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So ....

What do you call a 60-year-old who watches fanvids unironically, wonders about Transuranic Elements, has a favorite Doctor, a couple of OT3s, writes fic, has an unfinished WIP o'doom, too many action figures, an evening entertainment menu that includes 2-4 anime a night, who rereads favorite SF and fantasy books repeatedly (but who, in all truth, hasn't read much new fiction in the past 10 years - a little, not enough), who occasionally misses going to cons, and who understands everything that she just wrote despite acknowledging that some of it doesn't appear to be quite English?

This entry was originally posted at http://kaffyr.dreamwidth.org/399785.html?mode=reply, where there are currently comment count unavailable comments. You can comment there or here; I watch both.

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lost_spook
Mar. 5th, 2016 06:02 pm (UTC)
I clicked 'Other' because I think you're you and kaffyr and rl names are fine and you just like what you like. It's not as if age or anything else is actually all that relevant to genres and hobbies you prefer.

Besides, it's perfectly natural to wonder about Transuranic (and other) Elements!
kaffyr
Mar. 5th, 2016 06:21 pm (UTC)
You are very sweet, you know that? Today has been one of those days when I completely lack self-confidence, and I'm trying to approach it with a certain amount of humor (as old-fashioned SF fans used to refer to The Shield of Umor), via the poll. It's not quite fishing for compliments; it's more like I'm hoping that I'm not alone in this.
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wendymr
Mar. 5th, 2016 06:08 pm (UTC)
Can't complete the poll because you've posted it somewhere I do not have and do not wish to have an account...
kaffyr
Mar. 5th, 2016 06:20 pm (UTC)
Hmmm - yes, that's odd, that the poll doesn't come through. I may have to edit the LJ side of this post, so that it does. (Mind you, you could probably play in the poll without having an actual Dreamwidth account, it should allow for that.)

Let me see what I can do....
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lydy
Mar. 5th, 2016 09:10 pm (UTC)
I'm voting for fan. Possibly even faan, if you want to be.
kaffyr
Mar. 6th, 2016 01:19 am (UTC)
Fan is a comfortable thing, and I hope I never stop being one. I think I'm aiming too high when I try for faan. Certainly I can't even aspire to trufaan. Heh.
cathica
Mar. 5th, 2016 09:27 pm (UTC)
I'd name the creature Catherine. 8)
kaffyr
Mar. 6th, 2016 01:21 am (UTC)
Heh. Point taken. Or Kathryn, as is the case with me. So ... Catherine and Kathryn ... we are remarkable creatures, are we not?
beccadg
Mar. 5th, 2016 10:46 pm (UTC)
I would have voted "otaku, fangirl, crazy cat lady" if the poll had allowed you to vote for more than one. I picked otaku because a) you didn't specifically mention any cats outside of the poll itself, b) you didn't specifically mention squeeing as an activity you partake in, and c) you did specifically mention watching 2-4 anime a night. I figure the labels have exactly as much power as you choose to give them, and you were comfortable enough with them to include them as poll options. ;)
kaffyr
Mar. 6th, 2016 01:22 am (UTC)
Oh, yes - "otaku, fangirl, crazy cat lady" would be extremely close to reality. We have three cats here. And your powers of both induction and deduction are excellent!
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eve11
Mar. 5th, 2016 11:03 pm (UTC)
I too would vote for "completely normal". :)
kaffyr
Mar. 6th, 2016 01:24 am (UTC)
It feels good to have people tell me that I'm completely normal. As I mentioned up-thread, I haven't felt very normal lately.

I hope you're doing better, by the way.
sallymn
Mar. 6th, 2016 12:42 am (UTC)
There should have been a box for "Amazingly like Sally..." give or take a couple of things :)

Me, I don't care if some folk think it's inappropriate - collecting beer mats or football souvenirs make some folk happy, doing fannish things makes me the same way.
kaffyr
Mar. 6th, 2016 01:26 am (UTC)
Oh, your icon is an excellent reminder to me that I shouldn't get so bent out of shape - especially that I shouldn't get bent out of shape at myself.

Thanks for the words of extremely practical observational wisdom!
beamjockey
Mar. 6th, 2016 06:59 am (UTC)
I don't suppose we say "femmefan" much any more. But you have a legitimate claim to use it, if it pleases you.

I guess "male fan" is no longer the "unmarked state," if I am using that term correctly. We've come a long way, baby, even if we have a long way yet to go.
kaffyr
Mar. 6th, 2016 04:30 pm (UTC)
Oh, femmefan makes me nostalgic; I'm a relatively young old fan, having gotten into fandom only since 1977, but it's still the foundation upon which all my fannish activities since have been built.

And yes, in reality, the unmarked state is no longer male. We have come a long way!

(The long way to go is marked by the assumptions of those who believe that fandom still defaults to male, preferably white male.)
liadtbunny
Mar. 6th, 2016 04:20 pm (UTC)
Not bored:)
kaffyr
Mar. 6th, 2016 04:31 pm (UTC)
...aaaand the prize for best one-liner answer goes to liadtbunny!!!!
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sarren
Mar. 7th, 2016 01:35 am (UTC)
I ticked fan because it is completely normal to be a fan. I have had so many people look at me sideways over the years and I'm like, yes and how many hours of your life have you invested in watching your sports team play? That is literally watching men throw/kick a ball around, and I"m not saying your interest isn't a valid way to spend your time (I say 'men' because it's always men I have this conversation with and I personally don't know any males who follow women's sports).

Ha, when I first read your question, my very first thought was 'life goals'.
kaffyr
Mar. 7th, 2016 02:52 pm (UTC)
You're the second person to mention the idea that people, especially men, can remain obsessed with sports as long as they live, and no one seems to think it's odd. That's something good for me to remember. And you know, I think my life is at least as interesting as that of a sports fanatic, so the analogy's a correct one.

Ha, when I first read your question, my very first thought was 'life goals'.

I think I can safely say that although becoming a fan wasn't a life goal, it's certainly enriched my life. Heh.
a_phoenixdragon
Mar. 7th, 2016 12:14 pm (UTC)
Other. Because you didn't have awesome-fan-who-is-marvelous-warm-wise-and-on-the-ball. Because this whole entry made me squeal with delight. Because the mere label 'fan' just doesn't apply here.

*HUGS*
kaffyr
Mar. 7th, 2016 11:31 pm (UTC)
*grin* Flatterer *grin*

I have learned, over the years, that sometimes outside opinions of my worth should be paid attention to, much as my Baptist upbringing warns me against such a frivolous bit of puffed-up egotism. So, I'll accept that I can occasionally-to-intermittently be a pretty darned good human being.

All my love, my dear!
heatherbelles
Mar. 7th, 2016 11:39 pm (UTC)
My friend.

THat's what I call you.

Because all those other things? Are aspects to the great person that I've had the privilege to know for the last few years. Must be nigh-on a decade now, I think Mama-K!

kaffyr
Mar. 8th, 2016 04:17 am (UTC)
Your answer brought tears to my eyes, my dear. Thank you so much.

(And yes, it's been almost exactly 10 years. I believe I started posting in the TARDIS MM over on TWoP in March of 2006. And reading Mama-K brought back so many memories!)
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flowsoffire
Mar. 12th, 2016 01:50 pm (UTC)
A smashing person! :D
kaffyr
Mar. 12th, 2016 05:46 pm (UTC)
*blushes*

Thanks!
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