10: If you could only live off of one food and one beverage for the rest of your days, what would they be?
I’d live off of fruit salad and vodka. This is of course assuming that this hypothetical disregards basic nutritional needs. And the fruit salad isn’t any ordinary fruit salad, it’s the kind I specifically make to cater to my own odd preferences.
Of course making it with all the things I like is really expensive, so I’m ordinarily content with making a fruit salad with three to five of the items on the list. But if I had access to all seasonal fruits and money was not a consideration…well it would be a super fruit salad.
As for the vodka- well let’s leave the reasoning behind that one alone.
In matters that don’t matter, or are more minor, I act in a manner befitting an elementary school child. They seem to have more fun and live life more joyfully than older people anyway. So why not take joy from eating a piece of good food, why not get extremely enthusiastic over something as simple as going to a bookstore? Life ought to be expressed and felt vibrantly.
In matters of moral and philosophical nature, I tend towards too much seriousness. I am way more touchy than other people about these types of things. I’d say that unfamiliarity in situations that are ordinarily familiar makes me irritated. I stay fixed in certain habits because I enjoy them or the expectedness of it. For that same reason though, I will go beyond what I know and change things that I know I can control. I’d say that puts me firmly at middle age/old age at least a third of the time.
That all averages out to my actual age though so it’s okay by me. I’ll just never forget the time I was standing next to an old man at the store and we complained about the same thing at the same time…but I also won’t forget the little kid who got just as excited as I did by having time set aside to play games. I think the key word here is “balance”.
“The bed is a bundle of paradoxes: we go to it with reluctance, yet we quit it with regret; we make up our minds every night to leave it early, but we make up our bodies every morning to keep it late.”—Ogden Nash
8: If you could live anywhere, where would you live and why?
I would live at the bottom of the ocean. I think the bottom of a pool is peaceful, but the ocean is infinitely deeper in comparison. I think the overwhelming quiet would be so calming. This is of course disregarding the physical effects of miles of water pressing down on the human body and the basic need to breathe…an oxygen tank would ruin the peace of it.
7: Do you read? If so, what are your three favorite books and why?
There are people that don’t read? No wonder the world is so messed up. And also, I’m supposed to limit myself? Ridiculous. I don’t even know if there are three that I can narrow it down to…hm.
Hamlet by Shakespeare
The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Ah, and now for the explanations. Generally speaking, I find tragedies to be nihilistic and utterly and predictably boring. I wouldn’t say the way Hamlet ends is a mystery (it’s been around for forever and a half) but I do love me a smartass. And Hamlet? He does it while crazy. Just perfect.
Let’s see…now for Faulkner. I hated this book at first. In fact, I’m still slogging through it. And I’m sure I will read the damn thing another three times at least. But Faulkner broke all the rules. As a writer I find that so amazing I can’t even explain it. And, he’s been the first real challenge as far as comprehension goes in more than a decade. The book reminds me of a puzzle.
As for the third, it’s Catch-22. Why that book? It’s one people either love or hate. I just loved it. I found parts funny that I wasn’t supposed to, and I got sad where I ought not have. And all the way through I could just imagine Mr. Heller writing the book completely wrapped up in getting at least one message across in a way people would understand. That said, the book is so much deeper than just expressing the absurdity of warfare and military bureaucracy and it’s an easy, entertaining read.
Of all the books in the world that I have read, I chose this list based on my willingness to sit down and read them a dozen times each. I really will go out and buy these books when I get the money to. Oh, and one last thing: the list is in order of recollection and not preference.
It’s thirty-three degrees here, with the windchill it feels like twenty-seven. And that’s not in Celsius either. There is a bright side though. No snow is expected tomorrow, only rain; and the high is forty-five so I might just feel somewhat less like an ice statue during practice.
“How much longer are we going to think it necessary to be ”American” before (or in contradistinction to) being cultivated, being enlightened, being humane, and having the same intellectual discipline as other civilized countries?”—Edith Wharton
I’m going to turn off the lights, shut the blinds, and shut down everything else. Memories are sometimes a bit unpleasantly remembered but we need them to exist as we are, and I think this day is one for the poets.
4: If you could chose a time period to be born in, which one would it be and why?
Hm, interesting question. I’m more than half asleep right now and I want to do this every day…so I’d have to say the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Why? Because I would be able to handle the technology of the time.
3: What band / musician is most important to you? Explain why.
I’ve have to have an answer to explain. There are genuinely some bands and musicians I prefer over others, but in the end I’d say I’m not decisive enough to pick. On top of that, I’m constantly listening to music from people I’ve never heard before. So maybe after I’ve heard all the music in the world I can decide which is most important. Until then, I’ll be ridiculous and call this a real answer.