Stef (firecat) wrote,

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sistercoyote asks:

1. Your thoughts on l33t 5p34K?

Not very many. Something on the order of "Oh, how cute." That would probably change to something more negative if I were exposed to a lot more of it.

2. You can be one historical person, on one day in their life. Who do you choose, when, and why?

Hmm. Do I get to control the person's actions and thoughts? Or just experience what happened to them and how they chose? If I could control them, I'd probably try to figure out a point at which some historical figure acted in a way that caused harm and act differently. I might be John Wilkes Booth and decide to just watch the play. I might be Hitler and decide to commit suicide in 1939. I might be one of the people in the chain of mishaps that led to Pearl Harbor. (I love the movie Toro, Toro, Toro. I hope they have enough information someday to make a similar movie about the terrorist attacks on 9/11.) I might be the pilot of the Enola Gay. I might be Lee Harvey Oswald (although I'm not convinced that being Lee Harvey Oswald would make a difference to Kennedy's assassination).

If I only get to experience what happened to them... I find myself wanting to experience someone very different from me. My mind perversely came up with "Jack the Ripper" on my first try. How about Genghis Khan marching into Xi Xia? How about Tokugawa Ieyasu, the leader who established the Tokugawa Shogunate? I don't know enough about the last two to pick a particular day on which to be them, so I'd want to pick a day where they did enough of the things they're famous for that I get an understanding of what it was like to be them.

3. Why "Firecat"? (someone else may have asked, if so I apologize for the duplication.)

It's a name that came to me as part of a pagan rebirthing ritual, and I've used it on parts of the net from time to time. It also represents my shamanic power animal, a black leopard that lives in lava tubes in Hawai'i. (Yes, I know, no real black leopards would do any such thing.) When I decided to create a LiveJournal associated with my public persona, "Stef" was already taken, and that came to mind as one of my other names.

4. What is the first thing you remember?

I'm in a dark room looking through a doorway at my parents who are sitting across from each other at a table.

5. What do you want to be remembered for?

Writing great novels and being an all round good guy. I had better get going on the great novels part.
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