1. Why do you live where you live?
A few years after I graduated from college, I was living in New Haven, and I didn't like it, and I made a project out of finding someplace else to live. I made a list of cities, visited most of them, and decided San Francisco was my favorite. So I moved to San Francisco, and I loved it. I lived there for about five years, during which I met the OH. He lived near San Jose at the time (about 50 miles south of San Francisco), and worked near Santa Cruz (another 30 miles south of San Jose). I also worked near San Jose.
So because we both worked far south of San Francisco, when we decided to move in together, we chose a place in San Jose.
But San Jose wasn't ideal, because I missed San Francisco and didn't like being that far away, and most of our friends and sweeties were either in San Francisco or across the bay, even farther from San Jose. So when we decided to buy a house, we decided to move farther north. But we decided it would be best not to move all the way to San Francisco, because we were likely to continue to find more work in Silicon Valley/San Jose than near San Francisco, and because the OH didn't want to live in a city. We chose a town that is right in the middle between San Jose and San Francisco, and right in the middle between two bridges that connect the Peninsula to the East Bay.
It's not a particularly exciting town, but it's nice, and everything that we do is equally far away.
2. What was good and worth repeating about your childhood?
Having my dad read Lord of the Rings to me.
Having my parents support many of my interests, including geeky ones.
Having the group of friends I had in high school.
A bunch of things about going to school in general.
3. What is your favorite way to communicate with other people?
I don't have a favorite. There are some communication methods I don't particularly like - public speaking, mingling at parties, and talking on the telephone. The rest - email, LJ, Usenet, talking with one to a few friends, talking in classes and support groups, writing articles - are all good ways of communicating for me.
4. On a daily basis, do you feel more optimistic or more pessimistic, or something else?
My baseline tends to be neutral, very slightly to the optimistic side. One way I can tell when I need adjustments to my mood disorder treatment is when I start having a lot of pessimistic, paranoid, or anxious reactions to things.
5. Are you a morning person or a night person, or something else?
I'm more of a night person. My internal clock seems to run on roughly a 25 hour day.