(Questions from tenacious_snail
1. How does an introvert manage three relationships?
I don't find interacting with a person I know really well much of a strain, so maintaining close relationships is much easier than going out and interacting with a bunch of new people. It helps that my partners like quiet at-home things rather than going out to parties or crowded places, and that they all have other partners to distract them and other friends to do more social things with. It also helps that they all get along, so we can overlap together-time for efficiency. :)
2. When did the Greek mythology names for ratties begin? How many have you had total, and what is the most you've had at once.
My first rat, in middle school, was Io. Before I got a rat, I was planning to name it either Justin or Nicodemus, after characters in The Rats of NIMH
, but neither of those seemed right for a female. I think I got it out of a dictionary of mythological figures I had.
Later, in college, when I got the next set of rats, I wanted their names to match. I thought it would be kind of neat to have other rats match as well, and Greek mythology provides a nigh-inexhaustible source of matching names. So those two were Eris and Metis, and I've kept it up since then.
Counting, it looks like... 16 girls (Io, Eris, Metis, Maia, Tyche, Astraea, Niobe, Ariadne, Clio, Thalia, Echo, Calliope, Hera, Aphrodite, Tethys, and Calypso) and Cathy's 5 boys (Loki, Odin, Thor, Huginn, and Muninn). Most at once was 10, when Andres and I had 5 and Cathy had 5 and we moved in together. (Never again. 5 is about the maximum I can give proper attention to.) As it turns out, rats fall under the small animal rule in the Mountain View city laws, which means you're not supposed to have more than 4 without a permit. But what the city does not know will not hurt it.
3. If your daughter wanted to have muttonchops, how would you handle it?
Uh, hm. Well, if she was young enough that she hadn't figured out that other people sometimes react badly to particularly unusual personal presentation choices, we'd have that talk first. Then probably visit a... costume shop? Or maybe a wig shop? Okay, no, before that I'd ask some of the people I know who've been involved in theater whether they have any suggestions.
Depending on how much this costs, it's probably coming out of her allowance. I don't mind tossing out a couple bucks for spirit gum, but I bet reasonable-quality artificial facial hair is pricey.
If this is for daily wear, I'd have some health concerns, so if she actually kept it up for, say, a week, I'd want us to go talk to a dermatologist or something about adhesive safety and proper skin care. (But I'd expect it to be more of a special-occasion thing, or a passing phase, so I wouldn't be too concerned to start out with.)
And then for the next gift-giving occasion I'd get her a top hat, because if you are rocking the muttonchops as a teenage (preteen?) girl, it is a truth universally acknowledged that you must be in want of a top hat.
(If she wanted to grow
muttonchops, I would be sympathetic but unhelpful.)
4. When did your parents get to Canada and why didn't I know?
May this year. I probably didn't tell you. I mentioned when they were planning to move
, and I might have talked some about the delays when they were happening, and I've relayed Mom's description of some of the weirdest features of their rental house to a few people, but I don't think I've been terribly comprehensive about making sure everybody knows what my parents are up to.
Hm. Hey everybody, my parents are visiting for Christmas! So if you want to see them and you're around in the latter half of December, drop me a line.
5. Esta Susana en casa?
No, Susana está en el trabajo.
 She was a most excellent rat. When she died, I posted on an AOL rat-owners board for sympathy. I got the sympathy, but because of the sans-serif font used on the board, I also got an awful lot of people thinking that her name was Lo and I hadn't capitalized it. So no, two vowels, thank you.