Somebody gave me a bunch of fives, damn it. And I never saw who did it.
I found a half finished post saved in my docs folder. A thousand apologies, I have no idea who sent me the meme, whether it was here on the blog or whether it was an email, but there it has sat for a long, long time. It had virtual cobwebs. I think Lady Gaga was still Stefani Germanotta and wearing pants when I started this. I had half answered some of it, some were blank, I think I made up the last category and have forgotten others so, alas, it may just be a shadow of it's former self. I've updated, tweaked, embellished and bullshitted, so it's ready for you now.
5 NAMES I'M KNOWN BY (not including Mum/Dad): Well, nobody calls me Dad, not since the operation. You already know these…. Cathryn, Cathy, Cate, Cath and Chook……. Phew, thank goodness that's 5, thought I was going to have to reveal some of the less salubrious labels placed on me over the years. Not that 'Chook' is particularly classy. Blame my dad for that one.
5 CITIES I'VE BEEN TO: Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra and since I don't think my home city of Adelaide really counts, I'll say Suva (Fiji). As you can see, I don't get out of the country much.
5 CITIES I'D LIKE TO GO TO: Berlin, Venice, Paris, Rome and London. Seems I'm a wannabe Eurogroupie. And I may have to leave the country at some stage.
5 THINGS I'D SAVE FROM A FIRE: Well, apart from the humans, I'm really not sure. Photographs seem an obvious choice. I have a friend who lost everything in the Canberra bushfires some years back, and she said the immediate priority when it was all over (apart from a place to stay of course) was getting underwear and footwear. So I'm hoping I'd have time to grab some knickers, bras and shoes. But of all my shoes, which ones? Oh fuck, what a nightmare decision….
5 MOVIES I HAVE SEEN RECENTLY: Including TV, I've seen Fanboys, Ghosts Of Girlfriends Past, Dorian Gray, Alice In Wonderland and Daybreakers. Shit, they were ALL on TV. Last big screen viewing was the latest Harry Potter…. I need to get out more. (How am I going to get out of the country if I can't even get to a movie theatre?)
5 BOOKS I HAVE READ RECENTLY: This is difficult to remember, I am always reading something so I have had to stare at my bookcase for quite a while to work out roughly what the last 5 were.
Okay, 5 novels I started and actually finished are; The View From Here by Deborah McKinlay, The Blood Countess by Tara Moss, Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger, A Tiny Bit Marvellous by Dawn French and Vanishing Point by David Markson.
There were three others that were attempted but remain works in progress (I'm looking at YOU Finkler, Letty Fox and The Slow Man), to be saved for a boring, rainy day. When I have absolutely nothing else to read. And I mean nothing. Like, not even a phone bill.
5 PEOPLE (ALIVE) I WOULD INVITE TO A DINNER PARTY: Really difficult. This is one of those questions I change my mind about constantly. If it was this weekend…. George Clooney, Hugh Jackman, Lance Armstrong, Michael Jordan and Dawn French. Reserves would be Kate Winslet, Julian Assange, Cate Blanchett, Nelson Mandela and Bill Clinton. Emergencies are Betty White, Justin Timberlake, Eminem, Tina Fey and Jeremy Clarkson. But ask me again next week and the squad could be completely different. The Bieber will never be in it though.
5 PEOPLE (DECEASED) I WOULD INVITE TO MY HEAVEN/HELL/AFTERLIFE WARMING PARTY: Another doozy. Since it's a party there has to be music, but whom on earth (or NOT on Earth in this case) do I choose? Elvis? Lennon? Hendrix? Or the more dulcet tones but no less party boys like Sinatra? Dino? Cash? Some classics…. Beethoven? Chopin? Maybe some rockers like Haley and Holly? What about Morrison, Cobain and Hutchence? Or can I make one choice a jamming Supergroup of ALL the dead musos, and then choose four other people to drink vodka and jump around in the moshpit with me? No? Fuck-a-doodle-doo, this is too hard, too hard…. *curls up in the corner and starts rocking…. around the clock*
Bloody hell, that was difficult, and I guess I failed. Indecisive Libran. Go ahead and do your own bunch of fives, just remember to finish it some time this year. Nelson Mandela and Betty White aren't getting any younger y'know.