I will become nothing but a failure, and my cousins and siblings would use my life as a cautionary tale to tell their children.
21. Last thing that made you cry?
I’m too tough to cry. *Punches wall.*
22. Last time you said you loved someone?
To my parents, because I needed money at the time.
23. Meaning behind your blog name?
Well, when I was eight years old my favorite uncle came to my house (it was Christmas, by the way), and gave me a small train-set for me to play with. “Matt,” he said, “I have played with this train, this little engine, since I was your age. It has brought me many happy memories, and I hope it brings you some as well.” I said thank-you, not thinking much of it.
My uncle died in a car crash the next day. That train was all I could remember him by. Whenever I starting missing him again I would play with the train track until the tears finally stopped. When it came to easing my pain, it was the little engine that could. That is, until the day before I started this blog, when the engine malfunctioned and the train was deemed unfixable. My parents offered to buy me a new one, but I said no because I felt like that would be an insult to my uncle’s memory. I kept the little engine, even though it was broken. Unable to work or to ease me through my sorrow, it was now the little engine that couldn’t. . .
Ha, just kidding! There’s no meaning behind this blog title at all. I just thought it was somewhat clever.
24. Last book you read?
Coraline, by Neil Gaiman. It was creepy, just the way I like it, but it wasn’t as good as, say, The Graveyard Book, or American Gods.
25. The book you’re currently reading?
Les Miserables. I’m getting back into the book now after a short break, and I think I’m just starting to realize how brilliant Victor Hugo really is. Also, I’ve been pronouncing the book’s name wrong this whole time.
26. Last show you watched?
Uh, House of Cards? I think. I’m still only three episodes into the second season.
27. Last person you talked to?
My mom. She was asking about my wrist, which I might have sprained yesterday from snowboarding.
28. The relationship between you and the person that last texted you?
The last text I sent was to my Mom, who was currently dropping my brother off at Burger King, where he works. The conversation goes as follows:
Me: Can you get me some fries?
My mother is a cruel and heartless woman.
29. Favorite food?
30. Place you want to visit?
Hershey Park, Pennyslvania. Last summer I completely overcame my fear of roller-coasters, so I think I’ll enjoy this place so much more than I did the last time I was there. I only went on one of the rides, threw up on it, and didn’t go on anything. I did enjoy all the candy, however.
31. Last place you were?
Mount Snow, where I injured my wrist.
32. Do you have a crush?
What is this, fourth grade?
And yes I do. Here’s a picture.
33. Last time you kissed someone?
Twas a game of Spin the Bottle, a little while back.
34. Last time you were insulted?
A customer at McDonald’s called me an idiot after I messed up his (extremely long and complicated) order. He’s dead now.
35. Favorite flavor of sweet?
Do Butterfingers count as a sweet? Because if so, I still wouldn’t choose Butterfingers because they are easily the worst and most disgusting candy to ever disgrace mankind. I prefer those m&m’s with the pretzels inside.
36. What instruments do you play?
The piano, but I’ve been slacking lately. And by slacking I mean “have not played in weeks.”
37. Favorite piece of jewelry?
Brass knuckles, so I can beat people up with them.
38. Last sport you played?
Snowboarding’s a sport, right?
39. Last song you sang?
Hey There Delilah, by the Plain White T’s. Someone mentioned the song and I just couldn’t help myself.
40. Favorite chat up line?
“May I slytherin to your chamber of secrets?”
I’m not sure where I found this line, but I’d like to thank whoever came up with it.
41. Have you ever used it?
42. Last time you hung out with someone?
Yesterday, for ski club. I even wrote a speech about our third year of this club together. (Not for the whole club, just a small group of friends I hang out with there.) It was pretty groovy, if I dare say so.
I won’t nominate anyone specifically, but I will nominate everyone reading this with an ‘e’ in their name.
That’s right. If you have a blog and have an ‘E’ in your name, you must participate in this tag. If you don’t, I will give you a disapproving look.