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Personal Quiz: T'Pol


Name as it appears on your birth certificate? That cannot be written in this character set. My primary name is an expression of lineage.

Current name? See above.

Nicknames? I have none.

Parents' names? T'Les and Cenek

Siblings? None.

Number of candles that appeared on your last birthday cake? I have never had a birthday cake.

Date that you regularly blow them out? I have never had the opportunity to engage in this activity.

Pets? I have never kept a pet per se. I cared for various Terran small mammals and amphibians as a study on Vulcan. The closest I have ever come to keeping a pet was in San Francisco. I was dealing with pneumonia, which is harder on Vulcans than Terrans. A concerned colleague did lend me his cat. I confess to having found her company very soothing.

Height? 1.7018m

Eye color? Brown.

Hair color? Brown.

Piercings? None.

Tattoos? None.

How much do you love your job? I do not consider my job in terms of love.

Birthplace? Vulcan.

Hometown? Vet'rel.

Current residence? Deck B, Enterprise.

College attended, degree? Vulcan Academy of Sciences. I hold a primary degree (the equivalent of a Baccalaureate) in Science, a primary degree in Criminal Justice, and a secondary degree (the equivalent of a Master's) in Science.

What kind of car do you drive? I have not driven any combustion-engine vehicles.


Croutons or bacon bits? Croutons.

Coke or Pepsi? Neither.

Sprite or 7UP? Neither.

Coffee or ice cream? Neither.

Coffee, tea, or decaf? Tea.

Milk chocolate or dark? Dark chocolate, I have found, helps me deal with the scent of Terrans who have refrained from bathing.

Buttered, plain, or salted popcorn? Plain.

Red or white wine? Red.

Gold or silver? Terran females have said that gold compliments my coloring.

Two or four doors? Shuttlepods have two.

Bridges or tunnels? Bridges; I have found that tunnels are vaguely claustrophobic for me.

Beach, city, or country? The country.

Summer or winter? Summer. It more closely resembles Vulcan's usual weather.

Storms: Cool or scary? Although I know of the danger they may present, I do not find storms to be anything except weather patterns.

Roller coaster: Scary or exciting? Nauseating.

James Dean or Clark Gable? I have yet to see a movie with either of these people.

Marilyn Monroe or Audrey Hepburn? I have yet to see a movie with either of these people.

Beatles or Stones? Beatles. The Rolling Stones are cacophonous.

Blanket or stuffed animal? Along with the cat I received a small blanket. I still have it. I am not quite certain why I did not return it.

One pillow or two? One.

Adidas, Nike, or Reebok? Ensign Sato, would you come here and translate these for me?

Mac, PC, or Unix? Vulcan operating systems are far superior to Terran interfaces.


Salad dressing? Vinaigrette.

Salad? Simple greens.

Pizza topping? The one time I ate pizza the toppings consisted of a tomato-based sauce, cheeses, and sliced olives.

Foods? A traditional Vulcan dish which Chef can prepare correctly. So far, this has yet to happen.

Sandwich filling? I have found hummus to be very nutritious while still being common enough to avoid long explanations.

Dessert? Though Commander Tucker has taught me to enjoy pecan pie, I prefer fruit tarts that have a lemon or lime base. The tartness is much better for my sinuses, and the flavor is much nicer...perhaps I am becoming more accustomed to Terran tastes than I anticipated.

Type of ice cream? I have yet to find an ice cream I enjoy eating.

Restaurant? The small Vulcan-styled bistro in Fisherman's Wharf.

Fast food place? I am not familiar with this term.

Drink, non-alcoholic? Mint or chamomile tea.

Drink, alcoholic? Wine, although I rarely indulge.

Color of socks? I do not regularly wear socks.

Shampoo or conditioner? I use both; the type I use is the standard Starfleet issue.

Toothpaste? I have plain mint, issued by Starfleet.

Place to be kissed? I have not been kissed in what Terrans term "an affectionate manner." I have gotten "pecks on the cheek."

Holiday? The Day of Kaiidth. It is a day set aside for all Vulcans to consider that which is, and cannot be changed, but must be accepted.

Color? Light blues and pale reds are reminiscent of my home.

Car? I do not like cars. The smell of the combustion engine is nearly overpowering.

Day of the week? I find Wednesdays to be very quiet.

Band/Artist? The Beatles are the only true "band" I have taken the time to find I enjoy. Others, like Aryeh Frankfurter and J. S. Bach, are much closer to the music of my childhood.

Book? The Teachings of Surak

Magazine? Though I have not gotten a copy recently, the Vulcan Poetry Anthology was one piece of work I always found time to read.

Movie? I prefer documentaries to fiction.

TV show? The news is the most educational programming I have seen.

TV character? The "anchor" of Channel Seven's news of San Francisco.

Disney character? I have yet to find a character from this company I enjoy watching.

Warner Bros. character? I have yet to find a character from this company I enjoy watching.

Sesame Street character? I have never seen an episode of this series.

James Bond? Timothy Dalton and George Lazenby are the only people I have seen in this role. Dalton's Bond had more intelligence than Lazenby's.

Quote? "Infinite diversity in infinite combination."

Word or phrase? "Live long and prosper."

Flower? Roses and orchids are very...gratifying to see bloom.

Sport to watch? Competitive spelling.

Zoo exhibit? I have yet to visit a zoo.

Board game? Chess.

Town to chill in? Anchorage, Alaska, according to the linguistic term. Colloquially, I believe I would have to choose San Francisco.

Perfume/Cologne? I prefer none.

Website? The Vulcan Science Directorate, to stay in touch with my colleagues.

Least favorite thing? Illogic, being persecuted because I carry a disease.

Least favorite subject? I have never found one subject less appealing than any other.


Been in love before? No.

Loved somebody so much it made you cry? No.

Dumper or dumpee? I cannot answer this question.

What inspires you? My species and our history.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Working with Terrans with more "aliens" among them.

What do you look for in a partner? A skilled individual who, if mating is to be considered, is also going through pon farr.

What did you want to be when you grew up? I did not want to be anything. (When I was five years old, I did harbor an appreciation for pilots.)

What characteristics do you despise? Prejudice based on species or health.

If you had a big win in the lottery, how long would you wait to contact people? I would never "play the lottery." The odds are such that winning is nearly impossible.

Where would you retire to? Vulcan or New Mexico.

Have you ever been convicted of a crime? No.

Do you get along with your parents? Yes, I believe so.

Have you ever gone skinny-dipping? No.

Do you make fun of people? No.

Last person you went to dinner with? Ambassador Soval, three days before I was assigned to Enterprise.

What did you do for your last birthday? Nothing unusual for my daily routine, though Chef did make me two small tarts: one lemon, one lime.

Do you carry a donor card? No.


Had the drink Calypso Breeze? No.

Been to Europe? Yes.

Been to Africa? Yes.

Been toilet-papering? No.

Been toilet-papered? Yes, once.

Been in a car crash? No. I have been in shuttles which have crashed, however.

Lucky Number? I have yet to believe in "luck."

Any superstitions? None.

When was your last hospital visit? Three days ago, as per Doctor Phlox's check-up plan.

First thing you think of when you wake up? Kaiidth. (What is, is.) A meditation exercise.

What color is your bedroom's carpet? Starfleet industrial gray.

What color is your bathroom? Starfleet white and chrome.

What's on your mouse pad? It is blue.

What's under your bed? I sleep on a mattress directly on the floor.

How many times did you fail your permit and/or driver's license test? I have not taken any such exams.

If you could eat lunch with one famous person, who would it be? Surak. It would be very interesting, to say the least, to learn his opinion on current Vulcan affairs.

What was the last film you saw at the movies? "Some Like It Hot."

What was the last film you saw at home? I have never seen a film on Vulcan.

What was the last book you read? One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Ken Kesey. Ensign Sato recommended it, and I found it to be very insightful regarding Terran psychoses.

What was the last CD you listened to? A recording of Beethoven's first five symphonies.

What do you have for breakfast? Plomeek soup.

Can you touch your nose with your tongue? No.

Can you roll your tongue? No.

How many keys on your key ring? I lack a key ring.

Where would you like to visit most? I have never been to the Dead Sea; I understand the climate and terrain are similar to certain areas on Vulcan.

Hobbies? A hobby is an activity used within spare time, which is a commodity I lack.

Which single store would you choose to max your credit card? I lack a credit card.

What do you do most often when you are bored? I am not "bored‚" in the colloquial sense, but my quarters are very calming after a day when the crewmembers have forgotten to bathe.

What words or phrases do you overuse? I carefully monitor my speech patterns so that I do not become redundant.

What words or phrases do your friends overuse? I have never heard a crewmember repeat a phrase extraneously.

Friend who lives farthest away? The colleague who lent me his cat is still on Terra. We became close acquaintances.

Greatest pet peeve? I have already stated I have no pets.

Best thing in the world? I do not consider experiences in terms of enjoyment, though I find my work aboard Enterprise satisfying.

When do you get up? 0500 hours.

Bedtime? 2200 hours.

Last new thing you bought for yourself? On Terra, one week before we left, I purchased a small cat figurine.

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