We can play it or we can leave it. I guess we can try it out anyhow.
We ask a question of the person below us, they answer it and then put down their own question for the next person.
(p.s. - I think it would be fine if questions were answered by more than one person. And we could even go back to a past question and answer that instead of the last one. So as not to confuse matters - we could just bold or italic the question we are answering at that time.)
In the winter do you prefer to wear gloves or mittens?
Being wheeled into the operating room at the age of three to have my tonsils and adenoids removed, all the while screaming for my mother. A white-coated man told me he was going to go get her and he'd be right back. Of course, he lied.
What is the most frightening weather situation you have ever experienced?
Oh, Lizzy, you didn't need to remove your post, though it was horrible!
I'm sure you asked the question wishing to hear someone's favorite meal. However, I will take you literally and say I'd probably order steak and really crispy, chunky frites if I were going to eat, but seeing I was about to be executed, I'd settle for a couple of bottles of good wine and drink myself into oblivion before the execution hour.
If you could spend a day with one of your now-deceased, or even very distant, relatives, who would it be and why?
I would probably have read a lot more novels and got a lot more work done than I have. But then again, having a world of knowledge at my fingertips is a miracle. My mother always said that my father and I would have been very happy to be locked in a library for all eternity. The internet is a little like that. Except for the porn and the cat videos.
Who was/is the oldest person you have personally known in your lifetime, and how old was/is he/she?
Excluding my nursing home escapades, since I don't really "know" most of the people there, the oldest person I knew was Mme. Denat, my mother's grade school teacher, whom I took my mother to see in Béziers around 2006. She was about 96 years old then. She was my mother's teacher when she was about 23 years old and knew the birthdate of every single student in the village school. She said to my mother, "You weren't the brightest. You were in the top 3, but you weren't the brightest." Her husband was the headmaster of the school. They prevented their daughter from marrying the man she loved (he was "beneath" her), so the daughter never married and at age 80+ was still living with her mother.
Anyway, Mme. Denat died at age 99.
If your life had taken a different course, at what moment might that have happened?
Paris. Paris. Paris. Paris. Paris. Paris. Paris. Paris. Because it's Paris. I always wanted to die in Paris as an old lady, now I'll probably have to be content with a fistful of my ashes under a rose bush somewhere in Luxembourg Gardens.
If you could be granted one extraordinary power, what would it be and why?
Well, my 'things to do list' is usually stuff only I can do or have to do by myself. When it gets too long, I prioritize, do what is the most important and then leave the rest to another day. Call in friends to help me? No way haha... I'd feel like I was being invaded or somefin...
(Unless it was house maintenance or my car needed fixing, in which case I do ask for help.) My son does most of my car related stuff for me, it's just a hobby he has. And my boyfriend can fix/build just about anything in the house, we very rarely have to call anyone in for anything truth be known. My next project is a large garage, with a room on top. We'll probably start on that next summer.
Once. Only once. I woke up to realize that 30 minutes down the road a group of fifty people was gathering for a 7:30 AM meeting that, not only I had called, but for which I was the only presenter. My electric clock-radio alarm had failed to go off due to a power failure during the night. I managed to get dressed, sans makeup, and made the drive in 20 minutes, showing up 10 minutes late before a very hostile crowd. I walked in, appologized briefly for being late, and began the meeting. I figured there was nothing more to be done.
The very BEST part of that event was how my youngest came through in a pinch. I had hollered down to her bedroom to get up quickly and, while still half asleep, she grabbed her clothes for the day and jumped into the car in her pajamas (her idea). We lived in a rural area so it wasn't a problem for her to change on the way in to town. I really owed her big time for coming through like that. Plus, she wasn't much older than 9 years old at the time. She has continued to be just as resourceful as a young adult.
(Probably not the type of response you wanted, Kerouac, but every other event I could think of was just too maudlin to discuss)
What form of electronic technology would you least like to do without.
The craving to prove that I was worth it. Maybe it was a lack of self-esteem going back to my childhood. Never feeling 'good enough'.
That has now completely faded away. I realize that the only person that I have to answer to in the end - is me. And as long as I'm at peace with my own soul and know that I am a good person, an honest person and a person that I can like, I'm happy with that. I don't need anyone else to tell me who or what I am.
I realize that people have their own agendas and issues and they will try and push them on you or you have let your guard with them sometime in the past and they know you well enough to then go ahead and use what they know for their own benefits. Sometimes it's done subtly sometimes more in your face. It took me a while to figure that some can and will use you in that way. And it's happened with a couple of different people to me already. Bottom line is you can trust only a very few in life. Most people are not strong enough to stand their ground when they are pressurized not to.
Also the craving I used to have to save the world. I realize that I cannot do that, but I can speak out when I see wrong being done, or an injustice that needs a voice. And maybe in my own small way I can make a difference.
(sorry if this was too long an answer! But I have time on my hands today)!
If you were stranded on a deserted Island for 6 months, which three things would you want to have with you?