Name as it appears on your birth certificate?
Elizabeth Regina Cutler
Current name? Just gave it to ya.
Nicknames? Liz, ScrunchieFace (crazy old boyfriend)
Parents' names? Paul and Chris Cutler
Siblings? I have one sister, Victoria, who's two
years older than me. (Dad is such an Anglophile he's practically
Number of candles that appeared on your last birthday
Date that you regularly blow them out? April 12
Pets? I used to ride horses, but not after I joined
Starfleet. No time. Vic had a few cats.
Eye color? Hazel
Hair color? brown
Piercings? just in my ears
Tattoos? ouch! are you nuts?
How much do you love your job? Earth bugs are cool...alien
bugs are awesome. Insects are practically the perfect
lifeform. Simple but exquisite.
Birthplace? In the back of the car on the A354 just
outside Sixpenny Handley...someone couldn't get to
the midwife's in time.
Hometown? Beantown! (Because Chris's job kept them
from living in England, to Dad's eternal dismay.)
Current residence? Deck C, Enterprise
College attended, degree? Purdue University, Bachelor's
of Science (Entomology)
What kind of car do you drive? I've never owned
one. I can drive pretty much anything.
Croutons or bacon bits? Croutons. Bacon bits look
too much like specimens.
Coke or Pepsi? Pepsi
Sprite or 7UP? I don't really like citrus soda.
Coffee or ice cream? Coffee, but not too strong.
Coffee, tea, or decaf? Decaf, please!
Milk chocolate or dark? milk with almonds
Buttered, plain, or salted popcorn? plain
Red or white wine? white, or a zinfandel
Gold or silver? Gold, but my favorite necklace is
silver. It was a gift from the crazy boyfriend.
Two or four doors? whatever as long as they open
Bridges or tunnels? tunnels. There's always more
interesting things under the dirt.
Beach, city, or country? country, definitely --
wide open horizons, sweeping vistas, puffy white clouds, tiny
white sheep on green grass...
Summer or winter? Summer. Everyone should hibernate
in the winter. It's only sensible.
Storms: Cool or scary? Annoying, mostly.
Roller coaster: Scary or exciting? I've never been
on one. I was on a Ferris wheel when I was eight, but it was
kind of boring.
James Dean or Clark Gable? Gable. Sigh.
Marilyn Monroe or Audrey Hepburn? Marilyn. "Some
Like it Hot" is just hilarious!
Beatles or Stones? Stones
Blanket or stuffed animal? stuffed animal
One pillow or two? who sleeps with more than one
Adidas, Nike, or Reebok? Just a minute -- I have
to ask Hoshi what these mean.
Mac, PC, or Unix? Is this a trick question? Just
because PCs are "buggy" doesn't mean I want to use
WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE...
Salad dressing? lemon juice, lightly sprayed
Pizza topping? I like white pizza best, with a little
oregano and a lot of oil.
Foods? I love a good curry.
Sandwich filling? bacon butties...but it's been
a long time.
Dessert? fresh fruit with a little whipped cream.
Type of ice cream? Raspberry sorbet
Restaurant? McCloskey's pub on Cricket Avenue
Fast food place? McDonald's. I'm old-fashioned.
Drink, non-alcoholic? white grape juice
Drink, alcoholic? strawberry daiquiri
Color of socks? white
Shampoo or conditioner? whatever keeps my hair clean
Toothpaste? Nathan's Organic
Place to be kissed? the tip of my nose
Holiday? Boxing Day. Only the way we celebrated
it was a kind of post-Christmas white elephant exchange. Christmas
Eve was for church. Christmas Day was very private, just for
immediate family. But on Boxing Day, we packed up whatever
we got that we didn't want and met at one person's house,
and everyone had to leave with the same number of things they
brought. If you got a new something you didn't like, you had
to put your coat and boots and hat and gloves and all back
on, leave the house with the right number of gifts, close
the door, and then ring the bell to come back inside before
you could exchange it! My uncle Howard used to do this three
or four times in a row, just to get something he actually
Color? pale pink
Car? Don't care
Day of the week? Sunday
Band/Artist? Yma Sumac
Book? I have this old battered copy of "Charlie
and the Chocolate Factory" which I got when I was four.
The pages are falling out and the binding is split twice and
it's just the best book ever.
Magazine? Mercator Monthly
Movie? Anything by Hitchcock. The man was an absolute
TV show? I'll watch anything.
TV character? Fiona on "Debonair"
Disney character? Cinderella
Warner Bros. character? The Road Runner. Meep meep!
Sesame Street character? Robin, Kermit's nephew.
He's just so cute.
James Bond? Ewan McGregor
Quote? "The kiss of the sun for pardon/The song
of the birds for mirth/One is nearer God's heart in a garden/Than
anywhere else on earth."
Word or phrase? In high school I was terrible about
getting ready for school in the morning. I would spend an
hour in the bathroom making myself look right, and my father
(the professor) would yell up the stairs for me to "hurry
up and finish abluting." Now I use that word whenever
I can, and it always makes me laugh. Hoshi thinks it's the
funniest word she ever heard in any language, so it's not
Sport to watch? American football. Go Niners! (Dad
thinks it's horrifying.)
Zoo exhibit? The butterfly house, or any other insect
Board game? Trivial Pursuit. I'm going to beat Porthos
one of these days, I swear it. I want to know where he learned
all the early 21st-century sports statistics. I mean, who
remembers who won the bronze for skeet shooting in 2016?
Town to chill in? My favorite cousin lives in Braintree,
Perfume/Cologne? Old Spice -- but not on a starship
Website? don't really have one
Least favorite thing? snow. I am not a winter person
Least favorite subject? cooking. I actually burned
RANDOM PERSONAL QUESTIONS
Been in love before? No
Loved somebody so much it made you cry? Do celebrity
crushes count? I fainted in front of David March once.
Dumper or dumpee? both
What inspires you? The Great Plume of Agosoria. It's
a protostar which bursts every 11 years. I got to see it from
the Mess Hall windows with these monks who were visiting
Enterprise. It was so overwhelming -- this enormous reaction,
boiling and spewing and exploding and firing into the great
void, color and light and heat and life, a whole star being
born, struggling out of the raw matter, trying to coalesce
-- I still get choked up thinking about it. I kept thinking
this is what it must be like to have a baby, to see this new
life coming into the world.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years? On a research
station or a colony, helping to catalogue new life.
What do you look for in a partner? A "British"
sense of humor. Someone who doesn't mind bugs or spiders.
Someone who can pick me up off my feet.
What did you want to be when you grew up? This is
so embarrassing -- after I saw "Rudolph the Red-Nosed
Reindeer," I wanted to be an elf dentist. I was soooo
disappointed when I found out about Santa.
What characteristics do you despise? Squeamishness!
Lack of humor. People who talk about themselves endlessly
and aren't interested actual conversation.
If you had a big win in the lottery, how long would you
wait to contact people? Boxing Day. Nobody would leave
my house unhappy.
Where would you retire to? Vermont or Maine
Have you ever been convicted of a crime? No!
Do you get along with your parents? Yes. I love
them dearly. They're wonderful and supportive and I miss them
Have you ever gone skinny-dipping? In the bathtub
with my sister when I was three!
Do you make fun of people? Only after too many daiquiris.
But I do great impressions.
Last person you went to dinner with? Doctor Phlox.
He's just fascinating.
What did you do for your last birthday? Hoshi and
Pedro had bubble-and-squeak with me. Well, Chef tried, but
it was more like burp-and-whistle.
Do you carry a donor card? yes
Had the drink Calypso Breeze? Hoshi made one for
me once, but I didn't like it very much.
Been to Europe? yes
Been to Africa? no
Been toilet-papering? Who told you about that? Nobody
was supposed to know!
Been toilet-papered? no -- well, I might be now,
if it gets out
Been in a car crash? no
Lucky Number? "the last one"
Any superstitions? All the cabinets and closets
and drawers have to closed when I leave the room. Leaving
things open invites trouble, or rummaging, or infestation.
When was your last hospital visit? I don't remember.
First thing you think of when you wake up? Who's
What color is your bedroom's carpet? pink (I have
a throw rug over the boring gray in our quarters)
What color is your bathroom? white and chrome
What's on your mouse pad? ...the mouse?
What's under your bed? Li. (I have the top bunk.)
How many times did you fail your permit and/or driver's
license test? Once in London, once in Boston. Switching
sides of the road can be really difficult!
If you could eat lunch with one famous person, who would
it be? Gregor Mendel
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? "A
Chill Wind," with David March
What was the last book you read? The instruction
manual for our phase pistols. Twice. I nearly burned off Lt.
Reed's face during my last target practice. I was completely
humiliated. Luckily, he's okay, but I felt terrible! I really
could have hurt him.
What was the last CD you listened to? The Kinks
What do you have for breakfast? Decaf, toast with
raspberry jam, fruit
Can you touch your nose with your tongue? no
Can you roll your tongue? no
How many keys on your key ring? I left it home
Where would you like to visit most? The next planet
Hobbies? I thought about taking up target
shooting, but Lt. Reed said "such endeavour might be
contraindicated." I guess I have to stick with pressing
flowers in books.
Which single store would you choose to max your credit
card? Le Parfumerie
What do you do most often when you are bored? Talk.
As my roommate knows. 8)
What words or phrases do you overuse? "bugger"
(Vic thinks it's a cute pun, Dad is not amused)
What words or phrases do your friends overuse? "I'll
get back to ya." (The privilege of command, I suppose,
but...ever hear of "noblesse oblige"?)
Friend who lives farthest away? Delia in Tampa
Greatest pet peeve? People who squeal "eeeeewwww,
bugs!" and make faces when I tell them what I
do for a living.
Best thing in the world? Unlocking the mysteries
of a new species. There's nothing like a good dissection under
a really powerful microscope.
When do you get up? 0645
Last new thing you bought for yourself? Does lunch
on Venamar count?