August 27th, 2007


1. Leave me a casual comment of no particular significance, like a lyric to your current favorite song, or your favorite kind of sandwich, maybe your favorite game. Any remark, meaningless or not.
2. I will respond by asking you five personal questions so I can get to know you better.
3. Update your LJ with the answers to the questions.
4. Include this explanation and offer to ask someone else in your own post.
5. When others respond with a desultory comment, you will ask them five questions.

Questions asked by soft_princess:

1. What is your best memory of Scotland, the one thing you will tell your children and grandchildren? (assuming you are planning on having any)

I was working in a 'Master Tailor' shop, where people came in to make alterations to their clothes. My job was to get the clothes from them, make note of what they want altered, and give them the ticket.
And if someone wasn't sure how much to shorten/lenghten/take-in/take-out/whatnot, I had them try the clothes on, and I made the alterations with the pins, so the tailors in the back knew what to do.

One day a guy came in, and said he needed a jacket taken-in a little.
Me: Would you like to try it on, so we can see how much it needs to be taken in?
Guy: Well, I'd love to, but it's my wife's jacket.
Me: Oh. Okay, then how...
Guy: (continues as if I had not spoken) And she doesn't let me wear her clothes, unfortunately.
Me: *stare*
Guy: She only recently let me wear her underwear...
Guy: *pause* I was kidding.
Me: Yeah. AWESOME.

Generally, the entire job was fun. Other highlight was a couple of men, both around 70, together for 30 years.
One was trying on his pants, that have been taken in and shortened, to see if they were okay.
He walks out of the changing room.
Guy 1: How do I look?
Guy 2: Like a pillock.
Me: *almost wet my pants at the British-accented 'pilock' part because HELLO, years of Giles fanfiction.
Guy 1: You always say that.
Guy 2: That's because you always look like a pillock.
Me: *major LOVE*

Yeah, sure, Scotland was pretty, but this stuff was AWESOME.

2. What first attracted you to the character of Giles?

I do have a certain type when it comes to men - both fictional and real, and Giles kind of embodies it. Older, incredibly smart, sarcastic... plus for glasses, accent, academic interests, knowledge of languages... It was bound to happen.
However, Giles comes first between many similar characters, of course. I first watched Buffy when I was about fourteen and it was first shown in Polish tv. Episodes out of order, at different times, pretty much the treatment Fox gave Firefly. I didn't pay much attention then, apart from vague recollection of the main plot 'something with vampires? and a blonde girl? right?'
Mind boggles, but I don't remember Giles from that first watching.
Then, few years later, tv was showing repeats, this time in proper order, all the way till the third season. And there, in between clunky dialogue (it WAS clunky in Polish translation. Nothing of Joss' genius survived) and strange plots, was that stuffy guy who was kind of interesting. And then came the Halloween episode and he got helluva more interesting. I watched the next episodes mostly for him. Because there was a story there, story we weren't being shown, but I hoped we would be.
And then, I went to France. In Poland, Buffy ended in the middle of season 3, and there was no more Buffy. I went to France and the girl I lived with was obsessed with Spike and James Marsters and she watched Buffy a lot. It was right when season 6 ended in France, and we watched two final eps together. Man, was that a shock. I kept asking questions, and Barbara kept getting irritated.
Me: So, who's that?
Barbara: That's Anya. She was Xander's fiance, but he left her at the altar. Let me watch.
Me: Who's that?
Barbara: That's Dawn. She's Buffy's sister.
Me: HUH?
Barbara: She was a little ball of energy, but the monks made her into a girl, now shut up.
Me: Why is Willow evil?
Barbara: Because Warren killed her girlfriend!
Me: Willow had a girlfriend?
Barbara: *sighs* YES.
Me: huh. *watches* *Giles arrives and they begun talking with Buffy and I don't get half of it because my French sucks*. "So, since when is Giles with Buffy?"
Barbara: HUH?
There begun my interest with Giles/Buffy, which then shifted to Giles/pretty much everyone upon me entering the fandom.

3. When did you first find out about fandom?

Huh. I can't really remember, you know? I think I've skimmed around fandom for a while, discovering wallpapers, then episode recaps, then fanfics... somehow I didn't get interested all that much, up till the point when I signed up onto few mailing lists for my favourite characters and discovered the fics pouring into my mailbox.
Of course, on the other hand, I have been involved with RPG ever since I remember, so I went to sci-fi conventions and stuff, and so the fandom was always close.
But I didn't actively participate until the mailing lists, and following move to livejournal.

Though I have been writing fic, before. To Anne of Green Gables, and the Little Princess and the Secret Garden, and the Kids from Bullerbyn, and so many other things... I would pay a lot to find those now, but I'm afraid I've lost them somewhere. This would be so fun, though, to read them now.

4. I've always been curious: how did you meet cala_jane?

Oh, I love this story.
When Buffy was cancelled, I have become interested in the virtual spin-offs that appeared. Virtual Lunatics' season 8 (that was lovely and B/G), and others, and among others, 'the Watchers'. On 'the Watchers' forum, I started talking to that girl from Poland, probably the only other Polish person there.
At some point we decided to meet to trade Buffy episodes, because we were both lacking some... It turned out we were from the same city.
It turned out we went to the same school, same year, same profile, different class.
We kind of got on quite splendidly.
And yes, three years in the same school, and we met at the international forum for a little-known virtual spin-off of a tv show that hasn't been on Polish screens for years. :D

5. If you could live anywhere in the world right now, EXCEPT Poland, and could take your mother and dog with you, where would you go?

I'd say London, I think. This is the place I most loved from all the places I've visited.
Though, I have to say, I'd love to visit New York and try there. I am a city girl at heart, so I think I would love even a bigger city that I live in now (which, even though one of the biggest in Poland, is small by the world standards).