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Personal Quiz: Soval


Ambassador SovalName as it appears on your birth certificate?: Soval

Current name?: Soval

Nicknames?: {sigh} Soval

Parents' names?: Lorian and T'Ven

Siblings?: None

Number of candles that appeared on your last birthday cake?: Mrs. Forrest allots one candle to cakes which she assembles for me.

Date that you regularly blow them out?: I do not regularly extinguish candles posted upon cakes on any date. Admiral and Mrs. Forrest have arbitrarily (and, I might add, unilaterally) decided upon a day which they choose to celebrate the occasion of my birth, which I believe is the first day of the fourth month of the Terran calendar year.

Pets?: None

Height?: 1.79832 meters

Eye color?: Brown

Hair color?: Silver

Piercings?: None

Tattoos?: One

How much do you love your job?: If it were not for the volatility of humans, Andorians, and Klingons, my employment would be pleasant.

Birthplace?: Vulcan

Hometown?: Vet'rel

Current residence?: The Vulcan compound in Sausalito.

College attended, degree?: I studied Kastik-tal (Botany) at the Vulcan Academy of Science. However, I was recruited by the Vulcan High Command upon completion of my degree, and was not able to work within that field.

What kind of car do you drive?: Jaguar


Croutons or bacon bits?: If one must incorporate texture into an adequately nutritional entree, then croutons.

Coke or Pepsi?: These beverages are too sweet.

Sprite or 7UP?: These are also too sweet.

Coffee or ice cream?: Coffee. Without sweetener.

Coffee, tea, or decaf?: Coffee…tea…both. Without sweetener.

Milk chocolate or dark?: Dark

Buttered, plain, or salted popcorn?: Snack foods, which are without nutrition, and which can only be eaten by the use of the hands, are intolerable to Vulcans

Red or white wine?: Red

Gold or silver?: Neither

Two or four doors?: Two

Bridges or tunnels?: Bridges allow one to examine the terrain from a higher vantage point. Tunnels do not provide that scientific perspective of the environment.

Beach, city, or country?: I have no preference.

Summer or winter?: Summer on Vulcan is acceptable. However, fog in San Francisco can diminish the heat one expects of summer.

Storms: Cool or scary?: Only humans attach emotion to weather patterns. Well, so do Andorians. And Klingons. Emotions attached to weather patterns are illogical.

Roller coaster: Scary or exciting?: I find the human need to frighten oneself puzzling. However, the roller coaster does have value in that it simulates the free fall one can experience when ejected from a ship in an escape pod.

James Dean or Clark Gable?: Humphrey Bogart

Marilyn Monroe or Audrey Hepburn?: Neither

Beatles or Stones?: The Beatles produced a wide range of music, from purely commercial to experimental. Some of their music is quite agreeable to hear. The lyrics and music of Rolling Stones were primarily about stoking adolescent rebellion and preserving the irresponsibility of youth. Keith Richards had a disturbing mien.

Blanket or stuffed animal?: For what purpose? I have no young children in my care.

One pillow or two?: Two

Adidas, Nike, or Reebok?: {Soval taps UT, which appears to be malfunctioning}

Mac, PC, or Unix?: Archaic human technologies.


Salad dressing?: Olive oil and vinegar

Salad?: Mixed greens with arugula and croutons, if the host insists.

Pizza topping?: Vulcans don't eat food which require them to use their hands. However, if provided with a fork and knife, mushroom pizza has merit.

Foods?: Nourishing Vulcan fare. On Earth, where such food cannot be found easily outside the Vulcan compound, I find that such dishes as pasta with pesto, pad thai, cheese enchiladas, and hot and sour soup are adequate alternatives.

Sandwich filling?: Vulcans do not eat food which requires the use of hands. However, a roasted pepper and avocado sandwich can be eaten efficiently with the use of a fork and knife.

Dessert?: Vulcans do not eat desserts, which generally have sugar as the primary ingredient.

Type of ice cream?: Mrs. Forrest serves a butter pecan ice cream which is acceptable.

Restaurant?: The small Vulcan-style bistro in Fisherman's Wharf. Also, the Plearn Thai restaurant in Berkeley provides nutritious meals. There are several restaurants in Berkeley which serve healthy breakfasts, a meal not served in the bistro.

Fast food place?: {Soval taps UT, which again seems to be malfunctioning}

Drink, non-alcoholic?: Tea

Drink, alcoholic?: Scotch, although I rarely indulge. However, when I have business in Scotland or Ireland, my human hosts insist I try the local variations, and the subtle differences are scientifically interesting to note.

Color of socks?: Black

Shampoo or conditioner?: Yes

Toothpaste?: Yes

Place to be kissed?: {stares impassively}

Holiday?: The Day of Kaiidth.

Color?: Green

Car?: Jaguar

Day of the week?: A day without inane human curiosity about the minutiae of my life.

Band/Artist?: Vulcans do not have "popular" music groups or artists as humans use the term. However, I have found the human music called jazz to be beneficial when I cannot meditate. Tracing the patterns and understanding how they interact with the controlled chaos of a "solo" can be a challenging mental exercise.

Book?: By a human author? Frankenstein, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Magazine?: The Interstellar Journal of Alien Affairs and Alliances (formerly, The Universal Journal of Alien Affairs)

Movie?: I have found the genre described as "film noir" to explain much about the dark, deceptive side of humanity.

TV show?: An archaic and faculty-dulling human technology.

TV character?: {interviewer skips question}

Disney character?: Vulcans do not find animated rodents to be of interest.

Warner Bros. character?: I do not understand the question.

Sesame Street character?: I do not understand the question.

James Bond?: Sean Connery

Quote?: "Logic is the cement of our civilization with which we ascend from chaos, using reason for our guide."

Word or phrase?: Cthia: reality-truth.

Flower?: A non-sequitur, one assumes.

Sport to watch?: Chess

Zoo exhibit?: A barbaric human practice.

Board game?: Chess

Town to chill in?: I appreciate the amenities of San Francisco. I have not visited a human city chillier than that.

Perfume/Cologne?: Neither

Website?: Hiking Trails of The Forge

Least favorite thing?: Andorian ale

Least favorite subject?: Andorians


Been in love before?: {stares impassively}

Loved somebody so much it made you cry?: {stares impassively}

Dumper or dumpee?: {interviewer skips question}

What inspires you?: Logic -- its power and flexibility are nearly infinite.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?: On Vulcan.

What do you look for in a partner?: Logic.

What did you want to be when you grew up?: A Vulcan.

What characteristics do you despise?: Foolishness.

If you had a big win in the lottery, how long would you wait to contact people?: Vulcans do not gamble.

Where would you retire to?: Vulcan. Although if my government requested it, I would remain on Earth near the Embassy to provide guidance to my successor.

Have you ever been convicted of a crime?: {stares impassively and slowly raises one eyebrow}

Do you get along with your parents?: They are deceased.

Have you ever gone skinny-dipping?: {stares impassively}

Do you make fun of people?: No.

Last person you went to dinner with?: Admiral Forrest

What did you do for your last birthday?: Admiral Forrest and his wife invited me to hike with them and then consume some cake and ice cream.

Do you carry a donor card?: Yes


Had the drink Calypso Breeze?: {stares impassively}

Been to Europe?: Yes.

Been to Africa?: Yes.

Been toilet-papering?: {interviewer skips question}

Been toilet-papered?: {interviewer skips question}

Been in a car crash?: Yes. Fortunately, the Jaguar is a sturdy vehicle with multiple and redundant safety features, and I was uninjured.

Lucky Number?: An illogical question.

Any superstitions?: I find the human fear of such things as black cats, the number 13, and spilled salt to be puzzling. I do not comprehend why crossing fingers or knocking on wood brings good luck. Vulcans plan carefully to avoid so-called good or bad luck.

When was your last hospital visit?: Yesterday.

First thing you think of when you wake up?: Meditation

What color is your bedroom's carpet?: I do not have a carpet. The floor is tiled, with "radiant heat" pipes beneath it, which keeps it warm when the temperature drops. I find this to be surprisingly convenient.

What color is your bathroom?: White

What's on your mouse pad?: I use a touchscreen.

What's under your bed?: The floor.

How many times did you fail your permit and/or driver's license test?: None.

If you could eat lunch with one famous person, who would it be?: Surak

What was the last film you saw at the movies?: Casablanca

What was the last film you saw at home?: Young Frankenstein. The attendant must have misunderstood my request for the film version of the book I just completed. I am told, however, that Mel Brooks was one of the masters of human comedy, so I watched the entire piece for study purposes.

What was the last book you read?: A draft of the preface to a book by Jonathan Archer titled The Art of Diplomacy in 10 Easy Lessons. My notes were extensive, but I do not think Captain Archer will take them seriously.

What was the last CD you listened to?: T'Pol sent a jazz recording by Chet Baker

What do you have for breakfast?: Toast and coffee. Without sweetener.

Can you touch your nose with your tongue?: I do not know. I feel it would be unhygienic to attempt it.

Can you roll your tongue?: I do not know. What purpose would it serve if I could?

How many keys on your key ring?: I do not carry keys.

Where would you like to visit most?: Andoria. As the most extreme species in terms of illogic, paranoia, and emotion, it would benefit me to examine that culture in more depth.

Hobbies?: Walking on the beach and hiking.

Which single store would you choose to max your credit card?: Vulcans do not shop as a form of entertainment. However, I find examining the current versions of automobiles aids my understanding of human technology.

What do you do most often when you are bored?: Vulcans do not become bored. If I find that I have sufficient time to devote to an activity other than work, I listen to jazz music or meditate.

What words or phrases do you overuse?: "Vulcans do not…"

What words or phrases do your friends overuse?: "What…which…where…why…when…how…"

Friend who lives farthest away?: T'Pol

Greatest pet peeve?: Humans…Andorians…Klingons…illogical beings.

Best thing in the world?: I find the natural environment of most habitable planets to be of great interest.

When do you get up?: Dawn

Bedtime?: Midnight

Last new thing you bought for yourself?: As I noted, Vulcans do not shop as a form of entertainment. However, I have on occasion purchased a reliable surface vehicle, such as the Jaguar, which allows me to test daily human technology. In addition, the combination of speed, a straight road, and instrumental music such as jazz produces a state of mind similar to meditation.

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Co-writer: myst123