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01 July 2011 @ 01:23 pm
i could use some brass knuckles.  



Basics


Name/Nickname: Melissa

Age: 22

Occupation: Former student, current sales associate. Living. The. Dream.


Likes: history, television, delighting in anything ridiculous, textiles, coffee, things that are ordinary, things that are problematic, summer dresses, politics, starting things I don't finish, knitting, folk music, knowing languages, but not studying them, squishy faced dogs.

Dislikes: thinking ahead, days with no sunshine, rudeness, slow drivers on one way streets, talking about Feelings, cooking, but not baking, bad writing. Basically any behavior that doesn't acknowledge or that indicates a disinclination to accommodate other people's needs or interests or just plain convenience because just, come on, guys. I suppose I just take the social contract very seriously, hahaha.

Strengths: I'm a super fast learner, a turbo-perfectionist, and ruthlessly efficient. I basically communicate in humor, which can be a strength and a weakness, I guess, but I'm going to list it here as a strength because I truly believe that life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about. Which is not to say that I'm not serious as a person, but I think it's important to know how and when to turn it off, or we'll drive ourselves crazy.

Weaknesses: I tend to be my own worst enemy, especially in situations that intimidate me, like looking for jobs or preparing for standardized tests: you know, all those things that basically don't matter to anyone and have no effect on my future whatsoever. Basically, I can do the things I'm doing and I can do them so well, but when it comes to charting out the next step for the future, I'm lost. Also, I'm a chronic worrier with massive guilt issues: if someone asks me to do something, no matter how inconvenient or undesirable it is, I am going to do that thing, or I feel terrible. So, I guess it's pretty easy to trick me into doing things for you, if by "trick" you mean "ask" (and I do).


More In-depth


Introvert or extrovert?: A little bit of both! In that, I am a shy, shy person, but somehow I also manage to be super talkative and super friendly in most situations. But sometimes I don't mind spending entire days by myself. It's a weird balance.

Hard Worker or layabout (or somewhere in between)?: I'm actually at both extreme ends of the spectrum, not really anywhere in between. In some things (school, work) I am a serial overachiever and will not rest until something is done and done right; in others (applications, paperwork) I will pretty much sit and wish that whatever it is will just go away.

Are you the leader type?: Ahahahahahaha. Child, no.

Are you adept at raising others' spirits?: In a way! One of my former supervisors said to me once, "I feel like you're always smiling, but you're always kind of miserable." Which is not exactly true, I am certainly not always miserable (though at the time I kind of was because I was working 7 day weeks and 13 hour days and hated my day job a lot), but anyway, I don't know--whenever I walk into a room and the mood is kind of grumpy or tired or sullen I like to bring it up as much as I can. Not in an I Like To Be The Center Of Attention kind of way because I really don't, but more in a, well, here we are, so let's enjoy each other's company kind of way.

Do you consider yourself popular?: I suppose so? Not in a vain sort of way, but more in a, I get along with a lot of people well kind of way, and that's good enough for me.

People who first meet you probably think you are: Much younger than I am. And they have voiced this to me. I appear to have chronic babyface syndrome, and a way of expressing myself that makes people think I'm a bit sweeter and rather a lot more innocent than I am?

How do you handle high-pressure situations?: I yell and swear a lot but I get it done. In fact, I perform better under pressure than in regular situations.

Are you self-motivated, or do you rely on the encouragement of others?: I'm definitely a self-starter, which is both a blessing and a curse in that, if I can't motivate myself to do something, it will not get done no matter how much encouragement I get. It also means that I tend to beat myself up over things more than most people believe to be reasonable, which, whatever. If it gets the job done, right?

Do you work through unpleasant situations for your own satisfaction, or to prove yourself to others?: Ah, well, maybe a little bit of both. I think that a job well done is its own reward, but if I get the sense that someone thinks I can't do something, then that someone is going down. I suppose I'm a little stubborn. But also, I hate letting people down, especially when I'm working in a team--so mainly I make a point of pulling my weight and doing my best because anything less is unfair to everyone else.


We Stand Alone Together


Your weekend pass has been revoked. What were you planning on using it for?: Oh, I'm not sure: something low maintenance, on the town. Give me a bottle of wine and a few friends and this ship pretty much flies itself, so.

You've been dropped into Normandy. You're all alone, it's pitch black, and there are Germans round every corner. How do you react? Who do you encounter on your trek to meet up with the rest of your battalion?: Whisper "are you fucking kidding me right now" before making my way into the darkness. Will almost certainly forget how to read a map, or forget how to read full stop, and jump at everything that moves. Might also throw up in a ditch. That ditch would probably have a German in it, knowing my luck. But I'd get through it, somehow. Somehow.

You're caught in heavy fire and you see a buddy take a hit a few feet away from you. Do you go and help him, or immediately dive for cover?: Oh god, yes. That is to say, I would try, to the best of my ability, and I wouldn't be much practical use to him if I also got hit, but at the same time--the thought of dying alone like that, helpless and afraid with no one to comfort me: I couldn't bear it, I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy, and if I could possibly prevent it happening to a friend, I am there. The survival gene is strong in this one, and I'm certainly not the heroic type, but I don't think I could live with myself without at least trying. I just couldn't bear to let somebody down like that.

Many of your fellow paratroopers take the opportunity to grab a few souvenirs whilst billeting in towns. What, if anything, do you take and why?: I'm a total fool for textile crafts, and would probably covet them most for the same reasons that make it a dick move to take them: I love the tradition and the history and the skill and the time that goes not just into making one item, but into everything that makes it possible for the item to exist in the first place. Does that even make sense? I'm not sure. But maybe a piece of lace or something embroidered. The more ordinary the better, to be honest.

War is over. What are your plans for the future?: Take that GI Bill and go straight to college, son. I mean, in the real world I have my degree already, but I'm also rubbish at pretty much everything that isn't school, so: charting out a life for the future, that would definitely be the first step for me.


Please include 1-3 photos of yourself (optional):

I'm the fool who's about to fall in the ocean (except that I didn't).


Lastly, link the three applications you have recently voted on:

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Megsstarchildrocks on July 1st, 2011 10:35 pm (UTC)
I see George Luz all over this :D You seem like a bit of a cut-up (especially the communicating in humor part ;D) but you also mentioned how you're still serious as a person and you know when to turn it off and on, and we saw both sides of Luz like that as well. Also the bottle of wine and a few friends - the whole tone of the thing just says Luz to me. :D