Name as it appears on your birth certificate?:
Current name?: Hoshi Sato (there aren't many cultures
which still use family name first)
Nicknames?: Hana, Hosh, Polly (for "polyglot")
Parents' names?: Sato Chiko and Sato Masako
Siblings?: Two brothers, Kaemon (older) and Ryu
Number of candles that appeared on your last birthday
Date that you regularly blow them out?: July 9
Pets?: I had three rabbits over my childhood: Bun-bun
(male), Cinni-bun (female), and Star (female)
Eye color?: Brown
Hair color?: Black
Piercings?: Three -- one in each earlobe and one
in my upper right ear
How much do you love your job?: More than I can say
in English -- Italian has some good adjectives for it, though.
So does Russian.
Birthplace?: Kyoto -- "The Anagram Lover's
Hometown?: Honolulu, Hawai'i -- we moved there
when I was six months old, so it's more of a "home"-town
than anyplace else.
Current residence?: Deck C, Enterprise
College attended, degree?: UCLA, Bachelor's in language
arts, minor in anthropology; NYU, Master's in language arts
What kind of car do you drive?: Kia
Croutons or bacon bits?: Croutons
Coke or Pepsi?: Pepsi
Sprite or 7UP?: Sprite
Coffee or ice cream?: Coffee
Coffee, tea, or decaf?: Tea. Chamomile is best.
Milk chocolate or dark?: Milk.
Buttered, plain, or salted popcorn?: Salted
Red or white wine?: White
Gold or silver?: Silver.
Two or four doors?: Four
Bridges or tunnels?: Bridges
Beach, city, or country?: Beach. I grew up near one
and have always loved them.
Summer or winter?: Summer. I agree with Travis that
snow should be seen and not felt.
Storms: Cool or scary?: Cool. Rain doesn't bother
me all that much, even if I'm out in it.
Roller coaster: Scary or exciting?: Scary unless
I'm with someone I like.
James Dean or Clark Gable?: James Dean.
Marilyn Monroe or Audrey Hepburn?: Audrey Hepburn.
Beatles or Stones?: Beatles. Especially played backwards.
Blanket or stuffed animal?: Stuffed animal. I brought
along some beanie babies and slept with a teddy bear when
I was little.
One pillow or two?: One
Adidas, Nike, or Reebok?: Adidas. Why doesn't anyone
else know these are brands of shoes and not some kind of code?
Mac, PC, or Unix?: You people are Starfleet officers;
you should know these are computer platforms and you should
know what you use! And Mac, for the record.
WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE...
Salad dressing?: Oil and vinegar.
Salad?: Fresh garden with a lot of vegetables
Pizza topping?: Anchovies
Foods?: traditional Japanese dishes, especially soba
Sandwich filling?: Cucumber and cottage cheese
Dessert?: Fruit ices, gelato, or fresh fruit
Type of ice cream?: Mint chocolate chip. It's almost
impossible to get any when Phlox gets news that Chef made
some. When that happens, I like rainbow sherbet.
Restaurant?: Anything where I have to translate the
menu or the food is not alive
Fast food place?: Any McDonald's in France
Drink, non-alcoholic?: Vanilla cola or apple juice
Drink, alcoholic?: Fuzzy navel
Color of socks?: white
Shampoo or conditioner?: Herbal Essences
Place to be kissed?: Mouth
Holiday?: My parents celebrated all the traditional
Japanese holidays. I loved Girl's Day when I was little. I
also like July 4.
Color?: Robin's-egg blue
Day of the week?: Tuesday
Band/Artist?: Beatles, Eien No Ko, Operatic composers
from the 1800s.
Book?: One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, Ken
Kesey. I've read it six times and I've been lending it out
all over the ship.
Magazine?: "Talking Back." It's a quarterly
anthology of stories and columns in the writers' native languages.
Movie?: "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest," anything
by Hayao Miyazaki, "Atanarjuat," "Amelie," most musicals,
anything with Johnny Depp, "The Red Violin."
TV show?: "Fawlty Towers," "ER," "Whose Line is it
TV character?: Basil Fawlty
Disney character?: Scar (the Lion King), Sebastian
Warner Bros. character?: Pepe Le Pew. I found his
overly amorous attitude to be very funny.
Sesame Street character?: I never watched this show
all that much. They never got beyond "Abierto" and
James Bond?: Connery or Brosnan. By villain standards,
Quote?: "Nothing was ever accomplished without
much enduring." -- St. Catherine of Sienna
Word or phrase?: "Graciousness." My mother
drilled it into me to be gracious in all things.
Flower?: Tiger lilies and the yellow Hibiscus Brackenridgei
-- it's my state flower.
Sport to watch?: I get into arguments with the other
crewmembers as to whether figure skating and synchronized
swimming are sports. I also like sumo and surfing.
Zoo exhibit?: Butterfly houses
Board game?: Scrabble!
Town to chill in?: San Francisco, Honolulu, Naha
[city in Okinawa]
Website?: The archive for "Talking Back,"
some humor-related sites, online dictionaries
Least favorite thing?: Not knowing what word to use
Least favorite subject?: I've always had trouble
with advanced mathematics
RANDOM PERSONAL QUESTIONS
Been in love before?: Yes
Loved somebody so much it made you cry?: Yes
Dumper or dumpee?: Dumper once, dumpee once. In the
former, Dave was being a jerk. In the latter, Katie didn't
want to continue our relationship.
What inspires you?: My family, my cultural ties,
being able to say "hello" and "Where's the bathroom?"
in a language before any other human can
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?: Still talking,
maybe with a nice man or woman with me
What do you look for in a partner?: Tolerance, a
nice voice, kindness, intelligence, skill in languages
What did you want to be when you grew up?: I wanted
to speak every language in the world
What characteristics do you despise?: Homophobia.
If you had a big win in the lottery, how long would you
wait to contact people?: Three seconds. I'd start screaming
after that, and anyone in earshot would know.
Where would you retire to?: Florida, Honolulu, some
place warm without snow
Have you ever been convicted of a crime?: No.
Do you get along with your parents?: Yes
Have you ever gone skinny-dipping?: Yes, seven times
at my last count. You should try it if the water's clean.
Do you make fun of people?: Of course not.
Last person you went to dinner with?: Phlox, Travis,
and T'Pol. We're thinking of starting a book club.
What did you do for your last birthday?: I had some
ice cream made just for me -- Phlox could barely keep his
tongue in when he smelled it. I got a small essay in Vulcan
from T'Pol, a nice greeting from everyone, and a letter from
Katie. Even though we're not dating, we're still friends.
Do you carry a donor card?: Yes.
Had the drink Calypso Breeze?: Yeah. Katie made the
best ones I've ever had.
Been to Europe?: Yes.
Been to Africa?: Yes
Been toilet-papering?: No.
Been toilet-papered?: Once, in college.
Been in a car crash?: No, never
Lucky Number?: Whatever number of languages I can
speak (39 currently)
Any superstitions?: The traditional American ones,
and I always am kind to animals
When was your last hospital visit?: Last week; I
went with Lt. Reed when Liz nearly took off his eyebrows with
a stray shot.
First thing you think of when you wake up?: I'll
never get used to the engine rumbling
What color is your bedroom's carpet?: Starfleet gray
What color is your bathroom?: Starfleet white
What's on your mouse pad?: The Japanese alphabet
What's under your bed?: Storage space
How many times did you fail your permit and/or driver's
license test?: zero
If you could eat lunch with one famous person, who would
it be?: Sappho, Oscar Wilde, Ken Kesey, Hayao Miyazaki.
Dreamers, every one of them.
What was the last film you saw at the movies?: "Shichinin
no samurai" ("Seven Samurai," you cultural illiterates!
What was the last film you saw at home?: "Spirited
What was the last book you read?: A copy of Travis's
What was the last CD you listened to?: A compilation
of Vulcan chants from T'Pol.
What do you have for breakfast?: Pancakes. Chef was
Can you touch your nose with your tongue?: No. You'd
think I could.
Can you roll your tongue?: Yes.
How many keys on your key ring?: Left it home.
Where would you like to visit most?: Home, Scotland,
Egypt, back to Risa
Hobbies?: Reading, translating, talking
Which single store would you choose to max your credit
card?: A rare-book store
What do you do most often when you are bored?: Brush
up on whatever language I'm sketchy on.
What words or phrases do you overuse?: "No response,"
which I wish I used once in a blue moon.
What words or phrases do your friends overuse?: "Open
a channel." What else am I supposed to do? Semaphore?
Friend who lives farthest away?: Katie.
Greatest pet peeve?: Not being able to talk to someone
Best thing in the world?: Learning a new word, sharing
a bed with someone you like
When do you get up?: 0630
Last new thing you bought for yourself?: Two rings
and a necklace on Risa.