Tuesday, November 4, 2008

TMI Tuesday #45

1. Have you ever had a moving violation? An auto accident? That was your fault?
I have had a few speeding tickets in my life, but until quite recently I hadn't had one for many a year. Earlier this year I failed to notice a sign advising a change to a lower speed limit. I also failed to notice that there was a policeman waiting a few hundred metres beyond the sign. Unfortunately (or fortunately, which ever the case may be) he made his presence known to me and also pointed out that I had failed to slow down once passed the sign. He wrote me a ticket as a reminder to pay more attention when driving, and I assured him that I would. As for accidents, I have been involved in a few, none serious and none were my fault.

2. Have you ever voted? How old was your were you the first time you voted?
Voting is compulsory here in Australia for both Federal and State elections, so Yes, I have voted on a number of occasions. Failure to do so results in a fine.

3. Are you glad this election cycle is over?
The US presidential election seems to have been going for ever. It has even occupied a fair slice of news time here on the other side of the world. I will be glad when it is finally over (regardless of the result) just so I don't have to see Obama's face on every news bulletin. Having said that though, I guess I should be prepared to see him for at least the next 4 years.

4. Do you have guilty pleasure? What is it (or are they)?
One guilty pleasure I have is the occasional glass of Highland Park Scotch Whiskey. I very rarely drink but I do indulge in the odd nip of this extremely pleasant beverage. I can't describe the beautiful smokey peat and honey flavour as it slides across the tongue and then warms the body on a cold winter's night.

5. What is the most embarrassing thing you have done recently?
I don't recall having done anything that has caused me embarrassment recently. I'll have to pass on this one.

Bonus: How much impact has the Wall Street and general economic wilt had on you?
Not a lot to date, but I am sure the flow on effect will impact on us all in the form of higher prices and rising unemployment. One negative effect which springs to mind is the Aussie dollar being worth less compared to the greenback and this has cancelled out a lot of the benefits of falling oil prices. Still pain at the petrol pump.


Amorous Rocker said...

Mmm scotch. I love your answer for number 4. It's divine.

Happy Tuesday!

Dana said...

Compulsory voting? Wow! I had no idea! Maybe that is how the U.S. should address our current financial deficit!

Ms. Inconspicuous said...

You know...I actually kind of like the compulsory voting idea. Unfortunately, those who don't get out to vote are usually those too poor to find a way to the polls, so the fine thing would be a moot point.