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Personal Quiz: Rostov


Name as it appears on your birth certificate? Michael Dragon Rostov

Current name? See above

Nicknames? Dragon, Mike

Parents' names? Lesta Nikolaevich Rostov, Wendy Prescott Rostov

Siblings?Younger sister Zhanna Fayina Rostov

Number of candles that appeared on your last birthday cake? 26

Date that you regularly blow them out? June 12

Pets? Iguana named Quincy, tortoise named Mrs. Robinson, 10 goldfish named School, third-generation domesticated wolf named Angua. I named the wolf and iguana, Zhanna named the other two.

Height? 1.778m

Eye color? Brown

Hair color? Brown. I've had it dyed just about every color but I got it all cut off when I got assigned to Enterprise, and it grew back without the dyes.

Piercings? Ten. Three in my left ear, four in my right, one in my bellybutton, one in my left nostril, and one in my right nipple. I got them done at American Graffiti. It's this tattoo/piercing parlor in San Francisco. I worked there to get some extra cash in college. It's where I met Phlox.

Tattoos? Two. One is my last name in Russian going down my left calf and the other is a dragon on my right shoulder blade. Also done at American Graffiti.

How much do you love your job? More than the Subcommander! No, seriously, I love it out (and up) here so much I sometimes wonder if I'm dreaming.

Birthplace? NYC

Hometown? Utica, NY. It was about a forty-minute commute to town, though. We were living that far away because mom was working on a long-term study on climate in the Northeast. I was home-schooled until high school, but never minded learning from dad; we were too far from the town to make regular school worthwhile until then.

Current residence? Deck C, Enterprise

College attended, degree? University of San Francisco, engineering and physics, post-graduate degree at Berkeley in anthropology

What kind of car do you drive? I bike. Why drive? It scares the birds away. (Anything which gets frightened by a shuttle is in space. Anything which is living in the vacuum of space is going to scare me away.)


Croutons or bacon bits? Croutons. I'm a vegetarian.

Coke or Pepsi? Vanilla either

Sprite or 7UP? Fanta

Coffee or ice cream? Neither. Too bitter or too sweet.

Coffee, tea, or decaf? Tea with raspberry preserves

Milk chocolate or dark? Dark

Buttered, plain, or salted popcorn? Salted

Red or white wine? white

Gold or silver? Silver

Two or four doors? Whatever. I'm not driving the car.

Bridges or tunnels? Bridges

Beach, city, or country? Country. It's where I grew up. I sometimes wander into the hydroponics bay just to be near something green.

Summer or winter? Late autumn, when the trees begin to get colored.

Storms: Cool or scary? It depends on if it's snow or rain, and then on how heavy it is. I'd say snow's scarier because you could be trapped for days.

Roller coaster: Scary or exciting? Boring after running from Zhanna and Angua during one of our many Calvinball tournaments. (I'm still ahead of her.)

James Dean or Clark Gable? Well...Dean was outstanding in what he did, but Gable leaves behind a larger body of work, the overwhelming majority of which is worth watching, so I'd have to say the latter.

Marilyn Monroe or Audrey Hepburn? Hepburn. Though I prefer Katherine.

Beatles or Stones? Stones

Blanket or stuffed animal? Blanket. They can be used for anything: tent, carpet, towel, name it.

One pillow or two? Two

Adidas, Nike, or Reebok? Birkenstocks

Mac, PC, or Unix? Unix. Dad's had his system since about 2130 and it's never crashed.


Salad dressing? None

Salad? Niçoise without the fish

Pizza topping? Anything that's not meat. We were a strict vegetarian household. I still am.

Foods? Vegetable Okroshka and Lobby (Lobino). Dad did the cooking; mom did the fieldwork.

Sandwich filling? Pesto. I don't care if it's meant for pasta.

Dessert? Watermelon or other seasonal plants. Dad was a stickler for correct terms. "The olive is a fruit," he'd say.

Type of ice cream? Green Tea

Restaurant? McDuff's. A local vegetarian restaurant.

Fast food place? Wok 'n' Roll

Drink, non-alcoholic? Water. I grew up in the mountains, and you can never have too much water.

Drink, alcoholic? Gin and tonic, with a lemon twist. Not vodka...that'd be Zhanna.

Color of socks? Whatever so long as it doesn't itch

Shampoo or conditioner? I love the kinds with plant scents

Toothpaste? Lemon Sparkle

Place to be kissed? Depends on who's doing the kissing

Holiday? Tie between June 12 and July 4. June 12 is my birthday and Russian Independence Day -- Dad made sure Zhanna and I remembered our heritage and hey, it's my birthday! The other is American Independence Day -- we'd all go to town to watch this huge fireworks display and I always remembered the ideals of America on that day.

Color? Green

Car? Doesn't matter; I'm not driving. Though I like fuel-cell versions more.

Day of the week? Thursday

Band/Artist? Metallica, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, Barenaked Ladies, Pearl Jam, David Hudson, collections of religious chants...Music with an edge or that's very cultural, generally.

Book? Anything by Neil Gaiman or Terry Pratchett

Magazine? Rolling Stone, though I usually just go to the Terran Magazine Library Database and look up articles that I want to read.

Movie? Oh, any good horror or thriller or mystery. I don't care for "star power" all that much.

TV show? We didn't have a TV until I was 16 or so. I like watching the complete sets of the "brilliant but cancelled" stuff, the shows which were usually less than a season long but complex and fascinating, like "Profit" and "firefly."

TV character? I'd say "Bender" from "Futurama."

Disney character? Jack Sparrow. Disney owns him even if he's not animated. If you're going to be a traditionalist, I'll say it's Scar.

Warner Bros. character? Rick from "Casablanca."Again, for traditionalism, I'll say Bugs Bunny -- the only animated one with a modicum of intelligence.

Sesame Street character? Never watched it. Everyone else says I was deprived.

James Bond? McGregor or Connery.

Quote? "The body is a canvas upon which to paint" or "Being nice is as easy as being creepy, and a lot more fun."

Word or phrase? "Welcome" and see above.

Flower? Roses. Okay, I'm a throwback.

Sport to watch? Australian Rugby. It's so brutal you'd think it was Roman gladiators fighting.

Zoo exhibit? Aquariums

Board game? Settlers Of Catan

Town to chill in? Ber(zer)keley

Perfume/Cologne? Lavender

Website? Terran Magazine Library Database, Internet Movie Database, e-mail to stay in touch with people

Least favorite thing? People forcing meat at me, making fun of my old job, making fun of my body art

Least favorite subject? I'd say anatomy. I do NOT want to know what my spleen looks like.


Been in love before? yes

Loved somebody so much it made you cry? Not yet but I look forward to it.

Dumper or dumpee? It was mutual. Fiona didn't want a long-distance relationship. And a starship is about as far away as you can get.

What inspires you? My parents. They love what they do and how they do it.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? If I'm not a Chief Engineer? Owner of a tattoo parlor.

What do you look for in a partner? A love of any and all art, being athletic enough to enjoy mountains, kind face, intelligent, tolerance for separations, open-mindedness

What did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be able to see new things. I do love home, but it was a bit stifling to be so far away from everything interesting.

What characteristics do you despise? Homophobia. Conservative values. Fundamentalism.

If you had a big win in the lottery, how long would you wait to contact people? I'd say after taxes.

Where would you retire to? Sleepy Hollow, NYC, San Francisco

Have you ever been convicted of a crime? No.

Do you get along with your parents? Yes, very well.

Have you ever gone skinny-dipping? Once. I went to an "all-male" beach on Risa that was "clothing optional." Needless to say, I won't be doing that again. Mister Peepers was not amused.

Do you make fun of people? Not unless they make fun of me first.

Last person you went to dinner with? The other Book Club members.

What did you do for your last birthday? Got a lot of pictures from home

Do you carry a donor card? yes


Had the drink Calypso Breeze? I'm not sure. I'll ask Chef if that's what he made at that New Year's party.

Been to Europe? Yes. Paris, London, Rome, Berlin...All shining examples of the extremes of humanity, both in past and present.

Been to Africa? Yeah, but I didn't like it as much. Too hot.

Been toilet-papering? Egging is better. More accuracy.

Been toilet-papered? No. They never found me.

Been in a car crash? No. Couldn't get that far on the test.

Lucky Number? Pi, just to confuse people.

Any superstitions? Always lock your door at night and always make sure you've got plenty of water.

When was your last hospital visit? When I needed to go. I think it was four months ago...I'll check at dinner with Phlox.

First thing you think of when you wake up? Usually I think "Fred makes too much noise in the morning." Sometimes, though, the alarm gets me up, in which case I scream something like "Warp core breach!" or "Everybody down!"

What color is your bedroom's carpet? Grey no matter where I go. It's a curse.

What color is your bathroom? My bathroom at home had green tiles or brown dirt. Here it's chrome and white. Almost painfully industrial.

What's on your mouse pad? A picture of Angua's first litter.

What's under your bed? Another bed. I got top bunk!

How many times did you fail your permit and/or driver's license test? Five. I stormed out of the DMV after that and never went back in. Flying a shuttle is a damn breeze in comparison.

If you could eat lunch with one famous person, who would it be? Jimmy Page. "She's buying a stairway to heaven..."

What was the last film you saw at the movies? "The Frighteners." I can't believe I missed this week's film -- I adore Kurosawa. Serves me right for ignoring memos.

What was the last film you saw at home? "Doctor Zhivago"

What was the last book you read? Stardust, the huge edition with all of the illustrations intact. Gaiman was a genius.

What was the last CD you listened to? "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars." I've got some David Hudson didgeridoo music I'm lending out and I'll listen to that when I get it back. The book club expanded to music.

What do you have for breakfast? Toast, jam and tea. This morning I ate with Lt. Reed. It was a chance to talk about systems integration.

Can you touch your nose with your tongue? no

Can you roll your tongue? yes

How many keys on your key ring? Three -- one for the house, one for the tool shed, and one for my apartment

Where would you like to visit most? Home, St. Petersburg, Jamaica

Hobbies? Designing tattoos, reading, listening to music, playing Settlers of Catan

Which single store would you choose to max your credit card? Amazon, probably. I've got enough art on me already.

What do you do most often when you are bored? Read, listen to music

What words or phrases do you overuse? "Back in the Adirondacks..."

What words or phrases do your friends overuse? "I'll get back to ya." (Commander, I'm an engineer too, I know when you're bluffing, just admit it!)

Friend who lives farthest away? all my high school buddies, Dan who owns American Graffiti

Greatest pet peeve? People who try to read my name on my calf and ask "What alphabet is that?" You'd think everyone could recognize Cyrillic by now, even if they can't read it.

Best thing in the world? Keeping the ship running, finishing a great book

When do you get up? 0550 (Keep quiet, Fred!)

Bedtime? 2130

Last new thing you bought for yourself? A hardback collection of Gaiman's 1602 and a copy of The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents.

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