Answer for question 4597.
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hibiscusrose
What is the best or most memorable compliment that you’ve ever received? Who was it from, and why did it mean so much to you?
One of the absolute best was when my grandfather complimented my fudge. My mother had a soft fudge recipe, fairly simple (may have been off a box, I don't know), that she made for Christmas. At some point, I took over the making of it, and when I moved in with my grandparents, I still made it for Christmas. Grandpa told me it was the best fudge he'd had--and he had a huge sweet tooth! He's been gone for more than 15 years, and it's been even longer since he said that, and I still cherish it.

Answer for question 4582.
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hibiscusrose
Do you enjoy having your picture taken? Why or why not? Does your answer change if you're taking the picture yourself (a "selfie") versus someone else doing so? Describe (or post!) your favorite picture of yourself, if you have it handy, and describe why it's so important to you.
I loathe having my picture taken. I will happily hide behind anyone or anything to hide my face. I'd like to smash the cameras of candid photographers--no joke! I will sit and even smile if I am asked, but limit the number of shots. Last one I was happy with was a wedding shot and before that a couple engagement ones. There were a couple in high school and college that were nice, and a smattering of "ok" ones afterwards.

Not sure why (probably not my dad's joking comment about my soul being stolen though), although there is a smattering of vanity. I honestly think most pictures of myself aren't really good. Perhaps it's genetic--my grandmother hated having hers taken as well, as does at least one cousin.

And NO selfies!!!! Blech!

Answer for question 4571.
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hibiscusrose
What's your favorite animated show of all time (all forms of animation welcome)? Why do you enjoy it so much? Which animated shows do you wish were more broadly popular than they are?
The old Looney Tunes cartoons, followed by my major guilty pleasure: the 1980s He-Man and She-Ra. I do prefer older animation, so stick Scooby-Doo in there as well. The last animated show I really enjoyed may have been Animaniacs and (some of) The Simpsons. (can't stand anime at all and a lot of modern cartoons are far too influenced by it for my tastes or the "adult" ones are too crude/vulgar. I know that sounds snobbish)

Answer for question 4562.
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hibiscusrose
Today is often referred to as Cyber Monday -- a day when retailers try to entice you with great online shopping deals for the holiday season. If you're a Cyber Monday participant, what great deals have you found this year (or what was your greatest score in a previous year)? This past weekend contains Small Business Saturday, a day to shop your smaller, hometown businesses -- did you find anything at your local stores this year that you especially enjoyed?
Thought Cyber Monday was the Monday after Thanksgiving? This is the Tuesday/Wednesday before Thanksgiving.

Answer for question 4556.
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hibiscusrose
What are your thoughts on the refugee crisis in Syria? Wherever it is that you live, do you want your city/state/country to take in refugees? Why or why not?
That's a hard one. Part of me says "take them in, for charity's sake, to help the innocents and get them out of the line of fire." The other part is more along the lines of no, for various reasons--can terrorists sneak in (although I've heard the process would be quite tedious, nothing's too much for the truly fanatical), can we afford it, do we have the facilities to aid? And doesn't charity begin at home? I can tell you that for many years, I was underemployed and couldn't get much in the line of medical care. We resented in many ways that illegals could get better, cheaper (free) care than me, a born and bred citizen who paid her taxes when working. Shouldn't we care for our own homeless and destitute before flinging the doors wide?
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It boils down to I have no idea, honestly. Think I'm leaning towards No, but I'm trying to keep an open mind.

Answer for question 4535.
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hibiscusrose
The Star Wars movies -- do you love 'em or hate 'em? How excited are you for the new movie in December (if at all)? Will you be getting tickets for the 12:01 AM first showing, or are you "eh, whatever" about the whole thing? If you're looking forward to it, what or who are you most excited to see?
I love the original series and, while they are not as good, the prequels had their good points (even if Lucas completely forgot his own backstory).

I was 5 when the first movie came out and I haven't missed a one in the theaters, despite having financial difficulties for at least one. Very much looking forward to the next set! I will wait to buy my tickets until the movie comes out, as I never go to a blockbuster the first few weekends anyway.

But I am not a big part of the active fandom.

Answer for question 4526.
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hibiscusrose
What's your preferred internet browser? Why do you put it at the top of your list? Which browser do you hate the most -- why is it so awful for you?
I use IE & Firefox on my computer; Chrome and Opera on my tablet. It all depends on what I'm doing.

Answer for question 4512.
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hibiscusrose
Have you had any pets in your life? If so, do you migrate towards just one type of animal (just cats, etc), or have you had a menagerie over time? What's your best story about a pet you've had?
My mother had 2 cats at different times. The first one was a very nice Siamese--not really noisy or mean, but she could be standoffish and disliked change (too bad she was owned by a military family!), and she lived a good long time. I think about 17 years or close to. A couple of years later, Mom got another cat, a kitten, really; poor thing wanted to be an outdoor cat but a previous owner had her completely declawed. :( Tricolor and she may have had a pedigree as I later heard about someone in a wealthy area who lost a young declawed tricolor kitten. We got her because the next door neighbor wouldn't let his family keep her and threw her out of the house (no idea how his family got her; doubt she wandered that far on her own). Sadly, she died of feline leukemia at a relatively young age (7?).
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I personally am not much of a pet person at all, but if I had to have a pet, it would be a cat. I don't care for dogs or some of the smaller pets, and definitely not reptiles and fish.

Answer for question 4510.
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hibiscusrose
For those in the U.S. (and other interested parties around the globe), did you watch the GOP debate this past week? What were your opinions of it, and of those who participated?
No, I did not watch it or the first one. It's too bleeping early for this BS to start--it's more than a year until the elections! I refuse to pay attention until January or February. We should have a set up like the Brits do (did?), with a very short campaigning period.

Answer for question 4501.
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hibiscusrose
Do you have a favorite picture hanging in your home or that you use as your background on your computer/device? Why do you like it so much?
Soul of the Rose, by JW Waterhouse. It's a Pre-Raphaelite painting, sometimes sappily called My Sweet Rose. I have no idea why it appeals to me so, other than just being beautiful, but I have used it several times as an avatar/icon and computer wallpaper and have a poster and mouse pad with it as well.

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