Okay, let’s do it.

I’m not even sure how I can get to 40 likes from the quieter account, but let’s try it! :blobreach:

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1. Nickname?

I don’t have a proper nickname. My real name is quite uncommon in Italy (that’s why I am secretive about it), and due to its novelty people don’t usually feel the need to give me another one. My former housemate used to call me by the first syllable of my name, and that’s it. Do the many mispronunciations of my name count as nicknames? :blobshrug:

As far as my username goes, people have shortened it to Marco, thinking that it’s where the username comes from. But it’s not, it’s just a coincidence!

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2. Height?

185 cm, which is almost 6’ 1” or 1.09 smoots.

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3. Eye colour?

Olive green, a bit brown-ish, on both eyes.

(Wait, am I supposed to go through the questions in order? No one says I have to :blobhmm: )

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4. Hair colour?

Dark brown. Fun fact about my hair: I like to keep a curl on my forehead (a lovelock?).

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5. Any siblings? – No, I’m an only child. And yes, I do wonder what it is like to have a sibling.

6. Do you drink? – Only with other people, either during a meal or as an aperitif. I have been uninterested in alcohol for a long time, to the point of being a teetotaller until I reached my late teens. Even now I do it only for socializing.

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7. Crush?

Why not in the plural? :blobsmilesweat:

I think I have crushes (or squishes, more likely) on several people on Fedi, and maybe on one or two people I’ve met elsewhere. There’s something special in getting used to read someone’s toots every day and finding out, little by little, the beauty of their soul. All of that without even knowing what that person looks like! It’s like a deeper kind of connection – even though it often works only in one direction.

(No way I am confessing who I have a crush on, though!)

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8. Relationship status?

“It’s complicated”. Something started a few years ago, but that person and I have not been able to define our relationship any further. That’s a discussion that should be done in person, I think, and the distance between us and the pandemic made us pospone that talk.

Maybe that was a good thing, because I have been learning about alternative relationship models in the meantime (thanks, ace/aro people!), so I have a better chance of finding out what I really want from life. I hope the other person and I will find an agreement, one day.

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9. Sexuality?

The ace colours in my avatar give the short answer.

The long answer is that I am still investigating my orientations, and I am not sure how suitable other labels are to me. Gray-ace? Likely. Demisexual? Possibly. Aceflux? I can’t say a definite no. I suppose I need much more experience (not just intimate, but social in general) before I can have a better grasp of the kind of attraction I currently feel, so “asexual” is the best label for now.

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10. Obsession? – …By Calvin Klein? :blobthinking: I am not sure what to answer here. I have interests, but nothing I would say I am currently obsessed about, especially because depression dampens the excitement I may get from new stuff.

11. Favourite store? – In general, stationery stores are my favourites. Give me all those notebooks and pens and highlighters and folders… Second choices: Tabletop game shops and bookshops.

12. Phobia? – I hope people won’t judge me negatively for this, but one of my parents instilled in me a fear of cats and dogs when I was a kid, because they grew up in an area with many stray animals around. My reaction to them has become much more controlled over time, but I am still a bit wary in their presence. I’m sorry, I know they mean no harm.

13. Cats or dogs? – With the caveat of the previous question, I’d say my attitude is more similar to a cat’s.

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14-15. Biggest (fe)male celebrity crush? – Strangely enough, considering my multiple squishes, I can’t say I have any celebrity crushes. Maybe it’s because I don’t follow celebrities that much, and even then I can only come up with celebrities I respect (e.g. Jameela Jamil and Elliot Page), but “crush” feels like the wrong term for that.

16. Idea of the perfect date? – I’m not really a person who goes on dates :blobmeh: A visit to an art gallery, I guess? Contemporary art offers a lot of conversation starters, and I feel like I’d get a better understanding of the other person than with some small talk.

17. Any scars? – Yes, but they’re the remains of local dermatological surgeries, nothing with an interesting story behind it.

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18. Best friend(s)? – I won’t rank my Fedifriends so I don’t get a fight in my mentions :blobcheeky: but they are some of the most valuable friends I’ve ever had :ablobcatheart: If I consider only the people I also know offline: If we decide that our relationship is not a romantic one, I’d say the person from question #8. Otherwise, I’d nominate a friend of mine since elementary school, who grew up in the same street as mine.

19. Last time you cried? – Last week.

20. Do you give second chances? – Yes, and too often. My fear of losing people and becoming lonely makes me forgive people even when they are not sorry for what they have done to me. Bad habit, I know. It’s also true that I’m literally unable to hold a grudge against people: I tend to let it go pretty soon.

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21. Favourite animal?

The axolotl! And I know it’s kind of an asexual symbol, but it was my favourite even before I realized I am ace.

I saw one in person in an art gallery of all places, because an artist had collected several endangered living species in the same room, and the axolotl was the only animal among them.

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22. Favourite sport team(s)? – I’m not a sport guy, and I don’t root for any teams. Not even the Italian national teams – I just enjoy the gameplay.

23. Favourite colour? – It’s ultramarine blue and it has been for many years. Since I came out as ace, I’ve also grown fond of more purple tones, like lilac and indigo. I may even change my favourite in a few months.

24. Favourite flower? – Gosh, I’ve never thought of that. I’ll go with tulips, because one of the few times I had fallen in love with someone, she eventually gave me a big bunch of tulips as a gift before I went back to Italy. They are the ones in the photo.

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