Ask him about his fondness for Christian Bale.
The photos Brian sent me (five of them) were all so great I couldn’t pick just one or two. Enjoy all five.
OneChicklette: Your favorite qualities in a love interest
@BrianSpaeth: Challenging. Stubborn. Individual. Intelligent. Independent. Someone like this isn’t going to put up with my BS, and I need a person who isn’t just going to bend to what I want all the time. They also need to be tolerant, because I’m a writer and it can make me a little crazy at times. They should like to laugh.
OneChicklette: Your chief characteristic (one word)
OneChicklette: What you appreciate most in your friends
@BrianSpaeth: Loyalty, for sure. I guess that sounds super cliche, but loyalty like covers everything, right?
What do most people answer to this? Like does anyone say they like their friend’s bench pressing skills? Their cars?
My best friends are still the ones I grew up with.
OneChicklette: Your idea of happiness
@BrianSpaeth: Freedom to do whatever I want in any given moment.
There’s something else I want to answer here as well, but it’ll cause all kinds of complications to put it on the internet. Anyone who wants to know is free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
OneChicklette: Your idea of misery
@BrianSpaeth: Setting aside things like being paralyzed from the neck down or something, living and working just to get through the day and do it again would make me miserable. Not having something to do that I’m passionate about.
Being alone would maybe fit in here, but I honestly think I could trick myself into being capable of it.
OneChicklette: Your favorite fictional character
@BrianSpaeth: I’d really have to think about this and attach a bunch of disclaimers to any answer.
For example, I love John McClane, but I don’t care to read a Die Hard comic book or novel. When they stay true to the character, Rocky Balboa, same thing. Christian Bale* is an amazing character, but you couldn’t do a children’s cartoon with him. Spider-Man works well in just about anything. Batman is flexible, and lends himself to a lot of different interpretations. You can mess with pieces of it and it still works.
So…if I had to choose one character and trust that they could translate to whatever medium, I’d go with the Hulk. I love the Jekyll/Hyde dynamic, that he lends himself to lots of different kinds of stories, and that he’s bigger than life and iconic.
This answer would probably be different tomorrow, and different again the day after that.
OneChicklette: Your favorite thing to eat, and also to drink
@BrianSpaeth: My favorite meals are all things my mom made growing up. They are many and varied, but she makes this vegetable manicotti that might be my go-to, at least as I type this.
Snack food – there’s this stuff called Angie’s Kettle Corn. They used to sell it at Costco, it disappeared, and then reappeared at Target. Those three months it was missing were pretty bad. I’ve eaten three bags of this in one sitting. If you’re prone to such binges, don’t go near this.
Right now I’m really into these Clear American naturally flavored sparkling waters. I buy them by the case. They’re at Walmart, they’re the only reason I go to Walmart, and I love them.
As far as alcohol, I pretty much stick to Bud Light if I can.
OneChicklette: Five tangible things you can’t live without
@BrianSpaeth: Phone, iPad…are family and exercise tangible? If we got literal, food and water. There’s really not much I can’t live without – I’m adaptable.
OneChicklette: What’s the number one item on your bucket list? This question is from @SaraLang.
@BrianSpaeth: I’ve never made one of these bucket lists. I wonder if I should. I’m firmly of the belief life extension technology will let me do everything I want, so I guess I don’t think about it.
Apologies to Sara for this answer, and I suppose I’d like to call Sara and talk to her like a turtle, so she feels like her question suggestion really made something happen.
The funniest thing would be if I just answered I wanted to murder someone. Wait, now I want my bucket list item to be knowing how Sara would feel if my bucket list item were to murder someone.
In conclusion, my bucket list item is for you to facilitate a call wherein I can ask Sara how she would feel if I’d answered her question with “murdering someone.”
OneChicklette: A question I should ask the next participant
@BrianSpaeth: How many days do you think you would you go without speaking a single word, if you were being paid $100,000 a day for every consecutive day you didn’t speak?
OneChicklette: Random shout out (can be a person, a web site, a favorite product or brand…anything)
@BrianSpaeth: Christian Bale!
*Brian’s right, you know…