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What American accent do you have?
Created by Xavier on Memegen.net

Northern. Whether you have the world famous Inland North accent of the Great Lakes area, or the radio-friendly sound of upstate NY and western New England, your accent is what used to set the standard for American English pronunciation (not much anymore now that the Inland North sounds like it does).

If you are not from the North, you are probably one of the following:
(a) A Southerner who hates Southern accents and tries really hard to "talk right"; or
(b) A New Yorker or New Jerseyan who doesn't have the full accent

Take this quiz now - it's easy!
We're going to start with "cot" and "caught." When you say those words do they sound the same or different?
Apparently I'm a New Yorker who doesn't have the full accent.
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The Ultimate LiveJournal Obsession Test
CategoryYour ScoreAverage LJer
Community Attachment24.73%
You've got pals to cheer you up when you're down, but no audience to applaud you... Yet.
22.89%
MemeSheepage36.84%
Easily amused
27.52%
Original Content53.23%
Using LiveJournal to express a few strong opinions
38.08%
Psychodrama Quotient9.64%
Had a comment taken out of context once or twice
16.57%
Attention Whoring29.55%
You do a little dance whenever someone friends you
20.65%
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The Ultimate LiveJournal Obsession Test
CategoryYour ScoreAverage LJer
Community Attachment24.73%
You've got pals to cheer you up when you're down, but no audience to applaud you... Yet.
22.89%
MemeSheepage36.84%
Easily amused
27.52%
Original Content53.23%
Using LiveJournal to express a few strong opinions
38.08%
Psychodrama Quotient9.64%
Had a comment taken out of context once or twice
16.57%
Attention Whoring29.55%
You do a little dance whenever someone friends you
20.65%
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Some of my LJ friends are doing this, so I may as well too.

The problem with LJ: We all think we are so close, but really we know nothing about one another. So I want you to ask me something you think you should know about me. Something that should be obvious, but you have no idea about. Ask away.

Then post this in your LJ and find out what people don't know about you.
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Some of my LJ friends are doing this, so I may as well too.

The problem with LJ: We all think we are so close, but really we know nothing about one another. So I want you to ask me something you think you should know about me. Something that should be obvious, but you have no idea about. Ask away.

Then post this in your LJ and find out what people don't know about you.
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Disliking Math Says You Are Expressive



You are an expressive, passionate, and spontaneous person.

For you, math is way too cold a subject. You dislike how black and white it is.



While some people have extreme passion for math, that would take far more work than you're willing to put in.

What you're into changes like the wind, and you could never be forced to choose one thing. You have to be free to follow what you love.


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Disliking Math Says You Are Expressive



You are an expressive, passionate, and spontaneous person.

For you, math is way too cold a subject. You dislike how black and white it is.



While some people have extreme passion for math, that would take far more work than you're willing to put in.

What you're into changes like the wind, and you could never be forced to choose one thing. You have to be free to follow what you love.


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Here's the deal, comment and I'll give you five words. Write one paragraph on each.
Mine are: Israel, music, New York, computers, and writing.

Israel--The only place where Jewish employees don't have to ask permission or give advance notice to bosses in order to take time off to observe our holidays. There is, however, a certain provincialism to Israel; Israelis travel abroad in such great numbers to compensate for this, and are always going on about what is trendy overseas. I confess that I have at times viewed Israelis as the descendants of the unfortunate cousins of my grandparents and great-grandparents who did not manage to reach the shores of North America; had the United States not restricted immigration in the 1920s there would probably not be a state of Israel today. That said, I don't see the creation of Israel as compensation for the Shoah; I see it as reversing the Roman conquest and destruction of Judaea. Just as Iraqis are the modern descendants of Babylonians, and the Lebanese are the modern descendants of the Phoenicians, both contemporary Jews and Palestinians are the descendants of the Jewish inhabitants of Roman Judaea, and the modern conflict is a civil war between those who remain Jewish vs. the progeny of apostates from Judaism.

Music--Music is the only art form that physically enters our bodies. Like sex and drugs it goes straight to the brain and we feel it in every corporeal cell. My favorite musical genre is jazz because the combination of improvisation and syncopation create elements of surprise, because it has the intellectual complexity of art music with a sense of structure like folk music, and because I have a cultural affinity to black music; both the fact that the civil rights movement was my earliest awareness of political consciousness and my growing up in an integrated neighborhood half a block away from an African-American neighborhood have contributed to my becoming a lifelong cultural Afrophile.

New York--On one level New York is home, but my home is also the most diverse and sophisticated city on the planet and is continuously stimulating. I'm not sure I'd be happy living anywhere else. I do wish its summers were less humid. I fear that as the poor and middle class are priced out into the surrounding suburbs that the city will lose its vitality and may actually become boring.

Computers--Computers have gone from being merely labor and drudgery savers to communication devices that make the world much smaller and interconnected. They have also exponentially speeded up scientific research. I find myself less and less patient with technophobic luddites.

Writing--My talent for verbal composition is a gift, and to not use it is a form of ingratitude to the cosmos. I wish I had more time in my day to devote to both reading and writing (the two are connected, though when I'm writing intensely reading or even other people's spoken diction can be a distraction from my own voice and style). I may actually have a greater native ability for music, but practicing music is far too repetitive and boring, and now osteoarthritis is also an issue. It's a pity that literary writing and now even journalism are less and less remunerative.
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Here's the deal, comment and I'll give you five words. Write one paragraph on each.
Mine are: Israel, music, New York, computers, and writing.

Israel--The only place where Jewish employees don't have to ask permission or give advance notice to bosses in order to take time off to observe our holidays. There is, however, a certain provincialism to Israel; Israelis travel abroad in such great numbers to compensate for this, and are always going on about what is trendy overseas. I confess that I have at times viewed Israelis as the descendants of the unfortunate cousins of my grandparents and great-grandparents who did not manage to reach the shores of North America; had the United States not restricted immigration in the 1920s there would probably not be a state of Israel today. That said, I don't see the creation of Israel as compensation for the Shoah; I see it as reversing the Roman conquest and destruction of Judaea. Just as Iraqis are the modern descendants of Babylonians, and the Lebanese are the modern descendants of the Phoenicians, both contemporary Jews and Palestinians are the descendants of the Jewish inhabitants of Roman Judaea, and the modern conflict is a civil war between those who remain Jewish vs. the progeny of apostates from Judaism.

Music--Music is the only art form that physically enters our bodies. Like sex and drugs it goes straight to the brain and we feel it in every corporeal cell. My favorite musical genre is jazz because the combination of improvisation and syncopation create elements of surprise, because it has the intellectual complexity of art music with a sense of structure like folk music, and because I have a cultural affinity to black music; both the fact that the civil rights movement was my earliest awareness of political consciousness and my growing up in an integrated neighborhood half a block away from an African-American neighborhood have contributed to my becoming a lifelong cultural Afrophile.

New York--On one level New York is home, but my home is also the most diverse and sophisticated city on the planet and is continuously stimulating. I'm not sure I'd be happy living anywhere else. I do wish its summers were less humid. I fear that as the poor and middle class are priced out into the surrounding suburbs that the city will lose its vitality and may actually become boring.

Computers--Computers have gone from being merely labor and drudgery savers to communication devices that make the world much smaller and interconnected. They have also exponentially speeded up scientific research. I find myself less and less patient with technophobic luddites.

Writing--My talent for verbal composition is a gift, and to not use it is a form of ingratitude to the cosmos. I wish I had more time in my day to devote to both reading and writing (the two are connected, though when I'm writing intensely reading or even other people's spoken diction can be a distraction from my own voice and style). I may actually have a greater native ability for music, but practicing music is far too repetitive and boring, and now osteoarthritis is also an issue. It's a pity that literary writing and now even journalism are less and less remunerative.
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IN YOUR SENIOR YEAR DID YOU...

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IN YOUR SENIOR YEAR DID YOU...

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SCATTEGORIES Rules: IT'S HARDER THAN IT LOOKS! COPY AND PASTE INTO A NEW NOTE, ERASE MY ANSWERS, ENTER YOURS, TAG anyone you want INCLUDING THE ONE THAT SENT THIS TO YOU. USE THE 1ST LETTER OF YOUR NAME TO ANSWER EACH OF THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS. THEY HAVE TO BE REAL PLACES, NAMES,THINGS.NOTHING MADE UP! TRY TO USE DIFFERENT ANSWERS IF THE PERSON IN FRONT OF YOU HAD THE SAME 1ST INITIAL. YOU CAN'T USE YOUR NAME FOR THE BOY/GIRL NAME QUESTION.

1. What is your name: David
2. A 4 Letter Word: damn
3. A Boys Name: Daniel
4. A Girls Name: Deborah
5. An Occupation: dentist
6. A Color: Dodger blue
7. Something you wear: double breasted overcoat
8. A Beverage: daiquiri
9. A Food: Dan dan noodles
10. Something found in the bathroom: deodorant
11. A place: Denmark
12. A Reason for being late: dawdling
13. Something you shout: Drop dead!
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SCATTEGORIES Rules: IT'S HARDER THAN IT LOOKS! COPY AND PASTE INTO A NEW NOTE, ERASE MY ANSWERS, ENTER YOURS, TAG anyone you want INCLUDING THE ONE THAT SENT THIS TO YOU. USE THE 1ST LETTER OF YOUR NAME TO ANSWER EACH OF THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS. THEY HAVE TO BE REAL PLACES, NAMES,THINGS.NOTHING MADE UP! TRY TO USE DIFFERENT ANSWERS IF THE PERSON IN FRONT OF YOU HAD THE SAME 1ST INITIAL. YOU CAN'T USE YOUR NAME FOR THE BOY/GIRL NAME QUESTION.

1. What is your name: David
2. A 4 Letter Word: damn
3. A Boys Name: Daniel
4. A Girls Name: Deborah
5. An Occupation: dentist
6. A Color: Dodger blue
7. Something you wear: double breasted overcoat
8. A Beverage: daiquiri
9. A Food: Dan dan noodles
10. Something found in the bathroom: deodorant
11. A place: Denmark
12. A Reason for being late: dawdling
13. Something you shout: Drop dead!
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Brooklyn, NY
Washington, DC
Danbury, CT
Twin Oaks Intentional Community, Louisa, VA
Wallingford, CT
West Hartford, CT
Hopewell Junction, NY
Syosset, NY
North Stonington, CT
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Brooklyn, NY
Washington, DC
Danbury, CT
Twin Oaks Intentional Community, Louisa, VA
Wallingford, CT
West Hartford, CT
Hopewell Junction, NY
Syosset, NY
North Stonington, CT
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What the author of this quiz does not take into account is that I celebrate my birthday on the Jewish calendar (which this year falls on Monday).



You Are a Sage



You are a spiritual soul - a person who tries to find meaning in everything.

You spend a good amount of time meditating, trying to figure out life.

Helping others is also important to you. You enjoy social activities with that goal.

You are very generous and giving. Yet you expect very little in return.



Your strength: Getting along with anyone and everyone



Your weakness: Needing a good amount of downtime to recharge



Your power color: Cobalt blue



Your power symbol: Dove



Your power month: September

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What the author of this quiz does not take into account is that I celebrate my birthday on the Jewish calendar (which this year falls on Monday).



You Are a Sage



You are a spiritual soul - a person who tries to find meaning in everything.

You spend a good amount of time meditating, trying to figure out life.

Helping others is also important to you. You enjoy social activities with that goal.

You are very generous and giving. Yet you expect very little in return.



Your strength: Getting along with anyone and everyone



Your weakness: Needing a good amount of downtime to recharge



Your power color: Cobalt blue



Your power symbol: Dove



Your power month: September

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The Rules:
A. People who have been tagged must, if they choose to participate, write their answers on their blog and replace any question that they dislike with a new, original question. Please italicize the new question if you do that.
B. Tag eight people. Don't refuse to do that. Don't tag who tagged you.

01. What are your nicknames?
I don't really have any, or at least none that stuck. When my sister Sarah (who is now 40) was a little kid she called me "Daverock" and called herself "Sarock," and at a similar age I referred to myself as "regular David"as opposed to Cousin David (my grandmother's first cousin). Elementary school classmates sometimes called me "Coop."

02. How do you style your hair?
When I was younger I had a Jewfro, but now that it's thinning on the top I have a curl-over.

03. What's new in your life right now?
Although the recession makes the odds of finding a publisher for I Am My Beloved's longer, and though my writing partner [livejournal.com profile] bethr is on indefinite leave from the project, I am persevering and continue to interview amazing couples. We had initially hoped to interview and photograph all our couples in person, but a tight budget requires that most of the remaining interviews be conducted by phone or video-conference; either the couple will supply a photograph, or we or our future publisher will pay a local photographer to photograph each couple.

04. How many colors are you wearing now?
One: off-white sleeveless t-shirt and gym shorts.

05. Are you an introvert or extrovert?
I'm a social introvert, a tad more introverted than extroverted. I sometimes test as 50/50, but a vocational counselor told me that considering how predominantly extroverted the USA is I should consider myself an introvert. I can go on at greater length, but it would only be of interest to temperament buffs.

06. What was the last book you read?
The Age of Shiva by Manil Suri which starts out as historical subcontinent chick lit and half way through becomes a kind of Indian Sons and Lovers as told from the mother's point of view. Some of its short chapters can stand alone as very short stories.

07. Do you nap a lot?
No. If I get enough sleep at night I don't need to, and if I don't I try not to nap so I can get to bed early enough to not repeat the problem.

08. If the person you secretly like is already taken, what would you do?
Get over it. Besides which I am taken.

09. Is there anything that has made you unhappy these days?
My poor time management, but even if it more efficient there still would never be enough time to do everything I want and/or need to do, because the therapeutic regimen I must perform to keep my health from deteriorating kills half my waking hours. The isolation that results from that time consuming daily activity is also a source of unhappiness. I hope that federal funding of stem cell research under the Obama administration results in a cure for lymphedema.

10. What's your favorite dessert?
Dried figs and dates.

11. How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?
Because of the therapeutic regimen mentioned in #9 above it takes at least two and a half hours and usually three. In the evening it takes at least as long to get to bed and usually longer.

12. What websites do you visit daily?
yahoo, lj, twitter, and Facebook but often they get only a cursory perusal.

13. Do you write fic? What was the last fic you wrote?
Poetry is sometimes classified as fiction. In September I posted a one line poem on Twitter, and it was reposted here. I don't write prose fiction.

14. Do you like to clean?
No and neither does Shoshana; our cleaning lady cleans here every two weeks.

15. What's the last song that got stuck in your head?
I don't recall; probably a nigun (melody) from shul, but I don't recall which.

16. What's the last movie you saw?
I rarely see movies in theaters, because I have to sit with my legs fully extended and elevated in front of me which is not possible in most theaters. I saw Atonement on cable about a month ago and recommend it.

17. Would you enter a relationship with your ideal partner, even if you knew he/she was seriously involved with/married to someone else and would never leave them?
Maybe if our respective parters were OK with it, but I'm temperamentally more monogamous than polyamorous, and since for Shoshana it would be a deal breaker that's a hypothetical scenario.

18. What is your least favorite thing to do that you have to do everyday?
The therapeutic regimen I mentioned in #9 above.

I know some of my answers repeat, but I'm too lazy to think of a new question, and the repetition highlights the various ways my medical condition affects my life.

I tag [livejournal.com profile] anaisdjuna, [livejournal.com profile] bethr, [livejournal.com profile] butterflymama3, [livejournal.com profile] dangerouslysane, [livejournal.com profile] hammercock, [livejournal.com profile] jonchiz67, [livejournal.com profile] ragecarnuu, and [livejournal.com profile] serene_orange.

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