Proust No. Two

Jesse Howard correctly answered the Christopher D. Bennett Trivia Question:

Q: Whenever Christopher D. Bennett goes to a buffet, what does he get to eat with his ice cream?

A: Green Olives

As a reward for Jesse’s knowledge of my culinary tendencies, he got to choose the next question I answered on the Proust Questionnaire.

Proust Quote

“If only for the sake of elegance, I try to remain morally pure.”

Confessions Question

Your Chief Characteristic

My 2009 Answer

Proust Questionnaire Number Sixteen

I’m surprised by how difficult it has been for me to work on this project this year.  I don’t know if that mean I’ve had uneventful year or unsuccessful year or if perhaps just perhaps, the subject of “Me” is incredibly boring to me.  That can’t be. Most people find me fascinating. At least that is what they tell me.

When I think about this question, I can’t help but think about a photo project that I worked on over 5 years ago.  I had several friends write on piece of “poster board” 1 word.  Just 1 word that they would like to be the 1st word that crossed the minds of other people when they thought about them.

“I saw Chuck down at the store.”

“Oh Chuck, he so fastidious.”

“Agreed. no other word encompasses Chuck’s existence more than fastidious.”

I think about the word I scrolled onto paper in the Lagomarcino courtyard all those years ago and I know that word probably isn’t correct. But I do think I should try that project again.  It might make a good replacement for the Friend Wall, since it will be coming down sometime soon. Although when I think about it, that would almost certainly be just a different form of Friend Wall.  Maybe this way a couple of family members could sneak onto the wall.

I’m getting off topic.

If I look at the undisputed nickname I carry around with me (Lone Wolf) I would think that the best way to describe me might be loner.  I’m not surrounded by many friends. I spend most nights home alone. All of my work time is spent with my nose to the grindstone. I’m not even sure I know the names of many of my co-workers.  There’s the Candy Drawer Lady and The Grand Grammarian and The Trapper and The Hunter and The Dandy and The Potential Future Serial Killer and The Filmmaker.  But I don’t know the names of any of these people. I’m pretty sure they don’t my name either.

I don’t have weekly engagements. I’m not in a bowling or basketball league. I don’t see the same group of friends every Friday for a meal. I don’t going to the movies once a week. I don’t correspond with many people via email. I don’t send lots of texts. I don’t get lots of texts. My phone is a 200 dollar paper weight.

Another characteristic is my openness.  You can ask me virtually any question and you will get a version of a completely truthful answer. I am so open that since the beginning of the year I have had the goal of sending in a secret to PostSecret. Since I don’t have any secrets that are mine (I have a wealth of other people’s secrets) I haven’t been able to fulfill that goal.

However, as well documented and undisputed as my loner credentials are, and despite the fact that I closely resemble an open book, I don’t think I’ve changed much in this regard from last year.

My chief characteristic is my veracity.

I have a 100% commitment to the truth and have never understood people that don’t.

True it took me some time to realize how honest of a person I am. It took me so long because I’m not a dillhole or a jerk.

I’ve known quite a few jerks in my day. They usually say something horrible to another human being and then back it up with, “I’m just being honest.”  I’ve known at least two of these people that have spoken glowingly of their honesty based on the nearly constant flow of negative energy that was coming out of their piehole.  For this reason it took me a small amount of time to figure out saying mean and terrible things to people is not the same thing as being honest.

More importantly, being nice and saying positive and complimentary things to people does not make you dishonest.

Negative people think they are more honest than positive people because they see the world in a negative light. When they hear positive people saying positive things to people they assume that person is lying and doesn’t have the guts or testicular fortitude to tell people “how it is”.

The truth is that the positive person is “telling it how it is” from their perspective.  Their perspective is more positive and it is still the truth.

Being negative doesn’t make you honest. It makes you painful to be around.

That isn’t to say that I can’t be harsh and abrasive with the sandpaper of truth. If my perspective is negative, you will know about it.  After all, I am the fountain of truth. As I see it.

Christopher D. Bennett Trivia Question

What is the 1 thing I always buy when I go to an Iowa State game?

Remember, the first person to answer this question in the “Comments” section of this post gets to pick the next Proust Questionnaire question that I answer. I won’t take me two weeks to answer the next one, I swear.

RWPE #48 – Active

Apparently the theme ACTIVE had the result of making everybody inactive. Then at least a few people should be pleased to know that ACTIVE has been eliminated as a theme for next year. Here are the submissions for a curiously inactive week:

Mike Vest

Christopher D. Bennett

I went down to the Random Theme Generator’s office and socked it a good one. As it was slightly dazed, I grabbed it by the scruff of the neck and told it to “give me a theme that will fire the creative energy of the people”.

I felt bad for ruffling the feathers of the Random Theme Generator, so I sat it down and helped straighten out the cheap suit it likes to wear on working days.

Then it spat the theme for this week out at me:



After all, everybody has somebody they love or some thing they love. Everybody should be able to come up with one visual concept or example of love. Right? If a person couldn’t, wouldn’t they in essence be a horrible shell of a person that was just barely getting by in this world? Like me on Thursday nights?

I hope my calculations are correct and there is an explosion of LOVE pictures in my mailbox next week!

End of an Era

I’ve finally swallowed enough pain to post a few pictures from the last Iowa State-Nebraska football game.

There were only two day home games for the Cyclones this year, so I only took my camera to two games. I didn’t take many pictures because the games were exciting enough to cheer.

So here are a few pictures of the pictures I did take:

Iowa State vs Nebraska - 2010
Initially I thought “Avoid the Stork” was a ridiculous sponsor for the Nebraska game, but then I remembered that most Nebraska fans probably think that babies come from storks. Then they duct tape them to the wall.

Iowa State vs Nebraska - 2010

Iowa State vs Nebraska - 2010

Iowa State vs Nebraska - 2010

Iowa State vs Nebraska - 2010

Iowa State vs Nebraska - 2010
He wasn’t the best or most consistent QB in Cyclone history, but I’m going to miss the heck out of Arnaud. His letter to Iowa State fans after the season was over is up there with the locker room celebration in Lincoln last year as greatest Cyclone moments in the last few years.

Iowa State vs Nebraska - 2010
I’m going to miss the heck out of Alexander Robinson as well.

Iowa State vs Nebraska - 2010
Hoping for big things from Darks next year!

Iowa State vs Nebraska - 2010

Iowa State vs Nebraska - 2010

Iowa State vs Nebraska - 2010

Iowa State vs Nebraska - 2010
I’m going to miss the heck out of Jake Williams as well!

Iowa State vs Nebraska - 2010
Not going to miss Bo Pellini and his childish outbursts. At least his brother didn’t punch a cameraman after this game.

Iowa State vs Nebraska - 2010
Flat out one of the best traditions in all of college athletics AND it is uniquely CYCLONE!

I’m not going to rehash anything that happened in the game. I’m just going to conclude with saying that I’ll miss this game, but I won’t miss sharing The Jack with the inbred hillbillies that comprise the Nebraska fanbase. I only wish that Cooter Ray Cornholer was parody.

Proust No. One

In case you don’t remember, the answers to these questions only reflect my experiences in the year 2010.

Proust Quote:

“Love is a reciprocal torture.”

Confessions Question:

Your favourite colour and flower:

Confidences Question:

My favourite colour.


The flower that I like.

Proust’s Answers:

The beauty is not in the colours, but in their harmony.


Hers/His -and after, all of them.

My 2009 Answer:

Proust Questionnaire Number Three

On this day I don’t have a favorite color. As a child my first favorite color was green.  Then it was blue.  Then it was red.  Then it might have been black. Then I realized having a favorite color was such a silly concept.  All colors have their purpose and favoring one color over another is just madness. As Proust answered, the beauty is not in the colours, but in their harmony. I can’t beat that answer.

I also don’t really have a favorite flower.  I’m partial to the flowers that I grow in my yard.  Marigolds are easy to grow. I take great pride in my patch of moonflowers. I was extremely pleased with my dahlias. My lilies were striking and I hope to create a lily patch behind the garage next year. I was very pleased with my moss rose. I enjoyed by gerber daisies to no end.  I was saddened that my patch of daisies didn’t take off this year, but I have great faith that they will come back with a vengeance in 2011. But I can’t pick a favorite flower.

Like last year, I can pick my favorite flower pictures from 2010:

RWPE #24 Colorful

Inferiority Complex - 2010
Inferiority Complex Alternate

Soul Oxygen

RWPE #4 – Plants

The Girl in the Blue Skirt Redux Alternate

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2010
The Girl in the Blue Skirt Alternate

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2010
The Girl in the Blue Skirt

The Best Place to Seek God

The Best Place to Seek God

The Best Place to Seek God

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2010
The Girl in the Blue Skirt Alternate

Weekly Photo Challenge Plant Alternates
RWPE #4 Alternate

Where it Got Its Life

The Yard

Well-Shaped Girl
Well-Shaped Girl

Personal Photo Project #23 Alternate - Well-Shaped Girl

Inferiority Complex
Inferiority Complex

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2010

Even Though We Love It
Even Though We Love It

Minnesota Vacation Pics - 2010

Still Laughing - 2010

Still Laughing - 2010

The first person to correctly answer this trivia question (in the comments section of this website) gets to pick the next question of the Proust Questionnaire that I answer.

Trivia Question:

Whenever Christopher D. Bennett goes to a buffet, what does he get to eat with his ice cream?