Favourite animal: good question..anything that's not a penguin (don't ask!)
Though if you insist on pressing...I'll go with dog. I'm a dog person, not a cat person
As to the next question, I've answered where I'm from multiple times...I believe it's in my profile on the first page of the thread.
And for the last question, some of us do meet up...at anime cons, vacations, etc. Though I can say, I've only met up with one in person, Lance. I shouldn't mind a get together for new years in Oz. It's much warmer there then it is up in the northern hemisphere at that time of year.