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Personal Quiz: Archer


Name as it appears on your birth certificate? Jonathan David Archer

Current name? See above

Nicknames? Jon, Jonny, Jack, JD, Cap'n (only Trip could make my rank into a nickname!)

Parents' names? Henry and Sally Archer

Siblings? None. Well, Trip is like a brother to me.

Number of candles that appeared on your last birthday cake? 43 (I'm getting old...)

Date that you regularly blow them out? April 1 (no jokes, please)

Pets? Porthos! My buddy my pal. I've had dogs all my life.

Height? 2m

Eye color? Green

Hair color? Brown

Piercings? I had my ear pierced on a dare, but it's closed up now.

Tattoos? None

How much do you love your job? Lots and lots. We're making history with every light-year. Yes, Trip, I know I say it all the time, but it's true! :o)

Birthplace? Ithaca, NY

Hometown? San Francisco, CA

Current residence? Enterprise. My ship!

College attended, degree? University of Pennsylvania (Bachelor's of Science), Air Force Academy

What kind of car do you drive? I have a Duster moldering in my aunt's backyard, but I don't think it still runs.


Croutons or bacon bits? Bacon bits (but they have to be fake)

Coke or Pepsi? Coke

Sprite or 7UP? neither.

Coffee or ice cream? Ice cream. Chocolate ice cream. Chocolate-chocolate chip ice cream.

Coffee, tea, or decaf? Iced tea

Milk chocolate or dark? Yes.

Buttered, plain, or salted popcorn? salted and buttered if I had anything to say about it

Red or white wine? white

Gold or silver? Gold

Two or four doors? Two

Bridges or tunnels? Bridges

Beach, city, or country? Beach! Run around, play, swim, eat, suntan, meet people, nap, toss the Frisbee for Porthos...

Summer or winter? Summer

Storms: Cool or scary? Cool unless I'm flying in one.

Roller coaster: Scary or exciting? mostly exciting, although Trip wants to go on five times in a row. I can only do it about twice.

James Dean or Clark Gable? Who?

Marilyn Monroe or Audrey Hepburn? Marilyn.

Beatles or Stones? Stones!

Blanket or stuffed animal? I have a little stuffed beagle from the girlfriend whose mother gave me Porthos

One pillow or two? Three

Adidas, Nike, or Reebok? {bookmark for Hoshi}

Mac, PC, or Unix? Mac for sure. I think Travis writes in Unix.


Salad dressing? Ranch

Salad? Greek

Pizza topping? anchovies

Foods? Bacon cheeseburger. I'm not allowed to have them any more; my cholesterol is too high, even with the medication. :o(

Sandwich filling? BLT. Ditto.

Dessert? Anything with chocolate. Really. Dip a brick in chocolate and I'll eat it. :o) Bricks don't have any cholesterol, right?

Type of ice cream? Anything with chocolate in it. Ben & Jerry's has some amazing flavors.

Restaurant? Stu's Kansas City BBQ

Fast food place? Stu's Kansas City BBQ

Drink, non-alcoholic? Iced tea

Drink, alcoholic? bourbon (if I can keep it away from Trip), chocolate liqueur

Color of socks? white, unless it's Friday in which case I wear bright green. I'm a rebel and I'll never be any good.

Shampoo or conditioner? whatever's in Stores

Toothpaste? Don't care

Place to be kissed? I like having my earlobes nibbled...

Holiday? Memorial Day, for the clambakes

Color? Red

Car? F-26 vroooooom!

Day of the week? Thursday

Band/Artist? I find Gregorian chants soothing to work to. Other than that, whatever's on.

Book? Anything by Del Stevens. Trying to get Trip hooked.

Magazine? I haven't read a magazine in ages.

Movie? "To Kill a Mockingbird."

TV show? "Wagon Train"

TV character? Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I feel a strong kinship with her, but I'm not sure why.

Disney character? Aladdin

Warner Bros. character? I always feel for Daffy.

Sesame Street character? Grover

James Bond? ooh, toughie. I love Brosnan (don't you think he and Malcolm could be cousins? Especially with all the gadgetry and cool weapons?), but I think it'll have to be Connery by a nose.

Quote? Zephram Cochrane: "To boldly go where no man has gone before."

Word or phrase? "We're on a mission of peaceful exploration." I love saying that.

Flower? Sunflower

Sport to watch? WATER POLO!!!!! :o)

Zoo exhibit? dolphins. they're beautiful and friendly and very smart.

Board game? Clue

Town to chill in? My kinda town, Chicago is my kinda town...

Perfume/Cologne? On a starship with a closed circulation system? Soap and water. Wash early and often.

Website? I'm the captain; I have no time to surf. Unfortunately. If I did I'd be on the All-Terra Collegiate Water Polo Association's site, though.

Least favorite thing? When my people are hurting, if Porthos is miserable, bullies, being the guy who trailblazed Enterprise right into a massacre (Remember the Paraagans!)

Least favorite subject? I liked them all.


Been in love before? Once

Loved somebody so much it made you cry? No

Dumper or dumpee? Neither

What inspires you? We're making history with... blah blah blah :o)

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Still in command of Enterprise. Maybe a Commodore. Another beagle. Not like I'm ever going to find a SO out here.

What do you look for in a partner? Affection, desire to explore, love of dogs, love of sports, someone who gets my jokes, dependability, understanding of my job

What did you want to be when you grew up? The person who got Dad's engines past the Vulcans! :P

What characteristics do you despise? Bigotry. Homophobia. Racism. Cruelty.

If you had a big win in the lottery, how long would you wait to contact people? Why wait?

Where would you retire to? The tropics. Chicago is fun but much too windy.

Have you ever been convicted of a crime? No

Do you get along with your parents? When they were alive, yes. I miss Dad a lot.

Have you ever gone skinny-dipping? Only once. Trip better never tell anyone. But he was as, um, skinny as I was, so there.

Do you make fun of people? I tease, but not mock. That's mean.

Last person you went to dinner with? ummmmm I don't remember. Oh, that surgically altered Tandaran woman, Keyla, on Risa. Jeez, I need to get out more.

What did you do for your last birthday? The senior staff threw me a surprise party. At 0200. I was VERY surprised. :o) Actually I had a great time, once Malcolm turned off that awful "Reed Alert" siren and my heart rate came down out of the 300s.

Do you carry a donor card? Isn't that mandatory?


Had the drink Calypso Breeze? I think that's what Keyla made for me.

Been to Europe? yes

Been to Africa? yes -- you should see the gazelles...

Been toilet-papering? Maybe we should TP the warp core for Trip's next birthday. heh heh.

Been toilet-papered? I let the neighbor's kids "mummify" me in TP for Halloween a few years ago.

Been in a car crash? Several, but I've walked away from them all. A few shuttle crashes too.

Lucky Number? 2?

Any superstitions? I like to spacewalk around the ship once a month. Not that I don't trust Trip's staff, but I feel better knowing I've inspected my own ship, my own self.

When was your last hospital visit? A few weeks ago, after Malcolm rescued me from the Klingon prison planet. Jailbreaks belong in movies. I thought we were out here to explore, not get kidnapped twice a month...

First thing you think of when you wake up? Porthos, get off whatever body part you're sleeping on!

What color is your bedroom's carpet? Starfleet industrial gray. At home I had deep green.

What color is your bathroom? Starfleet white and chrome

What's on your mouse pad? A photo of Porthos when he was ten weeks old.

What's under your bed? My leather boots and leather jacket. They don't really fit in my closet.

How many times did you fail your permit and/or driver's license test? Twice. But I passed all my piloting tests the first time.

If you could eat lunch with one famous person, who would it be? Zephram Cochrane, so we could talk about Dad.

What was the last film you saw at the movies? Whatever was showing at Movie Night... it was something with subtitles.

What was the last film you saw at home? "Ghost," "Shakespeare in Love," "To Kill a Mockingbird." I was having a tissue-fest.

What was the last book you read? A biography of Mark Felsworth, one of the best water polo players in the last century.

What was the last CD you listened to? Travis is trying to introduce us to music from places his parents have been. I can't say I care for all of it, but it's really interesting.

What do you have for breakfast? Gengineered no-cholesterol eggs, pancakes, orange juice.

Can you touch your nose with your tongue? No. But that was a fun five minutes trying.

Can you roll your tongue? No. A less fun five seconds trying.

How many keys on your key ring? three

Where would you like to visit most? The next star system.

Hobbies? Water polo! Exploring.

Which single store would you choose to max your credit card? I don't know... I'm not much of a shopper.

What do you do most often when you are bored? watch water polo.

What words or phrases do you overuse? "Got anything?" The comebacks I get...

What words or phrases do your friends overuse? "I'll get back to ya." (Trip, deal with it now!)

Friend who lives farthest away? Sasha in Moscow.

Greatest pet peeve? Aliens who take potshots at my ship and my crew. Vulcans getting in the way of progress.

Best thing in the world? Exploring, seeing what nobody else has seen, making history, a great water polo game, Frisbee catch with Porthos and Trip on Venice Beach

When do you get up? 0530 hours

Bedtime? oh-dark-hundred

Last new thing you bought for yourself? A big thick soft fuzzy blanket for my couch. When T'Pol comes by to give reports she's always cold, so she can curl up in that and not freeze while we debrief.

Photo: Second season promo photo via Enterprise NX-01 RPG