I hate it, I really do. Now some of this may stem from the fact that I don't really eat much, but then again, most of what I do eat, I actually enjoy. No, the main reason is it's a waste of time. The only reason I bother to eat is because it's a biological necessity. If I could get away without it, or with only one huge, enormous meal a month and get it all out the way in one hit, I would.
I don't like filling the car with petrol for the same reason. It takes away my time.
For some folks eating is a social thing. I actually find the social food thing awkward. I won't talk with my mouth full, and detest it when someone asks me something after I've just taken a bite. I feel like I have to chew like mad and gulp it down just so I can answer their question. I'm not annoyed at them, I'm annoyed that i have to have my mouth full of food in the first place.
There's so many other things I could be doing... writing, reading, making love, watching one of the many films or tv shows that I have yet to catch up with, working on Skeletor Hordak, traveling, wanking, working on my own web comic, going for a walk... Even just sitting and chilling.
And in my current situation, where I often have severely limited resources as to what i can achieve, using those resources on making food or feeding myself is even worse.
I resent that I have to take the time to eat. Always have, probably always will.
No secret this one. I adore this show more than any other. There has never been an ongoing series that allowed so much freedom to tell a variety of stories. The main character is moral, intelligent, curious, loves life... he's a person to aspire to.
Doctor Who is one of the prime ingredients as to who I am. It encouraged my sense of wonder and curiousity, helped me define my moral compass. I had always loved sci-fi and horror, but it was Doctor Who that made me a fan. And it was my experiences in the old Doctor Who Club of Victoria that gave me the attitude of pay it forward that I so often employ.
Back in those days, it was nearly impossible to see the older stories. Some episodes were particularly rare, guarded jealously by those that had them. But then you had people like Richard Freeland, who went out of his way to track down those episodes and stories, and then happily showed them at the club and even cross-taped them for other people. His attitude reflected and encouraged many of those around him to do the same. And a quarter of a century later, he's still one of my best mates. sjkasabi was also around in those days and is someone I still love as dearly as if she shared my blood. Intelligent, passionate, fun...
Doctor Who brought mondyboy and I together as friends, something for which I will always be grateful. He used to come into Slow Glass Books while I worked there and our love of the show helped cement the friendship. From there I had my first professionally published story, co-written with Mondy, in a Big Finish DW collection.
It was as if many of the most influential people in my life were also brought in by their love of the show, and reflected the qualities that I admired about it. I couldn't help but be influenced.
My relation to the show gave me friends, direction, lovers, a career, showed me the possibilities within myself, and taught me how to tell a story... Hell, I even got my little run of developing a version of the show for a possible BBC Wales animated series - the ultimate fanboy dream come true!
(I always feel like a wanker when I mention it, because it went nowhere, but fuck it! I'm proud of the work we did, myself and the boys at Who3D. It's an unwritten piece of DW history, as far as I'm concerned, but deserves to be known about. It's right up there with the Jago & Litefoot spin-off series. It never happened, but it was a real possibility for at least a pilot.)
I started selling toys online because I wanted the DW toys, and wanted others to be able to get them also. And nothing could have made me as happy as the knowledge that a boy woke up on his birthday a couple of months back and got a remote control dalek because of the work I put in.
Doctor Who fills me with delight and wonder even to this day. From the very first story through to the most recent. I don't know who I would have become without this influence in my life, but I'm glad I never had to find out.