- What is your greatest fear?
- What is your greatest extravagance?
Currently, DVDs. CDs and books a close second. Then there's that digital SLR that's been singing a siren song....
- What makes you depressed?
Life, the universe, and everything. Of course, this stuff can fill me with joy as well. Maddeningly unpredictable.
- Who would play you in a movie of your life?
Michael Gross. Or Bogie, if they ever perfect that technology.
- What is your most unappealing habit?
Self-deprecation. Poor self confidence.
- What is your favourite smell?
Baking bread. The Rainbow Bread Bakery is just a quarter mile north of where I work. I've smelled that rich earthy aroma the past two mornings. I normally pass the bakery on the way home, and often smell the bread then as well.
I also like the aroma of loamy soil.
- Radiator or Air Conditioning?
The politically correct answer, I suppose, is "neither". I maintain thermostat settings from the Carter era: 78° for summer, 68° for winter. I supplement with fans in the former, and blankets in the latter.
- Is it better to give or receive?
To quote St. Francis, it is in giving that we receive.
- What do you owe your parents?
Father: intellectual curiosity, moral integrity, liberal ethics. Since he was my primary caregiver from the time I was 6, I also owe him the roof over my head, food, and those other essentials. On the downside, I suspect I inherited his tendency for melancholy.
Mother: I can't think of anything positive, at the moment. I'm aware things I don't like about her are also things I don't like in myself - poor self-image, self obsession, neediness, insecurity....
- Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
"Oh my stars and garters"
"On the one hand; on the other" (in various permutations)
- What has been your biggest disappointment?
That whole college thing; personal entropy.
- When did you last cry and why?
I'm a guy. I'm supposed to remember? Actually, I think it was "Peggy Sue Got Married", where Peggy is on the phone with her grandmother.
- Have you ever had a same-sex experience?
I've always been my current gender.
- What single thing would improve the quality of your life?
In today's society, money.
- What keeps you awake at night?
The busy monkey in my head.
- What song would you like played at your funeral?
I'm limited to one?
Barber's "Adagio for Strings"
Phil Ochs, "When I'm Gone"
"How Can I Keep From Singing"
Hymns - "I sing a song of the saints of God" and "All Things Bright & Beautiful"
- What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
To paraphrase a certain Broadway musical, there's always tomorrow. There's always hope for change. One of humanity's greatest assets is our ability to adapt.
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
More Bits & Pieces
Whenever I'm stuck for a topic, or having a poetic dry spell, I can always count on a meme to help carry me through. This one comes from Dick, by way of Meg.
Posted by Jonah at 9:07 AM