Word for the day: PEAKS (interchangable with its homonym PEEKS)

Location: McDonald's (branch location withheld)

I was happily munching my quarter pounder with cheese and fries (for only PhP99, promo ends I dunno) with an officemate, discussing the greatness of Manong (the office's guard-lunch provider-sandal/flipflop/RTW/perfume magnate [Burberry Weekend 100 ml for only PhP500]) when I (and later aforementioned officemate) got distracted by the boisterous storytelling of a table neighbor. Yes, he was REALLY loud, considering that tables in McDonald's are arranged comfortably apart from each other (compared to Jollibee) and considering I, owner of the voice that crossed the Guimaras Strait effortlessly, found him loud. Anyway, he tells his companion (and the whole place):

LM (loudmouth): Ewan ko nga ba kung bakit ako umalis dun e.

Companion: (says something in normal volume)

LM: Tapos....ano pa ako dun... PEAKS!!!!! Peeeeeeaks. Tangina, pare, PEAAAAAAAKS. Di ko lang talaga kaya yung oras e.

Companion: (says something in normal volume) &%^%&$* yun????

LM: PEAKS!!!!!!!!! Yung bawat katapusan meron akong nakukuha..........PEEAAAAAAKS...... sayang talaga yun.


I thought the fries I just chewed then did cartwheels in my esophagus.

Another set of questions

Just because I want to answer the Proust Questionnaire, as popularized in the last page of Vanity Fair.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
extreme poverty

Where would you like to live?
somewhere free

What is your idea of earthly happiness?

To what faults do you feel most indulgent?
any, as long as they're my own

Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?
Moraes Zogoiby, Zorro, Donald Duck

Who are your favorite characters in history?
Mohandas Gandhi, Alfred Hitchcock, Che Guevarra

Who are your favorite heroines of history?
Melchora Aquino, Gabriella Silang, Florence Nightingale

Who are your favorite heroines in real life?
my mother

Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?
Hester Payne, Alice (as in the girl in Wonderland), Hua Mu Lan

Your favorite painter?
I'm not an art connoisseur. Van Gogh.

Your favorite musician?

The quality you most admire in a man?

The quality you most admire in a woman?

Your favorite virtue?

Your favorite occupation?
learning about other places and times

Who would you have liked to be?
no one in particular

Your most marked characteristic?

What do you most value in your friends?
their entertainment value (mwahahahahahaha). seriously, their generosity (of themselves)

What is your principle defect?
my allergic rhinitis

What is your dream of happiness?
absolute contentment

What to your mind would be the greatest of misfortunes?
abject poverty

What would you like to be?
complete (centrum? mwahahahaha)

In what country would you like to live?
a country with overflowing sangria, flamenco, superficial and meaningful friendships, and silence

What is your favorite color?
I don't have a favorite color, I prefer seeing harmony and appropriateness among/in them.

What is your favorite flower?
I'm allergic to them. I like seeing them in cheerful colors, though.

What is your favorite bird?
I don't like birds, especially after watching Hitchcock's film.

Who are your favorite prose writers?
Rohinton Mistry, Salman Rushdie, Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Who are your favoite poets?
I'm not into English or Filipino poetry, and I don't believe in translated poetry. I have yet to read Spanish poets, so I don't have a favorite poet.

Who are your favorite composers?
Juanes, Mercedes Migel Carpio, Fher Olvera, The Beatles

What are your favorite names?
Alejandro, David, Guillermo
Chloe, Isabel, Claire

What is it you most dislike?
looking at suffering

What historical figures do you most despise?

What event in military history do you most admire?
I wouldn't exactly classify it as military, but Cinco de Noviembre in Negros was ingenious and amazing.

What reform do you most admire?
land reform

What natural gift would you most like to possess?
a good singing voice

How would you like to die?
in my sleep, without any fanfare

What is your present state of mind?
perplexed, thinking of what to answer to these questions

What is your motto?
Live each day as though it's your first.

10 Questions

In the tradition of James Lipton asking his guests these questions for his TV show "Inside the Actor's Studio," I'll answer them too, just because.

(01) What is your favorite word?

(02) What is your least favorite word?

(03) What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?

(04) What turns you off?
half-hearted efforts

(05) What is your favorite curse word?
Copulation and excrement

(06) What sound or noise do you love?
rain starting

(07) What sound or noise do you hate?
that initial sound of a faucet being turned on with no water coming out

(08) What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
a Cold War double agent (which is quite impossible to be nowadays, unless Mr. Putin starts turning mega-paranoid)

(09) What profession would you not like to do?

(10) If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
You got lost, didn't you? (with God smiling)